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BP's PR campaign targets BCS game, and continues through Saints' playoffs. BP blasted by Norway’s regulator over offshore fire. Three firms appeal citations alleging Gulf spill safety violations. Halliburton denies destroying evidence in BP oil spill case. Transocean’s CFO steps down. Oil and gas group starts election push.

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BP Pushes the meme “The Gulf Coast is Perfectly Fine” on BCS Night

The PR blitz orchestrated by BP is running wide open full-tilt boogie today,
slathered onto the BCS broadcast from New Orleans, starring the LSU Tigers
and the Alabama Crimson Tide... both states that have borne the brunt of the
aftereffects of the Macondo gusher.

Commercials touting the “fact” that the Gulf Coast is “back and better than ever”
ran all through the holiday season bowl games, but will reach saturation levels
before tonight’s game ends.

BP representative Iris Cross chirps delightedly in the ads, saying that she is “glad
to report that all beaches and waters are open for everyone to enjoy!” and that
“the economy is showing progress, with many areas on the Gulf Coast having
their best tourism season in years.”

BP has hired top New Orleans chefs Emeril Lagasse and John Besh to promote
Gulf seafood. Huge trucks hand out fish tacos and shrimp jambalaya to game
goers and tourists, and galas, pre-game parties and vacation giveaways have
had BP sponsorship.

Okay. Right. Sure, everything is just hunky-dory here on the sunny Gulf Coast...

Other folks might have a slightly different take on all the sweetness and light
from our oily British buddies...

Some Louisiana shrimp fishermen, who have just suffered through the worst
shrimping season in decades, say it’s just propaganda...

“They talk about areas being all open. There are areas that are still
closed,” said A.C. Cooper, a shrimp fisherman in Plaquemines Parish in
Louisiana. He listed some bays and fishing spots that he says the state still has
closed due to oil contamination. “It’s bogus, it’s not the truth.”

He added that last fall’s shrimp harvest was dismal. “The numbers on our shrimp
are way down,” he said. “They (BP) make it sound like they’re doing a lot, but
they’re not doing much to help the fishermen out … I got good fishermen
struggling to pay their bills right now.”

The head of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, a commercial shrimpers group,
called it “BP propaganda.”

“When you have a lot of money, you can pretty much get any point across,” Clint
Guidry complained. “It’s kind of like indoctrination.”

And on the Mississippi coast, the vaunted “rebirth of tourism” is also a bit more
lackluster than advertised.

Bridgette Varone, head of the Gulf Coast chapter of the Mississippi Hospitality &
Restaurant Association, said restaurants reported similar revenues in both 2010
and 2011 for the month of June, indicating that the summer after the spill was
not much better that the summer of the spill.

“I wish we had better news to report,” Varone said. “We didn’t blow
any socks off.”

“They might not blatantly lie in the ad, but the true story is far less shiny, and far
more troubling,” said Aaron Viles of the Gulf Restoration Network, a New
Orleans-based environmental group.

He said the spill may have caused a decrease in shrimp harvests and
abnormalities in killifish, a minnow. He noted that oil was still marring some
marshes and was buried under some beaches. He also said Congress had not
done enough to regulate offshore drilling and assure the long-term recovery of
the Gulf.

“BP needs to put these facts in their ads,” Viles said.

But George Crozier, former director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama,
agrees that BP needs to be “a little more apologetic and less triumphant” in their
ads. But then...he says that others - including ocean scientists and
environmentalists - have also been guilty of a certain amount of spin.

...Crozier said many others were guilty of “spin” just like BP,
including scientists and environmentalists who tried, for their own reasons, to
push the notion that the oil spill had devastated the Gulf. Crozier said the spill’s
effects have not been as devastating as many argued they would be.

“The beaches are people-safe, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “I thought
there was a hysterical reaction to tar balls — unless we started eating
them.”

Bite me, Dr. Crozier...

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab and other entities were recipients of financial funding totaling $500 million from BP for “independent” scientific research after the spill. Interpret the position on “spin” as you will.

Tom Mueller, a BP spokesman, said that the BP ad campaign has always
concentrated on facts, and not “anecdotes”, and that BP’s commitment to the
Gulf is sincere...

