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Friday, July 9, 2010

The U.S. Con Game Continues

The United States is engaged in a giant con game. President Obama continues to tell Americans, as he stump-speaks around the nation, that he is doing everything he can to bring back employment. This is a giant con game. This is not true. It is a distraction from what is exactly happening.

It is becoming more and more accepted by experts that another major recession is heading our way. We had a stimulus but it has now begun to fizzle and did not jumpstart our economy. It was just too small, and was not followed by additional stimulus packages at various intervals. Our Congress only debates the merits or lack thereof, but did not take it upon themselves to design and implement stimulus packages to further feed the economy with jobs and wages.

Instead, what we have are more and more workers falling off the edge who are no longer included in the jobless figures. Millions of Americans are unemployed, and millions more are underemployed. And, there are millions of unemployed workers no longer being counted. There are 400,000 more added to the list of No-Longer-Being-Counted. As more workers find their wages buying less than they bought last month and the months before, they will become a measured consumer pull-back of non-essential purchases. This will slow businesses, and even shut them down. This will be a significant drop in demand, and demand is what stimulates the economy, and increases the GDP. That will lead to more unemployed workers, more foreclosures, fewer homes purchases and an economy slipping deeper into recession.

The Repugnicons and Democons are preaching austerity to the victims of the economic abusers—the corporate capitalistic elite, who have drained our real economy of liquidity and capital in order to replenish their balance sheets that are attached to trillions of dollars of underwater derivatives, which they have not unwound and remain as a toxic risk upon the economy.

The Con Game’s bottom line is that both Congress and Barack Obama talk the talk but are failing to walk the walk with any credibility. There is absolutely no reality to their recovery scenario. They have failed to move fast enough to prevent it from really taking hold. They have allowed the predatory abusive financial rapists from giving restitution to their real economy victims. The way this should have been done was for Congress to have forced the TARPed and bailed out investment bankstas to take their profits and funnel it back into the real economy through available lending, which would have been the needed private sector stimulus to bring forth jobs and wages. But no, Congress has allowed the Financial Reform bill to end up as becoming a mediocre fix. Derivatives are still allowed to exist without transparency or traded on an open exchange, and left within the confines of the banksta’s grasp and not moved into a separate facility. In addition, they will allow the top 6 financial investment bankstas to remain TBTF. The TBTF banks will eventually weaken whereby one or more will require another bailout.

David Michael Green summed it up in his piece, “How That Recessioney Thing Working Out For Ya?”. “Here’s the story in a nutshell: A far-right predatory over-class has spent the last thirty years undoing the hard-fought gains of the mid-twentieth century, which had produced a robust middle class [with] vastly more economic and social justice in America than the country had ever known before. These regressives used every kind of deceit imaginable to persuade unsophisticated voters to choose candidates whose real agenda was to assist their plutocratic puppetmasters in fleecing the very same people who voted for them.

Such candidates ran on issues like the death penalty, immigration, bogus wars, gay marriage, and abortion. But what they really were about as legislators was exporting jobs to where workers are dirt cheap and politically neutered, crashing organized labor, shifting the tax burden onto the mass public, deregulating industry to allow unhindered profit-taking on the upside and socialized public responsibility for risk on the downside, and locking in a Supreme Court majority that would never blanch at even the most outrageous rulings enhancing corporate power in American society.”

Economics professor Michael Hudson in his piece “EU Today, US Tomorrow Europe’s Fiscal Dystropia: The New Austerity, when writing about Greece and Europe’s economic crisis and austerity programs, wrote “…creditors can get paid only at the economy’s expense. The remaining stimulus must go to them, not capital investment, employment, or social spending.” This sounds like the US today.

He went on to say that “a balanced budget in an economic downturn means shrinkage of the private sector.” “The New Fiscal Conservatism aims to corral all countries to scale back social spending in order to “stabilize” economies by a balanced budget. This is to be achieved by impoverishing labor, slashing wages, reducing social spending and rolling back the clock to the good old class war [days] as it flourished before the Progressive Era.” “The problem is that there is not enough economic surplus available to pay the financial sector on its bad loans while also paying pensions and social security. Something has to give. The commission is to provide a cover story for a revived Rubinomics, this time aimed not at the former Soviet Union but here at home. Its aim is to scale back Social Security, while reviving George Bush’s aborted privatization plan to send FICA paycheck withholding[s] into the stock market—that is, into the hands of money managers to stick into an array of junk financial packages designed to skim off labor’s savings.”

