June 4, 2010 archive

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 BP holds breath as pipe cap begins capturing oil

by Allen Johnson, AFP

2 hrs 25 mins ago

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – In the first breakthrough in its laborious bid to curb the worst US spill in history, BP said Friday a cap placed on a ruptured pipe was working and should capture most of the oil.

The news came as US President Barack Obama was heading back to the stricken Gulf of Mexico region for his third visit since an explosion tore through the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig more than six weeks ago.

Remote-controlled submarines grappled the cap into place over a sawn-off riser pipe nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) below the surface late Thursday — in the latest of several attempts to contain the oil belching into the Gulf.

10 Bucks a Gallon

Day two of Bilderberg reveals this.


BP execs are on TV telling us they will clean up. From the 911 truth circles I have videos of non-toxic oil eating bacteria which has already been tested and used.

It is also my firm conviction western society elevates the wrong scumbags to postions of influence and power.  Anybody who has a billion dollars and still wants more is my spiritual opposite.


Neither left nor right is the solution.


Socio-Mom wants to go to the 20% off sale days at CVS.  I mean she’s not even remotely concerned about the financial planner NOT  being able to save more than half of the former assets.  This is part and parcel perhaps one of my best illustrations of people being a zero order predatory species.

Oil in the gulf, perfect excuse for predatory “green” initiatives, hey the inconvienient ruse didn’t work.  Fires in Canada and maybe the volcanic ash has had enough time to circle the globe.  Food crisis next.

War Criminal Bush: Go backwards! “I’d do it again”, I did a heckuvajob!

    “Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” Bush told a Grand Rapids audience Wednesday, of the self-professed 9/11 mastermind. “I’d do it again to save lives.”


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President Obama says “We can’t go backwards”

Ex-President and Unindicted war criminal George W. Bush is basically saying “Why not go backwards, look at the wonderful legacy I have left you!”

Yeah, those were WAR CRIMES, the kind Reagan forbid and made illegal under US law, but, now that you have reminded us that the only thing in your legacy that you want to remind us of is how torture worked in your book, I say we encourage George W. to keep talking. Keep reminding us of that legacy, Georgie, cause you sure didaheckuvajob.

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New Definitions for Success

Today BP has attached a LMRP Cap to the Riser, it sawed in half yesterday,  and in the process causing (according to them) a 20% increase in the flow — and the media has proclaimed this a qualified success, because they are now extracting 1000 barrels / day of oil water mix.

Now, the real amount of oil coming from the gusher is unknown, because BP and the US government have colluded to refuse to say. Despite the fact that it would be very easy for BP to stick a pressure gauge into it’s gusher, multiply by the pipe diameter, the possible maximum is an “unknown/unknown”.

So, the media has run with the figure of 12-20000 barrels a day as if this was the rate despite the fact that this is the governments estimated minimum value, not an upper/lower range!

Now Chad Allan (who might as well get himself a cheerleader outfit, with BP on the front, and a set of pom-poms, after announcing twice that top kill had worked oopsie) says not to get to happy about this success.  

Good advise.

So, taking the figure of 20,000 barrels per day x 20% we have 24,000 barrels per day – 1000 barrels of oil/water mix collected, and we now have: increased the leaks by 3000 barrels.  Of course if you use the figures of scientists not employed by BP or our government such as 60-100,000 barrels per day x 20% the loss from this action would be much greater.

So, I agree with Chad, best not to get to excited about this new success.  

Open News


Summertime Beach Tips

From AP

Children are more sensitive to pollution than adults, and parents should watch for rashes on their skin or dark sticky spots that are hard to wash off, the CDC says.

Long-lasting skin contact with crude oil can cause skin to redden, swell and burn. The problem can get worse if the skin is exposed to the sun.

Oil on bare skin should be washed off as soon as possible. Call the local poison control center if a rash or other problem develops, health officials advise.

Soap and water, baby oil or petroleum jelly are the best way to remove it. Avoid using kerosene or gasoline. If you get oil in your eyes, rinse them with water for 15 minutes, the CDC says.

Swallowing small amounts of oil – less than a coffee cup – can cause vomiting and diarrhea, but is not likely to have long-lasting effects, government doctors say.

It Sucks















The president sucks. I mean, he really sucks.

The last president sucked too. The next president is almost guaranteed to suck, since all presidents either suck, have sucked or will suck. Some presidents have even been sucked. Sucking is what presidents do.

The Congress sucks. They really suck. They won’t impeach him. It sucks. They won’t arrest him. That sucks too.

Nancy sucks. I don’t know why anyone would let her, but she does…

The attorney general sucks. Did suck. And will suck.

Israel sucks.

BP sucks. The oil leak sucks.

It all sucks. I mean everything sucks. All of it. It all sucks.

The war sucks. The other war sucks. The last war sucked. The next war sucks even more. Sucking is what wars do.

I mean it. It all sucks.

On Having the Right to Remain Silent

(published at Truthout.org)

The Supreme Court has just ruled, in the case of Berghuis v. Thompkins, that a person has the right to remain silent as long as they tell law enforcement they intend to remain silent. The case revolved around Van Chester Thompkins, who was convicted in a drive-by shooting.

Upon being arrested, law enforcement must inform the accused of their Miranda rights. A person has the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. The person is asked if they wish to waive these rights and, if they do, many departments require the person to then sign a waiver. But, there is a “gray area,” and law enforcement routinely takes advantage of it.

Docudharma Times Friday June 4

Friday’s Headlines:

‘Huge inferno’ kills scores in Bangladesh

Glastonbury: field of dreams


BP caps well; effectiveness of ‘top hat’ unclear

McDonald’s to recall 12 million ‘Shrek’ glasses, citing cadmium health risks


What are the Bilderberg Group really doing in Spain?

Eric Zemmour provokes France’s elite with claims of national decline

Middle East

Gaza flotilla attack: Israel ‘considers easing blockade’

Another aid ship on way to Gaza


New Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan promises to rebuild country

Burmese junta ‘is developing a nuclear threat’


President Hosni Mubarak’s party tightens its grip on Egypt

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Israel’s self-fulfilling bunker mentality.


The Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla was an overt political act aimed at breaking the siege of Gaza.  Bringing food, medicine, and supplies to humans suffering extreme privation in defiance of “the authorities” is an act far less theatrical or playful but conceptually tantamount to hippies stuffing flowers into rifle barrels as a form of protest so good-natured and free of overt threat as to be disarming and impossible for the world audience to find the least bit menacing, much less provoking a violent response.   Indeed, military responses to expressions of “flower power” are unthinkable, and would instantly discredit and delegitimize those bearing actual weapons in support of establishmentarian power.  While the analogy may be imperfect, it generally seems that Israel has done the unthinkable by shooting the flower children dead, including an American and some Turks, citizens of their most critical allies.

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