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    Are the oil companies in trouble?


    by Sunny on 22nd July, 2008 at 5:42 am    

    Its good at least that high gas prices are forcing Americans to finally talk more loudly about diversifying away from oil. Of course, George Bush is trying his best to avoid that by calling for more drilling. In this Faux news discussion, author Naomi Klein (who’s book No Logo is one of my top books ever), does a good job of slamming his plans. Interesting though that these ideas are now becoming more mainstream.

    Expect Brendan O’Neill to write an article in the coming days that anyone who wants to deny oil companies drilling for oil and destroying wildlife is an authoritarian bastard in the pay of “environNazis” who should be strung up alongside the Dalai Lama.



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    14 Comments below   |  

    1. Random Guy — on 22nd July, 2008 at 8:48 am  

      Just bought her new book - but yet to read “No Logo”.

      Lol @ Fox News btw.

    2. S — on 22nd July, 2008 at 10:20 am  

      ‘The Shock Doctrine’- what a rubbish book. Almost as bad as ‘Affluenza’. I got both books in the mail from my dad who then later apologised for wasting my time (after he began to read them himself).

      The socialism of retards. It is depressing that these ideas are becoming more mainstream as conspiratorial thinking comes to dominate liberal politics.

    3. Random Guy — on 22nd July, 2008 at 12:14 pm  

      I think I will reserve opinion until I read the book.

      So….um, S, what books would your dad recommend?

    4. S — on 22nd July, 2008 at 12:35 pm  

      RG
      I think the last good politics book my dad recommended was by Joseph Stiglitz. As to reading The Shock Doctrine, I must admit I gave up half way through as my intelligence could only take so much insult.

    5. cjcjc — on 22nd July, 2008 at 4:02 pm  

      “No logo” was merely banal.

      The “Shock Doctrine” thesis is simply bonkers.

    6. Sunny — on 22nd July, 2008 at 4:16 pm  

      Shock Doctrine is now out on paperback. I plan to buy it :)

    7. cjcjc — on 22nd July, 2008 at 4:19 pm  

      It’s a free country (so far…)!

    8. Leon — on 22nd July, 2008 at 4:50 pm  

      “No logo” was merely banal.

      Tell me about it, it was so bloody boring. I spent the whole book going ‘Please tell something I don’t know’. It never did.

    9. Nyrone — on 22nd July, 2008 at 5:09 pm  

      I thought No Logo was the best book ever when I read it in college a few years back, I still think it’s a superb piece of investigative journalism today…and highly influential and well-written too..

      It’s taking me longer to get into the Shock Doctrine, but I wouldn’t say it’s “conspiratorial” I think she does an excellent job of backing everything she says with stone-cold facts from multiple sources.

      It is quite heavy reading though, takes me about 15 minutes to absorb each paragraph:(

    10. S — on 22nd July, 2008 at 5:48 pm  

      Nyrone: I recommend you check out this review in ‘The New republic’ where some of Naomis “stone-cold facts” were checked for her.

      Whttp://tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=69067f1c-d089-474b-a8a0-945d1deb420b

    11. Leon — on 22nd July, 2008 at 7:40 pm  

      I thought No Logo was the best book ever when I read it in college a few years back, I still think it’s a superb piece of investigative journalism today…and highly influential and well-written too..

      I guess it’s a question of frame of reference; I started reading Noam Chomsky when I was 16/17 so by the time No Logo came along it seemed like a step backwards to me.

    12. Sunny — on 22nd July, 2008 at 7:48 pm  

      dont worry cjcjc, I don’t hate you for your political views either. :)

      you’ll see the light one day..

    13. Nyrone — on 23rd July, 2008 at 12:41 am  

      Who introduced you to Chomsky at 16 Leon? I was still on Spot the Dog and Where’s Wally at that point…Jeez, I knew my family were holding me back!

    14. Leon — on 23rd July, 2008 at 1:59 am  

      I kinda did, just came across during some stuff I saw while growing up…meh it’s not big deal really my Dad was a trade unionist, involved in the GLC/Labour Party during the 80s so I guess I was kinda destined for politics! I was the only kid at school (aged 12) who used to regulary read broadsheet newspapers (used to hate tabloids with a venom) and watch the news. :D

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