Compliments of Brasscheck ( note that Brasscheck is VERY antisemitic, and VERY anti- Israel. Once in a while, they have something good.)
.... And some interesting history about such disasters in the past ( From Wealth Daily):
- In 2001, Petrobas's P-36 rig exploded and sunk into the ocean killing 10 workers and leaking 399,000 gallons of oil into the water. Cleanup costs reached $515 million.
- In 1989, Unocal's Seacrest drillship capsized and sunk in a typhoon, killing 91 crewmembers.
- In 2005, ONGC's Mumbai High North Platform was hit by a passing ship, igniting a huge fire on the rig. 22 lives were lost and a 10-mile oil spill resulted, costing $195 million to contain and clean.
- In 2003, Hurricane Katrina sunk or set adrift at least 20 offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, one of which collided with a heavily traveled bridge in Mobile, Alabama.
- And in 1988 — during routine maintenance of its oil pumps — Occidental's Piper Alpha platform exploded, killing 167 men on board.
.... And some update on the consequences of this disaster so far ( Wealth Daily):
.....Here is more information on the toxicity of Corexit:
....And here is a great website to keep updated:
However, see this too, and BUYER BEWARE!
.... Some pictures, after all:
Finally, see also this EXTENSIVE AND INCRIMINATING ARTICLE ABOUT THE BP DISASTER on this blog:
And this shocking update:
And this incriminating article by E. Winston, about Obama and BP:
Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler's rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.
"Useful idiots" was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.
Put differently, a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.
In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.
The president's poll numbers are going down because increasing numbers of people disagree with particular policies of his, but the damage being done to the fundamental structure of this nation goes far beyond particular counterproductive policies.
Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere.
And yet that is precisely what is happening with a $20 billion fund to be provided by BP to compensate people harmed by their oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Many among the public and in the media may think that the issue is simply whether BP's oil spill has damaged many people, who ought to be compensated.
But our government is supposed to be "a government of laws and not of men."
If our laws and our institutions determine that BP ought to pay $20 billion — or $50 billion or $100 billion — then so be it.
But the Constitution says that private property is not to be confiscated by the government without "due process of law."
Technically, it has not been confiscated by Barack Obama, but that is a distinction without a difference.
With vastly expanded powers of government available at the discretion of politicians and bureaucrats, private individuals and organizations can be forced into accepting the imposition of powers that were never granted to the government by the Constitution.
If you believe that the end justifies the means, then you don't believe in constitutional government.
When Franklin D. Roosevelt arbitrarily took the United States off the gold standard, he cited a law passed during the First World War to prevent trading with the country's wartime enemies. But there was no war when FDR ended the gold standard's restrictions on the printing of money.
At about the same time, during the worldwide Great Depression, the German Reichstag passed a law "for the relief of the German people."
That law gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.
If the agreement with BP was an isolated event, perhaps we might hope that it would not be a precedent. But there is nothing isolated about it.
The man appointed by President Obama to dispense BP's money as the administration sees fit, to whomever it sees fit, is only the latest in a long line of presidentially appointed "czars" controlling different parts of the economy, without even having to be confirmed by the Senate, as Cabinet members are.
Those who cannot see beyond the immediate events to the issues of arbitrary power — vs. the rule of law and the preservation of freedom — are the "useful idiots" of our time. But useful to whom?
Contributed by Joel, thanks.