Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar is a big, ambitious picture, but it didn't connect with our critics. We discuss the film at the top of this week's podcast before moving on to a few other notable entries on screens large and small this week. - The Disney film Big Hero 6 (At 29 minutes) - ... More >>
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced that his office has notified 12 additional gas station owners of his intent to "commence enforcement proceedings" against them after he claims they jacked up prices after Hurricane Sandy.In one case, the A.G. says, a gas station in the Bronx ... More >>
via Hartford CourantWeren't we all just talking about how the BP spill totally helped the Catholic Church with its little "priest situation," at least where the media was concerned? Got 'em out of the spotlight for a bit, took the heat off, what have you? Well, today we heard that we all migh ... More >>
AFPThanks, BP!Even if BP isn't doing much to help the countless Gulf coast fishermen they screwed over, that doesn't mean we can't. Starting tonight and going through Saturday, restaurants across the country will participate in Dine Out for the Gulf Coast. Participating restaurants will donat ... More >>
Via Bowery Boogie. Click to enlarge. Yesterday was the 50th day of the BP oil spill and, yeah, people are angry (even Obama wants to kick someone's ass). Remember when an unknown vandal threw mud at the BP station sign on Houston? Bowery Boogie captures a new anti-BP effort: Signs showing an ... More >>
Just when you think BP couldn't make enough of a mess of this world, the energy giant has yet again found themselves the makers of a tragic, terrible mess, the cleanup of which will inevitably be painful at best, and devastating at worst: There is coffee on a conference room table.
A rendering of the new lanes.• Starting in October, New York City buses will get express lanes on 1st and 2nd Avenues. The Department of Transportation and the MTA hope this will improve bus travel times by 20 percent. New bike lanes will also be added to part of the route. • Two New Jer ... More >>
This is what we know: BP ruined everything and will forever be stained by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (It's still going.) Also stained? All of the poor animals whose homes and lives we (but mostly BP) ruined with our nasty oil habit. Which leads us to what we don't know: Is i ... More >>
Good morning! Today in your BP oil spill update: After cutting the pipe at the wellhead (with 20-foot shears), officials have placed a cap over the well to funnel oil to a ship at the surface. But, as usual, "it will be some time before we can confirm that this method will work and to what ... More >>
That would be "Sing 'Hey Jude' in the East Room of the White House with Paul McCartney, Jack White, Dave Grohl (!), Jerry Seinfeld, Elvis Costello, your wife, and a whole bunch of other people on an evening when BP finally finished sawing through its own oil rig, thus dumping yet still more light ... More >>
• In the wake of Tropical Storm Agatha, there is a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, and it is terrifying. "It may look like it's impossible to fix, but we've done it before," says David de Leon, spokesman for the Guatemala disaster response agency. Video of the sinkhole here. • BP has l ... More >>
Tony Hayward, BP's now infamous foot-in-mouth CEO, has apologized today for saying "I want my life back" on Sunday when, of course, people actually died in the oil rig explosion and countless others who weren't in charge of the company have had their lives upended by the spill (so far). His s ... More >>
Should BP be held responsible for the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that everyone's very upset about right now? Absolutely! But should BP stations - which are run as independent franchises who are supplied gas by BP - feel the same pain? Consumers certainly think so, especially in Ne ... More >>
Well, this was bound to happen: BP's iron-clad confidentiality agreements have been obtained and leaked by bloggers. This comes on the heels of a memo written by BP that made its way to the press earlier a few weeks ago, where the oil giant compared its workers to the Three Little Pigs.
In the latest from the historic American environmental mess in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is now warning that amid the failure of the "top kill," crude oil may be leaking into the water until August, according to the Washington Post. And as the responsibility continues to bleed from BP toward the ... More >>
While the official word says that BP is still "assessing" the success level of this week's "top kill" attempt to plug the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, reports are creeping in that it was a big fat failure. It's clear that the gushing poisonous fluid has not yet stopped leaking, acc ... More >>
This should get interesting/insane: A group of protesters organized via FaceBook are planning on "occupying" the BP gas station on Lafayette and Houston - right in the heart of SoHo - to protest the energy giant's involvement in the worst oil spill disaster in the history of the world.
Dare we to hope? The federal government's top oil spill commander (yes, apparently such a person now exists) Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen has said that the engineers who attempted the "top kill" have succeeded in stopping the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf.
The BP Oil Spill Disaster started on April 20th, over a month ago, for those keeping track. Which is why it's so strange to read through this morning's MediaBistro Newsfeed, and come across a Yahoo news story, where you will find information regarding the White House's response to what 'they' ... More >>
The BP Oil Spill Disaster has been going on for quite some time now, but BP - when they're not busy possibly constructing horrific charts or ignoring incredibly apparent warning signs - thinks they have the answer: Top Kill, Live on TV!
• Poor Fergie gets only $21K a year from her ex husband Prince Andrew and really may not have a "bean to her name." Not that that excuses anything.
Looks like BP's pipelines aren't their only parts putting bile out into the universe: their press lines aren't exactly secure, either, given that a memo leaked today catches BP red-handedly grossly comparing their business to The Three Little Pigs.
Since we're all pointing fingers and naming names with regard to whose fault the BP spill really was, why wouldn't Sarah Palin jump in the ring? On Fox News Sunday, the former Republican candidate for VP said, "I don't know why the question isn't asked by the mainstream media and by others ... More >>
Really hating BP right now but not sure how to take out your aggression on anyone but your significant other? Follow the new fake Twitter of the moment, BPGlobalPR, which as of this post had more than 10,000 followers. (BP's legitimate Twitter, BP_America, had but 4,472 followers.)
• BP (and dozens of other oil companies) were allowed to drill in the Gulf without getting required federal permits, "despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have." Also, scientists are saying the size of the spill has been underestimated, while ... More >>
It turns out, we pretty much all see the oil spill in the Gulf as a major disaster, reports Pew Research. And that's sort of heartening, because the only thing worse than a ruptured well in the Gulf leaking 210,000 gallons of oil a day into the water and up onto the shores would be people run ... More >>
Even if you don't know much about rightbloggers, you probably know that since time immemorial conservatives have blamed the nation's problems and Democratic Administrations on something called the Liberal Media. This nefarious press syndicate (of which the Village Voice is considered a charter membe ... More >>
Maybe you've heard about this minor "Whoopsie" that happened off the Gulf of Mexico, wherein an offshore oil rig owned by BP leaked, and kept leaking, and kept leaking, and is still leaking. And is still leaking. And is still leaking. And is now the size of Connecticut. And is still leaking. ... More >>
Toxic battle between big oil and dying natives in Ecuador gets vérité treatment
Jumping aboard the anti-Halliburton bandwagon while trying to build political clout for a mayoral run, Comptroller William Thompson has filed shareholder resolutions on behalf of New York City pension funds that blast the boards of scandal-plagued Iraq War contractors Halliburton and KBR. KBR a ... More >>
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