BP, corporate business interests, cricketdiane, crude oil, deepsea oil drilling, dumping ballast water, international macroeconomics, international shipping, ocean pollution, oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Petroleum, petroleum oil & natural gas industries, US chamber of commerce
Did you know that if they don’t ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty, then our nation has no standing where they are fighting to drill in the Arctic? That seems like a major crisis –
And while you’ve focused on bait fish – which I’m sure is critical to fishing – particularly sport and recreational fishing – have you noticed the entire Gulf of Mexico is covered in crude oil?
Dumping of ballast water has been an on-going and continuing problem from shippers. I’m not sure that the largest ship builders are in China, but certainly many of the world’s largest ship builders are in Asia. Have you noticed the US to be anywhere on that list of the world’s largest or best shipbuilders? Doesn’t that seem to be a problem constituting even more jobs in an area where we are no longer competitive?
There are many organizations and government agencies across the world which have shifted from being protection for the public interest to serving interests of businesses. I’m not sure that is completely the case with the IMO but it has been the case even with many of our national organizations and state agencies and within some of our federal agencies during the multiple years of Republican administrations.
But, partly that is also our fault as citizens – the businesses and their lobbies showed up, they pitched for their interests, they schmoozed, they powdered the palms of those in authority and they did whatever it took to serve their interests. The citizens of our nation didn’t come close to matching their influence at the table, even if we showed up at all. Every time I hear one of them use the word “stakeholders” – I cringe because it is a sure indication we weren’t at that table when they were deciding something that would affect us forever and the only real stakeholders they’ve served didn’t include us except maybe in some twisted estimation of what that would be.
If you are really interested in doing something about them dumping ballast water indiscriminately without sequestering it and handling it properly, then I suggest you interact with the ICC – International Chamber of Commerce who is widely interconnected with the US Chamber of Commerce and mostly run by bankers and large insurance conglomerates, hedge fund brokers and assholes – or maybe all assholes which happen to also be bankers, oil companies, insurance giants and hedge funds. They make more of the decisions about the choices to dump ballast water than anyone else and it is being done in a way that suits them.The ICC and US Chamber have lobbied heavily to prevent those ballast dumping regulations all around the world and in the IMO, at the UN, in the US Congressional Chambers, throughout the shipping industry and everywhere else something might be done. So, get up there at the table with them and set them straight.
The bait fish situation is likely a direct result of the Commerce Department, the use of the Fish and Wildlife agencies by some business interests being served over the local interests and regional wildlife interests. They have, as have many agencies been shifted to serve different missions in a lot of our states than what was originally mandated. And, through many tiny changes – the addition of words and phrases in the laws intended to protect people, to protect wildlife, to protect regional and local interests, to protect health, to protect the public interest, to protect clean air and water, etc. – the business interests with their attorneys and lobbyists have been changing our laws and regulations to suit their own interests whatever they might be. My suggestion is to back up through those laws affecting the use of bait fish from outside NY or that were intended to protect local wildlife, fish and regional waters – I bet they were changed to allow what is happening to serve the interests of somebody way beyond the Secretary of State, Clinton or her home state of Arkansas. After a bit of tracking, you’ll probably find whose idea it was to change it and how they did it. You can request a review of those laws that were altered by your Senators and Congressmen, the Inspector General of those agencies whose application of the state’s policy violates the federal laws that supercede them or directly request review by the US Congressional and Senate committees who provide oversight and legislation concerning those specific subjects.
The thing is this – let’s say that you and I sit down at a table to decide something and we come to the table with the public interest at heart. And, then thirty people sit down at that table with us, each of whom serve a business interest, a huge corporate set of interests, or some political interest and all of whom have none of the public interest in mind with any decency or common sense. So, you and I are then going to do the polite thing and listen to hear them out and each of those at that table although they are only serving their individual profit interests or their own sustained power interests are making it sound like doing it their way will serve the public’s interest. Then, after awhile – with no other voices at the table as well versed intellectually about how it will serve the public’s interest doing it their way – start to sound like it just must make sense. Hell, there are thirty well-dressed, well-educated, well-funded people saying so – how could it be wrong? That is exactly how entire cities and towns in Iceland were sold a bill of goods by Wall Street brokers that came to convince them to put their public funds into derivatives and it is how the Minerals Management Service was convinced to serve the interests of the oil industries it was supposed to be running roughshod over and it is how the EPA came to be agents and representatives at the state level in many states across our nation – of the chemical industries rather than to regulate them and enforce the regulations in place for the public good.
The question becomes – now, our survival is being impinged by many of these things and actually decimated in some cases – but the corporations still believe they are doing the right thing. It never occurs to them that by decimating the populations which will be their ultimate consumers, sooner or later their corporation will be decimated as well. In their minds – people are a dime a dozen and purely an expendable whether it is their own employees or their customers or the people in communities they are negatively affecting or even destroying.
