Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

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  • Tue, May 25, 2010 - 01:30am

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    Re: BP and the Nature Conservancy

In last week’s Nature, journalists from the magazine joined an expedition to determine the effects of the disaster and talked to Thomas Shirley, a marine biologist who claimed that while coastal ecosystems have so far escaped relatively lightly, offshore species may be at much greater risk. Now various commentators are reporting on just how bad things have become deep below the ocean’s surface. InThe TimesFrank Pope described his recent snorkelling experience in the Mexican Gulf where he noted that the plankton and poisonous globules of oil look similar enough to confuse fish. “This is terrible, just terrible,” said one scientist he talked to. “The situation in the water column is horrible all the way down. Combined with the dispersants, the toxic effects of the oil will be far worse for sea life. It’s death in the ocean from the top to the bottom.”

In The IndependentMelanie Driscoll, the director of bird conservation for the National Audubon Society’s Louisiana programme, was similarly dispirited. “[W]e’re bracing for a really heavy impact on the habitat and the birds,” she wrote. “The area is incredibly rich…. We could see the food chain collapsing.”

Global food chain braced for misery

  • Tue, May 25, 2010 - 12:26pm

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    Re: Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

Click on the picture .. it will take you to the most up to date blog I could find .. 

 

  • Tue, May 25, 2010 - 06:41pm

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tom – your photoshop art is very impressive, I think you may have found your calling in life.  Not to be nosy, but, what software do you use?  Were you already an artist and just extended your creativity to another medium?

Larry

 

  • Tue, May 25, 2010 - 06:59pm

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    Re: Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

Thanks Tom

Great blog. 

V

  • Tue, May 25, 2010 - 08:34pm

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It’s always good to receive a compliment Larry, thanks .. No, I have always had a day job Larry, as a field technician for Johnson Controls Inc.

I use Photoshop CS3, and have used photoshop since version #1 in 1991 .. I had a long history with photography, including a few years darkroom experience with the military .. I was interested in getting away from the chemicals, so when computers started offering alternatives, I jumped in.

I basically just fooled around with it until I joined Worth1000.com in 1995 and decided to try my luck at photoshop contests .. it took me a long time (over a year of tutorials & practice) to get a win .. In late 2007, I pretty much put away the graphics out of concern for what was happening to everything I believed in that was all coming apart at the seams .. I still don’t do much, with graphics, because it’s hard to justify with all the getting ready for whatever’s coming down the road .. just every once in a while I can’t help letting a cynical point of view escape from the hole in my head.

BTW .. I did write-in R.P. last election & no way that pic was my opinion .. just pixels on a screen to me.

 

V .. happy to join in your thread .. I always read your stuff carefully, and see a lot of similarities in the way you & I think.

  • Tue, May 25, 2010 - 10:25pm

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    Knowing and Knowing

Tom

If you read my posts carefully and see similarities  I am checking myself into the mental institution, or maybe art school , it is hard to tell the difference. i love your art. It is very thought provoking.

On another more bizarre note it seems there are loads of coincidences (if you believe in such) around certain events of global import.

I will let you watch this video and you can make up your own mind. I found the comments on youtube very interesting.

V

  • Tue, May 25, 2010 - 11:12pm

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    Re: Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

‘A malfunction in the cooling system’

I don’t see how the movie has anything to do with the deep horizon.  The only similarities are the Gulf of Mexico and Rig explosion.  Nothing else.

  • Wed, May 26, 2010 - 12:07am

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tom. –  Thanks for the interesting response.  Like you, I have Photoshop CS3 but I rarely run it.  I really enjoy seeing creative people like yourself re-imagine what “is” into what “may be.”    

You’re way ahead of me as far as “preparation” and I hope you know that I appreciate what you and others on this forum have shared in what needs to be done.  I don’t have much to add on that front but watch it carefully.  One good thing, I’ve been way ahead of the curve in financial preparation by just reading CM and the feedback from the damned smart people he attracts.

Larry

BTW….I voted for Ron Paul too, even though he was not on my state ballot and I traveled often and far to hear him speak through-out the campaign Cool

  • Wed, May 26, 2010 - 02:01am

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On another more bizarre note it seems there are loads of coincidences (if you believe in such) around certain events of global import.

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I wouldn’t call them coincidences as much as natural outcomes of human systems based on infinite growth and ever-increasing complexity. All of our current environmental, economic and social problems can be traced back to that unsustainable model (i.e. peak oil, climate change, financial crises, wars on “terror”, civil unrest, etc.). The BP oil spill is just another example of the extremely diminishing returns (or negative returns in this case – similar to the $1T EU bailout) on any “solutions” designed to propogate the unsustainable paradigm.

P.S. I just watched the video you posted (didn’t watch it before I wrote the above paragraph) and I think it’s interesting. I happen to believe that ideas incorporated into mediums of popular culture are pretty good at forecasting future human events, but the dynamic mechanics of how this process really works is way beyond me. I also think that aliens exist, have been visiting earth and may very well make a more public statement of their existence in the near future, but I’m not sure if it’ll all go down like it did in the movie.

  • Wed, May 26, 2010 - 02:30am

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    BP-owned Alaska oil pipeline shut after spill

When it rains it pours:

BP-owned Alaska oil pipeline shut after spill

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64P04U20100526?type=domesticNews

(The title is a little misleading… BP is just one of the owners of the pipeline, not THE owner)

Not a major spill mind you and the spill hasn’t escaped the containment area, but dang talk about bad timing.  Interesting side note, this is occuring only 10 or 20 miles or so from where I happen to be typing this (Delta Junction, AK). 

– Nick

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