54 thoughts on “Open wide!

  1. Thanks for putting this up, gummitch. I went to bed early last night and forgot about the Sunday Roast.

    I’m feeling slightly more human today.

  2. Zooey, sorry I didn’t monitor the site properly, I have scheduled a Sunday Roast for next week, so you can rest a bit. I’m glad you’re feeling a little better.

    Gumitch, thanks for the post.

    I can’t believe it, BP is showing us a still?

    • No worries, EV. I should have remembered to ask someone else to do the Roast — but it completely left my mind! Thanks for doing next weeks post. I appreciate that.

  3. I just finished watching the video of 60 Minutes when they talked about the oil rig “Atlantis” in the Gulf, and interviewed a survivor of the rig “Deepwater Horizon”. You all probably already discussed this beings it was shown May 16th.. On the off chance this video went past us, you guys really need to watch it.
    I can post the video if you want.

    (on Whistleblower Kenneth Abbott):

    On 60 Minutes Sunday night and in an interview last week with ProPublica, Abbott alleges that BP failed to review thousands of final design documents on the BP Atlantis platform. If true, this means that BP never verified that the systems were built properly and as intended. Abbott alleges that BP is risking another major oil spill that could be far worse than the current spill in the Gulf, calling the current spill a “bubble in the water” compared to the hazard posed by BP Atlantis. The Atlantis oil rig is larger than the Deepwater Horizon rig that sank in the Gulf.

    The Atlantis is a lot further out and over 7,000 feet deep. The Atlantis rig is even larger than the Deepwater Horizon rig that sank in April. It began producing oil in 2007 and can produce 8.4 million gallons a day.

  4. House did a great run down of the talking heads from this morning. He’ll probably be incommunicado the rest of the day.
    Something about going to a church festival that involves fast cars and faster women, or some such thing!

  5. While I appreciate House’s enthusiasm, I have a hard time getting excited about an event so dependent on burning oil products. At least in a positive way.

    I posted a rant on my blog, venting a bit and hopefully I can move on to looking for some positive aspect of the fiasco.

  6. “Yes, BP has a still on the live feed, WHY?”

    Because we’re not supposed to dwell on the utter failure of BP =:<

    Not having a true back-up plan makes them look like the greedy bastards they are.

    • I’m curious to know what their angle is. They are doing everything humanly possible to control and shape the message. Total information and message control..

      Media organizations say they are being allowed only limited access to areas impacted by the Gulf oil spill through restrictions on plane and boat traffic that are making it difficult to document the worst spill in U.S. history.

      The Associated Press, CBS and others have reported coverage problems because of the restrictions, which officials say are needed to protect wildlife and ensure safe air traffic.

      Ted Jackson, a photographer for The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, said Saturday that access to the spill “is slowly being strangled off.”

      A CBS news story said one of its reporting teams was threatened with arrest by the Coast Guard and turned back from an oiled beach at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The story said the reporters were told the denial was under “BP’s rules.”

  7. There is a possible reason for limiting access on the ground. BP (and the government) may be trying to prevent people from becoming ill or contaminated if this is more than crude oil. If that is the case, it should be made known immediately.

  8. Yes, I suspect that old rag, the national security blanket, just may be unfurled again. Panic can be ugly. So can righteous anger.

  9. It is, most assuredly, getting worse – as Muse points out – the news about this is being strangled,
    an indication of utter failure. Like a kid who broke Dad’s favorite fishing rod, makes no mention of it and hides it away thinking Dad will never miss it and all will be fine. And it won’t.

  10. The airspace restriction would be an indication of ‘hiding’ – no one in an aircraft would be exposed to the toxins – so let them fly and photograph!
    (ummm, we have satellite images – why aren’t they being displayed in a timely fashion? hmmm!)

  11. Good Sunday everyone.

    I’ve posted my own rant on my blog, in a post called “The Price of Oil.”

    And with that I’m off to a cook-out, and I hope you all enjoy your day.

  12. Later this evening I get to have dinner with a senior professor of Chemistry, a Navajo spirit woman and the head of one of the largest charitable organizations in southern Wi.

    I think the conversation will be lively.

  13. The only oil they burn is what gets by the piston rings from the crankcase. Indycars run ethanol, and have for a number of years, and before that, they ran methanol.

    Past halfway, Danica is running about fifteenth, on the lead lap, car improving on every adjustment so far. I’m watching most of the race from her in car camera online, with the ABC broadcast on the tv.

  14. Any chance someone could put Briseadh na Faire’s
    “Breaking News: BP Purchases Gulf of Mexico”
    nearer the top of the posts?

    It’s brilliant!

  15. Hi all. In thinking about the government taking over for BP and sending in the Navy I think that’s insane. For one thing, and this is very Republican of me, the people working there are going to get sick. Do we really want to force our military members to get sick because BP fucked up? And if the Navy takes over then everything that happens after that BP can say it wasn’t there fault they were kicked off the job. Plus if military members get long term illnesses because we send them in then we need to pay for their illnesses. If BP sends them in then they are responsible. Sorry about the rant.

    • Shayne, you have a point. When the government takes over the government, or military, owns it. And seeing how bad it really is (they will know, we are not allowed to) the are certeinly reluctant to go for it.

