BP Resumes Drilling In the Gulf, Oil Rig Executives Receive ‘Safety Bonuses’

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...And everybody 'got their life back,' the end.

  • Let’s begin with the “funny” news: Transocean awarded its top executives with six figure bonuses, because under their shining leadership the company experienced its “best year in safety performance.” Yes, “safety bonuses” for the executives in charge of the oil rig that exploded and then spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the ocean, killing eleven people, all the baby dolphins and everything else that lives in/near the Gulf. Ha-ha, it’s good to be an executive, and receive bonus-bribes and hookers so that you will never be tempted to cooperate with the authorities — which is very unlikely to begin with, since you have no soul. Anyway! BP has tentative plans to resume drilling in the Gulf, the end. [MSNBC]
  • It could take “several months” before Fukushima stops leaking radioactive sludge. Also: Japan dumped 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Hooray! [CNN/Business Week]
  • Oh look, microphallus Terry Jones is still burning Muslin books. [Miami Herald]
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90 comments

  1. randcoolcatdaddy

    Actually, that was the "best year in safety from federal regulators and manslaughter liability prosecution" award…

  2. nedbeaumontjr

    The problem with using the adjective "microphallus" in discussion of today's business and political climate is simple: about whom do you not use it?

    1. MildMidwesterner

      The term doesn't really apply to women. Professional women have yet to shatter that glass ceiling of colossal disappointment. Palin, though, certainly made quite a few cracks.

  3. baconzgood

    Listen Riley you're getting this "safety performance" thing all wrong. The money was given because the executives were to cover the companie's ass and make the profits safe. It has nothing to do with people's lives or edible fish.

  4. EatsBabyDingos

    I'm still waiting for the astrobiologists to find some intergalactic space ho's. That'd make all this so much easier, espcially if they invoiced by the hour and charged by the pound of cabbage.

  5. memzilla

    It's like the best of General "No Taxes" Electric and Morgan "Blood Funnel" Stanley combined, but with moar dead pelicans!

  6. SorosBot

    Man, a certain company is certainly trying hard to make sure their executives are the first to be roasted and force-fed to their children when the revolution comes.

  7. Mumbletypeg

    Quoth cretin Jones:

    “Why do I do what I do? …Because I’m more afraid of God than I am of you.”

    Guess his "better angels" had better things to do than put up with this sack of anal-retarded FAIL.

    1. SorosBot

      So he admits to being a coward, so easily scared he's even frightened by a figment of his imagination.

    2. BarryOPotter

      Sounds like someone has confused his micro-boner for Goodie Mercye Pyle with a fear of the Omnipotent. And he's a, *ahem*, and I quote Goodie M. P.: "megadouche." Basically he does what he does because of unrequited megadouchery. C'est la vie…

  8. freakishlywrong

    Lest we forget. CEO pay and bonuses also jumped 27% for 2010, while I've not had a raise in almost four years. I do not think those at the top thinks that "class warfare" is what they think it means.

    1. DaRooster

      It doesn't really mean, "The poor people are at the gates and going to kill us." ?

      Yet…

    2. tessiee

      Step 1: CEO pay and bonuses also jumped 27% for 2010
      Step 2: ?????
      Step 3: Jerbs for everyone!

    1. DashboardBuddha

      OT, but I had an awesome weekend. Saturday was my 50th birthday. I got many bottles of scotch from my friends.

      1. DaRooster

        Congratulations!

        Thank you for giving me a reason to have a few Scotches myself this weekend.

  9. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Hey, those executives deserve this bonus. Not one of them got cut as they were being shaved, stabbed themselves with a gold fork as they placed caviar in their mouth or got their finger slammed in the limo door as the chauffer closed it for them for a whole year. Well done!

  10. ManchuCandidate

    In execubot land such bonuses aren't perverse. It's in the contract.

    My soon to be dissolved former employer gave bonuses to the incompetent execubots based on fiduciary responsibility despite the fact it ended up in Chapter 11.

    1. Mumbletypeg

      I don't get this aspect of business. The golden parachutes, the contract-sealed bonus deals. I hope to one day understand how this mechanism escapes scrutiny and evades accountability. I think such practice has warranted re-evaluation since before this latest recession.. The day I actually understand its purpose though might be the day I have to crack myself a new one, between my ears.

      1. ManchuCandidate

        The problem is that many of these execubots consider their contract with the corporation as sacrosanct while any contracts/obligations with the employees as the legal equivalent of toilet paper.

        Fits with their own narcissistic sociopathic tendencies where they're the only ones who are allowed to benefit from everyone's labor.

        1. BarryOPotter

          Fits with their own narcissistic sociopathic tendencies where they're the only ones who are allowed to benefit from everyone's labor.

          Would that I had more Up Fists to give…

  11. mavenmaven

    Japan is number one in contaminating its own water. America must not be number two in anything!!!

    1. comptoneffect

      "Terry Jones is a big fat fuckin' douche bag."

      Let’s breakdown this post:
      1. It’s short and to the point.
      2. Starts off with calling Terry Jones big and fat.
      3. It uses the keywords “Fuckin’” and “douche bag”.
      4. It clearly states a general sentiment expressed by many here at Wonkette.
      I don’t claim any special insight but I think what we got here is a winner.

  12. Terry

    Those executives got bonuses because they were able to deflect about 85% of the attention on to BP (not that they didn't deserve a whole lot of blame), 10% on to Haliburton (not much of a challenge, just saying their name scares people), and thus Transocean was able to scoot along largely below the radar.

    Regarding Japan, it seems more and more that the people who wrote the original Godzilla script might have been slightly psychic, unfortunately.

    Here's a question about that idiot "preacher". How exactly did the lunatics in Pakistan find out that he burned the Koran? It wasn't covered on the news here, really. Does Pakistan have an equivalent of Fox News that trolls the world for items that will piss off their core viewers?

    1. ManchuCandidate

      "Does Pakistan have an equivalent of Fox News that trolls the world for items that will piss off their core viewers? "

      Pretty much. Muslins! They're just like everyone else!

        1. baconzgood

          I don't let my kids watch any Godzilla film with Mothra in it because of those twins and thier horrid Morthra song. It's more annoying than a Justin Bieber/Miley Cyrus duet.

          1. DaRooster

            "It's more annoying than a Justin Bieber/Miley Cyrus duet. "

            Come on… close but sheesh. Icky.

    2. SorosBot

      It's Japan; the country has always been hit by earthquakes, just not ones as big as this one, and there were those bombs we dropped on them, so it's no wonder that so much of their movies and TV involve cities getting destroyed; it's actually happened to them many, many times.

      1. Terry

        The preacher thing?

        I think the following people or groups deserve blame:

        - Insane, bigotted, horrible "preacher" for looking for ways to draw attention to himself and incite others.

        - Press who cover insane, biggotted, horrible "preacher". They're feeding his malfunction and turning him from a local asshole into an international one.

        - Insane, horrible, reactionary, narrowminded, murderous bombers for looking hard for an excuse then murdering people in cold blood, supposedly in the name of God.

        Some members of the Media get a solid assist in this one.

        My point up in the previous comment, however, wasn't strictly directed at the Media. Who the hell makes sure that the nutjobs see this stuff?

        1. SorosBot

          You're forgetting one other group: the people who have spent the past ten years bombing Afghanis and occupying their country, giving them plenty of reasons to hate Americans and Westerners in general.

          1. Terry

            Yeah, you can add a few others to the list for sure. I was thinking narrowly about the redneck preacher to bomb in Pakistan line of events.

  13. CliveWarren

    This just proves that Haley Barbour was right to apologize to BP. Now it's time for all of us to do the same. I'll start…

    1. baconzgood

      Dear BP,

      I'm truely sorry that you'll all burn in hell for being such greedy fuck sticks.

  14. Pragmatist2

    They deserve those bonuses! Not a single BP executive was hurt throughout this entire crisis!

      1. genxr

        Come on, that's not fair. With just a little bit of research I can find that — what were we talking about again?

  15. BaldarTFlagass

    I wish that fucker Terry Jones would change his name. Every time I see his name here on Wonkette, I get all excited because there's a python reference, but then it's not.

    1. genxr

      It IS Terry Jones in his latest bit of performance art. Just like we've been subjected to Michael/Sarah/Lou Palin since 2008. Those Pythons, they're a clever bunch. Watch for 2012 Presidential contenders named Idle and Cleese.