“What really is causing the financial and fiscal squeeze, of course, in the fact that government funding is now needed to compensate the financial sector for what promises to be year after year of losses as loans go bad in economies that are all loaned up and sinking into negative equity.”

Therefore, we are being conned into believing that the economy is in a slow paced recovery, when it is not true, since the financial sector has been bathed in the nation’s wealth at the expense of taxpayers and the real economy.

The administration continues their con game as BP continues to kill the Gulf of Mexico.

The world is engaging us into accepting their big con game. It was revealed, during the Canadian-Toronto G-20 summit that police disguised as Black Bloc anarchists were destroying property so their real police comrades could move in and make arrests. BO has touted great changes coming in the new financial reform bill, while derivatives, which were alchemized in Shadow Banks, can still go forward. Too many compromises spoiled the stew.

The corporate capitalistic oligarchs are in control. BP had stated that the Macondo well, back before it exploded, had 50 million barrels down in the cavern. At the rate it has been erupting, that well should have gone dry. Therefore, these oligarchs of oil have no idea how to accurately measure a damn thing, how to clean up an eruption let alone a large spill, or how to safely engineer a deep water drilling project. All they care about is cutting corners for profits and shareholders.

If a developer built homes that systematically collapsed months after the owners moved in, the developer would be arrested. Yet, Donald Vidrine, BP’s well site leader aboard the Deepwater Horizon well, has been placed on leave-at home. Why isn't this guy being questioned in a jail cell? It has been reported that BP appears to be covering oil-covered beaches with new sand in order to sweep the oil under their sand “rugs”.

We can thank the Oilygarchs, Ken Salazar, the MMS, BP-of course, Bush-Cheney, and Donald Vidrine, along with Barack Obama, as well as all the Oilybots running around who keep wanting to drill-baby-drill in the gulf without a deepwater drilling moratorium in order to make darn sure that any drilling is done right, and with transparency and competent regulators. Yet, what is now coming forward is that arsenic is rising to dangerous levels in the gulf because oil in the water keeps the natural arsenic levels from being filtered out. This could impact the added dangers filling up the Gulf of Mexico, and, in the future, as the gulf ocean drift currents head into the Atlantic Ocean contaminating the Atlantic marine life and beaches.

The extremely toxic dispersant, Corexit, is horribly dangerous!!! If it gets on your skin, it goes right THROUGH the skin. It ruptures red blood cells, causes internal bleeding and liver and kidney damage! All it has to do is splash on you and you can experience headaches lasting weeks, heart palpitations, muscle spasms, and even, bleeding from the rectum. Corexit can take the oil right into your organs!

The government and hired guns flying planes that are spraying Corexit dispersant in the heat of the night, is very likely to drift onto the land surrounding the shore, as well as kill the Gulf of Mexico’s marine life. This Corexit might actually be getting on the things you touch, the air you breathe, the soil you work with in your garden, if you experience the ocean air currents drifting over head.

This Corexit prevents oils from bonding to itself. We are made up of oils, therefore, Corexit, if it penetrates your body, will keep YOUR oils from bonding to itself, ie, red blood cells. This is a BPFrankenstein experiment with long term dangers that are being kept from the American people.

This is, no doubt, why there is a military lockdown in the effected zones, yet we are all kept from this information. And, obviously, the workers who are not allowed to dress in Hazmat suits don’t know, either. There is a blackout of real information.

Now, the Obama administration has turned the Gulf into a war zone restricting access to reporters, filmmakers, and others arresting “violators” who want to report on this horrendous story and the worst oil spill in America’s history. The transparency promised by Obama has turned into the secrecy policies of LilBoyBush and Cheney.

Another con job is the retention of our current Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar who, in April 2009, “allowed the MMS [Mineral Management Service] to approve—with no environmental review—the BP drilling operation that exploded on April 20, 2010 killing 11 workers and pouring millions of gallons of oil [and methane gas] into the Gulf of Mexico.”

Here is more from the Firedoglake piece written by Jacob Freeze “Obama Could Have Prevented the Deepwater Horizon Disaster: “ PB submitted the drilling plan to the MMS on March 10, 2009. Rather than subject the plan to a detailed environmental review before approving it as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the agency declared the plan to be “categorically excluded” from environmental analysis because it posed virtually no chance of harming the environment.”

