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Monthly Archives: January 2006

Exxon Mobile Earnings

At the same time when Exxon Mobile is asking to be relieved of their $5 billion in damages for the 1989 Valdez oil spill, they just recorded the highest quarterly profit ever for a public company. Remember how it was supposed to be a bad quarter because of those pesky little hurricanes? Apparently, price gouging paid off. Check out those numbers:

$116 Million Per Day
$4.9 Million Per Hour
$1,347.37 Per Second

I wish I could make that kinda cash. Of course, I don’t wish that I was an unjust self-centered corporation. Check out for more info. (via ThinkProgress)


No, we are not talking about the Iditarod and its inspirational dog sled stories. The Idiotarod is considered a celebration of all things idiot. Beginning in 2004, hundreds of drunken idiots race from Brooklyn to Manhattan. This occurred again last Friday. From CBS:

Teams of five (four runners and one musher) per cart must make it to two checkpoints and the finish line with their cart. Inebriation is allowed, and even encouraged. The cart must be intact, and four rubber wheels must be used. Teams can choose any route they want to make it to the checkpoints.

Sabotage is not only allowed, but officially encouraged by a prize.

If you are interested in getting drunk, running around New York City, and acting like an idiot next year, check out the Idiotarod’s Official Website.

Toast the Earth

In honor of the latest governmental attempt to silence global warming experts and their research, this weeks video, Toast the Earth, comes from From their website:

The Exxpose Exxon campaign is a collaborative effort of 15 of the nation’s largest environmental and public interest advocacy organizations to educate and activate Americans about ExxonMobil’s efforts to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, prevent action on global warming, and encourage America’s oil dependence.

For more information on global warming, check out the Union of Concerned Scientists and Green-E.

James Hansen

From the NYTimes:

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.
But Dr. Hansen said that nothing in 30 years equaled the push made since early December to keep him from publicly discussing what he says are clear-cut dangers from further delay in curbing carbon dioxide.
After that speech and the release of data by Dr. Hansen on Dec. 15 showing that 2005 was probably the warmest year in at least a century, officials at the headquarters of the space agency repeatedly phoned public affairs officers, who relayed the warning to Dr. Hansen that there would be “dire consequences” if such statements continued, those officers and Dr. Hansen said in interviews.

Other employees at NASA have been privy to attempts to silence Hansen:

In one call, George Deutsch, a recently appointed public affairs officer at NASA headquarters, rejected a request from a producer at National Public Radio to interview Dr. Hansen, said Leslie McCarthy, a public affairs officer responsible for the Goddard Institute.

Citing handwritten notes taken during the conversation, Ms. McCarthy said Mr. Deutsch called N.P.R. “the most liberal” media outlet in the country. She said that in that call and others, Mr. Deutsch said his job was “to make the president look good” and that as a White House appointee that might be Mr. Deutsch’s priority.

And from Larry Travis, an astronomer and Dr. Hansen’s deputy at Goddard:

Dr. Travis said he walked into Ms. McCarthy’s office in mid-December at the end of one of the calls from Mr. Deutsch demanding that Dr. Hansen be better controlled.

I believe that global warming is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, threat facing the world today. If we really do care about the future of our planet, the human race, and society, we will do everything we can do preserve our home environment. To think that this administration is silencing researchers and their data about the damage their policies cause is disgusting. Not only is it a breach of the first amendment, it puts all of us and our children at danger.

If you’re interested in fighting back against this regime, I recommend checking out green-e. It’s a great way to begin reducing emissions and begin taking a proactive approach towards stopping global warming.

Giant Octopus Attacks Submarine

This video is amazing.

Last November, Salmon researchers working on the Brooks Peninsula were using their remote-controlled mini-sub when it was attacked by a giant octopus. The $200,000, uninsured, piece of equipment was very sensitive and marine biologist, Mike Wood, knew right away the damage an octopus bite could cause. Thus, he reacted instantly with the only defensive weapon their sub had: thrusters. By kicking up seabed particles at the octopus, it finally let go and disappeared.

Calvin and Hobbes: Babies are from Taiwan

U.S. Military in Iraq

You can’t win a war without an army.

From the Associated Press:

Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a “thin green line” that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.

Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency.


When Matt brought me the first season of Firefly on DVD, I thought it was just going to be another crazy sci-fi series. After the first two episodes, to my surprise, I fell in love. I have not seen a sci-fi series this good since Star Trek: The Next Generation and Stargate: SG-1. I watched the whole first season in two and a half days. Again, to my surprise, I was heartbroken when I heard that Fox cancelled it. Originally, they said it was due to bad ratings. It turns out that they ran it in a horrible time slot and gave the show 1/10th of the marketing funding they promised. This is not the first time Fox has let go of a great show. Let’s not forget Family Guy, which they were lucky to get back. Of course, they require all the show’s producer’s to sign contracts stating that no one else will air new episodes of their series for at least ten years. In other words, there seems to be no chance of the Sci-Fi channel picking it up.

Firefly still has an incredibly strong fan base and their new attempt to bring it back is the Firefly Season 2 Project: On Demand. From their site:

We are looking to push the envelope of episodic television by offering Season Two of Firefly in a groundbreaking new format. Each episode (or the entire season) would be made available for purchase in Standard or Hi-Definition.

It’s possible that subscribers may choose one of three playback options; monthly DVD deliveries, TV On-Demand using your cable or satellite provider, or computer viewing via Streaming Download.

If you loved Firefly and want to see new seasons, take 30 seconds to fill out their quick survey. You do not need to put down any personal info. It will help them determine the direction for the series.

This is true investigative journalism.

From Glenn Greenwald:

In June, 2002, Republican Sen. Michael DeWine of Ohio introduced legislation (S. 2659) which would have eliminated the exact barrier to FISA which Gen. Hayden yesterday said is what necessitated the Administration bypassing FISA. Specifically, DeWine’s legislation proposed: to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to modify the standard of proof for issuance of orders regarding non-United States persons from probable cause to reasonable suspicion. . . .In other words, DeWine’s bill, had it become law, would have eliminated the “probable cause” barrier (at least for non-U.S. persons) which the Administration is now pointing to as the reason why it had to circumvent FISA

General Hayden is going around touting that the “probable cause” barrier necessitated that the administration skirt FISA and the law. As it turns out, a Democratic tried to give them that power in 2002 and they declined it in an official statement saying the Patriot Act had given them enough power:

One simple but important change that Congress made was to lengthen the time period for us to bring to court applications in support of Attorney General-authorized emergency FISAs. This modification has allowed us to make full and effective use of FISA’s pre-existing emergency provisions to ensure that the government acts swiftly to respond to terrorist threats. Again, we are grateful for the tools Congress provided us last fall for the fight against terrorism. Thank you.

Even the WaPo has picked this up.

From the dark closet of J-Luv:

Monkeys learn to iceskate.

Well, great. Now the damn monkeys are just one step away from world
domination. That one step being, of course, learning to rollerblade.

(link goes to UK site for The Sun, where you’re always one click away from boobies, so buyer beware)

Monkey Ice Skating

It turns out that the eight year-old monkey’s name is Gun-Mo and he had orangutan friend named Eunbi who rode a sled. They were attending a promotional event for the 2006 Animal Academy show in Seoul. Apparently, Gun-Mo learned to skate in two weeks.

Monkeys On Ice