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DIY 11 June 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Other than LDFD Dems, The Battle for New Orleans.

A roseate spoonbill passes below a tern over an island in the Barataria Bay on the Gulf coast of Louisiana. The island is home to thousands of brown pelicans, egrets and roseate spoonbills, many of which are now affected by oil after the Deepwater spill. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands and islands      [John Moore/Getty Images – Guardian Wildlife series]


Madman linked to this Rolling Stone article on the Gulf Oil [spill mess gusher volcano] in the last thread… and I am just getting there.. It is long, several pages…

I had noticed that lambert at corrente also linked to the article, pulling out parts and pieces in the article that fulfil how this matches up against so many other disasters… in the details. From Katrina to Krakatoa.  Even the Titanic!

The Titanic: Full speed ahead into the ice bergs? What could go wrong?

Most troubling of all, the government has allowed BP to continue deep-sea production at its Atlantis rig – one of the world’s largest oil platforms. Capable of drawing 200,000 barrels a day from the seafloor, Atlantis is located only 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana, in waters nearly 2,000 feet deeper than BP drilled at Deepwater Horizon. According to congressional documents, the platform lacks required engineering certification for as much as 90 percent of its subsea components – a flaw that internal BP documents reveal could lead to “catastrophic” errors. In a May 19th letter to Salazar, 26 congressmen called for the rig to be shut down immediately. “We are very concerned,” they wrote, “that the tragedy at Deepwater Horizon could foreshadow an accident at BP Atlantis.”

The administration’s response to the looming threat? According to an e-mail to a congressional aide from a staff member at MMS, the agency has had “zero contact” with Atlantis about its safety risks since the Deepwater rig went down.

And fucking depressing the whole thing is, too. 


However, little Magnolia Springs in Alabama is not. Depressing, that is.. I just happened on a report on MS, AL on CBS and how they decided some weeks ago, not to wait. It helped that they looked at the plan that was made for them (I would guess a stinking mess devised by BP and Unified Command – don’t make me laugh too hard!) and they did not like it. Plus they were watching Louisiana, and not liking what they saw.

The CBS report I saw, in fact, cheered me up, in all ways… At that point they were laying down multiple lines of boom and just starting with the barges, at that stage they had two. Renting boom, renting barges, so far it was running 6k a day, with a 200k chunk tossed in from the state, part of the BP cash allotment to Alabama.

Everybody was involved, even little pleasure craft that went by helping to lay boom, their rainbow colored sun umbrellas with flirty trim rippling in the breeze:

[F]rom the start, the townspeople were unsatisfied with the unified command’s plan for Weeks Bay — a strand of floating surface barriers known as boom stretched across the bay’s mouth. Because of tidal currents, any oil on top of the water could splash over the boom, then into the bay and up the Fish and Magnolia Rivers into nurseries for area wildlife. A plan to string boom across Mobile Bay failed when water shredded the barrier.

Mr. Hinton’s solution was simple: run a wall of barges across the mouth of Weeks Bay to block the current, then run five layers of boom behind it — two to block the oil, and three strands of absorbent boom to soak up any oil that got through the containment layers.

The town bought the boom right away, before an increase in demand nearly quadrupled the price. Money for the project came from the state, which received $25 million from BP for emergency response efforts.

“We’re not biologists or engineers or scientists,” Mr. Hinton said. “We took common sense and what we knew about the water from living here. I’m pretty proud of our little plan.”

Between rain showers on Sunday, two dozen volunteer firefighters and teenage explorers laid out the layers of boom, while a tugboat and a crane moved nine barges into place, anchored by 40-foot spikes, with a closeable 100-foot gap for boats to pass through.

To seal the bay entirely they would need approval from unified command. But they are resolved to close it at the first sight of nearby oil, with or without approval, said Charles S. Houser, the mayor of Magnolia Springs, who earns a monthly salary of $100.

“We’re not going to wait for BP,” Mr. Houser said. “If we saw oil right there we’d close the bay right now. The lesson we learned from Louisiana is to act, not wait. We’ll ask for forgiveness later.”

The biggest challenge, Mr. Hinton said, has been dealing with BP and the unified command bureaucracy. The 36 fire chiefs in Baldwin County here passed a resolution to censure BP for poor communications with fire crews.

Mr. Hinton said that so far no other communities had contacted him about copying his plan. “A fire chief told me, ‘Jamie, you can slow down in your preparations, the federal government is going to take care of it.’ I said,

Meaning the way they took care of Katrina, Ivan and the Valdez spill?’   …snip…

So much shame to go around.  WHAT was more important than at least trying very hard to block the oil?


A report that Louisiana is now turning to barges to block the oil.

[“W]e’ll have pumps on top of the barges that can actually have hoses attached them to suck oil off as they come against the barges, and the barges will also steer oil towards those openings and have skimmers sitting there to skim off the oil as it tries to go through the opening,” said Deano Bonano, Jefferson Parish’s emergency preparedness director. “It won’t completely stop the oil. It will minimize the oil getting in there.”

16 barges have already arrived with at least 100 more expected by next week. Area leaders hope to sink them along side one another at major passes where Gulf waters flow into coastal Louisiana.

A more permanent plan calls for an interior barrier of rocks to line the barges, sealing entry for the oil. But the permits have yet to be signed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the feasibility of it all remains an issue.

“We’re going to make sure that in those passes there’s nothing that’s going to obstruct it like a gas line that we don’t hit that. So they’re doing the tests, the field tests now, to determine where those are,” said Steve Theriot, interim Jefferson Parish president.   …snip…

The oil is going to roll to land for god knows how long, but with some luck (and a lot of boom), back at Magnolia Springs:

James Hinton looked over a barge jutting into the mouth of a 6,000-acre estuary last weekend and said, “If we can make this work, if the oil don’t get in here, 1,275 miles of bay and river coastline will be protected.”




1. diane - 11 June 2010

Thanks for that piece of good news about Alabama!

marisacat - 11 June 2010

I tried to find a pic from the CBS report as the little working flotilla they assembled was very sweet, with the addition of the pleasure boats, small ones, with their colorful sun umbrellas… but I could nto find one…

2. marisacat - 11 June 2010

Moving this comment of diane’s forward from the end of the last thread:

BP oil spill estimates double – US government figures show twice as much oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico than earlier estimations suggested

Helen Pidd and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Friday 11 June 2010 09.38 BST

The oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than previously thought, with twice as much oil spewing into the ocean than earlier estimations suggested, figures show.

Latest estimates from scientists studying the disaster for the US government suggest 160-380 million litres (42-100 million US gallons) of oil have already entered the Gulf. Most experts believe there is more oil gushing into the sea in an hour than officials originally said was spilling in an entire day.

Read More

3. marisacat - 11 June 2010

Mr Fish does nto miss the point

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010

Good for the folks of Alabama.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

Well Alabama didn’t vote for him first time around, this did not win them over.

Plus the governor of Alabama (from what I pick up in the local press) is a three quarters dead not so good ol’ boy (threads in the AL papers are vicious about Riley)… he was “surprised” to find out that boom assigned to AL was “given away” to LA when they needed more.


I am interested to see how long Haley Barbour can pretend nothing is happening…

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010

pay him enough, and Haley will pretend he’s not a fat bastard and that he can fit in a size two cocktail dress.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

that made me laugh… Size 5 and half shoes, too!

I see he is going ot be on Face the Nation this weekend… If i am awake will drop in to hear him act incredulous there is a problem anywhere near by…

5. undercoveragain - 11 June 2010

Can this be true???? Figures just came out that BP sells billions in oil to military, and of course, Sachs and others dumped millions in stock just before the spill. AND from a comment I found ” Corexit, the crap BP insists on dumping in the gulf is made by a company called Nalco. Nalco is owned in part by…drumroll please….. Goldman Sacs. hmmmmm”

When is enough enough? ALL the same people.

Peter Sutherland Peter Sutherland is chairman of BP plc (1997 – current). He is also chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995 – current). He was appointed chairman of the London School of Economics in 2008. He is currently UN special representative for migration and development. Before these appointments, he was the founding director-general of the World Trade Organisation. He had previously served as director general of GATT since July 1993 and was instrumental in concluding the http://www.trilateral.org/membship/bios/ps.htmUruguay GATT Round Negotiations. Prior to this position, he was chairman of Allied Irish Banks from 1989-1993 and chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) 1991-1996. Educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns, from 1969 to 1971 Mr. Sutherland was a tutor in law at University College Dublin. From 1981 until early 1982, he was attorney general of Ireland and was a member of the Council of State. He was reappointed in 1982 until 1984 when he was nominated by the Government of Ireland as a member of the Commission of the European Communities in charge of competition policy. During his first year at the Commission he was also responsible for social Affairs, health and education and thereafter for relations with the European Parliament. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and is associated with the following organisations: World Economic Forum, Foundation Board member; The Federal Trust, president; European Policy Centre Advisory Council, president; European Round Table of Industrialists, vice-chairman; the Royal Irish Academy, member; goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation; and consultor for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See. He has published numerous articles and the book “Premier Janvier 1993, ce qui va changer en Europe” (Paris). He was presented with the Robert Schuman Medal for his work on European Integration and the David Rockefeller Award of the Trilateral Commission. Mr. Sutherland was a Trilateral Commission author of 21st Century Strategies of the Trilateral Countries: In Concert or Conflict? (1999, with Robert B. Zoellick and Hisashi Owada) and was re-elected in 2006 for a third term as European Chairman.

February 2009

marisacat - 11 June 2010

I’ve read that BP holds contracts with the miltiary…. and that the ownership of Corexit is complicated.. I did not save any links, but I think when digging more, it gets more ocmplicated… I think it might have involved wealthy congress people…

BP sure had no trouble snubbing Obby and EPA and whoever else in the timid request that BP stop using it…. or thn OK could you cut back? BP just wnet on blithely using it…

6. undercoveragain - 11 June 2010

Oh, I see he stepped down last year, so everything must be on the up and up.

: 25 June 2009
BP today announced that it has appointed Carl-Henric Svanberg, currently chief executive officer of the Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson, to replace Peter Sutherland as chairman of BP.
Mr Svanberg, who is also chairman of Sony Ericsson and a non-executive director of Melker Schörling AB, will join the BP board as chairman-designate and a non-executive director on September 1, 2009.


BP chief executive Tony Hayward said: “Peter Sutherland has been an outstanding chairman, guiding the company through one of the most successful periods in its history. He will be a hard act to follow.

“But I am sure Carl-Henric will be a worthy successor. He is a businessman of international stature who is recognised for his transformation of Ericsson. Our shared views on many aspects of global business give me great confidence that we will work very effectively together on the next phase of BP’s progress.”

marisacat - 11 June 2010

Just FYI, your comments went to Moderation, as the comments were from a newly registered screen name. Now that they have been let out of Mod, should not happen in the future… (tho WP does screw up … )


7. catnip - 11 June 2010

Now here’s a beach party I can get behind.

8. ts - 11 June 2010

For those of us that enjoy a particular kind of beauty, the World Cup began today and the opening match was very good. The cool weather seems to be encouraging a much faster, open play. South Africa scored a beautiful goal and kept the pressure on with its counterattack the entire game. Mexico kept its composure and managed to equalize late and escape with a tie. Hopefully this energy will seep into the Uruguay-France match later.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

I just read it goes all month, I was astonished!

Do you have any favorites?

ts - 11 June 2010

No favorites, just enjoy watching the spectacle. First time the Cup has been in Africa. They’re crazy about soccer down there.

lucid - 11 June 2010

tsk, tsk… football

I’m definitely going to catch the US/England match tomorrow…

While I hate to admit it, World Cup is the only international sport in which I actually do root for the US – there’s something about underdogs…

marisacat - 11 June 2010

so England will win agasint the USA? I did read they play each other….

lucid - 11 June 2010

I haven’t followed much of the run up as to who has their act together this year. My guess would be England is favored though. Not sure if Beckham is playing anymore.

As for the end result, while it’d be wonderful if an African team actually took, I’ll just be happy so long as the racist Italian thugs don’t win again.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

I have been watching news about the World Cup on France 24 dot com… and their news channel. I’ll watch for the Italians…

ts - 11 June 2010

Beckham was left off the team because of an achilles injury. He wants to come back, but the current team manager would rather have him coach than play.

ts - 11 June 2010

I was worried the France-Uruguay game would be a snoozer, and wasn’t disappointed. ESPN reported that neither had scored a goal on the other in 25 years. So a zero-zero result is not surprising. France has loads of talent but has looked completely lost since they won the cup in 98 (was it that long ago when they pummeled brazil 3-0 in the final? I don’t think I’ve seen them score three in a match since then, except maybe against Luxembourg or the Faroe Islands). Uruguay had one player sent off and spent the last ten minutes kicking the ball as far as they could out of their own end. The hosts have to feel encouraged that neither of these teams are going to run away from them, though their fans might want to load up on coffee before the games.

9. marisacat - 11 June 2010

Amy had on the guy from the Rolling Stone article

Welcome to Democracy Now!, Tim. What surprised you most about your investigation?

TIM DICKINSON: That’s a tough one. There’s a lot of doozies in here. I think—I think just the fact—I had written a fairly credulous piece about Ken Salazar when he came in, was appointed with his white hat and his bolo tie, and declared himself to be the new sheriff in town. And we had talked very specifically about his intent to clean up MMS. In fact, one of the first things that he did upon taking office was go to MMS and bust chops and say, “Listen, this behavior that’s been going on for all these years isn’t going to fly anymore.” And Salazar assured me personally that this was not just about ethics reforms, this was, you know, deep, thorough-going reform. [hope everybody kept breathing! – Mcat]

But it turned out that—I think the thing that was most surprising is that Ken Salazar, in the first year in office, put a record number—a record number of acres up for lease in the Gulf. So, while they were taking, you know, drilling out of view of national parks on land and scaling back the oil shale development, they were throttling up offshore oil drilling to record levels without doing the substantive reform that would have been required to make MMS something other than a candy store for the oil companies.

Candy store open for business!

So…. how’s that vote working out?

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010

what an idiot … I’m sure I’m not the only one who knew he had connections to the various extraction industries.

Well look at this, from 2008:

The secretary of the Interior, as the head of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Mineral Management Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and enforcer of the Endangered Species Act, is the most important federal position tasked with the protection of America’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This is not a trifle. In my opinion, Sen. Ken Salazar is not a great choice for that position. Here is why:

1. Mr. Salazar has done little to halt oil and gas drilling on Colorado’s Roan Plateau. Yes, he has protested. Yes, he has “discouraged” the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from opening the area to drilling. But this falls far short of what is needed. Salazar has failed to introduce or support federal legislation to protect this area from destruction and protect the local people from the toxic effects of the drilling. This is a crying shame. The Roan is one of the most incredible places in my home state. That it will be industrialized is nothing short of a calamity.

2. Mr. Salazar strongly supported former Interior Secretary Gale Norton when George W. Bush nominated her to the post. Norton, a former lobbyist for the lead-paint industry, is the source of all the problems Interior faces today. Those problems include Interior employees having sex with oil company executives in exchange for oil and gas leases. And worse. This was a decidedly poor judgment call on Salazar’s part (he also strongly supported Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General, as Time magazine recently recalled, “even escorting Gonzales into the U.S. Senate on the first day of his nomination hearings.”)

3. Mr. Salazar has consistently supported the interests of the oil and gas industry above the need for conservation and alternative energy sources. He maintains very strong industry ties. He voted (like Obama) for the appalling 2005 energy bill. He voted to end the offshore drilling moratorium; he voted against the repeal of tax breaks for Exxon-Mobil and voted against increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

Oh he was a bad pick from minute one. I hated it when he and his brother BOTH went to congress. Awful people.

10. diane - 11 June 2010

Oh my, lots of misery in much of the South:

At Least 20 Campers Killed in Arkansas Flash Flood
Campers at the Remote Albert Pike Campground Were Swept Away By Rising Rivers; 3 Dozen Still Missing

I can see how there might be loaded campgrounds, Arkansas has some beautiful, lush, wilderness. According to this piece, many of the campers were thought to be from Louisiana, and Texas; I wonder how many were taking trips they might have otherwise taken to the Gulf Coast.

11. diane - 11 June 2010

BP [MONSTER] Files Patent to Produce Oil From Seawater

Bill Allen
Retired Editor-in-Chief of “National Geographic”

Posted: June 11, 2010 04:11 PM

British petroleum giant BP filed patents late yesterday for its process of creating oil from seawater. CEO Tony Hayward, known for his candor and prescience, stated that they are on track to collect some 25,000 to 50,000 barrels of oil daily from an announced flow of only 5,000 barrels per day at its former oil platform where eleven workers died in the Gulf of Mexico.