“When you look at the tourism numbers, heads in beds, revenues,
are generally up,” he said. “There are some exceptions, but when you step back
and look at the coast as a whole, the tourism industry is recovering.”

“We’re honoring our commitment here in helping promote the Gulf Coast and
Gulf seafood and doing our best to help the region recover,” he said. “As Iris
says in the ads, we have more work to do, and BP as a company fully recognizes
that there is more work to be done.”


BP holding events for Saints playoff games, BCS Championship game.

The Gulf Coast Seafood & Tourism Bash is brought to you by BP. I am not kidding. I know when I think of tasty seafood, I always think of British Petroleum, and the wonderful things they are doing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Bash is funded by BP as part of $261 million the company has committed to seafood marketing, testing, and tourism promotion in the Gulf region.

But dealing with a public perception that Gulf seafood may tainted is apparently the  responsibility of other Bash sponsors such as the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.

Executive director Ewell Smith says the cash allows the board to use its marketing muscle.

"You're starting to see tourism numbers go up significantly," Smith said. "And what they've been able to do for tourism, we're going to be able to do for seafood. And that's going to help tremendously."

With three nationally televised games in town over a seven-day period, he said, "You can't ask for a better scenario."

To capitalize on that, BP has organized events such as sharing 30-foot "Peacemaker" po' boy sandwiches with members of the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship teams, and dispatching roving food trucks to the Superdome and alumni functions, passing out samples of dishes made with Gulf seafood.

Chef Emeril Lagasse has been lending his celebrity for the cause, appearing on Fox News and ESPN, and sharing his enthusiasm for the Gulf Coast and the New Orleans region.

"We're getting the word out to all these football fans that, you know what, the beaches are great, the seafood's great, the city's great, the Gulf Coast is great," Lagasse said on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday.


BP blasted by Norway’s regulator over offshore fire.

Norway’s offshore safety regulator, investigating a fire last summer on BP’s Valhall platform, found “serious breaches” of regulations and ordered the oil company to overhaul is safety practices by Feb. 1. The fire, on July 13, stemmed from an overheated crane engine that caused a fire in the vent stack of the platform’s compressors, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

No one was injured in the fire, but the Petroleum Safety Authority said the fire could have escalated and led to the loss of life. The PSA won’t recommend the matter for criminal investigation, which means BP won’t be liable for fines or sanctions.

And again, BP’s operational problems always seem to be related to “lack of maintenance, deficient maintenance management, inadequacies in risk identification and deficient barrier management.” So what else is new? What about all that "learning from our mistakes" bullshit? Hasn't happened, has it? Business as usual, right?

Okay. I was confused. Thanks for the clarification. Men hey, BP ... knulle deg og hesten du red i på ...


Three firms appeal citations alleging Gulf spill safety violations.

As expected, the three companies cited by the Department of the Interior for offshore safety violations in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have appealed the notices, an Interior agency said Friday.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said that BP, which majority-owned the ill-fated Macondo well; Halliburton, the cement contractor on the project; and Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, appealed all the citations they’ve received to the Interior Board of Land Appeals.

The citations, called “incidents of noncompliance,” are the first step in bringing civil penalties against the companies, which some government reports have said share the blame in the April 20, 2010, disaster that killed 11 workers and spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, blasted the appeals as “appalling,” saying multiple reports have shown the “neglect, shortcuts and mistakes that led to this disaster.”

“The three companies should accept these violations as an already small punishment for the huge harm they inflicted on the people of the Gulf,” he said in a statement.

Don't forget that the fun will begin on February 27, when the federal case begins, and all these jerks will be called on the carpet to explain their actions, or lack of action...

Buy popcorn - I hope this will be fun.  


Halliburton denies destroying evidence in BP oil spill case.

Halliburton Co. denied BP Plc’s accusation that engineers destroyed testing evidence to keep it from being used in litigation over the Gulf of Mexico rig blast that triggered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

BP and Halliburton are suing each other over whose actions caused the Macondo well to explode off the Louisiana coast in April 2010. BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans to sanction Halliburton last month, alleging the cementing services firm hid or destroyed unfavorable testing evidence.

Halliburton said in a filing today that engineers followed company policy to discard the testing results and materials because the tests were “performed on lab stock that remains available today.” Halliburton also said tests on cement samples like those used in the well showed the formula was stable.

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“We stand by our motions and the arguments we made in prior papers,” Daren Beaudo, a spokesman for BP, said in an e- mail in response to Halliburton’s filing.

BP and Halliburton have been fighting about the cement job Halliburton provided to seal the well against leaks, based on BP’s design specifications. Halliburton used an innovative foaming cement formulation that critics claim wasn’t right for the Macondo formation. As a result, BP claims the contractor’s work was flawed, while Halliburton maintains BP provided faulty information.


Transocean’s CFO steps down.

The chief financial officer of offshore drilling contractor Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon, is stepping down from that role effective today.

Ricardo Rosa will retire from the company April 30. A search firm is helping find his successor.

Gregory Cauthen is returning to the Swiss-based Transocean as interim CFO.

He was a consultant to the company from September 2009-August 2010. Before retiring from Transocean in August 2009, he was the company’s CFO.



And the anti-regulatory drill and frack zombies just won't die...nay. they plan to ratchet up their bullshit for the election season.

Oil and gas group starts election push.

The nation's top oil and gas advocacy group unveiled a "Vote 4 Energy" campaign Wednesday to put an election-year focus on domestic oil and gas production. Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said the campaign won't pick sides or endorse candidates as America elects a president and new Congress. But the campaign will advocate an end to the "onslaught of regulations" he said make it harder for the United States to become more energy-independent, positions generally supported by congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidates.

In what was billed as a "State of American Energy" speech, Gerard said if the industry is allowed to develop more oil and gas reserves, both onshore and offshore, and alternative energy sources are advanced, America can become largely energy-independent by 2026.

"It's going to take more than tweaking current policies at the margins," Gerard said in a speech delivered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. "It's going to take a course correction."

My hatred for these people is an exquisite thing, which I will polish with great care until they are exposed for the abject rat bastards that they are...

The API should collectively rot in hell.

Originally posted to Gulf Watchers Group on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM PST.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  Good afternoon/evening... (19+ / 0-)

    Sorry if this looks a little ragged - I am rusty at posting diaries.

    As usual, please add anything new and/or relevant below.

    And Geaux Tigers!

    "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

    by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:03:36 PM PST

    •  Geaux Tigers... (1+ / 0-)
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      Well, that pretty much sucked.  :-(

      "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

      by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 08:51:36 PM PST

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      •  Ya done good, LP! :) (0+ / 0-)

        Sorry I'm late... was back from family and funeral exhausted and not knowing what day it was... then my computer crashed for three days 'til my genius computer geek figured it out.

        But this is great: to see you pumping out your GW details and snark.  ;)

        Did it hurt much?  Hope not!  ;o

        There are 3.5 million people homeless in the US and 18.5 million vacant homes. What's wrong with this picture?

        OCCUPY

        by Yasuragi on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 05:13:01 AM PST

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  •  Anyone seen gchaucer? (6+ / 0-)

    Lorinda...you won't believe this.  

    I found a girlfriend...she's a neurobiologist and she's afraid of the zombie apocalypse also.  :)

    She's pretty good with a shotgun since she came from Saskatchawan.

  •  Thanks for doing this Lorinda. (10+ / 0-)

    Is anyone even funding conducting long-term environmental and health studies to determine the the consequences of all the chemicals and oil that was spilt and deliberately pumped into the ecosystem?

    How sad that so a high fraction of our social organization is driven by short-term localized profit maximization.

    Anyone want to hazard a guess at what the fraction of funding for BP advertising and public relations is relative to biological and scientific studies on the impact of the spill, and consequences of various chemicals working up the food chain?

    I saw one of the BP commericials the other day and had such a good feeling about how wonderful the impact of the BP Gulf spill  has been that that region, in terms of tourism, fishing, etc, that for a brief moment, I was thinking "Dang, how come those Gulf states get all the luck, ...  why can't we have an oil spill up here in New England, where our Georges Bank and fishing industry is stuggling."

    We need stronger "agency" (not necessarily agencies, but, the more abstract meaning of representatives of our collective interests) for the big bicture, whole system long-term best interest of humankind on planet earth.

    Edward Demming said something similar to this,

    If you optimize the sub-systems, you will sub-optimize the whole system.  The only way to optimize the whole-system (in the long-run) is to deliberately sub-optimize (or trade-off) benefit to the subsystems.

