Wednesday, September 29, 2010

COREXIT WARNING LABELS AND AREAS AFFECTED!

Don't let them tell ya that this is as harmless as Dawn Dishwashing Detergent. Read the labels for yourself.


GRC:RADIO interview Karen Mayer Hopkins Grande Isle,LA. 9-28-10

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

All four members of Project Gulf Impact were in hospital after “CHEMICAL POISONING” (VIDEO)

Project Gulf Impact interview (Matt Smith), Intel Hub Radio, September 28, 2010:
Occurred around September 20, 2010, a few days after a boat trip around Plaquemines Parish.

Project Gulf Impact: http://www.projectgulfimpact.org/
Original report here.
Full interview here.
NOTE FROM ANITA: This report states oil is everywhere, dead animal carcasses everywhere and people that are trying to bring the news to you are risking personal health and safety, they are all sick...
This includes the ladies from the Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana, Joannie Hughes, Victoria Perrin and Kindra Arnesen. Their Tuesday night show was done from the hospital bed last night on BlogTalkRadio by Joannie.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/chsl

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

L.A. Times publishes disturbing photo of child playing on Florida beach surrounded by oil cleanup workers

BP pays travel writers to ‘make it right’, Los Angeles Times September 28, 2010:

Pensacola

Head of EPA testifies that using dispersants in the Gulf was a "VERY EVIL" situation

Big Oil Plans Party Called Clean Gulf To Celebrate Gulf Rape — Corexit Protest October 19, 20 Tampa Florida

  Posted by Alexander Higgins - September 28, 2010 at 1:41 am - Permalink - Source via Alexander Higgins Blog
Big Oil Plans Party Called Clean Gulf To Celebrate Gulf Rape
 

Big Oil is throwing a party for getting away with raping the Gulf but residents have planned a protest to raise awareness of the danger of Corexit and to push lawmakers to ban it. If you can attend then RSVP below. If not pass it on to everyone you know.

Just in via Facebook:

Anita Stewart Anita Stewart http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149654818404994&ref=ts

These evil people are actually having a conference for the OIL SPILL CLEANUP industry in Tampa and Orlando. We are planning a protest and a press conference OUTSIDE. If you want to be a part of this, please RSVP on the event page and make it a point to BE THERE…and be sure to pass this on to your peeps in Tampa and Orlando…

And they are even calling this event: http://www.cleangulf.org/

Anti Dispersant Demonstration
Location:The Tampa Convention Center
Time:12:00PM Tuesday, October 19th and 12:00PM Tuesday, October 20th

And from the Event Demonstration Page:

Time
Tuesday, October 19 · 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location The Tampa Convention Center
333 S Franklin St
Tampa, FL

Created By

More Info Oct 20th as well same time .NALCO will be af vendor at this event. Our aim is two fold raise public awareness about the dangers of dispersants and eventually get the EPA to ban the use of Corexit. Several Gulf states are sponsoring this convention which they are calling “Clean Gulf”.

From CleanGulf:

250+ Exhibitors. More than 65 Speakers. Over 20 training sessions, panel discussions and workshops. Plan now to attend North America’s largest oil spill event for operators, responders and regulators.

CLEAN GULF is an essential destination for reaching key decision-makers and leaders who represent hundreds of millions of dollars of buying power. Showcase, demo and sell your products and services to buyers you will not see at other events.

Looking to build your brand and increase booth traffic? Stand out from the competition with our robust sponsorship packages that will enable you to prominently communicate your message to important, fast-growing marketplaces.

Check out our special expo-only packages, which include access to our one-of-a-kind solutions exhibition showcasing the latest tools and technologies… plus the keynote and general sessions and top-caliber networking receptions.

Instead of a convention to help clean the Gulf it sounds to me like Big Oil is throwing a party for getting away with raping the Gulf.

If you can attend the demonstration then RSVP here.

If not pass this on to everyone you know.

THE REAL REVOLUTION

Corporations are not people and money does not equal free speech.
THE CORPORATIONS RULE US...not our elected leaders. Does not matter what side of the aisle our leaders are from, they are ALL crooked and taking the... $$$ and making us drink the Kool Aid...NO MORE! I am SOOO done, stick a fork in me!
http://www.movetoamend.org

Do you think our leaders write the legislation that makes our laws? Think again! THE CORPORATIONS WRITE OUR LEGISLATION! Take the money out of politics, vote the corporate bastards out and elect CITIZEN LEADERS at all levels of government, the ones that are not on the take. If they have no money to finance their campaigns and are still running a campaign, then they are probably sincere, why else would they want to serve?...Vote for THOSE GUYS...

See http://www.opensecrets.org/ to see how much YOUR reps are taking...and from whom. And then EXPOSE them and don't vote for them! Encourage others to do the same. Then do not buy anything, just STOP...do not spend anything on retail, seek out recycled and repurposed and second hand for what you need. Get your food from Green markets, support your local businesses instead of BIG BOX stores...THAT is our REVOLUTION folks...and it will not include bloodshed. Just REFUSE to play their game...

Time for THIRD PARTIES and their candidates...

Anita Stewart
Sept 28, 2010

MOVETOAMEND.ORG--Spokesperson David Cobb's Presentation

THE CORPORATIONS RULE US!
PEOPLE, GET MOVING! See more at http://www.movetoamend.org
David Cobb--spokesperson for MOVE TO AMEND and Green Party Presidential Candidate in 2004
Part 1, 2, 3, and 4 of his presentation:



The Left Right Paradigm is Over: Its You vs. Corporations

 

Every generation or so, a major secular shift takes place that shakes up the existing paradigm. It happens in industry, finance, literature, sports, manufacturing, technology, entertainment, travel, communication, etc.

