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18 June 2010

Handicapping! 

I will get to LA-2 and LA-3 soon. Carville in the 2nd if he runs. LA-3 is giving me trouble. I really need to spend more time reading actual news and less on teh twitter to do this effectively though.

After we inevitably lose a Congressional district due to population loss in the 2010 census the battle for the way the Congressional maps shake up will be very interesting. Most population loss will be in the heavily Republican rural areas north of the Pine Curtain excepting a pocket of growth around Shreveport and of course the losses in the Katrina affected areas. Heavily Catholic but politically fickle LA-3 and LA-7 have exploded in population (much of it due to in state migration) but have switched parties for a Democrat and a Republican respectively over the last three cycles. LA-3 is most likely to go Republican this year before the map is redistricted, but the map there is still much more unpredictable than the map north of I-10. We should all watch this with great interest.

The constantly changing politics of the great gusher make it difficult to gauge things as well. I'll get something serious out soon enough, but this is what's on my mind as I figure out a post.

Time Killing Game of the Week 

And Music!

Hatetris!


In this game you try to make Tetris lines, but the computer gives you the most mathematically challenging block available in order to complete a line. I offer this in honor of the difficulty of plugging the well in our Gulf. By the time anyone gets to 100 lines we may not have any more oil assaulting our coast. Warning! This game is extremely frustrating.

And now [sort of shitty] music [that I love anyway]:

16 June 2010

Take a picture before you kill it. 

While BP and the USCG continue to deny access to reporters covering the ecological and environmental genocide occurring on our coastline, women in Louisiana will now be required to get sonograms prior to terminating their pregnancies. If only we could force all "perpetrators" to document their "crimes" so easily.

Thinking that we need to take this approach with our drilling operations. Force their rig operators to do video and film retrospectives on Gulf and marsh life before starting operations. It can be a giant Audubon Society project. Surely that will engender exactly the necessary amount of "concern for life" that everyone needs so that nothing like the Deep Water Horizon ever happens again.

15 June 2010

Well. That was very disappointing. 

Text.

Because there has never been a leak this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology.

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[W]e’ve directed BP to mobilize additional equipment and technology. And in the coming weeks and days, these efforts should capture up to 90 percent of the oil leaking out of the well.

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First, the cleanup. From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge of the largest environmental cleanup effort in our nation’s history.

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Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness.
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Earlier, I asked Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, who is also a former governor of Mississippi and a son of the Gulf Coast, to develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan as soon as possible.

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[blah blah blah Energy Policy blah blah blah]


Related reading:
Similar spills
Chaos in contain and clean efforts to date
Obama's meeting with BP executives tomorrow.
Ray Mabus (Please do read about Ray Mabus!)

14 June 2010

Coming Soon 

Thoughts on Senate polls(!), closed primaries (soon to be open again!) and what's up in 2010 LA-2 and the shockingly news-less 2010 LA-3 elections for the US Congress.

In the meantime I'm sort of working via email and gmail chat tonight.

Oh and I'm watching soccer games on the handy DVR.


Soccer Officially Announces It Is Gay

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