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Fox News panel: Perry campaign near ‘total collapse’

A panel of conservative pundits on Fox News savaged Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry Sunday after the candidate had a rough week. The Texas governor followed a poor debate performance with a loss to Herman Cain in the Florida straw poll Saturday, a defeat made even worse by the fact…

BP calls on U.S. to halt payments for oil spill damages

After approximately $4.5 billion paid out to victims of BP’s record-breaking Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company is urging U.S. officials with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to halt further compensation. Citing an improving Gulf coast economy, the British oil giant said in a 29-page letter (PDF) released to…

British actor performs ‘The Passion’ for 72 hours

LONDON (AFP) – “Frost/Nixon” actor Michael Sheen was giving a 72-hour live performance of The Passion over the Easter weekend, bringing the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life to his home town. Sheen, who played interviewer David Frost in the 2008 Oscar-nominated film, was giving the marathon performance in Port…

China state-run media play down protest calls

BEIJING – China’s state media on Monday dismissed a weekend web campaign for Middle East-style protests as “performance art”, while also urging public patience over a number of contentious social problems. “The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have spread in the Middle East, and some in the West want China…

Electric brain stimulation can improve math skills

Stimulating the brain with a very low electric current can enhance a person’s maths ability for up to six months, British neuroscientists said on Thursday. Researchers at Britain’s Oxford University studied 15 volunteers and demonstrated for the first time that electrical stimulation of the brain improved their performance in a…

BP replaces CEO Hayward, reports $17 billion loss

BP to replace CEO Hayward with American Robert Dudley, posts $17 billion quarterly loss. BP’s much-criticized CEO Tony Hayward will be replaced by American Robert Dudley on Oct. 1, the company said Tuesday as it reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover costs of the…

Friday Genius Ten “The Performance Of The Local Sports Team Is Paramount” Edition

Forbes put together its annual list of most miserable American cities, based on a number of measures, and this year, Cleveland pulled the #1 spot. I just want to note that “30 Rock” dissents from this opinion. On a serious note, it seems that the only cultural aspect of a…

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