Obama’s Science Picks

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A Message for Obama [ideonexus / Flickr] Before the holidays, Obama picked his science and science-related team. The nominees include Tom Vilsack for Agriculture, Steven Chu for Energy, Ken Salazar for Interior, Jane Lubchenco for NOAA, and Lisa Jackson for EPA. Also John Holdren, Harold Varmus, Eric Lander, and Carol Browner as ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

Obama on Food Policy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Amber, and waving [Micah A. Ponce / Flickr] In a recent interview with Joe Klein, Obama mentioned an article about food policy by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan was calling on the next president to consider food critical to national security, global warming, energy independence, and health care. Shane, a recent grad of ...

Drilling as Wedge Issue

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Drilling ninja [TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23 / Flickr] Steve from Toledo, Ohio, calls himself (possibly facetiously?) a "circus plate spinner." Steve is unconvinced that new domestic oil drilling would have any measurable effect on gas prices. So for a while he thought it would be fun to see the Republicans go through with ...

Media and Gas Shortages After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

Refinery problems due to hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused significant gas shortages across the southeast earlier this week. AMPinto0123 recorded the gas line at a Costco in Nashville -- the only station of eight in the vicinity that had any fuel for sale. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) Houtopia of ...

Drilling Psychedelic

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 11th, 2008

James Mills found this psychedelic "drill, baby, drill" mashup. It incorporates footage of the GOP convention, the interview in which Palin asks what the VP does every day, and dead birds, among other things. Set to music and "drill, baby, drill" soundbites. The video was made by BriareusTheYeti, a ...

Not Like the Republicans She Knows

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Drill, baby, drill [kellyandapril / Flickr] Anne from Ann Arbor is a Democrat, a teacher, and a lover of folk art. She also has near and dear Republicans in her life (with whom she avoids talking politics). Anne saw nothing resembling them at the Republican convention last week (thanks, James ...

Drill, Baby, Drill

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, September 6th, 2008

One of the most memorable one-liners from the Republican convention came from the crowd: "drill, baby, drill." It started during Giuliani's speech and caught on immediately. Jay from Baltimore found it "slightly troubling" -- and so do his penguin friends: [hoodwinks / Flickr] Jay diplomatically encourages people to look into the matter: "No ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

Antiwar Activists in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Stephen Swofford, Denver resident, says it only occurred to him a year ago that he could translate his love of photography into a career. He now appears to be a photojournalism student at Metro State College of Denver. Last week during the convention he took to the streets to and ...

McCain Picks Palin

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In Alaska [triciaward / Flickr] Impeccably timed to eclipse the Obama-convention-speech headlines, McCain has chosen Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin as the GOP's vice-presidential candidate. Archbishop Cranmer, who blogs about religion and politics with sixteenth-century wisdom, feels this spells "Barack who?": Governor Palin is a Protestant Evangelical Christian. Moreover, she is strongly ‘pro-life’, ...

Protesters and Activists at Saddleback

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

There may not have been many people protesting the fact of the Saddleback Church forum, but activists outside the church were certainly fired up about the candidates and issues. From stirnaman.photo (hat tip to Sue Salinger), here's a Bush (and, in smaller print, McCain) supporter: [stirnaman.photo / Flickr] Stirnaman.photo also captured this Obama-masked, ...

Pissed Off at Stimulus Checks

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Munchdiggy is a bartender who depends on tips. Those tips are pretty sparse right now because gas and food prices are keeping customers away. So when Uncle Sam promised him a stimulus check and then applied it to his defaulted student loans instead, the only thing it stimulated was munchdiggy's ...

Alternative Energy: Solar Power

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

[kabl1992 / Flickr] Alternative energy occupies an unusually large piece of the stage in this presidential campaign because of gas prices, the Iraq war, and global warming, among other things. Just over a month ago, the government banned new solar-energy projects on public land. The reason: it needed two years to ...

Midwest Floods

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The devastating midwest floods point to a bunch of election issues. Global warming, for one. Whether or not these particular floods are a direct result, they're a preview of the kind of extreme weather predicted by climate models. Then there are the rising corn prices due to flooded cropland, which ...

Carpooling: Save the Environment and Gas Money

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Paul lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he's an aerospace engineer. Somewhere in the eight or so years since he moved there, he decided that it has "the ambiance and excitement of a gravel parking lot." So to relieve the boredom, he took up video making. Oh, and also aerobatic flying ...

Stop-Motion Gas Prices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Taking a wee break from the aftermath of the Democratic primary with something not altogether lighter, here's a time-lapse video found by Sarolta Cump. It shows the rapid hike of gas prices. (In case you were wondering, McCain is still talking about a gas-tax holiday.) Flunky Carter started taking pictures ...

Gas Prices Song

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

This funny, silly original tune will strike home if you took a roadtrip over Memorial Day (thanks, Sue Salinger). It's about gas prices and why they're so high -- a crowd-pleasing topic at any campaign event. The musicians, Rhett and Link, are boyhood pals from North Carolina; they've been writing ...

Gas-Tax Math for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

This sarcastic engineer is armed with a calculator, and he's no fool. He tells John McCain that his proposed summer "gas-tax holiday" (which Clinton supports and Obama opposes) is ridiculous. The engineer figures it will save each American a grand total of 30 dollars. Which, compared to what we'll be ...

Gas Prices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Beth Fitzgerald, a junk food and photography lover from Gulfport, Mississippi, documented prices at a local gas station earlier this month (via Ann Raber): [bfitz85 / Flickr] The Pete from Los Angeles, California, sold his car about five years ago but is also documenting fuel prices in his hometown. He writes, in ...