Today – June 19th – The World Bank issued a report about how very serious threat from Climate Change is titled “Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience.” There is also now a movement on college campuses to force their endowments to divest from oil companies. Another thing I heard in the last couple of days is that there is significant science showing that women giving birth in areas with a lot of soot and other pollution from fossil fuels have twice the rate of having children born with autism. So my update is – don’t wait, let’s go alternative energy now!
I’m making good progress on The Big Belch. Just starting on the drawings for page 50 of 100.
Here are a few links to stories about yet more oil. Why are we so focused on drilling more and more at the expense of our environment? And our lives? We live here too.
“A pipeline system servicing up to 27 oil fields has been shut down after a leak on the Cormorant Alpha platform, north-east of Shetland…”
January 1, 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/business/energy-environment/breakaway-oil-rig-runs-aground-in-gulf-of-alaska.html?_r=0
“…One of Shell Oil’s two Arctic drilling rigs is beached on an island in the Gulf
of Alaska, threatening environmental damage from a fuel spill and calling into question Shell’s plans to resume drilling in the treacherous waters north of Alaska in the summer…”
And from last year: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324556304578120140555122104.html
“…BP has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay $4.5 billion in penalties, including $1.26 billion in criminal fines, stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig accident and spill…”
It just goes on. But I hope we can stop following this oily path.
I heard that last night. And it really struck me. That’s what it is. Fox is a shill for the GOP instead of news.
This is not to say the others – ABC, CBS, NBC, do a good job of reporting the news, but at least they make a stab at trying to present a fair picture.
Oh, and I suppose folks will say huh – I thought this blog was about art. It is. Just sometimes things really gripe me. I expect you’ve got your own gripes. Maybe about an artist who blathers on about politics.
Recently I came across a study conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University about which media informs its audience best (and worst) when it comes to domestic news. Fox News did not fare well in this study — to put it mildly. Here’s a snippet to ponder:
“The study concludes that media sources have a significant impact on the number of questions that people were able to answer correctly. The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all.”
It would be nice to write here that Fox is the only culprit in the big media dumb-down. Alas, based on my own nightly search for good domestic
coverage, flipping back and forth between ABC, CBS, and NBC in a desperate search for some real information, I rarely come away satisfied.
Almost every night they all spend so much time on ads for things like in-grown toenails and erectile dysfunction that there isn’t much time left over to report the news. And during the contracted time period supposedly devoted to actual news, they waste additional time on house ads disguised as news. When they deign to do a real news story at all, it tends to be one of those feeding frenzy pieces that have been done to death everywhere. Hard issue coverage of any kind is a rarity.
My choice for a good broadcast news station based in the Fairleigh Dickinson study and my own observations? None of the above.