Friday, September 10, 2010

Bottom Kill

Scientists Find Dead Animals in Thick Oil on Ocean Floor

The Research Vessel Oceanus sailed on Aug. 21 on a mission to figure out what happened to the more than 4 million barrels of oil that gushed into the water. Onboard, Samantha Joye, a professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia, says she suddenly has a pretty good idea about where a lot of it ended up. It's showing up in samples of the seafloor, between the well site and the coast.

"I've collected literally hundreds of sediment cores from the Gulf of Mexico, including around this area. And I've never seen anything like this," she said in an interview via satellite phone from the boat.

Joye describes seeing layers of oily material — in some places more than 2 inches thick — covering the bottom of the seafloor.

"It's very fluffy and porous. And there are little tar balls in there you can see that look like microscopic cauliflower heads," she says.

It's very clearly a fresh layer. Right below it she finds much more typical seafloor mud. And in that layer, she finds recently dead shrimp, worms and other invertebrates.

BP is planning to proceed with their "bottom kill" procedure once the relief wells are finished to allegedly put an end to their oil disaster. That won't make any difference, as I have written about in depth, since the oil and methane will continue to seep up from the ocean floor. But more evidence is coming in every day that oil did not magically disappear, as BP and Barry Soetorobama would like you to believe. The dispersants broke the oil into small globules, and these have now come back together but on the bottom of the ocean, not at the surface, since Corexit binds to oil and makes it heavier than water.

The real bottom kill is what BP has done to life in the Gulf of Mexico. All the small invertebrates are dead in the areas in which the oil has settled. Massive fish kills have been reported all over the Gulf, around the horn of Florida and up the East Coast to New England. 80-90% of the oysters sampled in Louisiana are dead. The damage will work its way up the food chain, and it already has in some areas. Several communities have already reported dead whales washing ashore on their beaches. People are getting seriously ill. There is Corexit being dropped into swimming pools by the rain. The oil disaster is far from over -- it has only begun.


Uncertainty Revolves Around Planned Koran Burning

For U.S. political leaders and Muslims around the world who have been outraged by Jones' antics, the on-again, off-again threat bred even more angst and frustration.

Cleric Rusli Hasbi told 1,000 worshippers attending Friday morning prayers in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, that whether or not he burns the Quran, Jones had already "hurt the heart of the Muslim world."

"If he'd gone through with it, it would have been tantamount to war," the cleric said in the coastal town of Lhokseumawe. "A war that would have rallied Muslims all over the world."

The jackass preacher in Florida who is planning on burning Korans tomorrow could be simply what he appears to be -- an inbred sub-moron with an IQ to match, but I think that there is much more to this story. The circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that the government-media complex is trying to get Muslims and non-Muslims in America at each others' throats. Witness the ridiculous amount of non-stop coverage that the Ground Zero victory mosque plans have produced for over six weeks now.

It all started last year with the Christmas Day crotch bomber. It is now admitted that the government ordered the TSA to let the "terrorist" on the plane. In other words, he was either working directly for the government, or they wanted him to detonate his device because it would serve their purposes. The months since then have featured a string of foiled "terrorist" plots. Why is this happening?

I believe it is because the animosity between Muslims and non-Muslims had faded to a great extent since the government blew up the World Trade twin towers and Building 7. In order to get the American people's approval for the coming war with Iran, the government decided that they need to re-ignite those old passions. Everything will come to a head tomorrow, with demonstrations opposing and favoring the Ground Zero mosque in New York, the burning of Korans by this "reverend," who I believe is a government operative, the promises to do the same by the vile Westboro Baptist Church, should Terry Jones decide not to go ahead with his plan, and people's general feelings when the ninth anniversary of the false flag terror attack is faced tomorrow.

The government would love nothing more than the anti-mosque demonstrators in New York to attack the pro-mosque demonstrators, or vice versa. As long as there is turmoil and chaos, the government will benefit. It has been announced that an "army" of police will be at the sites of the planned counter-demonstrations, and that term was chosen carefully, because the police are equipped in pseudo-military fashion, and sometimes even bear actual military hardware. The government will have agents provocateur in both camps at the proposed "community center" site, and should the real demonstrators remain peaceful, I have no doubt that those agents will be activated.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Dead Zones, Oil Sediment Found 100km From MC252 Site

NOAA Report

A new report from the Joint Analysis Group (JAG), which includes the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that oxygen levels have dropped by about 20% below average in locations around the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In an unrelated development, a team of researchers has found evidence (see photo, right) of precipitated oil on the seafloor below causing significant harm to organisms there.

The zones of depleted oxygen, called "sags" extend some 100 kilometres from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. . .

Biogeochemist Samantha Joye, from the University of Georgia in Athens, and her colleagues have found a layer of oilburied about three centimetres deep in a canyon some 30 kilometres from the wellhead. They also spotted dead worms, shrimp and other bottom-dwelling organisms in the same region. . .

“It looks like the benthic infauna [bottom burrowing creatures] were nuked by the oil snow storm,” she adds. “The only things alive in the oil impacted sediments are the microbial flora, and they seem to be happy with all the carbon to eat.”

I hate to say it, but I told you so. Dead zones created by BP's oil disaster over 60 miles from the MC252 site, sea life "nuked," oxygen levels that are only suitable for microbes and no longer plants or animals. More evidence is being uncovered each day that the damage to life in the Gulf of Mexico is spreading and it will work its way up the food chain. Nature is very resilient; let's just hope that we at the top are not affected in large numbers.

The Audience Isn't Listening

Obama College Appearance Fails to Fill Auditorium

With less than an hour before President Obama's scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus.

So organizers went around campus and recruited more students to fill the seats.

From pop star to pariah in 19 months. If Barry Soetorobama can't draw a full audience at a small college, he is in real trouble. The idiot, liberal college kid crowd was one of his strongest groups of supporters, next to the "African-American" community and certain regimes in the Middle East. Barry's approval rating just reached a new low of 41%, the Dimocrats in Congress are giving his economic policies the cold shoulder, and those who are up for re-election in November are turning down offers for the president to appear at their campaign rallies. Only the literally, medically insane hyper-libs like Keith Oldermann, Sleazeball Matthews and Rachel Madcow are still on the "Obama" bandwagon. It's over.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

All Hail Czar

Obama Names Asian Carp Czar

The White House has tapped a former leader of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Wildlife Federation as the Asian carp czar to oversee the federal response to keeping the invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

On a conference call today with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and other congressional leaders, President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality announced the selection of John Goss to lead the near $80 million, multi-pronged federal attack against Asian carp.

"This is a serious challenge, a serious threat," Durbin said. "When it comes to the Asian carp threat, we are not in denial. We are not in a go-slow mode. We are in a full attack, full-speed ahead mode. We want to stop this carp from advancing."

First we had the Car Czar and now Soetorobama has appointed a Carp Czar. Evidently the threat to national security from this invasive species of fish is so pressing that Barry was forced to appoint another unelected crony into a position of power. The imperial president is advancing his power grabbing. Barry should have named the Portuguese water dog he for the girls Incitatus, but no one would get the reference.

It's Just Pat(-Down)

Philadelphia Cops Randomly Search Commuters' Bags

Commuters who ride PATCO trains between southern New Jersey and Philadelphia should expect random searches of their clothing, pockets, bags and vehicles on their morning trip to work. . .

Delaware River Port Authority Police Chief David McClintock told The Courier Post of Cherry Hill screeners were looking for improvised explosive devices and weapons. . .

“We can conduct any kind of search we want," said McClintock. "We could ask TSA to bring wands or X-ray machines like they have in airports, though we don't think that's appropriate for PATCO riders at this time. . ."

A special Delaware River Port Authority police unit plans to conduct surprise searches at various PATCO stations.

Fourth Amendment? What Fourth Amendment? Not in Philadelphia, just the latest example of unwarranted searches of citizens and their property from all around the nation. "We can conduct any kind of search we want," says the Chief. No sir, you cannot, not under the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This is outrageous, but if people do not protest, this will happen in even more American cities. We are so close to being a society akin to East Germany during the Cold War, most people have no idea. It's very sad.

The Beginning of the End

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Boeing Over CIA Rendition

By a six-to-five vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing an earlier decision, dismissed a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing subsidiary accused of arranging flights for the C.I.A.’s “extraordinary rendition” program, as it is known. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of five former prisoners who say they were tortured because of the program – and that Jeppesen was complicit in their treatment.

Judge Raymond C. Fisher described the case as presenting “a painful conflict between human rights and national security.” But, he said, the majority had “reluctantly” concluded that the lawsuit represented “a rare case” in which the government’s need to protect state secrets trumped the plaintiffs’ need to have any day in court.

The decision bolstered an array of ways in which the Obama administration has pressed forward with broad counter-terrorism policies after taking over from the Bush team, a degree of continuity that has departed from the expectations fostered by President Obama’s campaign rhetoric, which was often sharply critical of President Bush’s approach.

Among other policies, the Obama team has also placed a United States citizen on a targeted-killings list without a trial, blocked efforts by detainees in Afghanistan to bring habeas-corpus lawsuits challenging their indefinite imprisonment, and continued the C.I.A. rendition program – though the administration says it now takes greater safeguards to prevent detainees from being mistreated.

The rogue, criminal government which purports to be lawfully in charge of us all has been using false-flag terror as a sledgehammer to smash apart the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They have been very successful, and this decision is incredible, literally. The Ninth Circuit is the most liberal appeals court in the nation. One would think that the crazy liberal judges in California would jump at the chance to validate a lawsuit on behalf of "terrorists" against the government, for illegal "extraordinary rendition," i.e. kidnapping, and torture overseas. But they did not. Instead the insane liberals have given the government even more unconstitutional, fiat power.

Let me highlight the key phrase for you, and this should both frighten and enrage you:

". . .the government’s need to protect state secrets trumped the plaintiffs’ need to have any day in court."

America's founding fathers constructed a template for a small federal government with limited powers which would serve the states and the people to protect our God-given rights. The government was supposed to be a shining star radiating freedom and liberty. It has become a black hole, sucking in our tax dollars with a ferocious appetite and tearing apart our rights. The federal government used to be at the service of the American people, but now has become our slave-master.

The government's "need" to protect state "secrets" now outweighs your need to have "any day" in court, in direct violation of the Constitution. This is the beginning of the end of the country in which we grew up. The government is openly violation its own charter in multiple ways. We are engaged in two illegal, undeclared wars in the Middle East, the Soetorobama administration openly admits that they are leaving our borders open in order to effect an immigration "reform," they are poisoning our food and water, naked body scanning children at airports and now their need for secrecy strips away your right to have your case heard in court.

The entire Homeland Security apparatus was set up under a false pretense -- that of foreign threats against domestic targets. But all along, the globalists' internal documents stated that DHS was to be implemented as a stealth weapon eventually to be used against the American people themselves. It was never meant to protect us, rather to help the government and its controllers enslave us. Now the Ninth Circuit has given legal cover for the feds to disappear people, just like all the other fascist governments in recent history have been able to do. God help us all if the Supreme Court fails to overturn this decision.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Less Bong for Their Bucks

McDonalds Price Increases Anger the Homeless

Homeless people who hang out at the nearby Golden Gate Park used to get 99-cent burgers at the McDonald's located at Haight and Stanyan streets in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

But the eatery got rid of its Dollar Menu about a month ago. That move, which McDonald's called a simple business decision, means items on the menu are now too expensive for the people who spend much of their day hanging out on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.

Items on the Dollar Menu now cost around $1.50.

"I eat less. I have to get more money," said 29-year-old Nicholas Newhart to The San Francisco Chronicle . He was not happy with the price increase and said, "If I don't have a dollar and I want food, I just end up going to a trash can."

Food prices have increased and will continue to increase across the board. Everyone is paying more to eat the same food than they were even a couple of years ago. Obviously this affects the "homeless" more than working citizens, but to make it out like McDonald's is vying for a cull of the indigent population is patently absurd. Yet that is the tone of this article. I guess the street people of San Francisco will have to cut back on their alcohol and marijuana and hard drugs if they want to be able to afford enough Big Macs to keep them as fat as they currently are.

Dance Magic

Michelle Obama Open New Dance Series in White House

The stately White House East Room, home to many a bill signing and ceremonial gathering, becomes a stage Tuesday for pirouettes, jetes, gravity-defying leaps and maybe even some bumps and grinds as Michelle Obama inaugurates a new dance series.

Dancers of all types — ballet, modern, hip hop and Broadway — take over the room, first for an afternoon workshop, during which students from around the country will have the chance to work with some of the biggest names in dance. . .

Though the Obamas have spotlighted many varieties of music since they came to the White House — there have been events celebrating Latin music, rock, jazz, country, classical and Broadway show tunes — the dance world might have felt ignored, until now.

