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Band aid, video

Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz sing the blues for the big blue

Mos Def and Ben Jaffe wrote it. Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty, Tim Robbins, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band all joined in to make a song to help the non-profit, Gulf Aid. It's a song dedicated to BP called "It Ain't My Fault." It's a great number, but I still prefer the t-shirt I heard someone propose recently that anyone can wear that says, "I caused the oil spill." You can learn more about Gulf Aid and how to support their work here.

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miconstrued minconstruction, video

Must-sea TV on the oil spill from Comedy Central

Staying up-to-date on the oil spill sucks a little bit less thanks to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (and Grist!). Here are the latest offerings from Day 62 of "The Strife Aquatic." Worth watching!

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Oversharing in Manhattan

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 2: Sticks and leaves, burdock root, and two stalks of asparagus?

The rather mysterious contents of Box No. 2.(Jennnifer Prediger photos) It's week two of my journey as a CSA shareholder, which I'll be chronicling in this Urbivore's Dilemma series. (Read the first installment.) It's been quite a learning curve so far. Not just from the vegetables and how to cook them, but also learning what to expect from a CSA. The friend who encouraged me to join this CSA told me she and her husband split their share before with another couple. It was so much food, she said, they would have it over the course of two weeks. Expecting …

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Urbivore's dilemma

A takeout eater turns CSA shareholder

I've lived in New York for four years. Being a busy, free spirit in the city doesn't lend itself to grocery shopping and meal planning. So, like many New Yorkers, I enjoyed living off the fat of the land. And by that I mean the takeout menu. Like many of my peers on the takeout diet, I was spending way too much money and getting a little puffy around the edges. Containers lay strewn about my apartment. Which is how I learned my sweet pad-thai containers don't biodegrade. OK, so I didn't learn it that way. But it is true. …

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When Laughter is the best Oil Spill Solution, video

BP gets proverbial a** kicking from funny men

Since the oil keeps spilling in the Gulf of Mexico and there's still not much you and I can do, it seems for now that laughter is the best solution. Yep, that's pathetic. But this isn't just a laugh for laughter's sake. This satire is social commentary in its highest incarnation. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert give BP the one, two punch this week. They skewer tarballs, BP CEO Tony Hayward, the MMS, and President Obama's latest quest to figure out whose a** to kick. Watch for the latest in oil spill-related news and lambasting. Ass Quest 2010 President Obama …

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BP (Beyond Patience) TV

The gulf oil spill in video

Day 36: Scenes from the BP oil spill disaster. Embattled CEO walks oil-stained beach. Embattled president caught in Rand Paul/Sarah Palin firestorm. Oily, pink people turn angry and naked in Houston. Rachel Maddow, Steven Chu, Sylvia Earle, and so much more ... Last night, Rachel Maddow devoted most of her show to the oil spill, including an interview with seemingly distraught BP CEO Tony Hayward: And here's Maddow's with Energy Secretary Steven Chu: Sarah Palin says Obama is sleeping with BP, because the oil giant gave him more money than any other candidate in the last Presidential election. Watchdog group, …

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BP TV

The Gulf spill video roundup

So, the Gulf oil spill has been going on for more than a month now. The open wellhead is spewing thousands of gallons of oil every day, and in that classic the-cure-is-worse-than-the-disease way, BP has been dispersing the rogue oil with highly toxic chemicals. Eleven rig workers are already dead. Now the lives of hundreds of species, and the livelihoods of thousands of Gulf residents are in peril. No surprise there's lots of spill video out there. Here's some of the best from one of the worst ever environmental disasters. SPILL CAM: The live gulf oil spill feed Watch oil …

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Oh, reel-y?

Watching the green screens at the Environmental Film Festival in D.C.

HomegrownSpring and the Environmental Film Festival both burst into full bloom at the festival's start in the Nation's Capital last weekend. Eco-movie buffs, many having withstood record snowfalls in Washington, D.C., this winter, eschewed the beauty of the outdoors to watch the beauty of the outdoors indoors in the form of a wellspring of eco-conscious cinema. And there was a lot to see. In its 18th year, the festival, which ends Sunday, is in the midst of screening an ambitious 155 films over 12 days at some 56 venues around town. Not in freezing, old theaters in some overrun city …

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Police state of mind

Copenhagen cops cast pall over the city

Danish police in riot gear.Photo: Courtesy Matthew McDermott via FlickrCOPENHAGEN -- Snow is falling in Copenhagen this afternoon, a quiet symbol of peace in what has turned into an unlikely police state. Sirens wale. Helicopters graze the skies. The Danish police are out in force. They patrol the city on motorcycles and bikes, in vans and tractors and boats, and on foot.  Some are dressed in full camouflage. Others are undercover. All are riot ready. Two days ago, a concrete and steel barrier went up around our hotel, the Copenhagen Island. Now, guards at the front entrance check identification and …

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