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HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
Mensch99
12:05 PM on 05/18/2010
Dangerous anarchists are not those weird guys dressed in black protesting the WTO.

Dangerous anarchists are the BP execs in Brooks Bros. suits. No rules, no government, just do what you like.
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swengnikaerb
47% Never ASKED for a Tax Cut!
12:11 PM on 05/18/2010
How quickly we have forgotten the lessons of Enron....
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12:31 PM on 05/18/2010
Ain't no prison for the corporation.

Russell Means
The Radical
1995
12:50 PM on 05/18/2010
Maybe there will be prison now that the Supreme Court has decided that corporations are people?

Naw! Rich people don't go to prison either...
11:53 AM on 05/18/2010
. Rush Limbaugh: Oil Spill is as "Natural as the Ocean Water is."
It's only fitting that our list begins and ends with Limbaugh. The first statement he made, while undeniably stupid, is the sort of thing that he can be counted on to spout while blathering about the 'left' and those 'wacko environmentalists'. But this statement is 100% objectively stupid: ""The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there," Limbaugh said. "It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is."

Woops. Here's TreeHugger's Michael Graham Richards taking down:

This shows a total lack of understanding, a big 'science fail'... "Natural" doesn't always mean good, despite what the marketing people would like you to believe. Arsenic, lead and mercury are as natural as can be, but you wouldn't want them in your food or your living room. Well, crude oil is also natural, but it's toxic to most living organisms (exceptions are rare, mostly bacteria), and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are the living room and fridge of countless species.

And once again, Rush Limbaugh has been proven to be, wholly and unequivocally, an idiot.
12:14 PM on 05/18/2010
That was an amazing collection of cretin quotes. Thanks for the compilation LazerCat!
leftword
To deny reality is to embrace ignorance
12:28 PM on 05/18/2010
What's Rush care? He lives in Costa Rica now.

Doesn't he?
11:53 AM on 05/18/2010
2. Tony Hayward, CEO of BP: "What the hell did we do to deserve this?"
How about not complying with safety regulations, lobbying hard for softer, 'voluntary' safety reports as opposed to proper oversight, and boasting a history of negligence and accidents, for starters? Yes, the CEO of BP reportedly asked that question aloud to fellow executives in London -- and maybe he should take a closer look at his company's lousy safety record before counting himself (and his $5 million a year salary) as so unfortunate.
11:53 AM on 05/18/2010
3. T. Boone Pickens: "All of that will get cleaned up and we'll be back"
T. Boone Pickens, the famed oil man and architect of the thus-far non-operational Pickens plan, has made a surprisingly overoptimistic and largely ignorant assessment of the spill:

this is, you know, an unusual case but there've been others like this so I think way too much is being made of the... of the oil that's being... that's coming out there in the Gulf. All of that will get cleaned up and we'll be back... we'll be back to normal, the world hasn't changed because of this blowout.

He said this on MSNBC just last Sunday, when there was already plenty of evidence contrary to nearly all of those points: Experts have said that they'll be "lucky" if 15% of the spill gets cleaned up -- most of it simply will not. Secondly, there have not been others like this, as bad as this -- not in US history.
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judibluiz
There is no planet B
12:02 PM on 05/18/2010
T. Boone Pickens is the founder and CEO of BP Capital.
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PUAAN
antibiotics wiped out my micro-bio
12:43 PM on 05/18/2010
And there is absolutely NO evidence that any of the "others like this" every cleaned up completely. Crude from the Exxon spill is still found on the beaches in Alaska.
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HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
frameofmind
01:41 PM on 05/18/2010
Tons of oil still remains in the eco system of Prince WIlliam Sound.
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HUFFPOST SUPER USER
sgraham59
Don't Let The Bastards Win
11:53 AM on 05/18/2010
Rush Tar Ball wants the Seirra Club to clean up the mess
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/18/rush-limbaugh-audio-when_n_580139.html
11:52 AM on 05/18/2010
. Bill Kristol Says Offshore Drilling Should be Brought Closer to Land
The conservative thought leader Bill Kristol has made a remarkably idiotic statement in the wake of the BP oil spill -- saying that "If we hadn't stopped closer-in drilling after the Santa Barbara accident 40 years ago -- we've had these Congressional restrictions until 2008, for 40 years -- we'd have more drilling closer in which is probably less dangerous, less treacherous than trying to drill 50 miles out from the coast," in a discussion on Fox News. Of course, if Kristol had his way, the oil would be piling up on shore much, much sooner, and preventative and cleanup efforts would be next to impossible.
11:51 AM on 05/18/2010
5. Sarah Palin Promotes Offshore Drilling As Massive Oil Leak Continues
File this one under the 'you've got to be kidding me' header. Seriously? Doesn't Palin at least have PR advisers that can tell her to hold off on promoting offshore drilling while the biggest offshore drilling accident in US history is spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf? Evidently not -- she went right on calling to 'Drill, Baby, Drill' at a speech in Kansas City last Saturday.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/7-stupidest-statements-bp-gulf-oil-spill.php
11:50 AM on 05/18/2010
To illustrate, I bring you the 7 stupidest things said about the BP oil spill so far . . .

