ha! now that sounds like a book in the waiting ..... I offer to be your ghost writer!
Not cool to offer a prize only if ... something. Bluck. If they were ready to offer it for publicity/marketing they should have made sure the one of the finalists won it or split it all or something. Glad you had fun.
I did buy a lottery ticket for yesterday's draw, but I'm not holding my breadth on that one either.
I'm glad I went. The DJ is a bit creepy in person. He has a very intense stare. It was a bit off-putting and to hear him talk about it on his show the next day you'd have thought people were dancing on the tables and whoo-hooing which was not the case.
Bastards! with this largest profit of ANY US COMPANY EVER - can we not at least say even at the pump price? Bastards. Anyone have any idea of how we can address this injustice?
IRVING, Texas - Exxon Mobil Corp. had a quarter for the record books. The world's largest publicly traded oil company said Thursday high oil and natural-gas prices helped its third-quarter profit surge almost 75 percent to $9.92 billion, the largest quarterly profit for a U.S. company ever
I know what you are saying, Metella but only superficially. I have made a conscious decision not to own a car - at least not until I win a million bucks because there is absolutely no way I could ever afford it otherwise.
The thing is you can profit from Exxon's dubious success if you owned the stock. Believe me a lot of people have. Is it ethical? That is another story although a lot of Exxon oil fields are domestically located and don't have a lot to do with the Middle East. The OPEC cartel power, well that's another story. Frankly I don't own a single energy in my personal portfolio and I have never felt more proud about that than yesterday when I heard that US soldier #2000 has paid the price for this situation.
I feel for the rest of us who need a car for their jobs or heat for their homes and hence petrol or oil. As the anchorwoman on ROBTV, a business channel here in Canada said: "if a hurricane hits the coffee fields of South America, my cup of Tim Hortons doesn't go up by fifty cents so why should gas prices?
On another note Ikea is catering to people like me: people who live in condos in the city who have made conscious decisions not to own a car. They offer shuttle buses to their store daily. I plan to take one next Thursday to get some more stuff for my condo!
Post by janetcatbird on Oct 27, 2005 12:30:36 GMT -5
I have a car on campus but I don't use it very often. Grocery runs, trips home every couple of weeks, odd errands and stuff. I walk a lot, just cause it's convenient (parking's a booger, at least until I got my deck pass) and I need the exercise. But it's easy to walk on a college campus. When I'm home, or going places in the summer, there's nothing within that distance.
Thing is, though, the south is notoriously bad for public transportation. Buses only go in certain areas on a lousy schedule. And at this campus there are a LOT of commuter students from around the region, we're talking 40 minutes on the interstate or back roads driving in for classes in between dropping the kids at daycare, jobs, etc. (We have a lot of adult students, which makes for some interesting class demographics.) That IKEA store sounds like a great deal, wish places here would do that.
The gas is depressing. Iraq is even worse. But there is hope:
AUSTIN - I am writing about the most extraordinary book by the most extraordinary woman, and I would have interviewed her at length except she's going to be arrested if she ever sets foot back in our home state.
That's pretty much the way life goes these days for Diane Wilson, who used to be just a regular old shrimper and mother of five kids, until she accidentally became an activist. Then all hell broke loose. The results are described in An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas.
It is the rare, clear, moving voice of a working-class woman goaded into action against the greatest massed forces in the world today: globalized corporate greed backed by government power.
Wilson has discovered a weapon that I believe is the greatest strength of many women: pure, cussed stubbornness. She is an unreasonable woman. God bless her. Unreasonable women may yet save the world.
In 1989, the shrimping in Lavaca Bay was so poor that Wilson, a fifth-generation shrimper, was running a fish house. Lavaca Bay is home to one of the nation's largest underwater mercury Superfund sites, a toxic pile left by Alcoa.
One day, a shrimper with three different kinds of cancer brought Wilson a small clipping from The Associated Press saying that Calhoun County, home to Seadrift, was No. 1 in the nation for toxic waste disposal. Wilson had lived in Seadrift all her life and never heard anything about it -- never read it in the paper, never heard it on TV.
So she called a meeting of shrimpers about pollution -- a distinctly unsuccessful meeting -- and the entire local establishment came unglued. They were furious that anyone would question the chemical plants, the county's largest employer. They kept coming after Wilson, so she kept going after them.
Specifically, Wilson took on Formosa Plastics, a Taiwanese chemical company then building an enormous PVC (polyvinyl chloride) facility near Seadrift. Vinyl chloride, which is used to make PVC, is a carcinogen.
Formosa Plastics insisted that the plant was "the jewel of the Texas Gulf Coast" and would put "zero toxic emissions" into the community. The economic development crowd was overjoyed, and Texas government at all levels scrambled to offer tax abatements to this lovely new enterprise.
Of course, Wilson and her watchdogs found shoddy construction from the beginning; the Environmental Protection Agency later found massively contaminated ground water under the plant; Formosa was repeatedly fined for water quality violations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations, same old, same old.
One of the saddest parts of this saga is the eventual split between Wilson and Jim Blackburn, a Houston environmental lawyer, steadfast fighter and Wilson's partner in the struggle for a long time. Blackburn wound up negotiating separately with Formosa Plastics and signing a deal that he thought would protect the community. Wilson balked at it and dramatically went out on her boat the night before the ceremony and tried to kill herself with pills and wine. Didn't work -- she just felt horrible, and the deal went ahead.
Blackburn may well have acted from the best motives, and perhaps Wilson opposed him at the end because she was not as knowledgeable or sophisticated as he. On the other hand, on Oct. 6 of this year, there was an explosion at the Formosa plant at Seadrift; 11 workers were injured.
Diane Wilson is no longer just a citizen who wandered into a local fight. By now, she has become an international activist and is working hard to get justice for survivors of the 1984 horror at Bhopal, India, where 500,000 people were poisoned by a Union Carbide pesticide plant. At least 20,000 died.
Warren Anderson, then-CEO of Union Carbide, initially promised to stand trial in India. But the case was settled with what most observers felt was unseemly haste, and Anderson decided that prudence should keep him out of India.
India tried to extradite him, but the FBI kept saying that it just couldn't find the man. He was cleverly concealed in South Hampton on Long Island. Union Carbide has since been bought by Dow Chemical, and Wilson was arrested for demonstrating in front of the Dow plant in Seadrift -- charged with criminal trespass and sentenced to four months in jail.
She figures, why should she come back to face the music when Anderson is still dodging extradition?