.."Itsa Crude,Crude Summer"..

By: Patrap , 12:22 AM GMT on April 24, 2010

Gulf of Mexico - BP Transocean Drilling Incident


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It's time to dust off that family disaster plan, or in many cases, create one.

Keeping your family safe during a hurricane starts with proper planning. One in six Americans live along the eastern seaboard or the Gulf of Mexico, making hurricane preparation a must for many and their families.

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History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.


Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens:

What are the Hurricane Hazards?
What does it mean to you?
What actions should you take to be prepared?

Hurricanes and Your Health and Safety

* The great majority of injuries during a hurricane are cuts caused by flying glass or other debris. Other injuries include puncture wounds resulting from exposed nails, metal, or glass, and bone fractures.
* State and local health departments may issue health advisories or recommendations particular to local conditions. If in doubt, contact your local or state health department.
* Make sure to include all essential medications -- both prescription and over the counter -- in your family's emergency disaster kit.

* Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. You cannot assume that the water in the hurricane-affected area is safe to drink.
* In the area hit by a hurricane, water treatment plants may not be operating; even if they are, storm damage and flooding can contaminate water lines. Listen for public announcements about the safety of the municipal water supply.
* If your well has been flooded, it needs to be tested and disinfected after the storm passes and the floodwaters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to your local or state health department.

Water Safety

* Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
* If you don't have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
* If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
* If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Food Safety

* Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
* Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
* Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling; leakage; punctures; holes; fractures; extensive deep rusting; or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
* Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you do the following:
o Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
o Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available.
o Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
o Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
o Then, sanitize them by immersion in one of the two following ways:
+ place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes, or
+ place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
* Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
* If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marker.
* Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible, thereafter.
* Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.
* Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
* Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.

Frozen and Refrigerated Foods

* If you will be without power for a long period:
o ask friends to store your frozen foods in their freezers if they have electricity;
o see if freezer space is available in a store, church, school, or commercial freezer that has electrical service; or
o use dry ice, if available. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a ten-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
* Your refrigerator will keep foods cool for about four hours without power if it is unopened. Add block or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity will be off longer than four hours.
* Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still "refrigerator cold," or re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals.
* To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

Sanitation and Hygiene

It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene during the emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected:

* before preparing or eating
* after toilet use
* after participating in cleanup activities; and
* after handling articles contaminated with floodwater or sewage.

If there is flooding along with a hurricane, the waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and agricultural and industrial waste. Although skin contact with floodwater does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.

If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.


Outbreaks of communicable diseases after hurricanes are unusual. However, the rates of diseases that were present before a hurricane may increase because of a lack of sanitation or overcrowding in shelters. Increases in infectious diseases that were not present before the hurricane are not a problem, so mass vaccination programs are unnecessary.

If you have wounds, you should be evaluated for a tetanus immunization, just as you would at any other time of injury. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

Specific recommendations for vaccinations should be made on a case-by-case basis, or as determined by local and state health departments.


Rain and flooding in a hurricane area may lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset. In most cases, the mosquitoes will be pests but will not carry communicable diseases. It is unlikely that diseases which were not present in the area prior to the hurricane would be of concern. Local, state, and federal public health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito-borne diseases.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings, and wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Insect repellents that contain DEET are very effective. Be sure to read all instructions before using DEET. Care must be taken when using DEET on small children. Products containing DEET are available from stores and through local and state health departments.

To control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left in open containers outside your home.

Mental Health

The days and weeks after a hurricane are going to be rough. In addition to your physical health, you need to take some time to consider your mental health as well. Remember that some sleeplessness, anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal, and may go away with time. If you feel any of these symptoms acutely, seek counseling. Remember that children need extra care and attention before, during, and after the storm. Be sure to locate a favorite toy or game for your child before the storm arrives to help maintain his/her sense of security. Your state and local health departments will help you find the local resources, including hospitals or health care providers, that you may need.

Seeking Assistance after a Hurricane

SEEKING DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local radio or television reports and other media sources for information about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance. The following section provides general information about the kinds of assistance that may be available.

DIRECT ASSISTANCE: Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, including: the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other volunteer organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist in clean-up efforts.

