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Lotto lout Michael Carroll set to return to old job after blowing 9.7m pound win

Bin of the chavs: Lotto lout Michael Carroll set to return to old job after blowing 9.7m pound win | Mail Online
He became the self-proclaimed king of the chavs after turning up to collect his 9.7million pound lottery win wearing an electronic offender's tag. But eight years on, having blown all that money, Michael Carroll is practising for a return to his old job as a binman. The 26-year-old, who squandered his multi-million fortune on drugs, gambling and thousands of prostitutes, has since February claimed 42 pounds a week in jobseeker's allowance.

May 30, 2010

Congress abandons the long-term unemployed

It's not just old cranky Republican guys with an axe to grind. Now it's Blue Dog Democrat assholes, first-term-ers with something to prove, and a bipartisan collection of disconnected-from-reality Senators who truly don't seem to give a fuck. Deficit Eclipses Jobs In Congress: 'Nickel-And-Diming The Most Fragile People'
Late on Thursday evening, Democrats were arguing on the House floor over the size of a jobs bill that was two days overdue for a vote when word started to filter through the chamber that the Senate had adjourned and was leaving for the Memorial Day break. With no Senate, there could be no bill. "People were astounded. I mean stunned," said freshman Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). "We're in the midst of this debate and trying to find a path to doing the right thing and they went out on recess? Without addressing these issues? Some of which have deadlines? I mean, there are going to be unemployed Americans who will not have their unemployment extended." On June 1, several programs, including extended unemployment benefits, will expire. By the end of the week, 19,400 people will prematurely stop receiving checks, according to data from the Department of Labor.

May 29, 2010

BP bused in 400 temp workers to look busy while Obama was around

Think Progress -- Louisiana official: BP bused in 400 temporary workers for Obama’s Gulf Coast visit.
Increased national attention was on the Gulf Coast yesterday when President Obama made a visit to assess the oil spill response effort. An official in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are reporting that BP “bused 400 cleanup workers into Grand Isle” — at a rate of $12 an hour — to be there when Obama arrived. From New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU: Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts didn’t buy into the cleanup effort. “They must think we’re all fools,” he said. Roberts called BP’s efforts “shameful.” [...] Roberts said that since oil started coming ashore in Grand Isle last week, no more than a dozen workers hired by BP have been seen on the beaches in the area, until Friday when the president arrived.

May 26, 2010

BP shuts down Alaska pipeline after another spill

BP-owned Alaska oil pipeline shut after spill - Yahoo! News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The Trans-Alaska Pipeline, partly owned by BP, shut down on Tuesday after spilling several thousand barrels of crude oil into backup containers, drastically cutting supply down the main artery between refineries and Alaska's oilfields. The accident comes at a difficult time for BP -- the largest single owner of the pipeline operator, holding 47 percent -- as it struggles to plug a gushing Gulf of Mexico oil well. The shutdown followed a series of mishaps that resulted from a scheduled fire-command system test at Pump Station 9, about 100 miles south of Fairbanks, said Alyeska Pipeline Service Co, the operator of the 800-mile oil line. The power outage triggered opening of relief valves, causing an unspecified volume of crude oil to overflow a storage tank into a secondary containment. There were no injuries, but the approximately 40 people at the work site were evacuated, Alyeska spokeswoman Michele Egan said.

Cost/Benefit Analysis, BP and the Three Little Pigs

Shocking BP Memo, and The Oil Spill in the Gulf - The Daily Beast
Now The Daily Beast has obtained a document—displayed below—that goes to the heart of BP procedures, demonstrating that before the company’s previous major disaster—at a moment when the oil giant could choose between cost-savings and greater safety—it selected cost-savings. And BP chose to illustrate that choice, without irony, by invoking the classic Three Little Pigs fairy tale. EXCLUSIVE: This internal BP document shows how the company took deadly risks to save money by opting to build cheaper facilities for workers. The company estimated the value of a worker's life at $10 million.
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A BP spokesman tells The Daily Beast that the company has “fundamentally changed the culture of BP” since the previous disaster, an explosion at a Texas refinery five years ago. But given that a $500,000 valve might have prevented the massive spill that is now threatening to devastate the Gulf of Mexico, one has to wonder.