Is Standing Rock the New Middle East?

Recently I criticized two videos (https://hammy64000.com/2017/02/18/standing-rock-u-s-government-genocide/). However their claim of a Bush connection to the pipeline phenomenon inspired me to do some research. I knew oil was a tool of the world’s ruling corporations but I’ve always pictured the geopolitical battlefield somewhere in the Middle East. I suppose it was inevitable that it would eventually come home.

The Bushes are not usually listed in industry articles about the pipelines. The fact that the most disputed pipelines of our time, Keystone XL and Dakota Access, will end up in Port Arthur, Texas, the location of the biggest oil refinery in the United States owned by Bush ally Saudi Arabia, is suspicious, but it’s circumstantial evidence. In 2016, Saudi Arabia became the sole owner of the Port Arthur refinery when it ended its relationship with its former partner, Royal Dutch Shell. 1. [Clifford Krauss, Texas Refinery Is Saudi Foothold in U.S. Market, The New York Times, Apr. 4, 2013. Available: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/business/texas-refinery-is-saudi-foothold-in-us-market.html]

A Bush/Saudi connection to the pipelines is counterintuitive. By most accounts Aramco only refines Saudi oil. The Saudis are even said to be fighting the American fracking industry in order to assure a continuing market for Saudi oil. Still, it’s a little disturbing to see that Saudi Arabia has recently upgraded its refinery to process Bakken-type crude, and that certain interests in the U.S. seem to really want the Saudis here. According to Wikileaks, the United States government helped quash lawsuits against the Saudis in 2007 for alleged price-fixing because the Saudis threatened to pull out of their investment in the Port Arthur refinery.

The political persuasion of those who are willing to ignore the Saudi manipulation of the oil market is not counterintuitive however. The so-called NOPEC bill, which would have subjected OPEC producers to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow was passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in 2007 but blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. In May of 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices. The White House under President George W. Bush said it would veto the measure but it failed to get through a Senate vote. Reuters. 1. [Richard Mably, Exclusive-Saudi asked U.S. to stop oil lawsuits-Wikileaks, Reuters, Feb. 9, 2011. Available: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-wikileaks-idUSTRE71834A20110209]

If you are not convinced about the Bush/Saudi connection, Bush cohorts are very visible in this phenomenon. It’s no coincidence that Dick Cheney’s is now advising Donald Trump (Remember Cheney’s secret Energy Task Force?) Haliburton is the largest oil servicing company in the Bakken shale industry. 1. [Todd Beamon, Politico: Dick Cheney Emerging as Key Trump Adviser, Newsman, Dec. 16, 2016. Available: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/dick-cheney-key-donald-trump-adviser/2016/12/16/id/764430/]

In addition, Robert Crear is a lobbyist for Dakota Access and Sunoco Logistics. He formerly served as a chief of staff and commanding general for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers where he headed up the project, “Task Force: Restore Iraqi Oil’, under the George W. Bush administration. 1. [Steve Horn, Lobbyist for Dakota Access Formerly Led Arm’s Restore Iraqi Oil Program, Huffington Post, Nov. 5, 2016. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-horn/lobbyist-for-dakota-acces_b_12819066.html]

These connections are just the tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even mentioned the shady banks that seem to spring up around these people. You might be surprised at this. You probably think they are wealthy enough and powerful enough to work with clean banks, but you’d be wrong. Their political and economic supremacy has been achieved through fraud and theft. As the saying goes, the best way to rob a bank is to own one. In reality they’re flying by the seat of their pants, competing for world domination with allies and enemies who are no better than they are. It seems obvious that the reasonable thing to do is climb down from the pinnacle gradually, but these people are clearly not equipped to be reasonable. This is our dilemma. So what should be done?

Today I heard an argument from two different people that corporations should be reconfigured so that they do good works instead of dirty tricks. I disagree for two reasons:

1. This is more of the same old top-down baloney from a ruling class that only wants to stay in power. They’ve proved over and over again that they don’t have any answers. What is needed now is guidance and protection for the real engine of the world, the people.

2. The corporations we have now will never play a benevolent role in society. Corporations were never meant to be immortal beings with human rights. Unfortunately, although this system lacks substance and legitimacy, it could live long enough to destroy us all.

I ask Dick Cheney, the Bush family, the various global interests and their puppet Donald Trump, to be the first to forsake world domination. The course we are on will only lead to grief. Guide the world’s leaders to do likewise. Dismantle the corporations and allow the real engine of the world to go into action. Finally, stop harming the earth so that we may survive together into the next century. I urge you and the other leaders of the world to do these things while you still can. Otherwise your system will collapse under its own weight.

