Tuesday, April 18, 2006


On March 23, 2005, the BP Amoco refinery in Texas City exploded - at least five seperate blasts - killing 15 and injuring as many as 170. In March, one year earlier, several explosions rocked that same plant. It supplies 3% of the nation's gas.

Perhaps it's all due to safety violations. This would be a controllable cause - very predictable. Something like, oh, say, terrorism would be bad for business.

And given that publicity is what terrorists want, the nation boosters are right, even if they're wrong, to play up the fire, and downplay the explosions and their cause.

Turns out to be kind of complex, doesn't it. Turns out, not every truth needs to be advertized. Sometimes ignorance is a kind of raincoat.


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