Monday, May 31, 2010

I know many of you are considering bo...

Many consumers have considered boycotting BP or British Petroleum for its little leak in the gulf. But before you start buying gas at Amoco, you should know it is a part of BP's global holdings.

You also need to cut those quick stops at the ampm, which along with Arco, BP owns.

While you're at it, better not use Castrol motor oil.

BP actually has a nice looking website listing its holdings to make the consumer's choice easier.

Also if you are looking for more reasons to boycott BP, here is a site to check out.

And while you are feeling good about yourself and being a smart consumer, be glad you don't live in Nigeria. Leaks and accidents like this are common there:

"If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention," said the writer Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. "This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta."
"The oil companies just ignore it. The lawmakers do not care and people must live with pollution daily. The situation is now worse than it was 30 years ago. Nothing is changing. When I see the efforts that are being made in the US I feel a great sense of sadness at the double standards. What they do in the US or in Europe is very different."
"We see frantic efforts being made to stop the spill in the US," said Nnimo Bassey, Nigerian head of Friends of the Earth International. "But in Nigeria, oil companies largely ignore their spills, cover them up and destroy people's livelihood and environments. The Gulf spill can be seen as a metaphor for what is happening daily in the oilfields of Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
"This has gone on for 50 years in Nigeria. People depend completely on the environment for their drinking water and farming and fishing. They are amazed that the president of the US can be making speeches daily, because in Nigeria people there would not hear a whimper," he said.
By some reports, the same amount that was lost from the Exxon Valdez (which BP had a role in) is spilled every year in Nigeria.

Shell's record is so bad in Nigeria it is being sued in The Hague. Fellow oil giant Chevron (which owns Texaco) has their hands in Nigeria as well.

Aquarium Will Probably Want To Find New Sponsor For This Exhibit

Aquarium Will Probably Want To Find New Sponsor For This Exhibit:

[via Reddit]

Monday, May 24, 2010

Did SEIU Protesters Cross the Line?

Rush on Calderon

There is a place to protest...

Response to President Calderon

Sarah Palin on Fox News Sunday - Part 1

This is a big spill

For some reason it seems to me, there is enough room for everyone who wants to get involved in a solution.

in reference to: BP Oil Spill Continues In Gulf of Mexico as Frustration Mounts - ABC News (view on Google Sidewiki)

NPA and SEIU at the home of BofA's Gregory Baer (mirror)

Aren't we all...

I mean really, it has been down hill since Sanjaya took over the show.

in reference to: Simon Cowell “Bored” With “Idol” (view on Google Sidewiki)

Justin Bieber Nominated for BET Award

EXCLUSIVE: Lindsay Lohan Clears Up Rumors Before Court Hearing

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This is a strange idea... but think about it.

The idea is you are born with 75 percent ownership of yourself as a corporation, parents are given 20 percent and the government 5 percent (no other taxes). Through your life you have the right to sell shares of yourself as a corporation to raise money for education, or other interests. As you made money, it would be distributed to the owners of the shares of you - as a corporation.

"What if," answered Hektor, without missing a beat, "instead of giving two, three, four dollars a month for a charity's sake, you gave ten dollars a month for a 5 percent share of that kid's future earnings?  And you, of course, get nothing if the kid dies.  Now you have a real interest in making sure that kid got that pair of shoes you sent.  Now it's in your interest to find out if he's going to school and learning to read and write.  Now maybe you'll send him that box of old clothes you were thinking of throwing away.  Under your system you write a check and forget about the kid, who'll probably starve anyway.  Under our system, you're locked into him.

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A word to Mexico's President

Go home and leave the governing of Arizona to the people of Arizona. Spend more time making your country one people aren't running from in droves and less time concerned about American politics.
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Mexican President Felipe Cadleron spoke this morning to a joint session of the U.S. Congress and took the opportunity to blast the controversial new immigration law recently passed in Arizona. Calderon said “I am convinced that a comprehensive immigration reform is also crucial to securing our common border. However, I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona.”

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I might start using my Hotmail account again...

