Researchers are claiming that the Gulf oil spill is bigger than the government claimed, and that at least 80 percent of the oil is still remaining in the waters. Wow, who'd-a-thunk? Me and you, I'd guess. Consider this:
University of Georgia's Samantha Joye said: "It's a tremendous amount of oil that's in the system. ... It's very difficult for me to imagine that 50 percent of it has been degraded."
Marine scientist Chuck Hopkinson, also with the University of Georgia, raised the obvious question: "Where has all the oil gone? It hasn't gone anywhere. It still lurks in the deep."
The oil stopped gushing (so they say) a couple of weeks ago. Why then, were we told that most of it evaporated, was consumed by undersea bacteria or otherwise "disappeared" into the eco-system? Because maybe they didn't want us to know how horrible it really was - as if we didn't already know that.
It hasn't miraculously disappeared, and the people at BP who are in damage control - witness the TV commercials featuring the slow-talking Southerner supposedly in charge of the oll who tells us that those waters mean something to him, blah blah blah. It's so staged, replete with a guy hand-picked by BP to be in charge of the spill who happens to speak with a drawl. What are the chances that the guy was in the accounting department three weeks ago?
It's wonderful, because they told us it was gone (mostly) and now we can get on with our mundane lives, rich with made-for-TV drama and junk that clutters our lives because we are told it is important. That's why a lot of government's bad news is released on Friday, so that it makes the Saturday newspaper - and almost nobody reads the Saturday paper. Our weekends are sacred, and we don't want them clogged with nonsense like ... facts and life-altering decisions.
What is really important, however, is the stuff that gets swept under the rug. Or under the water. Keep your eye on the ball.