It is one way to look at the US as the best and brightest. At times we have been. We are not that now. It is a shame that we have excluded all that could make it that way. We’ve shelved the best and brightest ideas or sold them off to other national interests and often given them to other nations as if those concepts weren’t marketable anyway. Then, other nations reaped the benefits from them. And, now they have all our money. And, all kinds of other goodies for their own national interests rather than for our own. And, now the foreign policy of international inter-dependence that started with Reagan and Bush Sr. has made our nation dependent on everybody. We’ve allowed our food sources to become controlled by monopolies of a few. Our manufactured goods are manufactured elsewhere, even those things we might need to buy every day or every week. And, our national energy needs for transportation are controlled by huge monopolies of a few and other nations. So, there you go.
You still wanna bitch about Senator Clinton – now Secretary of State Clinton. Or can you do some things to figure out how these laws were changed and challenge them and figure out who pushed for the changes that would benefit their profits or political interests? And, figure out what is going to be able to fix it while you’re at it.
And the next time you start getting all wrecked about bait fish – look around and check the unemployment figures at 27% in many California areas, the Gulf of Mexico that looks like a crude oil swamp and take a quick look at Goldman Sach’s man Blankfein testifying or being interviewed saying he is doing “God’s work” as he and his company steals people’s life savings and bankrupts companies that have been in business for over a hundred and fifty years and decimates economies around the world – including ours. Just add it to the list . . .
– cricketdiane, 06-03-10
(my response to a comment on my blog about the dumping of ballast waters and NY state allowing bait fish from Arkansas to be used which put mom and pop bait shops out of business.)
My Note – today
I’m glad President Obama is going back to the Gulf Coast again. I’ve seen a little of the interview that is supposed to be aired on Larry King Live tonight – which obviously isn’t live – but the video clip shown on CNN a little while ago certainly is right. I’m telling you – the oil industry does not know what they’ve gotten into this time. Its going to take more than some strippers and a bag of cocaine to fix this one.
By the way –
On bloomberg last night there was an Englishman – didn’t ever see his name that mentioned how emotive the situation is in the Gulf of Mexico – he said, they can hold up a shrimp with some oil on it and a couple pelicans with oil on their wings – etc. which seems to be rather more contempt than concern.
And, in the interview – a note was made that 1 pound in every 7 pounds in the UK economy is from BP. I don’t know if that is true – I sure do hope not, but if it is – they are in trouble that hasn’t begun to be seen yet.
As much as the mind has trouble grasping the amount of money BP has made and is making – I do know that a drop of 34% of the stock value is nothing in comparison to what it will be. And, I do know that as people realize the huge extent of this massive spill and the facts starting to add together about the massive numbers of incidents both by BP and many other oil industry giants over recent and past history – there is not going to be the same world coming out of this that there was going into it.
When I think about the ways that oil industry players have been resolving things with strippers and cocaine – it seems they might have put more efforts elsewhere for solutions beyond that to be handy when needed. I’m glad Tony Hayward made the commercial which has aired and used up $50 million dollars to take it out across America and wherever else it is playing. I am glad he did that before we all lynched the son of a bitch. That would’ve been ugly.
I have a dumb question that I’ve been meaning to ask or say somewhere. In the photos of the new “top hat cap” or whatever it is called today – why is the pipe running from the oil spill capper – so much smaller by so many times than the pipe and the degree of oil that is coming out of the well? Doesn’t that seem like a sure way for the oil to be shoved out under that cap instead of up to a ship? They have a lot of petroleum engineers working on this which are in all likelihood – based on what I’ve seen of their approaches – mechanical engineers. They need some materials science engineers and chemical engineers and physicists on their team, along with maybe some aerodynamic / thermodynamic engineers who specialize in knowledge of these pressures, velocities of flow and extreme engineering sciences.
But, since they don’t have those people on their teams or in enough numbers and respect to be heard or something – it seems just to look at it that common sense would indicate that a big, poofy cloud bursting everywhere at that phenomenal speed and at massive quantities would be further hindered by the cap system and its very small pipe outlet in relation to the pipe diameter where it is being placed. If I were to try that relationship at home, it seems that most of the oil or whatever else coming out at such high pressures would simply be blown off under the cap in the opposite direction. Isn’t that so?
To me, that means that something less than 20% would be captured up the pipe and 80% or maybe more would be thrusting out the other side in the opposite direction under the cap filling the ocean everyday until August, if the relief wells actually do hit the damn thing under the seabed.
I also saw a story about one of the Island’s residents and businesses in the Gulf of Mexico that are totally against the people who are being brought in by buses to clean up the oil from the beaches. Not only is it hot – there was no provision for bathrooms for those workers – maybe they’ve fixed that now. There was nothing but complaints from the people and businesses on the Island who don’t want the workers “messing up their beach” by being there, and don’t like them staging in their parking lots, and don’t want people to have breaks in the shade after working for any period of time in the heat of summer sun on the beach after breathing whatever nasty it is today, and don’t want them coming in their stores and restaurants, and don’t want them there at all and I don’t even know what they’re thinking. Obviously those store owners, restaurants, hotels, residents and townships have noticed there is an ongoing problem with oil coming up on their beaches – would they prefer to get out there in the hot sun themselves and clean it up? Or would they rather wait until fall or winter and get all of it up at once and the hell with whatever birds and animals die in it?
Personally, I think that if the people on that island and their businesses looked at these people coming there to clean up as their equals and fellow team members that are tackling this thing – I think their hospitality would have been a lot different.
And, I was pretty disgusted watching the store owner interviewed in the story who is sitting back in her nice clean, cool, air conditioned store as if the oil is going to magically be cleaned up by someone without any inconvenience to her or participation by her or affect on her business or on her as a resident. As if she and her fellow business owners and residents just don’t get what is going on around the Gulf of Mexico and the massiveness of it which will be impacting their lives for years upon years upon years and may make their island uninhabitable from the pervasive fumes and damages from the oil spill.
Oh yeah, and the other thing I noticed in that story on the news – was the state or county deputies that were acting as security forces around the buses of workers who considered the news crews, reporter and cameraman as the enemy – as criminal – as wrong and bad – as the bad guys – and generally, as the evil at hand. So, not only is that dangerous and somebody’s going to end up getting hurt as a result – but the media are not the bad guys and certainly not the criminals and they aren’t the enemy. I didn’t like the star badge of authority to be on that man’s belt as he acted like the Gestapo and I didn’t like the fact that he considered the media acting in the public’s interest to be the bad guys and I didn’t like the intimidating and threatening way he acted as if he was considering shooting them with tazer, gun or desiring to beat them off with a baton within an inch of their lives. AND I didn’t like any legal police authority being used in that way. (period.)
And, it reminds me that for a company (BP and its Marine Spill Response Corporation handling these cleanup operations, etc.) that can’t get its act together to fix anything worth a damn – they sure do know how to run every last government resource as an agent serving their own interests over that of the public at any and every given point. If they had put even half that effort into knowing what the hell they’re doing – we wouldn’t even need people cleaning up oil off our beaches in the first place.
It still pisses me off that they aren’t protecting the workers from these fumes where the fumes are pervasive and it makes people sick. And, then to see our EPA and OSHA acting like these petroleum crude oil and dispersant chemicals can’t hurt anybody and their tests show clean air and clean water where anyone can see the nastiest muck of petroleum chemical stew is nothing short of criminal and disgusting. To go to their website and see that they are telling workers that they don’t even need breathing respirators, clean air / oxygen on standby for recovery or chemical splash protection goggles – is just too wrong for words when everywhere there are scientific and medical science and chemistry-based documents that support the dangers of those chemicals to human health short term and long term. And, when I find out that it was no more than $6.00 each for those respirators against those chemical fumes at a wholesale, huge lot price – I’m going to be even more pissed off about it and the unnecessary life-altering damages they caused by doing it BP’s way and the oil industry’s way and the Marine Spill Response Corporation way – instead of protecting people’s well-being.
I don’t care if they have to buy hazmat suits for every living citizen in the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas along with everybody that lives and works this oil spill disaster. AND respirators with chemical deterrent filters and chemical splash protection goggles. It is a small price compared to the overwhelming loss of health over the course of many years and the effects of that ill health on families, on social and family relationships and health, on children’s health, on people’s future lives, on the public health generally and on the future opportunities of all those affected.
When it was SARS – people wore masks. The governments didn’t play with that stuff – they called it like it was and started issuing face masks for protection and telling people how to handle things safely from hand-washing properly to other appropriate measures. They didn’t pretend there wasn’t a problem. Why would our agencies intended and mandated by mission to protect people’s health get their panties in a wad over the ill health that comes from sugary sodas or smoking and then put people in harm’s way with known carcinogenic and health damaging petroleum chemicals without protection?
See, it just becomes a fashion thing at a point. I know – that is something though isn’t it . . . .
And those gas masks and respirators are not as given to something fashion oriented – but maybe with women’s sense of style – they can become a nice high tech addition to the blue tooth stuck on everybody’s ears.
I’m not sure where I found this – but considering it is now 2010 – and considering that we’ve been doing it the way that favors businesses and “protects” business interests in the way they’ve seen fit – (and their concepts of “protecting innovation” as their best excuse to do things their way without regard to the public’s best interest and health) –
No telling how many it has been now. And, that was with everything favoring them and their interests as they have seen fit without regard and without any regulations to hinder their activities. And, we don’t have the innovations that they claimed to be protecting either. Those innovations are happening all around the world, elsewhere – not in America for the most part. The great designs for a hovercraft amphibious vehicle wasn’t a US design – it was made in the Scandinavian countries maybe. And, the greatest number of innovative transportation systems and designs that don’t use petroleum – are not from the US but from countries around the world that are gearing up factories to produce them en masse. We can’t seem to get that together for any of the designs although I understand that the Bush administration group working the federal agencies held up a certain amount of the electric car progress demanding that a gasoline miles per gallon figure be provided, among other similar insanities.
The great breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering, chemistry, bio-chemistry, alternative energy sources like geothermal systems and non-turbine wind to electricity generation, alternative transportation fuels and devices and vehicles, and a multitude of other things – aren’t coming from the US because the rally cry for innovation isn’t combined with a friendly supportive atmosphere for those innovations and breakthroughs. They are shelved when found. They are refused entry to compete on a level playing field. They are denied the subsidies that have been used as a never-ending pool of resources by the petroleum industry and traditional corporate interests done in the same old ways another day from vehicles to solar to home energy to alternative fuels to you name it –
When I can go to databanks and resources around the world and have more access, greater transparency, more reasonable provided and arranged information and access to scientific, technological and engineering, high tech and research information – than I can in the US – it just makes me madder than hell. I want to spit nails sometimes when I try to find things that I know are available in the US and about the only way to find them is through some internet site somewhere else in the world and come back to them from there. And, that includes some of the most ridiculous things to be kept from easy availability by the US and its business communities from the true toxic nature of chemicals in stuff to the text of a speech given somewhere by our President to where chemical spills and oil spill have taken place that are known around the world but told to the American people that they never happened by certain groups and industries in our nation.
At one point, I was trying to find out how the tests were conducted to find out if the dams in our country are safe. How in the world do they test them? How often are dams and levees tested? You know, stuff like that isn’t exactly some technological secret. You wouldn’t believe what it took to find that information and where all I had to go around the world in order to find how it is being done in the United States. Or even, to find the charts of all the dams in the state where I live and who is responsible for their upkeep – now finding that stuff was ridiculous.
And then, I found out part of why they don’t want people to know and it was even more obscene in this technologically advance age of cements and polymers and technical tests and analysis methods that are available. And the cross-structuring of who is responsible for doing something to keep up a certain level of safety for dams across the United States and in what ways they have to answer for that.
Don’t even go there – it is maddening and frightening in its irresponsible arrangements for any of it and all of it. I think for many dams the final analysis is that once every ten years there is a schedule that gets some of the dams which takes a cylinder section of the concrete to a lab and smashes it to find out how much stress it takes at the point they collect it – to smush it into small pieces of debris. That is supposed to indicate how brittle the concrete has become over time, weather and the UV degradation that occurs.
And, at some point there are people who go out and take soundings if the need arises – which is to ping it with a sound and then listen for the return of it and record it on a graph of some kind which is supposed to show material integrity of the structure and unless it were done over every square inch externally and internally – I don’t see how it would show anything before a crack or stress fracture pulls the whole thing down.
But, there you go – that’s the best we can do in the twenty-first century in America. I think they were doing it the same way in 1930 and 1940 – some of our dams were built before then – one in Georgia I found was built around the turn of the century – 1899 or something and some may be older than that in our country – I wouldn’t doubt it. And these – many of which are privately owned which I still don’t see how they can do when so many lives would be in danger downstream of them if and when they fail, are not even tested or checked at all until they are starting to obviously fail which is almost too late.
I just don’t get it.
It is easier for me to find a water driven energy system being built in South Korea than it is to find out if the United States has even one project like that anywhere underway – or planned or under consideration or designed or any thing about the ones around the world at all – unless I get away from the US information to find out about them. I just don’t get it.
I’ve been meaning to say this – if the people who have lived along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico would embrace the reality that has beset the people around the Exxon Valdez spill and in Spain and Australia where large spills have destroyed economies and health for years – and just gather what all they can to somewhere else – it would protect their lives, their health, their families, their children, their sustenance, their economic well-being and their futures. And, that is the truth. No matter what else happens now – they are facing the next twenty years of their lives raggedly stressed running through lawsuits that won’t hardly pay enough to be worth it – too late to matter and in the meantime, their communities will be decimated around them and their health affected until every single relationship is damaged by it. And, if you don’t believe me – look up the interview with the fisherman from Alaska that spoke to CNN on the video available on their website. It is already so.
And the local tourist businesses can join with their states’ hospitality industry association and tourism bureaus and chambers of commerce producing ads to entice the public across the world and throughout the US to ignore what is happening with crude oil spilling across massive square miles of the Gulf of Mexico till hell freezes over and it will fool some of the people for awhile. But, it won’t stop the oil from coming and it won’t solve the problems of those businesses dependent on tourism and eventually, it settles nothing for the people who rely on those businesses to be profitable and healthy. Maybe the ideas for the tourism industry that I posted a couple weeks ago were not very appreciated, but I wasn’t being facetious. Either provide reality a place in the tourism as reality is now – or leave and take those business skills where they can do some good in a place not fraught with health hazards, dangers and sure destruction of the business before it costs any more than it has already.
Having been poor and without economic opportunities for a long time, I can say this about it. If I had accepted at the beginning that this is how it would be – I would’ve taken all the money I could get my hands on and found another country to live in starting thirty years ago – or found a place with a friendlier environment where there was some appreciation for me, my talents, my knowledge and my skill sets. But, I didn’t accept it and despite many years of fight to do something better for myself, for my children and for my life – the results were not one bit different than they would’ve been if I had done absolutely nothing. – well, except that I would’ve had more money to work with if I had done absolutely nothing at all, having used the little I had every day over many years to continue trying to invest in knowledge and skills and job searches and trying to start small businesses and building prototypes of designs and creating solutions and countless other things of a similar nature that were apparently a waste of time, efforts, money and resources.
And, if I don’t believe that for a minute, my family and children explain it to me again – there has been no success in it, no money, no profits, no opportunities, no chance of success and no real possibilities of anything working – but I didn’t want to believe it.
– cricketdiane, 06-03-10
Now, I’m saying it again. The reality of the situation in the Gulf of Mexico is not going to go away. Tourists coming to Dauphin Island or Grande Isle would have to be issued hazmat attire and the beaches are closed anyway – and the residents and businesses don’t have any other source of revenue. This isn’t rocket science. This event factually – historically – accurately reflected by facts – goes on for years and years and years – over twenty years ahead of us right now. Do what you want – I’d get over to a better place before the economic and financial conditions become where you can’t.
Been there – done that.
And, no amount of ads are going to fix this.
Isn’t that just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen – I’ve got to get me one of those and an aptera in every color. It is just too nifty.
Lookout Kroger – here I come.
Its already bring your own air around here – walking to the store a mile away or to the post office two miles from here – is like a walk in a diesel machine bay where mechanics have been idling the engines for hours without ventilation.
very nifty – maybe not in green though – it would be nifty in a candy apple red or neon yellow with zebra stripes – just for good measure.
Definitely has potential –
Isn’t that pretty – we’re not doing that in the US – we’re busy fighting crappy oil in the Gulf of Mexico and crappy air across America and struggling to pay for superfund chemical hazard sites to be cleaned up which takes twenty-five years and more for some other reason than what I can make any sense of –
Maybe put scoops on the boots and clean the oil up from the beaches so they don’t need bathrooms and time out of the fumes – I don’t know how they are going to do in sunshine though and salty air with petroleum in it. If the sun doesn’t fry the circuits, the salty air and petroleum fumes might melt the wire casings and connectors.
But, it is a thought.
I still like this one – I think this is the model that is all electric but I’m not sure without running around and looking up the exact model. But it is nifty and I definitely need several of them in different colors. I wish it was available for me to buy and use where I live. And, no – I don’t know how many miles per gallon it is rated for either. I don’t think it uses gasoline, thankfully.
But here is one that is even niftier –
This one – if I chose the right one, has an internal cowling with permanent magnets and then each blade has a magnet on the end. As the wind passes through the blades, the interaction between the magnets create electricity. It is something like that – I’ll have to look it up – but I do have another picture.
And this –
We seem to have gone backwards from there for some reason – there used to be steam engine cars, air cars, electric cars and even Tesla supposedly grabbed up a bunch of vacuum tubes and whatnots from his lab and managed to run a Packard without gasoline. But, no – we want to fill our cars with gasoline and diesel fuels or we don’t want ’em.
I was looking up specialty fabrics and found this – which is just too nifty to be passed by – so here it is –
Philips Lumalive is a technology that integrates LEDs into fabrics. This means glowing T-shirts. The technology can be used for promotional purposes at trade shows. For decades, researchers have been fascinated by the possibilities that might arise by exploring the fusion of electronics and fabrics. Within Philips, experiments were carried out on dynamic light and color generation from fabrics, and on weaving printed circuit boards into fabrics. Lumalive integrates a flexible array of miniature light-emitting diodes into clothing, which allows the cloth to display graphics, text, and animation.
This inspired a small team to assemble LEDs on shirts and to demonstrate this colorful medium at the 2006 IFA in Berlin. The result was extremely popular on Youtube, with millions of viewings. Not surprisingly, this attracted the attention of entrepreneurial management in Philips, which initiated and funded the set up of a new business unit. This business unit was tasked with investigating the commercial and technological options, offered by luminating fabrics and to prepare a future business around this idea. Philips Lumalive opened for business on 1st July 2007 and quickly achieved its first commercial success. The first customer and partner was Boost Products, who have successfully deployed Lumalive Event Gear in numerous events around the globe.
Lumalive Event Gear features the striking effect of colorful dynamic light, seamlessly integrated in the clothing of the hosts. Combined with the active role of the hosts in delivering the message, Lumalive Event Gear provides the ultimate flexibility in messaging, timing and location.
Philips Lumalive is a business unit within Royal Philips Electronics.
Well, I was actually looking at this category on wikipedia here – when I found it and then there are also categories of architectural fabrics also and geotextiles which are very nifty
But this (below) which I’ve had in my files actually caught my attention that took me to check the above sites as I was thinking about it – and somebody will probably be pissed that I put here – but this is a national emergency and an international incident after all – so let’s hope they don’t shoot me –
And, this is so great – but we won’t get to have it in the United States either.
Lumalive at Lumiere
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sky Arts, in collaboration with Artichoke event agency, commissioned Lumalive to transform Durham’s historic landmarks and city streets, into a breathtaking nocturnal landscape of art during Lumiere. More then 40 stewards on the ground were wearing Lumalive and interacting with the audience. Lumiere, a festival of light, which took place from the 12th-15th November 2009, presented light-specific installations, new commissions and performances created by international and UK artists and performers. 75,000 people visited Lumiere (Durham city area itself has a population of 42,100) and the Observer (a national British broadsheet) called it “…the biggest [light] show England has known…”
nov 18, 2009
Sky Arts, in collaboration with Artichoke event agency, commissioned Lumalive to transform Durham’s historic landmarks and city streets, into a breathtaking nocturnal landscape of art during Lumiere festival.
And what are we doing? We’re up to our elbows in petroleum throughout the Gulf of Mexico we’re fighting and up to our ears in bankruptcies and foreclosures with unemployment and a few extremely wealthy people living very, very fine while everybody else and every other place in America suffers budget cuts to their basic educational resources and state’s treasuries.
Yes, it obviously does hurt people when the business and financial interests were operating without any checks and balances. And, it has hurt people damaging entire communities and broad sectors of our society.
An ad for an attorney or business debt company is right now advertising on the cable news and they stated that 40,000 businesses close their doors every month. Yeah – that Republican trickled down economic program sure did do something that we’re going to live with for a long, long, long time. Even old businesses that took 50, 75 or even a hundred years to build – were totally and completely brought to disaster. And it isn’t over yet.
Apparently we had an economic war and lost – but I think, looking around now that who we lost to – isn’t another nation – it is the wizards of Wall Street that found a way to steal from all of us. It looks like they have all the money and where the money used to be – it isn’t there anymore. If China hadn’t bailed us out – we would’ve had a depression like no other – including the last one that was manufactured by Republican policies of unregulated speculation and extreme legal leverage ratios. Same thing that brought our economy down to shit this time, too. It is obscene because I know damn good and well they studied what happened the last time they did it.
The Honeywell Wind Turbine’s Blade Tip Power System (BTPS) replaces the traditional gear box, shaft and generator of current wind turbine technology. The Honeywell Wind Turbine’s gearless Blade Tip Power System creates a “free wheeling’’ turbine, generating energy from the blade tips (where the speed lies) rather than through a mechanical center gear. By practically eliminating mechanical resistance and drag, the Honeywell Wind Turbine creates significant energy (2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds at 33′) operating in a greater range of wind speeds (2-42 mph/3-68 km/h) than traditional wind turbines. The highest output, lowest cost per kWh installed turbine ever made (in class and size). So powerful, so simple.
So why can’t we all have one of those?
You know there was a house out in West Georgia that was built probably forty years ago which included a fully self-sustaining energy / power system with passive heating and cooling simply by running the air from an outside vent through a pipe underground and then into the house. It had a waterwheel producing electricity from a creek simply by dropping the elevation of the creek at an extreme angle in one point along its natural course. It had solar water heating, solar panels for some electricity production and the home a number of features that would have seemed to make it stick out from all the other homes – yet it didn’t. It had the same brick facade on the other side of a small fishing lake and aside from a few things people told me and that I found in books about it – no one would’ve even known that it was fully self-sustained for its energy needs. I’ve forgotten the kind of little windmill system it used – but I do know this, that to have forty years of not paying any light bills, gas bills, heating and electricity bills and maybe even selling some of their electricity back to the grid – they had more disposable income than I did.
One more quick thing – before I start another post or go do something else – You know back when hurricane Katrina was a category five hurricane and during some of the others that were threatening to come ashore in places also – many people, including me – suggested that – why didn’t they just seed the clouds and drop some of the power out of it before landfall. Maybe people don’t remember – but the many scientists and weather folks from NOAA and government experts at the time said, no – no – no – we wouldn’t want to do that because it could change the weather in other places and something about it being illegal, immoral, unethical, against federal regulations to do that and against international agreements that the US doesn’t do that and I don’t even know what all – that their ideas of science said explained why we don’t do that and can’t do that and won’t do that and how it wasn’t a good idea or a practical one to alter the weather like that. Okay, so over the next year or so as I was researching – there was something I found about how there are common cloud seeding practices going on in our country the whole time, all the time – in fact every time they want rain or snow in some places – here is the map I found:
from the Desert Research Institute
The authority has been involved in the institute’s cloud-seeding program for years — but not in Nevada. It has paid the research institute $121,000 over the past three years to conduct cloud-seeding research and spur precipitation in the mountains between Denver and Grand Junction, Colo. The bill went to the authority’s Enterprise Fund, which gets most of its money from wholesale delivery charges to municipal water agencies.
Because 90 percent of Las Vegas’ drinking water comes from the Colorado River, and because snowmelt from the upper basin has dropped amid the drought, paying for cloud seeding there made sense. In that case, the authority was effectively trying to create its own water.
Cloud seeding means adding chemicals to clouds to induce or increase precipitation. In Nevada that most often involves pumping silver iodide particles into clouds from a remote controlled mountaintop station when the right cloud patterns are present. The silver iodide changes the composition of ultracold water in the clouds, turning the liquid into snow or ice, which then falls to the ground.
Desert Research Institute has 23 cloud-seeding stations in Nevada and six in the Sierra Nevada range along the California-Nevada border. They create about 65,000 acre-feet of precipitation each year in Nevada, mostly in the form of snow, according to institute data.
The institute is a world leader in cloud-seeding research and technology dating to the 1970s. The program developed remote-controlled mountaintop cloud seeding stations used today in Nevada and around the world.
The seeding program increases snowpack by 2 percent to 10 percent, the higher percentages coming in drought years, according to the institute’s figures. When that snowpack melts, some of it recharges the aquifers in the valleys below.
My Note –
See – they’ve been doing that for years to create snow for skiers inadvertently and it just so happens to create that snowfall where a lot of very pricey places host a bunch of very wealthy folks and their families’ ski vacations and then when the snow melts it is supposed to provide water downstream of those mountains. And, they’ve been doing it for years.
But, it can’t be used to drop a hurricane’s strength from a category 5 to a category 3 (or 2 or let the water drop in the ocean instead of flooding everywhere else? or I don’t know – but apparently it is okay to do it for making snow that just happens to provide for skiers vacationing, including legislators and the few rich people in the nation?
I’m just saying – there’s some pretty strange ideas of what is alright and what isn’t. And, it didn’t matter to anybody how that may have affected the weather patterns in other places – causing droughts or more severe storms or tornadoes or flooding or whatever else may have happened as a result. And, they’ve been doing it for years – long before this 2009 article talks about it losing a certain amount of its funding. Beats all I’ve ever seen.
And, with hurricane Katrina and Rita and Ivan and Ike and Igor and the rest of them – Frances and Opal and – good grief at the damage that didn’t have to happen and the deaths that were preventable and the New Orleans levees failing and the storm surges that could’ve been mitigated. Damn.
And if it wasn’t okay for that – then what are they doing seeding clouds to make snow for any program that doesn’t work within nor fit with some overall plan and understanding of how it all fits together with everywhere else in the country?
Just a thought – saw it in my file and remembered – and maybe a storm this time could be considered an event for seeding – but the oil is still going to come in anyway, I suppose. I just wish they would bring more things to bear on this capping the well, containment and protection of the coasts – and the cleanup and spill mitigation – than the least of what basic mechanical engineering has to offer. It is ridiculous.
The same article above describes this too
The water authority’s entrance into the discussion, though, has changed the dialogue. The agency wants to pump tens of thousands of acre-feet of water each year from rural Nevada basins. Most rural Nevadans, including many in areas that depend on cloud seeding, oppose that prospect.
The Bureau of Land Management is expecting to complete its draft environmental impact statement on the pipeline in early 2010, but construction isn’t likely to begin for several years.
The project faces mounting opposition from ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, American Indians and national parks enthusiasts who say it will suck dry some of the most beautiful country in the state and ruin the lives of local residents.
The authority has acquired water rights in four of the five basins from which it wants water. In Spring Valley, it had to purchase and operate large ranches to get the water it wanted. And it has made deals with Lincoln County to exchange 3,000 acre-feet of water each year for support for its water rights applications there. The agency recently agreed, as part of a water basin agreement between Nevada and Utah, to wait 10 years before pursuing the water rights it applied for in a final basin, Snake Valley.
Pipeline opponents see the cloud-seeding proposition as yet another way the water authority is trying to manipulate rural Nevadans into supporting the pipeline. For them and other pipeline foes, it serves as another “ah ha” moment.
