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The Daily Show - The CNN Town Halls: Warren Talks Cents, Klobuchar Gets Real and Buttigieg Wings It

CNN hosts a marathon night of town halls for five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates including Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 24, 2019, 12:37 AM (2 replies)

The Daily Show: Why "No Collusion" Doesn't Equal "No Obstruction" - Between the Scenes

Trevor chats between segments about "no collusion" vs. "no obstruction" and how the Mueller report is forcing Trump to learn things about the criminal justice system that black Americans are all too familiar with.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 24, 2019, 12:23 AM (9 replies)

The Daily Show - The Mueller Report: Reading Between the Redacted Lines

The Mueller report is finally released to the public, proving not to be as vindicating for Trump as Attorney General William Barr initially claimed.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 11:05 PM (3 replies)

Study shows continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Nine years ago tomorrow—April 20, 2010—crude oil began leaking from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig into the Gulf of Mexico in what turned out to be the largest marine oil spill in history. A long-term study suggests the oil is still affecting the salt marshes of the Gulf Coast, and reveals the key role that marsh grasses play in the overall recovery of these important coastal wetlands.

Conducting the study was a multi-institutional research team funded in part by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, a 10-year independent program established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. The team began sampling soon after the spill was finally contained, and continue their work today. Their most-recent article—in Estuaries and Coasts—reports on the first six and a half years of sampling post-spill.

Lead author on the study is John Fleeger, an emeritus professor at LSU. Co-authors are Rita Riggio, Irving Mendelssohn, Qianxin Lin, and Aixin Hou of LSU; David Johnson of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Donald Deis of Atkins North America; Kevin Carman of the University of Nevada-Reno; Sean Graham of Nicholls State University; and Scott Zengel of Research Planning, Inc.

Johnson, an assistant professor at VIMS and expert in salt marsh invertebrates, says "Our study highlights the crucial role that plants play in the recovery of important links in the Gulf of Mexico's coastal food web." Those links ultimately connect to the fish and shellfish that support the region's economy and culture.

Two plants dominate healthy Gulf Coast salt marshes—the smooth cordgrass Spartina alterniflora and the black needlerush Juncus roemerianus. Also abundant on the marsh surface are single-celled, plant-like organisms that scientists collectively refer to as benthic microalgae, while a suite of small invertebrates—amphipods, copepods, nematodes, snails, worms, and others—swim, hop, and crawl among the grass blades or burrow in the underlying root zone.

The team studied these organisms by measuring their abundance and biomass in heavily oiled, moderately oiled, and oil-free areas of Louisiana's Barataria Bay, using both surface plots and shallow cores. Sampling took place at roughly 6-month intervals between 2011 and 2016.

Much more: https://phys.org/news/2019-04-impacts-deepwater-horizon-oil.amp

Photos of a heavily oiled saltmarsh in Louisiana's Barataria Bay show recovery of the plant community following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Credit: Dr. Qianxin Lin.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 03:00 AM (4 replies)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - Mueller Report

Following the release of the Mueller Report, John Oliver discusses what we’ve learned.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 02:38 AM (6 replies)

State rebuilt 5.1 square miles of coast with $500M in fines since BP Deepwater Horizon

Just four days before the ninth anniversary of the catastrophic BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, state coastal officials outlined how they are using the disaster’s silver lining – billions of dollars in fines and other payments – to rebuild 5.1 square miles of the state’s eroding coastline.

About $510 million paid by BP and its partners for their roles involving BP’s failed Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico already has been used to complete restoration work on seven major projects, Greg Gandy, deputy executive director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, told authority board members on Wednesday (April 17). And another $6.8 billion will be used on dozens of other projects through 2032, the deadline for the companies to pay money owed under various court settlement agreements.

“Even though this is just a start, what we’ve done so far without any Louisiana taxpayers’ dollars is impressive, and there is much more to come,” Grandy told the board. “But let’s never forget why we’re getting this funding and why we need it. The loss of life suffered on that rig, and the oil that flowed into the Gulf for months was devastating to our people, our environment, our economy, our fisheries and wildlife. There is much to remedy, and we are working hard to do just that.”

The state receives money from a variety of funding streams stemming from legal action taken against BP and its partners after the accident:

Criminal penalties totaling $1.272 billion, overseen by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, must be used for either rebuilding barrier islands or the construction and design of major sediment diversions on the Mississippi River by the terms of the criminal settlements with BP and Transocean.

