Gerry Canavan

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The Costs of Offshore Drilling

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Don’t let anyone tell you offshore drilling is safe, or that it has no costs.

At least 500,000 gallons of oil — nearly 12,000 barrels — spilled into the ocean and tidal wetlands along the Texas and Louisiana coasts after Hurricane Ike ripped up oil platforms, and ruptured tanks and pipelines, according to an Associated Press investigation.

That’s about 5% of the oil spilled due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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October 7, 2008 at 1:31 pm

R.F.L.

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Random Friday links.

* Those “I’m a PC ads”? Made on Macs.

* Slacktivist has finished his years-long read of Left Behind. (Via MeFi.) Amazingly, he plans to keep going.

* Is there a media blackout on the Hurricane Ike aftermath?

* The ‘Watchmen’ film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I, for one, am sick of worms. Alan Moore doesn’t mince words.

* David Simon’s next project is Manhunt, “about the Lincoln assassination and the 12-day search that ended in the capture of John Wilkes Booth.”

* LeBron James loses to a civilian in Horse.

* Kottke has the trailer for the next Charlie Kaufman movie, Synecdoche, New York.

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September 19, 2008 at 9:21 pm

While You Were Sleeping

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While you were sleeping, capitalism apparently ended. I’ve been keenly aware of the emptiness of most free-market rhetoric, but nationalizing banks goes far beyond what I’d ever thought was in the realm of the possible. Our economy is entirely, astoundingly broken, just another gift of eight years of radical Republican misrule.

Elsewhere in the news and internets:

* The House has passed its energy bill over the objections of the Republicans, which Bush has threatened to veto. (See this post from last night for more on this.) Why the veto? Because it actually takes the Republicans up on their empty “all of the above” rhetoric. Right now this looks like some good political jujitsu from the Democrats—perhaps the first time I’ve ever had occasion to type that particular sentence.

* Harper’s has opened up its David Foster Wallace archives in memoriam.

* Someone in the club tonight is stealing my ideas.

* In a nearly exact inverse to the Citibank theft story the other day, a banker has been caught stealing $14 million dollars from the Royal Bank of Scotland, giving it to needy customers.

* Colbert’s getting his own Christmas special.

* Duke’s own Fredric Jameson has received the Holberg Prize.

* All American kids play video games: 99% of boys and 94% of girls, according to a recent study.

* Obama’s putting out a long, two-minute ad on the economy. That’s all well and good, but he should be running ads like the one Ezra proposes on Social Security night and day.

* Tantalizing news about the Chevy Volt.

* And the always amazing Big Picture blog has photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

The 108-Year-Storm (UPDATED)

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A look back at the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the deadliest natural diaster in U.S. history, by way of Wikipedia. (If you click nothing else, don’t miss this post at the Edge of the American West.) Stay safe, Houston.

UPDATE: This is looking very bad.

* As many as 24,000 people on Galveston Island, and 250,000 in the greater Houston area, chose not to evacuate. Emergency crews will not be able to offer help until after the storm has passed at the earliest—and with a predicted storm surge of 19-20 feet (or more) over a 15-to-17-foot wall (reports vary), Galveston Island may be underwater for days.

* Galveston County Jail was not evacuated; one thousand prisoners remained locked in their cells.

* KPRC is Houston is broadcasting their storm coverage over the Internet.

* It’s not just you: hurricane activity in the Atlantic has increased since 1970.

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September 13, 2008 at 2:00 am

Hurricane Ike

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Just out over the wires: People sheltering at ground level at Galveston Bay when Hurricane Ike hits face “certain death,” the weather service warns.

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September 12, 2008 at 2:15 am