    Letting BP frame and define the meaning of this oil spill for us and future generations, to optimize their pubic relations is distracting us from demanding that we have strong global and regional environmental montitering, accountability, and enforcement mechanisms.

    Other incidents such as the Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents, global warming, the Bhopal Disaster, Love Canel, the pollution from coal burning around the world, the plutonium releases surround Hanford Washington, the use of quicksilver (mercury) in many third world countries, and many other environmental degradations that cross national bounderies are giving us a heads up that we need strong global regulation, accountability, and enforcement.

    But, history, predicts we will not be proactive about this, but will wait for some collasal disaster, and perhaps, until it is too late.

    Thanks for doing this Lorinda.

    Enjoy the game. I'm for LSU.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:25:03 PM PST

    •  They do make those spots seem like (10+ / 0-)

      the oil gusher was a wonderful thing, don't they?

      ...for a brief moment, I was thinking "Dang, how come those Gulf states get all the luck, ...  why can't we have an oil spill up here in New England, where our Georges Bank and fishing industry is stuggling."

      Please, no spill in New England - we are planning a move in that direction. I need my coast of Maine to stay relatively clean...

      Thanks, HoundDog.

      And as for the game, we are a house divided tonight. I bleed purple and gold, but hubby graduated from 'Bama...

      We'll still be friends when it's over though!

      "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

      by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:31:47 PM PST

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      •  I was only being sarcastic when I said (8+ / 0-)

        the BP ads were so seductive and misleading for a brief moment I was hypnotized into thinking "Dang, we need on of the great oil spills up here."  

        I need to make sure everyone knows I was criticizing the insiduos deceptive nature of these ads.  They should have started off with the CEO apoligizing one again for the atrocity, and irresponsibility, and then saying as a way of harm-reduction, they are investing in all these ads to restore tourism.

        But, that would be too honest.

        OK, now that you mention it, my Mom was born in Mobile  Alabama, although, her family moved to Pensacola Florida where I spend two years, growing up, while my Dad was overseas on an aircraft carrier, so I guess, I better switch over to support Alabama, and also show good graces to you.

        Go 'Bama!'

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:46:04 PM PST

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        •  Oh, but your snark was very good! (8+ / 0-)

          And those horrendous "clean coal" ads from the American Petroleum Institute (may they rot in hell, amen) are so soft and sweet, lulling all into a false sense of energy security... The deceptive nature should be called out at every opportunity.

          But..but.. I'm rooting for LSU. My husband (the Alabama alumnus) is on the other side. I still love him, but he does make things difficult sometimes.

          And now you have crossed into the Crimson Tide ranks!

           I need to find more LSU fans before the game starts... ;-)

          "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

          by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:54:06 PM PST

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          •  Rooting for LSU here......"Roll (over) Tide"..... (5+ / 0-)
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          •  Ok, I'll support both. (6+ / 0-)

            I'm going to follow you now just for being an environmental hero.

            This "clean coal" BS drives me bonko everytime I hear it.

            Coal is by far the dirtiest energy source we have.  Until President Obama got lulled into mentioning support for the futuristic, now-non-existent "clean coal" technology research program, "clean coal" was nothing but a fringe non-credible pipe-dreams.

            But, after the President mentioned during his campaign the coal lobby has been pushing these BS ad campaigns that has ordinary citizens thinking that buring coal is part of some renewable energy green revolution, rather than the number one worst polluter we need to get away from.

            Not only because of the CO2 output and consequent global worming, but because of SO2, NOX, heavy metals, particulate, all sort of toxic crap tossed into the atmosphere when it is burned.

            So many of the mid-Western state use coal for electrical production that many of the ponds and streams in New England are now so acidic as to be almost unihabitable by fish.

            Sometimes are rain is acidic due to sulferic and hyrdocholoric acid apparently due to coal smokestack emission.

            Coal is not clean, but filthy.  

            Sometimes when I have trouble falling asleep, I imagine that I a am one of those multibillionaires like Soros, or Gates, or receives an endowement from them so I could run, Envirnonmental Truth Squad Ads, to counter this constant brainwashing -- Like a Toxic Coal campaign, starting from dirty miners, and strip mining operations, that pollute local stream, all the way to babies, and other people with allergies, and breathing problems, and global warming.

