Saturday, August 7, 2010

The BP oil disaster “that never materialised” ~Kevin Allman, Gambit
~ Editilla @letwits Big Chill, cute. d'Brits who fucked us wit'their oil get to see our other engineering failure before we do. #badpr #Katrina5 #sucks
in reply to letwits
~ Editilla @letwits The Irony of you showing d'Brits our Engineering failure/Flood tragedy before Nola is simply killing me softly. Yeah, it's all Big.

~This MFKR is clearly lying watch his eyes. But hey, It's all Big right?
~More Big UnEasy News
~Yet more Big Uneasy news, but run it by the Brits first.~As many as 12 million people have been affected by the torrential rains and floods, Pakistani authorities said. About 1,600 people have died.~Now that's BIG.
Has Obama Kept His Promise to N.O.?

Let's Go: Time's A'wastin on the New Orleans Levee Investigatin!
~Green Heritage News

~H.R. 6526 (ih) - A Bill to establish the 8/29 Investigation Team to examine the events [leading up to] August 29, 2005, with respect to the failure of the flood protection system in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. [Editilla's Editatin]~Please also see~Nearly Five Years Later Still No Levee Commission, Why?~Sandy Rosenthal
~Please also see this excellent piece at GHN by Judith Martin.

Pictures on the Ground
~American Zombie

White House accused of spinning report ~Humid Beings

Oily cloud looms over new shrimp season

4.9 million barrels of oil…estimate too low? BP made sure we’d never know
~Disenfranchised Citizen

BP doesn’t rule out drilling new wells

Special Duck Stamp Package to Fund Gulf Wetlands
~Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled a special edition Federal Duck Stamp envelope, or cachet, on Tuesday to help fund conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The cachet can be purchased by hunters, stamp collectors, birders and others for $25—or $10 more than the cost of a regular Duck Stamp. The funds will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in national wildlife refuges along the oil-soaked Gulf Coast. (Click pic to enlarge)

Looking for a “staycation” – then stay at your computer and tour the Mississippi Delta ~slabbed

~Please stay tuned for this years Voice of the Wetlands Festival

Congratulations Again To The City Champ ~Cliff's Crib
~Editilla has only one thing to say to the Brett Farve Question...

22 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

Just Checking in on Jazz Wax
~Thanks for dropping by, Marc!

13th Annual French Film Festival

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hiroshima, 65 Years On: “Countdown to Zero”~Levees Not War

~Special Thanks~Shaun O'Conner
~Editilla jus'sayin~We grieve. We have proven that we will kill civilians. It could be worse, Nola. And it could happen here. It did happen here. I remember 8/29. Never forget.

Gulf oil spill investigators say bottom of sea at explosion site is a crime scene

Much Gulf Oil Remains, Deeply Hidden and Under Beaches, New U.S. Gulf oil spill report called "ludicrous."
~National Geographic

Paper: Corexit appears to be washing up at Gulf beaches; Biodegradation “may not be happening” as believed
~Florida Oil Spill Law
Corps of Engineers drops most projects from peer review mandate

Sean Payton earns ‘Seal of Approval’~Please also see~Floodwall breach sites to be nominated to historical registry~Danny Monteverde

Successful post-Katrina programs in jeopardy of losing federal backing
~Leigh Isaacson, The Lens
~Please also see Ariella Cohens' excellent piece on accounting of recovery spending.

Today’s installment of right wing nuts gone wild ~slabbed

Lessons from Alaska - Local Citizens Vs The Disappearing Act
~Gulf Restoration Network

BP Fires 10,000 Cleanup Workers
~Mac McClelland, Mother Jones

The nation’s sacrifice zone, part II
~Mark Moseley, The Lens

Oil spill enters new phase: restoring the Gulf, learning from the disaster
~Mark Schleifstein

Shakeup at BP’s claims system; incoming claims czar will drop BP’s contractor ~Gambit

Senate votes down measure to raid Katrina recovery funds for BP disaster
~Chris Kromm, Facing South

Sorry folks, BP gets the oil spill data, not you~Disenfranchised Citizen

Declaring victory and leaving
~Library Chronicles

Mass Fish Kill In Fourchon, Louisiana Provides Insight, But Presents More Questions Regarding The Gulf Oil Spill
~Drew Wheelan

Louisiana is between the devil and the deep blue sea~Jarvis DeBerry

Children deal with Gulf oil spill stress

BP completes cementing well, allegedly

Mexican Guest Workers, Laid Off, Want BP’s Help~Tamar Lewin, NYT
~Hat Tweet~facingsouth

14th Amendment Debate Poses Interesting Dilemma for Vitter, Jindal

Officials working to resolve levees, flood issues~Alexandria Town Talk

Leveeland Rocks

23 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

Satchmo Summerfest celebrates 10 years of Louis Armstrong love
~Molly Reid

~humidbeings New Orleans 10th Annual Satchmo Club Strut tonight on @FrenchmenStreet #nola

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dow’na Road~Pistollete

'Death Gyre' in the Gulf~Karl Burkart

To seal or sell? BP has options on oil remaining in reservoir
Mississippi River pours as much dispersant into the Gulf as BP
~Mark Schleifstein
~Also~EPA official defends role of dispersants in Gulf of Mexico oil spill response

Gulf Dead Zone shows potential long- term impact of BP disaster
~Chris Kromm, Facing South

~Editilla jus'gotta axe~WTF are these people doing BP advertising?
We had quite enough of this with Corps of Engineers Flash Ads on
We just can't do this any more after Ivor van Heerden doing BP Advomercials and Women of the Storm Sucker Humping their husbands' oil industry lobbying.
Sorry. This PR Lite Horse Shit simply doesn't cut it. We've had to eat this cake since the levees failed and since the rig sank. No more. If you want to be taken seriously and honestly then stop taking BP's Public Relations money. But if you want to advertise for BP and still consider yourself a voice for the South, then Editilla gonna have your ass for breakfast Every Day until you go away, or until everyone knows you're full of unmitigated Shit.

The Crime of the Century: What BP and the US Government Don't Want You to Know, Part I~Jerry Cope
~Interview transcript

What happened to the oil?

BP / Gulf Oil Spill - Curb Your Enthusiasm, Part 3 ~SkyTruth
~Editilla Gnasherellas~Does Barack Obama work for BP or what?
When will this 1-term President at least do the right thing and work for the American People? Is the corruption really so bad that his administration thinks they can reap windfall contributions from BP when Obama loses his next election? I just don't get it the BP asswipe from our President. He has not once stood for the American Voter here with this BP Oil Crime, and stunningly continues to protect British Petroleum. I mean really, I can't find a many people who don't think Obama has not just dropped the ball but allowed the BP to shove it up his ass.

Scientists question government team's report of shrinking gulf oil spill
~David A. Fahrenthold

~"A significant amount of this," said Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "is a direct result of the very robust federal response efforts." But, in interviews, scientists who worked on the report said the figures were based in large part on assumptions and estimates with a significant margin of error. Some outside scientists went further: In a situation in which many facts remain murky, they said, the government seemed to have used interpretations that made the gulf -- and the federal efforts to save it -- look as good as possible.

Louisiana Sen. Landrieu Will Oppose Energy Bills Unless Relief For Gulf States ~Bayou Buzz

Vogue Italia’s August issue does Oil Spill Chic ~Gambit

Slabbed updates the Oil spill and takes a look at the environmental damage done by Louisiana’s politicians

Corps of Engineers in a town near you:
Still Equal Opportunity Fuckers

K Plus 5 -- What We Know, and What We Don't ~Harry Shearer
~'The Big Uneasy' Documentary Explores How Hurricane Katrina Could Have Been Prevented

The News at 5~Chris Rose

24 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

NASA's Hurricane Quest Set To Begin
~Hat Tweet~fofalex

Colin ready to re-form; TSR keeps their Atlantic hurricane forecast numbers high ~Wunderblog

Dear Google, you net-neutrality killing, betraying son of a bitch…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Save one dog. Save the world
~Hat Tweet~skooks~"Haiti is Open for Business"

Divorced men are just hopeless!
~Finally unhindered by his wife Tipper's 25-year-long household ban on violent and sexually explicit music, former vice president Al Gore, 62, reportedly embraced his newfound independence this week by listening to the albums of the heavy metal band W.A.S.P. "For the first time in decades, I get to play the kind of music I like without someone nagging me about what a bad influence it is," said Gore, sitting on the floor of his living room as he cued up the song "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" on his stereo. "And I get to crank it up as loud as I want." "It sucked because we always had to listen to garbage like Carly Simon and Lyle Lovett all the time," said Gore, who told reporters that he was "loving" being single again. "That stuff is lame, man. If it doesn't have big balls and bigger riffs, get it out of my stereo!"
~Editilla had wondered where Al was during this entire inconvenient oil crime.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Historic markers sought for Katrina levee breaches ~Kevin McGill

Not everyone believes NOAA report on remaining oil~WWL

Face to face with Ray Nagin and Russel Honore'. Register now!
~Karen Gadbois, The Lens
Ding'Dong The Oil Is Gone! --says Feds
~MacMcClelland Way to include this in the lede, AP! "Much of the spilled oil is gone—though what's left is still nearly 5 times amount from Valdez."
~ Editilla Somebody check this out and tell me that isn't oil leaking and dispersant being applied Skandi ROV1 #oilspill #bppr
~ DrakeToulouse And on that note...really? claims BP is re-looping video...

~Editilla Dorothias~Gnash your teeth together 3 times and keep thinking:
There's no place with oil. There's no place with oil.

~BP HObama Administration defends 75% Oil Gone statement:
"the instruments they've used to capture the scope of the disaster have improved since it began." BWAHAHAHAHAHA WHEW!

Police: Guardsman commits suicide after failed fast food robbery attempt
~A man who committed suicide after having his alleged robbery attempt thwarted by a female fast food manager was a National Guardsman who was helping with the oil spill, according to Bay St. Louis police.

BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Tests End and the Kill Begins, Well Reaches Static Condition - and Open Thread
~The Oil Drum

Government says 75% of the oil is gone …pardon my skepticism
~Disenfranchised Citizen's not on the barrier islands
~American Zombie

BP / Gulf Oil Spill - How Much Oil Underwater? ~SkyTruth

Is BP Making Louisiana Charities Beg? ~Mac McClelland

BP's fight against energy nonprofit highlights murky world of advocacy-for-hire~Don Eggen
~Editilla Hotellas~But of course BP and their preternational corporation friends support Women of the Storm, since that group is obviously less of an advocacy-for-hire than a lemonade-stand-peepshow.
~And a little heads up here~Every day that goes by while certain other local celebrities leave their names still up, endorsing this Women of the Oil (WOO) latest lobbying effort for big oil counts as a Day That Lives In Infamy!

Parish presidents submit scale-back plan to BP~"Just because they cap it offshore, permanently, the oil is not going to disappear, just as yesterday we had tar balls in significant quantities washing ashore in Grand Isle and in those passes to the east of Grand Isle," said Jefferson Parish Director of Homeland Security Deano Bonano.

Delacroix residents 'never imagined how bad it would get': Part 4 of 4
~Bob Marshall

Everything old is new again, and vice versa~Karen Gadbois, The Lens
~Editilla Spoketellas~Until we prominently face the Bad Engineering and our Still Standing Bad Floodwalls, we must pass over everything behind them in silence. Everything Old Will Flood Anew...again and again and again.

Hurricane Katrina recovery assessed five years out, yet not even the word "floodwall" from the Times-Picayune

This year's dead zone could be the largest ever
~Nikki Buskey

River Birch Landfill: Anatomy of Corruption. A Guest post by Whitmergate ~slabbed

RIP Albert Joseph Jackson, the Moses of Magazine Street~Humid Beings

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

BP Leaves Many Damage Claims Waiting in Limbo~The Lens
~Please also see~The nation’s sacrifice zone, part I~Mark Moseley

Oil discovered under the barrier island’s sand – Plaquemines Parish
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Oysterman worry there's no future for industry~WVUE
~Close to 40 percent of private oyster beds have re-opened in Louisiana waters since the Oil Disaster. But some Oyster Fishermen in St.Bernard Parish say based on what they're finding, they have serious doubts over whether anyone should be allowed to fish for oysters in Commercials zones.~Hat Tweet~skooks

Mitsui Gets $480 Million Bill From BP for Oil Spill in Gulf, Won't Pay Yet

Oil Drum Today

BP Oil Disaster is just under the surface ~Mosquito Blog


~I mean...Editilla jus'sayin!

Senate Elites Go on Vacation without Addressing BP Oil Spill
Survey Finds Broad Anxiety Among Gulf Residents
~When it comes to getting information about the BP oil spill, Gulf Coast residents trust Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana more than Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, and they trust Mr. Barbour more than President Obama.

Press Conference: nominates Levee Breach Sites to National Register
~The amount of documentation required to meet federal guidelines is voluminous, and was compelled, in the initial stages, to choose two breach sites which – by themselves – seemed to best represent the terrible devastation on August 29, 2005.
But this is just the beginning. has alerted the Louisiana State Office of its intent to nominate four more breach sites which affected other New Orleans neighborhoods and also St. Bernard Parish.

Delacroix settlers found themselves in an opulent natural bazaar: Part 3 of 4
~Bob Marshall

Jim Brown’s weekly column: The sky is falling in Louisiana after the oil spill ~slabbed

BP official liar: Barataria Bay oil may be from other disaster

~Very Special Thanks Youz~dr_phil_physics

Dispersants rapped, Coast Guard, EPA at odds over quantity~Gerard Sheilds

Getting to the truth…fears of Corexit destroying ecosystem being realized

Breaking News:
BP Oil Spill Awakens Godzilla
~Everything PR

~Editilla Monsterellas~MOMMY!
ad Perpetrators are killing your babies!

Investors See Petrobras Peril of Ignoring BP Oil Drilling Spill ~Bloomberg

26 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

Last shot: Final roll of Kodachrome exposed

~Very Special Thanks Youz~cecilia924

Satchmo Summerfest celebrates 10 years of Louis Armstrong love

Album review:
Dr. John's 'Tribal'

Carrollton Station… All Aboard for Great Music

Obama signs law renaming post office after singer Steve Goodman

Monday, August 2, 2010

Oil & Water: Economics and Preserving Cajun Culture

Screenvision Presents National Premiere of The Big Uneasy

Dead zone as big as Massachusetts along coast of Louisiana and Texas, scientists say~Mark Schleifstein

Barataria Bay, Louisiana - Abandoned Well Blowout ~SkyTruth

LOSCO...ever heard of 'em?
~American Zombie

Oily waters, soiled beaches weigh on gulf town~Rong-Gong Lin II

Oil, Ducks, the Louisiana Coast, and Tara Wildlife~Quinta Scott
~Brecount Lake, Near Tara Wildlife

Louisiana authorities report oil sightings from Gulf of Mexico spill

BLOOPER?: Orchestra music plays while Thad Allen describes ‘kill’ procedure during today’s press conference (VIDEO)
~Florida Oil Spill Law

~EPA tests find dispersant-oil mix “highly toxic”

CNN screens Soledad O’Brien’s ‘New Orleans Rising’ ~Gambit

‘Swimming Upstream’ production to commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Katrina~Louisiana Weekly
Thad Allen decides to just lie about Dispersant Use
~"I'm satisfied we only use them when they are needed," Allen said.
Documents released by a congressional subcommittee found that Coast Guard officials allowed BP to use hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical dispersant in the Gulf despite a federal directive to use them rarely.

Tropical depression 4 forms east of Lesser Antilles
Tropical depression 4 is shown at the far right of this infrared satellite image

Spaken of Lying Elite Bitches...
Women of the Storm
~Darwin Bond-Graham

~Editilla Notellas~Re-posted from yesterday's Ladder, in honor of it's placement on counterpunch. We've read this article half a dozen times now, some of the best blogging I've ever seen, up there with American Zombie, slabbed, Squandered Heritage, Library Chronicles and the abandoned, orphaned on the side of the Internet Super Highway Right Hand Thief just to name a few.
Despite their fear of yer'ho so humble Editilla as blogzerker, and the sound of scraping glass in their inner ear when they here us say it, we'd nominate Darwin for an Ashley on this post alone. (--an'if'n we weren't so in'fo moosedenied:)

Citizen Journalists and Bloggers in New Orleans~Nathan Rothstein

Now it's news?~American Zombie

Sitting On My Porch Part Fifty Two
~Cliff's Crib
~I bet you the people in Alaska are really pissed off right now. The Exxon Valdez spill happened in 1989 and they are still cleaning up 21 years later. The Deepwater Horizon spill leaked for months and was supposed to be even bigger than the Exxon Valdez and yet magically the oil on the Gulf Coast appears to be disappearing in record time.

Out of oysters?~Don Ames, WWL

Delacroix was insulated from history by wetlands: Part two of four
~Bob Marshall
~Animated graphic on Deepwater disaster brings together multiple aspects of Gulf of Mexico oil spill
~NOLAnews Animated graphic on Deepwater disaster brings together multiple aspects of Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Louisianans visit Alaska for help coping with Gulf oil spill

BP executive “Absolutely would not eat” Gulf seafood
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Oil spill cleanup crews' work stirred controversy, too~Craig Pittman

Tattooing The BP Oil Disaster At The Southern Sting ~Gambit

My whipped cream is weeping and I’m tearing up – the heat wave and other hot news ~slabbed

'Blue August' Looks at the World's Water Issues~Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau Look at Gulf Oil Spill, Sharks, and the Dire State of the World's Fresh Water

Cairo Time's Patricia Clarkson on Woody Allen, New Orleans, and the 'Criminal' Oil Spill

Flood plain maps hit FEMA wall
~Michael S. Smith, the county fire and emergency services director, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed and oversaw construction of the levees, has inspected them every year and says they are being properly maintained and operated. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency does not accept that and wants the levees independently certified, he said.
"FEMA does not talk to the Corps of Engineers, which in my mind is kind of dumbfounding," Smith said Friday.

27 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

~Hat Tweet~NOLAFemmes

Dr. John's 'Tribal' Released This Week

Jazz novels
~De Bijel En De Bevroren Zee

Sunday, August 1, 2010

*BREAKING* Feds: Static “Kill” a MISNOMER; What we’re “really doing” is conducting a “test” (VIDEO)
~Florida Oils Spill Law

Have you filed a claim with BP?
~Ariella Cohen, The Lens

Fuckmook John Boehner agrees with the Chamber of Commerce that taxpayers should pay for BP oil spill cleanup~Hat Tweet~judyb1954

