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Here, let me help you with that…. 1 June 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.

Oil swirls in the Gulf of Mexico currents May 6. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

This was sent to me,  with the notation that it is Front Page, WSJ

BP Revised Permits Before Blast

Just a week before the Deepwater Horizon exploded, BP PLC asked regulators to approve three successive changes to its oil well over 24 hours, according to federal records reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

The unusual rapid-fire requests to modify permits reveal that BP was tweaking a crucial aspect of the well’s design up until its final days.

 One of the design decisions outlined in the revised permits, drilling experts say, may have left the well more vulnerable to the blowout that occurred April 20, killing 11 workers and leaving crude oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Minerals Management Service approved all the changes quickly, in one instance within five minutes of submission.

Both BP and the MMS have faced growing scrutiny from congressional investigators looking into the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the resulting oil spill. Last week, a Wall Street Journal investigation found that BP had made a series of choices that made the well more vulnerable to a blowout.

{{{{{Snip Whippy }}}}}

BP’s flurry of revisions and re-revisions stands out as uncommon. Of the more than 2,200 wells that have been drilled in the Gulf since 2004, only 5% have had multiple permit revisions submitted to MMS within one calendar day, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of MMS records.

In only one other case, a 2005 well drilled in just 48 feet of water, has a company submitted three revisions within 24 hours, as happened on BP’s well. BP’s well was in nearly 5,000 feet of water, which has made dealing with the well far more complicated. [gee no shit – Mcat]

BP declined to comment on the permit changes. Transocean didn’t respond to a request for comment.

MMS declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

I see they all took the Fifth, so to speak.  Handcuffs!  Leg irons! For the lot of them!

Lock them up…. pull the switch!




1. marisacat - 1 June 2010

The article details what the changes dealt with, the pipe, or riser, whatever they call it. Even for a non mechanical brain like mine, I was able to follow it.

Pretty damning…

diane - 1 June 2010


….BP senior drilling engineer Mark Hafle, in testimony on Friday at the same hearings, blamed the multiple well-design corrections on an inexperienced data entry employee who “made some typos” filling out the forms.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

a commenter at WSJ called that, “the dog ate my homework” excuse. And the commenter is RIGHT.

diane - 1 June 2010

given that it’s the status quo when there are billions to be made by corpgov, I’m actually amazed, that we’re not surrounded by even more catastrophes ….

2. marisacat - 1 June 2010

I see Agatha has now killed off almost 150… it came in from the Pacific, but that is one nasty storm to kick off the season, in a sense.

AND a sinkhole opened up as a result of Agatha, ate a downtown 3 storey bldg.

I’m up for a simple summer of screaming headlines about sharks in the water… sounds tame. Esp since it was mostly hype, all those years.

3. diane - 1 June 2010

Ajazeera’s live coverage

news and opinion from Israel

(I should have refreshed, just posted these on the last thread also)

4. marisacat - 1 June 2010

U.S. on Israel: ‘We’re the only ones who believe them’

Is anyone shocked? That we are alone, all on our lonesome (it seems) with the Israelis?

5. marisacat - 1 June 2010

Jonathan Cook

[I]f we needed any evidence of the degree to which Western TV journalists are simply stenographers to power, the BBC, CNN and others are amply proving it. Mark Regev, Israel’s propagandist-in-chief, has the airwaves largely to himself.

The passengers on the ships, meanwhile, have been kidnapped by Israel and are unable to provide an alternative version of events. We can guess they will remain in enforced silence until Israel is sure it has set the news agenda.

tho I think Amb Peck si due home to the USA today…

6. diane - 1 June 2010
7. marisacat - 1 June 2010

hmm Uri Avnery on Rahm in Israel… tho I have say i never saw any real contest between obby and bibi.

[T]HE VISIT was not, of course, a passing whim. It joined a long series of gestures by Barack Obama designed to win the hearts of the Jews before the upcoming congressional elections.

It seems that at some stage, months ago, Obama came to the conclusion that he had lost the first round of his contest with Binyamin Netanyahu, and that it would be better to live and fight another day.

He himself spelled it out in a conversation with Jewish leaders: at the beginning of his path in the Middle East he stepped on some landmines. He has learned his lesson.

