THE NEW GILDED AGE (Part 2)
THE NEW GILDED AGE (Part 2)
Realities that Threaten the Health, Safety & Security of Every American
Posted In: Politics, National, News, Investigative Reporting, National, From Issue 714 By: Ryan Bartek
04th November, 2010 0
Apart from the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and an investigation that I conducted into the Freeland Chemical train derailment two decades ago, few dispatches have struck me as more horrific than the one you are about to read.
Have you noticed that since early July, little news if any has surfaced through major media resources concerning the BP Gulf Oil Spill? This is because President Obama – through Executive Order – has issued a Draconian, disquieting, and expansive media blackout concerning the shocking and untested ‘clean-up’ efforts going on in the Gulf, along with the sad realities of their aftermath.
Any journalist working Ground Zero in the Gulf is now subject to a felony charge, which carries a $40,000 fine and a maximum sentence of 15 years for filming the oil spill or ‘clean-up effort’ without ‘official authorization.’
This callous and utterly authoritarian move was, ironically, cast by the President on July 3rd of this year, just before the 4th of July holiday. To my knowledge, the only journalist covering this development at the time was Anderson Cooper, who filed a dispatch on CNN, which you can search on line and discover at youtube.
Ryan Bartek is a 29-year old investigative journalist actually covering and working the daily dispatches at Ground Zero of the Gulf that are emerging via blogs and websites while the national media is busy diverting our attention by attempting to focus upon Charlie Sheen’s latest exploits.
For an even more detailed look, I encourage you to check out the website that he references within this article. ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine has also reported extensively on the chemical test tube being created in the Gulf.
Meanwhile, in this aftermath of the mid-term elections, I implore you to lobby your elected representatives and demand they take action to lift this totalitarian and punitive media blackout that surely makes a mockery of American democracy in the 21st century, and dishonors the valor of every American that has ever fought, or died, protecting fundamental freedoms that form the foundation of our country.
- Robert E Martin • Election Day, 2010
By Ryan Bartek
October 20th marked the 6 month anniversary of the BP Oil Spill. Over these past 172 days, America has been the victim of a total blackout of information.
The reality is beyond stark, and being a retired political correspondent, I am beyond sickened by the ignorance, silence & complacency of the major news media.
To learn more about the BP Catastrophe, I highly recommend the site www.floridaoilspilllaw.com – the man running it has been collecting data from hundreds of sources all summer, and the portrait it paints is… well…bleak.
The textbook definition of disaster is a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly & causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship -- such as an earthquake, airplane crash, or oil spill of unprecedented caliber.
That’s what is happening right now, in The Gulf, in 2010.
I have been living in the Acropolis Hotel, charting the ecological terror notbroadcast on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, DrudgeReport, InfoWars, MichealMoore or even PeterWerbe.com.
There are a number of reasons for this, of which I will soon begin to elaborate.
Under Obama’s authorization, the United States Coast Guard (& British Petroleum) have dumped nearly 50 million gallons of the untested, experimental dispersant Corexit 9500 (& the far more lethal 9527) into the ocean, creating an ecological monstrosity buttressed by 500 to 900 million gallons of crude oil.
No one is quite sure the actual figure.
Even by the lowest of estimates, Deepwater Horizon now equals three dozen Exxon/Valdez’s – previously the worst oil spill ever sustained – and which in aftermath left the vast majority of cleanup workers dead due to rampant toxicity levels.
All of those deceased grunts, it should be noted, never had to contend with Corexit – a chemical four times more toxic then the crude in itself. Corexit’s function is to literally eat the oil, instantly obliterating it into minuscule particles. In theory, these particles are biodegradable & mix effortlessly into the ocean currents like loose grains of sand.
In reality, Corexit had never actually been used on anything larger then 1000 barrels of oil – which is why all of these globules have accumulated into a massive jelly blob roughly the size of Rhode Island.
Furthermore, the chemical immediately releases the most deadly, latent properties of crude, causing the surrounding water to soak up 3,500% more of the toxic properties then it would in its natural state.
This aquatic Corexit landmass – this oxygen-deprived, toxic vacuum -- has already killed hundreds of thousands of fish, altering the eco-system for decades and permanently mutating the genetics of all ensnared life forms.
As The Blob heads towards Southern Florida, smaller chunks continue to wash ashore in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, etc. At a microscopic level, it’s been continually ingested through skin contact of any & all swimming those same beaches.
Having never been tested at length on human subjects – and quickly banned in the UK – all emerging research now comes directly from the epidemically ill Southern population & rapidly dying mass of cleanup workers.
This past week, in fact, an investigation determined that Corexit is a confirmed carcinogen – in all probability worse then Agent Orange in itself.
This brings us to a multitude of barbaric realities.
Foremost, all of that Corexit, crude oil & methane gas has for some time been evaporating and, in turn, raining down upon the region, the East Coast, the Midwest – all the way into Canada.
This precipitation, in turn, is now eating through plant life as an acidic pesticide would.
One search on YouTube will bring forth hundreds of amateur videos of this, as well as testimonials from people dizzy & vomiting after heavy rains, passing out, sick for days - their homes covered in oily residue & the streets slicked with that distinctive “rainbow film.”
There’s been a 65% increase in people seeking emergency care for respiratory problems all over the South. Even an official CDC survey in Alabama found that 50% of all questioned claimed newly emerged respiratory problems. In Southern Louisiana it is reported that entire communities are now vomiting blood.
A recent study has also found that this mix of rain, oil & Corexit has altered sediments natural ability to cleanse arsenic from the water supply. 16 private wells outside Tampa were found to be of nearly fatal, poisonous levels.
Dozens of studies have also confirmed the unspeakable contamination of waters – oil up to 220 PPM (parts per million); in some areas of Mississippi 620 PPM. Even beach sand is testing around 200 PPM at average. There should be none.
And then the air quality.
On May 3rd a Russian television crew confirmed that the air in Venice, Louisiana was so filthy the camera operators should have been wearing contamination suits. The EPA claims that 5-10 PPB (parts per billion) or Hydrogen Sulfide is acceptable.
The news crew had clocked 1192 PPB.
The VOC count (Volatile Organic Compounds) clocked in at similarly hideous ranges. The State of Louisiana says 3.76 PPB is acceptable for Benzene, Methylene Chloride 61.25 PPB. On May 2nd, the air quality registered 3,416 PPB combined VOC’s. Likewise, in September, a team from Bio-Cascade (an air-pollution specialist team from New Jersey) visited Alabama and found 110 PPM of VOC’s in the air.
To add insult to injury, unmarked Coast Guard planes have been continuously spraying Corexit over civilian populations, over shallow waters & beaches in a frantic effort to annihilate the aforementioned aquatic jelly blob before it reaches shore.
One couple, living in their boathouse, woke up soaking from said airplane spray and immediately started puking blood. Their skin is now covered in sores, like lepers – same as the other hundreds of individuals now coming forward. No one seems to know if these people, now turning up in droves, will even survive.
There are dozens of families that went to the beach for a scenic Sunday, coming home covered in blisters, bleeding from their eyes. These people are generally rushed to ER and the doctors are clueless how to combat these symptoms – all toxicology reports indicate a poisoning by unknown neurotoxins. Emerging blood tests show staggeringly high amounts of ehtylbenzene, hexane, xylene, isooctane, and both 2 & 3-methylpentane.
There are many other frightening examples of the above predicament and even more unanswered questions regarding the following.
Ever heard of Vibrio Vulnificus, a rare waterborne illness originating from oyster beds? V.V. claims a small number of deaths worldwide, yet last month six deaths were attributed to V.V.
One of them – a 12-year-old boy named John Lopez – simply walked on a Florida shore barefoot and was eaten alive within 24 hours.
There is distinct evidence that this strain may have been a mutation, which an ongoing study at Louisiana State University is currently researching.
Can anyone even imagine the repercussions of an Ebola Ocean?
Beyond all this, the true horror emerging is the negligence of the EPA, whom refuse to test the seafood emerging from The Gulf -- which means, quite frankly, that a staggering amount of individuals have been ingesting Corexit daily, literally eating it for months on end, at a global scale so criminal it cannot be fathomed.
Millions of people are going to die.
And no one will know until this Toxic Blob actually touches shores in a definite, unavoidable, in-your-face kind of way. And then mainstream America will catch on in a definite, unavoidable, in-your-face kind of way. And then things will grow exceptionally grim, exceptionally fast.
And then The Great Panic will begin.
Which is the major reason this is not being reported.
The Federal Government has failed so abysmally in such a cataclysmic, catastrophic way that not only is it an embarrassment to their prestige, but the lineage aftereffects I’ve entailed are so hideous, so murderous, the only way to solve the problem is to pretend it simply isn’t happening.
The straight answer would have been immediate evacuation, which was stalled through fear of economic/political backlash. The NAVY had already evacuated by July 2nd under the guise of fighting a drug cartel, having relocated 46 warships to Costa Rica capable of carrying 200 helicopters & warplanes, plus 7,000 U.S. Marines “who may circulate the country in uniform without any restrictions” for “anti-narcotics operations & humanitarian missions between 1st July 2010 until 31st December 2010.”
And also by July 4th NATO’s Chairman of the Military Committee Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola ordered 2,400 Canadian Military Forces to prepare for deployment to the Coast to assist FEMA, simultaneously moving all critical NATO assets a hundred miles from shore.
Much movement & tactical placement has occurred, though much of it secretly and unable for definite confirmation, since all “official” sources remain silent.
The real fear it seems is not the deadly chemical, but the rupturing of the seafloor itself. At the moment it is “plugged” – but all data indicates a rupturing for miles beneath the surface, oil still seeping through the ocean floor kilometers around. If the seabed gives way, this would equal an instant tsunami so massive and violent in its force that it would cover Florida within minutes, wiping out tens of millions in one brutal stroke.
But even that seems child’s play compared to the possibility of an oil hurricane.
Just what happens, pray tell, when a Class 5 ripper just barrels through Texas leaving a trail of toxic, cancer causing, brain hemorrhaging, and methane suffocating death?
There was no contingency plan from the outset.
And the only way out is to keep burying, keep blacking it out.
The entire Washington elite allowed this to happen – and now their Asses are on the line at such an appalling, historic level that no previous tragedy in American heritage remotely compares.
And still, no one knows.
You can grab a man on the street, scream at him, shake him by the lapels, explain point for point what I just elaborated, but not a thread of it sinks in. All they can envision are petroleum dolphins, beached whales & pelicans suffocating to death.
Their ignorance is manifold, engulfing, and entirely complete.
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