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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Doomsday Fear Mongers Get It Right Again

By now, you’ve likely come across the recent 60 Minutes segment titled State Budgets: Day of Reckoning. If you have yet to view it, you can do so below.

Millions of Americans who have been told that our economy is now in a period of recovery may be surprised to learn that most states are so broke that they are left with no other choice but to cut spending on literally everything. Governor Christie of New Jersey is, according to 60 Minutes, the canary in the mine:

We spent too much on everything. We spent money just crazily. The credit card’s maxed out. It’s over. It’s over.

For readers of this web site and other alternative news and contrarian outlets this report was to be expected. We’ve been reporting on, and our readers have been contributing their insights via comments for quite some time - at least a couple of years now - about the fundamental problems facing our country. For those who have questioned their own sanity, or have had their sanity questioned by friends and family when trying to spread the message of preparing for the Greatest Depression, Governor Christie just proved that you’ve been right all along:

Where am I getting the money? I don’t have it. I literally don’t have it.

It’s not like you can avoid it forever because it’s here now. We all know it’s here. And the Federal government doesn’t have the money to paper over it anymore either for the states. The day of reckoning has arrived. And it’s going to arrive everywhere.

Unlike the federal government, states don’t have the ability to issue debt and print as much money as is needed via the digital presses at the Federal Reserve. They are left with no choice but austerity measures via spending cuts. And, as Charlie McGrath pointed out recently, Austerity will hit America like an Eight Pound Sledgehammer.

Earlier this year, we discussed the Collapse of Dysfunctional States as Another Step To The Federal Bubble Detonation, and according to mainstream reports as of late, we’re well on our way to complete destruction of the way of life as we have come to know it in our spend and consume society.

If you thought the housing bubble was bad, consider what financial analyst Meredith Whitney has to say about state and local governments. Take note that it was Whitney who blew the doors open on the problems in housing and the excessive leverage in the banking system - which led to the collapse that has left us where we are today. And while investment houses and ratings agencies are still promoting municipal bonds as a great way to preserve wealth, you might want to sleep on Whitney’s latest comments before you go all in:

It has tenticles as wide as anything I’ve seen. I think next to housing this is the single most important issue in the United States and certainly the largest threat to the US economy.

When asked why no one is doing anything about it, Whitney provides an answer that is as true today as it was before the housing bubble pop:

Because they don’t pay attention until they have to.

It is only at the precipice of disaster that people, especially politicians and vested interests, are willing to change.

The worst thing about all of this, is that, as Meredith Whitney suggested, the states will likely find a solution to their problems. Our view is that this solution will come down to massive, unprecedented bailouts from the Federal government. Not billions - not trillions more will be printed.

We maintain our previous forecast, though we can’t put a specific timeline on it, that the collapse of state governments will eventually lead to the largest bubble detonation in history - financier George Soros refers to it as the Super Bubble and trend forecaster Gerald Celente calls it the Government Bubble:

How long will this be?

It’s hard to say, but in terms of the states, we’re likely looking at sooner rather than later. States are already broke, with California, Illinois and New Jersey already showing serious fiscal strain. In the near future we’ll begin seeing states requesting bailouts directly from the federal government. Eventually, we suspect that the majority of states will be standing in the welfare line looking for hand outs.

For now, the US dollar remains fairly strong given our economic problems. In fact, any time a financial emergency spreads across the globe, investors seem to be running to US bonds for safety, so there is still confidence in the US government’s ability to service our existing debt.

However, we believe that once the states begin to require federal involvement to pay government workers, emergency responders and pensioners, we will be much closer to a serious collapse of not only our economic system, but the monetary system as well. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world realizes that we’re completely broke and takes action accordingly.

The states blew a government spending bubble, and that bubble is about to pop. The federal debt bubble will not be far behind.

Naturally, there will be skeptics. In fact, most are skeptical of the possibility of a complete collapse of the US Dollar and our way of life, but it is in process as we speak.

Just like the states, the federal government will soon be on the precipice.

Meredith Whitney says that municipal bond defaults will start occurring in scores over the next 12 months. We’ll see what the federal government does, but our guess is more bailouts - hey it worked before!

But who will bail out the $150 Trillion (official figure) government debt bubble?

Any takers?

Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Author: Mac Slavo
Date: December 22nd, 2010
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sing the health praises of parsley and sage

Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, "Are You Going to Scarborough Fair". Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion. Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of parsley and sage are worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.

PARSLEY

Parsley is an amazing medicinal herb with a world of health benefits. The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Among the many benefits reported for parsley are:

*It is a diuretic which helps the body produce more urine to keep the urinary system operating smoothly and which helps prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections.

*It is wonderful for removing toxins from the body, such as heavy metals.

*It is an effective breath freshener. It is believed that the practice of including parsley on a dinner plate began due to its breath freshening abilities and not merely for its decorative effect.

*The root and leaves are good for the liver and spleen.

*It helps relieve bloating during menstruation.

*It provides relief for edema, often helping when other remedies have failed

*Parsley root and seeds help relax stiff joints, often making stiff and unmanageable fingers work again.

*It helps remove gallstones when used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily.

*It is beneficial for the adrenal glands.

*It is a powerful therapeutic aid for the optic nerves, brain and sympathetic nervous system.

*Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels.

Note: It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.

SAGE

Like rosemary, its sister herb in the mint (Labiatae) family, sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, including rosmarinic acid. The oils found in sage are both antiseptic and antibiotic, helping it fight infections.

Besides the antioxidant and other properties shared with Rosemary, sage`s other health benefits include:

*It is effective for symptoms of menopause, night sweats and hot flashes because of its estrogenic action and because its tannins help dry up perspiration.

*Sage helps provide better brain function and has been used in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease for over a thousand years. It helps provide better recall and research has suggested that it may be an effective option to help treat Alzheimer`s.

*There`s also compelling evidence that sage may be of value to people with diabetes for whom the hormone insulin does not work as efficiently as it should. Lab studies indicate that sage may boost insulin`s action.

* The ability of sage to protect oils from oxidation has also led some companies to experiment with sage as a natural antioxidant additive for cooking oils that can extend shelf life and help avoid rancidity.

In an upcoming article, we will also sing the praises of the other two herbs mentioned in the popular song - rosemary and thyme.

Sources included:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarbo...
http://www.healthy-holistic-living....
http://www.greenmuze.com/blogs/natu...
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pars...

About the author

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near San Antonio and Austin to give lectures in health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".


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Terrorist may poison the food supply (but the food companies already have)

Always on the terror streak, the mainstream media is now warning Americans that terrorists may strike the food supply by dumping poison into restaurant salad bars and buffets, for example. CBS News broke the story, quoting anonymous "intelligence" sources who insist that terrorists might use ricin or cyanide to poison foods in salad bars.

I have news for CBS, the federal government, and the terrorists: If you really want to poison the U.S. food supply, just use aspartame. It causes neurological disorders and yet remains perfectly legal to dump into foods such as diet sodas and children's medicines. You don't even have to dump it into the food supply in secret, either: You can do it right out in full view of the public. Heck, you can even list this chemical right on the ingredients label!

Or get into the MSG business. MSG, which is often hidden on "natural" foods under an ingredient called yeast extract, is a potent neurotoxin that promotes obesity and even cancer, according to some experts. Feed people enough MSG and they'll probably die of cancer sooner or later, and that counts toward the goal of terrorism too, doesn't it?

If you really want to get nasty and up the body count, start a hot dog company and dump sodium nitrite into your processed meat like all the other hot dog companies do. Sodium nitrite promotes aggressive cancers -- even in children -- and yet the USDA and FDA allow its use in the food supply (http://www.naturalnews.com/007133.html).

Better yet, feed the population genetically modified corn and then wait for the mutations to kick in. GMOs might actually be called a biological weapon because they cause so much harm to humans and the environment. (http://www.naturalnews.com/GMO.html)

Why be a terrorist when you can do so much more damage as a processed food company?

If you're a terrorist looking to poison the U.S. food supply, get in line, buddy! The food companies have beat you to it!

In the U.S. food supply right now, you can find toxic mercury, BPA, acrylamides, petrochemicals, dangerous preservatives, synthetic chemicals like aspartame, pesticide residues and artificial colors that alter brain function. The FDA doesn't seem to care about any of this, of course: All these poisons in the food supply are legal!

So here's a message to Al-Qaeda and all the other terrorists trying to kill Americans: Don't bother with bombs and missiles... just get into the processed food business!

Or, heck, if you really want to kill Americans with poison, get into the cancer industry! The "Al-Qaeda Cancer Clinic" could really rack up some body bags by doing what all the other cancer clinics do: Inject patients with chemotherapy and watch them die (http://www.naturalnews.com/029996_c...).

Seriously, if you want to kill Americans, all you really need to do is keep supporting conventional medicine and the FDA with its do-nothing position on dangerous chemicals that threaten the health of Americans right now. FDA-approved drugs kill well over 100,000 Americans each year -- a statistic that dwarfs the body count of any terrorist group.

Come to think of it, how do we know the FDA isn't already being run by terrorists? Their actions, which blatantly endanger American lives, are entirely consistent with the aims of a terrorist organization. (http://www.naturalnews.com/001894.html)

By the way, this is all depicted in a CounterThink cartoon I created in 2006 called The Food Terrorists: http://www.counterthink.com/The_Foo...

This cartoon anticipated today's terror news alerts by four years. That's because when it comes to the U.S. government's rhetoric on terrorism, it's not that difficult to see where they're taking it.

Want to know what the next four years will bring us? I'll soon be publishing a list of predictions for 2011 and beyond. Watch NaturalNews.com for that announcement.

In the mean time, you might want to steer clear of FDA-approved foods and drugs, because you just never know what's really in them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

Sources for this story include:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010...


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

bp conspiracy ?

If half of this is true we are in BIG Trouble WAKE UP!!!!!!!

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a little break from the survival attitude

a little break from the survival attitude, but it also applies to everyday life.....prep on

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Louisiana Preppers Roll Call

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Are you prepared?

I saw this on u tube& thought it would be a good one for newly awaken people.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

wake up



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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tell it like it is Bobby



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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Welcome New Louisiana Member

Welcome New Member:

Southern Tactical

Hi, I'm a new guy.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Bank Holiday in our future?



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Free speech

This video pisses me off to no end,I can't put into words how I feel but I must tell you it makes my blood boil,Sure glad they are not running anything.There was a time if you said crap like this in this country you dissappered.



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Monday, November 8, 2010

part 2



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The coming Times?


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Buy food now


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Living in troubled times



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Sunday, October 24, 2010

problems from our environment

Hurricane season is over and we got lucky but we are not doing so good with our surroundings,listen to this video from a scientest here for the last 5 or 6 months & use your own judgment.


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

archie on democrats


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Friday, October 15, 2010

zombies!!!



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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Member

Welcome our new member:
Podifer

Hi from La, found this by accident, seems I can really learn alot here, if I can offer anything I will....:D

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shotguns vs. Hand Guns

Auther: Detentus

I finally made it to the firing range at the sportsmans' club after months of not shooting(elder care issues.) Surprisingly I did really well. I own a S&W .22 revolver and a .22 rifle with a scope(which I did not bring.) My husband has Walther .22 pistol and a S&W .40 pistol and he always does well(former military and police).

While we were there we noticed two fellows with all kinds of weaponry including shotguns. They were nice enough to let us examine their weapons and I noticed a Mossberg shotgun. I have never fired a shotgun before and the owner would have allowed me to but he had run out of shells. He wanted to test it out as he had purchased this for his wife for home defense. I saw one at the gun dealer when we stopped in last week to get some ammunition and have been toying with the idea of finding a reasonably priced shotgun.

So, any recommendations would be helpful. Both my husband and these gentlemen explained that a .410 would be much easier to handle than a 10 or 12 gauge, especially with a pistol grip(which is what I would want.) Or, do I really need a shotgun at all? This would be used for home defense.
Any ladies here who have a shotgun? Are you comfortable with it?

What do you gentlemen recommend? Stick with what makes me comfortable or take a chance and research this more? I guess I'm just a little bit intimidated by this. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

University Group Raises Concerns About BP Oil Spill Contaminants in Livestock Feed








University Group Raises Concerns About BP Oil Spill Contaminants in Livestock Feed

Sunday 19 September 2010

by: Chris Rodda, t r u t h o u t | Report

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(Photo: Kean University/Be The Change)

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Perdido Bay Mullet Festival in Lillian, Alabama had to do something it's never had to do before -- substitute catfish for mullet. Why? Because, according to event organizer Bill Cornell, the company that supplies the mullet for the annual festival "didn’t feel good about the fish" and "won’t sell them for human consumption." The seafood supplier, Wallace Seafood, had found unusual white spots on some of the mullet being caught, and won't sell the fish until testing is completed to see if they're safe to eat. According to the company's Brent Wallace, "Mullet feed off the bottom and we don’t know what’s been down there."

Another fisherman raised the same concern as Wallace Seafood -- that mullet are bottom feeders so you don't know what they've been eating -- and added that because of their migratory nature, you also don't know where they've been eating. This fisherman, nicknamed "Red," who talked about the oil not being visible on the surface because the dispersants have made it sink down into the water, explained how mullet eat, sucking just about anything into what he called their "gizzard," the black spot seen on the fish in the video below.

With the very unsurprising revelation reported by NPR last Monday that the oil from the BP oil spill isn't gone, but has merely sunk to the sea floor, it's no big leap to assume that the diet of these bottom-feeding, migratory fish is likely to include just about anything in that "fluffy and porous" layer of oil and "recently dead" things reported by Samantha Joye from the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. As David Hollander of the University of South Florida is quoted as saying in the same NPR report, "A lot of fish go down to the bottom and eat and then come back up. And if all their food sources are derived from the bottom, then indeed you could have this impact."

Bottom-feeding fish used as hog feed

Meanwhile, despite these concerns, bottom-feeding fish like mullet are currently being caught and eaten all over the Gulf, with the potential risk not being limited to direct human consumption of the fish, but indirectly by mullet being fed to hogs, as Dr. Norma Bowe of Kean University in New Jersey observed a few weeks ago. Striking up a conversation with some fishermen who were hauling in nets full of mullet from a pier in Long Beach, Mississippi, Dr. Bowe found out that one of the men was also a hog farmer who was catching the mullet to feed to his hogs. The hog farmer, who said he fishes from this pier every day, proudly told Bowe to just ask anybody and they'd tell her that his bacon, pork chops, ham hocks, and ribs are the best around, attributing the high quality of the meat from his hogs to their high protein fish diet. And, according to the fishermen that Bowe spoke to, these fish are also used in a variety of other products for both human and pet consumption -- from Omega-3 fish oil supplements to cat food. Part of this conversation was caught on video by one of Bowe's students.

Photos taken by Bowe and her students while this hog farmer was pulling in his catch show cleanup workers nearby in the background, obviously indicating that there was something very close to this pier in need of cleaning up. And, according to Bowe, the rocks under the pier were visibly coated with oil, which can clearly be seen in additional photos. Yet this pier is open for fishing. Was what Dr. Bowe and her students observed at this pier in Long Beach an isolated incident? Not according to "Red," who has kept in touch with Bowe since her trip. "Red" reported finding crabs filled with oil just over a week ago at another pier in nearby Gulfport, which is also open for fishing.

Is the use of mullet as livestock feed an unusual practice? Not at all. Besides local hog farmers catching their own mullet to feed their own hogs, fish meal made from this type of fish is a common ingredient in commercially produced feed for both livestock and poultry, as well as feed for farm-raised seafood.

The initial concern of Dr. Bowe, who holds a Ph.D. in Community Health Policy, was the same as most other health professionals -- the long term health effects of exposure to the oil and chemicals that people are coming in contact with: "My concern is for the public's health. We know that short term exposure to the chemicals found in crude oil can cause skin rashes and lesions, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and upper respiratory issues such as infections. Less is known about long term exposure, however benzene -- a chemical contained in crude oil -- is considered a carcinogen." But, after the discovery that these same chemicals may be entering the food supply indirectly through livestock, Bowe added that studies of chemicals entering the food supply are also necessary: "Long term exposure studies are needed, as well as determining the effects if the chemicals reach the food supply."

Is the FDA doing any special testing of this animal feed in the wake of the oil spill? Apparently not. In fact, Shannon Cameron, an FDA Health Communications Specialist, denied that Gulf fish are even being fed to livestock. In a message left in response to my question about whether or not testing was being done on the fish used in livestock feed, Cameron said, "I was forwarded your inquiry about Gulf fish being fed to livestock. It is not being fed to livestock."

If Gulf fish are not being used for livestock feed, as Cameron asserts, then why would companies such as Omega Protein Corporation, which describes itself as "the nation’s largest manufacturer of heart-healthy fish oils containing Omega-3 fatty acids for human consumption, as well as specialty fish meals and fish oil used as value-added ingredients in aquaculture, swine and other livestock feeds," be putting out press releases to its shareholders about the effects of the oil spill on its Gulf fishing operations? A June press release stated that "the Company’s Gulf of Mexico fish catch was 17 percent behind its Gulf of Mexico 2010 fish catch plan," so the other 83 percent of its planned Gulf catch was obviously being caught.

The fish used by Omega Protein Corporation is menhaden, a forage fish which, like the mullet, has a filtering system. Prior to the BP oil spill, the biggest concern about menhaden was that their numbers were becoming so depleted because of their use in Omega-3 fish oil and livestock feed. In short, menhaden are a natural water filter, with each adult fish capable of filtering several gallons of water per minute, clearing the water of excess algae to allow the sunlight to get to oxygen producing undersea plant life. One can only guess what the menhaden in the Gulf are now filtering out of the water there.

Numerous samples now at Kean University for independent testing

Backing up a bit to explain how Kean University became involved in collecting samples from the Gulf, it all started in July, when Dr. Bowe and a group of students from the university's Be the Change group took a trip to New Orleans to help an elderly woman whose home had been in need of repairs and painting since Hurricane Katrina. Months earlier, while planning this trip, the oil spill happened, so the students decided that after completing their volunteer project in New Orleans, they would spend a few days in the the area affected by the spill, volunteering to help with the cleanup. By July, however, the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command had seized control of volunteer efforts from the organizations that had been recruiting volunteers, so the group's plan to volunteer through an organization they had contacted back in May was off. Undeterred, the students simply asked around and found the nearest beach where a cleanup effort was underway, still hoping to find a way to help. The beach they ended up on was in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

The disparities between what the group observed on this beach in July and what they were hearing from official sources made Bowe decide that she had to go back to find out what was really going on. So, on August 26, she returned, accompanied by two of the students from the first trip, Kayla Duncan and Nicolette Maggio. This time, Bowe was on a mission to collect samples for testing. And collect samples she did -- over sixty of them -- evading the obstacles reported by others, such as the confiscation of samples collected on public beaches, run-ins with local law enforcement, and the blocking of access to research sites to prevent non-BP or non-government scientists from doing independent testing.

While some of Bowe's success in collecting such a large number of samples, many from areas that few have been able to access, can be chalked up to sheer resourcefulness, much more must be attributed to her people skills. By simply spending a little time with local workers and fishermen, and showing them that she was in this for the long haul, Bowe and her students quickly found themselves on a boat with "Red," being taken to areas where the fishermen -- probably the best judges of what doesn't look right -- thought that testing should be done, and what in particular they want to see tested.

The wide variety of samples collected on this trip are now in a lab at Kean, with the testing being performed by a group of scientists made up of Dr. Jeffrey Toney, the university's Dean of Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences, (who is already covering the effects of the spill at NJ Voices), and other members of the science faculty. While all handling of the samples has been restricted to faculty members, one student, Mario DaCosta, will be permitted to observe and assist. As one of the students on Be The Change's first Gulf trip in July, DaCosta, a chemistry major, has earned the opportunity to see the project through by being in on the sample testing.

In addition to the scores of water, sand, soil, plant, and biological samples collected by Bowe and her students, the samples now at Kean for testing include a few from other sources. One of these came from a tackle shop owner who, while cleaning up the mess that was washing up behind his shop, was told that he wasn't allowed to be handling what was behind his shop because he didn't have the proper training to be handling hazardous materials. The shop owner kept a sample of what he had been cleaning up, holding onto it until he could put it into good hands, and those hands were Dr. Bowe's

On the first trip in July, the Kean University group was told by an employee from the company doing the cleanup of the Pass Christian beach that he had been alarmed by the hundreds (if not thousands) of dead jellyfish that were covering the beach. The employee had reported his concerns to the Coast Guard, but was told by a Coast Guard scientist that the oily substance being left on the beach by the dead jellyfish was just the natural organic matter left when jellyfish decompose. Not buying this explanation, one of the students, Benito Nieves, snuck a sample of the decomposing jellyfish mess into a water bottle, and, although anyone with a properly functioning nose could tell that the substance in this water bottle was full of oil, the sample was delivered to Dr. Toney.



According to Bowe and her students, who had walked this entire stretch of beach, there was no place on this beach that looked anything like what appears in the Coast Guard photo. Here are some of the photos taken by the students, who, in addition to those already mentioned in this article, included Elissa Hyer, Alexandra Bastos, and Rebecca Bowe. This is what was on the beach right where the Coast Guard photographer was shooting his photo of the workers. (The video clip at the end pans around to show where the students took these photos in relation to the yellow boom where the Coast Guard photographer was positioned.)
That many Mississippians can't be wrong

The towns mentioned in this article -- Pass Christian, Long Beach, and Gulfport -- are three towns right in a row within a few miles of each other. This is the same stretch of Mississippi's coast reported on by Truthout in Monday 13 September 2010’s article "Evidence Mounts of BP Spraying Toxic Dispersants." It would be almost redundant to report any more of what the fishermen who talked to the Kean University group said they've seen, because it would essentially just confirm much of what Truthout's Dahr Jamail was told by Pass Christian residents Shirley and Don Tillman, and what many other Mississipians have been saying. Unless one of the effects of the oil spill has been collective hallucinations, what these people are reporting is what's really happening.

One thing should be added, however, about those suspicious out of state boats in BP's Vessels Of Opportunity (VOO) program, described by the Tillmans, which seem to be a subject of particular opprobrium to the local residents. These boats might not just have been brought in from other states, but from another country. Photos taken by the Kean students of one of these boats, on which little care was taken to completely cover up the boat's prior information, show that this boat's name was changed from the "Aarluk" to the "Sea Launch," and "Biloxi" was slapped over "Upernavik." Where is Upernavik? Well, that's in Greenland.

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100 local fisherman say “NO WAY” massive fish kills from just low oxygen — “ALL areas happen to have HEAVY OIL”



“I hope the state wildlife is right, I hope the dead fish is just oxygen. I got 100 fishermen here say no way Jose, they been here their whole life and never seen so many species (of fish) in so many different areas, and is it a coincidence that all of those areas happen to have heavy oil,” said Nungesser. …

“Can anybody look the American people in the eye and say it absolutely has nothing to do with dispersants, the oil, or the breakdown of the oil, or does anybody care? I mean somebody has to be as upset as I am huh,” said Nungesser


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Bio-Remediation or Bio-Hazard? Dispersants, Bacteria and Illness in the Gulf




From the Huffington post:

A grandmother made me rethink all the bio-remediation hype. The "naturally-occurring oil-eating bacteria" have been newsworthy of late as they are supposedly going to come to the rescue of President Obama and BP and make good on their very premature statement that "the oil is gone."

We were talking about subsurface oil in the Gulf when she said matter-of-factly, "The bacteria are running amok with the dispersants." What? "Those oil-eating bacteria -- I think they're running amok and causing skin rashes." My mind reeled. Could we all have missed something so simple?

The idea was crazy but, in the context of the Gulf situation -- an outbreak of mysterious persistent rashes from southern Louisiana across to just north of Tampa, Florida, coincident with BP's oil and chemical release, it seemed suddenly worthy of investigating.

I first heard about the rash from Sheri Allen in Mobile, Alabama. Allen wrote of red welts and blisters on her legs after "splashing and wading on the shoreline" of Mobile Bay with her two dogs on May 8. She reported that "hundreds of dead fish" washed up on the same beach over the following two days. This was much too early for the summer sun to have warmed the water to the point of oxygen depletion, but not too early for dispersants and dispersed oil to be mixed into the Gulf's water mass. By early July, Allen's rash had healed, leaving black bruises and scarring.

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A mysterious persistent skin rash has occurred across the Gulf, coincident with BP's release of oil and chemical dispersants. Mobile, Alabama, resident Sheri Allen was one of the first to report its occurrence in early May. (Photo: Sheri Allen)

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Sheri Allen's rash had largely healed by July 2, leaving bruises and scarring, similar to other reports across the Gulf. (Photo: Sheri Allen)

Other people -- both residents and visitors to the Gulf Coast -- wrote of similar rashes or other skin problems like peeling palms. The rashes have been diagnosed as scabies and staph infections, including MRSA, the potentially lethal Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Most cases lingered for months, as the rash did not respond well to antibiotics, steroid creams, or steroid shots.

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Medical doctors are diagnosing skin rashes on Gulf visitors and residents alike as scabies and staph infections, including MRSA (this photo, identity protected). The rashes resist prescribed treatments and often reoccur for months. (Photo permission: Riki Ott)

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Normal looking scabies contrasts sharply with the Gulf cases. (Photo: provided by Nurse Ali Schmidt)

That should have been a clue that maybe the primary cause was not biological, but chemical. A secondary biological infection might clear up with antibiotic treatment, but then keep reoccurring because the primary chemical illness had not been treated.

Retired Registered Nurse Allison Schmidt agrees. Referring to Allen's case, she said, "I can say without hesitation that these skin rashes have nothing to do with scabies. Scabies is a parasite, which causes a skin infection and is extremely contagious. It spreads from person to person by direct skin contact or by wearing an article of clothing worn by an infected person." Schmidt said, "If this were scabies you would see entire families infected and NOT just a single family member."

Another clue to the real cause of the mystery rash is its prevalence across the entire oil-impacted Gulf. Something in the water or air, or both, could explain this. While public officials and BP claim that dispersant use was halted in May for Corexit 9527A and on July 19 for Corexit 9500A, evidence collected by Gulf residents has shown that dispersants are being used in nearshore and inland waters, close to highly populated areas across the Gulf. Further, oil and the Corexit marker have been found in air and inland water.

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Despite denial by public officials and BP, evidence mounts of continued dispersant use in inland and nearshore waters near populated areas across the Gulf. Private contractor in Carolina Skiff with tank of Corexit dispersant, August 10, south of Pass Christian Harbor, Mississippi, 9:30 AM. (Photo: Don Tillman)

I have heard from Gulf residents and visitors who developed a rash or peeling palms from contact with Gulf water, including such activities as swimming or wading, getting splashed, handling oiled material or dead animals without gloves, and shucking crabs from the recently opened Gulf fisheries. I have also heard from people who developed the same symptoms after contact with Gulf air by wiping an oily film off their airplane's leading edges after flying over the Gulf (absorbent pad tested positive for oil) or swimming in outdoor pools, or splashing in puddles, after it rained.

Outraged by the unprecedented release of oil and toxic chemicals in the Gulf, Nurse Schmidt and Mike McDowell developed a project to test Gulf rainwater for harmful chemicals. Schmidt said, "We are convinced the chemicals used in the Gulf to help disperse oil have evaporated and will eventually come down mixed with the rain."

Another clue, more like a condemnation, is that NOAA and EPA decided to use dispersants in the Gulf without considering what harm the chemicals and dispersed oil might do to people, specifically, the general public. Dr. Sylvia Earle, former chief scientist of NOAA, and other scientists, criticized the agencies' decision, in part, based on concern about harm to human health. Other scientists have also criticized the agencies' decision. Citing the National Academy of Sciences, a Texas Tech University professor testified in Congress that the chemicals break down cell walls, making organisms (including people) more susceptible to oil. The professor called the Gulf an "eco-toxicological experiment," which is inexcusable, because OSHA has known about harm from solvent exposure since at least 1987. Don't these federal agencies talk amongst themselves -- or with others?

Which all brings me back to the grandmother. After talking with her, I've been reading about bacteria, and I now think the Great Gulf Experiment is going very badly for humans. One can only wonder about the rest of the ecosystem.

There are two distinct types of bacteria based on the structure of their cell walls. Gram-positive bacteria have a single-membrane cell wall, while Gram-negative bacteria have a double-membrane cell wall. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are "Gram-positive," while the oil-eating bacteria are Gram-negative.

But! A component of the double-membrane cell wall structure of Gram-negative bacteria can irritate human skin, causing inflammation and activating the immune system. In other words, oil-eating bacteria, just because they are Gram-negative, can cause skin rashes. In the case of Alcanivorax borkumensis, the reaction can erupt on the skin like MRSA infections.

To make things a little scarier, some of the oil-eating bacteria have been genetically modified, or otherwise bioengineered, to better eat the oil -- including Alcanivorax borkumensis and some of the Pseudomonas. Oil-eating bacteria produce bio-films. According to Nurse Schmidt, studies have found that bio-films are rapidly colonized (p. 97) by other Gram-negative bacteria -- including those known to infect humans.

Scientists anticipated early on that the Gulf leak would cause populations of oil-eating bacteria to soar. Still, infections are not likely in healthy people. However, exposure to oil weakens a person's immune system function, as does the mental stress of dealing with disaster trauma. And then there are people who are more at risk than others to bacterial infections, especially when first challenged with oil and solvent exposure. This includes children, people with cystic fibrosis or asthma, and African Americans (who are prone to blood disorders), to name a few.

Is this the perfect storm -- an exploding population of opportunistic Gram-negative bacteria (some natural, some not), millions of gallons of food (oil) for the bacteria, and a susceptible population of stressed-out people?

Perhaps. If the outbreak of skin rashes across the Gulf is any indication, the health care providers, media, and Congress ought to be taking a hard look at this question. Further, people ought to be connecting the dots to illnesses that surfaced in Exxon Valdez spill responders and to the illnesses occurring now in Michigan residents coping with the Enbridge oil pipeline spill.

In the Gulf, Nurse Schmidt believes:

This is like a major bacterial storm. It could be the reason we are seeing a variance of symptoms in different individuals. In some people, we see respiratory complications, while in others we see skin or GI symptoms. I think it is due to a multitude of colonized bacteria -- which may have been triggered by BP's disaster.

The nurse and I think the grandmother is onto something.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How To Join The Louisiana Preppers Network

Come learn survival, preparedness and sustainable living with us!

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Monday, September 6, 2010

November is almost here


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Katrinia 5th anniversary

Enough said.....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Senate considering a bill to stop home grown food


I am so fed up with the Government trying to control every aspect of our lives but Senate bill S-510 will pretty much put the homesteader out of business.I just fired off a letter to my congressman telling him how I feel & encourage everyone to do the same NOW!! If they get this passed we are screwed.I don't like to say stuff like this but the day they come for my garden,rabbits,chickens & fish from my pond The shit will be hitting the fan if you know what I mean. Attached is a copy of my letter and I encourage you all to do the same.Good Luck to all we are gonna need it..................
Dear Mr Vitter,
I know you are a very busy man but I can not get over how Government(the left) is insistent on controlling everything in my life.I can see where they are using this egg recall crap to take control of the food supply.If these ass hats were to cook the damm eggs properly they probably wouldn't have gotten sick.To tell ya the truth Dave I don't eat a lot of food from the store.I eat my eggs right from the hen house,my veggies from the garden Rabbits & chicken from my yard & fish from my pond.AND I DON"T WANT WASHINGTON UP MY BUTT TELLING ME WHAT"S GOOD FOR ME.I've made it 54 years so far & I don't need Washington to tell me what to eat.If they want to check the food at the processors let them do it but leave the homesteaders alone!!They already have the power to check the food before it get's to the public but they are sitting on there BAss.Let them enforce the rules that are already in place before burdening us any more than they are.No offense Dave I'm happy with your service in the Senate but I have NO USE for the rest of Congress,Especially Mary Landrieu.Rally your buddies Dave & put a stop to this crap!! One more thing Dave... If this bill passes will this put a end to me eating my own food without The Government either taxing the hell out of me or coming to confiscate my food? please answer me that.We are depending on you Dave ..PLEASE don't let us down..
Thanks
PS> I don't think that the regular Joe will put up with this crap without some repercussions,
Thanks Again

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

should I store food and Water


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Keep drinking that Tap water baby


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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fire

I saw this video on u tube & thought that these fellows did a damm fine job explaining the principals of building a fire...pay attention & practice. Don't wait till an emergency to try it.......................


