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(CBS News)   News: US Coast Guard threats to arrest CBS news crew trying to film oil slick. Fark: Because British Petroleum gave the USCG the authority to do so   (cbsnews.com ) divider line
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2010-05-19 11:54:34 PM  
Katrina II, Electric-source Boogaloo?

/I add the "?" to maintain some semblance of journalistic neutrality.
//Because, I'm not saying that the federal government has screwed the pooch here.
///I'm not saying that someone has fiddled while the Gulf Coast burned.
////I'm not saying that perhaps it is not in the best interest of all involved that the party that is mandated by law to bear the brunt of the costs of cleanup and eventual liability also be, legally, the party calling the shots on the water.
//I'm not saying that..oh, farkit. I'm really pissed.
 
2010-05-19 11:56:14 PM  
If BP's paying for the cleanup, isn't the Coast Guard technically like any other BP contractor?

Holy crap, that's scary...
 
2010-05-20 12:00:10 AM  

johnsoninca: If BP's paying for the cleanup, isn't the Coast Guard technically like any other BP contractor?

Holy crap, that's scary...


someone has to call the shots. who would you rather have? if you call the shots then you assume liability.
 
2010-05-20 12:06:20 AM  
how's that fascism working out for you, America?
 
2010-05-20 12:07:58 AM  
From Semper Paratus to Simply Paidforus.
 
2010-05-20 12:14:47 AM  

Hobodeluxe: johnsoninca: If BP's paying for the cleanup, isn't the Coast Guard technically like any other BP contractor?

Holy crap, that's scary...

someone has to call the shots. who would you rather have? if you call the shots then you assume liability.


I'd rather have the USCG, except if that removes liability from BP.
 
2010-05-20 12:19:53 AM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: how's that fascism working out for you, America?



socialist

/had to be done:)
/socialist (is not Communism btw)
 
2010-05-20 12:37:27 AM  

Kirk's_Toupee: Ow! That was my feelings!: how's that fascism working out for you, America?


socialist

/had to be done:)
/socialist (is not Communism btw)


doh! glad someone knew what i meant.
 
2010-05-20 12:37:58 AM  
I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.
 
2010-05-20 12:41:50 AM  

lajimi: From Semper Paratus to Simply Paidforus.


*golfclap.gif*
 
2010-05-20 12:42:32 AM  
Someone had to drop their balls and take control of the operation.
The Obama administration on day 1
i.imgur.com

The Obama administration today
i.imgur.com
 
2010-05-20 12:43:59 AM  
We are not seeing the full devastation yet......just a few pics here and there...that in itself is scary. Katrinaland on a whole new scale
 
2010-05-20 12:44:00 AM  
At least these sellouts are honest about it, unlike the whole farking system.
 
2010-05-20 12:44:07 AM  
JESUS CHRIST! If Bush was still president, I guarantee we wouldn't even know this spill was happening.
 
2010-05-20 12:44:12 AM  

Bunnyhat: I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.


I wanted to get all outraged over oil companies telling our military branches what to do, then I remembered the whole Iraq thing.

/Status quo?
 
2010-05-20 12:45:16 AM  

Bunnyhat: I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.


Couple of things here,

A. What law is being broken?

B. Since when can a private company (BP) "order" anyone to be arrested on public land and/or waters?
 
2010-05-20 12:45:37 AM  
We're through the looking glass, people.
 
2010-05-20 12:46:51 AM  

studebaker hoch: We're through the looking glass, people sheeple.


FTFF*

*Fixed that for Fark
 
Ehh
2010-05-20 12:47:23 AM  
Check out the global guerrillas blog for more information on our new corporate government.
*adjusts tin foil*
 
2010-05-20 12:47:50 AM  

fisker: JESUS CHRIST! If Bush was still president, I guarantee we wouldn't even know this spill was happening.


Of course not, Cheney would be out there sucking up all that delicious oil.
 
2010-05-20 12:47:52 AM  
This thread promises to be fabulous.

i993.photobucket.com
 
2010-05-20 12:48:55 AM  
Paul Stamets "Ottimat" hair mats infused with oyster mushroom mycelium (new window). FTW BP! FTW!

It turns your Cher-oil-noba to animal feed. It almost sounds as appetizing as eating their own poop, right?

/hippie off
//young republican back on
 
2010-05-20 12:51:24 AM  

whereisian: This thread promises to be fabulous.


www.halolz.com
 
2010-05-20 12:51:49 AM  
CBS was filming Steven Seagal's hair?
 
2010-05-20 12:51:55 AM  

Beerguy: Bunnyhat: I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.

Couple of things here,

A. What law is being broken?

B. Since when can a private company (BP) "order" anyone to be arrested on public land and/or waters?



The better question would be:

Why is a private, foreign-owned company allowed to give orders and dictate policy to the agency in charge of enforcing maritime law?
 
2010-05-20 12:52:11 AM  
well at least BP is an American company; unlike that Royal Duutch Shell Oil Company..
 
2010-05-20 12:52:34 AM  

Beerguy: Bunnyhat: I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.

Couple of things here,

A. What law is being broken?

B. Since when can a private company (BP) "order" anyone to be arrested on public land and/or waters?


This is just a guess, but the affected areas have been declared a federal disaster zone, right? (They damn well should be if not.) I'd think they would be "hesitant" to just let citizens just go put-put through the polluted waters potentially messing up clean-up operations.

The part about BP ordering around the USCG is something else, however. The only (good) reason I can think of is the USCG is offering security to help with BP's clean-up operations.

/no snark, that's just my guess.
 
2010-05-20 12:53:30 AM  
First sarcastic spiffy tag I've seen in quite a while... this one is disturbing though....
 
