Do you think the Gulf Oil disaster is over? Do you think it was all cleaned up and everything is ok now, back to “normal”?  Think again.  Truthout  has an article on the current state of this gigantic environmental disaster.  Photo after photo of the oil slick that is covering up to 30 miles of ocean in the Gulf. 

Miles long strands of what appears to be weathered BP oil in bays near South Bay Pass, Louisiana

Miles long strands of what appears to be weathered BP oil in bays near South Bay Pass, Louisiana

 Fisherman being approved to fish for shrimp that are swimming in oil.  Additional oil leaks from other oil platforms. 

It seems the feds are more interested in creating the appearance of normalcy and letting people do their jobs (fishing, shrimping) even if it kills us from the effects (whatever they may be) of eating marine life that has been eating, breathing, drinking and marinating in oil and corexit.  I don’t have the nerve to eat this stuff.  I would think that it wouldn’t taste so good either.

 The Truthout article goes on to say: “What you don’t see anymore out here are ducks,” Tupes said. “It used to be that there were so many ducks they’d darken the sky. Now you don’t see anymore of that.”

“Henderson is angered by what he saw Saturday. “Much of the water we flew over today was open for commercial and recreational fishing,” he said of the flight. “We saw shrimp boats trawling in a bay full of oil. We were under the impression that the science advisor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had gone out to assess the situation in West and East Bays, to determine if they should be closed. What we ascertained from conversations with aviators flying through these waters today was that that scientists had gone out and then returned and reported these waters clear.”

Henderson paused, then continued, “But we went out and flew over these same areas and sensitive marshlands and found them completely covered in oil, and with shrimp boats trawling in them. Honestly, I don’t have any kind words for the LDWF, and I’m at a juncture where I’m losing faith in any assessments that are done by our state or federal governments.”

“I would not eat the shrimp right now,” Henderson added. “They are shrimping in oil. Where were all the spotter planes? Where was the boom and skimmers? There was clearly skimmable oil on the surface, and they were doing absolutely nothing. Why is there not a more concerted effort to fight this? How is it that BP gets to make the decision to remove what defenses we have against this oil that keeps coming in?”

Oiled marsh in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)
Oiled marsh in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

And they wonder why so many people have become conspiracy theorists and paranoid about the government.  Well, I like to think I’m not paranoid, but I am suspicious and do not take anyone at their word.  Research, people, do your research. 

The Hamster is considering going vegetarian . . .

Some dark humor to keep you going:

“The word good has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.”   Chesterton  

“Reality is an illusion caused by lack of alcohol.”

“Eagles may soar, free and proud, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines.”

“I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.”

Ok, thats enough. Your on your own till tomorrow at least.  – Hamster dreams