Deliberate Cover Up Of Oil With Sand On Pensacola Beach (Video) I was on the beach last night and it was covered in oil, this video shot before 6am shows heavy equipment that had been working through the night covering the oil, still at it. SOMEBODY has to put a stop to this – They are just covering the oil and toxins.
Louisiana Reports Oil Spill Illnesses – More people who have been exposed to the BP oil spill are falling ill. To date, reports CNN, 162 cases of sickness have been reported to the Louisiana state health department, citing a report released yesterday. Of the 162 cases, 128 involved workers who were either on oil rigs or who were involved in clean-up efforts. Generally, symptoms involved “throat irritation, shortness of breath, cough, eye irritation, nausea and headaches,” said CNN, citing the department’s oil spill surveillance report. The report, which is released weekly, pulls together information from physicians and various medical facilities. This week’s report stated that since the disaster struck, 120 male and eight female workers and nine men and 25 women from the general public have complained of illnesses allegedly linked to the spill, according to CNN.
Despite an order to stop from the EPA, BP continues to spray toxic oil dispersants in the Gulf – BP is still spraying the same stuff – under the brand name Corexit – that led to EPA concerns in May. A month ago the Environmental Protection Agency ordered BP to stop spraying so much dispersant on oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon well and to find a less toxic alternative to the chemical it was using. Meanwhile, federal scientists confirmed this week what University of South Florida researchers and others had found: plumes of tiny oil droplets that stretch for miles underwater, which “is consistent with chemically dispersed oil.” Some of it, they found, had oozed into more shallow waters close to shore. “That’s particularly troublesome,” said Ernst Peebles, a biological oceanographer at USF. Contaminants in more shallow water – about 30 feet deep – can be blown around more easily by wind, spreading it along the gulf’s biologically rich continental shelf, he explained.
Gulf Dead Zone Grows as No-Fishing Area Expands – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it had decided to expand the fishing closure from its current northern boundary as a precautionary measure to make sure consumers don’t eat seafood contaminated by the gulf oil spill. All told, a little more than 80,000 square miles, or 33 percent of Gulf of Mexico’s federal waters, are now considered a closed area. Because this remains an evolving situation, NOAA said that it will retest the area and reopen fisheries when they are deemed safe. Meanwhile, commercial fishermen in the Gulf, who harvested more than one billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2008, face another threat to their livelihood: a growing "dead zone" with little or no oxygen in the water.
Potentially ‘Thousands’ Of Homeowners Improperly Denied Obama Mortgage Modifications, Administration Admits – Potentially "thousands" of troubled homeowners were denied opportunities to lower their monthly mortgage payments under the Obama administration’s signature foreclosure-prevention plan due to servicer errors and inadequate oversight by the Treasury Department, a government audit has found. Mortgage servicers failed to comply with basic guidelines, used different criteria to evaluate borrowers, recorded error rates up to six times their established thresholds, and couldn’t provide evidence that potentially eligible homeowners had been solicited for the administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program, also known as HAMP. The errors are partly due to Treasury’s failure to issue specific guidelines for servicers to follow, and the administration’s lack of quality-control standards. Because servicers aren’t required to adhere to the same set of standards, there’s a risk that firms aren’t identifying practices "that may lead to inequitable treatment of borrowers or harm taxpayers through greater potential for fraud or waste,"
Treating R&D as Investment, Rather Than Expense, Boosts GDP – If research and development costs were treated as an investment, rather than as an expense, gross domestic product would have been 2.7% higher between 1998 and 2007, according to updated figures released Wednesday.The way GDP is currently calculated counts R&D as a so-called “intermediate expense” — salaries paid to research scientists are lumped with salaries paid to assembly-line workers, for example. But a joint study from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Science Foundation that is now in its fifth year treats R&D spending as an investment, such as the cost of a new computer. Accounting for R&D in this way — something the Commerce Department plans to do eventually — adds $301 billion to GDP between 1998 and 2007. It also shows that GDP grew, on average 3% during those years, up from 2.8% under the current methodology.
Getting used to disappointment – IT HAS been a rare economic variable in recent months that has surprised to the upside. That should probably tell us something important—that expectations are likely to fall. Things like this won’t help: Nonfarm private employment increased 13,000 from May to June 2010 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the ADP National Employment Report®. The estimated change in employment from April to May 2010 was revised up slightly, from the previously reported increase of 55,000 to an increase of 57,000. June’s rise in private employment was the fifth consecutive monthly gain. However, over these five months the increases have averaged a modest 34,000. Recent ADP Report data suggest that, following steady improvement through April, private employment may have decelerated heading into the summer. Meanwhile, forecasters had been expecting an increase of around 60,000 private sector jobs. The official Department of Labour number will come out on Friday.