"Can't they vacuum up that oil?"- UPDATED

Vasco da GamaThat question is a variation of one I have heard (or read) over the past 40-some days, as the crude continues to wreck havoc on the Gulf: "Is it possible to vacuum up and recover that oil from the surface of the water?"I am not mechanical and had not thought it a serious question. But take a look at this Modern Marvels Video which looks at hopper suction dredges. Yes, they're meant to dredge up sand from the ocean floor, but couldn't they be used to suction oil off of the … [Read more...]

Witnessing the heart as it cracks – UPDATED

It is not possible to remain unmoved as Rep. Charles Melancon (D-LA) finds the break point."Everything that I know and love is at risk."Watch it all. Melancon's sincere pain is a rebuke to the incessant political posturing we see out of Washington, and all the artless media outrage to which we have become so accustomed.In all seriousness--because this is a very serious situation--it seems that Chris Matthews' heart is breaking, too:Allahpundit writes of Matthews:But now that I’ve w … [Read more...]

Speaking of Nino & Other Things

Playing with the ongoing non-story of SCOTUS Nominee Elena Kagan's sexual orientation, Michael Kinsley has written a rather amusing satire about the sex lives of Supreme Court Justices:Why does Justice Antonin Scalia, by common consent the leading intellectual force on the Court, have nine children? Is this normal? Or should I say "normal," as some people choose to define it? Can he represent the views of ordinary Americans when he practices such a minority lifestyle? After all, having nine … [Read more...]

Oil Spill: a Visual Context

Via Joseph Susanka's post at Inside Catholic, a bird's eye view of what we're up against in the Gulf, where, we are now told, is much worse than we have known.Calculating the exact flow of crude out of the bent Deepwater Horizon oil rig "riser" pipe on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is difficult. But it's now likely that the actual amount of the oil spill dwarfs the Coast Guard's figure of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, a day.Independent scientists estimate that the renegade wellhead … [Read more...]