Industry analysts now speculate that the so-called oil “spill” has actually been the first full field-test of the new BP process that could revolutionize deep-water drilling. An official at ExxonMobil, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject and embarrassment that his company had not thought to use this technique for the Exxon Valdez, said admiringly. “Hell, this changes everything. Instead of punching a hole and trying to collect the oil from that reservoir in a long straw, just punch the hole, let the oil flow into the seawater, and bang — you just recovered ten times as much oil.”

A spokesman at the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper noted that this secret test of the new technique could partially explain why BP as well as local and federal officials have limited journalists’ access to the area.

snippety whippety

Hang em all ……………………….

diane - 11 June 2010
diane - 11 June 2010

On a related, MONSTER, note:

BP Manager Questions ABC News Reporter For Using Laptop By Shore

by Frances Martel | 9:18 am, June 11th, 2010

It seems like the longer the Gulf oil disaster remains in the news, the more opportunities for BP to be revealed as negligent or intentionally deceitful pop up. Yesterday, ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman found himself engaged in the latter when he was watched and questioned by a BP manager as he set up his laptop to talk on Skype by the shore in Orange Beach, Alabama– and near a cleanup crew.

“You mind if I ask why you’ve set up a camera right here while my guys are working?” the manager asked Gutman as the latter used his computer. BP workers walking up and down the shore are visible in the background. While the manager didn’t ask Gutman to leave, since he was told he would only be there for about five minutes, he still checked up on Gutman, seemingly to make sure that he didn’t ask the workers for interviews.

Read more

apparently, at some point in time, those lands we understood to be Public Land, were CONQUERED, and OWNED, ……BY THE BP MONSTER………..

Heather-Rose Ryan - 11 June 2010

Dry humor. Very dry but I like it.

diane - 11 June 2010

actually, I hadn’t intended to somment in dry humor, ….although I can really understand how someone could walk away with that impression, …it makes sense to me.

diane - 11 June 2010

hmm….sorry (once too many frackin times …..jeesh).. somment = comment ……..

(too bad, it night have made a rather fine word …..interesting!)


diane - 11 June 2010

oh…fuck it …. n, being next to m, and all……………………


12. diane - 11 June 2010

in the mean time:

South Africa On the Potomac: Washington, D.C. and Black Incarceration

Wed, 06/09/2010 – 10:23 — Dr. Jared A. Ball
black mass incarceration | Washington D.C.

Washington, DC, like other majority-Black metropolises, squeezes African Americans out of its borders through gentrification, while trapping growing proportions of those who remain in a rapacious criminal justice system. Activists charge that DC’s policy of hiring more white officers from surrounding states amounts to “coon hunting” in the nation’s capital.

snippety snappety

diane - 11 June 2010


Gaza on the Potomac?

Israeli rejectionism?

Promised Land
news and opinion from Israel

Posted: June 10th, 2010 | Author: noam

The reason for Israeli rejectionism lies in the internal political dynamic in Israel. No matter what Palestinians say or do, Israeli leaders have no real incentive to go through the extremely difficult process of evacuating settlements. This is why they are preparing the public for a failure of the negotiations, even though we now have the most moderate Palestinian leadership ever.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

Bill’s big Profile in Courage was to slap a frame on the WH limo license plate, calling for voting rights for DC, representation, voted in, in the House. Call it an end to colonialism for DC…

Just the last 2 weeks he was in office, however…

Big Dog.

I doubt Obby notices DC, other than to fete [Mayor] Fenty and his wif and luv the nasty plans of Michelle Rhee (DC school czar or whatever they call the bitch).


diane - 11 June 2010

hang em all

(figuratively ……that’s actually far, far worse, then ending their time physically)

stop the machinery, and let them rot in their lost “dreams” of conquer ………….or, perhaps ….heal, ….instead of heel ………………………

diane - 11 June 2010

I’m listening hon, I needed something new to read to put me to sweet innocent dreams, and nightmares, beyond my control ………….

diane - 11 June 2010

Oops sorry, this was a reply to:

have Luchino Visconti’s The Damned out in the mailbox… from the 70s, on Hitler’s Germany. it seemed appropriate…

(I’ll repost)

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010

DC will get voting rights once they’ve gentrified the poor and brown outside of the District.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

yeah ti cannot be a minotity majority city, with rights… no sirreeee.

diane - 11 June 2010

DC will get voting rights once they’ve gentrified the poor and brown outside of the District.

and …rid those water lines of mercury, ……from the DC chlorinimation ……(or sumpin wit an equally ghastly title) project

