Takin’ care of business in the Gulf

At the six month mark of the worst environmental disaster in American history, many gulf coast residents feel abandoned by federal, state, local governments and the general public.  So, in light of this, they are rallying together to make change happen. In fact, this is an article that Rocky Kistner wrote that focuses on how gulf residents are now issuing a call to arms. One of Elvis Presley’s favorite sayings was “TCB”, which stood for “Takin’ Care of Business”.  I’m an Elvis fan and I have to tell you that there are several organizations who are takin’ care of business in the gulf and gettin’ down to it.

For instance, the Gulf Restoration Network has joined forces with several nonprofit and community based organizations to put together “The Weeks Bay Principles for Gulf Recovery”. This is an amazing effort which is outside of the federal government’s initiative and really addresses issues that the feds are ignoring such as seafood safety and Corexit dispersant poisoning amongst gulf coast residents.

Also, faith-based organizations have come together and created “After the Spill”. If you remember, many faith-based organizations served as the backbone of support after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the gulf coast. This is a great article that spotlights their efforts to bring multiple denominations and religious beliefs together in support of one common goal.

I’m so proud of these efforts and want to get the word out there about the great work these folks are doing.  Please support them in any way that you can, even if it’s sharing this blog post with your friends and family.

Takin' Care of Business

Walton County, Florida Beaches Contaminated with Oil + Corexit

A friend of mine that lives in Walton County, Florida recently posted this article and I wanted to share it with ya’ll. The tourism boards, BP and local government officials are calling it “all clear” on the beaches within Walton County and surrounding areas, encouraging more people to come to the gulf for their vacations.  According to University of South Florida researcher Rip Kirby, this isn’t the case at all. In fact, in this article by The Walton Sun, Kirby says “This beach is as contaminated as all the rest…I took the local government officials’ word that these beaches were not impacted…”.  Walton County officials didn’t return any calls from The Walton Sun on Kirby’s findings. Not surprising.

If anything, this is more evidence that independent testing needs to be done on the waters and beaches in the gulf.  BP along with the local, county and federal government officials are not telling the truth.  The oil and the Corexit dispersant are in the water and on the beaches. This is impacting both locals who live in the area and folks who are traveling to this area for their vacations. In fact, many who live in the area are going back into the water and back onto the beaches.  This is especially troubling because these are the people who live in the gulf on a daily basis.  Alot has been said about the tourists, but what about the locals? Should they be swimming, surfing, snorkeling or building sandcastles? 

Since there hasn’t been much of an answer on this topic and most of the answers have been “There’s no oil, the beaches and waters are fine”, many people are unsure what to do.  Walton County, Florida is home to the famous Seaside community and within a stone’s throw away of Destin, Florida.  In fact, they’ve opened up the waters and the Destin Fishing Rodeo is taking place this month.   If this article by the Walton Sun shows us anything it’s that BP, local and federal officials do not know what’s going on and they are trying to keep a public health disaster quiet.

Gulf coast residents (along with the rest of the country) are being misled and lied to, and the saddest thing about it is that no one seems to care.  As I’ve said before, we need action and we need it now.  The beaches and waters are CONTAMINATED. I mean, what does that word CONTAMINATED do to you? Does it scare you? It sure as hell scares the crap outta me and something needs to be done about it for the health of our country.  We need independent testing.  We need task forces. We need Superman. Seriously.

Is our Southern nature killing us?

The South is known for its genteel nature, or it’s “southern charm”, if you will. Sweet tea, barbeque, and mint juleps line the pages of magazines such as Southern Living. Not a whole lot of people in the South really want to “rock the boat”.

As I see it, so many people in the gulf are layin’ low with regard to the oil spill and the Corexit poisoning.  There are only a few brave souls like Kindra Arnesen, who are speaking out and saying “enough is enough”.  Why aren’t more people speaking out? Surely, their children and families are being poisoned by oil and Corexit as well. Is their southern nature killing them?

If this was happening in Boston or San Francisco, you’d probably see riots, burning cars…you name it.  I’m not sayin’ that we should be burnin’ gas stations, but think about it. Why is the South different? Are we the sweet, southern doormats of the nation? We just lay down and let BP and the federal government run over us…doesn’t that piss you off? It pisses me off and that’s why I started this blog.

The media keeps sayin’ “Oh, those people in the gulf, they’re so resilient”…in fact, the recent gulf recovery plan is called “One Gulf, resilient gulf: A plan for coastal community recovery”.  Are we truly resilient or are we just really good at smilin’, puttin’ our heads down, gettin’ to work and keepin’ our mouths shut? I wrote about hangin’ in there last month, but I swear, the keepin’ the mouths shut part is what gets me. 

I appreciate the sentiment of “resiliency” and I appreciate that there are organizations trying to help the gulf, but there needs to be action and it needs to happen now. Not five years from now, but ASAP.  The people of the gulf don’t need your sympathy or pity. They need you to believe them when they say that the oil is still in the gulf and that they are being poisoned by Corexit exposure.

Listen fellow Southerners, you’ve got to stand up and give Obama, BP, and the rest of ‘em your middle finger and tell ‘em it isn’t right.  They have poisoned our friends, families, waters and seafood and they could care less.  In fact, Erin Brockovich spoke to folks in Pensacola, Florida at the beginning of the spill about just that, and here’s the article.  This is one of my favorite Johnny Cash pictures:

Corexit Poisoning Continues in the Gulf

Wow…I just watched this video of Kindra Arnesen talking about the Corexit poisoning that has been and still is going on in the gulf coast due to the oil spill. This is a bit graphic, so if open sores don’t get you going in the morning, you might want to fast forward those parts. It was put out by Project Gulf Impact:

Damn. This is crazy. After watching that video you might think “Oh, well I live in Minnesota.” Or, “I live on the East Coast”. Or, “I live in California, it won’t affect me”. Wake up, people. This is serious stuff.  The Obama Administration wants you to believe that the oil is gone, they want you to believe that it’s all right to eat gulf seafood.  They also want you to forget about the largest man made environmental disaster in our nation’s history.

It would be a disgrace to humanity if we let this slip under our radar. Seriously. A disgrace.  It will affect you, I guarantee it. It will affect you or someone you know in the next few years. Remember, there are only 8 degrees of separation. This is a great article put out by Deborah Dupre, entitled “Too Sick and Scared of Obama’s Thugs: Austrailian SBS Reports Gulf Truth”.

So, the Obama Administration strikes again. If you haven’t checked out these articles by Jerry Cope, they are also worth reading: Crime of the Century Part I and Crime of the Century Part II.  

Jerry Cope recently approached BP officials in Dauphin Island, Alabama regarding the Corexit in the area:

Guys, this is serious stuff. This is not a case of a few people with “scabies” or “depression”.  People are becoming very ill in the gulf coast due to the use of Corexit. Please spread the word. This is a national emergency that is not being taken seriously.

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