            Another ongoing scandal involve the chemical and pesticide industries, who have over 4000, 5000 lobbysts, -- with every member of the EPA on a list, for personal monitering and influence.  Plust they've learned how to astro-turf.

            I was visiting my mom in Central Pennsylvania and I read this incredibly long article written by two of the famous local real estate agents oppossing a regional bill that would try to place limits on the total chemical and pesticide pollution on the entire interstate Susqueahana River Water Shed.  They were writing about how disasterous this would be for the already depressed central Pennsylvania real estate industry, (and of course the entire economies connected to this.)  

            But, there ads were so slick and filled with dubious, but respectable sounding chemical industry propoganda, so I did a little googling on their backgrounds and sure enough, they had all these links.

            Meaning, the chemical industry lobbyist are so slick now, they are using local "civilians" as fronts, for getting out their propaganda to subvert laws that might restrain their ability to pollute or freely sell toxic pesiticides to residents for our lawns, and farmers for their crops.

            How, do we protect the common good of regular citizens faced with organized and well funded "astro-turf" campaigns, that look like spontaneous consumer groups.

            BTW, Maybe I should point out that toxic chemicals are not good for folks, just in case, there is some "clean chemicals are good for us" campaign is out there.

            But, I guess there is the Human element ads.  

            Gak!  

            Thanks Lorinda,  Keep up the great work!

            The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

            by HoundDog on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 04:58:28 PM PST

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            •  And don't even get me started on methane... (6+ / 0-)
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              which is a greenhouse gas ten times worse than CO2. Just google "Permian Extinction" an/or "Siberian Traps" to see that methane can be a planet-killer.

              And it's bubbling out of the Arctic permafrost as we speak, and at a frightening rate.

              Now I've scared myself again.

              Thanks for contributing, Hound Dog. You do good work!

              "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

              by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:07:17 PM PST

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              •  I have been long convinced that methane is at (3+ / 0-)
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                the heart of all of the geological disasters. I even think that methane exacerbated the disaster in the Gulf. No one agrees with me but this is what I believe.

                "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

                by rubyr on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 06:02:36 PM PST

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                •  Methane is scary stuff. (3+ / 0-)
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                  Fortunately in the Gulf it's in a frozen state at depth, so it pretty much stays put.

                  Rapidly melting permafrost in the Arctic, however, is another - and very scary - story.

                  "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

                  by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 06:44:23 PM PST

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            •  I said their ads, but I meant to say OP-ED (5+ / 0-)
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              as my whole point that this particular chemical industry ad, looked and appearred be like a letter to the editor from concerned local citizens getting important info out to the local community, about how these terrible facist environmentalist were going to force oppressive legislation onto the community that would put us into further recession.

              The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

              by HoundDog on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:19:27 PM PST

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          •  I'll root for LSU in solidarity and in joy at (5+ / 0-)
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            seeing you posting. (This is football, right?) ; )

            “Wall Street owns the country. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The parties lie to us, and the political speakers mislead us.” - Mary Elizabeth Lease, 1890. It's late. Occupy everywhere.

            by DawnN on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:00:53 PM PST

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  •  I wouldn't necessarily count on the gov't (7+ / 0-)

    to prosecute these criminals to the fullest extent....it might reveal their own collusion to hide the oil and protect BP. Good diary though. THanks so much. BP has essentially been able to buy off the Gulf coast governments to the detriment of the health and welfare of the people.

    •  Sadly, the government is so enmeshed in the whole (4+ / 0-)
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      disastrous mess - at all levels - that I don''t hold out much hope for accountability or justice of any kind.

      Which just sends the message out to all the Big Energy villains that they can carry on as usual. Grrrr.

