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The Satire Keeps Spilling Out

And sometimes, life imitates farce. Thus the spectacle of BP’s Chief Executive Officer Tony “I’d like my life back” Hayward spending the weekend at a yacht race.

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Another World Is Possible, Another Detroit Is Happening

“I have a dream.” Ask anyone where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first proclaimed those words, and the response will most likely be at the March on Washington in August 1963. In fact, he delivered them two months earlier, on June 23, in Detroit.

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Full Service or Self Serve? [A Cartoon From Sweden]

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The World and the Soccer

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AP / Prakash Hatvalne

From Bhopal to BP

The “massacre” sentences were far too light, but at least India put executives on trial. Let’s hope the U.S. has the will to fully investigate and, if warranted, try BP executives.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


All Shook Up for BP

Joe Barton is not alone. The Texas congressman’s lavish sympathy for BP—which he sees not as perpetrator of a preventable disaster but as victim of a White House “shakedown”—is actually what passes for mainstream opinion among conservative Republicans today.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Compromise Would Legalize Commercial Whaling

The international community has totally failed to convince Japan, Iceland and Norway to stop hunting whales, including those facing extinction. A new proposal would allow the rogue nations to drop the pretense of scientific research in exchange for a reduction in kills, but environmentalists are skeptical.

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Gas Prices

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Barton Bath

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BP Develops Technology to Convert Lies Into Energy

At a press conference at corporate headquarters in London, BP CEO Tony Hayward said that environmentalists would embrace the new technology “because lies are a totally renewable resource.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Chuck Kennedy

BP Putting Together a $50 Billion Cleanup Fund

As anger grows over the fact that BP’s CEO is out watching a yacht race while the Gulf oil blowout festers, a London paper reports that BP is set to raise $50 billion to cover the cleanup costs for the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: All BP, All the Time

Sparks fly on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” when the topic turns to the giant enviro-tastrophe that is the BP spill and what the role of government should be in the handling of same. Tony Blankley and Bob Scheer, take it away.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


A Different Kind of Malaise

President Obama gave a good and sensible speech that was not a home run. What’s odd is that Obama was seen as needing a home run. This is where the Democratic malaise comes in. Democrats should feel a lot better than they do.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


A Green ‘New Deal’ Now

Clearly the president understands what is at stake. And he apparently senses renewed opportunity in the wake of the Gulf catastrophe, which illustrates the problems of oil dependency with harrowing urgency.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Eric Gay

Rape and Spillage

What’s with the president’s war analogy on the oil spill? It’s as if some alien force, “The Invasion of the Slippery Sludge,” suddenly attacked us. What nonsense.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Lightning Strikes BP Vessel, Fire Halts Oil Capture

Apparently Zeus is as displeased with BP as everybody else. A bolt of lightning struck the ship working to capture oil in the Gulf, causing a fire and shutting down the containment effort for the time being.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Goes Back to the Gulf

Once more, with feeling: President Barack Obama paid yet another visit to the disaster-stricken Gulf Coast on Tuesday to survey the scene and to do a little damage control of his own.

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Gulf War Syndrome

It’s great that President Obama and his advisers finally seem to understand the atmospherics of responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Now if they’d only get the policy right.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charlie Riedel

BP Lays Out Latest Oil-Recovery Scheme

So, British Petroleum rolled out a new and ambitious oil-recovery plan on Monday, claiming it will increase its capturing capacity to at least 40,000 barrels a day by month’s end.

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Stealth Superpower: How Turkey Is Chasing China in Bid to Become the Next Big Thing

Turkey has ambitions beyond the Middle East and the means to get there.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


Tiger: At Least I Didn’t Screw the Entire Gulf of Mexico

Sensing a public relations opportunity, golf legend Tiger Woods spoke out today on the BP oil spill.

