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Is Baby Oil Actually Good for the Skin?

Oils have gained quite a bit of attention over the past few years due to their tremendous benefits for the skin and their ability to hydrate & cleanse. However, some oils are better than others, case in point? Baby Oil.

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Toxic Waste in the Windy City

Last fall, black dust began to blow through residential neighborhoods on the southeast side of Chicago. Only it wasn’t really dust; it was a fine black residue that clung to everything it touched, including noses and throats. Residents eventually learned that it was an oil byproduct called petroleum coke — petcoke for short — and it was being stored in massive uncovered piles at facilities owned by the Koch brothers. VICE News’s Danny Gold traveled to Chicago to see what happens when clouds of toxic oil dust blow through the Windy City.

Common loons are at risk by secret decisions allowing more dirty tar sands oil to flow in pipelines through their habitat.


A legal brief was filed this week in support of stopping the U.S. State Dept. from allowing expansion of tar sands oil projects. 

Tell the State Dept. to protect loon habitat:  Take Action Here

(via: National Wildlife Federation Action Fund)

photograph by Gary J. Wege

Akintunde Akinleye, Hell from Heaven, 2007

WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2007: 1st PRIZE SPOT NEWS SINGLE

  • A Nigerian rinses soot from his face at the scene of a petroleum gas pipeline
    explosion near Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, Tuesday, December 26, 2006.
  • A ruptured petroleum pipeline burst into flames while scavengers were collecting fuel from the underground pipeline punctured overnight by an armed gang who siphoned fuel into road tankers, leaving behind a stream of stray petroleum gasoline for hundreds of resident scavengers. The Red Cross said the fire killed at least 269 people and injured dozens that were trapped and burnt on the ground next to a ramshackle automobile workshop and a saw-mill in the densely populated district of Abule-Egba, an outskirt of Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.
  • Nigeria, Africa oil giant, is the eight largest producer of crude oil in the world and its earnings soared by the rise in the world market, allowing it to build up to 40 billion US Dollars by the end of 2006; but it is also one of the world poorest countries with a large number of its 140 million people enduring extreme poverty amid widespread graft that makes a handful of people wealthy.
    This inequality motivates those who sabotage oil pipelines and the villagers who pilfer the fuel for sale in the black market where it is sold three-fold.
  • While the response of the emergency fire service equipped with leaking water hoses delayed, other villagers assisted in using water collected in buckets, to subdue the fire that lasted four hours.

Vladimir Putin loves to talk nostalgically about the might of the former Soviet Union-and in annexing Crimea, he has taken a dramatic step toward re-creating it. But Russia’s strongman hasn’t read his history: In truth, the might of the Brezhnev-era USSR was built on high oil and gas prices.

When those prices began to fall in the 1980s—with more than a little help from Ronald Reagan’s White House—Soviet power crumbled with it. Now, a generation later, Western politicians are remembering that energy can be used as a geopolitical weapon.

Putin, it seems, is not the only leader who can play the game of History Repeating. “Putin looks strong now, but his Kremlin is built on the one thing in Russia he doesn’t control: the price of oil,” says Ben Judah, author of Fragile Empire, a study of Putin’s Russia. “Eventually, the money is going to run out, and then he will find himself in the same position Soviet leaders were in by the late 1980s, forced to confront political and economic crises while trying to hold the country together.”

Energy is a potent weapon for the West in the new Cold War against Vladimir Putin-just as it was the last time around. President Barack Obama has already made the first move, announcing last week that he would speed up plans to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to Asian and European markets.

He’s also removed 1970s restrictions on exporting U.S. crude oil, goaded by accusations by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner that the White House’s prevarication on oil and gas export licenses was helping Putin “to finance his geopolitical goals.”

And he’s sold off 5 million barrels of the U.S.’s 727-million-barrel-strong strategic reserve, depressing prices, as a “test release.” (Putin too has played the energy card: On April 1, Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom announced a more than 40 percent price hike for natural gas to Ukraine.)

As in the Cold War, Russia Is Vulnerable on Energy - Newsweek