Pity the poor global oil corporation

Don’t you feel sorry for them?

Under capitalism, business owners are driven by competition to put one priority above all others–profits. Every other goal–the health and safety of workers or consumers, protection of the environment, the living standards of employees, the good of society as a whole–come second.

Billionaires and crackpots: US primaries select right-wing candidates for November election

And they wonder why we fill so alienated.

New evidence undermines latest BP-White House estimate of spill size

A few facts concerning the Deepwater Horizon spill:

  • The rate of the oil spill as of early last week was between 30,000 and 50,000 barrels (1.2 million to 2.1 million gallons) per day, and possibly higher.
  • Fifty-three days after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 workers, somewhere between 63 million and 107 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the latest estimates.
  • Between every five and nine days the spill equals the Exxon Valdez, which dumped about 11 million gallons into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989.
  • If those 63 million gallons of oil were put in gallon milk jugs, they would line up side by side for nearly 5,500 miles.
  • It appears the spill will continue at least until mid-August.
  • The BP spill by then will have easily eclipsed the worst oil spill on record.

This is why capitalism, especially as it is current practiced, is unsustainable.

Old World vs. New World

Old World vs. New World
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, June 12, 2010


NV RedHeads Studio Return Of The Living Red – Australia, South Australia The nose had leather and blackberry, herbs and flowers, and some spice at the end. The palate was soft, with blackberry and black currant, some leather, and a little spice. The finish was a little hot. (89 Points)

2004 Grace Patriot Tempranillo El Dorado – USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado The nose had cherry and raspberry, espresso and spice, and some earth at the end. The palate was smooth, with lots of acidity. It had mocha and currant, cherry and raspberry, and a lot of herbaceous spice on the finish. (88 Points)

2005 Bodegas Valduero Ribera del Duero Crianza – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero The nose had BBQ meat, blackberry, fried herbs, and some floral notes. The palate was soft, with blackberry and herbs, grilled meat, and a very mineral finish. (88 Points)

2006 Prince Florent de Merode Ladoix “Les Chaillots” – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Ladoix The nose had cherry and strawberry, some earth, and just a little spice. The palate lots of strawberry and earth, a little spice, and a touch of cherry on the finish. (88 Points)

2005 Château Le Sartre – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan The nose had red currant and smoke, cherry and vanilla, and some tobacco at the end. The palate was soft, with currant and cherry, tobacco, and an a very earthy finish. (87 Points)


2007 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had blackberry and roasted coffee beans, herbs and cream, and some licorice at the end. The palate was soft, and had blackberry and cream, espresso, spice, and an herbal finish. (91 Points)

2005 Château Les Gravières – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru The nose had chocolate and blackberry, spice and cherry, and a little earth. The palate was a little tannic, but had cherry and earth, blackberry, chocolate, and a spicy finish. (89 Points)

Frank Rich on Obama: Liberal fears and illusions

His inability to articulate in any way the anger of millions of Americans has raised serious doubts about his leadership.

The column is significant, not for any insights it provides into the crisis of the Obama administration, but rather as an indication of the sense within the left-liberal constituency of the Democratic Party that the public mood is shifting against the White House.

Highly Rated vs. Underrated

Highly Rated vs. Underrated
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, June 05, 2010


2006 Alvero Espinoza Malbec Cruz Andina 91 – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo The nose had plum and espresso, blueberry and a little shaved cocoa. The palate had good grip, with blueberry and plum, chocolate, and a good fig finish. (Points)

2007 J.M. Boillot Rully 1er Cru Gresigny – France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Rully 1er Cru The nose had fig paste and apple, citrus, and a little stone. The palate had citrus and apple, minerals, and a nice fig finish. (90 Points)

2004 Whitman Cellars Narcissa Red – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley The nose had chocolate and blackberry, tobacco and cherry, and a little bit of pepper. The palate was soft and slightly sweet, with blackberry and tobacco, pepper and mocha, and a good cherry finish. (89 Points)

2008 Orin Swift The Prisoner – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had spice and earth, blueberry and raspberry, and some fresh herbs at the end. The palate was slightly sweet, with blueberry and spice, raspberry and earth, and a pepper finish. (89 Points)

2005 Pelton House Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley The nose had red currant and spice, cocoa, and a little earth. The palate was smooth, with currant and earth, spice, and espresso finish. (89 Points)

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