“Wildlife: Brought to you by BP” by Alheli Picazo | rabble.ca
With so much coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill focused on (failing) efforts to stop the leak, the disaster’s impact on the Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife had gone largely unreported. That changed this week, when Associated Press photographer Charlie Riedel published this series of gruesome pictures.
“Oil, the Loop Current and the Atlantic” by Mireya Navarro | Green Inc.
According to a computer simulation by the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, BP’s oil leak may “loop” around Florida and travel north, reaching as far as the Carolinas by later this summer. Watch the linked video and be horrified, and/or bring the crisis to your doorstep by visiting ifitwasmyhome.com.
“The Commons: Aboard this tiny ship” by Aaron Wherry | Capital Read
With spending for this summer’s G8/G20 summits climbing beyond control, it seems the Liberals have finally decided to act like the opposition. Wherry’s report from this Thursday’s question period details an exchange between Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc and Conservative Transport Minister John Baird about one of the budget’s most egregious expenditures: $400,000 to restore a vintage steamboat which, in LeBlanc’s words, “will not even be in the water until after the G8 is over.”
“Reporters Dispute Israeli Account of Raid” by Robert Mackey | The Lede
Israel’s raid on Turkish ships carrying aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip instantly became a major international incident: death on the high seas is unfunny that way. Mackey rounds up several of the journalists, including Al Jazeera English’s Jamal Elshayyal, who was on board one of the flotilla’s ships, who are disputing Israel’s official account of the incident.
“What’s going to happen when the Earth passes through the Galactic Plane?” by Ethan Siegel | ScienceBlogs
One of the many ways the world is predicted to end in 2012 is by our solar system passing through the galaxy’s equator, which sounds awfully eventful. And confusing. Should we be worried or what? Siegel, a theoretical astrophysicist, drops the science.
“Greenhouse gas emissions down, but microscopically” by Susan Lunn | Inside Politics
Surprise: though Canada has signed on to both the Kyoto Protocol and its successor, the Copenhagen Agreement, this country has not made significant progress towards its cutting greenhouse gas emissions. As Lunn reports, in the six years since the Harper government took office, emissions have fallen by just 1.4 percent.
“Star Wars Kid Grows Up: A Story of Cyberbullying and the Culture of Memes” by Reno Ong | GOOD Blog
In 2003, Ghyslain Raza, then a Quebec high school student, videotaped himself wielding a golf club as a lightsaber. A leaked copy of the recording became one of the internet’s first viral videos — “Star Wars Kid” — and has since been determined its most popular ever, with an estimated 900 million views. Raza is all grown up now and pursuing a law degree from McGill; Ong recounts his painful experience of being the object of massive ridicule.
“Rush vs. Rand Paul” by Damon W. Root | Hit & Run
Rand “Son of Ron” Paul, the US Republican senatorial hopeful, has had a legal run-in with Canadian prog-rock titans Rush. The disagreement is about his campaign’s unauthorized use of the band’s music during his rallies. Maybe they can all sit down over some Earl Grey and a copy of The Fountainhead and work things out in a civilized manner.
“America’s first space walk — 45 years ago today” by Mark Frauenfelder | Boing Boing
This week marks the 45th anniversary of NASA’s first spacewalk; Boing Boing points to a wonderful gallery of Life magazine photos of this historic event.
“Canadians want climate change to top G8/G20 agenda” by Robyn Smith | The Hook
According to a new poll by Nanos Research, climate change is the number one issue Canadians want discussed at the G8/G20 conference. The Harper government, however, has left it almost entirely off the agenda. Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister.