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Inconsolable gulf 4 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!.

Pelicans in harm’s way

 Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune

Brown pelican eggs show the effect of the BP oil leak that began moving into Barataria Bay over the weekend. Thousands of pelicans, along with some terns, roseate spoonbills and herons, are nesting on a series of small mangrove and grass islands on the eastern side of the bay. Oil absorbing booms were placed around the rookeries sometime after Wednesday, but oil still managed to soak about the first six inches of the shorelines. Pelicans build nests of grass that rise more than a foot above the ground, but the eggs appear to be picking up oil from incubating parents who must swim through oil while foraging in the bay. May 23, 2010.


Taken from a comment at Sky Truth, the commenter is Editilla, who keeps a New Orleans blog

Shock Doctrine becomes a nursery school rhyme.
It’s getting so hard, yet only the beginning.
All these weeks of you posting your data, and now we shall see the chickens coming home to roost and getting tar-papered to the beach.

When the storms come there will be black swans and blackened eagles on every doorstep in America this side of the Rockies.
It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature, but it’s goddamn heinous to stick it in her ass.
Pardon that… but we haven’t even begun to see the anger and the grief.

This snuff movie will make Katrina seem like kiddie porn.

If Kafka were alive today he would die.

We are becoming inconsolable along the Gulf, because we can see it is getting worse and will get yet worse.

I hope this changes our country for the better because we won’t have anything else left.




1. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2010

The video for the song “Deaf Boys” at this link, Priests and their evil ways by Harry Shearer, is … words fail. It completely puts itself in the heads of the evil fuckers it’s lampooning, and the funny is very, very dark (but oh so funny … and tunefull!).

It’s odd, but several of the major sex abuse cases involving the Catholic church involve deaf kids. I didn’t understand why, until I heard this song. And now I have to get some q-tips and sulfuric acid and scrub out my ears.

marisacat - 4 June 2010

It all goes back so far… inevitably some children died or were killed. Esp in the deep far reaches of Alaska, in orphanages. Parts of Italy and Spain are desolate, removed literally from reality. It has to have happened.

Has to have happened.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2010

I hope you can stream the video …

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2010
3. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2010

Closing the Hole in the Gulf: A Petroleum Engineer Responds

A petroleum engineer who’s worked in the oil industry tells me BP is doing the minimum to clean up the oil and everything it can to protect its bottom line.

marisacat - 4 June 2010

And again they are siphoning something out of the well hole rather than closing that fucker up.

I think Hofmeister, the retired head of Shell, for whatever reason (I hear the Big Oil Cos are angry, across the board at BP, for all sorts of reasons) is going to haunt BP… he is across the media spectrum.

Half hour on Hannity today… been on the AM shows, I assume on cable as well…………. and so on.

marisacat - 4 June 2010

And look at what is No 1:

1. Stop releasing dispersants. So-called dispersants are toxic, and it’s crazy to add more poison to the Gulf. Dispersants do nothing to assist the environment in naturally cleaning the oil; their main use is PR. They reduce the number of ugly pictures of birds covered in pure black crude. Dispersants break the thick layer of crude into smaller globs, but that doesn’t help the Gulf and its wildlife. Most of the crude just mixes with the water to produce a goop that looks like chocolate ice cream but is highly poisonous.


3. Restart work on the second pressure relief well. BP did start work on two relief wells as the government requested, but the second has been shut down to cannabalize parts from it for the primary well kill effort. The President must order BP to spend whatever money it takes to get another blow out preventer on site, to re-start work on the second pressure relief well.

A recent blow-out off the coast of Australia required five pressure relief wells to successfully shut it down.

There is no hope, none. The ONLY thing possible to give Obby and Obsters credit (well… you know…) on was that supposedly someone in the room demanded the second relief well.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2010

I know, I choked when I read that one … I had NO idea they’d stopped.

Barry so doesn’t want to piss his owners off …

marisacat - 4 June 2010

oh the vulgar jokes that write themselves.

He was sucked of all life from the clips i saw of him on the Gulf today. Browner too on with the Dateline special. She looked like a corpse.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2010

must suck to sell your soul to Satan and he turns out to be a fucked up asshole who won’t listen to his PR people and an utter incompetent.

marisacat - 4 June 2010

I am pretty well convinced that the white boyz behind Obby actually thought he was bankable. Hell earlier Axelrod props were Deval… and [gasp] Freddie Ferrer.

That he had stamina and was not just pumped to the max from all the attention….

I am guessing they are slowly realising he’ll be left in place and probably simply ignored. They will be less than ignored… First to go, I would guess Rahm. They need a somewhat known name to be extracted, soem public fumigation and the Obsters will claim to be moving right along.

Soemthing along that line.

marisacat - 5 June 2010

Robert Reich put this up at TPM

June 2, after he posted the oil engineer’s information at his own blog… and he did not include the information that the second well had been stopped and was being pilfiered for parts.

What is he? A neutered SQUIRREL?

He finally mentions it down the road in a back and forth he had with Theda Shocpol (another Harvard Obby love bug) – a back and forth in the editor’s blog.

Oh peachy keano. Who fuckign reads the Editors’ Blog at TPM? That balless enterprise.

(Reich links back to her original dissent to him… and boy hers is weak tea. Tepid water, I’d say)

marisacat - 5 June 2010

hmm I found thiis, Thad Allen’s Thursday presser… this is what he says about the second well.

Q: Yes, Admiral, (inaudible) with ABC News. Can you give us a status report on the relief well? I know that there was pause in the second drilling of the second relief well. Are all the resources now refocused on drilling those two relief wells?

ADM. ALLEN: They are and they’re both on target for their dates right now. BP produces what’s called a “depth-to-time” chart and based on what they know they’re going to be drilling throug—and sometimes it anticipates that it will be harder to drill through rock than it is other sediments and so forth and we actually get a daily update on that. They are slightly ahead of schedule right now, but I’m not—we’re not willing to declare victory until that [do you love that? – Mcat] —the relief wells are actually connected. We stopped—its mid August for the first well.

Regarding the deep driller two that was taken off-station—when the deep driller two was being deployed and we thought there was an opportunity to cap the well, we knew one of the options would be to put another blowout preventer over the current one that’s down there. So they actually deployed a blowout preventer on the deep driller two. They went out and they started the second relief well. When they started the top till option, they thought they might be able to stabilize the pressure in the well with mud and then put a cement plug in and be able to do something else. They were prepared to put another blowout preventer on top of it. The deep driller two stopped drilling operations for that time, moved over and was ready to deploy the blowout preventer should that be needed. It was not. They went back, resumed drilling and they’re still on schedule to complete their portion of the drilling.

wait and watch. wait and watch…………….

marisacat - 5 June 2010

And this from his phone presser… on dispersant:

Q: Admiral, Alan Johnson from (inaudible) Press. British Petroleum said last week that they’re reviewing 11 alternatives to Corexit. Has that review been completed? And they keep saying that EPA has sanctioned the use of Corexit, but what the results of the discussions between the governments and the BP of the alternative? And will the government allow Corexit to be used on inland waterways like Lake Pontchartrain?

ADM. ALLEN: The Corexit is allowed by use under the schedule approved by EPA for dispersants. We have had British Petroleum provide information to EPA on alternatives to it, but we’ve also asked them to look at sources, supply and logistics that if we were to move to another dispersant, if there was enough out there to be able to be used for what we need to do out there. This is not a closed issue. It remains under discussion. It’s a very tough issue because this material is available to us now and it is effective. [there are reports around, speculation that BP is using the Gulf to dump the Corexit as they have the stock and need to be rid of it -Mcat]

The thing we’re most concerned about now is two things—number one is the total amount of dispersants that have been deployed out there to date and the impact of subsea dispersants at that depth in the water column which we don’t have a lot of information about moving forward.

Right now, a legitimate alternative has not surfaced yet and EPA continues to review it and I continue to talk with Lisa Jackson about it, but that’s where we’re at right now.

Read more: Link to McClatchy report

4. marisacat - 4 June 2010

BTW, there are also reports out, al jazeera and even ynet news, on the autopsies… 9 men took 30 of the shots… most at close range, several head shots…

And this:

Israel navy ‘intercepts’ Gaza-bound aid ship

By Adel Zaanoun (AFP) – 2 hours ago

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israel intercepted a Gaza-bound aid ship carrying Irish and Malaysian activists on Saturday, just days after its commandos staged a deadly raid on another ship, killing nine.