I would like to discuss the paradigm shift that is occurring in politics.

For a long time, American politics has been defined by a Left/Right dynamic. It was Liberals versus Conservatives on a variety of issues. Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice, Tax Cuts vs. More Spending, Pro-War vs Peaceniks, Environmental Protections vs. Economic Growth, Pro-Union vs. Union-Free, Gay Marriage vs. Family Values, School Choice vs. Public Schools, Regulation vs. Free Markets.

The new dynamic, however, has moved past the old Left Right paradigm. We now live in an era defined by increasing Corporate influence and authority over the individual. These two “interest groups” – I can barely suppress snorting derisively over that phrase – have been on a headlong collision course for decades, which came to a head with the financial collapse and bailouts. Where there is massive concentrations of wealth and influence, there will be abuse of power.  The Individual has been supplanted in the political process nearly entirely by corporate money, legislative influence, campaign contributions, even free speech rights.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE:

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/191/498/The_Left_Right_Paradigm_is_Over:_Its_You_vs._Corporations.html

***NOTE FROM ANITA!
THE CORPORATIONS RULE US!
PEOPLE, GET MOVING!
See more at http://www.movetoamend.org
ON FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Move-To-Amend/423436625530
MOVE TO AMEND FLORIDA on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Move-To-Amend-Florida/110269762366546

Monday, September 27, 2010

ALERT: Plumes of Corexit/oil mix causing microbes to have “Mutant DNA” that can be “passed on” says USF researcher appearing tomorrow on National Geographic

USF research included in TV special on Gulf spill, Tampa Tribune, September 27, 2010:

Excerpts

The [University of South Florida researchers] discovered plumes of dispersed oil at the bottom of an undersea canyon about 40 miles off the Florida Panhandle.

It was found to be toxic to microscopic sea organisms, causing mutations to their DNA. …

“I call these canaries in the coal mine as they are the first to feel the effects,” [University of South Florida researcher John Paul who is included in a documentary debuting Tuesday night in the National Geographic Channel] says. …

“The problem with mutant DNA is that it can be passed on and we don’t how this will affect fish or other marine life,” he says, adding that the effects could last for decades.

Testing the SMELL TEST...do U still want to take a chance on eating the seafood?

Interview with Lorrie Williams of the Gulf / she speaks on how Corexit spraying and toxic exposure has affected her family



Sunday, September 26, 2010

Corexit being used “as we speak” — “Sprayed directly into inland waters” (VIDEO)

September 26th, 2010

Toxicologist Dr. Riki Ott Interview, Ring of Fire Radio (Mike Papanatonio, Esq.), September 25, 2010:

Transcript Summary

Papantonio: Corexit it’s being dumped into the gulf even as we speak…

Ott: We have ample evidence now that these toxic chemicals and solvents are being sprayed directly into inland waters. … This puts dispersants into people’s backyards.

AFTER TESTINGTHEWATER.ORG'S REVEALING LAB RESULTS (173 PPM) in Sarasota, local media releases Advisory Report (a bit too little too late and no medical advisory--WHY?)

Sarasota issues beach water advisory for Ringling Causeway


There are 16 sampling sites in Sarasota County. Advisoris are in effect for Site 2 at the Ringling Causeway. CREDIT: Florida Department of Health
The Sarasota County Health Department monitors water quality weekly at 16 sites along Sarasota’s 34 miles of beaches. The program provides residents and visitors with accurate, up-to-date information on the water quality at local beaches. The following bacteria monitoring results have been issued for Ringling Causeway:
• Current advisories: Water quality at the Ringling Causeway does not meet current health standards for recreational waters. This advisory is due to an elevated level of bacteria, not the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
• The Sarasota County Health Department has detected elevated levels of bacteria at the Ringling Causeway. The geometric mean has become elevated for enterococcus. Enterococci are enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. If they are present in high concentrations in recreational waters and are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore, they may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
Precautionary signs have been posted, advising people not to swim or engage in water sports. The Health Department will conduct follow-up water sampling. Test results will be available by the end of the week. No other beach areas in Sarasota County are affected by this advisory.
Residents and visitors can visit www.OurGulfEnvironment.net and click on ‘water monitoring’ and click again on ‘bacterial testing’ to check beach water testing results of area gulf beaches. Or call the Sarasota County Health Department’s Environmental Health office at 941-861-6133.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

So going by the last video and the sand sculptures, why were people told they could not dig in the sand on the beach last week?

Is there a law for NO DIGGING SAND ON THE BEACH?

NO, and if it is on a NATIONAL SEASHORE...the sand BELONGS TO ME!

AP with BP: News outlet fails to mention BP funding sand castle event on "CLEAN BEACHES"

WEAR: "Seven of the world's top sand sculptors will be in Santa Rosa County this weekend, thanks to a grant from BP."
http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_st...

AP: Expert sand-sculpting artists from around the nation have begun a three-day competition in Navarre Beach on the Florida Panhandle... The artists say they want to highlight the area's clean beaches and erase images of this summer's destructive BP oil spill.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/24...

Allison Hendricks of TestingtheWater.org on ABC 7 Sarasota Toxic levels of crude on Siesta Key, Sarasota

Allison Hendricks of TestingtheWater.org on ABC 7 Sarasota
Toxic levels of crude on Siesta Key, Sarasota

***FROM ANITA STEWART:
Fingerprinting tests will soon be done which will confirm or not if this is the same oil from the Macondo well. TestingtheWater.org needs to raise the funds to do this. If you can help, please donate at http://www.testingthewater.org
Every little bit helps, but please give compassionately and generously!

The news story:
http://www.mysuncoast.com/Global/story.asp?S=13215804

ST. PETERSBURG - While the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is officially killed, the effects of the disaster are still on the minds of some concerned citizens who are willing to pay for their own laboratory tests to make sure the oil is not on our beaches.

Suncoast emergency management officials have said from the beginning of the oil spill that area beaches are clean and safe. But one group of citizens wanted to test the waters and beaches themselves, sending samples to a lab. The results just came back, and they say it shows toxic levels of oil found in the sand on Siesta Key.

St. Petersburg medical assistant Allison Hendricks' job is to help people. And when some of her patients, friends...even herself started to feel strange symptoms, she thought it could be coming from the water. "Nausea all the time, headaches all the time that they didn't have before, they're real tired...and I just thought it was necessary to take measures into my own hands. So I started doing my own sampling."

She became part of testingthewater.org, a site where concerned citizens are conducting their own tests all along the gulf coast. Last week Allison was out on Siesta Key taking samples when she says she spotted oil. "As soon as I walked out onto the actual beach I started crying…I saw all of what it is. And people would not know what it looks like unless you've done your research on what dispersed oil looks like."

Lab results found 173 parts per million of total petroleum hydrocarbons in the sand. "Those are not normal levels for any beach...the beaches should have been closed months ago," says Hendricks.

"That's a pretty low amount." Sarasota County Environmental Health Director Charles Henry says petroleum products are part of our everyday world, and finding some on the beach is no surprise.

But more tests have to be done to see exactly what carbons are found within that number. "We would have to explore that further and understand which particular compounds make up that TPH number to tell you whether or not there was any health concern," says Henry.

The Sarasota County Health Department has been taking samples of their own, and so far their tests have shown no sign of oil. "As we see the results we are monitoring for any concerns...and thus far we feel very confident that our waters are safe, our beaches are clean and oil free."

Tests still have to come back with a break out of all the compounds found, as well as a test to see if the oil is even linked to the BP oil well.

The Sarasota County Health Department, as well as testingthewater.org say they will continue to monitor our beaches.

The health department says they're thankful citizens are being proactive. They stress that if you do see something on the beach that you believe to be oil contact the state watch office.

For more information, visit http://www.testingthewater.org/ or http://www.scgov.net/NewsStories/news13.asp.

VIDEO:
http://www.mysuncoast.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?ClipID1=5142438&h1=Citizen%27s%20group%20say%20tests%20found%20oil%20on%20Siesta%20Key&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=179833&LaunchPageAdTag=News&activePane=info&rnd=22169559

What is making swans sick?

LAKELAND - Dr. Geoffrey Gardner, a Lakeland swan expert, is facing the challenge of a lifetime. Something is killing the seabirds and swans on Long Boat Key, and he has to find out what it is.

"Our concern is that it may be coming from toxins in the waters, something coming from the dispersants that might have been used for the Gulf oil spill," Gardner told FOX 13 on Thursday.

The birds started getting sick and dying two months after the spill. Gardner is wondering if seabirds may have come in contact with a chemical in the Gulf, then migrated here.

He has alternative hypothesis as well, which is a bit more ominous: could toxins from the spill be showing up in our area?

Either way, wildlife rehabbers who discovered the problem are concerned because they have been seeing an alarming number of gulls and terns die lately.

"When you have 65 birds die in less than six weeks, you have a problem," said Lee Fox, the founder of Save our Seabirds in Sarasota.

SEE MORE HERE:
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/polk/what-is-making-swans-sick-09232010

Seabirds dying close to where the TOXINS were CONFIRMED/Sarasota, FL

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dr. John singing BLACK GOLD...

TOURIST MARKETING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PUBLIC HEALTH!

State: Corexit 9527A ingredient 2-butoxyethanol “should be handled as a CARCINOGEN with EXTREME CAUTION” — NO safe level of exposure say scientists

LAB REPORT INCLUDED...
 

BP’s Corexit 9527A, used to disperse the oil, contains between 30-60% 2-butoxyethanol

Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet for 2-BUTOXY ETHANOL, New Jersey Dept. of Health and Human Services, August 2008 (Revised):

Excerpts

2-Butoxy Ethanol should be handled as a CARCINOGEN–WITH EXTREME CAUTION. …

The following chronic (long-term) health effects can occur at some time after exposure to 2-Butoxy Ethanol and can last for months or years:

Cancer Hazard: 2-Butoxy Ethanol may be a CARCINOGEN in humans since it has been shown to cause liver cancer in animals. Many scientists believe there is no safe level of exposure to a carcinogen.

Reproductive Hazard: 2-Butoxy Ethanol may damage the developing fetus. There is limited evidence that 2-Butoxy Ethanol may damage the male reproductive system (including decreasing the sperm count) in animals and may affect female fertility in animals.

2-Butoxy Ethanol may damage the liver and kidneys.

SEE MORE AT THE LINK:

http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/state-2-butoxyethanol-corexit-9527a

TO ANYONE WHO IS SICK IN THE GULF COAST REGION RIGHT NOW--READ THIS!

IMPORTANT URGENT PLEASE HELP US GET THIS OUT FAST sorry we just found out!

VIA:  Rob Coulon

The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine is meeting today and tomorrow to conduct a review of the “Federal Response to the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.” FINALLLY - great news, right? The conference includes many of the brightest doctors and researchers to discuss the health implications from human exposure to 4.9 million barrels of oil and 1.8 million gallons of Corexit. This is long over due…. Yes? Wait, lets look at this a little bit closer, shall we?

First of all - the conference is taking place Thursday - Friday Sept 23-24 and has not been promoted at all. The problem with this is that the research and conference is all about hearing directly from the people affected…a public workshop - which would be a great advantage for the people of Coastal Louisiana and all people of the Gulf area, if it were indeed being held in the Gulf area where they could actually participate.
 
