Sunday, June 04, 2006

Nemo's World: Seeing the Forest

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"You can't see the forest for the trees."

The following remarkable essay cuts through all the pious crap about "fighting terror" and "spreading democracy" that we've heard ad nauseum from the NeoConNazis of the Bush Reich and their quisling allies in the corporate media. It is perhaps the most refreshingly "biased" -- in favor of outspoken, two-fisted TRUTH -- history I've witnessed in some time, dauntlessly exposing the myriad appalling realities of this shamelessly Fascist regime and its true motivations.

It must be read in full. But that's an amazingly addictive task, once begun.

Cheney Starts New Cold War Over Oil
By Mark Ames (TruthOut; originally published at AlterNet.org)

... Democracy isn't about voting. It's about serving America's interests.

And serving America's interests is more tightly defined as serving the interests of the oil oligarchs in Houston, where Cheney spent the previous 10 years. In fact, it's even more simple than that. It's personal. America's interests are Cheney's interests. Il est l'etat. ...
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Now, if you're looking to begin putting whatever money you may have left where your mouth is, consider this: the ONLY known oil company that has exhibited *genuine* beneficence towards the world and its people -- including the poor of the US -- is Citgo, owing to its Venezuelan government control as heavily influenced by the admirably progressive policies of President Hugo Chavez.

The US Oil [Robber] Barons, on the other hand, have exhibited absolutely NO sense of social responsibility, regarding either corporate "ways and means" or the exorbitant oil price increases they themselves are astoundingly complicit in. And clearly, they constitute a driving force -- if not THE driving force -- behind this blatantly criminal, illegitimate US "presidency". Most recently, they have engaged in outright piracy against the American people, sucking up record profits vampire-like while piously protesting that "We're all in this together," among many other notorious misdeeds:

An Immovable Obstacle to Action on Climate Change
by Andrew Gumbel (The Independent, UK)

If you had to pick one company in America as the ultimate corporate villain, you might be hard pressed to find a better candidate than ExxonMobil. At a time of soaring petrol prices and growing public anger over the cost of filling up cars and trucks, ExxonMobil is not only making money hand over fist at an increasing rate - it is actually making more money than any other oil company in the world.

The company's top officers and stockholders are, naturally, delighted. But just about everyone else these days seems to be hopping mad. The company was successfully sued last year by petrol station owners who alleged they were being overcharged.

Environmentalists, meanwhile, spit blood at the very mention of the name ExxonMobil for a variety of reasons - the company's willingness to spend millions of dollars to refute the significance or even the existence of global warming, and the role of energy companies in exacerbating it; its extraordinary lobbying, more energetic than any of its rivals', to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas exploration; and its continuing refusal to make good on its full compensation payments to the victims of the 1988 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound in Alaska.

Watchdogs of good corporate governance have been raising eyebrows for years at the compensation collected by ExxonMobil's top officers. Lee Raymond has been a particular object of public opprobrium for some time. Last November, he testified before Congress that America's soaring petrol prices were caused by "global supply and demand" and promised that ExxonMobil was assuming its share of the pain. "We're all in this together," he told congressmen. That, though, was before it emerged that ExxonMobil made a record-breaking $36bn (�19bn) in profits in 2005, a 40 per cent increase over the previous year. ...
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If you value your "freedom" and hope to retain some semblance of it, common sense alone dictates vigorously opposing the primary sponsors of its ultimate eradication. Boycott entirely -- whenever possible -- ALL petroleum outlets *except* for Citgo. Starve the Fascist fever!

That is definitely my own decision. It's a small step, but quite possibly a significant one. And it's become clear to me that we MUST begin to act, aggressively and in concert, if "We, the People" are to have ANY hope of ever turning around this dismal excuse for what was once "America".

"Think globally, act locally!"

"The revolution starts NOW!"

~ Nemo

12 Comments:

Blogger Robert said...

Absolutely brilliant.

Unfortunately Americans have been brainwashed and indoctrinated to believe that unrestrained capitalism is a God given right. I'm constantly amazed at the people I know that complain bitterly about the price of gasoline but accuse me of being a communist if I even mention the idea of controlling corporate profits and price gouging.

It's the culture of corporate servitude.

Sun Jun 04, 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

robert
Unfortunately Americans have been brainwashed and indoctrinated to believe that unrestrained capitalism is a God given right

not only the Americans - watching how fast the Germans sell their principles of democracy for some cents, how easy it is to destroy a society, once proud to be called "social market economy", is heart-breaking - destroys your faith in the ability of humans to be decent...

nemo
sucking up record profits vampire-like

thank you for seeing it - the whole world seems to be brainwashed in greed, with big "$$$" in the eyes like Dagobert Duck...

2005 will be the record year, yes - record profits, record job losses, record year of severe hurricans, record amount of clear knowledge that Gaia starts to be REALLY mad about us...

it's like a Kafka-story: humankind trying to dig faster its own grave, hurry, hurry, lemmmings! Don't think, just act - run, run, the first is the winner, lemming!

reminds me always of Nietzsches "last men": "And just the same shall man be to the Superman: a laughing-stock, a thing of shame."

Mon Jun 05, 05:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

"... Unfortunately Americans have been brainwashed and indoctrinated to believe that unrestrained capitalism is a God given right. ..." ==== Robert: I wouldn't be too sure about that. Although I obviously don't know ALL Americans, those I do have some familiarity with can get downright *ornery* at the notion of being "taken for a ride" or screwed outright by Big Business. ==== As for direct US government regulation of the oil industry, though it wasn't what I was actually proposing, damn good idea! As a primarily *extractive* industry of ultimately limited and environmentally *hazardous* resources that are most earnestly the property of the respective "publics" who reside in the areas of those remaining reserves, Big Oil is a *natural* for designation as a regulated public utility. (And I would argue that, in fact, it was the amazingly wrong-headed DE-regulation machinations of the Reagan era that directly fostered this rise of relatively unrestrained corporate Fascism in America, much to the detriment of the Constitutionally-mandated "common welfare".) Of course, I sincerely doubt that the curent, corporate-subservient Republican Regime would even *consider* a sensibly altruistic move like public regulation of those renegade US oil giants, especially since so many of the Bush "heavies" exhibit disturbingly deep financial ties, past and present, to Big Oil. ==== However, for NOW, I'm merely proposing a "general strike" of sorts -- the wholly *democratic*, consumer-driven "payback" of an all-out boycott of the US Robber Barons. Opting solely for Venezelan-owned Citgo as a source of gasoline fits well with the traditional American sense of "fair play", especially since it was Citgo *alone* who made the humanitarian gesture of providing subsidized heating oil to poorer Americans this past winter, while the Houston oil tycoons merely laughed all the way to the bank! Besides, it can readily be asserted that for every dollar of *Citgo* gasoline you buy, some poor individual will get desperately needed medical care they could never have obtained otherwise, thanks to the largesse of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Talk about "voting with your wallet" -- this one's akin to making a generous charitable contribution, as well! What could be *better*, under the circumstances?

Mon Jun 05, 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"thank you for seeing it - the whole world seems to be brainwashed in greed, with big "$$$" in the eyes like Dagobert Duck." ==== Again: I think I see it all TOO clearly at times, and have for quite a while, with marked disdain. My formative years were during the vastly counter-cultural, sweepingly anti-materialistic Sixties Era, which stretched well into the 1970's. I still recall smelling a remarkably foul wind shift years ago when I suddenly encountered the brand new "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" on TV, and wondered to myself, "Who the HELL cares??" (It was undoubtedly one of the most flagrantly materialistic, greed-enamored series I'd ever come across, and entirely out of touch with the prevailing spirit of the times, as I perceived it. In retrospect, I can easily view it as the "first wave" of a US corporate/media assault on the victories

Tue Jun 06, 03:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

"thank you for seeing it - the whole world seems to be brainwashed in greed, with big "$$$" in the eyes like Dagobert Duck." ==== Again: I think I see it all TOO clearly at times, and have for quite a while, with marked disdain. My formative years were during the vastly counter-cultural, sweepingly anti-materialistic Sixties Era, which stretched well into the 1970's. I still recall smelling a remarkably foul wind shift years ago when I suddenly encountered the brand new "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" on TV, and wondered to myself, "Who the HELL cares??" (It was undoubtedly one of the most flagrantly materialistic, greed-enamored series I'd ever come across, and entirely out of touch with the prevailing spirit of the times, as I perceived it. In retrospect, I can easily view it as the "first wave" of a US corporate/media assault on the victories of that prior counter-cultural revolution.) ==== Around the same time, the concept of "designer label" was foisted on the public here, ostensibly turning completely on its head the traditional economic model of supply and demand -- suddenly it became "fashionable" to pay *exorbitant* sums for an otherwise cheap, abundant commodity, simply to flaunt one's financial means as a would-be indicator of "prestige" via a particular label proudly displayed on one's butt (or wherever). Myself, I never succumbed to the trend, finding it utterly audacious that some corporation would actually expect ME to pay handsomely to basically *advertise* THEIR product! But alas, as P.T. Barnum once noted, "There's a sucker born every minute," and the majority of American Sheeple bought into that scam hook, line, and sinker. (Thereby, among other things, $10 "sneakers" rapidly "evolved" into $65+ designer "athletic footwear", with nary a detectable difference.) ==== Yes, those cartoon "$$$" (excellent imagery!) have been in the eyes of consumer-driven America for quite some time. And it's long overdue that the people WOKE UP to their own massive complicity in enslaving themselves and their fellows to the "Almighty Dollar". ==== Hence, my proposal to completely boycott those greedy Texas oil moguls; instead pledging strict deference to Citgo in recognition of Venezuela's commendably humanitarian gestures made through its state-run oil company. At least until our government frivolously designates free speech that advocates financially undermining American corporate "thiefdoms" a form of "economic terrorism, seeking to overthrow our Capitalist form of government", the choice is still ours!

Tue Jun 06, 04:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Robert: I set out to delete the above partial, "Anonymous" comment (from me, obviously) which resulted from yet another Blogger "Preview burp" -- remote site diconnection accompanied by a partial "take" as a full-blown "Post". However, I didn't want to mess with your Settings. And since "Comment Moderation" was disabled, I decided to just hold off and advise you instead. ==== One thing I *did* notice in looking through, though, is that the Comments Settings *will* allow you to choose *date-time* stamp formats, rather than just the *time*. Would you consider implementing one of those? The clock time alone quickly becomes relatively meaningless (within a day), and is thus fairly useless in the mid- to long-term. Especially on *older* threads, it makes it impossible to determine whether a seemingly "recent" comment is actually recent or not, if you follow me.

Tue Jun 06, 04:47:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Done sir!

Tue Jun 06, 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

KEWL!! Thanks, Robert.

Wed Jun 07, 07:21:00 PM  
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