Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner
judith

Visiting others

Today's suggestion over at 2k Bloggers is to write comments in our own journals about articles in others' journals. This means reading posts in other journals! Livejournalers consider it a matter of courtesy to do this regularly, and I know I fail the social test because my reading of other journals is so sporadic. I decided it is time to change this behavior and went out hunting. My first foray brought up treasure:

Oh the joy in discovering thinkers out there, thinkers who are saying what I'm thinking and more, and saying it better than I do. One of these folks is James Kunstler, author of a few books and keeper of the Clusterfuck Nation blog. Well, yeah, I visited the blog because of the name. Lucky for me it wasn't all haha. Although the man does have a sense of humor.

The article that caught my fancy is today's post, "Rigged to Blow". In it he notes that we Americans are living obliviously on borrowed time because our transportation system, heavily dependent on roads and personal vehicles and oil, is going to implode. And we will wonder what the f**k happened. True, he's hardly the first to make such comments. But he makes his case so beautifully that it is worth reading. Intrigued by this guy I had never heard of before I went to his main website, where I found a review he had written on a book called "Sprawl". He takes the authors to task for drawing false conclusions from questionable statistics. I have read other reviews of this book that came to the same place, mostly in planning magazines. But again, this one is so well-written it's worth a look. Also, reviews like this rarely make it to the mainstream. We are more likely to see a lightweight article extolling the book, saying it's okay, folks, to sprawl forever! This book proves it. Which, of course, it doesn't. The concept reminds me of the economic theory that we will grow forever, which I have always thought insane.
Tags: 2k bloggers, vehicle use
Subscribe

  • The Jerry Bruckheimer Effect

    I suppose it is the curse of anyone who is musical to be unable to ignore music. I am plagued by the piped in music in stores and I choke when I hear…

  • Adventures Downtown

    Yesterday I went downtown three times. The first time I passed by the pasty place and decided to stop and get one. The second time was to pick up a…

  • (no subject)

    NetworkedBlogs Blog: Judith's Topics: Personal, Mental Illness, Animal Rights Follow my blog

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments