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Kenneth Feinberg Argues Bureaucracy Over Heart on Piers Morgan

Kenneth Feinberg Argues Bureaucracy Over Heart

Kenneth Feinberg is the man overseeing the distribution of $20 billion in BP funds to make reparations to people and things for damages done by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last night I watched Feinberg engage in a heated discussion with Piers Morgan on CNN Television.

Morgan asked many pointed questions aimed at gauging Feinberg’s motives and actions. While Morgan kept his cool, Feinberg barked defensively, like a cornered dog, yet often smiled, oddly, through bared teeth. Throughout the interview, Feinberg’s posture was that of a man on the offensive, trying to win with words his war against unfavorable opinion on his performance. Oddly, I also sensed he really did not care what anyone else thinks as long as he is getting paid.

I took away two important pieces of information from Kenneth Feinberg’s statements:

1) Feinberg arranged for an outside consultant to influence his receiving a monthly raise from $850k to $1.2m–monthly. This clearly shows his priorities.

2) Feinberg is more interested in matters of how to mete out funds, rather than in actually getting those funds to the real individuals who deserve and need the compensation for the man-made disaster which took lives and ruined livelihoods. Feinberg repeatedly hammered his point that he wants to distribute funds in a “principled” manner so as to avoid fraud from people attempting to exploit the fund.

At the end of the interview, when Piers Morgan suggested that Feinberg try and work less with his mind and more with his heart, Feinberg responded half-heartedly that he would. The cheesy smile on his face, however, told the real story. Picture The Grinch or Scrooge and you get the idea. Feinberg should only be a fictitious villain in a story book. Hey Feinberg, stop chewin’ on the BP bone and give it up!

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BP’s Latest Tactic Was Predictable

chica busca chico para sexo en barcelona My Predictions Are Coming True of BP Deceptions About Oil Well Future

seokyu dating I mentioned in my blog entry of 6/27/2010 that it wouldn’t surprise me if BP has other ideas for the broken oil well once they have completed the side wells. I suggested they may try and keep the well operating. It seems my concerns are being validated with a new twist. Now that it appears they may have recapped the well, and the cap may hold, there are noises about BP continuing to collect the oil and off-load it to ships on the surface indefinitely. Who would have guessed this new cap would come into play as being possibly functional? Yet, at the same time, how not surprising it is?  And, to what extent does the new cap safely function? We don’t know yet.

http://globecyclette.com/kljaps/1319 I reprint here my concerns from weeks ago, with a portion of that previous entry:

http://www.lavozdeldesierto.com.ar/tymochka/3487 “…I’m thinking they have ulterior plans to continue reaping oil from this well once either of the new tandem wells are completed. Would that surprise anyone?

trading plus 500 ci sono le opzioni binarie …That’s my question. That’s thought that’s been in the back of my mind for weeks. I am putting it out there for all to consider, so that no one acts surprised if this becomes the case. I think we should be prepared to address this potential action coming from BP. We should let them know in advance that if they intend to tap this well further, they need to be forthright with their plans and provide a detailed risk analysis and concrete safety procedures going forward if they intend to seek additional profit, rather than simply plugging up the well permanently.

chemistry.com online dating usa Let’s be clear in advance and not have to contend with more lies and stalling…”

petites annonces gratuites rencontres dakar Clearly, we need to understand BP’s motives in their entirety. The question of the flow rate of the oil that was leaking apparently still remains. I put blame for that gap on the weak handling of BP by the U.S. government in not forcing a full accounting of the spill rate a long time ago. I cannot understand the lack of initiative by the U.S. government in not long ago finding a way to accurately measure the leak rate and assigning a firm value to it. Now, BP will likely use this new cap as a means to further obstruct the truth and prevent a measurement that should have been accurately made months ago.

http://devrimcicephe.org/vistawkoe/1830 Here is my next prediction: BP will attempt to reap as much oil as it possibly can from this well until it blows again. They are going to try and recover as much oil as possible to cover their costs–even if the well blows again and causes further damage to the environment. We need to be alert to this possibility and firmly address it before it is too late.

What now Mr. President?

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BP Bad News: Police Called About Mechanic Allegedly Attacking Customers

Arlington, Massachusetts BP Gas Station/Garage Treated Me Badly Too

I didn’t expect to discover things this bad after my recent troubles at the local BP gas station/garage. However, when I went to write a negative review on Yelp (an online business review site) about a bad experience I had with my local BP station, I found another review that detailed an even worse experience than mine. It is literally horrifying to read. Details to follow…

First, my experience entailed my attempting to get my annual car inspection sticker, which is required on all vehicles in Massachusetts. Apparently these snakes in the grass at my local Arlington, Mass.  BP station like to milk the certificate system. I took my car for the routine inspection. I had put less than 500 miles on it since last year’s inspection because I work from home. This time, they told me I needed to replace the flex pipe or it would not pass inspection. Everything else had passed. I was immediately suspicious.

The manager called the mechanic over and the mechanic quoted $600.00 to fix the problem after barely even looking at it. The mechanic seemed to be following cues from the manager (as though it were a routine scam with them). I then took my car to my regular local mechanic and he repaired the problem for just $267.00. Several days later, when I went back to the BP station to get my inspection sticker (which I had already paid for) they ignored me for 10 minutes when I first arrived. There was nobody else waiting. There were a couple of employees standing around doing nothing. They didn’t even acknowledge my presence until I said something, and then one guy called me over to the center island just to make a point of being rude and then sending me back to my car to wait.

The manager (who is generally flippant and puts on airs) asked me how much it cost to get the repairs done. When I told him, he just grumbled and muttered something derogatory under his breath.

I got my inspection sticker, but I concluded that this BP is one of those places where you can smell trouble a mile away. I recommend avoiding this place. They seem callous and greedy.

THEN, as I’m writing about my experience on Yelp, I discover another complaint about the same BP from just a few days ago. This one is really bad! It involves the mechanic allegedly attacking customers and holding their cars hostage for money. READ BELOW the other complaint. It sounds pretty horrifying:

Yelp entry for Mass. Ave. BP (7/14/2010) http://www.yelp.com/biz/mass-ave-bp-arlington
“…Twice, I attempted to help a female friend and colleague pick up her car from a local [BP] mechanic.  He would not release it, and intended to continue to work on a stuck power window despite her repeated pleas to let her pay her bill and pick up the car.  In total, he kept the car two extra days and then attempted to charge her close to an additional $200 for work she had told him not to perform.
The first time we attempted to pick it up, he became verbally and physically abusive to me. (I am fine, so please don’t worry about me.)  The second time, a group of 7 of us went together and he physically attacked a woman in our group who was trying to test the window.  Arlington police had to be called to the scene.

Additionally, another colleague stopped at the same station for gas several weeks ago and instructed the pump manager to put only $5 into the tank (all gas stations in Arlington are full serve).  Instead, they filled the tank ($27–over his loud protests) and would not let him leave until he had called someone to bring the additional money.

For safety reasons I would never want my mother, sister, friends, etc. using this station and feel strongly enough about the situation to send my concerns on to you…”

This kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable for any garage or gas station. I would think BP would want to take a closer look at to whom they give franchises. This bozo (the manager) at the local BP in Arlington, Massachusetts looks like he would fit one of those profiles they are always associating with airports, except he runs around wearing shorts (in an automobile mechanic environment?) What is that about? I think he likes to flirt with the female customers if he isn’t abusing them.

This guy is one of those, where the expression that immediately comes to mind is: “Who does he think he is?” His entire crew is like that. I will never do business at any BP ever again, period. I don’t care who owns the other ones. BP hired this maniac and they need to do something about it. Why would I trust the other ones?

Finally, in a touch of irony, there is another review on Yelp by someone posting as “Vanilla P.” The posting gives praise and is written as though it was scripted for BP public relations advertisement. Was it written to appear that way deliberately? Is it really a former customer or was someone put up to it by BP? One has to wonder given BP’s track record for Public Relations stunts.
It seems no matter where you turn, BP is busy trying to cover their tracks for a myriad of blunders and missteps.

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BP Oil Disaster: Will They Really Just Plug the Hole?

Do we know BP’s true plans?

I will come right out and say what’s on my mind. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for several weeks. We all know BP has been deliberately evasive with information for weeks about literally every aspect of their handling of this largest oil disaster in history. I’m thinking they have ulterior plans to continue reaping oil from this well once either of the new tandem wells are completed. Would that surprise anyone?

