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They Are Scum

Both NPR and the New York Times are discussing the the posting of a PDF of the complete Rolling Stone McChrystal article without even a link to the magazine’s web site. It wasn’t done by some guy in a basement, it was done by Time and Politico.

Rolling Stone hadn’t posted the story on their web site because they want print subscribers to get their stories first. My Local Puppy Trainer does the same thing, posting on the web a day after it is delivered.

The story was going to be published, so this isn’t a matter of putting something that was going to be hidden on the web in the public interest, this was merely a matter of scooping Rolling Stone on their own story.

This wasn’t breaking news, it was an in-depth article. There is no excuse for what Time and Politico did, and it was a clear violation of copyright law, as well as the supposed ethics that separate “the real media” from “bloggers”.

June 28, 2010   4 Comments

What A Bunch Of Whiners

Gulf Gusher symbolYou have to wonder what Mississippi officials have been doing for the last two months. It has been obvious from the early days that until the pictures start showing up in the media, BP won’t do anything. It has also been obvious that the Feds are the junior partner in the Unified Command because BP controls the checkbook.

McClatchy reports that Mississippi officials slam Coast Guard as BP oil hits shores

GULFPORT, Miss. — What South Mississippi officials had been fearing for weeks came true Sunday when large, gooey globs of weathered oil, chocolate-colored oil patties and tar balls washed ashore in quantity along the Mississippi Coast.

Emergency managers scrambled to win approval for stronger protection of inland waterways, more skimming equipment in Mississippi waters and installation of absorbent material, also to keep oil out of inland waterways.

Local officials were livid that the oil had made it ashore.

Maybe if Mississippi has stopped kissing up to corporations they wouldn’t be awakening to the smell of crude oil on their beaches. Maybe if a few Mississippi politicians had supported effective oversight of the oil and gas industry, instead of blocking all attempts to do it, they wouldn’t be cleaning oily muck off their jon boats. Maybe if they had supported funding for the Coast Guard, there wouldn’t have been such a reduction of in the service along the Gulf Coast.

Welcome to the club. If you don’t want to pay for service, don’t complain when you don’t get any.

June 28, 2010   10 Comments

Stage Two – Day Three

World CupThe Oranje are through to the Quarter Finals: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

They face the winner of Brazil – Chile which takes place later this afternoon. To say that it will probably be Brazil, is not exactly a risky prediction.

As expected Brazil took it: Canarinho 3-0 La Roja of Chile.

Of course I back the Oranje, but, now they face the Canarinho in the Quarter Finals, so they really need to get their stuff together.

June 28, 2010   Comments Off on Stage Two – Day Three

Tropical Storm Alex – Day 3

Tropical Storm AlexPosition: 21.0N 91.6W [10 PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 5 mph [ 7 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 985 mb ↓.

It is 505 miles [810 km] Southeast of Brownsville, Texas.

It is strengthening and moving slowly North. It should be a hurricane tomorrow. The current path predicts landfall around the Texas-Mexican border Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Hurricane Warnings have been issued from South of Baffin Bay on the Texas coast to La Cruz on the coast of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Warning from Baffin Bay North to Port O’Connor, Texas.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

June 28, 2010   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Alex – Day 3