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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Oil, International Relations, and Angelina Jolie

I thought that title might catch you.

This is a shout-out post, a pat on the back. Virtually, that is. I have come across two blog entries in the past 24 hours that made me stand up and salute. Again, only virtually. Being a sharing person by nature, here goes:

The first is a new post on Oil Politics International, an excellent blog covering issues of foreign affairs as they relate to energy and oil. The blog had been on hiatus for a few months, but it's back and just as insightful as ever. If you spend only five minutes a week reading about the rest of the world--and how it affects everything from prices at your pump to our country's future--spend it at Oil Politics International.

And the blog's writer has encyclopedic knowledge of world politics and energy issues, so use his comments section as your personal tutor space. Or your prep course for that "Jeopardy!" appearance you keep putting off.

The second is a new post about popular perceptions of Angelina Jolie (and Brad Pitt, to a lesser extent) on Stranded in Suburbia. If you don't like Ms. Jolie for her Billy Bob-blood antics or brother-kissing habits, fine. But Laurie points out that a little green monster may have more influence than logic does on Angelina-haters.

So what do you think--is Angelina a vicious homewrecker ... or a talented, gorgeous woman whose independent streak is refreshing? Is she really of Czech, French-Canadian, English, and Iroquois ethnicity ... or of otherworld origins? Talk to me.

21 Comments:

At January 17, 2006 2:03 PM, Blogger BuffyICS replied to my musings ...

Personally I think Angelina Jolie is great, and I hardly ever bother reading the tabloids to find out what the recent gossip is on her and Brad Pitt. Besides, whether her involvement with Brad caused the divorce with Jen or not is more Brad's problem than Angelina's. He's the one who stepped out after all...

 
At January 17, 2006 2:13 PM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

I think she's a great actress, but I think she also has mental problems. Let's just say I don't trust her, but so what, I don't know her & probably never will. I really don't care what she does with her life.

 
At January 17, 2006 3:18 PM, Blogger Ben Heller replied to my musings ...

I can make O.I.L out of Ms. Jolie's second name if that's any help.

 
At January 17, 2006 4:28 PM, Blogger Metal Mark replied to my musings ...

She's not with a band or wearing a football helmet so my interest is fading fast.

 
At January 17, 2006 10:28 PM, Blogger :P fuzzbox replied to my musings ...

She has more in the looks and balls areas than either the brains or respect areas. I can't forget the afterglow kisses with Billy Bob on the Red carpet as Billy Bob tells the reporter that they had just f**ked in the car as Angelinas Dad stands in the background of the shot.

 
At January 17, 2006 11:19 PM, Blogger Dear Jane replied to my musings ...

david, great presidential post by the way...i am too tired to check out the first link tonight, but I already read Laurie's, so I feel free to comment on it. I think Jealousy plays a big part in people's opinions about Angelina...women are threatened by other women who use sexuality to get what they want...too bad, because it ususally works.

 
At January 18, 2006 9:40 AM, Blogger LocuTus of Borg replied to my musings ...

Talented, gorgeous, sexy woman with an independent streak ... she rocks!! =)

 
At January 18, 2006 10:50 AM, Blogger PDD replied to my musings ...

Apparently she has been waxed Cinderella's evil step mother in some sort of wax museum. Why do these establishments exist?

 
At January 18, 2006 11:26 AM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

She's a beautiful woman, and she does a lot of philanthropy. That whole thing with Billy Bob and her brother, however, make me believe she is mentally unstable too.

 
At January 18, 2006 11:30 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Looks like more positive than negative about the lady so far. Well, apart from the mental problems and lack of respect ... She has said before that her close (er, VERY close) relationship with her brother derives from the abusive household they endured as children. For what that's worth.

Jane: Same to you but more of it. 'Twas a honor.

Psychic: The wax museum is on my list of creepiest human inventions. Along with the clown.

-- david

 
At January 18, 2006 12:01 PM, Blogger ticharu replied to my musings ...

Peak Oil is another site *peakoil.com* with a ton of great info.
I read an interesting article the other day about how the war isn't about oil as much as it's about making sure that oil is traded in dollars. A viewpoint I'd not run into before. But it made perfect sense.
Saddam was ready to make the move from dollars to euros, and now Iran has voiced it's intention to sell oil for euros as well.
Have you run across this argument before? That our standing in the world and our motivations militarily are bassed entirely on maintaining the amount of dollars held by foriegn governments.

 
At January 18, 2006 12:30 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

I have not seen this argument; I'm sure cash reserves (or lack thereof) are a factor in many such decisions. In most cases, however, I find that the simplest explanation is the best, and decision to get into the Iraq war can be explained much more simply than via a dollar-reserves conspiracy.

Thanks for stopping by--I'll have to check out the Peak Oil site.

-- david

 
At January 18, 2006 2:04 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn replied to my musings ...

I think Angelina Jolie is a very odd person. I'm glad she is involved as a goodwill ambassador, though, and I applaud her efforts to help others. I've seen her in a couple of interviews, and she is just very odd. I think she has a lot of emotional issues.

 
At January 18, 2006 4:26 PM, Blogger ticharu replied to my musings ...

I like simple explanations too. This explanation SIMPLY fits with the notion that what is on the surface is NEVER the truth. :-)

 
At January 18, 2006 5:20 PM, Blogger An80sNut replied to my musings ...

I'll be holding onto that first link so I can add to my understanding of energy issues. Thank you for that. As for Angelina, she looks great but people that get upset about what entertainers do with their personal lives need help. I'm shocked that people aren't calling Brad, Womb Raider.

 
At January 19, 2006 5:37 AM, Blogger Caz replied to my musings ...

At least now that she's pregnant the orphans of the world can heave a sigh of relief, for a short while.

 
At January 19, 2006 10:46 AM, Blogger Jenn replied to my musings ...

Hahaha Womb Raider!

Angelina? Hmm.... I don't know what I think about all that.

 
At January 19, 2006 9:43 PM, Blogger Kid Jacque replied to my musings ...

I'm jealous because she is beautiful however I wouldn't want her life from what I have seen.

I'm sure she is just as mental as the rest of the population the only difference being that it's in the public eye for all to see.

Sometimes I think she is trying to be the new 'Princess Diana'. I'm sure she is doing things out of the kindness of her heart but then again - how much of it's for publicity....?

Oh whatever - she just some chick....

 
At January 21, 2006 1:47 AM, Blogger Laurie replied to my musings ...

I missed this earlier, David!

The book "Peak Oil" is good; you might also want to check out "Secrets of the Kingdom", which goes into the ties between the US and Saudi Arabia - all involving oil.

Anyway, as for my girl Angelina - we're all a little crazy, no? And she does more good than most of the Hollywood types (just adopting two kids who would have otherwise had horrible lives was amazing), so if she's a little "weird" - who are we to judge? She's gorgeous, talented, and from what I can see, a great mom. She's also independent and plays by her own rules - and I totally admire that in a woman.

Yeah, I'm a little biased ;-)

 
At January 23, 2006 5:10 PM, Blogger Sarah replied to my musings ...

Angelina Jolie is stunning, independant, powerful, famous, and every other great quality trait in the book. Sure you will see a lot of beautiful women, but Angelina Jolie has everything besides the status quo meat market expectations. She doesn't try to be someone she isn't, she is simply herself and she's making it known to the world. I think people can say she isn't their type, but I don't think they can ever call her nasty or ugly because she is definitely not either. I wish Angelina true happiness and the best of luck in her life.

 
At January 28, 2006 1:08 AM, Blogger Pixie replied to my musings ...

Well if the trashy mags are to be believed "its a boy" due May the 2nd, concieved * shock* Whilst Brad was still married.

 

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