That’s my question. That’s thought that’s been in the back of my mind for weeks. I am putting it out there for all to consider, so that no one acts surprised if this becomes the case. I think we should be prepared to address this potential action coming from BP. We should let them know in advance that if they intend to tap this well further, they need to be forthright with their plans and provide a detailed risk analysis and concrete safety procedures going forward if they intend to seek additional profit, rather than simply plugging up the well permanently.

Let’s be clear in advance and not have to contend with more lies and stalling once the secondary wells are completed. We know BP’s history during this crisis. They would rather spend millions on media spin rather than direct money where it is needed to deal with the consequences of their callous, careless, and deadly mistakes.

What are their plans? Are they really just going to plug the hole permanently? We should know for certain in advance (if they have alternatives in mind) as opposed to finding out long after the fact.

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Larry King to Host Telethon to Support Victims of BP Gulf Oil Spill

Kathy Griffin and Justin Bieber are among the stars who will be participating in Larry King’s Telethon to help the victims of the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster. (Congratulations on your MuchMusic Video Award in Canada, Justin. Kathy, are you going to try and get one of those too?)

The special show is scheduled to air Monday, June 21 at 8pm EDT. The telethon is being held to raise money for organizations providing support to people and wildlife affected by the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

I know I’ll be watching!

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Ta Ta, Tony! (Hayward) BP’s Bumbling Puppet Gets His Strings Cut

Ta Ta Tony!

His yacht is named, Bob. Good grief!

I have said from the beginning Tony Hayward is arrogant and smug. Like the leopard who cannot change his spots, his visage has been easy to see through all along. Take a look at this photo taken from his recent session with the Congressional committee:

                       

 

Even after all the death and catastrophe, you can see in his eyes a glimmer as though he knows he is going to come out of all of this unscathed regardless of what the stupid Americans are saying. He’s thinking about his yacht, “Bob.”

Let’s just be glad he is out of our faces. He was allowed to remain on our shores far too long. Too bad he couldn’t take all of his stink with him.  Half of it still remains fouling our shores.

Hopefully, I won’t be writing about him again any time soon, although it is still difficult to see any light at the end of the tunnel as far as leadership in dealing with the mess hitting the Gulf Coast. What is the hold up?

Robert George Reoch

 

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Joe Barton Ruins the BP Roast Party: House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on BP

Congressional Subcommittee Goes Twilight Zone

These are my impressions following the second session of the Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled, “The Role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill.”

The aftermath continued following Representative Joe Barton’s (Rep of Texas) early-on having thrown a gigantic wet blanket over the entire proceedings this morning by having started off with an apology to BP for our government’s poor treatment of BP and for their being subjected to a “shaken down” by our government. What was Barton thinking? All I can conclude was that his statement may have come from some leftover bourbon in his system or some other chemical imbalance. How could he have made such an irresponsible, illogical statement as that? In the aftermath, he later apologized as well as retracted his apology to BP. His comment cast a pall over the proceedings.

I recall from the morning session congresswoman Betty Sutton Dem. House Representative from (Ohio) began her turn by asking a barrage of questions in quick combination without pausing for responses from Tony Hayward, thus resulting in missed opportunities for answers. It had seemed to be more pontificating than actually asking questions looking for answers. In the afternoon session the congresswoman’s questions were more succinct, although the resulting responses from Tony Hayward were all typically vague.

When asked a direct question, Hayward’s frequent response was, “That is what we are investigating…” His face appeared almost as though he were in a trance, maintaining a puppet-like half-smile throughout most of the proceedings.

The spectacle of Tony Hayward’s evasiveness and continuing indifference (despite his making a few rote conciliatory platitudes) plus the grotesque apology made by Joe Barton to BP made for a surreal episode in Congress.  Even though Tony Hayward was sent a 14 page letter detailing the questions that would be asked of him in advance, he steadfastly gave closed responses, refusing to answer direct questions with straight forward answers.

All in all, the lawyers will likely determine the outcome of BP’s responsibilities in the end. It was clear Tony Hayward was prepped by legal counsel not to answer specific questions with specific answers in order to avoid any possible criminal actions again BP. Based on the events and behaviors on BP’s part up to this point, the outcome at this hearing was almost predictable. Otherwise we have Joe Barton to thank for taking us to the Twilight Zone with his outrageous, otherworldly apology coming from he, the other seemingly-possessed-by-a-strange-entity in the room.

