The whole point of the thread is that $300 oil isn't the end of the world.
It did seem to be drifting into "people I don't like are in charge making decisions I disagree with so everything is going to shit" territory, I thought.
*Note: I've tried to honestly capture my own likely reactions, opinions etc. in this; this shouldn't be taken as a completely reliable narrator
And yes, I did run with DXIII's ideas on the politics. I think portraying a future where leaders we dislike get into power and actually do a decent job (for a while at least) might be interesting.
They've marked up the prices on the newspapers again. And the food. Annoying. Inflation, I guess. I've noticed a lot of the prices seem to be going up lately. Nothing serious, just a few extra cents. Well, except for gas, but then when are gas prices not
I buy my newspaper and breakfast, walk home, make my coffee. Breakfast and a newspaper, my Sunday indulgence. Something about Palestine draws my attention, and I decide to be a good boy for a change; spinach before dessert, I'll read the news section before I read the editorials and comics and science times and book and movie reviews.
Coffee's OK, I put a ton of sugar into it as usual. Bagel sandwich doesn't have much of a taste. Maybe it's the whole wheat, or maybe it's just not very good. I think I'll go back to tradition next week; a donut.
I look through the newspaper. It's pretty much the usual. The usual trouble in the Middle East. Sanders plans to appeal to the Supreme Court. Gas prices at an all-time high, negotiations in progress to expand the oil sand mining in Canada. I wonder it that'll make any difference to me. There's supposed to be a ton of oil in the sands and shales and other "unconventional reserves" - several times everything we've used up so far, going by those papers I read anyway - but then I have the suspicion the prices they charge us have very little do with the physical world, and a lot more to do with what they think they can get away with demanding.
The TPF has been cancelled again. No surprise, with the economy tanking pure science is bound to get cut - and I can't really say I disagree with that. Most of those planets probably didn't change all that much in the last million years and won't in the next million years - they can wait a decade or three. I actually feel a little petty relief. That thing was going to make my sci fi as quaintly obsolete as Ray Bradbury's Mars. Sometimes I think it would have been better if I'd been born earlier - I wouldn't have had this problem if I'd been writing in the 80s. Then again, I wouldn't have had a computer. Imagine having to do all my research at the library, not having that ocean of information at my fingertips. No thanks.
I flip over to the editorials. Speculation that, with the economy tanking, the Democrats may finally have a shot at becoming relevant again. I have to admit the Repubs had by all appearances done a surprisingly good job up to the last few years, the economy had been good in the teens - credit where credit is due. Poor Jeb, it looks like he might just be the first Republican one-term President of the twenty-first century.
Hmm, "The End of Car Culture?" With gas prices being what they are carpooling, public transport riding is on the rise. People are driving less. The editorialist is all set to dance on its grave. I think he's full of shit. If the sand oil doesn't work out they'll switch to methane, or batteries, or something. I'm more pissed off because he seems to think this would be a good thing. Puritanism for the twenty-first century; righteous disgust at people fucking is so nineteenth century, the way of the future is righteous disgust at people consuming. Different package, different object of disgust, same impulse; distrust and resentment of the natural tendency of the masses to seek pleasure, an excuse to feel better than them.
Then again, I'm a total arrogant judgmental self-superior prick myself, so who am I to judge?
I finish up my coffee, put on my slippers, and go to wash it out. The annoying thing about living alone is having to wash my own dishes. I don't like washing dishes.