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Lady Goodman
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0 posted 11-16-2012 03:53 AM       View Profile for Lady Goodman   Email Lady Goodman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lady Goodman


When I said that Katrina was not a freak storm--people said I suffered from PTS. When BP's mishaps soiled the remaining wetlands of Louisiana, and I begged for corporate responsibility--everyone was silent. Almost everyone.

I said, I posted in these forums, that BP should be charged with manslaughter, because I knew, so very well, the men (and a few women) who risked their lives to work on these poorly regulated oil rigs. I, Lady Goodman, a.k.a. serenity blaze, sat on their porches, drank beer with them, listened to their stories, and commiserated regarding their fears of going to work, vs. filing a safety grievance--which would have ultimately resulted in these folks being fired--forced into early retirement--blackballed from the only skilled trade they'd ever known.

This--
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/15/15181916-bp-to-pay-45-billion-plead-guilty-to-manslaughter-in-gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill?lite

does not gratify me, as it won't gratify the families of those who lost their loved ones. It won't replace the damage done to delicately replaced wetlands corroded by years of neglect to our wetlands and coast. I realize the amount of money decreed sounds exorbitant, but it's quite possibly less than a third of money lost as the people of Louisiana took yet another hit to their already fragile culture--their economy, and resulting ly our general good nature of hospitality. ?

If this turns political? Feel free to move it to The Alley.

I posted it here because I thought justice would repair the pain of injury--the absolute onslaught of "ain't there no more"...

It doesn't.

I just feel rather empty now, as I watch the states who protested about being treated as a stepchild, file petitions to secede the union--and YES, it is true that I once stated that if New Orleans was considered beyond repair, that the U.S. should return us back to France.

But I never organized a petition. Had I been presented with legal papers at that time, I might have signed them in the heat of that moment. It was a painful time, and like a couple in the throes of a marital spat threatening divorce? I said and typed, mean reactive things to mean and hateful stuff spawned by a mean and hateful media--and amplified by a few parrots--a medium with no better agenda than that to stoke the fires of discord in the huge hearts of the great citizens of the U.S.,a distraction in search of the almighty dollar.

And yep, I realize I am rambling.

*shrug*

So is everybody else.

But to get back to my point? I think justice was done.

And I still feel empty.

I think it must be true that the secret to a happy ending is knowing when to stop telling the story.

I apologize for this "spoil". <--rhymes with oil..

and no, I didn't think that was funny

sigh

g'nite folks. G'nite Ron.
Local Rebel
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1 posted 11-16-2012 03:59 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Corporations aren't persons.  Can't arrest them or put them in jail.  The whole purpose of incorporating is to to protect the owners from the consequences of their actions.  Pocket change to BP.  Not enough to make them or the industry change it's ways.  Justice?  Hardly.  Why should any of us feel good about it?
Lady Goodman
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2 posted 11-16-2012 04:20 PM       View Profile for Lady Goodman   Email Lady Goodman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lady Goodman

Exactly. I guess an admission of culpability is more than I even expected.

And I do get passionate about domestic drilling--we need the oil, of course, our people need the jobs...but that summer, we couldn't escape the smell of oil. It took that experience for some to understand that deep drilling is more than a tree hugging, animal loving, ecology minded issue.

The smell of gasoline, even just exhaust in traffic can trigger a zoster flare up in me. And there are many many more like me, too.

Thanks Reb, for listening. The Mad Hatter in me appreciates it--and yes, I'm aware that there are emotional triggers involved in my reaction. (The first time I ever experienced the loss and impact of death was through just such an explosion--so I concede that it's difficult for me to be objective.)

and? huge sigh...I know why I behave the way I do--sometimes. *wink* And I think I'm finally learning that explaining that to everybody ad nauseum won't make people understand, it just compounds the pain as I dive into defensive mode. So yes, I picked the right forum for this...

I'm going to go rest--tomorrow is my mother's 81st birthday!



Thanks again lovie.
 
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