May 11th, 2010
11:34 PM ET

Web Pulse: Sidney Crosby, a Biblical verse and BP

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

"Top hat" replaces "dome" Tuesday as the buzz word at the center of efforts to contain oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico. After a Congressional hearing Tuesday turned into a blame game among oil execs, people are wondering what BP will come up with next, if and a move to plug the gusher with trash fails.

Do you know what a man shall do to his wife and then to his parents, according to Genesis 2:24? Neither did three contestants tonight on Jeopardy, or, presumably, the hordes of people who drove the topic to volcanic heights on Google trends. The answer? "Leave and cleave."

The NHL ousted the NBA as the web's top sports obsession Tuesday night ahead of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Parts of downtown Montreal have been closed off and Canadians are debating their loyalty to national hero/traitor Sidney Crosby as fans gear up for what promises to be a dramatic showdown between the favored Penguins and the "improbable" Habs .

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  1. Lithprince

    Actually, that is not quite in the right order. The question should be what shall a man do to his parents and then to his wife.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ervin Raab

    "national hero/traitor Sidney Crosby" God, I laughed so hard when I read that.

    Was great to see Sidney make the grade for Team Canada in the Olympics, but the legacy of the Montreal Canadians as a hockey team is second to none, and is bigger than an individual player.

    Good luck to Sid and the Penguin's against the Hab's, but I believe game Montreal has this wrapped up. Their just too hungry now.

    Ervin Raab

    May 12, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. coldassets

    I hope Pittsburgh loses and I used to live there. I love the Penguins, but hate Sidney. Even when he doesn't do anything during the game, the announcers are like "oh, he was instrumental in that last goal" and he didn't have anything to do with it. I can't stand him and hate watching hockey anymore becaue I am tired of hearing "Sidney this and Sidney that' Must be the networks golden boy. and as for the playoff.....the worst officiating I have ever seen.

    May 12, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. davonskevort

    ok you all butchered a biblical verse... clearly you cant read... no wonder we have ppl these days who dont believe the bible as they can read simple words in order to come up with the logic of the statement. Man what a sad story... CNN i would pull this before it gets out.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. MrsOden

    In the King James Version of the Holy bible, the scripture reads:
    Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife...Gen 2:24. I see why the three contestants on Jeopardy couldn't answer the question.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jean-Paul

    What are you getting at CNN? The verse in it's entirety according to the NIV translation – "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." King James – "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." And let's define the term cleave as well according to – 1. to adhere closely; stick; cling (usually fol. by to). remain faithful (usually fol. by to): to cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May, 2010

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Here’s a contingency plan that has patented technology and a process that really works.

    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 seeded surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before it hit land fall.
    2. Our product is a, “Modified Oil Spill Environmental Sponge” dubbed M.O.S.E.S., it is a ¼” to ½” product that can 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 will prove this process works.
    3. Our plan is full circle and includes 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 required partnering with the Coast Guard and other organizations that were already being used to provide staging, seeding and reclaim operations.
    5. Seeding operations were to be 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 a 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 will 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 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, News Networks and Government Agencies didn’t have the time to consider a pro-active long term plan?
    b. We were 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? Yes and, crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results! We need to get past these smoke screens and prepare for future spills.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. We’d love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is listening.
    Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail:
    CC: BP., CNN, FOX NEWS, NOAA, Governors of: AL., FL., LA., MS., And TX.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig N. Barthelmas

      ATTENTION!! The PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN listed above will not plug oil leaks but, it will address five major problems; two of witch, are concerns that have not been addressed in the media or in the government.
      1. It truly is a LONG TERM-CONTINGENCY PLAN. It will help the community rebuild revenues while providing a fast action operational plan for future oil spills. Yes! Future oil spills will surely occur, despite future prevention efforts!
      2. This plan is full circle and would included staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s, oil filled sands and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
      3. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to humans and/or other forms of wildlife. Oil, feed stock and sand processing are near emissions free processes.
      4. It will generate $30,000,000.00 worth of new revenues for the communities that embrace staging and plant processing operations. The plant would remain in full operation after the clean-up is done.
      5. It will also add about forty new jobs to the community. This is not only a plan to help with short term clean up’s, it will also have a positive long term and lasting effect on the community as well.
      We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to mobilize volunteers to help minimize their cost. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies this plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on spills they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. The OMRS-100 technology is patented and, M.O.S.E.S. (The oil absorbent) can be tested in less than fifteen minutes!
      As always our government is seeking a short term quickie (political talk) so we can get a long term scr**ing! Has anyone mentioned where they (BP) plan to put and/or dispose of all of that contaminated; oil, sand and material? We are pretty sure that without intervention it will be in somebody’s back yard, neatly hidden from sight, killing something else. Don’t you think that any oil spill plan should at least consider: Prevention, Mobilization, Extraction and Disposal Operations?
      Thank you for your time. We would love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is as concerned as we are.
      Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail:

      May 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |