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Squaring up on the big villain for this Fuck You Friday

Friday, June 4th, 2010 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Good afternoon. It's a Fuck You Friday.

Today, our fuck you is directed at British Petroleum. This is an obvious choice, and an earned choice.

Safety measures were flouted, and the result is a preventable disaster that with be with us for years.

Fuck you, BP -- for allowing this catastrophe to happen. Fuck the other companies that were involved that similarly chose quickness over safety.

A heron sits dying amid the BP oil spill.

Gerald Herbert for AP, "A young heron sits dying amidst oil splattering underneath mangrove on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, along the the coast of Louisiana on Sunday, May 23, 2010."

Fuck you to anyone who ever let the words "drill baby drill" sincerely slip through their sneering lips. The reason the United States of America is in Iraq is because the USA is beholden to oil, and those that make their money from oil. We need clean, renewable energy now. That is the right thing to do.

Disagree? You're wrong. And you've been proven wrong before this. Fuck you.

We are a nation built on innovation, and oil is a cycle we can and must innovate out of. Those who profit in the short term are not helping, to put it simply. They are the enemies of positive possible futures. We need more regulation, not less. Otherwise, this is what we get.

NYT map of oil spill as of June 3.

Screenshot of the New York Times' interactive map of the BP oil spill as of June 3, 2010.

Companies, by their very existence, do not work towards the public good; companies work in their own interest. That is what they are for.

Remember, the villain is not BP -- the villain is our own consumption. But you already knew that. Everyone knows that, especially the ones who play dumb regarding that.

BP vs The World

At worst, as is attributed to Winston Churchill, "The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative."

With negative energy having been vented, here's how you can help the Gulf Coast right now. Do this:

American Red Cross, Southeast Louisiana Chapter
Louisiana Disaster Recovery Fund
National Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy

And one more option of ways to help as put forth by Siege, who is from that area:

Hear ye, hear ye. A modest proposal.

Lemons to lemonade: you see spilled oil and dead birds, I see the raw materials we need to tar and feather every BP exec we can lay hands on.

Those who are responsible must be held responsible. The mental image of tarring and feathering provides a fine start. A man-made disaster of this sort must never happen again.

(Heron photo via The Constant Siege via Boston.com's The Big Picture. Map screenshot via NYT interactive map. BP juicer via STMMH.)

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