Arizona’s Republican Representatives Try to Silence Dissent

Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature is advancing a bill to silence future protesters and financially punish the organizers. The bill is justified by state Representatives’ claims that ‘paid protesters’ are intentionally starting riots (these claims have been debunked) and their apparently genuine indignation over having to deal with irate constituents at town halls, whom they also claim are being paid. The Senate passed Senate Bill 1142 along party lines this week after heated debate with Democrats over its effects on free speech.1. [Alia Beard Rau, Arizona protest bill: What you need to know, The Republic, Feb. 23, 2017. Available: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/legislature/2017/02/23/5-things-know-arizona-bill-arrest-protesters-riot/98302932/]

Rioting, defined as ‘two or more people using or threatening force or violence in a way that disturbs the peace’, is already illegal in Arizona, but SB 1142 would expand the definition to allow charges if the force or violence results in property damage. Because rioting is defined as ‘two or more people acting together,’ this bill could allow protest organizers to be prosecuted if someone else is involved in the rioting, even if that person isn’t part of the organizing group. It cold also lead to organizers to being prosecuted just for planning an event that prosecutors believe could result in rioting. The bill would also add rioting to the list of offenses that can be addressed under state racketeering statutes. If a case is made for racketeering, the sentence would include more than a year in prison and seizure of protesters’ or organizers’ assets.  In addition, it would make them financially responsible for any property damage.

Big Oil, Standing Rock and Local Politics

I wasn’t surprised when I heard of the mistrust between water protectors and tribal leaders. The U.S. government has always created inequality within the tribe because they know the privileged members will be more likely to do the government’s bidding. But this is not only true of Native Americans.  Look at the 2016 election. Our efforts were derailed because a significant number of people believed they would benefit from other people’s misfortune.

Today at 2 p.m. MST the water protectors, the last link in this country’s chain of environmental disaster, will be forcibly removed from treaty land as part of the oil industry’s push to secure drilling rights across the U.S. As we speak, Donald Trump is poised to trample the remaining legal barriers to Big Oil’s supremacy over this land. The following video reveals the betrayals leading up to this desperate standoff.

Standing Rock: U.S. Government Genocide

Update: This is the kind of thing that drives people apart and makes them give up.

Can anyone back up these claims?

February 19, 2017:

I published these videos after they showed up in my YouTube feed. Sorry to say, I wasn’t suspicious about them until after I published them. As you probably know by now, this YouTube channel supports Donald Trump.   Now I see that my suspicions were justified.  Since Trump owns shares in the Dakota Access Pipeline it’s not likely his supporters would be concerned for the water protectors–it’s more likely they would try to scare them off.

I guess this is nothing new—lies have been filling up the airwaves these days. What really gets to me is the gleeful way the lies are carried out. The monetary rewards alone can’t explain it in my opinion. None of the things we’ve been seeing make sense in the context of what we were trying to accomplish in this election.

Maybe they assume we’re as cynical as they are and that we didn’t mean what we said. Or maybe they don’t need an excuse. Maybe they just enjoy making mischief.

Continue reading “Standing Rock: U.S. Government Genocide”

The Noose Tightens on Standing Rock

The police have moved the barricade closer to the camps and the water protectors are asking us to keep vigil with them.  Three hours ago there was no media presence at the camp.  However I heard more recently that The Young Turks has a reporter there–I assume it’s Jordan Chariton.  I’m getting this information from two groups on FaceBook, Nodapl and the Standing Rock Protectors group.

Chase Iron Eyes spoke about 8 or 9 hours ago and expressed his disappointment that the six bands that once showed their support to the water protectors are not there now.  Lately it’s occurred to me that the task of our generation my be a little different than I thought.  Rather than carry on a conversation, we all might be required to put ourselves in harm’s way.  When the time comes let’s hope we hear the call.

When I think of the water protectors facing the enemy alone tonight, I’m reminded of the Book of Matthew, 26: 36-46.  Jesus went to Gethsemane to pray and asked his disciples to watch with him, but when he returned to them they were asleep.

“And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Update: According to the BIA the people at the camp will not be removed tonight.  If and when the BIA tells people to leave they will have 30 days.

