Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Seasickness At The Star Gate

Sometimes it seems like federal politicians, once elected, enter into a device not unlike the Star Gate ("an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device a galaxy away"), then off to the Washington, D.C. galaxy they go.

These politicians, once they have made the trip to D.C., often no longer talk nor act like the person campaigning for office who we voted for.

The internal direction finder for that special type of spin device goes only in The W Direction.

That space ship spin makes them toxin rich it would seem, because after the ride "the American people" is a saying that does not apply to that verbal homogeneous myth they create, use, and repeat often to bolster their rejection of "campaign speech reality", which they then progressively replace with "campaign contribution reality".

Of course that presidentially applies to Barak Obama, but this post is mostly focused on his own Brownie, like the Brownie of Bush II before him, instead of the Mr. President himself.

We know that at the behest of his advisor Browner, he took his children swimming into the waters of Oilah Akbar in order to show how safe the Gulf of Mexico waters were.

But also less known is that he did it to show how good the animals taste after they have been baptized into the Oilah Akbar religion (the religion of addiction, the religion of the worship the the Dark Liquid Lord) whom the poets call Johnny:
Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
By the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten
(UnderGround Seasick Hues). Meanwhile, the scientist from Georgia, the woman who has been studying the dangers of crystallized methane (hydrates) in the gulf, has recently given a lecture detailing the disaster still looming before us:
The deep-sea hydrocarbon discharge resulting from the BP oil well blowout in the northern Gulf of Mexico released large quantities of oil and gaseous hydrocarbons such as methane into the deep ocean. So far, estimates of hydrocarbon discharge have focused on the oil released, and have overlooked the quantity, fate and environmental impact of the gas. Gaseous hydrocarbons turn over slowly in the deep ocean, and microbial consumption of these gases could have a long-lasting impact on oceanic oxygen levels. Here, we combine published estimates of the volume of oil released, together with provisional estimates of the oil to gas ratio of the discharged fluid, to determine the volume of gaseous hydrocarbons discharged during the spill. We estimate that the spill injected up to 500,000 t of gaseous hydrocarbons into the deep ocean and that these gaseous emissions comprised 40% of the total hydrocarbon discharge. Analysis of water around the wellhead revealed discrete layers of dissolved hydrocarbon gases between 1,000 and 1,300 m depth; concentrations exceeded background levels by up to 75,000 times. We suggest that microbial consumption of these gases could lead to the extensive and persistent depletion of oxygen in hydrocarbon-enriched waters.
(Nature), and note:
The BP Blowout was not an oil spill, it was a hydrocarbon discharge. The discharge contained 40% gaseous hydrocarbons like methane. We converted this gaseous discharge to "barrel of oil equivalent" units and found that the gas component accounted for an additional 1.5 to 3 million barrel of oil equivalents discharged. This increases the size of the discharge by a significant margin, by 30 to 50%. ...

Looking out the window of ALVIN, at first, it did not seem to be so bad but as we got nearer to the bottom, I realized there were no infauna (worms and such) poking their heads out to greet us. Usually, there is a tremendous diversity of infaunal organisms on the bottom. Then, we began to see dead organisms like brittle stars. I noticed there were no holothurians (sea cucumbers) and these organisms are tremendously abundant at seeps. So, it was a grim view. We saw a few crabs but they did not look healthy and we saw oiled and dead corals. Overall, a very depressing sight but one that made me realize that we have to do a lot more mapping and visit the seafloor around the wellhead with submersibles and ROVs to truly understand which species have been impacts and to determine the area impact.
(Science), and this:
Joye’s report comes as a bit of a surprise (even to Joye); previous studies commissioned by Kenneth Feinberg, the government’s oil compensation fund czar, were optimistic that the Gulf would “almost fully recover by 2012.”
(Matternet). Ok, so now let's focus on the area nearer to the surface, where more of the "food stuffs" come from.

For several months now, that zone has been a source of contaminated food according to tests by different investigators.

Nevertheless, that contaminated food is still approved by the feds to be fit for consumption, but they also approve Twinkies, which also have oil from China in them.

The bleep goes on.

UPDATE: The latest oil spill has been traced to a dormant well (a well that was capped / abandoned). There are thousands of them in the Gulf of Mexico, which may end up changing the flavor of behavior in that region if these type leaks are to become more prevalent. This is standard operating procedure for Texas, which generates, all by its lonesome, 38.1 percent of all toxic waste in the entire USA.


  1. It is difficult to tell if the following article is good news or not.

    Japanese seafood is suffering a similar fate in the sense of radioactivity.

    Link, but they seem to have restored some hope to the scene.

  2. More and more folks understand spin madness:


  3. The bleep goes on ... Obama shuts down Miranda warnings in cases of his choice, meaning he is not only dissing congress, he is dissing the Supremes.

    ... a la W of course ...