How many angels can dance on the head of an oil rig?

On Thursday, when I turned on my radio, I was appalled to hear that the topic on the BBC program World Have Your Say was “Should we feel sorry for [BP CEO] Tony Hayward?”
Who cares? A more appropriate question might have been, “Is it time to nationalize the oil companies?” Or perhaps, “Is capitalism really going to kill us all, or is there still some way to stop it?”
Frankly, the rest of the commentary I heard on NPR that day was no better, dwelling on the comments of a particular Senator who had apologized to the CEO, on the Vice President’s criticism of the Senator’s apology, and on the Senator’s subsequent apology for his apology, and how all this might affect the public image of yadda yadda yadda.
In times like these, encouraging thoughtful, concerned people to expend their limited time and energy considering how many angels can dance on the head of a pin is almost worse than no news at all.

About Al Bradbury

Labor journalist by day, singer-songwriter by night, Odonian at all hours.

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