The result was a campaign of sweet-talk and flattery:

He invited Elie Wiesel, Mr. Holocaust in person, to a private lunch at the White House. Perhaps they exchanged memories about some common experiences, like “How to accept the Nobel Peace Prize and keep a straight face.” Wiesel’s contribution to peace is one of the great mysteries of the universe. (My own opinion of Wiesel found its expression in a Hebrew word I invented especially for him: “Shoan” (something like “Holocauster’.) snip

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 June 2010

he’s such a suck-up wet noodle.

marisacat - 1 June 2010


8. marisacat - 1 June 2010


It’s Official US will stand with Israel

I’m told there won’t be any daylight between the US and Israel in the aftermath of the incident on the flotilla yesterday, which resulted in the deaths of 10 activists.

Regardless of the details of the flotilla incident, sources say President Obama is focused on what he sees as the longer term issue here: a successful Mideast peace process.

“The president has always said that it will be much easier for Israel to make peace if it feels secure,” a senior administration official tells ABC News. [oh puhleeese! talk about extraordinary diapering… -Mcat]

The suggestion is that US condemnation of Israel would further isolate that country, and make further peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians even more difficult.

The senior administration official says that President Obama spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three times on Monday. Mr. Obama pushed the notion that last night – as the United Nations Security Council met to issue a statement about the incident – was the moment when the US had maximum leverage, that the longer the statement was being debated the worse it would ultimately be for Israel.

what was he doing, begging bibi t approve what his administration would say?

Taht is what it sounds like, frankly.

Oh WORSE: Obby was working hard to get Bibi to agree to what would be the UN statement.

Buy kneepads by the gross. And call us done.

Ultimately, as the statement was negotiated over night, the US succeeded in making it more neutral where other nations wanted it to criticize and condemn Israel.

The statement expresses that the “Security Council deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting form the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza,” but more generally condemns “those acts which resulted in the loss” of lives – leaving matters of blame vague.

EVERY fucking body held by a leash to Israel.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

oh and this…

The US also pushed for language conveying that it’s acceptable for the Israelis to conduct their own investigation into the matter as long as the investigation is “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent.” Other countries were pushing for an independent investigation, perhaps by the UN itself.

Just call us Bibi’s valet.

9. marisacat - 1 June 2010

wow… very interesting piece from Nader on Pelosi.

I think he is too kind to her, I would suspect her of being as anxious to promote fucking ignorance as Gingrich was Gingrich, who defunded the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment originally… and it has never been funded under several years now of Democrats…. Nader thinks it is because she fears accusations of “empire buidling”.

hmm I kind of doubt that….

10. marisacat - 1 June 2010

Mubarak orders the Eqyptian side of the blockade opened, at Rafah, for “a few days”.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

Think the death count in Gaza today is up to 5, from aerial bombardment… and 2 were killed last night, by sniper, Apparently trying to cross into Gaza.

Supposedly Obby will speak on israel today. Soon, this morning sometime….

Good luck! Ask for a tip for good service…. cuz the client, Bibi and Israel, got serviced.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

oops no Obby did not say antyhing on Israel… it was oil (I am listeing to an after event report)

11. catnip - 1 June 2010


Nunez said he’s disappointed but not surprised by BP’s and the government’s responses to the spill.

“I didn’t expect no more,” he said. “I was here for Katrina. I didn’t expect them to run down and here save us. The first people we saw after Katrina in town was the Canadians.”

There’s little trust here in either the oil company or the federal government. Mechanic Dud Alphonso, 42, said he’s got his own hurricane plan.

“Get the hell out of here,” he said Monday, standing across the street from an open space that was once a house.

“I was here for Katrina, I swam in oil, I had four feet of mud in my house and they told me I could still live there,” Alphonso said. “They told us troops would come and help. Yeah.”

Like most of coastal Louisiana, Chalmette is plenty familiar with oil: After Katrina, a refinery tank burst, flooding neighborhoods. The EPA estimated in 2006 that more than 1,800 homes in the area had been “oiled” by the spill.

“First we had the waters from Katrina washing away homes, then the oil tank broke, then there were the snakes,” said Nunez, a district chief at the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department. “What more can they do?”

I don’t remember hearing about that refinery.

Stay tuned for this hurricane season. My spidey senses tell me that it’s going to make this BP-sponsored nightmare much much worse. If Obamalama thinks he’s in this over his head now – just wait… And speeches about “looking forward” or “looking at the big picture” (the excuse I see he’s now also using wrt the Palestinians upthread) are not going to save his ass.

catnip - 1 June 2010

Ooops. The blockquoted article ends after ““What more can they do?” The rest is mine.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

if Agatha is any indication… taht sink hole is frightening.

I don’t remeber the refinery storage bursting… in all the nightmare it must have slipped by me..

catnip - 1 June 2010

There was so much destruction in so many places. They must be incredibly strong people down there.

12. catnip - 1 June 2010

Obamalama gave a little presser and then ran away (again) instead of taking questions.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

fraidy cat.

13. catnip - 1 June 2010

Al and Tipper Gore are separating (via CNN).

marisacat - 1 June 2010

wow……………… I am blown away.

Separate carbon footprints… mygod. What next!!

BooHooHooMan - 1 June 2010


marisacat - 1 June 2010

via Ben Smith

Al and Tipper Gore, whose playful romance enlivened Washington and the campaign trail for a quarter century, have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, the couple told friends Tuesday.

In an “Email from Al and Tipper Gore,” the couple said:

“We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate.

“This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.”

BooHooHooMan - 1 June 2010

Thing is, Gore is now…..available.

catnip - 1 June 2010

Don’t tempt me!

(Ouch…just snorted Coca Cola™ out through my nose.)

BooHooHooMan - 1 June 2010

Chapter 1.

It was a cool night. About 50, with chance of showers later. The misty mist remains of rainy like rain slobber fell upon the Left Bank, no ,no, the Right Bank – one of those – near The Cafe.
The beefy man was crowbarred out of his 16 wheel Unimog parked blocks away.(okay, two doors down but camouflaged, hidden from view)

“I’ll mosey”, the man whale said to his driver/ “security”.
“Whatever, dude.” came the reply. “I was supposed to get Harvey Weinstein tonight.”

The Cafe, the Cafe he Bogart like thought to himself as he
headed for the door…HER door….

CSTAR - 1 June 2010

Gores (pl) are now available…

catnip - 1 June 2010

Even more scary…

marisacat - 1 June 2010

so I wanna know… did they really need new digs in Montecito with 9 bathrooms?

marisacat - 1 June 2010

I say Al is moving to Cali……………….. we are so green you know. And liberal.

diane - 1 June 2010

younz clownin ……

tanks! needed that.

14. catnip - 1 June 2010


Fortunately for Israel, there’s always the original land of the free, home of the brave. Only in the US large sections of the population are capable of clamoring for punishing sanctions to be imposed on Iran and North Korea while being blind to the slow-motion genocide going on in the Israeli gulag.

And only one place in the whole world is capable of buying the narrative of Israel as “victims” of a humanitarian aid flotilla: the US Congress. The US State Department, in an official note, practically condemned the humanitarians. As for US President Barack Obama, so far he has been as mute (embarrassed?) as during the first weeks of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; the White House only expressed “deep regret”, without condemning Israel.

The White House’s Israeli-in-charge, Rahm Emanuel, had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington for an amenable kiss-and-makeup get-together this Tuesday. On Monday, Netanyahu canceled the trip. Word in Washington is that Obama would pass a sponge over non-stop expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the appalling condition of the Gaza gulag as a whole in exchange for crucial extra cash from pro-Israel donors to the Democratic party, essential for winning the November legislative elections in the US. The Democrats are going to get the cash anyway – they just need to be mildly “concerned” about the ocean massacre, and that’s it.

Once again poor Obama – perhaps against his will – is left emasculated, like a mere Banana Republic satrap, while Netanyahu is allowed to merrily groan a remixed version of The Village People’s Macho, Macho Man. As the humanitarian flotilla was sailing under Turkish, Greek and Irish flags, the Israeli commandos in fact attacked a microcosm of the real, flesh-and-blood “international community” – with Netanyahu harboring no doubts he’ll once again get away with it.

So how does it feel, Mr President, to be the fool on the hill?

