Saturday, April 07, 2012

Trumpeting Peace

It took three years after the Exxon Valdez spewed oil for the Pacific Herring fishery to crash.

BP's Deep Water Drilling Disaster 
Tar Logs That Rolled Onto Gulf Islands National Seashore Analyzed (click here)
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:57
On August 13, 2011 "tar logs" were collected by LEAN members from the shore of Ship Island off the coast of Mississippi. The tar logs, as they are being called, are brick sized globs of petroleum hydrocarbons that have been rolled into a cylindrical "log" shape by wave action. Samples of the tar logs were sent to a commercial laboratory for analysis....

EXXON VALDEZ grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on 24 March 1989. About 37,000 tonnes of Alaska North Slope crude escaped into the Sound and spread widely. There was some limited dispersant spraying and an experimental in-situ burn trial during the early stages of the spill, but at-sea response concentrated on containment and recovery. 

...Lesions and elevated hydrocarbon levels were documented (click title to entry - thank you) in some adult Pacific herring from the oiled areas. Laboratory studies showed abnormalities and possible depressed immune functions in Pacific herring exposed to oil. Significant adult mortality was not observed in 1989, but this would not be unexpected given the heavy predation or scavenging by different groups of predators. Egg mortalities and larval deformities were also documented in the 1989 year class, but population level effects of the spill were never clearly established.

Prior to the spill, herring populations in the Sound were increasing as documented by record harvests in the late 1980s. However, four years after the spill a dramatic collapse of the fishery occurred, and the herring population has never rebounded. Herring populations are dominated by occasional, very strong year classes that are recruited into the overall population. The 1988 pre-spill year-class of Pacific herring was large in Prince William Sound, and as a result, the estimated peak biomass of spawning adults in 1992 was high. Despite the expectation that this large spawning event would lead to high numbers of fish, the population exhibited a density-dependent reduction in size of individuals, and in 1993 there was an unprecedented crash of the adult herring population in PWS. The overall 1993 harvest was about 14 percent of the 1992 harvest, and the 1989 year class was one of the smallest cohorts ever to return as spawning adults....

A chance to create a half a million jobs to continue to scalp billions of income from the citizens to pay for those jobs and the stock dividends.

ExxonMobile does not believe in a simple majority in passing laws in the USA and does not believe in political equity to its PROTECTIONIST POLITICS to INSURE their stock dividends.

The Senate minority who last week blocked a vote on ending Big Oil subsidies (click title to entry - thank you) received more than four times the oil and gas contributions than the 51 senators voting to end them. Exxon Mobil, the world’s most profitable corporation, has helped preserve these and other loopholes for oil and gas by building a Washington force tied intimately to conservative lawmakers, Steve Coll reports in this week’s New Yorker. The corporation relies on an algorithm to determine tiers of oil industry allies and sent 90 percent of contributions to Republicans last year....

Lightning isn't suppose to strike twice. Two catastrophic mechanical failures are two too many for me.

A Navy jet crashed Friday into apartments near Virginia Beach, Virginia, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air, a military spokesman and a witness said. At least two people were hurt, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Besides the two we know of because there were civilians involved, what else is happening with F-18s we would not be happy about?

I do believe the F-15s were reliable and it is time the military prove to the American people the F18s (ALL THE F18s) are just as reliable and capable in the nation's security inventory.

...Felissa Ezell, 71, was sitting in a folding chair outside her townhouse near the crash site Friday and recalled hearing the crash as she returned home earlier in the day.

"Oh, my God, I heard three really loud explosions, then the black smoke went up high in the sky," she said.

The same model of fighter jet, an F/A-18D, crashed in December 2008 while returning to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after a training exercise in a San Diego neighborhood. That crash killed four members of one family and destroyed two homes.

The Marine Corps said the jet suffered a mechanical failure, but a series of bad decisions led the pilot — a student — to bypass a potentially safe landing at a coastal Navy base after his engine failed. The pilot ejected and told investigators he screamed in horror as he watched the jet plow into the neighborhood, incinerating two homes. A federal judge ordered the U.S. government to pay the family nearly $18 million in restitution.

Are there or are there not missing people? I am grateful for the pilot that obviously maintained his perspective as he dumped the jet's fuel. He saved lives. 

Beside civilian lives and property, I do not want well trained pilots' lives on the line for the sake of some flaw in the design of these jets. We have seen this before with aircraft like the Osprey and how dedicated our military is to their country. We know they will accept any adversity they are faced with, even though, that adversity is not an enemy but some design that should never have made it off the drawing board. I want answers to these incidents and I want our pilots safe. 

When our pilots are safe, the people are safe. I don't want excuses, I want answers.

I hope all the injured will be well again soon without impairment.

Navy jet crashes into Virginia apartments, 3 unaccounted for

Sat Apr 7, 2012 12:27am EDT

(Reuters) - A U.S. Navy F/A-18D fighter crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia soon after takeoff on Friday, sending fireballs into the sky, damaging six buildings and injuring at least seven people.

No deaths have been reported, but three residents of the Mayfair Mews complex for the elderly were unaccounted for, authorities said.

"We have physically been in every structure, and we have 95 percent completed the search and rescue," Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Riley said....

The deception begins. Paramount to ALEC and the NRA winning the Zimmerman case is the prevention of him being branded for life.

Well, it is a little to late for that 
and no journalist had anything to 
do with it. George Zimmerman 
did it to himself when he decided.


When he decided to take the law 
into his own hands empowered by 
a law that should never have received 
the support of "legislators for sale."

Zimmerman is always going to be 'the man' that shot an innocent young black man 
after he was stalked. Zimmerman branded Trayvon Martin as a killer and criminal 
and acted on absolutely nothing but his own self righteous idea of justice.

Zimmerman not only decided to brand Trayvon Martin as a criminal worthy of a gun shot, 
but,after Zimmerman shot him, he walked away in cold blood and did nothing for a man 
now dying in his own pool of blood. Zimmerman never gave it a second thought after the 
deed was handily taken care of by his 9mm he so fondly carried.

George Zimmerman was judge and jury to an innocent young black man and he is dead now,
for absolutely no reason at all. 

George Zimmerman can run a PR campaign from now until doomsday, have a battery of
attorneys that OJ would envy and he'll never be anything than what he is, a cold blooded 
killed of an unarmed innocent man struggling to save his own life. A 17 year old man intent 
on being home before night time. I can only imagine the thoughts running through Trayvon 
Martin's mind before the deadly bullet penetrated his heart.

George Zimmerman walked away from Trayvon. Never thought for one minute to attempt 
to save his life. Trayvon Martin was dead and George Zimmerman was grateful and proud 
he was. George Zimmerman branded Trayvon 'a criminal better off dead.' 

The best plea for Zimmerman at this point is PARANOID and maybe he'll be ushered off as 
insane for the sake of his public image. But, ALEC and the NRA don't want Zimmerman to be
viewed as insane, but, as a hero entitled to killing anyone he suspected as 'an element' in 
the neighborhood.

And let's not forget the mishandling of the body for three days as if the Trayvon's identity didn't matter. 
Trayvon after all was a criminal unworthy of love and a devoted family intent on raising their son 
to a life of success and prosperity. 

George Zimmerman was the victim after all because he was a hero that stopped a dangerous
unarmed, black man.

April 6, 2012, 7:05 PM

NBC Fires Producer of Misleading Zimmerman Tape (click title to entry - thank you)

NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.
The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters. They also declined to name the fired producer. A spokeswoman for NBC News declined to comment.
The action came in the wake of an internal investigation by NBC News into the production of the segment, which strung together audio clips in such a way that made George Zimmerman’s shooting of Mr. Martin sound racially motivated. Ever since the Feb. 26 shooting, there has been a continuing debate about whether race was a factor in the incident.
The segment in question was shown on the “Today” show on March 27. It included audio of Mr. Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”...