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Monday, June 23, 2008

The End of Country Happiness

posted by on June 23 at 13:00 PM

The BBC reports:

Oil prices have risen after emergency talks among the world’s top oil powers and leading consuming nations over the weekend ended with no real resolution.

US light, sweet crude for August delivery increased by $1.38 a barrel to settle at $136.74 while London Brent crude was up $0.99 at $136.24 a barrel.

Those thick and too happity country people over there?
1378-equine_3.jpg It might benefit them greatly to recall (and restore) the role horses had in the pre-automobile world of their humble/honest/hardworking/churchgoing ancestors.

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WTF is he doing to that horse?

Posted by John | June 23, 2008 1:36 PM

I don't know, but I hope the horse kicks him in the balls. Looks like it is ready to do so, anyway.

Posted by boonimusprime | June 23, 2008 1:42 PM

What does it cost to feed a horse?

And then there is the matter of all that horse shit in the streets (if everyone is riding a horse).

Posted by Hey wait | June 23, 2008 1:44 PM

is that a still from 'Zoo'?

Posted by jameyb | June 23, 2008 1:49 PM

Most people couldn't afford horses. Even mules were pretty expensive back then.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 1:55 PM

You do understand that the food you eat and the wine you drink is produced in the country and transported to your local store by the means of some sort of fossil-fuel-powered conveyance, right?

Posted by flamingbanjo | June 23, 2008 1:56 PM

Yeah, or else they'll just increase the cost of the food that they grow and you pay for.

And since when has the American farmer had a happy life?

Posted by Hates Charles Mudede | June 23, 2008 1:57 PM


you are such a stupid fuckrag. i hate when i accidentally read your posts.

Posted by tiffany | June 23, 2008 1:59 PM

@6 - Actually, Canada already has done experiments on wind-power fuel cell engines for trains, which are far more efficient than diesel engines, flaminggbanjo, so that's not technically true.

And with plug-in hybrids getting around 100 mpg and most of our region having cheap electricity from wind, solar, and hydro - it definitely won't be true for much longer.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 2:06 PM

W.I.S. : I think what you mean is it technically is true, unless those wind-powered trains you speak of are currently in operation, having replaced the fossil-fuel-powered trains and trucks that currently transport food from producer to consumer.

But it's a great idea, nevertheless.

Posted by flamingbanjo | June 23, 2008 2:10 PM

That photo disturbs my innards.

Posted by ahava | June 23, 2008 2:12 PM

Sculptor David Černư has been there and done that:

Posted by Algernon | June 23, 2008 2:17 PM

will, an overhead line would be more efficient than a fuel cell.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 23, 2008 2:20 PM

also, for trains having a line form of electricity would be more feasible because train trips are generally point a to point b trips, instead of the multifaceted trips of cars.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 23, 2008 2:25 PM

Give it up people. There's too many of you. That's the real problem. Everything else is just tinking around the edges.

Posted by Vince | June 23, 2008 2:36 PM

@10 - they built them, so they exist.

Mind you, that was around 2004 ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 2:40 PM

Over where? Ocala, Florida? Does being intentionally opaque in references give you kicks? A link finally gets put in a charles post and it, unsurprisingly, has nothing to do with the post itself? Oh, almost forgot, do you hope that those "Happity" (ps WTF is happity??) people in Oklahoma go back to horse-drawn buggies, because they may have a blind spot and may accidentally run over a "relative" that may be different than those people? And no, I don't feel like letting it go.

Posted by Charles_Mudede_Is_A_Latent_Racist | June 23, 2008 2:41 PM

.... wow, CMIALR, you make my writing style look great ....

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 4:06 PM

Nothing Charles has ever written is near as bad as using the phrase, " And no, I don't feel like letting it go" over and over again!

Posted by mj | June 23, 2008 4:31 PM

Not just poo.

Annoying things that went away and made cities nicer when cars replaced horses:

1) pee
2) poo
3) corpses rotting in street (really)
4) noise - yes, steel-shod hooves on cobblestones made quite a racket, compared to cars
5) having to put on an onion on your belt when you rode to Shelbyville, which was the style at the time

We all know what down sides cars have, of course.

Posted by CP | June 23, 2008 5:36 PM

17, 19: Somebody else needs to let it go...

Has the Amanda Knox story completely dried up? No Police Beat II?

Posted by move along | June 23, 2008 6:12 PM

I can't rememeber the last time that horse invited me over for a cup of coffee. Why must that horse treat me so disrespectfully?

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | June 23, 2008 7:04 PM

Condescending AND totally out of touch with reality. Good one!

Posted by Lydia | June 24, 2008 7:02 AM

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