As you can see from this post, I’ve succesfully returned from my offshore Gulf of Mexico trip and to
a FAST internet connection my computers. The austere simplicity of daily life offshore combined with the technical complexity of the work made for a great break from everyday America. No politics, traffic, parking, crime, social and domestic obligations, contact lenses and dressing up (!!!) to contend with — not when you are on call, jump out of the bunk, into rig clothes and personal protection equipment and join the dudes on the drill floor or shack at any odd hour of the day.
Pictures removed by request of Transocean
Measurement tools come out of hole (L); Mars platform in the distance
my time on the drilling vessel and the helicopter in the Offshore Picture Gallery (sadly, Transocean has asked me to take down pictures from my time on the drilling vessel). My intention with the myriad bayou and estuarine images of the Louisiana coastline is to show that this area is so vulnerable and our only protection from the BIG one(s). D considered the photos scary given the lack of topography — “a few feet of extra water and they’ll be gone.”
Supreme Court Rejects Guantanamo War Crimes Trials – While we ship constitutional republicanism … I mean … democracy abroad, let’s not forget about habeas corpus. If we flout our own rules, we have no right to preach those rules to foreign lands. Do as I say and not as I do?
In a 5-3 decision, the court said the trials [of Guantanamo detainees before military commissions] were not authorized by any act of Congress and that their structure and procedures violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and the four Geneva Conventions signed in 1949.
Joining Stevens in the majority were justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy and David H. Souter. Dissenting were justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. … Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. recused himself from the case.
As Chai says, “Woohoo! Smackdown SCOTUS style!” Now, the question is: Will Bush really take the ruling seriously?