THE FEDERAL ROLE: In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also called in to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance. The federal government also has programs that help small businesses and farmers.

Most federal assistance becomes available when the President of the United States declares a Major Disaster for the affected area at the request of a state governor. FEMA will provide information through the media and community outreach about federal assistance and how to apply.

Coping after a Hurricane Everyone who sees or experiences a hurricane is affected by it in some way. It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover. Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal. Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy. Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping. It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster �second hand� through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

Minimize this emotional and traumatic experience by being prepared, not scared and therefore you and your family will stay in control and survive a major hurricane.


* Difficulty communicating thoughts.
* Difficulty sleeping.
* Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
* Low threshold of frustration.
* Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
* Limited attention span.
* Poor work performance.
* Headaches/stomach problems.
* Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
* Colds or flu-like symptoms.
* Disorientation or confusion.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Reluctance to leave home.
* Depression, sadness.
* Feelings of hopelessness.
* Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
* Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
* Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.


* Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
* Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
* Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
* Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
* Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
* Spend time with family and friends.
* Participate in memorials.
* Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
* Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plans.

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91. Patrap
10:54 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
Nobody's fault but mine
It's nobody's fault but mine
Try to save my soul tonight
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Devil he told me to roll
Devil he told me to roll roll roll roll
How to roll the log tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

Brother he showed me the gong
Brother he showed me the ding dong ding dong
How to kick that gong to life
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Got a monkey on my back
M-M-Monkey on my back back back back
Gonna change my ways tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

I will get down rollin' tonight
N-N-N-Nobody's fault.

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90. Patrap
10:25 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
If it keeps on raining levee's going to break
If it keeps on raining levee's going to break
When the levee breaks have no place to stay

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a Mountain Man leave his home

Oh, well; oh, well; oh, well.

Don't it make you feel bad?
When you're trying to find your way home you don't know which way to go?
When you're going down south and there's no work to do
And you're going on to Chicago

Crying won't help you, praying won't do you no good
Crying won't help you, praying won't do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to go

All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinking about my baby and my happy home

Going - going to Chicago
Going to Chicago
Sorry, but I can't take you

Going down - going down, now
Going down - going down, now
Going down
Going down
Going down
Going down

Going down - going down, now
Going down - going down, now
Going down - going down, now
Going down
Going dow-, dow-, dow-, dow-, down, now

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89. Patrap
10:23 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
Stuff Happens Mush.

How one deals with it usually is the measure of the day,and impact.

Thanks a million...kind of yas to dropping in

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88. unclemush
10:20 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
Hi Pat I'm sorry this oil spill happened!
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87. Patrap
10:16 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
Ooh, ooh
From my island home I feel a chance
Kiss the tired ghost
Of time and circumstance

So give me peace of mind and let me dance
And bury all my pain of years beneath the sand
I said, ooh, ooh

[Wah-wah] ...
Omrah heals, his wings I'd gladly wear
Laughing to the face
Of my anger and despair

[Wah-wah] ...

Ooh, ooh
Give me peace of mind and lay me down
And bury all the pain of years beneath the sand
Oh yeah
[Wah-wah] ...

[Wah-wah] ...

Oh, so give me peace of mind and lay me down
And bury all my pain in years beneath the sand
[Wah-wah] ...

Omrah heals, his wings I gladly wear
Laughing to the face of anger and despair
[Wah-wah] ...

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86. Patrap
8:30 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
Dat oil spills a Darn shame,

..I mean God Dang-un, them folks just cant seem to escape calamity I tell yas"..

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85. Patrap
3:46 PM GMT on May 02, 2010
.."Just a Slob like one of us,..just a stranger on the Bus,trying to make his way Home"..

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84. unclemush
8:28 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
LinkGulf Coast dreads oil spill's creep toward shores
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82. Patrap
4:36 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
Jazz Fest second Saturday video review

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81. Patrap
4:31 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
Gulf Oil Spill 2010 Projected Trajectory

Louisiana.gov > Office of the Governor > GOHSEP


DSS Encourages Those Impacted To Apply for Regular SNAP Benefits
Will Send Team to Region on Monday to Assist People in Applying

BATON ROUGE (May 1, 2010) - The Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) today reminded individuals that have been financially impacted by the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that they could be eligible for the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

DSS will send 10 strike teams on Monday into coastal parishes affected by the spill, such as Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Jefferson parishes, to assist individuals in applying who might be eligible for the regular SNAP program. Exact locations will be determined in coordination with federal, state and local partners.

Individuals can also apply for regular SNAP benefits by downloading an application at www.dss.louisiana.gov and mail the application back to their local DSS office.

"We encourage those families that have been directly impacted by this tragedy through a loss of income to apply for regular SNAP benefits to help supplement their food needs," said DSS Secretary Kristy Nichols. "DSS strike teams will begin visiting the area on Monday to help those individuals through the application process as quickly as possible."

Households can use regular SNAP benefits to purchase foods for the household to eat, such as breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish and poultry; and dairy products. Recipients can also purchase seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat. In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept regular SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

In order to be eligible for the regular SNAP program, you must meet both resource and income eligibility requirements. To be eligible, most Louisiana households must have less than $2,000 in resources, such as in a bank account. If at least one household member is age 60 or older or includes a disabled member, that amount is increased to $3,000.

In addition, households must meet both the gross and net income tests. For example, a family of four cannot exceed a gross income of $2,389 and a net income of $1,838. A household only has to meet the net income test if the household includes a person who is 60 years old or older or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments.

Benefit amounts are established by the USDA-Food and Nutrition Service and depend on both the number of persons in the household and the monthly income amount remaining after all allowable deductions have been subtracted. For example, the maximum monthly amount for a family of four is $668.

When applying, households need to provide the following information, if applicable, to prove eligibility:

* Identification, such as driver's license, work or school ID, check stub or birth certificate;
* Social Security card;
* Proof of wages, such as last 4 pay check stubs or employer's statement for each person who works.
* Proof of self-employment - income tax returns, sales records, quarterly tax records, personal wage record;
* Other income such as contributions, child support, alimony, Social Security, SSI, VA, retirement checks, Unemployment Compensation (UCB) - award letters, court orders, statements from contributors
* Proof that income has stopped within the last 3 months - pink slip, termination notice, or statement from former employer, termination notice or statement from source of any income that ended
* Housing expenses - rent receipts, mortgage papers, homeowners insurance papers, and property tax papers
* Any Dependent care expenses - receipts or statements from the dependent care provider
* Medical expenses - receipts, pharmacy printouts for last 3 months, doctor bills or other papers that show medical expenses for household members who are disabled or over age 59.
* Child support payments made to someone outside your home - court order or other legal papers and proof that you are making payments such as canceled checks or wage withholding statements; and
* Resources - current bank statements, papers that prove ownership and value of property that you own (other than where you live), papers for any other type of resource such as stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, etc.

"Those impacted have suffered a great deal of stress over the past 2 weeks, and wondering if they will be able to put food on the table for their families should not add to that stress," Nichols said. "We will expedite these cases as fast as legally possible in order to get the benefits to those who need it most."

Once an application is received, DSS has a maximum of 30 days to provide benefits, even though clients usually receive confirmation of eligibility in less than that time period. Regular SNAP applications meeting federal criteria for expedited services will be processed within four days of the application date.
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79. Patrap
3:38 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
.."No Sir,..the Oil is still Gushing out at Will"..


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78. juslivn
1:14 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
Ty, will be back to look at all the rest here. Thanks for posting.
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77. Patrap
12:22 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
roger dat,unclemush

St. Bernard fishermen prepared for the fight of their lives

As the hours tick by, oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, moves ever closer to the St. Bernard Parish coastline.
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76. unclemush
12:19 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
Hi Pat.I posted the EPA link from the main blog on Foxxs blog.
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75. Patrap
12:08 AM GMT on May 02, 2010
Sure can..here is the Link
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74. juslivn
11:42 PM GMT on May 01, 2010
Hi Pat, may I have a link to the graphic recently posted on the main? "Bracing for impact" May I post on my FB page? Hope you are well, all things considered. What a horrible mess.
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73. unclemush
11:26 PM GMT on May 01, 2010
Good Luck!
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72. Patrap
9:04 PM GMT on May 01, 2010
Thanx mass and BT..

