Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Oops, you spilled your juice on the table. Here let me wipe that up for you. There, all clean!
I guess that's the image that they want to conjure up when they say there's an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Instead, here's what's we ought to be thinking of:
You come home from work and discover that someone has broken into your house and taken a sledgehammer to your kitchen faucet and its shutoff valve. Water is spraying like a fountain out of a broken pipe, and there's no way to turn it off. There's water all over the kitchen, ruining the cabinets, the furniture, etc. It's collecting on the floor and making its way into your dining room to ruin your family heirlooms. It's also seeping through the flooring into the basement, where it's dripping onto your pool table.
But it's just a spill, right?