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  • The world's $50 billion toxic money pit: A giant oil field was discovered in 2000 50 miles off shore in Kazakhstan's slice of the Caspian Sea. It's called the Kashagan oil field and it's huge. But the international consortium of companies—including ExxonMobil—seeking to get the oil out in the tough climate and problematic underwater terrain has proved difficult and expensive.
    In thirteen years, they've spent $50 billion, building islands and pipelines and digging deep, some two and a half miles below the surface, to reach a so-called supergiant oil field where sour crude is mixed with toxic gas at ungodly pressures. In industry circles, Kashagan has become a watchword for massive complexity and near impossibility, and adopted an unofficial motto: "cash all gone."
  • Ethnic America, on a map:
    The history of European colonization of the Americas is still evident today in most of the United States. This very cool map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties. [...] The legacy of slavery still shows up in many rural Southern counties, where African Americans make up dominant slices of the population. Mexican Americans are dominant in border states, and in rural areas where agriculture is a big slice of the economy in places like eastern Washington and southern Idaho.

    And note those of non-Mexican Hispanic/Spanish origin in northern New Mexico. Those are the families who were in the United States before there was a United States. Or a Mexico, for that matter.

  • Texans lose another abortion clinic:
    Texas’s harsh anti-abortion law has claimed another victim, as a clinic in El Paso has been forced to immediately halt its abortion services. The Reproductive Services clinic attempted to seek an injunction against the provision of the law that requires abortion clinics to get admitting privileges from local hospitals—a medically unnecessary requirement that’s often impossible to meet—but a federal judge denied that request.
  • How the BP oil spill turned African American oystermen into an endangered species.
  • John Roberts and the Color of Money v. People of Color:
    People of color are almost entirely absent from the top donor profile, and none more so than members of the community that white Americans enslaved for two centuries:

    While more than one-in-six Americans live in a neighborhood that is majority African-American or Hispanic, less than one-in-50 superlimit donors do. More than 90 percent of these elite donors live in neighborhoods with a greater concentration of non- Hispanic white residents than average. African-Americans are especially underrepresented. The median elite donor lives in a neighborhood where the African-American population counts for only 1.4 percent, nine times less than the national rate.

    In other words: Political money and hence influence at the top levels is disproportionately white, male, and with almost no social context that includes significant numbers of African Americans and other people of color.

  • Chelsea Clinton expecting a baby in the fall:
    With her mother at her side, Ms. Clinton added, “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me.” [...]

    In September, CBS News asked [Bill] Clinton whether his wife would rather be president or grandmother. “I think she’d say grandmother,” he replied.

  • The rollercoaster-building business:
    according to Roller Coaster Database, there are 2,956 roller coasters in 2,067 amusement parks worldwide, with nearly 400 million riders each year. How did these feats of engineering become so popular, and who are the people behind them?
  • On today's rerun of the Kagro in the Morning show, it's 4/18/13. West, TX has just exploded, the gun bill has gone down, we pondered what is & isn't "terrorism," and Aaron Schock presaged the court ruling discussed yesterday, declaring good PR a new corporate entitlement.

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  •  Toronto Mayor Rod Ford launches re-election bid. (4+ / 0-)

    Cracks me up.

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:08:38 PM PDT

  •  The Women's Health Clinics in Texas... (0+ / 0-)

    should just move to another State. There are shortages in California, Seattle, Nevada, etc.. Why force themselves on such a hostile environment?

    Let Texas deal with the massive shortfall in Services when they leave. Maybe then they kick out the GOP and vote in their best interests.

  •  Are we going to have to (1+ / 0-)
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    bail out the oil companies now?

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:11:27 PM PDT

  •  "Tough climate" in the Caspian Sea (3+ / 0-)

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:13:36 PM PDT

  •  That ethnic map is a bit odd. (4+ / 0-)

    Third entry on the color key is "American." I'm puzzled.

    •  That's REAL 'MURICA. (1+ / 0-)
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      Those too stupid or stubborn to answer what their ethnic history is for the census.  I guess they think they were here long enough that it doesn't matter (despite biology) or that they're the real 'muricans.   Or they simply want to mess up the census.   Either way, we still know who they are.

      America, where a rising tide lifts all boats! Unless you don't have a boat...uh...then it lifts all who can swim! Er, if you can't swim? SHAME ON YOU!

      by Back In Blue on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:38:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  You know who those are (2+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener, ChadmanFL

      All the anti-immigration people who "forgot" where their immigrant ancestors came from.

      Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

      by Dave in Northridge on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:38:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well that or their ancestry is so mixed (1+ / 0-)
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        Dave in Northridge

        They might have a hard time describing their ancestry.  I always assumed my ancestry was more or less German as everyone in my family has Germanic sounding last names.  But after doing genealogy last year I realized that my family tree was much more mixed/complex and in fact dated back much further into America's history that I ever imagined.  In fact I discovered that I'm a descendent of the McCoy family of the Hatfield/McCoy feud fame.

