More, bigger, faster… disaster??

. . . With the schedule slipping, Williams says a BP manager ordered a faster pace… And he requested to the driller. “Hey, let’s bump it up. Let’s bump it up.”

And what he was talking about there is he’s bumping up the rate of penetration. How fast the drill bit is going down. Williams says going faster caused the bottom of the well to split open swallowing tools and that drilling fluid called mud . . .

(PELLEY) There was pressure on the crew after this happened?
(WILLIAMS) There’s always pressure, but yes, the pressure was increased.

But the trouble was just beginning . . .

— 60 Minutes on the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Sunday, May 16)

Hi everyone,

It was very distressing to see the 60 Minutes piece this past Sunday on the recent oil spill. One thing that stood out was how the managers at BP kept on ordering the crew to go faster in light of slipping schedules and lost profits. It is difficult to place the blame squarely on those managers. This need to go faster and faster in our world today seems to be present everywhere. And sometimes with disastrous consequences…

How have our lives gotten so busy?
Why does it seem like everyone is running on “high”?
What makes it so hard to stand up to the pressures around us?

No time to think, No time to Breathe... Is this Me? (Saturday, June 5th)

Tarra Stariell workshop on Saturday, June 5th in San Diego.

On Saturday, June 5th, Tarra Stariell will be presenting — No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me? This workshop will address the chronic busyness and overwhelm that we tend to get lost in, and the significant price our bodies pay in this process. This workshop is a service to the community and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All information is on the website.

Also, this weekend we are holding the first Living Ubuntu retreat of the year, and the theme is “Embodied Communication”. We will be focusing on listening to our inner self, expressing our self with authenticity, and learning what it feels like to stay grounded at the same time. We’re sorry that we couldn’t accommodate all who wanted to join us, however, we will have another retreat in the fall. If you’d like more information, please do get in touch with us.

Wishing you a deep belly breath :)

Barbara & Anshul
Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org | blog | facebook

“A grounded person feels she has a right to stand here, to be here, to be heard in her silence or her voice.  A grounded person need not speak to be heard while an ungrounded person may talk endlessly without result . . . Being grounded is the prerequisite for feeling centered and being fully in contact . . .

We cannot be grounded and be disconnected in our bodies.”
– John P. Conger

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One thought on “More, bigger, faster… disaster??

  1. While watching the latest news about the BP Oil spill, a frightening thought came to mind: what if we can’t stop the oil? I mean, what happens if after all the measures to cap the pipe fail, (i.e., “Top Hat”, “Small Hat” and “Top Kill”). What then? An accident this problematic is new territory for BP. The oil pipeline is nearly a mile down on the ocean floor, accessible only by robots. Add on top of that the extreme pressure at which the oil is flowing out of the pipeline and there you have it: the perfect storm.

    Moreover, scientists also claim that they’ve found an enormous plume of oil floating just under the surface of the ocean measuring approximately 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. (I’m no math genius, but I bet one of you reading this could figure out just how many barrels of oil that is…)

    There are new estimates that the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil a day: that’s a far cry from BP’s estimated 5,000 barrels a day. If BP’s estimates are correct, the total amount of oil now in the Gulf would be approximately 150,000 barrels (or 6,300,000 gallons). That’s barely enough to fill 286 swimming pools: sixteen feet, by thirty-two feet, by eight and a half feet deep. That wouldn’t cover an area the size of New York City, let alone an area the size of Delaware. Obviously, the spill is much larger than we are being led to believe. If the leak can’t be stopped, in a year’s time, we’ll have roughly 18,250,000 barrels of oil (or 766,500,000 gallons) in our oceans, killing our marine and animal wildlife. Such a calamity would be environmentally and economically disastrous. I’m not a religious man, but I pray that BP and our government work fast to end this catastrophe.

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm

    http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2010/05/17/latest-news-from-the-oil-spill-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-is-grim/

    http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2010/05/20/scientist-says-oil-spill-is-leaking-100000-barrels-of-oil-a-day-not-bps-estimate-of-5000/

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