      “Wall Street owns the country. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The parties lie to us, and the political speakers mislead us.” - Mary Elizabeth Lease, 1890. It's late. Occupy everywhere.

      by DawnN on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:29:28 PM PST

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  •  Hey LP! :) (9+ / 0-)

    Good to see you posting again! Excellent job, per usual for all ya'll.  Hope this means your sweetie is doing better? You both have been in my thoughts daily.  
    I am wondering if the WSJ post a week or so ago about possible criminal indictments from the DOJ in the Deepwater Horizon case were false or just a little fore-shadowing of good things to come for those of us who despise BP and the rest of the oily gang that caused the disaster.  Naturally, I'm hoping for a huge case to open up soon - I'd like BP, et. al., to be hustling into and out of court rooms with many orange suits on display.
    Fucking fucks, still mis-managing every single thing they touch.
    Take care of yourself, may the best team win - I don't follow many sports but I do want all my GW's to have the joy of watching their teams win big!
    xo

    Think what you are doing today. -Fred Rogers

    by JanL on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 03:58:42 PM PST

    •  Hi, JanL! I hope that there'll be (figurative) (7+ / 0-)

      blood when it comes to BP, et. al., getting dragged into court to own up to what they have done. Orange suits would be nice...yes...

      Hubby has finished treatment, now we wait and see.

      Any way you stack it, I am glad that the BCS is in New Orleans, with two "local" teams playing. That means more fans in town, and more money for Gulf Coast folks who have had too much bad financial luck lately...

      (Thanks for being here, sweetie...)

      "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

      by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 04:14:14 PM PST

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  •  Hi, Lorinda! (6+ / 0-)

    Wonderful to catch you. My hours here are spotty so I don't often connect. And of course I'm too preoccupied to proactively check in (my bad).

    Amazing to think we're over a year and a half into this debacle. We predicted all this, including the happy faces brought to us courtesy of ... BP!!

    But it's always lovely to run into you. I haven't been around for block parties and the  like. Personally, I would love to see folks.

    Thanks so much for keeping this series going. You guys rock and I hold all of you in the highest regard.

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 04:47:54 PM PST

    •  {{{{{bleeding heart}}}}} (6+ / 0-)

      And it's wonderful you're here. We're down to one GW diary a week, and occasional Block Parties. Phil has said he plans to do a block party this Friday, barring anything unforeseen, so please stop by if you can!

      Hugs...

      "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

      by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 04:56:32 PM PST

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    sighting in these posts.

    “Wall Street owns the country. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The parties lie to us, and the political speakers mislead us.” - Mary Elizabeth Lease, 1890. It's late. Occupy everywhere.

    by DawnN on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 04:57:50 PM PST

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    that BP promo----almost puked!!!!

    Didn't know it was part of a larger promo----bastards!!!

    META

    GW Block Party Friday nite ----be there!!!!!  Fun & laughter...

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    Sorry I am late but I mean no disrespect.

    They spend their blood money, buy teevee ads and lie and lie and lie.

    Thanks, LP!! This is not a rusty diary but, rather, a wonderful
    diary. So glad to have you back. Hope all is well.

    love.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:49:33 PM PST

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  •  I thought this was interesting... (3+ / 0-)
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    on our local news tonight, they were talking about how very
    unseasonably warm it has been. One of the talking heads said that he was at a big event over the weekend and "despite their political persuasion" everyone there was very concerned with this trend. Maybe global warming is coming into people's consciousness on a very personal, everyday level.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 06:26:18 PM PST

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      in Great Falls fucking Montana. In January.

      Sixty-two in January in Mississippi is one thing. I have lived here long enough to know that happens fairly often here on the border between subtropical and temperate. Camellias bloom in February in New Orleans on a regular basis.

      But 52 in January near the Canadian border?

      Screwed up and wrong.

      So that's a good thing that someone is noticing. 'Bout damn time, if it's not too late already.

      I will not get depressed I will not get depressed I will not get depressed...

      :-)

      "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

      by Lorinda Pike on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 06:35:25 PM PST

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    My hatred for these people is an exquisite thing, which I will polish with great care until they are exposed for the abject rat bastards that they are...

    The API should collectively rot in hell.

    I could not agree with you more, my Southern sistah!!!

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 06:28:50 PM PST

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    and even more wonderful that you still have your magic touch for writing them.

    BP may be fooling the rest of the country with their nausea-inducing ads but people in the Gulf know better. A few days ago I was watching an episode of Big Shrimpin', a reality series about Gulf coast shrimping. The shrimpers were complaining that the people who normally shrimp close to shore for white shrimp where the BP spill had more effects were intruding on their brown shrimp turf because the white shrimp catches were so abysmal.

    Sorry I'm late but I just got home.

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