Another attempt at stopping the "gusher" fails again, and please media outlets, it is a "gusher" not a "spill". Enough with the Orwellian doublespeak already.
This whole incident for me has gone past horror into the realm of absurd comedy; watching the stuffed shirts with their sleeves rolled up walking around in front of the cameras acting like they know what to do and have the situation under complete control. Meanwhile they're
talking August as a realistic closing date to this catastrophe when a relief well or two is drilled.
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or ratsâ€™ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to deathâ€™s other Kingdom
Remember usâ€”if at allâ€”not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
"The Hollow Men"- T.S. Eliot
We enjoyed a wonderful day at the beach yesterday with a clean sky, clean beach and clean water. Yes there were the omnipresent offshore oil rigs dotting the horizon but as I mused to no one in particular, they are for sure double and triple checking their emergency procedures.
I have friends in the oil business out here, and out here they still remember the Santa Barbara spill of 1969 so they take their procedures very seriously and are forced to by the local regulatory agencies. The reputation that the Gulf Coast oil industry has is that it's populated for the most part by a bunch of "git-r done" renegades and has a history of lax regulation enforcement.
We still have primary destruction going on as the gusher continues. Secondary destruction of the Gulf food chain and wetlands has also arrived. When it's really going to hit home is when tertiary destruction starts. When all those poor nations which ring the Gulf of Mexico
that rely on the ocean for their food source can no longer sustain themselves because the whole food chain is gone. That's when the real fireworks are going to start because people driven by hunger will do and are capable of anything in the course of satiating their hunger.
Don't fool yourself, one of the only reasons we have no violent uprisings in America is because we have good food and plenty of it. And Spencer and Heidi are on the tube now, I'll get back to you later...