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What's it Worth to Go Faster?

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 oil spills reported to the U.S. government every year? Yeah, that’s a lot. I fail to underst...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

What's it Worth to Go Faster?

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 oil spills reported to the U.S. government every year? Yeah, that’s a lot.

I fail to understand—if we know the risks, the damages to environment, and effect on communities around drill sites—why we still drill offshore for oil and frack for natural gas.

If you think about it, it’s an ugly practice. Corporations (that’s the key word here) drill through the seabed, disrupting wildlife and habitats, to make money. It’s just baffling to me that people allow this, despite knowing the harm. It seems money is more important than morality. Harming the earth with machines to extract oil doesn’t sound right. Companies, like Exxon, advertise their business and clean energy when in reality it isn’t. They stress the “natural” in natural gas to make it sound normal, leading the consumer to think, “Hm, if it’s natural, then it’s there for us to use safely, right?” Wrong. Natural gas is extracted by fracking: drilling through the earth and sucking out gases in shale rock. There is nothing natural about this process. “Natural” means part of nature. Sure, we take things like wood, plants, and other animals that are part of nature, but we are innately able to do that, without the need of machines. Drilling poisons communities’ water supplies and air. There is nothing natural about breaking the earth to get money. Come to think of it, why do we have money? Louis C.K. explores this...


It looks fake, doesn't it?
Louis C.K., a famous stand up comedian shares his hilarious take on the drilling situation. Please take two minutes to watch this video (WARNING: explicit language, NSFW). Comedic purpose and swear words aside, Louis C.K. has some valid points that are very hard to disagree with. He understands the outrageousness of drilling for oil and trying to improve the earth when, in reality, the earth is being destroyed. We are not looking after the place we live and future generations will have to pay for the greed of corporations because people right now “wanna go faster.” 

So, Christmas Music is Starting

Is it just me, or is Christmas music playing in November not a big deal. Everyone always says, "Ugh. If I hear another Christmas song I'm gonna die. It's the FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER!" To that, I say calm down.

Who cares if Christmas music is on the radio? The point of Christmas music is to get you in the spirit of the holidays. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, there's always been something special about  the uplifting tone of bells, warm voices, and exciting Spanish singing (FelĂ­z Navidad). As a young kid, it was so exciting to ride around the neighborhood with Christmas music blaring while gazing at the awesome lights on houses. The music is all about nostalgia and nostalgia makes you happy. Also, November is the month of... nothing. I mean, there's Thanksgiving, but people overeat everyday. It's a holiday to tie people over from the lapse between Halloween and Christmas (I'm not including Hanukkah because, really, it's not an important holiday and not even mentioned in the Torah). People opposed to Christmas music don't realize the music's purpose. 

On the other hand, I understand that people get annoyed because of the constant replaying of the music. It is November 8, and holiday music has been playing for a couple weeks already. Honestly, I get annoyed with Christmas music, and already am right now. There are a select few of recognizable Christmas songs so they have to be played over and over. There are also multiple versions of each song, and most are bad compared to the originals. Hearing these songs too many songs actually make me lose my “holiday cheer”. I’ve never been a fan of the radio because it is a cycle of popular songs that you hear a countless number of times until it is difficult to even listen to through the first minute. Christmas songs follow the same pattern, but it happens the next year, and the next year and the next. There are a handful of people that are all for Christmas music in October and November and I don’t understand that. It is simply too early. 


Though I think Christmas-themes music has no place in October and throughout November, it doesn’t affect me at all. I just choose to not listen to the radio, and other people like me should, too. I think people whining about Christmas music in the late fall is more annoying than the constant of music itself. Do you like Christmas in November? Do you complain about it?