Government calls on director of Titanic and Avatar to stop oil spill
Neither British Petroleum, the Federal Government, the U.S. Coast Guard nor even Obama himself have been able to stop the flow. Just when there seems to be no hope at all, the powers that guide us place their faith in a master movie maker. It’s Hollywood to the rescue.
It’s a stroke of genius. Anyone who knows how to tell someone else to photograph a ship under water should also know how to tell someone else to screw a cap on a pipe underwater. Modesty reigns in the White House so no one is taking credit for the idea. Some say it came from Biden, others claim it was Emmanuel who said “Never let a disaster go to waste. Let’s make a movie.”
We assume Obama would play himself in the saga. While the story would be based on real events it would need to be greatly modified. Actually that’s redundant; “based on” means “greatly modified” in Hollywoodspeak. Change is essential for there must be a hero, a villain, sex, tragedy and triumph. The hero, villain and tragedy are in place and triumph can be presumed. Sex is the challenge. Producers are considering changing the site to a land base rig where the explosive event could be filmed with shock and awe.
Cameron the Conservative won the British elections. Gordon Brown, the Labour Party leader resigned after a little less than three years in office. The far right and the far left each garnered more votes than his more traditionally left Labour Party. Brown assumed full responsibility for the defeat. A gracious act by the Prime Minister, but it is not that simple.
Britain, like the rest of Europe, has gotten itself into quite a mess in recent years. The Labour Party has been in charge for the last 13 years. The electorate are holding them responsible. and they want change. A move to the right would be change. However, conservatism is unthinkable to a liberal believer so what are they to do? They move further to the left, feelings deepen and debate becomes more strident as the gap between the two basic ideologies widens.
Long, long ago, some wise man said, a camel is a race horse that was designed by a committee. Americans tend to view coalition governments in the same light. Sparks are going to fly.
Obama has been quick to invite Cameron the Conservative to the White House and has applauded the special relationship that has always existed between Great Britain and the United States. What’s up? This is a 180 degree reversal from recent behavior. Let us be thankful but wary as we wait to see what follows.