Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oil Leak Stopped . . . Cleanup Continues

It appears that the latest cap has stopped the leak in the gulf. At least for now with the experts continuing to monitor the situation day-and-night. Score one for BP. On the cleanup front, the giant skimmer seems to be a flop. After two weeks of testing, it has captured practically no oil. Minus one on the cleanup front. It appears that the use of dispersants has caused the oil patches -- some now as small as a kitchen table -- to be difficult for the massive ship to pick up. Maneuvering the massive vessel is also difficult in the gulf.

This is still a massive environmental disaster and the cleanup and restoration will take a long time. We don't even begin to understand the implications of the sub-surface oil on the ecology, but I'm sure it's bound to be worse than the spin masters will make it out.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shoot the "2's"

There's an old joke about how to deal with the glut of lawyers. When law students sign up, they sign a contract which requires them at graduation to line up against a wall. The graduates count off by two and then we shoot the "2's".

I'm inclined to think that we should reconsider this old axiom. In the litigious society, lawyers are the only ones who benefit from anything. Some event happens -- say a natural disaster -- and the "first responders" are the lawyers. They circle tragedy like vultures looking for any opportunity to make money, not for the victims, but for themselves. Lawyers don't respond to events seeking restitution for victims, they DRIVE lawsuits seeking PROFIT for themselves. And the politicians don't help matters any. After all, most are lawyers themselves. Judges are also part of the brotherhood of greed formed by the legal community.

Do we need fewer lawyers, you bet we do. If the law schools don't stop churning them out by the thousands, perhaps we should take advantage of the conservative Supreme Court's recent second amendment decisions and declare open season on lawyers. That way, we can cull the herd, satisfy the blood lust of the gun lobby and, for once, benefit the actual victims of misfortune.