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Before You Make Any Long-Term Plans…You Better Read This….


Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 and obtained on April 22, 2010.

(This article was re-printed from PetroleumWorld.com.) 

By Christian A. DeHaemer

The Dwarves dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum… shadow and flame.

 — Saruman, The Lord of the Rings

There is something primordial about BP’s quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep. I don’t know if you’ve stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to do…The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That’s the depth of the Grand Canyon from the rim. And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that — Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare. Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed. It was unstable and many think BP sought it out because seismic data showed huge pools of methane gas — the very gas that blew the top off Deepwater Horizon and killed 11 people. More than a year ago, geologists criticized Transocean for putting their exploratory rig directly over a massive underground reservoir of methane. According to the New York Times , BP’s internal “documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of ‘well control.’ And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.” The problem is that this methane, located deep in the bowels of the earth, is under tremendous pressure… Some speculate as much as 100,000 psi — far too much for current technology to contain. The shutoff vales and safety measures were built for only 1,000 psi. It was an accident waiting to happen… And there are many that say it could get worse — much worse. Geologists are pointing to other fissures and cracks that are appearing on the ocean floor around the damaged wellhead. Continue reading

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Oil Spill Far Worse than BP Admits

Check out this video from an amatuer photographer flying over the gulf oil spill. It demonstrates clearly why BP is restrcting access and limiting media coverage.

 

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U.S. Army Threatens Kids with ‘Jail’ for not Enlisting

Army recruiter Sgt. Glenn Marquette, has been lying to high school students about their obligations under a non-binding military “delayed entry program.” Worse yet, he has been threatening them with jail if they don’t follow through and enlist when the students are under no obligation to do so.

Eighteen year old high school senior Irving Gonzales told KHOU 11 News in Houston that he thought about enlisting in the Army as a way of helping out his family financially, so he signed up for the “delayed entry program.” The rules of the program are specific. Anyone who signs up for the program is in no way obligated to follow through and enlist. It’s like pre-season football sort of.

But when Gonzales told U.S. Army recruiter, Glenn Marquette, that he’d changed his mind and would, “…just stay here, go to college,” Marquette informed him he couldn’t get out because “you signed a binding contract.”

U.S. Army recruiting regulations state that “delayed entry members can leave any time” and “under no circumstances can a recruiter threaten or intimidate future soldiers,” much like Marquette did.

In an audio recording played by KHOU News in Houston, Gonzales asked, “What if I just don’t show up?”

Marquette replied flatly, “Then guess what? You’re AWOL. … You want to go to school? You will not get no loans (nice grammar)… As soon as you get pulled over for a speeding ticket … they’re going to see that you’re a deserter. Then they’re going to apprehend you, take you to jail.”

Marquette added, “All that lovey dovey I want to go to college and all that? Guess what? You just threw it out the window.”

Nice.

Marquette refused to be interviewed and has not responded to Capitol Street’s request for comment via e-mail. 

The Army says that making threats as Marquette did, is a violation of recruting regulations and that he has been removed from his duties. 

This is the second time in the past year that KHOU News  has uncovered such behavior by U.S. Army recruiters. The last officer involved in that earlier incident was even promoted to station commander, responsible for training and supervising other recruiters.

And so it goes.

Remember kiddies, there are a few simple rules in life. One is, the house always wins. The other , is that recruiters always lie…always. Besides, you don’t have to enlist to lose your retirement and get screwed out of your benefits, just go to work for any American company and wait a while. At least you won’t be getting shot at in Iraq.

End of the lesson.

Link to KHOU story here

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New Miley Cyrus Soft Porn Photos Surface…

Disney’s Hannah Montana is at it again. Here are some photos that were leaked of ‘innocent’ Miley posing in wet t-shirt and red lingerie for her boyfriend Nick Jonas.

Remember folks…she’s fifteen years old.

Walt Disney must be rolling in his grave. This is the ideal we want our young women to live up to? When are lawmakers going to put a stop to underage porn? I guess this is what you get when daddy pimps out his little girl to Vanity Fair, with an eye on re-kindling his mediocre/stalled singing career.

Read this related story –
Can rape sometimes be the victim’s fault? – at our sister site Ideas and Revolution.
Look for my comment relating Miley Cyrus and the socializing of young girls into accelerating their sexuality to the post.

Photo source: Ocean Up

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Another Gay Republican? Scott McClellan Seen in Texas Gay Bars?

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Online investigative site RawStory.com is suggesting that former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan may be gay and was a regular at gay bars in Texas.  

Move Over Larry Craig!

Quoting an unnamed source, RawStory reported that McClellan visited an Austin, Texas gay bar on March 19, 1995. RawStory, has also outed other gay Republicans, and claims it’s source “reserved comment on whether McClellan was actually gay, but said he was frequently seen at gay clubs.” Another source confirmed McClellan was a regular at gay clubs in Austin where he lived.

“He was often seen in gay clubs in Austin, Texas and was comfortable being there,” the source told RawStory. “He’s been seen in places that normal people who are looking for heterosexual relationships are not seen alone.” RawStory also reported that there is a link between McClellan and the man who posed as a journalist. The man, said to be Jeff Gannon, had sent McClellan a wedding card when the Bush aide married. Gannon, who wrote for two conservative web publications, was exposed last week as J.D. Guckert. (story) The card to McClellan was apparently signed by Guckert. 

McClellan frequently defended Bush policies including the President’s push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

In addition to posing as Gannon, Guckert operated several gay sex Web sites, some linked to hustling. 

Source: http://www.rawstory.com/exclusives/steinberg/sadist_or_queer_eye_032805.htm

Related Link: http://www.365gay.com/newscon05/02/021405whAide.htm

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