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04/19/2007


UV Light Assists in Gulf Clean-Up, Also Makes Cool Photos

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Ultraviolet light makes oil on beaches very easy to spot:

"Late last week coastal geologist Rip Kirby was on the seashore as part of an effort to detect oil by shining UV lights—widely used to spot blood at crime scenes—on Gulf beaches. The method, he hopes, will allow scientists and cleanup crews to tackle hard-to-spot oil, such as crude mixed with mud or light stains on sand, that's washed ashore from the sinking of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig. Under UV light, clean sand appears purple or black. Some minerals, such as calcium carbonate in seashells, glow blue, as does a shovel handle in the picture above."

 

News: Crater, Chelsea Clinton, Wikileaks, Sonoma County, Alcide

Road Wikileaks releases damning set of documents on Afghanistan, revealing Pakistani aid to insurgency.

Quinto RoadZachary Quinto rehearses for the revival of Angels in America in NYC.

RoadKings of Leon driven from concert by pigeon poop.

RoadPope Benedict has written a children's book called The Friends of Jesus.

RoadPresident Obama to appear on The View on Wednesday: "The president will take the hot seat among the show's five female hosts, who represent a range of backgrounds and political views, at a time when his administration grapples with challenges from the economy to the BP oil spill."

RoadUVA study: Positive development of adoptive children not related to sexual orientation of parents. "We found that children adopted by lesbian and gay couples are thriving."

RoadChelsea Clinton wedding price tag could top $2 million: "Smart money has the ClintVinskys tying the knot on the grounds of Astor Courts, a private, Versailles-inspired Beaux-Arts mansion on 50 acres overlooking the Hudson in Rhinebeck. The rehearsal dinner is said to be at a stone barn at nearby Grasmere, a 525-acre Revolutionary-era estate. Only those personally close to the bride or groom made it onto a tightly-held list that reportedly contains 400 to 500 names, more about which later."

RoadWhat in the world has Eric McCormack been up to?

CraterRoadBest-preserved meteor crater in the world found via Google Earth.

RoadMatt Rettenmund visits Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at the Brooklyn Museum.

RoadClean-up crews finding less surface oil in Gulf.

Road  "Reading on the toilet" is James Franco's favorite guy ritual.

RoadSonoma County settles out of court with Clay Green: "Their nightmare began only two years ago, and no one can undue the psychological damage done to Clay Green and Harold Scull or return to the surviving spouse the home and virtually all the property and personal possessions the two men had shared for 20 years, but their injuries have finally been acknowledged. Last Friday, just two days before his suit would have been opened in court, California's Sonoma County, agreed to a settle Greene's complaint out of court, for the amount of $653,000. Greene will retain $275,000, his lawyers will take $300,000*, and Scull's estate will be given the remainder. It was announced in the San Francisco Chronicle that the nursing home will pay $53,000, but it was not made clear where it will end up."

RoadFirst look: Chris Evans as Captain America.

Jewitt  RoadMale model fix: Jamie Jewitt.

RoadDirect action and political protest hashed out at Netroots Nation.

RoadAlcide at Comic-Con.

RoadThe Kids Are All Right is this summer's sleeper hit: "When the film opened three weeks ago on seven screens, per-theater ticket sales averaged $72,127, the highest for any movie this year. This weekend, after growing from 35 to 201 venues, 'The Kids' continued its winning streak, generating more than $2.6 million (with another robust per-theater average of $13,173, the best of any film in release), bringing its cumulative box-office to just under $5 million."

RoadDiane von Furstenburg has designed a "Team Pelosi" tote bag.

RoadMichelle Rodriguez, on why the strong female characters she plays always get killed: Because I don't take my clothes off, and I'm nobody's girlfriend. The writers are new to the whole tough girl thing, and they don't know what to do with [me]. We've got the dude who's strong, so what do we do with the chick who's strong? We kill her."


News: Ryan Seacrest, New Zealand, Die-In, Matthew Vanderpool

Road Demanding drugs, AIDS activists hold "die-in" outside Nancy Pelosi's office in SF.

Quinto  RoadZachary Quinto: summer buzz.

RoadRyan Seacrest's girlfriend Julianne Hough: I thought he was gay.

RoadWorkers on Deepwater Horizon oil rig had concerns about safety, but feared retribution if they reported unsafe behavior, maintenance precautions.

RoadSurvey: Users dissatisfied with Facebook, but won't leave.

RoadWhy does FOX News have more power than any progressive in the country? "The idea is that Fox News is more important than any progressive leader or commentator (or even the majority opinion of progressives throughout the country, as evidenced by polls) because liberals have nowhere to go. So, that's why you can abuse them, ignore them and even treat them with disdain -- and they'll still vote for you. What are they going to do -- vote for Republicans?"

RoadWorld War Z: Brad Pitt to star in zombie flick.

RoadLohan in cuffs: Courtroom sketch artist draws the photo no cameras were allowed to capture.

Akermanis  RoadAustralia's Western Bullldogs sack Jason Akermanis: "'He hasn't earnt the trust of the group,' a source told The Age.' It's a pattern of behaviour. You can't put it down to one thing. It has just gone on for so long. And we don't want it to keep going'...Akermanis was suspended by the club in June after a furore eminating from a column in which he advised gay AFL footballers to stay in the closet."

RoadPFOX 'ex-gay' Greg Quinlan's dating criteria: "Female. And breathing."

RoadWorld's oldest dildo?

RoadNew Zealand Christian school ordered to pay compensation to a sports coach fired after the school board found out he was gay: "At first I was shocked. I've never felt so small in my life," the man told New Zealand media Thursday. "It's hard enough to go through finding yourself and accepting yourself and being 'out' in the first place. Having to go through discrimination doesn't help."

