Friday, June 18, 2010

Via JMG: BP Dumps CEO Tony Heyward From Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Team

Now that BP CEO Tony Heyward has rightfully become the punching bag of the worldwide press, the oil giant is booting him out of their cleanup operation. And very interestingly, the new guy is an American.
A day after Tony Hayward, the chief executive of BP, was pummeled by members of a House committee over the company’s role in the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the chairman of the company said in an interview that Mr. Hayward would step away from daily involvement in BP’s enormous response efforts in the gulf. Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman of BP, told Sky News that after eight weeks of being on the scene, Mr. Hayward “is now handing over the operations, the daily operations, to Bob Dudley.”

He referred to Robert Dudley, an American oil executive who has been a managing director of BP since 2009. Over five hours of testimony to the oversight and investigations panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, Mr. Hayward repeatedly said he had no direct knowledge of the company’s safety decisions in connection with the stricken well, and refused to speculate about the causes of the oil spill before a company investigation of the accident is completed. His sidestepping of basic questions angered lawmakers, who told him that he was “stonewalling” the committee. Mr. Svanberg, who spoke for the company after a delegation of executives met with President Obama and his aides at the White House on Wednesday, acknowledged that Mr. Hayward has struggled in the public’s perception. “It is clear Tony has made remarks that have upset people,” Mr. Svanberg said to Sky News.
Maybe BP thinks the U.S. public and press will treat an American better.

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World Refugee Day

Washington, DC, June 18 -- "The plight of the world's refugees is an issue that transcends not just geography and ethnicity, but politics and partisanship as well." --Secretary Clinton.


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In honor of World Refugee Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave remarks at an event at the State Department on the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Refugee Act:

"Helping refugees is a transnational challenge, but I want to speak for just a minute about what this issue means for Americans and the United States. The United States is the largest single source of support for assistance to refugees and victims of conflict. It's true financially, where we've provided more than $1.7 billion to refugees and conflict victims last year, including $640 million in support for UNHCR. And it's true diplomatically. We spend a lot of time and a lot of political capital on these issues.

Now, for the United States this has been an enduring commitment, but our work on behalf of refugees is not the result of some grand strategic calculus. We don't help because it bolsters our ability to play power politics or advance our economic interests, although in the long run I believe it does make our nation stronger and allow us to promote reconciliation and stability in areas of desperation and despair. We help because it is the right thing to do. We happen to believe it's also the smart thing to do, but even in cases where it doesn't appear all that smart, it's still often right. And therefore, we proceed.

It goes to the core of who we are as a people and a country, because the United States is not only a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of refugees. We know from our collective experience that most people want the same basic things in life: safe communities, food, water, lives free of political and religious and other persecution. And when these basic needs go unmet and families are forced to flee their homes in desperation, we should all be there with a helping hand."

Via JMG: RUSH LIMBAUGH: Hungry School Kids Should Go Dumpster Diving

Rather than take part in a socialist school lunch program.

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Via JMG: Visualizing The Oil Spill

An interactive map lets you compare the size of the Gulf oil spill to your part of the country. (I think the spill is actually bigger than this map shows.)

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beck - founders
Glenn Beck's "Founders Fridays" shows are dedicated to lies not only about the Founders and their beliefs, but about supposed attacks on their legacies by progressives (whom Beck calls a "cancer" on America).

Texas textbook petition drop for email
Activists deliver over 131,000 petition signatures to the offices of McGraw-Hill urging the publisher to keep Texas' right-wing revisions out of its history textbooks.

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Dear Daniel,

The Right has brought new vigor to an old front in their relentless attacks on our core values. Taking place right under our noses and going largely unrecognized as the dangerous threat that it is, the Right is stepping up its attempts to rewrite history.

As we just saw in last month's Texas textbook controversy... or on the airwaves every day on FOX News programs like Glenn Beck's... their revisionist history is based on outright lies. Unchallenged, it will prove a powerful tool for recruiting members of this generation and indoctrinating members of the next.

People For the American Way is fighting back against the hypocrisy of the Right's phony constitutional narrative AND against its dangerous attempts to rewrite history. This means we must change the debate over the courts and the Constitution, debunk the Right's misleading rhetoric and fight, tooth and nail, against attempts to indoctrinate students by injecting political propaganda into textbooks in place of history.

Please support our efforts to block the Right's assault on history with a generous contribution to PFAW today.