Sunday Muse~slabbed

All out of luck, like a duck that died? ~moosedenied
Women of the Spill - And the Oil Men Who Love Them~Darwin Bondgrahm
~How is it that Women of the Storm came to be such a pro-oil interest group? Truth is Women of the Storm was never a grassroots "women's organization." It began as an elitist post-Katrina lobby that emphasized broad social and economic issues related to reconstruction of the city and region. Women of the Storm was founded by Anne Milling and other mavens of New Orleans' Uptown elite who convened strategy meetings in their St. Charles and Audubon Place mansions to create a kind of women's auxiliary group, one that would keep the Congress's attention on southern Louisiana, and support the corporate and political campaigns run by their husbands to restore the region's dominant extractive and environmentally destructive industries as quickly as possible. From its very beginning Women of the Storm was a pro-oil and gas lobby by virtue of its leadership, determining positions they would or would not take on major legislation. They were also strong supporters of tax credits and the major housing assistance program that cut checks to homeowners, but left renters with nothing. As philanthropists, all of their initiatives aligned with big oil and other dominant economic forces.
~Editilla Ho'tellas~ Thanks youz, Darwin, for this excellent expose! It was brought to our attention too late yesterday to add to our post about Women of the Oil's Petition PR Rip-off. What WOO doesn't seem to get about their duplicity yet is this: everyone has now been so Raped by Public Relations regarding "The Storm that didn't flood New Orleans", and now this Massive BP PR coup d'état across the Louisiana and the Gulf, that we can smell it on our shoes --and we know where we gots our shoes. Though these debutantes may think their shit doesn't stink --it sure as Hell won't float. They can try to package it however they want, but we are done with these Outhouse Flowers.
We would like to post about each of these women of the storm, but it appears that hopefully Darwin is on that case as he is Much Better at this than your Ho'so Humble Editilla. But we did snag this screen shot of the Executive Committee page --which has been removed from the WOO site. Though not listed on that page, we received this tip about a founder. We love tips!
~Norma Jane Sabiston: Woman of the Oil
~Norma Jane Sabiston has been a mainstay of Louisiana Congressional policy and politics for over 25 years. As Legislative Assistant to Congressman Billy Tauzin, State and Political Director for Senator Breaux and Chief-of-Staff for Senator Mary Landrieu, Norma Jane has been at the center of policy management in Washington, D.C.
Norma Jane’s desire to help New Orleans and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita led her back home to join Marmillion + Company (MCO) as Vice President. At MCO, Norma Jane represented the America’s WETLAND Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana, which allowed her to assist in the creation of the Women of the Storm and the Coast Guardians and other organizations and initiatives, to advocate for a steady stream of revenue to restore Louisiana’s coastline and provide necessary hurricane protection. Recently, Norma Jane has established an independent consultant company Sabiston Consultants, which is focused on public affairs and political consulting.

Layers of Lies and Be The One in the BP Oil Spin~Carol Forsloff
~Not long ago I wrote an article announcing the campaign "Be the One," highlighting it as a charitable move, starring Sandra Bullock. It turns out it was likely a Big Oil front, a manufactured item by BP and buddies to get out of taking responsibility for cleaning up the Gulf and passing it along to taxpayers instead. While I continue to wash my face of the egg all over it, I realize I made the cardinal mistake I ask people to avoid. That's not fact-checking.

And speaking America's Wetlands and the firing of Ivor van Heerden
~And his emergence as the Sold-out Spokescientist for BP...
~So I was amazed to learn that, shortly after van Heerden, wetlands protector, was given the heave-ho by LSU, a group calling itself "America's Wetland" gave the university a fat check for $300,000.After a little digging, I found that it wasn't really "America's Wetland," the group with the oh-so-green name and love-Mother-Nature website, that provided the money. One-hundred percent of the loot, in fact, came from Chevron Oil Corporation. Chevron had merely "green-washed" the money through "Wetlands."Was this Big Oil's "thank you" to LSU for canning van Heerden? The University refuses to talk to me about van Heerden's firing ("It's a confidential personnel matter").
~Editilla Scrowtellas~In June we contacted Greg Palast on Van Heerden's devolution from Mentor to Tormentor. Palast responded, but has yet to offer anything publicly to contextualize his beatification of Van Heerden. But this may explain some of why our former Jedi has passed over to the Dark Sid

BP oil spill is just the latest blow for Delacroix: Part one of four
~Bob Marshall
~BP's oil lingers, seen and unseen

Some favor scaleback, but others say damage still real
~Brown Pelicans rest Saturday on yellow oil containment boom near Comfort Island in waters near Yscloskey. AP photo by Judy Buttoni

Coast Guard routinely allowed toxic chemical use on BP Oil

BP To Offer One-off Payouts To Cap Gulf Oil Spill Liabilities in return for stopping them from suing the company, Houston trial lawyer refers to victims as "uneducated people"

Spike Lee screens Katrina follow-up film that includes oil spill
~It picks up with the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory and chronicles the impact of the spill on people who have yet to fully recover from Katrina.

Lesser Antilles may see a tropical storm late this week~Wunderblog

Reviving a New Orleans neighborhood's heart~James Gill

New HUD Administrator Appointed In New Orleans

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Announces First Poetry Contest

Legacy~Citizen K

Orphans of Katrina

How It Was 2.5 Years Post-K by Valentine ~NOLAFemmes