13. diane - 11 June 2010

…kinda quiet…on the Western Front……I gis the boyz iz off playin ball…n dreemin of that big win, wherein they get the courage to say what they really feel, yet never do, …..always, ….anuther prize to be had, before that revulashion……….until, …… after a time …… the original prize, …has been long since forgotten……..taking care of those living, ….who are worthy of being ….taken care of.

diane - 11 June 2010

En teh goilz is a dressin up for the boyz whut cawt the highst prize?

diane - 11 June 2010

Thaz waz mie sho en tell projekt four mie DC teeecher:

Whut Con Gress mean to me.

diane - 11 June 2010

if yooz thot of b holiday in that miks………………yooz wsn’t a’stakin…………………

why must …………………?

14. marisacat - 11 June 2010

I see on the evening news, ABC national, the turtles are now getting hit hard. A cluster of them dead on a beach.

They looked like small helpless children.

diane - 11 June 2010

I’m so afraid to reply to that …..yet I’m sappy with hope that there are billiions of us that do know this shit has a stench that could very well be, not only “our” death knell,…….. but every living thing’s, death knell.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

I wonder if with each of these horrors that a few people catch on that we are moribund. We can mobilise for nothing but war. And division, by race, by gender, by age, by region, by everything that can be demonised..

And we mobilise for mass thievery, of course….


I have Luchino Visconti’s The Damned out in the mailbox… from the 70s, on Hitler’s Germany. it seemed appropriate…

diane - 11 June 2010

God forbid, in the early GWBush years, anyone at “DKOS,” compare the times to gassing folks in ovens, I remember that, rather vividly ….even though I’ve spent the years, since then …..”rather “fried”” …..can’t, ……imagine,……….why?

marisacat - 11 June 2010

I am watching the special features now… A profile of Visconti… anyway nice to see it again.

Oh at some height of Bushmass, I rented and rewatced a lot of Fassbinder… from the local video store at the time. It seemed appropriate..

diane - 11 June 2010

guess that’s not a

Dick, jane, Sally and spot ,….reader?

diane - 11 June 2010

I’m listening hon, I needed something new to read to put me to sweet innocent dreams, and nightmares, beyond my control ………….

(a corrected repost to the comment it was inspired by)

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010
marisacat - 11 June 2010

oops think the link failed.. if you have the URL I will fix it.

The shot of a small clutch of them today was very depressing. Yesterday, think CBS showed a line of boom littered with dead birds on one side.

The horror to come will make everything now looked bleached and cleansed.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010
marisacat - 11 June 2010

no problme, fixed now.. 😉

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010
16. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010

Human rights group: BP discouraging crews from using respirators

BP’s logic seems to be that if the oil cleanup doesn’t look dangerous then it must not be. The oil company has told workers not to wear respirators because it’s bad for public relations, according to one human rights group.

RFK Center President Kerry Kennedy traveled to the Gulf Coast to talk to cleanup workers and found that BP was trying to repress the use of safety equipment.

“In all three states that I’ve visited, fishermen said when they went out to work on the cleanup, that if they tried to bring respirators they were told it was unnecessary equipment and would only spread hysteria,” Kennedy told Fox News Friday.

“When I went out with eleven people, we had respirators on and within half an hour, all of our eyes were burning and our throats were closing and we all had headaches,” she explained.

Kennedy was also concerned that BP was refusing to release information about the contents of the dispersant being used.

“They’re basic human rights issues. The right to access of information. BP still will not say what the chemical makeup of the dispersants are so health care officials and victims can know why they’re sick and what’s going on with them,” Kennedy said.

marisacat - 11 June 2010

I’ve read if you arrive wearing one, yu are denied work.

I guess we simply have to repeat 9/11 aftermath. Whih is just now, 10 years later, at a nasty impasse in the courts, regarding long term care for the responders to the 9/11 mess. (The Damned opens on the night of the Reichstag burning, so appropriate!)

plus they are busing in Mexican nationals, with the plan they GO HOME to be sick and won’t be filing claims. Of any kind.

I hear they are busing them in from Maine as well, but who exactly I have not read.

diane - 11 June 2010

…… the Reichstag burning, so appropriate!


17. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010
18. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2010


I can’t excerpt it … the whole thing needs to be read of-a-piece.

19. marisacat - 11 June 2010



……………….. 😯

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