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Health Care & Environment
11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
Thinking About Stooges
How much campaign money had those Congressional boys pocketed from the oil companies and the energy service providers? But... THAT issue was never raised in the media clips. We only heard THREE STOOGES testifying “nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.”
I’ve been thinking about stooges. Actually I’ve been thinking about US oil consumption, the Gulf “leak,” sensational reporting, the three executives, the blame game, Congress, and the oil business. The oil and gas just keeps on gushing from the unfortunate, yet deliberate, “accident” which occurred almost a month ago at British Petroleum’s Horizon Deepwater rig. The more we TH*NK we know, the more we realize we don’t have a clue how extensive and how bad the final outcome will be. Guesstimates of a daily leak of 5,000 barrels per day (roughly 250,000 gallons of crude per day) now appear to be a tad light. The oil slicks that are meandering across the blue waters of the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico each now exceed ten miles in length. Where will they eventually make landfall? What will be the final or long term impact on the environment? Will the most recent clean up guesstimates of roughly $14 BILLION dollars be enough? Nobody at this point knows! And... the oil keeps on gushing.
You see we as a nation are being treated to the full theatre (of the politically correct indignation and outrage) of what I’ll call a “safe” mega media event in the ongoing news coverage of politics. I’m not saying the Horizon rig explosion, sinking, the loss of 11 lives, and the ongoing gushing of the crude “leak” is not a serious matter – far from that. But... remember how this is an election year and the back room feelings presently are that we could see a major shift of political party winners come November. The balance of power in Washington DC could change, the economy is far from recovering, unemployment stats continue to rise, the American people are hurting, deficits and debt are rising, and the unknowns are all growing. US/us needs a diversion from the overriding economic realities and the gargantuan disaster that is Horizon Deepwater I fear is being milked for the wrong reasons. And... the oil keeps on gushing.
US oil consumption has been fluctuating slightly downward within a narrow range due to our economic malaise. We are still consuming way too much energy, the oil companies are making a killing, gas is hovering at around $3.00 a gallon, and we haven’t seen the usual the summer spiking of energy prices. US oil production (which would include that from the Gulf of Mexico BP rig now sunk and “leaking”) has been holding steady, still we produce less than a third of what we are consuming. That factoid tells us that we are still importing TWO/THIRDS of the energy we need to keep us operating. It should be noted that this ratio has shifted from when TWO/THIRDS of our oil needs were domestically produced some thirty years ago when Jimmy Carter was the President. Yes... “Energy Independence” became a buzz word in our political vocabulary three decades ago and we are no better off today. We now have double the dependence! And... the oil keeps on gushing.
Our media is having a field day with this Gulf nightmare. Testimony before Congress by the responsible oil company exec, the rig’s owner rep, and the rig’s service provider dude left me TH*NK*NG of Curly, Larry, and Moe. When I watched the high church righteous indignation of the elected inquisitors, I thought that we need far more than THREE STOOGES to capture the magic of this moment. How much campaign money had those Congressional boys pocketed from the oil companies and the energy service providers? But... THAT issue was never raised in the media clips. We heard THREE STOOGES testifying “nyuck, nyuck, nyuck” their responses back to the Congressional inquisition. Funny how the Obama administration making/or not making a seven year safety award to this very rig never once surfaced. Any major expansion to our offshore drilling permits never came up either. Hummm... We did, however, see high definition pictures of the orange colored blobs floating towards Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Sixty Minutes’ Sunday broadcast an interview with a rig survivor who detailed how everyone knew the emergency shut down system was falling apart and safety alert panels were not functioning. A shutdown “fix” would have cost millions to the company that netted over $3 BILLION in the first quarter of 2010! And... the oil keeps on gushing.
We have already seen several Rube Goldberg contraptions hyped to stop the oil flow end in complete and absolute failure. The latest methodology being spun as the solution is the inserting of a six inch “straw” into the broken pipe casting and sucking up the leaking oil. Wow... they are stopping an estimated 20% of the oil flow with this – meaning that 80% is still gushing out. This story is going to be with us for a long, long time. I fear the American public is being played as the stooges. And... the oil keeps on gushing.
I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.
Copyright 2009 Questions, Inc. All rights reserved. Fred Cederholm is a CPA/CFE, a forensic accountant, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., M.A. and M.A.S.). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on May 17, 2010.