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BP Quote of the Day from Tony Hayward

BP CEO Tony Hayward Stonewalls Congress

Today, while testifying before Congress, when asked whether BP should take responsibility for its poor decisions, Tony Hayward’s dull faced response was:

“There is no doubt that I have focused on safe and reliable operations.”

Really? …  Really?!  … Really.

Another typical and frequent response (during this first session) from Tony Hayward was:

“I wasn’t involved in that…”

The Q&A sessions with Congress are ongoing at this writing. A second session begins shortly.

More later.

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Julia Reed, Another Heroic Voice on the BP Gulf Disaster

Economic Impact is Far Greater Than Estimated by Leadership

Julia Reed is a well known author and contributing edior for Newsweek. Tonight on CNN she reinforced and further underscored what the BP Oil Disaster means to the people and the economy of the Gulf Coast.

In her interview with Anderson Cooper, Reed pointed out the the economic impact goes well beyond what President Obama has estimated, saying the president must be “out of his cotton picking mind”  and completely out of touch to so grossly underestimate the financial impact of the disaster. The impact to the economy extends far beyond just the oil workers themselves. It also affects the state’s tax base and consumer spending by those whose lives are tied to the oil and fishing industries, as well as the peripheral businesses tied to those industries.

Reed also referred to the “intrepid” Billy Nungesser, mentioning him favorably as one of the few who have been a constant reminder of the government’s and BP’s shortcomings in responding to the oil mess. Reed, herself, noted that the clean up activities she has seen on the shore remind her of something from the “the Keystone Cops” (a popular comedy of bumbling policemen from the silent film era). Reed also joined Bill Nungesser in assailing the job done by Admiral Thad Allen and the local authorities, saying “…Thad Allen ain’t gettin’ it together…” A strong consensus is that the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, and BP authorities have been utterly ineffective, and, in some cases, counterproductive during the weeks since the oil disaster began.

Julia Reed is another welcome voice along with Billy Nungusser, Bobby Jindal, Anderson Cooper, and James Carville in providing impactive public comment to define the real issues with clarity in this extraordinary situation.

Read my other items about BP and the oil disaster here on my blog, including one from earlier today regarding BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg referring to “the small people” for which he later apologized.

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BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg Quote of the Day

“We care about the small people…”  Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of the Board, BP

This was the comment made today by BP chairman of the board, Carl-Henric Svanberg, at a press conference. My comment? “Hey Carl! There are no small people–only big assholes!”

I cannot stop laughing. The way chairman Svanberg said it made it clear he has no sense of the impact of referring to people as “small people.” He said it in such a way it ws as if he believed there were a caste system. He deigned to humble himself by recognizing those he deems beneath him by referring to them as “the small people” in other words. (Pardon me while I hurl.)

Aside from that, it appears major progress was made today in pinning down BP and driving a firm commitment toward compensation for personal and business losses as well handling the damages to the environment.

And, it goes on.

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Billy Nungesser is the Voice of Truth on the BP Oil Disaster Clean Up

Billy Nungesser has been saying for weeks that the appropriate actions are not being taken. Tonight, on CNN, he again specifically pointed out that Admiral Thad Allen is not responding effectively or at all. As Nungesser (the President of Plaquemines Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana) has been saying, when he has provided specific plans for clean up operations and also clear requests for equipment,  he is always given the runaround by Admiral Thad Allen.

President Obama began his speech tonight by mentioning Admiral Allen’s 30 years of experience and elaborated on his qualifications for dealing with disasters. That was a big mistake to mention the Admiral. Admiral Allen is probably the last person he should be citing as one to take action. Where is his list of his accomplishments thus far in this disaster? What efforts have been made besides calling out the National Guard who cannot even go into the water to clean up the oil?

Someone needs to get the message to President Obama that he still does not have the appropriate leadership in place to take action as he so stressed in his speech tonight.

I say to Billy Nungesser, keep doing what you are doing. Some of us are hearing you. Eventually, you may just get through to the right leadership who will provide the people of the Gulf what they need to try and deal effectively with the onslaught of oil.

Best of luck to you, Billy!

Robert George Reoch

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What has Admiral Thad Allen Been Doing?

How long is this inaction going to be tolerated?

I have been reading retired Admiral Thad Allen’s briefings on the Gulf Oil disaster and they are frankly quite telling of why so little has been accomplished over the last 50 plus days. In his briefings the admiral writes about the weather conditions for paragraphs at a time. He describes helicopter fly-overs with mundane generalities about oil spotted here and not being seen there. He mentions meetings that have taken place or which are about to take place. He mentions names and groups of people.

The problem is there is no concrete progress being reported and that’s because nothing is being done. Admiral Allen has mainly been all about meetings and lunch with the locals. It has been about media posturing while people on the ground are still screaming to the heavens for someone to get some oil cleaned up and some prevention measures put in place. What has taken so long with those berms? The admiral talks in numbers of people being made available for this and that, but those are just numbers. Those actual numbers of people are not on the ground cleaning up.

Why aren’t we getting any reports of successful actions–actual concrete progress? Why don’t we see some before and after pictures? Where are these hundreds of boats that are supposedly skimming oil? Where are all these workers on the shorelines? We see a few, but we should be seeing a lot more. Even worse, this inactivity has been allowed to continue for weeks without new leadership taking over and pushing aside the insincere and inept who are in the way of making progress. How long can someone who is supposed to be in charge of the action be allowed to twist in the wind like an old sock?

The president should start taking stock of who is making progress and who is merely in the way. Get rid of the dead weight and start moving some mountains. This situation continues to grow worse by the day as long as leadership is lacking. Don’t people know what it means to lead? It means making decisions and going around those who are in the way of progress. A leader will eliminate the sluggishness caused by the process of affiliation (everyone waiting for someone else to do something). A leader will start giving orders and keep people moving.

I, for one, have not seen leadership happening except for a few select  authorities in the Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, Billy Nungesser, president of Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish, and CNN’s James Carville, the Democratic strategist who continues to shine a light on the missteps, lies, and the mistakes being made. These people know how to identify strategies and do what needs to be done.

Let’s get some leadership and get on with slowing down the oil damage and containing the spread. Meantime, I keep expecting the BP heads to run and hide soon. They aren’t making progress with the leak and their stockholders are getting angrier by the minute. I’ll wager a few of them are thinking about places to disappear. Just watch.

Robert George Reoch

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Angry Black Man in Obama?

The Angry Black Man in Obama

I have never seen an “angry black man” in President Obama. In fact, when I have seen Obama acting miffed, he comes across more like a white woman–like someone’s mother–rather than an angry male, which is not to say that is bad. That’s just the take I have on his style.

As to the BP catastrophe, the president should have acted with far more urgency far sooner than he did. Whatever he may have done behind the scenes, it did not translate into action. Adding to that is the wimpy job done by Admiral Thad Allen. He’s not fooling anyone. Admiral Allen seems anesthetized to reality. His approach has been to treat this retirement job as though he were a Walmart greeter from what I have seen and heard. Why has it taken so long to approve getting berms built? Why are there so few protective barriers in place? Why are so many birds being needlessly affected? This is due to a month of inaction. This is where a real angry black man would have served well.

There still needs to be a lot more ass kicking and more turn around in leadership with respect to this ongoing disaster control. I don’t see the powers that be moving fast enough yet.  Some momentum has been established, but they must do better as the costs continue to rise.

Obama is simply not the “angry black man” type, to answer that question. I do admire his self control. Perhaps he needs to get some good dogs to do his barking for him. That’s my opinion.

Robert George Reoch

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To BP and Others: What About an End Plan?

It just occurred to me the thought of all undersea oil wells one day not being needed. What if scientists discover some new source of energy that makes fossil fuels obsolete? What if we no longer need the oil coming out of thousands of oil wells all over the globe? Is there a plan in place to plug them up? Do we know how to permanently seal the holes forever?

What if oil was no longer needed at all? Could we trust the oil companies to do a thorough job of making an exit from production without leaving potential disasters in their wake?

Who’s to say they won’t just leave them to decay and eventually pollute the environment? Is there someone already on top of this? One must wonder if there is an end plan in place. BP obviously didn’t even have a good plan in place for an accidental leak.

Robert George Reoch

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BP BP BP When Are You Going to Learn?

BP WEARS A LAMPSHADE AND THINKS IT LOOKS GOOD.

