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One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / rahim (CC-BY)

China Now Consumes More Energy Than Anyone Else

The United States’ century-long reign as the world’s greediest energy nation is over. China has usurped the throne, as expected, though Beijing reportedly disputes the title. The International Energy Agency, which keeps track of these things, also points out that China’s per capita consumption is below the global average and far less than the U.S.’

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE



Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



Tesla Motors

How Clean Are Electric Cars? Depends on the State

With high-profile deals, expanding infrastructure and a growing list of models, the electric car is finally arriving, but, as they say, your mileage may vary. Charge that Tesla Roadster in Georgia, where they burn coal to power the grid, and you may as well be driving a Prius.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Maya Hitij

Calling All Future-Eaters

We sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species. Homo sapiens, as the biologist Tim Flannery points out, are the “future-eaters.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Pollution and Occupation

We all know the violent side of occupation, but what about the environmental? It may sound ridiculous, but Israeli settlements are dumping untreated waste into a canal that runs into the West Bank while the Israeli government is banning attempts by Palestinians to divert or treat that waste.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Contains His Optimism About BP’s Latest Cap Trick

“It is important we don’t get ahead of ourselves,” President Obama said Friday as he weighed in on BP’s latest attempt at containing the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill with a “larger, more sophisticated cap.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bullit Marquez

Typhoon Takes Aim at Already Soggy China

In 1998, 4,000 people died in the Yangtze floods in China. Now the country is bracing for its worst flooding since then as Typhoon Conson, which has already killed 38 people in the Philippines, closes in on China’s southern coast.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

BP Says the Hole Is Plugged

After nearly three months of dumping between 92 million and 327 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP announced Thursday that it has stopped the leak. The oil giant will monitor the well’s pressure while the rest of us hold our breath.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Patrick Semansky

Hey, Maybe This Cap Will Work

Let’s not get too excited here, but word on the street—fine, word in several major news outlets on Tuesday—has it that BP was about to try out yet another cap designed to maybe, possibly contain the oil hemorrhaging into the Gulf of Mexico. But this is only a test.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Millions Watch Rich Guy Get New Job

Based on the record ratings for its special featuring LeBron James’ announcement of his new team, ESPN announced that instead of airing NBA games, it would schedule two-hour specials showing the rich guy cashing his ginormous paychecks.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Global Jet (CC-BY)

Heat Wave Silences Climate Skeptics

It’s odd how little we’ve heard lately from the skeptics who deny that climate change is real. What’s the matter, people? Heat stroke?

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Hamed Saber (CC-BY)

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Flower Heaven

As much as one-third of all flowering plants face extinction at the hands of humans, according to new research—and that’s not even factoring in climate change. Such a die-off would have a devastating impact on the food chain. As one of the researchers put it, “if you get rid of [plants] you get rid of a lot of the things above them.”

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

If Only Information Flowed as Freely as Oil

“Deep Spill 2” sounds like a sequel to a Hollywood thriller. Unfortunately, it is more of a reality show. “Deep Spill 2” is the name of an ambitious series of proposed scientific experiments that should be happening right now.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



Crisis of Capitalism

Today’s list features an amazing animation on the crisis of capitalism, a dispatch from a Gulf Coast media felon and a debate on the ownership of breasts.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / greenforall.org (CC-BY)

Environmentalist Faces 3 Years for Hanging Banners

For the outrageous crime of hanging two banners in the Senate’s Hart Office Building, environmentalist Ted Glick could get up to three years in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office has asked for triple the normal maximum penalty, because Glick has made a habit of speaking his mind and, apparently, that’s just criminal. (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / BurningQuestion (CC-BY-ND)

Freedom in the Grace of the World

We are fooled by virtual mirages into mistaking the busy, corporate hives of human activity and the salacious images and gossip that clog our minds as real. The natural world, the real world, on which our life depends, is walled off from view as it is systematically slaughtered.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


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A New Deregulatory Push in the Energy Heartland

In recent weeks, politicians from the capital to Colorado have provided ample evidence that the fossil fuel industry remains as powerful as ever in the wake of the Gulf Coast apocalypse.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


Republican Worldview: It’s All Good

Judging by their response to millions of uninsured Americans, the drilling disaster in the Gulf and the economic crisis, Republicans should run on the slogan “It’s all good. Except for that Obama guy. And Nancy Pelosi.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



Facebook Fatigue

Today on the list: Teens report Facebook fatigue, Israel’s crackdown on boycotts, and where have all the protest songs gone?

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

The Passionless Party

You know the Democrats have a problem when party insiders think John Kerry is too intense.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Whose Supreme Court Is It?

This week’s hearings over Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court will mark a sea change in the way liberals argue about the judiciary.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


Oil Spill Upside

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Hawking: Aliens ‘No Longer Interested’ in Invading Earth

“Assuming that aliens have been monitoring Earth for the past month in preparation for an invasion, they’ve probably figured out it’s no longer worth the trip,” Dr. Hawking said.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


Arbitrary and Capricious, Indeed

If you’re worried about judicial activism, take a look at the Ronald Reagan-appointed federal judge in New Orleans who just lifted the Obama administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / The_Admiralty

Obama Gets a Little Help From Sir Paul

While it certainly was keen of Sir Paul McCartney to defend President Obama’s handling of the BP oil spill debacle, can someone please call an official moratorium on invoking Holocaust parallels to suit some contemporary sociopolitical crisis?

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha" (CC-BY)

Save the Trees, Save the Planet

What would the wealthy nations of the West (and their rising rivals in the East) do if they actually wanted to prevent catastrophic warming? Here in Africa, the obvious answer is that they would find the ways and means to discourage deforestation.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

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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.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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

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Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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



Flickr / Duchamp (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


Gas Prices

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Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


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


Left, Right & Center

‘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



Wikimedia Commons

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.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 READ MORE


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