02 Apr

Forbes – Transocean Execs Get Bonuses after ‘Best Year in Safety,’ Despite Gulf Oil Disaster

Transocean Ltd., owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, awarded millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives after “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history,” according to an annual report and proxy statement released yesterday.

Eleven people were killed, including nine Transocean employees, in the April 20 explosion and collapse of the rig, which gushed crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 86 days.

via Forbes – Transocean Execs Get Bonuses after ‘Best Year in Safety,’ Despite Gulf Oil Disaster. So the question must be asked how many employees die and how many environmental catastrophes are created in a bad year for safety?

27 Mar

NYTimes.com – Radiation + Cable Anchor + Science = ?

Nancy Grace’s behavior on Monday could be seen as simply laughable. But I think it’s far more serious than that, particularly as long as this channel called HLN includes the word news in its description.

She’s smart enough, with a New York University master’s degree in law, to know what she’s doing. I do think she’d benefit, if she wants to keep analyzing news related to science, to spend some time at the university’s great Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting program.

Particularly in situations like this one, where there is an implicit tendency toward emotional reactions and away from rational consideration of hazards, there is a heightened need for the media to remain anchored in reality.Another option for CNN would be to drop the word news from this channel’s description and seek out Charlie Sheen as a co-host.

via NYTimes.com – Radiation + Cable Anchor + Science = ?. Cable news no matter the network typically is a pile of fail when it comes to science.

13 Feb

BBC News – Gun habit takes hold in neighbourhood of unlocked doors

Americans have long convinced themselves that there is a link between guns and overall freedom. The more guns there are in the hands of individuals, the more difficult it would be for a dictator to take power.

This is the freedom guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, passed in 1791.

They argue still over the precise meaning of the words, but it is the wrong argument.

The real argument should be whether civilised societies in the modern age are made safer by guns, but that argument seems beyond America.

Perhaps that is America’s problem, too many opportunities to avoid the hard questions. Can this contentment last forever? When I lived here, I thought it could. Now, just visiting, I wonder.

via BBC News – Gun habit takes hold in neighbourhood of unlocked doors. Wonderful point BBC.