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John Isner Beats Nicolas Mahut In Longest Tennis Match Ever

John Isner Beats Nicolas Mahut In Longest Tennis Match Ever

Commented Jun 24, 2010 at 14:19:59 in Sports

“A monstruously brilliant match in tennis' premier tournament. Tennis players and indeed all sports fans who were able to view this have been blessed to have been present here. This match proves many things about the game, including the wisdom of retaining traditional scoring in the fifth set.

(On another note, would that professional tennis would impose a rule mandating return to wooden rackets . . .)

Both Isner and Mahut are champions and should be treated as such by Wimbledon - i.e., both have fully earned, via their play and sportsmanship in this match, fully paid up (honorary)membership in All England LT&C Club. God willing, the committee will do right by them.

Once in a lifetime, or less. What a thrill this was!”
Oil Spills Onto Legal Landscape Damaged by the Roberts Court

Oil Spills Onto Legal Landscape Damaged by the Roberts Court

Commented May 2, 2010 at 19:12:38 in Politics

“There are other structural impediments now in place to serve corporate interests such as BP in situations such as this - apart from the tilt of the S.Ct.. E.g., a $75 Million statutory limit on damages liability for parties such as BP. See my posts of around noon and 6 pm Sunday on the following thread, and KE's posts there from around 4:30 pm Sunday. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/01/oil-east-coast-gulf-stream_n_559910.html . See also, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/us/02liability.html ,
http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/33/40/I (in particular Sec.2704.), and http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2010/05/gulf_oil_spill_cleanup_will_be.html , & http://themoderatevoice.com/71049/highs-lows-of-gulf-oil-spill/
Gulf Stream May Send Oil Spill Up East Coast

Gulf Stream May Send Oil Spill Up East Coast

Commented May 2, 2010 at 18:23:56 in Green

“KE, you are absolutely correct in this understanding - there's a $75 Million limit on liability for "damages" (thought no limit for prevention/containment/remediation costs). This issue has been little remarked upon; I became aware of it reading an article in Saturday's NTY ( http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/us/02liability.html ), and my followup research suggests that this is in fact accurate. See, e.g., http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/33/40/I , and in particular Section 2704 Limits on liability. (See my post on this thread, of around noon today)”
Gulf Stream May Send Oil Spill Up East Coast

Gulf Stream May Send Oil Spill Up East Coast

Commented May 2, 2010 at 12:04:23 in Green

“Re: the enormous tragedy which seems all-but guaranteed to be unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico a line in an article in Saturday's NYT nearly wrenched my eyes out of their sockets:

Under the law ...the operators of the offshore rig face no more than $75 million in liability for the damages that might be claimed by individuals, companies or the government, although they are responsible for the cost of containing and cleaning up the spill.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/us/02liability.html

See http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/33/40/I , and in particular Sec.2704.

Given that the 5000 bbl/day estimate may be woefully low, and that it may take months to cap the partial blowout, and that the Gulf fisheries alone is worth multiple billions yearly; and given the injury posed to Atlantic seaboard natural resources, properties etc . . .

It is sickening to think that BP's liability will be limited to $75 Million plus costs of removal/remediation. Despite the fact that such R/R costs may be in the billions, the fund/the taxpayers will be footing billions in additional damage claims which "should" be paid by BP (etc.) . . . or at least a billion plus in such claims (the present size of the statutory fund) which will exhaust the fund - with billions more claims going uncompensated or paid by the taxpayers (assuming further federal endowment).. Notwithstanding the billions in profits and billions of assets of BP (etc.)”

hitt on May 2, 2010 at 12:16:52

“We need to take back the country all right, but not like the baggers suggest. We are held hostage by corporate America, they soak us dry financially, destroy our environment and our health and do so with impunity. I'm afraid it might take something like this to finally rein them in.”
huffingtonpost entry

A Lesson From Canada for the White House Press Corps

Commented Jun 2, 2006 at 09:49:34 in Media

“Sorry to be off-topic, but it's worth it, I think. Many at this site may want to check out Abrogate (BBC Radio 4; The Friday Play) (Apologies if this is already well-know)

Abrogate

By Larry Gelbart

Hillary Clinton is in the White House and a congressional hearing is sifting through the substantial and varied debris of the post-Bush regime to investigate what went right and, if anything did, how it could have possibly happened.

This is available thru this evening (Friday) accessible til about 5:30 pm Eastern, via Radio 4's listen again feature (it was originally broadcast last Friday). It's really pretty funny. God knows we need some humor nowadays. url as follows.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/friday_play.shtml