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Lisa Benson | Minimal Impact / Slate.com

Lady Gaga a danger to the mental health of her fans?

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  • Pop music superstar Lady Gaga appears to have crossed the line into a world of necro-inspired insanity. Yet she's worshipped by children and teens (and quite a few adults) who listen to her music. Here's why she could be dangerous to their mental health.
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  • Seriously. This is the stuff your teenage kids are piping into their brains through their iPods, by the way.
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  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline
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Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

If you've ever wondered about the true mental sickness of the entertainment industry, look no further than Lady Gaga. She rose to fame and has become a teen favorite by pumping out tunes like "Love Game" where she belts out lines such as "Let's have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick."

Seriously. This is the stuff your teenage kids are piping into their brains through their iPods, by the way.

And that's just the beginning: Lady Gaga is also largely responsible for the new craze of wearing "dilated pupil contact lenses" which make young girls appear to be either sexually aroused or stoned. These contact lenses are potentially dangerous, and they are being brought into the U.S. illegally, bypassing FDA approval. But thanks to Lady Gaga, young girls are increasingly interested in wearing them so they, too, can look "aroused and stoned" in order to arouse potential sex partners.

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Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline, Sarah Jaffe,  AlterNet
We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.

BP oil spill: US scientist retracts assurances over success of cleanup

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National Oceanic and Atmospherioc Administration's (NOAA's) Bill Lehr says three-quarters of the oil that gushed from the Deepwater Horizon rig is still in sea while scientists identify 22-mile plume in ocean depths.

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian | UK/Axis of Logic

Bill Lehr, a senior scientist at the NOAA, appeared before Congress to repudiate an earlier report he wrote, which suggested the majority of the oil had been captured. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Bill Lehr, a senior scientist at the NOAA, appeared before Congress to repudiate an earlier report he wrote, which suggested the majority of the oil had been captured. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
 
White House claims that the worst of the BP oil spill was over were undermined yesterday when a senior government scientist said three-quarters of the oil was still in the Gulf and a research study detected a 22-mile plume of oil in the ocean depths.

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Bill Lehr, a senior scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) departed from an official report from two weeks ago which suggested the majority of the oil had been captured or broken down.

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'Heck Of A Job' Still Left


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The Institute for Southern Studies (ISS) has a new report about the key failures yet to be addressed by the federal government, including a failure to properly inspect and secure new levees.

The Progress Report, Think Progress

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It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina, followed quickly by Hurricane Rita, ripped through New Orleans. The storms claimed 1,956 lives, displaced 800,000 others, created $91.7 billion in damage -- the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history -- and left 80 percent of New Orleans underwater. (For a refresher, click here to our Katrina timeline.) Recently, President Obama visited the region and gave a speech at Xavier University, where he highlighted the progress that has been made in reconstruction, but also the challenges that remain. "While an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you -- and fight alongside you -- until the job is done, until New Orleans is all the way back," the President said. "I don't have to tell you that there are still too many vacant and overgrown lots," Obama said. "There are still too many students attending classes in trailers. There are still too many people unable to find work. And there's still too many New Orleans folks who haven't been able to come home."

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The President called Katrina "a shameful breakdown in government," a view endorsed this week by none other than former FEMA chief Michael "heck of a job" Brown. He said in interviews this week that he was handicapped by a lack of resources and support from local and federal officials, including President Bush himself. "I really needed the president to get the attention of the entire administration. I needed every Cabinet secretary to be full hands on deck," Brown said. "Not having him do that was a tipping point."

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Summary: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster: Week of September 12

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  • The Gulf Disaster Will Keep Destroying Lives For Years to Come
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  • Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

John  Sherffius

Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

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  • But it does provide an early look at the company's probable legal strategy — spreading the blame among itself, rig owner Transocean, and cement contractor Halliburton — as it deals with hundreds of lawsuits, billions of dollars in claims and possible criminal charges in the coming months and years.
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  • Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report
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Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report, Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post

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  • Rather than take issue with the report's findings, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's (BOEMRE) new reform-oriented director, Michael Bromwich, has responded with an implementation plan aimed at fixing the problems.
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  • Uncovering the Lies That Are Sinking the Oil
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The Gulf Disaster Will Keep Destroying Lives For Years to Come, Byard Duncan  AlterNet

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  • The gulf spill presents physical and mental threats to those nearby and across the country.
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  • Is There Anything We Can Do About It?
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  • Too bad there's no sound science to prove BP's responsible.
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Uncovering the Lies That Are Sinking the Oil, Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld, t r u t h o u t

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  • Toxic Dispersants Found on Recently Opened Mississippi Shrimping and Oyster Grounds
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  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf
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Corporations scoff at workers' rights--even the right to come home from work alive, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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  • OSHA, the agency scorned by labor haters, has been meek and weak
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  • In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter
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