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   BP executive turned to Wikipedia to estimate size of oil spill, is glad he didn't check urban dictionary

16 Nov 2012 02:34 PM   |   7113 clicks   |   Globe and Mail
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SlothB77    [TotalFark]  
speaking of oil spills in the gulf of mexico ...

16 Nov 2012 12:17 PM
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PC LOAD LETTER    [TotalFark]  
Did it edit said article first?

16 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
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bigdanc     
Doesn't wikipedia have strict rules about primary sources?

16 Nov 2012 02:37 PM
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SkunkWerks     
imgs.xkcd.com

16 Nov 2012 02:39 PM
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GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve     
{citation needed}

16 Nov 2012 02:40 PM
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WizardofToast     
Did BP add to the article saying they were sorry?

16 Nov 2012 02:41 PM
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Horseraddish     
For people who care about this story and want more detail on the deeper issues (than the obvious fact that BP wouldn't want to accurately represent the flow from the spill), I recommend this story from On The Media:

http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/oct/1 9/subpoenaeing-science/

16 Nov 2012 02:43 PM
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Summoner101     

WizardofToast: Did BP add to the article saying they were sorry?


Actually certain US congressmen will be apologizing to them shortly

16 Nov 2012 02:48 PM
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Ambitwistor     

PC LOAD LETTER: Did it edit said article first?


"The Deepwater Horizon flow volume has been estimated at 62000 0.62000 barrels per day".

16 Nov 2012 02:53 PM
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uncleacid     
It was bigger than a breadbox.

16 Nov 2012 02:55 PM
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SkylineRecords     
"We've estimated from various sources that the oil spill is the size of 'your mom'".

16 Nov 2012 02:57 PM
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Magorn    [TotalFark]  
FTA:

Mr. Rainey's criminal case underscores that the fallout from the worst oil spill in history is far from over, despite BP's move on Thursday to settle a host of criminal charges, including manslaughter, and to pay $4.5-billion (U.S.) in fines and penalties. That amount includes a criminal fine of $1.25-billion, the largest ever paid by a company, as well as $525-million in penalties to settle allegations filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Also included is $2.39-billion to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, which has funded numerous programs to help revitalize the coastal area, and $350-million to the National Academy of Sciences.


Gona get a LOT more expensive than that. Since DOJ is pursuing a civil finding of "gross negligence" fines and damages TRIPLE, which means this could end up cost BP another $21 BILLION before this round is all done.

16 Nov 2012 03:03 PM
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Spirit Hammer     

Horseraddish: For people who care about this story and want more detail on the deeper issues (than the obvious fact that BP wouldn't want to accurately represent the flow from the spill), I recommend this story from On The Media:

http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/oct/19 /subpoenaeing-science/


From the article, it didn't seem that BP was intentionally misrepresenting the rate of flow, rather that they allowed some idiot exec to make up his own numbers, and then they all stuck with them.

16 Nov 2012 03:05 PM
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NewWorldDan     
SkunkWerks: [http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/wikipedia n_protester.png]

I'll call and raise you:
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16 Nov 2012 03:05 PM
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SkunkWerks     

Spirit Hammer: From the article, it didn't seem that BP was intentionally misrepresenting the rate of flow, rather that they allowed some idiot exec


...who was a representative of BP...

Spirit Hammer: to make up his own numbers, and then they all stuck with them.


Pyramidal chain of command? Check.

Corporations aren't democracies.

16 Nov 2012 03:08 PM
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maxximillian     
"We are profoundly disappointed that the Department of Justice is attempting to turn a tragic accident and its tumultuous aftermath into criminal activity," lawyers Reid Weingarten and Brian Heberlig said in a statement.

Sigh...
It wouldn't have been a tragic accident if the criminal activity hadn't caused it.

16 Nov 2012 03:10 PM
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beer4breakfast     

Magorn: Gona get a LOT more expensive than that. Since DOJ is pursuing a civil finding of "gross negligence" fines and damages TRIPLE, which means this could end up cost BP another $21 BILLION before this round is all done.


Won't get that high. Probably be in the ~$10 billion range.

16 Nov 2012 03:32 PM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     
Huh. I wonder if TEPCO will use the "Wikipedia Defense" for drastically underestimating (read: lying about) the amount of radiation leaked from the Fukushima Fukup Follies?

16 Nov 2012 03:38 PM
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Gyrfalcon     
No, the Urban Dictionary measures it in Rhode Islands, or alternatively six-packs consumed per Superbowl.

16 Nov 2012 04:03 PM
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Fark Rye For Many Whores     

WizardofToast: Did BP add to the article saying they were sorry?


That gives me an idea:
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16 Nov 2012 04:30 PM
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tillerman35     
What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?

16 Nov 2012 04:46 PM
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ChubbyTiger     

tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?


Louisiana Oil Slick

16 Nov 2012 05:01 PM
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serial arseonist     

tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?


oil spill

while walking in the hallway at school, there is a mass abundance of black people (bp) that is hard or impossible to get around.

16 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
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Gyrfalcon     

ChubbyTiger: tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?

Louisiana Oil Slick


Wasn't he a car racer on Saturday Morning cartoons?

16 Nov 2012 05:46 PM
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LewDux    [TotalFark]  

ChubbyTiger: tillerman35: What Urban Dictionary entry should they have searched for?

Louisiana Oil Slick


Let me guess
"Louisiana Oil Slick: Sexual act there a guy [censored for your own good]"

17 Nov 2012 06:56 AM
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bifford     
This why I prefer to cite academic texts and ignore web articles whenever possible.

17 Nov 2012 07:56 AM
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