“The Rachel Corrie has been intercepted 35 miles off Gaza,” Amjad al-Shawa, a spokesman for the Gaza-based welcoming committee, told AFP after speaking by telephone with passengers on the boat.

“Several Israeli boats surrounded them between 30 and 35 miles off Gaza and prevented them from reaching Gaza,” he said, adding that communication with the boat had been “completely cut”.

In a last communique issued at around 5:38 am (0238 GMT) by one of the activists on board, Israeli vessels were approaching the vessel and those aboard feared all communications would be cut off.

5. marisacat - 5 June 2010

From the Ynet News report… and… what color were the paintballs, again?

[T]he British newspaper reports Sunday that the killed activists were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range.

The results revealed that, Ibrahim Bilgen, 60, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. US citizen Fulkan Dogan, 19, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back.

Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine, said two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back.

One of the doctors said that all but one of the bullets retrieved from the bodies came from 9mm rounds. Of the other round, he said, “It was the first time we have seen this kind of material used in firearms. It was just a container including many types of pellets usually used in shotguns. It penetrated the head region in the temple and we found it intact in the brain.”

According to British Parliament Member Andrew Slaughter, the findings harm Israel’s version. “Given the very disturbing evidence which contradicts the line from the Israeli media and suggests that Israelis have been very selective in the way they have addressed this, there is now an overwhelming need for an international inquiry,” he said.

And this…

The only situation when a soldier shot was when it was a clearly a life-threatening situation. Pulling the trigger quickly can result in a few bullets being in the same body, but does not change the fact they were in a life-threatening situation,” the official said.

diane - 5 June 2010

read that awhile ago, ..no words for all of it

marisacat - 5 June 2010

I am sure there are better reports around, but I am kind of flailing here…

diane - 5 June 2010

I saw a few, that give pretty much the same autopsy data as above, though this one: “Why Did They Shoot So Many in the Head?” adds that there were still 6 activists said to be missing, which I don’t recall reading before, and doesn’t give include the description of the rare firearm material.

(flailing here also :0( ).

6. diane - 5 June 2010

per Mondoweiss, at 4:55 ET:

The Rachel Corrie has been forcibly seized by the Israeli navy and is being towed to Ashdod. All on board are reported safe. From Perdana 2 minutes ago via web


marisacat - 5 June 2010

oh thansk for that!

diane - 5 June 2010

you’re welcome hon.

diane - 5 June 2010

at 5:23 ET, a post from the same poster as above:

IDF denies they have boarded, but they are going to post ‘their’ video tape soon. Eyewitnesses can see the boat from the shore 12 minutes ago via web

About 12 min after the post saying the ship was captured.

diane - 5 June 2010

Per Haaretz, minutes ago, the IDF has boarded the ship (it’s 5:35 ET). The article (at least currently), is a bit confusing, as it looks like the first few paragraphs were added onto their earlier article re the Rachel Corrie:

IDF boards Gaza-bound aid ship ‘Rachel Corrie’ – Reportedly peaceful takeover takes place after humanitarian aid ship ignored IDF pleas to change course.

The Gaza-bound aid ship “Rachel Corrie” has been boarded by Israel Defense Forces soldiers, and is directed toward the port of the Israeli city of Ashdod, Channel 2 reported on Saturday.

According to preliminary reports, the takeover was conducted peaceful and no resistance or injuries were reported.


7. marisacat - 5 June 2010

Dennis Perrin on Israel…

[T]hus it was meant to be. In my early days as a Middle East speaker/debater, I encountered Israelis from left to right, and while they held different views about war and Palestine, all of them said that the Israeli mentality is ultimately suicidal. If there is any hint of a massive defeat or decisive turnaround in Israeli designs, the country may well blow itself up (after destroying those around it) rather than face such indignity. The leftists bemoaned this; the rightists celebrated it. Israelis are drilled from childhood about their uniqueness and divine right to whatever land they consider historically theirs. They are also told that the rest of the planet hates them and longs for their extinction, therefore Israelis must be tougher, stronger, more violent, indeed crazier than their enemies.

8. marisacat - 5 June 2010


on the plane back to DC, Gibbs told reporters “there has been tremendous progress” in the Gulf.

Where? With whom?

Is there any demonstrable evidence?

Here from Politico “44”

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs gaggled with reporters on board Air Force One Friday, en route to Louisiana. Here are some of his updates:

– Senior advisor Valerie Jarrett has been hosting frequent calls with the governors of the Gulf Coast States, Gibbs said. "All of the governors – obviously there are days they have some scheduling conflicts – all of them have been regular attendance on the calls."

