*The rivers and oceans should be turning on us soon with all the greed that has been flowing through them for decades.
Not only do we get persecuted at the pump more and more every day, but the waterways are taking a beating and we will reap the unfortunate results of that as well.
On Sunday, Vicksburg, Mississippi residents were put in the most immediate danger of their water being contaminated because of yet another oil spill in the Mississippi river, according to the Huffington Post.
An oil barge was damaged when it struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, but the damaged vessel is the least of the areas worries. The barge was carrying 80,000 gallons of oil which spilled into the Mississippi River and caused the waterways to be “closed for eight miles in each direction,” according to a report from the Coast Guard.
A young woman from in Senegal named Marième gets her gums tattooed black.
*We see plenty of beauty trends come and go. Some of the trends are gone in a season.
The latest “beauty” trend out of West Africa may never catch on in America though…for more reasons than you might think.
The Senegalese women have long had a tradition of tattooing their gums black. The idea is that the darker the gums, the brighter the teeth, thus a much more attractive smile.
According to the village woman that performs the procedure for the girls in the community, red gums are unacceptable because …
A worker is seen at an oil exploration site in Bulisa district, approximately 152 miles northwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. As Africa continues to develop, energy demands and production are growing.
*(Via Christian Science Monitor) – As the sun sets over Africa each day, instead of flicking a light switch or heating up the oven, most people put a match to a kerosene lantern or a burning ember to a charcoal stove.
Africa, home to 15 percent of the world’s population, consumes just 3 percent of the world’s energy output, and 587 million people, including close to three-quarters of those living in sub-Saharan Africa, still have no access to electricity via national grids.
But the situation is changing, and swiftly. At 4.1 percent growth, Africa’s per capita energy consumption is growing faster than that of any other country, driven by improved infrastructure, inward investment, and efforts to tackle corruption.
Meanwhile, in the past five years, there have been 64 major discoveries of potential new fuel supplies – mostly oil and gas deposits. Of those, 13 were found in the first eight months of 2012 alone.
Read/learn more at CS Monitor.
Boats spray water on platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on 09-02-10
*The Coast Guard is backing off its earlier report that an oil sheen about a mile long was spreading following a platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said Thursday afternoon that crews were unable to confirm the oil sheen. The Coast Guard says platform owner Mariner Energy reported a sheen about a mile long and 100 feet wide. But the company has said in a statement that an initial flyover didn’t find an oil spill.
Ben-lesau says the fire on the platform has been put out. All 13 crew members were rescued from the water.
Patrick Cassidy, a spokesman for Mariner Energy, told Reuters that the fire was extinguished shortly before 3 p.m. CDT and all crew members have been brought ashore in Houma, La. There were no injuries, he said, although Ben-Iesau said one person was injured.
Earlier we reported …
*We wouldn’t want to be the judge who overturned the White House’s moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico ’cause today it came back to bite him in the butt. Bigtime.
By now you’ve heard that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the oil platform that exploded off the Louisiana coast earlier on Thursday.
It’s unclear whether the sheen is from fuel that was on the platform or from a leaking oil well undersea.
The Associated Press says it was not currently producing, meaning that technically it was a “platform,” not a rig. One person was injured when the platform, which is owned by Mariner Energy, exploded 100 miles off the Louisiana coast.
It’s in shallow water-340 feet, as opposed to the 5,000-foot deep Deepwater Horizon well.
Get more HERE.
*The Gulf is definitely in a state of emergency. The unfathomable photos of the oil smothered wildlife that have been in the media have disturbed us all. But now there are a group that have finally said enough is enough.
The MEDIAite site reported that the campaign is the brainchild of environmental activist Nate Guidas and media strategist Luke Montgomery.
They said let’s let all the kids and anyone else who’s fed up to chime in and say let’s “Unf–k the Gulf!” and put it on t-shirts too. (more…)
*Oprah has been under the microscope the last couple days because, well, she’s Oprah! And people want to know what she has to say. Remember E.F. Hutton? Same thing.
She was caught by CNN’s Don Lemon to weigh in on how she feels President Obama is doing in the midst of the oil spill crisis and she, just as during his campaign, continues to support him.
She is boggled by the questions people have over his performance saying, “He’s the President. He’s not supposed to get emotional … What do people want him to do?” (more …)