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(Globe and Mail)   BP executive turned to Wikipedia to estimate size of oil spill, is glad he didn't check urban dictionary   (theglobeandmail.com) divider line 26
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2012-11-16 12:17:17 PM
speaking of oil spills in the gulf of mexico ...
 
2012-11-16 12:30:13 PM
Did it edit said article first?
 
2012-11-16 02:37:52 PM
Doesn't wikipedia have strict rules about primary sources?
 
2012-11-16 02:39:47 PM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-16 02:40:33 PM
{citation needed}
 
2012-11-16 02:41:19 PM
Did BP add to the article saying they were sorry?
 
2012-11-16 02:43:22 PM
For people who care about this story and want more detail on the deeper issues (than the obvious fact that BP wouldn't want to accurately represent the flow from the spill), I recommend this story from On The Media:

http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/oct/19/subpoenaeing-science/
 
2012-11-16 02:48:08 PM

WizardofToast: Did BP add to the article saying they were sorry?


Actually certain US congressmen will be apologizing to them shortly
 
2012-11-16 02:53:27 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: Did it edit said article first?


"The Deepwater Horizon flow volume has been estimated at 62000 0.62000 barrels per day".
 
2012-11-16 02:55:21 PM
It was bigger than a breadbox.
 
2012-11-16 02:57:29 PM
"We've estimated from various sources that the oil spill is the size of 'your mom'".
 
2012-11-16 03:03:44 PM
FTA:

Mr. Rainey's criminal case underscores that the fallout from the worst oil spill in history is far from over, despite BP's move on Thursday to settle a host of criminal charges, including manslaughter, and to pay $4.5-billion (U.S.) in fines and penalties. That amount includes a criminal fine of $1.25-billion, the largest ever paid by a company, as well as $525-million in penalties to settle allegations filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Also included is $2.39-billion to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, which has funded numerous programs to help revitalize the coastal area, and $350-million to the National Academy of Sciences.


Gona get a LOT more expensive than that. Since DOJ is pursuing a civil finding of "gross negligence" fines and damages TRIPLE, which means this could end up cost BP another $21 BILLION before this round is all done.
 
2012-11-16 03:05:33 PM

Horseraddish: For people who care about this story and want more detail on the deeper issues (than the obvious fact that BP wouldn't want to accurately represent the flow from the spill), I recommend this story from On The Media:

http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/oct/19/subpoenaeing-science/


From the article, it didn't seem that BP was intentionally misrepresenting the rate of flow, rather that they allowed some idiot exec to make up his own numbers, and then they all stuck with them.
 
2012-11-16 03:05:59 PM
SkunkWerks: [http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/wikipedian_protester.png]

I'll call and raise you:
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-16 03:08:00 PM

Spirit Hammer: From the article, it didn't seem that BP was intentionally misrepresenting the rate of flow, rather that they allowed some idiot exec


...who was a representative of BP...

Spirit Hammer: to make up his own numbers, and then they all stuck with them.


Pyramidal chain of command? Check.

Corporations aren't democracies.
 
2012-11-16 03:10:42 PM
"We are profoundly disappointed that the Department of Justice is attempting to turn a tragic accident and its tumultuous aftermath into criminal activity," lawyers Reid Weingarten and Brian Heberlig said in a statement.

Sigh...
It wouldn't have been a tragic accident if the criminal activity hadn't caused it.
 
2012-11-16 03:32:50 PM

Magorn: Gona get a LOT more expensive than that. Since DOJ is pursuing a civil finding of "gross negligence" fines and damages TRIPLE, which means this could end up cost BP another $21 BILLION before this round is all done.


Won't get that high. Probably be in the ~$10 billion range.
 
2012-11-16 03:38:39 PM
Huh. I wonder if TEPCO will use the "Wikipedia Defense" for drastically underestimating (read: lying about) the amount of radiation leaked from the Fukushima Fukup Follies?
 
2012-11-16 04:03:53 PM
No, the Urban Dictionary measures it in Rhode Islands, or alternatively six-packs consumed per Superbowl.
 
2012-11-16 04:30:58 PM

WizardofToast: Did BP add to the article saying they were sorry?


That gives me an idea:
img600.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-16 04:46:09 PM
What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?
 
2012-11-16 05:01:42 PM

tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?


Louisiana Oil Slick
 
2012-11-16 05:26:04 PM

tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?


oil spill

while walking in the hallway at school, there is a mass abundance of black people (bp) that is hard or impossible to get around.
 
2012-11-16 05:46:33 PM

ChubbyTiger: tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?

Louisiana Oil Slick


Wasn't he a car racer on Saturday Morning cartoons?
 
2012-11-17 06:56:47 AM

ChubbyTiger: tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?

Louisiana Oil Slick


Let me guess
"Louisiana Oil Slick: Sexual act there a guy [censored for your own good]"
 
2012-11-17 07:56:38 AM
This why I prefer to cite academic texts and ignore web articles whenever possible.
 
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