2010-05-20 12:53:45 AM  
Jesus Farking Christ, you've gotta be kidding me - on our own farking American shores?

Fark you, BP!

Goddammit, Obama Administration, send some farking SeaBees out to commandeer a farking BP construction boat and haul in the dudes from Woods Hole to MEASURE THE FARKING FLOW!
 
2010-05-20 12:53:53 AM  
I threats you all as well.
 
2010-05-20 12:55:03 AM  
Ah Fark! Why don't you just go ahead and shop a Heineken man wading through the oil?

Personally, I'm hoping the loop current comes up and sucks some of the oil away from the marshes. Just how bad will things have to get before we decide enough is enough?
 
2010-05-20 12:55:14 AM  

Beerguy: Bunnyhat: I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.

Couple of things here,

A. What law is being broken?

B. Since when can a private company (BP) "order" anyone to be arrested on public land and/or waters?


_IF_ BP is taking liability here, anyone who suffers legitimate damages because of the oil would have a claim against BP. If you travel to where you think the oil is, and then later claim you have a lesion on your skin from where the oil touched you, who is at fault? BP for having spilled the oil.

It might be the same in a forest fire. Some company causes the forest fire, journalists decide to get too close to the fire, get burned, family sues the company for starting the forest fire. The company that started the forest fire is liable, but if they know the journalists were too close to the flames, it's both a PR risk as well as a liability risk.

If there was a mechanism to sign off all personal liability from the risks of traveling in oil covered areas, I could imagine a different scenario.

Man, the lawyers bills on this for BP are going to be legendary.

/why do I see Alan Cumming as one of the BP lawyers?
 
2010-05-20 12:55:41 AM  

Bunnyhat: I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.


Yeah, that's called "the free press", unless they're killing someone else or causing a major danger then it's their problem.
 
2010-05-20 12:56:07 AM  
Have Bill Gates and Warren Buffett make a tender offer for the company. Fire every executive, sell it to a buyer under a different name.

Goldman and Morgan use us a solid, so they'll do the paperwork free of charge.

Destroy them.
 
2010-05-20 12:56:20 AM  

fark.a.this: well at least BP is an American company; unlike that Royal Duutch Shell Oil Company..


Get a brain moran.
 
2010-05-20 12:56:34 AM  
Granted that the first part of this news clip is disturbing, but how about the second? (Paraphrased) - We can't comment on the devastation below the waters because we don't know what's going on down there. - Don't we have subs and underwater cameras and such that could be down there TELLING us what is gong on?
 
2010-05-20 12:56:42 AM  

johnsoninca: If BP's paying for the cleanup, isn't the Coast Guard technically like any other BP contractor?

Holy crap, that's scary...


BP is only on the hook for 75 million in costs. You, the taxpayer will pay, once the printing presses cool down from the last bailout.
 
2010-05-20 12:57:21 AM  

SVenus: Beerguy: Bunnyhat: I wanna get all outraged, but then again I'm not sure if having every media outlet puttering around on boats while people are working is the best idea ever.

Couple of things here,

A. What law is being broken?

B. Since when can a private company (BP) "order" anyone to be arrested on public land and/or waters?

_IF_ BP is taking liability here, anyone who suffers legitimate damages because of the oil would have a claim against BP. If you travel to where you think the oil is, and then later claim you have a lesion on your skin from where the oil touched you, who is at fault? BP for having spilled the oil.


Naw, if the people have been warned and they're press, they're on their own.

The same kinds of excuses were used in Iraq to curtail freedom of the press. It's an inconvenient constitution but at some point the country should decide to follow at least parts of it.
 
2010-05-20 12:58:54 AM  
Iceholes
Corksukkers
edgewriter.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-05-20 01:00:08 AM  
Basically, America sucks shiat and pretends everything else.
 
2010-05-20 01:00:32 AM  
am confused i wasn't aware bp owned the whole ocean around there?
 
2010-05-20 01:00:40 AM  
Did they find any Blackwater operatives there?
 
2010-05-20 01:01:07 AM  
Either A) BP is restricting access to the areas through their clean-up efforts and the coast guard is helping to enforce their restrictions to ensure clean up isn't interfered with or B) some jackass coastie was severely misinformed about his ability to restrict the press.

You'd be surprised how little most officials (local and state police, military, e.t.c.) know about the freedom of the press. I work at a news station, and at least once a week we have some moron "official" trying to run our photographers off when it is actually illegal to do so.
 
2010-05-20 01:01:33 AM  
If there was anyone left out there who still wondered who actually runs our democratic republic, well, there you go.
 
2010-05-20 01:01:47 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Have Bill Gates and Warren Buffett make a tender offer for the company. Fire every executive, sell it to a buyer under a different name.

Goldman and Morgan use us a solid, so they'll do the paperwork free of charge.

Destroy them.


So the obvious solution to this is to force two people wholly unrelated to this entire mess to purchase the company? That makes a helluva lot of sense.
 
2010-05-20 01:02:28 AM  

The Least Interesting Man: I threats you all as well.


don't you threats me. you will only strength my resolve
 
2010-05-20 01:03:50 AM  

Pappas: Either A) BP is restricting access to the areas through their clean-up efforts and the coast guard is helping to enforce their restrictions to ensure clean up isn't interfered with or B) some jackass coastie was severely misinformed about his ability to restrict the press.


This won't do. Please try to be as inflammatory as possible in order to maintain the atmosphere of hyperbole.
 
2010-05-20 01:04:30 AM  
Seriously...what the fark.

I'm slack-jawed.
 
2010-05-20 01:04:58 AM  
Why am I not seeing massive boycotts against all the gas stations in the country connected to this corksucking company yet?
 
2010-05-20 01:05:05 AM  
I bow down before my corporate overlords.

/Can I have an IPad?
 
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