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Andy Smith

Aug. 10, 2010, 11 a.m.

This probably is not the forum for the following, but, I have to add it, because their is ignorance everywhere and lack of common sense abounds when it comes to discussions of our environment.
50 Scientist if put in a room, couldn’t raise the level of the water in the Ocean, if given 20 years to do so. Also, they can’t predict the weather from day to day, how can you believe anything about Global Warming.
I personally believe their are other forces (spiritual in nature) , that are in process, that we don’t have much control over.
I make my post with Peace and Love in my heart, but my eyes and brain are engaged.
MY TRUE STORY AS RELATED FROM BEST FRIEND IN HOLLYWOOD:
A very popular band was playing Al Gores concert for ‘awareness” TO INFORM dumb people like you and I, that we were killing the planet.
When my best friend said, “how are you going to get there, we are supposed to be at a wedding in Hawaii, that weekend,” he responded.
Al Gore is sending his private jet to pick me up so that I won’t miss it.
When my friend pointed out that he would burn more gas in one trip on that “jet” to inform us, than my friends or my family would in years or possibly a lifetime, the musician just kept talking about Global Warming and didn’t hear a word.
I hope we can all keep an open mind, be honest and willing to learn.
We have enough “SHEEPLE” in the world.
I hope my post helps someone…and sorry I did it here.

ANDY

Aug. 10, 2010, 11:07 a.m.

Don’t grade my grammer….LOL….IT WAS WRITTEN FROM THE HIP.

SYED AGHA ABBAS

Aug. 11, 2010, 1:52 p.m.

I’m sorry Tony, my post was really stupid. You are right.

Deborah

Aug. 12, 2010, 9:50 a.m.

Tony for the win.

chad

Aug. 13, 2010, 12:11 p.m.

i worked for 2008 and 2009 as a boilermaker and 2010 i was working for a marina that laid me off,  I have all my ducks in a row and sent them to the BP claim office.  I got a first check but when it came to a second they say more paperwork and they need a copy of my SS card?  there was enough paperwork for the first check, what changed?  It is all about who makes the most ripples in the water-and the average working man isnt big enough to make a ripple in their water unless we unite and all jump together.  I have been sent from adjuster to adjuster and still dont know who is handling my file.  but be guaranteed that someone from the office will call and ask me for more information or send me a letter for info.  if they would quit paying the adjustors to give me the runaround and just pay me they would save themselves some money cause im sure they have paid them more than my claim is even worth.  oh but wait,  I think i hear BP ringing my phone now .  Lets see what they want this time.

Mark

Aug. 14, 2010, 4:15 a.m.

Absolutely agree 100% with Trevor’s comment “...I concur, with your sentiment, However the Realtor’s should be billing CNN and the other irresponsible “News” Media…”

News companies like Oil companies, which are like probably 99.9% of capitalist companies, are only interested in money. Even when doing “good things” they make sure it will be advertised.

I once heard from a disaster relief worker helping deal with the aftermath of an earthquake. No helicopters were available for emergency airlifts due to the fact that news crews had taken them all.

Let’s face it bad news sells and in a case like this.. advertising bad news leads to more bad news. Politicians make sure they ride the wave of public opinion rather than doing what it necessarily fair and right which only strengthens the appearance of the news being “bad”.

At the end of the day some compensation claims are not being processed correctly. I wish all these claimants luck and success, while I hope any trying to simply take advantage get caught and penalized harshly. I would actually like to see a name and shame.

jim gator

Aug. 14, 2010, 10:17 a.m.

What the oil companies and the Government do not want you to know

Here’s an interesting read, important and verifiable information :

About 6 months ago, the writer was watching a news program on oil and one of the Forbes Bros. was the guest.  The host said to Forbes, “I am going to ask you a direct question and I would like a direct answer; how much oil does the U.S. have in the ground?”  Forbes did not miss a beat, he said, “more than all the Middle East put together.”  Please read below.

The U. S. Geological Service issued a report in April 2008 that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big.  It was a revised report (hadn’t been updated since 1995) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana ...... check THIS out:

The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska ‘s Prudhoe Bay , and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil.  The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels.  Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable… at $107 a barrel, we’re looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.

“When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea.” says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature’s financial analyst.

“This sizable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found in the past 56 years,” reports The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  It’s a formation known as the Williston Basin , but is more commonly referred to as the ‘Bakken.’  It stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada .  For years, U. S. oil exploration has been considered a dead end.  Even the ‘Big Oil’ companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago.  However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken’s massive reserves…. and we now have access to up to 500 billion barrels.  And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!

That’s enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 2041 years straight.  And if THAT didn’t throw you on the floor, then this next one should - because it’s from 2006!

