And I'm not big on recommending Marketplace (heard on NPR) because I think it really works overtime to be a megaphone for corporations (and it does work to be that); however, they have had a few informative stories about the oil prices this week and none of the above includes audio. And of the audio, I would argue that "All going up: Oil prices, gas prices, a good glass of wine" is the strongest.
We have many community members who prefer audio for various reasons. Including one man who's married to a woman who is blind. They're among our earliest community members. And the husband has to read all the text outloud. So if we've got an audio or video link, he can click that and they can both enjoy that together. He was kind enough to e-mail me and remind me that we all try to work it in but it really is still C.I. that does it. And he's right. C.I. usually has at least one audio link -- at least one -- in every snapshot. And we all try to do that but we forget. So thank you to him for reminding me. I'm sure I'll need reminding again. So e-mail me when I forget.
The reason I like the Marketplace report that I said was the strongest is because it does what I try to do here, look at how this impacts that. Too often, you get a story on rising gas prices that doesn't register beyond "gas going up at the pump." Gas going up at the pump means your produce at the super market's going to cost more. (That includes organic, locally grown usually because when they up the rate on the non-local, they usually up the rate on the local as well.) Everything goes up, the cost rises and rises.
Gas prices do not just effect you in terms of how much money you pay at the pump if you drive. It impacts the price of all the goods that show up at the stores. It impacts the price of heating and cooling your residence (unless you're solar).
And the other reason I'm concerned with the price of oil right now is that there are a number of people insisting that 'we' need to go to war with Libya. I don't think 'we' need another war -- we've got quite enough going already and none of our wars have ended. But I've been noticing how the Guardian -- a supposed left newspaper out of England -- has done one article and one column after another basically urging war.
If you've missed that coverage, you can start with this article "On Libya we can't let ourselves be scarred by Iraq" -- and again, this is supposed to be a 'left' paper out of England. (It's a paper for New Labour -- England's War Party from the left.)
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: