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Seriously, broadcasters, journalists: just give up now. Because either you’re making things worse, or no one’s paying attention anyway. May as well knock back a few Jagermeisters, unplug the autocue, and just sit there dumbly repeating whichever reality-warping meme the far right wants to go viral this week. What’s that? Obama is Gargamel and he’s killing all the Smurfs? Sod it. Whatever. Roll titles.

Charlie Brooker

‘Ground Zero mosque’? The reality is less provocative

The BP Blues

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Link: The BP Blues

By Dirty Cajuns

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BP’s safety violations far outstrip its fellow oil companies. According to the Center for Public Integrity, in the last three years, BP refineries in Ohio and Texas have accounted for 97 percent of the “egregious, willful” violations handed out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

BP’s Dismal Safety Record – ABC News

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Hear ye, hear ye. A modest proposal.

Lemons to lemonade: you see spilled oil and dead birds, I see the raw materials we need to tar and feather every BP exec we can lay hands on.

/by Clayton Cubitt

Rachel Maddow on Ixtoc v. Deep Horizon

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Link: Rachel Maddow on Ixtoc v. Deep Horizon

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU

Seriously, this shit is just dumber than fuck at this point.

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The No. 1 rule when dealing with disaster is to figure out which rules you need to break. Rules are designed for when everything is working. A democracy is based on trust. BP has proved it can’t be trusted.

The government needs to change the game and make this a punitive effort. The government has been too friendly to oil companies.

The government should immediately freeze BP’s assets and start to charge the corporation — say $100 million — each day the oil flows. The money could be held in a fund that U.S. government draws on to take care of the people along the Gulf Coast and pay the states for doing the cleanup.

Next, BP and the government bureaucrats who broke a law and put the public at risk need to go to jail.

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré

The Bomb for Beginners

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“A do-it-yourself guide to going nuke in a few easy steps”

Tired of being bossed around? Want your neighbors to treat you with more respect? Want to play in the majors? If so, you have to have your own nukes.

Hilariously, terrifyingly accurate as far as my knowledge of history goes.

Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere

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Link: Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere

Thank you, The Onion.

I love you.

Lehrer’s Rules

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Friday, December 4th was the final broadcast of NewsHour (with Jim Lehrer.) During it he laid out his personal rules for journalism. I only wish everyone in the field could follow them.

• Do nothing I cannot defend.

• Cover, write and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.

• Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.

• Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.

• Assume the same about all people on whom I report.

• Assume personal lives are a private matter, until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.

• Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything.

• Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes, except on rare and monumental occasions.

• No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.

• And, finally, I am not in the entertainment business.”

/via PBS Ombudsman Column

Personally I think the quibbles are BS

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If anything, I’m just embarrassed I didn’t see this coming. I’m embarrassed I let Obama’s rhetoric of “hope” lead me to believe the American left had actually grown a pair.

matt langer