The White House has in the past been a scenic backdrop for earnest political affairs. There has been silliness every now and then, like the traditional Easter egg rolls, but usually that storied building had been preserved as a somber shrine to the American system of government. No longer. The Soetorobama family has turned the White House into a Red House, and into their own personal plaything. Michelle has brought "bumps and grinds" to the East Room. I'm going to stop here...


Hartford City Council to Begin Meeting With Muslim Prayers

The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.

Though meetings don't regularly begin with any form of prayer, an email from the Common Council called it "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."

The email even referenced the ongoing issue in New York. "One of the goals of the Council is to give a voice to the many diverse peoples of the City, which is especially important given the recent anti-Islam events throughout the country."

Council President rJo Winch called it an important move for the Council. "I feel it is very important that, as a Council, we project a culture of inclusiveness in the City of Hartford. Too often it is our differences that divide us. In my opinion, it is our combination of differences that makes us strong," Winch said.

I have no idea if "rJo Winch" is the result of a typographical error. I would say that spelling his or her last name as Wench would be more appropriate in any case. This is a disgusting sycophantic effort aimed toward Muslims, a direct reaction on the part of liberals to the Ground Zero mosque kerfuffle and the controversial planned Koran burning in Florida. The city council does not normally begin its affairs with prayers of any sort, but for the sake of "inclusiveness" they took it upon themselves to grovel to local "imams." City councils typically do nothing positive for their communities, so the Christians, Jews, Hindus, Shintos, Wiccans and Jedi Warriors of Hartford should demand that their holy leaders be allowed to bless future meetings. Maybe enough of the council's time could be wasted in such a manner that they would think twice about such trifles in the future.

Monday, September 6, 2010


ABC News Set for Dramatic Cutbacks

As part of the deep cuts announced this week at ABC News, the network plans to close all of its physical bureaus around the country except Washington and halve the number of its domestic correspondents.

ABC News President David Westin confirmed in an interview Friday that the network's ranks of bureau correspondents, which currently number several dozen, would be cut in half and be replaced with "digital" journalists who would be expected to shoot and edit their own stories.

“We will have as many total journalists as we do now,” he said.

Although the network will keep a minimal staff presence in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston, it will shut down its bricks-and-mortar bureaus there and ask its remaining employees to work from the local affiliates. The Washington bureau will remain open, but its size will be substantially reduced.

ABC News Chief to Step Down

David Westin, the longtime president of ABC News, has decided to resign his position on Tuesday.

In an e-mail that Mr. Westin sent to the staff on Monday night, he cast the decision in personal terms, saying that after almost 14 years, he had decided it was time “to move on.” He also pledged to stay in the position until the end of the year to give ABC time to find a replacement.?

Good, it's about time. The mendacious newspaper and magazine industries have suffered massive hits to their bottom lines, and now ABC News is feeling the pinch. Americans are no longer content to be told what to think about what is going on in our country by the bought-off, old-line media like ABC. They are shills for the Democrats and that party has done even more than the detestable Republicans have to destroy the country. I hope NBC and CBS follow ABC's lead in short time. It is unlikely that any of the three will exit the news business entirely, but it seems their accountants and executives have figured out that they're not making money by spending so much on news bureaus that are increasingly ignored.


FBI Warns of Terror Response to Planned Koran Burning has received a leaked copy of an internal FBI memo warning of a possible terrorist response to “International Burn A Koran Day,” an event scheduled for the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attack to be held by the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. . .

Last year, the church distributed t-shirts reading “Islam is of the Devil.” On August 26, 2009, Fox News reported that students were sent home from Florida schools for wearing the t-shirt.

Earlier today, General David Petraeus, currently the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes. “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Petraeus told the Wall Street Journal. Hundreds of Afghans attended a demonstration in Kabul on Monday to protest the event to be held in Florida.

On September 5, thousands of Muslims protested the event in Indonesia. Rokhmat Labib, chairman of the Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, said Muslims must not remain silent when their faith is threatened. Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia is an international pan-Islamic political organization whose goal is for all Muslim countries to unify as an Islamic state. Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslin nation."

