The Ladies' Guide to the Apocalypse

“Mystery” illness in the Gulf Coast — mutated bacterial infections + synthetic genomics

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Ron Kellum designed a memorial poster that parodies John Van Hamersveld’s iconic “The Endless Summer” poster.

This one is called “The Endless Bummer”.

It’s for sale! 11 x 17, fantastic-looking print, $20 including shipping and all proceeds benefit LEAN and Project Gulf Impact, who just walked with Cherri Foytlin and Drew Landry to Washington to testify and rally the troops. Passin’ the hat for those who walk the walk, and those who need help.
Paypal kelmcc [at] verizon [dawt] net …

The Ladies' Guide to the Apocalypse

For the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon, instead of cussing up a blue streak, we should tell you more on how we met Paul Doom, the Corexit-poisoned aspiring Marine in the wheelchair who was speaking at the Truth Out for the Gulf Forum and had a seizure onstage.

We had heard of him, and saw the link but couldn’t bear to watch the video … and then our Coonass-activist friend C.J. Seafood told me he’d been hanging out with Doom, doing activist stuff together with the Doom family … C.J. relieving the exhausted Doom-dad, holding Paul’s head still in his lap while he seized, at least once an hour … so then we had to watch the video, and it was horrific.

It sucked to know this slow attempted genocide is still happening on the beaches we grew up playing on, and then about a month ago we heard that Paul was giving up, that he was battered and exhausted beyond repair … that there was no hope …

… and then a few days after that, Paul contacted us himself … and revealed that he had found hope.

This is what he found hope for: That detoxing naturally, under medical supervision, might make him well. Since Paul Doom is one of the worst-off of the Gulf Blue Plague sufferers who are speaking to the media, and since he’s a service-to-humanity-oriented individual, he decided to make himself the lab rat, and try Gerson therapy, under strict medical supervision at the Gerson home clinic in Hawaii.

So then all these other people in the Gulf Coast activism scene jumped to the conclusion that Paul Doom was asking for money to go on vacation in Hawaii with his family of scam artists. Some even accused Paul of faking his illness. It got ugly on Spacebook there for a minute.

*sigh* … This is the kind of infighting that marine toxicologist and Valdez survivor Riki Ott warned us about in her book Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$, and in the film Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez.

Then Fukushima happened, so for the moment, Paul maybe shouldn’t go to Hawaii. Which is the only place he’s found so far where he could detox with the kind of medical supervision he needs. The fundraising is ongoing, and Paul and his family still live in coastal Florida — wearing respirators every time they leave the house, supercharged with activism, and preaching on the beaches when they can.

Dad digs down into the sand to show the layers of Corexit-crude while Mom sets up and hosts the display, and Paul talks to vacationers who ate Gulf seafood the night before and whose kids are swimming in the water. The Doom Squad are rocking it, despite all the bullshit.

See, whether the doctors want to help or not, they can’t “prove” that Paul is sick from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster crude oil gusher and subsequent Corexit carpet-bombing. These doctors don’t want to spend the rest of their lives on the witness stand, not when they’re not absolutely 100-per-cent scientific-certain-in-a-court-of-law, and even if they were certain, they wouldn’t want to get Matt Simmonsed, nor to meet an untimely end like any of the other Deepwater-connected scientists and whistle-blowers who have mysteriously and suddenly died).

The trip to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles wasn’t as productive for the Doom family as they’d hoped, since the doctors over here in California don’t seem to want to get their hands oily, either … and the medical bills continue to mount, and the seizures happen multiple times per day, and Paul still can’t walk, either. (Yet. He’s already disciplining himself and pre-cleaning the meatsack with supplements donated by Serving Those Who Serve, as well as other healthy-type things.)

The ability of P. putida F1 to degrade benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene has a direct bearing on the development of strategies for dealing with environmental pollution. For example, many underground gasoline storage tanks are leaking and contaminating groundwater supplies with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX). P. putida F1 can oxidize all of these compounds and thus a detailed knowledge of the physiology and biodegradation capabilities of this organism will essential for providing the scientific foundations for the emerging bioremediation industry.

