Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Report of genetically modified bacteria released into oil spill
by Larry Geller
New comments from banjoboye are attached to my earlier article on the oil spill and very worth reading. It’s like having a correspondent in New Orleans! Thanks, banjobye, for staying in touch on this.
Since comments get buried over time on a blog, I’m highlighting these here.
Follow his link for a color illustration of the spill site. Also, he mentions genetically modified bacteria. I had not seen that reference before:
An unknown quantity of genetically modified oil eating bacteria have been released into the environment with little regard for and with a deliberate cover up of the unintended consequences of genetic pollution.
The detergents that are being added to the oil disperse it, but the oil remains. This Bloomberg News article from Business Week explains how that works.
NASA has a series of satellite pictures of the spill which you can see here. The others are much closer in than this, but this is the best overview of the entire area.
And finally, checking out the Times-Picayune home page, I found I was caught in some kind of time warp. Would you believe, Repentant Klan recruit 'pushed my button, so I shot her,' witness quotes suspect as saying (5/4/2010), and a four-part series on Police shootings in the week after Hurricane Katrina. This is 2010, it’s shocking to me, living here in Hawaii, to read about hooded Klansmen still holding initiation ceremonies in this country and killing someone. Poor New Orleans, they have suffered so much, and more may be on the way in the form of economic damage due to the BP oil spill.
Yes you read it in the New Orleans Times Picayune on line, but that horrific KKK Story came out of the back woods of rural Louisiana. It's terrible, but it's not in New Orleans.
The same kind of obscene culture shock emanates from rural Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia etc, where African American slaves were tortured for playing drums. In New Orleans, home to more free blacks than any pre-civil war US city, near Congo Square, which is now Louis Armstrong Park, slaves could play drums. These beats melded with blues, ragtime and European brass and made New Orleans the birthplace of Jazz.
Thurs. May 20, 2010 @ 1325hrs
Greetings from New Orleans,
For those who don't already know, a Parish in Louisiana is equivalent to a county in (I believe all of) the other 49 states. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parishes_of_Louisiana
Please see this: PHOTO BY TED JACKSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE A hand holds a bottle dipped into the oily waters of Pass a Loutre inside the roseau cane that marks the coastline of Southeast Louisiana. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tour Pass a Loutre where oil has washed ashore, especially on the western side of South Pass, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
see these photos on the New Orleans Times Picayune Website: