Re-education? NOAA tells eighth graders to eat seafood: “Oil floats. See, we’ve tested it.” — Trying to combat worries kids hear “from their families”… more events planned


Oaklawn students engage in oily experiment, Houma Today, September 24, 2010:

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Gary Ott, science support coordinator with NOAA, demonstrated the basic science behind the oil spill and its cleanup for [Houma, Louisiana middle school] students using an aquarium filled with water as the Gulf of Mexico and cooking oil mixed with Hershey's cocoa powder to represent BP's spilled oil.

But Ott assured them [the seafood] was safe, and set out to explain why. Ott said the presentation was aimed at dispelling fear and rumors about the BP oil spill... Other presentations at local schools are planned.

“Because of fear, the wonderful people here have a lot of anxieties about the oil spill... So if I think that oil floats on water, through science, I should do an experiment to see exactly what happens.”... [As] students watched the oil globs rocket to the top and stay there in a slick. “Oil floats. See, we've tested it,” Ott said.

Sam Williams, [student, said]... “[N]ow I don't have to be afraid to eat seafood.”... [The] principal of Oaklawn Elementary School, said students are hearing about the spill from their families and “are part of the worry.”

19 comments to Re-education? NOAA tells eighth graders to eat seafood: “Oil floats. See, we’ve tested it.” — Trying to combat worries kids hear “from their families”… more events planned

  • Brandon

    does it float after it's been dispersed??? No!!!

  • cy

    Here's a working url:

    http://tinyurl.com/3xfgknk

    There seem to be no comments taken at the site. Principal LaFont had even more to say:

    “Politically, this is going to be something that affects these kids for a long time,” LaFont said. “They need to be informed, and they got their questions answered today in a hands-on way.”

    Getting them to collaborate in their own propagandizement, more like.

  • Betsy S.

    How does one demonstrate Corexit in an aquarium?

  • Spire

    “Politically, this is going to be something that affects these kids for a long time,” LaFont said. “They need to be informed, and they got their questions answered today in a hands-on way.”

    = Death Sentence

  • Dixie

    Cooking oil and cocoa to show the seafood is safe to kids! Are you kidding me!? The powers that be ALWAYS use the kids to get their agenda through! The Gulf has been destroyed and there is NOTHING that NOAA or any other government agency or BP can tell me to change my mind. Why do they keep trying to over ride common sense? "Yeah that's ok little Billy" eat that seafood honey. It's just cooking oil and cocoa that it is swimming in. Oh, why don't you eat that dead crap there on the beach! Yummy!

  • premurderedGOM

    Does anyone else feel like they are living in a Stephen King novel?

  • premurderedGOM

    DR. OTT IS A EPA SHILL. HE HAS ALSO WORKED TEACHING HAZMAT WITH THE COAST GUARD FOR 20 YEARS. HOW'S THAT FOR THE SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY!

  • premurderedGOM,

    Yes, I feel the same; this *is* like living in a Stephen King novel. The Oakton students will feel the same in a few weeks.

    It's hard to observe propagandists at work, and to watch the students succumb to that propaganda, and at their peril.

    When the students finally discover the truth, their innocent souls will have been stained. They will know to never trust the governmnet again.

  • Billy Dale

    premurderedGOM
    September 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    Does anyone else feel like they are living in a Stephen King novel?
    ~~
    oh yeah, and I dont live anywhere near the GOM. It's absolutely surrealistic, the entire thing. One minute there is the GOM and next minute it seems to have been destroyed. Now there are the enviornmental poisons and still it's like the coastal residence are on their own.
    What abolut the water table ? Are there still leaks going on at the well region ?
    It's like a news blackout is in effect.
    Very scarey.

  • Science & reality, anyone?

    The biggest thing this nightmare shows me is the sorry lack of SCIENCE EDUCATION in the United States. Some people actually think this won't affect them. Anyone with half a brain and a few years of Bio, Chem, and Physics can recognize that to make this scenario safe for living organisms is to defy the Laws of Nature. And how anyone can accept that a simple "cap" is securing an extremely worn, unstable Middle-Earth well constantly spewing 100 psi (100 force lbs. of pressure per square INCH!) of oil is beyond me. To accept the mainstream media, Fed, and BP claims is to defy common-sense. It clearly defies all scientific principles!!!

  • Innocent_question

    So where's the Corexit, the Benzene ? Do these float too ?

  • Science & Reality, anyone?,

    What!

    [... "Anyone with half a brain and a few years of Bio, Chem, and Physics can recognize that to make this scenario safe for living organisms is to defy the Laws of Nature."]

    Please stop trying to mimic an elitist. Most people have not had the opportunity to indulge in the study of multiple sciences over multiple years. They have been working hard to take care of their families, and 'heaven help us', to finance the USA.

  • recycle

    Thanks for writing about this. Something else that you might find interesting and related to saving the ocean is talked about in video I saw on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wgai3XjhVQ.

  • Canuck

    If schools knew ahead of time NOAA was going to show up, some students should bring some shrimp from the gulf in and see if this guy will eat it. In fact he should eat GofM seafood at every school he gives this talk. Sickening.

  • Dixie

    Canuck I agree with you. Does anyone remember the scene in the Erin Brockovich movie when they brought in the tainted water and the lawyers from the corporation would not drink it? Same applies here. Let us see them eat the seafood! They would not touch it and we all know it! The fishermen want to be able to fish and need to to survive but THEY don't want to poison people! BP and the FED have NO problem with it! Murderers!

  • Our government is in bed with Big Industry. Big Industry would actually benefit from hundreds of thousands of kids with cancer.

    Not trying to be a cynic, just a realist, could this be part of an unspoken plot to sicken our nation's children for the benefit of the medical industry?

  • robertsgt4o

    Why didn't the putz doing the experiment add a little Corexit and real oil for seasoning? Then boil some shrimp and show the kids how yummy it is.

  • The thing about children is that they will hate anyone who attacks their parents. So, okay. Right now the kids are niave, and relieved to hear that all is well -- there's no reason to worry.

    But when they realize that their families are deathly sick, or dying, their comfort zone will have been crossed, and there will be hell-to-pay. Twelve year olds become eighteen in what seems like no time, and the men that they have become will seek vengeance.

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