Did you actually believe the man would swim in the Gulf or let his daughters do so?
Look, I knew from the get-go that he would never swim in that shit. Any sane person would stay out (and believe me that it makes me sick to see many of my friends ignore more warnings and make their way down to Florida to swim in and eat that tainted mess). There isn’t a chance in hell that I would even breathe the air down there, much less stick a toe in the water (and an impossibility of me allowing my daughter to get near that poisonous soup).
I warned my sister. She ignored it and went anyway to find:
The main public beaches in Pensacola were being attacked late at night/early morning by countless white vans cleaning up. However, just a couple of miles away, in Ft Pickens, there was NOTHING being cleaned up. This is a pay area that isn’t frequented as much as the public beaches.
Not only did she find tar balls, she freaked over the “tar sheets” as she called them. Harder than jello, but a similar consistency. And sheets the size of something you would put on your bed.
She said it was a cover-up at night and a show during the day. She said it reminded her of the movie “Jaws”… people everywhere having fun in the sun, all-the-while there is danger lurking in the water. She came back a changed person. She, after all these years of me telling her it is so, now sees this government as the criminal enterprise it is.
Everything going on down there right now is a huge cover-up. There are terrifically unbelievable lies being told to the mass of Americans and for some reason, most are believing it. Most will eat that Gulf shrimp in their next Chinese meal and tell us how good it tastes. Not understanding that the government is using a “sniff test” as its means of checking that stuff out for you. As safe as you KNOW you are and understanding that you are “in good hands” of the loving, care-taking government, maybe a sniff test is all you require. I’ll leave that decision up to you, but at this house, we won’t be consuming any Gulf seafood any time soon.
It boils down to this: Why would I ignore the warnings of the people who provide this stuff and believe a man who would not even swim in the shit that he is telling the rest of us is ok?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that of all the samples of seafood that have been tested since the oil spill, none have shown evidence of contamination.While some in the coastal seafood industry agree with these assessments, a majority seem to view the news with a sense of betrayal.
“The cleanup isn’t even close to being done,” said Karen Hopkins of Dean Blanchard Seafood, which accounts for about 11 percent of the U.S. shrimp supply, on the barrier island of Grand Isle.
“The last thing I want to do is scare anyone away from the seafood down here,” said Dawn Nunez, standing at the counter of the shrimp wholesale business and deli she owns in the tiny fishing town of Hopedale. “But if I’m not eating it or feeding it to my children, I can’t advise anyone else to eat it either.”
h/t Washington’s Blog
Let me see… the very people who make their living off of providing this stuff to America won’t let his own children eat it. But you want to slurp up as much of it as you can on a liar’s word? You just eat that shit and over time, you will see the results.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that a group of fishermen and conservationists are protesting the publicity push. Tracy Kuhns, of Louisiana Bayoukeeper, a local conservation group, told The Times she “watches in disbelief as [Obama's] White House serves Gulf seafood to assure the public of its safety.”
“Come to my house,” added Kuhns. “And I won’t pretty it up before you show up. I won’t tell you, the seafood I pull out of [the water], that I feel comfortable feeding it to my grandbabies.”
According to The Times, “These fishermen see an alarming disconnect between the oil they continue to encounter on the water and the assurances they receive from state and federal officials that their nets and lines can go back in the Gulf.”
There’s also a lot of skepticism about the so-called “sniff test” that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials use to determine seafood safety.
“How can they be doing a smell test to check for toxins in such a minute amount?” asked Chris Bryant, a 15-year commercial fishing veteran from Bayou La Batre, AL in the article.
“There is obviously a reason [dispersants] are considered toxic,” adds Bryant. “Maybe in a minute amount they won’t affect us in the short term, but if you continue to ingest them in a period of time, what are going to be the long-term effects? That’s something all the commercial fishermen are concerned about.”
“Fishermen would rather work cleaning the severely damaged Gulf than selling tainted seafood,” said Kuhns in a recent release.
h/t Food Safety News
Even NOAA admits that they don’t even test for the dispersants:
Are you getting the picture here? Do you understand that they are conducting “sniff tests” to see if they smell any contaminants and that they are NOT doing any scientific testing to see if that substance that is banned in much of the rest of the world is in the food we eat?
But the TV would lead you to believe that they are vigorously and thoroughly testing the food.
George sums it up like this:
The bottom line is that some Gulf seafood is probably safe and other Gulf seafood is probably not very safe, depending on where it swam in relation to the oil plumes and a host of other factors. But since the government is being close-lipped about the details of its test results – and isn’t even testing for dispersants – it is hard to know whether a particular piece of seafood is safe or not.
If it is hard (or impossible, given the “tests” used), then why in hell would you take the chance?
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