– He said the decision to postpone President Obama's trip to Australia and Indonesia came within the last 24 hours. "Final decision was probably made late yesterday afternoon or early yesterday evening," Gibbs said. "The president made the decision that with all that's going on, paticularly on the response right now, it would be difficult to go."

– Gibbs said he does not expect the president to return to the Gulf Coast next week. He added that the administration believes it has made “tremendous progress” addressing the region’s concerns.

marisacat - 5 June 2010

hmm I see the wording… it is not that there has been progress in teh Gulf (cuz sure as shit there is not) Gibbs says they, the Obbettes, feel that the Administration has made great progress.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010

jeebus, CNN doint a puff piece on Adm. Allen … “first stop of the day is coffee. The Admiral’s aides know every coffee shop in the region.”

Suzzanne Malveux laughs at his bad jokes …

She reports that he’s going to talk to Barry on the phone.

it’s a fucking infomercial.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010

Obama Knew the Spill Was Hopeless

As the president visits the Gulf anew, Richard Wolffe reports that he was first briefed in April on how bad the spill would be. Plus: the real reason the White House is so mad at Carville—and why Obama would rather talk about the economy.

Critics have bashed President Obama for being slow to seize the political initiative in combating the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now widely believed to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The White House has battled back, releasing a timeline of events showing that Obama was briefed—and deploying the Coast Guard—within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

What has not been previously disclosed: The president was not only briefed on the real-time events of the spill, but also on just how bad it would be—and how hard it would be to plug the hole.

Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.

That early briefing on the scope of the spill—and enormous technical challenges involved in fixing it—might help explain the sense of fatalism that has infused Obama’s team from the start.

That frustration has boiled over in dealing with some of their most high-profile critics—especially the ones on the Democratic side.

Case in point: James Carville, the Democratic strategist, whose TV eruptions have helped focus attention on the president’s response.

Carville recently chanced upon Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen eating dinner with BP CEO Tony Hayward at a New Orleans restaurant, the senior White House aide says. Allen had called Carville after his first TV outburst to talk about the administration’s response, but Carville failed to return the call. When Allen asked why, Carville said he had been busy, the aide says (Carville did not reply to requests for comment). That does not sit well with administration officials who suggest that Carville’s readiness to go public with his criticism is not matched by his private willingness to offer concrete suggestions about what they could do differently.

catnip - 5 June 2010

What do they expect Carville to do? He’s not an engineer.

And a question from the back of the room: have relief wells ever been drilled at that depth? How do they know they’ll even work?

marisacat - 5 June 2010

Carville did not call back becasue he knew and knows the screw is in. As I see it, he is fighting back in his own way. Pointing out that the Emperor’s clothing is made of oil.

There was a piece at C Punch recently about all the scabrous political work Carville does in South America… yeah it is bad. Who he works for… Tell me something new!!

The Clintonites who could sell and hire themselves out to political orgs and candidates went global as fast as they could after the Clinton brand caught on. Yeah what a shame. It, the article, also tried to connect Carville to BP. But imo they could not do it. the best the author could do was say that Greenberg, with whom Carville is partnered in that polling nd consulting firm, that Greenberg has some connetion to BP. But it looked marginal to me.

I say let Carville pull his mad dog routine on their asses. Works for rme…………….

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010
12. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010

Dying for Our Sins

More than an environmental, economic, or political crisis, I believe that the crisis that has manifested itself as the Gulf Coast oil spill is a spiritual one. I do not see how any thinking, feeling human being could look at images like this one without coming to the conclusion that our entire way of life is the ultimate blasphemy.

Make no mistake: the gods that are invoked to justify our human-centered cosmos are demons.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010


So I’m finding it hard to talk about the BP oil spill. It is horrible in the most literal sense — it instills within me a sense of true, deep, abject horror. It is creeping and (for the moment, at least) unstoppable. It is killing everything it touches, and it is huge, and it is trying to touch everything.

Jesus Christ. We broke the ocean.

(Yes, we. All of us who drive when we could walk or ride our bikes or use public transportation; those of us who pick up the marginally cheaper product when it comes to these things and many others when there are often more responsible options available. All of us who haven’t been paying attention while the protective laws and regulations have been gutted, eliminated, and ignored. We did this. We made these oil companies rich. We gave them the power to do this. And therefore, we too are responsible – and if that sounds terrible, good. It ought to.)

