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It says something about our priorities

May 7, 2007

You may know British Petroleum as that oil company with the attractive green signs and the carefully-polished (but somewhat fake) environmental image.  Or, you may remember that they’re the company with such lax safety standards that a blast in their Texas City refinery killed 15 people.  Or the company whose pipeline in Alaska, due to poor maintenance, corroded and broke. Despite investigative findings that in both cases,  BP courted disaster by scrimping on safety and maintenance, their Chief Executive Officer John Browne received bonuses and a raise.  Heckuva job, Brownie.

But recently it was learned that Browne has a rather kinky sex life!  Well, that’s different!  Out you go, man.  Can’t have any of that in corporate life.

(From The Pump Handle, which I am hereby adding to my science links, not only for the great investigation and writing of their stellar contributors, but also because of the extremely cool name.)

  1. May 7, 2007 at 22:38 | #1

    Yeah … kill people, kill wee creatures and that what sustains them, it’s OK.  But have consensual sex that hurt no one other than the 2 parties once they parted ways and …  ??? WTF is wrong with this picture?

    Add to this that in the Republican “debate”, the candidates either stumbled over sex discrimination in the workplace or condoned it.  Have they ever considered the flip side?  If I were interviewing for a job and the interviewer or final decision maker is gay, would I think it is justified/legal to be denied the job because I am straight?

    Sometimes the lack of logic astounds me.

  2. zilch
    May 8, 2007 at 02:39 | #2

    Why does this remind me of the last Democratic President and a Starr Chamber, in an inverted way?

  3. May 9, 2007 at 05:31 | #3

    There are moments I can’t believe consensual sex could ever be seen as more reprehensible than responsibility for the deaths of 15 people. But then a story like this comes along….

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