You are viewing __ardor

761

« previous entry | next entry »
Jul. 4th, 2010 | 03:41 am

All across the country and around the world, environmentalists, fishing industry workers, and even children have been berating BP for what many call the worst oil spill in US history.

BP gives an estimate that their cleanup will lead into August, while since the accident, countless gallons of oil have already destroyed so much of our wildlife, seafood, our beaches, and is likely to negatively impact the price of gas in the long run.

While across the world, an oil tanker in the Congo crashes. 220 people dead. How do some of the villagers respond when the crash set fire to their homes?


"Petrol began to leak out but instead of fleeing people came to collect the fuel," Mr Sahizira said."

- BBC News

Now, I might hope the normal reaction to a burning vehicle is to run if you can. But no they did not. The better question to ask is, why did they do it in the first place? Did they live in terrible conditions to begin with? The CIA World Factbook seems to say so, reporting that in 2009, its current government continues to struggle with reducing poverty and has received aid from the World Bank and the IMF because it qualified for it.

In the meantime, there's already a record of 10 worst oil spills in history, which would remind us that, what started in Louisiana, isn't all that bad. But read that sentence again. There's been 10. Why already 10? Why any at all?

To add insult to injury, allegedly, one photojournalist claims BP is using sand to cover the oil in Louisiana.




Here's another video of a beach in Florida. Please note, when I found this one a few hours ago it was at 9,000 or so views. In just a few hours it's jumped 2,000.




We as a global society have become so dependent on oil that we are willing to fight wars over it, the poor are willing to risk their lives to get it. In one way or another, it is killing us all through greed, while our planet suffers.

The question is, why are we still dependent on it for so many conveniences in our daily lives? We have the technology, and the resources. It is our job as a global society to find an alternative and do it quick.






The above is strictly opinion. Please note: All comments posted on this blog do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the author. Also, unless blatantly specified all content posted on this site is copyright Theresa Campagna. If you are sharing any of my original content posted here, please attribute, I will know if you don't and gives me the right to take legal action against you. Thank you!

Link | Leave a comment | Share

Comments {7}

.::Beat An' Blood::..

(no subject)

from: i_dread
date: Jul. 4th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Link

We've been fighting Wars over Oil, longer than you've been alive. Afghanistan is over an oil pipeline, no matter what they tell us. Bush Co. asked Afghanistan if we could build a pipeline, they turned us down. We started bombing a few months after that. Before we asked them, we gave them around 20 to 40 million dollars. I guess they took the money and ran. So, we're going to blow a few Trill, to pay them back.

Reply | Thread

Theresa Campagna

(no subject)

from: __ardor
date: Jul. 4th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Link

the mess started with the invention of the car. possibly earlier, i forgot when plastics were invented.

Reply | Parent | Thread

.::Beat An' Blood::..

(no subject)

from: i_dread
date: Jul. 4th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Link

Scarier still is, the fact that the US doesn't have an economy. We have a Military Economy period. If Obama pulled out Afghanistan, our economy would completely collapse. He can't leave it, we have to stay there. We have become Rome. His hands are tied, we're broke and beginning a cycle of endless War. Unless we begin producing goods, not tied to War, we're fucked. We stopped producing goods, during Raygun. Thats when we switched completely to a service based economy, regardless of the Tech years during Clinton. As soon as Clinton left office, Bush Co and the other powers, finished off sourcing the minor jobs of the Tech industry. Lets face it, most Production was already gone, via the Raygun years. I noticed Whirlpool is moving their only plant from Indie to Mexico. Since only the rich will be able to afford to buy services, this doesn't bode well for this fine Service based Economy we've created. I recall there was somewhere else, for people to find work. Even if they had to change livelihoods to do it. This time, there is zero to move to. We are stuck. I don't blame the invention of the car, I blame the protectionism of keeping us using the car as it was created. That Oil well exploding is a product of this protectionism too. Rome fought Wars, to hide the fact they were broke, until they finally collapsed. Let the games begin, since they've already begun.

Reply | Parent | Thread

*SAS

Sorry to interject.

from: emperor3d
date: Jul. 5th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Link

So wouldn't it be safe to say that Green Technologies (and that realm of technology) is/would be the new economy? We all know Oil and progress don't go hand-in-hand and we're in serious need to ween ourselves off the shit during the next 10 years. If Americans seemingly prospered/advanced in times of great strife (WW2 / Military Production Getting The US out of a Depression), shouldn't this Gulf of Mexico disaster be our WW3 and a wake-up call to get ourselves off oil?

Reply | Parent | Thread

.::Beat An' Blood::..

Re: Sorry to interject.

from: i_dread
date: Jul. 5th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Link

No sorry, but if you've followed Green Tech, a lot of that money is overseas already. Once again, do you know what is being produced here, and what is being sold? A lot of Green Tech is still vaporware too. Things need to be developed, before being pushed out for production by the masses, for the masses. There's no stamp, we'll be producing these things in the States. Unless it's going to employee millions of souls without work NOW, it doesn't seem to be helping much.

As you can tell, we haven't woke up, as those Gulf states not only protect BP, but have taken the Gov, to court so the drilling can begin again. I don't see anyone forcing them to slow down, and not recreate the same Gulf disaster. Do you? If memory serves me correctly, that oil was freed using fracture mining. The cap to the well was already unstable, and those fissures are a result of the explosion with the well popped.

It's a pretty common myth, that WW2 pulled us out of the Depression. The depression had already run it's course, by the time we got in. But, Roosevelt did one thing very important. He kept the people working, via CCC projects. Obama's administration should have made the stimulus much larger than it was. It should have done more infrastructure work. It worked, but it's run it's course, too soon. This BS about unemployment making people not look for work is sad. See, our economy thrives on people spending money. If they stop, watch the prices of stuff go sky high. Once again, if these people aren't spending money locally, towns are going to lose stores, lose local government cash as well. Every loss is a business closed, jobs gone. Remember, the banks aren't loaning money as much as they use to. The credit markets are tighten up. The banks are holding on to the money given to them by TARP. Businesses need that credit to make payroll, to buy products and pay for services. More will become homeless. The service industry will evaporate very quickly, which in turn will push more out the door, out their homes. Crime rates will explode. Unemployment is a local stimulus. The GOP knows this. They're banking on people hurting and voting them into office. The more pain the they figure, the more seats. If you read this; you'll notice that maybe the GOP's game plan is rife with failure for their success. I'm not wishing bad things to happen.

This is the Country we've become. President Obama inherited a Country past the brink of financial ruin.

Edited at 2010-07-05 03:56 am (UTC)

Reply | Parent | Thread

*SAS

Re: Sorry to interject.

from: emperor3d
date: Jul. 5th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Link

Hmm interesting and thanks for the reply. You mention the stimulus running out and this seems to be all over the media. Based on everything that transpired during the G20/G8, here in Toronto, what are your thoughts of what came out of it?

Reply | Parent | Thread

.::Beat An' Blood::..

Re: Sorry to interject.

from: i_dread
date: Jul. 5th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Link

The Stimulus running out so soon was a pre-planned event. Remember when the Bluedogs and GOP were fighting to cut it? It was larger before, they all wanted more tax cuts in it. Sadly, they won that battle. Alot of the stimulus was cut out to please the GOP, who refused for vote for it filled with their changes. Recall Governors refusing to take the stimulus? They took some cash via the backdoor, but denied taking most of the money. So, in reality, those Governors also cut more from the Stimulus. GOP Governors, mostly. You'll notice they're the ones complaining the most about the Stimulus not working. They're saying there should have been more tax cuts. Once again, tax cuts don't fix everything. You notice we're still experiencing Bush's huge Tax Cut bill. How in the hell did the Country fall to such straits, when we have this huge Tax Cut bill still going on. You'll notice no one is mentioning it either. Cause it was and is a failure, if his tax bill is allowed to expire, we'll be cutting I believe 4 mill off the Debt. Notice, that money is added directly to the National Debt? Tax cuts aren't the end all be all. That money needs to be replaced, unless we end some Military projects. Bush's little war exercise really fucked us too. See, he blew out all our munitions, and in doing so, he's opened up our having to buy more. He's pushed ahead contracts that wouldn't have been fulfilled for 10 to 15 years down the line. That fucker really screwed us, as a country. Cause now we have to buy more, from his Good friends, the Military Complex. No one is going to refuse to protect America.

I think the G20/G8 meetings smelled funny. We're fucked. America is taking a different approach, from the rest of the world. We want the other countries to increase their own stimulus' but sadly we're not doing out own. You notice how they all want to begin working on getting rid of their National Debts. It's a bit early to be worrying about that. The bottom line is, you can't stop spending to fix the Jobs problem. By stopping spending, you aren't really going to pay off the debts either. Have you noticed, no one is attacking the National Debt like Clinton did. We had jobs, the Country was getting flush. He didn't do it by cutting taxes either. The tax cuts don't pay for themselves, they add to the debt unless something is used to offset the revenue loss. That's part of the reason we're in the mess that we're in. Nationally and Locally. There has been this attack on taxes, massive spending, and basing budget projections on Sin taxed items. Funny, people couldn't afford to sin, the taxcuts were made for the wealthy, and large corporations. So they were taking more from the tax base, than was brought back in. If you study your history, you'd notice something very common, after GOP presidents, since Raygun and really Nixon too. The GOP cut taxes, and squeezed the funding for services. They also, kicked the services back down to the State level. By underfunding these services, the States would either have to raise taxes or cut the services. By the end of those GOP administrations, the Gov was more broke, and the States were left as wastelands. After 8 years of Bush, we're devastated.

Why is America telling Europe to do one thing to fix their problems, while doing something completely different to fix our same problems? It's a political game of football, both sides are dirty. But, I'll say this: under Dem Administrations, I've been allowed to earn a decent dime and live easier. Under GOP administrations, I've had to change jobs, had problems finding decent work, and have had to pay out of the nose to survive. We're screwed because the Citizens have very short memories. We allowed this stuff to happen. Have you noticed one thing, throughout this oil spill, the price of gas hasn't risen? How many world actions, how many odd times did the price of gas rise under Bush, Bush, Raygun? Don't you think it's funny, we took over Oil producing countries, and the price of gas kept going up. Kuwait, Iraq and every time, gas was more. We're being fucked by the GOP Presidents. Now, we're experiencing the largest oil spill in modern times, but the price of gas hasn't exactly skyrocketed. It's very telling about the shell game we've been sold for so long.

Edited at 2010-07-05 01:04 pm (UTC)

Reply | Parent | Thread