ThinkFast PM: May 31, 2006

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"ThinkFast PM: May 31, 2006"

ThinkProgress is launching a new feature today, ThinkFast PM. It’s a lot like our morning edition of ThinkFast, except in PM we focus on blogs. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Today marks the very first Dependence Day, “the day each year when the United States effectively exhausts its supply of domestic oil and is forced to rely on foreign oil.” Check out DependenceDay.org.

Could The New York Times have prevented 9/11? Judith Miller left executive editor Bill Keller in the dark about her big, unpublished scoop.

Of course global warming doesn’t exist, says one Religious Right activist. “Is God really going to let the Earth burn up?

Deepmarket.com says it will offset one ton of carbon emissions for every other blog that links to it. (Treehugger has details.)

The Department of Homeland Security is slashing anti-terror funds for New York City and Washington, DC — the two places hit by terrorists on 9/11. They “will receive 40 percent less in urban grant money compared to last year, with Washington dropping from $77 million to $46 million and New York falling from $207 million to $124 million.”

Will veterans shoulder the cost for the loss of their personal information?

President Bush, speaking in New Orleans on April 27: “If you are interested in helping the victims of Katrina, interested in helping them get back on their feet, come on down here.” “Don’t pack your bags though. FEMA has announced that on June 1 it will be closing the last 4 camps that house and feed volunteers coming to Louisiana to aid in recovery.”

When blogging is a path to prison: six bloggers in Egypt have been jailed after political demonstrations in Cairo.

And finally: Computers that are “powerful almost beyond human understanding,” and look great too. Photographer Simon Norfolk has “extraordinary new images of supercomputers and their architectural settings.”

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments section.

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