Now Paul’s mother’s nerves are shot from both her sons being sick, and from helping her 6’5″ hopeful-soldier spawn while he seizes and gets around, plus the kerfuffle about the family supposedly going on vacation to Hawaii, which they’re not, not even close. They’re stuck.

Hundreds of thousands of people are at their wit’s end, and television / print-media news coverage about the truth of the still-poisoned Gulf never gets beyond the occasional regional story. You can find footage all over Youtube of people afflicted by the Gulf Coast mystery illness — and BP, Halliburton, the Coast Guard, the EPA, NOAA, the DEQ, the American media, Hollywood, and our assholes in government from the bottom to the top are ignoring the situation as if it weren’t there.

But it’s there. Baby dolphins are dying in droves AND SO ARE HUMANS. Miscarriages along the Gulf Coast are at an all-time high. Everyone’s coughing, “sick with the flu,” having another “staph infection” or generally feeling fatigued, depressed, desperate, lethargic, spread-headed, and even crazy.

These are all signs of MASSIVE CHEMICAL POISONING. For an entire region of people. Not powerful people, of course. Just the ones who get us our oil and make the economy run.

Something is in the air and water that is NOT GOOD. More than one thing. That’s what we’re trying to figure out, actually. That’s what Paul’s trying to figure out. Using himself as an experiment to see if he can determine what would possibly heal the multitudes down there who are “not sick,” according to BP and the courts which would no doubt side with them. Paul wants to detox with Gerson Therapy and make a complete turnaround to show others that it can be done.

We are dealing with a new plague here. Here’s some socks-off ocean-gossip from the Left Coast: The fishermen we’ve talked to out in Northern California say that thousands upon thousands of DEAD herring have been coming up in the nets with the salmon. An apocalyptic amount, they say, a shocking amount — all the way up and down the coast, from San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border.

Weeks prior to Fukushima, and continuing on to present day, the fish die-off is overwhelming the California coast. It’s happening now. A Fish & Game employee we talked to corroborated this information, and said they’d concluded it was a strange bacterial infection whose origin they could not determine. Test results will take months.

This is exactly what that Cajun fishermen told us and C.J. would happen, back in June — that by March of this year, the sweet moon will have pulled dat water all da way round da world to California, where dead fish would start washin’ up and nobody would know why. It only takes a year for dat water to get all da way ’round da world. Dem oceans, dey all connected, cher.

As a result of their profound ability to degrade and live predominately on alkanes, as well as to become the dominant microbes in oil-contaminated areas, Alcanivorax plays a huge role in the biological cleanup of oil-contaminated environments. These oil-contaminated environments in the ocean are largely due to anthropogenic sources such as oil spills caused by tankers accidents (Figure 2), and cause serious ecological damage to plants and animals on the coast as well as other inhabitants of the ocean. Microbes such as Alcanivorax provide a major route for the breakdown of these pollutants, and demonstrate how marine bacteria keep the environment in check. Of all the Alcanivorax species and other oil-degrading microbes, Alcanivorax borkumensis is one of the most important worldwide due to the fact it produces a wide variety of very efficient oil-degrading enzymes. With this knowledge, A. borkumensis could provide a useful tool for bioremediation of oil spills.

So Burners Without Borders kicked off a fundraiser for Paul Doom to get to the Gerson Clinic, and other Gulf Coast activists lamented that why should all the money go to one person when everybody down there is suffering. We agree: All the money shouldn’t go to one person. And it’s not going to.

The “Oilpocalypse Now” event we co-threw with “hyperactivist” Carol Brouillet made over $500 each for the three charities we set out to benefit. None of that money went to one particular person. Now we’re trying a new approach.

But everyone is BROKE. So we’re looking for that rich dot-commer, that retired smart-guy Burning Man-going person who’s interested in helping Paul specifically, in seeing whether or not a strict regimen of detoxing with supplements and “plantidotes” might make a difference in Paul’s illness. We want to be able to point to how thousands and thousands of others in the Gulf region who are being poisoned as badly as Paul was, even though they’re not as symptomatic as he is … to determine how they can try to heal themselves. Because antibiotics sure aren’t doing shit.

