notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Oil, What Is It Good For $

The Guardian:

ExxonMobil is the world's most profitable corporation. Its sales now amount to more than $1bn a day. It makes most of this money from oil, and has more to lose than any other company from efforts to tackle climate change. To safeguard its profits, ExxonMobil needs to sow doubt about whether serious action needs to be taken on climate change. But there are difficulties: it must confront a scientific consensus as strong as that which maintains that smoking causes lung cancer or that HIV causes Aids.
Jesus. That's a pretty big obstacle right? I mean, there's a consensus, and there's a consensus. Why, in years to come I'm sure it will be filed alongside the "world is round"* assertion . Don't worry though, ExxonMobil haven't let that get them down. They've paid money to lots of organisations to shed doubt upon, marginalise, ridicule, and more or less deny that such a consensus exists.

These organisations are a pretty varied bunch, the only unifying thread being that they have no real credibility to comment on the subject. People who do, have sent a letter to ExxonMobil asking them to stop this practise. I'm sure Exxon will do the right thing.

In related news, NFTM would like to reveal that a mystery source from the NRA has approached the Muck to offer us a certain quota of comments per post in exchange that we take a policy line saying that there is no proof of a link between people being shot and then dying a painful death. Hey, correlation isn't necessarily causation, right?

The world, flat or otherwise, wonders silently whether it's too late to take out a life insurance policy.

*I know, it's an oblique spheroid. Happy nerds?

** Easy there NRA members, no such meeting took place. We can confirm that all males among you have penisis that could relax in the shade of an acorn. You can quote us on that.