U. S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World

Stansberry Report Online - 4/20/2006

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world.  It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels.  On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction.  In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted.  With this motherload of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling?

They reported this stunning news: We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth.  Here are the official estimates:

- 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia

- 18-times as much oil as Iraq

- 21-times as much oil as Kuwait

- 22-times as much oil as Iran

- 500-times as much oil as Yemen

- and it’s all right here in the Western United States .

HOW can this BE?  HOW can we NOT BE extracting this?  Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil!  Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy…..WHY?

James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we’ve got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East -more than 2 TRILLION barrels untapped.  That’s more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the world today, reports The Denver Post.

Don’t think ‘OPEC’ will drop its price - even with this find?  Think again!  It’s all about the competitive marketplace, - it has to.  Think OPEC just might be funding the environmentalists?

Got your attention yet?  Now, while you’re thinking about it, do this:

Pass this along.  If you don’t take a little time to do this, then you should stifle yourself the next time you complain about gas prices - by doing NOTHING, you forfeit your right to complain.

————

Now I just wonder what would happen in this country if every one of you sent this to every one in your address book.

By the way…this is all true.  Check it out at the link below!!!

GOOGLE it, or follow this link. It will blow your mind.

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

Scott Haselden

Aug. 16, 2010, 11:35 a.m.

Amanda Michel, I sent you an e-mail with a very pointed question. Why have you not answered me yet? Afraid to look into things and be a REAL investigative journalist instead of a lackey for a lawyers office?

Jason

Aug. 16, 2010, 12:04 p.m.

Everyone that has filed a claim is about to hit the Feinberg wall.  Come 8/23/10 Feinberg and the gulf coast claims office will be taking over the review of the claims and deciding which ones will be paid in six month increments.  My adjuster has told me that according to a letter I received from BP that my paperwork is in order and I will be issued payments for July and August.  Also the letter said in a very roundabout way that they I have provided sufficient paperwork (proof) and that after 8/24/10 it should be Affirmed.  Seems to me that as long as you have sufficient documentation the system is working, slowly but surely.  It’s frustrating though.  After I received the letter I called the 800 number five times was given a different answer each time then decided to go to see my adjuster in Clearwater.  He explained the letter to me properly, and had the whole office come and look at it, apparently they had never seen one like that before.

Jean Sanders

Aug. 16, 2010, 3:57 p.m.

my nephew was a whistle blower and gave testimonyabout BP on their poor safety standards; he lost his job and he can’t get another.  This happened several years ago.  I have a copy of the testimony he gave.  Those who signed their names cannot get jobs now.
Is there a lawyer who would take the “testimony” copy?”  We know he can’t get his jobs back but it will show that BP goes around the world doing the same things over and over.
(He is an American citizen but this occurred outside the country where there were not the protections for whistle blowers)

Tom

Aug. 18, 2010, 4:32 p.m.

I had a very bad experience with my local Santa Rosa County claims office. I work in the tourism marketing/advertising industry. I supplied them with all my w-2’s, tax returns, sales records for the past 3 years and 3 years of pay-stubs showing I have lost over $10,000 since April 20th alone. The guy was very nice and said… I feel for you but according to BP there is no loss from oil. You are a commissioned sales rep and the only people being paid are hotels, vacation rental mgt companies and businesses within 1 mile of the water.

RICK

Aug. 19, 2010, 8:14 p.m.

bp SUCKS—THEY ARE AN INCOMPETENT COMPANY—THEY HAVE A LONG AND WELL DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF INCOMPETENCE—THEY SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY AND REPLACED BY A COMPANY WHO KNOWS WTF THEY ARE DOING!!! JUST A VAMPIRE BABY—SUCKING BLOOD FROM THE EARTH—NEIL YOUNG HAD THEM ALL PEGGED A LONG TIME AGO

New idea

Aug. 20, 2010, 10:49 p.m.

Do you think that anyone has submitted any fraudulent claims to BP?

Scott Childers

Aug. 22, 2010, 8:28 p.m.

I have extensive footage of the gulf and have seen many instances of destruction.  I have traveled from Galveston to Venice and seen exactly one commercial shrimping boat in the water.

The entire commercial fleet is docked…...or was last week.  I’ll be returning next week to follow up.

BP still spreading corexit.

Oystermen have lost their livelihoods forever.  Those beds are dead.

Crab are full of black goo.

There are no shrimp to be caught…....

BP is cutting off cleanup efforts.

Claims?

There will never be enough money to fix this.

For the people who suggest we cannot destroy the earth…....true…..

But we can make it inhospitable for Human life.  That’s what BP and its contractors have done in the Gulf of Mexico.

Care to see my footage?  E-mail me.

