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” You can have the airplane, but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline.”
-Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind
Jun 23, ’10 4:54 PM
“William Allen Kruse, 55, a charter boat captain recently hired by BP as a vessel of opportunity out of Gulf Shores, Ala., died Wednesday morning before 7:30 a.m. of a gunshot to the head, likely self-inflicted, authorities said. “He had been quite despondent about the oil crisis,” said Stan Vinson, coroner for Baldwin County, which includes Gulf Shores.”
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Tony Hayward BP CEO.
a dead fish means ‘there’s something suspicious, something wrong’- Dictionary of American Regional English
“In their effort to clean up the oil, BP sets fires on the surface… burning up everything in the area. In some reports that has included many oiled sea turtles. ”
Jun 21, ’10 12:19 PM
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Gandalf is great!
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UPLOADED ON YOUTUBE A THOUSAND TIMES LATER
“One year ago, someone decided to test the image and sound degradation that occurs when you upload a video to YouTube, then download the YouTube result, and upload it again. He did it 1,000 times, with trippy results.
The process is simple, analogous to the effect of photocopying a photocopy again and again.
Every time you upload the resulting video to YouTube, their video servers will re-encode it again. Encoding the video means that it will be compressed, taking details out of the image and audio, and producing artifacts. When you do this once, the details and the artifacts are not noticeable. That’s how compression works: A video gets smaller in size—and therefore easier to transmit through the internet—thanks to the brain’s ability to ignore the lack of details. The brain—such a wonderful and forgiving machine—fills in the blanks and problems that the compression program thinks you won’t notice.”
Jun 4, ’10 3:53 PM
“Imagine going back 20 years and telling people they won’t make voice calls, but instead they’ll be sending tiny messages (SMS). It would sound insane. And these things cost $0.20 each! That’s an interesting question — why is this popular? It’s because it’s so lightweight, and it doesn’t have to interrupt you. We’re going to see more of that. It’s the pattern of Facebook and Twitter.
It’s not too shallow. It creates the context for conversations later on.”
Jun 4, ’10 3:36 PM
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“You know the problem? It doesn’t matter. It’s really slow to write stuff! You know, you could never keep up with your email if you had to write it all out. And so… it turns out that people want [a] keyboard. I mean, when I started in this business, one of the big challenges was People Couldn’t Type, you know, and one day we realized that death would eventually take care of this.”
Jun 3, ’10 3:54 PM
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‘Separation of Corporation and State: The 28th Amendment’
Marine biologist/conservationist, former commercial fisher, and Exxon Valdez survivor Riki Ott argues for an amendment to the Constitution to strip ‘corporation personhood’ from corporations.
Jun 3, ’10 3:45 PM
“The crowded future stings my eyes
I still find time to exercise
In a uniform with two white stripes
Unlock my section of the sand
It’s fenced off to the waters edge
I clamp a gas mask on my head
On my beach at night
Bathe in my moonlight
Another tanker’s hit the rocks
Abandoned to spill out its guts
The sand is laced with sticky glops
Oh shimmering moonlight sheen upon
The waves and water clogged with oil
White gases steam up from the soil
On my beach at night
Bathe in my moonlight
I squish dead fish between my toes
Try not to step on any bones
I turn around and I go home
I slip back through my basement door
Switch off all that I own below
Dive in my scalding wooden tub
My own beach at night
bathe in my moonlight
There will always be a moon over Marin.”
Jun 3, ’10 3:40 PM
My name is Leroy Stick and I am the man behind @BPGlobalPR. First, let me begin by explaining my name.
When I was growing up, there was a dog that lived on my block named Leroy. Leroy was a big dog with a disdain for leashes and a thirst for blood. He made a habit of running around our block attacking anything he saw, biting my dad and my dogs basically whenever he had the chance. He chased me a few times, but I always escaped because I was/am an amazing tree climber.
Anyhoos, after Leroy’s second or third attack on my dogs, it became clear that the police and Leroy’s owner weren’t going to do anything to stop him, so my dad took matters into his own hands and came up with a brilliant invention: the Leroy stick.
The Leroy stick was, you guessed it, a stick. My dad carried an axe handle and I carried a plunger handle. My dad told me two things about carrying the Leroy stick. First, if Leroy came near me or the dogs, I should hit him. Second, if I hit Leroy with my stick, I would not get in trouble. Was it legal? Probably not. Was it right? It sure felt like it. We set the example and soon a lot of our neighbors started carrying Leroy sticks as well. Soon enough, Leroy and his owner saw everyone carrying sticks and Leroy didn’t run free anymore.
If you think the point of this story is to beat dogs with sticks, then I’m guessing you probably still think I work for BP as well.
The point of this story is that if someone is terrorizing your neighborhood, sometimes it’s alright to grab a stick and take a swing. Social media, and in this particular case Twitter, has given average people like me the ability to use and invent all sorts of brand new sticks.
Read more on Leroy Stick
Jun 1, ’10 4:19 PM
“BP the human being would be a flight risk. He would be indicted for murder, or at least negligent homicide in the deaths of the last eleven oil workers to die when its rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. US law doesn’t have death penalties for corporations, but the federal government, and most or all of the first wave of Gulf Coast states where the oil slick will wash all have capital punishment for people. We’re talking Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
The assets of corporations are protected against lawsuits of all kinds. BP and other oil industry giants long ago paid for the insertion of provisions into the US federal code that limit their liability in the case of oil spills to a mere $75 million dollars. But there are no limits on the liability that individually held wealth can incur. A human BP, even though 120 years old and immensely wealthy, could see all his assets around the world frozen, would be imprisoned without bail, and might be on trial for his life.
But of course the real BP is a corporation, and death penalties, like laws in general are for humans, not corporations.” –Bruce Dixon
Jun 1, ’10 3:11 AM