Thought I doubt it I will use it more than my G-Mail account.

in reference to: The New Hotmail Challenges Gmail (view on Google Sidewiki)

Leonard Cohen - Joan of Arc

It shouldn't be breaking news.... we like people who look like us.

This little girl says it all, why does she choose the white girl as the good girl? Because it looks like her and the dark one doesn't. Racism is something that is natural, which isn't to say it is acceptable. Acceptance is something you teach your children about, you teach them to be understanding. The impulse of nature is to trust that which is familiar and fear that which isn't. The test this girl takes is not something her mother should be crying about.
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A 5-year-old girl in Georgia is being asked a series of questions in her school library. The girl, who is white, is looking at pictures of five cartoons of girls, all identical except for skin color ranging from light to dark.

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» High Schooler Objects to ‘Sicko’ Final Exam, Says Teacher Called Her A ‘Teabagger’ in Front of Class - Big Government

» High Schooler Objects to ‘Sicko’ Final Exam, Says Teacher Called Her A ‘Teabagger’ in Front of Class - Big Government

Word to Obama – Daniel Pearl Was Not Beheaded Because He Was a Journalist. He Was Beheaded Because He Was an American and a Jew

Word to Obama – Daniel Pearl Was Not Beheaded Because He Was a Journalist. He Was Beheaded Because He Was an American and a Jew:

Daniel Pearl was not beheaded because he was a journalist

Daniel Pearl was beheaded by Islamic extremists because he was an American and a Jew.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Eric Holder Refuses To Say "Radical Islam"

When ever you kill a leader you take a risk...

that it will only make their message that much more powerful. But not killing them allows them to spread their message in ways it wouldn't if they were dead. It is a hard choice.
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Even leaving aside the constitutional questions (al-Awlaki is an American citizen), doesn’t Obama see what a gift the killing of this imam would be to his cause? Just ask the Romans how their anti-Jesus-movement strategy worked out. (And Jesus’s followers didn’t have their leader’s sermons saved in ready-to-go video and audio files; al-Awlaki’s resurrection would be vivid indeed.)

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What a silly claim for Maher to make....

Mainstream Media, or liberal media, or whatever you want to call it has taken a fair number of shots at religion - and Christianity. It has also done a fair amount of supporting it as well. I'm not sure why Maher would even make a claim, that on the surface can so easily be shown false.

On a side note, S.E. looks hot on her book cover.
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On Friday night's Real Time, HBO talk-host Bill Maher berated conservative (and fellow atheist) S.E. Cupp for her new book Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. “Liberals are not atheists any more than conservatives are. Michael Moore is religious! Chris Matthews is religious! Al Sharpton is religious!” Maher went so far as to insist the liberal media has “never” attacked religion:

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

What happened to freedom of speech?

This bill clearly violates the first amendment, people should be able to share ideas, and communicate with others without having to register with the government.
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Simply put:  Even if you never talk to an elected official but spend as little as $500 merely to communicate with your neighbors and friends about state policies, you must register with, and provide information to, the government, which then proceeds to disseminate the information on the Internet.  Failure to register can lead to an investigation, significant penalties (including treble damages, the costs of the investigation and the government’s attorney’s fees), and a revocation of the ability to engage in any political activity that might qualify as “grassroots lobbying.”
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Monday, May 10, 2010

"Clinton Now Means Hillary, Not Bill, Who Stands In Her Shadow." [Clips]

"Clinton Now Means Hillary, Not Bill, Who Stands In Her Shadow." [Clips]: "
60 Minutes's recent Hillary Clinton profile includes a rare look inside her office, plus a question about whether she perceives 'a viewpoint of gender bigotry, so to speak' (just say 'sexism,' it's shorter) when people ask what her husband thinks. More »

This loss will change what it means to be conservative...

and what it means to be liberal ultimately. In the end, I think both sides are going to be further apart than ever and our democracy is going to suffer.

in reference to: 'Tea party' clout: What was learned from Sen. Robert Bennett loss - (view on Google Sidewiki)

McCain TV Ad: "Complete The Danged Fence"

It really is sad

We are losing something as a nation, as we lose our ability to talk to each other.

in reference to: Why I Hate the Politics of Hate - The Daily Beast (view on Google Sidewiki)

Market Crash 05/06/2010

Kagan shouldn't be on the court.

