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The Obama administration has once again increased its estimate of the flow of oil from BP's blown-out well.
Three different groups of scientists making educated guesses have come up with upper and lower ranges that go as low as 12,600 barrels a day and as high as 50,000 barrels a day. Marcia McNutt, the federal official charged with determining the flow rate, cited the range of about 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day as the official estimate.
CNN reports from the Gulf, near the Louisiana coast, where BP is building a temporary city to house 1,500 oil spill clean up workers. The location features army-style bunk housing, laundry and dining facilities, and even 24-hour police to enforce order, including the site's "no alcohol" rule. BP says the city could remain in operation anywhere from three to six months.
GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) -- The astonishing news that the oil leak at the bottom of the sea may be twice as big as previously thought could have major repercussions for both the environment and BP's financial health, killing more marine life and dramatically increasing the amount the company must pay in fines and damages.
Scientists now say the blown-out well could have been spewing as much as 2 million gallons of crude a day before a cut-and-cap maneuver started capturing some of the flow, meaning more than 100 million gallons may have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since the start of the disaster in April. That is more than nine times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, previously the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
As the oil spill disaster continues to flood into Gulf waters it has been declared the largest environmental disaster in United State’s history. The first signs of the oil spill health effects were seen in first responders. Now, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals state that more than 71 cases of illness related to the oil spill have been reported. Twenty one of those sicknesses were reported in people who aren’t Louisiana residents.
"This is the First Sign: We are told of the coming of the white-skinned men, like Pahana, but not living like Pahana men who took the land that was not theirs. And men who struck their enemies with thunder.
"This is the Second Sign: Our lands will see the coming of spinning wheels filled with voices. In his youth, my father saw this prophecy come true with his eyes -- the white men bringing their families in wagons across the prairies."
"This is the Third Sign: A strange beast like a buffalo but with great long horns, will overrun the land in large numbers. These White Feather saw with his eyes -- the coming of the white men's cattle."
"This is the Fourth Sign: The land will be crossed by snakes of iron."
"This is the Fifth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed by a giant spider's web."
"This is the Sixth sign: The land shall be criss-crossed with rivers of stone that make pictures in the sun."
"This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it."
"This is the Eight Sign: You will see many youth, who wear their hair long like my people, come and join the tribal nations, to learn their ways and wisdom.
"And this is the Ninth and Last Sign: You will hear of a dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall fall with a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very soon after this, the ceremonies of my people will cease.
Originally posted by heffo7What are your thoughts on what would be considered a "dwelling place in the sky"?
Originally posted by [davinci]
I believe that we have lost something important as we became what we are now (I also think that it may not be accidental, but that is for another thread). Having become dependant on our synthetic world has caused us to lose touch with parts of the natural world of our ancestors. In some ways I think this can be seen by the fact that many of those who still possess these abilities tend to live outside the bubble of the modern world...
...We are all supposed to be more prepared then we are.
Whether one believes these are answers from a higher power, or the results of the internal focus of the individual doesn't matter: The lesson might just be that we need to push away from the computer, turn off the TV and radio and spend more time focusing our minds.
What might be approaching I can only speculate, sadly, it's possible that it could have been avoided altoghter. I will say for certain that it was never meant to be the surprise that it is going to be.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
"And as physicians when they seek to give
A draught of bitter wormwood to a child,
First smearing along the edge that rims the cup
The liquid sweets of honey, golden-hued,"
Sage oil is the essential oil made from the culinary herb sage, Salvia officinalis. In addition to its valuable flavoring characteristics, it has been suggested that sage oil can contain as much as 50% thujone by weight. The exact amount varies based on the time in the season and which part of the plant tested. Thujone is traditionally regarded as one of the active ingredients in absinthe distinguishing it from "less controversial" alcoholic beverages.
It has been suggested that sage oil boosts short-term memory performance in many using it as a dietary supplement. Sage oils can be toxic and may trigger abortions as well as "cause dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and provoke epileptic seizures"
In larger quantities, it is poisonous when ingested and can cause seizures, confusion, irritability, and neuromuscular hyperactivity. In extreme cases, even topical application of camphor may lead to hepatotoxicity. Lethal doses in adults are in the range 50–500 mg/kg (orally). Generally, 2 g causes serious toxicity and 4 g is potentially lethal.