And how does it feel for the rest of us, the real, flesh-and-blood international community – apart from manifesting immense outrage (as did the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) plus Turkey, France and Spain)? A distinct possibility – already considered in quite a few latitudes – is to boycott all things Israeli, or impose sanctions. To really hurt their economy. To totally isolate them diplomatically. If for a majority of Israelis the whole world is their enemy – governments, organizations, non-governmental organizations, aid agencies, public opinion – why not return the compliment?

marisacat - 1 June 2010

On Monday, Netanyahu canceled the trip. Word in Washington is that Obama would pass a sponge over non-stop expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the appalling condition of the Gaza gulag as a whole in exchange for crucial extra cash from pro-Israel donors to the Democratic party, essential for winning the November legislative elections in the US. The Democrats are going to get the cash anyway – they just need to be mildly “concerned” about the ocean massacre, and that’s it.

yup there it si.. bingo. Like clockwork, from Truman on.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

So how does it feel, Mr President, to be the fool on the hill?

well as I wrote to a friend, Obby better put on lipstick and some come-fuck-me shoes.

matie - 1 June 2010

Washington feels heat over Iran fuel deal
By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON – Although the Barack Obama administration continued to dismiss the May 17 Iranian fuel swap agreement Friday, there are indications that Iran’s acceptance of the agreement has shaken unity among United Nations Security Council members on sanctions, and is bringing Russian diplomatic pressure on the United States to participate in new talks with Iran on the swap arrangement – something the administration clearly wished to avoid.

In a hastily arranged conference call with reporters last Friday afternoon, three “senior administration officials” assailed the new swap agreement, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, for failing to address what was described as Iran’s decision to continue enrichment of uranium to 20%, the increase in Iran’s low-enriched

uranium (LEU) stocks since last October or UN Security Council resolutions demanding a suspension of all enrichment.

In a telltale sign that the Iranian move has shaken previous unity among the permanent Security Council members on sanctions, however, one of the officials sidestepped a question about the present stance of Russia and China on sanctions.

Far from expressing confidence that the agreement still held, the official would only say, “We’ve been working with the full council to resolve any outstanding issues.”

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced an agreement on a draft resolution on sanctions within hours of the May 17 Iranian fuel swap agreement in Tehran.

An article published on Xinhua News Agency on Saturday by Zhai Dequan, the deputy secretary general of China’s Arms Control and Disarmament Association, appears to signal that China is backing out of the previous agreement on sanctions against Iran.

15. catnip - 1 June 2010
16. catnip - 1 June 2010

Israel’s ambassador to Canada said Israel refuses to have anything other than an Israeli gov’t investigation.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

Obby is for that… Israel can investigate itself… no problem. We, after all, are the only ones that believe them…

matie - 1 June 2010

Big surprise there. I visited the orange, most of the zionists seem to have gone to the mattresses…

I am also convinced this was intentional and directed at us and Turkey. They are pissed that after 4-6 years of pushing us on Iran, that Russia, the Chinese and US are not jumping to the needs of the Zionist State.

17. diane - 1 June 2010

I like this site, at least so far, and can’t say that I’m very familiar: Mondoweiss

Anyone not familiar with the stunning U.S.S. Liberty ‘event,’ might want to read this piece The U.S.S. Liberty and the culture of impunity

18. marisacat - 1 June 2010

What Now?

Obama’s Timidity and Deaths at Sea


A chief lesson to learn from President Barack Obama’s recent unwillingness to stand up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Lobby is that such timidity can get people killed.

Casualty figures are still arriving in the wake of Israel’s Sunday night-Monday morning commando attack on an unarmed flotilla trying to bring relief supplies to the 1.5 million Palestinians crowded into Gaza. Already, at least nine civilian passengers are reported killed, and dozens wounded.

Seldom has an act of aggression been so well advertised in advance. Israel had made clear that it would use force to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza and heard no stern protest from President Obama, who apparently could not overcome his fear of Israel’s legendary political clout. [Ok… we green lighted this… no question – Mcat]

Earlier this year, Obama did criticize Israel’s continued settlement of Palestinian areas and Netanyahu’s resistance to holding meaningful peace talks, but the President has failed to follow up his words with firm action or resolve. Netanyahu concluded that Israel could do what it wished, including dropping commandos from helicopters onto crowded ships and, after alleging a clash with civilians, ordering the use of lethal force.

