As told before, but it bears repeating, the LEAN network released the blood test results from 12 Gulf Coast residents that were sampled in September, November and December and here’s the results:
Benzene: 4 blood samples, 11.9 to 35.8 times higher than the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Educational Survey) 95th percentile.
Ethlybenzene: detected in all twelve blood samples, all in excess of the NHANES 95th percentile.
m,p-Xylene: Eleven blood samples detected levels higher than the NHANES 95th percentile.
Hexane: All twelve samples had hexane in their blood.
2-Methylpentane: Again, all twelve samples.
3-Methylpentane: All twelve.
Isooctane: Eleven of the twelve.
And what do these twelve people get for playing?
The possibility of contracting anemia, leukemia and other forms of cancer, ovarian shrinkage, damage to hearing and the ear, dizziness, kidney and liver damage, respiratory distress…etc…
Certainly, it could be oil spills, chemical exposures and dispersants.
From Cherri Foytin – co-founder of the grassroots group Gulf Change when speaking to the president’s oil Spill Commission:
“Today I’m talking to you about my life. My ethylbenzene levels are 2.5 times the [NHANES] 95th percentile, and there’s a very good chance now that I won’t get to see my grandbabies.”
It should be noted, promises have been made to reopen the health issues at the White House. It should also be noted that British Petroleum has been promising for seven months to “make things right,” and Ken Feinberg, arbitrator of the GCCF has been promising greater transparency in the claims process. But unless BP has found a cure for cancer and Feinberg has found a cure for legal obfuscation…perhaps we shant hold our breath on the White House, who appears very busy lately, working with large-scale banks and corporations to divide up the rest of this country, while cutting payroll money to fund social security.
Oh, and of course we should note that Feinberg continues to beam with pride about his quick pay settlements that over 60,000 Gulf Coast residents have taken…and if they get sick, will now have no recourse to sue BP and a hundred other companies as a result.
Concern for the Gulf?
Make things right?
The only people concerned about the Gulf of Mexico are the same people BP, the Feds and the GCCF trinity of negligence are desperately trying to forget about, leave behind, push out of the news cycles…and that would be the people who live there, who are suffering there, who are trying to put their lives back together after being forgotten by the federal government, again…
Here’s hoping the White House gets a fucking clue soon because when the mainstream press started taking pictures of all that oil covered wildlife, the country freaked out and his approval ratings dropped. Okay then, how about pictures of residents dying in hospital beds while you offer condolences, and apologies that when it was necessary you did and said, nothing.
Or is that just a problem for some future administration?
And first off, I just wanted to extend a hearty handshake, a nod of the head, I’d even be willing to give a little lead time to every French Quarter resident who voted down the French Quarter Security District.
Yes, that was nice, too kind and now that those two to three security guards won’t be wandering the Quarter and getting in my way, I am completely free to accept jobs there. Just put an “X” in chalk on the farthest left, third pew to the back inside St. Louis Cathedral and walk away. Don’t worry, I’ll find you and perhaps we can do some business. Despite usually doing only government work, I like to oh, I don’t know…”give back” so to speak and keeping that in mind, I am here to let you in on a bit of a secret. Call it a thank you, just a small token of my appreciation.
Okay, your government?
They really don’t care about you. I know, I know…big surprise, but I don’t mean that in that in the “disgruntled throw away comment over a beer at your favorite bar – grousing” kind of way. No, I mean, they really do not care. You should hear the shop talk my brethren and I have. You know we refer to citizens as “cogs”? We do, but lately I’ve been thinking even this is a stretch. To imply that people are mere cogs in a machine would indicate that if one of you is removed, the machine might break down and this is simply not the case. I think a more apt metaphor would be like people are the dirt on the floor below the machine. When necessary you’re just swept away, and the machine keeps running, just fine. I know, kind of hurts, don’t it?
Sorry, but I think after you all did me such a solid, I had to return the favor even if that favor is a little painful.
And this brings me to that whole BP oil spill thing. What I want you to realize is the spill and all its after-affects is not a be all, end all to a situation, it is just a symptom of the main problem, kind of like Katrina. It isn’t the disease. It’s merely a symptom to the greater, overall virus.
And the virus itself?
To the top 1%, you are mere chattel.
But don’t take my word for it. Want some proof?
Let’s talk food safety in the Gulf. How many times have you all heard by now from “your” government the food is safe, go ahead, eat away, we opened the waters for fishing, have fun? This is absolute crap of course. Look, your government, what they want are people to have jobs and the tourists to come back, and whereas this could be construed as admirable, unfortunately they are willing to risk the health of everyone in the Gulf Coast in the process. Opening waters for fishing and tourists being about revenue, revenue for states means more government services and fewer cutbacks. This brings about votes for those in power and those in power want to keep their power. So, the FDA uses shoddy tests that don’t detect PAH’s and toxic metals and then go about telling everyone how safe it all is, despite the fact that PAH’s and toxic metals cause cancer. Meanwhile, independent scientists are finding all sorts of goodies in the seafood, even seafood that is already on its way to market for consumption and nobody, I mean nobody seems to want to look at the long-term effects of eating this stuff on a regular basis. You might be inclined to think if the government cares, they should care about the long-term health of its people. Yeah, you’d think that, but they’re far more focused on short-term politics and cash. A health catastrophe twenty years down the road is a problem for those assholes twenty years down the road.
How many of you out there have accounts at Bank of America? That “too big to fail” thing is primed for a comeback. Yeah, the largest bank in this country is in trouble and they are doing their best to conceal it, but when appraisers estimate your institution as being only worth half as much as you say it is, it ain’t going to end well. Your government is going to be again put in the position of giving them a bunch of money, all while the bank CEO’s give each other bonuses, all while they use fraudulent paperwork to foreclose on your homes, all while letting all of you out there lose everything.
And while people are losing everything, the Obama administration, as much as I appreciate all they and the previous administrations have done for me, they agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts thus further reward those who are making life so difficult for all of you. With the loss of revenue, there will have to be further cutbacks, and rather than take back the money they so gratuitously gave to the wealthy, Obama’s own fiscal commission has recommended severe cutbacks to the poor by way of social security and medicare cuts, all while suggesting the retirement age be raised to 69 0r 70.
So yes, I’m sorry to be the barer of bad news and yes, I do understand how some of you might wonder how I feel that what it is I tell you could be considered a “thank you,” but it is.
As an assassin, I work in cold, hard facts: trajectory, wind speed, rifles, bullets, distance and time.
And as a citizen, once you realize the facts, this prompts newer, more effective insights, thoughts and finally, solutions.
If your government has broken the “social contract,” is it necessary for you to continue the struggle to fulfill its obligations?If I walk up to you on the street, shake your hand, smile and then slap you in the face, would you continue to stand there while I apologized and then did it again? How about the tenth time? The twentieth? The hundredth?
Think about it.
As for me, as I am sure you can understand, business is booming. Especially now that the French Quarter has been freed up. Still making plans on my condo. The dog’s doing well. I stay away from the shrimp, work out, read when I have the time. Check out Will Self’s “Quantity Theory of Insanity.” It’s a good read, for a Brit. Oh, and if you want an idea about how you might take the power of your community into your own hands, check out Common Ground Relief for a few ideas. If you can’t reform the government, substitute the lost function of government with an organization of your own.
Believe me you, a few of the people running that place are being watched but I won’t accept any of those jobs. I may be a killer, but I got a strong sense of right and wrong.
So did you hear the one about the giant methane bubble and the explosion that could kill us all? How about the Ryskin Methane Extinction Theory or the deadly poison clouds of benzene, methane and the tsunami that will wash up to two hundred miles ashore from Texas to Florida?
Well, if you don’t want to you might want to stop reading this now…
For those of you still here, check this out:
According to an article by Terrence Aym, BP may have begun the chain reaction of events by drilling so deep into the sea floor that they hit a methane nerve, one that even now is burgeoning, raising the seabed and sometime in the next six months or so will release a methane gas cloud so large, and so weighted down by water in the atmosphere that the poisonous gas will kill life as we know it. He cites a number of proofs to this theory, one of them being the Ryskin Methane Extinction Theory that posits this release of methane happens every once in a 100,000,000 million years or so on the planet and kills off all life in a mass extinction event and with the drilling by BP, we now have cracks in the ocean floor that are releasing oil, but also large quantities of methane causing the sea floor to bulge, creating fissures that have gone miles deep, tapping into the huge methane depository deep underneath the Gulf of Mexico’s seabed. BP admits to having difficulty controlling the release of methane from this well and it is a release of methane that caused the Deepwater Horizon to explode. He also cites an extreme rise in methane pressure at the Macondo site and a 100 kilometer gash found by the Thomas Jefferson research ship 10 miles from the busted wellhead. BP is keeping reporters away, why? The NOAA is concealing their data, why? Methane levels are one million times higher than normal in the Gulf of Mexico, why? If the methane bubble, possibly twenty kilometers wide, he posits were to burst, some of the results would be:
The ocean bottom will collapse, instantaneously displacing up to a trillion cubic feet of water or more and creating a towering supersonic tsunami annihilating everything along the coast and well inland. Like a thermonuclear blast, a high pressure atmospheric wave could precede the tidal wave flattening everything in its path before the water arrives. When the roaring tsunami does arrive it will scrub away all that is left.
True? Just a conspiracy theory? How the hell do I know? I’m just a social worker.
And if that one grabs ya, also read this article by Ruvy, who cites numerous sources trending the same theme as the preceding article, that of the theory that we are all dead, and just don’t know it yet.
Were you aware British Petroleum, scourge of the south is closer to home than many of you may realize? Yes-sir, they have been operating the fourth largest oil refinery adjacent to Lake Michigan for years, and dumping pollution into the lake for just as long. The Whiting Refinery, located in Whiting, Indiana is perilously close to the drawing point for the entire city of Chicago’s water supply, and this huge complex is currently in the middle of a 3.4 billion dollar expansion that will dump 54% more ammonia and 35% percent more suspended solids, including such toxins as lead, benzine, nickel and mercury into Lake Michigan.
That’s right! You lucky bastards! And there’s more, much more!
This refinery is simply bursting with fun facts!
in 1995, the EPA ordered British Petroleum to only discharge as much as 8/100th’s of a pound of mercury into the lake annually, citing this as the safest allowable level, but then turned around and gave them an exemption from this rule which allowed them to drop in as much as 2 pounds per year and 15 years later, BP is still operating under this exemption. The expiration date is 2012, right when the new expansion will be complete. So why the big revamp? Well, it’s being done so BP can refine even greater amounts of Canadian shale. The Canadian government has refused permission for BP to refine it at the site of the mine so BP went off to America where the laws are far friendlier to oil companies, Indiana especially. Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan all fought to stop it, with only Indiana providing friendly ground, stating that it would provide 80 more jobs. The Mayor of Waukegan IL, Richard Hyde objected, stating, “How did they get a permit to dump into the lake in the first place? How does anybody get a permit to dump into the lake?”
Well Richard, probably want to ask the EPA and good ol’ GW, have a beer with him while ya talk.
In response to questions about the safety of the water, British Petroleum has said Chicago’s water is safe for drinking, and though they could try even harder to clean it up, this would cost more, “Spending more money to try to purify waste water even more does not guarantee that the discharge will get any cleaner,” a BP official said.
BP and Indiana regulators say the Whiting project will cut the amount of air pollution the refinery emits. But even with various improvements in the last decade, the refinery is the sixth-largest source of industrial air pollution in the Chicago area. The 246 tons of airborne chemicals and heavy metals emitted by the refinery in 2007, the last year for which figures are available, included toxic benzene, ammonia and mercury.
“BP needs to come clean about what this expansion really will mean for clean air and public health,” said Meleah Geertsma, a staff attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
And it isn’t just the water everyone should be concerned about…the pollutions is also in the air. In the past three years, the EPA has cited BP several times for violating the Clean Air Act. The company has acknowledged that for the last six years it violated limits on benzene, a volatile chemical linked to leukemia and other health problems. According to BP, heat-trapping pollution from the refinery is expected to rise 40 percent when the expansion is done, an amount equivalent to adding 320,000 cars to the nation’s highways.
Recently, Obama has decided to crack down on BP and last year he ordered a review of the whole permit process, and ordered studies done to define the impact of the expansion.
Another study, perfect.
But this isn’t all BP has in store for you, citizens around Lake Michigan. British Petroleum has been fighting for years to undergo directional drilling to get at oil deposits underneath the Great Lakes. Directional drilling would involve drilling straight down near the shore, then continue at a diagonal angle under the lake. BP says it is safe; it is onshore so there is no chance for a leak into the lakes, but environmentalists disagree, wondering what the effect would be to empty out a pressurized depository under the Great Lakes.
BP doesn’t have to wonder, they are confident.
Confident like they were before Deepwater Horizon, or confident like they are now?
Currently there is a ban against such drilling, but environmental analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Russ Harding went on record saying the ban should be lifted, “What you’re doing is accessing those reserves that are thousands of feet underneath that continuous cap of rock…if anything, you would be relieving any pressure if there was ever seismic activity.” Course, the Mackinac Center is a right-wing think tank, some of their representatives having appeared on Glenn Beck’s show. In another paper Russ wrote for the Mackinac website, he discusses the oil spill in the Gulf, stating that environmental regulations are too complex to be enforced and the only effective check on the compliance of corporations is their company’s survivability. Russ apparently believes regulations should be lessened, removed, not made more stringent. Corporations will recognize if they don’t function safely, there companies will be in danger. Shell Oil obviously has learned their lesson from BP’s catastraphuk, in precisely the same way BP learned from the Exxon Valdez and went to great lengths to make their drilling platforms safe for workers and the environment.
Eat it Russ, the last creature we need weighing in on this is another former lobbyist, you know, cause you guys never have an agenda.
Chicago, BP has established its parasitic tentacles within your host. They have promised to lower the levels of emission and make sure your drinking water is safe. They have assured the Great Lakes region nothing would ever go wrong if they horizontally drill under Lake Michigan. They have your best interests at heart. They recognize that in order for their operations to work, everyone must work together, as a team, openly and honestly.
If you can’t trust these lying bastards who can you trust?