    • Shayne, so who are the people who will be getting sick? The really poor, unemployed, uneducated and desperate. That’s who they will tap to come in to do the cleanup. The ones with no voice when things go wrong. As proved with the rescuers after 9/11, when your lungs and insides get filled with chemicals and really bad stuff while doing your job, you get sick and die or need life-long care or support, you are on your own. Or, you will wait, and wait, and wait…

  16. a gallon of paint covers roughly 400 sq ft. At the same coverage, a barrel of oil would cover 16,800 sq ft. At 5,000 barrels a day, the oil would cover some 84 million sq ft or about 15,000 sq miles. Maryland is under 12,000 sq miles.

    Now if the well is putting out 5,000 barrels a day in 30 days we could have given Texas two coats of oil.

    I’m no math wizard so if my math is off, feel free to recalculate.

  17. What a finish! I’m watching Danica’s in car camera, and two cars pass her on the next to last lap. All the cars were running to save fuel, so I thought she had run out, then I see the two cars collide, with one cartwheeling up onto the chainlink, as Danica flew by them safely. It turns out that Dario Franchitti won the race for Ganassi, and Danica finished fifth! A few laps earlier, she was the lowest running Andretti car, but since she did the best job saving fuel she didn’t have to pit at the end for a splash-n-go, and she wound up with the best finish on the team. Simona de Silvestro finished one lap down, in thirteenth, only being lapped with ten laps to go in the race. Ana Beatriz was 21st, four laps down, but ran the whole race only one lap down due to fuel hose problems on an early stop, requiring she get out of sequence with an extra fuel stop. Sarah Fisher finished 26th, retiring due to handling problems, because she can’t afford to pay for wrecked race cars.

  18. Be damned the BP public relations – they are toast!
    Full protection for all who do the clean up: respirators (not just masks), full body hazmat suits and any other precautions that are available.

    Reminds me of the agricultural field workers who were sprayed with pesticides time after time because there was no forewarning the dusters would be sweeping (spraying) that field that day.

    Only when the larger community became sickened were there ‘regulations’ put forth.
    Our country is despicable when it comes to the vulnerable who have no voice – that was well said by Muse.

  19. The driver whose car flew up into the chainlink, Mike Conway, suffered an “orthopedic injury to his right leg” and was transferred from the infield care center by helicopter to the hospital. They said it wasn’t an urgent transfer, just better than getting the ambulance through post race traffic. The other driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay was uninjured.

  20. I know your right muse that’s what I said about tapping my inner Republican. If the government orders the military to go in they have to go. Anybody who needs a job and goes in is at least choosing to go. And most likely those going would be from the effected red states that voted in the drill, baby drill red states whose politicians got us into this mess. There is no good answer. Nobody is going to win. We are all going to pay for letting our leaders lie and cheat us. In a way this is a precursor to what is going to happen when we fail to do anything about global climate change.

    As one woman said in “Sicko” in France the government is afraid of the people and in America the people are afraid of the government.

    Fox and hate radio convince more people every day to rail against their best interests and they are destroying us. Progressives worked hard to get our people elected but when the teabaggers started spewing their propaganda we all just sat on our asses and watched them. Why are we not protesting BP offices and stations? After the election we all thought we could sit back and relax. The only people I see with the energy to protest are Latinos.

    Maybe they will save us from ourselves.

  21. Zooey, glad you liked the large font. After 25+ years of programming my eyes aren’t quite what they used to be. I made it a large-print edition for these tired eyes. lol

    EV, I know you’re asleep by now, but thanks for submitting it to Reddit. 🙂

  22. zxbe, Well done on your blog post. I made a comment but it seems to have fed the ‘nether world’.

    You’ve done a great job describing the (lack) of any substance the media is putting out.

    We, as a nation, don’t seem to learn from past deeds (Exxon Valdez). Until the gas prices are at a hurting point – citizens will remain complacent, unfortunately.

    We need to become much better stewards of this planet.

  23. 2ebb, thank-you.

    On gas prices, an acquaintance of mine a few years ago made a suggestion that the US needs to put a hefty tax on gas (something in the several-dollar range). I was very much against the idea at the time, but now I think it’s really starting to make a lot of sense.

    Of course the righties will scream that it will destroy our economy. (Nevermind that BP’s leak is going to do that for us.)

    As was explained to me, the benefit of this sort of tax is that it will naturally reduce demand (to some degree), and we will be paying ourselves with funds that can be used to build up an alternative infra-structure.

    Now, I’ll go see if I can figure out why it swallowed up your comment.

  24. 2ebb,
    I seem to have gotten a comment to work at Zxbe’s, but I had to use the ‘anonymous’ selection to make it work. When I tried my WordPress ID it claimed I didn’t exist.

    Switching tuners, I ended up on CBS, at the end of Cold Case they were playing Samba Pa Ti by Santana. The caption on my cable guide said they featured the music of Santana during the episode. They must be trying to interest older viewers by reassuring them that the show won’t be full of rap music.

  25. Posting on Zbxe’s blog I got the same message that I didn’t exist on WP. Posted under anonymous – it posted then disappeared. I’ll try again.

    Odd – I just got in and turned on Cold Case. =:-o!

    I do like watching that because of the themes and the music! (generally don’t turn on the machine unless that, Nova or Secrets of the Dead on PBS are airing!)

    Were you sated with all the racing today?

  26. Thanks for the feedback on the posting guys. I found 2ebb’s comment, it was posted under the wrong article. HoR, I saw yours. I posted under my wordpress id, and other than it annoying me to verify twice, it did let me.

    When I first started the blog last month, I set it up under both WordPress and Blogger. It was a bit of a coin toss for me as to which one to use, but I’ve been somewhat annoyed with blogger ever since. I may go back to WordPress. :/

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