Them old BP Blues

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Them old BP Blues

Postby alan » Sun May 02, 2010 6:06 am

Big old oil spill,
Please don't you come my way...
Yes I said please big old oil spill, won't you go far away
Cause if you come here I'm sure it's gonna be a hell to pay...
Oh yes, big old oil spill, please don't come my way

Your oil's floatin"
I see it all the way
Oh, yes, Your oil is really floatin'
Across Apalachicola bay.
Please don't come here big old oil spill...
But if you do there will be a hungry hell to pay.

(I'm here on the Florida gulf coast. Excuse my bad songwriting. It's late).
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Annapurna » Sun May 02, 2010 10:15 am

I really feel for you guys.

It's a big topic also here in Europe, news covers it nearly hourly.

The damage to the environment, loss of so many animal lives, damage to the flora is immense, so many jobs threatened, -this is really a sad and ugly thing to watch.

Let's hope the hole can be closed soon...

I've been in Florida, btw. In Pensacola.
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Ben » Sun May 02, 2010 2:26 pm

I'm sure Flipper will save the day!
Go Flipper, plug that leaking oil well!
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby tiltbillings » Sun May 02, 2010 2:35 pm

Alas, he did not make it
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Annapurna » Sun May 02, 2010 5:54 pm

:weep:
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Modus.Ponens » Mon May 03, 2010 12:00 am

:jumping:

That was grim tilt!
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby mikenz66 » Mon May 03, 2010 12:29 am

Modus.Ponens wrote:
That was grim tilt!

Grim Killjoy Theravada strikes again... :weep:

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby alan » Mon May 03, 2010 3:53 am

Looks like the marshes are going to die; Miss. and La. will be devastated. Pristine white powder sands of the Fl. panhandle (the best beaches I've ever seen) are up next. But the real horror is the thought--we are trying not to think about it--Ok, the immanent possibility--that the oil keeps gushing, and gets into the gulf stream. That would have it befoul all the west coast beaches: a disaster. Oh But wait there might be more: if it goes around the tip of Florida and heads up the east coast, well, that would be an epic catastrophe.
Sell you stocks in BP.
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Ben » Mon May 03, 2010 4:54 am

Yes, we've been hearing about it. Its a freakin' disaster.
I can imagine the share prices of all petroleum producing companies getting hammered over catastrophe-risk insurance premiums sky-rocketing as a result of BP's explosion in the Gulf. And I wouldn't be surprised if petrol (gas) prices spike.
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby alan » Tue May 04, 2010 2:05 am

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Kim OHara » Tue May 04, 2010 2:59 am

alan wrote:Looks like the marshes are going to die; Miss. and La. will be devastated. Pristine white powder sands of the Fl. panhandle (the best beaches I've ever seen) are up next. But the real horror is the thought--we are trying not to think about it--Ok, the immanent possibility--that the oil keeps gushing, and gets into the gulf stream. That would have it befoul all the west coast beaches: a disaster. Oh But wait there might be more: if it goes around the tip of Florida and heads up the east coast, well, that would be an epic catastrophe.
Sell you stocks in BP.

You think that's epic ...
Oh But wait there might be even more: if it goes around the tip of Florida and heads up the east coast and across the Atlantic to the West coast of Europe well, that would be an epic catastrophe.
(I don't really think it will happen, but that is where the Gulf Stream goes - see http://www.anthonares.net/index.php?tag=Gulf-Stream)
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby alan » Tue May 04, 2010 3:16 am

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Ben » Tue May 04, 2010 4:16 am

Hi Alan

alan wrote:Here is an interesting article I saw this morning:http://washingtonindependent.com/83752/the-worst-case-economic-scenario-for-the-oil-spill


That's a great article and that's exactly what I was concerned about. Years ago, I worked for a very large European reinsurrance company. It was a few years before 9/11 and the underwriters would get extremely nervous with the occurance of any natural disaster. Rushing to calculate their exposure to risk to the event.
Back then we had a few people in the investments dept working on developing a new speculative financial instruments that would spread the risk of catastrophes to investors.
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Postby Kim OHara » Wed May 05, 2010 11:53 pm

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Postby BubbaBuddhist » Thu May 06, 2010 12:51 am

A bit off topic, but did you all know one of the original Flippers (Kathy) committed suicide in captivity and her keeper/trainer, Rick O'Barry, overcome by remorse, has dedicated his life to combating the practice of keeping dolphins in captivity. I loved that show as a kid. :cry:

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Kim OHara » Sat May 08, 2010 11:11 pm

Neat interactive map - see how the slick has been spreading:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/infographics/us-oil-disaster/interactive-oil-slick-map.htm

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby alan » Sun May 09, 2010 12:21 am

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Kim OHara » Fri May 14, 2010 11:20 pm

Update: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/15/2900258.htm
Obama frustrated by oil leak progress

Potentially catastrophic: A clean-up team follows a trail of oil debris on the shoreline of Raccoon Island, Louisiana (Reuters: Jonathen E Davis/US Navy)

US president Barack Obama is frustrated that the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has not been plugged and says the government is preparing to handle a potentially catastrophic event.
He says it is still unclear just how much oil is leaking into the gulf, but he will not rest until it is stopped and the damage cleaned up.
Mr Obama also blasted the bosses of British Petroleum, describing as a "ridiculous spectacle" their appearance on Capitol Hill this week to answer questions about the spill.
"The American people could not have been impressed with that display and I certainly wasn't," he said.


Web page dedicated to the response http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/
It is run by BP, Transocean etc, and the US government agencies responsible ... it is probably reliable but I somehow doubt that it will present any more of the bad news than it really has to.
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Postby Annapurna » Sat May 15, 2010 9:50 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:
alan wrote:Looks like the marshes are going to die; Miss. and La. will be devastated. Pristine white powder sands of the Fl. panhandle (the best beaches I've ever seen) are up next. But the real horror is the thought--we are trying not to think about it--Ok, the immanent possibility--that the oil keeps gushing, and gets into the gulf stream. That would have it befoul all the west coast beaches: a disaster. Oh But wait there might be more: if it goes around the tip of Florida and heads up the east coast, well, that would be an epic catastrophe.
Sell you stocks in BP.

You think that's epic ...
Oh But wait there might be even more: if it goes around the tip of Florida and heads up the east coast and across the Atlantic to the West coast of Europe well, that would be an epic catastrophe.
(I don't really think it will happen, but that is where the Gulf Stream goes - see http://www.anthonares.net/index.php?tag=Gulf-Stream)
:toilet:

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But since the oceans are interconnected, wouldn't that mean that the oil will get to all of the coasts eventually ? :weep:

I'm reminded of "Avatar" again.
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