You know why we think that is? Well … ::looks around:: … we’re only an armchair naturopath. We’re not licensed to give ANY medical advice and we are talking out our ass here. Okay? You voluntarily assume the risk or serious injury or death just by reading this next passage:

We think chemical poisoning is only half of the multi-symptomatic mystery illness we’re dealing with in the Gulf of Mexico. We think the other half is an undetectable and heretofore-unseen bacterial infection. We’re not alone in thinking this.

Specifically, a synthetic bacterial infection. Or at least a genetically-modified one. Or maybe a proliferation of a type we’ve not seen before, but the money trail says Synthetic Genomics could’ve been playing a little Dr. Moreau with the cleanup effort, by dropping their “SYNTHIA” bacteria into the Gulf — to see if it might clean up the oil, and maybe forgetting or not caring that human and animal cells are held together by oil.

And the most common physical symptom of the “Gulf Blue Plague” is staph-like sores. We may even be talking about more than one Franken-microbe wreaking havoc, courtesy of the secretive unholy alliance between biotech and Big Oil. Two self-obsessed, ego-driven, greedy, racketeering, God-playing industries making out with each other and stepping on people and shitting all over our planet. Gross.

Corexit might be killing the oil-eating bacteria which would otherwise break down the oil. University of Georgia scientist Samantha Joye notes that scientists have no idea how the large quanties of dispersant will effect the Gulf’s microbial communities (for more information, watch part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5 of Dr. Joye’s July 13th press conference). Moreover, as MSNBC notes, oil-eating bacteria are less active in deepwater, where much of the oil sinks after treatment with dispersants.

Also: We’re NOT saying the “Gulf Blue Plague” is what Paul Doom has. We’re not sure about that one, as we don’t have a medical degree. We are not privy to his medical records, and the Synthia thing is beside the point. Paul is definitely sick from swimming in the Gulf waters and eating seafood. The Doom family are only aware that they are ALL poisoned with unacceptable levels of oil-and-Corexit-related symptoms because their son is symptomatic to the verge … and because they’ve all been tested.

Testing is expensive. Nobody can afford it. The Doom Squad got tested with donations, and funds are being raised for more, because sometimes people will leave and evacuate the Gulf Coast if they see the results on paper.

For many others who refuse to think such a horrific, three-part (crude / Corexit / bacteria) chemical attack could have befallen the land their ancestors cultivated, weaving magic upon the water … well, it’s too much for them to handle, really, so they just believe they’ve still got the flu.

That blood in their stool must be from the new medication. Etc. They can’t process the enormity of the damage; they can’t hear the distant thunder. Paul Doom can.

Paul Doom impresses us. He’s strong as shit, and he never complains. He’s singularly driven on a mission. He knows he needs to stay here and do something. He’s a 22-year-old pile of goo who has been hammered in the fire like a Ninja sword, and he’s still going. We’d be past dead by this point. He keeps going. Paul Doom is a warrior and he wants to stay and clean up.

Alcanivorax borkumensis – from Test the Rain: The idea of manipulating microbial life to better degrade oil pollution … has been the subject of much buzz since the dawn of modern genetics in the late 1970s. After all, the reason our oceans are not black and sludgy is that many microbes eat hydrocarbons. The Gulf of Mexico has a particularly active suite of native oil-eaters, which chew through the equivalent of about two Exxon Valdez spills a year — petroleum that seeps naturally into the Gulf from hundreds of rifts in its rocky basin. … To suggest, however, that such organic processes — known as bioremediation — might easily tidy up the current mess would be woefully inaccurate. The microbial feeding frenzy that inevitably follows an oil spill upsets the equilibrium of the ocean: blooms of bacteria, for example, deplete oxygen levels. And should heavy hydrocarbons settle onto the cold seafloor, blanketing one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth, the resulting tar field would persist indefinitely, like some sort of deep-sea parking lot.

