Of Oil and Silly Celebrations

You say that you are my judge. I do not know if you are! But I tell you that you must take good care not to judge me wrongly, because you will put yourself in great danger. I warn you, so that if God punishes you for it, I would have done my duty by telling you!   

St. Joan of Arc   


Joy to BP.  The top kill failed, and right now the best option out there is a relief well, but that will take the better part of two months.  But in the meanwhile BP is going to try to cap it to stop the majority of oil from flowing out of the wellhead, and that should take several days to finish.  I presume this is a fairly new option on their part, one they haven’t had before, because if it is, one has to ask why they didn’t use it before.   

Now I know that no one has worked at these depths before trying to do this kind of thing.  No one has had to.  It is sad that they, and we, have had to learn that the hard way.  One wonders why they weren’t at least asked to show that they had the capacity to stop a potential disaster.  Oh wait they were.  They thought they could handle it.  Sounds to me that either the wrong people were asking the wrong questions to the wrong people or enough people in that particular loop just didn’t care.    

It’s good to see that a few people from the mineral management service are out on their ass as a result of this, whether by design of Int. Sec. Ken Salazar, the President , or of their own volition, but one wonders where the rest of the accountability is.  Where are the people from BP getting tossed, or the people from Trans-ocean being forced to resign, or the myriad agencies that are responsible for policing these companies and this industry.   

If anything this stupid mess highlights is 1) the need for alternative energy, 2) a safer way to get the oil we do need, 3) better planning for worst case scenarios by these placid bastards, 4) the need for stronger regulation of the oil industry, or perhaps better enforcement of existing regulations, if they are good enough and just not enforced properly,  and 5) Money creates problems.   

Because when it all boils down, it is all about money.  The search for profit is not exactly evil, but here it pushed BP to streamline as much as possible, including not hiring enough people to do the job and potentially skirting federal safety rules, and in the end it looks like that contributed to creating this debacle.  It is good that at least there is an inquiry into charging BP with criminal charges over this.   


Viddy of the day, from the Rachel Maddow show, yesterday:   


The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you’re not good enough. On occasion, some may be correct. But do not do their work for them. Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal. Don’t take it personally when they say ‘no’ — they may not be smart enough to say “yes.”   

Keith Olbermann   




Onto sports now, if only for a moment.  There are two of the best goaltenders in the playoffs playing right now, and so far the goaltending has been anything but beautiful.  Ten goals so far, tied at 5 with 15 left in the third as I write this.    

 Then there is the rarity of a perfect game happening today.  The Roy Halladay threw one against the Marlins today.  Nice.  But there is the silly, stupid sports news of the day.  Kendry Morales, hero of the day for the Anaheim Angels, hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.  Rounds the bases.  Jumps on home plate, and breaks his leg.  I watched a viddy of it, and everything is fine, until he jumps on home plate.  The poor kid just landed funny.  They show him grimacing under his still celebrating teammates who are trying to pick him up.  Poor fella.  Going on the DL due to excessive celebration.   

Moral of this story.  Anaheim Angels should not hit walk off home runs.  No…wait. People named Kendry should not be allowed to celebrate, they should become monks. No…  The moral is:  I WANT A BOWL OF CEREAL.   


Saturday’s top 5 links:   

Tea party’s rise could undercut mainstream GOP   

2010 likely to bring a crop of one-term senate wonders   

Morales breaks leg celebrating slam   

Everything is going to be alright   

The five critical running paces   


Quote and pic of the day:   

Just practice good, do good for others, without thinking of making yourself known so that you may gain reward. Really bring benefit to others, gaining nothing for yourself. This is the primary requisite for breaking free of attachments to the Self.   



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