More con jobbing went on at the Canadian-Toronto G-20 as the oligarch’s chief executive officers-- the world leaders of the various nations attending-- discussed how to screw the victims who were caught in the destructive webs of the financial predator spiders as they sucked the wealth out of the wallets of working people. They substituted the word screw with austerity.

With European austerity, so goes the private sector exports produced in the US. Then, so goes the US private sector economy, since there will be fewer peoples available to purchase what they produce.

What appears to exist is the preservation of Reaganomics. The neo-liberal, laissez-faire trickle down corporate oligarchy model of economics is what must be preserved proclaimed the financial crime syndicate bosses from within the White House and throughout the G20 conferences.

Nothing is really going to change for a long time as the whole economic cloth begins to tear. All that is being done is the allocation of needles and threads to try and patch it up. But the yarns are threadbare and lack the strength to hold and repair the economic cloth before it rips and shreds again and again.

The problem remaining is that many Americans would rather trouble themselves with what type of snacks to eat while watching Reality Television. The austerity iron fist is coming our way, even during prime time broadcasts, or should I say programming. It is about programming Americans to accept what they innately know not to be true to actually be true for them.

The mediocre health care bill and the financial reform bill are basically about giving Americans a slow dose of valium-like reforms. Just shut up and take this medicine. It won't really work too well but it is good for ya. Youbetcha!

It is not about change but about Reaganomics, trickle down, laissez-faire capitalism for the elite who use the government to further their wealth as they sacrifice the real economy, jobs, employment, opportunities, middle class personal and home wealth values.

And, at the same time the oil oligarchs had known the dangers of drilling off of the Louisiana coastline because of the mega-amounts of methane gas they had detected at the drilling site, as well as for miles around the site, since it had been seeping along with the oil from the sea floor. Was this a planned demolition of the Gulf of Mexico, killing it all for themselves? Possibly.

The President could care less what the people think. That was clear after he took office and moved 180 degrees from his semi-populist message during the campaign.

It IS all about jobs, President Stupid. Yes. It IS all about jobs. Stop conning us into believing you are doing everything you can to bring back jobs. No you are not! But this president is committed to listening to the Reaganomic neoliberals who sold out our jobs, as they did the Soviet Union economy under Robert Rubin, and moved US jobs elsewhere making the US the world's largest debtor nation and importer of finished goods and exporter of raw materials.

When austerity hits the US working classes, and the Eurozone, there goes even more jobs. As Americans have to live on even fewer dollars, there will be fewer shoppers, then there will be fewer workers serving the shoppers, and fewer businesses as a result of fewer consumers frequenting those businesses; and then, there will be fewer tax dollars entering the local school districts, local community budgets, state treasuries, and the federal treasury.

Professor Paul Krugman is very likely correct when he speaks of another depression heading our way.

As the corporate capitalistic financial elite robbed Americans of good jobs by outsourcing them to countries that offered cheap laborers, they turned skilled organized U.S laborers into janitors and service workers reducing their incomes while pushing them into becoming heavier debtors. Now the same thing is happening as a result of BP’s incompetence and criminal negligence. They are turning independent fisherman, guide boat operators, and others working independently in the business of fishing, seaside recreation, and the seaside way of life into service workers controlled by the corporate elite as they persist in turning the nation into a feudalistic country.

Barack Obama and the Congress are killing America. There are legislative bills, such as the financial reform bill, that are only about making it appear that there is real reform coming. The Geithner Spin is in! But the fact is that the investment banking syndicate is still allowed to brew up more derivatives through their shadow alchemy programs. Full transparency is not allowed.

This is more of the same garbage we had beginning in 2000. But now, the world is on fire, the Gulf is drowning, and working people are sinking.

thanks for reading, jerry


SPECTRE of Collusion said...

To remind everyone of what these evil bastards can and will do if needed:

Kennedy Assassinated

On June 4, 1963, President Kennedy signed a Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110. This order virtually stripped the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Government at interest. President Kennedy declared the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. This order gave the Treasury Department the authority to issue silver certificates against any silver in the treasury. This executive order still stands today. In less than five months after signing that executive order President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

The United States Notes (silver certificates) he had issued were taken out of circulation immediately. Federal Reserve Notes continued to serve as the legal currency of this nation. It is estimated that 99% of all U.S. paper currency circulating in 1999 are Federal Reserve Notes.

SPECTRE of Conspiracy said...

Between the G20 and this poor soul, is there any chance we aren't completely screwed by the pluracrats and their rabid dogs?

