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A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

+3 # Guest 2010-05-03 14:45
This report seems to say that there was a blowout preventer in place but that it failed.
+7 # Guest 2010-05-03 22:43
Quoting 12345:
This report seems to say that there was a blowout preventer in place but that it failed.

+14 # Guest 2010-05-04 03:50
It seems that after Bush there is still his footprints all over America causing one catastrophe after another with Cheney's hand in it all.
-4 # Guest 2010-05-04 06:32
Eddie, as an ex-oilman and a lifelong liberal Democrat, I just composed an email about the spill and the drilling situation here on the Gulf Coast; your program says that my +/- 200 words is too long.

So I guess you'll have to get by without it.
-25 # Guest 2010-05-04 06:49
Starnge how the 1st oil rig saccident in 40+ yrs (since 1969 for you liberals) just happens to occure just days aftyer One Big A$$ Mistake America Annouced he was looking at lifting the ban on off shore drilling? A coincidence just like the goldman sachs corruption news breaking just days before the start of banking/finance reform?
+14 # Guest 2010-05-04 07:14
Just as strange as Sadam Hussein turning up with non-existent weapons of mass destruction shortly after the asleep-at-the-w heel Bush Administration was trying to find an excuse to attack SOMEONE for 9/11. Let's see that would be 2002 for folks like avgjoe
+12 # Guest 2010-05-04 07:37
avgjoe, Perhaps you should seek medical treatment for your paranoia. Seeing conspiracies everywhere is a sure sign of this condition. And for your info there have been other oil accidents in the Gulf in the last 40 years. This just happens to be the biggest and by fat the worst. The banking/finance reforms were underway for some time and were as the result of the HUGE MESS of the last three years. Goldman/sachs is just one more reason it needs to be completed. There will be more. We have not seen the end of this mess. Not by a long shot.
+14 # Guest 2010-05-04 08:05
To avgjoe,

I just did a quick "Google" of offshore oil rig accidents and found information on oil rig disasters in 1977, 1979, 2007. It appears your information source that says there has been none since 1969 is in error.
+12 # Guest 2010-05-04 11:56 Hey, Avg - if you follow this link you will find 14 blowouts in the time frame you claim only 1 accident. They also list 14 "sunk" rigs, 8 "collapse" rigs and 5 taken out by hurricane. Is that more then "1"? try honesty in serious debates.
+5 # Guest 2010-05-04 07:21
I was glad that your quest mentioned the lack of intellectual curiosity by the media and their willingness to go along with the company line. What happened 24 hours before & 24 hours after is critical to understand why it happens and what comes next.
Also avjjoe - reality check time. Omama lifted the ban so the Party of No would say yes to more regulation- Fat Chance.
+10 # Guest 2010-05-04 09:53
This mess will cost at least $13B (yes, $13,000,000,000 !!) . For that money 13,000 wind turbines could have been erected, and that oil would never have been needed. Instead of 'Drill, baby, drill!, we're in 'Spill, baby, spill', but we should be chanting 'Spin, baby, spin'!!!
+2 # Guest 2010-05-04 14:16
The price of a clean-up because of a screw-up has never been part of the business plan for banks, corporate farms, or big oil.
+2 # WAS 2010-05-04 17:57
You should invite me on your network. There is a common thread that does make sense of this senselessness. There are things that people can do, even though they don't believe there's anything they can do to halt this slippery slope through Decay that we are enduring. it can't be told in sound bites.
It can be told, and it's persuasive, non-partisan, and practical.
Please take a look at TheDreyfussInit, and get in touch with me.
It costs time, and thought, but deserves a hearing on your network.
+5 # Guest 2010-05-04 18:11
I live in Canada. Heard an interview on our CBC Radio. The crew from Alberta, Canada that's putting this "funnel" on the well to save us all was interviewed. These guys were about 1% as optimistic as the spin doctors on CNN. In fact, though they didn't come right out and say it, it sounded like you had a better chance of packing a snowball through Hell than they have of fitting the containment funnel on this well.
Drill, baby, drill!
+1 # Guest 2010-05-06 15:25
Has anybody researched Ken Salazars part in some of this Cheney we know about ..he is a sociopathic mean, hateful person. Everything he wants to do his contrary to the decency of most thinking justice minded citizens of the USA
0 # Guest 2010-05-08 11:35
ionic liquid batteries, the latest ones in MIT tech review, claim they will be about the same price as your cars starting battery, and store 11 times more energy than the best lithium ion battery, that means an SUV could go 300-400 miles on a charge. Exxon, Conoco Phillips, and Chevron are buying up electric car battery patents as fast as they can find promising ones.
+2 # Guest 2010-05-12 12:24
We need to end the corporate charter of BP, Haliburton, and any corporation involved in this mess. Sell their assets to pay for the cleanup, and put the top bosses in jail. It will happen when we get organized to demand it.