It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood — well NOT Really

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Sea creatures flee oil spill, gather near shore

by Jay Reeves, John Flesher, Tamara Lush (AP) — Jun 16, 2010

GULF SHORES, Ala. – Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange phenomena.

Fish and other wildlife seem to be fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast in a trend that some researchers see as a potentially troubling sign.

The animals’ presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen. Also, the animals could easily get devoured by predators.

“A parallel would be: Why are the wildlife running to the edge of a forest on fire?

But, but those Sea Critters, CAN’T RUN onto the Land, most of them.

Of course those Sea Critters, may not find much solace on land either if this Local News Report, is foreshadowing a fresh BP Hell, soon to arrive on the scene, in force ……

4WWL News Reporting:

Normal levels

Hydrogen Sulfide  5-10 ppb  (parts per billion)

VOC’s (Benzyne)  5-10 ppb  (Volatile Organic Compounds, like Benzyne, aka. Swamp gas)

Venice Station, EPA Testing for

Hydrogen Sulfide, recorded

May 2     30 ppb

May 3  1,192 ppb

May 4     46 ppb

May 5  1,010 ppb

… depends on the wind direction …

Oh yeah, a Chemist says these levels of VOCs could start to effect Health,

and locals may want to take precautions,

such as moving out of the area.

Nice! — well Not Really.

Better start learning to hold your breath, Gulf folks.  It may come in handy.

Oh yeah, Better watch out for the “New Sheriff in Town”, too folks — of course if you’re a Local, you probably already know, to mind your p’s and q’s …

BP and US Government ‘Command Center’ Guarded by Company From Afghan Embassy Hazing Scandal

Jeremy Scahill, The Nation — May 28, 2010  

They described to me a run in that they just had with the private security company Wackenhut, which apparently has been hired to do the perimeter security for the “Deepwater Horizon Unified Command.” The “Unified Command” is run jointly by BP and several US government agencies including the US Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security.

Wackenhut, of course, is the notorious private security company that operates in the US and around the globe. It recently became part of the huge British mercenary network G4S. […]

In other words, Wackenhut is the perfect choice to “guard” the joint BP-US government-US military operation in the Gulf.

Lewis told me that for two weeks his crew has attempted to interview officials from the Unified Command’s Joint Information Center. “We had been shut down or dodged for two weeks of official requests,” he said. Finally, Lewis and Klein, who is on assignment for The Guardian, decided to go to the information center in person “to try to nail something down.”

When they pulled up to the front gate, they were greeted by a private security guard working for Wackenhut, the massive security company. “We said we were Media and he said, ‘No no no. You’re going to have to turn around and go back,” recalls Lewis. Klein added, “The Wackenhut guard said we couldn’t come in without permission, but wouldn’t tell us who we needed permission from. When we didn’t leave, he radioed for back up and a Wackenhut truck arrived to escort us off the grounds.

Land, Sea, and Air — I think the Disaster IS leaving its Mark.

Good thing we got some “Wacken-Doodles”, Guarding the Fort — doncha think!

‘It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood’ — well NOT Really!

I’m not sure anyone wants to “be their Neighbor”, these days.

Godspeed, Gulf Folks,

May the Winds of Fate be kind.

PS. When you smell smoke — It’s suppose to be a “warning sign” — it may be time to skedaddle ?

I if by Land

II if by Sea

III if by All Three … (Earth, Sky, and Sea)

[Of course, maybe if we had some REAL On-the-Scene News Reports, from the Gulf Shores, I wouldn’t have to theorize about what IS Really going on down there — Now would I? ]


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    • jamess on June 18, 2010 at 00:26

    has another Book to sell …

    and course they have another Bridge in Brooklyn

    to sell too, it seems.

    this diary posted on dKos  

  1. health food store over the fish counter told their tales from

    yesterday about what the fisherman have to say. It’s drifting to Mexico and beyond, Cuba was mentioned. these are the people who know the sea know the drifts know the consequences. We all do deep down animals and sea life flee and there is no end in sight yet this is deemed ‘fixable’ or redeemable or repairable. We have lost our sense of survival and connection we think that this is something we can absorb economically and chemically and all will be well we will compensate the fishermen and businesses that lose money and continue to rape the earth.

    We will switch to nukes and ‘clean coal’ which burn baby burn and have no end, we will drill and extract the essence of what sustains us until the earth itself throws us off like fleas on a dog. Went to my health food store and the checker said  this weather is so weird an endless torrent of ‘extreme rain’. You know that gusher is related, that volcano is related these things are not separate and I know somehow this is what we have created. So every body knows except those that refuse to meet the fierce urgency of now and pay the dues required.      

    • jamess on June 18, 2010 at 13:10

    I found a few flyover videos, and a beach video,

    in Alabama, I think.

    Flyover video: Oil washes ashore at Gulf Shores

    Good to see Reporters, getting somewhere,

    closer to the story, even if they had to leave LA.

  2. Thank you for another super effort!  

    I went to DK and did what I could, but it was beyond the rec’ period, though I left a comment.

    Scanning down through the comments was a contributor’s remarks, which I’m going to re-post here, as he/she so more than adequatly expressed my very own sentiments (and, most probably, those of so many of us who feel literal “pain” over the Gulf catastrophe).  

    I am in tears today that will not stop.

    Watching this in slow motion for 60 days, hearing the news reports and President Obama bashing, when the true tragedy with the animals is 90% ignored, when so much of what has occurred can never be fixed, there is no amount that can go into escrow to take us back to before this catastrophe.  I hope that there is a safe and peaceful place for all of these animals suffering and desperate once the sweet kiss of death finally comes.  It feels like anywhere would be a better place to be than this planet or in the Gulf of Mexico and so many other polluted waters right here and now.  Hell on earth has come and no amount of tears can wash it away.  We have reached a tipping point, and of course I want to stay and fight for clean energy and a better future but I am just so tired, so defeated.  Thanks as always for your excellent diary.  

    Sorry to have a nervous breakdown in the middle of it.  I hate feeling helpless and alone and feeling this constant pain of the death of Mother Earth’s great beauty and bounty.  Thank all of you here for caring, no matter your approach or opinions, at least you give a flying rat’s ass.

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by godislove on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:48:39 AM PDT

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