Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Expect No Mercy.


Does anyone have a handle on how much oil is flooding the Gulf right now?

I scoured the Herald articles today and they seem to be adopting uncritically the "official" 5000 barrels estimate, which equates to 210,000 gallons a day. (This means we will have surpassed the Exxon Valdez spill by mid-June if left unchecked.)

The NYT, however, is reporting potentially higher numbers:
BP told members of Congress the rate could be much, much higher:

In a closed-door briefing for members of Congress, a senior BP executive conceded Tuesday that the ruptured oil well could conceivably spill as much as 60,000 barrels a day of oil, more than 10 times the estimate of the current flow.

A barrel of crude oil contains roughly 42 gallons. In a follow-up story, the Times talked to a BP spokesman for more on the estimate:

"The rate could go up to that," Mr. Suttles of BP said, when asked to verify a report in The Times. "It's not the situation we have at this moment, but it's not impossible."

What are we doing about it? They're working on a "top-hat" maneuver that I admit got me a little bit excited:
the ``top hat'' will be warmed with hot water and injected with methanol....

Finally, RIP Frank Frazetta.

17 comments:

  1. Wow. Broward is a cesspool of corruption.

    Seriously.

    (Why didn't bunghole the state hack blog break this?)

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  2. Darren was a bigger asshole than Tony.

    What is the decor of the van SFL? Arabian Nights influence or Disco?

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  3. 10:54-- I have it on good authority there are lava lamps.

    BTW-- SFL, 'Hair of the Dog.' Best album.

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  4. live camera feed?

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  5. Frazetta was a God.

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  6. Nazareth was the first rock band I saw in concert. Don't remember a thing about it, though.

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  7. Love Hurts--I still love this song. Nazareth stood out at the time as a heavy rocking band with a few ballads, but retaining that hard edge. Another really good Nazareth song, this time much darker and almost unknown to those who don't have their albums, is "Please Don't Judas Me."

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  8. Memo to all magic brownie eating and/or hookah smoking lawyers-- take a moment to pause and remember the great Bob Marley.

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  9. The state of Florida paid George Rekers -- the anti-gay leader recently caught with a male escort -- $120,000 to testify against allowing gay couples to adopt children, testimony that was deemed not credible by the judge.

    Rekers was paid a $60,900 retainer. He also received a $59,793 payment for hourly billing, according to document provided to TPMmuckraker by the Department of Children and Families. That comes out to 402 hours at about $150 per hour. The payments were made by the office of the Florida attorney general, Bill McCollum, which was defending the DCF's policy.

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  10. I Shot The Sheriff Lyrics - I shot the sheriff But I didn't shoot no deputy, oh no!

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  11. 3:43-- Rolling a joint???? Dude! You rock!

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  12. It's Raining Men"--
    George Rekers favorite song right after The Village People- Macho Man

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  13. shuming on up and outMay 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    4:25; calling the shum at 4:30. Home early- quick two mile jog; then margaritas- lots and lots of margaritas.

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  14. I thought only evil trial lawyers shopped for the right forum.

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  15. fake george berkeleyMay 11, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    I pop an antacid before traveling to Broweird.

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