.I feel a theory coalescing about "-ers." Truthers, birthers, deniers of the Holocaust, of evolution, of global warming, of whatever. I'm coming around to the conviction that it's all a form of magical thinking. There's a hard and unpleasant fact they wish weren't so and therefore they try to make it go away by an act of will. They're voting against it in their minds. Which is why they're so outraged when you argue the facts -- how can you possibly be in favor of that?
This is how we got to where we are with the Gulf of Mexico today. When Obama and Bush and I don't know how many presidents before them stood up and talked about how we can have "environmentally safe deep-sea drilling," they weren't lying exactly. They were voting for a future without oil spills.
They were engaged in acts of magic.
The trouble is that magic doesn't work. You know what does? Consulting with grumpy people who know their business.
Which is why the following video about booming in the Gulf is so depressing. You'd think that recent events would have convinced BP of the merits of listening to their engineers. No such luck.
As a verbal artifact, though, the engineer's insanely profane rant about "fucking booming" is quite wonderful. Almost magical, in fact.
And as long as I'm here . . .
Allow me to remind you that I'll be at ConQuesT in Kansas City this weekend. Among my other activities, I'll be doing a reading of a story which I crafted from the opening chapters of the Darger & Surplus novel. Plus, I've donated a story in a bottle to their charity auction. And I'm always happy to chat.
So if you're there, don't feel shy about saying hello.