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Movie Industry Ponders Why Box Office Sales Lagging

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This week, executives in the movie/theatre business took a break from resting their heads comfortably up their butts to state that they're concerned over lagging attendence and receipts at theatres, citing one of the worst theatrical slumps in twenty years. Shortly thereafter they beamed with excitement about the new movies on the horizon such as Bewitched and War of the Worlds, then resumed their cranial-buttock encampment.

Maybe it's because I'm charged $7 to sit through twenty minutes of stupid commercials before the movie? Perhaps I'm sick of paying $4 for a root beer, and then wishing I was dead halfway into realizing that I paid actual money to see a bad remake of the Dukes of Hazard?

Of course, maybe this is all the fault of the internets?

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LA Environmental Activist Dumped For Taking Pictures Of Exxon

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After touring a local neighborhood with some college students, and taking pictures from a public sidewalk of an ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge last month, Willie Fontenot, a community liaison officer for the Louisiana attorney general's office for 27 years, found himself faced with the option of forced retirement or getting the boot from AG Charles Foti.

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Supreme Court Overrules Legal Immunity Of Chemical Companies

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Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down lower court rulings that favored Dow Chemical and President Bush's contention that many companies (especially those that contribute to Republicans) shouldn't be held responsible if their products harm people or destroy things.

Imagine you're a peanut farmer and a big chemical company wants you to try their new "EPA approved" pesticide on your crops. You do so and the stuff kills your plants and ruins your crop, and the chemical company ignores their promise to compensate you, and instead tells you to go screw yourself because they're immune to lawsuits because their hellish product was "EPA approved" (based not on EPA tests, but the manufacturer's own submitted data indicating it was safe). Would you try to seek justice?

Well, 29 peanut farmers in Texas did just that and for once, the nation's highest court agreed that they have a right to sue the chemical company for doubly-screwing them over.

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British Petroleum Exec: Texas Oil Plant "Safe" (ignore bodies)

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BP Chief Executive John Browne said the company's Texas City, Texas, refinery ``a very safe plant'' on Thursday as the death toll in Wednesday's explosion there climbed to 15.

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US Government: Drinking Rocket Fuel Ain't So Bad

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A new report from the National Academy of Sciences raises by 20 times the amount of rocket fuel pollution in drinking water considered “safe,” but environmentalists Monday accused the government of influencing the report’s findings.

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