..were all a tad upset over it one could say.

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71. masshysteria
7:56 PM GMT on May 01, 2010
Dear Pat ~

My thoughts and prayers go with you and all the citizens living on or near the Louisiana coastline!! Every day the news becomes increasingly painful. Hope those responsible will pay dearly for this horrific catatrophe!
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70. bigtrucker
6:41 PM GMT on May 01, 2010
thinking of you and all the residents facing this terrible disaster
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69. hunu
2:57 PM GMT on May 01, 2010
Don't forget to get your best guesses in for Otherbug's contests before the deadline tomorrow! Details and a new clue are on hunu's blog - and here's a pic of the prizes!

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67. Patrap
1:16 AM GMT on May 01, 2010

Document: BP didn't have plan for major incident

by Cain Burdeau and Holbrook Mohr


Posted on April 30, 2010 at 8:07 PM

* Weather conditions hurting fight against spill

MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER -- British Petroleum downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at an offshore rig that exploded, causing the worst U.S. spill in decades along the Gulf coast and endangering shoreline habitat.

In the 52-page exploration plan and environmental impact analysis, BP repeatedly suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries.

BP's plan filed with the federal Minerals Management Service for the Deepwater Horizon well, dated February 2009, says repeatedly that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."

And while the company conceded that a spill would "cause impacts" to beaches, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, it argued that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."

"Clearly, the sort of occurrence that we've seen on the Deepwater Horizon is clearly unprecedented," BP spokesman David Nicholas told The Associated Press on Friday. "It's something that we have not experienced before ... a blowout at this depth."

Robert Wiygul, an Ocean Springs, Miss.-based environmental lawyer and board member for the Gulf Restoration Network, said he doesn't see anything in the document that suggests BP addressed the kind of technology needed to control a spill at that depth of water.

"The point is, if you're going to be drilling in 5,000 feet of water for oil, you should have the ability to control what you're doing," he said.
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66. Patrap
1:11 AM GMT on May 01, 2010

Weather conditions hurting fight against spill

High winds and choppy seas frustrated efforts to hold back the oil spill seeping into Louisiana's rich fishing grounds and nesting areas Friday.
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65. Fshhead
8:26 PM GMT on April 30, 2010
"All industry efforts must b employed."

Are you kiddin' me????????????
Industry efforts are a HUGE part of why it is now washing onshore. First off the industry totally lied & hid how much oil is actually pumping into the GOM. It is DEFINITELY time for Federal action.
Man I swear this lady gets crazier & crazier!
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64. Patrap
8:19 PM GMT on April 30, 2010
She is the Gift that keeps on giving Susie77..


You best have a SWAT team to Help with dat supervision.
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63. Susie77
8:15 PM GMT on April 30, 2010
Gods, that woman has absolutely no shame at all. None. Someone over on FB said they should round up the entire Drill Baby Drill crowd and make them go down there and clean up. I offered to drive the bus and supervise.
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62. Patrap
7:42 PM GMT on April 30, 2010
simple sarah chimes in

by Louis Maistros on April 30, 2010 2 comments


Sarah Palin via Twitter today:

Having worked/lived thru Exxon oil spill,my family&I understand Gulf residents fears.Our prayers r w/u.All industry efforts must b employed.

This is offensive on so many levels I dont know where to begin.

Instead of praying, how about volunteering? Better yet, call on your drill baby drill chanting minions to lend a hand in the cleanup. Yeah, right. Dont worry, I wont hold my breath. Well, not for that, at least. We may all have to hold our breath if the fumes get bad enough.

Meanwhile, her zombie-like facebook followers are hashing out a conspiracy theory about how the BP rig explosion was an act of terrorism perpetrated by people opposed to offshore drilling. Yeah, that must be it. Spin, baby, spin.

The only prayer that matters right now: God Bless Our Gulf Coast.

Louis Maistros

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61. Patrap
7:33 PM GMT on April 30, 2010
LIVE Press Conference
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60. Patrap
7:31 PM GMT on April 30, 2010

Thanx susie77,

Gulf of Mexico - Transocean Drilling Incident

DATE: April 30, 2010 08:58:37 CST
UPDATE 13: Deepwater Horizon update

The unified command continues with a comprehensive oil well intervention and spill-response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. Nearly 2,000 personnel are involved in the response effort with additional resources being mobilized as needed. The federal government has been fully engaged in the response since the incident occurred April 20.