The spill is leaping up and down on a whole host of my sensitivities. Besides the obvious — that it’s attacking my Gulf — it’s also tap-dancing on the same psychological nerve that compels me to be on time for everything. If you’ve ever met me, or had any occasion to rely on me for something, then you know it’s true: I’m ludicrously and insistently punctual. This applies to deadlines, too. I’ll stop eating and sleeping to keep from missing a deadline. It’s just one of those things I don’t let slide.

I can’t explain it any better than this — I feel like every moment that the spill goes unchecked, a deadline is being missed. The fix isn’t just late, it’s too late. It’s one of those nightmares where you’re trying to catch a plane, and things keep getting in the way, and you’re never going to make it — it’s going to leave without you — but you keep struggling toward it. I hate those nightmares worse than I hate the nightmares about having loose or broken teeth. I hate them because they trigger this same almost-physically-painful hysteria I experience when I’m going to be late for something. Is it irrational? Yes, totally. I don’t deny that for a moment.

But this fear. This hysteria. This horror. It is not irrational.
It is fair, and that makes it even worse.

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010

this and the post before it were linked from The Slog, which also had this up today: Cats Are Not Dogs

catnip - 5 June 2010

I tried putting a leash on Shipley once because there was a spaz attack cat across the alley in the city and I didn’t want him wandering by himself. Poor thing. He just laid down on the ground. Just had to supervise him when he was in the yard from then on.

catnip - 5 June 2010

You know – back in the dark ages in the early 70s when I was in grade 8 our yearbook end pages had a flower power type picture with “Ecology” in big letters. So I don’t buy that we are all responsible. This crisis has been well-known for decades and we have not been given enough affordable, environmentally-friendly alternatives (who killed the electric car?) to make much of a difference. The bulk of the blame belongs exactly where it’s been placed: on governments and big business. There’s only so much we can do as individuals that’s going have even an iota of an impact.

I don’t feel guilty – not one bit. I gave up my car years ago and bought a mountain bike (despite my health problems though I do need a car now but can’t afford one.) I recycle most things. I use Freecycle. I’m conscientious. I buy most things second-hand. etc etc etc. I just don’t know what more I can do that will make one bit of difference. And that goes for millions of us, I’m sure.

diane - 5 June 2010

I agree wholeheartedly that the citizens are generally dumped with the blame for the outcome of money/power games over which they have no control, and no options to do “the right thing.”

Al Gore’s guilt tripping while buying enormous mansions comes immediately to mind, so does Gavin Newsome in San Francisco.

marisacat - 5 June 2010

ugh Gavin. Don’t get me started. The funniest thing of all is that after years of rumors that Gavin is gay, or bisexual… or whatever the words are, I have decided it is true. And wags in the Castro are laughing that it took us so long to catch on.

Probably the most revealing thing about Gavin is one rumor that I am sure of…, that Gavin glides along on a several million dollar “loan” from his primary backers (who love Obby as well), our local Gettys. yeah of Getty Oil and whatever else…

diane - 5 June 2010

If that fucker ever becomes Governor I’ll go insane, he runs a close second to Al, on my $Green $Technie $Nerd $Always a White Male (at least biologically) contemptometer.

marisacat - 5 June 2010

one of the few things I am sure of, Gavin will never be governor. His manipulation of the Prop 8 – prop HATE, as it is called – will do him in.

In my view, he scuttled it to suit his masters, who are resolutely white, wealthy and homophobic. But that is not the general, media induced view…

The whole travail of Gavin, IF you factor in he is gay on his second marriage, is a scream!! And so so so San Francisco.

His first marrage not too unpredicatably did nto produce kittles… HOWEVER if you decide the full rumor is true, that he and his first wif were beards for each other, hey then it works!!

