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BP and US Government Regulators were Accomplices
The following are excerpts from a news story that details a laundry list of facts that show BP and US Government Regulators acting as accomplices in a series of safety violations that combined to reach a tipping point, leading to the worst oil spill in history and a thoroughly incompetent response to it:
[Originally posted on my personal blog at muralikd.blogspot.com, June 06, 2010]
"Any time a racist criticizes the president someone cries racism"
"What better way to prove you're not a racist than by highlighting a fellow critic's race"
"I wish more African Americans were like the President - raised by white people"
"Before the next time you accuse the president of having a secret plan of taking white people's money and giving it to black people or broadcast chuck and jive imitations of African American leaders, just put on a little blackwashing"
[Originally posted on my personal blog at muralikd.blogspot.com, September 25, 2009]
As I wiped my hands on my handkerchief after I stepped out of the restroom, my friend's teenage daughter turned to me and said, "that right there is a major turnoff for women, if you ever plan to date women, don't ever use it". Startled and a little puzzled, I asked her why she would say such a thing about an object of hygiene. She said, "Have you heard of Kleenex?" And what if I don't have one handy when I have to wipe my hands or face or worse, have to sneeze or blow my nose? "Use your hands and wash them later", she replied without hesitation, and added, the only person she knew who uses that (referring to my guilty hanky) is her grandma!
Her reply was eye-opening - she was hinting at social cluelessness defined by a generation gap, but it also gave me the missing clue to a similar comment on TechCrunch last week by someone who said he blows his nose into his elbow joint! (Remember that ladies, the next time someone holds his elbow out for…