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Obama: This Whole Oil Spill Situation Is Really Bad, People

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Posted on May 27, 2010

OK, so he actually called it an “unparalleled disaster,” but you get the idea: President Barack Obama took a moment Thursday morning to announce that the federal government had been on British Petroleum’s gulf oil spill from the very start and to declare unequivocally that “BP is responsible for this horrific disaster.” Here’s what else he had to say:  —KA


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By garth, June 10, 2010 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

Compare and Contrast

What amazed me when I thought about British Petroleum’s crime in the Gulf against our very existence, was that this has been going on for quite a while. Consider: 

Coal mining crimes against miners

Crimes by mineral mining companies especially by 3 M in the Northwest

Our government and media response has been polite almost a detached objective view.  Sure, NBC, ABC, CBS and cable Mabels send reporters down there, but they cover up as much as a they reveal, maybe more.  To them, it’s still ratings and market share.  They don’t get it.

Now, as for a blight on the environment, compare that with how Nixon-Reagan-Bush-Clinton turned Johnson’s War on Poverty into War on the Poor.
Nixon began with Law & Order, and there was no hiding its real meaning.
Reagan and Bush continued with “welfare Moms.” They were “advertised” as spewing out children as if the children were oil gushing from a BP mismangement of a well, befouling our cities.
Next, came the amusement media, the tv specials, Hollywood movies and spurious documentaries about Cabrini Green in Chicago, Bedford-Stuyversant in New York, and other housing projects in inner cities across the states. 
They were slums no doubt about it.  But their existence pointed to being overly determined rather than a choice by them to live in squalor, which was the second-handed interpretation that was arrived at in the living rooms in America.

Just look at what Chevron did to Ecuador, what Shell did to West Africa, what Exxon (and BP) did to Alaska, and now the final drop of oil might be coming from the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Look at what Massey is doing to West Virginia and what the mining companies have done to Eastern Kentucky.  Look at what the 3 M mineral mining company has done in Montana.

The question I put forth is: Would you rather live next to a BP oil well, a Massey Mine, a 3M Mine or an housing project in some inner city?

Most Americans duped by the Lippman-Bernays tricks of opinion control would say, “I want to live next to that nice little pink-skinned guy with the British accent, Tony Hayward, in the English countryside.  We’d get along great.  We’re a lot alike.”

Obama, the point-man for the financiers, the oil men, the health insurance and drug pharoahs, should at least allow the help from the 15 countries that were denied earlier.  The administration might be mainly from Harvard, and it might be true that you can always tell a man from Harvard, but not much; but this is beyond that.  Way beyond that. 

Someone should arrest all those involved from Doug Suttles and CEO Tony Hayward to Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.  (I don’t think our boy in the WH is up to it.)

They should be placed in confinement with the Bubbas of Louisiana State Prison.  Tony won’t get his life back.  He’ll get a new life in the back.

If Genesis I is correct, then I conclude that He wasn’t talking about us.  The book fell into our hands.  It was meant for another species on another planet, perhaps.

And, speaking for the Cosmos, I say, “Good Riddance!”

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By garth, June 7, 2010 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

Obama: This Whole Oil Spill Situation Is Really Bad, People (And the little mice seen from the back with their ears taut and stretched out, sitting in the audience say to each other in hushed tones, “And that’s news?)

My question is, What do Bo Gritz, Wendell Potter and John Hofmeister have in common?

They all serve as a Deus ex machina.

They ostensibly present themselves as insiders who offer a look inside the black box of whatever it is the public is trying to come to grips with.  They are men with a supposed conscious and who have a desire to set the record or the matter straight.

Recent memory tells me that they are based on the character of Red Adair, the oil man who gained fame by putting out oil fires.

The purpose of these three characters becomes clear when one looks at the news coverage.  They are introduced into the scene to diffuse public anger, resentment, and energy and dissipate that energy to point where people are back to thinking like high school students—listening and reacting without thinking.

Some might think that the above is paranoid.  Well, I say that maybe it’s the paranoids among us who know the score. They are ones who don’t believe the Government line and question authority and the media. Remember, the news media is not our authority.  They see the injection of Occam’s Razor as sophist’s ploy.  You do not have to believe everything your Government says nor, for that matter, what the media says.  Keep your powder dry.

Mr. Hofmeister comes out blasting.  He wants an investigation into BP.  By the end of the interview he’s championing Natural Gas and fuel cells.

Well, let me tell you something about fuel cells.  They were developed by GE more than fifty years ago.  The oil and automobile companies bought the patents and sat on them.  I guess for precisely this moment.

After listening to Kerry and Cornyn on Sunday (Funny there was a real bucket of blood bar in my hometown called the K & C.) I think the compromise will include nuclear energy with all its callous risks and a carbon cap capture with cap & trade preceding it, which will requre a carbon tax. 

But back to Potter and Hofmeister the Truth Miser.

They are meant to diffuse the public pressure.  In the end when thy leave the stage, the public energy has been dissipated.  They are not meant to empower. Their purpose is disspate and re-direct the energy toward their goal, which I should hope is obvious by now.

Look up Bo Gritz.  He’s the front runner.  He has a somewhat questionable record.

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By garth, June 2, 2010 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

Trader Joe has Two-buck Chuck. The US is now awakening to Three-buck Barack.  He’s as phoney as three dollar bill.

The Financial Times in an editorial today says the public reaction to Obama’s now tepid now indignant response to BP’s crime against life itself is “childish”  is dismissable if it weren’t at a time of such a disaster of such Biblical proportions.
Of course, England banned Correxit 10 years ago, so they don’t have to the face the problem that the ones who caused the crisis are exacerbating it.

This might be pounding sand because its mainly about the direction of our energy policy, but why doesn’t 3-buck Bartack step in and tell BP to knock it off with the Correxit.  Don’t make matters worse.

The head of the fisherman’s association in Lousiana said on DemocracyNow! that BP gives all the other oil companies a bad name.

Is there anyone out there who can step in and do something productive?

What we’re headed for:  Voting Republicans is like blowing your brains out.  Voting Democratic is like opting to die from MRSA.

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By garth, June 1, 2010 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

Americans are being dope-slapped.  And here’s how and why.

To begin, notice the similarity of the logos in the recent BASF tv ads and the older tv ads for BP when BP was selling itself as a Beyond Petroleum company?  Well, it’s not a coincidence and its not infringement.

Here’s what’s going on as far as I can tell from Google searches on BP, BASF and nuclear energy.

BP went into an agreement for 200 billion pounds to begin work on carbon capture.  (The site with this story was removed between last night and today.)  The parliament voted against the idea of carbon capture because it needs a carbon tax. 

BP then backed out of the deal.  That means that the Wall Street-City of London powers see the only alternative to carbon capture is nuclear.

Enter BASF.  BASF, the largest chemical company in the world, is big in the building of nuclear power plants.  They are now trying to “safely” (I put it in quotes because safety in Germany means something entirely different from what it means in the US.) build nuclear power plants in Germany where the population is fairly equally distributed throughout the country.  They are building nuclear power plants in population densities of 200,000.

Also, what must be considered is that a large part of the ownership of the current BASF is the former Thyssen-Krupp group, who were large supporters of Hitler’s military build up, which, by the way, was also financed by Prescott Bush and his Wall Street patrons.
To wrap this up, it all comes down to a battle: Who will be the future purveyors of Energy: the carbon capture-carbon tax investors or the nuclear power group.  They don’t even consider solar or wind nor any of the other safe, democratic, inclusive, solutions.  It’s all about the money and the power.
In passing,

Look up BASF’s history and its safety record. BP could be modelling its current course after BASF’s.  In its history, BASF has had a series deadly incidences in Germany, but they came back later under some assumed name.

