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One choice example was the Chernobyl incident. Initial death toll estimates went as high as 16,000, but later the UN found that only 50 were killed. Long term death numbers were estimated in the millions, yet less than 5,000 died, and it's argued that many of them died from the psychological aspects of being told they were doomed.
The tiny one on the right was the actual dead.
Another thing people need to understand is that there are something on the order of over 4,000 oil platforms already out in the gulf.
Currently, the number of US structures in the Gulf is roughly 4,000, with 819 manned platforms. And those numbers are only expected to grow, says Caryl Fagot, a spokeswoman for the federal Minerals Management Service (MMS), which regulates the oil industry in federal waters.
The following image mentions 8,237 "leases" in the U.S., with over 6,000 in the Gulf of Mexico:
ATS member Doc Velocity in his thread pointed out that oily beaches are nothing new in Texas and Louisiana:
Originally posted by Doc Velocity
Waay back in the 1960s, I remember wandering along the beach at Galveston, collecting shells and shark teeth, and often stepping into globs of sticky tar, which would stain my skin brown for days afterwards. When we went swimming in the surf, we'd come back with brown globs on our skin and swim trunks — and that stuff did not wash out of fabric. www.abovetopsecret.com...
While he blamed it on all of the oil platforms out in the Gulf, my analysis points more towards natural seepage as already covered. His point was that this event isn't some extinction level catastrophe, pointing out that Obama hadn't even mobilized FEMA, because some tar flats is nothing new.
Earlier I witnessed an image of the oil platform map being used to argue that we're due for the "BIG ONE" earthquake, on the order of the Yellowstone Caldera, where basically the entire Gulf of Mexico will cave in on itself causing destruction never before seen:
Note the map covered by those placemarkers. But in reality if those placemarkers were their true size they wouldn't even be visible on the map.
*Oil well bore diameters fall between 5"-36".
*Surface area of the Gulf of Mexico is 615,000 mi² (1.6 million km²), with 642 trillion gallons of water pushing down on the seafloor. Water weighs 8.3 pounds, meaning 5.328 quadrillion lbs. of pressure pushing down, no?
Lets say there are 4,000 wells, at the maximum size of 36" bores. That's 144,000 inches, or a 12,000' hole (total). That is remarkable! However, that's a drop in the pond considering that 2 mile wide hole is spread out thinly over a large section from an area of 615,000 mi².
Then you have people citing doomongering predictions about all of the earth ocean simultaneously releasing their stored methane hydrate into the atmosphere and igniting, on par with earth being hit by a "big one" asteroid. This is actually a doomongering prediction related to "Global Warming", but today's oilpocalypse doomsayers are now proposing that a hurricane will hit the Deepwater Horizon leak site and cause the mile deep (and under the surface) methane hydrate causing a subfloor collapse releasing an oilslick tsunami that impacts Louisiana alongside the hurricane which is intensified from the Gulf scale oil slick. Apparently, you can make this stuff up.
One thing I can say from personal experience that many may not is, I've literally lived through these sorts of absurd ignorant predictions and seen the 'aftermath'.
This all reminds me of hurricane reporting, as I recall that insanity during 2004 when they projected literally FOUR hurricanes in one season that were all at one point projected for a direct hit in Tampa (and everywhere else in FL for that matter).
Observe this image of the projected path a hurricane:
Now GO SHOPPING!!!!
They propagated total madness when they'd point the projected path towards a part of the state. 'Crowds start running down the streets screaming and pulling out their hair.' Then the next day they move the path up a notch covering the next part of the state, and show the people at Home Depot and the grocery store lined up to the back of the store (literally), thereby showing you 'what you should be doing too'. Then the next day they move the path up another notch covering the next part of the state. Now the leftover unbought building materials and etc from the now surpassed former ground zero hurricane targets would be shipped up to the Lowes etc stores to the now open 24 hour locations in the new path, most of which was already shipped down from other stores out of state.
Then they'd move the path up a big notch again. In the end for the most part only the path directly hit by the eyewall ends up in total destruction. Take a look at an aerial of a hurricane for perspective here:
Hurricanes are no joke. But they're hyped to ridiculous extremes. For example, during Hurricane Charley (Category 4) my mother was down in Cape Coral, Florida, which neighbors Ft. Myers (literally), and rode out the storm (which 2 hours before landfall was supposed to Tampa direct). She had only one broken window in the aftermath. See the eyewall appear to be directly over Ft. Myers / Cape Coral:
In Tampa we had the power go out for a number of hours, and some random trees fell down, from the eyewall moving north past us maybe 40 miles to the east. I forgot to mention that its mainly where the eyewall itself makes landfall that really needs to evacuate.
Side note: we did have fun out in the rain and field trying to catch some wind with a tarp. If only we had a bigger tarp out there.
What I'm getting at here is that where the 'eyewall' of this oil slick hits will be tragic, and other areas will notice effects, but the madness being projected right now is by default overblown.
It's not good enough that the good people of Louisiana have a tough road for themselves. Instead, the fate of the entire earth has to come into question by the doomongering disinfo maniacs, and anyone who disagrees is to be painted as some sort of greedy corporate shills.
"Lose sleep, or else!"
[edit on 17-5-2010 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss]