Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu marks 100 days with 100 projects
~Michelle Krupa

Outside review of floodwall plans to be costly~Sheila Grissett

Dave Dixon, driving force behind our New Orleans Saints and Superdome, died this morning ~The team was to be called the Saints, a name Mr. Dixon had cleared with Archbishop Philip M. Hannan. "He thought it would be a good idea," Mr. Dixon recalled in an interview. "He had an idea the team was going to need all the help it could get."

Ladder Herolero Mark Schleifstein on Bob Edwards Weekend!

~When four young pelicans decided to put on a performance of 'synchronised billing' it became a hard act to swallow.The youngsters opened their bills together as a welcome downpour swept across the coast of New South Wales north of Sydney. ~Special thanks~Daily Mail
~Editilla jus'sayin~ Sometimes having such a Big Mouth can come in handy! Of course it helps if one doesn't usually have their foot stuck in it ahem. I love pelicans. It turns out that our Brown Pelicans are the only ones who dive for food. Here's more on our lovely threatened State Bird. ~Hat tip~ Sandy Rosenthal.
~Wonder what some birds say about BPFeds saying all the oil is gone?

Beauty of the Gulf of Mexico is only skin deep thanks to oil spill
~Bob Marshall

~Hat Tip~The Mosquito Coast ~Hat Tweet~docbrite

The Death of Delacroix
~Thanks Katrina

I will gladly pay you tomorrow, for the price of a hamburger today
~American Zombie

US urges more study of sea damage after BP spill

BP's next big gusher~J.P. Reynolds
~Since the tragedy in the Gulf struck on April 20, a veritable flood of litigation has ensued. As of the time of publication, over 250 civil lawsuits have been filed as a result of the disaster.

Corexit Poisoning: Coast Guard and Obama Administration Betray the People and Country They Are Sworn to Protect~Mark Sircus ~Hat Tweet~Jercope

Satan in a Sunday Hat~Bayou Girl

Oil spill plugged, but more oiled birds than ever are being found~Paul Rioux

NOAA map shows surface waters clear of oil, but crude sightings continue around coast

Spike Lee to journalists: “You need to ask questions and not accept the lies being told” by BP and government
~Florida Oil Spill Law

Well plugged, recovery doubts remain
~"We're scared," fisherman Joey Yerkes, 43, said at a meeting Tuesday night in Destin, Fla., with Vessels of Opportunity participants, a BP program that pays boat operators knocked out of work by the spill to assist with response activities. "The end to the leak is good news, but the damage has been done," Yerkes says. "I believe they've destroyed our fish stocks, they've destroyed my living and I'm not sure the water is safe to be in."

Native people fight to survive BP oil

BP planning transition from cleanup to recovery~Naomi King

Semper Fi Nola!

Sunday Funnies~Citizen K

21 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

~"Trickster", acrylic on posterboard ~Polly Jackson
~Editilla Notellas~ We haven't been hanging Ms Polly's paintings for a while because we couldn't bring ourselves to mix them what's been going on in the Gulf. The link above goes to her blog, where she also posts wonderful short stories and essays as which never fail to level out my mood. I highly recommend checking out her paintings on her facebook wall and gallery website located there as well.

Glen Hall III, Leader of The Baby Boyz Brass Band~Red Cotton, Gambit


K. said...

A good percentage of the birds will probably never be found: The Gulf is vast and the shoreline is complex. There are a lot places to hide and die.

Not to flog a dead horse, but:

"Because the Gulf region sits beneath one of the world's major migratory flyways, a federal conservation agency is paying some farmers and ranchers to flood their fields to provide oil-free feeding and resting areas for millions of birds passing through the region."

This is the kind of strategy that only the federal government has the resources and expertise to provide -- I'm sure it will offer the assistance of agricultural agents and ecologists as well as money.

Editilla said...

You got'dat right, K. Thanks.

But unfortunately our Federal government has allowed us to be poisoned with the limpid-destroying neurotoxin Corexit by the millions of gallons, which bad enough by itself allows the other toxins in the now atomized oil to break into our cells.
The big weather machines of the Gulf (hurricanes) will carry this north into the midwest beef/pork/grain belt. I'm not a disaster porn expert but this has Sore Deepthroat written all over it.
The oil is not gone, but has simply been atomized to protect BP from liability under the Pollution Act.
The Feds have had the unmitigated gall to say 75% of the oil is just "gone". That is a deadly lie that shames me as an American more than Bush leaving us to die in New Orleans 8/29/05.
NOAA spill maps are blank, while fishermen from Louisiana to Florida are carrying around bottles of oiled water to these "town hall meetings".
The Oil is in St Mary's Parish, that is far west around Morgan City.
The Feds are saying the oil is gone, but everyone I talk to is still washing it off their boats.

My only question these days is this: how are your Seahawks shaping up this year and when they face the greatness of Our New Orleans Saints in the Sacredome Nov 21st will we see an upset?
And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Mac said...

New Dahr Jamail article for your consideration:

Horatio Algeranon said...

The NOAA "oil-budget" (pie chart) report is supposed to have been based on science (and even "peer reviewed") but that claim is basically a joke.

The whole premise that the people at NOAA somehow "know" what happened to all the oil (to say nothing of what the likely long term effects will be), while having done only the most rudimentary and spotty of experiments is really just absurd.

And the fact that the percentages given on the NOAA pie chart are given to the nearest percentage point is simply a joke. In scientific terms that is the same as saying "we are certain to within 1%".

NOAA's report is actually an embarrassment for an organization that claims to be science-based.

It's interesting that NOAA head Jane Lubchenco held off for some time on admitting the reality of oil plumes (just one aspect of the oil disaster), because as she claimed, NOAA wanted to be careful and sure of their conclusions, and then effectively rushed the "oil budget assessment" (which includes all aspects of oil interaction with the environment) into print.

But perhaps we should not be surprised. After all, this is the same NOAA (under the same leader, Lubchenco), who had allowed Coast Guard and others to claim for over a month at the start of the disaster that the oil flow rate was only 5000 barrels a day, which "misunderestimated" the flow by a factor of (only) 12 according to the latest finding of the Flow Rate Technical group (60,000 barrels a day at the start and averaging over 50,000 barrels per day for the duration)

Of course, FRTG has more information now than was available at the start, but even the work of Sky Truth's John Amos and FSU's Ian McDonald (based on analysis of surface slicks) was contradicting the NOAA number very early on.

Just two weeks after the blowout, the mcDonald/Amos analysis indicated that the actual oil flow was probably AT LEAST 26,000 barrels a day, which exceeded NOAA's number by a factor of 5.

In short, NOAA and its leader (Lubchenco) do not have a very good track record of "science" on this disaster.