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Michael Collins: Gaddafi Jihadist Rehab Program Spawns Rebel Military Leaders

  • Posted on: 31 August 2011
  • By: MichaelCollins


Monday was the day we heard that the "US believes al-Qa'ida is on the verge of defeat after deputy leader's death" as The Independent headlined the story. It stood out as a sequel to the recent United States action in Pakistan, which brought us the news (but not the body) of a dead Osama bin Laden. It appears that a US operated drone killed Al Qaeda's top deputy, one Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a Libyan citizen. After decades as a jihadist, Rahman is no more. But is that the end of al Qaeda?

On Tuesday, foreign affairs columnist for the Asia Times, Pepe Escobar, published a remarkable column outlining the command structure of the victorious NATO backed military leaders. Abdelhakim Belhaj, the lead commander of the rebels, and the two top regional commanders were once affiliated with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LGIF). In fact, commander Belhaj was once the subject of a US led extraordinary rendition (aka torture) in Thailand. About the time the US planned to send Belhaj to Guantanamo Bay, the Gaddafi's government requested his return to Libya.

They got a lot damned gaul talking like that:

  • Posted on: 30 July 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

It was bad enough listening to the Obama administration and Democratic party politicians, in general, talking about student loans and using all of the same arguments we were making for Single Payer as the reasoning to change that system but refusing to use the same arguments for healthcare...

But watching the GOP use the same Single Payer arguments to protect Big Oil from the high costs of insuring their own disasters?

Just way beyond the pale:

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Big Oil - First Nigeria then the World

  • Posted on: 18 June 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Big oil in Nigeria - executions, pollution and suffering (Image)

Michael Collins

The big oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is not the first to threaten a people's way of life.

Just ask the Ogoni people from Nigeria's oil rich central Niger Delta. Their experience over decades offers a model of things to come without serious changes in consumption and regulation.

A Toxic Big Oil Market Storm?

  • Posted on: 17 June 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

I was watching Bloomberg's In The Loop with Betty Liu this morning and they were doing a piece on Big Oil and BP featuring a hedge manager's view of what is going on in that market that I found a bit interesting, the video isn't up yet but what piqued my interest had already been covered in Bloomberg Businessweek the other day:

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The White House, Big Oil, and the "American Power Act"

  • Posted on: 23 May 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

This analysis looks behind the scenes at how the ban on offshore drilling was lifted and what that had to do with the ultimate prize for big oil, the American Power Act. It focuses on the current administration.  That in no way implies that the problem originated in January 2009.  The out sized and destructive influence of the oil monopoly has been with us for since the 1870's.

Banning Offshore Drilling

In 1969 a Unocal oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara, California began leaking oil.  The extent of the leak, damage to wildlife, and the shoreline caused considerable outrage.  The state of California banned offshore drilling shortly after the leak.  In 1980, Congress banned offshore drilling in most federally controlled waters.  President George H.W. Bush reluctantly banned off shore drilling in 1990 for California, Florida, Oregon and Washington and in the North Atlantic.

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Crude Awakening To A Slippery Slope

  • Posted on: 17 May 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Too Big to Exist - Big Oil

  • Posted on: 16 May 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

There is no viable solution insight for the out of control oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.  The stunning failure of British Petroleum (BP) raises the question - are these oil giants too big to exist?  Are they too dangerous to function in our presence?  BP has four permanent deep water  structures and 28 boreholes operating at a water depth of greater than 5000 feet in the Gulf of Mexico.  What's next?

British Petroleum (BP) had the resources to drill the well but lacked the planning and ability to deal with its failure.  The oil giant's performance inspired ridicule by Jon Stewart in a recent Daily Show comment ("There will be blame").  The White House was not amused, however.  Nobel Prize winning physicist and Secretary of the Energy, Steven Chu, is now in Houston with a team of cutting edge scientists tasked with mentoring BP and devising a viable solution as the oil giant continues to falter.

Grand Old Party of Teabaggers and Business has Infringed Energizer Bunny Trademark for a Decade

  • Posted on: 7 November 2009
  • By: deltadoc

Yesterday Dailykos diarist, 'the girl', hit the recommended diary list with her post of the powerful impact one person may produce in the simple act of shining bright light into the dark space created by deception.

The inherent power over an adversary that is achieved by lying is particularly odious in application to public affairs.  Large sums of money are invested by private concerns to intentionally distort public understanding of matters of great importance, like the current policy debates on health care or climate change, for example. 

Big Tobacco and Big Oil have spent enough money in recent decades to create and sustain whole industries designed for the single purpose of misleading citizens and the decisions of our policy-makers in public affairs.

Because fairness is not part of the organization charter, corporate concerns have only the bottomline at stake which ultimately requires directors --NOT to equitable policy debates but-- to maximize shareholder value.  And, so, we documented the secret memo series through which Big Tobacco bought the GOP half of American party politics to deceptively achieve protection from legal liability beginning in 1994.

So, the big money behind the teabaggers has been trained on the biggest lies for decades already.

When 'the girl' found them also infringing the Energizer Bunny trademark (the prohibited, unfair use of a registered corporate icon) with its use in attacks on public health care policy plans, her notification of the trademark owners at Eveready was enough to move them to consider legal action

Hydraulic Fracturing: Your Money or Your Life

  • Posted on: 3 July 2009
  • By: TXsharon

Ninety-two percent of the 278 known chemicals used to produce natural gas have adverse health effects including endocrine disruption, neurological disorders and cancer. Chemical information is limited because the industry claims formulas are trade secrets. If, like most Americans, you believe your water, air and soil are protected from these chemicals by federal environmental statutes, you are dead wrong. Loopholes in our federal environmental laws allow the oil and gas industry to endanger public health and safety and risk vital natural resources.

Fueled by technological advances, a frenzied expansion in natural gas drilling has exploded into 34 American states. Once the burden of rural areas, it now encroaches into heavily populated cities turning neighborhoods into industrial zones. They’re calling natural gas a bridge fuel, an alternative fuel, the “clean” energy. Enough PR money burnishes a dirty fossil fuel into an environmentally friendly magic bridge to lead us far from our energy crisis. In truth, the production process that endangers public health and safety, depletes scarce water supplies, and generates colossal amounts of toxic waste cancels out the slightly cleaner burn. It's a heavy toll to cross this bridge.

The question becomes: who pays?

Hydraulic Fracture: The Truth About State versus Federal Regulation

  • Posted on: 15 June 2009
  • By: TXsharon

Industry is spending millions in propaganda to combat the FRAC Act that will allow citizens to know what chemicals are used near their drinking water and allow hydraulic fracturing to be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Industry is inciting the public by using a power grabbing Federal Government versus states' rights spin. Check out this headline:

States Challenge Attempted Federal Power Grab in Hydraulic Fracturing Issue.

The information in the IOGCC press release is completely false! They claim that "states do a superb job of protecting human health and the environment through sound regulation."

Learn the truth to counter the spin:

Texas Railroad Commission Investigation Results: Hey, Braden Exploration! Are you illegally dumping drilling waste in Wise Count

  • Posted on: 16 January 2009
  • By: TXsharon

Yesterday I received the results from Texas Railroad Commission’s investigation of the Hosed by Braden incident

An abbreviated version of the findings:

Braden claims they used the 3” polypipe/hose to pump unused “frac-water” from the Roberts Lease uphill to the lined pit adjacent to the Bailey lease in order to conserve “fresh water.” They claim the hose was cut at the creek to make picking it up easier.

The pit had a “skim of congealed oil” and “2,100 ppm chlorides.”

The creek was flowing and inspection revealed no drilling waste. The water tested at 100 ppm chlorides.

I called the inspector for clarification. He confirmed that the reason Braden gave for pumping water from the Roberts lease to the Bailey lease was to conserve “fresh water” for future use to fracture the Bailey lease.

The hose stretches from drilling waste, downhill to the creek

  • Posted on: 7 January 2009
  • By: TXsharon

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2009-01-07 15:51:45 -0500. -- GH

Hey, Braden Exploration! Are you illegally dumping drilling waste in Wise County?


With great interest I’ve watched the drilling going on around me hoping that all would go well and the producer would take care and follow the rules, such as they are. For weeks, I noticed the black hose that meanders along the side of FM 730. It winds through culverts and under bridges to continue along the other side—so it appeared. Sunday, something told me to pull over and look under the bridge. The hose does not continue under the bridge to the other side as it appears. It ends in the creek that is part of the watershed for DFW.

Here is where the hose starts. That’s a sludge pit filled with drilling waste.

The Genocide of America.

  • Posted on: 6 January 2009
  • By: the national gadfly

 

Is the United States of America the world's largest dealer of illegal drugs?  What about the world's largest gun runner?  For years our government has used the CIA, NSA & other super-secret 'intelligence' agencies to cultivate drug harvest and distribution in SE Asia and Afghanistan.  We offer 'aid' and 'trade' to countries in the forms of weapons and ammunition.  The drugs come home to the US to poison and kill our own population.  The weapons we sell are used either against us directly by people to kill others, who then seek to kill Americans.  Did the founding fathers envision a country that would become the world's largest debtor and blood merchant?

Are we too stupid to save ourselves?

  • Posted on: 21 December 2008
  • By: the national gadfly

(Image courtesy of indiesocial.com)

I walked onto the train platform in downtown Chicago today.  A woman had just finished shopping at Macy's and had several red shopping bags.  She was trying to put everything into one bag.  The wind picked up and blew some of the empty bags down the platform.  I took off running and stopped them from blowing out onto the street.