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Great White Father 21 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.
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Billboard chastising BP on highway, south of Belle Chasse LA. May 20 –Charlie Riecel/AP – Mobile Press Register

Great White Father British Petroleum speaks (full text):

BP says ‘top kill’ unlikely before Tuesday

By The Associated Press

May 21, 2010, 2:46PM

ROBERT, La. — BP now says it will likely be at least Tuesday before engineers can shoot heavy mud into a blown-out well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Three ultra-deepwater rigs and other equipment are at the site where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20. They’re preparing for a delicate procedure called a “top kill” that BP hopes will stop the flow of oil from the well.

Crews will pump in heavy drilling mud, which is a thick, viscous fluid that’s twice the density of water. That should stop the oil, and then they’ll use cement to keep more from gushing out.

BP’s Doug Suttles says this hasn’t been tried at 5,000 feet underwater before, so engineers want to make sure everything is just right.

We are going to die of their irony… as well.

My guess is they don’t even bother to copy Dept of the Interior, MMS, much less Obby … or the mouse.  Vole.  Mole.  Whatever it was.

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As long as they keep apologising for ths sort of thing, that makes it OK….  Makes it fine.  NTIM

Oil regulator apologizes for ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ cake

By The Associated Press

May 21, 2010, 3:35PM

ANCHORAGE — The director of the Minerals Management Service in Alaska is apologizing to colleagues for having a cake at a recent meeting with the words “Drill, Baby, Drill” on it.

In an e-mail Thursday to agency employees nationwide, Regional Director John Goll says it was wrong and expressed regret that he let that happen in his office.

The issue of offshore drilling has been in the public eye since an oil rig explosion April 20 off the coast of Louisiana that triggered a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The New York Times reported the cake was served at a staff meeting soon after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar proposed reorganizing the Minerals Management Service in response to the spill.

Calls to Goll’s office and the national agency office were not immediately returned.

Why bother calling back.  Pols, media, others, everybody, all in the payola stream.

There is a report in the Wapo, Obby has named Reilly who headed the EPA under GHW and Bob Graham, the long time Dem senator from FL, to head an independent panel to investigate.

The article is absolutely soporific.  It seems clear (to the eye!) nothing has been done, nothing will be done.  Except masses of crude, masses of the toxic dispersant “Corexit”, of all names…

How the ptb and BP and others explain the nothingness in the face of immense and on-going disaster… jesus fuck, even Carville is saying this has long term political implications for blank-faced Obby – gee no?  How so?

Won’t his halo erupt and blind us with the golden shine from his  Jesus head?… Won’t Michelle flex her arms….. etc.  Guess not.

… and what of the real implications in peoples’ LIVES?  Sky Truth suspects a long tendril has entered the loop current, a ways to the south.   The Gulf Stream goes a long long way………. far past the west coast of FL, past the Keys, past the Atlantic coast.

What of Greenland and Iceland?

They will tell the people to pray…  that shit may work for some in the US of JesusGodAllahYahweh… but it won’t work the full reach of the oil.

It just won’t.

A stunning and overwhelming manifestation of our poison snaking thru the world.

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1. marisacat - 21 May 2010

John Amos (Sky Truth) and Ian MacDonald have an Op-ed that just went up in the online NYT

This is the close:

[S]tarting now, BP and the government must begin using the best possible means to measure this spill, while preserving all records of events. On the ocean floor, we recommend acoustic velocimeters, high-rate video cameras and imaging sonar. For the underwater oil, sonobuoys could detect layers of oil, and undersea gliders could follow them autonomously. On the surface, military drone aircraft could find and track patches of oil headed for shore as well as conduct surveillance over this now gigantic spill. Like the methods we have used, these are all readily available solutions.

No surgeon in an operating room would neglect an unvarnished assessment of a bleeding patient. In this disaster, an accurate measurement of the oil spill is no less important.

You’d think the least we could do would be to use the drones.

diane - 22 May 2010

Well certainly, if they need to use them, it’s not as if they don’t have many of them; there are over 7,000 military drones over Iraq and Afghanistan alone, let alone those on the US border, per this article:

Drone pilots have a front-row seat on war, from half a world a

lucid - 22 May 2010

But the drones are for protecting our border from Mexicans.

brinn - 22 May 2010

and/or from Texans that don’t like the new social studies standards!

heh.

(I think I’m kidding!?…)

2. marisacat - 22 May 2010

“Biggest Faller”….

Around 23pc – or £28bn – has now been wiped off the company’s market value since the leak started on April 20, in a plunge that is likely to affect the short-term value of Britain’s pension funds.

The oil giant was the biggest faller in the FTSE 100 on Friday, closing down 22.1 at 507.6p, amid fresh confusion about how much oil is leaking from the well.

Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, told US television that the company had “thrown absolutely everything” at mitigating the fallout.

It is now a month since the Deepwater Horizon rig owned and operated by Transocean, its contractor, exploded and sank, killing 11 men. It is only another 10 days before the start of hurricane season that could take oil to the beaches of Cuba and Florida through the Gulfstream current. snip

hmm I don’t know about that “we’ve thrown absolutely everything at it”.

I’ll say again, they should throw their own bodies against the broken pipe. The robotics can carry Suttles and McKay and the others down…

works for me…

3. marisacat - 22 May 2010

Apparently there is word out around NO that BP Transocean and possibly Halliburton are shopping for a bankrutpcy judge.

And we all might note that the US has not bothered to freeze their US assets.

So odd, just over this week I was thinking of the first company I ever heard of to delcare banktuptcy to avoid liability (iirc it was cancer clusters)…

it was Johns Manville in NJ, over hearing talk in my aunt and uncle’s house.

AND… BP has already collected on the “dead peasant” life insurance they carried on the 11.

4. marisacat - 22 May 2010

Late post at NOLA.com

BP has told the Environmental Protection Agency that it cannot find a safe, effective and available dispersant to use instead of Corexit, and will continue to use that chemical application to help break up the growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP was responding to an EPA directive Thursday that gave BP 24 hours to identify a less toxic alternative to Corexit — and 72 hours to start using it — or provide the Coast Guard and EPA with a “detailed description of the alternative dispersants investigated, and the reason they believe those products did not meet the required standards.”

BP spokesman Scott Dean said Friday that BP had replied with a letter “that outlines our findings that none of the alternative products on the EPA’s National Contingency Plan Product Schedule list meets all three criteria specified in yesterday’s directive for availability, toxicity and effectiveness.”

Dean noted that “Corexit is an EPA pre-approved, effective, low-toxicity dispersant that is readily available, and we continue to use it.”

He did not directly address widely broadcast news reports that more than 100,000 gallons of an alternative dispersant chemical call Sea-Brat 4 was stockpiled near Houston and available for application. …snip…

I’ve read of other dispersants that should be tried… something called OSE II, for one… which has been used in dispersing oil, the mil has used it, it is pre approved since ’95… BP thinks it is best used at coastline, but the company disputes this… it is an enzyme and less toxic.

[“W]e don’t know what the effect of dispersants applied a mile underwater is; there’s been no laboratory testing of that at all, or the effect of what it does when it combines with oil a mile underwater,” said Sylvia Earle, the explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society and former chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “I would say, until we know more about the fate of the dispersants, I’d tell BP or anybody else who’s involved with this, whether it’s EPA or whatever, ‘Stop, just stop, don’t do it.’ ”
snip

5. marisacat - 22 May 2010

If anyone needs an electoral laugh…. this is it.

maybe it works…

catnip - 22 May 2010

So they’re admitting Obama’s record isn’t good enough to run on?

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 May 2010

so he’s running against the same policies he’s continued?

BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

He’s not but he is.

6. catnip - 22 May 2010

Reading to accompany my morning tea: Carville Slams Obama on BP – ‘Naive and Lackadaisical’ (It’s too early for popcorn.)

In the background, Obamalama cheerleading war at West Point – droning on and on and on…

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 May 2010

cool idea

InfoLadies of Bangladesh revolutionize rural life

Bangladesh’s Infoladies ride from village to village on bicycles, toting netbooks and mobile phones, and set up infobooths where they use net-gathered info to teach hygiene, help with childbirth, assist with crop problems, and so on. There’s an army of them.

catnip - 22 May 2010

Speaking of that part of the world, I’m reading an entertaining book right now: The White Tiger.

