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Yet another calamitous spill. Oil? No. This time it's... molasses!



At TPC, we've been all over the disaster-in-waiting known as the Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline as well as the 2010 BP oil catastrophe. The negative environmental impact of Big Oil's exploitation of Mother Earth has been horrifying to behold.

You'd think after all this time, there would be more attention paid to leak prevention and clean-up, because our food supply, our flora and fauna, our very lives are being tampered with on a gargantuan scale.

But did it ever occur to anyone that leaking molasses would have nearly the same effect as petroleum? BP goo, meet molasses goo. Instead of gallons and gallons of deadly sweet crude, there's an equally destructive abundance of sweet syrup.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Fish began dying en masse in the waters around Honolulu after hundreds of thousands of gallons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor early this week, and there's nothing officials can do to clean it up.

Thousands of fish have died from the sugary sludge. Crabs lay dead along the harbor bottom while more fish floated listlessly, some seeming to gasp above the surface of the water contaminated by the syrupy sweetener.

The spill is one of the worst man-made disasters to hit Hawaii in recent memory, officials said, not least because no one has quite seen anything like it.

"There's nothing you can do to clean up molasses," said Jeff Hull, a spokesman for Matson Inc., the company responsible for the leak. "It's sunk to the bottom of the harbor. Unlike oil, which can be cleaned from the surface, molasses sinks."

You know what else sinks to the bottom? Tar sands oil.

In this case, the sugary glop "replaces oxygen-bearing seawater that bottom-dwelling fish use to breathe."

The responsible party is Matson Inc. whose ship was being loaded via pipeline with 1,600 tons of molasses for shipping to the U.S. West Coast. About 1,400 tons of molasses may have gushed out.

Matson says they're sorry. No worries, Matson, that's ok!

The unknowns: "What kind of bacteria will come to consume the sugar? How low will oxygen levels go? Will the water become more acidic?"

Groucho Marx, Danny Kaye, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jimmy Durante singing "Blackstrap Molasses & Wheat Germ Bread." Song from a radio show in early 1950s.  Art & animation by Duff Hendrickson & Cosmo Spacey.


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Jake Tapper: Oops! White House email contradicts Benghazi leaks. Leaker made White House look focused on talking points.


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“Sorry to be late to this discussion. We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.

“There is a ton of wrong information getting out into the public domain from Congress and people who are not particularly informed. Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or the investigation, we need to have the capability to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression.

“We can take this up tomorrow morning at deputies.”

ABC got it wrong.

Jake Tapper has the exclusive:

The actual e-mail from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House was primarily concerned with the State Department's desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department. [...]

Whoever provided those quotes seemingly invented the notion that Rhodes wanted the concerns of the State Department specifically addressed.... Rhodes put no emphasis at all in his e-mail on the State Department's concerns. [...]

So whoever leaked the inaccurate information earlier this month did so in a way that made it appear that the White House – specifically Rhodes – was more interested in the State Department’s concerns, and more focused on the talking points, than the e-mail actually stated.

This is why it's so important to be cautious about getting too far ahead of stories ("Scandal!!! Benghazi!!!!!) like these.

Talking to you media, GOP, and anyone else out there who pushes hysteria instead of facts.

Tapper has more here.

witch huntH/t: @Skhassime