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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hat's off to Mr. Drew Landry



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Monday, July 19, 2010

The video says it all



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seafood ?


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

water test from the Gulf Coast


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Sunday, July 11, 2010

rpn interview from a Insider



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media blackout?


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Monday, July 5, 2010

More Bad News

I hate to be the one to post this but if true we are surly in shtf land.All this info comes from knowledgeable people so I tend to believe it.I don't think I can run far enough away to escape it so I can only have faith that God will take care of my Family & I and continue to prep for what may come.Make your own decisions & may God bless us all....................


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Government Evacuation plans??

CATEGORY 5 ALERT! Katrina-Trained FEMA Planning Forced Evacuations
It has been reported that our well-oiled government is planning mass evacuations of Gulf coast cities. Sources close to the government like investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reported: “Plans are being put in place for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula.”



Council on Foreign Relations member, Matt Simmons, was quoted on June 23rd in the Washington Post, “We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states. Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”
And to add to the growing speculation that evacuations were being planned, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen in a Gulf oil spill press conference on June 25th suggested that evacuation plans were underway. He even discussed some of the logistics: “We would designate essential and non-essential personnel, and non-essential personnel would basically take shelter. Ideally, we would not do this at the same time they are trying to do an evacuation of citizens, so there’s a staging of this, and we actually would coordinate that with FEMA and the local governments.”

If Katrina was any indication of how the U.S. government handles mass evacuations, then responsible residents should begin planning their move now before they are forced to leave at gunpoint. Remember military in the streets and “temporary” FEMA housing? It seems clearer by the day that mass evacuations may be inevitable as several imminent threats to human health are converging with no end in sight. Experts are sounding the alarm on many fronts:

• Hurricane season is rapidly approaching which will contaminate everything.

• A gigantic methane bubble has been discovered which can explode.

• Methane levels at 1 million times normal levels along with other dangerous toxins in the air.

• Corexit dispersant is reportedly causing mass crop damage.

• Oil rain has been reported in multiple Gulf coast states.

Since these health risks do not carry the immediate shock effect of a powerful Category 5 hurricane, it may be difficult to convince residents to leave the area especially with the EPA’s history of lying about air quality. Therefore, the authorities may have to use even harsher measures to get citizens to comply with evacuation orders. And where will the government put 20 million displaced Americans?

Over the years researches have revealed that FEMA camps do in fact exist. Government documents indicate many more have been built since the last time the U.S. government actively used them to lock up Japanese Americans in internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Surely, FEMA will call these locations something mild like temporary “Relocation” camps to soothe the scared public.

With no viable solutions to stop the oil from gushing and the deadly toxins from leaching into all life systems, it seems the region may become a dead zone for decades to come. Clearly, free-thinking residents must be contemplating their future along the Gulf coast as quite bleak. For Gulf Coasters, it may be wise to evaluate relocation options now before FEMA invites you camping.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

guess it will destroy our food too



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we shouldnt take this crap anymore


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somebodys ass to kick

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

a Eyewitness account



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Friday, June 25, 2010

A little more on the oil stained Gulf & any possible storms

I thought that I would post this article off of the web because it spells it out much better than I could Good Luck To ALL...
Earlier this week Reuters reported on a massive amount of methane discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler said methane gas levels in some areas are “astonishingly high.” Kessler recently returned from a 10-day research expedition near the BP oil gusher. Kessler’s team measured both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP’s destroyed wellhead. “There is an incredible amount of methane in there,” Kessler told reporters. He said the level may be as much as one million times the normal level.

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BP admits methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass.


In late May BP said methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass. In addition to methane, large mounts of toxic hydrogen sulfide, benzene and methylene chloride are leaking into the Gulf according to the EPA and others.

Lindsay Williams, a former Alaskan pipeline chaplain with high-level oil industry connections, told the Alex Jones Show on June 10 that deadly gases are indeed escaping from the breached wellhead.

Investigative journalist Wayne Madson, writing for Oil Price, states that his sources inside the federal government, FEMA, and the US Army Corps of Engineers are dealing with a prospective “dead zone” created by the escaping methane within a 200 mile radius from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

In addition, Madsen reports, Corexit 9500, the oil dispersant used by BP, is viewed by FEMA sources as mixing with evaporated water from the Gulf. This deadly mixture is then absorbed by rain clouds and produces toxic precipitation that threatens to continue killing marine and land animals, plant life, and humans within a 200-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon disaster site in the Gulf.

The “dead zone” created by a combination of methane gas and Corexit toxic rain, Madsen continues, will ultimately result in the evacuation and long-term abandonment of cities and towns within the 200-mile radius of the oil gusher.

“Plans are being put in place for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula,” Madsen writes.

On June 13, SoCal Martial Law Alerts (SCMLA) predicted that Gulf states would be evacuated. “Greg Evensen, a retired Kansas Highway Patrolman, estimates that 30-40 million people would need to be evacuated away from the Gulf’s coastline (i.e. at least 200 miles inland),” SCMLA reported.

In order to accomplish this gargantuan feat, the federal government (through FEMA and other agencies) would most likely seek first to control and manage the transportation system and then operate relocation centers to manage evacuees. Toward this end, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already declared the airspace over the oil spill site to be a no-fly zone until further notice. Various sources have indicated that local police, highway patrol, National Guard, US military and foreign troops may be involved in an operation to evacuate the Gulf Coast. In fact, the Governor of Louisiana has already requested evacuation assistance (i.e. National Guard) for his state from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Possible trouble in Sportsmans Paridise


Well it looks like we will have to keep a eye on the gulf early in the Hurricane season this year.If this storm really comes anywhere in the central gulf we are going to be swimming in oil. I have been thinking about the scenarios that could play out with this oil spill & coupled with the rumors of troops stationed along the coast we could possibly all get the shaft big time.Scuttlebutt has it that if the population has to evacuate & the oil gets pushed up in the marshes that the Government won't let us come back due to hazardous conditions.(air quality contaminated water ,etc),Witch will mean it will be worse than Katrina.How will you make it?Remember that A ton of people were relocated,got a check from Uncle Sugar and were left to fend for themselves.Only this time the Government is broke so we will surly be on our own big time!.Stock up on any Special needs & medicines right away. I suggest if you can afford it to preposition your preps& anything else you don't want to loose forever& move them north at least a 100 miles from the Lake Pontchartrain area as you will not be able to come back to the New Orleans area & supplies will probably be non existent. I know this might be hard to fathom to a lot of people but any storm in the gulf could lead to this due to the water that gets pushed inland with this kind of storm activity.No you will not hear this on the news but you better use common sense or you will be standing in line with the rest of the Sheeple.Good luck to us & may God bless us all


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sand berm dredging halted



Governor Bobby Jindal, center, flanked by St. Bernard Parsih Preident Craig Taffaro and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungessor, stands at the end of a dredge pipe called a spreader. It is out of this pipe that dredged sand flows to create new land where there was once open water near the Chandeleur Islands Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Governor Jindal says the federal government has shut down the dredging operation.


A day after being told by the federal government that the state had to halt its construction of an oil protection berm at the northern reaches of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other coastal leaders urged the Obama administration to let work continue as contractors shift their dredging to an alternative site over the next week.

Jindal said the state has agreed to move the dredges a mile farther offshore, but doesn't understand why dredging can't continue until that work is complete.

Officials with the Interior Department in Washington said they have already given the state more than a week to get sand from a more distant borrow site, and that continuing to dredge in the current location could pose long-term risks for the current barrier island system.

After a helicopter tour of the newly created land near the Chandeleur chain, which has been withering away due to a succession of hurricanes over the past decade, Jindal scoffed at the federal government's concerns.

"We've been losing 300 feet every year off these islands. Where has the federal government been?" he asked. "They haven't spent a dollar to protect these islands. We haven't heard from them before today about any concern about these islands or this area. All of a sudden now that we're building new land to protect our coast, they're worried about a hypothetical consequence?"

The state has pushed the plan to add the berms to help fight the encroaching oil from the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Meixco.

The state shut down dredging operations Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Contractors are now working to extend the pipe a mile farther out to the alternative sand borrow site. Once that is done, likely within seven days, the state will be able to proceed with the dredging.

Garret Graves, Jindal's coastal advisor, said the current borrow site is permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers and that moving to the more distant borrow sites was a "verbal condition" that the federal government gave after the permit was approved.

Jindal pointed out that the state is willing to backfill the hole they are digging now "within weeks, not months."

The concern with the current borrow site is that sand circulating in the island system could become trapped in the borrow pit, thus accelerating land loss throughout the Chandeleur chain. The federal government believes a site farther offshore would pose less of a risk.

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Raining Oil?

i grew up in this area & only live 50 miles or so away now.Now what the hell are we supposed to do?Will BP buy me out so I can move farther north?Can I move far enough away? I hate to say it but I think we are screwed.Check out the video.....


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Monday, May 31, 2010

New Hurricanne Season




Coastal Louisiana residents have hardly taken their eyes off the Gulf of Mexico for the last month, as the disastrous BP oil spill spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the water and onto our fragile coast.
But ­as of Tuesday, there's another reason to focus on the Gulf. It's the official start of hurricane season, and watching for the formation and approach of storms during the summer months is an intrinsic part of life here.

Preparing for the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane also should be part of living on the Gulf Coast. While the most intense weeks of hurricane season won't come for months, now is a good time to get ready. The most important part of that process, making an evacuation plan, should top everyone's to-do list.

Last year's quiet season was a welcome respite after four major storms in three years. A strong El Nino pattern suppressed hurricane activity, and only three storms reached hurricane strength. None threatened Louisiana.

But forecasters are predicting that the 2010 season will be anything but tranquil. El Nino is gone, ocean temperatures are at record levels, and we are still in a cycle of more active seasons. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projecting an "active to extremely active'' season with 14 to 23 named storms. Of those, the agency predicts that eight to 14 will be hurricanes, with three to seven reaching Category 3 or greater.

"If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record,'' said Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator.

It's hard to fathom another season as disastrous as 2005, which brought killer storms Katrina and Rita to Louisiana and exhausted the Latin alphabet.

But the uneventful 2009 season shouldn't lull anyone into complacency. We still have one more hurricane season to sweat out before the Army Corps of Engineers finishes 100-year protection for the metro area. That means being ready for whatever comes our way, from Alex to Walter and possibly beyond.

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