There is a national general strike Friday, February 17, with rallies taking place in several cities.  Don’t go to work or school and don’t purchase anything.  Hold peaceful protest, engage in community service, reach out to your representatives in Congress.  You can find more information here: 1. [Monique Svazlian Tallon, CPCC, There’s a Nation Strike Happening Friday. Here’s how you can participate.12/14/2017. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monique-svazlian-cpcc-acc/theres-a-national-general_b_14729604.html
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America, Where the Money Changers Rule

The problem with the analyses of this election is not their tendency to attribute the outcome to a conspiracy. The problem is that they all focus on just one conspiracy. In reality there are several, or maybe I should say several conspirators.  Any one of them alone could explain the outcome. Greg Palast’s documentary, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” is a good place to start this discussion.  Don’t leave when the documentary ends.  Stay to watch Palast’s recommendations, including his invitation to go to trumpstoleit.com and sign up for updates. Oops, this will get you there, but by way of Palast’s website.  You can go directly to trumpstoleit.org.

A Third Party With a Difference

There is lasting value in Bernie’s campaign–his progressive support.   For Abraham Lincoln  this kind of support was the basis for a new party.   Judging from the continuing bad behavior of establishment Democrats it looks like it’s time for Bernie to go the way of Lincoln.  If nothing else it will keep his supporters from getting lost in the political wilderness.  Fourteen million Democrats have already left the party.

This would not be a replay of the last election. The Green Party and the Libertarians didn’t have the kind of support that Bernie has.  He could make it could work.  What can you do?  Go to the website: draftbernie.org.  Or go to FaceBook: Draft Bernie for a People’s party.

Water Protectors Call for Mass Mobilization

This was published today by Democracy Now.

It is encouraging that the former Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, has stepped in to this fight.  Jewell said Wednesday that the Army Corp of Engineers is violating its legal obligations as well as its promises to indigenous leaders to complete the environmental impact study.  The Army Corp is legally required to abide by the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.  That has not been done in this case.

 

 

What We Have Here is a Bad Case of Overreach

Everything about the new administration seems calculated to provoke outrage. However for me amusement predominates, followed by pity. The current reenactment of the fascist drama reveals the decay of a movement that never was legitimate. Now seven decades later its innate decrepitude can’t be ignored. The actors have gone to seed, the costumes and props stink of mothballs, and the script is dated and full of clichés.

I know why they’re angry. Their rule was rejected. So what did they do about it? They proved we were right to reject them. Brilliant!

To the new administration, the Congress, and their billionaire traitors, we’re sick of you people sucking off of us. The world would be a better place if you retired and spent the rest of your days at the local pub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help the Water Protectors: Write a Letter

Although the Army Corp of Engineers was instructed to proceed with the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline that does not mean the project has been approved. You can still make a difference. The period for public comment remains open until February 20.

ICMN Staff • January 25, 2017

With President Donald Trump’s signing of presidential memos to fast-track review and development of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Keystone XL, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters say it’s more important now than ever for people throughout the country who are opposed to DAPL to register their disapproval with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army Corps of Engineers on January 18 date initiated its Environmental Impact Statement, part of which involves a 30-day period in which the Corps invites members of the public to weigh in on the project. The public has until February 20 to comment about the environmental impacts of DAPL at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. With less than 28 days to go, organizers say that now is the chance for people nationwide to speak up.

Send your letters to:

Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, 108 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0108

Or send your comments by email to: gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil (Use subject line NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing)

You can find ready-made forms for either method in the following article.   1. [Hillary Hanson, Huffington Post, January 31, 2017. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/public-comments-dakota-access-pipepline_us_5890e57fe4b0c90eff009b6a]

Your comments should identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives for consideration in the EIS, as well as the rights of the Native people on the front lines.

“While the EIS is exactly what we called for, we must ensure that it fully takes into consideration tribal treaty rights, natural resources, cultural and sacred places, socio-economical concerns, and environmental justice,” the tribe said in a statement on January 18. “We need your continued support as this process moves forward. Submit a comment to the Civil Works Division, and help us show the Army that #MillionsStandWithStandingRock.”

How Can We Protect the Environment?

The water protectors are confused over the tribe’s messages about closing the camp.  If you’re thinking about going there yourself, you’re probably even more confused.   Here’s Jordan Chariton’s latest post for an update.

Also read Representative Raúl Grijalva’s suggestions in the Huffington Post regarding how we can protect the environment going forward.  In summary: keep the policies we have; talk to diverse groups of people and explain how important this is to them; call out our elected officials when they make bad votes or excuses.  Finally, if they don’t listen, vote them out of office. 1. [Rep. Raúl Grijalva,Stand up Environmentalists, Huffington Post, January 31. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raul-m-grijalva/stand-up-environmentalist_b_14531792.html]