Just a thread (what else is new?) [UPDATES] 12 November 2007Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco, U.S. Senate, WAR!.
Just some links for anyone interested:
Sfist.com latest round up [snip]
Your Oil Spill Weekend Roundup
So…ugh. Birds died, gastronomic seasons were delayed. What’s more, it hasn’t even been a week, and already some of your favorite local and national politicos are personalizing the spill, more than ready to point old, spotty white fingers elsewhere. (RIP, acts of God.) How very helpful. Except not really.
Anyway, oil-spill points of interest that happened over the weekend:
– ^&*#%^&*#!: Crab season delayed.
– “Something went terribly wrong,” obvious’d Senator Barbara Boxer (Can it, Babs.) ::snip::
The ZunaSurf people… it seems to be approaching, hitting Pacifica, which had previously not been hit. So far it si fumes and dead birds. [I am having problems with their site, it shuts itself down on me, but many good entries]
Also this Live Journal site, Nature abhors a Vacuum… which has such a lovely sort of peripatetic SF sweetness about it… and a nice note about what he might wear to the Obama Wednesday night appearance here… ;)
So far, the Coast Guard is reporting that only birds have been hurt by the spill, which has caused the closure of all beaches in Marin County. Dead birds, heavily matted with toxic oil, are turning up throughout Marin. WildCare’s director of animal care Melanie Piazza says it will only get worse as birds get hypothermic, stop eating and eventually die.
“It’s scary. What we’re seeing is heart-wrenching,” Piazza said. “The hard part is the waiting. We have people out scouting the shorelines and there are so many birds still out in the water. No one wants to just sit there and watch the suffering.”
I have thought that now that the ship is being identified as “Hong Kong owned”, with what is described as a “Chinese crew” (not very specific) and the early chatter is that the officers on the ship are at fault (who knows, and supposedly the NTSB and other reports will take months), I suspect we will soon [be allowed to] see dead floating sea lions and other mammals.
I think that is what really pissed me off, hiding the film of the dead or dying sea lions at some little cove, Thursday dawn.
Plus you know, everything else in the world.
Madman posted this at the end of the last thread. Remember: Blood for Oil. Or they will settle just for your blood, forcibly drawn from your body. And you probably just filled the gas tank and emptied your wallet……
Madman in the Marketplace | | |
• As more and more states are now allowing police officers to forcibly extract blood of DWI suspects, the New Jersey State Supreme Court recently took the practice a step further. The court ruled that not only may police forcibly draw blood, they may use extreme force in doing so, including force that inflicts permanent physical damage on the suspect.
Less and less autonomy. Fewer rights… Can’t clean the beaches (Muir Beach man cited for cleaning beach) and can’t refuse intrusive, invasive extraction of so called “evidence”…
This too posted by Madman at the end of the last thread:
A resolution has been created to censure Senator Feinstein for her outrageous votes in the last two weeks as a member of the judiciary committee. There are many other votes that she has taken that have made many of us wonder when she became the Joe Lieberman of the West. If you know any people who are E-board delegates and who will attend the CDP E-board meeting this coming weekend, please contact them and ask them to vote for the resolution which follows:
Whereas the Democratic Party stands firmly against racism in any of its manifestations and for gender equality, and Senator Dianne Feinstein voted to confirm Judge Leslie Southwick for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit despite his record of clear racism and gender discrimination; and
Whereas the Democratic Party abhors torture and stands firmly against its use by the United States at all times and places, yet Senator Feinstein voted to confirm Judge Mukasey as United States Attorney General – thereby elevating to the highest position in law enforcement a men who refuses to renounce the right of the President to resort to torture, or to recognize waterboarding as a form of torture; and
Whereas these examples are far from the only instances where Senator Feinstein, after seeking and securing the support and endorsement of the California Democratic Party, has worked to oppose the policies and principles of our party.
Therefore be it resolved that Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of California expresses its disappointment at, and censure of Senator Feinstein for ignoring Democratic principles and falling so far below the standard of what we expect of our elected officials.
UPDATE, 6:12 pm
This from bayprairie was trapped in Moderation for the last thread (very sorry!):
The port of San Francisco stopped offloading and onloading containers in 2005.
that little java app at http://www.boatingsf.com has the ship exiting the port of oakland.
One of the main limitations to growth was the inability to transfer containers to rail lines, all cranes historically operating between ocean vessels and trucks. In the 1980s the Port of Oakland began the evaluation of development of an intermodal container transfer capability, i.e. facilities that would allow trans-loading of containers from vessels to either trucks or rail modes. The Port retained VZM, Korve Engineering and Earth Metrics to perform engineering and environmental studies to allow detailed engineering to proceed. In 1987, on behalf of the Oakland port Commission, Allen Broussard led a group of 72 lawyers and city officials on a 3-week long trip to China meeting the Mayor of Shanghai, Jiang Zemin (Shanghai is twinned with San Francisco)
Completion of the resulting rail intermodal facility occurred in 2002. That brought the cumulative investment of port expansion to over 1.4 billion dollars since 1962, half of which was comprised by the intermodal facility. In the early 2000s, the new intermodal rail facility along with severe congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach caused some trans-Pacific shippers to move some of their traffic to the Port of Oakland (especially if the final destination is not in Southern California but lies farther east). Also, the Port is now reaping the benefits of investment in post-panamax cranes, dredging, and the transfer of military property, which has now been used for expansion.
Port of SF docks are outside the bridge. Port of oakland, inside. i would assume this a new type of container traffic inside the bridge. if so, might it be an indicator of a five year spill.
Nov 12, 5:45 PM
Evening news has film of Bolinas, where residents took to the water last Wednesday night under cover of dark to try to lay down a boom to protect the inlet. It failed. A professionally laid boom also failed and was discarded on the beach… Bolinas residents just “surged” to the beach today to clean up. And let me say, it was filthy AND sudsy.
The Fire Chief at Bolinas, a woman, said she is always told “how valuable Bolinas is”…… but then this.
NOW the skimmers have picked up so much oil at the water level that they are becoming a danger.
Think I saw volunteer cleaners at Emeryville in the East Bay, just drenched in oil. Not droplets, drenched.
Way to go Brownie, except Brownie is not around.
Pelosi, Miller, Tauscher, Eschoo (the beloveds, I sure did not see any E Bay Black faces) did stand up comedy at Crissy Field (at the San Francisco Marina District) today: Pelosi tours oil-soaked SF waterfront
Oh yeah, for diversity, they had Mike Honda, the rep from Campbell along.
UPDATE, 11:00 am Tuesday
Cosco Busan SF Bay – Bay Bridge – November 7 2007
Angel Island – San Francisco Bay – November 7
UPDATE, 12:10 pm Tuesday
CBS news radio reported that tarbells have reached the protected beach at Treasure Island. Military installation, EPA is cleaning the beach.