Department Of Stop it! You're killing Everything!
It's a three-way tie, the "Captains of the Titanic" award for 2010: BP CEO Tony Hayward, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and President Barack Obama. I intend to focus on the third, this round, but let me just vent in general for a sec.
It's been a hell of a month -- a hell of a week -- for what Rachel Maddow calls our "ethical freak show of a universe." Avarice, violence, amorality are destroying person-kind as well as our fellow non-human creatures, as well as our environment. We lack global leaders right now who can take responsibility – the ability to respond – to the profound crises of our time. Is there a bigger word for crises? Disasters? Calamities?
Just when we think circumstances can't get any more dire, they do. Read below the fold...
This time, it's an engineering professor recommending using tires - put in uninflated tires into the gushing well and then inflate them to shut off the flow.
A similar idea is suggested during this discussion also.
When are we as a country going to get serious about this and bring in some of these experts and people with ideas? Clearly, BP is not serious and has run out of ideas.
Update: "...if they’re being criminally investigated then why are we allowing them to do it? If we got a bunch of criminals doing it then why are we allowing them to do it?" Read below the fold...
It is officially day 44 of the ongoing Gulf Oil Spill disaster. Day freakin’ 44. And the news only seems to get worse.
First off, I don’t know ‘bout you, but I must say I sure wasn’t too awfully excited today at the news that the Department of Justice is opening a criminal inquiry into the Gulf Oil Spill. I did however, get just a little chuckle thinkin’ that the folks at BP, Transocean, and Halliburton must all be busier than a one-eyed man at a burlesque show tryin’ to figure out how to wiggle out of that investigation. Read below the fold...
Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson Co-Directors of Social Security Works have written an article called “Has Obama created a Social Security 'death panel'? In the article they raise questions about the composition, process, and intentions of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and say:
”We write to raise questions and encourage press inquiry now, before the commission reports, at which point its recommendations could be on track and moving fast.”
And the questions they raise include:
”Q. Have the members of the Commission made up their minds, at least with respect to the broad outlines, making the whole exercise simply an effort by elected officials to escape political accountability?
Q. Why is the Commission apparently working so closely with billionaire Peter G. Peterson, who served in the Nixon administration and who has a clear ideological agenda?” Read below the fold...
It used to be so much fun to bash the rightwing crazies like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul. I used to love it when Keith Olbermann would fulminate in righteous rage over the latest horrors coming from "Mr. Bush." I used to laugh my butt off when Rachel Maddow would make fun of wingnuts, and when Al Franken would play "Bill O'Reilly: Lying or Stupid?"
But now, when I hear the latest outrage over Rand Paul or Sarah Palin or the Tea Party or some other alleged threat to the very fabric of our country, I just feel uncomfortable and slightly queasy. Why? Why don't I care anymore? Read below the fold...
Martin Luther King never in a million years would have made a joke such as the one Obama did at the recent WH Correspondents' Dinner. It was about drones. Martin Luther King had respect for humanity. As I see it, President Obama not only hasn't redirected America from the slippery slope of amorality, he apparently has brought his sled. Read below the fold...
James K. Galbraith's short piece in The Washington Post Outlook section proposed that we ought to toss the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). I couldn't agree more. This post is a commentary intended to amplify the argument.
Jamie begins with: Read below the fold...
Black waves. We're in serious trouble.
The "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd needs a thorough collective punch in the fucking throat. This is an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. How many more like this must we suffer to keep the Teabagger's SUVs on the road?
I sincerely hope that President Obama rescinds his Executive Order opening up new Off-shore Drilling areas. The yields are negligible, the risks are enormous. I'd also like to see this Administration hold BP's rights to lease-renewals hostage to make them fully pay in a responsibly timely manner. Read below the fold...
Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:
We're writing to call your attention to an extremely significant event in the Cleveland area.
Dr. George Randt and his colleague are board-certified internists who have had a contractual relationship with St. John Medical Center covering some 2,500 patients for several years. These two doctors have excellent records with the hospital, high patient satisfaction and retention rates, and have never had an unfavorable review.
This past month they were notified by the president of their hospital, Mr. Cliff Coker, that their contracts were being terminated because they were not sufficiently profit-driven and "volume oriented," i.e., not seeing enough patients quickly enough.Read below the fold...
[Selise on Fiscal Sustainability at Down with Tyranny. Read and comment! -- lambert]
[James Galbraith on the Fiscal Sustainability Counter-conference:
The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Counter Conference will be the important
event in Washington on April 28. Unlike the other meeting, this one will
feature important work by honest scholars. It deserves at least equal
attention, and very much more respect.
James K. Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin
Alrighty, then. --lambert]
Fiscal sustainability is very much in the News these days because of the activities of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, The Peterson Foundation's very vigorous efforts to present a point of view on fiscal sustainability that reinforces and expands the outlook of the National Commission's statement of purpose, The Washington Post's continuing expression of the deficit hawkism point of view, and CNN's “news alliance” with The Peterson Foundation. All this and more is part of a steamroller being formed to ensure that only one point of view on fiscal sustainability, namely a neo-liberal point of view dominates the landscape of public discussion. Read below the fold...
Last weekend that so-called epitome of liberal media bias called The Washington Post continued its on-going war on economic recovery and the American people with two salvos on the “crisis” in Government finances created by our “unsustainable” deficits, written by Fred Hiatt and Robert Read below the fold...