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May 29th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

Levs' Links Memorial Day Weekend

Here are links to some of the key sites I'm showing you on air this weekend.

Remembering fallen troops – at, we have a brand new interactive tool telling you about the men and women who have died serving the coalitions in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  You can also submit iReports about the troops, or send messages to their loved ones.

The massive oil leak – how it compares to your city – as explains, a new program lets you overlay the spill onto any city in the world to compare relative sizes. has a great interactive  showing how the oil leak has grown and changed every day.

Gulf Coast beaches – take advantage of deals this weekend!  The president is pushing for it, and so are many people along the Gulf Coast.  Fear is keeping people away from the beaches on one of the most important travel weekends of the year.  So, officials are taking action and offering deals.  Will they help change your mind?  And speaking of beaches, the annual list has just come out, naming the 10 best beaches in America.  (The Gulf Coast shows up in the list.)

Websites to teach kids about money – check out this list from

For the latest, greatest viral videos, follow us here.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  1. L.L

    Why is the main-stream press giving Obama an out on Memorial Day???? He is not attending any of the traditional events on Memorial day when we are at war isn't someone concerned about that?

    No wonder the oil spill is out of control Obama is very far removed from mainstreet. I am appauled and shocked he would not attend Memorial day when so many of us have given so much for this country.

    What is CNN going to do about this???????????

    May 29, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The bare beaches on Memorial day week end can be blamed on the economy most people are staying close to home because of the lack of money as much as it can be the oil .

    May 29, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  3. mike gilmer


    I’m curious what kind and how much legislation, both state and federal, has been passed to protect the environment since the Exxon Valdez disaster?


    May 29, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We should wait and see the results from the west coast and the east coast beaches before we blame the oil on low turn for tourism im convinced it's because of the economy .

    May 29, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  5. Bret

    With the Presidents 6 month ban on drilling...has anyone, anyone at all given thoughts to the workers that it will affect? How long do you think drilling companies will keep the workers, including me, before the layoffs will start BY THE HAND OF THE PRESIDENT?

    For every job offshore that will be lost, it will affect at least two jobs onshore.

    If the coast losses jobs it will be the Presidents fault.

    May 29, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  6. .a

    I had tears in my eyes when I witnessed the inauguration of Barack Obama: I felt proud and I felt change was possible . . . .

    But now I have tears in my eyes when I now witness the lack of conviction and outrage of Barack Obama at the situation . . . .

    There are two problems that has to be dealt with: the plugging of the "hole" and the collection of the month's worth of oil that is going to come up onto shore.

    President Obama spent too much time dealing with the situation of the "hole" that needs to be plugged and not enough of the oil that has spilled. Although BP has the expertise to deal with the "hole", the US government has the infrastructure and governance to deal with the cleaning up of the oil. There is the Army Core of Engineers and the military management infrastructure to manage this.

    The spilled oil has to be dealt with "out there" before it gets to the shallower water and shoreline of the coast and before it gets to the Gulf Stream.

    May 29, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  7. JAL

    The spill is just slightly larger than Jamaica and Hawaii; and nearly the size of Haiti.

    May 29, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  8. .a

    I'm glad that you're bringing up alternative approaches to collecting the oil as, clearly, with the landing of oil onto the marshes, what BP is doing is not working.

    Kudos for trying to get new ideas out there. . . . You know what they say about insanity: "The definition of insanity is to expect different results from doing the same thing."

    Please do promote – better, push – these alternatives. For example, the peat moss idea of one individual would allow the collection of the oil and then, along with the peat moss, could both be burned in incinerators to recoup the energy (after all, you'll have to do something with the oil that has been collected . . . ).

    May 29, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  9. Donna

    I was listening to you talk about the Oil Leak and what they are doing to stop it I understand that they are putting dirt and rubber down and concrete to seal it. But the thing is the concrete underground how is that going to stay firm because concrete cracks with water and pressure.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  10. Veronica

    Why wasn't pres Obama taken to an area of utter disgusting oil contamination? I almost threw up but I did cry when I saw oil soaked marshes and animals. Obama was seen walking on a beach that looked pretty clean to me. Who is he fooling? Did he visit the damaged Eco systems ?

    May 29, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  11. David B

    BP and Government should be concentrating on containment first, stopping second. That said containment can start at the leak and should not be as difficult as they seem to make it. I feel there is a simple way to channel and contain the oil, they just have to discard the traditional thinking hard line thinking.

    I feel a series of large diameter fabric tubes could channel oil and gas to surface where it could be pumped into tankers. Picture an upside down wedding cake with the small tier 40 feet in diameter and each succeeding tier another 10 feet in diameter. Do this to the surface and have the last one perhaps 300 feet or more in diameter.

    This could be made in a short time and keep all the oil near the will site, giving time to figure out how to stop the flow.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  12. Jerrilyn McGhee

    In the future, I hope America will not only insist oil drillers/ transporters have preventive and backup systems on the water along with shoreline protection, but also oil recycling measures so there is no total loss of such a valuable commodity. Since oil and water do not mix, separating the two should be a good business for some environmental compan(ies). Without these proactions there should be no permission granted for oil extraction off our coasts.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  13. Hushpuppy from Florida

    Hello josh ,
    i have a question about the oil spill and hurricanes. If a major hurricane came right now and went straight for the oil slick ,could it be possible that since the sun heats up the oil on the surface it could get picked up by the updraft winds (in the moisture) and be brought in the atmosphere. would we in its path have an oily film all over everything? also when it the (hurricane comes ashore) and becomes a depresion could it also have the oil in it? does this make since since oil is lighter than water! what worries me is having a oily film all over everything!!! our houses our yards ,cars, building, all over the place ! could this possible happen!!! thanks really want an reply!!! Thanks hushpuppy!!!!!

    May 29, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  14. Joe Mylen

    Re: Oil Spill Cleanup

    Open up the black gold to prospectors and salvage operaters. Make BP's refineries pay market value per barrel to anyone who brings it in, wether it's a gallon or an oil tanker full. It shouldn't take too long with all that free money floating in the gulf. If BP didn't pump the oil from their platform, they shouldn't be allowed to claim ownership. If BP nor the Gov. can't get the job done, let them stand back and let American Know How at the problem.

    A Connecticut Yankee

    May 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  15. Thermoguy

    I have consulted for the oil and gas industry and their insurers going back to 1979. As infrared consultants we would provide important temperature information related to their electrical distribution, vessels, tanks, steamtraps, mechanical, etc. As a result of our consulting, their professionals could see potential problems prior to failure and we saved lives, fires, production losses, mechanical or electrical failures, etc. We didn't interfere with command or administration, we showed insurers as well as industry where the problems were so their experts could address it.

    In developing an imaging application to see chemicals in water, the oil industry, governments and cleaup can see their objectives, even at night. That 6 mile wide underwater slick could be seen but we are stuck in this process as we haven't heard from BP after submitting information close to 4 weeks ago.

    Oceanographers are reporting the oil will kill everything on the ocean floor, we seem to think humans are immune to this because we live on land. These toxins will impact health costs and Mr Obama has stated that health costs could bankrupt the US Government. Doesn't that elevate the urgency of this disaster? Here is a link to an infrared image of oil in water, how can we help?

    May 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  16. michael

    This will stop further damage and start to remove prior oil pollution .....

    If we collect 99 % of the oil being spilled – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    asap strart to build a "oil collection ring" flotation miles in diameter which has large booms with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on modules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

    Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil.

    Thank you,

    Michael Gruters – physicist / engineer – former faculty Princeton late 60's –

    917 885 4471 –

    May 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  17. Edie

    Thanks for the great new tool to show just how lare the oil spill has grow while we go about our daily lives.
    My question to the executives at BP and in the White House is simple: "how large does it have to get before someone goes out into the once pristeine Gulf of Mexico" and start cleaning this stuff off the surface of the water?
    How many miles of beaches have to be soiled and how many animals have to suffer and die because NO ONE seems able or willing to stand up and say"enough" lets start cleaning this before it gets to shore! What's taking so long? I really have lost ALL respect for the President and all politicians.
    The Men who control BP are undenialby the worst of humankind!
    If this oil was sitting on their shore or in their marshlands, how long do you think it would take to start cleaning up??
    Accept help that has been offered and get busy, it's not just your profit that will be affected for years to come, it's the lives of countless numbers of people who feel totally helpless and more hopeless every day that this continues.
    Oh, and yes I do live within the reaches of this mess and I don't like the idea of our earth being messed up and a blind eye being cast our way...get off your b.... and get busy!

    May 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  18. Joanne Elliott of Ontario, CANADA

    OIL SPILL – I am very concerned as everyone.. why this has taken so long to correct? and why wasn't the NAVY called in to assist with something so sensitive – as our Natural Resources which affects all Balances of our Eco-System.. involving- environment, food, water and people! Billons of dollars are spent on Wars.. and Political voting and yet no-one was called in to help? This should be a major discussion for United Nations and Environmental Council. When the Eco-system is unbalanced as this tragedy in my opinion affects everything else.. as with Volcano's, Tornados, Flooding and our Polar Bears!
    Is there anyway to fully close this site of digging by also putting large bolders on that site and mud and cement around?

    May 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  19. Perfeser

    My questions are: How much USABLE crude was the well producing before the explosion? After the dispersent is applied, to where does the crude go? Is the crude oil and tarball invasion any worse than the dispersed petroeum products made by the PRACTICAL(?) use of the petroleum by the populace of the world? If the well had been producing, to where did the production go? Where was D.C. BEFORE the explosion? (The killer said, "Oops! My bad. Please forgive me.) How many times in the last two years ha that alibi been accepted by D.C.?

    Please reply to the above E-mail.


    May 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  20. Stephanie

    LL: President Obam is attending Neorial Day Ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetary while VP Biden will be at Arlington. Your rant that CNN "should do something" about what the Administration decided to do to honor this day is bizarre.

    It is disappointing that CNN who claims to be a "balanced" media outlet has decided that hey will only broadcast negative aspects of this unprecedented disaster without providing their viewers with what is going well especially at the burn sites. You are not only creating News you are creating confusion and anxiety in exchange for ratings.

    The emphasis on what Carville has to say over the positive comments from local politicians comments who actually attended the meeting on Friday with the President is a testament to your biased view. Your anchors speak over people who give an opposing point of view than your talking points and you continue having the same people who support this on over and over rather than offering different perspectives. The biased, opinionated views of your anchors has no place on programs that claim to be fact based. You have become exactly like Fox News.

    Another is your total lack of knowledge of what the governmnt is doing when all your socalled journalists have to do is go on the gov'r website and do some research.

    You keep whining that the President isn't getting his message out is partly your fault as that is part of your responsibilty in a democracy.

    CNN: Complete Negative Narcissists.

    May 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  21. JAL

    @ L.L :
    You do realize that Memorial Day is actually on Monday, right? I'm sure Mr. Obama will do something to celebrate, but right now we have an urgent ecological threat that is much more important than watching a parade.

    @ Michael Gruters :
    I think your idea would work great. You should tell someone at the White House or any involved agency/company/environmental group. I'm sure with your Princeton ties you would know someone who could get you in contact with the WH. After all, who would turn down the advise of an Ivy League professor in the related field at hand.

    May 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. soldier friend

    It's interesting how many otherwise educated people say "HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!" . I think some have lost the true meaning of Memorial Day. It's sort of like saying "Happy Anniversary for All The Troops that Died." It seems to me it's a day to memorialize fallen soldiers. No offense, just a thought.

    May 31, 2010 at 2:30 am |
  23. nancy yando

    How great to see the outpouring of appreciation for the troop killed in Iraq and a retired officer's wife I only wish that the same appreciation was shown the 50,000 plus military men and women that were killed during the Vietnam War.

    May 31, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  24. Terry Davis

    Hi, husband and I continue to watch the oil spill coverage. One of the many questions we have is about the 2 relief wells. After seeing the diagram of the oil field and basically how enormous it is, why does BP think that 2 relief wells will make a difference?
    In all honesty, I think BP has pulled the wool over ours and our President's eyes and they are drilling these relief wells not to relieve the original spill but for profit and to relieve their increasing costs. There is no way BP can be certain that the relief wells will have any effect on the existing well; it just doesn't make sense. Plus, we thought there was to be no more drilling...are there going to be safer mechanisms on these new wells to insure this catastrophe won't happen again?
    BP has opened Pandora's box and lost the key.

    May 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm |