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Obama's Gulf Eco-Catastrophe, Far Worse than Katrina, More Like a Hiroshima; Emergency Legislation Needed

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The time to act has now passed. Any actions Obama takes now are already too late. At some point, he's going to realize, as I've written before, that BP is not trying to save the environment. It's trying to salvage a 40-200 million barrel well worth $1.6 to $8 billion.

Obama should be trying to save the ocean and the surrounding states, not waiting for BP to do the job.

Obama should commandeer all the gear and personell BP has been using and other gear from other oil companies. He should be directing all information management BP has access to.

He should be calling in suggestions from all over the world on how to shut the damn well down, not rescue it.

Retroactive Elimination of all limits on Corporate Liabilities
Obama should be calling on congress, immediately, to remove, retroactively, all restrictions on corporate liability, period-- not just for oil companies, for all companies. Why should congress protect companies from damages they cause? Any member of congress who opposes it should and probably will lose their job.


Emergency Researcher Funding
The plumes were discovered by the Pelican research vessel, which is funded by NOAA. That funding runs out TODAY!!. They're hoping for more funding. Congress and Obama should immediately authorize at least a billion dollars in emergency research funding to pay for scientists, vessels and gear to saturate the gulf with observation and analysis systems and programs. These should study the water chemistry, biology, ecology, the estuaries, breeding grounds, beaches, the local economies and impacted industries, the families and the American culture. Yes, the funding should include cultural anthropologists. It should also include emergency disaster workers to treat the psychosocial impact of the catastrophe. Maybe homeland security can rearrange funds to provide for this. Where has Janet Napolitano been, anyway?
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We need strong, dynamic leadership now, with vivacity and action, not quiet, wait and see passivity.

No, this is not Obama's Katrina. It is far, far worse, more like Obama's Hiroshima.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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He's already allowed this to go too far without ta... by Rob Kall on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 9:58:37 AM
If this president has some blame (and I am not sur... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:27:05 PM
BP tells obama what he thinks and what to say... by tjb on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 10:32:36 AM
Too bad we did not elect you... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:25:12 PM
. . . writing, "Bush should commandeer all the gea... by Dana Pico on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:14:18 AM
Obama has to kick the sh*t out of BP, to make an e... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:17:19 AM
I'm an ardent Obama supporter and this is the firs... by HarveyY on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:47:38 AM
He made some mistakes, but you are mostly incorrec... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:30:11 PM
It will certainly stick in the craws of all those ... by Marika on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:08:12 PM
BP is a British company.Transocean (the maker of t... by Scott Baker on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:10:42 PM
Much of your final paragraph observations were spo... by Sherry Mann on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 1:15:04 PM
The case for seizure Click to read 10 Crit... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 1:55:28 PM
Obama hasn't the constitutional legality to seize ... by Recce1 on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:47:14 AM
"Neither of these can be "seized" without causing ... by Ian MacLeod on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 8:38:56 PM
Rob,This is perhaps the most insightful article pu... by James Murtagh on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:25:17 PM
I work for a relatively small corporation and we h... by 911TRUTH on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:41:18 PM
No Ifs, Ands or Buts.BUT, is there anybody that's ... by Jay Farrington on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 1:32:47 PM
Do we live under a monarchy or dictatorship ?? The... by Markageloo Breza on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:15:06 PM
Corporations don't have the right to destroy lives... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:35:31 PM
The Bolsheviks seized total economic controlthey d... by Markageloo Breza on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:46:23 PM
and doing so leads to death and unprecedented cata... by Jeff Poster on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 5:59:15 PM
What humanity must realize is the reality of being... by boomerang on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 8:30:18 AM
I take exception to your statement that all there ... by Scott Baker on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 8:31:47 AM
Go back to the glory days of Eisenhower with 90%+ ... by Markageloo Breza on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:41:45 AM
This thing could go on 'til July or longer and we ... by Jay Farrington on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:58:42 PM
Thanks Rob for this article. I was actually workin... by Janet Loughrey on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:35:23 PM
and I alreaady wrote my messsage to Obama in my ar... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:44:04 PM
The news reports I have seen report the President ... by Bill Samuel on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 4:35:11 PM
Those at the EPA can be asleep at the wheel when i... by Steven G. Erickson on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 5:32:23 PM
Just one paragraph from Wiki. The man had grit as ... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 6:44:42 PM
When a "firefight" occurs, a "crisis" happens on y... by boomerang on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 9:40:54 PM
As the French say, the more things change, the mor... by Eugene Elander on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:23:08 PM
The possibility that a problem could happen has al... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:10:56 AM
And believe all should read it and think again, ca... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:42:59 PM
It's amazing how adept we've become at destroying ... by Ralph Dratman on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 1:28:27 AM
We know to our regret that Barack Obama is the las... by Perry Logan on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 5:35:38 AM
It made MY day. Ahhhh, what a nice mooning morning... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:47:22 AM
But he is a progressive and trying I wonder how Bi... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:52:40 PM
Should I ask, "Vat es zat?"or just duck?... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:01:18 AM
Lloyd, my friend, your humorous (Vonnegutian 'blac... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:16:57 AM
will have a huge impact on the United States. What... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:58:55 AM
Rob you know I love your blog! But isn't this arti... by Paul Kruger on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:20:33 AM
Like FDR, Obama just needs to be 'pushed by us'.Ar... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:51:24 AM
We live in a society where the only people who hav... by Freddie Venezia on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 11:40:32 AM
Why not indict BP, legally it is a person and dema... by Marika on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:01:24 PM
thats true, though katrina was a terrorist attack.... by roch schultz on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:37:10 PM
And maybe I'm just rationalizing to keep the fear-... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:57:48 PM
This is largely crap. The only correct thing he ha... by LiberalDemocrat on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:26:32 PM
Rob, you have a point in saying that Obama's "figh... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 6:49:03 PM
Rob you finally get it now, don't you? Jeremiah Wr... by Herbert Calhoun on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 5:24:39 PM
But you probably read Dissident Voice also. Over t... by GLloyd Rowsey on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:25:38 AM