Feinberg’s Policies Won’t Make Many Gulf Residents and Businesses Whole Again!!

The process of compensating victims of the BP oil spill is about to be turned over to the Oil Spill Czar, Ken Feinberg.  He has extensive experience, but comes off as arrogant and threatening – particularly for scared gulf residents who have had their lives torn apart.  It is of great concern that he seems unlikely to show much (if any) sympathy for the psychological and mental health damages that people have experienced and will continue to experience for many years to come.  He has stated that such claims would not be considered legitimate.  He is also likely to be quite stingy when it comes to paying any claims for lost tourism and other indirect costs of the BP oil spill.  All in all it does not appear that this claims process will be able to make the people of the gulf region whole again – as they have been promised.  Potential claimants clearly need to get legal advice before accepting what Feinberg has to offer.
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Religion and Spirituality Play Essential Roles in Serving People and Restoring Gulf

As is the case with any disaster, many people in the Gulf region are turning to religion to find comfort, compassion and assistance. At the same time, religious groups of all persuasions are actively trying to embrace environmentalism as a social movement to build their congregations and preach the gospel.  Here I have collected some of the most interesting and inspiring stories about how religion plays an important role in addressing the social and spiritual crisis faced by people in the Gulf. This post summarizes key articles about how religious institutions are helping address the material and spiritual needs of their congregations.  The gulf presents challenges to churches’ budgets, while also driving a new type of spiritual ecology.
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Buffett Concert Entertains and Encourages; but Misses Chance to Educate and Engage

Jimmy Buffet has been able to build and maintain a consistent brand that encourages his fans to forget about their cares and have fun!!  He represents a lifestyle that many of us would like to emulate and enjoy.  His live free concert sure delivered all the entertainment, enjoyment and excitement one would expect from Jimmy and his Coral Reefer Band.  I have collected the concert reviews and a set list (including which songs they played after the broadcast ended.).  Keep reading to watch his revised version of “When the Coast is Clear” – along with complete new lyrics.  My only question and concern is why this major TV event did not include any way for the viewers to gain more information or donate money to an established group like the Red Cross?  Did the organizers, conservative country TV station and local leaders want to avoid any direct mention of the BP oil disaster?

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Polls Show Americans are Worried, Angry and Blame Everyone for Oil Spill

Public awareness and opinion about the BP oil spill is an important topic for shaping public policies and programs.  Since the disaster started, a number of national polls have been conducted to measure the reaction of Americans to the spill, as well as the capability and credibility of the main actors involved.  All these surveys have been done by well-known, professional firms and include just over 1000 adult respondents.  These surveys have a margin of error of just over four percent.  Over the past three decades I designed dozens of surveys like the ones reported here.

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Many Gulf Businesses and Communities Won’t Fully Recover from Oil Spill’s Impacts

The news for gulf coast residents and businesses continues to get worse, as BP’s broken oil well continues to gush.  It is now becoming clear that many communities will face unprecedented damage to their social and economic fabrics. Some of the most direct and dramatic impacts will involve lost tourism and damage to the fishing industry.  The oily gulf will also permanently damage whole ways of life and leave many area residents drifting without a life jacket. 
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Jimmy Buffett Speaks Out and Stands Up for His Gulf Home and Our Heritage

Truly successful and socially conscious musicians create and perform great music — not just to do well (make money) but to also do good (help the world)Jimmy Buffett has consistently displayed a strong and deep connection to and conviction for the oceans and the Gulf coast.  This ethic is conveyed to his fans in a credible and creative manner. Sunday (July 11, 2010 @ 7:00 EST) Jimmy’s rescheduled Gulf benefit concert will be carried live on CMT.  He recently gave a wonderful interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN (watch it here.)  He also has opened up his long-planned hotel in Pensacola, Florida. Read about his sister’s successful restaurant (LuLu’s) and the surprise show he plays.  Also included are some of his most relevant lyrics and quotes.

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Oil Spill Means Long-term Trouble for Mental Health and Community Well-being

The oil spill in the Gulf is directly threatening millions of people in terms of their mental health and ability to earn a living as they have for generations.   Lessons from other disasters (especially the Exxon Valdez oil spill and Hurricane Katrina) show dramatic increases in all types of social psychological problems (e.g., depression, violence, substance abuse.)  This BLOG post combines a number of articles about these important topics.  Particular attention is paid to the impacts on families from coastal fishing communities and their traditional way of life. 
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