Monday, May 31, 2010

Tapping top minds to stop BP's leak...

America is the universal center of invention and the starting point for the best ideas, yet I'm appalled that no one in high places whether in government or in the oil industry, hasn't called yet for bright minds in this country and the rest of the world for that matter, to come up with creative solutions capable of stopping the devastating oil leak that so far BP has been woefully unable to contain.

There should be tons of candidates for the assignment, from college students, engineers, scientists, lone inventors or even kids. If a series of prizes were put on the table, from a trip in one of the last NASA shuttle mission, to free air travel for a lifetime, $200 millions cash or even a weekend with George Clooney or Angelina Jolie, we might be able to get our very best minds working at the speed of sound, and if not, I'll concede that we have become a country filled with brain-dead citizens and we're done for.

I've conducted a few quick searches on the internet and particularly on Youtube that have led me to discover an impressive number of home-brewed solutions that range from the utterly crude to the intellectually sublime. To me, my meager harvest would pale in comparison to the flood of fantastic as well as workable ideas we'd get if we set up a worthwhile contest to plug up that horrible man-made mess. Any candidate?

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