The unpublicized conference and meeting is being held in central Florida - in Tampa. I consider myself fairly well in the loop on the subject as a member of CHSL as we are very involved in the short and long term health study and health effects of this crisis. However I found out about this by accident. Today. The day the public meeting was taking place. In Tampa.

It screams to me WHY?

If they are asking for the affected residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & Florida to attend and give input on their health issues, why not widely promote it heavy in those areas? Better yet, why not hold the conference in an area where people could actually attend? A midway point perhaps? The very people who need to attend do not have the financial means and good health to travel to Tampa to be counted. Plaquemines Parish is ground zero of this oil spill. The parish officials had no idea about this conference.

None of this made any sense to me, so I decided to dig deeper.

Here are a few interesting facts:

At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the IOM convened a public workshop June 22-23 2010 to begin planning for the surveillance of the Gulf oil spill's effects on human health. Speakers explored the potential adverse health effects for at-risk populations living in the Gulf region in general or assisting with clean-up activities. Participants also discussed current monitoring activities, the types of research methods and data sources currently available, and options to consider when developing short- and long-term surveillance plans. Additionally, participants considered effective ways to communicate potential health risks to the public and to engage them in research on the spill's effects.

On August 10,2010 - They released the document Summary “Assessing the Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human Health” which talks openly and very honestly about the use of dispersants and the oil spill in relation to human health - both long tem and short tem effects were taken into account. This document can be viewed at the link below. It is one of the first that seemed to mirror exactly what is going on with the health of people here in the Gulf. It explains in great detail the nature of illnesses and human health dangers associated with the spill and I was excited to read it being so well done by a reliable and well known source. It seemed that we might finally get somewhere on this topic.

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12949&page=55 Then, as luck would have it - They received a $10 million dollar grant to fund the project! What a huge break for the people of the Gulf region! Right?

Oh… wait…

On September 7, 2010, BP announced it would provide $10 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research into the potential health problems resulting from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP stated that the funds are intended to expedite work on the research priorities identified at the IOM’s June 22-23 workshop, "Assessing the Human Health Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill."

Ouch.

And here we find ourselves right back at the beginning of this note… asking WHY? Why would they hold a conference asking for cooperation of the affected people of the Gulf region; asking them to attend this meeting in Tampa without any advance notice and without making the state and Parish/Counties officials aware? Without even once contacting the actual people from whom they need input for the study - nor making it public by any means of promotion they will conclude our health issue impact! Perhaps it was an oversite? Perhaps they will not state in the study that no one showed up to confirm or report any health issues so must not be any. Perhaps, if we send them a note via email they will give us a way to offer feedback now - before the meeting ends Friday September 24 2010 without any input from those actually affected. I urge any and everyone with health issues to email us at CHSL with the following information so that we can send them the collected information - even if it means that we stay up all night compiling it and making sure it happens!

You can confirm the above with them - the contact info is:

The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine

Office of Reports and Communication

Phone: 202-334-2352

Fax: 202-334-1412

DO NOT let this happen. Be heard. Speak up! You have less than 12 hours to do so.

Email the following info to us.

Name:
Contact Number:
Parish/County:
State: 
Number of people in your household:
Ages of people in your household:
Please describe any symptoms that you have had that you feel are oil spill related:
Have you had medical treatment for the above?
Have you had any tests to confirm that your symptoms were caused by elements of the oil spill?
What were the tests/results?
Were you involved in the oil clean up? 
If so, were you a paid worker or volunteer?

Send info to Laheritagesociety@gmail.com

-- Visit us online at www.CHSLouisiana.org

Thanks for supporting the Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana - protecting and promoting our culture and heritage!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tampa Bay and West Coast of Florida--TESTING THE WATER - CITIZEN'S COALITION UPDATE

TESTING THE WATER - CITIZEN'S COALITION UPDATE

Mission Statement

This grassroots movement of concerned citizens is dedicated to ascertaining the true magnitude of health risks associated with exposure to oil and chemical dispersants in the Gulf waters through independent laboratory testing. 

Our citizen's coalition supports the advocation of the Precautionary Principle when it comes to Environmental Protection & Safety. 

 


Our latest test results came back positive for 179 parts per million of oil on Sarasota beach.

Interpretation
This finding is highly significant, as it appears the tide brought in weathered oil from beneath the surface of the Gulf, and that this will probably continue as we experience more storms and wave action moving forward into hurricane season. Keep in mind that the EPA's latest toxicological analysis of the crude oil from the Macondo prospect well showed it had an extraordinarily high toxicity, namely, 2.7 ppm was lethal to 50% of the test fish (Menidia) within 96 hours of exposure. Do we want our children playing in this sand? Or swimming in the water? 


The next step is to fingerprint the oil with an in-depth hydrocarbon test which will tell us if this is the same oil as from the Deepwater Horizon well. 
The time for action is now. We need to raise funds, #1: to get further testing on are already positive sample. #2 to embark on regular sand and water sampling throughout the coastal area.

You can donate here http://www.testingthewater.org/donate


The Oil and the Turtles

Letter from the Gulf

Every year, Rancho Nuevo, 900 miles southwest of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, sees a spectacular phenomenon: the arribada—mass nesting—of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, which has already neared extinction. This year, thousands of baby ridleys swam off toward a deadly new enemy.

WEB EXCLUSIVE September 21, 2010
Ridley-turtle hatchlings head into the Gulf in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Of all the devastation in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon blowout, no one single species is being directly affected as much as the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Only 8,000 adult females nested in 2009, and the adult males are thought to be even fewer. Those that remain have been hit hard. Most of the surviving juveniles inhabit the waters 20 to 30 miles from shore, feeding and growing in the same currents and gyres that collected the bulk of the four million barrels spewed by the now capped well. There were confirmed reports of ridleys being burned alive in the pools of corralled, concentrated oil that BP had been burning off during the spill.
Almost every gravid female ridley lays her eggs on a single beach in Tamaulipas, Mexico, coming ashore in a unique mass-nesting event known as the arribada—the arrival. Kemp’s cousins in the Pacific, the Olive ridleys, also do this, but the other five sea-turtle species (and a small percentage of ridleys) are solitary nesters and don’t always return to the same place. The arribadas happen at Rancho Nuevo—a beach 900 miles southwest from the blowout. It’s only 200 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. Not a bad drive, only I’m told it’s too dangerous because three warring factions of narcotrafficantes—the Gulf cartel, the Zetas (former hit men of the cartel), and a local mafia called La MaƱa—have been having shoot-outs along it. Instead, I fly to Tampico, the sleepy port where the opening scene of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was filmed, which is 60 miles south of Rancho Nuevo. (Not that Tampico is immune to the violence; the week before I arrive, the naked bodies of five policemen were found hanging from one of its bridges, I am told by a fellow gringo who narrowly escaped being shaken down at one of the narcos’ impromptu roadblocks right in the city.) I’m met at the airport by two people from the federal agency that manages Mexico’s protected areas, and they whisk me to the nearby Hampton Inn for the night.
In the morning we are driven to the Rancho Nuevo beach reserve by its director Dr. Gloria Tavera. Its 20 miles of wild white sand are patrolled three times a day by guards on A.T.V.’s, and 20 times a day or more during nesting season. Dr. Tavera tells me that the arribadas are over, but that the white ping-pong-ball-size eggs, having incubated for 45 days, are starting to hatch.
READ MORE AT THE LINK:
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/09/ridley-turtles-201009

BP Mercenaries In Fatigues Spraying Dispersants From Carolina Skiffs/More Photos for Proof

Posted to Alexander Higgins' Blog:

Hi Alexander
Here is a lovely photograph of a BP contractor off Devil’s Bay LA, hes a bit camera shy due to the effect that hes been caught in a BP Black OPS in spreading his load of corexit. Enjoy the photo.

BP Mercenaries In Fatigues Spraying Dispersants From Carolina Skiffs

See more on this at the link:
http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/09/22/bp-mercenaries-in-fatigues-spraying-dispersants-from-carolina-skiffs-photos-5532/

Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana Tours Bay near Plaquemines Parish

ALERT: 173 ppm oil found in sand at Southwest Florida beach — “Toxic levels” near Sarasota (LAB RESULTS)

Sarasota Water/Sand

Tests, www.testingthewater.org, September 22, 2010:

Summary of Testing

  • Sample taken: Sept. 14, 2010
  • Location: Siesta Key Beach, FL near high tide line
  • Type of sample: Sand
  • Lab: Analytical Chemical Testing Laboratory (Alabama)
  • Result: 173 mg/kg (ppm) of total petroleum hydrocarbons

Lab Results

Sayer Ji of www.testingthewater.org: The hydrocarbons are “concentrating in the sand… to toxic levels.”

It should be noted that the Siesta Key/Sarasota area is also the first place on Florida’s west coast that would be impacted by the BP oil disaster according to several models put out by the federal government.

SEE MORE HERE:
http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/173-ppm-oil-found-sand-southwest-florida-beach-sarasota-lab-results

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

From TESTING THE WATER--the tests are BACK!

Testing The Gulf Water - Citizen's Initiative 
Our tests are back! We found no oil detected in water from Treasure Island in St. Pete, Siesta Key and Tampa Bay but we found 173 mg/Kg (173 ppm) in a sand sample from Siesta Key, confirming that a combination of thermocline stratification and dispersant use has caused the oil to slip beneath the surface waters where most water samples have been drawn, while concentrating in the sand at the shoreline to toxic levels.

See us at:
http://www.testingthewater.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Testing-The-Gulf-Water-Citizens-Initiative/140820482616580
http://www.twitter.com/testing_water

Evidence Mounts of Continued Harm from the Gulf Spill

Back in May, I interviewed two prominent scientists about the impact of the Gulf Oil spill. One was, Terry Hazen a microbiologist at Lawrence Berkley Lab and the other was Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist from Alaska, who became an activist after the Exxon Valdez spill. Hazen predicted that micro-organisms would play a major role in the aftermath of the spill as oil-eating bacteria would experience a population explosion, which would help absorb the spill to some extent. He cautioned against the use of dispersants except where absolutely necessary to protect extremely fragile shoreline areas.

Ott, concerned about an aftermath as devastating as the one after the Valdez spill or worse, rushed down to the Gulf to investigate and is there still. She has been tracking a significant outbreak of medical problems among people who have been in contact with the Gulf water. Primarily she has seen  persistent skin rashes that do not respond well to any kind of treatment. While they have commonly been misdiagnosed as bacterial in nature, (e.g. staph infections) or parasitic (e.g.scabies), there is growing evidence that the cause of these rashes are chemical in nature.

Residents and visitors have reported that they have “developed a rash or peeling palms from swimming, wading, handling oiled material or dead animals without gloves and shucking crabs from recently re-opened Gulf fisheries.” Some have even reported symptoms after swimming in their outdoor pools after a rain.

Criticizing the heavy-handed use of dispersants before Congress, former NOAA Chief Scientist Silvia Earle said, “The instructions for humans using Corexit, the dispersant approved by the EPA to make the ocean look better warn that it is an eye and skin irritant, is harmful by inhalation, in contact with skin and if swallowed, and may cause injury to red blood cells, kidney or the liver. People are warned not to take Corexit internally, but the fish, turtles, copepods and jellies have no choice. They are awash in a lethal brew of oil and butoxyethanol.”

