Informative & Captivating Art & Education re: BP Oil Disaster April 20th, 2010

Yesterday was 5 years to the day since the April 20, 2010 BP Oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil disaster in US history. As much as 60,000 barrels of oil was spilled, and just because the oil leak was capped and you can’t see the oil on the surface of the water, doesn’t mean that the oil just disappeared. It will take a decade to understand the full impact and repercussions of the event.

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I am captivated with the choice of medium, the excellent artwork and articulate communication about this horrific event; including BP’s negligent injection of dispersal into the water to try to dissolve the oil with other harsher chemicals, causing much more harm than good.

This is a fantastic and thorough description of the disaster and regardless (or perhaps because it is animated like a cartoon) it is more accurate and meaningful.

BP Oil Disaster,  Elizabeth Kujawinski, BP, injection dispersant

BP Oil Disaster Interview Elizabeth Kujawinski re BP injection of dispersant

I am absolutely in tears because of the import of this disaster to all of the local inhabitants and particularly the creatures that make this area their home. BP Oil Disaster blank slate Written and Illustrated by Perrin R. Ireland

BP Oil Disaster,hydrothermal vent

BP Oil Disaster hydrothermal vent

Take 5 minutes to watch this fantastic video and be informed.

BP Oil Disaster, Christopher Reddy, Oceanographer

BP Oil Disaster Interview Christopher Reddy Oceanographer

BP Oil Disaster,  Perrin R. Ireland , eaking oil

BP Oil Disaster Written and Illustrated by Perrin R. Ireland leaking oil

BP Oil Disaster,Why do we keep doing it? (Drilling in Deep Water, Drilling at ALL

BP Oil Disaster Why do we keep doing it? (Drilling in Deep Water – Drilling at ALL

Thank you so much for the comprehensive effort in educating yourself, incorporating the interviews, communicating and creating such lovely art in the description and sharing it with us all, in hopes of educating the public about having a clue and giving a fuck about something other than money and profit.

BP Oil Disaster, Written, Illustration, Perrin R. Ireland, experrinment

BP Oil Disaster Written and Illustrated by Perrin R. Ireland @ experrinment

BP Oil Disaster onearth dot org gulf

BP Oil Disaster onearth dot org gulf

Carol Keiter, blogger

Carol Keiter the blogger

I’m in tears and rather disgusted, especially when these large-scale oil and petroleum operations don’t seem to be going away, but rather escalating. That means that We The People have to stand up, and do What We Can, to make the world a healthy and joyful place in which all creatures are respected and all of the earth is cherished.

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¿ Is the world going crazy, or merely some, getting away with murder ?

I was distracted from my ‘work’ today, after perusing the news. Frankly, I’m just wondering about how undeniably confused and bizarrely maligned, some people’s intentions are in the world that we live in. I guess you could call it, “off balance”.

A splash of the headlines:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/us/03tampa.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

It took the mother three (3) days to acquire the gun in Florida, which she used to murder her adolescent children. Let’s keep those loose gun laws intact, NRA! Fire away USA!

And then there are the headlines from Pakistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03pakistan.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Shahbahz Bhatti was murdered yesterday by Muslim extremists, who had been threatening him. He was dedicated to trying to repeal the Islamist law imposed in 1986, which seeks the death penalty for anyone accused of speaking against the Prophet Muhammad. Bhatti worked towards abolishing this law, within this climate of extreme intolerance. He was among the 5% Christian and Hindu population, among the predominantly Muslim one, making up Pakistan’s 180 million inhabitants.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11930849

An example of what Bhatti was fighting for, is this woman in Pakistan, who was accused of saying something blasphemous about the Prophet Muhammad… uhh, and she happens to be a member of the only Christian household in her village. The real discussion was over water rights, among her female Muslim neighbors with whom she would pick berries, who were her accusers.

They not only want to kill her, but there’s a price over her head; a reward for anyone to kill her. Hey, I bet Prophet Muhammad would be all over this one, huh! I mean, would anyone with any spiritual attributes, condone slaughtering a person because of alleged accusations stemming from ignorance?

This blasphemy law, is also the reason that the Christian, Salman Taseer, was assassinated a week earlier; as he and Shahbahz Bhatti, were both publicly trying to change this law.

Ahhh, religious freedom and tolerance, go Pakistan! Jesus! will people ever learn? d’oh!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/business/energy-environment/01drill.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25

Bounce back to the USA, to the Gulf Oil crisis which took place a year ago in April, 2010, in which the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, and spewed about 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean. Well, now the Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, has granted permission for deepwater drilling once again, in the same region. Yeah, we’re all over that too! “Let’s go to the Gulf and do some grillen’, just ignite the water with a match, and bar-b-q whatever surfaces!

