National Seashore Video

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Take a look at what’s at stake when oil taints our coastline…

The video was produced by famed PBS videographer Ken Burns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHPd8P0Cyro&feature=related

You Can’t Break My Funny Bone

Posted: January 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Note to those of you following this blog: New York publishing houses have told me to put my book Before the Spill on hold. They state it’s no longer a timely issue. I guess non-fiction subject matter must be on CNN constantly for it to be a reputable subject to write about. Well, they can k….my…

Those of you still involved in the BP issue(s), keep up the good work, and I’ll continue to post relative matter in this blog. Also, I’ll be sneaking in some “spill fodder” in my current project Broke not Broken or You Can’t Break My Funny Bone.

The following is an excerpt from my current book project

Broke Not Broken or You Can’t Break My Funny Bone: One Couple’s Comical Journey through a Bad Economy with a Big Dose of Humility

…financial ruin. If you don’t know what financial ruin is, then put this book down, go to the library, read anything about Martha Stewart, and think the opposite. Yes, I know she went to prison. I know she developed a bad tic on the left side of her face while incarcerated, but, truth is, she made more money behind bars than on national television. There’s a moral here, I just don’t know what it is yet, but at least you now have a firm grasp of financial ruin.  Let’s mix in three more things: 1) The largest oil spill in history 2) humility and 3) unemployment. The spill probably wouldn’t have affected us so much had we not been living less than one mile from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s hard to ignore an underwater oil slick the size of West Virginia. And, it’s hard to ignore a 20% local unemployment rate. However, it is easy to ignore 200 million gallons of odorless, tasteless, scientists-are-unsure-of-the-health-risks chemical dispersants floating in and out of my patio doorway. I should close the front door to prevent the cross-breeze. In mathematical form, it looks like this:

Financial ruin + oil spill + humility + depressed locals everywhere you go = the book you’re holding in your hands

            But, I promise, you’ll laugh; if not with us, at least at us.

Book Excerpt: Two Trout…

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

Here’s a short excerpt from my book,

Before the Spill: Memories of Life on the Gulf Coast

Two Trout at a Time

The morning drifted along as easily as the trout into our boat. The exciting time I’d expected unceremoniously turned into a comforting task. Not a task to toil at, but a task that was expected by our surroundings. To catch fish that day, quietly taking in the water as it changed, the rock of the boat, the light changing as the sun grew, and the silent partnership I’d made with not just my uncle but the bay too, was a rite of passage. In a few short hours, I was changed. A deep change. It still sits inside me, mostly undisturbed. It’s quiet and still like water.

Time passed quickly but dreamily that morning. We’d caught enough trout to feed a crowd, and marveled at the fish well brimming with our catch of the day. Uncle Carl took a couple of celebratory swigs from his glass flask of “iced tea,” slapped me on the head and proudly said, “We had us a good day Skeeter, a good day”. He cranked the motor and we sped off faster than when we came out, hitting the chop harder and lifting the bow higher, both smiling at each other and ourselves on our success. We felt better somehow about ourselves because we did what we’d aimed to do, and we did it proper, and fine, like true men of the sea. 

You Have To See This

Posted: December 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

Do you think the oil is gone? You won’t after you see this…

http://healthygulf.org/201011241558/blog/bps-oil-drilling-disaster-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/birds-eye-view-you-ve-got-to-see-this

I’m amazed at what BP and our government are wanting us to believe.

Still Oil in Gulf

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

There is still oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and the impacts of the drilling disaster on the marine and coastal ecosystems will be felt by real people for years to come. Congress has yet to pass legislation responding to the worst accidental oil release in history, and the window of opportunity is closing. Regulatory reforms and policy changes are urgently needed. Push your Senators and Representatives to make a commitment to the Gulf by sending them an email asking them to: Support legislation that will direct BP’s Clean Water Act fines back to the Gulf to begin comprehensive and long-term ecosystem restoration. The total amount of fines could range from $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion. If Congress fails to move on this issue, these penalties will go to the US Treasury where they will not necessarily be used to benefit the people and places affected by the BP Drilling Disaster. Support the creation of a Gulf of Mexico Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, as was done in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. The RCAC must be formed to ensure that affected communities are formally involved in the oversight of future drilling decisions and oil industry actions. Now is the time for Congress to support the Gulf, and it’s up to us to make them. It’s all hands on deck. GO TO THE LINK BELOW TO TAKE ACTION!

https://secure3.convio.net/grn/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=169

Musicians as diverse as Ozzy Osborne, Bonnie Raitt, Pearl Jam, Dr. John and My Morning Jacket are banding together to urge President Obama to “do all you can” to help the Gulf Coast recover from this year’s devastating oil spill. Nearly 90 artists signed a letter sent to the White House this week asking for more money and resources for the region, which is still reeling from the hit to the environment and economy. “The BP disaster has taken a toll on the Gulf Coast, and real impacts will be felt by real people for years. The Gulf’s people and places need lasting and continued support to get back on their feet,” the letter states. “Fishing, recreation, seafood and tourism are cornerstones of the Gulf economy. These industries hang in the balance because of the disaster. Thousands of families’ lives have been profoundly affected, with much of the damage having long-term consequences – physically, emotionally, and financially. Resources and support must be accessible to all those affected in order to make Gulf communities whole again.” The letter also calls on the government to steer money from fines levied against BP to the Gulf. The full text of the letter:

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 November 18, 2010

Dear President Obama,

As you are well aware, the BP deepwater drilling disaster has delivered a severe blow to the marine and coastal environments of the Gulf Coast, as well as the communities which rely upon a healthy Gulf for their economy and way of life. These communities are the originators and guardians of some of our nation’s most unique cultures. As musicians, we are all in debt to this irreplaceable region, and are calling on you to help ensure its survival: The BP disaster is on-going and will have lasting impacts. There are still tens of millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf and much more dispersed oil – and chemical dispersant itself – below the surface. The BP drilling disaster was at least 15 times bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill, and we know from Alaska that the ripple effects of the disaster will be felt for decades. It will be a long road to restoration, and the Federal government needs to stay focused on the disaster and environmental impacts that are just beginning to play out. The BP disaster has taken a toll on the Gulf Coast, and real impacts will be felt by real people for years. The Gulf’s people and places need lasting and continued support to get back on their feet. Fishing, recreation, seafood and tourism are cornerstones of the Gulf economy. These industries hang in the balance because of the disaster. Thousands of families’ lives have been profoundly affected, with much of the damage having long-term consequences – physically, emotionally, and financially. Resources and support must be accessible to all those affected in order to make Gulf communities whole again. BP’s disaster is only the latest, most visible example of on-going environmental destruction in the Gulf by the oil and gas industry. Louisiana loses a football field worth of wetlands every 45 minutes, and 40 to 60% of that loss is attributed to oil and gas activity, including exploration and dredging pipeline canals. The oil and gas industry must pay its fair share to restore these wetlands, and a large portion of the fines levied against BP should be dedicated to on-going restoration efforts through your Gulf Restoration plan implementation. Let’s not let it happen again. Reforms are urgently needed to prevent more drilling disasters. BP is not a rogue actor when it comes to taking big risks at the expense of the Gulf. Regulatory reforms and policy changes are urgently needed to prevent future drilling disasters and ensure oil-rig safety in the Gulf and elsewhere, and to guarantee rapid cleanup when accidents do occur. Your administration needs to follow through with the overhaul of federal agencies, separating the functions of enforcement and royalty collection. Ultimately, the solution is to transition our nation to a clean energy economy as soon as possible. Locals must have a voice in decisions that will impact their region and their homes. A Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council must be formed to ensure that impacted communities are formally involved in the oversight of future drilling decisions and oil industry actions. As the citizens of Alaska have done in the years following the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, citizens of the Gulf must also become more engaged and take responsibility for keeping the energy industry and government accountable. President Obama, we appreciate the initiatives you’ve launched to help the Gulf recover, from the demand for a $20 billion trust fund for community damages, to the creation of a Gulf Coast Recovery Plan, headed by Navy Secretary Mabus. Please do all you can to ensure these efforts address the concerns we’ve raised, and help the amazing and irreplaceable cultures of the Gulf region remain vibrant and productive for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys Anders Osborne Big Chief Monk Boudreaux Big Don Big Rock Candy Mountain Big Sam’s Funky Nation Blue Party Bonerama Bonnie Raitt Boots Riley (of The Coup) Boys Noize Brian Coogan and Mike Dillon Cedric Burnside & Lightnin Malcom Charlie Wooten Project Clint Maedgen Corrosion of Conformity Cyril Neville Davis Rogan Dead Confederate Derrick Freeman (of Kermit Ruffins) DJ Zkosta Down Dr. John Egg Yolk Jubilee Fatter Than Albert Feufollet Fitz & the Tantrums Fleur De Tease Galactic Garage A Trois George Porter, Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners Happy Talk Band Helen Gillet Honey Island Swamp Band Indigo Girls Interparty System Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes Johnny Vidacovich Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys Kellindo Parker (of Janelle Monae) Kristin Diable Liquidrone Locos Por Juana Marc Broussard March Fourth Marching Band MC Sweet Tea Metric Miracle at St. Anna Morning Life My Morning Jacket MyNameisJohnMichael New Orleans Bingo! Show Noisician Coalition Nu Guise O’ Brother OK Go Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Roadshow Pearl Jam Ponderosa Preservation Hall Jazz Band Quintron and Miss Pussycat REM Rise Against River City Extension Rock City Morgue Rotary Downs Show Smokey’s Farmland Band Sons of William Soul Rebels Brass Band Stanton Moore Trio Stone Rabbits Supagroup Swiss Chriss Tab Benoit Thao with the Get Down Stay Down The Baseball Project The Local Skank The Minus 5 The Radiators The Young Fresh Fellows Theresa Andersson Times Two Tin Men Trent Reznor Voice of the Wetlands Allstars Zydepunks Xeroskye

The oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will go down in history as one of the biggest catastrophes this planet has ever seen. The cover up and the lies that led this country into the health crisis we are about to face will be documented in years to come. Acts of God, like hurricanes, are fast and furious, the damage is immediate. This, on the other hand, is a slow death.

To read this ALARMING article go to: http://www.projectgulfimpact.org/