8. catnip - 22 May 2010

lol…good comment in this thread:

Obama loves panels. Oil, Social Security, Deficit (4+ / 0-)

panels…hey it beats having to stand up and take a position and defend it.

And in every case, the insiders he appoints to the panel already know what they are going to say.

All so phony.

by PetiteRats on Sat May 22, 2010 at 08:12:31 AM MDT

*
Yeah, with FDR we got the New Deal. (4+ / 0-)

Nowadays we just get the New Panel.

If you see mistakes in this post, it’s because my editor’s on vacation. Sorry.

by TKinVT on Sat May 22, 2010 at 08:17:16 AM MDT

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 May 2010

I’ll believe it when I see it.

EPA Officials Weigh Sanctions Against BP’s U.S. Operations

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields.

Over the past 10 years, BP has paid tens of millions of dollars in fines and been implicated in four separate instances of criminal misconduct that could have prompted this far more serious action. Until now, the company’s executives and their lawyers have fended off such a penalty by promising that BP would change its ways.

That strategy may no longer work.

Days ago, in an unannounced move, the EPA suspended negotiations with the petroleum giant over whether it would be barred from federal contracts because of the environmental crimes it committed before the spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials said they are putting the talks on hold until they learn more about the British company’s responsibility for the plume of oil that is spreading across the Gulf.

The EPA said in a statement that, according to its regulations, it can consider banning BP from future contracts after weighing “the frequency and pattern of the incidents, corporate attitude both before and after the incidents, changes in policies, procedures, and practices.”

Several former senior EPA debarment attorneys and people close to the BP investigation told ProPublica that means the agency will re-evaluate BP and examine whether the latest incident in the Gulf is evidence of an institutional problem inside BP, a precursor to the action called debarment.

Federal law allows agencies to suspend or bar from government contracts companies that engage in fraudulent, reckless or criminal conduct. The sanctions can be applied to a single facility or an entire corporation. Government agencies have the power to forbid a company to collect any benefit from the federal government in the forms of contracts, land leases, drilling rights, or loans.

catnip - 22 May 2010

Right. If they really meant that, they would turf Halliburton too. Instead, that company just got a no-bid military contract.

10. BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

Pfft. Dems. Really. suuuuch Social Darwinists ,……..
prepare to lower “empathy” boom on Randy…

HuffPo’s Stein…treading lightly a few days out…”politically eccentric” in lint brushing up the Dem’s Summer Sweater Strategy…

Seizing on a series of politically eccentric statements from his opponent Rand Paul, Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway charged the Tea Party darling with having an “empathy gap” and promoting a world view that is “cold and callous.”

Did we say Racist? Oh God no. Paul, Paul….Paul is a…
Meanie!
Hey, if lowering the empathy boom and sweaters is good enough for BP and the Gulf, it should be good enough for Conway and KY, right?

catnip - 22 May 2010

Just saw Conway’s face on CNN. He looks like a guy who has a closet affair in his future (or past or present) that’s going to bring him down. Just looking a bit too squeaky clean…

11. BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

Connecticut….Mrs World Wide Wrestling gets the GOP endorsement at the Party convention over Simmons ..@ 15% margin, 737 votes to 632…and diddly for Schiff…
What it means going into the primary…don’t know 😆
{still plenty of crow to eat from last week. }

Seems like a nice clusterfuck tho.
{talking anyways through plenty of leftover buzzard vittles}

Billionaire Schiff is staying in. And the Estab Gooper, Simmons, who said he’d drop out if he lost the Party endorse at the Conven…on second thought, seems to have decided ,
He’s not leaving the buffet. 😆

Simmons declined to repeat his vow to abide by the convention’s choice in a brief interview with POLITICO just before the vote, saying only that “I’ve got my game face on tonight… a winning game face. I’m not considering any plan Bs. I’m running to win.”

After losing the delegates’ vote, he still is.

And dig where he invokes ARLEN.

“We just saw that earlier this week a candidate that has not been in a tough race for some years can be brought to task by an inexperienced candidate,” Simmons said in a statement after the vote. “We know that there will be a primary and Peter Schiff intends to primary. As such, I intend to be a part of it. I believe the best thing I can do to help the Republican Party to victory in November is to give them another choice and that’s why I intend to stay in this race.”

marisacat - 22 May 2010

… it’s all about choice!

12. catnip - 22 May 2010

How’s that surge working out?

Insurgents attack NATO’s southern Afghan base

13. catnip - 22 May 2010

I see Obamalama has a new nickname that’s popped up at the Big Oily Orange Factory (Chevron ads, anyone?): OBPama. Ouchie.

catnip - 22 May 2010
catnip - 22 May 2010

Campaign-era Obamalama:

Just today, Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book – you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem. But here’s the thing – this isn’t 9/11. We know how we got into this mess. What we need now is leadership that gets us out. I’ll provide it, John McCain won’t, and that’s the choice for the American people in this election.

President Obamalama.

catnip - 22 May 2010

great comment:

Barack Obama’s SOP (21+ / 0-)

Step 1: Express concern. Kick the can down the road.

Step 2: Express frustration at pace of process. Kick the can down the road.

Step 3: Express appreciation for the many months of work many serious people have put into the problem. Kick the can down the road.

Step 4: Insure that legislation does nothing to compromise the financial interests of those who got rich by creating the problem. Exclude all groups demanding real change from process. Kick the can down the road.

Step 5: Express confidence that ineffectual legislation is a solid down payment on progress in which legislators and the American people can take pride. Kick the can down the road.

Step 6: Explain that a great deal of time and effort has recently gone into addressing the issue in the last year or two and there is no great appetite for putting this matter – which has already been addressed – ahead of other major legislative priorities. Kick the can down the road.

Repeat as necessary to prevent substantive change.

by greenskeeper on Sat May 22, 2010 at 11:20:06 AM MDT

marisacat - 22 May 2010

I call for pitchforks at high noon. Or midnight, I am nt picky!!

I ahve to say it is VERY entertaining to watch C Matthews have that tingle die on his leg (think he was on Leno) AND Carville, on with Cooper.

oh big snicker.

catnip - 22 May 2010

Tweety said Obama was acting like a “vatican observer” or some such thing.

marisacat - 22 May 2010

I loved that line too!

marisacat - 22 May 2010

I’ll stick this here, it is the transcript to the CNN Anderson Cooper with Carville.

It will be interesting to see just HOW PASSIVE a pretzeluna the American peeple accept.

After Sean Penn, famous tedious bad boy, cheered on the Am peeeeple for “having the courage to elect an elegant man” (nearly chewed my upper lip off, so pissant frankly) I am not hopeful.

Oh Mr President please be soigne and soigne above all else! and let the people, the pelicans and the fish eggs, the slow reproducing sea turtles, habitats and rookeries, die in the oil.

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Politically tho I could see some chits being cashed in very easily over this… Carville for one, maybe the likes of Chris Matthews want to chew on fresh meat. Who the hell knows. Some of the pettiest people on earth in that crowd. Full of petty hates.

Go for it. Take a swing at him, a sea turtle sure cannot.

BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

Oh No! Not The SACRED Tingle!

marisacat - 22 May 2010

Enshrine the Tingle!

14. diane - 22 May 2010

about the still shot …..

well yeah, ……………… and the irony

As if BP and “America” weren’t both run by the very same powers which enslave all of us……………..

(and no, I don’t know the exact solution offhand, just making an obvservation …….)

15. BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

Kagan’s dull fashion statement

Looking drab insulates prominent figures in the nation’s capital from accusations of superficiality.

The Onion? Or WaPo?
😆
WaPo it is.

Oh fer fucks sake. I say this new clown’s costume hides – at stamped out best – a veritable fashion Rehnquist just waiting to , you know, get all wild and applique crazy like and shit at the end.

marisacat - 22 May 2010

I thought she dressed just like Sotomayor.

diane - 22 May 2010

just my two cents …but I had visions of a pumpkin ….quite ripe fro the era ………

marisacat - 22 May 2010

…that too!

16. marisacat - 22 May 2010

nu

link

……………. 8)


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