For a long time, the Far Right has tried to lay claim to America's Founders and the Constitution with baseless assertions about what the Framers intended. You can see it in their campaign to make people believe the Founders were all Christian fundamentalists and the U.S. was founded as a Christian country -- and the separation of church and state is a myth. And you can see it in the knee-jerk reaction of Tea Partiers and movement conservatives to cry "unconstitutional!" whenever a progressive reform passes into law, clearly with no real understanding of the document.

Now, they are even trying to own the civil rights movement! In the same breath, someone like Glenn Beck will denigrate the concept of "social justice" as mere code for socialism and accuse progressives of being a cancer on this country, and then claim it's conservatives who are carrying the torch of Martin Luther King. Of course, this ignores that Dr. King spoke at length about social justice and that the civil right movement was a definitively progressive movement.

PFAW's in this fight. We are calling out the lies, debating the Right in the media and mobilizing progressive activists to speak out in their communities. But we need your help. Please donate to these efforts today.

We can't just sit back and watch the right-wing movement put up candidates for office like Rand Paul, who said he was against the desegregation called for in the Civil Rights Act, and at the same time pretend they are the champions for civil rights... any more than we can sit back and watch them rewrite the history of our nation's founding to fit their narrow right-wing worldview.

Best wishes,


Michael B. Keegan, President

P.S. Our past, and the story of who we are as a nation, shapes our future. Don't let the Radical Right shape that future by rewriting history with their propaganda war. Stand up to the Right today by supporting PFAW's counter efforts with a much-needed donation.

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Via PFAW:


beck - founders
Glenn Beck's "Founders Fridays" shows are dedicated to lies not only about the Founders and their beliefs, but about supposed attacks on their legacies by progressives (whom Beck calls a "cancer" on America).

Texas textbook petition drop for email
Activists deliver over 131,000 petition signatures to the offices of McGraw-Hill urging the publisher to keep Texas' right-wing revisions out of its history textbooks.

donate

Dear Daniel,

The Right has brought new vigor to an old front in their relentless attacks on our core values. Taking place right under our noses and going largely unrecognized as the dangerous threat that it is, the Right is stepping up its attempts to rewrite history.

As we just saw in last month's Texas textbook controversy... or on the airwaves every day on FOX News programs like Glenn Beck's... their revisionist history is based on outright lies. Unchallenged, it will prove a powerful tool for recruiting members of this generation and indoctrinating members of the next.

People For the American Way is fighting back against the hypocrisy of the Right's phony constitutional narrative AND against its dangerous attempts to rewrite history. This means we must change the debate over the courts and the Constitution, debunk the Right's misleading rhetoric and fight, tooth and nail, against attempts to indoctrinate students by injecting political propaganda into textbooks in place of history.

Please support our efforts to block the Right's assault on history with a generous contribution to PFAW today.

For a long time, the Far Right has tried to lay claim to America's Founders and the Constitution with baseless assertions about what the Framers intended. You can see it in their campaign to make people believe the Founders were all Christian fundamentalists and the U.S. was founded as a Christian country -- and the separation of church and state is a myth. And you can see it in the knee-jerk reaction of Tea Partiers and movement conservatives to cry "unconstitutional!" whenever a progressive reform passes into law, clearly with no real understanding of the document.

Now, they are even trying to own the civil rights movement! In the same breath, someone like Glenn Beck will denigrate the concept of "social justice" as mere code for socialism and accuse progressives of being a cancer on this country, and then claim it's conservatives who are carrying the torch of Martin Luther King. Of course, this ignores that Dr. King spoke at length about social justice and that the civil right movement was a definitively progressive movement.

PFAW's in this fight. We are calling out the lies, debating the Right in the media and mobilizing progressive activists to speak out in their communities. But we need your help. Please donate to these efforts today.

We can't just sit back and watch the right-wing movement put up candidates for office like Rand Paul, who said he was against the desegregation called for in the Civil Rights Act, and at the same time pretend they are the champions for civil rights... any more than we can sit back and watch them rewrite the history of our nation's founding to fit their narrow right-wing worldview.

Best wishes,


Michael B. Keegan, President

P.S. Our past, and the story of who we are as a nation, shapes our future. Don't let the Radical Right shape that future by rewriting history with their propaganda war. Stand up to the Right today by supporting PFAW's counter efforts with a much-needed donation.

donate

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Via JMG: Where Are People Moving?


Using 2008 IRS data, Forbes Magazine has created a fascinating interactive map showing which cities are gaining or losing populations and where people are coming from/going to. Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami appear to be suffering the greatest exoduses, with New York City remaining fairly unchanged. Red lines are outbound, black lines are inbound. You can click on every county in the country and see its changes.

