Stolen goods

I can’t believe it. My wonderful guitar, it turns out, is stolen goods. That means I have to return it 🙁

The store I got it from did all the right things, yet 2.5 months later the police notified them that it was reported stolen. So they’ve done all they can to assist me getting a new guitar – I’m heading in on Saturday to work out the details – but I lose the Tele. V. disappointed to say the least.

I just hope all the ’72 re-issues are as good as the one I have to give back… and that whoever the owner is gets as much joy and use out of it as I have.

BP’s friendly face

I’ve been seeing advertising around the city touting BP’s “green credentials” – paraphrased, the ad says “We committed to reducing our emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. We did it by 2001.”

I find these ads mildly offensive, because BP are still making massive profits – $4.21 billion in one quarter (and this is considered a “bad” quarter) – from their primary busines – selling petrol. Of course, this is one of the major contributors to global warming, so the company’s claims seemed to me to be a bit disingenuous, to say the least.

But, what is even worse still is that while BP are out touting their “green-ness”, they have paid $1.1 billion in fines in the US alone for environment-related violations.

BP are one of the most forward thinking of the Big Oil companies (not that that says much). They have announced an investment, globally, $1.8 billion over 3 years. Working this out another way, that equates to $0.15 billion per quarter – or around 3% of profit.

Don’t get me wrong: $1.8 billion is a big investment in anyone’s language, but it’s a tiny fraction compared to the damage their main business does.

Mostly, though, I reckon that BP should spend less money on advertising how green they are, and more money on actually doing the right thing…