I didn't like Miers for much the same reasons.

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"President Obama has just nominated Elena Kagan, the 
current Solicitor General, to replace John Paul Stevens on the Court.  In 
many ways, Kagan mirrors Miers: a female legal eagle with no judicial 
experience, paper trail, or known guiding legal philosophy."
- » Kagan: THIS Harriet Miers Will Get Confirmed - Big Government (view on Google Sidewiki)

Noam Chomsky on right wing Tea Party protests, " People with real grieva...

That is the problem with a secret trick...

If you share it, you risk it being resolved so it no longer works. But if you don't share it, what good is it to know something cool - if no one else knows you know it.

in reference to: How to Force Anyone to Follow You on Twitter - Twitter hack - Gizmodo (view on Google Sidewiki)

You better watch out...

You never know how the store clerk is going to respond to theft.

in reference to: CVS Employee Strangles Shoplifter - The Consumerist (view on Google Sidewiki)

What a smart guy?

Drew is still hot!

Well of course...

Who doesn't love Betty White?

in reference to: Betty White Scores “SNL” 18-Month Ratings High (view on Google Sidewiki)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Is this a change we can believe in...

Journalists have the right...

But if they want people to think they are credible and non-biased, this doesn't help.

in reference to: Angry Journalists Refuse to Review Anti-Obama Book | (view on Google Sidewiki)

Why no flood coverage?

This is a good point, more news channels doesn't mean more news coverage - just like more news magazines didn't mean more news. What happens is the networks compete to cover the "big" stories more in depth than each other. In the process other stories are neglected. And don't get me started on media coverage of media coverage.
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So why the cold shoulder? I see two main reasons. First, the modern media may be more multifarious than ever, but they're also remarkably monomaniacal. In a climate where chatter is constant and ubiquitous, newsworthiness now seems to be determined less by what's most important than by what all those other media outlets are talking about the most. Sheer volume of coverage has become its own qualification for continued coverage. (Witness the Sandra Bullock-Jesse James saga.) In that sense, it's easy to see why the press can't seem to focus on more than one or two disasters at the same time. Everyone is talking about BP and Faisal Shahzad 24/7, the "thinking" goes. So there must not be anything else that's as important to talk about. It's a horrible feedback loop.

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Anyone got a plan B?

The current one isn't working.
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That Oil Containment Dome Is Not WorkingCrap. So that dome that was supposed to end the oil spill got plugged up with crystals of something called "gas hydrates." Now they've had to move the dome off the leak, and are looking for a new fix. [NYT]

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Could a hacker take down the whole internet?

The problem with the internet is it doesn't have a central structure, and lacks a strong organizing body. Well, maybe it isn't a problem. Those factors are also what makes it such a powerful tool for communication around the world. The trick moving forward, will be to maintain the loose, freely connected nature of the internet and find some way to protect traffic.
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In 2008, Pakistan Telecom tried to comply with a government order to prevent access to YouTube from the country and intentionally “black-holed” requests for YouTube videos from Pakistani Internet users. But it also accidentally told the international carrier upstream from it that “I’m the best route to YouTube, so send all YouTube traffic to me.” The upstream carrier accepted the routing message, and passed it along to other carriers across the world, which started sending all requests for YouTube videos to Pakistan Telecom. Soon, even Internet users in the U.S. were deprived of videos of singing cats and skateboarding dogs for a few hours.

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Wow 10 years....

Coulter on Media Sympathy for NYC Bomb Suspect

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The balance of power...

The article as a whole is a defense of liberal policies over the last 50 or so years. I picked this out, because it struck me as important. Liberal ideas have done a lot for this country, but so have conservative ideas. One taken without the other each can be dangerous, and bad for the country.
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Is liberalism the bastion of perfection? No. Moreover, when liberalism is in power, it needs the contrarian conservative voice lest it become consumed with its own arrogance; and the same holds true for the other side.

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