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Libya Chaos to Drive US Gas Prices Higher

Filed under: Breaking News,Business,Deaths,Economy,International News,Politics,Threats and Tensions,Violence,World — Tags: , , , , , — Positronic Dave @ 6:03 am February 21, 2011

For almost a week now, since the craziness in Libya has unfolded and the true extent of the carnage is becoming known, oil futures covering April have risen steadily, including a greater than 2% jump after Col. Death’s male spawn declared that “civil war” would result unless the protesters returned to their homes.

Libya is the 8th biggest exporter in the OPEC cartel, and there is substantial concern that the pandemonium on the streets will spill over into the regular business of cranking out the oil. This has driven prices over $91 a barrel, gaining almost two dollars today alone. All this while it’s still only theoretical. Should things actually affect production or export of black gold, then the prices will shoot up even more dramatically.

All this will translate into higher gas prices back here at home, since oil companies can always be counted on to add a little bit of profit (or a lot of profit) on top of the additional expenses incurred, since they’ve got the perfect excuse to jack up the rates and just shrug and say “wadda you want, there’s a crisis?”

Here’s the latest video on the Libyan crisis:

Lyrics to “America” Become Art in Saginaw, Michigan

Filed under: Acts of Kindness,Art,Economy,Events,Life & How to Live It,National — Tags: , , — Positronic Dave @ 8:06 pm December 19, 2010

A grassroots group of artists have made it so that lyrics to “America” become Art in Saginaw, Michigan. Transforming the lyrics to the Simon & Garfunkle song has become a kind of underground “city pride” in a city that, by all appearances and measures, could really use the support.

Once a city with several hundreds of thousands of residents, in the wake of plant closing by GM, has become a ghosty-town, with less that 50,000 people.

Eric Schantz is a mural painter who decided to do something about that. He and his friends decided to use the lyrics from Simon & Garfunkle’s song “America” to decorate and aprtially cover, all the plywood boarded-up windows and store fronts around the city. Over the next few years this was taken up by others, and so “Paint Saginaw” became an everyman organization that made the slogan “All Gone to Look for America” into ironic source of civic pride.

For Schantz, this was partly autobiographical. The line “Leaving Saginaw to look for America” was something he, and countless other youth, did. In his case he attended college in Kansas. But unlike so many of his fellow youth, Schantz came back.

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