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'People's History' of Gulf Oil Disaster Reveals Deadly Truth Behind Dispersant Corexit

Report released on eve of Deepwater Horizon anniversary tells of BP lies and government collusion in oil 'clean-up'

- Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer

Not only is the chemical dispersant that was used to "clean up" the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010 extremely dangerous, it was knowingly used to make the gushing oil merely "appear invisible" all the while exacerbating levels of toxicity in the Gulf waters, according to a report released Friday, the eve of the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, by the Government Accountability Project.

According to the report, Deadly Dispersants in the Gulf: Are Public Health and Environmental Tragedies the New Norm for Oil Spill Cleanups?, Corexit—the dispersant chemical dumped into the Gulf of Mexico by oil giant BP and the U.S. government in the spill's aftermath—was widely applied "because it caused the false impression that the oil disappeared."

posted without comment, more at link:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/19-4

As much as I like Rachel,

Please, MSNBC, bring back Ed! At 8 pm! Pronto. I hardly even turn on MSNBC now. That is all.

Please Come To Boston, Dave Loggins.

My thoughts and prayers to the victims, families, and all of Boston.

One of my all-time favorites:



How many Karl Roves does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: All of them. He screws them all.

Exactly how big a blunt instrument is needed to kill off chained-CPI, anyway?

I thought that carcass was buried late last year. Now it is back, like the phoenix. I called every member of my delegation AND the White House last go-around in expressed in the most poignant terms possible my feelings on the matter. I told the White House that I considered it outright theft of money that doesn't belong to those who would cut. I am soooo over this nonsense. Yesterday I got an email from somebody (can't remember who) asking me sign a petition, which I did. I will gladly sign my name to all such petitions. I think one I saw today was an "I will primary you" type of campaign. Good idea. I am very sick, and on disability. But I swear to you, I am so tempted. Even if I would lose, it would be worth it. You see, it wouldn't be about me. It would be about how I feel, though. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. In this case, Right is wrong, and so is Left apparently. I spent all last fall cheerleading in my private life and online as well for this President. I spent election day on Twitter and Facebook rallying voters. I spent the late hours tweeting for people to STAY IN LINE. For what? I thought this past election was the stake in the heart of the Blue Dogs. Someone, please, help me out.

Oh, thank God...(or Budda, or Whomever) (or Not).

Safety at last.
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Apr 3, 2013, 04:12 PM (8 replies)

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future? (First real MSM coverage?)

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?


Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?

Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of tar sands oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
“Tar sands oil has the highest carbon content of any oil that we know of,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve on the April 1 edition of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. “And right now, the spill we’re seeing in Arkansas is a devastating problem. And the real shocker about it … is that this pipeline carries one tenth of what the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry.”
One Mayflower local recorded a video of the spill:

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not sure if rules allow embedding the video from the original MSNBC post, but that and the rest of the story here:
http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/01/is-the-arkansas-pipeline-spill-a-glimpse-into-our-oil-soaked-future/

Goldman Sachs Shareholder Proposes Bank Run For Political Office; Bank Declines

I don't even know what to say.

Goldman Sachs Shareholder Proposes Bank Run For Political Office; Bank Declines


The movie could have been called "Mr. Squid Goes To Washington."

Unfortunately, Goldman Sachs has rejected a shareholder's proposal that it run for political office as the next logical step in the corporations-are-people paradigm. Goldman's declaration, first reported by Bloomberg, came in response to a request from shareholder John Harrington, citing the Supreme Court's decision, in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, that corporations are people that have a right to exercise free speech by spending unlimited money on politics.

Harrington says Goldman is already warping the political process by pumping cash into political action committees and filling the ranks of government with its alumni. Everybody would be better off if Goldman just went ahead and ran for office itself, Harrington says.

"The Proponent believes that such activity would do less to undermine the integrity of the national political process and the company's reputation than the manner in which the Company currently wields influence over the U.S. government," Harrington's proposal says.

more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/26/goldman-sachs-political-office_n_2955632.html

I don't know what is going on, but I do know this....

So help me God, if the Democrats give one more inch on *anything, it will be a bloodbath in 14. I have said it before here, and I will say it again. The mood of the country is exactly that, and if the powers that be can't figure that out, God help us. We have the power, right now, at this moment, to get our party back to it's roots and put a stake in the heart of the Republicans for a couple more presidential election cycles, as well as set this country back on it's proper and historic course. I don't know what kind of back-room deals are being played right now, but I, for one, am over it...and there are millions like me. Just look at Ed's polls, night after night. I guess we have to take a few more to the woodshed, it looks like, and 14 is the name of the game. If you feel like I do, you need to be burning up the phone lines to your delegations and the White House. If you are at all able, get active with your local party. If you are able, for God sake RUN FOR OFFICE. NOW. This is the time, and it appears they still don't get it. If you can't run, volunteer. Make calls. Stay engaged. Communicate with your neighbors. Continue voter outreach and registration unabated. If you think this last cycle was horrendous, next time will be harder, as it won't be a presidential election. We have to motivate everyone to get out again, just one more time, en masse. This is the world we live in now. It is our reality.

If I wasn't trying to fundraise right now for my charity, I would have

reposted this FB thing. Alas, I couldn't. But I did see another "Usually I don't post these" threads earlier, so I will take my turn- with the admonition that I refrain religiously, lest we turn DU into FB Lite. This, however, is so succinct and poignant, I just have to:
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