NOW he has produced a kittle.. but he married such wealth, more than he ever expected, that I am positive he is interested in making certain of various forms of pay out, buy out, should it all go sour.

badri - 5 June 2010

unless he had a revelation and changed at the most he would be a bi . do you remember him screwing his best friends wife behind the back and then paying it off as some 6 months / years salary some thing ?
i am not in SF right now so not up to date about gossip . btw he does come from money himself .

marisacat - 5 June 2010

How does Gavin come from money? His father was a judge and municipal fixer… wandering around with a gavel and greasy wrench basically. That is not money

Of course I remember the mini Gavin scandals… he was softened up for a year and half, with ABC local news (Noyes) doing a lot of the leg work… in order for SOMEBODY to take him down. To the shame of the city, there were no takers.

marisacat - 5 June 2010

It pissed off teh Bush admin that we (California) got thru the energy assault they put us under in 2000 – 01 (that Arnold was fully a part of, as well) THRU CONSERVATION.

The problem really is that no matter what the people do, they are lapped (and beaten down) by the corps. I mean, for years, maybe a decade now, BP had a drooly unctuous pr spin going that they were green. GMAFB!!

Chevron advertises on PBS down here, that it is all about … PEOPLE POWER. When their refinery is located in a poor area that has so few possibilities of fighting back. Tho they try… and their Green mayor tries as well. More than the Democrat who was in there before… Chevron has a death grip on Richmond California…

The people can save and economise and do whatever.. and in the end it won’t matter. Or so little in the final assessment….

Which is not to say, not to do it…

Mostly I am just pathetically grateful that the private garbage collection company the city contracts with has not delivered to me the now third mandated garbage bin. Green for compost material. I don’t produce any… I really don’t…

Except for being alive thru the second half of the 20th c, no I don’t blame myself at all.

And a lot of American culture (city and suburb planning that all but mandated a car) got literally slapped across the face of ordinary Americans…

I can save and sort and use paper not plastic, low flow toilets… and so on… but I cannot stop the wars. Nor the internal corporate games…

I also cannot stop how California water is run from Sacramento. My low flow toilet cannot change that…

catnip - 5 June 2010

And a lot of American culture (city and suburb planning that all but mandated a car) got literally slapped across the face of ordinary Americans…

Not just American cities. The urban sprawl in Calgary is ridiculous. Tons of oil money there too so what do you expect? Now the provincial gov’t that exists in the pockets of Big Oil is pushing for a reduction in plastic bags. That’s what we get – crumbs. Meanwhile, the tailings ponds up north are regularly killing off wildlife and sour gas wells spout their noxious spew. But, yeah, fewer plastic bags will make all of the difference!

marisacat - 5 June 2010

oh we are busy banning plastic bags (groceries, markets etc). Soon to go state wide. And yes, many benefits… but……………… against a wall imo.

diane - 5 June 2010

So true!

Further, I’ve seen little to no discussion that plastic (a petrol derivative) seems to have replaced glass, everywhere but in the unaffordable food item isles, presumably all of the recycled glass is being shipped to China.

Worse, pretty much silence from folks like Al and Pukesom regarding the fact that much of the oil is being used not only to fuel the private planes/suvs of the elite (as in the Google plane which flew pukesom’s guests to his Green wedding, must be nice not to go through scanners); but to conduct slaughters in other countries, which citizens have repeatedly have condemned.

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010

I don’t feel guilty so much as trapped. You live within a given system, and there is only so much you can do to affect much of anything.

marisacat - 5 June 2010

yeah trapped. very much so……………

14. diane - 5 June 2010

Jun 5, 4:08 PM EDT

Gulf oil spill’s threat to wildlife turns real

Associated Press Writers

ON BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) — The wildlife apocalypse along the Gulf Coast that everyone has feared for weeks is fast becoming a terrible reality.

Pelicans struggled to free themselves from oil thick as tar that gathers in hip-deep pools, while others stretch out useless wings, feathers dripping with crude. Dead birds and dolphins have washed up onshore, coated in the sludge. Seashells that once glinted pearly white under the hot June sun are stained crimson.

Scenes like this played out along miles of shoreline Saturday, nearly seven weeks after a BP rig exploded and the wellhead a mile below the surface began belching millions of gallon of oil.

“These waters are my backyard, my life,” said boat captain Dave Marino, a firefighter and fishing guide from Myrtle Grove. “I don’t want to say heartbreaking, because that’s been said. It’s a nightmare. It looks like it’s going to be wave after wave of it and nobody can stop it.”


In Gulf Shores, Ala., boardwalks leading to hotels were tattooed with oil from beachgoers’ feet. A slick hundreds of yards long washed ashore at a state park, coating the white sand with a thick, red stew. Cleanup workers rushed to contain it in bags, but more washed in before they could remove the first wave of debris.


