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Saturday, June 19, 2010

G.O.P. Stalwart Says Come, the Gulf’s Fine - NYTimes.com

G.O.P. Stalwart Says Come, the Gulf’s Fine - NYTimes.com


“They are gorgeous, pristine,” the governor gushed on Tuesday about Mississippi’s shores.

“Beautiful,” he reiterated Wednesday at a La-Z-Boy plant in Newton. “The coast is clear, and come on down.”

He is a former lobbyist, Republican National Committee chairman, White House political director and a familiar enough piece of the national political furniture to be known simply as “Haley” within certain Washington circles.

Now, for the second time in five years, Mr. Barbour finds himself in a highly visible role during a Gulf Coast catastrophe. As he nears the end of his eight-year stint as governor, Mr. Barbour’s performance could help shift his political image from that of an insider party boss to an out-front crisis manager — and possible presidential candidate in 2012. More...

BP oil spill caused by 'negligence or misconduct', says drilling partner Anadarko | Environment | guardian.co.uk

BP oil spill caused by 'negligence or misconduct', says drilling partner Anadarko | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Anadarko says BP should foot entire bill for cleanup as new estimates show spill could last for up to four more years

BP has come under further pressure after one of its partners said the oil giant should foot the entire bill for the damage caused by the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Anadarko Petroleum, which owns a quarter of the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well, refused to accept any blame for the explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the US's worst environmental disaster.

The company's chairman and chief executive, Jim Hackett, said in a statement BP's actions probably amounted to "gross negligence or wilful misconduct". More...

BBC News - Obama welcomes China's move towards flexible yuan

BBC News - Obama welcomes China's move towards flexible yuan

US President Barack Obama has welcomed China's announcement that it will allow the exchange rate of its currency, the yuan, to become more flexible.
Mr Obama called it a "constructive step", saying it would help boost the global recovery.
US politicians have long argued that the yuan is undervalued, giving China an unfair trade advantage.
The issue is expected to be raised at a summit of the G20 group of industrial and developing countries next week.
On Saturday, the Chinese central bank announced it would make its exchange rate mechanism "more flexible".
The bank said the proposed reform had been made possible by the global recovery. More...

Dems: E-mail bolsters Kagan on recruiting - POLITICO.com Print View

Dems: E-mail bolsters Kagan on recruiting - POLITICO.com

Dems: E-mail bolsters Kagan on recruiting
By: Mike Allen
June 19, 2010 02:51 PM EDT

Democrats say newly released documents bolster the argument of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan that she did not thwart military recruiting as dean of Harvard Law School, even though she barred recruiters from conducting interviews through the official career center because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” More...

Friday, June 18, 2010

BBC News - Malaysia pressed by UN over detentions without trial

BBC News - Malaysia pressed by UN over detentions without trial

Malaysia has been urged to repeal security laws that allow for detention without trial.

The recommendation was made by UN officials investigating alleged widespread abuse of detainees.

According to the UN group, almost all those it interviewed said they were tortured or mistreated in Malaysia's detention centres. More...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

J.D.Power and Associates - Press Release

J.D.Power and Associates - Press Release

J.D. Power and Associates Reports:
Domestic Brands Surpass Imports in Initial Quality for the First Time in IQS History. More...

Obama And U.S. Remain Popular Overseas, Poll Finds : NPR

Obama And U.S. Remain Popular Overseas, Poll Finds : NPR

June 17, 2010

A new poll of global attitudes shows that while international "Obamamania" has cooled, the president remains very popular overseas — particularly in the wealthier, non-Muslim nations of Western Europe.

The president spoke at Cairo University on June 4, 2009.
EnlargeSaul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

On June 4, 2009, the president used an address at Cairo University to reach out to the Muslim world. But Pew's survey shows the U.S.A.'s standing in Muslim nations has slipped in the past year.

And he gets high marks for his handling of the world economic crisis, except here at home, where the public is split on his performance.

"President Obama continues to be broadly popular in much of the world outside of Muslim countries," said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, which released its 22-nation, annual Global Attitudes poll Thursday.

"As a result, the image of the United States is a positive one and remains much better than during the Bush years," Kohut said Thursday.

The international image turnaround that Pew recorded last year after Obama’s election, he said, "has been sustained."

Obama, Kohut said, has "caged the 800-pound gorilla — concern about American power. ... Concern about American power isn’t gone, but it’s less salient."

BP Shares Rise After Deal on Fund - NYTimes.com

BP Shares Rise After Deal on Fund - NYTimes.com

It's investors are now more comfortable because they now of some gauge of BP's liability

John H. Armwood

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In Nigeria, Oil Spills Are a Longtime Scourge - NYTimes.com

In Nigeria, Oil Spills Are a Longtime Scourge - NYTimes.com

BODO, Nigeria — Big oil spills are no longer news in this vast, tropical land. The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.

Perhaps no place on earth has been as battered by oil, experts say, leaving residents here astonished at the nonstop attention paid to the gusher half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico. It was only a few weeks ago, they say, that a burst pipe belonging to Royal Dutch Shell in the mangroves was finally shut after flowing for two months: now nothing living moves in a black-and-brown world once teeming with shrimp and crab.

Not far away, there is still black crude on Gio Creek from an April spill, and just across the state line in Akwa Ibom the fishermen curse their oil-blackened nets, doubly useless in a barren sea buffeted by a spill from an offshore Exxon Mobil pipe in May that lasted for weeks. More...


BP Agrees to Create Fund to Pay for Spill - NYTimes.com

BP Agrees to Create Fund to Pay for Spill - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The White House and BP agreed on Wednesday that the oil giant would create an independent $20 billion fund to pay claims arising from the worst oil spill in American history.
Bowing to pressure from the Obama administration, the company also said it would suspend paying dividends to its shareholders for the rest of the year and would compensate oil field workers for lost wages.
The $20 billion compensation fund will be run by Kenneth Feinberg, the mediator who oversaw the 9/11 victims compensation fund. President Obama announced the agreement to reporters at the White House Wednesday afternoon, after he and his top advisers met in the morning with BP’s top executives and lawyers to finalize the agreement. After the president’s remarks, the chairman of BP, Carl-Henric Svanberg, announced the dividend suspension. Mr. Svanberg apologized “to the American people” for the disaster and said that BP would “look after the people affected, and we will repair the damage to this region and the economy.”
Separately from the $20 billion fund, BP agreed to set aside $100 million to compensate oil field workers who have been idled by the moratorium on deepwater drilling, which the administration imposed after the explosion and fire April 20 that destroyed a BP drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico and led to the spill. The company initially resisted compensating those workers because the moratorium was not its decision. More...

BP Agrees To Set Asode 20 Billion Dollars For Gulf Oil Spill Diaster

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BP Agrees to Set Aside About $20 Billion for Spill Claims - NYTimes.com

BP Agrees to Set Aside About $20 Billion for Spill Claims - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The White House and BP tentatively agreed that the oil giant will create a $20 billion fund to pay claims for the worst oil spill in American history, to be independently run by the mediator who oversaw the 9/11 victims compensation fund, Kenneth Feinberg, according to two people familiar with the deliberations. More...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

President Obama's Address To The Nation

Panel Sharply Raises Estimate of Oil Spilling Into the Gulf - NYTimes.com

Panel Sharply Raises Estimate of Oil Spilling Into the Gulf - NYTimes.com

A government panel raised its estimate of the flow rate from BP’s damaged well yet again on Tuesday, declaring that as much as 60,000 barrels a day could be gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

That is roughly 2.5 million gallons of oil a day, and it means an amount equal to the Exxon Valdez spill could be gushing from the well about every four days.

The flow was already categorized as the largest offshore oil spill in the nation’s history, but the new figures sharply increase previous estimates. Scientists on Tuesday estimated that the flow rate ranged from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day — up from the rate they issued only last week, of 25,000 to 30,000 barrels a day. It continues a pattern in which every new estimate of the flow rate has been dramatically higher than the one before. More...

Obama accuses BP of 'recklessness' - Disaster in the Gulf- msnbc.com

Obama accuses BP of 'recklessness' - Disaster in the Gulf- msnbc.com

Dedicating new urgency to the Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama accused BP of "recklessness" in the first Oval Office address of his presidency Tuesday and swore not to rest until the company has paid for the damage it has caused to lives, businesses and shorelines. More...

Obama Speaks To The Nation

President Barak Obama spoke live to the nation tonight, from the oval office,  to address concerns which have arisen as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.   The president outlined steps which his administration has already taken to handle the disaster and  plans which his administration has put in place for the near future.   Early on in his approximately fifteen minute speech Obama assured the nation that B.P. would be held responsible for the costs of the damage resulting from the spill.   In his most forceful statement he said that B.P. would have to set aside a sum of money, managed by an independent third party, to pay out damages to injured parties.  There will be more to come as reaction to the speech pours in.

