Posted by: quiscus | June 27, 2010

June 27, 2010

1.  ” Rolling Stone and Stanley McChrystal put Afghanistan back on the front pages – but why was it ever off them?

General Stanley McChrystal’s unguarded comments were big news while the daily grind of failure in Afghanistan is not”

2.  “Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate

President could get power to turn off Internet”

3.  “Ohio 6-Year-Old Turns Up on Terror Watch List”

4.  “Jindal idles National Guardsmen He Demanded

CBS reports that after jumping up and down demanding Federal government resources for Louisiana to deal with the BP Gulf oil gusher, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has only put to work about 1,000 of the 6,000 national guardsman provided by the Pentagon in response.

It is anyway ironic that Jindal is demanding Federal help. He has long preached small government and deregulation. Deregulation of Big Oil is what allowed the Deepwater Horizon disaster

Why doesn’t Jindal ask Big Business to selflessly step in to clean up the beaches?”

5.  ”

BP has been given unlimited access to all BP operations and meetings to a Louisiana shrimper’s wife named Kindra Arnesen.

As Yves Smith notes:

Arensen appears to have been invited in because she got media coverage earlier in June when CNN covered her efforts to organize wives of Gulf fisherman over concerns about the safety of working on oil cleanup.

In a must-watch video, Arnesen says:

  • BP is given advanced warning when an official is going to show up to any place where there is oil. All assets are deployed. As soon as the official leaves, 75-80% of the assets are removed. BP calls it a “pony and balloons” show.
  • “We are expendable to these people. We do not matter.”
  • They’re not cleaning it up, they’re covering it up.”

6.  “What strikes me as odd is the way the leadership of BP and the Obama administration is acting.

BP is running around apologizing to everyone they can find. Obama says give us $20 billion in escrow and $100 million for the people Obama put out of work on the oil rigs due to his six month ban — and BP says, “Sure thing mate, no problem.”

And all of this in a 20-minute meeting?

I’ve been dealing with oil companies for a long time and it just doesn’t add up…

Contrast it, for instance, with the Exxon situation in Alaska or the Union Carbide disaster in India.

Exxon fought tooth and nail for its shareholders; it appealed court rulings for 19 years. Union Carbide wasn’t settled for 25 years.

BP is rolling over like a simpering dog. Why?

The only reason I can think of is that the company knows — better if not as well as the Obama administration does — that it will get worse.”


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