Carl Gunhouse. From the series America.

About the series, Gunhouse writes:

Driving around America for the last six years trying to cover as much of it as I could, going from one political hotspot to the next, from the BP oil spill to Detroit, which is actively depopulating its outer neighborhoods, one thing has been clear. Politics is entertainment; politicians and the press create a constant hysteria of the now, feeding a grand worldwide Greek drama, with real people, if not our own fortunes, in the balance. Like any good soap opera, there are no plot resolutions, nothing is ever truly solved. What’s left is a series of semi-satisfying plot points that are quickly forgotten in the buildup to the next cliffhanger and a never-ending series of monetary distractions that have little effect on our day-to-day lives.


Dolphins suffer miscarriages, lose teeth after BP oil spill x

Bottlenose dolphins with deformities including missing teeth and lung disease were found in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the BP oil spill, according to US researchers.

The mammals were also suffering from hormonal imbalances, Pneumonia and liver disease, while a pregnant female was found carrying a dead foetus.

The first major study into the health of dolphins comes after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010 and saw the equivalent of 4.9 million barrels of oil gush into the sea.

During the study, researchers briefly captured dolphins off the coast of central Louisiana in 2011 to check their health.

Half of the 32 dolphins studied were judged to be seriously ill or in danger of dying.

The health of the animals was compared with 27 bottlenose dolphins from the Sarasota Bay, Florida, which was unaffected by the oil spill.

These dolphins had significantly lower levels of adrenal hormones, which are critical to an animal’s stress response, while moderate to severe lung disease was five times more common in Louisianan dolphins.

“I’ve never seen such a high prevalence of very sick animals,” lead author Lori Schwacke, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and an expert on dolphins in the southern US.

“There is disease in any wild population. We just haven’t seen animals that were in such bad shape as what we saw in Barataria Bay,” she added.

Three of the Barataria Bay dolphins had also lost nearly all their teeth, and three others had just half of their normal number of teeth left. Dolphins typically have between 78 and 106 teeth.

Oil firm BP said the report, which appeared in December issue of the ‘Environmental Science and Technology’ journal was “inconclusive as to any causation associated with the spill”.

BP also called on NOAA to release all of its data on the unusual deaths of more than 1000 dolphins off the Gulf Coast, dating back to February 2010, three months before the spill.

Scientists admitted that their study cannot prove that the dolphin’s health problems were caused by the Deepwater spill because there were no studies of dolphin health prior to it.

But the Louisiana dolphins had lower levels of pesticides and flame retardant chemicals than the Florida group, suggesting that agricultural runoff and common pollution were not the cause of their diseases, researchers claimed.

Hell that's cheap!
The cost of our dependance on oil; 756 dead birds only 40 released alive, 333 dead sea turtles only 3 released alive, 39 dead sea mammals 0 released alive. These numbers were of 2010 and the toll is still being measured. The next time you fill your gas tank think of ways to reduce your oil consumption. 40 birds and 3 sea turtles will thank you.

The 5th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon

Giving a Little Guy and Big Hand. This baby tern was stuck in an oil patch on Grand Isle Beach, Louisiana in June 2010. She was rescued by Chris Hernandaz who was the Street Superintendent of Grand Isle. The beaches had been cleaned two days before President Obama’s visit, but the oil returned after he left. Over five thousand barrels of oil a day leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, 80 kilometers from the coast of Louisiana, harming local wildlife and fishing industries. 


As the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon accident comes and goes, much of the region’s environment and marine life are still feeling the effects of the largest accidental oil spill in US history. The disaster, on April 20th, 2010, began when high-pressure methane gas from the well expanded into the drilling riser and rose into the drilling rig, where it ignited and exploded, engulfing the platform. This took 11 lives and injured 17 others. An oil leak was discovered on the afternoon of April 22nd when a large oil slick began to spread. It is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. An estimated 200 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of 87 days until it was capped on July 15 and finally sealed on Sept. 19, 2010. 

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Oceanography professor: Mississippi river is the toilet of North America

Jeremy Jackson, Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, described the mouth of the Mississippi as “the bowl of the toilet of North America” during a speech at the California Academy of Sciences in September.

He explained that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was only one of many environmental disasters already occurring.


The Maltese Falcon: The Largest Sailing Yacht in the World

  • 305 feet long
  • 25,791 square feet of sails
  • 20 knots top speed on sails alone
  • Recently sold for nearly $100 million to a British hedge fund manager, also a former BP exec, Elena Ambrosiadou.
  • The worst part? She plans on only spending a few weeks on it per year.
  • Oh, and it comes with a 2 person SUBMARINE.

BP Among Winning Bidders for New Gulf Drilling

A number of large oil firms have purchased new drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico in the first such auction since the BP oil spill of April 2010. The firm ConocoPhillips was the highest bidder, paying more than $103.2 million to drill. BP was also a winning bidder, paying $27 million.

No one learns anything they killed off jobs, marine life & hope on a gargantuan scale a year and a half ago. So what happens? Give ‘em a second run at it. WTF? The picture above is by artist Buck D Addams “Greasy Duck” via www.thegrazingdesign.com