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Misgivings About Macondo Methane Microbes
Last year, around the time the Big Oozy was being capped and the TV crews were ready to move on, certain people wishing for the whole thing to be over were given the gift of algae. Oil-eating microbes, some scientists said, gobbled up all the oil, and made it disappear. It seemed the voice of Tony Hayward had summoned the microbes with his very plea for his life back. It was too good to be true! Well, the scientific process moves a little slower than CNN, but it seems there's a debate about the microbes to be had. Yesterday, a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal cast doubts about the validity of the Prophecy of the One-Celled Saviors.
The Murky Truth
Science and Speculation in the Wake of the BP Oil Gusher: An Op-Ed
A Loyola University professor of environmental communication on the interaction of the scientific process and the information age after the Big Oozy.
NoDef Numbers, April 19-25
This week, the first anniversary of the Big Oozy was marked with a hoax, lawsuits and payouts, ground was broken for a giant state hospital that a group of consultants said was too giant and, as ever, Bill Murray was kind of an asshole - but a funny one! Developments were confusing, but a look at the numbers inside the news can provide the elixir of order.
BP to Pay $1 Billion for Environmental Restoration
All the vein poppin', stern glarin' and sleeve rollin' might've done some good. BP has agreed to pay $1 billion for "early" coastal restoration projects in Gulf Coast states, including Louisiana. The Bayou State stands to receive $100 million directly, and what's likely to be more from the $500 million federal agencies are getting in the deal. "The (feds) will use the money to fund projects such as the rebuilding of coastal marshes, replenishment of damaged beaches, conservation of sensitive areas for ocean habitat for injured wildlife, and restoration of barrier islands and wetlands that provide natural protection from storms," a release said.
A Year Later, Cleanup Still the Gig for Venice Fisherman
by Shay Sokol
Last May, NoDef spoke with fourth generation Venice fisherman Herman Demoll as he was attempting to navigate the then-fledgling claims process BP had set up to compensate fishermen who were put out of work when the Deepwater Horizon exploded. At the time, Demoll was signed up for the Vessels of Opportunity, but his boat hadn't been called. So, he took a job moving boom on the docks, hoping his turn would come. When we checked back in with him this week to see how things were progressing, he said his turn never came.
NOLA Sues BP In the Nick of Time
Today's year mark of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was a day of mourning and reflection. But for legal eagles, it was also a day of deadlines. The passing of a year means the passing of the statute of limitations to file suits against BP, Transocean and other responsible parties in hopes of collecting damages for the damage the Big Oozy wrought. Getting in at the last minute was the City of New Orleans, who filed just enough paperwork to get in on the fun this week. The suit asks for damages to cover drops in property values, monitoring citizens' health, increased tourism promotion and, here's a new one: "the increased cost to educate children affected by the oil spill and moratorium."
BP Picks Up Another Pair of Yes Men
by Shay Sokol
Good news finally came one year after the Big Oozy at the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit yesterday. Dr. Dean Winkeldom from the U.S. Department of Health announced the feds would set up 35 clinics along the Gulf Coast to provide health care for those affected by the oil spill. Sending the press into a particular tizzy, the federal government also promised to ban further use of the toxic dispersant. In a video that appeared along with the news release, a BP official, Steve Wistwil, expressed regret over the company’s lack of attention to this issue, and agreed to foot the bill of $525 million. Then an angry man who claimed to be with BP barged into the room and interrupted the conference, asking who the hell Wistwil was. The two men argued, each claiming to be the real BP representative. Amid the din, the truth emerged: the news was too good to be true.
Big Oozy Roundup: 365 Days Later
A year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and injuring more than a dozen. The tragedy was only beginning that day, as it took about a week for officials to admit that oil was leaking unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico from the base of the well. Like all full throttle news stories, the disaster brought many new words - some with the ring of porn - to add to the collexicon: dispersant, tarball, blowout, top kill, junk shot and, as ever, Nungesser. The national media is bringing their own gusher of coverage this week. Links to a few of today's important stories after the jump.
Big Oozy Roundup: 364 Days Later
In case you ain't heard, tomorrow's the one-year anniversary of the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 and spawned the biggest, ooziest oil disaster the country has ever seen (or so they said at the time). Along with the anniversary has come a torrent of national media coverage not seen around here since, well, the last anniversary of a major manmade disaster. In any case, click through for a roundup of coverage.
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