Much more: https://www.nola.com/environment/2019/04/state-rebuilt-51-square-miles-of-coast-with-500m-in-fines-since-bp-deepwater-horizon.html?outputType=amp

The wetland area in the photo was created as part of the Lake Hermitage Phase 2 marsh creation project in Plaquemines Parish, paid for with $14.2 million of Natural Resource Damage Assessment money from BP in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 04:14 AM (0 replies)

Report finds 'alarming unaddressed deficiencies' in US offshore oil drilling

(CNN)Even as the Trump administration has taken steps to expand offshore oil drilling, a new report shows that thousands of oil spills are still happening and that workers in the oil and gas industry are still dying on the job.

The report comes from Oceana, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the oceans, which has sued the federal government to stop seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. The blasting is the first step needed to allow offshore drilling, when seismic airguns are used to find oil and gas deep under the ocean.

Every state along the Atlantic coast has opposed the blasting, worried that spills could hurt tourism and local fisheries. Some scientists say the testing could also hurt marine life, including the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

The group tied its report, released Thursday, to the ninth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to show what has been happening since the government promised to hold the industry accountable to higher safety standards.

That 2010 spill was one of the worst in US history, killing 11 people and dumping more than 210 million gallons of oil into the ocean, polluting over 1,300 miles of shoreline, killing wildlife and hurting human health. In the lawsuit that followed, a federal judge said the companies involved in the spill were "grossly negligent" in the runup to the disaster.

Using public records and interviews with people in the field, Oceana found that although there hasn't been another big blowout like the Deepwater accident, oil spills continue, and so do fatalities, though they're not often front-page news.

Read more (Includes video): https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/health/offshore-drilling-study/index.html

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 05:09 AM (2 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Guest Robert De Niro On Trump: Even Gangsters Have Morals

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Tribeca Film Festival founder Robert De Niro.

Analyze These' With Robert De Niro

Who is the greatest actor Tribeca Film Festival founder Robert De Niro ever worked with?

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 04:18 AM (10 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 4/19/19

Mueller Made It Clear Who The Bad Guys Are

Sure, the Mueller report doesn't portray Donald Trump is the best light. But you know who it makes look really bad? Russia.

Trump's 2020 Campaign Is Targeting Seniors On Facebook

Stephen recreates a new, peculiar pro-Trump Facebook ad that aims to target and manipulate senior citizens.

Stephen Pays Tribute To John Meiklejohn

Stephen pays tribute to longtime Colbert Report and Late Show cameraman, John Meiklejohn.

LATE SHOW ME MORE: Stephen Plays The Spoons

Thank you, Paul Simon, for delightful musical moments like these. And thank you Trevor Noah, Robert De Niro, Samantha Bee and Molly Shannon for another incredible week at The Late Show.

A PSA From France's Firefighting Mascot

Following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, France's firefighting mascot has a message for the universe.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 04:10 AM (5 replies)

Sarah Sanders keeps digging herself in deeper after Mueller showed she lied

The press secretary is now lying about lies.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders was caught lying several times in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and now she’s defending herself with more misdirections.

During a string of media appearances following the release of the Mueller report on Thursday, Sanders has faced questions about a claim she made during a May 2017 press briefing that she later admitted was false during testimony to Mueller’s team. In an attempt to justify President Donald Trump’s decision to fire then FBI director James Comey, Sanders told reporters that “countless members of the FBI” had contacted her to say they had lost confidence in Comey, when in fact that wasn’t the case.

On Thursday evening and Friday morning, Sanders repeatedly downplayed that lie as a mere “slip of the tongue.” But as ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pointed out to her in an interview on Friday morning, she used the line about “countless members of the FBI” multiple times in the days following Comey’s firing — a revelation undercutting her claim that she merely misspoke.

“You said it was a ‘slip of the tongue’ when you talked about ‘countless FBI members,’ yet you repeated it twice the very next day,” Stephanopoulos said. “That’s not a slip of the tongue, Sarah, that’s a deliberate false statement.”

Sanders, however, refused to own it, and bizarrely blamed her lie on Democrats.


Read more: https://www.vox.com/2019/4/19/18507639/sarah-sanders-george-stephanopoulos-mueller-report-lie-comey

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:55 AM (18 replies)
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