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Friday, June 04, 2010

 

-- Beyond Words --

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Some bird pics from the Gulf Coast (not for the squeamish...):

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/caught_in_the_oil.html
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Comments:
What really horrified me were news reports of people being kept from viewing the damage by alleged "BP thugs" (If I bet on that one, though, I'd guess Halliburton instead).

I trust the power of objective reporting to bring about sufficient public outrage; I don't trust those who've acquired the power to manipulate that reporting.

In the wilderness fights here in Southern Utah we had similar reports of oil and gas exploration operations denying legitimate access to public lands.

Ugly stuff, but thanks. So long as we don't permit Fox News to pin this catastrophe on the Obama Administration there's hope for some sanity.
 
Bloomberg says that Obama hasn't spoken to the CEO of BP yet. Not that they have anything to talk about. No, that would be waste of time. Really, what would that serve? After all, Obama is a very busy man. No point to it at all.
 
Aren't you embarassed to be posting such distorted spin as this, "onthecoyle"?

Let's try a little better reading of that story, okay?

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-06/bp-s-ceo-hasn-t-spoken-directly-with-obama-about-leak-update1-.html

BP Plc Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward hasn’t spoken directly to President Barack Obama since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20.

“There is no need for that,” Hayward told the British Broadcasting Corp. in a live interview in London today. “I have spoken to his key lieutenants.”

So the President did speak to Mr. Hayward when the rig exploded, which means you've just been caught in a bit of a fib . . . And well, Hayward and BP are kind of drawing some heat from Attorney General Holder . . .

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/06/bp-tony-hayward-apology/1

British Petroleum's CEO Tony Hayward apologized Sunday to Gulf Coast residents for the worst oil spill in U.S. history. He said the spill is taking a toll on his life, too.

"We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused to their lives," Hayward said."There's no one who wants this thing over more than I do, I'd like my life back."

Ah gee, the poor guy . . . Anybody know what his yearly salary is versus, say, the average Louisiana shrimper who's being put out of business?

•HOLDER: Opens criminal probe of BP oil spill
 
I live and work here in Louisiana. I was born and raised here. I love my home state like no other, and it breaks my heart to see what the oil (as much as we have to have it) is doing to our fragile and unique marsh ecosystem.

I have friends who wrest their living from the Gulf of Mexico. Some shrimp, crab, and/or fish. Some work in the "oilpatch". It's all dangerous, bitterly tough work...BTW I worked on a rig as a roustabout and roughneck, and my very first job was the "helper" for a commercial fisherman, so that's firsthand knowledge... These occupations help to keep the grinding poverty that can be seen all over Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta at bay, as well as keeping many of the families that rely on these incomes from having to rely upon public assistance.

I have a very simple message for both Tony Hayward and Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama: You, in the first days of this disaster were clearly detached from the situation. I'm not going to speculate on motives or jump on the Fox news bandwagon of "No good crisis goes to waste..." In recent days, the ongoing crisis seems to have caught your attention, but the people who live and work here, and who are most affected by this disaster still perceive you as detached and uncaring. For good or ill, the people of this nation elected you as our leader. We don't care about your trips down here for PR and soundbites; get off your butt, step up to the plate and LEAD.

Mr. Hayward: You just shut your damn mouth and sign the f*@king checks...

In short: A pox on BOTH your houses.
 
Thanks for the clarification. They talked about the explosion but not about the leak.

Now that their lack of communication is a news item, and may become a political issue, I suspect Obama will be picking up the phone soon.

Chief executives involved in something like this should talk once in a while. It's part of the job.
 
Hopefully Mr Obama will do more for those in the southern states than has been done over the past 20 years for the 3000-15000 (estimates vary) dead Indian nationals thanks to Union Carbide.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_us-non-committal-on-union-carbide-ceo-extradition_1393812

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster
 
I see the Brits want to change the subject.
 
I'm all for making these guys responsible for their companies and their actions. Tony Heyward of BP, Union Carbide, the lot of em.

If Mr Obama wants 'some ass to kick' there's plenty out there.

These large multinationals shit on poor people all day long. Just not usually on their own doorstep.
 
This is really a must read:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/111965?RS_show_page=0

Not sure how to make it a hotlink, so you'll have to copy and paste. The article's long, but read it all. It's very well-researched and very damning.
 
On YouTube: BP Spills Coffee
 
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