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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon Rig Contractors, and BP Cheapened The Drilling Process

NPR's Fresh Air program interviewed Henry Fountain, the NYT's science reporter, who speaks about deepwater drilling, and the problems with the Deepwater Horizon rig. BP ultimately cheapened the assembly process.

To read more related pieces on the Fresh Air site, click here.

This is a terrific story!!!

To read more about this volcanic-like eruption and what is being written daily by various sources, Washington's Blog is a terrific source.

View the oil disaster site from a NASA satellite.

Studies suggest MMS knew blowout preventers had 'critical flaws, as reported by The Christian Science Monitor. Click here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"President Obama Sings Michael Jackson's New Hit, " Just Spill It"

This White House has become a replay scene recently watched inside the corporate offices of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

Barack Obama is playing the role of the young college co-ed who drank a bit too much Kool-Aid handed to him from the greedy corporate oil oligarchs, who are now playing the role of Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, as he/they stood over the innocent and hapless small town girl as she sat on the toilet seat with Big Ben towering over her with his big, fat woodie driver hanging down in her face as he/they said, “Do something with this!”

So Barack Obama follows the instructions given to him by the oligarchs and performs the act of corporate compliance to satisfy the engorged capitalistic corporate predatory elite who are demanding unfettered “free-market laissez faire, neo-liberalism only for them. All else excluded. The club is by invitation only!

President Obama has been following in the footsteps of his recent predecessors and running interference for Team Oligarch.

Now Louisiana Governor Jingle Jangle Jindal is having his turn on the toilet seat as he proclaims, “We don’t need no stinkin’ moratorium on deep well drillin’!” “We want more drillin’ baby, drillin’”. This guy is the male version of Pale-n Palin.

Have another hit of that spillin’ Kool-Aid.

BobbyJob Jindal says that drillin’ is good for jobs!! And so does Lafourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph, who stated that BP can do a good job regulating themselves. But, because he, and she, are so delirious from the intoxicating experience they both had on the toilet seat, he wasn’t able to realize all the jobs lost from the Spill-Baby-Spill performance BP just put on for the hotel-vacation industry, or the fishing businesses, or the boat rental businesses, just to name a few.

Now, just wrap your head around the Michael Jackson song, “Beat It”.

BP told him don't you ever come around here
Don't wanna see your face, you better disappear
The fire's in your eyes but your words aren’t really clear
So beat it, just beat it

You better run, you better do what you can
Don't wanna see no oil, don't be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can
So beat it, but you wanna be bad

We’ll just drill it, drill it, drill it, just drill it
Ya wanna to be defeated?
Were showin' how weak and meek is your fight
It doesn't matter who's wrong or right
We’ll just spill it, spill it
Just spill it, spill it
Don’t kill it, kill it
We’ll fill it, just fill it

We’ll be out to get ya, better leave while you can
Ya don't wanna be defeated, you wanna be rewarded
You wanna another gig, better do what you can
So beat it, just beat it

You have to show da folks that you're really not scared
You're playin' with da oligarchs, this ain't no truth or dare
We'll kick you, then we’ll beat you,
Then we'll tell you it's fair
We’ll drill it, so don’t get too loud

Just spill it, spill it, just drill it, drill it
Ya don’t wanna be defeated
Showin' how fluffy and puffy is your fight
It doesn't matter if ya are wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
Don’t wanna be messin’ with the elite
Showin' how clunky and shlunky is your fight
It doesn't matter if ya are wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
2012 might be your defeat
Showin' how weak and meek is your fight
It doesn't matter if ya are wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it
We’ll drill it, just drill it, then spill it

Beat it, beat it, just beat it, Barack, beat it

Barack Obama has, once again, been faking it before the American people. They now have moved from using a shop vac to suck up the oil, to a reversed funnel, i.e., a cooking-style hood to suck up the junk. Just days ago they began to pump it up to a ship to burn the stuff in the air.

I must say that Barack Obama has to be the worst political disappointment in my lifetime! No one would have ever expected a 3rd LilBoyBush term from this guy.
Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone article called, “Wall Street’s War” thoroughly explains the major sell-out our government dished out to the public regarding financial reform, and Barack Obama wasn’t interested in anything called ‘Real Reform’, but rather preferred ‘Reform-Lite’. We have President-Lite in the White House doing the work for the oil industry, the health care industry, and the financial industry. So, what’s next for us Mr. President-Lite?

For a guy who had so much political capital accumulated during the primary and the election, he threw it all away in order to deliver it to the oligarchs by framing it as wanting to reach across the aisle. But the fact is that both parties have walked all over him.

I have said this time and time again, he is the Manchurian Candidate. From listening to his Oval Office speech, it was clear to me that he lacked fortitude. After he referred to the volcanic-like eruption as a spill, I knew he was shillin’ for the spillin’.

This is NOT a spill. A spill is when little Johnny knocks over his milk, and mommy wipes it up. This is an eruption. But since Barack did not really define the geyser as being just that, I realized he was BP’s Poodle (coined by Shamus Cooke).

It has been reported that this cavern of oil is as big as Mount Everest. According to Professor Vladimir Kutcherov (Gulf Oil Spill ‘Could Go Years’ If Not Dealt With, by F. William Engdahl, 6-10-10), “What BP drilled into was what we call a ‘migration channel’, a deep fault on which hydrocarbons generated in the depth of our planet migrate to the crust and are accumulated in rocks, something like Ghawar in Saudi Arabia.” “Ghawar, the world’s most prolific oilfield has been producing millions of barrels daily for almost 70 years…is located on a migration channel similar to that in the oil rich Gulf of Mexico.”