At Pensacola Beach, Erin Tamber, who moved to the area from New Orleans after surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, inspected a beach stained orange by the retreating tide.

“I feel like I’ve gone from owning a piece of paradise to owning a toxic waste dump,” she said.

Back in Louisiana, along the beach at Queen Bess Island, oil pooled several feet deep, trapping birds against unused containment boom. The futility of their struggle was confirmed when Joe Sartore, a National Geographic photographer, sank thigh deep in oil on nearby East Grand Terre Island and had to be pulled from the tar.

“I would have died if I would have been out here alone,” he said.

With no oil response workers on Queen Bess, Plaquemines Parish coastal zone management director P.J. Hahn decided he could wait no longer, pulling an exhausted brown pelican from the oil, the slime dripping from its wings.

“We’re in the sixth week, you’d think there would be a flotilla of people out here,” Hahn said. “As you can see, we’re so far behind the curve in this thing.”

After six weeks with one to four birds a day coming into Louisiana’s rescue center for oiled birds at Fort Jackson, 53 arrived Thursday and another 13 Friday morning, with more on the way. Federal authorities say 792 dead birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife have been collected from the Gulf of Mexico and its coastline.


Experts say the Gulf’s marshes, beaches and coastal waters, which nurture a dazzling array of life, could be transformed into killing fields, though the die-off could take months or years and unfold largely out of sight. The damage could be even greater beneath the water’s surface, where oil and dispersants could devastate zooplankton and tiny invertebrate communities at the base of the aquatic food chain.


The Gulf is also home to dolphins and species including the endangered sperm whale. A government report found that dolphins with prolonged exposure to oil in the 1990s experienced skin injuries and burns, reduced neurological functions and lower hemoglobin levels in their blood. It concluded, though, that the effects probably wouldn’t be lethal because many creatures would avoid the oil. Yet dolphins in the Gulf have been spotted swimming through plumes of crude.

Gilly Llewellyn, oceans program leader with the World Wildlife Fund in Australia, said she observed the same behavior by dolphins following a 73-day spill last year in the Timor Sea.

“A heartbreaking sight,” Llewellyn said. “And what we managed to see on the surface was undoubtedly just a fraction of what was happening.”

The prospect left fishing guide Marino shaking his head, as he watched the oil washing into a marsh and over the body of a dead pelican. Species like shrimp and crab flourish here, finding protection in the grasses. Fish, birds and other creatures feed here.

“It’s going to break that cycle of life,” Marino said. “It’s like pouring gas in your aquarium. What do you think that’s going to do?”

marisacat - 5 June 2010

With no oil response workers on Queen Bess, Plaquemines Parish coastal zone management director P.J. Hahn decided he could wait no longer, pulling an exhausted brown pelican from the oil, the slime dripping from its wings.

“We’re in the sixth week, you’d think there would be a flotilla of people out here,” Hahn said. “As you can see, we’re so far behind the curve in this thing.”

Probably one of the few things we can do is buy Dawn dish soap… they really do use it to clean the birds, that and hydration and meds via IV, or at least they do that here (I have nto noticed that, IV lines, in the clips of birds being treated in what centers are there…).

At least Dawn produced a product that makes a difference.

diane - 5 June 2010

It was hard not to bold the whole piece, I deliberately left out the DC bit as much as possible, all so murky, as it is.

About worthy products, it’s so very sad that ‘humanity’ has gone full ‘hog,’ for a monetary, versus basic needs, system. I’d love to believe, that in some point at time, humans get to the point where they spend the majority of time trying to sustain life, versus being trapped in a system which requires they do things they hate, in order not to commit suicide, which ultimately end up, resulting in mass suicide …anyway.

15. marisacat - 5 June 2010

Speaking of the ghey… I was wandering thru Michael Wolff, catching up… I like how direct he is.

This on Obby and DADT had me laughing all the way thru. Double entendre mine field.

16. marisacat - 5 June 2010

Ynet News piece on the Rachel Corrie… the activists and others (it points out the crew is Filipino!) are being detained and interrogated… Due for release Sunday….

But as predicted, the spin is that the irish and Malay activists are so much more polite and submissive than were the Turks… who dared be in the first flotilla.