Then, Netanyahu could expect that America’s mainstreampress – with leading figures like Wolf Blitzer who built his journalistic career by working for the Jerusalem Post – would finesse the murderous assault into something reasonable and possibly even tilted sympathetically toward the Israeli troops.


marisacat - 1 June 2010

here is an interesting tidbit that passed me by, more from mcGovern

[I]t seems to have been the atrocity in Gaza—plus a common determination to prevent war from spreading to Iran—that galvanized the successful joint effort by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to defy Israel. They persuaded Iran to agree to transfer half of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey for further processing, rendering it unusable for a nuclear weapon.

Defy Israel? you ask. Confused? If the Israeli leaders truly believe that low-enriched uranium comprises an essential part of an “existential threat” to Israel from eventual nuclear weapons in Iran, would they not be delighted at Iran’s agreement to send half of that uranium out of the country? Good question.

Truth be told, Israel cares a lot less about Iran’s uranium that it does about forcing “regime change” in Tehran. Netanyahu does not want any agreement with Iran; he wants sanctions against Iran, and eventually a military conflict, with the U.S. jumping in to help finish Iran off.

And this twin wish is shared by American neocons who remain influential in the Obama administration and in the mainstream press.

The pro-Israeli hardliners are the ones running U.S. policy on the Middle East, not Obama, who seems only nominally in charge. Unusually clear proof of this came when the Brazilians released a letter revealing that Obama had personally encouraged the Brazilian and Turkish leaders to pursue the kind of deal they were able to work out with the Iranians.

Small wonder, then, that the leaders of Brazil and Turkey were taken aback when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other administration spokespeople trashed the tripartite Iran-Turkey-Brazil deal and pressed ahead with a new round of sanctions.

And the President? Did he step up and acknowledge that he had encouraged Brazil and Turkey to seek the uranium deal? Well, he don’t say nothin’. ….

The jokes write themselves…

matie - 1 June 2010

See the AsiaTimes article above. Same info.

The defenders and liars are out in force on msnbc, fox and cnn. Had to turn it off.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

Ob is a full participant. As is the Democratic party.

see other things I have posted

diane - 1 June 2010

just an opinion …but trojan horse resounds (yes I’m redundant), with the vague background, open to all types of black hole ‘’racist’ ……fun’n games, …. by Palin et al?, obscuring the fact that certainly Obama, will never be, never wuz, anything akin to Martin or Malcom both assassinated within the breath of the U.S.S. Liberty incident …just wondering?

marisacat - 1 June 2010

USS Liberty ws 67 iirc.

diane - 1 June 2010


matie - 1 June 2010

Even j street is now gungho on Iran. Bastards.

marisacat - 1 June 2010

Well J St was never real.

BooHooHooMan - 1 June 2010

seen coming miles away.
Even over the horizon, 50 miles at sea. It’s what they do.
They blocked Chomsky from coming in the country. Uproar? Forget it.

BooHooHooMan - 1 June 2010

{ The block of Chomsky meaning Israel.
The lack of uproar, J Street.}

marisacat - 1 June 2010

oh even Chomsky says he “supports Israel” lots of eazy sqeezy words.

it s all so worn out.

19. diane - 1 June 2010

Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot

diane - 1 June 2010
diane - 1 June 2010

(Sounds right to me: Israel+Flotilla+Assault)

diane - 1 June 2010

for younz youngsters, the reference is to the Dick and Jane ‘readers,’ weez older ‘unnecessary baggage,’ wuz brawt up on

diane - 1 June 2010

……….and frankly, I’m asceered to know what kind of hideous bullshit that’s being pawned off in the skool sistems now, I’d about had enuf in November 2000.

diane - 1 June 2010

(sorry, should’ve put the quote marks around Dick, and Jane, that really was what they were referred to in ‘my generation,’ which apparently should go find a place to die, according to a much older, and much younger, teeny, tiny, yet frighteningly powerful, handful of folks who puppeteer the strings, which surely includes the most devout of “capitalists,” hand in hand with the most devout of the “RELIGIOUS,” and “socialist/communists.”)

marisacat - 1 June 2010

thanks for the Winograd v harmon update…

diane - 1 June 2010

you’re welcome hon.

20. matie - 1 June 2010

Looking dumb, and dumber.

Wily Netanyahu Trumps Naïve Obama


marisacat - 1 June 2010

flippppppppppppppp!!! floppppppppppp!!!!!

Favorite battle cry of the R against the hapless witless Dems that get sent up to the slaughter.

emphasis on FLOPPPPPPPP.

21. marisacat - 1 June 2010



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