In the US, a BASF plant in St. Louis recently dropped a shitload of Sulfur trioxide in the Mississippi.  SO3 turns to Sulfuric acid when it mixes with water.  And that can be deadly.

So, we are being dope-slapped by the British financiers, the American finaciers and their cohorts, the ones who amde Nazi Germany a reality.

Thanks, Ofersince72 for your kind comments.  At that time I was a refugee from other battles on other threads and thought the best policy is to not respond at all.  But I do not want to be inconsiderate nor an ingrate, so, thanks.

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By garth, May 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

I thought I’d check the coverage of the Gulf Gusher on the NBC News.  Apparently, their motto is:  It ain’t news to us till everone already knows.

They covered the nine fisherman who got sick.  This news item was reported on DemocracyNow! last Wednesday or Thursday. 
I realized a while ago that the best one can assume from watching any of the news media’s coverage about any story at all is that something happened somewhere.  All the details are misleading or just plain wrong.
They did mention Correxit, the dispersant, but failed to mention that England banned it 10 years ago for precisely the reason that one would expect after seeing what’s happening.
The best example of their shoddy propaganda, though, was the story of the family at the beach for Memorial Day.  The camera scanned an empty beach on Grande Isle, then zoomed in on a swimming pool with kids jumping in it.  The voice over said that swimming and fishing have been banned at the beach, but this resourceful family brought its own recreation, a pool. 
The camera scanned over a few middle-aged people sitting on lawn chairs with dour looks on their faces watching the kids swim. 
The camera then switched to a bearded Louisianan who looked like a bloated Jack Elam, the old character actor, glasss eye and all. The reprobate-looking geezer said with a thick cajun accent something like, “We’ll do the best we can.”

My question is:  Who told NBC News to send a reporter and camera crew to the beach to cover this story?  As I said, the beach was empty.  Who knew?

It’s just another example of how the news media’s propaganda provides a partial cover for administration and the oil companies by throwing up images on the tv of hardy Americans making the best of an impossible situation.  I wonder if NBC News bought shrimp Po’ boys for everyone in the family, and a few hardy-har-hars on the way back to the station.

Another minor question:  How did this family get all that fresh water to the beach to fill up the swimming pool.  It was not a small pool, about four kids were jumping in it from a slide.

When they get around to using the BP executives to stuff in the well head, they should consider using some tv news executives as well.

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By gerard, May 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

What impresses me about this video is how naive—even sappy—Obama appears to be—no more sophisticated, apparently, that most politicians.  Mouthing pompous accolades such as: “We will take full advantage of the unique knowledge” of oil executives, he speaks the high-glitz language of “designing strategies”, “the brightest minds”, “the most advanced technology in the world”,—from all of which there are, of course “no guarantees.”  Blind faith (but don’t say I didn’t warn you!)  The same double-talk we might find among religious fanatics, but here the religion is “technology” and all its magical fixes that make matters worse.
  I agree that this begins to look like a deceit—to be used as a prelude to boost nuclear power.  (Probably money from the same people in invested heavily in both oil and nukes.) 
  Obama’s face (by the way) is beginning to show some of the same slyly evasive twitches as Bush and Cheney. I hate to admit it, but I did not expect this from him.  I thought he was far more intelligent and worldly wise.  He is proving to be just as sappy, only in slightly more sophisticated ways.
  It is becoming clearer every day that the American people—whoever they are, wherever they are—are going to have to save themselves somehow from the ravages of greed, false science and dependency on “authorities.”  I wonder if there are enough of us who can finally get together and do the right things without cutting each others’ throats in madness, fear and confusion.

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By garth, May 30, 2010 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

They say the BP Oil Gusher is Obama’s Katrina.  It’s really Obama’s 9/11 and Financial Meltdown wrapped into one.  It uses elements of both crimes to force this country to go nuclear. 

