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Extra! Extra! BP Spill Is Over, Oil Is Gone, Problem Solved!!!

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Oil is gone! Problem Solved! It's a fantastic miracle! Now we can pretend it never happened! Isn't life wonderful...???


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Ben O (129)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 1:51 am
According to some of the mainstream media, anyway
After taking a look back to assess the media's coverage of the BP spill this week, I think only one internet-born acronym will suffice to convey my opinion. And that, of course, is WTF. It seems like we've been bombarded with headlines and stories that were cranked out directly by BP's PR machine -- only way rosier than BP would likely venture. Stories about how all that dern oil has just up and vanished! How BP must be doing an amazing job of skimming, and how all of us silly worrywarts were up in arms over nothing -- the spill wasn't that bad. Seriously, check out some of these headlines:

Move Along Folks, Nothing More to See Here
Here's one from the AFP that ran on Yahoo! News, the most-visited homepage on the internet: Gulf focus shifts, but where is all the oil? And here is its lede: "With BP's broken well in the Gulf of Mexico finally capped, the focus shifts to the surface clean-up and the question on everyone's lips is: where is all the oil?"
This may be the single worst account written out of the literally thousands of reports filed about the BP spill. At one point, the author even suggests that the "beaches should be relatively painless to mop up," despite the fact that on some of those beaches, the oil is already thickly situated in the sand.

But this wasn't the only offender -- the New York Times, which has run some pretty dubious pieces about the Gulf spill (for instance, the authors of this piece, which includes such gems as: "the Deepwater Horizon blowout is not unprecedented, nor is it yet among the worst oil accidents in history" and "it will have to get much worse before it approaches the impact of the Exxon Valdez accident of 1989", must be having second thoughts about now), ran this on the front page: "Gulf of Mexico Oil Slick Appears to Vanish Quickly"
. It's not as bad as the AFP story, but it again gives BP the benefit of the doubt, and revels in the fact that the spill is disappearing "much more quickly" than anyone would have thought! Yet it somehow manages to barely make mention of the 1.8 million gallons of toxic chemical dispersants dumped in the Gulf to achieve precisely that aim.
Last but not leas, Time has another doozie: "The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated? That story leads with Rush Limbaugh calling the oil spill merely a case of 'eco-hype'. And then it proceeds to agree with him. I won't go into how bad this story is -- Kate Sheppard did a fine job of doing that in her own takedown at Mother Jones.

All of these stories are, at best, jumping the gun in a very big way -- there's still so much investigating left to be done, so much impact analysis, so much careful study of the affected ecosystems. Not mention the oil is still out there, whether reporters can see it on their media flyovers with the Coast Guard or not. Much of it was likely broken up into tiny bits, where it drifted down the water column and is getting eaten by sea life.
And there are plenty of places where it's still washing up, still thickly covering beaches and marshlands, still killing wildlife. I know all the reporters out there are good and tired of the "oil spill sucks" stories, and maybe deemed it time for a change of pace. But let's not get ahead of ourselves with those contrarian, good news-bearing headlines. We have a ways to go yet before we can declare one of the biggest environmental disasters in US history an 'exaggeration'


Ben O (129)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:01 am
"...Sweet Dreams are made of this..."

gail dair (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:10 am
noted thanks

Ben O (129)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 3:05 am
...Sing HALLELUJAH...!!!

Pamylle G (458)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 3:13 am
Well, we don't call it the "corporate media" for nothing...yikes !

. (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 4:10 am
same so here, AT, where e.g. wrote (on 2010-07-10 !) " Golf-Ölpest bald total eingedämmt? ",
which translates much closer to "oil-pollution soon completely confined" than "..spil..stopped"

=> never mind (order-of-magnitude:) 1 Mt of crude (plus chemicals added) floating around, and several other oil-spills happening elsewhere just these weeks - if we just "stuff our heads into the sand" deep enough we'll never see a drop of it again !

Mack David (100)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 4:42 am
It's's marvellous..............

Carolyn Bridges (30)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 5:53 am
noted thanks ben

Alice C (1797)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:07 am
Thank you Ben

Ian MacLeod (79)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:22 am
Noted, and thank you!

Well folks - a few weeks ago the Gulf was the beginning of the destruction of the world. Now everything's all hunky-dory, hey? I wonder - if we dumped Rupert Murdoch out a helicopter over the Gulf would the news STILL read that way? Or would that raise the shit level in even the Gulf of Mexico too high? Anybody else starting to feel like a mushroom??


Past Member (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:33 am
When i heard on CNN last night that BP has stated the oil spill isn't as bad as we all thought and that clean up efforts could be slowed down, i lost it. I am not surprised by this and when the new guy comes in and takes Hayward's spot, all we'll then hear is, "we can't talk about what the previous boss did or didn't do, we can only talk about what is going on now and now the oil is contained and clean up efforts are coming along just fine"

Noted with sadness and disgust Ben.

Seabert B (1)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:45 am
DOWN WITH BP!! Stop the nonsense and actually pay those people in the Gulf. You paid 18 million to that jerk in one swipe of your pen and can not even pay these people that are suffering. People do not let this go from you mind, as long as we talk about this and keep in front, BP will not get away with this. Of course they are going to say it is not a bad as we think for they do not want to pay the fines from the government to come yet. What BP has paid out so far is almost the same amount the last jerk got paid in one day. DOWN WITH BP!!!

Bill K (3)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:53 am
Of course the Gulf is pristine! And if we all just turned up our air conditioners with the windows open we could reverse global warming.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:57 am

. (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:57 am
Yeah right!

Thanks Ben for showing us the sharp shaft of ignorance sticking up our rears!!!

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. (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:00 am
P.S.: You cannot currently send a star to Ben because you have done so within the last week.

Terrence B (2)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:11 am
As with most news stories they have to chase yet a bigger one .... Had the spill / leak had still be on going.
That would be news to keep the negative pressure on BP. Yet now that is over and done "lets move on"
Sure the oil is still there and the impact of the spill will last for years to come. Yet they will not really cover that.


People are dying !! let get the word out

monique l (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:24 am

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Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:48 am

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:49 am
With Tony Hayward, former CEO, we had "I don't know", "I don't recall", "I (the CEO) wasn't part of that decision", "I don't know", "I don't recall", "I DON'T KNOW".

Well darn, what did he KNOW? What was he getting the BIG DOLLARS for?

If you care to watch the condensed video, half a minute, of Tony Haywards' marvelous mind, and what he was paid for as the TOP Executive, here it is, must copy and paste:

The I DON'T KNOW VIDEO......BY Former BP CEO Tony Hayward

Now we have the NEW Leader of BP........that is pushing out to the media, that is as Pamylle stated, is corporate controlled, so now we have.......Oil Spill? What oil spill? What disaster? Ok, folks, go back to what you were doing, the well is capped, nothing more to see here, hey do you know that Ellen DeGeneres left American Idol?

The sad fact, is most people will simply move on......if they ever got on board to begin with. Hey, isn't in my backyard, I don't see any dead fish, birds, and my lake is fine and dandy. Yup, life is good.


Andrea Dorazio (56)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:07 am
Crazy...noted, thanks Ben!

Rhonda Maness (580)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:08 am
Thanks Ben

Drew B (12)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:10 am
Lies. BP you are still in trouble!

Les L (12)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:13 am
Now we can pretend it never happened! Isn't life wonderful...??? Put the blinkers on, turn a blind eye and on to the next disaster...maybe in the Artic?

Arielle S (313)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:14 am
Huge sigh of relief - now we can concentrate on the really important issues like what's going on with Lindsay Lohan and who's going to win "So You Think You Can Dance". Whew - I was so afraid we'd have to like be serious and responsible.....
Thanks, Ben!

Cam V (417)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:56 am
Turn up the air condition and open the window? Will have to tell my grandsons about that idea! They are always experimenting on something!

This is the same as that dumb arse commercial where GM claims they have 'paid all the money back!' Ayep and pigs fly. They are liars. All of them.

A. Cailia W (39)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:07 am
Noted. Unfortunately for the blindingly-skewed reporting that is floating on some of these sensational *cough* news networks... many of us prefer a dose of reality - not science fiction - with our morning coffee.

Karen B (289)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:24 am
So digusting, so sad yet most people probably are going back to their own little lives -- if they ever left it. I thought I was asleep and having a nightmare when that new commercial came on the TV and BP's newst "liar" on the payroll was saying, "we are going to be slowing down the clean-up because most beaches where people are walking with hazmat suits aren't finding anything. The spill (to quote Ben -- WTF??) has been stopped and the oil has been cleaned up. But we will never stop our commitment to restoring the Gulf and the peoples' livelihoods." How many things wrong can you find in that little propaganda speech? After awhile I just about thought they'd (BP) never get away this. But alas, it seems to be unfurling before our very eyes. They are going to walk away aren't they??? On the news the other night I saw some Gulf fishermen shucking oysters out of the Gulf. The news guy was on the boat with them while they were opening them up. The news guy ate an oyster asking, "I'm not gonna get sick from this, am I?" The fishermen laughed and said, "they're fine." Now I don't know about you but never in my lifetime am I ever going to eat fish, oysters, shrimp, etc. from the Gulf. You can never make me believe all the oil and dispersants haven't infected the ecosystems and marine life for decades to come. We have yet to see the affects on the dolphins and whales yet. I wish it could all be a bad memory, over & done with, but please -- it's just common sense. Common among those who are like-minded like we are, but not the "others". I can't bear to think about the day when the worst environmental disaster in the US will be a hidden memory for most folks. Where is the justice in this world?????

Eva L (93)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:56 am
Noted, thanks.

God bless America!!!

Yanula P (50)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 12:42 pm
Really? I didn't know that and I live on the Gulf.It ain't olive oil floating there...

Lloyd Sevigny (20)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 12:45 pm
When you come right down to it.. what is the actual truth? I mean does anybody really know? How can major news coverage report "problem solved" if it isn't? Seems that this is one in a series of either horrible exaggeration or ridiculous simplification. Who is pulling the wool over whose eyes? It truly sounds like "big brother is watching public opinion and is very, very afraid. My golly gosh, America with dirty underwear? Say it isn't so! I know!...Hitler is alive and is the CEO of BP! That's it.. yeah.. yeah.. right!

Alice B (241)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 12:52 pm

Jean A (14)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 12:54 pm
Not so fast here!! I live in Florida and am very skeptical about eating any seafood from the Gulf. We all know we are lied to often. I predicted that BP will vanish very soon and so will the cash. After all they are a big corporation, did you expect anything different? Are they going to replace the thousands of birds, brown pelicans and turtles that died in this horrible disaster? Many of us love the wildlife around here and without them the Gulf wouldn't be the same. At this point Florida beaches are not tainted. But where is the oil? And when will the next oil spill occur. This should be a warning to all of us.

Ann L (15)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 12:54 pm
Noted Ben. My they must think us morons. That mess will not be cleaned up in a decade or more. Who knows how many species of wildlife might become extinct over this. They just do not care and unfortunately most people ,as said above, will believe it and not try to help now. I like the idea of dropping Murdoch into the gulf Ian. Thanks

David R (45)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 1:15 pm
Noted, thanks!

Lynn Marie M (22)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 1:32 pm

Laverne Wallace (59)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 1:38 pm
They don't want to pay to clean it up so they lie. They should have to clean it all up and pay the people that have lost because of this spill. So much wildlife has died because of this. They should have to pay all the cost of trying to help the wildlife too.

Kristena Loy (7)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 1:46 pm
What's to say. A big B.S. to all beaurocrats all over the this beautiful world we are all trying desperately to keep from totally falling apart.

Liliana D (125)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:17 pm

Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:19 pm
BP did an overkill of dispersants......I just can't comprehend what the consequences will be. BP continues to deceive us and basically laugh at us. I will not tolerate their intimidation and I will not tolerate their lies....period. NO "Big Party" for BP!

Al Baars (27)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:22 pm
I heard on NPR the other day that since the oil is so 'hard to find now' that cleanup efforts will be scaled back, and what will happen to the fishermen who had been working on the clean up and would now be out of work. I literally yelled at the radio that BP should be giving them compensation now for lost wages.

Of course, no one else heard me.

Bracha Katz (31)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:46 pm
Oh, if only... Thanks Ben.

patricia lasek (317)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:51 pm
"Tongue-tied, twisted;
Just an earthbound misfit, I."

Teresa K (33)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 3:06 pm
Right down the rabbit hole they go..............

Julie I (51)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 3:17 pm

Stefan Dwornik (3)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 3:36 pm
Bp is going to do anything they can to avoid fully paying for the damage BP caused. They have already started pulling out parts of gulf coast, and they want to write this off tax wise. When will the American people remember the government serves us. We say do; they are to do, but as long as we allow the lobbyists from big corporations to dictate to our government. Are we going to wait until we have massive starvation, and drug problems that make the current situation seem trivial and minor? It is time to donate our time, and to think of campaigns to address problems with pollution, crime, drug abuse, children not getting equal investments in their education. Seek the TRUTH within yourself, and allow the goodness out.

James Travers (6)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 4:05 pm
Out of sight out of mind. Isn't that the cliche that solves any problem? Well that and having a great PR team.
I've been watching Keith Olbermann on line throughout this mess and found it incredible to watch Keith and guests harpoon BP, followed by a BP commercial touting either their outstanding work at capping and cleaning or how they are paying out claims so well. Neither of which is happening but as some of our elected politicians have shown, it doesn't have to be true. Just repeat it often enough and it will be believed. Which reminds me of another cliche.
The bigger the lie the more they'll believe it.

DORIS L (61)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 5:22 pm
If you believe this, I have a bridge to sell you......

Chris E (50)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 6:42 pm
Noted Ben. We can't let them off the hook.

Karen Walker (71)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 6:46 pm
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the pictures are out there. You have to work a little harder to find them because of the clamp down on news crews where the oil is. How long will we continue to turn our heads and pretend that this didn't happen? How long will BP get away with saying everything is fine now? Do they think that people in the area around the mess are blind and stupid? It's amazing what money can buy these days.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 6:58 pm
BP only cares about maintaining their image so they can keep making money. They don’t care about the people their actions and policies have killed.

The human cost of the oil spill and BPs corruption is huge, not only with this oil spill disaster, but with many other losses of life on other BP rigs.

Everyone please take a look at the following tribute by Steve Joynt to the 11 men who died on the Deepwater Horizon, “Oil spill Day 100: The 11 men who died on the Deepwater Horizon”

We can never lose sight of the human cost of BP’s and others’ malfeasance.

And be sure to read Robert Reich’s article, “The Final Lesson of BP” here:

Judith H (27)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 7:11 pm

Mary Coleman (148)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 7:29 pm
What BP, and admittedly most oil companies fail to realise, is that no matter how much positive media and PR they can pay for, the fact remains that WE will always remember what they did, and more importantly what they didn't do to try to avoid these types of disasters. For as long as we continue to try to harvest oil, there will be oil spills. I've said it before, and I'll reiterate just in case someone missed the point: the definition of insanity is repeating the same actions, expecting different results.

Laurie IS AWAY S (128)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:15 pm
Excellent! Many good comments!! Thx get 10 green stars :)

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:15 pm
One minute it's a disaster and the next minute Anderson Cooper is saying things aren't that bad after all. Must be true! I guess it's so pristine now that that must be the reason press isn't allowed in certain areas to record and photograph that truth! Must be like the Garden of Eden now! Obama is still taking his vacations on a regular basis, so that must mean it's ok in his opinion also. Of course, when he went down there, after over a month, he stayed about 3 hours for a press conference and photo ops, and then went on another vacation. I guess we are living in an environmental utopia, of which I am unaware. Maybe I need glasses and didn't realize it! So if the news is saying it's ok, and the government is, then we all must be safe and we can stop worrying! When are we going to WAKE UP America!

Magdalena M (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 8:28 pm
It makes me sick. They destroyed so many lives, it will be more. But really nothing happened. The oil is there.
And it will spread.
Thank you Ben, noted.

Jessie H (75)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:03 pm
Noted, thank you!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:05 pm
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Dalia H (1280)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:09 pm
Noted my Beloved Ben and Thank You so much for posting and sharing with Us.
Much Love,

JoAnn Gerfen (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:11 pm

Vinnie m (333)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:15 pm
Thx. Ben, I needed a good laugh before I go to bed now.WTF is right. They must really think we're stupid.They are, if they think they're getting out of this unscathed..Love your picture, "out of order". LOL, Goodnight all.

alex croes (29)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:23 pm

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Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:32 pm

Sue L (73)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:19 pm
Sadly noted Ben. Thanks for all the wonderful comments everybody. We seem to realize the truth of what happened and continues to go on but most people seem to have moved on and accepted that things are OK. When will this madness end?!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:32 pm
A picture is worth a thousand words.

BP is restricting photography of the spill. See:

Not willing to give into the notion of doing nothing, the Center for a Better South has launched a new project to shine a different light on what’s happening in the Gulf. The center, a pragmatic nonpartisan policy think tank, has started a collaborative photo blog — — to pair vivid images of what the spill means to people with their stories and perspectives.

Please encourage everyone to send photos of the spill to:

Take a look at this website, Gulf Spill Clips, for daily news spotlights on what's happening in the Gulf States:

Send photos to: Together we can show and document the truth.


Barb M (3)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:36 pm
THIS IS NOT ABOUT JSUT BP-----------our own govt is saying the same thing. and now i heard our president will go to the gulf , after ignoring it, with his family.......... now? to say everything is ok now? you watch.......
and ok, what are we supposed to believe now? how are we supposed to get ac360 down there again to report the truth if there is no truth? which way are we yanked here? obviously the oil is there and still coming in, but if no one will report it, then there is no oil there is there? if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it........... well you get the picture........... i mean, how can this be so blatant but no one seems to care??????!!!!!!!!!!! bp will leave, without paying, that dudley guy will no comment forever because he cant talk about 'the case'.......... but somehting is happening and i dont know what but something very wrong and bad is happening......... some sort of cover up or something is going on. this happened too fast and thad allen was giving mixed signals and now all of a sudden he is ok with it all and everrything is cool........ all they care about is the beaches, not the marshes or the environments or the tourism or the wildlife............... jsut florida????????? so now election season is here and now its all good????????????? im living in a world i dont understand ............... there is someting going on here. its like someone flipped a switch............... what about the neighboring countries????????????? i have not heard anything about cuba or mexico or anything , what about them with this oil?????????? im so mad. and i think im more mad at the sheeple

Susanne OFFLINE (23)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 10:45 pm

Ben O (129)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:30 pm
Thanks Folks for Your comments.
Leonard Cohen is right:
"...Everybody knows that the deal is rotten..."

Nightcat Mau (81)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:30 pm
Isn't it nice to know our tax dollars will go right to BP? What, you didn't know they get a huge tax cut. Cause, golly gee, they lost sooo much money. It is soooo sad. So how come you and I would pay fines and get jail time for dumping trash but spilling oil is fine? Don't dump trash, of course. I'm just saying...

Fran F (116)
Monday August 2, 2010, 12:18 am
IBushCo duped lots of Americans into thinking Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11 and was about to nuke the US. The NY Times and other corporate press flunkies went along with that one as well. We'll see if BP can get away with a comparable big lie, at least to those who don't live near the Gulf.

Jitse G. H. (2)
Monday August 2, 2010, 1:13 am
Wouldn't that be nice! But one remark. Most of the oil is under the surface, so not visible!! But there is one problem. When the oil reach the unterwater gulfstream it is even possible that the oil would be threatening the coasts of The Netherlands, Germany and the UK. All those countries are at the other side of the world!! So the BP spill could even reach regions we have not heard from yet. So don't be so joyfull.

Ian MacLeod (79)
Monday August 2, 2010, 3:50 am
If the Corexit did what scientists said it would do, it and the oil are down toward the bottom of the Gulf in a cloud of deadly anoxic water that kills anything that tries to pass through it, plus it get into wildlife through the skin, the gills of the survivors. Will it spread out over the rest of the oceans a mile under the surface where no one can see it? What about all the animals illegally removed from the scene by BP? Or for that matter, what about their ignoring orders not to use any more dispersant? BP has a LOT yet to answer for, and I still thing Rupert Murdoch ought to go for a swim, along with Obama, and what the hell, toss in O'Reilly just for good measure. At least that'd get a few people's attention back on the Gulf and THEN maybe they'd ask just what hell is gong on with this whole Twilight Zone bullshit "it happened but nothing really happened" deal??


monique l (0)
Monday August 2, 2010, 5:25 am

JustaHuman Here (53)
Monday August 2, 2010, 5:42 am
So the problem is solved. This means that all that oil now travelling in our seas is no problem? No sea live is harmed? The ecology is celebrating? Time to wake up!

Sharon Balloch (127)
Monday August 2, 2010, 5:51 am
Oh Goodie... So I need not worry any more? Its all cleaned up now.. just a tad bit left over. How wonderful because in my mind a zillion gallons of oil in the water is quite a bit to clean up.. but I guess using all those animals to mop it up with helps a lot..and there it is just gone,,,which I do find a little strange since there are javex bottles from the last century still floating in the water... hmmmmm . I hate to think I am being lied to...AGAIN !

Agnes H (144)
Monday August 2, 2010, 5:55 am
Noted and thank you. BP must think we're all stupid in a way, we've seen enough over the last few months, and what about the sharks? No one can ever count them unless they fancy diving to the bottom as they sink and don't come up again, so that's one animal less to worry about! BP should have thought about the marshes and the oil that sinks into the sand as that will come up bit by bit, but never mind every beach gets oil on it now and again doesn't it????

Amina T. (7)
Monday August 2, 2010, 6:19 am

Betty K (304)
Monday August 2, 2010, 6:42 am
The human and animal cost of this oil spill is incalculable. The damage to the environment will be everlasting. BP is so full of _hit!

Denise P (65)
Monday August 2, 2010, 7:10 am
How can they say that everything is fine now. The oil is still there and still killing all the sea life. I am so angry. I have boycotted BP since the oil spill.

Doris Korman (0)
Monday August 2, 2010, 8:27 am
good article

Doris Korman (0)
Monday August 2, 2010, 8:28 am

Sara T (3)
Monday August 2, 2010, 9:41 am
I'll believe it when I see it!

Patricia C (96)
Monday August 2, 2010, 10:31 am
"We" have an amazing capacity to blinders on about painful truths. I love your comment Arielle, but couldn't currently send you star. Like Ian, I am sickened by what has to be happening to marine life that we can't see. "Exxaggerated" and "eco-hype"? I wish it were true....
Thank you Ben.

Lydia S (155)
Monday August 2, 2010, 11:46 am
BP has put a whole new spin on the word Shame!

Valerie S (70)
Monday August 2, 2010, 12:12 pm
Thanks Ben - WTF is right!!!
We all knew we would be lied to -what else can one expect from corporate america and our government with big oil in their pockets?! Disgusting! Let's start tossing BP execs in the Gulf to see the effects of the oil and dispersants.....I mean...since it is all over now and oh so safe........
what a load of bull..............

. (0)
Monday August 2, 2010, 12:33 pm
I see articles all over on how the oil is gone....just gone. Thanks for posting.

Mehdi H (27)
Monday August 2, 2010, 1:06 pm
The mess is over? Yeah right, how about all those fish and shrimps who died. Has fishing in the area started yet? How about in 20 years which human kids can be born with 3 heads as the result? Did the effect on polution is over? The tax payers money for cleaning is paid? The oil leak is stopped but the boycotts on BP has not stopped yet.

Alet Coetzee (59)
Monday August 2, 2010, 1:20 pm
Noted, thanks.

Juan Pablo d (5)
Monday August 2, 2010, 2:58 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 2, 2010, 3:39 pm
If it is in the news it must be true.
morons...will always believe everything they read.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday August 2, 2010, 4:38 pm
Why would I believe that , more lies , thanks , noted .

lorraine c (16)
Monday August 2, 2010, 5:00 pm
Tell it to the dead and dying wildlife. Thanks, Ben.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 2, 2010, 6:21 pm
It was all the people who had an appetite for oil that caused the mess? You should feel the guilt of this disaster rather than pinning the blame on a company that had to deal with the strain of your greed.

Lynda L (96)
Monday August 2, 2010, 8:43 pm
The Governor down there has forced prison workers to work there w/out protection for little to no pay and when they're sick, they wont care and they'l have no health, and no future..and they assume these humans have no rights..( these are humans however),..and they have a tent city where these workers go and spend on strippers and raise all kinds of trouble for the poor locals, "BP, Now delivering oil right to our shore"..and not planning on paying a dime more then they have to..MOST of what they have paid will be written off. It's a damn shame since their greed caused this spill and they did KILL 11 people and countless others will die from no being informed about the dangers. If we did this we'd lose everything we owned..Now that the Supreme Court has decided corporations can donate 'AS MUCH AS THEY WANT TO CAMPIAGN FUNDING' they'll buy OUR elections. Honestly, I can't tell which is the worst situation. We can't stop these corp.'s until we change the laws that state they 'Have the same rights as a person does"..literally!!

Lynda L (96)
Monday August 2, 2010, 8:58 pm
Here's a thought people, Now that BP has admitted to our congress that 'There is no safe way to drill in deep water, and they can't insure another spill won;t happen" about we STOP ALL DRILLING UNTIL THESE S.O.B.'S INVEST THERE BILLIONS IN A WAY TO MAKE DAMN SURE THIS STOPS AND UNTIL THEY DO, THEY CAN'T DRILL IN DEEP WATER AGAIN, PERIOD?? No, too harsh?? Then we get whatever they allow because we do nothing and have not stopped them. It's a shame, as the gulf will never be the same again. BP made claims recently that 'Bacteria was eating up the oil"..BULL!! This creates dead zones..Fish die in dead zones..and sooner or later so will we if we eat anything that comes from there. The water on top may not show oil because their "chemicals" have weighted it down and the plumes are underneith..The oil is still there.

low beng kiat (128)
Monday August 2, 2010, 9:26 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 2, 2010, 11:06 pm
Get the new BP logos that that reflect the tragic consequences of BP's reckless determination to extract oil at any cost:

Download and print the logos. Hang them up everywhere! Put them on your Facebook page and Twitter. Send the link to your friends and colleagues. Help these BP logos go viral!

We must be vigilant and do everything we can to keep this disaster in the public eye for years to come!!!

nobo dy (24)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 1:18 am

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 2:06 am
must be a more eco sustainable way to live surely, than using so much oil?..

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 2:06 am
thank you for the post

Ben O (129)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 2:16 am
Thanks for the green stars, now I have 11,577! I wish I knew what to do with them...

Over to this issue:
I thought it was pretty obvious that I am being sarcastic here.
Obviously it was not; I really don't know what more to say...???

Ben O (129)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 3:52 am
OK, here's the uglu truth:
BP Spill the Biggest Accidental Oil Release in World History.
Federal scientists have just released the most precise estimates of the BP Gulf spill yet, and as you've come to expect from the trend thus far of these revised estimates, the new picture is bleaker than ever. Nearly 5 million barrels are now thought to have been spewed the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the disaster at the Deepwater Horizon site. That brings the BP Gulf spill to an astonishing new milestone: it is now the largest accidental release of oil in the world. Congratulations, BP! Bloody Plague!

Janine H (36)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 5:18 am
I'm glad we can still see/read the truth on Care2! Thanks Ben.

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 5:23 am
I dont care if it is all over, I'm still traumatized by what I saw and read.

Alexandra S (24)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 5:25 am
Well, the media always standy by the ones sponsoring them...

Debbie Hogan (115)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 9:50 am
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, eh....? Ignorance is not always such bliss, people. Wakey wakey...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 11:59 am
Here’s what’s really happening with the oil spill:

Rarely Seen Pictures Of The Devastating Consequences Of The BP Disaster:

And here’s what kind of company BP is:
BP's admits role in Lockerbie bomber's release

Please disseminate these links widely! Put them on your Facebook page and Twitter. Send the link to your friends and colleagues.

We must be vigilant and do everything we can to keep this disaster in the public eye for years to come!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 12:00 pm
Here’s what’s really happening with the oil spill:

Rarely Seen Pictures Of The Devastating Consequences Of The BP Disaster:

And here’s what kind of company BP is:
BP's admits role in Lockerbie bomber's release

Please disseminate these links widely! Put them on your Facebook page and Twitter. Send the link to your friends and colleagues.

We must be vigilant and do everything we can to keep this disaster in the public eye for years to come!!!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday August 4, 2010, 5:24 am
"THIS'll make us ALL feel better"?? - Letter from an engineer received in my in box yeaterday.

If this engineer is right, this is truly a scary scenario! Here's his story.

"Heard you mention the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, and you (and most everyone else except maybe US talk show host George Noory) are totally missing the boat on how big and bad a disaster this is.

First fact, the original estimate was about 5,000 gallons of oil a day spilling into the ocean. Now they're saying 200,000 gallons a day. That's over a million gallons of crude oil a week!

I'm an engineer with 25 years of experience. I've worked on some big projects with big machines. Maybe that's why this mess is so clear to me.

First, the BP platform was drilling for what they call deep oil. They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another 30,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. Well, this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. Take a moment to grasp the import of that. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it.

When the rig sank it flipped over and landed on top of the drill hole some 5,000 feet under the ocean.

Now they've got a hole in the ocean floor, 5,000 feet down with a wrecked oil drilling rig sitting on top of is spewing 200,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. Take a moment and consider that, will you!

First they have to get the oil rig off the hole to get at it in order to try to cap it. Do you know the level of effort it will take to move that wrecked oil rig, sitting under 5,000 feet of water? That operation alone would take years and hundreds of millions to accomplish. Then, how do you cap that hole in the muddy ocean floor? There just is no way. No way.

On the longer-term side of things, there are signs that this largest oil drilling catastrophe could also become the worst natural gas and climate disaster. The explosion has released tremendous amounts of methane from deep in the ocean, and research shows that methane, when mixed with air, is the most powerful (read: terrible) greenhouse gas — 26 times worse than carbon-dioxide. Our warming planet just got a lot hotter.

The only piece of human technology that might address this is a nuclear bomb. I'm not kidding. If they put a nuke down there in the right spot it might seal up the hole. Nothing short of that will work.

If we can't cap that hole that oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?

We're so used to our politicians creating false crises to fo rward their criminal agendas that we aren't recognizing that we're staring straight into possibly the greatest disaster mankind will ever see. Imagine what happens if that oil keeps flowing until it destroys all life in the oceans of this planet. Who knows how big of a reservoir of oil is down there.

Not to mention that the oceans are critical to maintaining the proper oxygen level in the atmosphere for human life.

Unless God steps in and fixes this. No human can. You can be sure of that!

Debbie G (306)
Thursday August 5, 2010, 7:57 pm
What a bunch of BS. Thanks Ben. I'm too pissed to keep writing so this is it. The government and BP are so determined to keep the truth from the public that it makes me sick. Literally.

Joel Scott S (17)
Friday August 6, 2010, 2:57 pm
Yes it is a lot of bullshit! Better yet, a lot of elephant dung! The oil spill mess will never disappear, even in a thousand years.

Lynn D (0)
Friday August 6, 2010, 3:00 pm
and, the sadest thing of all is that so very many people will truly believe that "all is well"! Breaks my heart!

Little A (33)
Friday August 6, 2010, 3:13 pm
I can't say I retweeted this so-called new it was no new news but spindoctors spinning.
To say fossil fuels, around for millions of years, has vanished in two weeks is ludicrous.

But we can worry what happened or is happening to the 'invisible by Corexit' oil.
Apparently they should sell it as laundry detergent so well it works against oil-stains and according to EPA safe as well...

Monica D (580)
Friday August 6, 2010, 3:37 pm
Trying to lull the masses, attempting to justify the continuation of the status quo ... predictable.

Patt Tashjian (45)
Friday August 6, 2010, 4:21 pm
Very discerning eye, Ben! If we believe BP' and the medias story well I've got some swamp land in the desert that they can buy.Doesn't anyone talk about the hydrocarbons found by the scientists or has that information been bought and hidden??

linda b (186)
Friday August 6, 2010, 5:01 pm
Noted Thank you Ben.

Mary L (132)
Friday August 6, 2010, 5:38 pm
notrd thank you.

José Ovidio Pérez Morel (50)
Friday August 6, 2010, 6:03 pm
Share and forward.

Louise T (3)
Friday August 6, 2010, 7:57 pm
VALDEZ happened over 20 years ago and this this day still has OIL. No, oil just doesn't go away by magic. BP has spent million on sponsoring the news media so whatever BP dishes out they will publish as gospel truth to please their sponsors.

Julija M (2)
Friday August 6, 2010, 8:23 pm
we gotta boycott their gas stations, that's how you close down an oil company

Randy Robertson (14)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 8:28 am
1.8 million gallons of dispersant used? Wow! If I dumped a guart of it into a fish bearing habitat here in Canada I could get a $100,000.fine and spend 2 years in jail! And what's to this rumor (?) that I have heard from 2 sources that ex vice president (I love that word "vice" in vice president!),Dick Cheney had dumped a wad of BP shares weeks before the spill and bought up the company that made the dispersant because it was bankrupt from lack of sales. Please tell me this isn't true..

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 12:11 pm
Noted . Thank you Ben for the posting. You have got to wonder at the investment portfolios behind many of those funding the mainstream media. Since the "problem solved" stories have been released BP shares have risen.....

Charles Webb (11)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 8:16 am
I'm guessing all of you have given up your cars and are walking right? And you have stopped shopping at stores, too, right?

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 12:11 pm
Fair point Charles W. but for decades those in the energy companies have blocked/slowed research into renewable energy and lobbied (bribed) the worlds Governments against the alternatives making it difficult for customers to have the choice!

Charles Webb (11)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 12:57 pm
What has BP blocked?
More wind turbines and farms than any other company.

Alicia V (181)
Monday August 9, 2010, 11:57 am
Julie van K's comment, I think, is I think very accurate, so, we can be as mad or as scared as we want, we are dust.

Ben O (129)
Wednesday August 11, 2010, 6:26 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 12, 2010, 3:13 am
The stop of BP's oil has been stopped a little too late. I can't help but think as to what Tose BP lawyers are going to say to defend BP paying out compensation.

BP recetly sponsored a rather grand artworks debut here in London. I wonder if they will sponsor welfare programmes to benefit the victims??

Ben O (129)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:19 am
"...One day the Earth woke up, saying: -Boy, I feel half dead..."

MmAway M (520)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 7:20 pm
Ben, so tardy to this party, but saw this and laughed out LOUD!!!

NUTS!!! No words fit to print on this!! You guys said it all!!! YEP I AM HALF DEAD!!!! What does BP think we are all stupid???? Well guess so! Because a ton of us have our heads under a ton of rocks and WHOOPS, now they are full of OIL!

Jae A (316)
Friday October 8, 2010, 2:58 am
Drill baby drill......sigh. They turned paradise into a parking lot...then covered it with oil !

Ben O (129)
Friday October 8, 2010, 3:38 am

Jeannette A (137)
Thursday October 14, 2010, 5:56 pm
Don't think that not buying BP gas really makes a damn bit of difference to BP. They will just sell their gas to Chevron, Shell, etc and the people owning the franchises will either go out of business or will switch to carrying another brand! And as far as believing that the oil leak and its consequences are over... well come for a visit and I'll give you a tour. We can see the newly closed down businesses where people who have owned diners, motels, fisheries and tourist attractions for generations are now out of business. Smell the air for the rotting vegetation. See the tar balls still washing up on shore. What a delightful end to a tragic "accident". Believe me, the people suffering won't be BP.

L X (529)
Monday October 25, 2010, 7:40 pm
I'll have to laugh while I'm crying.

Ben O (129)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 7:43 am
...And now we've forgotten all about it, haven't we...???

MmAway M (520)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 11:19 am
Thanks Ben for the link! Actually, loved the working of the link since if I said that on my comment here I would be flagged!

Sadly, went through all of the comment again and seems like everyone I want to send a star to can't UMMMM


This is going to be going on until I kick the bucket - (Hopefully, the bucket isn't full of oil), we certainly have left a horrid environmental disaster to our future generations on this on -- as well as all of the creatures that will be lost...

Personally, I will NEVER forget these A##es!!! Lying the saying goes liar, liar pants on fire, but sadly if someone went out there and dropped a cigerette into the mess, wouldn't the entire land/area light up?

MmAway M (520)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 11:22 am
"LOVED" the WORDING, not "LOVED THE WORKING" of the linkk Good one! Excuse my typo!

Ben O (129)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 11:57 pm
If You haven't done so, please sign the Avaaz Petition
492,602 have signed the petition. Let's get to our delivery target of 500,000!
Thank You so much!
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