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  •  Listen to the song "Farm on the Freeway" by (5+ / 0-)

    Jethro Tull.

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    Nine miles of two-strand topped with barbed wire
    Laid by the father for the son.
    Good shelter down there on the valley floor,
    Down by where the sweet stream run.

    Now they might give me compensation...
    That's not what I'm chasing. I was a rich man before yesterday.

    Now all I have got is a cheque and a pickup truck.
    I left my farm on the freeway.

    They're busy building airports on the south side...
    Silicon chip factory on the east.
    And the big road's pushing through along the valley floor.
    Hot machine pouring six lanes at the very least.

    They say they gave me compensation...
    That's not what I'm chasing. I was a rich man before yesterday.
    Now all I have left is a broken-down pickup truck.
    Looks like my farm is a freeway.

    They forgot they told us what this old land was for.
    Grow two tons the acre, boy, between the stones.
    This was no Southfork, it was no Ponderosa.
    But it was the place that I called home.

    They say they gave me compensation...
    That's not what I'm chasing. I was a rich man before yesterday.
    And what do I want with a million dollars and a pickup truck?
    When I left my farm under the freeway.

    A house in Centraila was never worth a million dollars...Sometimes the money they give you to move, when you're already living hand-to-mouth and have no savings or other help, just doesn't do it.

    Yes, there are other irrational, emotional reasons -but it's like any other disaster story; Love Canal, Times Beach Missouri; sure money can be said to compensate you for what you lost at some estimated market value;

    but it's no different than the Auto Insurance company giving you the market value of a 1973 Dodge Dart when it gets crushed by a tree that falls during a thunderstorm...

    OK, now what are you going to buy that will get you from A to B in 2010 that can be paid for with the depreciated assessment of a 1973 Dodge Dart?

    And listen to the arguments that BP is already floating...

    ...we dont' want to bankrupt the company just to compensate a few people who can always live somewhere else, now do we?

    George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

    by snafubar on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 08:09:18 AM PDT

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    •  BP's arguments (0+ / 0-)

      And listen to the arguments that BP is already floating...

      ...we dont' want to bankrupt the company just to compensate a few people who can always live somewhere else, now do we?

      Yes, yes we do. The penalty for a screwup of this magnitude has got to hurt enough to get the attention of every oil company that wants to do business in the US.

      Or we can go back to crossing our fingers and hoping something like this doesn't happen again - until it does.

      I come by my cynicism naturally - drop by drop over a lifetime of disappointment.

      by Turbonerd on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 11:20:47 AM PDT

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      •  I surely was not supporting such arguments (0+ / 0-)

        I said that BP and the Big Oil apologists are more worried about their dividend payout than anyone in the Gulf who's livlihood will be irreversibly ruined.

        George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

        by snafubar on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 12:27:38 PM PDT

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