The X Factory

You can sing absolutely anything
I can take a challenge
You nailed every note
I think it was indulgent
You need a bit more credit for what you do
When you hear it back, the vocals were not on track
Girls don’t like girl groups
You’re the perfect ambassador for Britain
That was a brilliant performance
I had such a good time
You and the song were having a punch-up in the middle
I didn’t do so well
It was a little bit out of time
What are you drinking?
The songs he chooses really suit me
You’ve got it all, mister
Yeah, I really felt that one
Some people were born to be on the stage
I really think I belong now
She’s quirky and she’s fun and she’s cool with it
You make Vampire hot
There’s a wave behind this band now
The performance of the entire season
The most amazing comments that I’ve ever had in my life

4.9 million gallons of oil + 1.9 million of toxic dispersant =

“The dispersants used in BP’s draconian experiment contain solvents such as petroleum distillates and 2-butoxyethanol,” Dr. Riki Ott, a toxicologist, marine biologist, and Exxon Valdez survivor, told Al Jazeera. “Solvents dissolve oil, grease, and rubber,” she continued, “Spill responders have told me that the hard rubber impellors in their engines and the soft rubber bushings on their outboard motor pumps are falling apart and need frequent replacement.””Given this evidence, it should be no surprise that solvents are also notoriously toxic to people, something the medical community has long known,” Dr. Ott added.

“In ‘Generations at Risk’, medical doctor Ted Schettler and others warn that solvents can rapidly enter the human body. They evaporate in air and are easily inhaled, they penetrate skin easily, and they cross the placenta into fetuses. For example, 2- butoxyethanol in Corexit is a human health hazard substance; it is a fetal toxin and it breaks down blood cells, causing blood and kidney disorders.”

Pathways of exposure to the dispersants are inhalation, ingestion, skin, and eye contact. Health impacts include headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, chest pains, respiratory system damage, skin sensitization, hypertension, central nervous system depression, neurotoxic effects, genetic mutations, cardiac arrhythmia, and cardiovascular damage.

via BP dispersants ‘causing sickness’ – Features – Al Jazeera English.

A colder, crueller country – for no gain

Margaret Thatcher is lying sick in a private hospital bed in Belgravia but her political children have just pushed her agenda further and harder and deeper than she ever dreamed of. When was the last time Britain’s public spending was slashed by more than 20 per cent? Not in my mother’s lifetime. Not even in my grandmother’s lifetime. No, it was in 1918, when a Conservative-Liberal coalition said the best response to a global economic crisis was to rapidly pay off this country’s debts. The result? Unemployment soared from 6 per cent to 19 per cent, and the country’s economy collapsed so severely that they lost all ability to pay their bills and the debt actually rose from 114 per cent to 180 per cent. “History doesn’t repeat itself,” Mark Twain said, “but it does rhyme.”

via Johann Hari: A colder, crueller country – for no gain – Johann Hari, Commentators – The Independent.