      •  I don't think they had ancestors. pods/probably (0+ / 0-)

        decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

        by renzo capetti on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 04:54:30 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Boo, No Link to the Source Ethnic Map (0+ / 0-)

    not even in the article.

    I'm a little dubious of the other map linking lower great lakes with parts of the East Coast.

    We've been pretty rust belt here with our Chicagoesque Great Laks accent found in variations from Buffalo to Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago & Milwaukee and such.

    Aaasshole. But we draw the line at yoo bettcha.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:14:59 PM PDT

  •  * did someone find it ?? * (0+ / 0-)
                                 "Bush In Free-Fall"
    i found my old link, but got no return except 'S.O.L.'

    loved that crazy thing, even used in recently !!!!!!

    DANG !!!!!!!!!!!!

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:19:11 PM PDT

  •  Downtown denial city is (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge

    going green sooner or later.

  •  That Kashagan oil field blurb (1+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow

    is as powerful evidence as anything of just why blocking KXL is not going to slow Alberta Tar sands development one iota.

    Heck, if companies are willing to spend $50 billion for that, the tarsands seem like the best deal ever, with or without an increasingly moot pipeline.

  •  John Roberts has one qualification for SCOTUS .. (4+ / 0-)

    ... he wasn't Harriet Myers.

    Other than that, he's the nicest justice rich people and corporations could ever want.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:23:14 PM PDT

  •  GREAT map (3+ / 0-)

    Broward County has a plurality of Italian descent? I guess that's about most Jews and Italians having an Aunt Rose who retired to Florida.

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:35:03 PM PDT

  •  On Fox... (2+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow, Eric Nelson

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:41:16 PM PDT

  •  Why can't Hillary be a grandmother (5+ / 0-)

    And a president at the same time? I seem to recall that other presidents have had grandchildren and managed to do their duties reasonably well.  Apparently women are just not capable of handling the stress of multiple tasks. Or is it that Chelsea can't afford daycare, so Hillary will have to babysit?

    This whole thing is incredibly sexist.

    Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

    by Leftleaner on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:09:05 PM PDT

  •  We need more of this from 'The Atlantic".. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow, JeffW

    ..and for all us Dems to grab a bull horn with it.
    John Roberts and the Color of Money

    So far what Roberts has wrought:

     • Citizens United

     • gutting VRA

     • McCutcheon v FEC gave more leverage to only these few 1%ers -

    They amount to just 1,219 people in the U.S.—that's four in every 1,000,000 of our population.
    • Add all this to the Roberts decision to free states from the tyranny of being forced to accept federal funds to provide healthcare to the poor

    In other words: Political money and hence influence at the top levels is disproportionately white, male, and with almost no social context that includes significant numbers of African Americans and other people of color.

    This is why money isn't speech. Freedom of speech as a functional element in democratic life assumes that such freedom can be meaningfully deployed. But the unleashing of yet more money into politics allows a very limited class of people to drown out the money "speech" of everyone else—but especially those with a deep, overwhelmingly well documented history of being denied voice and presence in American political life.

     - emphasis added

    Because it really is as Jeffrey Toobin has written:

    The John Roberts Project (if you hit a firewall try this route)

    If you think that the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was bad, just wait: worse may be on the way.
     So why is the case important? Because the language of Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion suggests that the Court remains committed to the project announced most prominently in the Citizens United case, four years ago: the deregulation of American political campaigns.
    We Dems and especially Dem candidates whether incumbents or first time running, should be shouting this from the rooftops as part of every campaign

    Thx MB

  •  The most important thing Obama has done (2+ / 0-)
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    Check out the eye-popping graph at this link

    Welcome to the Terrordome

    And then check this out:

    "More solar has been installed in the US in the past 18 months than in 30 years," says the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). California's subsidy pot is drying up but new solar has hardly missed a beat.

    The technology is improving so fast - helped by the US military - that it has achieved a virtuous circle. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.

    •  Yes & Yes from a MB Dairy.. (2+ / 0-)
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      cordgrass, annieli

      New Gulf of Mexico oil leases will help BP heal profits, but eco-group says gulf is far from healed
      a comment a bit ago where I located this cool chart

      Business Insider this morning | April 10, 2014:
      I'm Now Convinced That Global Solar Dominance Is In Sight

      Solar power will slowly squeeze the revenues of petro-rentier regimes in Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. They will have to find a new business model, or fade into decline
       Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time. In the 1980s solar development was stopped in its tracks by the slump in oil prices. By now it has surely crossed the threshold irreversibly.
       photo d8135f7c-d902-4a80-9b9f-4ba2eff25b6b_zps044dacbb.png

      It really is terrible what petrochemical corpos have done to our environment and that the Restore Act (from 2012) amounted to a slap on the wrist and that even today people continue to be misguided by the "Drill Baby Drill" campaign, the squeeze is on according to this mornings report, and I'm no expert but when a business web site is putting out word promoting solar it's encouraging.

