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By W.B. Dunne
The News Pauper thinks that its just weird that the apologists for BP can say such things that simply defy reason. I am especially fond of the specious argument that the dirty fucking hippies forced the industry into deeper, more dangerous water. Such incredible positions make one desire to see what led them there, like when you happen upon a car thrown by calamity through a high billboard. (That pic exists out there Im sure.)
After mulling the dilemma over and over again and running into the dead end that also must arrest the thought process of those that traffic such polluted musings, the NP stumbled upon the answer. Like any criminal caught in the act, the purveyors of this line have to know deep down that their own actions put them there. In their blind support of the policy put forth by the flag-waving hypocrites of the last administration, they laid the trap they find themselves in now.
The twisted logic is a reflex, however — twisting and rending the story doesnt change the reality that greed prevented the drillers from putting systems in place that would insure against this disaster. Like any sociopath, when the inevitable happens, Priority One is to deflect responsibility. Everyone sees this plainly in the acts of the BP executives and the pols and lobbyists trying to pin the spill on Obama.
This event is the game changer that will dismantle the infrastructure of the right-wing in this country and they know it. No infiltrator or skilled provocateur could have exposed the utter contempt for anything outside of profit more clearly than this self-made blunder.
Another interesting thing about these folks is their math skills. BP has low-balled the estimates of the amount of oil spewing from their nightmare well from day one in order to minimize the damages they will undoubtedly incur. In a recent piece I read, an impossibly high figure was attached to the amount of money already put out by BP in the response. The fact that the effect that this crime is having on the human and animal victims in the Gulf States isnt story one on every news outlet is further proof that the media is not doing its job. The fact that BP contractors have attempted to prevent the coverage is another huge tell about what they know and what we dont.
The NP keeps telling the folks he sees in daily life that this is not something that can be ignored, and that this is in no way a remote event happening to someone else “down there.” What companies like BP and others do across the globe is slowly killing us. This particular high profile case will wake us up, and I hope that those that are involved in the actual clean-up of this toxic debacle are well-compensated and observed closely for symptoms of poisoning. If the aftermath of the Exxon Valdes is any indicator though, my hopes are not high. The average age of death of the clean-up crew on that one was 51 years old.
Does no one comprehend the emergency we are in? When will responsible parties take control of this situation? Why are we wasting our time listening to the bloviations of those that caused the mess to begin with? Have we lost the ability to say no and marginalize the toxic element? I do not want the distinction of witnessing the start of Armageddon in the form of the ecological destruction we face. We need to purge these elements that polluted our discourse. We need to hold those responsible for this mess accountable and that means facing the facts that we were fed a line by an industry that didnt invest a cent in the technology to deal with this disaster. We need to face the fact that there were criminals in government that enabled the energy concerns in this malfeasance. We didnt prosecute the torturers and wire-tappers and countless other treasonous offensesand look where it got us. If we cant get justice, we can at least ostracize the guilty instead of giving them platforms in national media to inflict further damage.
Finally, I would like to point to a woman named Kindra Arneson who has a YouTube video:
Please view and share this.
My interest in this clip began when I was seeking more information about the conditions on the shores in proximity to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Little did I expect such an eloquent representative of the people in the middle of this thing.
Of course, the woman has been subjected to abuse by operatives in the right-wing blogosphere, and I expect her to suffer more if the vid gains ground as it should. She has been called a plant and worse. If her activism continues and she is as credible as she appears in this clip she will count me among her kindred spirits.
The NP is no touchy-feely pushover and would be a better executioner than a gardener; I judge that the message is valid even if delivered through a spys lips. The right often lets the truth be known and discredits the source. (See Dan Rather/George Bush National Guard records, here and here.) [Editor’s Note: And also recall that CBS parent Viacom’s owner, Sumner Redstone, strongly supported Bush in 2004.]
The NP will return with more on the end of the world as it occurs
Contact the author at WBDunne@ltsaloon.org.
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Al-Qaeda operatives attack several states in the southern US, causing the deaths of 11 Americans outright, poisoning many others, destroying fishing, tourism and other businesses for generations to come and costing America billions of dollars. CIA spy satellites immediately identify the Al-Qaeda home base that masterminded and launched the attack, and bipartisan voices are raised in Congress and throughout the land demanding the president call in air strikes to destroy the base and send in the Marines to kill off any terrorists left alive. With the world’s support, President Obama acts that very day, ordering the military to bomb the Al-Qaeda base ‘back to the Stone Age’ and putting the Marines on alert. “I will not sit still,” says President Obama in a speech to the nation, “While organizations that plot and profit from destructive acts and cause vast devastation to our nation exist and thrive. We will take every available course of action to put them out of business permanently.”
Replace ‘Al-Qaeda’ with ‘British Petroleum’ and it makes all the difference, doesn’t it?
2010 RS Janes. LTSaloon.org.
CNN reported Sunday morning (5/30) that BP’s ‘Top Kill’ scheme to staunch the flow of oil gushing from the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico has failed. (Read the CNN story and see the video here.)
Next up, BP plans yet another ‘cap’ that won’t work any better than the first one.
Carol Browner, former head of the EPA and an adviser to President Obama, has confirmed that this is the worst environmental catastrophe in American history.
For an appreciation of just how horrible and far-reaching is this disaster, read “10 Things You Need (But Don’t Want) To Know About the BP Oil Spill,” by Dana Perdomo, Alternet, here.
I have to wonder: How much is BP playing us? I’ll bet gas will be up to $5 a gallon by the end of summer and it will be blamed on the big oil spill BP and their corporate colleagues will rake in even more billions while the oil continues to flow from the bottom of the Gulf.
The only thing that will stop this from happening again is criminal prosecutions for negligent homicide, gross malfeasance, and fraud, with senior BP execs going to jail and the US government seizing their assets and disallowing any past, present or future profits from this mess. Of course, common sense would also dictate that all offshore drilling leases should be cancelled.
I won’t hold my breath, made shorter by air pollution from the byproducts of BP’s main source of income.