"Imagine if I inherited a billion dollars from my father.
Now imagine I used some of that money to get some of my college buddies elected
Now imagine we just “happened” to have lunch and a round of golf and in passing
I mentioned I’d like some “deregulation” (aka slashing of democratic
protections) so that I could get even richer by using chemicals and mining
equipment to hydraulically fracture the ground behind your house in order to
extract gases that I could then burn for power while helping to roast the
Once the gas well ran out, I naturally would decide to move on to my next
money-getting venture. But you, poor reader, would have one heck of a disaster
in your backyard — a hideous rusting natural gas plant, poisoned water,
earthquakes shaking your house to the bones.
On the bright side, at least your child’s swingset would swing itself."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics