I keep hearing you say you never see a baby pigeon, well, I've eaten one which is my nomination for the grossest thing I ever ate. It was par-boiled and served on the "half-shell" at a funky little sidewalk cafe in katong pnom. I passed on the monkey brains.

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cfbos 9 years 32 weeks ago
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Re: oil spill, please see the attached article on blow outs and blow out preventers -http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Soc/soc.retirement/2010-04/msg05594.html . BP had a BOP on the rig, but not a remote-control device, which I agree should be mandated by regulation. But we don't know if the BOP could have been activaed even with a remote in place. From what I have read so far, Halliburton employees were cementing the hole (plugging the hole so they could move the rig) when the blowout occurred, and human error may be a cause, but no one knows yet. I was born and raised in South Louisiana and am fairly progressive, so I'm with you on regulation. But please know that oil field jobs in the oil patch are high-paying blue collar jobs and many men work their way up from roustabouts to rig operators (women now work on the rigs, but don't know if their are any female operators) with less than a high school eduaction - it is one of the last, if not the last, industries where uneducated workers can enter an industry with the realistic hope of one day earning over $100,000 (the oil industry apparently pays its "miners" much more than the coal industry). So saying that Haliburton is not unionized when it comes to rig work in general, and with regards to this accident in particular, is irrelevant. Best,

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