Sony Exec Says Earthquake May Alter Portable Machine Release, Spokesman Says It Won't

Sony Exec Says Earthquake May Alter Portable Machine Release, Spokesman Says It Won't

Sony, which plans to release a follow-up to the PSP (codename: NGP) near the end of the year, has its wires crossed over whether or not last month’s earthquake and tsunami will affect the product’s launch. [More]

Transocean Apologizes For Calling 2010 "Best Year" Ever In Safety

Transocean Apologizes For Calling 2010 "Best Year" Ever In Safety

The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf issued an apology after calling 2010 its “best year” ever in safety. Transocean did not comment on the safety bonuses it awarded top execs for meeting and exceeding internal safety goals, even considering the disaster at the rig run by BP resulting in 11 workers dead and 200 million gallons of oil spilled. [More]

Red Cross Sits On $1 Billion Collected For Japan Disaster Victims

Red Cross Sits On $1 Billion Collected For Japan Disaster Victims

For those who have cut the Red Cross checks to aid victims of the earthquake in Japan, that warm assurance that they’ve done something to help out may be premature. [More]

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dead Anchovies Clog California Harbor

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dead Anchovies Clog California Harbor

A huge fish kill in King Harbor Marina near Redondo Beach, Calif. resulted in the water there was filled with hundreds of thousands of dead anchovies. Hours after the workers were still busy scooping out the stinky lil guys. [More]

Cable Co. RCN Tried To Bill Fire Victims For Incinerated Cable Boxes

Cable Co. RCN Tried To Bill Fire Victims For Incinerated Cable Boxes

A family in Allentown, PA was lucky to escape with their lives after a natural gas explosion destroyed their block and took five of their neighbor’s souls. Then their cable company RCN told them they would have to pay $170 a pop for the cable boxes that were destroyed in the fire. [More]

9 Things We Wished We Did Before Our House Burned Down

9 Things We Wished We Did Before Our House Burned Down

This pictures is of Melanie’s house as it burns to the ground within 60 minutes. It was a fixer-upper she and her husband had poured their savings and souls into with all sorts of DIY projects, and they and their two-and-half year-old son escaped it becoming their pyre by only minutes and with only the clothes on their backs. These are 9 things she wished beforehand, now that she is wrestling with insurance and filing claims: [More]

So Whatever Happened To All That Oil Spilled In The Gulf Anyway?

So Whatever Happened To All That Oil Spilled In The Gulf Anyway?

Remember all that oil that BP spilled into the Gulf this summer? Whatever became of it? Well, good news. Bacteria ate most of it, reports Slate, and the other stuff was skimmed back up, evaporated, burned off, or it got diluted out into the seas. [More]

VIDEO: Sonic Drive-Thru Gets Eaten By A Massive Sinkhole

VIDEO: Sonic Drive-Thru Gets Eaten By A Massive Sinkhole

Ever wonder what it would be like if the ground opened up and swallowed a Sonic whole? Well the people of Cleveland, GA, almost got to see just that when much of their local fast food joint — along with the parking lot of the neighboring car wash — sunk several feet into the earth earlier this week. [More]

BP Says Well Is Plugged, Report Says 3/4 Of Oil Gone

BP Says Well Is Plugged, Report Says 3/4 Of Oil Gone

BP says that they have stoppered up the well leaking in the Gulf of Mexico. They have filled the well up with mud and reached the desired pressure, they say, a maneuver known as “Static Kill.” [More]

BP Took 79 Days To Do Fix Citizen Sent Them On Day 6

BP Took 79 Days To Do Fix Citizen Sent Them On Day 6

A reader claims he emailed BP and the White House on April 28th with the very method put into place to seal the gushing oil well on July 10th, and all he ever got back were boilerplate form letter replies. [More]

BP To Test New Cap

BP To Test New Cap

BP has attached a new, snugger cap – with the cheery moniker of “Top Hat 10 – on the gushing Gulf well and will soon begin tests to see if they didn’t cock things up for once. [More]

BP-Hired Mercenaries Keep Reporters From Interviewing Workers

BP-Hired Mercenaries Keep Reporters From Interviewing Workers

This video shows a BP-hired mercenaries working for “Talon Security” trying to keep WDSU-New Orleans reporter Scott Walker from talking to cleanup crews on a public beach. I would normally say something like, “Apparently they didn’t get the memo last week from from National Incident Commander Thad Allen and BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles that the media is to have full access to oil-affected areas and to cleanup workers,” – except that the mercs in the video are perfectly aware of the memos, and yet continue to obstruct the journalist! [More]

BP Customer Service Rep Says Disaster Call Center "A Diversion"

BP Customer Service Rep Says Disaster Call Center "A Diversion"

“Janice” has been working in the BP Call Center in Houston, answering calls about the disaster from all over the world, and she says she and her coworkers don’t think the calls are being sent any higher up in the company. “We’re a diversion to stop them from really getting to the corporate office, to the big people. I don’t want to get emotional, but it’s so frustrating when these people live right there [in the Gulf Coast] and nothing is being done to help them.” [More]

Know Your BP Gulf Disaster Charity

Know Your BP Gulf Disaster Charity

Before you rip up your checkbook or rush down to pitch in, make sure you get to know the BP Gulf disaster-related charity you’re getting in bed with. [More]

BP Tries To Clean Up Coffee Spill

BP Tries To Clean Up Coffee Spill

What would happen if BP spilled a bunch of coffee on their conference room table? Pretty much the same thing if they spilled a whole bunch of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. This Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater sketch spoof explores the delicate mapping between the two scenarios, and the delightful comedy that ensues. Kevin Costner’s voice, or a reasonable facsimile, guest stars. NSFW for one naughty word. [More]

BP Buys Up Search Phrases To Keep You From Snooping On Its Heroic Clean-Up Efforts

BP Buys Up Search Phrases To Keep You From Snooping On Its Heroic Clean-Up Efforts

BP isn’t too fond of people using search engines to check up on its Gulf of Mexico misadventures. The company has bought up some Google and Yahoo phrases in order to scuttle efforts to find news reports using such words. [More]

Design BP's New Logo

Design BP's New Logo

In light of recent events, it seems BP’s “blossoming natural gas flower” logo needs an update. A friendly citizen passing by their station at Crosby and Houston in New York has offered this as their suggestion. If this sets off a brainstorm for you, LogoMyWay is hosting an parodic BP logo redesign contest with a $200 prize. (Thanks to GitEmSteveDave!) [More]

Family Of Four Dies In Sinkhole After Yard Silently Liquefies

Family Of Four Dies In Sinkhole After Yard Silently Liquefies

The bodies of a family of four were found on their couch at the bottom of a crevasse after the area underneath their house suddenly gave way Monday. The culprit was an ancient one, the modern-day after-effects of a 10,000-year old inland sea. [More]