Oceans of Oil by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
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Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
May 22, 2010

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This is a 3 minute 19 second Radio Roxanne experimental audio piece about the one-month-old oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico, for Friday, 21 May, 2010. It’s experimental in that it’s not my standard linear journalistic narrative style, and instead is an experiment in the use of my voice as an instrument. I thought originally I would be composing a more complicated piece, with multi-tracking and music. For reasons known to my muse, the composition went in another direction…

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Oil leak may be 19 times larger than BP and US government say + Latest Footage of Gas Burn Off

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May 20, 2010 — One month after the fatal explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, McClatchy journalists provide us with an update on the situation.

For more visit http://www.therealnews.com

Produced by Jesse Freeston.

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Gulf Oil Disaster: A Transatlantic Pollution Catastrophe Looms By Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
20 May, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster threatening to wipe out tourism and fishing industries and countless numbers of marine wildlife habitats along the entire US southeast coast could be just the prelude to a much greater transatlantic pollution catastrophe.

The furthest eastern state of Florida – 600 miles from the Deepwater Horizon spill site off Louisiana – is next at risk to devastating pollution as a result of giant undersea oil plumes being swept up by fast-moving Caribbean currents known as the Gulf Loop. But US government officials are now warning neigbouring countries to also prepare for contamination. Indeed, the US state department has taken the highly unusual step of contacting the Cuban government to warn it of the pollution risk.

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Capping the devil’s cauldron By Jerry Mazza

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By Jerry Mazza
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Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Online Journal
www.jerrymazza.com
May 20, 2010

If I were a religious man, I would take the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the spilling of millions of gallons of oil and gas, their engulfing of the Gulf of Mexico waters and destruction of fish and wildlife in untold numbers . . . I would take this all, mind you, BP, as a sign from the deity.

And if the deity could speak like Mel Brook’s 2,000 Year Old Man, I would imagine it would say, “You, mankind, you have been cajoling me for more oil and gas for hundreds of years. The more I give you the more you want. Enough is never enough. So here’s enough, a volcano of oil and gas, a mountain of it, a pox on your house. Choke on it. Now, leave me alone. And if you’re smart, stop it, and don’t fight amongst yourselves like a pack of hungry monkeys. Such schmucks I made in my image, I can’t believe it.” Nor can I, voice, and I’m not even a believer, in a deity or the devil. But jeez, this looks like both of them in a cosmic World Series.

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Dennis Kucinich: Our Survival Depends upon Reconciliation with, Not Exploitation of, the Natural World

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, May 19, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich D-OH today made the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives about the ongoing ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico:

“The Creator gave us a paradise, and we, appropriating the power of nature’s god, are turning our planet into a smoking, glowing, oily mess by plundering Mother Earth of her treasures and by refusing to recognize the growing evidence that our reliance on oil, coal and nuclear threatens our health, our security, our economy, our nation and the world. Continue reading

Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day (video)

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By Renee Schoof
McClatchy
May 19, 2010
WASHINGTON

The latest video footage of the leaking Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico show that oil is escaping at the rate of 95,000 barrels — 4 million gallons — a day, nearly 20 times greater than the 5,000 barrel a day estimate BP and government scientists have been citing for nearly three weeks, an engineering professor told a congressional hearing Wednesday.

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via Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day | McClatchy

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Shelling out or just a Shell game? by William Bowles (updated)

By William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Creative-i
18 May, 2010

19 May, 2010 — Update

Whoops! The ‘press release’ was a hoax (I thought it was too good to be true, shades of the Yes Men as it is in fact a production of the Yes Lab). However, it doesn’t alter any of my comments. Here is the mail I just received on the hoax: Continue reading

60 Minutes: Deepwater Horizon’s Blowout (must-see)

Note: replaced videos Dec. 31, 2010

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CBS News
May 16, 2010

Scott Pelley speaks to one of the survivors of the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast who was in a position to know what caused the disaster.

Scott Pelley investigates the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11, causing the ongoing oil leak in the waters off of Louisiana. One survivor talks about his harrowing escape and what happened after he got off the burning rig. Continue reading

The Age of Space-Solar Energy: Innovation in the Public Interest by William John Cox

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Dandelion Salad
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May 17, 2010

Who Were They?

by Helen Werner Cox, used with permission

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The industrial revolution has been driven for the past two centuries by the burning of hydrocarbons, first by coal in the Age of Steam, and then by oil and natural gas in the Age of Petroleum; however, as the flow of these fossil fuels slows down as demand goes up, ever-more-intrusive and massive extraction efforts increasingly threaten the progress of industrialization and the civilization it has produced.

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BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’ by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Truthdig
May 17, 2010

Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit the natural world and the members of their society in the name of progress until exhaustion or collapse, blind to the fury of their own self-destruction. The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, estimated to be perhaps as much as 100,000 barrels a day, is part of our foolish death march. It is one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold. But this time collapse, when it comes, will not be confined to the geography of a decayed civilization. It will be global.

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Economic Power: Avoid Arizona and Boycott BP by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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Dandelion Salad
www.foavc.org
May 16, 2010

Money is power.  Each of us has it to varying degrees.  Our challenge is to use our spending to advance worthy goals.  Right now we see economic power being used against the state of Arizona because of the awful legislation recently passed that makes it all too easy for police there to seek proof of citizenship from virtually anyone they choose.  Many groups and government entities have already canceled conferences and other activities in Arizona, sending state and business leaders into a frizzy.  They deserve to suffer as do the vast majority of Arizona citizens that supported the legislation.  Every American that professes love and respect for the Constitution should avoid spending their tourism and other kinds of spending in Arizona.

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Below the surface of oil hemorrhage by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
May 15, 2010

This post is an update of the post about the Gulf of Mexico 25-days-old oil hemorrhage post I did nearly two weeks ago.  This time, I worked to organize it into a comprehensive and coherent collection for easier access of specific information.  I tried to be chronological, but that didn’t work and I decided that didn’t matter, since this is so urgent.  This is not a hobby…  And although it is an obsession, (there are 89 articles / sites linked here) the basis for it is this:  To be an active participant in the revolutionary work necessary to stopping the destruction of the world I love, I have to know what is being done, and what the direction of events with a given incident is.  Without that information any planning and strategizing for that new culture is useless…  This oil volcano that BP caused has impacts we must try to comprehend in executing our intentional work for a better world. Continue reading

Oil Spill Leaking 70,000 Barrels A Day Not 5,000 + How Big is the Spill?

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Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer

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By Maria Recio, Dave Montgomery and Mark Washburn
McClatchy Newspapers
May 12, 2010

WASHINGTON — In the days after an oil well spun out of control in the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers tried to activate a huge piece of underwater safety equipment but failed because the device had been so altered that diagrams BP got from the equipment’s owner didn’t match the supposedly failsafe device’s configuration, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

The oil well also failed at least one critical pressure test on the day that gas surged up the drill pipe and set the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig aflame, killing 11 and setting off a spill that has spewed 210,000 gallons of crude into the gulf every day for three weeks, according to BP documents provided to congressional investigators.

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BP’s Suttles Massages Numbers for Press

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by James Chris Fields
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crossposted at ChrisBunny!
May 10, 2010

There’s something very telling about the way a seasoned spokesperson uses numbers when holding a Public Affairs briefing. Today Mr. Suttles lived up to his name.

According to BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles on May, 10, video available here. Continue reading