6 months later: oil coming ashore, Corexit planes flying, & fishing waters open

In oilpocalypse by summerburkes2 Comments

… and the rest of the planet seems to be falling apart, too.

Something is uptick-ing. We’re going to have to step it up, to account for the slackers and idiots. Read the depressing news and then go out and make lemonade. Put some vodka in it, is the Cyclecide recipe for “clown water” ™.

And if you’re feeling like taking action for the financially-blindsided people of the Oilpocalypse States, consider calling every church in the phone book in your town and alerting them to the continuing problems in the Gulf, and the TOY DRIVE (and other-items drive) Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana is organizing for the holidays. Copy-paste Kindra Arnesen’s open letter to email to the pastors when you do. *Not while drinking clown water.

Just an idea. Holler in the comments section if you’re covering an area. We don’t mean to be all Tyler Durden this-is-your-assignment-for-the-week-ish, but at the same time, here’s one concrete way we could smother the Gulf with a little love from all over the world this fall. Yes?

On a personal note, it turns out there has been a hydrogen sulfide leak in the Chalmette Refinery down the road from our house in the Lower Ninth Ward for who-knows-how-long. No wonder our chemical poisoning didn’t abate on the trips back and forth from the Bayou to the Ninth Ward during the Oilpocalypse.

No wonder everyone in our neighborhood and over the canal had “the flu” and mouth sores and ear infections and deep coughs and otherwise-poisoned-symptoms all summer. Meanwhile, over here in California where we’re at, nobody seems to realize there’s a full-blown chemical attack on American people and world wildlife being perpetrated by the Spillionaires and facilitated by our own government, down by where they go to Mardi Gras. IT IS STILL HAPPENING.

Sincere thoughts and prayers to the family of the man who passed away trying to fix this egregious negligence at the Refinery. The people of St. Bernard Parish could use a little help too. They kind of got ignored in the Katrina thing, even though they’re right next door to the Lower Ninth Ward.

The Community Center of St. Bernard Parish is the backbone over there, and they ALWAYS need fresh resources. Everybody in our ‘hood visits at least once a week to get free food, clothes, coffee, acupuncture, flyers, news, and help with food stamps and paperwork. And we’re not talking about drug-addled welfare leeches. We’re talking about regular people like you and me who used to fish or make oil, who have been thrown under the bus, either directly or in some roundabout way, due to our energy consumption habits.

So. Doing stuff is the new buying things. Enjoy and thank you.


NPR: Scientists find thick layer of oil on sea floor

Guardian UK: White House blocked and put spin on scientists’ warnings about the Gulf oil spill

Too sick and scared of Obama’s thugs: Australian SBS reports Gulf truth (video)

AP: Feds severely neglected inspections of offshore drilling rigs

PR Watch: Environmental & health effects of oil dispersants a mystery to BP and the gov’t

Surviving the 21st century: The Deepwater Horizon disaster and acid rain

Censored Gulf News: ‘I believe in the PEOPLE of America,’ says Kindra Arnesen

Los Angeles Times: Oil companies have a rich history of U.S. subsidies

All told, the oil and gas industry spent $174.7 million and registered 788 lobbyists to influence lawmakers and regulators last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization. Since 1998, the industry has spent $966.8 million on lobbying, making it the sixth-biggest-spending interest group in Washington, the center found. – L.A. Times

Wikipedia: Lobbying in the United States

Washington Post: Interest groups prepared to spend record amounts in 2010 elections

Gulf Breeze cyclist killed during cross-country journey

Newsvine: BP caught lying while Deepwater Horizon burns

Probe of BP well blowout raises possibility of cracks

Bloomberg: BP well was 61% over budget before drilling-rig blast

Into the Ashes: Oh no, it just can’t be — Gulf disaster

National Wildlife Federation: Corals won’t survive a shallow water oil spill treated with dispersants

Spectregroup: Nothing but Petrodollars

Snopes.com: Prohibition sponsored by Standard Oil

BBC News: Brazil’s alcohol cars hit 2m mark

Running on Alcohol: Make Your Own Fuel

CBS News: Brazil elects non-metaphorical clown, Tiririca, to office (CLOWN POWER)

Gulf oil spill could cost coastal homeowners up to $3 billion in home values

Flavorwire: New Orleans’ hurricane-inspired graffiti

Journal of American History: The Forgotten People of New Orleans: Community, Vulnerability, and the Lower Ninth Ward

Mother Jones: Who owns Congress? A campaign cash seating chart

HuffPo: Corexit use still appears to be prevalent in the Gulf, despite official statements

Youtube: Obama White House withheld key information about the BP Gulf Oil Spill and LIES about it

Wildlife Promise: Scientist finds deadly effects of dispersant used in Gulf oil disaster

Youtube: P2S supervisor recounts conversation between BP officials at Green Acres Command Center

Deep Sea News: The state of Gulf spill science – my view

Gulf Coast scientist / author Linda Hooper-Bui’s Blog

WashPo: Mental health troubles brewing along the Gulf Coast

WVUE Fox 8: People question whether the coast is really clear

WWL-TV: 250 square-mile dead zone in LA sound

Official: Massive fishkills – “Testing results show the fish have oil in their gills and liver”

SPILL IT! Book preview

Florida Oil Spill Law: Kickass resource

Locust Fork News-Journal: Thousands of people along the Gulf Coast suffer “BP Crud”

Locust Fork News-Journal: Dr. Riki Ott speaks out at Orange Beach public health forum

Greenpeace: A study in contrast, between the Deepwater disaster and Hungary’s toxic sludge tsunami

Life Magazine photos: Hungary’s toxic mud flood

Mark Ryden’s “The Creatrix” — stare at this for a while and tell me you don’t feel compelled to do SOMEthing to fix the planet

Caught spying on student, FBI demands GPS tracker back

Gun politics in Switzerland

Slate: New reseach shows precisely how the prison-to-poverty cycle does its damage

UC Berkeley news: Social scientists build case for ‘survival of the kindest’

Common Dreams: Our Commons Future is Already Here

H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu audiobook on Youtube

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  1. hey lady! thx for the shout out in your last blog post, appreciate it :). Also, check this out, I just found out about it this morning. It’s a group of individual citizens and nonprofit orgs coming together to take action. The Gulf Restoration Network is leading the charge and here is their plan. It’s called “The Weeks Bay Principles for Gulf Recovery” – click on the PDF to read the full document. keep postin’, love your blog :) take care – bg

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