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How will the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill be stopped?

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History Repeating Itself in the Gulf of Mexico?

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Deepwater Horizon Drill Rig

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After mesmerizing much of America and the rest of the world on Saturday, we're faced with the sobering reality now that BP's top-kill approach has failed to stop the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House continues to alternate between pseudo-apologetic and angry, with Obama saying that the failure is "as enraging as it is heartbreaking."

Ixtoc I oil well blowout

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The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not actually the first major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or even the largest. That honor belongs to the Ixtoc I disaster in 1979. The similarities are shocking and many: an explosion aboard an oil rig, a faulty blowout preventer, chemical dispersants, junk shots and top kills - and months of gushing oil. Rachel Maddox summarizes these and other similarities in an excellent and highly recommended video which suggests that history is repeating itself, and that drilling relief wells is the only proven solution.… Continues …

When your love of online gaming goes too far

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Here's what many young people in Seoul do for ...

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I remember reading in March about a South Korean couple, who were addicted to online gaming. Internet addiction is something that many people struggle with to some degree, but they were apparently so obsessed with the game Prius Online that they neglected their 3 month old baby daughter and she died of starvation.

The website for the game maker, Netmarble, has a banner at the top of their website for Prius Online which features a pretty fairy, and says "Now it's my turn to protect you." Isn't it one of the most basic human instincts to protect our own children? How could both parents be so wrapped up in this online world that they would abandon their basic parental responsibilities of feeding and caring for their own child?… Continues …

Sex and the City 2 - Not So Sexy

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The new "Sex and the City 2" movie released this weekend has come under a hailstorm of criticism from all quarters due to it's supposed racism and cultural insensitivity. Salon has a full write-up of all the offenses, which of course the director and actresses vehemently deny. Despite all the controversy and generally negative reviews (like this one comparing it to a zombie flick), SATC2 is set to have a tremendous opening weekend at the box office.

Even if you're not a fan of Sex and the City and were never planning to see the movie anyway, this sudden outpouring of disgust for a movie is captivating. Have we finally reached that point where the image of obnoxious Americans overseas is no longer hilarious, but instead distasteful?… Continues …

That smoking baby's parents should be thrown in jail

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The Truth about Smoking Babies

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Ardi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteArdi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteMeet Ardi Rizal, an overweight 2-year-old boy who lives in Sumatra. Ardi has caused an international uproar over the fact that he smokes two packs of cigarettes a day. His mother claims that he's addicted and that he throws a tantrum if he is denied his smokes, and according to The Jakarta Globe, he "refuses to smoke anything other than his favourite brand". The situation is compounded by the fact that Ardi's father doesn't appear to see anything wrong with his son's habit.

Anti-smoking advocates have seized upon the story as another example of multinational tobacco companies preying on the poor in the developing world. The Boston Herald quotes Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:

"The tobacco companies are treating the developing world as the great new growth market and are taking maximum advantage of the lack of understanding among the poorest of the poor in these societies."

Regime vs. Revolution: Which is the ultimate victor?

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Introducing TalkingSkull.com!

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Today I'm pleased to announce the launch of TalkingSkull.com, a project many months & hours in the making which has finally reached fruition. Read more about the concept of the talking skull and what this site aims to achieve. We've got lofty goals and we're bringing you along for the ride! Although the site has been carefully designed and tested, please let us know if you see anything amiss.

I encourage you to create an account so that you can become a more integrated member of our community. In addition to a unique identity, having an account confers more access and other benefits that anonymous users don't have, including userpoints.

If you've got the time, please consider lending us a hand. In the meantime, have a look around and enjoy!

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