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April 30, 2010
No party for you!
. Schadenfreude with a side of
12 years ago
No word yet on the mine safety dinner-dance.
Very bad luck. I can't tell you how many times I have had to cancel my annual "Chicago Cubs World Series Champion" parties.
On the flaming bright side, the annual
Annual Fool's Convention
will be in Orlando as scheduled.
Drill Baby Drill! Drill Baby Drill! ...Drill a secondary bore into the leaking well so you can inject concrete to seal it off. (Baby).
"Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty"
'Gag-inducing' fuel smell wafting over New Orleans area
This is truly an eco-disaster writ
, and they still don't know what caused the fire.
Oil well blowouts occur with such frequency that something like this was inevitable yet nobody seems to be the least bit prepared to deal with it. This goes beyond criminal stupidity and enters the realm of pure evil. Fuck.
see islander's comment above
But, but, but... *lip quivers* What about the
party? And WHY THE FUUCK are the FEDS (U.S. Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service) giving OIL corporations a PARTY for following the damn safety LAWS? Just a little pat on the
back, fellas. What's next? A cotillion?
"Drill Baby Drill"? More like "Spill Baby Spill"
How the Disaster in the Gulf Could Have Been Prevented: BP's Terrible Record on Environmental and Human Health
The company has found itself at the center of several of the nation's worst oil and gas–related disasters
in the last five years.
However, in the article I posted:
Last year, BP America, operator of the deep-water rig that exploded and sank last week, was among the luncheon's winners...
WTF, Feds? Oh, wait, it's the oil companies circle jerk. Lobbyists give the feds favors to give oil companies favors so that they can give favors to lobbyists who give... Ah, the Circle of Life!!
It's huge and getting bigger
- it could go around Florida and up the East Coast of the US. There's never a good time, but this could be
as it approaches Louisiana
the wetlands are full of nesting birds.
If only they had invented a way to skim the oil off the surface, fractionally drain away any water, and send the brimming ships to refineries... But no. It's all about spiking the slick with yet MORE chemicals, or burning it into the stressed out atmosphere while letting the gunky residue fall onto the sea bottom. Why? They had plenty of time before they drilled. It shouldn't be any harder a process than their plan to degrade the environment by squeezing a little oil out of oil sand. Just waiting for the price of oil to go up enough to (cough)
that. But here comes pure crude oil floating on the surface ripe for the harvest, and no one foresaw how to actually MAKE MONEY off that while saving the environment?
Gulf Oil Spill "Out of Control"
New estimates of the BP oil spill have it spilling out 25,000 barrels of oil a day, far higher than the original estimates of as low as 1,000. NOAA fears that it could get to as high as 50,000 barrels a day. Alabama's governor, said they are planning for a worst case scenario of 150,000 barrels (6,000,000 gallons) a day. That's an Exxon-Valdez every two days and a fix may be months away. The question now may not be whether this is Obama's Katrina, but whether it's his Chernobyl.
From OtherFilter thanks to empath
other links from post
The Spill vs. a Need to Drill
“We assume our practices are safe, until a disaster strikes. That’s the hubris of mankind.”
They'll be back to business as usual in no time.
Makes ya wonder...
If you make the connection between wars and disasters, and those who profit from them, you go past wondering...
Forget Offshore Drilling Until We Get Some Answers
Slick Operator: How British oil giant BP used all the political muscle money can buy to fend off regulators and influence investigations into corporate neglect.
"I wouldn't say it's failed yet," BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said Saturday. "What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn't work."
The Big Picture:
Oil reaches Louisiana shores
Business as usual alright.
Guess who runs the United States?
'This Is a Nightmare... a Nightmare': Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Sam Champion take hazmat dive into Gulf's oily waters.
This is interesting.
Apparently, since the gummint gives parties for the oil industry, the oil industry responds by hosting parties for the gummint.
...Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service who oversee offshore oil drilling .. also attended sporting events sponsored by oil and gas production companies, and were treated to lunches and free gifts.... Two employees admitted using illegal drugs, including meth.
Those boys just love to par-tay! So everybody's got thier party hat on while the oil's gushing.
More Reports of Illness Emerge Among Gulf Cleanup Workers
Of course BP doesn't know anything about any toxicity reports. Just like they don't know what the flow amount is, or how to cap the damn leak. People will be suffering and dying from the effects of this spill for years, and BP will be right up there denying with the best of them. (I'm talking to YOU, Monsanto, et al)
BP refuses EPA order to switch to less-toxic oil dispersant
Dispersants may make spill more toxic
Not that volatile organic carbons (VOCs), hydrogen sulfide, and other chemicals boiling off the slick aren't toxic. Let's hope there's a class action suit that absolutely guts BP. Now here's a cheerful thought:
Toxic oil rains
Thanks to circulatory weather patterns, we can all share in the joy.
I uploaded my jam song "Birds Will Win" to my reverbnation web site the other day, logged on my profile. I hope it works.
BP:'Top kill' fails to stop flow so far
Time to take your best 'junk shot' BP! Read the parody BP Twitter comments:
Our company psychiatrists say now is the time to move onto the last phase of experiencing a tragedy, acceptance mixed with forgetfulness.
Scientists of biological oceanography at the University of South Florida find second oil plume; Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration downplay finding
Well design was sound, BP engineer testifies
Let the ass-covering begin!!