The Minerals Management Service remains in contact with all oil and gas operators in the sheen area. Currently, no production has been curtailed as a result of the response effort.

Incident Facts:

More than 217,000 feet of boom (barrier) has been assigned to contain the spill. An additional 305,760 feet is available.

To date, the oil spill response team has recovered 20,313 barrels (853,146 gallons) of an oil-water mix. Vessels are in place and continuing recovery operations.

75 response vessels are being used including skimmers, tugs, barges and recovery vessels.

139,459 gallons of dispersant have been deployed and an additional 51,000 gallons are available.

Five staging areas are in place and ready to protect sensitive shorelines. These areas include:

Biloxi, Miss., Pensacola, Fla. Venice, La., Pascagoula, Miss., and Theodore, Ala.

A sixth staging area is being set up in Port Sulphur, La.

Weather conditions for April 30 - Winds from the southeast at 20 knots, 5 - 7 seas with slight chance of afternoon showers.

126 people were on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig when the incident occurred. 11 remain unaccounted for; 17 were injured, 3 of them critically. 1 injured person remains in the hospital.

To report oiled or injured wildlife, please call 1-800-557-1401.

To discuss spill related damage claims, please call 1-800-440-0858.

To report oil on land, or for general Community and Volunteer Information, please call 1-866-448-5816.

For the latest information visit www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RobertLAJIC or on Facebook at Deepwater Horizon Response.

For media needing more information regarding the Deepwater Horizon incident, contact the joint information center at (985) 902-5231/5240.
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59. Susie77
7:29 PM GMT on April 30, 2010
My heart is just torn, Patrap, seeing that oil spill and how it is headed your way. Please let us know what, if anything, we can do to help the wildlife and environment... any groups that need help? Donations? Supplies?
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58. Patrap
7:11 PM GMT on April 30, 2010
Spring starts when a heartbeat's poundin'
When the birds can be heard above the reckonin' carts doing some final accounting
Lava flowin' in Super Farmer's direction
He's been gettin' reprieve from the heat in the frozen-food section (yaa-Aa)

Don't tell me what the poets are doing
Don't tell me that they're talkin' tough
Don't tell me that they're anti-social
Somehow not anti-social enough, all right

And porn speaks to it's splintered legions
To the pink amid the withered corn stalks in them winter regions (euyeaaah)
While aiming at the archetypal father
He said with such broad and tentative swipes why do you even bother (yeeaaah)

Don't tell me what the poets are doing
Those Himalayas of the mind
Don't tell me what the poets been doing
In the long passes over time

{ Instra }

Don't tell me what the poets are doing
On the street and the epitome of vague
Don't tell me how the universe is altered
When you find out how he gets paid, all right
If there's nothing more that you need now
Lawn cut by bare-breasted women
Beach bleached towels within reach for the women gotta make it that'll make it by swimmin'

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57. Patrap
1:36 PM GMT on April 30, 2010

Some oil begins to ooze ashore

by Cain Burdeau / Associated Press


Posted on April 30, 2010 at 6:08 AM

Updated today at 7:33 AM

MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER -- Oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico was starting to ooze ashore, threatening migrating birds, nesting pelicans and even river otters and mink along Louisiana's fragile islands and barrier marshes.

Crews in boats were patrolling coastal marshes early Friday looking for areas where the oil has flowed in, the Coast Guard said.

The leak from a blown-out well a mile underwater is five times bigger than first believed. Faint fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta late Thursday, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines. Thicker oil was about five miles offshore. Officials have said they would do everything to keep the Mississippi River open to traffic.

The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope. It imperils hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world's richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life.

"It is of grave concern," David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press about the spill. "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling."

Oil clumps seabirds' feathers, leaving them without insulation -- and when they preen, they swallow it. Prolonged contact with the skin can cause burns, said Nils Warnock, a spill recovery supervisor with the California Oiled Wildlife Care Network at the University of California. Oil swallowed by animals can cause anemia, hemorrhaging and other problems, said Jay Holcomb, executive director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center in California.

The spewing oil -- about 210,000 gallons a day -- comes from a well drilled by the rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in flames April 20 and sank two days later. BP PLC was operating the rig that was owned by Transocean Ltd. The Coast Guard is working with BP to deploy floating booms, skimmers and chemical dispersants, and set controlled fires to burn the oil off the water's surface.

Protective boom has been set out on Breton Island, where colonial species such as pelicans, gulls and skimmers nest, and at the sandy tips of the passes from the Mississippi River's birdfoot delta, said Robert Love, a state wildlife official.

The leak from the ocean floor proved to be far bigger than initially reported, contributing to a growing sense among some in Louisiana that the government failed them again, just as it did during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. President Barack Obama dispatched Cabinet officials to deal with the crisis.

Cade Thomas, a fishing guide in Venice, worried that his livelihood will be destroyed. He said he did not know whether to blame the Coast Guard, the government or BP.

"They lied to us. They came out and said it was leaking 1,000 barrels when I think they knew it was more. And they weren't proactive," he said. "As soon as it blew up, they should have started wrapping it with booms."

BP shares continued falling early Friday. Shares were down 2 percent in early trading on the London Stock Exchange, a day after dropping 7 percent in London. In New York on Thursday, BP shares fell $4.78 to close at $52.56, taking the fall in the company's market value to about $25 billion since the explosion.

Government officials said the well 40 miles offshore is spewing about 5,000 barrels, or 200,000 gallons, a day into the gulf.

At that rate, the spill could eclipse the worst oil spill in U.S. history -- the 11 million gallons that leaked from the grounded tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989 -- in the three months it could take to drill a relief well and plug the gushing well 5,000 feet underwater on the sea floor. Ultimately, the spill could grow much larger than the Valdez because Gulf of Mexico wells tap deposits that hold many times more oil than a single tanker.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was focusing on national wildlife refuges on a chain of barrier islands.

"We're trying to go for the ones where the pelicans are nesting right now," said Tom McKenzie, the agency's regional spokesman, adding that about 900 were on North Breton.

About 34,000 birds have been counted in the national refuges most at risk, McKenzie said. Gulls, pelicans, roseate spoonbills, egrets, shore birds, terns and blue herons are in the path of the spill.

Mink and river otter also live in the delta and might eat oiled carcasses, Love said.

Bird rescuer Holcomb worked the Valdez disaster and was headed to Louisiana. He said some birds may avoid the oil spill, but others won't.

"These are experiences that the birds haven't encountered before," he said. "They might think it's seaweed. It's never harmed them before."

BP has requested more resources from the Defense Department, especially underwater equipment that might be better than what is commercially available. A BP executive said the corporation would "take help from anyone." That includes fishermen who could be hired to help deploy containment boom.

An emergency shrimping season was opened to allow shrimpers to scoop up their catch before it is fouled by oil.

This murky water and the oysters in it have provided a livelihood for three generations of Frank and Mitch Jurisich's family in Empire, La.

Now, on the open water just beyond the marshes, they can smell the oil that threatens everything they know and love.

"Just smelling it, it puts more of a sense of urgency, a sense of fear," Frank Jurisich said.

The brothers hope to get all the oysters they can sell before the oil washes ashore. They filled more than 100 burlap sacks Thursday and stopped to eat some oysters. "This might be our last day," Mitch Jurisich said.

Without the fishing industry, Frank Jurisich said the family "would be lost. This is who we are and what we do."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency so officials could begin preparing for the oil's impact. He also asked the federal government if he could call up 6,000 National Guard troops to help.

In Buras, La., where Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, the owner of the Black Velvet Oyster Bar & Grill couldn't keep his eyes off the television. News and weather shows were making projections that oil would soon inundate the coastal wetlands where his family has worked since the 1860s.

"A hurricane is like closing your bank account for a few days, but this here has the capacity to destroy our bank accounts," said Byron Marinovitch, 47.

"We're really disgusted," he added. "We don't believe anything coming out of BP's mouth."

Mike Brewer, 40, who lost his oil spill response company in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina nearly five years ago, said the area was accustomed to the occasional minor spill. But he feared the scale of the escaping oil was beyond the capacity of existing resources.

"You're pumping out a massive amount of oil," he said. "There is no way to stop it."
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55. Patrap
10:23 PM GMT on April 29, 2010
Quoting EmmyRose:
Guess TROLLS along with flotsam and jetsom
float in.....

Sandra Bullock may be your new neighbor, dude.


Yeah,she kinda favors the Uptown Life,..Like Goodman,and James Carver.

Were a big draw lately seems
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54. EmmyRose
9:23 PM GMT on April 29, 2010
Guess TROLLS along with flotsam and jetsom
float in.....

Sandra Bullock may be your new neighbor, dude.

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53. Patrap
5:46 PM GMT on April 29, 2010
Morning Emms,,missed ya while I twas sweeping out the er,...room here.

Oil is bad,wind is bad.

Itsa Bad Thursday looming before a Bad Weekend.

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52. Patrap
5:42 PM GMT on April 29, 2010
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51. EmmyRose
2:37 PM GMT on April 29, 2010
Morning Pat - watched CNN and the oil spill - headed straight to y'all...sad ....

Tomorrow we're suppose to be getting the same
kind of storms as last week - heads up!
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48. Patrap
4:50 AM GMT on April 29, 2010
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47. Patrap
4:49 AM GMT on April 29, 2010
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46. Patrap
4:05 AM GMT on April 29, 2010
April 28, 2010 10:16 AM
Offshore Oil Safety Awards Luncheon Postponed

In light of the massive oil spill in the Gulf, an awards ceremony to celebrate the safety of offshore oil drilling has been postponed.

(This image, left, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows fire boat response crews battling the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, April 21, 2010.)

A new posting on the U.S. Department of Interior's website says the annual awards luncheon held in Houston, Texas would be delayed noting, "The ongoing situation with the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling accident has caused the MMS to dedicate considerable resources to the successful resolution of this event, which will conflict with holding this ceremony next week."

Last year BP won for "promoting improved medical care and evacuation capabilities for offshore facilities."
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45. Patrap
3:57 AM GMT on April 29, 2010
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44. CybrTeddy
12:45 AM GMT on April 29, 2010
Quoting Patrap:
Nice NOLA ISS Pass at round 8pm CDT tomorrow night seems

Oil Permitting obviously....

fill me in CT,no I didnt

AMS-02 needs a super magnet change out. STS-134 in result got pushed to November 2010, not really an extension as much as a manifest stretch. Still a good 2 month extension on Shuttle. STS-133 is also likely to be delayed, although not as significantly as STS-134. STS-132's current May 14th is 'tight' per Shuttle managers. Its tight enough they're releasing memo's saying 'its just a date' and 'we'll go when we're ready' STS-134 is official news, STS-133 and STS-132 remain TBD.

I suspect STS-132 might become a late May - June 7th launch and STS-133 becomes a Mid-October launch.
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43. EmmyRose
12:40 AM GMT on April 29, 2010
thats something I dont want to shine all around I want my el nino back.....
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42. Patrap
12:29 AM GMT on April 29, 2010

I come from Tin Pan Valley and I'm moving right along
I live on former glory, so long ago and gone
I'm turning down the talk shows, the humour and the couch
I'm moving up to higher ground, I've found a new way out.

There's parasols and barbeques and loungers by the pool
The late night conversations filled with 20th century cool
My peers may flirt with cabaret, some fake the rebel yell
Me - I'm moving up to higher ground, I must escape this hell.

Let me suspend my thirst for knowledge in your powder, sweat and sighs
A grudge of Christian women, a stain of spotless wives
A perfect destination inside a perfect world
I take the bottle to the baby, you take the hammer to the pearl

Like this

Every day's like Sunday, down here on memory lane
Salad days and no good ways drive me quite insane
A cocktail clouded troubadour attempts to speak in tongues
He's said enough, I'm through the door I'm moving right along

Like this

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41. Patrap
12:25 AM GMT on April 29, 2010
Hiya Emms..

EL Nino took a Hike.

Shine it all around,..

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