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  • BP cites audit in highlighting documentation problems at spill claims office [View news story]
    Dave the drummer,

    Sorry for the previous lecture. I read your brief post and jumped to the conclusion that you were one of those who think the only reason there are problems associate with the recovery is that BP is enjoying the situation so much they want to have this drag out as long as possible (though I do recognize that there are advantages in paying 2010 damages with 2020 dollars) - ref. Exxon Valdese.

    My opinion is that those who suffered actual damages were the victims of the disaster and then they were victims of the response. Both were / are bad, and I'm not sure which one has been worse. There was the initial disaster which cost a lot of people their livelihood, followed by the (death by a million cuts) disaster which cost people their businesses, homes and future livelihoods (many of whom will never be properly compensated for their total losses).

    I think it would be enlightening if you (as a victim of this fiasco) would give your assessment of the responsibility of all parties concerned. Could you look at your experiences over the past four + years and give us an estimation of what percentage of the loss, pain and aggravation you would put in various buckets. If I had been through what the people of the Gulf Coast have been through, I would be tempted to divide the blame into five buckets (I'm sure the actual victims may have buckets I have not considered). My attempt would start with bucket one for BP and the other companies who were/are actually liable for the disaster. Bucket two for the US Government's handling of the aftermath. Bucket three for the Judicial System's performance to date. Bucket four for the fraudulent claims / claimants. Bucket five for the ambulance chasers attracted to the situation.

    Would you give this some consideration and share your thoughts based on your experience?

    Thanks and good luck with your recovery and in the future.

    Nick Hayes
    Dec 3, 2014. 06:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP cites audit in highlighting documentation problems at spill claims office [View news story]
    Dave the Drummer,

    That would have been from June 11th 2010 until June 23rd 2010. The reports at the time had us wondering if we should even bother taking our swim wear.

    However; before you spend energy trying to claim I am a denier, you should go back and read my post(s). I don't know if I've had a post on this subject which did not state there was a disaster, and that BP was clearly partly responsible for that disaster and the actual environmental and economic costs associated with that disaster (not to mention the deaths). I don't think reasonable people on the BP side of this (issue on steroids) are trying to pretend that BP is not liable for actual damages associated with that disaster. What we are arguing is that our federal government and our judicial system should be making every effort to cut through the red tape and get compensation to those who were actually harmed. They should be exacting penalties on anyone associated with a fraudulent claim, and they should not view the disaster as a way to help fund our overstaffed legal system and a government that has spent well over 100% of every tax dollar it has ever collected. It would be refreshing to see the actual claimants in this issue receive more compensation than our bloated, inefficient government and the countries more than ample supply of ambulance chasers.
    Dec 2, 2014. 03:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP cites audit in highlighting documentation problems at spill claims office [View news story]
    That will be interesting deercreekvols.

    Another interesting exercise would be to compare the coverage of two different companies and their handling of a crisis.

    On the one hand you have BP which was clearly partially responsible for a disaster which cost lives and had an environmental impact (I'm sure), but then though I spent two weeks in the area of the reported disaster (Destin, Navarre Beach and Pensacola) at the point where beaches were being lined with booms, I didn't see a drop of oil, or evidence of an oil slick. I did see massive expenditures going toward the prevention of damages. BP was clearly partly liable, and clearly stumbled out of the gate, but quickly acted to accept responsibility and begin to TRY to act responsibly. Then they met the gauntlet of less than credible claims coming out along with the inevitable ambulance chasers who never saw a disaster they couldn't take advantage of.

    Add the U. S. "justice system" and you have the keystone cops on steroids.

    Now compare that to the GM ignition switch issue where there were also deaths and injuries (a problem which was delayed, denied and covered up for years) and explain why the difference in the judgments of the two situations. Perhaps I need to add GM to my watch list so I can see the SA posts concerning that disaster.
    Dec 1, 2014. 03:27 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Played Dirty Again And Got Its Clock Cleaned [View article]
    If damage is done to the waters of the Gulf, or the people of the Gulf States, then damages should benefit the people who were harmed. Our government should not see damages to the environment or our citizens as an opportunity to replenish it's coffers. BP should cover reasonable court costs, but their liability should not extend to every crooked politician or ambulance chaser who comes out of the woodwork.

    BP's liability should be focused on the resources and people who were damaged and returning the gulf cost to it's proper condition with as little benefit to peripheral leaches as possible.
    Nov 24, 2014. 01:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Played Dirty Again And Got Its Clock Cleaned [View article]
    So your point is that as long as the government doesn't directly confiscate the wealth of the general American public (which they do every day) it's no harm no foul. After all BP will pay that $17.6B fine and in no way will that effect the general American public or the victims of the disaster?

    Somehow I think you must be one of those who think a 4% tax on medical devices will have no effect on the general American public. Placing a tax on "Cadillac" medical plans will have no effect on the people covered by those plans.

