Letter to International Tribune re the Plight of the Oil Traders

And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men

Revelations 18:11

Edward G. Nilges
Hong Kong

29 June 2010

International Herald Tribune

To whom it may concern:

I find your coverage of the poor unfortunate BP traders getting new jobs in “BP traders lose market edge because of oil spill” (Nelson D. Schwartz, IHT 29 June 2010) to be journalistic malpractice if such a concept may be said to exist any more.

This is because the real story is on YouTube: of screaming children on beaches with oil on their feet.

Is writing so consistently from the point of view of the most well off supposed to reassure us that we are, too, men of wealth and taste?

The man in the nice suit walks upon the fouled beach, wearing Eddie Bauer’s boots bought for the occasion the day before. Is it a photo opportunity or a token clean up? Or is this the way the world ends?


Edward G. Nilges



2 Responses to “Letter to International Tribune re the Plight of the Oil Traders”

  1. Mr Creosote Says:

    “lead, a component of crude petroleum,”

    No it isn’t, it’s an additive.

  2. spinoza1111 Says:

    Thank you very much, fatso. You are absolutely right and it was my mistake. I should have fact checked. The situation is bad enough without giving people one more thing to worry about. The letter reads even better, because petroleum by itself is itself a toxin, and one BP trader’s income isn’t worth as much as one kid at the beach.

    My apologies to anyone who got the wrong information.

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