RoadConcerns for aging members of the gay community raised in Denver.

RoadCBS closets Sara Gilbert in press release for new daytime show about mothers.

Vanderpool RoadVictory Fund never offered money to Kentucky candidate Matthew Vanderpool: "This is a fairly clever stunt, but look closer and you realize how silly and disingenuous the whole thing is. The Victory Fund doesn't offer its endorsement to anyone who doesn't ask for it, and it was certainly never offered to Mr. Vanderpool. Our endorsement comes after a thorough examination of a candidate's viability in a given race. Given the behavior it has exhibited so far, I think I understand why this campaign probably didn't want to face the scrutiny." More dirt here.

Road Dustin Lance Black to pen screenplay about the Barefoot Bandit.

RoadTwin site unearthed at Stonehenge.

RoadFort Worth Police looking for LGBT recruits: "FWPD will be accepting applications online for police officer trainees from July 22 to Aug. 6. To apply, go here, and look for the Police Officer Trainee link. The FW Police Academy course is 31 weeks long, and trainees receive a salary of $37,377 per year ( or $3,114/month) plus benefits during training. Those who graduate and join the force get a raise to $52,187 per year (or $4,348/month). And those who have military experience and G.I. Bill benefits can access those benefits during training."


News: Laser, Meghan McCain, Dog Ice Cream, Michigan, Jujubee

Road New Poll: 51% of Californians favor allowing same-sex marriage.

Dogs RoadDogs get their own ice cream truck in the UK. Flavors include dog eat hog world — a gammon [ham] and chicken sorbet topped with a biscuit and served in a cone, and canine cookie crunch — a combination of mixed dog biscuits and ice cream.

RoadThe Mel Gibson tapes just don't end.

RoadTEST: Times Square bomb would have killed thousands.

RoadBP posts Photoshopped image of crisis command center. And another.

RoadFunny or Die is pitching a show where celebrities go undercover to karaoke bars and other public places.

RoadDaily Beast: America's top gay cities.

RoadL.A. journalist Karen Ocamb wonders why nobody showed up to the Log Cabin Republicans' DADT trial: "Was driving to hot Riverside just too inconvenient? Does the fact that the plaintiffs are gay Republicans play a role in LGBT and civil rights groups ignoring the case? Would there be a similar deafening silence if the plaintiff was photogenic Lt. Dan Choi or some fire-breathing progressive who wanted to stick it to President Obama, the Pentagon or the Department of Justice? What does it say about the real principles of the LGBT movement for equality that no one but three local LGBT activists, a couple of Log Cabin members from Palm Springs and a handful of reporters showed up for part one of this trial?"

RoadAn interview with Jujubee about RuPaul's Drag U.

Courtneylove RoadCourtney Love has started writing a blog about what she wears.

RoadMichigan gay rights group endorses Lansing mayor Virg Bernero for governor: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero says the discrimination his gay brother faced before dying of AIDS is one reason he strongly stands up for gay rights...Bernero supported a 2006 human right ordinance in Lansing that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and supported similar measures as a state lawmaker. His brother, Victor, died of AIDS in 1990 at age 29."

RoadStephen Fry unveils new BBC TV series on language: "Language is my real passion. So, I'm going to Beijing to interview the man who invented Pinyin, a phonetic version of the Chinese language. He's 105 years old … if he dies on me I'm going to be so annoyed."

RoadRep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) talks about impeaching Obama for failing to secure American borders.

RoadNH GOP candidate wants White homeland.

Mccain RoadMeghan McCain hops on elephant for new book about Republicans and dirty sex.

RoadLGBT Americans' buying power in 2010 projected at $743 billion.

RoadSun-Sentinel: U.S. falling further behind on gay rights. "Argentina now joins Canada, South Africa, a handful of nations in western Europe, several states of the United States and the District of Columbia in recognizing that the full rights and privileges of marriage ought to apply to all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Sadly, the United States, which has traditionally been at the vanguard of human rights developments, finds itself falling behind in one of the great trends of human history."

RoadAnti-aircraft laser shoots down plane in test for the first time.

RoadGays in rural Ireland isolated: "Despite recent progress for LGBT people in Ireland, a significant number still find it difficult to be 'out' and remain living in their local communities. Much of this is the result of a lack of recognition that all communities are made up of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Many LGBT people migrate towards Dublin or other cities because they feel they cannot play a full role in the community in which they were born and raised."


Oil Seep Detected in Gulf Sea Bed Concerns Officials

The integrity of the capped BP oil leak in the gulf is being questioned as seepage in the sea bed near the well has been detected, the Miami Herald reports:

Seep  "In a letter to BP official Bob Dudley, retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said that a seep was in the sea bed, and he told BP that monitoring of the seabed is 'of paramount importance' because of the seep and 'undetermined anomalies' at the wellhead. The letter asked BP to quickly tell the government of any seeps and requested a plan for quickly opening the well's choke valve to allow oil to flow -- and likely be siphoned up to boats -- if there's a leak. If the well leak is confirmed, the well cap will likely be reopened to prevent the environmental disaster from becoming even worse and harder to fix. That means oil would likely gush once again into the ocean after three days of no new oil. Allen gave BP 24 hours to give him a written update of 'your intentions going forward'' and said the he is 'concerned that all potential options to eliminate the discharge of oil be pursued with utmost speed until I can be assured that no additional oil will spill.' He reminded BP that finishing two relief wells should be its priority and told the company to 'provide me your latest containment plan' in the case that the current cap's test is suspended. The letter was released late Sunday."

A video shot on Friday which shows some seepage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Look Who Gets Their Gas from BP: The Haters at the National Organization for Marriage

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Big surprise.

Why are they filling up? They kicked off their 23-city hate-a-palooza tour in Maine yesterday.

(photo via americablog)


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