U2 covers Emerson Lake & Palmer:
The press isn’t outraged over the treatment of WikiLeaks.
Calling credit card companies on the carpet for cutting off WikiLeaks!
Because here it comes! Now that we have a new Republican governor, you can kiss a clean water supply goodbye:
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The agency that oversees water quality and quantity in the four-state Delaware River basin issued proposed regulations on Thursday for the natural gas drilling industry, launching what is certain to be a heated debate pitting energy companies and property owners who have signed lucrative leases against environmentalists, sporting groups and residents worried about their drinking water supplies.
The Delaware River Basin Commission published the long-awaited regulations on its website. They govern a range of drilling activities, including water withdrawals, well pad siting and wastewater disposal, and require drilling companies to post a bond of $125,000 per well to cover the plugging and restoration of abandoned wells and the remediation of any pollution.
The commission — a powerful federal-interstate compact agency that monitors water supplies for 15 million people, including half the population of New York City — has declared a moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling projects in the Delaware River basin until the rulemaking process is complete.
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I had a really interesting night last night. I attended a cocktail party in a private home in Bucks County, where Robert Sadoff, an eminent forensic psychiatrist, talked about his decades of experience examining assorted serial killers and murderers. Fun! (No, really.)
However, I was sitting at a right angle to the fireplace, and now one of my eyes is all red and swollen from the wood smoke. I am such a frail and delicate flower.
A perfect piece of 60s pop — except it was written in 1996 for the movie “That Thing You Do!” Diane Dane was the name of the character who performed it, but I don’t know who’s actually singing it. UPDATE: It’s sung by Chaille, the actress who played her.
Boy, WikiLeaks is really racking up the enemies, huh? If Julian Assange is ever found dead, there’s going to be a very long list of suspects. No wonder the Vatican condemned the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables release:
(AP) — Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that the Vatican felt “offended” that Ireland failed to respect Holy See “sovereignty” by asking high-ranking churchmen to answer questions from an Irish commission probing decades of sex abuse of minors by clergy.
That the Holy See used its diplomatic-immunity status as a tiny city-state to try to thwart the Irish fact-finding probe has long been known. But the WikiLeaks cables, published by Britain’s The Guardian newspaper on Saturday, contain delicate, behind-the-scenes diplomatic assessments of the highly charged situation.
The Vatican press office declined to comment on the content of the cables Saturday, but decried the leaks as a matter of “extreme seriousness.”
The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See also condemned the leaks and said the Vatican and America cooperate in promoting universal values.
One leaked document published Saturday, authored in February 2010 by Rome-based diplomat Julieta Valls Noyes, cited her conversations with Irish Ambassador Noel Fahey and his deputy, Helena Keleher, about the diplomatic bind Ireland found itself in.
Ireland wanted to be seen as fully supportive of the independent probe into child-abuse cover-ups in the Dublin Archdiocese, but its Rome officials also didn’t want to intervene in the probe’s efforts to get information from the Vatican, Noyes’ report said.
Noyes reported that Irish diplomats in Rome decided not to press Vatican officials to respond to questions from the panel, which was led by an Irish judge and operated independently of Ireland’s government. It sent letters to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Vatican’s ambassador to Ireland seeking information on Vatican officials’ knowledge of cover-ups, but got no replies.
I live just off to the east of this area, so I see the expensive cars come over the bridge from Jersey, driving through to look for drugs.
And almost everyone I meet in Port Richmond (one of the nicer areas surrounding Kensington) has a husband, a wife, a parent, a sibling or a child who’s a junkie, someone they pray for and worry about.
I remember when my cousin and her husband lived in Kensington, back in the early 70s. It was still a nice neighborhood. You could go shopping on Kensington Avenue then and not have to worry about being robbed, or caught in a gun fight.
Now instead of factories, the neighborhood is home to open-air drug markets and a serial killer, who strangled several of the local prostitutes working to support their drug habits.
And the cars from Jersey head back over the bridge and home to their nice suburbs, either oblivious or indifferent to what they’ve contributed to this mess.
Roof of the Metrodome, under 15 inches of snow. Vikings-Giants game to be rescheduled at a different venue.