They’re Not Cleaning It Up, They’re Covering It Up

Kindra Arnesen is not the only one appalled at this sham of a clean-up effort and the corporate whitewash media-blackout over the level of sheer disaster currently ravaging America at the hands of BP and Transocean.

Arnesen does not even touch on the toxic and hazardous dispersant (Corexit) that does nothing but add a poison that makes the oil harder to clean-up (and videotape / photograph) into the mix of all the other health hazards and environmental hazards already in play.

ProPublica.org:

The two types of dispersants BP is spraying in the Gulf of Mexico are banned for use on oil spills in the U.K.

As EPA-approved products, BP has been using them in greater quantities than dispersants have ever been used in the history of U.S. oil spills.

Reuters.com:

Oil-dispersing chemicals used to clean up the vast BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico carry their own environmental risks, making a toxic soup that could endanger marine creatures even as it keeps the slick from reaching the vulnerable coast, wildlife watchdogs say.

The use of dispersants could be a trade-off between potential short-term harm to offshore wildlife and possible long-term damage to coastal wildlife habitat if the oil slick were to reach land.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Political Freedom

In an appauling U.S. Supreme Court decision that came down recently there will be no monetary limit on how much corporations can spend on political campaign advertisement. The party-line ruling is disturbing to me in that so clearly endorses big-money special interests while leaving the American public behind. No “grassroots” movement can challenge the private slush funds of corporate CEOs but the opinions of the people are the driving force of democracy, so these few private interests will crush any movement they desire from Tea Party to Anti War groups alike.

I believe we may very well be standing upon the critical moment in the U.S. where we must decide as a people if we want to have a country of principals and values or a country of slanders and greed.

I am reading the Opinion of the Court and it spends much time worried about “chilling free speech” while their ruling will have that ultimate effect. The free speech of a corporation is not threatened it is the voice of against the corporation that is “chilled” by the ruling. The constitutional right of those who speak out against corporate monopolies are the forms of speech that deserve the highest protections and considerations of the court. Instead the court refuses to “adopt an interpretation that requires case-by-case to determinations on banned political speech” which to me would be the purpose of the highest court and the highest legal minds being put all together to decide just such matters.

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UPDATE!

Michael Moore has posted on YouTube the comments of Keith Olberman on MSNBC’s Countdown in regards to this catastrophic SCOTUS ruling.

The Last Honest Salesman in America

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2008-03-19-manWhat happened just now in America?

Was anyone else paying attention, or was it just me?

The last thing we need these days are people running a fast game and rolling out the carpet of corporate lies for anyone put in front of them.

What we need is an army of intelligent and savvy business people who can stand behind what they do and not become fast talking cheats.

1.used-car-salesmanI stand here in a world of sales and marketing to tell you that certain people push you toward something you don’t really want and all they really see when they look at you is a big dollar sign with feet.

We are not all this way. And I would like to say I’m proud to tear myself from the mold and stand on my own two feet of integrity.

There is still many things that I don’t do, that I could to help others out in their sales endeavors, that might be an ultimate factor in proving just how I am playing the sales game over here. But holding onto trade secrets and keeping things from rebounding back to the office is hardly the same thing and trying to get you to buy something you don’t really want or need.

I stand here the Last Honest Salesman in America. And when you deal with me you deal with the truth.

Coffee Buzz

(Inspired by this post. Dunkin Donuts versus McDonalds coffee.)

How many people at Starbucks, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, 7-11 know about measuring your bean grind to right ratio to your brew pot?

How many know about how a brew-bar pour, done right, is the best way to drink your coffee?

How many lovingly dismantle and re-mantle the equipment to clean?

How many of these franchise workers can explain what kind of grind is best for what kind of coffee?

Or more to the point how many of them deal in local roasters, fair trade beans and keep in close personal contact with one another as an industry?

I am a fan of Hyper Dynamic Business Models!

But then again, this is just a coffee buzz!