“It appears that the SNWA is acknowledging that there just isn’t enough water in the basins they have targeted, at least if they are going to avoid widespread defoliation and environmental destruction,” said Launce Rake, spokesman for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
My Note –
Another Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior disaster in progress. Where did they get the people in the Bureau of Land Management – from the bowels of hell somewhere serving the wrong master or what? Can they not see the problems with the environment that they are creating with all these things? Doesn’t anybody have anything to say that these people can hear that aren’t dressed in $3,000 suits and a Rolex? Maybe they are part of the problems that have been increasing the desertification in the US across the last thirty years. They’ve been doing it since the 1970’s from what the article says. I’m sure its only one possible contributing factor – however, why didn’t that bunch doing that several times a month cloud seeding in those mountains have to answer to a bigger picture meteorological government group of any kind? How is it that any state can just do that to suit themselves without any overall consideration for the impacts it would have elsewhere?
And this below – which is another bunch of junk by the Bureau of Land Management and the Minerals Management Service agency that is a part of them –
– cricketdiane (my note)
NEW ORLEANS – Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213, … Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced the release of the Gulf of Mexico Oil and …
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http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/lsesale/lsesale.htmlUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR MINERALS MANAGEMENT …Oct 26, 2006 … IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF, GULF OF MEXICO OCS REGION …
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Blackest Night; Lo, light!
Since the dead of winter is the “best” time to visit Centralia, I thought now a good point to post a review. Some perhaps are already familiar with it due to Bill Bryson’s evocative description of the abandoned hamlet in “A Walk in The Woods”, some perhaps have heard of it as it was an inspiration for an awful excuse for a horror movie, “Silent Hill”…
The ghosts that haunt this town are naught but billows of smoke & steam issuing forth from the earth, wispy evidence of the fire that rages underneath the surface in the veins of anthracite coal that have made many a Pennsylvania borough prosperous. Tragically, the same coal that made Centralia a conservatively booming mining town became its downfall due to this inextinguishable fire which crept its way into the deposits after a unsuccessful attempt at putting out a fire in the town dump back in ’60s. It shows no sign of stopping, decades after it’s start, and the danger involved has chased away all but a handful of people who refuse to leave ye ole homestead.
Why visit? Well, it’s truly an experience to be surrounded by shrouds of smoke (much more visible in the bracing air of winter, hence my posting now)…to have your olfactory senses assaulted by an acrid sulphurous smell, gawk at the spidery cracks in the asphalted roads leading up to the town…press your bare hand to the hardened soil and feel the almost nauseating warmth…and look from a distance upon the fortified houses that still stand.
I honestly haven’t a clue if it bothers those few souls who remain, seeing curious people scrambling all over their once-happy town…so I try to keep a distance from the houses and be as inconspicuous as possible. You can judge from this review and the others here if a stop would be worth your while but for me, the very palpable and ineffable feeling that hangs heavy as I extend my fingers in wonder into a furl of smoke is enough to bring me back on occasion, especially if I’m passing through.
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Familiar with the “Silent Hill” video game? Consider visiting Centralia. After all, it’s pure desolation, the remnants of infrastructure in coal country: house-less driveways complete with mailboxes, lonely fire hydrants, and smoke swirling about graveyards.
Beer bottles and discarded condoms are proof folks still stop by, but it’s dangerous. Feel that warmth? That’s the town’s famous mine fire, practically the fires of Hell, that has been burning for years. (It’s supposed to stop burning in about 250 years.)
Pondering how easy I could’ve died here – it’s an easy feat to fall through the unstable earth or inhale toxic fumes – I’m lucky I didn’t, and I have no plans to return anytime soon.
And today and yesterday – as I’ve watched the Toxic America show on CNN – I look at Elizabeth Whelan who says there are no dangerous chemicals and yesterday’s who done it of the chemical industry representatives from Lake something or nother saying there wasn’t any chemicals from their plants making people sick and the Vinyl trade association saying there is no danger – these three people should be put in a room filled with benzene and then let us know if they find any illness from it once they have spent two days in there. Especially Ms. Whelan who sets public policy – and believes and speaks for all chemicals not having any dangers despite whatever science may say about it.
As I watched Elizabeth Whelan who looks like a bizarre twelve year old female child stuck on an old woman’s body and watched the Mr. Larry DeRoussel of the Lake Area Industry Alliance with his flat expressionless poker face death mask and I’ve thought it isn’t fair that when they showed us pictures of what the devil looked like and his legions of demons – that nobody said they would look like those two people or any of the countless others like them who facilitate industries making people’s lives a living hell and destroying their communities and creating horrible suffering and premature deaths for tens of thousands of people.
And, those people including Whelan, DeRoussel and the people at the Minerals Management Service and Chemical Industries and Petroleum Industries and their lobbyists have been intentionally refocusing attention on some things of far less danger than the dioxins and other chemical cancers on mankind that are now – directly because of them – in lethal combinations and lethal concentrations damn near everywhere in the United States. There is no county untouched by it, no place safe from it and no chemistry work being done figuring out how to fix it – because they and others like them have been standing in the way of defining it as a problem in the first place.
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