BP has been using Google to posture themselves and their web sites to try and prop themselves up and bolster their image. It is like a drunk at the party wearing a lampshade after he has already knocked over the punch bowl. Everyone is still mad and no one is interested in excuses or theatrics. No amount of TV advertising or internet jockeying is going to help.

This disaster is growing more desperate every day and BP is still doing less about the mess while at the same time doing more to try and convince everyone they mean well–when they clearly do not.

The spectacle is now utterly grotesque in scope.

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BP on My Private Blog Robert George Reoch

BP today is reporting with glee their claim of recovering half of the oil still spewing from the bottom of the ocean. Of course they’re happy. It’s money in their pockets! They still are not focusing nearly enough resources (money) on helping the people of the Gulf Coast. And they continue to drag their feet on cleaning up the messes on the beaches and preventing more oil from reaching the shores.

BP could be doing a lot more than what they are doing. At every turn, BP seems to be contributing the minimum they can possibly get away with and then boasting about progress.

BP has nothing to celebrate and still a long way to go in taking action to address all the problems they have caused. Our leaders need to stay on top of them without letting up. The pressure needs to kept up on this delinquent child, BP, for the duration, not just in intermittent ineffective scoldings. We obviously need to keep jabbing and prodding for the entire long march ahead.

Robert George Reoch

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Profile of a BP CEO Tony Hayward

    Which one is the real Tony Hayward?    

[Cue dramatic, evocative music (think Adagio for Strings)]

“…And so the dark plume continues to reach out its oily tendrils over and around the continent, the people growing ever more vexed and angry by the hour. A great power from the East (or not-so-great) has come spewing forth from the black depths of hell to wreak havoc…”

“There are no plumes…” –Tony Hayward, CEO, BP 

 

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BP Oil Cap Does Not Appear To Be Working

In my comment over three hours ago (see previous post), I said I did not think BP’s capping the oil pipe was going to work.  As I watch now the live video on CNN, it appears that, in fact, it is not working. Oil is shooting out everywhere. I think I even saw flames. I don’t know what they were thinking. I think they are just buying time. With the cap in place, oil is shooting out from underneath and from the top. It does not appear to have slowed down the escaping oil at all.  Also, the pipe that was supposed to be on top of the cap cannot be seen in the video feed. No one at BP is saying anything about the progress. As I said before, don’t hold your breath. Why am I not surprised?

Update (2 hours later): With no one at BP reporting and their media center empty, it has been speculated that they have gone home for the night. Everyone knows that oil spilling at night doesn’t count, right?

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Images of Oil Soaked Gulf Birds Victims of BP Oil Disaster

These photos show the tide of devastation hitting the natural inhabitants of the Gulf. Thanks to Jack Gray from CNN for sharing these on twitter: http://tinyurl.com/2465cbg

Robert George Reoch

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BP Readies Oil Cap. How Loose is it the Fit?

A brief comment: I have seen the video of the pipe since they cut it to ready it for the cap. They have said all along that it won’t be a perfect seal. If you look at the video, you can see that there is hardly anything left of the vertical pipe for them to clamp onto or to make a seal around. Mainly all you see is the upper rim of the larger, lower base of the well and that has a ring of bulky bolts on top of it. There are large gaps between the bolts. I do not see how they can clamp anything onto what is left of the pipe with that ring of bolts. How can they seal between the bolts? I’m just saying. Don’t hold your breath….

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BP is Like Godzilla with Lucy Brains

BP is like Godzilla with Lucy brains. They’re making a huge mess and telling really obvious lies to try and cover it up. Tony Hayward should start wearing a red wig and a learn how to bawl like Lucy.

How about BP busing in extras to clean up the beach just before the president arrived? What an obvious farce! Did they really think they could fool people? I wonder if the president bought it.  If you watched the news casts, it did look like the people working on the beach were faking it. Rumor was they were on work furlough (from prison?) They all were wearing similar brand new tee shirts to cover up something. (prison uniforms?) Good grief. Lucy needs a spanking.

I don’t know what else to say today. I am baffled and mystified by the craziness.

What will they do next?

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BP Oil Disaster, the Non-Response, the People: Let Me Give You Some Direction.

How did it reach this point? Is there nobody with any sense or logic working on these needs head-on? It doesn’t take a genius to organize a response!

Please allow me give you who are in charge some direction. Follow my lead instead of chasing your tails.

The way I see it, there are 3 main areas of focus and they can each be addressed independently of one another without one part waiting for another part to do something.

The three large components are:

1) The Actual Oil Leak: BP is finally on it, more or less. It is a work in progress. Stay on top of that and see how it pans out before jumping in and taking over. We can punish them for for their crimes and for taking so long to respond later.

2) Respond to What is Happening to the Shore Line: There has been oil coming in for over a month! Get moving NOW! If this was war, those in command would be stripped of their stripes and summarily court-martialed by now. Those who refuse to act by saying an environmental impact study is needed first are first-class idiots! It is way past critical already.

“Give my daughter the shot!”

The shores are dying another death each minute. Put ONE person in charge of getting feet on the ground and cleaning up the shore. Be damned with any impact studies! You cannot perform an autopsy when the patient isn’t dead! The idea is not to add to the body count so you can do more autopsies later! How stupid can you get?! Do something now! It is already too late for so much that has already been killed or irreparably damaged.

3) The people who live in the region, who depend on the coastal resources for a living, need assistance now. (This is not for me. I live in Boston.) Those families along the Gulf need bolstering. They need cash to keep their families afloat. Get someone on that with due diligence as well.

There you have it. Three (3) components to work on. All three can be dealt with at the same time. Just put someone in charge of each of one and allow them to work autonomously without worrying about the other pieces.

Waiting to find out how much oil is leaking should not stop anyone from acting to dredge and create berms to block more oil from reaching the shores–no matter how much oil it is. We do not need to know how much oil is spilling in order to put up barriers. We will eventually know how much oil has been spilled in due time–time enough to ding BP for every drop they have spewed (whether bullshit or oil).

It is common sense folks! Just do it and stop screwing around! How am I supposed to tweet something humorous on twitter when all I see is stupid people who don’t even know they’re stupid. Worse, I see dying animals and fish, and lost marshlands mired in gunk, while nobody is doing anything to stop it–or at the very least to slow it down and manage it.

I long ago ruled out any meaningful action by the president. Seriously, how could he not at least break the log jam of bureaucracy that has been preventing action. A few calls is all it would take from the Commander in Chief. I hope he reads this before Friday. Does it really take putting your hands in the mud to know a bird didn’t just die of old age?

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

BP Oil Spill Catasrophe: More BP PR BS…

BP has announced a pledge of $500 million for research into the impact of the oil catastrophe on the Gulf of Mexico. This is the shallowest example of grandstanding yet. They are already involved in an ongoing oceanographic program in the Gulf since 2004. Now they put out a noisy announcement and channel some money to an appreciative LSU, but it is just more Public Relations bullshit aimed at deflecting criticism for doing nothing at all constructive since the gigantic oil leak occurred.

It’s like offering a gift of a new ambulance when you already own the vehicle AND the hospitals AND the oil wells to gas it up. Plus, they’ll cover the cost of that just with the oil they’re sipping through a little straw out of the big hole they made at the bottom of the ocean.

At the time of this writing, BP and the powers that be have failed to respond in any conceivably reasonable measure to prevent the tragedy that continues to kill wildlife and ruin the shores of our Gulf of Mexico coastlines.

Who is in charge here? Did someone forget to take a number? Is this catastrophe being handled like a registration renewal at the Department of Motor Vehicles? (That’s the picture I get in my head.) Forget about all the lives at stake.

BP response: Do nothing about the mess (aside from a few appearances from a smiling Tony Hayward wanking in public).

Government response: (Again think Motor Vehicles Department):  We will certainly get to it when we get to it. It’s not my department’s responsibility. Try the next window. Fill out this form. Take a new number first.  I haven’t been trained on that and you can’t fix it yourself. It’s not allowed. You may possibly not know what you are doing. It has to be done by the government. I didn’t see any oil soaked birds or dead dolphins. I was just there (before the oil hit the shoreline). Let me just make a few serious faces about this, even though it is totally ineffective. The less I say or do, the better.

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

BP LIVE SPILL CAM

Here is the URL for the feed: http://globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam/  This feed comes and goes. You may need to back out and re-try a few times. If it says, “connecting to media” or “buffering,” it should load momentarily. If it says, “ready,” but remains blank, you may want to try again.

Immeasurable (or they don’t want to measure) amounts of oil are still leaking. BP is just sucking up whatever they can get their mitts on while they take their time plugging the hole. Anyone, and I mean anyone can see what BP really cares about.

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

BP Spinning BS About Progress

Now that BP has inserted their smaller pipe into the larger one and are siphoning a small portion of the oil gushing at high pressure into the ocean, they are attempting to spin it as though it is some kind of small victory. In fact, they are not forthcoming with any video or photo evidence of exactly what is happening on the ocean floor at the site of the leak. They waited several days to show the first video. Again, by not showing video after this supposed small fix, this is just another delay tactic.

Reports have a prominent BP representative stating it is not important to know how much oil is leaking. They only need to fix the problem.

What?!

If they don’t know how much is leaking, how can they possibly know how to fix it? It is arrogance and sheer stupidity on the part of BP to make such statements.

Additionally, reports are emerging from a former BP contractor who is saying 95% of necessary inspections are not being performed on welds made during construction of most oil rig components, thus recklessly endangering lives and the environment.

One of the biggest problems being presented in this disaster is the resistance from (and the ignorance of) the powers that be at BP.  It would seem it is going to require an act of congress or the president to compel appropriate action. So, we sit and wait. 

In the meantime, BP is also trying to downplay the current rate of the oil’s spread, saying the volume appearing on the surface has declined. (Another idiotic statement. Most of the oil is below the surface.) The following link provides recent schematics of the undersea operation as well as maps showing the ongoing spread of the oil beneath the surface as it continues. http://bit.la/cruN86

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

My Big Spill

I did something clumsy this morning. I dropped a full cup of coffee on the kitchen floor. I was trying to watch the cooking channel at the same time. Oy! This was one of those things that happens rarely, but makes a huge mess. The coffee went everywhere starting with my white tee and my madras pajama shorts. Once the cup reached the floor it was like an explosion of light brown liquid (I use a lot of coffee creamer). Of course, my kitchen floor and cabinets are all white. Of course.

Here’s the rub about that little spill. I don’t let those kinds of things make me crazy. I don’t even curse or yell. I just get right to work and clean up the mess. Thirty minutes later, after using all available rags to sop up the coffee, and then going over the floor and cabinets, in all the cracks two more times, repeatedly rinsing the sponge, and then taking a shower in my stained morning wear and throwing things into the washing machine–things were then back to normal.

There are no long term consequences. No plants, animals, or fish are going to die because of my mishap. I did not even need to have an elaborate disaster plan in place to prevent my spill or to clean up my mess. Why bother? It is just one cup of coffee. Even the entire pot would not have changed the world for one second.

What about when you have a gigantic oil rig pumping millions of gallons of oil? To be honest, I am the kind of person who, if I could not be absolutely certain that I would never have a spill, would never even consider drilling the hole in the first place.

Greed is an ugly thing, even when it is disguised as a supposed need in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil. It is greed that allows a big company like BP to treat an oil spill with less intelligence and forethought than my spilling a cup of coffee.

I made a new pot of coffee. There was only one other person in my household who was affected by my spill and it actually brought on a good laugh as I stood dripping in coffee with my mouth gaping and my cabinets all splashed. Nobody is really laughing at BP. We are horrified and dumbstruck by the magnitude of such carelessness and the wanton disregard for the future of the planet.

I don’t think I need to utter that popular phrase to BP now. (You know what I mean: Wake up and smell the coffee.)

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

BP Fails to Hook Up

So, BP’s try at siphoning oil through a straw from black crude and gas blasting out of a pipe a thousand times bigger than the straw while 5,000 feet below the ocean’s surface didn’t work, eh?  Really?  Really.  Really?  Well, ain’t that fraikin’ amazing.

Who woulda thought? Who would even have thought? What were they thinking?

Stick around. More laughs are heading to The Gulf Coast along with one big fat oil slick. Oy!

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Is BP Trying to Stop the Spill?

So far, it appears BP is trying everything they can think of to try and continue collecting the oil gushing into the sea. What about stopping the spill from sending millions of gallons of oil into the environment? Allow me to point out the obvious. They are not trying to stop the spill. They are trying to find ways to continue to reap profits from it. It doesn’t take a genius to see that.

Who is going to stop BP? Who is going to plug that hole and stop them from plugging ours?

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013