Celeste Headlee, The Takeaway
Celeste Headlee, is a former co-host of The Takeaway.
Each morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for today:
This is an interesting sort of comparison - the closest similarity seems to be Bhopal, which is not good news for BP. From the article:
Sometimes a catastrophe is so bad that there is a little a company can do to rehabilitate its image, particularly if the problem is in a foreign country where the government is determined to extract a pound of flesh. This example could be unsettling for Britain-based BP, especially with President Barack Obama making it clear he would fire Hayward if he had a chance. Business consultant Marshall Goldsmith predicts that BP's U.S. operations "will need to be sold, spun off or the name will need to be changed because the brand doesn't look salvageable in this country."
The Deepwater Horizon rig was built in South Korea, and it was operated by a Swiss company. The main responsibility for safety checks lay with the Republic of the Marshall Islands, not the US government. Companies regularly construct rigs under foreign flags in order to skirt regulations. From the article:
Now, as the government tries to figure out what went wrong in the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, this international patchwork of divided authority and sometimes conflicting priorities is emerging as a crucial underlying factor in the explosion of the rig.
A company in Tempe is making wearable computers that are designed to help soldiers survive in combat zones. Israeli soldiers will start using them later this year and they are being tested for the U.S. Army. They can do lots of things, including cutting down on friendly fire. From the article:
The system is modular. The 5.6-inch display screen is built into the chest-side of soldier's tactical vest so it can be flipped open easily during combat. A docking station and computer hard drive are positioned on the soldier's back. Cables are routed through the vest and under the soldier's body armor.
Are we hindering BP in their efforts to clean up the spill? T. Boone Pickens thinks investigating now is just distracting BP and getting in the way. Should the investigation wait until the spill has stopped?