08 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Relief well drilling ahead of schedule

A federal judge issued an injunction against a government moratorium on oil drilling.

The first relief well BP is drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could intercept the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in seven to 10 days, the man heading the federal response to the oil crisis said Thursday.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the length of time it will take to seal the well will depend on “where the oil is coming up through, where they can intercept, where they can put the mud in, where they can put the cement plug.”

He reiterated that despite that accelerated time frame, he’s sticking with mid-August as the expected time for the “bottom kill” procedure to be completed. “Certain things could move that up,” Allen said, but for the second time in as many days, he couched that optimism, saying, “It’s better to under-promise and over-deliver.” […]

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08 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times

Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times

(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: david_shankbone: 1, 2, echobase_2000, wvs: 1, 2, Digital Sextant, pinguino, Aaron R)

He had found the bridge with which to span the abyss that yawns between the ‘no longer and not”‘ yet of history, between the “no longer” of the old laws and “not yet” of the new saving word, between life and death: “Not quite here but yet at hand; that is how it has sounded and how it would sound.” -Hannah Arendt

Armies of the Hyper-Dead

In the world of popular culture, zombies seem to be everywhere as evidenced by the relentless slew of books, movies, video games and comics. From the haunting “Night of the Living Dead” to the comic movie “Zombieland,” the figure of the zombie has captured and touched something unique in the contemporary imagination. But the dark and terrifying image of the zombie with missing body parts, oozing body fluids and an appetite for fresh, living, human brains does more than feed the mass marketing machines that prey on the spectacle of the violent, grotesque and ethically comatose. There is more at work in this wave of fascination with the grotesquely walking hyper-dead than a Hollywood appropriation of the dark recesses and unrestrained urges of the human mind. The zombie phenomenon is now on display nightly on television alongside endless examples of destruction unfolding in real time. Such a cultural fascination with proliferating images of the living hyper-dead and unrelenting human catastrophes that extend from a global economic meltdown to the earthquake in Haiti to the ecological disaster caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico signal a shift away from the hope that accompanies the living to a politics of cynicism and despair. The macabre double movement between the living dead and those alive who are dying and suffering cannot be understood outside of the casino capitalism that now shapes every aspect of society in its own image. A casino capitalist zombie politics views competition as a form of social combat, celebrates war as an extension of politics and legitimates a ruthless social Darwinism in which particular individuals and groups are considered simply redundant, disposable – nothing more than human waste left to stew in their own misfortune – easy prey for the zombies who have a ravenous appetite for chaos and revel in apocalyptic visions filled with destruction, decay, abandoned houses, burned out cars, guttered landscapes and trashed gas stations. […]

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