23 Jun 2010

“I’ve got 20 million plus gallons of highly toxic sludge. Where do you want it?”

BREAKING June 23 – I was going to add this to an earlier diary entry, but I don’t think it should be buried. It looks like the worst-case scenario is becoming stark reality. From the Associated Press via

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21 Jun 2010

British Petroleum is “burning sea turtles alive”

From The Raw Story: A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned alive in BP’s controlled burns of the oil swirling around the Gulf of Mexico, and a boat captain tasked with saving them says the company has blocked rescue efforts. Mike Ellis, a boat captain involved

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20 Jun 2010

As much as 100,000 barrels of oil a day; at least 4.5 bln cubic feet of methane since April 20

When President Obama gave his speech last week, the only actual course of action he offered was to pray. I’m starting to think that maybe that really is our only chance. From Reuters via The New York Times: An internal BP Plc document released on Sunday by a senior U.S.

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18 Jun 2010

Worst case scenario unfolding in Gulf: Oil leaking from seabed, methane building up

This video is from the Viking Poseidon, one of the remotes monitoring the area around the leaking oil well in the Gulf. According to the GPS information on the screen, the remote is about 70 feet away from the well-head. Yes, folks: that is oil oozing — and then gushing

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17 Jun 2010

Sam Seder: Gay is Icky

I’m not even going to try and turn this into a proper diary entry: it stands all alone in its greatness. Enjoy!

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17 Jun 2010

Spy for us or never return home: Obama’s new tactic in the war on terror?

From The Voice of America which, let me remind you, is an official mouthpiece of the US federal government: Yayha Wehelie is one of six American-born children of a Somali couple who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s. Two years ago, with his mother’s encouragement, he went to Yemen

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14 Jun 2010

Depressing news: First tropical depression of the season forming in Atlantic

From the Orlando Sentinel: Two weeks into the hurricane season and what could be the first named storm of the year is brewing in the central Atlantic Ocean — maybe. The National Hurricane Center gives the “broad area of low pressure” a 60 percent chance of turning into something worth

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10 Jun 2010

Breaking yet another campaign promise: Obama seeks to lift ban on whaling

Is there any group that Obama has NOT screwed over yet? From the UPI: Barack Obama is breaking a campaign promise as his administration backs an effort to lift a 24-year ban on commercial whaling, critics say. Environmentalists, already unhappy with the administration’s allegedly lackluster response to the Gulf of

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07 Jun 2010

Rethinking the First Amendment

This diary by Pam got me thinking about the First Amendment, specifically the two parts dealing with religion: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The 14th Amendment extends this protection down to state goverments: No State shall make or enforce

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25 May 2010

HR 5353 – ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

Last week, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives with the title, “War Is Making You Poor Act.” This bill proposes reallocating the money from the “emergency” military spending bill — worth about $159 BILLION — currently under consideration in Congress and using it to

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