Have we missed any news stories?
We all hear of people using fake identification to sneak into institutions or fake professional papers such as doctor, airline pilot, university professor, etc.
Now someone has used fake papers to get into the military, even getting secret clearance.
Evidently an oil rig in the North Sea went rogue and mavericky, so they are trying to shut it down to avoid a disaster.
It is difficult for a government to grasp the truth once it comes untethered from the truth. If I remember correctly, a while back federal regulators were caught in sexual escapades with oil people they were regulating.
President Obama stated "It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore. To borrow an old phrase, we will trust but we will verify."
The reality is however that "The people will trust and the government will verify". Thus, nothing has changed and this will be repeated.
Should oil rig permits, if drilling offshore is allowed in the future, be approved by a panel of local citizens (a jury) in areas that could be damaged?
One model for real property evaluation has been blogged about here on Dredd Blog, so we wonder why that would not be beneficial in other scenarios too.
Also, in all poison oil disasters, if the oil company executives did wrong should their personal wealth go toward paying for the damages?
The idea is to protect at both ends of the equation, during permitting and after wrongs have been committed.
Currently both ends are open to negligence and intentional wrongs without personal accountability.
Much of the Gulf Coast population is now beginning to come out of shock to cry about the Gulf Oil Disaster says a good NY Times Article on the real-life devastation ongoing there. One can't help feel for the innocent who the drill baby drill leaders have virtually destroyed.