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The more things change, the more they stay the same. 04/30/2010 by Peter Hart When FAIR released a study of the PBS’s NewsHour (then known as the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour) in 1989, one finding stood out: The Exxon Valdez oil spill was the major environmental story of the period. MacNeil/Lehrer had seven segments on the spill; not one included an environmental representative. Several...
Memo to media: Timeline contradicts "Obama's... →
Don’t fall prey to the false equivalence hacks again. April 30, 2010 7:05 pm ET — 2 Comments A timeline of events following the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill belies the absurd media claim that the spill represents “Obama’s Katrina.” read more
"We are under attack by oil rig terrorists" -... →
It gets more and more like Terry Gillam’s Brazil every day. Freepers see Obama’s hand in the overturning of the second oil rig. FRIDAY, APR 30, 2010 18:19 ETHOW THE WORLD WORKS There are no coincidences: As news spread of a second oil rig overturning, conspiracy theories blossomed BY ANDREW LEONARD read more
Sarah Palin calls for more drilling as second rig... →
Apparently the bubble she’s in is too thick to be penetrated by oil or reason. FRIDAY, APR 30, 2010 17:40 ET WAR ROOM BY ALEX PAREENE Reuters/Facebook At almost the exact moment that Reuters broke the news (on Twitter) that a second oil drilling rig had overturned off the coast of Louisiana, Sarah Palin posted her latest Facebook “note.” The headline: “Domestic...
Kent State Graduates Get Their Commencement, 40... →
“Four dead in Ohio.” - Neil Young “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement.” Gov. Ronald Reagan, in a response to a delegate’s question about campus unrest at a meeting of the Council of California Growers on 7 April 1970. DAN SEWELL | 04/30/10 01:05 PM | CINCINNATI — Forty years later, Gary Lownsdale is still haunted by...
Many ‘tea party’ activists staunchly oppose big government, except...– James Bovard (via azspot) (via robot-heart-politics) Indeed, where have they been?
Birth Deformities In Fallujah, Iraq: World Health... →
This story is a bit dated, but I just received it, courtesy of a Japanese scholar who once visited Harvard and incidentally, does advocacy work around depleted uranium (DU), thought to be used in US munitions in the First Gulf War and the current conflict. The use of DU weapons also has implications for US service personnel, and is thought to be implicated in similar problems their families have...
listening to "U2 - In God →
“Set me alight, we’ll punch a hole right through the night / Every day the dream must die, see what’s on the other side. / She is Liberty…”
listening to "Mountain Dance Dave Grusin" →
To get the Friday morning going. I’ll admit it’s a very NPResque old chestnut.
Apr. 30, 2010: The Writer's Almanac →
Friday’s Poem: “Letter To My Unborn Child” by Young Dawkins, from The Lilac Thief. Friday’s Literary Notes: On this day in 1852, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, recording his observations…
Star hopping from constellation Orion →
Rebecca wrote, “What is ’star hopping?’ What does that mean?” Rebecca, amateur astronomers use star hopping to go from stars and constellations they know … to ones they don’t know yet….
pass the cultural capital, please →
The Globe and Mail has published an interview with two University of Toronto sociologists who have written a new book on “foodies.” According to the article: As the authors explain in…
Natural Gas and Sustainable Energy Initiative |... →
Tiding us over? Preferable to coal and (gulp) tar sands. Growing estimates of natural gas resources suggest that supplies of this least carbon-intensive fossil fuel may be as abundant as coal, while containing only half as much carbon, according to a new paper released today by the Worldwatch Institute. The new paper, The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy, finds that gas-fired...
I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all...– Ellen DeGeneres (via a Facebook friend) Yoga Quotes and Sayings, Quotations about Hatha Postures, Prana, Namaste
The Answer, My Friend - Paul Krugman Blog -... →
(Wind)mill, baby, mill! (with thanks to a friend of a friend on FB.) April 29, 2010, 9:32 AM … is blowing in the wind off Cape Cod, where an offshore wind farm has been approved. Good — both substantively and in terms of perception. The spectacle of affluent clean-energy advocates getting all worked up at the prospect of actually putting windmills where they might see them played right into...
LinkedIn Gives Users the Ability to Follow... →
Ben Parr LinkedIn has made it easier for users to connect with their favorites companies with the launch of “Follow Company,” a new feature that allows users to get notifications about activity happening from the companies they follow. The new feature, which rolled out overnight, clearly takes cues from Facebook and Twitter — you can think of Follow Company as LinkedIn’s version of the Facebook...
Drain out your desire till the cup carries grace. There is no one there looking...– Rumi (RumiQuotes) on Twitter
Moon and Scorpion rise as Orion sets on April 29 →
Like clockwork, the constellations rise and set 4 minutes earlier with each passing day. Four minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up after a while. For instance, the stars rise and set…
Apr. 29, 2010: The Writer's Almanac →
Thursday’s Poem: “Waving Goodbye” by Wesley McNair from Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems. Thursday’s Literary Notes: On this day in 1892, Anton Chekhov wrote a letter to his lover, Lydia…
Alexa Samuels: Rallying the community? Try social... →
The following is a guest post by Alex Arifuzzaman, Partner at one of Canada’s leading retail consulting firms, Interstratics Consultants Inc. Alex helped found Our Community Speaks, a neighbourhood group opposed to a proposed development project in the east end of Toronto. On Sunday,…
In 2006, I stood as the only candidate for governor who supported this project....– Blue Mass. Group:: Huge win for the Gov. on Cape Wind, green jobs, environment [crickets (other gubernatorial candidates) chirp]
…jingoism, racism, fear, religious fundamentalism: these are the ways of...– Noam Chomsky (via manspeaker) (via notentirely) (via think4yourself) (via danielholter) (via jonathan-cunningham) (via ryking)
What Apple's Acquisition of Siri Means for the... →
When titans clash. About 1 hour ago Christina Warren As we noted earlier today, Apple has acquired Siri, a company that makes a very compelling voice-operated personal assistant app for the iPhone. This move has huge implications for the future of mobile search and discovery; by buying Siri, Apple has taken aim straight at Google. Apple’s acquisition of Siri is completely in line with Apple’s...
…any illegal immigrant they catch in Arizona, they should let him keep...– Michael Moore, VIDEO: “Deport Wall Street” on Larry King Live, Tuesday, April 27th, 2010.
How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Instant... →
A maze of twisty passages, all alike. APRIL 22ND, 2010Deeplink by Kurt OpsahlUpdate: Friday morning Facebook changed its privacy settings layout, making it a bit more challenging to opt out completely. As before, unchecking the “Allow” box is not sufficient because you need to block each Instant Personalization website to fully opt out. However, the previous path (via “Learn...
Updated: Facebook Further Reduces Your Control... →
NPR: A National Network Of Bike Trails? It Could... →
momonwi: A quiet revolution is starting in the world of transportation. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced what he’s calling a “sea change” in transportation policy: He wants to make biking as important as driving. “We’re elevating it to the point where as we develop new road systems, as we develop communities where people can use light rail or street cars or buses,...
accuwxboston: Tonight: A passing evening shower; otherwise, patchy clouds and cold with winds gusting past 40 mph with a low of 40°F Tomorrow: A blend of sun and clouds with winds gusting past 45 mph; a shower in places in the afternoon with a high of 62°F Get details at AccuWeather.com
Apr. 28, 2010: The Writer's Almanac →
Wednesday’s Poem: “Tuck Garden” by Charles Goodrich, from Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden. Wednesday’s Literary Notes: On this day in 1927, the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote…
Orion descends in the west each evening →
The famous constellation Orion will soon disappear for another season. At this time of year, the famous constellation Orion is descending in the southwest to west in the hours after sunset….
New! The Bento 3 Family Organizer →
The best thing since sliced bread! I was seriously thinking of trying to create some of these templates, and here they are. Fortunately, I already have Leopard (10.5.7) and Bento 3, so I’m good. I wonder, will we now start to see refrigerators with iPads installed, Bluetooth environmental controls even? But the best part of this for me is that the templates are free. This also points out...
Apr. 27, 2010: The Writer's Almanac →
Tuesday’s Poem: “My Father’s Corpse” by Andrew Hudgins, from American Rendering: New and Selected Poems. Tuesday’s Literary Notes: It’s the birthday of playwright August Wilson, born Frederick August…
April full moon, Saturn and Spica on April 27 →
Astronomically speaking, the moon turns full tomorrow – on Wednesday, April 28 – at precisely 12:18 Universal Time (7:18 a.m. Central Time). An astronomical full moon occurs at that…
So, while the hard-nosed journalistic decision may be to focus on the real...– PBS | Ombudsman agrees it was a mistake to fail to identify single-payer advocates in Frontline’s “Obama’s Deal”
listening to "Transglobal Underground - Air Giant" →
Mobyesque deep bass, spacey synth, noodley piano. Too short, though.
Divinity must live within herself: Passions of rain, or moods in falling snow;...– Wallace Stevens: Sunday Morning collected in The Palm at the End of the Mind (1972) Holly Stevens (ed.)
'Gay dog' refused entry to Adelaide restaurant →
14:45 AEST Sun Apr 25 2010 AFP An Adelaide restaurant that refused a blind man entry because a waiter thought his guide dog was “gay” has been ordered to apologise and pay compensation. read more Okay, then…
…the law means that “Arizonans are now living in a world where police may...– Arizona’s shameful ‘immigration’ bill (via azspot, robot-heart-politics) (via bringmethathorizon)
Citizens United Fixes To Include Advertising Ban... →
I’m glad this process of countering the Citizens United decision has begun. By: David Dayen Monday April 26, 2010 8:45 am Rep. Alan Grayson says that legislation to deal with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which he believes will pass the House shortly, will include a ban on direct campaign spending by any corporation who has a contract with the federal government.
Moon, Spica and Saturn in Virgo on April 26 →
Tonight, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon sits close to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. The star-like point of light above the moon this Monday evening…