      Maybe since BP and Exxon and these Petrochemical giants seem unwilling to change their ways and clean up their act, they will end up going extinct - or least suffer financial losses big enough that they no longer control energy and the legislatures/congress/lobbyist that protect their profits.

      excellent cordgrass - spreading the word ! - the more voices the better

  •  190 years before Heller (0+ / 0-)

    A Study Hall diary sponsored by the Firearms Law and Policy Group

    Connecticut's Individual Right to Arms - 190 Years Before Heller

    In 2013 Connecticut passed significant new gun control laws with bipartisan support. In their run up to SCOTUS I think the new guns laws will survive challenges asserting a violation of constitutional RKBA.

    Drop by to find out why.

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 02:04:34 PM PDT

  •  Well, I suspect that the white money (0+ / 0-)

    goes more to represent "money" than it does "white", and if you have brown money it will pal around with "money" more than it does "brown".  The very best Poli Sci teacher I ever had used to say that Jesse Helms and Jesse Jackson had more in common with each other than they did with any of us in the class.  Over the years I have found the elite theory of poli sci does a better job of predicting and explaining than any other explanatory mechanism.  The ones at the top have a great interest in making sure that the system stays stable enough to keep them and theirs at the top.  Their differences are all at the margins.

    "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man..." Robbie Robertson

    by NearlyNormal on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 02:35:13 PM PDT

  •  First time I've ever posted two diaries in the (0+ / 0-)

    same day.....

    MI-GOV: Rick Snyder/Bill Schuette (R/R) Lose DC Circuit Appeal to President Obama on Mercury Control

    EarthJustice, Citizen Groups Win Major D.C. Circuit Decision Air Case Against Cement Industry

    Two important Federal DC Circuit Court of Appeals decisions this week, including the cement industry case decided and announced today, Friday, 04/18/2014

  •  An anniversary....! (1+ / 0-)
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    Statement by CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Fourth Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Tragedy in Gulf of Mexico; CSB Investigation Reports to be Released at June 5th Public Meeting in Houston, Texas

    As we approach the fourth anniversary of the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon tragedy and environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, I would like to announce that the comprehensive Chemical Safety Board investigation of the Macondo well blowout is in the final stages of completion and the first two volumes are planned to be released at a public meeting in Houston on June 5.

    The death and destruction of that day are seared in our consciousness. The forthcoming CSB investigation report has a singular focus: preventing such an accident from happening again.

    Eleven workers lost their lives, many others were injured, and oil and other hydrocarbons flowed uncontrolled out of the well for months after the explosion on the rig, owned and operated by Transocean under contract with BP. The CSB, at the request of Congress, launched an independent investigation with a broad mandate to examine not only the technical reasons that the incident occurred, but also any possible organizational and cultural causal factors, and opportunities for improving regulatory standards and industry practices to promote safe and reliable offshore energy supplies.

    While a number of reports have been published on the incident, and changes made within the U.S. offshore regulatory regime, more can be done. On June 5, the CSB will release the first two volumes of our four-volume investigation report, covering technical, regulatory, and organizational issues.

    The CSB examines this event from a process safety perspective, integrating fundamental safety concepts, such as the hierarchy of controls, human factors, and inherent safety into the U.S. offshore vernacular. While these concepts are not new in the petrochemical world or in other offshore regions around the globe, they are not as commonplace in the U.S. outer continental shelf.

    At the public meeting, investigators will present for board consideration what I believe is a very comprehensive examination of various aspects of the incident.

    Going beyond other previously released reports on the accident, the CSB explores issues not fully covered elsewhere, including:

    --The publication of new findings concerning the failures of a key piece of safety equipment—the blowout preventer—that was, and continues to be, relied upon as a final barrier to loss of well control.

    --A comprehensive examination and comparison of the attributes of  regulatory regimes in other parts of the world to that of the existing framework and the safety regulations established in the US offshore since Macondo.

    --In-depth analysis and discussion of needed safety improvements on a number of organizational factors, such as the industry’s approach to risk management and  corporate governance of safety management for major accident prevention, and  workforce involvement through the lifecycle of hazardous operations.

    Recommendations will be included in the various volumes of the CSB’s Macondo investigation report.

    Volume 1 will recount a summary of events leading up to the Macondo explosions and fire on the rig, providing descriptive information on drilling and well completion activities.

    Volume 2 will present several new critical technical findings, with an emphasis on the functioning of the blowout preventer (BOP), a complex subsea system that was intended to help mitigate and prevent a loss of well control. This volume examines the failures of the BOP as a safety-critical piece of equipment and explores deficiencies in the management systems meant to ensure that the BOP was reliable and available as a barrier on April 20, 2010.

    Later in the year, the board will consider report Volume 3 which will delve into the role of the regulator in the oversight of the offshore industry. Finally, Volume 4 will explore several organizational and cultural factors that contributed to the incident.

    We look forward to presenting this vital information to the public, industry, Congress, and all others interested in fostering safety in the offshore drilling and production industry.


     For more information, contact Communications Manager Hillary Cohen, cell 202-446-8094 or Sandy Gilmour, Public Affairs, cell 202-251-5496.

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