[links] Link salad wakes and wonders

Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! — The eminently readable Roger Ebert on Twitter.

The Mother of All InventionHow the Xerox 914 gave rise to the Information age. Ah, the march of progress. Fascinating if brief squib on a significant piece of technological history.

Deeper impact: Did mega-meteors rattle our planet? — This is both frightening and cool. We have some analogous spooky geology here in the Pacific Northwest. (Via io9.com.)

Senate narrowly votes down antiscience greenhouse gas Resolution — Your Republican Party: still doing their besto combat the inconvenient liberal bias in reality. Who you gonna believe, their electoral strategies or that lying realworld data?

Homosexuality, Porn, and the Classroom — Coz, you know, you can catch teh gay, even from someone else’s kids by proxy. Good thing the Catholic community is on the ball!

BP spill response plans severely flawedOmissions, errors riddle firm’s regional plan for the Gulf, analysis shows. See! Industry self-regulation works fine! Who needs the government?

Oklahoma State Senator Aims To Stop ‘Liberal Judges’ From Imposing Sharia Law — Sometimes the fruit loops don’t all fit in the box, I guess. Duncan is also known for being among a group of lawmakers who returned their gift copies of the Quran to a state diversity panel, because they said the book endorses “the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.” I think that’s called the Bible, sir. See Old Testament.

Congrats to Rush Limbaugh on his fourth traditional marriage — Family values win again!

?otD: What question of the day would you ask?


6/12/2010
Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently (re)reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

5 thoughts on “[links] Link salad wakes and wonders

  1. Cora says:

    That Catholic columnist should just withdraw his kid from the school, if he fears that his kid will be exposed to evil gays being good parents and pornography (because we all know straights never watch porn). Surely, there is a school somewhere that caters to his prejudices. Otherwise, Americans always have the option of homeschooling. I do feel sorry for that columnist’s kid, though, because the poor little boy will likely grow up to be a bigot like his Dad.

    BTW, I’ve worked as a teacher and I have had cases of children talking about pornography in class. All of those were kids from heterosexual two-parent families. One of the worst cases, a 6th-grader who boasted of having watched porn online and helpfully passed on the URL to his classmates, came from a very religious family.

    Regarding the Gulf oil spill, I know quite a bit about oil spill prevention and response (via the other job I have beside teaching) and the response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster is completely beyond the pale. And it’s not just BP who has been completely incompetent in its response, but the US government authorities are just as incompetent. It’s a shame that one of the richest countries in the world doesn’t even have sufficient equipment to deal with such a situation and the equipment they do have is unsuited to high sea oil spills and often operated by untrained fishermen. Oh yes, and foreign aid and equipment have been offered to the US early on and the respective US authorities didn’t even bother to answer. This isn’t the first time this has happened, either.

    1. Jay says:

      There’s not much to be proud of in the response to the BP spill from any direction that I can see. But the denial is what boggles me most…

      1. Cora says:

        What bothered me most was first of all the sense I got for the first two weeks or so from many US sources that the oil spill didn’t really matter, because it was only affecting Southerners. I got a very similar feeling after Katrina, that it took a surprisingly long time until the American public actually started getting bothered. The US Gulf coast is the part of the US I know best, the part where I spent ten months of my life and to which I feel a certain connection, so seeing people not care made me angry.

        Secondly, I’m stunned that everybody from Obama on down seems to expect that BP will clean up the mess they caused, even though they’re obviously incompetent. In Germany, the responsibility for dealing with natural and environmental disasters lies with various state agencies (depending on what you’re dealing with). Whoever caused the disaster would be held accountable, but no one would expect them to actually handle the clean up. And since I have some knowledge what would be done, if a similar spill occurred off the German coast (though it wouldn’t be similar, simply because the safety standards for offshore drilling in the North Sea are more stringent), who would be called in and what equipment would be deployed, I’m pretty much boggled by the utter incompetence displayed in the Gulf. With the enormous amount of money invested in the US Navy and Coast Guard, you’d figure they’d have some equipment to get the job done, instead of blowing it all on aircraft carriers.

  2. Marisa Sitra says:

    Perhaps the politicians should listed to what Rush Limbaugh is saying….he’s more popular (and sensible) than they are all put together!

  3. We need a comment from the Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry. Landry’s done this before—she oversaw the 2003 spill in Buzzards Bay, Massachussets . Then, as now, her initial reports of the spill total were way off. Landry, a Coast Guard rear admiral, has gone from taking reporters’ questions at the White House to giving reporters tours of the damage, but there are also reports that the Coast Guard is keeping reporters and photographers from getting a full picture – and doing so at the behest of BP. (The Coast Guard says they are accommodating as many media requests as they can; Landry hasn’t commented). We have got to ask how the response to the Gulf of Mexico spill compares to the 2003 Bouchard B 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay,Massaacusetts? Two things come to mind. First the U.S.Court of appeals never allowed the state of Massachusetts to enforce the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2004. The Coast Guard appealed the rules because of an intercoastal turf war leaving the state with no new laws to protect the bay. Second the residential property claims of thousands of residents have been tied up in the Massachusetts court system for the past eight years. How will residential property owners around the gulf have to wait? On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil.

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