A month ago Mary Landrieu spent 2 minutes on a breezy expanation of the Gulf Gusher, and then switched to hat to sell us nuclear power.  She went on to say how safe it was.  It’s just that if we have a nuclear meltdown comparable to the Gulf Gusher, many American young’uns in the future will have two heads and glow in the dark.

Now, back to the Gulf Gusher, consider BP as the Energy conglomerates’ Lehman Brothers. BP will not survive. It is being sacrificed along with the Gulf Coast environment and the livelihoods of the millions of Americans who live there to force us to accept nuclear power.

Now, they say that they can cork the genie by August.  Wow!  We’ll have this to look forward to all summer. 

Why aren’t they showing more sludge soaked Pelicans?  One joker on CNN said that they see dead dolphins covered in oil but they can’t say what killed them.  Could someone nearby that repoter put a gun to his and blow his brains out. Just say he died of a migraine.  He wasn’t using his brains anyway.

The cost of a gallon of gas will skyrocket when this is through.  People will clamor to be radioactive.  If not, we’ll get another Executive Order. 

They are talking about raising the liability for these companies.  But watch that law.  I’ll bet it doesn’t include nuclear power in its language.

9/11 was an inside job that gave the President the power to unilaterally wage war, and now look, we’re in three wars and veering towards two more.

The oil befoulment of the Gulf is a ploy that Israel used in its invasion of Lebanon. I guess that was used as a trial balloon.  They saw what a complete disaster the coast of Lebanon became and thought to themselves, “Aha.”

Joan Walsh of says the left wants a Daddy.  No, we want someone who was elected President to put away his toys, take off his short pants, put on his long pants and be a man, for chrissakes. 

Is that too much to ask of a President?

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By ofersince72, May 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

Would someone please tell president “Drill Baby”
that this is not a SPILL !!!!!

we have punctured the earth where enormous amounts
of pressure and hydocarbons are spewing from the depths.


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By ofersince72, May 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

Garth , thankyou for that post, excellent.

I like the title,

Obama: “The whole oil situation is really bad people.”

Most in America haven’t woke up to that yet,
to busy driving around.

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By garth, May 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

Here’s the story of the Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

“This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again
Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land
Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah
There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the King’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby
Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake…he’s old, and his skin is cold
The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and we’ll do the rest
The blue bus is callin’ us
The blue bus is callin’ us
Driver, where you taken’ us
The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and…then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door…and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother…I want to…WAAAAAA
C’mon baby,————- No “take a chance with us”
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
C’mon, yeah
Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill
This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die
This is the end

As Shakespeare wrote, the problem is not in the stars, but in ourselves.

BP won’t allow fishermen to wear respiratory masks for protection.  Now nine at last count are in the hospital. 

They’ve killed the Gulf of Mexico.  If they kill the seas, they will have killed us all.

Yet, we sit idly by and let them. 

The hurricane of 1938 killed thousands in the Northeast, but the rest of the country didn’t know about it because of the news from Euraope about the war.  Is this going to be one of those stories that gets reported and then falls into the memory hole.

PBS has one scientific joker after another on tv to talk about sub-surface hydrocarbons and the latest technology.  This is the end, you mackerel.

Watch the hearings in Congress.  We’re lost.  We’re goners.

Seventeen countries offered help.  They know what’s coming.  You kill the sea, you kill us. 

We accepted help from two of those countries.

Pumpkin-faced Thad Allen shows up all smiles in New Orleans after saying on C-Span Wednesday morning that he’d be in Nebraska to set up his new office and wouldn’t make it to Louisiana till Memorial Day.  Obama shows up with Mr. Pumpkin and then jets off to Chicago, a puddle jump from Nebraska.

It’s not time to vote, it’s time to ask yourself what would I do if I had a year to live, six months, three months, when after,all is considered, there are rich powerful people at fault.  They kill the seas, they kill us.

These are the people who said they would keep us safe.  I want to know, safe from what.

Americans will say, “Bomb Iran”

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