April 28th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Web Pulse: Baby Bullock, Gulf fire, 'bigoted' Brit reacts

Children re-enact the MTV show "The Hills"

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Wednesday:

The Hills, in miniature: If you ever thought the stars of MTV’s “The Hills” act pretty immature, you aren’t the only one. A video of children re-enacting the reality show has gone viral. In honor of the final season, the website Babelgum.com took child labor to a whole new level, with kids playing versions of Audrina, Heidi and Lauren. The girl who plays Heidi covers her face with a spooky clear mask, alluding to the numerous plastic surgeries the reality star has undergone. The pint-size Spencer, Heidi's husband, has an actual toddler fit, a shout-out to the grown-up's bratty tendencies.

Oil to be burned in Gulf: The U.S. Coast Guard prepared to set fire to an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico to keep the spilled crude away from sensitive ecological areas in the Mississippi River Delta. Efforts to cap the well, which began leaking when the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up and sank last week, have been unsuccessful. The oil will be corralled by a specially designed boom before being set ablaze. The flames are expected to destroy between 50 to 90 percent of the section of oil, and winds should blow the cloud of smoke and soot out to sea.

Brown says sorry: British reporters tracked down the elderly woman whom Prime Minister Gordon Brown was caught on tape calling "bigoted." Gillian Duffy had asked him about taxes on pensions. "He's an educated person," she said when asked what she thought about being called bigoted. "Why has he come out with words like that if he's going to lead this country?" Brown publicly apologized.

Sandra Bullock: The Oscar-winning actress is with child – adopted, that is – and the world is atwitter about it. Generating more buzz on the same day is the confirmation that Bullock filed for divorce from allegedly cheating hubby Jesse James. She gushed to People magazine about the adoption of a New Orleans-born tot, Louis Bardo Bullock, 3 1/2 months.


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  1. Michael

    Oh last night…with each season of “The Hills” the storylines get crazier/more predictable, the people faker, and the cast even more ridiculous. I’m glad MTV is finally ending this circus, but I am going to have to sit through these last 10 episodes to wrap up this long, strange trip that MTV has put us down. I wonder what else this season has in store? http://thesmogger.com/2010/04/27/the-hills-drink-away-the-pain/

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  2. Margarite

    Am proud of Sandra and her beautiful baby boy....perhaps other stars most notably Jennifer Anitston – could use her example and quit hogging the media spotlight with yet another "How Hot Am I?" Or better yet, the media should get a clue that the public is no longer interested in selfish, boring, bland so called stars who have nothing importatnt to say!!!!

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  3. michael nyc

    hello world

    dome is not necessary and wasting time – oil floats to surface and can be pumped into tankers/barges –

    employ a floatation of existing tankers/barges starting at epicenter of shaft leak to recover (pump skim off surface oil)

    possible "stop leak" would be explosion deep in old shaft using a missile

    thank you

    Michael Gruters – former faculty physics Princeton late 60'

    p.s. the use of dispersing chemicals make surface removal impossible and poisons the sea – really stupid....

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  4. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: Wed, 5 May, 2010

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN; We will make this statement brief since we know that no one to date has been listening.

    1. We found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that would have extracted up to 95% of the oil spill contaminants from the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before it hit land fall.
    2. Our product was a, “Modified Oil Spill Environmental Sponge” dubbed M.O.S.E.S., it is a ¼” to ½” product that could be used to absorb oil contaminants from both “fresh water and salt water” surface oil spills. Our tests have concluded that one ton of product will absorb 125 gallons of oil in less than one hour. Simply put it will absorb approximately one half of its weight in oil. M.O.S.E.S. collects/absorbs oil not water. After saturation M.O.S.E.S. will only contain about 1.4% water. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to other kinds of wildlife including humans. A fifteen minute test would have proven this process.
    3. Our plan was full circle and would have included staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
    4. Due to the urgencies to reduce the impact on the environment and the magnitude of this spill, our plan would require partnering with the Coast Guard and other organizations that were already being used to provide staging, seeding and reclaim operations.
    5. Seeding operations would have been handled in essentially the same way they were being done, with minor and/or no modifications to airborne or aquatic equipment that would handle spreading ¼” to ½” particulates.
    6. Re-claim operations required the same booms, scoops, pumps and barge operations, that were being used.
    7. Re-processing operations proposed a permanent emissions free plant for processing oil, sand and other like materials into re-usable fuels and commodities. The plant would take approximately ninety to one hundred and fifty days to construct and would become a permanent part of the states fast action response to future oil spills.
    8. Our plan would have first, assisted with the on-going damage control operations in the gulf; second, it could have been put into operation within seven days; third, it would have become a $30,000,000.00 per year financial benefit to the communities that embraced staging and plant processing operations.
    9. This plan would have greatly reduced the time and costs associated with this kind of oil spill in the future. We are confident that this type of pro-active plan would have become a template for other high risk (oceanic) areas.
    So, why was this plan given no consideration at all? It is not a question of if another spill will happen but when. The only excuses we have been able to come up with that, we are sure you are going to here are, as follows:
    a. BP the News Network and Government Agencies didn’t have the time to consider a pro-active long term plan?
    b. “We are all crack pots” when, this technology is patented and the product could be tested in fifteen minutes?
    c. “BP has it under control as they have done this before?” We think, crazy is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results! We need to get past these smoke screens and prepare for the future.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. We would love to receive some constructive input.
    Craig N. Barthelmas, Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail: GE1RE22@aol.com
    CC: BP., CNN, FOX 2, NOAA, Governors of: AL., FL., LA., MS., And TX.

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