Mr. Engdahl went on to say that according to investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, “the disaster has the real potential cost of at least $1 trillion.”

Here is more, “Under the loose regulatory measures implemented by the Bush-Cheney Administration, the US Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service became a simple “rubber stamp”, approving whatever the oil companies wanted in terms of safety precautions that could have averted such a disaster. Madsen describes a state of “criminal collusion” between Cheney’s former firm, Halliburton, and the Interior Department’s MMS, and that the potential for similar disasters exists with the other 30,000 offshore rigs that use the same shut-off valves.”

What most people don’t know is that back in 2005, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act. Under this act, the process of hydraulic fracturing natural gas from under the earth was exempted from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act and the EPA was no longer permitted to regulate it. During those times, BP was allowed to regulate itself, as were the other rig drillers.

So who was supposed to do the regulation of BP’s safety standards if the US government was not allowed to do it? Well, it was the Marshall Islands!!! That is correct. The Republic of the Marshall Islands, located in Micronesia, with a population of around 62,000 people, “was ultimately responsible for the safety of the Deepwater Horizon rig” through “the safety laws and inspection standards of the Marshall Islands. Maritime treaties allow the United States to simply recognize BP’s compliance with Marshall Islands’ standards as adequate.” Yobie Benjamin, San Francisco Chronicle, Oil Spill Surprise: Whose in Charge of BP’s Oil Rig Safety?).

TransOcean registered the rig in the Marshall Islands. It was a US company, at one time, but hightailed it to Switzerland to avoid US tax laws. BP leased the Deepwater Horizon oil rig from TransOcean. This rig is actually considered a ship! But it was not required to have a licensed sea captain in charge of the crew, the operations, or the naval plans. At the time of the disaster, the guy in charge was a rig mechanic. And, at the time of the fire, staffing numbers had been reduced by BP.

What has been surfacing, now, is that BP has had previous maintenance and safety problems. One such documentation occurred on another rig, named Atlantis. Whistleblowers have come forward. There have been problems with gas sensors, fire sensors, and pressure valves.

With all of this out there available to the public, why was President Obama’s speech so lame? He told us that he was assured that deepwater drilling was safe. So, who told him such garbage? Was it one of the oil oligarchs? Now what does Obama think of such assurances? He told us he wanted to understand why he was misled. HUH? Understand what? He wants to understand that he has been a patsy for the oil oligarchs that have been dictating the rules, writing the regulations, paying off government officials, colluding with regulators, and sending presidential candidates campaign contributions?

He went on to reassure the American people that he was going to inform BP of their financial obligations. Inform? How about “demand.” Where were the words “demand, or order, or direct” in this speech? Then he went on to suggest that cap and trade should be part of the debate. Well, how about a carbon tax. Demand a simple carbon tax! Cap and trade might just create mouth drooling by Wall Street bankstas who would gamble on that newly formed exchange.

And, why did he choose to burn up his political capital by failing to present a strong and powerful plan for the Gulf, the relief effort, and alternative energy setting the agenda forcing Congress to debate HIS plan on his terms?

What is wrong with this president? Is HE the Manchurian Candidate that was launched into office by the supreme corporate oligarchs because they knew he had no backbone? Is he the Cowardly Lion? Or, is he the Tin Man? Or, is he the Scarecrow? Or, is he all of them wrapped into one lousy president?

He allowed the health care industry to dictate the rules of the health care reform bill. He allowed the bankstas to dictate the rules of the financial reform bill. And now, he is allowing BP to dictate the rules for handling this disaster.

BP is setting aside $20B for claims. Citi thought it was going to be only $3B. Well, Barack got an extra $17B from his discussion with the eco-terrorists.

Why didn’t Barack just make it simple? Why didn’t come out and proclaim that he was going to seize all of BP’s US assets in order to guarantee that the money would not vanish. This would be a simple trick for BP to accomplish. All they would have to do would be to transfer assets into shadow companies. Blind faith just doesn’t cut it, Barack. You actually trust a bunch of eco-terrorists with their word after they have mishandled the clean-up operations, mishandled their rig operations, and didn’t care to possess an emergency plan in case of a disaster like this one would happen? You are absolutely nuts! Barack, you have shown the American people, time and time again, that you have absolutely no fortitude to stand up the corporate bullies, and the Congressional bullies.

David Michael Green calls you the “Do-Nothing President”. He says, “…to the extent he stands for anything, it is for maintenance of a status quo that continues to wreck the country in order to serve the needs of a few oligarchs.”

I believe he is right! This is George W. Bush’s third term.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

John Stewart Seriously Criticizes Barack Obama!

John Stewart nails Barack Obama and his transformation into the Lord of the Rings' character Frodo.

Watch here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Terri Gross, of Fresh Air, Interviews Josh Fox, Filmmaker of Gasland

This story was made into a documentary. Gas drilling can occur anywhere: school properties, summer camps, cities----anywhere. Listen to the story of what can happen. Josh Fox interview.

Listen to more!!!

Documents showing safety, maintenance and environmental neglect by BP. Listen here.