It's not really about energy. How late in silly season does it have to be before you get stories like this? A treadle to borrow a few ergs from autos passing by. Somehow the writer involved (and some franchise owners who let their brands be used) completely missed the back-of-the-envelope analysis that you'll find in the fourth comment to the story, which makes it obvious that this placement is about gullibility, not greenery. Do I have to be a cynic to guess it has more to do with this chart than it does the environment?
And that's the news tonight. Jeff Nolan nails an unwittingly self-revelatory comment from ABC Nightly News' executive producer, John Banner. Banner is mentally stuck in the constraints of his legacy distribution platform, and won't stand back to realize that 24 hour availability is not a problem from the point of view of his former audience, it's a feature. I can't put Jeff's summation any better:
What the traditional news business can’t seem to stomach is that their profession isn’t that complex after all and their historical barrier for entry was not access but distribution, which in our age is not a steep barrier to overcome at all.
Check your six, JB. Regardless of your politics, you've got to respect the launch of Breitbart's Big Government site. From rumor to legislation mover in a week. And talk about 'afflcting the comfortable'. This is going to end up a textbook example for new media launches, up there with the canonical Blair Witch viral campaign.
Speaking of legacies. A blast from 50 years in the past as IIHC crashes a current model car with a '59 Chevy.
Did they get their clunker credit? At least it wasn't a '57, which would be a mortal sin. (Via the Insta-guy. Go back 50 more years, and there's this:
That's the S. S. Keewatin, dating to 1907, the oldest surviving Great Lakes steamer, moored at Douglas, Michigan where we're vacationing and visiting family.