Oil Slick

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Akbar Lightning, Globalwarming

this is an image of artist Ron English’s new painting…he is known for his pop-satire works, more can be seen at




  1. logocentric
    May 28, 2010

    wow! we need to get this guy to work with the globatron ad agency.

  2. globatron
    May 30, 2010

    globatron media company is more like it if you ask me. advertising can kiss my avatar. faux or real it uses the same medicine.

    i do enjoy faux ads though i must admit. How many drops would be a great follow up question to this ad? This might be all she wrote folks. We’ll see in a few months what toll this takes on our economy. maybe sooner than that.

  3. Greg
    May 31, 2010

    I think we will be okay really. Although I have great disdain for Obama he has shown that is will do anything within his power to keep the economy going. The leak is getting plugged and hopefully this will spur the government to motivate the DoI to put resources into doing research. After the Exxon Valez the government STOPPED putting in resources to develop technologies that can be used in a situation like this. Even with all our technology and advancements they never sought to go beyond cheese cloth and hay.
    I am confident this will spur an industry growth in the field of oil containment and reclaimation specialist. Never watched LOST but I am goping to torrent it now and watch the entire series over a couple of weekends.

    See the ending that scares me the most is the finale to BSG, the thought that I stated before (we did this all before and we will again). The onset of ghost code that could potentially develop into it own awareness it really something we should consider. Moore’s law if it is followed would almost dictate this happen within 20 years.

  4. globatron
    May 31, 2010

    I’m sorry I can’t stay away. We packed our entire house within two hours with help from some good friend. They appeared out of nowhere.

    I hope you are right Greg. And I agree about the BSG ending. That makes a lot of sense to me historically. It even oddly relates to my interest in Ancient Astronaut theory:

    As far as the oil spill, I heard today there is enough oil to pollute the entire gulf. If it doesn’t get capped it will be pretty much be dead for several decades. At least two decades.

  5. Akbar Lightning
    May 31, 2010

    For those of you have yet to experience the great show…BSG refers to Battlestar Galactica…

    and in that light, i’m not sure i agree with this hypothesis, that we are part of a cyclical process, but it is definitely one of the ways of seeing the universe and the presence of humans that is optimistic…we just don’t know…that is the come away concerning these issues…we just don’t know…

    the cyclical nature of history and awareness does not necessarily free us from the categorical imperative of whatever present we find ourselves in…in fact, some might argue it makes the call for passionate engagement even more important, as one is forced to consider the following riddle.

    if the cycles of history revolve around everybody fulfilling the roles given to us by fate, then if we deny the inner calling to engage in the cycle, will existence collapse on itself?

    personally, i don’t need such a riddle to inspire me….i prefer to play the game whether it is real or not…what else might i do?

  6. Greg
    June 1, 2010

    I was thinking about the oil spill this morning on the way into work.

    Along the way I believe I might have stumbled on an idea. If the shrimp and fishing industry in the effected regions are not viable then refit the craft for another purpose. Water purification and oil reclaimation. Then send out the people and pay them by the gallon for all the water they purify, the technology exists, today, to separate the oil from the water easily, enough to simply strain the oil out, store it in the holds of the ship where the fish went, and then pump out the cleaned water into the ocean.

    They could employ the people in the area for years, clean the environment, and restore the fishing industrusty for ahead of schedule. Of course BP should pick up the cost of the refits, training, and housing the people until they are self sufficient again. And collecting the oil would not be that hard, besides simply pumping the water in they could use straining materials configured to the shrimp net casting equipment to cast out and skim the oil from the water. Lots of possibilities for this to work.

  7. Akbar Lightning
    June 1, 2010

    wow, greg, a constructive idea…i absolutely agree with this notion, and especially the part about BP being responsible to pay….

    not to be a bummer but one of the major problems with this spill is that it is different from Valdez, in that it is not a spill on the surface, most of the oil is down below the surface, making long term effects difficult to predict, but of course, your idea is still a good one…

    the dispersants used to minimize the visible effects actually make the oil more difficult to find…


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