Anticosti, the steal of the century? (The Huffington Post)
Maxime Duchesne July 27, 2012
Original French text: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/maxime-duchesne/ile-anticosti-petrole_b_1708848.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-quebec
There have been so many scandals in Quebec in recent years that nothing surprises us anymore. When front-page headlines announce that a Liberal minister handed out juicy contracts to generous party contributors, it seems so banal and normal we don’t even bother to read the article. But among all these presumed scandals, there’s one subject in particular that raises some serious questions: the transfer of Anticosti’s oil exploitation rights to the private sector.
Recent studies have shown that the subsoil of Anticosti Island could contain the equivalent of 30 to 40 billion barrels of oil. At more than 100 dollars a barrel, that amounts to almost 4,000 billion dollars of oil. For the sake of comparison, Quebec’s debt is “only” 250 billion. Since 1987, many geologists have noted the possibility of large oil reserves due to the island’s composition.
"They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide"
An NBC spokesperson, in a statement sent to the Wall Street Journal, on why the Olympic games would be made available in the United States via a tape delay instead of a live stream.
NBC played up the importance of delivering context to its audience — context like explaining who Tim Berners-Lee is. Or how about Meredith Vieira saying none of the kids who performed in the tribtue to the National Health Service “look sick?” Or “Bar Trivia with Bob Costas” in which we learn that Finland “doles” out traffic tickets based on income?
There’s your context, America. That’s why you couldn’t watch a live stream of a global event in 2012. Context.
so fucked up…
(Source: matthewkeys, via motherjones)