Considering that the petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico is hardly an unprecedented event--we have spilled huge quantities of oil many times before, and will spill even more before we find a better energy source--and that the petroleum is being spilled into water, and that oil floats on water, why the hell can't they vacuum the stuff up?
Okay: oil spills happen seldom enough that it simply does not pay to have a dedicated cleanup vessel. Granting that, why the hell aren't we asking other nations, "Hey, can you spare a supertanker?" Someone should be able to rent a ship to us.
It's not like BP spilled a million gallons of Kool-Aid or Hi-C. Jesus.
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What the hell is this shit?
...[M]ajor changes to the copyright law, including government licensing provisions; government pilot programs to investigate potential new media business models, antitrust changes to allow media companies to unite on imposing online pay walls, establish a journalism division of AmeriCorps with government underwriting the training of young journalists, tax incentives per news employee, increased funding of public broadcasting, a 5% tax on consumer electronics and/or assessments on users of public airwaves.Sure, let government get its greedy mitts on the press. You didn't actually want "freedom of the press" anyway, did you?
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Well, it took some searching, but I've finally identified the weird cocoons attached to the evergreen out front: evergreen bagworm, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis. That picture could be of one of the dozen or so cocoons festooning the branches of the bush.
Apparently they're not-good for the plants. *sigh* Something else I have to deal with....
But they're still dormant. I've been watching them all spring and nothing has happened. I wonder if they're dead? The site doesn't say how long they remain pupate.