Thursday, May 6, 2010

Stop BP Public Relations Spin!

BP avoids being tarred with
Oil Disaster tag~Leonard Doyle

~President Obama named it "the BP oil spill" while in Lousiana last week, much to the horror of BP's boss Tony Howard and its communications chief Andrew Gowers. Elsewhere the media has played with "the Deepwater Horizon spill," the Gulf Coast disaster". Least memorable and therefore the one BP probably prefers is "the Macondo spill," named after the well itself. Barclays seems to have settled on Macondo and a team of its analysts said today in a note to clients today that "The Macondo spill appears to us to be far more serious than Exxon Valdez in its potential longer-term implications for the oil industry."
Funny that Barclays which is also a British bank, should be framing it the "Macondo oil spill" rather than the punchier "BP oil disaster". But London is a small town and such matters can be sorted over lunch at one of several Pall Mall gentlemans' clubs.
~Editilla gotta Axe~What's in a Name? 9/11? 8/29?
Ask anyone devastated by a man-made disaster, an engineering failure, the Federal Flood of '05, Corps' Flooding, the Corps of Engineers' Flood of New Orleans. supporters respond to NY Times editor’s defense of calling Katrina a ‘natural disaster’~We asked our nearly 25,000 supporters to write to Greg Brock, senior editor of the New York Times in response to his defense of calling Katrina a ‘natural disaster.’ We were compelled to do this because Mr. Brock closed his defense with this observation: “I think all the families who were displaced and who lost loved ones would agree that a hurricane did exist.”

BP touts itself as 'green,' but faces PR disaster with 'BP oil spill'~Paul Farhi
~Hat Tip:
Corps Watch

Do we have a Fuckmook for You!
~DelGiorno and some others here, on other hand, appear clueless as to the damage and destruction this crude oil can wreak if it hits the beach. Nobody would wish it on a beach anywhere, and when the oil is far offshore -- as it is now -- no right-thinking person would question a full-on aerial attack with dispersants to keep it from getting on a beach. But strangely enough, some along the Gulf Coast are questioning that. Some of the environmental experts who get their information from the internet (which is, given the rotten performance of the "lamestream" media, the only place where you can find out anything about our secret Mars colony) are warning of the toxicity of dispersants.
~Editilla Scrotellas~ Is it something in their water that has turned some Alaskans into Blithering Idiot Palinate Grifters?
Hazardous Substance(s) CAS NO % (w/w)
-Distillates, petroleum, hydrotreated light
64742-47-8 10.0 - 30.0
-Propylene Glycol 57-55-6 1.0 - 5.0
-Organic sulfonic acid salt Proprietary 10.0 - 30.0
Hazardous Substance(s) CAS NO % (w/w)
-2-Butoxyethanol 111-76-2 30.0 - 60.0
-Organic sulfonic acid salt Proprietary 10.0 - 30.0
-Propylene Glycol 57-55-6 1.0 - 5.0
~Also see: Tom Philpott, Grist, Matt Rota, GRN, NOLAFemmes

How to help BP oil spill cleanup? Stay home. Let locals do it.


K. said...

The link to " supporters respond..." is broken.

Editilla said...

Thanks K. Just went to the site and lifted a good one from there.
I don't know what happened as it worked earlier today.
Bizarrely this is the link you got:

That is long because it isn't displaying those weird little Chinese boxes or whatever they are that I hate in articles, you know with the 4 squares of letters in them? (when you try the link now you will see it is actually somewhat shorter and like a real link)
Perhaps it was another attack. Oyster has been having problems too with his blogspot (google owns blogspot), and lost a pithy rant of mine (ahem) the other night. Damn comment took me nearly an hour to put together, long full of spit and vinegar. Pristine.
Anyway, there is also the consideration that the Feds will be kinking the Net as the Oil gets thicker and people start getting sicker. It is in the National Incident Response Framework NIRF under the heading "Cmmunications Annex".
God I hope those fuckers aren't getting into this sort of thing.
Jeez Louie!
But the link works now.