This plan by a Christian church to burn copies of the Koran stinks, and not because they do not have the right to do so -- they have every right to do that under the First Amendment. Whether or not I think it is appropriate is irrelevant, because clearly the right is there. But it smells of provocateur action to me. Alex Jones has uncovered a lot of circumstantial evidence linking the people behind the controversial Ground Zero mosque/community center to intelligence agencies. There is a high likelihood that that whole storyline was created by the government to stir up anti-Muslim feelings in preparation either for a planned Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities or a new war pitting the United States against Iran or possibly Pakistan.

I think it is certainly possible that this church in Florida, the Dove World Outreach Center, is either knowingly or unknowingly planning this mass Koran burning at the behest of the government as the flip side of this apparent plan to pit Muslims versus non-Muslims in America. This may be meant to enrage Muslims and get their juices boiling just like the Ground Zero mosque debate has done to nearly every non-Muslim group. Of course it would provoke a reaction, and in fact it already has. Drudge reports that Muslims are already protesting outside the church chanting "Death to America." Religion of peace, and all that.

But I won't blame the Muslims for being furious if the church members actually do go ahead and burn their holy book, its pages be blessed. Christians would be enraged if Muslims burned Bibles. The difference is that Christians typically do not convert internal anger into violent acts perpetrated upon others, and radical Muslims often do. I hope the bonfire does not actually happen, but if it does it could be very dangerous. If Muslims start rioting or burning cars as they do in France, if spontaneous beatings or shootings or bombings begin to pop up in America, it could give Homeland Insecurity an excuse to crack down on everyone in the country. And that would be a great step for the globalists in their endgame for total enslavement, as Jones identified it.

I won't blame the Muslims for being angry if their Book is burned, but they need to remain nonviolent in their protests, and they need to realize one thing -- this is the United States of America, not some Middle East hellhole from which they or their parents fled. They choose to live here, so they must respect our laws, culture and conventions. Michael Savage often says that free speech rights do not exist to protect polite speech, for that would be unnecessary.

We have a First Amendment to protect offensive speech, and as childish an act as burning holy books would be, it is indeed protected. Everyone must remain calm, Muslims, Christians, Jews, atheists and all the rest. The globalists would love nothing more than a war to break out between Muslims and others in America. We must work hard to defuse situations like the Ground Zero Mosque and the Florida Koran burning before they produce enough sparks to light this country on fire.

Too Little, Too Late

Obama Calls for $50 Billion Infrastructure Stimulus

Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation's roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion.

The infrastructure investments are one part of a package of targeted proposals the White House is expected to announce in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November election. Obama will outline the infrastructure proposal Monday at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee.

While the proposal calls for investments over six years, the White House said spending would be front-loaded with an initial $50 billion to help create jobs in the near future.

The goals of the infrastructure plan include: rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads; constructing and maintaining 4,000 miles of railways, enough to go coast-to-coast; and rehabilitating or reconstructing 150 miles of airport runways, while also installing a new air navigation system designed to reduce travel times and delays.

Barry Soetorobama wants another $50 billion of your tax dollars for a new stimulus package, this time targeting infrastructure. This might have been a good idea if it had been done toward the beginning of our economic collapse, but the fact is that the enormous stimulus package the Demoncats already passed only benefited the bottom lines of companies with ties to them, and the bankster bailout bill did more to harm our economy than the stimulus helped recovery. I am not willing to give the president or the Dimocrats one single more dollar to spend frivolously.

When I was reading this story something telling occurred -- I noticed that I was thinking that $50 billion wasn't all that much money compared with how much money Bush and Soetoro have spent, and the trillions of dollars which has been sucked out of our economy by their policies and new laws. But $50 billion is a lot of money and people must fight against this. I hope the fake conservatives who masquerade as the Republican Party fight it in Congress but I fear they won't. Because if the money were actually spent hiring legal American citizens to renovate old roads, bridges, train tracks and the rest or to build new ones, that could actually stimulate the economy.

The problem is that all this money that the government is spending with their new programs is new money either borrowed from foreign countries or simply printed by the Federal Reserve. Both avenues lead to inflation, which harms all Americans. So a few tens of thousands of planners and workers could be hired using another $50 billion is wasteful spending, but like the Census workers that Soetoro used to falsely prop up employment figures, these new construction jobs would be temporary. Yes, they would last last a few years instead of a few months, but when all the projects would have been completed, those people hired under the construction stimulus would again be unemployed.

