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Secrets of the big oil spill
4 years ago


From Brasschecktv.com


It's the big story.

And not surprisingly it's almost impossible to get
basic facts about it from the mainstream news media.

The New York Times recently characterized the
oil spill as a "natural disaster." They've got to
be kidding...

Bottom line on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill:

1. It didn't need to happen in the first place
2. The damage could have been fully contained on the first day
3. Government (and media) corruption made the whole
economic and ecological catastrophe possible.

Video and more details:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/838.html

Secrets of the big oil spill
4 years ago


From Brasschecktv.com


It's the big story.

And not surprisingly it's almost impossible to get
basic facts about it from the mainstream news media.

The New York Times recently characterized the
oil spill as a "natural disaster." They've got to
be kidding...

Bottom line on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill:

1. It didn't need to happen in the first place
2. The damage could have been fully contained on the first day
3. Government (and media) corruption made the whole
economic and ecological catastrophe possible.

Video and more details:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/838.html



This post was modified from its original form on 05 May, 4:05
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  • A couple of them shouldn't even be at KFC...

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Blogger

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNqQx7sjoS8&feature=related

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http://bigpicture.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/subpprime.gif

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNqQx7sjoS8&feature=related

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Major part of the PONZI Scheme took only 5 years to build into this $500 Trillion Crisis!
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Psychology of Banksters:

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/0071609059/ref=dp_image_text_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

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President

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  video visit site 
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International Regulation For The Global Economy
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International Regulation For The Global Economy

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His credibility on the international stage is high too. He was the most successful treasurer of a Western nation since WW2, with 13 straight years in the black, and is the architect of the current international plan to restore liquidity to the world economy by having governments take equity stakes in banks and other institutions. It's a process known as "nationalisation" but somehow the U.S. media doesn't want to use that word or remind voters that the conservative Bush administration has been forced to socialist policy by its own maladministration.

Now, Brown has an op-ed in the Washington Post setting out the next stage of fiscal recovery - international laws to regulate the financial sector. He's even using the words "new Bretton Woods".

We must deal with more than the symptoms of the current crisis. We have to tackle the root causes. So the next stage is to rebuild our fractured international financial system.

Continue reading »


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6 years ago

6 years ago
Bush Gov’t involved in Sex and Drugs and Oil and Roll: UPDATED

Wow

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The alleged transgressions involve 13 former and current Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with - and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from - oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department’s inspector general.

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UPDATED: Charlie Savage has much more at the NY Times.

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The reports portray a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch. The reports portray a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch…read on
 (h/t Murray W)

6 years ago

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6 years ago

Mission Creep Mission Creep
Our map of the new world order

6 years ago

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6 years ago
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6 years ago
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6 years ago
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6 years ago
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Georgian President; "It's All About the New World Order..."
 
Georgian President; "It's All About the New World Order..."

6 years ago
Gas Prices Soar Because of Record Gas EXPORTS

This summer, the entire Republican Party agenda has been reduced to a single word: drill.

Republicans absurdly insist that ending the moratorium on offshore drilling would immediately reduce oil and gasoline prices, even though it would take a decade for the first drop of offshore oil to arrive at a refinery. Even the most optimistic estimates of offshore supplies would reduce gasoline prices by a couple of pennies. The real Republican agenda is simple: just another massive giveaway to the oil giants.

To earn their oil industry bribes, Republicans are spending their summer vacation giving speeches in the dark on the House floor to demand a vote on offshore drilling. And Speaker Pelosi may give them that vote -


6 years ago

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6 years ago
Editorial: Energy Fictions

A nation that uses one-quarter of the world’s oil while possessing less than 3 percent of its reserves cannot drill its way to happiness at the pump.


6 years ago
ANALYSIS-US Oil Firms Seek Drilling Access, But Exports Soar
 
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6 years ago
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The Democrats are merely a little confused about how to address America's energy crisis. The Republicans simply lie about it.

6 years ago
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In 2006, we opened for drilling the Outer Continental shelf estimated to contain more than 40 billion barrels of oil. Oil prices were$60 a barrel then. In the two years since, prices have more than have doubled.

6 years ago


PART 10: Nazism and the German economic miracle
From the Third Reich to the current regime of Gerhard Schroeder, Germany has shown remarkable ability to achieve economic prominence in the face of overwhelming odds - including those it imposed on itself through ultra-nationalism, militarism and racism.

PART 9: Sovereignty, democracy and militarism
If the German post-war model is applied to Iraq, there may never be a formal end to the Iraq war. And because there is no formal peace treaty between Germany and the the US-led Allies, German sovereignty is compromised. The legitimacy of the Berlin government is an open question and can be exploited in a future national crisis. (May 6, '05)

PART 8: Militarism and failed states
Militarism is the doctrine that military might is the basic source of all security. The doctrine leads inevitably to the militarization of peace as a form of permanent preparation for war. Militarism is not exclusive to dictatorships or authoritarian states - liberal democracies are frequently proponents and willing victims of militarism. (Apr 27, '05)

PART 7: History lesson for the 'war on terror'
The Thirty Years' War was one of the most complex and brutal in European history, killing millions in battle or by malnutrition and disease, and putting into motion unpredictable forces whose effects would be felt for centuries. Many parallels can be found between that 17th-century conflict and the 21st-century "war on terror". (Apr 13, '05)

PART 6: Outsourcing public security
Public security is the prime function of government. Yet in the United States and elsewhere, this function is being privatized, so the safety of the homeland is in the hands of private corporations and underpaid security guards. (Apr 8, '05)

PART 5: Militarism and the war on drugs
The introduction of the military into police work invariably escalates the degree of violence in the maintenance of order. Henry C K Liu examines two related elements of US law enforcement, the "war on drugs" and patrolling the borders, and reveals how the US Army has become over-extended. (Mar 17, '05)

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6 years ago

PART 4: Militarism and mercenaries
A sovereign state is responsible for the military security of the nation, whether the threat comes from home or abroad. Misuse of this responsibility - militarism - as occurred in the US at Little Rock Central High School in 1957 and at Wounded Knee in 1973 can lead to failed statehood. (Mar 10, '05)

PART 3: The business of private security
Social order is the main component of domestic security. Social security is the foundation of social order. Privatization of social security is a road to government abdication, the cause of failed statehood. (Mar 2, '05)

PART 2: The privatization wave
Is nothing sacred? Apparently not in the world of privatization, which has over the past decade turned over to profiteers not only essential services such as mail, energy and even national security, but the very stuff of life: water. In this race to the bottom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are increasingly sold off to the highest bidder. (Feb 11, '05)

PART 1: The failed-state cancer
The Washington Consensus, the synchronized ideology of US-based establishment economists, has for a quarter of a century wrought havoc in the developing world, leaving in its wake "failed states" vulnerable to economic, if not military, takeover. Yet the great failure of our age is not the concept of the sovereign state, but market fundamentalism itself. (Feb 3, '05)

6 years ago


China stirs over offshore oil-pact
China's protests at ExxonMobil's move to explore for oil in the seas off Vietnam raise anew the dispute surrounding control of the Spratly and Paracel islands and interest in the role of China's deep-water navy.

6 years ago
Senate Republicans Block Oil Speculation Bill

Today, Senate Republicans blocked a vote on legislation to rein in speculation in the oil markets. Instead, they are calling for votes to expand oil drilling at home as well as expansion of nuclear energy. Let's THROW THEM ALL OUT OF CONGRE$$ ...

6 years ago

The American public is not buying the arguments of President Bush and the oil industry that new drilling will lower gas prices,” with 63 percent saying increased drilling is “more likely to enrich oil companies than to lower gas prices.” A separate Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that voters trust Democrats over Republicans to deal with energy, 42 to 22 percent.


