Who knew Steven Seagal could ever bring a tear to the eye in a hokey video clip? Really. Anyway pictures of cats always seem to please everyone, so.
LINKS to make a body jumpier’n a long-tailed cat in a room fulla rockin’ chairs:
NOLA.com: Scientists, drilling experts say BP valued speed over safety in oil rig disaster (possibly the best article out there, summing up the position of the oil industry in relation to the world at large. Bless the Deepwater Horizon Study Group)
ComputerworldUK: BP ignored safety software advice to save time, oil spill investigators find (fishy stuff, no pun intended)
YouTube: Louisiana BP oil spill 8 months on (British news report)
In an era of gusher profits for major oil companies, the U.S. government has continued to direct billions of taxpayer dollars into oil subsidies.
And when the rare attempt has been made to curb those payments, the industry’s highly-paid lobbyists and their generous contributions have managed to keep Congress in line and the Treasury tap open.
In July, at the height of the BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, the Senate shot down a measure that would have eliminated some $35 billion in subsidies to oil companies. Every Republican — every single one — voted against it.
Whenever Congress has the temerity to suggest a halt to this gravy train, the lobbyists launch their litany of scare tactics: subsidies are critical to our nation’s energy security; killing subsidies will wreak havoc on the economy, cost jobs, reduce U.S. energy production, and on and on.
The Treasury Department estimates that ending subsidies would reduce domestic oil production by less than one-half of 1 percent. Despite billions in government subsidies, U.S. production has gone down steadily since the 1970s.
The non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, which monitors political spending, reports that the oil and natural gas industry spent nearly $175 million and registered 788 lobbyists last year. Since 1998, the industry has spent $966.8 million on lobbying.”
YouTube: WhoDat Nation BP Crisis (Spike Lee) (forgive the wavy camera on the pirated copy, but what a nice 56-second rant)
YouTube: Red Alert! Has the Gulf food chain been poisoned? New oil-filled seafood (even if you don’t eat seafood, be aware of the connection between poisoned Gulf menhaden/pogeys/small fish and how they feed them to our pets and the livestock we eat, as well as fertilizing orange trees and who knows what else … also, isn’t it strange how Omega Corporation — world’s largest manufacturer of Omega-3 supplements — got over $18 million in “settlement funds” from BP after “admitting” their boats were responsible for the “broken pogey nets” that caused masses of dead pogeys to wash ashore in early August… only pogeys don’t die from being netted, do they?)
AL.com: Oil spill leaving depression, anxiety, broken marriages in its wake (don’t forget the rumored ob-gyns’ reports of considerably more miscarriages happening now along the Gulf Coast than ever before)
NOLA.com: Freshwater areas’ next big battle has arrived (never forget Bobby Jindal released the freshwater and killed the remaining non-poisoned oyster crops, against the vocal wishes of every oysterman in LA)
I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” – Thomas Jefferson
At a meeting of international sporting officials in Moscow on July 30, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced that in 14 regions of the country, “practically everything is burning. The weather is anomalously hot.” Then, as TV cameras zoomed in on the perspiration shining on his forehead, Medvedev announced, “What’s happening with the planet’s climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate.”
These twee kitteh pictures were harvested by our friend, the freakish and talented Sonja Dandy, who sells paintings, just in time for the holidays when you want to support local-artist wackadoo kittens by buying their totally affordable art.
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