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Lauren Mayer: I'm Not a Scientist



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
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Why do so many politicians use "I'm not a (whatever)" as an excuse for denying facts? Here's my musical rebuttal of rightwing willful ignorance


GOP Are Not Climate Control Scientists, But Play One On TV


Climate Change

When I have a medical problem, I seek out a doctor.

When I have a plumbing problem, I seek out a plumber.

When I have a tax problem, I seek out an accountant.

Crazy, no? So when the world has a scientific problem -- global warming and climate change -- who do we seek out? Scientists?

Hell no. Those lab coat wearing geeks never agree on anything. They're still too hung up on totally unproven theories of things like gravity,  radiation is bad for us, and that whopper of whoppers, we're a product of evolution, not creationism.  The answers lie not in our stars (sorry Nancy and Ronald Reagan) but in faith-based ideologues who can be trusted. Seers. Prophets. Clairvoyants. We need to seek the truth from our elected officials -- GOP congressmen and GOP senators. If anyone understands ancient history, it's those who still live in it.

According to their right-wing, conservative agenda and their political party planks, we know that even God comes to them for guidance, and not the other way around. These climate guys in the GOP (sorry ladies, you're really only tokens under their tent) aren't like those crazy whacked out communist Democratic liberal egg-heads. Republicans don't waste their time with evidence, facts or even scientific theory. The GOP just plain knows. And when you know something comes from the GOP, that trumps every other form of evidence. Period.

So, grab your bible and your gun, sit down and listen to the real pros. Here's the true geniuses and guardians of our future, all in one video, assuring us we can relax. We're not in any danger. Nothing needs to be done. Phhhw. Damn, those scientists had me scared there for a minute:


Worrisome South Carolina climate change report kept secret for over a year


what's the big secret

One of the nation’s most conservative states failed to release a 102-page report by scientists on how climate change is a reality and how the public should be educated about it. Or as I like to call it, cutting off their lives nose to spite their face.

Honesty, common sense, facts, and self-preservation. How novel.

The report includes studies from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For example, they say, South Carolina "should prepare for increases in wildlife disease, loss of prime duck hunting habitat and the potential invasion of non-native species such as piranha and Asian swamp eels. Many such exotic species have taken hold in Florida, but as temperatures rise, could move into South Carolina."

Among other disturbing consequences that the state faces, the findings say that “dead zones” in the ocean will increase, as will droughts, flooding due to a rise in sea levels, and of course, disease that would affect sea life and vegetation.

Via The State:

A team of state scientists has outlined serious concerns about the damage South Carolina will suffer from climate change – threats that include invading eels, dying salt marshes, flooded homes and increased diseases in the state’s wildlife.

But few people have seen the team’s study. The findings are outlined in a report on global warming that has been kept secret by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for more than a year because agency officials say their “priorities have changed.” [...]

Authors of the November 2011 draft said global warming is a reality and the DNR should take a lead role in educating the public about climate change while also increasing scientific research. [...]

Team members left little doubt in the report that they believe rising global temperatures are linked to man-made pollution. That point is widely accepted in the scientific community. Data show sharp increases since the Industrial Revolution of pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, that cause global warming.

The Department of Natural Resources head, who had wanted the report released, retired after he and the then-board chairwoman Caroline Rhodes clashed. Guess which conservative politician promoted Rhodes to her position as board chair shortly after being elected governor? Hint: It rhymes with Schnikki Schnaley.

Here's an idea: Keep the public informed instead of failing to disclose pesky scientific facts that irk your fellow Republicans (Gov. Haley, I'm talking to you) and your corporate pals. Then again, nobody ever said Republicans had foresight, wisdom, ethics, or good judgment.

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VIDEO: BP's "massive cover-up"


Relevant segment, with Hugh Kaufman and Dahr Jamail, starts at about 27:48.

With BP having poured nearly two million gallons of the dispersant known as Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico, many lawmakers and advocacy groups say the Obama administration is not being candid about the lethal effects of dispersants. We speak with Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit.

Hugh Kaufman is a wonderful source of information about what's going on in the Mad Mad Mad Mad World of BP. Why? Because he keeps me updated constantly, and he has real cred. He's a senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Today he appeared on Democracy Now, hosted by Amy Goodman. I am so glad he did, because now you can finally hear him say, in his own words, what I have been posting about all this time.

As you watch and listen, you'll hear Hugh refer Jerrold Nadler's efforts, Larry Fink, and Blackrock, among other things. Those are links to posts on each so that you can go back and catch up on the back stories. Most of my Hugh Kaufman posts can be found here, including what he talks about at about 35:00, the dangerous Corexit ingredients that EPA knew about, as opposed to "flying blind" as was claimed.

The use of dispersants (at about 36:30) is intended to cover up, to try to hide, the volume of oil that has been released, saving BP a tankerload of money.  Dispersants make it extremely difficult to clean up the gooey mess, making it impossible to skim the oil out of the water and impossible to quantify.

Hugh also compares the respiratory problems at 9/11's Ground Zero with those of the Oil Volcano. He notes EPA's false statements back then are eerily similar to what is happening in the Gulf. The air is NOT safe, nor is the water. Dispersants mixed with oil are not being tested properly, he says, nor is air pollution.

OSHA and others use BP's contractor for doing air testing; that would be the same company that is used by other companies to prove they don't have a problem. It's a "massive cover-up".

This link takes you to the exploding water video referenced by Hugh. Oil waste was in Alabama's water, not noticeable to the human eye, and children were exposed to it while playing at the beach. EPA claims it has tested the water and says it was safe. Then, from, Mobile, the video surfaced. Explosive news, in every sense.

At about 45:00, Dahr Jamail's (a wonderful journalist who worked with me briefly on an unrelated story) segment begins, and in it he said the following:

Kenneth Feinberg ... in charge of this 20 billion dollar compensation fund for being paid by BP to do this job...

Ken Feinberg... a BP salesman.

Can of worms doesn't even begin to describe this horrific, multi-layered situation.

In an e-mail today, Hugh said:

BP has, so far, has paid an average of $3,000/claim. That's very little money, given the magnitude of the damages. BP's incessant TV commercials (Link to a peek at the BP ads here) blaring how good a job they're doing making things right, costs orders of magnitude more than that.

He then linked me to this. And this.
And finally, last night Hugh also linked me to the following video:

iReport —

The National Contingency Plan prohibits the use of sinking agents on oil spills.  Why are we debating them?


If this young lad gets the cover-up, how long til more adults do?