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Archive for May 14th, 2010

Cheney & oil spill–Locke and & smoke monster?

Posted by James McPherson on May 14, 2010

NPR, CNN and others report that the government/BP estimate (and how nice it would be if we could separate the oil companies from government) of 5,000 barrels per day may be off–by 65,000 barrels or so. In other words, the spill may be 1,300 percent higher than suggested. Or more. And continuing unabated for the foreseeable future.

By the way, in the video of the spill did you notice how much the escaping oil looks like the smoke monster from “Lost”? Photos of both are below. Pure evil obviously takes various forms. For example, just as you never see John Locke when the smoke monster is around, likewise Dick Cheney seems to have vanished since his former employer and beneficiary became embroiled in yet another scandal.

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