A relatively simple device: The Blowout Preventer
It’s mandatory in Norwegian offshore oil drills. It’s mandatory in Brazilian offshore oil drills. It is not mandatory in oil drills off the US coast.
It could have prevented the latest spill.
But. You had the oil industry effectively on the helm of your country for too long. And, without effective regulation, they won’t even begin to consider using these – costs you know.
UPDATE: See more information regarding the oil spill by commenters TerrytheTurtle, houseofroberts, 2ebbandflow, and Hoodathunk here, here, and here.
UPDATE II: TerryTheTurtle has made us aware of a valuable source, for those who are following the research of the oil spill’s cause. You will have regular updates here and another article based on a European source can be found here.
(and Gummitch). Willie Nelson is certainly one of, if not the most, recognizable cross-over rock and country singer/songwriters. Beginning in the 1970s, “outlaw country” was defined by people like Nelson and Waylon Jennings, writing and playing for a rock and roll audience as well as the Grand Old Opry crowd. I found it interesting that most of the videos on YouTube feature duets or group performances; there is relatively little of him singing solo. More after the jump.
Sorry, gummtich, that’s all the candles I could fit on the cupcake. I think I might need a sheet cake…
Happy Birthday, old thing!
This witch is traveling for some days and wondering where our own great witch has got herself to.
This is our Open Thread. Do your magic.
Another excellent cartoon from Mark Fiore!
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