William Rea, MD, who founded the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, and who treated a number of sick Exxon Valdez cleanup workers, said, “When you have sick people and sick animals, and they are sick because of the same chemical, that’s the strongest evidence possible that that chemical is a problem.”

Ott claims that the government, BP and local business people all want to downplay the problem and pretend that the spill and all of its impacts are over.

READ MORE AT THE LINK:

http://www.triplepundit.com/2010/09/evidence-mounts-of-continued-harm-from-the-gulf-spill/comment-page-1/

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Degraded Oil From BP Spill Coats Gulf Seafloor

NEW YORK - Now that BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well has been sealed, the long, hard work of assessing the damage begins even as the oil is dispersing throughout the Gulf.

A research team from Columbia University in New York returned this past weekend (Sept. 17 to 19) from a tour of duty in the Gulf of Mexico with new data to attempt to measure the location and magnitude of subsurface oil plumes, and their effects on the marine ecosystem, which have recently been the focus of much debate.


They found oil on the seafloor, evidence that it may be in the food chain, and signs that it may be hidden in large marine mammals. In spots, the "oily snow" — degraded oil and other organic material that clings to it — was up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) deep on the seafloor, said Columbia oceanographer Ajit Subramaniam.


"The idea that the oil is degraded and therefore doesn't matter is something we have to think about differently," Subramaniam said at a talk here today. "This is one of the first findings that showed degraded oil material collected on the seafloor."


READ MORE AT THE LINK:

http://www.livescience.com/environment/gulf-oil-spill-underwater-plumes-100921.html

More on the FISH KILLS...

Benzene Poisoning in the Gulf...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bubba Gump Shrimp and Oil Refinery

Don't Sugar-Coat High-Fructose Corn Syrup

FROM ANITA: 
I saw the first television ad today, effective use of GREENWASHING, we really need to tell everyone we know about this...

"Just make it an unintelligible symbol so we have to resort to saying, 'the substance formerly known as high-fructose corn syrup,'" one caller suggested on a WNYC public radio program about the Corn Refiners Association proposal to rename the ingredient "corn sugar." The rebranding campaign has gotten a lot of media attention, from the mainstream press to the foodie blogosphere. Last Friday, I was on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show with NYU professor Marion Nestle to weigh in. When asked what she thinks it should be called, Nestle made the point that the stuff should really be called "corn sugars," plural, because it's technically more than one sugar. She said she didn't necessarily mind the name change; it could actually help clarify what it is: yet another added sugar we shouldn't be eating.

Though I see her point—high-fructose corn syrup is a bit of a mouthful, and what does it mean anyway?—I am concerned about changing the name.

Here's why.
Look at the history of corporate renaming efforts and you'll see that they are clearly deployed as strategies to confuse the public and inoculate industries in the wake of advocate attacks. Philip Morris wasn't just tired of the old name when it spent millions to retrofit the company and call it Altria (which always sounded like a clear attempt to associate the company with "altruism" to me). It did so because the company was increasingly under fire for its tobacco products and because public health advocates had tarred the name.

Read more at the link:

HURRICANES COULD CARRY GULF OIL INLAND from National Geographic

Sunday, September 19, 2010

THE WELL IS NOT DEAD...

The well is not dead. It will continue to poison us for years. What is dead:
1. Millions of fish in the Gulf
2. Thousands of sea birds
3. Thousands of sea creatures
4. Billions of microscopic creatures that keep the Gulf in balance
5. The jobs of thousands of Gulf residents
6. The once pristine Gulf beaches now seeping oil.
7. The confidence in our government once held by millions of Americans
8. The hope that Barack Obama would be a different President and not cave to the rich and powerful corporate interests.
9. The economy of the Gulf Coast now that BP can say, "The well is dead; time to go home."
10. Who knows how many lives when the effects of the Corexit/Oil combo start becoming more evident and more commonplace.
By Bob Jihi Merrill

***May I add that we will see sharp spikes in all sorts of illnesses, cancers and respiratory conditions, tainting of our food, to include seafood, cattle, anything grown in a garden and water supplies, continuing toxicity of the sea, aquifers, the air and our soil and the poisoning of our wildlife. The use of Corexit will take 20 years off of the life expectancy of anyone exposed to this dangerous poison.

How much COREXIT was used in the Gulf?

Some cattle from Louisiana cannot be sold for 6 months and only after testing...

So why is the same mandate not in place for the seafood coming from this area?
 

Confiscating Independent Water Samples from the Gulf

This is how sick people are in the GULF REGION

The Day the Water Died: Detoxing after the Gulf Oil Spill

We are now part of a giant experiment on massive chemical toxicity exposure, where insanity, wishful thinking, denial, and outright lies run the show. Where our leaders are completely out of touch with reality and rather than guidance, protection and healing, they offer us disinformation and manipulation. How on earth did we allow this to happen? Then again, what do we expect in a world where psychopathic corporate interests dominate almost every area of life?

An invasive cancer has spread throughout our global society. Mother nature too has succumbed to the effects of this destructive ideology and now carries the seeds of ecological disaster in her womb. Despite all their machinations and carefully laid plans, the hubris and supreme self-interest of the psychopaths that rule our world have set humanity on a course for extinction. Who benefits when there are no people left to rule and control?

In the words of psychologist Andrew M. Lobaczweski: [W]hat happens when psychopaths achieve global domination? Goaded by their character, such people thirst for just that [...]
But germs are not aware that they will be burned alive or buried deep in the ground along with the human body whose death they are causing.

SEE MORE AT THE LINK:
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/215274-The-Day-the-Water-Died-Detoxing-after-the-Gulf-Oil-Spill

Friday, September 17, 2010

Kindra Arnesen on France24--Major Network but not OUR OWN COUNTRY'S MEDIA!

SHE IS A SHERO!!!

Bio Remediation or Bio Hazard? Dispersants, Bacteria and Illness in the Gulf by Dr. Riki Ott

Ocean Springs, AL. A grandmother made me rethink all the bio-remediation hype. The "naturally-occurring oil-eating bacteria" have been newsworthy of late as they are supposedly going to come to the rescue of President Obama and BP and make good on their very premature statement that "the oil is gone."

We were talking about subsurface oil in the Gulf when she said matter-of-factly, "The bacteria are running amok with the dispersants." What? "Those oil-eating bacteria - I think they're running amok and causing skin rashes." My mind reeled. Could we all have missed something so simple?

The idea was crazy but, in the context of the Gulf situation - an outbreak of mysterious persistent rashes from southern Louisiana across to just north of Tampa, Florida, coincident with BP's oil and chemical release, it seemed suddenly worthy of investigating.

I first heard about the rash from Sheri Allen in Mobile, Alabama. Allen wrote of red welts and blisters on her legs after "splashing and wading on the shoreline" of Mobile Bay with her two dogs on May 8. She reported that "hundreds of dead fish" washed up on the same beach over the following two days. This was much too early for the summer sun to have warmed the water to the point of oxygen depletion, but not too early for dispersants and dispersed oil to be mixed into the Gulf's water mass. By early July, Allen's rash had healed, leaving black bruises and scarring.

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Other people - both residents and visitors to the Gulf coast - wrote of similar rashes or other skin problems like peeling palms. The rashes have been diagnosed as scabies and staph infections, including MRSA, the potentially lethal Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Most cases lingered for months, as the rash did not respond well to antibiotics, steroid creams, or steroid shots.

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That should have been a clue that maybe the primary cause was not biological, but chemical. A secondary biological infection might clear up with antibiotic treatment, but then keep reoccurring because the primary chemical illness had not been treated.

Retired Registered Nurse Allison Schmidt agrees. Referring to Allen's case, she said, "I can say without hesitation that these skin rashes have nothing to do with scabies. Scabies is a parasite, which causes a skin infection and is extremely contagious. It spreads from person to person by direct skin contact or by wearing an article of clothing worn by an infected person." Schmidt said, "If this were scabies you would see entire families infected and NOT just a single family member."

Another clue to the real cause of the mystery rash is its prevalence across the entire oil-impacted Gulf. Something in the water or air, or both, could explain this. While public officials and BP claim that dispersant use was halted in May for Corexit 9527A and on July 19 for Corexit 9500A, evidence collected by Gulf residents has shown that dispersants are being used in nearshore and inland waters, close to highly populated areas across the Gulf. Further, oil and the Corexit marker have been found in air and inland water.

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I have heard from Gulf residents and visitors who developed a rash or peeling palms from contact with Gulf water, including such activities as swimming or wading, getting splashed, handling oiled material or dead animals without gloves, and shucking crabs from the recently opened Gulf fisheries. I have also heard from people who developed the same symptoms after contact with Gulf air by wiping an oily film off their airplane's leading edges after flying over the Gulf (absorbent pad tested positive for oil) or swimming in outdoor pools, or splashing in puddles, after it rained.

Outraged by the unprecedented release of oil and toxic chemicals in the Gulf, Nurse Schmidt and Mike McDowell developed a project to test Gulf rainwater for harmful chemicals.  Schmidt said, "We are convinced the chemicals used in the Gulf to help disperse oil have evaporated and will eventually come down mixed with the rain." 

READ MORE AT THE LINK:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riki-ott/bio-remediation-or-bio-ha_b_720461.html

Independent lab tests reveal toxic dispersant in Gulf waters, Government denies...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scientists investigating oil spill unsettled by calls from federal commission

by Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News

Posted on September 16, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Updated today at 6:38 PM

NEW ORLEANS-- Some independent scientists, who have been looking into oil spill contamination in the Gulf of Mexico, said they have received some unsettling phone calls from the federal government.

The calls came from attorneys, on behalf of the National Oil Spill Commission. The scientists said their questions seemed designed to cast doubts on their findings. 

As the oil spill unfolded, scientists from research institutions around the country descended on the Gulf to witness what ended up becoming an unprecedented environmental event. Two of those scientists included Dr. William Sawyer, a Florida-based toxicologist, and Marco Kaltofen, a scientist and head of Boston Chemical Data in Massachusetts.

"Right now, the Gulf is basically a big experimental laboratory," Sawyer said.

Both were hired by a New Orleans-based law firm to collect and analyze samples of water, sand and sea life that had been affected by the oil spill.

"What has been most important to us is to make sure that we have independent data, that is gathered from along the coast, where our clients reside," said attorney Stuart Smith, of the Smith Stag Law Firm, which hired Sawyer and Kaltofen.

The scientists looked at samples from off the coast of several Gulf states, including Louisiana. They said, so far, their findings are troubling.

MORE AT THE LINK AND A VIDEO:
http://www.wwltv.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/Scientists-Investigating-Oil-Spill-Unsettled-By-Calls-From-Federal-Commission-103095444.html

Oil spill cleanup producing mixed messages

It has happened three times in two months. First with Time magazine, then twice with the New York Times.

A story in a national publication says the Deepwater Horizon disaster might not be quite as bad as everyone feared. Government and oil company employees nod their heads, eager to send the message that their cleanup efforts are succeeding.

Then comes the backlash, along with further evidence that the oil is still wreaking havoc.

The most recent example offers the most dramatic turnaround. On Monday, the New York Times published a story on its website headlined "Gulf May Avoid Direst Predictions After Oil Spill." Preliminary reports from scientists "suggest that the damage already done by the spill may also be significantly less than was feared," the story reported.

Then, on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that scientists had found a layer of oil 2 inches thick on the ocean bottom. Under the oil, they found dead shrimp.

"It's kind of like having a blizzard where the snow comes in and covers everything," University of Georgia researcher Samantha Joye told the AP from aboard a research vessel.

On Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune published startling photos from a Louisiana bayou that had been hit by the oil. An enormous fish kill had just occurred. Redfish, crabs and shrimp covered the bayou from bank to bank, looking at first glance like a gravel road.

READ MORE AT THE LINK:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/water/oil-spill-cleanup-producing-mixed-messages/1121773

FROM ANITA:
Someone needs to get the story right about what is happening here.
This is a white washing of the facts and not telling the WHOLE TRUTH!
This is complete and utter bullshit.
I am speaking to people every day and getting the real stories on what is happening there.
From fish kills, babies laying in their own blood from nighttime nosebleeds, people shitting blood, contaminated seafood, people in houses with no AC and temps in the 90's cuz they cannot afford to pay their electric with no jobs, and military operations that continue to spray dispersants from boats and planes...this is a complete distortion of this ecocide and genocide that continues in the Gulf.

CLEANUP INVOLVES MORE THAN JUST REMOVING THE OIL!!!
BP says they were gonna make it right!
They have done everything in their power to MAKE IT WRONG!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Toxic Legacy

For anyone thinking that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is all over, our next report just might make you think again. Down on the Louisiana coast, one very determined woman - a granny who also happens to be a leading environmental scientist - has been collecting a hefty list of locals whose health has been damaged by the spill. Needless to say, BP is not impressed but that doesn't bother her one little bit! Here she is with Sophie McNeill. 

 

REPORTER:  Sophie McNeill

 

It seems life is returning to normal on the Gulf Coast. But appearances can be deceptive.

 

WILMA SUBRA, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST: It looks like it has a little bit of oil in the sand that it’s washing in. Until all the slick and all the dispersed oil is out of the Gulf I wouldn’t consider swimming here.

 

Environmental scientist Wilma Subra is a Louisiana local with a long track record of fighting the big polluters. Apart from the oil, she’s concerned about what else might be in the water. She believes BP’s attempts to break up the oil may have created long-term problems.

 

WILMA SUBRA: The dispersant is a very toxic substance that causes a lot of health impacts - short term and long term. Portions of them are known cancer-causing agents, the other portion causes the headache, the nausea, the respiratory problems and when it is mixed with the oil, it is much more toxic than either the oil or the dispersant. And you can inhale it, you can ingest it, you can have skin contact out here. So, it is an issue that is really important for people’s health. They need to be protected from any exposure.

MORE AT THE LINK:
http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/transcript/id/600712/n/Toxic-Legacy

Kindra says “oil coming in all over the place”… “Fresh, new oil” is RED, LUMPY, and NOT DISPERSED — “Where is THAT coming from?” (VIDEO)


Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana Radio with Kindra Arnesen, September 14, 2010:

Transcript Summary

We’re having more oil coming in today…

There’s fishkills everywhere… all over Plaquemines…

My understanding is there’s a lot of fresh, new oil coming in…

It’s not dispersed oil…

We’re back to the red, lumpy… oil…

Oh my God…

And where is that coming from? No one can answer that question for me.

Listen to the CHSL radio program here.

MORE AT THE LINK:
http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/coming-fresh-new-oil-coming-red-lumpy-dispersed-kindra-omg-video

Gulf Oil Refuses to Stay Hidden Underwater

BP and the government decided that millions of gallons of dispersants should be used on the Gulf oil spill to sink and hide the oil.

They succeeded in sinking it. As ABC, CBS and NPR note, huge quantities of oil are blanketing the ocean floor, killing virtually all of the sealife which lives there.

And giant new underwater plumes have been found in the water column itself.

But the oil is not staying hidden.

Oil is suddenly emerging in many parts of the Gulf.

Oil “patties”, 1 to 3 inches across, have been discovered floating along the seawall in Alabama.

16 miles of beaches in Louisiana have been hit. And scientists say that the oil will arise and wash ashore in pulses, and will hit sensitive areas like coastal marshes.

As CNN reports, we might be facing a worst-case scenario in Florida:

LARRY MCKINNEY, HARTE RESEARCH INST. FOR GULF OF MEXICO STUDIES: … [T]hey do tend to support some of our greatest concerns about the fate of these underwater plumes that were discovered back in June, and that is that they could be picked up and this conveyor belt that is upwelling in Desoto Canyon and bringing this oil from the deep waters up to the shallow, and that seems to be what the Florida State folks are saying. …

JOHN ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR:… [T]he USF study said, quote, “These findings, although preliminary, suggest that subsurface oil may be emerging on to the west Florida shelf through the Desoto Canyon.” So this is not just restricted to the extremely deep water. There’s enough welling as you mentioned before. How widespread could this become?

MCKINNEY: Well, it depends on how big those plumes are and how long they persist, but that conveyer belt moves water rather quickly. And so the fact that the Florida state folks are finding oil up on that shelf at the distance that they’re finding it is disturbing from that regard. That means that that oil plume could be moving up on the shelf and that’s sort of a worst case scenario. We would not like to see that at all.

SEE MORE AT THE LINK:

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/09/15/gulf-oil-refuses-to-stay-hidden-underwater-5135/

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