We find it odd that Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics company also partnered with Novartis to create a vaccine company. Wouldn’t that be SO WEIRD if everyone started breaking out in “staph infections” from “bacteria of indeterminate origin”? … we mean, what if that staph that half the US’s meat is infected with isn’t the staph bacteria after all, but the world’s first fully synthetic organism, which may act and look like staph when it starts to eat humans?

What if that synthetic bacteria had spent this past year being sprayed, along with Corexit, by our military’s planes in ungodly amounts over the Gulf, had sucked up into the clouds, rained down with the Alcanivorax borkumensis onto American grasses and GMO corn-feed fields, eaten by our feed animals, and absorbed through the wounds in their skin? Meanwhile, as an aside, these cows are are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics and stuffed into crowded pens and eventually packaged in petroleum-based products for us to purchase in big-box stores across this fair and balanced land?

Blech, all the vegetarians must be pleased with themselves about now. We can’t quite get there. Type O negative hunter-gatherer supergenes requiring blood protein — that’s our meatsack. So, a capsule’s worth of turmeric in water with raw apple cider vinegar every day should allow us to eat bacon and brie for at least a while longer.

Could a hybrid Franken-plague be coming? To match the crop failures we might expect this year, since the Oilpocalypse cut off the Loop Current and messed up the world’s weather? With the coldest winters on record from Scandinavia to Egypt in 2010-2011, and tornadoes kicking off that giant whooshing sound in the middle of the country? Could we be in for a new Dustbowl, as this article suggests, but now with added Franken-staph?

Naw. That’s crazy.

Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) have announced the results of work on genome transplantation methods allowing them to transform one type of bacteria into another type dictated by the transplanted chromosome. The work, published online in the journal Science, by JCVI’s Carole Lartigue, Ph.D. and colleagues, outlines the methods and techniques used to change one bacterial species, Mycoplasma capricolum into another, Mycoplasma mycoides Large Colony (LC), by replacing one organism’s genome with the other one’s genome. – from

Anyway. Synthetic or not, bacterial infections play a huge role in the Gulf mystery-illnesses we’re seeing.

Personal anecdote: When we were working down in the Gulf in the months following the spill, and everyone else was getting sores in their mouths or Staph-looking holes in their skin or “strep throat” or “scarlet fever” or hives all over their legs and on and on …

We personally only came down with the chemical-poisoning, slight-flulike-symptoms, Devil-pulling-you-to-Hell-crazy-feeling chemical poisoning part. With the retching, and the bleeding out the ears etc. but no sores or lesions. We eat like a hippie and do lots of anti-bacterial things to ourself, but we also spent a good part of the past fifteen years choking on diesel fumes and flamethrower exhaust. Everybody’s different and everybody’s got different tolerances and responses to things.

So what we’re saying is, maybe the bacterial-infection part of the mysterious “Gulf Blue Plague” should be separated in everyone’s minds from the chemmie-poisoning part. Maybe that would help to determine what’s going on with your loved ones. Think about it but Lord, ask your doctor. We don’t want to kill anyone. We’re all aware we need to start figuring this out on our own, because nobody is going to help us.

So Paul Doom has figured that out too, and the Gerson Clinic pricing is here. Although all options are being considered at this point, and suggestions for medical detoxes other than Gerson Therapy are welcome.

And to all those hurt by the continued rejection of American media and the helplessness you feel at being ignored: So many people are working on it, in so many different ways. There will be a tipping point. Journalists will start to notice en masse, and if they don’t, Anonymous and Julian Assange (the new boogie-men Robin Hood heros) will get ’em.

In fact, Greenpeace just hit the jackpot with 30,000 pages of leaked internal BP documents they’ve just started to sift through. So there’s hope. And there may not be that much money out there, but on the other hand, there may … you just never know if you don’t ask.

The world is not lost, either. We can turn things around without money. We’re just figuring out how.

