what did BP spend?

thank you, visual economics, for putting this all into perspective …

full image:

for example, as part of the total cost spent on the oil spill (as of june 2010 … yes, slightly out dated), BP could have bought:

among other things. Remember, this isn’t a Choose A or Choose B type scenario, BP could have bought ALL of the things listed, arriving at a grand total spill budget of

cat called for jury duty

taken directly from here

A cat in Boston has been called to jury duty even though his owner has insisted to court officials that the cat cannot speak English.

Sal the cat recently received a summons to appear at Suffolk Superior Court on March 23.

His owners, Anna and Guy Esposito, filed to have Sal disqualified for jury service, but the request was denied.

In her application, Anna Esposito said that Sal “is unable to speak and understand English,” one of 10 statutory qualifications for disqualification from service. (Others include “not a United States citizen,” “under age 18” and “over age 70.”)

The judicial branch website states that U.S. citizens who “do not speak and understand English sufficiently well may be disqualified.”

“Jurors are not expected to speak perfect English,” it specifies.

The Espositos believe Sal may have been mistakenly listed after they named him on a recent U.S. census in a question about pet ownership.

According to the Massachusetts Judicial Branch, “prospective jurors are selected randomly by computer from a Master Juror List … using street lists submitted annually by each city and town.”

fox shoots hunter

fox news is always ridiculous news

MOSCOW — A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said on Thursday.

The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

“The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw,” one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox-hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus which borders Poland.

national post

Fox News makes you stupid

Study says the more you watch the less you know. Or, the more you think you know, but don’t, because it’s wrong.

In other words, here is a list of what Fox News viewers believe that just ain’t so:

  • 91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
  • 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
  • 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
  • 60 percent believe climate change is not occurring
  • 49 percent believe income taxes have gone up
  • 63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts
  • 56 percent believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
  • 38 percent believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
  • 63 percent believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)

http://www.alternet.org/story/149193/study_confirms_that_fox_news_makes_you_stupid/

why is parking mandatory at bars?

no, really, why is it? why does the city mandate something that promotes dangerous and completely illegal activity? or at least make it so easy and tempting.

next we should put brightly coloured cigarette vending machines next to the gumball machines at schools and locate the gun aisle next to the toy aisle at all the big box stores. we can blame kids’ bad habits on video games then.

READ:
http://www.grist.org/article/2010-06-24-tell-me-again-why-we-mandate-parking-at-bars