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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-24-10 10:58 AM
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Slow Violence and the BP Coverups - The Gulf Crisis is Not Over

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A clamor of outrage immediately rose from the Gulf, as residents refused to dance the crisis-is-over, happy-feet dance. Hundreds of locals furiously insisted that they were still seeing masses of oil on ocean, beaches and marshes, and dead fish, dolphins, sharks, birds and other marine life washing ashore. Then on August 18th scientists from the Universities of Georgia and South Florida produced an open challenge to the White House report, asserting that 70% to 79% of the oil in the Gulf still remained in the water. Charles Hopkinson, a professor of marine science at the University of Georgia declared: The idea that 75% of the oil is gone and of no concern to the environment is just absolutely incorrect.

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A few weeks earlier, the triple vanishing act had come together personally for me in a story that Steve, a private contractor, told in the shadows of a southern Louisiana bar.

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"Its as if a nuclear apocalypse has gone off in the Gulf, he said. The media is not telling the truth. No one is telling the truth.

-snip of seeing oil up noses, in mouths of dead sharks, etc.-

Steve is a war veteran who has seen a great deal of horror, but he seems to find this memory inordinately upsetting. I am telling you this for the sake of our grandchildren, he said. We have an apocalypse going on and no one is paying enough attention.

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The CTEH Cover Up

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As we talked, the nightly, muffled thrup-thrup of distant helicopters began. A number of people had told me about these strange, night flights, as helicopters and planes headed out on mysterious missions. I asked Steve where they were going.

They are looking for oil, he said. The helicopters go out first at dusk. When they spot oil, they radio the gps locations back to the Coast Guard. Then between one and three in the morning, the planes go out and spray the oil with dispersants.

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The Corexit Cover-up

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Slow Violence in the Gulf

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From Blowout to Blowback

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And down in Barataria Bay, the crabs climb out of the burning water and hold their claws to the sky. The creels stand empty; the boats lie still. Nets hang like shrouds. And children cough the BP cough.
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-24-10 11:17 AM
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another saigon Donating Member (450 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-24-10 02:27 PM
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-24-10 03:00 PM
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-24-10 03:34 PM
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4. Here's the latest from the American Birding Association person on the scene
Admittedly, this is about two weeks ago, but still pretty up to date.

http://birding.typepad.com/gulf/2010/08/oil-everywhere....

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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-24-10 04:05 PM
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5. This will be a catastrophe for the neotropical migrants

Those which use the affected areas, if not directly affected by the oil and/or dispersant, will be hard put to find enough food to fuel the jump across the big water. Those that make it will face starvation when arriving on the return trip.

The repercussions of this event will keep coming, those trying to minimize this, and I don't care who, are lying scum.
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 10:05 AM
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6. The woodland species shouldn't be too badly affected
it's the waterfowl and shorebirds especially that are going to be really affected. It may be a grim spring next year in terms of bird migration.
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