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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, 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.

Constant Mind-fucking.

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.


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Bob's Party Time Lounge said…
The oil is underwater, the corexit worked. When all the people get sick the corexit will have worked again. Chairman Obama the glorious rockstar messiah© must own stock in the company that makes corexit. All organic oil busters such as hair, mushrooms, and hay were turned down for corexit. Just read an article about all the czars and what they are really about and it was scary indeed. On a lighter note saw a funny cartoon in the local Harlow Higgenluper newspaper that showed all the girls on the view under a sheet in bed with the obamessiah the caption cloud said "does anybody have a cigarette" muahaha. Laughter is good.
A. Peasant said…
that is bad news about Jane.

re: the gulf, any death and destruction that follows will be blamed on anything and everything that might be convenient, but not on corexit.

they accomplished their goal. they got the corexit into the environment, so now the drama is over. the circus is leaving town.
Anonymous said…

Well lets hope the circus is leaving town but like we discussed a bit there are a lot of plates around the gulf area. When you put a book on a balloon and let the air out what happens? 3.0 quake in you guessed it Louisiana. Now that may sound small but their worst was 1930 a 4.0.

I watch these things Peasant, just call me Dr. Doom!

According to Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, an Italian theoretical physicist, and major complex and chaotic systems analyst at the Frascati National Laboratories in Italy the gulf stream is still stalled. I wonder if these monkeys though about any of this when they were planning this affair?

Scientists have found signs of an oil-and-dispersant mix under the shells of tiny blue crab larvae in the Gulf of Mexico, the first clear indication that the unprecedented use of dispersants in the BP oil spill has broken up the oil into toxic droplets so tiny that they can easily enter the foodchain.
chuckyman said…
The outcome could simply be the blatant use of chemical warfare on the population of the US. Mission accomplished. DM called this as a tar volcano some time ago and got a lot of stick for it from some at LV’s place. It’s still too early to tell on this one especially in light of this story.

I keep checking this site on earthquake activity. Some interesting activity down your neck of the woods DM.

Just click on the map to zoom in on any region
A. Peasant said…
chuck, personally i think that was the main goal -- chem warfare that can be plausibly denied. the results (illness etc) will then be used to justify other actions down the road. however there is also the financial angle covered by aan. some BP people would have had to play along with that though, so there had to be a higher goal and i think that was using the corexit.

someone called BS on the loop current stalling in one of the comment threads here, but i don't remember which one. as i recall the current breaks up and reorganizes on a regular basis, and the allegation was that the scientist in the article didn't use enough data, so that it was seen as potential disinfo. i don't know. certainly we have a flipping shitload of disinfo to sort through.

but in any case a lot of weight just went on the scale that this was a giant psyop, because certainly many experts have spent a lot of credibility telling us this thing couldn't be capped and would gush for years. and lookie here they capped it no problem and the oil is all gone like magic.

so is it an unstoppable oil volcano or not?

let's see who actually loses credibility in the big wide world of experts.
freethinker said…
Oh not that Zangari crap again! Its complete alarmist bullshit. The charts are on the CCAR website for anyone to see, but its a little tedious as you have to generate each one via a web form for every required date. I spent some time doing this and found that the loop current broke last august in the same way as it has currently. Later I found that this is a well known natural cycle that repeats every 9 months or so.

What Zangari has done is present a small portion of the cycle as if it were a linear one-off event that has never happened before now. It is inconceivable that he did this by accident or through ignorance if he really is a scientist.

Don't take my word for it - go check the data on CCAR.

BTW I don't think concerns over corexit are at all alarmist.
A. Peasant said…
point taken freethinker, but it takes awhile for word to get around. this is the trouble with all the disinfo. there's an opportunity cost to run it down, as noted in the chamberlin piece linked up top about wikileaks being a dead-end endeavor, for instance, that will suck resources into rehashing what happened in the past and poring over all this data. meanwhile they are on to the next thing.
chuckyman said…
All good thoughts folks. My main thrust was that it’s too early to tell. Cause and effect lead me to think that we’re not out of the woods just yet.

I like your line of thought A.P that it was another case of the ‘booga booga’ fear factor. That certainly has a lot of mileage. Ratcheting up the fear works for them either way.

I read what you say freethinker. I’m by no means an expert on the Gulf loop’s mechanism. I was thinking along a line that we have no idea what the input of the leaked ‘oil’ and the ‘dispersants’ will do in the long term.

In regards to the dumping of corexit, I think the examples of Agent Orange in Vietnam and the use of depleted uranium and the subsequent horrors for the people of Iraq - Fallujah in particular - are an ominous portent.
It is difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff in these stories. Certainly many of the citizens are now thinking along the lines of ‘disaster’ planning and federal intervention. Pink Floyd said it - ‘another brick in the wall’.

v word = horse ???
Sathington Willoughby said…
Zangari was the name of the small African country in the overlooked Christopher Walken movie "The Dogs of War."
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