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/28/nation/la-naw-deepwater-cement-20101028

The one thing that sparked my attention about the whole incident in the first place, is that Halliburton had been in charge of the cementing process of the well. The cement mixture that was being used to seal the well, had been found to be unstable, prior to the explosion, yet they decided to go on with the process. “The cement mixture is used to secure the metal casing around the string of pipes and the drill bit as they penetrate the reservoirs of oil and gas lying deep beneath the ocean floor. Cement also is supposed to keep oil and gas from pushing back up the well, causing a blowout.” It obviously didn’t do the job, and populations of the neighboring states, as well as all of the wildlife in the area of the Gulf, have been the victims.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/us/01earthquakes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

Speaking of Halliburton, I was just reading about the unprecedented number of earth quakes that have been occurring recently in Kansas, in the Midwest of the United States. Recently, a connection of these rumbles has been made to “hydraulic fracturing”, an invasive natural gas drilling technique, which I first heard about on the television program “60 Minutes” a year ago in the U.S. Not only is the process intensely disturbing to the earth, but there’s also indication that the process releases toxic contaminants, among them, radioactive material, into the waterways and ground water in the vicinities that this drilling takes place.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/the-watchdog-clean-air-act_n_830183.html

Guess who is involved in this destructively greedy process, along with a laundry list of other contaminating and deceptive stuff happening all over the world, yes, evil incarnate “Halliburton”. Let’s just say, “corpocracy” rules again; greed and power, united to make the world a better place, through pilfering and destruction of the planet and it’s inhabitants! I vote for Halliburton, as the crème de la crème of the elite corporate corrupters.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/opinion/03tue3.html

Regarding this drilling process, Dick Cheney, former Vice President, allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to get away with murder, of the environment. Entitled “The Hallliburton Loophole”, the EPA was stripped of it’s authority to investigate this new drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, when it was in its’ infancy.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/02/28/why-is-china-nervous-about-the-arab-uprisings?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

Then spin the globe around to China, where authorities have become worried about all of the protests in the Arab world. Despite their stronger economy than most of these Arab nations, they’re so concerned about these various pro-democracy demonstrations, that they’ve been heightening their crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists, and words like “Egypt” and “Tunisia” have been blocked on some internet web search engines and social network sites, making them completely inaccessible.
It’s always valuable when you want to maintain your power, to keep your subjects afraid and uninformed.

For some comedic relief, check out Jon Stewart’s take on Gaddafi.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/03/jon-stewart-takes-libya-gaddafi_n_830706.html

Some more Insights on the Corporate Greed Abuses behind the Gulf Oil Crisis

What is scary, is that Amy Goodman informs that President Obama had two weeks ago, authorized drilling of oil in the waters off the coast of Alaska as well as in the Gulf of Mexico, opening up these areas to drilling for oil for the first time

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/spewing_5_000_barrels_of_oil

Something Appearing out of Nothing

Sitting with a broken left clavicle after having had a harsh collision involving my body, acceleration, gravity and terra firma – while attempting to catch a disc in the end zone in an ultimate frisbee game – I’ve had the opportunity to slow down and have my life go into a bit of a slow mindful motion…or at least that’s what appears to be gently landing into my routine. I had been actively referencing aspects of this oil spill crisis and the conflicting images of Obama and what he has and hasn’t supported…on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/carol.keiter
and decided to cross reference some of these here, along and with some inspiring words.

Quotations “A human being is a part of the whole called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. One experiences one’s self, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

In a previous blog about my hitchhiking adventure, I incorporated this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ehS_94hvo

The Indians mention that these holy crystal sculls of silica are able to store gigantic amounts of knowledge – a cosmic memory – enabling us to leave our prison of limited consciousness and open us up to new dimensions in space and time. It’s another angle of the concept which Einstein was talking about in this statement.

I find the contents of this note written on their 25th Anniversary Issue, by Eric Utne who founded Utne Reader, to be really encouraging. Especially reading through to the 2nd page, of his hopes for what can happen! with hope and love,
Carol

http://www.utne.com/Media/25-Years-and-Dreaming.aspx

I’ve just gathered various wall postings on my Facebook page over the last few hours/day, to repost here!

