Regarding the Gulf oil spill, we are a captive audience, relying on information from untrustworthy sources to tell us about events taking place in the ocean.
The only thing we can really analyze are the narratives.
The official narrative says this is an accident, no doubt with some human error, combining with the ever-unpredictable mother nature, to create a disaster of biblical proportions. Let's repeat:
Human Error + Mother Nature = Disaster of Biblical Proportions
And of course, they're doing everything they can to fix it but dammit it's just complicated. But they will get it done. We'll talk about what it costs and who picks that tab up down the road. Right now the important thing is to get this leak stopped.
Do you notice that the official narrative is also an X-wars narrative?
There's nothing you can do, see? That's the point. You are helpless and powerless.
Running parallel to this official narrative is another narrative, a surreptitious narrative: the conspiracy to hide the scope of the disaster.
Suspicion builds that it is much worse than they let on. Is that possible? Absolutely. This leads right into extrapolating, and extrapolating leads into mass die-off scenarios.
If it's true that millions upon millions of gallons of crude oil are flooding the Gulf with no end in sight, the massive oil slicks being created could make their way into the Gulf Stream currents, which would carry them not only up the East Coast but around the world where they could absolutely destroy the global fishing industries.Is it that bad? Are they not telling us? How would we know? We are a captive audience. Maybe it is and maybe it isn't. Motives can work either way.
Already these slicks are making their way into Gulf wetlands and beaches where they are destroying birds, fish, and even oyster beds. This is disastrous for both the seafood industry and the people whose livelihoods depend on it. It's also devastating to the local wildlife which could begin to die off from petroleum toxicity. Various ecosystems around the world could be heavily impacted by this spill in ways that we don't even yet realize.
There's no telling where this continuous stream of oil will end up and what damage it might cause. Theoretically, we could be looking at modern man's final act of destruction on planet Earth, because this one oil rig blowout could set in motion a global extinction wave that begins with the oceans and then whiplashes back onto human beings themselves.
But do you see that this narrative also confirms the official narrative? We still end up with a Disaster of Biblical Proportions, while adding a twist to gratify the conspiracy theorists.
Human Error + Mother Nature + Conspiracy to Hide the Truth = Disaster of Biblical Proportions
What other narratives are in play? Well, there's the narrative over the people working to solve the problem. The best and the brightest are working on the problem.
They are actually having FUN.
Hmm. Sixty percent coming from BP, and the rest from other oil companies and private companies, and US agencies. So what percentage might be representing the public interest? Twenty percent? Just guessing here. How do we suppose that our public interest will be served under these circumstances? Do we suppose that perhaps some solutions might be passed over because they would be too costly to the private interests, which are massively represented in the "war room?"[Bob] Fryar [senior vice president of BP’s exploration and production business in Angola] said 400 to 500 people are working at the center, with 60 percent coming from BP and the rest from other oil companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, private companies and U.S. agencies. While people are tired from long, pressure-filled days, the spirit in the crisis room is positive, Fryar said. The engineers enjoy the challenge of working on new problems, though they haven’t been able to stop the leak yet.
“It’s been a lot of fun doing this work,” Michael Byrd, a manager at the Houston spill headquarters said in an interview yesterday. “I wish it was under different circumstances.”
Common sense tells us that BP would absolutely want to downplay the spill and get off the hook for damages. Common sense tells us that the other private companies would be sensitive to the precedents being set. Therefore, common sense agrees that that the disaster must be worse than they let on.
Is it of biblical proportions? We don't know.
Would some people actually like a disaster of biblical proportions? A disaster that can be blamed on human error and mother nature? A disaster that can be plausibly denied?
Therefore, would they allow a bad situation to fester? Yes. That would do the trick.
You have to think like a death cult.
If you are a death cult, you like death. You like situations that cause death or threaten death, the bigger the better. But you would also like to get away with it. So it has to be an accident, and it has to be poorly managed, and it has to involve mother nature.
The death cult has two core competencies: killing and making money. Think of the destruction, and think of the clean up costs, which will SURELY exceed anything that BP will be on the hook for. This is a win win.
Let's talk about another narrative.
I just love how whenever it's convenient, when it's time to make money, we hear about the amazing R&D technological advances discovered by our corporations, our Mercks, our Archer Daniels Midlands, our Boeing, our BPs. Think about the advertising you've seen from the largest multi-national corporations. Do they or do they not spend huge sums of money advertising their cutting-edge expertise?
It's all about next-generation technology. They're going to solve all our problems. They hire the best talent money can buy. Supermarket to the world blah blah blah.
But then, when we could really use some great technological advances, when something goes wrong with one of their amazing projects, they suddenly got nothing. Mere mortals just like you and me, putting their pants on one leg at a time. Brainstorming in a conference room, offering a solution two or three months out... ? Seriously? That's what you got? Epic fail.
Aangirfan asks two important questions: 1) Did the US sabotage BP? and 2) Who knew in advance about the BP rig explosion?
Is this a case of elite factions battling each other, trying to get ahead financially by setting up short sales and then sabotaging BP?
Possibly. We know it's a crisis.
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” ~ Rahm Emanuel, November 2008
What are the things they think they could not do before? Pull down the rest of the economy... start a new war.... get a new fiat currency going...
How does this crisis fit into their plans? How does this oil spill JUSTIFY whatever comes next?
Mark Levin hosts a conservative radio talk show. He has a large audience.
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Don't forget your kneepads while listening!
Here's a transcript of an interview from the Mark Levin show, from Friday, April 30th 2010, when an anonymous caller contacted the show " to clarify the events that preceded the Deepwater Horizon tragedy."
1. This anonymous caller was on the rig.
James: Just want to clear up a few things with the Petroleum Engineer, everything he said was correct. I was actually on the rig when it exploded and was at work.
2. He says they conducted tests and the tests were sufficient to proceed.
Mark: Let me slow you down, let me slow you down. So they do all these tests to make sure the infrastructure can handle what’s about to happen, right?
James: Correct, we’re testing the negative pressure and positive pressure of the well, the casing and the actual marine riser.
Mark: OK, I’m with you. Go ahead.
James: Alright, after the conclusion of the test, they simply opened the BOP stack back up.
Mark: And the test, as best as you know, was sufficient?
James: It should have been, yes sir. They would have never opened it back up.
3. But a humongous gas bubble came up the well.
James: Correct. Once they open that plug to go ahead and start cementing the top of the well (the well bore), we cement the top, and then basically we would pull off. Another rig would slide over and do the rest of the completions work. When they opened the well is when the gas well kicked, and we took a humongous gas bubble kick up through the well bore. It literally pushed the sea water all the way to the crown of the rig, which is about 240 feet in the air.
Mark: OK, so gas got into it and blew the top off of it.
4. And yet it sounds like this should have been anticipated, except all systems failed. That is not explained.
Mark: Now don’t hang up. I want to continue with you because I want to ask you some questions related to this, OK? Including, has this sort of thing ever happened before, and why you think it may have happened, OK?
Mark: Alright, back to James, that’s not his real name, Dallas WBAP. I’m not going to give the working title of what you did there either, James, but I wanted to finish. So, the gentleman was right about the point that obviously some gas got into the, I’ll call it the funnel, OK?
James: Correct, and that’s not uncommon, Mark. Anytime you’re drilling an oil well, there is a constant battle between the mud weight, the drilling fluid that we use to maintain pressure, and the wellbore itself. There’s a balance. The well is pushing gas one way and you are pushing mud the other way. So there is a delicate balance that has to be maintained at all times to keep the gas from coming back in, what we call the kicks. You know, we always get gas back in the mud, but the goal of the whole situation is to try to control the kick. Not allow the pressure to differentiate between the vessel and the wellbore.
Mark: Well, in this case, obviously, too much gas got in.
James: Correct, and this well had a bad history of producing lots of gas. It was touch and go a few times and was not terribly uncommon. You’re almost always going to get gas back from a well. We have systems to deal with the gas, however.
Mark: So, what may have happened here?
James: Well, the sheer volume and pressure of gas that hit all at once which was more than the safeties and controls we had in place could handle.
So, even though they had conducted a test, and the test had passed, and managing the pressure is a "delicate balance" that has to be maintained at all times, and gas bubbles are "not uncommon," and even though the well had a "bad history of producing lots of gas," somehow all systems and safeties and controls failed to detect the "humongous gas bubble" that came up through the well.
5. REGRETTABLY, it's a case of HUMAN ERROR + MOTHER NATURE, Mark Levin and the insider both agree.
Mark: And that’s like a mistake on somebody’s part or maybe its just Mother Nature every now and then kicks up, or what?James: Mother Nature every now and then kicks up. The pressures that we’re dealing with out there, drilling deeper, deeper water, deeper overall volume of the whole vessel itself, you’re dealing with 30 to 40 thousand pounds per square inch range — serious pressures.
Mark: Not to offend you, but we just verified that you are who you are, which I’m sure you already knew that. I would like to hold you over to the next hour because I would like to ask a few more questions about this, as well as what happened exactly after the explosion, during the explosion and after. Can you wait with us?
James: Sure, I don’t know how much of that I can share, but I’ll do my best.
Mark: Alright, well I don’t want to get you in trouble. So if you can stay, fine, but if you can’t, we understand.
Mark Adrian Humphrey, actor, is the Harley shirt guy, the know-it-all witness.
Part 2 of the interview, in full. No there was no bomb, and no there was no terrorism, even though he's going to mention both things. And then he's going to tell you to get that out of your minds.
Mark: We are talking to a caller under an assumed name who was on the rig when it blew up, and we’ve been talking about how it happened. And now James, I want to take you to the point of when it happened. What exactly happened? Where were you standing?
James: Well obviously, the gas blew the sea water out of the riser, once it displaced all of the sea water, the gas began to spill out on the deck and up through the center of the rig floor. The rig, you have to imagine a rectangle, about 400 feet by 300 feet, with the derrick and the rig floor sitting directly in the center. As this gas is now heavier than air, it starts to settle in different places. From that point, something ignited the gas, which would have caused the first major explosion.Mark: Now, what might ignite the gas, do you know?
James: Any number of things, Mark. All rig floor equipment is what they consider intrinsically safe, meaning it cannot generate a spark, so that these types of accidents cannot occur. However, as much gas that came out as fast as it did, it would have spilled over the entire rig fairly rapidly, you know, within a minute. I would think that the entire rig would be enveloped in gas. Now a lot of this stuff, you can’t smell, you can’t taste it, it’s just there, and it’s heavier than oxygen. As it settled in, it could have made it to a space that wasn’t intrinsically safe. Something as simple as static electricity could have ignited the first explosion, which set off a series of explosions.Mark: Alright, so what happened? You’re standing where? You’re sitting somewhere? What happened?
James: Well, I was in a location that was a pretty good ways from the initial blast. I wasn’t affected by the blast. I was able to make it out and get up forward where the life boats were. The PA system was still working. There was an announcement overhead that this was NOT a drill. Obviously, we have fire drills every single week to prepare for emergencies like this (fire and abandonment drills). Over the intercom came the order to report to life boats one and two, that this was not a drill, that there is a fire, and we proceeded that way.Mark: So, the eleven men who died, were they friends of yours?James: Yes sir, they were.Mark: Did they die instantly?James: I would have to assume so. Yes, sir. I would think that they were directly inside the bomb when it went off, the gas being the bomb.Mark: So, the bomb being the gas explosion?James: Correct. They would have been in the belly of the beast.Mark: Now, let me ask you, and we have to be careful what we say because there are people that will run wild with ideas, so I just want to make sure
Mark: So, let me ask you this, why would the government send in a SWAT team to a rig? What’s that all about?James: Well, believe it or not, its funny you would mention that. Transocean, the drilling company, maintains a SWAT team and that’s their sole purpose. They’re experts in their field. The BOP, the blowout preventer, they call that subsea equipment. They have their own SWAT teams that they send out to the rigs to service and maintain that equipment.
Mark: Yeah but I’m talking about what are interior SWAT teams? What is that?
James: The interior, from the government now, I don’t have an idea about that, that’s beyond me. The other gentleman also mentioned the USGS that comes out and does the surveys. I’ve been on that particular rig for three years, offshore for five years, and I’ve seen a USGS one time. What we do have on a very regular basis is the MMS, which is the Minerals Management Service.
Mark: They’re all under the interior department.
James: OK. Yes. As a matter of fact, we were commended for our inspection record from the MMS. We are actually receiving an award from them for the highest level of safety and environmental awareness.
Mark: Well, I thought you were going to receive that award. Didn’t they put it on hold?
