Wednesday, March 21, 2012

We can not drill our selves out of high gasoline prices.

Drill baby drill makes a nice bumper sticker but other than that has no real value.
US Oil drilling has never been more active. Putting it bluntly, we are running out of gas! The more we use and the more we mine, the harder it is to reach and the more expensive it becomes.

It makes for great campaign slogans and election rhetoric to blame Obama for gasoline price based on his opposition to drilling. The problem is, it isn't accurate.  More oil drilling takes place here than any place in the world and this has accelerated under Obama. If you want to blame Obama for something, blame him for having troops in Afghanistan not for gasoline prices.

Gasoline prices spike more because of oil speculators than on supply and demand. Follow the smell. Like forclosed mortgages, the smell of high gasoline prices at the pumps will lead you directly to Wall Street.

There is only one way to whip the high price of gasoline - stop using it.  The price will dip once in a while but the trend will continue upward.  Remember when it hit $3 for the first time?  Remember how we screamed? Now $3 gasoline is considered the good old days.  The fact is, the supply of oil is finite and it's mostly gone. The demand for gasoline, absent a change in attitudes is infinite as the global economy expands. Alternative fuels is the only possible answer to higher and higher gasoline costs. Changes to the conventional combustion engine are having an effect but the growing market penetration of alternative fuelled vehicles (AFV) - specifically hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) - is likely to have a more significant impact on US gasoline consumption over the longer term. Add to that, the collateral benefits of eliminating the dependence on foreign unstable governments and cleaner air and what's not to like? 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Book blames justice system for unjust verdict in California murder trials

Book blames justice system for unjust verdict in California murder trials
Brooks W. Wilson revisits controversial verdict in a high profile murder case in “The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited: The Criminal Justice System Found Guilty”
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – “The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited: The Criminal Justice System Found Guilty” (ISBN 146801370X) by Brooks W. Wilson shows the miscarriage of justice in the case against Louise Overell and Bud Gollum in the murders of Overell’s parents, Walter and Beulah Overell, as well as in other cases throughout America. He uses examples like the trials of Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson to demonstrate the United States’ flawed justice system.

Wilson analyzes the investigation and trial of Overell and Gollum, who purchased dynamite the day before an explosion on the Overells’ boat killed both of her parents. He shows what their lives were like pre-trial and post-trial to give an accurate description of how the injustices of some are unfortunately not surprising.

“The adversarial system has morphed into a system where guilty persons are given a 50 percent chance of acquittal,” Wilson says. “I was reminded of my reaction to this case as I read of the verdict in the Casey Anthony case.”

Overell and Gollum were acquitted for the murder of Overell’s parents in 1947. Wilson says acquittals like this, paired with the Michael Jackson and Robert Blake verdicts, show a weakness in the criminal justice system.

Wilson follows the relationship of Overell and Gollum from before the murder, through their time in jail, through the trial and even shows their lives after the trial in “The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited.” As someone who followed the case as a teenager, Wilson believes his book delves deeper than others on this particular case due to his prior knowledge and experience as a police officer.

“The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited: The Criminal Justice System Found Guilty” is available for sale online at and the following sites:     $12.00
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About the Author:
Brooks W. Wilson has an associate’s in police science, a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in public administration. He worked for 25 years in law enforcement, administration, investigation and research. He has had several reports published by the state of California.

Brooks W. Wilson
Phone:                         (909) 615-8112