Day 73, Aerial View Of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Barataria Bay

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AmericanBirding | July 11, 2010

Drew Wheelan tags along with the Lower Mississippi River and Achafalaya Basin Keepers on a flight provided by South Wings Aviation over the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Barataria Bay, Louisiana Just after Hurricane Alex passed through the region. The flight goes over several colonies of birds, including Pelicans, Gulls, Herons and Terns that are being hit hard by the oil and mother nature.

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Hell Has Come to South Louisiana by Dahr Jamail

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[Note: please view the many photographs on his website for this piece.]

by Dahr Jamail
Dahr Jamail Dispatches
July 11, 2010

Clint Guidry is a shrimper from Lafitte, Louisiana. As we sit together, he shows me a picture of his house with 18 inches of water in it as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

In his deep voice, he looks me in the eye and says, “My fear is repeating this situation, but with this water with oil on top of it.” Continue reading

Freedom in the Grace of the World by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
July 5, 2010

Earl Shaffer, adrift after serving in the South Pacific in World War II and struggling with the loss of his childhood friend Walter Winemiller during the assault on Iwo Jima, made his way to Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia in 1947. He headed north toward Mount Katahdin in Maine and for the next 124 days, averaging 16.5 miles a day, beat back the demons of war. His goal, he said, was to ‘‘walk the Army out of my system.’’ He was the first person to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail.

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Anderson Cooper: New Access Rules for the Media in the Gulf

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Douglas Johnston | July 01, 2010

July 01, 2010 CNN

CNN’s Anderson Cooper discusses how the Obama administration is limiting access by the media to areas affected by the BP Macondo well spill.

“We are not the enemy here.”

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In Deep Water: A Way of Life in Peril

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AlJazeeraEnglish

June 17, 2010 — In the two months since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, millions of litres of oil have gushed out of BP’s well into the water each day, slowly encroaching on the coastline. Fault Lines’ Avi Lewis travels to the drill zone, and learns about the erosion in the wetlands from industry canals and pipelines, the health problems blamed on contaminated air and water from petrochemical refineries.

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Will the BP Oil Spill Set Off A Supersonic Tsunami? by David DeGraw

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by David DeGraw
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June 18, 2010

I was sent an article yesterday that described a worst case scenario in the BP Gulf oil spill which described a possibility that sounded too horrifying to be true. The report said the BP drill site is directly over a massive underground reservoir of methane that could result in a huge explosion that would create “a supersonic tsunami” that “would literally sweep away everything from Miami to the panhandle in a matter of minutes. Loss of human life would be virtually instantaneous and measured in the millions.”

Sounded like fear mongering to me, until I saw this report from AP today:

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via Will the BP Oil Spill Set Off A Supersonic Tsunami? | David DeGraw

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What if the BP Gusher in the Gulf is Unstoppable? by Dennis Kucinich

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 17, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

“What if the BP gusher in the Gulf is unstoppable?

“This is the challenging question that is making its way through various blogs. What if millions of barrels of oil continue to flow uncontrolled from the hole in the seabed?

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Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Imperialist Policies

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joefriendly June 12, 2010

Following a NY Peace Action Benefit viewing of Karen Malpede’s new play, Prophesy, Noam Chomsky criticizes Obama’s rightwing policies, war making, medical care, coziness with commercial interests . He warns of the coming war in Kandahar and Israel’s possible attack on Iran that could go nuclear. In the Q & A, moderated by Karen, Chomsky comments on BP’s Gulf Oil disaster, the Free Gaza Flotilla incident, urges Guantanamo being returned to Cuba and tortured detainees either being tried or released. June 9, 2010 Camera: Joe Friendly

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