Scott Childers

Aug. 22, 2010, 8:33 p.m.

New Idea….....

Define “fraudulent”.

If your livelihood depended on sea life, you’re done.

Extrapolate to all the service industries serving the sea food industries.

Calculate the GDP of the area from last year and compare it to this year.

That’s what BP owes the Gulf of Mexico.

noelia moreno

Aug. 23, 2010, 5:57 a.m.

TEAM WORK IT IS ESSENTIAL EVERYWHERE. I AM STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE EFFORTS TO CLEAN THE GULF SPILL IT IS NOT BP ONLY, WHAT ABAUT THE OTHERS OIL COMPANIES, ARE THEY PREPARE TO FIX THIS PROBLEM? WHAT EACH OIL COMPANY IS DOING TO SUPPORT IDEAS OR AT LEAST TO COOPERATE IN PROBLEM SOLVING? CAN THEY SHOW ANY EFFORTS IN REGARDING “WE CARE TOO” BLAMMING SOMEONE IT IS NOT THE SOLUTION, TO GIVE THE HANDS, IT IS THE BASIC THAT SHOWN RESPECT FOR THE AFFECTED POPULATION, AND THIS WILL PREPARE US FOR ANY FURTHER ACCIDENTS.

Kim Meyer

Aug. 23, 2010, 4:38 p.m.

I never realized how corrupt the contractors were till I worked for them myself and was terminated with false accusations and because I was bucking up against lying and falsifying expense reimbursements.  They wanted me to push through $300 bar tabs and code them as meals.  I had ideas to make the paperwork more efficient and productive by implementing a spreadsheet to do the math rather than slaving to a calculator to keep track of the oil spill clean up crew hours.  And their response was, “What and take away our overtime, SHHHHHHHHHHHH!”  .  I’ll take a hit for the good guy but I’m not taking a hit for the bad guy.  The Daily News was not interested in the editorial.What is this world coming to?  Doesn’t anyone care about truth and rightousness. these days.  I had a nickname of “Goody Two Shoes” I’m proud of that name, thank you very much!  Then I was told that FL & AL are :“free hire/free fire” states which means they don’t need a reason to get rid of me.  Well if they don’t need a reason why did they have to make one up?  Well at least my Creator know who was right and who was wrong?  Pray for your enemies, that they will be conicted of thier sins!

Jason

Aug. 23, 2010, 5:07 p.m.

I am ready and waiting to go to the GCCF local office tomorrow.  To once again go through my mountains of paperwork so that Fineberg can approve a claim that BP approved.  Ahh bureaucracy.  If you filed a claim with BP you gotta file one with Fineberg.  Good luck to all others, make sure you have all of your paperwork.

gypsy

Aug. 24, 2010, 1:50 a.m.

Well John Mangum your wanting bp to give you $8000 and you haven’t turned a lick!  That would be a easy payday, It’s people like you that they make the rules for.

Coni Roberson

Aug. 24, 2010, 5:15 a.m.

Here we go again. As if…..Everyone does’nt makes mistakes. I am a scuba diving, body surfing, seafood eating, tropical paradise loving as one could every hope to be….Is this what the complaints about? ... It is about someone paying for their mistake and YES…they should as all law abiding citizens should pay for their mistakes. When reviewing information on actions that have taken place are’nt they doing excatly what you normaly do monthly? Before we pay out any of our hard earned money we review our statements checking figures checking duplicated errors, all the normal things right? A disaster of this magnitude will surely bring the “something for nothing” people out of the pile up; hoping they will be over looked or not questioned that extensivly in order to get over on the system. We all know about people like this unfortunately they still exist…All I’m saying is…prove what your missing thats all they are asking. And if you can’t prove it then maybe you should be glad you don’t have the IRS breathing down your back, YET….Could this be a sign of “carma”? Once again, if in fact you are making accurate claims….if the company in which you work for does not produce or write you a check and pays you cash and all or some is deposited in the bank then maybe bank statements and some checks using your combined resourses with your company would help. Here once again, you have to prove what the government owes you this is no different then tax time right? You are responsible you can back up everything at tax time and you are paying your taxes like you should be right? If you have been getting over and not paying some taxes or getting tax dollars in the past when you did not deserve them then there you have your answer. Their truly is no free lunch. You get what you work or earn no more no less and if by some chance you think you can beat the system well…how much longer will it take you to wise up? On another note, remember things happen for a reason its not always going to be good in life. You have to take the good with the bad and “make lemonade when life gives you lemons” then you will see who you really are and what your made of. Again, Be happy you live in a free country it is worse out there..Be happy, if your the intellegent and educated person i know you are you have other resourses and talents…..pony up…..and pray, alot…always..

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