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Margaret Cho -- These Christian Groups Have Lost Their Minds

Via Utne:

Twinkie Ingredients Demystified

Photographer Dwight Eschliman reveals the ingredients of a junk food classic.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

a cool find from my Aunt & Uncle

Haitian rebuilding

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Via JMG: Palin Continues Drill, Baby, Drill Schtick

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Via Facebook: Truthout's Photos - This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Lady Ga Ga Alejandro Translation... by GloZell

Glee's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with Oil Spill Images

When Hamburgers started Falling from the Sky

Everyone thought it was adorable when hamburgers started falling from the sky in a recent animated movie. Violent spaghetti, not so adorable. But just wait until the hurricane season hits and those millions of gallons of crude oil swimming in the Gulf get dumped on land.

Tell Congress To Pass A Green Jobs Energy And Climate Bill NOW!

Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1049.php

Please Note: Try to submit the action page above before Saturday 6/19 as we are doing a server location move on that day. Otherwise, everything will be live again on Sunday the following day.

Twenty years ago we needed a crash program to develop truly green alternative energy sources. We needed it 10 years ago. Now with the mother of all oil blowout disasters getting worse by the day, a catastrophe so monumental the primary response from our government has just been to try to lie about its massive scale, the urgency of getting OFF fossil fuels is more critical than ever. And if there was anyone in Washington with a dime's worth of real leadership it would be happening right now.

We all remember how President Obama threw his green jobs point person over the side, because the Republicans threw a ridiculous hissy fit over absolutely nothing, except the fact that Van Jones spoke the truth. How we need leaders like that now. Where will we get them? If there is even a single member of Congress who isn't a worthless corporate flack dodger, we need bold leadership on green energy and we need it now.

Who in Washington has the courage and vision to fight for a green jobs energy future for this country, instead of just wallowing around in oil and nuclear corporation campaign contributions, while kowtowing to their every demand for strangling of regulation and subsidies on the public dole? Well we see where that got us, with corporate criminal sociopaths like BP saying, "Who cares, it's done, end of story" (an exact quote), when told by one of their own contractors that what they were doing was reckless and irresponsible, leading directly to the cataclysm at hand.

Tell Congress to pass a climate and energy bill with real DECREASES in carbon dioxide emissions, not just a shell game of a carbon trading scheme. Tell them to take all incentives AWAY from fossil fuel and nuclear and give them to solar, wind and biofuels instead, and make sure they are earmarked for creating jobs in THIS country.

It may even now be too late to save us from a polar ice cap melting nightmare future, which is all the more reason to get on it immediately.

Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1049.php

And after you do, why not pick up a policy message item related to all this, for a donation of ANY amount whatsoever you can afford? Get a "350 PPM Or Catastrophe" cap to help educate everyone you encounter that we must get carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back down to 350 ppm to avert incomprehensively greater future calamity. Get a "Stop The Filibuster" cap, without which no bill of merit can pass. Just make your selection from the return page from the action page above.

Or go directly to this page.

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And of course you can always get a totally free "Corporations Are Not The People" bumper sticker just for the asking, if you haven't got one already.

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In the meantime, corporate toadies like Brit "Where's The Oil?" Hume should be made to go down to the Gulf Coast and lick the oil off the beaches with their tongues, as wave after wave of crude wash up on every beach for a thousand miles. How pathetic those dinky booms, which aren't even effective now in totally calm water, will look when 20 foot storm surges from the coming hurricane season inundate the bayous.

It is even possible that the hurricane season will be that much worse, if all those volatile petroleum fractions stimulate even more evaporation from Gulf waters overheated by the effects of climate change already. And you Red Staters on the Atlantic coast, brace yourselves too. The slick is already at the Florida Keys and coming around the bend.

All in all, it is every bit as bad as we warned you it would be day one. BP has lied to you. Obama has lied to you. It is much worse than they dared allow you to believe, and they are still lying. The entire bore hole appears to be disintegrating and it now may not be humanly possible to stop the blowout . . . ever.

For you see, it is not the end of the story, not even close. And it is going to get so much, so much worse, unless somehow we get enough of you folks to speak out all at the same time to demand real policy change.

And here is the Facebook link for the Green Jobs Energy And Climate Bill action page further above.

[Facebook] Action Page:

http://apps.facebook.com/fb_voices/action.php?qnum=pnum1049

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