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AP / Glenwood Herald, Michael G. Fox

Toll at 18 in Arkansas Floods

Update: Eighteen people have been confirmed killed after flash floods swept through a campground in western Arkansas early Friday morning. Authorities on Sunday said three people were still missing. Earlier reports had said dozens more were missing and feared dead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 READ MORE


Putting the ‘I’ in Environment

While British Petroleum and federal regulators are certainly at fault for their reckless behavior, every American who uses oil—which is to say every American—is incriminated in this ecological holocaust.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin: Competent Manager

How Sarah Palin says she would have dealt with the oil spill, why white people in Santa Monica are dodging immigrant police, and why the EPA is after the Amish.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Protester Gives Herself the Pelican Treatment

Maybe oil companies like BP are careless with safety standards because, after devastating the tourist and fishing industries (not to mention the environment) of the Gulf, they’re on the hook for about one day’s oil profits in economic damages. In protest of that liability cap and one of the senators who wants to keep it ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


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BP Knew: Years of Internal Probes Warned That Neglect Could Lead to Accidents

A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



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The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger

Tens of millions of Americans are creating a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and shutting out all those they define as the enemy.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Obama’s Trips to the Gulf Serve an Important Need

Are these visits “theater”? To be sure. But presidential theater of the right kind is not without value. It can be of huge worth especially in times of desperation, and especially in this cynical day.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Double Bind

The simple truth is that the most important issue facing the nation is not the oil spill, however horrific its effects will be, but the economy.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE


The Other Woman

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Hope on the Deepwater Horizon

There’s hope on the Deepwater Horizon after a new containment cap was put into place and 6,000 barrels of oil was funneled to the surface in 24 hours.

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 READ MORE


BP’s Mr. Sunshine

How is it possible that BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward hasn’t been fired? At this point, how can anyone believe a word the man says? If he told me my mother loves me, I’d want a second source.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


Not a Job for Angry Daddy

The presidency is not a play in two acts. The disaster in the Gulf is not six characters in search of a leader. So why the coverage of President Obama and the oil spill as theater criticism?

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Administration Says Yes to New Oil Well in Gulf

With atrocious timing, the Minerals Management Service has approved a new oil well to be drilled off the coast of Louisiana. As decisions go, this one seems dumber than a bag of nails. Why not just build an offshore bucket? There’s plenty of oil in the water these days. You can thank Team Obama, which let a ban on shallow drilling expire, for this bizarre development.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Holds Forth About Risky Oil Spill Business

President Barack Obama wants Americans to know he’s officially on BP’s case about this oil spill business, but also that “we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth.” Indeed there are.

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Could Be Worse

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Cone of Silence

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Who Runs America’s Response to the Oil Blowout?

The conduct of Barack Obama in the BP affair, and all that preceded it, has become to this writer all but incomprehensible. I cannot imagine a more compelling portrayal of impotence.

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Rick Rowley / Big Noise Films

In Memory of All That Is Lost

The anger is palpable across the Mississippi Delta. As the Deepwater Horizon oil geyser, almost a mile underwater, continues unabated, the brunt of this, the largest environmental catastrophe in United States history, is rolling onto the coast, impacting the ecology, the economy and entire ways of life.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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A Close-Up Look at Top-Kill Failure

Want to see what it looked like when the famous “top kill” method didn’t work as planned in recent days? Here’s a visual aid that might make its way into Obama’s nightmares sooner or later ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



Illustration from White House photo by Pete Souza

Five Reasons Obama Should Take Over BP

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich writes, “If the government can take over giant global insurer AIG and the auto giant General Motors and replace their CEOs, in order to keep them financially solvent, it should be able to put BP’s north American operations into temporary receivership in order to stop one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



Palin’s Payday, Flotilla Folly and Priest-Love, All in One

Why shooting peace activists to death is a big deal—even in foreign policy circles, what priests’ mistresses think of celibacy, and how much public money Sarah Palin got paid to attempt public speech.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


Adm. Cool in a Very Hot Seat

Adm. Thad Allen is an expert on thankless jobs. After the initial response to Hurricane Katrina had been botched, President Bush assigned him to clean up the mess. Now President Obama has put him in charge of handling the worst oil spill in the nation’s history.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


Oil Change

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Experts Propose Plugging Oil Leak With BP Executives

“We’ve tried containment domes, rubber tires and even golf balls,” said William Cathermeyer of the National Oil Leakage Institute, a leading consultancy in the field of oil leaks. “Now it’s time to shove some BP executives down there and hope for the best.”

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Millions at Risk in Africa Drought

With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year’s crops and has left the region’s agricultural economy in ruins.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Defending Our Natural Resources From Presidents and Profits

Barack Obama is, in many admirable ways, our most progressive president in decades. But as an environmentalist, let’s face it, he’s no Richard Nixon.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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