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torchwood: turn away
Posted on 2010.30.05 at 09:48
How I feel about it all: frustratedfrustrated
Soundtrack: CNN: State of the Union
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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

...And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?



This depressing moment is brought to you by William Butler Yeats and BP.

Comments:


Cats. Not to be trusted.
catwalksalone at 2010-05-30 14:25 (UTC) ()
It's BP. Has not been British Petroleum for years. It's a multi-national corporation with the largest single percentage of shares owned by an American bank. (JP Morgan and Chase own 27.74%) As a company, it still sucks and has made some incredibly bad decisions, but calling it by its old name is, I feel, a way people are using to attribute blame to the UK for this appalling disaster. Whether that's oversensitive or not, it troubles me, and I don't feel like not speaking up this time.

try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-05-30 14:44 (UTC) ()
They're not using that name anymore? I didn't even think about it, because I keep seeing the name everywhere--places like this and this. And there's this ironic job offer.

I promise, the idea that the UK was responsible for the oil spill because of the name of the company never entered my mind, not even once. No offence against the UK was ever intended. I was just mentioning the name of a company--there are zillions of companies whose names contain the names of countries--and I just think of them as companies. And I'll change it because I honestly don't mean (or want) to misrepresent.

If any country is at fault, it's the US for not having failsafes in place by law, not to mention that we Americans are more addicted to oil than any other people, and we keep not doing anything at all about it.

Edited at 2010-05-30 14:47 (UTC)
Cats. Not to be trusted.
catwalksalone at 2010-05-30 15:23 (UTC) ()
Yeah, they haven't been British Petroleum for some time (since 2001). People that keep using it...IDK. Maybe they think it's more amusing? Maybe they're very out of date? Maybe they're just tools? Who knows?

I wouldn't have thought it would enter your mind, tbh, it's just not a good time to be British, right now, and we (read me) don't need any more potential crap. It's my issue, not yours, but thank you for changing it. <3

We all need to do better with oil. A LOT better.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-05-30 17:19 (UTC) ()
Leave it to the press to be entirely inaccurate in big areas and then try to keep their credibility. Grr.

I don't know what's up with the job offer thing--it seems to be another branch of BP (their supposed "green" branch, which is painfully ironic even to think about.

I haven't heard about any bad stuff about the UK--probably because I tend to watch/listen to the progressive stuff and they're not about blaming countries, I dunno. I believe you when you say it's there, though, and ick. That's just awful.

We all need to do better with oil. A LOT better.

Eventually we're all going to run out, and then we'll have no choice. Although I don't think it's at all fringe-y to say that when we finally do run out, there's a real possibility that "civilization" will come to a crashing halt. Because it's not just gas and heat and light, it's building structures and pipes and medical equipment. Scary stuff.

I just hope this kind of disaster is at least the very beginning of a wakeup call for everyone. This is what oil does, and oh, by the way, we're going to run out of it.

And btw, I've always been a fan of the UK, even before I knew diddly about politics (hey, I've been using a dorky bastardised version of British spelling since I was twelve because I think it's prettier *g*). Also, two words: Monty Python.



Edited at 2010-05-30 17:22 (UTC)
Rakshi
rakshi at 2010-05-30 16:15 (UTC) ()
This is absolutely perfect.

*hugs*
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-05-30 17:20 (UTC) ()
Yeats wrote the poem about WWI and its aftermath, which was another utter clusterfuck that never should have happened.
MagicWoman
magicwoman at 2010-06-04 13:45 (UTC) ()
Wishing you a very happy birthday!

Susan
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primroseburrows at 2010-06-05 04:13 (UTC) ()
Aww, thank you! *hugs*
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