Therefore this is nothing more than attempt by Barry to look like he and Nancy Lugosi and Harry Greed care about the blue-collar, working American ahead of the elections in November. Yes, $50 billion pales in comparison to the $27.8 trillion dollars that Bloomberg reported had been stolen from the United States by the banksters through all of the fraud of the revolving bank bailout program, but that shouldn't stop us from saying hell no to Congress on this proposal.

I don't think this will trick Americans into thinking that "Obama" cares about them -- his repeated vacations and aloof, snooty attitude have revealed the man's true attitude. But the media could attempt to spin conservatives as uncaring if the Republicans do manage to block such a new stimulus bill in the Congress. And the average citizen, while more aware of media manipulation than ever before, is still to susceptible to it. But I can't wait for November, when I think a very clear message will be sent to Washington D.C.


This video is not remarkable for anything it shows, rather what it prevents us from seeing. I will use this, captured from the Olympic Challenger ROV #1 as an example. I recorded this just after 4:00AM CDT on 6 September 2010 directly off of BP's web site, and this is a straight screen capture, altered in no way.

The Oceaneering Millennium ROVs that BP is using for their surveys capture and send up via fiberoptic cable 1080-HD video. That is 1920x1080 pixels, with a full color range and with a full frame rate, which can range between 23.976-30 frames per second if using the standards set up by the ATSC committee.

This calculation will be rough but telling. Let's assume that the ROVs transmit video in a 16-bit colorspace that is the same as the normal mode of a modern PC. That is 16.7 million colors. If you take 1900 pixels width times 1080 pixels height, then multiply that by 16.7 million colors, then by 30 frames per second, you get 1.028052e^15, just over 1 quadrillion data elements per second. Again, this is very rough, since elements such as the video compression used by the ROVs is unknown -- this is assuming no compression, which will actually hurt the comparison in my calculations, but lets just go with that wrong assumption for the sake of ease.

The ROV video feed provided us by BP measures 320x240 pixels in dimension. Taking 320 * 240 and multiplying that by a guess of 32 greyscale levels per frame, and a frame rate of 15fps, we are seeing video which, again without compression, represents 36,864,000 data elements per second, or just under 37 million.

Let's divide the first figure by the second, i.e. the rough data rate of the video BP gets to see versus what they allow us to view. I am cheating and using Google as a scientific calculator since I don't have mine handy, but (1900*1080*16700000*30) / (320*240*32*15) = 27,887,695.3

That is correct -- assuming a 32-level effective greyscale "colorspace" and 15 frames per second in their tiny streaming window, the raw (uncompressed) data rate of the video that BP sees is almost 28 million times higher than that streamed to the public. Again, this is an extraordinarily rough number, but I am confident in its accuracy in terms of order of magnitude. The number of colors the ROV cameras can actually capture at that depth may be limited by the spectrum of light emitted by their floodlights, but there are other factors that would push the exact numbers even more towards my argument. Namely the compression being used, which is minimal between the ROV and mothership due to the high bandwidth afforded by their fiberoptic link, and incredibly higher between that original feed and what you and I see in our web browsers.

Modern digital video compression works on a psychovisual model, i.e. the codec throws away the bytes representing what it believes your eyes and brain are least likely to detect. So video compression, just like the compression in your MP3 audio files, minimizes file size, or in this case the streaming bandwidth, by casting aside the most intricate details to favor of the most noticeable.

All of this goes to say that the operators who drive BP's ROVs and the executives who give them their orders are able to view video which is of such immaculate quality as to be incomparable to what you and I get to behold. What we are allowed to see is literally a thumbnail of the real video, often with the colorspace greatly reduced or changed to greyscale, often with the aspect ratio distorted, always with a reduced framerate, and always with such high compression that we can often not read the on-screen superimposed data such as the date and time.

I'm not claiming that BP gets to see video which is literally 28 million times better than what we do, even though that's what the math says. But they are provided with video from their ROVs which is just as good as that which you see on Monday Night Football. If you don't believe me, view a rare publicly available video for yourself:

Be sure to select the 1080p option and maximize it to full screen or you won't see all that BP saw. That's right -- you can see individual scratches in the paint of their spewing well. The Department of Energy has these feeds, and BP has these feeds. But you and I are limited to viewing a tiny window of blocky, greyscale video like this one. Why? Not because BP is trying to save a few bucks on Internet bandwidth. Because they have things to hide. And have been quite effective in doing so.