BP oil spill + news links, winter 2010

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Creative Loafing: Are Gulf Coast residents consuming more oil spill-related toxins, and how safe is dispersant for consumption? ( … the latter being a question tantamount to: “How much gasoline is safe to mix into my oatmeal?”)

now that’s what we’d call “oil wrestling”

Oilspillaction: Hard to Deny – Even pro-business media outlets reporting there’s oil blanketing Gulf floor

Treehugger: FDA underestimating Gulf residents’ carcinogen exposure from eating seafood

NOLA.com: Vietnamese-American fishers fight for oil spill claim approval (“Of the 16,858 claimants who have applied for loss of subsistence, only one so far has been accepted, according to Gulf Coast Claims Facility statistics. That claimant received $3,000.” … and they used to haul in at least $3,000 worth of shrimp a week … if you were in that situation, how would you live? What would you eat? … can we call this a ‘slow genocide’ yet?)

USA Today: U.S. House approve billions for wars without debate

HuffPo: Gov’t sues BP for Gulf oil spill: US Justice Dept files lawsuit against nine companies involved in disaster (finally! … but Halliburton isn’t mentioned as one of the companies … hmmm …)

The Ecologist: US plans to sue BP will ‘not prevent future ecocide’

“Drill Baby” – Jason Clay Lewis

PubRecord.Org: BP’s watchdog / ombudsman failed to act on whistleblowers’ concerns, employees say

BP Slick: Will Alabama beaches never be the same? (VIDEO)

Dangers of plastic addiction revealed in new documentary

OilSpillAction: A guide to the many inquiries into the BP oil spill (AUDIO) (pretty dang comprehensive)

Jerry Cope: The Crime of the Century – What BP and the US government don’t want you to know, part I (this is from August but it’s scary how much things have not changed since then)

Wealth Daily: Obama’s Halliburton

CNN and OpenSecrets.org team up to investigate political contributions of key businesspeople attending Obama Summit

WWLTV: Almost no oil recovered from sand berms (another idea brought to you by Grabby Jindal, the self-promoting oyster-killer)

NOLA.com: Gov. Bobby Jindal could build castles in the sand

USA Today: Oil-spill panel calls Jindal’s sand berms a $220M waste (We coulda used some of that money deploying hair boom for Matter of Trust to the ladies in the bayous who wanted them to protect their own oyster beds…)

used to be catch and release – now it’s catch and grease

NWF.org: Giant ships invade Mississippi Gulf Coast island

CommonDreams: Meet the Leadership – Corporate America and the religious right’s new team in the House

Humid Beings: Our Own Worst Enemy (real estate systems crash in NOLA – who did it? – stalling the economy further. a million little papercuts…)

MotherEarthNews: How much energy does it take to get our energy? – renewable energy

SJ Mercury News: State regulators award utilities shareholders $62.7 million on “conservation bonuses”

Rolling Stone: Bernie Sanders puts Barack Obama to shame


“this tax deal, frankly and unequivocally, is the result of a relatively small group of already-filthy rich people successfully lobbying an even smaller group of morally spineless politicians to shift an ever-bigger share of society’s burdens to the lower and (what’s left of the) middle classes. This is people who already have lots of shit just demanding more shit, for the sheer rotten sake of it.”


AlterNet: Are Americans a broken people? Why we’ve stopped fighting back against the forces of oppression

Pubrecord.org: The Wall Street Pentagon Papers – Biggest scam in world history exposed – are the Federal Reserve’s crimes too big to comprehend?

Wait, what? Did you say $12.3 TRILLION tax dollars were thrown around in secrecy by unelected bankers… and Congress didn’t know any of the details?

Yes. The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves. The original copy of the Constitution spontaneously burst into flames. The ghost of Tom Paine went running, stark raving mad screaming through the halls of Congress.

The Federal Reserve was secretly throwing around our money in unprecedented fashion, and it wasn’t just to the usual suspects like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America, etc.; it was to the entire Global Banking Cartel. To central banks throughout the world: Australia, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, England… To the Fed’s foreign primary dealers like Credit Suisse (Switzerland), Deutsche Bank (Germany), Royal Bank of Scotland (U.K.), Barclays (U.K.), BNP Paribas (France)… All their Ponzi players were “gifted.” All the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations got their cut.

Talk about the ransacking and burning of Rome! Sayonara American middle class … This was a hostile world takeover orchestrated through economic attacks by a very small group of unelected global bankers. They paralyzed the system, then were given the power to recreate it according to their own desires. No free market, no democracy of any kind. All done in secrecy. In the process, they gave themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses and impoverished tens of millions of people – they have put into motion a system that will inevitably collapse again and utterly destroy the very existence of what is left of an economic middle class.

That is not hyperbole. That is what happened.

AlterNet: Why America’s two economies continue to drift apart, and Washington isn’t doing anything about it

by Skem One

Bruce Fein: Slouching Towards Tyranny

The state of civil liberties and national security in the United States is alarming.

In the American Empire, the former are routinely crippled or lacerated in the false name of the latter. Trust in government plunges. Dangers are magnified manifold to wound constitutionally venerated freedoms. International terrorist suspects who have never attempted to kill an American are treated as existential threats to U.S sovereignty. Predator drones employed off the battlefield in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen are spawning more enemies than are killed. Habeas corpus is suspended. Military commissions denuded of due process and which combine judge, jury, and prosecutor in a single branch of government are substituted for independent civilian courts. Time-honored privacy rights are trampled. Torture or first cousin enhanced interrogation techniques are endorsed. Congressman Peter King (R. N.Y.), slated for the chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee, insists that prosecutions of alleged international terrorists in civilian courts are intolerable because guilty verdicts are not guaranteed. The worst violations are dared by few, willed by more, but tolerated by virtually all.