6 years ago
Nothing says ‘drill safely’ like the smell of diesel in the French Quarter

  Recognizing the interest in Barack Obama’s speech in Germany today, the McCain campaign came up with a photo-op that would have captured at least some attention — John McCain would hop on a helicopter and give a speech from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast. The campaign knows how important oil prices are to voters, so McCain assumed he could fool a few of them into thinking coastal drilling would give them relief at the pump.

But just an hour after the photo-op was finalized and the media was alerted, the event was off. The campaign said the weather just wasn’t cooperating. Jonathan Martin noted, “The campaign declined to comment any further about the quick decision to spike the trip other than to cite the weather.”

Was the weather the real reason for the cancellation? Maybe, or perhaps the McCain gang didn’t want to visit the rig if the reporters on hand might notice the smell of diesel wafting through the French Quarter.

The Coast Guard closed 29 miles of the Mississippi River at New Orleans after a 600-foot tanker and a barge loaded with fuel oil collided Wednesday, breaking the barge in half.

Nobody was injured, but more than 419,000 gallons of heavy, almost tar-like fuel oil spilled from the barge, forming a slick 12 miles long, said Lt. Cdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. […]

The double-hulled tanker Tintomara was loaded with about 4.2 million gallons of biodiesel and nearly 1.3 million gallons of styrene, but was not leaking, said Michael Wilson, president of ship management company Laurin Maritime (America) Inc. in Houston.

The collision occurred about 1:30 a.m. CDT just upriver from the Crescent City Connection, a pair of bridges between New Orleans’ east and west banks. A smell which many people thought was diesel was noticeable in the French Quarter and parts of New Orleans’ central business district.

Nothing says “drill safely now” like an oil spill that closes 29 miles of the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

6 years ago

Feds uncover oil price manipulation
Govt. charges oil trader; first complaint since regulators began inquiry.

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6 years ago
Deals With Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back 
 
by Andrew E. Kramer on June 19, 2008. 

The article explains how after several decades absent from oil-rich Iraq, huge oil firms are gearing up to return thanks to contracts offered by the US-backed Iraqi government.

The article is some fine reporting until we get to this contender for Understatement of the Century: "There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract. The Bush administration has said that the war was necessary to combat terrorism. It is not clear what role the United States played in awarding the contracts; there are still American advisers to Iraq’s Oil Ministry."

In other words, we're still not quite sure that the USA vs. Iraq wars that began almost 20 years ago with King Bush the First are about oil. In fact, we're not sure even though the same article states the contracts the US oil firms have been awarded are "no bid" contracts, and all such contracts, by some irrelevant coincidence, went to American firms.

Yes, there have been "parts" of the American public who suspected the Iraq War(s) were simply to secure oil. Being one of those people, I can also tell you that I have another sneaking suspicion that up is up and down is down. In addition, I want to know what parts of the American public did NOT have the suspicion that military action in Iraq was about oil. Why? Because I need to alert them to the fact that my pubic hairs are currently on sale for a limited time, each one guaranteed to bring good luck, for a mere $10,000 each.

Even some people who were pro-Iraq War back in 2003 before this phase of it started, those few who were bluntly honest said, "Hey we need the oil, so we've got to take it." Regardless of pro or anti war stance, only people who were being deliberately dishonest or diplomatic to the point of dishonesty said the war was NOT about oil.

However, let's give the NYT a benefit. Maybe we walk in different circles. Maybe the people I hang with are distrustful of lies told to them by habitual liars. Maybe my crew is an extra paranoid bunch and when a guy whose family has gotten wealthy off oil decides to launch a war for an oil rich country, well, we're naturally going to be suspicious. It's what we do. Maybe it's just that I associate with folks who, after the 100th different lie is blown apart and the 1,000th new revelation that oil is being protected above everything else, always cry, "I give up. This darn war is about oil no matter what they say."

Anyway, it's not just the NYT I want to lash with my witty sarcasm, it's the standards of mainstream journalism. How is it that they are so timid? How is it that the New York Times, one of the most powerful media outlets in the world, can't just say it for what it is? How is it that when someone spouts bullshit in my life I can just say "You're a liar," but in the media world, they will say anything but? In fact, I'd like to try an experiment. I wonder if Bush just came out and said "I'm a liar," if the NYT would still hesitate to call him a liar.

Okay, so maybe the comparison is oversimplified, but why can't journalism take the bullshit-calling technology of average folk and apply it to their life? Why can't the NYT just say, "The fact that the no-bid contracts are going only to American companies from Iraq's American-advised Oil Ministry are another point in favor of those who believe the Iraq War was primarily about oil."

Maybe I'm not even living up to my own standard here, so let me call it: The President has the corporate media where he wants them. They can't criticize him too harshly or he'll just refuse to talk to them. Then how will they write the story? So the press tip-toes lightly to preserve that all-important access.

That's why I think there should be mandated press conferences with the President, with people selected at random, not reporters, given access. The whole concept of a "Washington Press Corps" to me smells anti-democratic. Of course they're going to form an ass-kissing clique. Those randomly selected citizens would be able to ask whatever question they like and the whole thing would be televised.

The random selection of the participants would be key. Meaning, they would have to be stocked with real people, not obvious tools as in a bogus McCain "town hall" meeting.

Until the world accepts my superb idea, we can rely on big media for their access to the powerful, but we sure can't rely on them for a tough analysis. For that, I'll turn to blogs and internet forums.

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6 years ago
New Hampshire To Accept Free Oil From Chavez

"A lot of people have said, `We need help and we value any help we can get,'" said Amy Ignatius, director of New Hampshire's office of energy and planning. The oil giveaway will be managed by Citizens Energy, a nonprofit organization set up by former

6 years ago
Why Bush lifted the coastal-drilling ban (and why it doesn’t matter)

About a month ago, Bush, McCain, and congressional Republicans were without any real ideas about energy policy. Pressed on what to do about gas prices, the president told reporters, “[T]here is no magic wand to wave right now.” In fact, the president repeated the line three times, as if to say, “Don’t ask me; I just work here.”

But that was before the GOP settled on coastal drilling as the answer to all of our problems. Never mind that we wouldn’t actually see that oil for at least a decade, and never mind that it would only fuel (pun intended) the addiction we’re supposed to break, Republicans were ready to do something, whether it made any sense or not.

Oddly enough, on June 18, Bush demanded that Congress lift the ban on coastal drilling. The president could have just overturned the executive order on the policy, but “he said he wouldn’t do that because he wanted Congress to act first.”

Today, Bush changed his mind.

Putting pressure on congressional Democrats to back more exploration for oil, President Bush Monday called on Congress to join him in lifting a ban on offshore drilling that has stood since his father was president.

There are two prohibitions on offshore drilling, one imposed by Congress and another by executive order signed by the first President Bush in 1990. The current president, trying to ease market tensions and boost supply, called last month for Congress to lift its prohibition before he did so himself.

“The only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil resources is action from the U.S. Congress,” Bush said in a statement in the Rose Garden. “Now the ball is squarely in Congress’ court.”

Bush added that “Americans are paying at the pump” because Congress hasn’t approved the White House’s drilling plan. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) added, “Now the only thing standing between consumers at the pump and the increased American energy they are demanding is the Democrat leadership in Congress.”

I’ve long since given up trying to figure out whether these guys actually believe their own nonsense, but either way, this is just mind-numbing.

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6 years ago
Oil Reaches Historic Highs While OPEC Holds Us in Contempt

Neither our citizenry nor those in government has petitioned or acted to seriously cut back this nation's voracious oil consumption, the largest by far on the planet.

6 years ago
How Not to Lower Gas Prices

80% of the oil and gas resources off our coasts are already available for leasing and drilling. Listening to Bush, McCain and others, you'd think we've been locking up all our resources -- the opposite is true.

6 years ago
What Bush Didn't Promise: Lower Gas Prices

If you read it closely, you'll notice Bush did not explicitly claim that coastal drilling would significantly lower the price of the gas -- because it won't.

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6 years ago
Alarming Gains for Big Oil Need a Response

Progressives are losing ground with the public on drilling. We must create a message-frame that attaches all of the negatives of Big Oil companies to the drilling proposals under consideration.

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6 years ago
Oil Gone Wild

To decrease the use of oil in our cars we need the kind of retooling we did for World War II. Now we are in another war -- a war against this debilitating addiction.

6 years ago
Lying to Drill the Hole Deeper

Efforts to increase America's oil production can be part of a holistic energy package, but they should be part of a larger discussion. And they should be grounded in truth.

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6 years ago

White House: Bush to lift offshore drilling ban --Congress must still lift legislative ban before offshore drilling can start 14 Jul 2008 President [sic] Bush on Monday will lift an executive ban on offshore drilling that his stood since his father was president. But the move, by itself, will do nothing unless Congress acts as well. The president plans to officially lift the ban and then explain his actions in a Rose Garden statement, White House press secretary Dana Perino said.

Bush to lift executive ban on offshore oil drilling --John McCain supports ending ban on drilling; Barack Obama wants to keep it. 14 Jul 2008 President [sic] Bush will announce Monday he is lifting an executive order banning offshore oil drilling, the White House said. The move is largely symbolic because there is also a federal law banning offshore drilling. Bush has been pushing Congress to repeal the law passed in 1981.



6 years ago

In the face of a wavering opposition, the GOP prioritizes offshore drilling over ANWR, as a NACLA analysis explores 'McCain's Big Oil Ties: From Colombia to Iraq.

6 years ago

Oil Companies Sought to Boost Prices by Cutting Refinery Output --1996 Texaco memo: 'Significant events' required to deal with excess refinery capacity problem 14 Jun 2001 While the Bush administration cites the lack of refineries for energy shortages, internal oil industry documents show that five years ago companies were looking for ways to cut refinery output to boost profits. A Texaco memo, written in March, 1996, concluded that "significant events" were required to deal with the excess refinery capacity problem and suggested one solution might be to get the government to lift clean air requirements for an oxygenate in gasoline. Removal of the additive would require more gasoline to be used in each gallon of fuel, tightening supplies. While refinery capacity now has become tight, the oil industry is still pressing for an end to the federal requirement for an oxygenate in gasoline, arguing new blends of gasoline can meet the same clean air requirements.



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And finally, in case you missed it, here's George Bush expressing his concern about skyrocketing gas prices:

Q You must be the most excellent expert on oil business.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. (Laughter.) Look where our price is. (Laughter.)

Q Well, actually, I'm suffering high gas prices.

THE PRESIDENT: You are?




6 years ago
Flat-earther blind to oil facts
Columnist Thomas L Friedman's demand that the United States set an oil-price floor of US$100 a barrel to trigger renewable-energy investments and end the country's oil "addiction" is worse than simplistic. The realities were clear three years ago when oil was at $50. Little has changed.



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6 years ago
Gazprom CEO: $250 for oil? While experts doubt the probability, they agree that such a price would jolt everyday life. 16 Jun 2008 At $250 a barrel for crude oil, food prices double. The U.S., Japan and Europe plunge into deep recession. Companies go bankrupt. Airlines are nationalized. Sport-utility vehicle sales dry up as gasoline tops $7 a gallon.

6 years ago

Think your wallets are taking a hit from the increased gas prices? If you live in the northeast, just wait until you get your winter heating bills this fall and winter. You could be in for serious sticker shock.


6 years ago
U.S. Advised Iraqi Ministry on Oil Deals

The disclosure, on the eve of the contracts’ announcement, is the first confirmation of direct American involvement in deals to open Iraq’s oil to commercial development.


6 years ago
It Was Oil, All Along

Oh, no, they told us, Iraq isn't a war about oil. That's cynical and simplistic, they said. It's about terror and al Qaeda and toppling a dictator and spreading democracy and protecting ourselves from weapons of mass destruction. But one by one, these con

6 years ago
Greg Palast: Supreme Court rewards Exxon for Valdez oil spill.

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