In the last year and a half at least 10 experts, whistleblowers and BP connected individuals have died under mysterious circumstances.
This information was widely reported in an April 10th, 2011 video which at the time listed 9 deaths and 3 imprisonments, disappearances, or attempted assassinations.
Now, another BP oil spill connected individual has mysteriously died, moving the number of oil spill connected deaths to at least 10.
The avid outdoorsman and Texas A&M graduate was a marine systems engineer involved with capping the Macondo well after last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wainwright – whose body was recovered by the college friends he was boating with – is the third man killed by a great white in the state in two months.
While this is obviously a very sad story, it may have a more sinister meaning considering the fact that at least 9 other BP and oil spill related whistleblowers or experts have died since the oil spill that saw a horrendous amount of openly toxic dispersant sprayed throughout the gulf.
Consider this breakdown from Real Coastal Warriors:
April 2, 2011 – Tucker Mendoza, gulf truth activist, still recovering, along with his niece. Shot four times through his front door, niece hit twice. Anyone with information regarding this shooting incident should call St. John the Baptist Parish Detectives at 985-359-8769 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
February 17, 2011 – LSU scientist Gregory Stone, 54 – Died of Unknown Illness. Stone was an oft-quoted expert concerning the damage the leaked oil might cause to the coast.
Anthony Nicholas Tremonte
January 26, 2011 – Anthony Nicholas Tremonte, age 31 – Mississippi Department of Marine Resources officer, from Ocean Springs arrested on child porn charge.
Dr. Thomas B. Manton
January 19, 2011 – Dr. Thomas B. Manton, former President and CEO of the International Oil Spill Control Corporation – imprisonment and subsequent murder while jailed.
John P. Wheeler III
December 31, 2010 – John P. Wheeler III, a former Pentagon official and presidential aide and a defense consultant and expert on chemical and biological weapons – was beaten to death in an assault, body was discovered in a Wilmington landfill.
James Patrick Black
November 23, 2010 – James Patrick Black, an incident commander for BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died Tuesday night near Destin, Florida in a small plane crash.
November 15, 2010 – Chitra Chaunhan, age 33, worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research – Found dead in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. She leaves behind a husband and a young child.
Dr. Geoffrey Gardner
November, 2010 – MIA Status – Dr. Geoffrey Gardner of Lakeland, FL – Swan expert who “ran into legal trouble over an expired prescription license has closed his practice” — Was investigating unexplained bird deaths near Sarasota abruptly and immediately closed his practice, and apparently his investigation into the deaths of swans in Sarasota, suspected to have been impacted by the BP Oil Disaster. No one has heard or spoken with him since. Watch this news report covering his investigation before his disappearance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqbx2TnbYlc&feature=player_embedded
October 6, 2010 – Roger Grooters, age 66, was hit by a truck as he passed through Panama City, Florida. Mr. Grooters had been knocked down and killed close to the end of a 3,200-mile trans-America charity ride to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast oil disaster. He began his cross-country bike ride in Oceanside, California, on September 10th. Grooters’s family and friends will cycle the final stretch of the journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic in his honour, raising cash to support Gulf Coast families.
Senator Ted Stevens
August 9, 2010 – Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, 86, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, was among nine people on board when the 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter, crashed into a brush- and rock-covered mountainside Monday afternoon about 17 miles north of the southwest Alaska fishing town of Dillingham, federal officials said. Stevens was the recipient of a whistleblower’s communication relative to the BP Oil Disaster blow-out preventer, and a conspiracy of secrecy to hide the facts from the public.
“You and your fellow Committee members may wish to require BP to explain what action was ultimately instituted to cease the practice of falsifying BOP tests at BP Prudhoe drilling rigs. It was a cost saving but dangerous practice, again endangering the BP workforce, until I exposed it to Senator Ted Stevens, the EPA, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.” The cause of the crash is still an OPEN investigation by the NTSB (http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=ANC10MA068&rpt=p)
August 13, 2010 – Matthew Simmons, age 67 – Simmons’ body was found Sunday night in his hot tub, investigators said. An autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office concluded Monday that he died from accidental drowning with heart disease as a contributing factor – “It was painful as can be” to be only insider willing to speak out against the “officials” during the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientist Joseph Morrissey
April 6, 2010 – Scientist Joseph Morrissey, age 46 – cell biologist and college professor, a near-native Floridian who chose to return to South Florida after studying at elite universities – was fatally shot during what police say was a home invasion robbery.
And now, after the untimely death of George Thomas Wainwright we can add another to this eerie list: (First part of deaths lists courtesy of Real Coastal Warriors.)
Marine Systems Engineer George Thomas Wainwright
October 22nd/23rd 2011 – BP ROV pilot George Wainwright was killed in apparent freak shark attack off the cost of Australia where some believe he was hiding out in fear of his life.(unconfirmed)
These mysterious deaths absolutely must be investigated but without widespread media coverage they will most likely remain largely unknown. The sad fact is most journalists may actually fear reprisal if they even bring up these deaths.
John McDonnell MP calls for more details about ministerial meetings with News Corporation before licence fee settlement.
John McDonnell MP claimed there were “undue influences from the Murdoch empire” in the hastily agreed settlement that saw the licence fee frozen for six years and the corporation take on a greater financial burden, including the BBC World Service.
Asked to provide evidence to back up his claims, McDonnell, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington in west London, said: “That’s one of the issues we have been raising with ministers.
“It would be helpful if ministers could publish the information about the number of times that they met with the Murdoch empire to discuss the licence fee itself.
“Up until now we have not received any detailed information from them about the times that they met with Murdoch and the times they discussed the licence fee settlement.”
McDonnell said James Murdoch, the under-fire deputy chief operating officer at News Corporation, had made it “quite clear” that he wanted a reduced licence fee so that News Corporation could “exploit and develop their own empire at the expense of the BBC”.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey, responding to McDonnell in a Westminster Hall debate about the future of BBC local radio on Wednesday, said: “I have never discussed the licence fee with Rupert Murdoch or the Murdoch empire.
“Funnily enough the most influential discussion I had was with the Guardian Media Group [publisher of MediaGuardian.co.uk] who complained about the size of the BBC website.”
McDonnell responded: “To be frank I think those discussions around the BBC licence fee that took place with News International were above the honourable member’s pay grade.”
Shadow culture minister Helen Goodman said she hoped Vaizey would not “wash his hands” of the £700m programme of cuts being driven through at the BBC, with the loss of 2,000 jobs, as a result of last year’s funding agreement.
She said the growth in inflation since the deal was struck in October last year meant the licence fee was being eroded even faster than anticipated.
“Since the chancellor of the exchequer has not kept inflation under control we can all work out the cuts are going to be much larger. Does he not see there is a case for readdressing the size of the licence fee?”
But Vaizey described the settlement as a “good deal” for the BBC. “There is not a single other media group in the country that has certainty of funding going to 20116/17. That is an enormous luxury.”
MPs accused him of being “lighthearted” about their concerns for local radio – Vaizey used one reply to come up with a jingle for BBC Radio Oxford – and former Labour culture minister Ben Bradshaw said he was acting like a cheerleader for the corporation.
“With due respect to the minister his speech could have been written by BBC management,” said Bradshaw.
“My job is to be a candid friend of the BBC, I don’t apologise for supporting it,” said Vaizey.
“It is certainly not my job to tell the BBC what to do, it would be quite wrong for a minister to tell the BBC to close down a particular service or save a particular service. That is a job for BBC management.”
A report has found that top executives in the UK are getting paid 49% more than they were last year.
Chief executive of WPP, the world’s biggest advertising company, Sir Martin Sorrell, saw his pay rise by 70% last year.
He explains on the BBC Radio4 “Today” programme why he deserves his salary. Listen Here:-
Sir Martin Sorrell’s pay rises to £4.5m.
WPP boss sees pay package soar 70% after advertising group’s pre-tax profits rose 28% to £851m last year.
Sorrell’s pay packet – which fell from £3.5m in 2008 to £2.7m in 2009 as his usual £1m-plus bonus was slashed in the recession – spectacularly bounced back as WPP reported a 28% increase in pre-tax profits to £851m in 2010.
The performance netted Sorrell a bonus payout of £1.9m – almost five times the £406,000 he received in 2009 – although it seems he still has room for improvement.
The maximum bonus Sorrell could have been awarded was £2m – 200% of his base salary of just over £1m – yet the remuneration committee decided he should receive a bonus of 190%.
He was deemed to achieved the maximum criteria on financial performance, 170% on meeting strategic objectives and maximum on business – which includes sub-criteria such as improving creative reputation and developing digital strategy.
Sorrell’s remuneration was also boosted by a significant upping in the value of shares, under the executive share awards scheme, which soared from £546,000 in 2009 to £950,000 last year.
His base salary remained a shade over £1m and benefit payments also stayed almost the same year on year at £374,000. Pension payments totalling £400,000 also remained almost on par year on year.
Overall remuneration costs at WPP were £7.88m last year, compared to £4.9m in 2009.
WPP plc (LSE: WPP, NASDAQ: WPPGY) is a global media communications services company with its main management office in London, United Kingdom and its executive office in Dublin, Ireland. It is the world’s largest advertising group by revenues, and has over 2,400 offices in 107 countries. It owns a number of advertising, public relations and market research networks, including Grey, Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, JWT, Ogilvy Group, TNS and Young & Rubicam.
Monetary contraction in Portugal has intensified at an alarming pace and is mimicking the pattern seen in Greece before its economy spiralled out of control, raising concerns that the EU summit deal may soon washed over by fast-moving events.
“Portugal appears to have entered a Grecian vortex and monetary trends have deteriorated sharply in Spain, with a decline of 8.4pc,” said Simon Ward, from Henderson Global Investors. Mr Ward said the ECB must cut interest rates “immediately” and launch a full-scale blitz of quantitative easing of up to 10pc of eurozone GDP.
The M1 data – cash and current accounts – is watched by experts as a leading indicator for the economy six months to a year ahead. It has been an accurate warning signal for each stage of the crisis since 2007.
A mix of fiscal austerity and monetary tightening by the ECB earlier this year appear to have tipped the Iberian region into a downward slide. “The trends are less awful in Ireland and Italy, suggesting that both are rescuable if the ECB acts aggressively,” said Mr Ward.
A shrinking money supply is dangerous for countries with a high debt stock. Portugal’s public and private debt will reach 360pc of GDP by next year, far higher than in Greece.