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From a tortured soul. . . .

Neighbor's Iris

I try to capture the good things around me to help overcome the bad things in my head.

Well, I said I’d talk about mental illness in this blog, but I haven’t been as forthcoming as I could be. Putting my feelings in words would probably help me feel better, but I never feel like doing it when I need it the most. I’ve been really needing it lately.

I can say with total belief in the fact–I’m VERY intelligent. It’s not just that I think I am, I really am. I know so many things and how to do so many things, I forget that most other people don’t. And because I have almost NO self-esteem, I hardly ever stand up for myself when challenged by someone who knows so little compared to me. Growing up, I got good grades–great grades as a matter of fact; but at home I was constantly told I was wrong. Continue reading

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Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf | NOLA.com

Thom Hartmann posted information from an article in the New Orléans Times-Picayune about the Gulf Oil Well explosion.Oil Rig Explosion Fire

An employee from the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico has reported through an attorney that the company made an error while capping an exploratory drilling hole that exacerbated the explosion. The company had ordered mud be removed before pouring the concrete caps to secure the exploratory site. The mud is usually used as a buffer to prevent explosions in just such cases.

But that’s not the highlight of the post. The company had 6 executives on the rig at the time to acknowledge the safety award the company had recently received. The speculation is that they were in a hurry to get the rig looking ship-shape for the arrival of the bigwhigs. How ironic! Get a safety award and drop safety steps to have a picture-perfect ceremony–and KABLOOEY!! it all goes up in smoke and oil. The article is online here:  Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf | NOLA.com.

Also on Thom Hartmann’s site in the Community pages:  The Reason Oil is Still Spilling.

“Oil is still spewing is because all options are based in still trying to turn that hole into a profit making well.

[No one] is considering that the Navy could bomb the hole, caving it in and closing it.”

Too bad our society often puts such value on appearances rather than safety. Maybe next time, something incomplete when the VIPs arrive will be grounds for recognition rather than dismissal because it saves lives instead of being “nice & pretty.”

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