    This list goes on and on, and those who think the general American public don't foot the bill are exactly the people who have been all over the news this week being referred to as too stupid to know who is going to pay for Obama-Care.
    Nov 22, 2014. 06:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Launch of Pepsi True on Amazon goes awry [View news story]
    renaissancekid,

    I'm not sure I follow your point. I am under the impression that palm oil is extracted from the FRUIT of the palm tree. What does that have to do with deforestation? My understanding is that if your ingredients come from the fruit of a tree, you don't cut the tree down to harvest the fruit.
    Nov 22, 2014. 06:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Launch of Pepsi True on Amazon goes awry [View news story]
    For some reason, only part of my comment was posted (see comment below).
    Nov 21, 2014. 06:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Launch of Pepsi True on Amazon goes awry [View news story]
    I can not remember the last time I drank a Pepsi product (goes back to my dislike of Pepsi's add campaigns attacking "The REAL Thing" as opposed to selling their own offerings), but if Pepsi has drawn the wrath of environmentalists, I may have to break my fast. I certainly didn't know the environmental nut jobs thought they had a patent on the use of the color green. Shouldn't they be somewhere selling their "Global Cooling / Warming" nonsense, along with their proposed solutions which serve to exacerbate the problem and make Al Gore richer at the same time?

    Before you go nuts, I am a conservationist, but I believe:

    The victory sign is still the victory sign not the peace sign.

    Reducing carbon emissions by 200,000 units in the United States and increasing carbon emissions in China by 400,000 units is an increase of 200,000 units as opposed to a reduction of 200,000 units.

    The color green is not the property of environmentalists.
    Nov 21, 2014. 06:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Launch of Pepsi True on Amazon goes awry [View news story]
    I can not remember the last time I drank a Pepsi product (goes back to my dislike of Pepsi's add campaigns attacking "The REAL Thing" as opposed to selling their own offerings), but if Pepsi has drawn the wrath of environmentalists, I may have to break my fast. I certainly didn't know the environmental nut jobs thought they had a patent on the use of the color green. Shouldn't they be somewhere selling their "Global Cooling / Warming" nonsense, along with their proposed solutions which serve to exacerbate the problem and make Al Gore richer at the same time?
    Nov 21, 2014. 05:18 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • PepsiCo declares $0.655 dividend [View news story]
    I certainly liked it a lot better when you didn't have to go to the comments page to see the particulars of the dividend announcement. This new format doesn't even assure you which quarter it refers to without opening the comments page. The information found here is the same information you could get off of the article itself last week.
    Nov 21, 2014. 01:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Played Dirty Again And Got Its Clock Cleaned [View article]
    Then the extra pound of flesh should be used to compensate the ACTUAL victims. Not to finance a government gone amuck. A system which somehow drags out the compensation to ACTUAL victims over a period of years is a broken system (or perhaps a system that takes advantage of a situation to compensate itself and it's friends). Justice delayed is not justice.
    Nov 21, 2014. 01:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Played Dirty Again And Got Its Clock Cleaned [View article]
    I'm not hearing anyone complaining about BP being required to pay to compensate for actual damages. I think we're complaining about 1) Thieves taking advantage of a bad situation. 2) Ambulance chasers getting rich off of the situation. 3) Our "JUSTICE" system doing little to protect those actually damaged by taking proper action against the fraud. 4) Our government using these situations to levy fines used to cover their financial incompetence as opposed to fixing problems.
    Nov 20, 2014. 06:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Played Dirty Again And Got Its Clock Cleaned [View article]
    It was indeed oil. Oil for which BP is paying damages. That makes sense, and should be expedited. What does not make sense is a "JUSTICE SYSTEM" which complicates the matter by doing little if anything to limit/eliminate fraudulent clames which gum up the works and which steps in to level a fine nearly as large as the predicted actual damages. The money extracted from BP (including any fines) should be reserved for ACTUAL damages to those ACTUALLY damaged with compensation for ACTUAL expenses associated with the legal proceedings. This was indeed a disaster. It should not be used as an excuse to finance a bankrupt government.

    This should not be used as an opportunity to add money to that vacuum known as the Federal Wealth.

    The company should pay for damages actually caused to the people of the region, and the JUSTICE SYSTEM should live up to its name. They could do that by protecting this process from thieves and ambulance chasers.
    Nov 17, 2014. 02:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Played Dirty Again And Got Its Clock Cleaned [View article]
    Bringing the OPPOSITION "to it's knees" tends to be the primary strategy of our judicial system these days. If they can't do it through legitimate claims, then why not tack on an additional 17+ billion in penalties to help pay for the expenses run up by our government and it's hit men (that very judicial system). This treatment is not only reserved for large corporations but is also turned on American Citizens when the government makes a determination that private property should be reclassified as wetlands etc. and the legitimate owner needs to bow and scrape to the tyrants in charge.
    Nov 16, 2014. 11:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Played Dirty Again And Got Its Clock Cleaned [View article]
    You say "Since I'm intimately involved with the settlement..." like you are proud to be a part of this witch hunt / fiasco?
    Nov 16, 2014. 09:37 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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