Top Kill complete failure
Nothing is good, nothing is good
Technician moans as oil continues to spill into the Gulf.
BP talks to Canadian Parliament.
of those ASSHOLES! I can't believe it, Hoser. The bastards ought to be
in apology, and they just can't be bothered to give a damn about anything but profits. Let the eco-terrorism begin. I know whose side I'LL be on.
Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill
"There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don't want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It's important to me that people know the truth about what's going on here."
Headlines: BP a millstone around our neck Oh, wait, I
the CEO's Bullshite about an important "milestone"
Caught in the oil
The Universal Analogy
What not to say when your company
has fucked up
is ruining the world
BP CEO Tony Hayward keeps either shoving his foot in his mouth or outright lying. What a maroon!
Massive Flow Of Bullshit Continues To Gush From BP Headquarters
BP seems to be planning to pay a dividend this year. It's likely to amount to more than $10bn. As the two senators noted, by moving money "off the company's books and into investors' pockets", BP "will make it much more difficult to repay the US government and American communities".
ExxonMobil was initially fined $5bn for the Exxon Valdez disaster, in 1989. But its record-breaking profits allowed it to pay record-breaking legal fees: after 19 years of argument it got the fine reduced to $507m. That's equivalent to the profit it made every 10 days last year
Thanks to BP, the Gulf is royally fucked. Read more
if you can stand it.
20% to 50% of oil being captured daily
BP and BP Coastguard lackeys. Hmmmm, seems like 20-50 percent leaves a lot of wiggle room to me. In other news, the gummint has named an exact figure for the closure in the Gulf:
32% of the Gulf of Mexico is closed to fishing.
According to BP's website:
The cost of the response to date amounts to approximately $1,250 million, including the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to the Gulf states, claims paid, and federal costs.
The company announced that underlying replacement cost profit for the fourth quarter of 2009 ... was $4.4 billion – an increase of 70 per cent on the same period in 2008. Full year replacement cost profit for 2009 was $14 billion.... Group chief executive Tony Hayward said 2009 had been a “very good” year for BP...
Hey, way to overspend on cleanup, guys. Whoops, looks like 2010 might not be as good a year for profits, but just imagine the tax advantage!! I didn't really like fish anyway. And just think, if I can afford fish in the years to come, I won't need oil to fry it!
Just curious -- anyone out there reading this post? Gimme a sign, please. This is so damn depressing for me to think about. I'm so angry at the oil industry and our government I start shaking when reading the latest news. This is our WORLD they're fucking up. Is it me, or is there an echo in here?
Hoser waves to Bluehorse from Nova Scotia where there is a moratorium on new offshore drilling. Whew!
I'm so disgusted with the way this is being handled that my current position is to put my fingers in my ears and go LALALALALA real loud. But I always enjoy your posts; if not the content contained therein.
Your query did remind me of a stint in college radio. I didn't think anybody was listening there either: prolly 'cause they weren't.
I am. I'm depressed.
There are more links in
on the Blue. Yeah, it's really depressing.
*Waves* Even though it's a long way from this Pacific archipelago, out guvvamunt has just sold our offshore exploration rights to the Brazilians! Gawd 'elp us...
*waves too* Not commenting because I really really don't know what to say that doesn't involve swearing and crying.
*waves in embarrassment from the Great
Business as usual
up here. *sigh*
Now look what they're spending all their money on!!
Those fuckers! They already own the newspapers and radio/television news. There was ONE report in the local newspaper in the last three days, buried deep, and totally BP favorable. "They're working so hard, paying so much, caring for our world." Bullshit. So I dug deeper today, way down the google search. Here's more shit on BP that people aren't supposed to know.
BP guilty of multiple felonies
The giant British energy company twice has been found guilty of felony violations of the Clean Air Act. BP also was assessed the largest fine in the history of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration — $87 million — for its gross negligence in a Texas oil refinery explosion that killed 15 workers in 2005. An investigation by another federal agency found “organizational and safety deficiencies at all levels” of BP in that incident.
Anybody want to bet that fine was also excused or reduced as was the Exxon fine in the Valdez incident? Wanna bet BP didn't pay a hundred and ten times that amount in PR and legal fees? So we know for sure that BP murdered at least 26 individuals in these two incidents. All the rights, none of the responsibilities of individuals. Capitalize the profits, socialize the debt. 'scuse me folks, I gotta go kick something.
A side kick might be gentler on the knee...
BP explains - at last!
Makes sense from their perspective, I'm sure. Dan, you're right, a side kick would make things easier. Wanna be my side kick? We could be like Ed Abbey and the Monkey
Filter gang! Ecoterrierests FTW.
BP Spills Coffee
I was actually in two minds about posting this, because it all feels too heinous to be making the humour, but still. Funny cos it's true, etc
erm, yes, just ignore that last /a. I just put it there in case anyone needed a spare. it'd be awesome if we had a preview button, wouldn't it? *walks off whistling*
Yeah, saw that. Of two minds. One: don't trivialize or reduce it to comedy. Two: funny as hell. I'm confused.
Isn't that the point of the internet? Learn instantly about anything; then immediately start lampooning it.
Lucky BP execs...
planning their new bonuses, as usual
And the evil goes on and on...