John H. Armwood

The Boom In Boom: Will Oil Spill Defenses Hold? : NPR

The Boom In Boom: Will Oil Spill Defenses Hold? : NPR

One of the major lines of defense against the encroaching oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is boom. That's the kind of floating device that can soak up, contain and prevent oil from reaching beaches and delicate marshlands.

BP says millions of feet of boom have been deployed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April. But a number of local officials are questioning whether boom works — especially in a spill as large as this one.

Cleanup experts say the two main types of boom are the best tools available to keep the oil at sea and off beaches and sensitive habitats. More...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Onshore Oil Spill Response Is Described as Chaotic - NYTimes.com

Onshore Oil Spill Response Is Described as Chaotic - NYTimes.com

GRAND ISLE, La. — Deano Bonano, the emergency preparedness director for Jefferson Parish, marched from a motor home being used as a command center to an office across the street filled with BP officials.

It was late May. Oil had been creeping into the passes around Grand Isle. Two fleets of fishing boats were supposed to be laying out boom, the long floating barriers to corral oil and protect the fragile marshes of Barataria Bay.

But the boats were gathered on the inland side of the bay — the wrong side — anchored idly as the oil oozed in from the Gulf of Mexico. BP officials said they had no way of contacting the workers on the boats, Mr. Bonano recalled.

“You’re watching the oil come in,” Mr. Bonano said, “and they can’t even move.” More...

BBC News - White rice 'raises diabetes risk', say US experts


White riceWhite rice has a higher glycaemic index than brown rice



Replacing white rice with brown rice and wholemeal bread could cut the risk of diabetes by a third, US experts say.


White rice poses a diabetes threat because it causes steep rises in blood sugar, say Harvard researchers in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Brown rice and other wholegrain foods are a healthier option as they release glucose more gradually, they say. More...
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This study is very scary and the implications of this study, for the large segment of the worlds population, who eat white rice daily, is staggering.

John H. Armwood 

Medicinal Marijuana: A Patient-Driven Phenomenon : NPR

Medicinal Marijuana: A Patient-Driven Phenomenon : NPR

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have launched a medical experiment that doesn't follow any of the rules of science.

By approving the use of marijuana as a medicine — with varying kinds of restrictions — these jurisdictions are bypassing the federal government's elaborate processes for approving medicines. More...

BBC News - US oil spill: BP bosses to hold dividend talks

BBC News - US oil spill: BP bosses to hold dividend talks

BP directors will discuss later whether to suspend dividends to shareholders, following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

On Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 June, the BBC is assessing the impact of the Louisiana oil spill. Correspondents in the US, the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and London will report for the BBC World Service, World News TV and the BBC News website.

The firm is under intense pressure from the US government, which wants BP to use the money to pay for the Gulf of Mexico clean-up.

No decision is expected to be announced immediately, with BP bosses due to meet President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

President Obama wants BP to pay money into a ring-fenced fund to compensate those with "legitimate" damages claims.

The company said on Monday that its response to the incident has so far cost $1.6bn (£1.1bn) More...

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. More...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

President Obama will address nation on BP - Mike Allen - POLITICO.com

President Obama will address nation on BP - Mike Allen - POLITICO.com

President Barack Obama plans an address to the nation on the Gulf disaster this week, White House senior adviser David Axelrod told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

The address is planned for Tuesday, following Obama’s two-day trip to the region, a White House official told POLITICO.

“When he returns, he’s going to address the nation from the White House,” Axelrod told moderator David Gregory. “We’re at a kind of inflection point in this saga, because we now know … what we can do and what we can’t do in terms of collecting oil, and what lies ahead in the next few months. And he wants to lay out the steps that we’re going to take from here to get through this crisis.” More...

Obama Plans to Force BP’s Hand on Oil Spill Fund - NYTimes.com

Obama Plans to Force BP’s Hand on Oil Spill Fund - NYTimes.com

It would be part of a week of activities intended to convey presidential command of a crisis that continues to test both the government and the company.

Mr. Obama will press for the escrow account if BP does not establish one voluntarily. The board of the London-based company will discuss the idea and other spill-related issues — including a brewing controversy over a big dividend for shareholders coming due this summer — at an emergency session on Monday, company officials said. More...