Monday, April 20, 2015

At the very least it's Jindal.

June 6, 2015
By Neela Banerjee

Jindal signed the legislation (click here) -- which prevents government bodies in Louisiana from pursuing such litigation -- despite warnings from the state attorney general and nearly 100 legal experts. Critics of the law say it is so broad it could potentially imperil hundreds of other lawsuits against oil and gas companies, including litigation against BP for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill...

That is pure unadulterated corruption. It has to be litigated and he should be thrown out of office along with most of his legislature.

This is another article regarding the same bill. Typical, Republican cronyism.

June 6, 2014
...The industry, it charged, (click here) had created "a mercilessly efficient, continuously expanding system of ecological destruction." The cost of restoration has been estimated at $50 billion or more, and the authority was demanding that the oil and gas industry pay its share.
But as my colleague Neela Banerjee reported last month, the political pushback has been ferocious. In the lead has been Jindal, who denounced the lawsuit and supported the bill, which would effectively quash the case. In signing the measure Friday, Jindal said it would "help stop frivolous lawsuits and create a more fair and predictable legal environment."...

This is the concern of the State of New York. I'm just sayin'.

What are the health effects of exposure to petroleum products? (click here) 

Health effects from exposure to petroleum products vary depending on the concentration of the substance and the length of time that one is exposed. Breathing petroleum vapors can cause nervous system effects (such as headache, nausea, and dizziness) and respiratory irritation. Very high exposure can cause coma and death. Liquid petroleum products which come in contact with the skin can cause irritation and some can be absorbed through the skin. Chronic exposure to petroleum products may affect the nervous system, blood and kidneys. Gasoline contains small amounts of benzene, a known human carcinogen. Animals exposed to high levels of some petroleum products have developed liver and kidney tumors. Whether specific petroleum products can cause cancer in humans is not known; however, there is evidence that occupationally exposed people in the petroleum refining industry have an increased risk of skin cancer and leukemia.

A spill that affects a home or business may affect the health of people who live and work there. Thus, every spill or leak should be stopped and cleaned up. Health complaints should be taken seriously....

Where is Erin Brockovich when you need her? She is brilliant. Contarct her about the Gulf.

Erin Brockovich (click here) is a renowned Consumer Advocate who is righting wrongs every day on multiple fronts. If you or someone you love have suffered because of a medical device or a pharmaceutical, environmental contaminant or because of something or someone else, get Erin on your side.

BP is lying. Somebody is getting paid off. Probably Jindal and he is enforcing some kind of standard that is dangerous.

“Data (click here) we have seen thus far indicates that the environmental catastrophe that so many feared, perhaps understandably at the time, did not come to pass, and the Gulf is recovering faster than expected.  This is in large part due to the Gulf’s resilience, natural processes and the effectiveness of response and clean-up efforts mounted by BP under the direction of the federal government.

All the fisheries need to be closed. Tar balls are polluting the beaches and endangering health of human beings, otherwise known as citizens.

DO NOT EAT ANYTHING COMING OUT OF GULF FISHERIES. The quality is very substandard and dangerous.


This is the problem with the southern USA, the governors get the idea they are god and can dictate the outcomes of the people. Slavery never really disappeared from the south. This is an extension of it. The Po' Folks are lucky to be eatin' at all.
Environmental chemical (click here) contaminants and pesticides in fish pose a potential human health hazard. Fish can be harvested from waters that are contaminated by varying amounts of industrial chemicals, including heavy metals and pesticides. These contaminants may accumulate in fish at levels that can cause human health problems (e.g., carcinogenic and mutagenic effects). The hazard is most commonly associated with exposure over a prolonged period of time (chronic exposure). Illnesses related to a single exposure (one meal) are very rare....

The virtual fact petroleum is a chemical and has many chemicals that come to the surface by drilling there is danger to human health. The chemicals in the water are tar balls on the beaches. The fish or shell fish are feeding on the food chain established by the petroleum pollution. The simple fact that health and environmental exposures don't show up for a long time means BP has a very long timeline to their liability.

B/P is liable for all the pollution both immediate and chronic. The company will never see the $20 billion back in their coffers and they need to stop the manipulation of the information and public. There is DEFIANTLY going to be cancers that result from the BP Deep Horizon Disaster. I know that now.  The people have been exposed to the chemicals. Tar Balls are not toys. And then there is Corexit.

BP's employees running game for the company in the USA need to pack up and go home. They are endangering the lives of USA citizens by the propaganda they peddle. BP employees should not be there at all. The employees are endangering the lives of the people.

The claims process is compromised by the simple fact lawyers are suing anyone to attempt to get traction against BP. The process needs to be handed over to REPUTABLE lawyers and not so called officials that the people find UNTRUSTWORTHY.

April 18, 2015
The ex-FBI chief (click here) now serving as a watchdog over BP oil spill settlement claims is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against him by an attorney once involved in the claims process.

Louis Freeh on Friday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by attorney Christine Reitano.

Reitano and her husband, Lionel Sutton III, both once worked for a court-supervised claims processing facility.

Sutton was among lawyers barred from handling claims from the 2010 oil spill after a judge found that they had acted unethically in connection with the claims process. The same judge, however, cleared Reitano in the matter. She sued Freeh in February....

Fire all of them. There needs to be an alternative. Lawyers have to be passed through ethics processes, both incoming and those removed from the process.

Table 9-1, “Environmental Chemical Contaminants and Pesticides Tolerance and Action Levels,” lists the tolerance and action levels that have been established for environmental chemical contaminants and pesticides in the edible portion of fish (wet weight)

This is just one article. There are plenty more that discusses the problems with petroleum chemicals and the environment causing disease in people. I probably should make myself available to the lawyers running the lawsuits. At least they would have some information and referrals to experts that can help them.

In reality? The US Department of Health should be hiring experts to send to the Gulf to INSURE the quality of life of the people caught in the middle of this disaster.

I have a family in need right now. But, I'll put together a brief letter and send it to the attorneys in Louisiana to offer help in supporting their claims. I don't' charge for services, unless it requires traveling. Any experts will have fees, but, I don't have control over that. I can referrals and the rest is up to the individuals involved. 

BP is probably sending in their own experts and they are compromising the FACTS with diluted ideas of "that would have happened anyway."  

My first instinct is the attorneys involved with the claims against BP to contact the federal government and ask for experts to come and clear up the problems they are having with BP. There are going to be long term problems both with citizen's health and the viability of the fish industry. Shrimp with cancers and partial shells ARE symptoms of the food chain full of toxins. There have been dolphins born that can't survive because of birth defects. The federal government needs to set up strict monitoring with the people along the Gulf. The country should be following them to find trends in illness, rashes and ultimately cancers to be sure it is caught as early as possible for treatment AND survival.

I can't believe there is this much corruption in this matter. These are human beings with children and livelihoods. BP has lost every case in the courts where they have been attempting to avoid responsibility. It is long over that they need to bring comfort to the people effected by this disaster.

Look, everyone should feel warm and fuzzy about BP, this is exactly how they treat their employees. Eleven dead, right? 
I thought she was great. I also believe she is sincere in the interest in the Middle Class and struggling small businesses. 

The picture came from a security camera. The Former Secretary didn't take the picture for publicity purposes. 


We want more of this.

September 9, 2013
By Jason Nazar

In the last 6 years, we’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge about the state of small business from our 38 million members and we never cease to be surprised.  Here are 16 vital (and surprising) statistics we’ve uncovered about the small business landscape:

 ...2)   There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US (click here) and over 22 million are self employed with no additional payroll or employees (these are called nonemployers)

3)  Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business 

4)   Small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 199

5)   Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month (but more employer businesses shut down than start up each month)

6)   7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, a third at least 10 years and a quarter stay in business 15 years or more

7)  52% of all small businesses are home-based...

Have a better day.

Judith Miller is still attempting to exonerate herself. She needs to go back to FOX where she is and liars actually are considered with esteem.

The President's Daily Brief

By Thomas S. Blanton

Updated April 12, 2004

Documents: The 6 August 2001 PDB and more (click here)

There were plenty of people that told "W" and Cheney there was no reason to enter Iraq. It is called a White House Intelligence Staff. Judith needs to read "The Iraq Study Group's" report. It can be good reading if anyone is interested in the truth.

And then OUTSIDE the USA, the United Nations experts were saying loud and clear there was no evidence that was actionable to an invasion. For as many disdained Saddam, he was cooperating to prevent any invasion and protect the Iraqi people.

The absolute truth is that Judith Miller cherry picked her ? details ? and "W" declared war on an unarmed country. Judith Miller needs to stop diluting her own reality. Most of us had witnessed the scale "W" put his thumb on. It was real. I was LIVE at it happened and Americans witnessed it day after day. Evidently, Miller can't understand or the truth, yet alone report it.

"Bush lied and people died"

Human Smuggling. This was not the first boat capsizing.

There are those in Europe that believe this is an abandonment of saving lives in the Mediterranean.

There is the concern for Daesh. The question is whether or not the fear justifies abandonment of migrants? I would think the patrols in the Mediterranean Sea would have a way to dispatch life preservers when they come across those migrating in desperation of saving their lives.

I realize no one wants to interfere in a way that appears to be permission for the migrants to do so, but, in reality it is only a matter of human rights and the way it is practiced in the world.

April 19, 2015
By Eric Reguly

...The Italian coast guard (click here) on Sunday afternoon said that only 24 bodies had been recovered, suggesting that the migrants were not even equipped with simple life jackets.

The incident appears to be similar to one last week, when about 400 migrants were believed to have drowned when the sudden rush to one side of the boat caused it tip over. “A tragedy is unfolding in the Mediterranean and if the EU and the world continue to close their eyes, it will be judged in the harshest terms, Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat said Sunday.

Speaking at a political event in northern Italy, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said Europe was witnessing “systematic slaughter in the Mediterranean.”

If confirmed, the 700 deaths would bring the number of dead in the Mediterranean to 1,500 so far this year. That’s a nine-fold increase over the first four months of last year. In 2014, more than 3,000 migrants perished in the Mediterranean, the highest on record. With the migrant crossings becoming more frequent as the weather turns warmer, the UNHCR and the emergency rescue services fear the death toll could set a new record in 2015.
"Morning Paper's"

The Rooster

I will be in and out over the next week. I am sure I'll have time now and again to write about the events of the day, but, the family is going to be upset. 

We are Irish. Jack was Irish through and through. He knew exactly what everyone would be doing as soon as he passed on. We have to allow time for everyone to get into town before we have his mass, burial and wake. It will be next weekend before everyone has gone back to their homes and life settles in without Jack. 

He had a great singing voice, too.

My oldest son is so attached to his heritage he has the family crest tattooed on his left upper arm. He is also a very nice man with a very nice and very bright wife. They are good for each other. But, the point is I'll have my hands full.

If you knew Jack, it would be easy to understand why I'd state that.

Good night and I hope everyone has a great week.

"Good Night, Moon"

New Moon or Waxing Crescent

One and a half days old

2.5 percent lit

April 18, 2015
By Marcus Schneck

The shortest lunar month (click here) of 2015 begins with the new moon on Saturday, April 18.
It will run for just 29 days 9 hours and 16 minutes, until the new moon on Monday, May 18. That's 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the mean lunar month.
A lunar month, also known as a lunation, runs from new moon to new moon.
The longest lunar month of 2015 will run from new moon on Tuesday, Oct. 12, to new moon on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Its lunation will be 29 days 17 hours and 41 minutes....

Oh, one other thing. I watched most of the Sunday programs today. Stop picking on Hillary Clinton. Senator Graham should be able to withstand such defaming and scrutiny. I have never heard so much ridicule of a woman as there was today. Everyone should be ashamed of themselves. You would think the woman had no conscience.

Who do you all think you are? Important? Think again.