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Saudi Women Driving

By: egregious Saturday June 25, 2011 1:30 pm

Saudi women are defying the legal ban on driving – June 17 kicked off the campaign asking Saudi women to get behind the wheel in support of freedom.

Please support Women2Drive on facebook – they really seem to appreciate the encouragement.

This awesome video created by Shuree


Dark Times…And Yet

By: egregious Sunday December 19, 2010 3:26 pm

Darkest time of the year…and yet, there is still beauty. There is still joy. There is still something wonderful coming.

And if we have lost this sense of awe and purpose, then we shall have to go out and find it again.

Your Thoughts – What Obama Could Do Now

By: egregious Saturday October 16, 2010 5:03 pm

We are gathering ideas for decisions President Obama could make right now, without waiting for Congress or anyone else.

Here is a resource gathering together the posts that have been written to date by such folks as Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, Alan Grayson, Bill Black, and James Galbraith:

What Obama Could Do Now

We encourage you to write diaries about ideas of what the President can do to help the country right now. Thanks for your participation.

[Hat tip to Teddy Partridge for his suggestion of our new page]

Candidate Proposes During TV Debate

By: egregious Thursday August 26, 2010 5:08 pm

Politicians are always talking about their new proposals. This one’s a little different.

As seen on Peter Daou’s blog.

Youtube link here

Elizabeth Warren: Got a New Sheriff Rap Video

By: egregious Sunday August 22, 2010 8:08 pm

This town could use a new sheriff. Clean up the place. Washington, are you ready?

Youtube link here

Regional Oil Spill Response Plan – What BP Knew Might Happen

By: egregious Monday June 7, 2010 7:00 am

Next time BP whines about "who could have known?" the answer is: they could have, and they did.

See Karen Dalton Beninato‘s expose with inside information leaked by someone with a conscience. []


(1) They knew in the worst case that oil would hit the Louisiana shore within 30 days – they could have prepared, but didn’t.

(2) The PR people were given instructions to be careful not to promise that everything would return to normal – they knew it wouldn’t.

(3) They knew the Corexit dispersant was toxic, so prepared their PR people to say that its toxicity hadn’t been proven.

If only BP cared this much about safe drilling procedures as they do about public relations and their stock price — and I am specifically thinking here about the corners they cut when they withdrew the mud too soon from unset concrete, despite knowing this could make the whole thing fail.

See this Firedoglake exclusive showing that Halliburton and BP knew, in advance, of the dangers of cutting corners with unset concrete.

More, much more, available here on FDL’s Oil Resources Page and FDL’s Oil Resources Archives. Sadly, we expect this resource page to be active for a long time to come.

Who could have known? BP and Halliburton.


BP’s New Solution: Top Kill – Can It Work?

By: egregious Wednesday May 19, 2010 9:22 pm

The latest proposed solution to the gulf oil spill is so-called "Top Kill", which could begin as early as Sunday.

Not sure BP knows what it’s doing, other than a masterful PR job. Here’s what FDL writer Oilfieldguy had to say about the Top Kill idea on May 8:

Okay, so it worked sometimes in the burning fields of Kuwait. Basically, the idea is to use the worthless Blow Out Preventers to jack into the hole and pump in ground up rubber. Heavy drilling mud is pumped in after that, then cement. R. L. Miller pointed me to the story here.

Other sources are here and here.

BOP’s have hydraulic hoses leading to them that operate the massive valves to shut in a well. They can, in some instances, apply a million pounds of pressure. The idea, as I understand it, is to use subs to reconfigure the control box tied into the BOP’s, jack into choke and kill lines on the BOP to pump in hole plugging stuff.

First in is rubber. Old shredded tires and mats and stuff from what I gather, then weighted drilling mud and then cement.

They say this was done successfully in the 1st Gulf War, to squelch fires in Kuwait. In the blistering sun. In the desert. On dry land.

Facing potentially the worst man-made ecological disaster on the planet, this pulling shit out of your ass, or winging it, is unacceptable.

Stepping off of a ninety foot cliff and saying "woops" is not going to change what happens next. We need to realize that.

BP knew this accident was possible, even likely, years ago. The government – Minerals Management – and BP knew there could be a blowout, a spill, and a giant plume years ago. Nobody bothered to test the equipment that could stop this from happening. Do we really trust BP this time?

[still image by twolf1 from BP video released to the public]


Lancet: Withdrawing Autism-Vaccine Link

By: egregious Tuesday February 2, 2010 10:40 pm


A controversial paper linking autism and a childhood vaccine has been formally withdrawn by the British medical journal Lancet as of Tuesday 2 February 2010, as reported by Reuters via Kate Kelland of the Washington Post:

The Lancet medical journal formally retracted a paper Tuesday that caused a 12-year international battle over links between autism and the childhood vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. The paper, written by British doctor Andrew Wakefield, suggests that the combined shot might be linked to autism and bowel disease.

The scare led thousands of parents to refuse the vaccination out of fear of harming their child. As a result measles surged back to a level not seen in decades:

Data released last February for England and Wales showed a 70 percent surge of measles cases from 2007 to 2008, mostly because of unvaccinated children.

This was a tough one for parents. As a public health professional and a parent I could really see both sides, before this artificial cause-effect relationship was shown to be in error. We want to protect our children, naturally. At the same time, there is an obligation to take small sacrifices to help society as a whole.

Following this logic, when the haemophilus influenza vaccine came out in 1985 I arranged for newspaper coverage of my then two year old daughter as she got one of the first shots in the nation. I figured as a member of the Board of Health, it was my obligation to take a stand and show leadership on the issue.

I’ve been following discussions in recent days where people are happy to advocate that other people do things on their behalf. But what are we willing to do ourselves?