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Facebook Fatigue

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

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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


After 41 Years, a Belated Victory for Butter

The last time America found itself in a budget debate pitting domestic priorities against war expenditures, Richard Nixon was in the White House and David Obey was the youngest member of Congress.

Posted on Jun 25, 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


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


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


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


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



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


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.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Double the Oil, Double the Problems

It’s a doubly bad day for news regarding the oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico: Scientists have doubled their estimate of the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf every day, and BP announced it will not have the leak sealed before August.

Posted on Jun 11, 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



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



Flickr / IBRRC (CC-BY)

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)

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British Pelican

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U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin Stumberg

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.

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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


Sunday Morning

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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



Flickr / mikebaird (CC-BY)

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


Could Be Worse

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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


Do Something

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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.”

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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



U.S. Coast Guard

Best Chance to Stop Gulf Spill Is Months Away

It’s already the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history, and the oil spill continues to dump somewhere between 504,000 and 4.2 million gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. BP will continue to try to plug that hole, but its best chance to succeed is the drilling of relief wells, a process that won’t be finished until at least August.

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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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BP Accused of Hiring Temps for Obama Visit

A parish official in coastal Louisiana has publicly accused BP of busing in cleanup workers to be present only for President Obama’s visit on Friday. BP rejects the accusation, claiming no out-of-the-ordinary temporary hiring had taken place.

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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


The Michael Jordan of Bailouts

Someone is going to bear the massive cost of damage to the Gulf Coast economy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out to make sure it isn’t the oil firms whose rig caused the catastrophe in the first place.

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google.com/crisisresponse/oilspill/

Gulf Spill Worst in U.S. History

By the most conservative estimate, BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster has already spilled nearly twice as much oil as the Exxon Valdez. The impact of the 1989 environmental and commercial catastrophe is still being felt in Alaska more than 20 years later. The gulf spill could already be five times as big as Valdez. Watch live footage of the effort to stop the undersea gusher after the jump.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Muddle Oozing From the Gulf

So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government? The answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


Winners and Losers

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U.S. Coast Guard / CPO John Kepsimelis

EPA Weighs Sanctions Against BP

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields.

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I Came, I Saw

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British Petroleum—Here to Help You

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Salazar: ‘All-Stars’ Will ‘Kill This Well’

The interior secretary, defending the government’s response to the ocean of oil building up in the Gulf of Mexico, says the U.S. has assembled “a team of all-stars that are now leading an Apollo 13 type effort” to kill the well and contain the disaster.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

A Month Later, Feds Are Angry With BP

Since oil began leaking into the Gulf of Mexico more than a month ago, the U.S. government and oil giant BP have been engaged in a marriage of convenience that has left the public—and public commentators—furious at both. (continued)

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’

If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


Oil Rules

The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


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