Tragedy of Disappointment

A good point: I could be wrong, but I have the feeling President Obama has been sucked into a massive diversion with the oil spill. There’s not much he can do about it, and I’m guessing most people actually don’t care about it as much as they say. Yes, they feel sorry for the poor [...]

Categories: Politics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXXXVII

Lost’s Damon Lindelof pitches his treatment of the BP oil spill: Armageddoner! FADE IN: We OPEN on Billy Bob. He doesn’t need the cane anymore — maybe he has some kind of Iron Man cyberleg or something. This will be important later. Just don’t ask me why. The phone rings. He answers it. It’s the [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Beware Government Employees Named Elizabeth

Remember Elizabeth Becton? Of “Call me Liz” fame? Now we have Elizabeth Peuler: Under intense media scrutiny, at least a dozen federal agencies have taken part in the spill response, making decision-making slow, conflicted and confused, as they sought to apply numerous federal statutes. In one stark example of government disputes, internal e-mail messages from [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

An Especially Oleaginous Puget Sound

Visualizing the BP Oil Spill in Seattle. Pretty incredible. Update: We can visualize an especially radioactive Puget Sound too: NRO – Daniel Foster: Nuke It?

Categories: Science and Nature

You’re Gonna Wanna Watch That Last 20 Seconds Over Again

EarthFirst Mourning Loss of a Tree – Crying & Screaming Curtsy: Vanderleun, Sane and thoughtful people upon viewing this quite naturally say, “Get me a gun. No, the bigger one.”

Categories: Science and Nature

They Must Not Be Running This On TV

An ad that so far seems to be avoiding the pre-Superbowl kerfufflage: Curtsy: RC2′s Google Reader.

Categories: Science and Nature

“Nice Continent. Pity About the Africans.”

This is long, but engrossing: New Yorker – The Hunted Did American conservationists in Africa go too far? by Jeffrey Goldberg It follows the story of a husband/wife pair of American grad students turned conservationists who moved to Botswana and then Zambia and got involved in fighting illegal ivory poachers. The first half quotes much [...]

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Guam Capsizing

The Corner – Mark Steyn: Congressional Oversight in Action Watching the Commander of the Pacific Fleet’s deadpan face as Congressman Hank Johnson (D., Ga.) asks him about the danger of the island of Guam tipping over and capsizing is a glimpse of how the viziers to the loopier Ottoman sultans must have felt. Here’s the [...]

Categories: Politics

Aussies Saving the World, One Uranium Mine At a Time

Brett McS reports that the Climate Skeptics Party is looking for a slogan. He favours “Aussies Saving the World,” which I’ve improved on slightly. Any others?

Categories: Politics

China: Just In Time For Earth Day

Telegraph – Australia to prosecute over Chinese ship’s Barrier Reef shortcut Those responsible for a Chinese ship that crashed on an illegal route at the Great Barrier Reef, leaking tonnes of oil, will be prosecuted, Australia said on Sunday. It’s a good thing a couple people turned their lightbulbs off the other day. Cuz, you [...]

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As Westerners Turn Out Their Lights So They Can’t See…

…And other ironically delivered lines about environmentalist efforts these days. Globe and Mail – China denies responsibility for shrinking Mekong River Vital waterway at its lowest level in nearly 20 years; originates in Tibet and is the lifeblood for 65 million people in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam Oh hurrah! “The building and [...]

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Remember the Yellow River Dolphin?

This is how they tried to save the Yellow River Dolphin: “Jiangsu province Changshu City Fluorine Chemical industry land sewage treatment plant (江苏省常熟市氟化学工业园污水处理厂) was responsible for collection and processing of the industrial sewage. However they did not, the sewage pipe was extended 1500 meters under the Yangtze River and releasing the sewage there. 2009 June [...]

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The I’m Sick Link Dump of February, 2010

SO MUCH but so little energy… On Unions and how to deal with them: Corner – State of the Nation, by John Derbyshire This headline brightened up my breakfast: Unionized Rhode Island Teachers Refuse To Work 25 Minutes More Per Day, So Town Fires All Of Them Yeee-HAH! The teachers at the high school make [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXXIX

A little Super Bowl ads warm-up: Audi 2010 Green Car Super Bowl Commercial I love Audi. And yes, that is the car I want.

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Glaciers and Rain Forests and Politicians Gathering On Top Of Mount Flipping Everest, Oh My!

The Globe & Mail – The great global warming collapse As the science scandals keep coming, the air has gone out of the climate-change movement, by Margaret Wente The impetus for the Copenhagen conference was that the science makes it imperative for us to act. But even if that were true – and even if [...]

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