Today it was much easier. People were much more polite and did not attempt any violent provocations,” he said. “Some of them, like the Filipinos who were part of the crew, didn’t really understand why they’re here.”

“They came off the boat and arrived to us in a civilized manner, did not riot, and did not swear at our inspectors or looked at them with hatred in their eyes,” the official said. “Compared to the previous people they were very calm.”

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010

BP Buys ‘Oil’ Search Terms to Redirect Users to Official Company Website

BP, the very company responsible for the oil spill that is already the worst in U.S. history, has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that the first result that shows up directs information seekers to the company’s official website.

A simple Google search of “oil spill” turns up several thousand news results, but the first link, highlighted at the very top of the page, is from BP. “Learn more about how BP is helping,” the link’s tagline reads.

A spokesman for the company confirmed to ABC News that it had, in fact, bought these search terms to make information on the spill more accessible to the public.

“We have bought search terms on search engines like Google to make it easier for people to find out more about our efforts in the Gulf and make it easier for people to find key links to information on filing claims, reporting oil on the beach and signing up to volunteer,” BP spokesman Toby Odone told ABC News.

It’s for our own good, don’tcha see?

marisacat - 5 June 2010

god they just drool the bullshit don’t they. Drooling that BS all over Obby. Then he flaps his wings and halo and it drips all over all of us….

to make it easier for people to find out more about our efforts in the Gulf and make it easier for people


[T]he birds brought to the center are plucked from oil soaked waters that now ring Louisiana’s fragile barrier islands and marshes. The feathers of oiled birds become matted and separate, leaving them vulnerable to heat or cold.

They also try to preen, or clean their feathers with their beak or bill, risking a sickening or fatal ingestion of oil.

The marshy areas around the rehabilitation center are so far untouched by the slick, and are teeming with birds. Snowy-white egrets peck at the ground or scan shallow waters for food, while gulls and terns fly overhead.

But on Saturday, brisk winds pushed oil over some of the containment booms meant to keep the crude away from the coast, ringing a nearby brown pelican rookery and leaving the birds standing in a watery crude oil soup.

“We are receiving birds today, but we don’t know how many,” Jay Holcomb, executive director for the International Bird Rescue Research Center told reporters. “This oil is really gooey,” he added.


Once brought to the center, the birds are treated for dehydration and other conditions and fed before the difficult clean-up operation begins.

Because the crude that clings to the pelicans’ feathers is so sticky, they are first bathed in warmed vegetable oil.

In the next step, workers armed with toothbrushes and dishwashing liquid scrub the birds for about 45 minutes. The brown pelicans, which have wingspans as wide as 8 feet (2.44 meters) typically struggle during the process.

After the birds are dried and receive a health check, they are banded for identification purposes and flown to Florida by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The spill’s toll on the Gulf coast bird population will not be known for some time — for example, some rehabilitated birds may survive but might not breed again.

“We really won’t know much until the next breeding season,” Tom Bancroft, chief scientist for the National Audubon Society, said in a telephone interview.

18. catnip - 5 June 2010
marisacat - 5 June 2010

oh thanks for those!

catnip - 5 June 2010


That’s the view out my front window. I went over and patted one of them – the one in the closeups. Couldn’t resist.

diane - 5 June 2010

love that soft and downy, with a teeny tad of hard hairs, but firm, yet cushiony, feel, around the flaring nostril and mouth area, when you feed them wild grasses or carrots, etc.., with a curved palm, ….. and then, …… there’s that horse scent, … and the wildness, …….those impossible, ….. ‘ripped,’ ……yet so fragile, …..long, ….. so complexly boned, ……legs ………..even the the scent of their shit is pretty much non-offensive, …true green frackin ‘apples,’ for grain, mushroom, and earthworm consumption…..……

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 June 2010

wow, you’re really out in the country!


catnip - 5 June 2010

Yeah, it’s great. 🙂

There are 2 stables within a mile of here – really nice horses. These guys were just brought over to that pasture last week so they’ve been fun to watch.

If I can save enough cash, I might go for riding lessons this summer. I’ve ridden before but you have to have taken lessons to go and ride now and then at the one stable afaik.

marisacat - 5 June 2010

Is it just a few lessons maybe? Or would it be extended?

I don’t remember it taking many lessons to be able to ride, frankly… just ride, on simple trails.

19. marisacat - 5 June 2010



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