6. Rep. Taylor Compares Oil Slick to Chocolate Milk
On a television at a local station in Biloxi, Representative Gene Taylor (D-MS) attempted to downplay the severity of the oil leak -- yes, the one that is spewing at least 200,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico -- by comparing it to chocolate milk. Taylor said, "I would remind people that the oil is twenty miles from any marsh. ... That chocolate milk looking spill starts breaking up in smaller pieces ... It is tending to break up naturally." His 'it's-not-that-bad" message took the host by surprise -- but his embarrassingly misleading attempts to save face for offshore drilling practices makes sense, as he's long a staunch supporter of expanding offshore drilling.
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HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
frameofmind
01:50 PM on 05/18/2010
Most recent numbers on the flow rate are 50,000 to 70,000 barrels a day. 42 gallons per barrel
02:19 PM on 05/18/2010
This is now a low estimate. There are now credible estimates that the flow rate is several hundred thousand barrels per day. This crisis just keeps getting unimaginably worse.
11:48 AM on 05/18/2010
Rush Lipbalm can now eat chocolate flavored tar balls from his back yard. Classic.
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nirek
Proud progressive Vietnam vet. against WAR
12:53 PM on 05/18/2010
You are a good cat!
Thanks for the great posts!

Nirek (a cat lover)
11:43 AM on 05/18/2010
All of those people who rely on a healthy Gulf for their daily income. Not to mention billions of lost tourism revenue.

I am at a loss, the political heavies and corporate thieves will some how get away with paying for a minuscule fraction of the cleanup whilst the US tax payer will add "our share" to 'our share" of the fa king bank bailout.

Sorry for being down today, its cloudy and depressing and the news is all bad.

Well, I can always look forward to a magical Age of Ethics! That will cheer me up!
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PUAAN
antibiotics wiped out my micro-bio
12:40 PM on 05/18/2010
Hot and sunny in my neck o'woods and I'm going between fury and despair.

Wish I could join you in the Age of Ethics--is that the same one where people have open minds and care about what happens to each other and their environment?
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nirek
Proud progressive Vietnam vet. against WAR
12:58 PM on 05/18/2010
Judging by the posts on this thread , I'd say there are a lot of us who care about the environment! We are all sad that this failure has done so much damage and is going to happen.

Nirek
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HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
Librick
May the four winds blow you safely home
11:37 AM on 05/18/2010
That photo above pretty much sums this whole mess up.
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ClassicalGas
Find me at Jackhole's Realm
11:31 AM on 05/18/2010
From http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20100512/Stupak.Opening.05.12.2010.pdf

Opening Statement
Rep. Bart Stupak, Chairman
Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
“Inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Oil Spill”
May 12, 2010

First, a tiny bit of BP's history in Alaska:

"In March of 2006 BP discovered their pipeline on Alaska’s North Slope had spilled more than 200,000 gallons of oil on the tundra, making it the largest spill in North Slope history. Our hearings discovered that significant cost cutting measures resulted in decreased maintenance and inspections of the pipeline and BP’s management culture deterred individuals from raising safety concerns.
Since our last hearing BP has experienced continued problems on the North Slope"

There follows a list of 'accidents' associated with North Slope operations.

The rest of this of this statement addresses issues with the blow out preventer, which was severely compromised.

This company is just flat irresponsible and we should not allow it to operate within the United States.
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sgraham59
Don't Let The Bastards Win
11:41 AM on 05/18/2010
Did you expect anything different
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ClassicalGas
Find me at Jackhole's Realm
11:47 AM on 05/18/2010
Nope, just posting an update for the newbies, it's just infuriating.
11:31 AM on 05/18/2010
THIS PRODUCT COULD CLEAN UP THE OIL IN THE GULF.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRvOOHxusrg
11:31 AM on 05/18/2010
It came from outer space!
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MARYHOBE
Member of the tribe of man
11:19 AM on 05/18/2010
I look at all the posts and I don`t see anything coming from the Right. Guess this one hits too close to home! Oh wait heres something, "S__t happens."