Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Now I’m Just Procrastinating

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* Crooks & Liars finds Christopher Brownfield arguing what I’ve been suspecting—BP is only considering containment options that protect their investment. Perhaps this is a question for Obama’s new presidential commission to take up. Meanwhile it looks as if Deepwater Horizon oil has been caught by the loop current, which means it could wind up in the Atlantic soon.

* If we weren’t living in post-racial America, a statistic showing the wealth gap between blacks and whites increasing fourfold since 1984 would be pretty worrying.

* I don’t say this often, but damn, that’s cold.

* Anesthesia awareness: just say no.

* One of the better periodic chart memes I’ve seen: The Elements of a Superhero.

* And speaking of superheroes: Feminist Hulk is on Twitter.

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  1. I started to come out of it when they were removing my wisdom teeth. It didn’t hurt too much, because the pain killer effects were there, but I could definitely feel them yanking and cutting.

    Alex

    May 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

  2. Ugh, I’m grimacing just at that two-sentence description.

    gerrycanavan

    May 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  3. It was a life-altering disappointment when I was told that no, I would not get to keep my wisdom teeth in a jar in my study. They remove them in pieces? Bastards.

    Dan

    May 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

  4. The Biblical King James also had his mother sleep with his teammate. Weird.

    john

    May 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

  5. I am rather freaked out at the thought of general anesthesia (it reminds me of DEATH!), so I opted for some pre-op Valium and nitrous oxide during my wisdom teeth removal. It was the best doctor experience I’ve ever had! Even though I could hear them drilling and ripping the bone from my jaw, I found myself chuckling the whole time. I highly recommend it.

    Therem

    May 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm

  6. While watching the latest news about the BP Oil spill, a frightening thought came to mind: what if we can’t stop the oil? I mean, what happens if after all the measures to cap the pipe fail, (i.e., “Top Hat”, “Small Hat” and “Top Kill”). What then? An accident this problematic is new territory for BP. The oil pipeline is nearly a mile down on the ocean floor, accessible only by robots. Add on top of that the extreme pressure at which the oil is flowing out of the pipeline and there you have it: the perfect storm.

    Moreover, scientists also claim that they’ve found an enormous plume of oil floating just under the surface of the ocean measuring approximately 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. (I’m no math genius, but I bet one of you reading this could figure out just how many barrels of oil that is…)

    There are new estimates that the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil a day: that’s a far cry from BP’s estimated 5,000 barrels a day. If BP’s estimates are correct, the total amount of oil now in the Gulf would be approximately 150,000 barrels (or 6,300,000 gallons). That’s barely enough to fill 286 swimming pools: sixteen feet, by thirty-two feet, by eight and a half feet deep. That wouldn’t cover an area the size of New York City, let alone an area the size of Delaware. Obviously, the spill is much larger than we are being led to believe. If the leak can’t be stopped, in a year’s time, we’ll have roughly 18,250,000 barrels of oil (or 766,500,000 gallons) in our oceans, killing our marine and animal wildlife. Such a calamity would be environmentally and economically disastrous. I’m not a religious man, but I pray that BP and our government work fast to end this catastrophe.

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm

    http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2010/05/17/latest-news-from-the-oil-spill-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-is-grim/

    http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2010/05/20/scientist-says-oil-spill-is-leaking-100000-barrels-of-oil-a-day-not-bps-estimate-of-5000/

    The Destructionist

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm


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