Mycoplasma laboratorium – The J. Craig Venter Institute filed patents for the Mycoplasma laboratorium genome (the *minimal bacterial genome*) in the U.S. and internationally in 2006. … Venter hopes to eventually synthesize bacteria to manufacture hydrogen and biofuels, and also to absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. … On May 21, 2010, Science reported that the Venter group had successfully synthesized the genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides from a computer record, and transplanted the synthesized genome into the existing cell of a Mycoplasma capricolum bacterium that had had its DNA removed. The *synthetic* bacterium was viable, i.e. capable of replicating billions of times. The team had originally planned to use the M. genitalium bacterium they had previously been working with, but switched to M. mycoides because the latter bacterium grows much faster, which translated into quicker experiments. Venter describes it as *the first species…. to have its parents be a computer*. The transformed bacterium is dubbed *Synthia* by ETC. A Venter spokesperson has declined to confirm any breakthrough at the time of this writing, likely because similar genetic introduction techniques such as transfection, transformation, transduction and protofection have been a standard research practice for many years. … It is estimated that the synthetic genome cost US$40 million and took 20 people more than a decade of work, despite the controversy, Venter has attracted over $110 million in investments so far for Synthetic Genomics, with a future deal with Exxon Mobil of $300 million in research to design algae for diesel fuel. (Wikipedia, Minimal Genome Project)

It’s hard to sit by and watch when, as our friend Julie says, “the rich don’t care, the poor can’t care, and the middle class are juuust fat and happy enough not to care. And until the people get one meal away from revolution, or even maybe until just when it’s finally too late, they won’t do anything.”

This isn’t about Paul Doom, but the Gulf in general. The mainstream media has abandoned us. Then … then Fukushima happened.

So then, rather than leave this posting on a negative note about how the Gulf Coast is Tinkerbell and nobdy’s clapping their hands at all … not especially now, with the Japan horror unfolding … we will recognize that we’re almost there. We’re watching revolutions happen all over the world and collectively getting up the courage.

We can hack away at branches all we like, but the 28th Amendment for the Separation of Corporation and State will pull up corruption by the root. Please follow Richmond, CA’s recent blueprint for success in your own towns. Call the mayor, go to the City Council meeting, get the resolution passed, alert the media, and when you’re done, sweep the neighboring towns with emails and press releases too. If you’re feeling helpless — there. Do that.

Oh and don’t believe the mainstream news lies that everything’s OK. One year later, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil “spill” is STILL the biggest coverup in history. Corporations are not people, so let’s git’r dun.

In our world … hemp is legalized, to make enough paper, clothing, seed, feed, oil, and biofuel to seriously kick Big Oil in the shins. Out-of-work Cajun, Indian, and Vietnamese fishermen make their money by holding the marsh line in place with hemp crops, which remediate the oily Corexit-soil before they are chopped down to make paper.

In our world … Cajun Navymen spend their days scrapping the metal from disused oil platforms, and re-plugging old shaky wells just in case of earthquake. Big Oil pays for this, of course, and the scrapped metal can be used for newer, stronger buildings along the Gulf Coast to store hemp crops in. Bad politicians from the bottom up are kicked out of office so that we can start over with a citizen-run, volunteer-civics-type democracy or Republic or whatever. Just no corporate board members and no multimillionaires.

In our world … clinics paid for by the offending corporate parties spring up all along the coast, and Halliburton is revealed by WikiLeaks to be at the center of it all, with all the other slimeball spillionaires who have run this planet’s finances for so long their ego needs to be shot down like the Corexit planes they tried to fly again this summer when the water heated up and the oil rose to the surface.

Nope. In our dream world, the Cajuns peacefully stopped the Corexit death-from-above planes from taking off, and Gulf Coast communities banded together to pass legislation to extract money from their violators. Matter of Trust hair boom soaks up the oil this summer when it heats up and washes ashore, and hay bales and non-toxic oil-eating diatoms and whatever else that’s natural, because there are a lot of us who would be down to go volunteer to try to make it work, non-toxically.

In our world … Billy Kidd’s rotary-kiln incinerator on a barge is brought in to a spot on the Alabama shore, and the other one near Grand Isle used for the same purpose … to burn up the boom made from discarded pantyhose and hair trimmings in coffee-waste-product burlap sacks, to let the hydrocarbons hit the roof and fall back down to the bottom of the incinerator, where Toxy Trap is sprinkled on them, turning the hydrocarbons into fatty acids, or fish food.

In this magic world which could be real if you demanded, sand is sifted with your oil-eating micro-critter (NON-synthetic) of choice. Oiled wildlife is also sprinkled with Toxy Trap, or any of the other similar natural substances out there, so they can clean their feathers/fur and eat the powder and clean out their own insides as it moves through them. (Yes, all that true; it could happen that way.)

In this new world, Corexit is banned forever, hunted down in all the secret and blocked-off encampments along the shore, gathered up, and launched into space.

That’s our world. It’s beautiful. It’s coming. Happy Earth Day, yall.

According to SGI, synthetic genomics permits the construction of any specified DNA sequence, enabling the synthesis of genes (units of an organism’s hereditary information) or entire genomes (the entirety of an organism’s hereditary information), a process involving synthesis of ‘a 1.08 million base pair Mycoplasma mycoides genome, constructed from four bottles of chemicals that make up DNA. This synthetic genome has been “booted up” in a cell to create the first cell controlled completely by a synthetic genome.’ … ‘The seed strain is the starter culture of a virus, and is the base from which larger quantities of the vaccine virus can be grown.” – from

LINKS to Gulf Coast news:

National Geographic: A Year After the Spill, “Unusual” Rise in Health Problems

National Geographic (again): Odd Animal Deaths, Deformities Linked to Gulf Oil Spill?

Democracy Now: Death toll from BP spill still rising as residents die from spill-related illnesses UnPATRIOTic — Why our government won’t protect our rights — and what we can do about it (“We count our votes for Congress in a bizarre, undemocratic way that structurally reinforces a two-party duopoly. As a result, we exclude alternative voices that could help reframe our debates. Put simply, our electoral system marginalizes the public by allowing collusive behavior among political parties that, were they committed by corporations, would be illegal under antitrust laws.”)

Clean Fleet Report 3/2/10: Fuel from Algae – Exxon, BP, Algenol, Sapphire, Synthetic Genomics — sorry the link is broken but the news is still timely —

Although the challenges are many, the potential of algal fuel is enormous. Exxon is investing $300 million in Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics with plans to produce fuel from algae. Mexico’s BioFields is investing $850 million in an Algenol Biofuels plant for ethanol from microalgae; Dow is adding $50 million to the venture. Greg Horowitt, T2 Venture Capital, reports that hundreds of millions are being invested in algal fuel companies such as Sapphire Energy, Aurora BioFuels, BARD, Solix, GreenFuel, and Solazyme. From Boeing to BP, from DARPA to DOE, and from Arch Venture Partners to Bill Gates, serious money is betting that algae will someday be a major biofuel source for our trucks, ships, and planes.”

Al Jazeera: BP anniversary — Toxicity, suffering, and death (Dahr Jamahl wins the real-journalism prize for his reporting in the Gulf, IMHO)

Southern Studies: New aerial images deepen concerns about Gulf seafood safety

Stuart Smith: A Year into the Nightmare — Three of the Most Urgent Issues Facing the Gulf Coast Staph Infection Resources: Gram-negative bacteria are drug-resistant superbugs to watch out for

On Tiny Critters That Eat Oil

Wikipedia: Minimal Genome Project

Test the Rain: Oil-eating microbe Alcanivorax borkumensis and the ugly truth — another broken link with a good blockquote —

Alcanivorax Borkumensis genome was first sequenced in 2003 at the German Research Center for Biotechnology. In 2004 it was discovered that a specific gene of the genome AB was defective. In 2006, using isoelectrophoresis the gene was stripped and an artificial gene was inserted into the genome. The method is explained step by step here.

