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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:24 AM
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From Louisiana: "We are expendable to these people. We do not matter."
http://www.correntewire.com/any_questions_0

Any questions?
Fri, 06/25/2010 - 9:10am lambert

Susie has an awesome transcript from Kindra Arneson of South Plaquamines Parish, LA. The video is below the fold, but I want to set the context and pull out the money quote:

Just to give you guys kind of perspective of where Ive been, four weeks ago, I set up at a town all meeting at IND pinned down all involved (inaudible 1:16 ) and I am disturbed bye the end of their speech. At any rate, I was invited the following week to go behind enemy lines. They gave me, of all people, security clearance to go into the base of operations meetings in Venice, Louisiana eight days in. Open door invitation to sit like a fly on the wall. Can you believe it? Its really going on. They also gave me security clearance to go up to the Homer Incident Command Post which is over the entire region of Louisiana. Ive been in Coast Guard planes all the way out to the site itself. Helicopters. Boat rides. I have been everywhere that anybody could ever want to go to get an inside look at whats really going on.

The bottom line:

First we gotta understand this phrase: Ponies and balloons.

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Well, the only place I've ever seen ponies and balloons is at the circus. Right? At any rate, about a week and half in, I learned what ponies and balloons meant. Ponies and balloons means that every time an official is headed anywhere near here, they get a heads up.. All assets are deployed into the hardest hit areas. The official comes in, flies over, good job, fellas (waves), pats em on the back. When that official disappears out of the hardest hit area, so does 75%-80% of the response.

Its happening. Its happening every day. Im watching it. Ive seen it. I dont agree with it. Anyone in this rooms not gonna agree with it. Anyone in our great nations not gonna agree with it.

We are expendable to these people. We do not matter.


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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:25 AM
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1. Ward 9 is now the entire Gulf Coast.
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:29 AM
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4. What a powerful statement of truth. :( n/t
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:36 AM
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7. We all live in Ward #9
We are 'small' people, and BP does care about us.
But they care only so far as to be worried what might happen if we all ganged up on them.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:26 AM
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2. Who are " these people" ?
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:28 AM
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3. The owners of the means of production
And no, Im not referring to loyal 401Kers who have a few peanuts in the trough
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:43 AM
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8. In truth I think you are seeing an extension of the attitude that
caused the disaster in the first place: Given a choice between spending a little money and possibly getting away with no problem vs spending a lot of money to do things properly, unfettered capitalism always favors going cheap.
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:31 AM
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5. The greedy, short sighted ones who support profit over people n/t
Edited on Fri Jun-25-10 10:31 AM by Catherina
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:33 AM
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6. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, Karmadillo.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:44 AM
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9. just a cost of doing business
It's an accounting term, cold hard fact. Another way of putting it is "collateral damage."
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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:47 AM
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10. I believe you meant "Houma" instead of "Homer".
Houma is the operation center for BP for this disaster. This is the name of the native Americans, many still living there. Neat small town near and west of New Orleans. Of course, the town will grow exponentially with this disaster, though I can guarantee they much prefer anonymity.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:49 AM
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11. "Because it's wreckable!"
Remember the Gordon Gecko character from the movie "Wall Street"? He's got everything he could possibly want; he's a captain of industry, women dripping off the end of his dick, more money than God. He looks to buy up a regional airline, strip it, and sell off the parts for more money that he doesn't need and can't spend anyway. One of his underlings, contemplating the loss of livelihood for the employees of the airline and the curtailment of plane service for the area, asks why Gecko needs to wreck this company. Gecko's full-throated roar is quoted in the subject line.

What did BP stand to gain by cutting corners? How much more money did it need to make? It's extraordinarily profitable, but that wasn't enough. Shortcuts and other little "economies" taken are like running every stop sign. You'll make it through some of them, no doubt. But sooner or later, you're going to get t-boned by a tractor-trailer rig or worse. How much more money did BP make, money it didn't need and couldn't spend?

Poor Tony Hayward just wants his life back. If it were up to me, he and his executive suite cronies would be out there today, hand skimming the inevitable product of their business practices off the beaches of the Gulf Coast.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:52 AM
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12. I transcribed that speech yesterday, FYI
Edited on Fri Jun-25-10 10:54 AM by supernova
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:56 AM
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14. Yes, you did. And I posted the video. Here are the links:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:06 AM
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15. And a wonderful video it is.
:applause: to you for finding it.
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:10 AM
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16. thank you so much for that transcription


i very much wanted to read what she had to say and you came through

you get a new star on your Permanent Record O8)


:headbang:
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 02:02 PM
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19. Thank you. It's inspiring to know there are people like that out there who know
when not to shut up.
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:56 AM
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13. K&R
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:38 AM
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17. K & R - thank you for posting this.
I just posted the link on my Facebook page. We might as well know what we're up against.
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:40 AM
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18. Thank you!
I thank you for giving this the attention it deserves.
Thank you very much.
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 05:19 PM
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20. kick
"ponies and balloons'- Son of a bitches.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:04 PM
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21. KICK!
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-10 09:18 AM
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22. kicky wicky
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-10 12:31 PM
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23. The majority of the people know the true but the minority holds
the levers of power. The need to change that is the number one problem faced by the human race. (IMO)
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-10 01:10 PM
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24. TPTB are sociopaths. To them we are merely "Human Resources" to be used and discarded.
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