The nation needs a new birth of freedom dedicated to the proposition that the life of a vassal or serf — even in absolute safety — is not worth living.

Independent UK: $52bn of American aid and still Afghans are dying of starvation

NOLA.com: Our abusive relationship with Big Oil

WSJ.com: Aging oil rigs expose Gulf to accidents

NWF.org: Are red crabs the latest victims of the Gulf oil disaster? (“they’re not defending their turf” … “Just 12 miles from the Deepwater Horizon well head, red crabs are being displaced by a deepwater, grey shelled giant isopod called Bathynomus giganteus.“)

Scientists alarmed by worldwide spread of ‘black anoxic zones which belch up dead sea life’

SocialistWorker: Who is the EPA protecting?

Lightningnews – gulfoilspill.blogspot.com – another links collector

Joanne Doroshow: Why I care about BP’s legal accountability (interesting parallels with Bhopal and Three Mile Island)

Who wants crab legs? Fish oil caplets fo’ ya’ joints? Cat food made from seafood? Sushi? … Where’s it coming from?

BBC News: Deadly blast on Mexican oil pipeline – at least 22 dead

YouTube: Ductos de PEMEX explotan en San Martin Texmelucan

Guardian UK: WikiLeaks cables – BP suffered blowout on Azerbaijan gas platform

Guardian UK: WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord

Perhaps the most audacious appeal for funds revealed in the cables is from Saudi Arabia, the world’s second biggest oil producer and one of the 25 richest countries in the world. A secret cable sent on 12 February records a meeting between US embassy officials and lead climate change negotiator Mohammad al-Sabban. “The kingdom will need time to diversify its economy away from petroleum, [Sabban] said, noting a US commitment to help Saudi Arabia with its economic diversification efforts would ‘take the pressure off climate change negotiations’.”

Salon: The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention

YouTube: Veterans for Peace – White House civil disobedience to end war

Intercontinental cry: Gunshot wounds and evictions – taking advantage of the WikiLeaks whiteout (yeesh, take a look at all the real-life Avatar battles taking place all over the planet)

the Niger Delta, for example

Arianna Huffington: The media gets it wrong on WikiLeaks – It’s about broken trust, not broken condoms

Monsanto’s GMO corn linked to organ failure, study reveals

Oliver Stone’s South of the Border theatrical trailer

Bush told me the best way to revitalize the economy is war. And that the United States had grown stronger with war. Those were his exact words. – Nestor Kirchner, ex-President of Argentina

DNAInfo: Washington Square Village residents brace for NYU’s cleanup of heating oil spill

BusinessInsider: T. Boone Pickens made out like a bandit buying oil stocks after the spill

Stuart Smith: BP shares rally after announcing asset sale

PNJ: Editorial – Drilling risk getting worse (the risk of catastrophic failure is one in 43. ONE IN FORTY THREE.)

Maya Sugarman – “Big Oil in Little Richmond”

HuffPo: Another nail in the coffin of offshore drilling safety reform

Raw Story: Halliburton reportedly agrees to pay Nigeria $250 million to drop bribery charges against Cheney, firm says

TruthOut: Bush Sr., James Baker instrumental in getting Nigeria to drop bribery charges against Cheney

Sen. Bernie Sanders – The Billionaires want more, more, more

HuffPo: Wall Street set for best two years ever, thanks to bailout

Citizens for Tax Justice: Compromise tax cut tilts heavily in favor of the well-off

RawStory: Regulators exist to ‘serve the banks,’ next House finance chairman declares

HuffPo: Fox News boss ordered staffers to cast doubt on climate change science

we broke the heater

Express.co.uk: Weather – 35,000 deaths fear in new Arctic blizzards (“Experts predict a dramatic increase in cold-related fatalities as we suffer the bitterest winter in a century, causing 12 deaths every hour.”)

YouTube: Middle East hit by strong winds and rain, sandstorms and even snow; most deaths in Egypt

Activist Post: Goldman Sachs – the pirates of poison in the Gulf

Daily Mail UK: Goldman Sachs pay out $111 million in bonuses despite taking billions in bailout money

NPR: It’s all about me – but is narcissism a disorder?

WikiPedia: Economy of the United States

Time: Fixing Wall Street – Sheila Bair, Mary Schapiro and Elizabeth Warren for Person of the Year?

WashPo: Warren — she’s the watchdog consumers will thank

Tom Harkin: ‘Fireworks’ and shot at filibuster reform coming Jan. 5

Queerty: Sarah Palin has no problem with daughter Willow calling Facebook kids ‘faggots’

YouTube: Iran-Contra Coverup – documentary

YouTube: Violent clashes erupt in Italy after Berlusconi survives no-confidence vote

YouTube: American prisoners treated like slaves?

The National Museum of the American Indian: On the 120th Anniversary of Sitting Bull’s Death

Sitting Bull and family

Mises.org: The Art of Not Being Governed – Jeff Riggenbach

Physorg.com – ‘Space-time cloak’ to conceal events revealed in new study

currently tracked space debris in low Earth orbit – graphic by NASA

HuffPo: DOJ pursues clean water fines for BP, now Congress must ensure funds for Gulf restoration

Science’s breakthrough of the year: The first quantum machine (!!!) *(NOTE: Not a DeLorean)


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