atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2098: Oil and water don't mix.

"Can't they vacuum up that oil?" asks Elizabeth Scalia, the Anchoress.

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.

Oh well.

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