Where have all the oysters gone? Ask the Maine Worms. Oh, and apparently Ireland exports more than great beer.

Love those little beasties on the half shell? How about shrimp on the barbie? –No, not that Barbie–though that’s an interesting thought. Could plastic Barbie be used to fuel a grill? Not unless you love the smell of plastic melting with your seafood.  Yeah, so much for the free association word play and back to some of the fundamental life forms formerly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico prior to the BP Oil Spill.  While wandering through Al Jazeera News I dipped into the features section to find, to my great dismay, a piece posted today by Dahr Jamail titled “No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh oil seepages raise questions about further problems with BP’s damaged oil well.” I’ll be right up front–reading this piece will NOT make your day brighter or cheer you up. But–it does provide a certain look at how ecosystems operate and how complex and interconnected Earth’s entire environment system is. Think about worms from Maine and sponges from Ireland destroying oyster populations in the gulf.  Invasive species knocking off the oysters is no small matter for the ecosystem or the oystermen/women who depended on the oysters being fruitful and multiplying for their livelihoods.   And the local oyster extinction issue is just the tip of this article’s oil spill iceberg.  Oil sheens are manifesting and whence are they coming from is another big question–Deep Horizon? The Mancondo well site? Or the seafloor itself due to the disruption of the natural order of things? Wherever it’s coming from it’s way too much for  anyone’s comfort. Even BP is out there doing “research.”

Now about that Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline …..




PS–It’s National Gasland No Fracking Call Obama Day—  202-456-1111  or 202-456-1413    Very nice Volunteers staff the phones so be nice, polite–and brief so that more people can get through the system. Numbers count because by now they know the information drill.  Let them know who you are, where you’re from and that you oppose Fracking.   Go for it. Make it an Earth Day.




  1. Stafford said,

    September 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    just as we have labels on food so we can see what is in it, there must come a time soon when every product must show that it is made sustainably before it can be sold.
    Seems like a ‘big brother’ scenario, but with population increasing and the means being destroyed, the two will meet whether we manage it or not… and we won’t, unfortunately.
    Thanks for passing on ‘hearsay’. Every little bit helps I hope!

  2. slpmartin said,

    September 14, 2011 at 1:52 am

    “made sustainably “…I suspect we’ll see that label someday but I wonder if the label will have the same credibility as “organic” now has in the supermarkets.

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