  16. freakishlywrong

    Oh, and lest we thought we had any type of thoughtful media in this country, the God-awful Morning Joe put a stake in it for real. The "Game Changing" pundit, Mark Halperin literally asked today that if "things were so bad, why weren't thousands marching in the streets?" Thank God for Jeffery Sachs who was incredulous and asked him if he'd heard of Wisconsin? Then, Dr. Sachs got on an all-too-real point about how there really is no "center" being represented in this Democracy, it's all ganked right by the media and the well paid politicos. This was cut off because it was far more important to show Meatloaf yelling at Gary Busey on Trump's awful clown show. Shameful.

      1. freakishlywrong

        I know. I have it on while I'm getting ready for work, and every now and then, a glimmer of sense is made. But mostly, I want to plow my car in to McCain/Palin bumper stickers on the way to work.

        1. chicken_thief

          At least McCain had the good sense to not pick that other shallow bitch as his running mate – Lindsey Graham.

  17. Doktor Zoom

    Come on, you guys are looking at the Transocean thing from the wrong perspective–sure, there was that one deadly rig explosion, sinking, and consequent record-setting oil spill, but all the company's other rigs were pretty safe. It's like when all of White Star Lines' captains (except one) got a huge iceberg-avoidance bonus in 1912.

  18. Come here a minute

    Transocean awarded its top executives with six figure bonuses, because under their shining leadership the company experienced its “best year in safety performance.”

    Just because you didn't hear about all the previous years of dead employees and befouled waters doesn't mean they didn't happen. Three cheers for 2010!!

  19. Toomush_Infer

    Pretty oily….on the Terry thing instead – why stop with the Koran?….there are plenty other "Best Books I Have Ever Written'' to make a really sizzling bonfire….I'm pretty sure a lot of us would bring our own weiners…..

  20. PsycWench

    I propose that the radioactive leak be plugged by Terry Jones + BP executives. What a beautiful solution.

    1. tcaalaw

      It's an idea, but I'm concerned that they might ultimately prove to be more toxic than plutonium.

  21. ZangoCrudmonger

    "The Quran was torched after a mock trial in which the book was found guilty of various transgressions." See, here's the problem, this Quran guy needs to get a jerb working as a Transocean exec, then ta-da, immunity. Mr. Quran might even get a six-figure bonus depending on page views or whatnot.

  22. DashboardBuddha

    What the hell…Tepco springs a tiny leak and its CEO takes to his sick bed with the vapors. He should man up like Tony Hayward and bitch about wanting his life back.

  23. NewYorkJew

    In 1240, in Paris, church and state staged a mock trial of the Talmud, with Rabbi Yehiel of Paris for the defense and a recent Jewish convert to Christianity, Nicholas Donin, for the prosecution. The trial was presided over by the Queen Mother, Blanche. Guess what: the Christian side won! And guess what: the Pope ordered Jewish books confiscated and burned, which happened in Paris ca. 1243.

    Sound familiar?

  24. Slim_Pickins

    But for that one little slip-up in the Gulf, they would have earned eight figure bonuses.

  25. DonnyKerabotsos

    Correct me if I have this wrong, but don't I remember someone promising the Florida mustache farmer a new car or a Caribbean cruise or some other temporal reward if he'd just ix-nay on burning the oran-kay?

    I guess the temptation of that sweet, sweet publicity–even though it's just the "omg, what the fuck is up now with this moran?" kind– was just too great for the Rev.

    So he broke his word and now he has a death toll. Pam Gellar will be so jealous.

    1. chicken_thief

      I think it was a new Hyundia or something like that. Maybe a BMW or Mercedes would have persuaded him.

  26. MinAgain

    I have an idea. Let Japan dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water onto BP oil executives. They couldn't possibly mutate into anything more monstrous than they are now.

  27. mourningnmerica

    In related news, Lloyd Blankfein has just been awarded the "Sharing is Caring" award.

  28. chicken_thief

    Hey, Japan bounced back from Hiroshima and Nagasaki – thank you very much, USA!, they'll rebound from a little toxic water just fine. Eventually.

  29. fuflans

    bp oil spill, radioactive water and terry jones. which is the grossest form of pollution we wonder.

  30. Negropolis

    Anyone can be a pastor, huh? Really, I got nothing. What a horrible, horrible man.

    God to Terry: You're not doing it right.

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