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Morons argue to replace National Weather Service with private companies

Like “accuweather” WHO GET THEIR DATA FROM NWS AND NOAA.
Oh, and using NASA maintained satellites, NOAA maintained field workers at weather stations from north pole to south pole and all points in between, you know… The scientists who work at public expense for the public good.
Who also have collected and analyzed the data about Global Warming. Must kill the messengers, then all that smog, the toxic fumes coming from the carbon-burning motors driving everything from cars to aeroplanes to electric generators will continue to poison us but we’ll not know anything about it because the Big Brother Corporate Government won’t let us. Real swell idea.
Dumbshit TeaBags and RepubliKlan types are going to eat it up with a spoon though.

Capital is a Treasonous offense.

So now Britain got “Shell”ed in their own territory waters and the once-proud Royal Navy is facing the same kind of humiliation handed to the once-proud U.S. Navy in OUR territorial waters. Our navy got bitch-slapped by the British, told to scurry off and mind their own affairs and let the Grown Ups handle the mess.
Turnabout being fair play, as Shakespeare said, but damn it the oceans don’t belong to any nation any more than they do to any group of arrogant oil company scheiss-kopfen. They don’t rightfully belong to the Human species either. As if the Big Pigs were going to Shell out any of the dividends to the rest of the world in the first second or last place.
I bet the Murdoch puke-meister is breathing a sigh of relief that something came along to divert attention from his manipulations.
No sense of even a little bit of gravedancing joy over it, though. The oceans provide the life of the planet, and destroying the food, water and air supply that supports the rest of us will destroy the Rich as well… but then, it’ll destroy the rest of us along with them.

What percentage of a partially eaten donut would YOU bet…

That the chemical spill which has currently gotten Monument evacuated… is going to be neatly and safely taken care of and that you’re not going to be in any danger from it?
Because the Chemical Industry, especially those divisions most closely tied to the Military, are betting a hundred percent of Your Ass that if they have a Chernobyl or Fukushima or Bhopal or Texas City happen say, in Downtown Colorado Springs, they’ll be able to cover it up as neatly as they have their other little boo-boos.
What’s that? Texas City? Oh, yeah. Not only were they experiencing a chemical spill, and arresting people for taking pictures, draining the equivalent of the weeks worth of water used in Texas City, Galveston Co Texas in sheer liquid volume of volatile petrochemicals. Volatile means they react with other chemicals very quickly, sometimes explosively. The volatility of some, like Raid and Black Flag insectides, is such that they even kill (most of) the roaches in any given area. Oh, that volatile. This was done by BP at the same time their little boo-boo Earth Day present from last year was going full blast. Still is, but reporting on the damage is being covered up like cat droppings in the litter box. On the scene police brutality to keep nosy citizens from seeing first hand what’s killing them, to a neat little YouTube channel where soothing music and deep mellow voices assure us that all is well, no need to worry, the Smart People are working on it, nothing to see here, citizen, all is Hell…

But that’s not the boo-boo I’m talking about. Some people still think about that and are still trying to get answers and get those answers to US.

No, children, The Boo-Boo in question was a long time ago. End of World War 2 long time.
A cargo ship being loaded at Texas City (Oh, did I mention also that that volatile chemical leak went directly to the Gulf too? No? Bad Me, very Naughty)
But there was a huge stack of fertilizer on the pier. The fertilizer is Ammonia Nitrate.
One of the most nitrogen rich naturally occuring chemicals. Nitrogen increases volatility as well. Plants need nitrogen in the soil to metabolize other chemicals like Oxygen, Water, carbon dioxide, sugars, starches, fiber and proteins. One way to increase nitrogen is to use legume crops on a rotation basis, beans, peas, peanuts, clover…
Another is to add Anhydrous Ammonia. Much like Ammonia Nitrate it has a higher percentage of its mass in Nitrogen. Difference being Ammonia Nitrate has one extra nitrogen atom in the molecule and Anhydrous has one less hydrogen atom than the ammonia you’re accustomed to using to clean your glass.
And then there’s Nitric Acid. Used in, among other things, production of fertilizer, refining metals, making Explosives ooooo…

Bet some of the smarter readers were wondering when I was going to bring it back to all that Ammonia Nitrate, just a’ sittin’ on the dock of the bay, in the very Hot Texas Sunshine, high explosive Ammonia Nitrate, just heating up…

Now, children, what do YOU think happened on that fateful day?

From Wikipedia:

The Texas City Disaster is the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history. The incident took place on April 16, 1947, and began with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp which was docked in the Port of Texas City. The fire detonated approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate[1] and the resulting chain reaction of fires and explosions killed at least 581 people.[2] These events also triggered the first ever class action lawsuit against the United States government, under the then-recently enacted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), on behalf of 8,485 victims

Oh NO! Not the Class Action Lawsuit! OMG that paved the way for all those Indian peasants who were the survivors of the Bhopal chemical leak from a Union Carbide plant to Oppress the Poor, poor victimized by a lawsuit (where they had to pay an outrageous sum of less than three hundred dollars apiece for Dead Children) Corporate Sucks! Wicked, Bad, Naughty Tort Laws, assuming that People had the same right to petition the government for redress of grievances as the Corporation does!
And, to further PISS OFF the Tort Reform faction of the Tea Party, it was at a time when safety regulations were blatantly ignored.

Note the date, (of the Texas City disasters, both of them) April 16th. Let’s go to the Terrorist Wing of the TeaParty/Millitia/Minutemen Republicans. On April 19th 1995 Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and an unidentified Third Murderer detonated a truck full of Ammonia Nitrate mixed with diesel fuel in front of a federal building in Oklahoma City, aiming for the IRS and BATF offices. Which were virtually untouched.
What WAS “touched” were the buildings across the street, and the offices facing the explosion on either side. One of which was a Day Care Center.

WHY do Right Wing Terrorist Freaks hate American Children?

But they were loading the ship, not unloading. The Ammonia Nitrate had come down from Nebraska on a rail line very similar to the one that passes through both Downtown and Monument. Like the one where a chemical train made a boo-boo today in Monument and could just as easily have been Denver, or Pueblo, or El Paso Texas.
Accidents happen, sure. And the more you push your luck, the more times the accidents happen.
This one just happened to happen, at at time when Republican TeaBag Fanatics are screaming that they should be allowed to slash safety and environmental regulations even further, that they have a God-Given RIGHT to poison our water land and air, a RIGHT to risk and sometimes accomplish Killing us and our children, and that we, in contrast, have a Right To Shut the Hell Up About It. And we’d better not dare file a claim for compensation when they do it to us and our kids either. They are the Royal Corporations, Bow Before Them, O Ye Peasants!

Surprise! GenMod “oil-munching” Bacteria mutating

And killing other sea life. Can someone say “Andromeda Strain”? Omega Man. Dr Frankestein. Anybody? Bueller? Anybody?
Some of it is happening, apparently, because of the amounts of Corexant applied. But of course a powerful solvent which will make oil and water mix couldn’t possibly make mutations in something that has a reproductive cycle of say, an hour or two. Nor would any mutations from already laboratory mutated specimens of these microbes (actually single-celled plants) even remotely possibly be pumping out the non-laboratory-controlled mutations doubling every hour or so…
And the dead crabs, worms, starfish etc… being found in the affected area just have no relevance whatsoever. Couldn’t be, nope. Dr Mandy Joye
Of course, too, she’s just an “intellectual” who has studied Marine Biology for like 27 years of college and post graduate and doctorate. And of course the fact that she, unlike Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly or Sarah Palin or any of the board of directors at BP, actually HAS hands-on (robot hands, it’s a very deep subject…) experience up close and as personal s you can be in an ALVIN submarine… that still wouldn’t mean she’s not some Ivory Tower Prima-Donna unlike the assholes at Fox who get paid to sit at a microphone lying for the Big Oil Companies all day every day…

No, she’s a PhD, like Jeremy Phud from the Yellow Submarine movie, an “intellectual” therefore absolutely incapable of ever knowing anything worthwhile, like the batting averages of big league players, the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys and who makes the most money on the NASCAR circuit. Bet she can’t even name all the top wrestlers.

Bet all those Louisiana and Florida Fishermen who spend their days and months and lifetimes out on the water and have been pulling up oil-filled crabs and shrimp were just “elitist intellectuals” too.
Now, crustaceans and mollusks, they’re not THE bottom level of the food web. Bacteria are. Fungi, algae..

Then there’s all the OTHER crap that industrial polluters, like the closely related (oil and coal corporations, if looked at as though were actually Humans .. “corporate persons”? would be considered incestuous in their relationship) mineral extractions industries pumping all kinds of SHIT into the water, factory farms with Concentrated Animal wastes, refineries along all the rivers that empty into the Gulf, and even whatever mine waste is killing Has Killed off the fungi, moss, algae, bacteria, crustaceans, insect larvae, amphibians, fish… in our own beloved local Fountain Creek,

Whatever it is in runoff from the Strip Mine coal operations that are causing male smallmouth bass into female smallmouth bass…
Nope, not a bit of that could also be involved. We know this because them good folks at BP and Massey and Exxon-Mobil and DumFox Noose have told us so.
And Sarah Palin, she might not know what The Bush Doctrine is even though she said she supported it, or that the constitutional duties of the job she applied for (Vice President of the United States) aren’t sitting in on congressional hearings and helping the Senate make laws…

But by golly-gosh she’s absolutely certain that all that shit being thrown into the water will just majickal like go away, you betcha! And we can absolutely trust her and the other paid spokespersons for Big Oil when they say that “intellectual elitists” can’t possibly be right.
Notice how the condescending British spokesman for Big Oil who put down all the “small people” got replaced fairly quickly, by a condescending American Mouthpiece who made the same putdown but with an American accent so it’s better? They wouldn’t be intellectual elitists even though they make a point of telling us how much smarter than us they require us to believe they are. Regularly. And often.

2 AM, time to piss off the Navy.

So this is the USN “crackerjack” work uniform blouse, from behind. Notice the two stars on a broad field of blue. That’s, according to my brother the Sailor, symbolic. The stars stand for the two times the USN fought the Royal Navy, and won. The extra large field is to make room for more stars as needed. A wonderful imperial gesture, yes? “We are mighty, you shall obey us!”
 
Then there’s BP. Which was founded as an adjunct to the Royal Navy and had the Royal Navy and even the U.S. Navy fight to secure their supply sources, which, surprise surprise surprise, none of which are actually in England. The propaganda bit they put out when they helped launch World War One, “That small nations might have the same rights as the Great Powers…” purest bullshit. Then as now, it was all about the Rich getting richer and using the blood and labor of the poor to do it. The kicker of it came down this past spring… when British Petroleum, that ol’ devilish offshoot of the British Royal Navy, Bitch-slapped the U.S. Navy in American territorial waters. Guess you kids in Uncle Sams Canoe Club should take those stars off?

May God have mercy on the next nation who is so unfortunate to discover that they, too, have United States and British oil buried under their sands.

They’ll be reduced to puppet dictatorships like Iraq and Kuwait and Nigeria and Ghana and Texas and Colorado have. There will be a top social layer of Kiss-Ass Experts like al Maliki and a vast underclass who will either be slaves to the Korporatisch Imperium or hunted, and their children as well, for the “crime” of being insurgents and resisting the Mighty United States and British Military.
They’ll be “free” do obey, conform, comply.

Oil Company and Military “job creation” in the Springs..

Are going to go to… people who already work for the oil companies and the Military Industrial Complex. The (God this is a stupid term) Surge in employment is of the trickle down variety. Like the ghost of Reagan pissing on us in death the way he did in life.
Let’s dissect the Oil Jobs, yes? They’ve got a bunch of unemployed oil people. Fewer and fewer wells, more and more people who have experience and tenure, no need for Halliburton or BP to train people locally. We’ll get jobs like More McDonalds, or Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues, oh, and the oil and Military Industrial folks will bring their families so a portion of the New Jobs will be eaten up by them.
Then there’s what they’ll be DOING. In the early 70s they tried this same shit, there were about a third as many people in the area, and still a water crisis. Since the Springs area feeds the watersheds that provide water to every where west of the Mississippi, that’s a huge responsibility. Every drop of rain that falls here is already claimed a year or more in advance.
The Shale Oil extraction process takes up a lot of fresh water. huge amounts. More than is actually available even without the water demands of the local population. Which is a lot more people now. So they’re going to bring in more people, add fewer jobs than they take up, and less water.
The ones pushing this political boondoggle, this government giveaway, yet another one…
Halliburton and BP.

Oh, I know, their political faces are the likes of Dan Maes and Tom Tancredo, and a slew of others who are going to defeat the “Liberal Hippie Anti-Oil Giant U.N. Sponsored Conspiracy”.
But it’s the giant oil corporations running the show. The ones who slough off paying taxes, and collect unspeakable abominations of Government Giveaways like the Continual War, a giant funnel leading from the U.S. Treasury directly into their greedy pockets. Their predatory mouths stuffed with the blood of Mine and Oil workers whose lives they casually dismiss.

And the unspeakable devastation they do to the economy and ecology both, that’s just icing on their bloodstained cake. I bet their CEOs and CFOs look at the videos of their disasters, “Oh, look, that one, falling off the rig and burning… he’s still alive! Damn, that’s HAWT! I’m gonna have to change pants it’s so good!” “Awwwww, lookit at the widows and orphans of the miners, crying because daddy ain’t coming home… isn’t that just the greatest thing you ever saw? A real Kodak moment! I haven’t laughed this hard since we actually convinced the stupid bastards that Trickle Down was going to work for THEM instead of just us!”
They get money, on the Halliburton side, not only from the fat contracts with no taxation in Iraq and Afghanistan, taking Public Welfare to the tune of Trillions and never putting any back. but also contracting the people who watch the reservoirs to keep al Qa’eda operatives from dropping a few pounds of ricin into the water, and then get MORE money, publicly subsidized money, to pump Hundreds and Thousands of TONS of toxins into our drinking water, our air, our soil, the oceans from whence we draw so much of our food. Saddam Hussein was accused of having a mere 500 tons, a million tons, of toxic chemical weapons. These assholes put that much into the gulf every week trying to clean up the Spill, baby, Spill! mess.

They get paid to prevent terrorism, and to create new and highly motivated enemies for anybody and anything remotely connected to the word “America”.
They get paid to prevent pollution, on a small scale, and to promote it on a HUGE scale.
They get paid to “create” jobs and then to take those jobs.
To bring MORE people into an already overpopulated region, and paid to destroy the ecological foundation, the water, that is crucial to maintaining the population.
Beyond double or triple or quintuple or octuple dipping, it’s like a Stellated Icosahedron of dipping. They’d steal the stink off their own mommas’ rotted corpses.

These guys are freakin’ Criminal Geniuses.
They’re also a swarm of scumsucking Parasitic Slugs in search of a bag of salt.

Go to the rallies of any of their Corporate Whore politicians, anybody who’s promising he’ll Bring Oil Money into Colorado, and throw rocks at the bastards. Don’t just mock them, rock them.
They’re liars and worse, they believe we’re all stupid enough to allow them rip us off.

The worst part, they might turn out to be right about the majority.