I wonder if Don Blankenship (Massey Energy CEO) is also CEO of the company that was operating the oil rig that exploded. According to this article from Yahoo, the oil rig also had a history of problems.
The adventures of Lily and her cub, Hope, continue on unabated in the Minneapolis north woods. I was just at the site and there are some absolutely amazing video clips from April 28 and April 24. Hope is so much fun to watch.
One clip shows the two of them in separate trees and it’s amazing to see how agile they are in the trees. I never realized bears were THAT agile in trees.
This video clip shows just what a mother will do to defend her babies. In this case, the scene is Denali National Park in Alaska. A mother grizzly and her three cubs are on one side of the river feeding. A hungry male is on the other side and starts to cross the river to get the carcass mother and babies are feeding on. Watch what happens initially. The male retreats, but decides to come back. The mother goes nuts and goes on the attack.
This was originally shown on the Animal Planet show “Untamed and Uncut.”
Moral of the story: Don’t mess with a mother who has babies.
Just a reminder, BP is the company that can’t afford new regulations and own the oil on top of the Gulf of Mexico right now.
In other news there is a record supply of oil, Iran has ships parked outside our boundaries waiting for sale, and oil is literally oozing out of the Gulf (the size of Rhode Island). We don’t need to regulate market speculation, despite the fact that Wall Street (remember them?) have driven up the prices over, and over, and over again.
The market doesn’t reflect supply OR demand at all. Let’s just give them every single new one of those new $100 dollar bills. If we run out, we can just print some more!
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy this is happening. I’m just kind of awe-struck at how swiftly Obama has done something, before their rights have been infringed upon. As a gay guy, I’ve been told it takes time, congressional hearings, exploratory committees, and there is too much on the plate right now. Week after week, month after month, and year after year.
Democratic challenger in Arizona’s 2010 gubernatorial election takes the lead since the new immigration law. More at the Huffington Post.
We know they can fuck up a good thing, lets hope they can do it again. Bush’s book and this law might be doing the country a favor in the long run. Although, the democrats wouldn’t do anything if they kept the lead.
For the life of me I don’t understand why this continues to happen. When I was overseeing the processing of new employees, I had to get proof of their eligibility to work in this country - even though I knew they were - and provide that same proof to the payroll processing service that handled our payroll.
I also thought that there were supposed fines levied against employers who did not provide this proof or provided fraudulent documentation. Why aren’t these employers being levied fines? Or, is this is another one of those deals where it’s cheaper for them to pay the fines, as it was in the case of Massey Energy and their voluminous backlog of safety violations that resulted in the deaths of the WV coal miners?
I thought this had posted last night but I can’t seem to find it now.
From LiveScience - chimpanzees experience and mourn the death of a member of their extended family. This article comes from LiveScience and happened at a Safari and Wildlife Park in Scotland.
The matriarch, Pansy, was dying from old age. The other chimps were allowed in proximity with her and were aware that she was dying. Upon her death, her daughter laid next to her dead mother the entire evening.
Best of the Sunbeams from the May issue of The Sun
"As a culture we seem to have arrived at a place where whatever native wisdom we may once have possessed about eating has been replaced by confusion and anxiety. Somehow this most elemental of activities - figuring out what to eat - has come to require a remarkable amount of expert help. How did we ever get to a point where we need investigative journalists to tell us where out food comes from and nutritionists to determine the dinner menu" - Michael Pollan
"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his co-called scientific knowlege. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life." - Thomas Edison
"Everything in moderation, including moderation." - Julia Child