James: No, we have actually received that award. We received it last year. We may have been ready to receive it again this year.
Mark: Let me ask you this, so the life boats, how did you get into these life boats? Where are these life boats?
James: There are actually four life boats - two forward and two on the left, depending on where the emergency or the tragedy has taken place.
Mark: Did you wind up jumping in the water to get in to the life boat? Sometimes you have to do that.
James: I’ll just say that there were five to seven individuals that jumped and the rest went down in the life boats.
Mark: Alright, I won’t ask because you don’t want to identify yourself that clearly. Good point. How fast were the rescue efforts? How fast did they reach you?
James: It is common to have a very large work boat standing by, to bring tools out, groceries, and supplies; it’s a constant turn around. So we actually have a very large vessel real close by. It was actually along the side with the hose attached, taking mud off of our vessel on its own. It had to emergency disconnect and then pull out about a mile to stand by for rescue efforts. So, it was fairly quick.
Mark: How quick till the Coast Guard got there?
James: Mark, it’s hard to say, between 45 minutes to an hour is when I recall seeing the first helicopter.
Mark: Which is actually pretty fast because you are 130 miles offshore right?
James: Correct. If you look at the nearest spill of land which would be Grand Isle, Louisiana, somewhere in that area, we were only about maybe 50 miles where the crew flies up. From civilization, such as New Orleans, it would be 200 miles. The helicopter was more than likely 80 to 100 miles away.
Mark: You are going to be beset by lawyers, with the government, and others looking for an opportunity to make money. It’s going to get very, very ugly and the officials going there have really no backgrounds or experience... I mean, to what extent is that going to help anything? It’s silly.James: To me it seems knee jerk. The number one focus right now is containment. I like the idea about the boom. They are going to try to lower it down into the water to capture the leak.
Mark: How long might that take? I’ve been reading about this boom and it says that it could take 30 days to do that.
James: It very well could. You have to remember that this is a challenging environment. You know its 5,000 feet deep, there’s a tangled wreck of a rig with the marine riser still connected and twisted into a big wad down there. So it’s going to take some time to get all that stuff in place. The engineering has to be there; obviously they don’t want to rush into it. You want to move it expediently but you are risking the lives of those men that are going to go out there and try to attempt it - that’s just not right.
Mark: I was just going say that. That’s very dangerous, I mean extremely dangerous.
James: Absolutely, absolutely. There will be oil. There will be natural gases. All the same things that caused us to explode are still present, and they’re there. The pressure had been cut off dramatically, from the simple fact of the folding of the riser. Basically take this big garden hose and kink it several times.
Mark: How old is this rig? How long has it been there?
James: It was put in service in 2001. It’s a fairly new rig.
Mark: And, what is the sense in shutting down every rig in the Gulf of Mexico in response to this?
James: Absolutely senseless, whatsoever. This literally could very well be a once in a lifetime freak accident, or it could be negligence. That’s for other people to figure out. From my position, it just seems like every now and then, you can’t win against Mother Nature. She throws a curve ball that you are not prepared for.
Mark: But to shut down every rig in response to this? I mean... I’m not sure why.
that fucking bitch Mother Nature (source)
James: The BOP tests are literally mandated from the Mineral Management Service and they are conducted like clockwork. I mean, if any of those tests ever failed, they would have immediately stopped operations, sealed the well up, pulled the BOP stack back up on the deck, which is 48 hours minimum, and made the necessary repairs or replacement parts, and then would get it back down, re-connect, re-test, and keep testing it, until it passed or kept on repairing it until it passed.
Mark: So this was a… I mean this must have been harrowing to you. I mean to experience something like this.
James: That’s putting it mildly.
Mark: Anything else you want to tell me?
James: No, I just got into the truck to make a short trip and I heard a gentleman say something about possible terrorism and I want to put that to bed now. I understand you have a large audience. I appreciate your point of view. I try to listen to you as much as I can, the terrorism call just needs to leave everyone’s minds and let’s focus on the 11 men that are dead and the survivors. That’s where the focus of this country needs to be right now.Mark: Alright my friend, we wish you all the best and I tell you that it’s really God’s blessing that you survived, it really is.
James: Yes sir, I completely agree.
Mark: Alright James, thank you very much for calling and we appreciate it.
James: Thank you, Mark.
Mark: Alright, God bless.