That is the great weakness in the Empire’s plan–by continually operating in a Hegelian manner (always manipulating both left and right, to force a consensus), every argument put forth by politicians or behaviorists, seeking to confine us within a narrow political spectrum, reaches a flipping point, where both synthesis and antithesis change direction, heading towards, instead of away from each other. It is at this flipping, or tipping point, where the original argument fizzles-out, losing its steam and forward momentum, and the threat we represent becomes the greatest. The greatest danger in allowing us to access inconvenient or incriminating evidence from the Internet comes just at the point of flipping. This is why the Internet has not yet been pulled out from under us. ~ Dangerous Conspiracy Theories by Peter Chamberlin
For instance, we are now seeing the flipping point of the Gulf Event.
BP oil spill: the disaster that never materialized
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico created "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced" according to Barack Obama. True or false? One hundred days after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, Time.com yesterday posted a report which seriously questions whether the damage caused is as bad as the US President and others have made out.
Under the title 'The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?', the award- winning journalist and author Michael Grunwald reports that the severe environmental damage prophesied by the White House and green campaigners has simply not materialised.
"The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared," geochemist Jacqueline Michel, who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana, told Grunwald.
Marine scientist Ivor van Heerden, a former professor at Louisiana State University, told Grunwald: "There's just no data to suggest this is an environmental disaster. I have no interest in making BP look good - I think they lied about the size of the spill - but we're not seeing catastrophic impacts."
Van Heerden, who is working for a spill response team being paid for out of BP funds, said: "There's a lot of hype, but no evidence to justify it."
...Grunwald acknowledges that the long-term potential fallout is "unknowable" at this relatively early stage. But the statistics now available do not point to the "environmental catastrophe" that even BP's Tony Hayward admitted to (after some prodding).
The effect on bird life is a case in point. Grunwald reports that clean-up teams have collected nearly 3,000 dead birds, but fewer than half of them were visibly oiled. The 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, by contrast, is estimated have killed as many as 435,000 birds.
None of this ever happened. OK? There is "no data" and "no evidence." The oil has disappeared, the dispersants have done their job! Phew! I know it's been hard to get data from BP but the "statistics now available" tell us that hardly any birds died and anyway half of them didn't die from the oil so.... see? Nothing to worry about. We don't know why they died maybe from old age.
Two reasons why the effects of the spill have not been as catastrophic as expected are that the leaking oil is unusually light and degradable, and that the water in the Gulf of Mexico is warm - certainly compared to the Prince of Wales Sound where the Exxon Valdez spilled its cargo of crude - which has helped bacteria break down the oil.
Grunwald, a senior correspondent for Time, who has won the Worth Bingham Prize and the Society of Environmental Journalists Award in his time, concludes: "Anti-oil politicians, anti-Obama politicians and underfunded green groups all have obvious incentives to accentuate the negative in the Gulf. "So do the media, because disasters drive ratings and sell magazines; those oil-soaked pelicans you saw on TV (and the cover of Time) were a lot more compelling than the healthy ones I saw roosting on a protective boom in Bay Jimmy."
Aha, so he's saying that some people have an agenda. But he doesn't, certainly not. He's a senior correspondent for Time and has won prestigious awards.
Read the comments.
The narrative turns.
BP's evaporating oil slick leaves Americans without a villian
So, the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is disappearing much more quickly than expected. Nature is taking its course, aided by a naval-size flotilla of skimming boats and some powerful chemical dispersants.The sea's warm surface and oil-munching bacteria have dissipated the slick to such an extent that a planeload of journalists had to fly for an hour before their pilot could find a patch of oil. His relief, according to one reporter on board, was comparable to the anxious captain of a tourist boat spotting a distant pod of dolphins.
It turns out that the playful sea mammals, like other creatures, suffered much less damage than was forecast. A grand total of three dead dolphins covered in oil have been recovered by wildlife rescue teams. The spill has so far killed less than one per cent of the number of birds claimed by the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska in 1989.
With the gush plugged for the past two weeks, experts are beginning to question whether the BP spill can really be called an environmental disaster at all.
...It was also a reminder that the primary purpose of a scapegoat is to deflect blame. Amid the anger at BP, there were very few in government, the environmental movement or the media prepared to acknowledge that the despoliation of the Gulf and of the Louisiana coast has been going on for decades.
Long, long ago the state – and its people and its elected representatives – embraced oil and all its hazards. Development of the industry was rampant, corrupt, poorly regulated and carried out with little regard to the delicate marshlands that everyone was so worried about once the BP well burst open.
The thirst for oil, and the jobs and revenues it brought, led to the construction of 4,000 offshore oil and gas platforms. Thousands of miles of pipeline and a complex of roads and canals contributed to the disappearance of more than 2,000 square miles of Louisiana coastline over the past century. Teams assessing the damage caused by BP to the wetlands found 350 acres of oily marshes, but the state was already losing many times that amount every year.
As the Washington Post's energy correspondent put it, Louisiana had become a "Cajun sheikhdom", with over-dependency on one commodity leading to underdevelopment in many areas.
That reliance explained why the major issue for locals during the spill was not the nationality of the BP's CEO. They cared about prompt payment of compensation – and there are few complaints heard about that these days – and President Barack Obama's moratorium on deep-water drilling, which was regarded as a mass job-deprivation programme.
The vilification of Hayward was a Washington affair and the onus is now on Washington to craft an energy policy that will exploit natural resources while offering better care for local environments and requiring stricter adherence to safety standards from the industry.
BP, having committed a colossal and tragic error, seems to be doing its part. It is now up to America's politicians to do theirs.
Recap of the narrative plot turn:
- BP is good.
- The oil is gone.
- The animals are fine.
- The food is safe.
- Americans are greedy.
- Americans are stupid.
The Corexit has entered the environment. Mission accomplished. Time to move on.
See: aangirfan: After 20 July, the BP oil spill became small.
On 11 July 2010, Exxon was given the nod to mount a £100bn BP takeover
On 20 July 2010, David Cameron met Barack Obama and Cameron argued in favour of the financial survival of BP. After 20 July, the BP oil spill became small.
The next one is lined up and ready to go...
Companies start shipping US flu vaccines
* 170 million vaccines expected for U.S. market
* Universal vaccination now recommended
WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - Two flu vaccine makers said on Friday they had started shipping supplies for the U.S. market, one of the earliest starts ever to distributing seasonal influenza vaccine....The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone be vaccinated against seasonal flu this year, the most universal recommendation yet for flu vaccines.