"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Friday, June 04, 2010
-- Beyond Words --
Some bird pics from the Gulf Coast (not for the squeamish...):
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.
Let's try a little better reading of that story, okay?
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 . . .
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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