A Brutal Case of Backwards Justice in America (The Oscar Grant Injustice)

John Galt
Activist Post
July 11, 2010

Michael Ellner said this about our crazy society: “Just look at us. Everything is backwards. Everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information, and religion destroys spirituality.”

This case should not be about an alleged black troublemaker and an overzealous white cop.

This past week, BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted in State court of involuntary manslaughter in the case of the New Year’s Day 2009 fatal police shooting of an unarmed man, 22-year-old Oscar Grant. The local black community is rightfully outraged, but this is much bigger than race — it’s about how our society defines justice.

Strip away all the labels; the fact remains that an armed man shot an unarmed restrained man in the back, period. This case should not be about an alleged black troublemaker and an overzealous white cop. Their race shouldn’t matter; the circumstances of why Grant was detained shouldn’t matter; and Mehserle being a cop shouldn’t matter either. Grant was a sovereign, unarmed, outnumbered, restrained, and harmless American citizen and was shot in the back in cold blood. To make matters worse, Grant was being toyed with by the cops like a domesticated cat does with a mouse before he ultimately rips him to shreds.

SPECTRE of BP said...

Why BP is Readying a 'Super Weapon' to Avert Escalating Gulf Nightmare
By Terrence Aym
While the plan would admittedly only be executed if a worst case scenario seemed imminent, some geo-chemists have expressed concerns that detonating a nuke in the Gulf might ignite the methane.


(CHICAGO) - In a desperate attempt to stop a huge area of the Gulf ocean floor from possibly rupturing due to subterranean methane gas (leading to a calamity no human has ever seen) BP has ripped a page from science fiction books.

The giant oil company is now quietly preparing to test a small nuclear device in a frenzied rush against time to quell a cascading catastrophe. If successful they will have the capability to detonate a controlled fusion generated pulse.

While the world watches BP's attempt to contain the oil gusher at the former Deepwater Horizon site, company officials have given the green light on an astounding plan to use what is known as a nuclear EPFCG charge if all else fails.

Sea floor compromised

Reports still indicate that methane is flooding the Gulf waters at a rate one million times more than normal, and the NOAA research vessel, Thomas Jefferson has reported spotting new fissures. [1]

Last week the science ship stunned some reporters with the revelation that the oceanographic team had discovered and measured a rift in the ocean floor miles from the BP wellhead. The rift was reported to be more than 100 feet long and widening. Oil and methane continues to plume from that rift.

BP has also admitted damage beneath the sea floor. [2]

SPECTRE of Tyrany!! said...

More rabid dogs shooting innocent AMERICANS. Unfrigging real!!!!!!
He never had a damn chance. Shot 7 F**KING TIMES for God sake. I can't wait to see the tapes which must exist. People state here we come!

Conflicting Accounts of Officer-Involved Shooting Emerge
Erik ScottMore from

Officer Involved in Costco Shooting Involved in 2006 Shooting
Man in Costco Shooting had Concealed Weapons Permit

3 Officers Involved in Shooting at Summerlin CostcoLAS VEGAS - Chris Castillo describes his co-worker and good friend Erik Scott in glowing terms.

"(He) served his country, West Point grad, Duke master's degree, solid business guy," Castillo said. Castillo is shocked Scott was shot and killed by Metro Police Saturday afternoon. "It was very, very hard to believe. Everybody was in disbelief as to what the heck could have happened and why," Castillos said.

The 38-year-old medical salesman was shopping with his girlfriend at Costco when police say trouble began. "What he was doing was removing metal water bottles out of their packages or boxes," said Metro Police Captain Patrick Neville said. "He threw a few on the floor, and put other ones within his cart."

Police say customers complained about Scott's behavior. He allegedly argued with security and refused to obey officers when they arrived. "(He) goes into his waistband area, puts his hand on the weapon, is going for the weapon," Capt. Neville said. "The officer then begins to issue verbal commands for him to get on the ground, get on the ground, get on the ground."

Three officers then fired seven shots. "We have over a dozen witnesses that saw this individual pull a weapon from his waistband," Captain Neville said.

Attorney Ross Goodman represents Scott's family. He says Scott never pulled a gun and was not acting in a threatening way toward officers. He says other witnesses will back that up. Some comments on from people who claim to have witnessed the shooting agree with Goodman.

One person wrote, "I saw the whole thing go down from start to finish, and the cops were trigger happy. The guy never had a chance." "I was there, and I never saw this guy do anything with his gun," another person wrote. "The police started shooting immediately after ‘drop it' was yelled."