I was once again aghast when I heard that Obama was planning to open up legislation allowing oil companies to drill for oil in various oceans around the US – for the 1st time in 20 years. (The first time I was shocked was when he mentioned Afghanistan before he was even elected.) Drilling for oil in pristine waters just didn’t seem to follow or be congruent with what I thought Obama stands for. And I have been absolutely devastated and literally crying about what is happening in terms of the amounts of oil continually gushing into the gulf. I feel complete sorrow for all of the helpless wildlife, and sure, I know what it is to struggle for work too and sympathize with the people. We can employ a lot of people if we start researching and implementing renewable energy sources on a massive scale….there are a lot of things that can blossom from these disasters, such as gaining footholds in a completely new healthy direction; introducing more transparency, more open-source type concepts, tear down the borders separating people, find the core within all of us that we share, and respectfully live in harmony with all of life – including this planet. Sometimes it takes going in the wrong direction, to discern that it is a wrong direction, before we can make steps in the right one. Let’s stop letting apathy or delusions about money get in the way of life, of humanity, of human beingness and becoming…and have integrity to say what we know is right and let our voices be heard towards > building new paths and strengthening our hearts and minds in new directions. Life and love beyond borders.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling/?rc=fb

and more! an inconvenient truth about the current ‘climate bill’
…”Outrageously, and at great danger to our economy and ecosystem, this bill provides for new offshore oil drilling…To hear their arguments, you’d think the bill adds important safeguards and limits to offshore drilling. But in reality, it significantly expands offshore drilling. Given that hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico each day with no end in sight, there is no excuse for increasing offshore drilling with this bill.”

http://www.credoaction.com/campaign/caa_kgl/?r=5518&id=9144-1050481-hQDHD2x

“Obama: This Is Your Crude Awakening”
https://secure.avaaz.org/act/index.php?r=act

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1833

and as far as volunteering in the Gulf, these organizations have a clue, and can direct volunteers to attend intensive education and training, and then put people to work in whatever way that they can offer their services. A person needs to be trained because it’s really toxic!

http://www.audubonaction.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=3400

or

https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/316/personalopt1.asp?formid=oilspill

I think the CEO’s of BP and Halliburton should get the fuck out there, take off their ties and get their fingers into cleaning up this toxic liquid black gold as well, and not just for a 10 minute photo-op.

https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2519&s_src=socnet&s_subsrc=facebook

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1833

Amy Goodman’s Look Into the Corroded Politics beneath the BP Oil-Ill Calamity in the Gulf

This link to Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” broadcast, reveals detailed information about not only the 20,000 square mile oil slick caused by the BP oil well leak casualty, in which the oil continues to bubble up from its’ source at 5,000 barrels per day, but also about the politics gushing to the surface.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/spewing_5_000_barrels_of_oil

What’s disturbing, was hearing in her report that President Obama had two weeks ago authorized a plan for a vast expansion in oil drilling, opening up large areas in the Atlantic as well as off the coast of Alaska, for the first time in decades. Uh, did I hear this correctly? There had been a 27 year moratorium against off shore drilling and Obama just wooshed it into non-existance? Now I flash back to when I was exhilarated hearing Barrack speaking before an excited crowd in Berlin, Germany two summers ago, and shocked when he mentioned something about maintaining a military presence in Afghanistan…I thought, did he really just say that? Is this the President elect who stated firmly that he’s against war?

And now I’m thinking about the bank bailout, and wondering, is it perhaps true what Eva Morales of Bolivia stated in a previous interview on Democracy Now. Regarding whether he sees a difference between Bush’s presidency and that of Obama’s, he retorted, “only their skin color is different.”

Now I really don’t want to point the finger at Barack Obama, as I’ve always felt intuitively that he genuinely does want to empower people and make massive positive changes. And I always felt that he spoke from the heart, that he means what he says and has integrity…did.

What I do believe, is that for him to have gotten to where he is, and to maintain his position, that he has to do an enormous amount of bending-over, to the corporate globalized powers that be, who continue to throttle and persuade and bottleneck any wayward opinions from their vision and path of ascendancy. However a downward spiral of reckless fallout is what appears to be sneaking into our faces.

What can we do about this? I guess it’s a matter of willingness to listen and understand what is going on, and then to let our voices be heard – through whatever means – individually or through joining with groups mobilizing to simultaneously inform us and give us a voice. Specifically, we all need to take actions, which reflect being clear and knowledgeable about the repercussions of whatever we do, what we purchase and the activities we participate in. Whatever sort of ‘direct action’ we can make, towards responsibly making our voices heard and changing our habits, towards supporting more environmentally sustainable practices, are examples for others to follow as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_action

To Your Health,

Carol

“You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” Woodrow Wilson Address at Swarthmore college, 1913.

Keep your thoughts positive, because they become your words.
Keep your words positive, because they become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because it becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because they become your values.
Keep your values positive, because they become your destiny.
Mahatma Ghandi

• An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
• Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
• Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
• Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
• Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.