Here are some great links that have been piling up in my browser to help you get through the first day o' the workweek.
• The Genocide Behind Your Smart Phone
: Are we unwitting participants in African civil wars and atrocities? Our smart phones and other electronic devices contain rare minerals mined from land controlled by brutal military governments and rebel armies. What can we do about it?
• 'A Whale' Too Big To Clean Up Gulf Oil Spill
: Speaking of cleaning up the oil, a giant oil skimmer on loan from Portugal is proving to be too large to effectively clean up the ever-shifting patches of BP's oil. It's hard to imagine how this whole thing could have been handled more ineptly.
• BP execs should go to jail
: I want to see more of this — the Baltimore Sun is calling for the jailing of BP executives. Fining them doesn't seem to have an effect; it's all a part of the cost of doing business. Let's throw BP CEO Tony Hayward and a score or two of lower level execs in jail (not the kind Martha went to, either; they should be tossed in real jail, the same kind where we put murderers and rapists). Hear, hear!
• Forget Shorter Showers
: Living a greener life is great and all, but if we want to really save the world from ourselves, we're going to have to make major changes in the way industry handles our natural resources.
And finally, to leave things on a more pleasant note, here's video of a duck and puppy that are best friends.