Fresh Louisiana crude washed into the beaches and dock areas near Grand Isle over the weekend, creating a sickening sight for the residents of this oil battered region. The reddish brown crude and oily sheen lapped onto the sandy and rocky shores, while some people flocked to Grand Isle’s famous white beaches for spring break unaware of the oily assault nearby.
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle said the oil had hit Elmers island and Lafourch beaches near the main beach area of Grand Isle. He said the oil appeared to be about two miles offshore over the weekend but then started coming ashore to the west of the island. “It reminded me of the first time we saw oil last summer, a brown reddish sheen.”
The Coast Guard says it is mobilizing workers to lay fresh boom in environmentally sensitive areas and arranging for additional cleanup crews to help as oil comes ashore.
9pm EST tonight, talking with Athenae from First Draft about her blog’s team coverage of the workers’ movement in Wisconsin. I love Athenae, she’s one of my favorite bloggers, so tune in — or call in with questions to 646-200-3440.
I have no doubt there were mountains of improprieties committed before and during these transactions. I think in the end we’re going to find out that the emergency bailouts of 2008 were really a wide-scale government-aided effort at consolidating financial power, in which the taxpayer was asked to fund a series of lucrative mergers that greatly limited consumer choices and made the entire financial system markedly less transparent. To me there’s a dangerous precedent involved when you have one group of investors who get all their news from the papers, and another group of active traders who are on the phone with the Treasury and the Fed in real-time as they marionette the economy.
Just last week I had to spend several hundred dollars of last month’s donations to fix a dental problem. Not a physically painful one, like an abscess, but the splitting off of several critical teeth (which would have cost me several thousand later on if I didn’t take care of it now). Those teeth were breaking off like the damned polar ice shelf.
My dentist gives me a pretty good discount because he knows my situation, and he always tries to come up with the cheapest possible yet reasonably healthy solution. It’s not him. It’s just that dental care is too expensive for most people.
This is one reason I will always feel warmly toward Hillary Clinton. During Bill’s administration, when she was running the health care meetings, she was the only person who said it was absurd not to cover dental care, that your teeth were connected to your body and had a huge impact on your health. The insurance industry was furious; apparently dental insurance is quite lucrative, and they didn’t want to lose any of that pie.
Anyway, she tried. Which is more than most people did.