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article imageOp-Ed: BP and the mask of death

By Lynn Herrmann     Sep 16, 2010 in Crime
A series of recent events along the US Gulf coast have many residents wondering just how far the tentacles of BP reach and what force those tentacles use in attempts at releasing information showing the severity of BP’s assault on the environment.
A failed blowout preventer has led to accusations of obstruction of justice, which in turn has led to denial. The circle of confusion hides the severity of the crime while the American sheople have turned their attention to the latest headline: Dog bites flea, flea survives.
There is also one other headline America can’t suck hard enough on. It’s autumn in America. Translation: sexy cheerleaders on sidelines while grown men grunt and groan and hit and chest-thump and perform infantile end-zone dances.
Attempts at securing viable information on the current status of oil and dispersant contamination along the Gulf coast require hours of diligent research, sifting and digging through conflicting stories, and peeling back the layers of sensationalism.
These efforts require man-hours, something the corporate-controlled media will not allow, even if they weren’t under the influence. Its world centers on the news bite.
As active participants in the Gulf of Mexico disaster, government agencies decline on-camera interviews, instead, conducting business via prepared statements.
Lifelong residents of the coast are being asked about black algae blooms. Excluding the grime in household aquariums, what exactly is black algae? Don’t ask those residents, because until BP arrived on their doorsteps, the phrase had never been spoken.
Anyone familiar with chronic aquatic benchmarks?
Hundreds of thousands of dead fish. Dead starfish. Dead sea turtles. Dead rig workers. And now, slowly dying residents.
Mainstream media reports suggest any relation to the BP debacle “remains a big question.”
Here’s an even bigger question for those reporters unwilling to go the extra mile and ask more than fluff questions. Why were hundreds of thousands of fish of many species in Bayou Chaland to begin with?
Why are reports coming out of Saint Bernard Parish that fishermen are hauling in crabs contaminated with oil? Why aren’t wildlife agencies investigating? How far up the food web must this nightmare reach before crimes against humanity are imposed?
Our complete and total and absolute dependence on black crude has brought this on, and will answer most questions.
Why aren’t citizens of this country, of this planet, outraged at this injustice? How many photos of death does it take for the severity of this situation to be absorbed, to become embedded within our gray matter? Forget the ugliness of it all, let’s see something pretty.
Tourism has taken a hit this past summer along the Gulf coast, and one has to feel at least a morsel of sympathy for those affected by it. That does not mean we should swallow the line that a bevy of blonde-headed beauties have bombarded YouTube with, proclaiming the Gulf coast is fine, if a bit windy.
The reality is that - once the news breaks, and it will - with increased reports of Gulf residents showing various levels of xylene, hexane and ethylbenzene in their blood streams, it’s safe to say tourism will continue to deal with BP’s below-the-belt blow.
Interested in knowing what’s in the rain water along the coast? Ever heard of naphthalene or 2-nitropropane or hexachloroethane or 3-chloropropane?
Local news sources, clearly under the influence, provide their viewing audience with regurgitation. Politicians valiantly try luring the unsuspecting back into the cozy confines of their tourism-dependent communities, proclaiming environmentally sensitive areas are clear of oil and ain’t-that-water-purty.
Except it’s not purty.
A slow genocide is unfolding. Fevers, nausea, headaches, lesions, and bloody discharges are not making the news, but are indeed occurring. Some out-of-touch-with reality folks have suggested the environmental groups recently created, thanks to BP’s lust for greed, should be using a soft-sell approach.
From infections to upper respiratory burning to vomiting to neurological issues that include coordination complications and memory loss, Gulf coast residents are beginning to feel the brunt of this corporate-made storm of chemical poisoning, lies, deceit and complicity.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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