Metro officers say they haven't heard those eyewitness accounts yet and encourage anyone who saw anything to contact them.

"It sounds like he was trying to show the police his gun by lifting up his shirt," Castillo said. "These guys, they fired prematurely."

Captain Neville says 911 calls will prove otherwise. "I could clearly hear the officers giving commands to the individual to get him on the ground," he said. "You could hear people yelling and screaming in the background. You could hear the shots being fired." "When you listen to that, it definitely sends a chill down your spine," Capt. Neville said.

Goodman says he hopes surveillance video, along with the witnesses he's hearing from, will show Scott did nothing wrong.

SPECTRE of Tyrany!! said...

people state = police state

my bad.

jerry, of eye on washington said...

Hi There Spectre,

There is no doubt, we have a nation under attack by the oligarchs who control the money and power. Kennedy was killed by a controlled and planned domestically devised hit because he had different plans for the monetary system.

Obama is in the exact same situation. He was picked to win the election. They knew they could control him with error. McCain, nor Palin were working with full decks, therefore, if they were to take the White House the scene would get ugly.

This has been a planned demolition by the financial elite powerbrokers running the kleptocracy.

BP ended up making a grave mistake by killing the GOM, yet they appear to have been pulling the marionette strings as best they can. They are hoping to contain civil unrest with their dream cap, which will likely cause problems.

The Youtubes leak out--thank goodness!!! You have sent some terrific pieces and Youtubes. I am glad to get these posted as a supplement to what I post.

As I commented on Kunstler's site in regards to his latest posting up until 2000, the country had been riding the roller coaster ride rapidly up the steep incline, but after 2000, we hit the top, and after that there has been nothing to stop the rapid decline of the ride.

There is nothing in this fake financial reform bill that will stop speculation by the Wall Street Oligarchs, which are manipulating the market in order to fatten their balance sheets, at the expense of the real economy and jobs.

Regarding soldiers, PTSD has been neglected. There are cops who should not be cops. They have minimal skills under pressure. That Las Vegas situation is very sad. These cops may now be convicted for manslaughter, and sent to prison.

That soldier, West Point grad appeared to have demonstrated some emotional flair up at Costco. The cops in fear of a Postal Affect occurring, over-reacted and now a guy is dead and these cops are freaking out. All these families are freaking out!

Again, we have a nation under siege. There is this militaristic push to militarize our police forces.

This will all create blow-back, at some point.

The fix is in. It was in in 2000. It was in in 2008.

There appears no real effort by this government to lay the truth all out, and stop the roller coaster from dropping.


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SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Jerry, great piece by the way, and I'm glad to provide whatever I can to spread the truth regarding what is happening to our great Republic. When exactly did everyone decide to drink the kool-aid and jump down the rabbit hole?

If the reports are accurate regarding leaks all over the sea floor with some as far away as 30 miles, we are toast. No relief wells or contraptions on the well bore will stop any of these leaks coming from the sea floor. Per an article, gas is already escaping from one relief well, and workers are using HAZ-MAT full garb with military type gas masks. Methane, Benzene and other gooies from the well that keeps on giving.

When they almost blew it up in Febuary, all work should of stopped, and the regulators should of moved in except we don't have real regulators. These are merely yes men/women who are awaiting their turn for a piece of the action/juice when they leave the service of their govt. and fall head first into a great job with the industry they formally regulated. How institutionalized can crime be? It's bribery but with the wink of the eye by everyone involved.

Bull Slam said...

Excellent blog! Fair and balanced. Good source material, too. Thanks.

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Bull Slam,

Jerry is a true old school liberal
who actually believes in a free press per the 1ST Amendment as well as the free expression of one's thoughts and ideas though he may not agree with said thought/ideas.

What we have today is a complete farce. What the Hell exactly is a Fairness Doctrine? Since when is it OK to censor fellow citizens? I can proudly say that Jerry is a 1960s liberal in every sense, and it's great, and I lean conservative by the way. The so called liberals of today could learn a thing or two about freedom of expression from this man.

He walks the walk while many who call themselves liberals are really something very different.

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Jerry, I'm thinking "Yesterday" by the Beattles my friend. The "she" would be Lady Liberty.

The U.S. Is On The Edge Of A Growing Deflationary Sinkhole

All my troubles seemed so far away away,
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

I'm not half the man I used to be,
There's a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she
Had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said,
Something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Love was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she
Had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said,
Something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Love was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.


SPECTRE of Deflation said...

This will make for some interesting reading.


March 10, 2009To:From:Public
Information (MS 5030)Plan Coordinator, FO, Plans Section (MS5231)Subject :Control #TypeLease(s)OperatorDescriptionRig TypePublic Information copy of planN-09349Initial Exploration PlanOCS-G32306 Block - 252 Mississippi Canyon Area
BP Exploration & Production Inc.Wells A and B

Attached is a copy of the subject plan.It has been deemed submitted as of this date and is under review for approval.Site Type/NameWELL/AWELL/BMichelle GriffittPlan CoordinatorBotm Lse/Area/Blk Surface LocationG32306/MC/252 6943 FNL, 1036 FELG32306/MC/252 7066 FNL, 1326 FELSurf Lse/Area/BlkG32306/MC/252G32306/MC/252NOTED -SCHEXNAILDRE

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Man are we screwed!! The assholes are killing the planet quickly now. They are shutting down the Gulf Stream with their gas/oil volcano. This is major doomage I'm afraid. Meanwhile, in other news Obama has played 41 rounds of golf since he became President. Not a care in the world on the golf course with your buddies.

For the first time a direct evidence with data processed by CCAR (Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research) and images from satellite (Jason, Topex/Poseidon, GeosatFollow-On, ERS-2, Envisat) ) of the rapid breaking of The Gulf Stream!

In a recent research called "RISK OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE BY BP OIL SPILL" from Italian scientists of Frascati National Laboratories (LNF) - National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) - AGI (Geophisical Italian Association) and CNR (National Council of Research) it shows the evidence of a rapid Breaking of the Gulf Stream.

[link to]

As well as in surface, the satellite images have shown "serpents" of oil under the oceanic depths, whit beyond 15 Km length and 5 Km wide , that they have generated a physic-chemical pressure on the flow of the currents with the consequent one to generate itself of a gigantic vortex, part of a Loop Current by now broken, as well with direct catastrophic and immediate consequence for the flora, the fauna and the populations of the Gulf of Mexico damaged in the health, for Fall-out of chemical dispersing toxics, like Corexit 9527 and other poisons.

As of today the situation has deteriorated up to the point in which the eddy has detached itself completely from the main stream therefore destroying
completely the Loop Current.

[link to]

SPECTRE of a CRIME said...

Before rig explosion, BP pumped chemical mixture into well, contractor says

By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 20, 2010; 9:47 AM

KENNER, LA. -- In the hours before the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, BP pumped into the well an extraordinarily large quantity of an unusual chemical mixture, a contractor on the rig testified Monday.

The injection of the dense, gray fluid was meant to flush drilling mud from the hole, according to the testimony before a government panel investigating the April 20 accident. But the more than 400 barrels used were roughly double the usual quantity, said Leo Lindner, a drilling fluid specialist for contractor MI-Swaco.

BP had hundreds of barrels of the two chemicals on hand and needed to dispose of the material, Lindner testified. By first flushing it into the well, the company could take advantage of an exemption in an environmental law that otherwise would have prohibited it from discharging the hazardous waste into the Gulf of Mexico, Lindner said.

The procedure mixed two substances. "It's not something we've ever done before," Lindner said.

A BP specialist said using the two substances together would be okay. Nonetheless, the night before the rig exploded, Lindner was busy conducting an improvised chemistry experiment to double-check. He mixed a gallon of one of the substances with a gallon of the other and observed their reaction.

jerry, of eye on washington said...

Hello Specter,

Thank you for your very kinds words. I really appreciate them!!! You are so right. I am an old school 1960s liberal. When I was in grad school, I attended summer session, and before the session began, I learned that the regular ombudsman, who happened to be a woman, was going on vacation for the summer leaving no one to act as a go-between between the teachers and administration in cases of student concerns. I was very upset, and began a single person movement to have a person in place to act as a student representative. Therefore, I stood on campus for two weeks with petitions and asking students to attend the monthly board meeting expressing their concerns. I filled the room and won the case.

Anyway, I haven't gotten to all your posts, but I do understand that the BP official director on the rig has been under suspension for his actions on the rig. He did switch from standard operating procedures regarding the drilling mud, to a cheaper decision.


SPECTRE of Corruption said...

From today, and you can't make this shit up even if you tried. We are being played!

BP caught using altered image of command center