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Your Job Should be the Least of Your Concerns

You’ve probably heard by now that we’ve got an oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to stellar work by British Petroleum (BP), Halliburton, and Blackwater. Okay, so I totally made up that bit about Blackwater (now Xe), but doesn’t it seem like they should be a part of this motley crew? Replace Blackwater [...]

We’re a Nation of Snow Pussies

I’ve been a little under the weather this week (See how I took the snow theme and turned it? That’s just the sort of quality writing you’ve come to expect here at B&E;!), so I’ve been working from home. This morning I woke up feeling a bit better, but because last night the local news [...]

Keep Warm, In-Laws

This post from Titivil led me to this picture from Boing-Boing. If that doesn’t make you say some semblance of “Holy shit!” I don’t know what will. Chilly and wet the Scots are used to. Arctic, not so much. We’re talking lows in the zero-degrees Fahrenheit realm. And most of the buildings are old and [...]

The Crowds Should Fall Into Disrepair

The missus and I finally got to the High Line this weekend. For those of you who don’t know, the High Line is an elevated rail track that runs from the meatpacking district in the West Village to about 34th Street in West Midtown. The history is pretty interesting, and you should read about it [...]

Hope! From Kansas!

During a visit to Kansas two years ago, the town of Greensburg was completely destroyed by a “wedge” tornado. I was writing about how the governor at the time, Kathleen Sebelius, sent a strongly-worded letter to the Pentagon about getting some of those National Guard troops out of Iraq and back in our nation to [...]

Happy Anniversary?

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska. The herring haven’t returned, dangerous levels of toxicity remain in the water, and some plaintiffs have almost received enough in damages from Exxon to pay their bankruptcy lawyer’s bill. Originally, the jury awarded the plaintiffs $5 billion, equivalent to one [...]

Obama Keeps Tapping

President Obama is doing too much! He’s working too hard! He’s employing too many people! He’s solving unemployment by hiring everyone himself! Anyway, President Obama has tapped Van Jones. (Heh, heh.) Sorry… President Obama has appointed Van Jones a special adviser for green jobs. Van Jones has been making some national noise over the past [...]

Anti-Dickhead of This Moment – Tim DeChristopher

I haven’t given out an Anti-Dickhead award for quite some time, as the Dickhead/Anti-Dickhead feature has gone mostly the way of the archives here at B&E.; But I still like to keep my ears and eyes open for total Dickhead moves (with Blagojevich and Madoff getting recent shout-outs), with the occasional Anti-Dickhead move thrown in [...]