Oil eating microbes secrete biofilms which studies have shown to be rapidly colonized by other gram negative bacteria and can indeed cause human infection. In other words gram negative bacteria causes Alcanivorax Borkumensis to grow and multiply at a very quick rate. See report (pg.97)

The result is NOT pretty: Oil+ Dispersants+Genetically modified bacteria + Some of the most dangerous bacteria known to man = Unprecedented disaster in the gulf. We also know it has been found in the air, which means it will be evaporated and all that you see here will come raining down on us. Louisiana doctor describes clusters of ailments among Gulf residents

Washington’s Blog: Use of dispersants in the Gulf proves to have little benefit

Alcanivorax – Microbe wiki BP oil spill imperils Cajun culture

There are countless casualties of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that sent oil spewing into the Gulf in late April, but how it is affecting Cajuns here is particularly profound: It threatens not just to take away their livelihoods, but also to grind down an identity of independence and self-reliance that was established when their ancestors were forced to find ways to survive in an environment that many considered uninhabitable.

Cajuns interviewed for this story all expressed loyalty to the land of their ancestors and said that those who traveled outside the state always find a reason to return. Many expressed the belief that their way of life would not work outside the region and said that when they do travel, they no longer feel Cajun, but like just another assimilated American.”

St. Petersburg Times: Sick fish suggest oil spill still affecting Gulf

CNN: What’s Under Elmer’s Island? America’s international military bill is more than China, Britain, France, and Russia combined (“The figure is a 2.8 per increase from the previous year and around six times the expenditure as China, America’s nearest rival when it comes to military spending. Incredibly, U.S. military spending has almost doubled in the last ten years as operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have dragged on – last year’s outlay represented an 81 per cent increase on the 2001 figure.”)

Say No To Corporate America: War Unlimited Incorporated — Every American should know this stuff

“In December 2001, Kellogg, Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, secured a 10-year deal known as the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), from the Pentagon. The contract is a “cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity service” which basically means that the federal government has an open-ended mandate and budget to send Brown and Root anywhere in the world to run military operations for a profit.” Blowout preventer may have never had a chance against Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Fuel BP well leader asked “Are you going to fire me?” before spill (also, he “vetoed a proposal to install equipment that may have prevented explosive natural gas from seeping into the well.”)

Gina Solomon at NRDC: When a Community is Sick: Gulf Coast illnesses one year after the BP oil spill

Local community advocates tell me that their phones are ringing off the hook with calls from people who are sick and looking for help. Ecosystem restoration meetings on the Gulf coast have been overwhelmed by people testifying about health symptoms because it’s the only place they can be heard. Clean-up workers and community members are worried about an increase in unexplained symptoms such as rashes, chronic respiratory problems, fatigue, and headaches. … There is currently no active government agency investigation of the Gulf Coast health concerns, or programs to help individuals get needed healthcare. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, which collected reports of health problems during the height of the spill, stopped publishing reports at the end of September. The result is that there are a lot of sick people, and people feel abandoned and overlooked in the rush to declare the oil spill over.

Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP – also known as lung plague), is a contagious bacterial disease that afflicts the lungs of cattle, buffalo, zebu, and yaks. It is caused by the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides mycoides, and the symptoms are pneumonia and inflammation of the lung membranes. The incubation period is 20 to 123 days. It was particularly widespread in the United States in 1879, affecting herds from several states. The outbreak was so severe that it resulted in a trade embargo by the British government, blocking U.S. cattle exports to Britain and Canada. This prompted the United States to establish the Bureau of Animal Industry, set up in 1884 to eradicate the disease, which it succeeded in doing. … The bacteria are widespread in Africa, the Middle East, Southern Europe, as well as parts of Asia. It is an airborne species, and can travel up to several kilometres in the right conditions. See also: Minimal Genome Project – from (- NOTE: NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. TOTALLY DIFFERENT STRAIN. OF SOMETHING THAT MUTATES. -ED.)


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  1. Hi, “The Endless Bummer” poster was designed by my husband, Ron Kellum, to raise awareness and funds for the Gulf Coast. We’d be happy to send a signed 11×17 print for $20 shipped to anyone who would like one, and the money will be sent to LEAN. Thanks!

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