Friday, August 31, 2007

Mountaintop Removal Aerial Photos

To follow up the mountaintop removal article, here are some photos of such a technique for a coal mine outside of Grundy, Virginia.

Mt Grundy Flickr Photos

The photos are courtesy of South Wings, a non-profit conservation organization that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast.

South Wings

thanks to robin "the rabbit" raines

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mountain Top Coal Mining to Expand

The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams.

All mining generates huge volumes of waste, known as excess spoil or overburden, and it has to go somewhere. For years, it has been trucked away and dumped in remote hollows of Appalachia. The regulation would explicitly state that the stream buffer zone rule does not apply for hundreds of miles of streams and valleys.

From 1985 to 2001, 724 miles of streams were buried under mining waste, according to the environmental impact statement accompanying the new rule. If current practices continue, another 724 river miles will be buried by 2018.

New York Times Article

Friday, August 24, 2007

AT&T Censors Pearl Jam

When Pearl Jam was performing the song "Daughter" during the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, the band broke into a version of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." Reworking the lyrics of the classic rock song, Vedder sang, "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home."

The lyrics that criticized Bush were muted in the webcast. AT&T admits that the censorship occurred and describes the muting as "a mistake by a webcast vendor." Article

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Spader Courtroom Speech

Here's a dramatic yet difficult look in the mirror at what America as a whole has condoned through apathy.

You Tube Video

Thanks to Boone "The Butcher" Guyton

Monday, August 13, 2007

Cheney on Why America Should NOT Invade Iraq

On April 15, 1994 Dick Cheney was interviewed at the American Enterprise Institute, where he broke down all the reason why America should not try to over throw Saddam's regime. Dick has never been more right in his life. You have to watch this to believe it.

thanks to brandon "the gas man" pass

Friday, August 10, 2007

Fox News on CFLs and Mercury

I don't mean to pick on Fox News, but it has become so easy. Here's an article about compact fluorescents light bulbs and mercury that is filled with misinformation and just straight up poor journalism. Articles like these only contribute to ignorance about emerging technology.
Fox News CFL Article

And here is a well researched response to the Fox article from the Sierra Club.
Sierra Club Response

Monday, August 6, 2007

Bush Needs Gonzales

This dead on Time article breaks down why the White House needs Gonzales to remain Attorney General. Despite multiple corruption scandals and faltering testimony, Gonzales is the only shield Bush has to avoid special prosecutors that could investigate into prewar intelligence and a host of other controversy.

Time Article