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Friday, September 26

There is no ethics problem 

Don't look here.

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Wednesday, September 24

Why We Don't Want Dean 

You silly people think elections are where you get to choose someone to be president. Ha! You also get to choose what you want to eat at McDonalds - a number 2 or a number 6.

Those aren't choices, and you have nothing to do with them. They are illusions of choices.

Here is how we determine who you will select for us. We vet them. Each candidate must come before us and answer a few questions. Questions like: "You'll be good to big business, right?", "You'll make sure regulations don't get in the way of profits, right?", and "You'll continue to support everything we've worked so hard for over the last 40 years, right?"

We grill them and analyze their answers. If they seem wishy-washy, we don't support them. We only choose people who we feel will protect our interests. Not yours. Yours don't matter.

We don't care if they are Democrats, Republicans, Whigs, Bull-Moose... as long as they will work for us we will supoort them.

You probably think it is strange that we give money to both parties and both candidates. It's simple, really. If we don't support a candidate, we can't get any favors. So we have to support both, vetted and approved, candidates. Just in case they win. Then we're "in", regardless of who is running things.

So here comes this Dean fellow. Not vetted. Not approved. Not responding very well to our threats of no financial support. He's a loose cannon. He's doing it his way. That can't be. It cannot be allowed to continue. Just think of the chaos in our system if anyone could get elected! With popular, people-powered support. It just isn't done. And it won't happen this time. We will take him out.

When? When it is best to crush you. Our preference, of course, is for Bush to continue. Then his brother for 8 years after. That's quality you can count on. Dean serves our purposes for a while. We like to let you think you have a chance. Dean helps us take out some of those other Democrats without doing much on our own. But just wait. If it looks like he's actually going to succeed, we're going to use the full-force of everything we have learned to eliminate him from the competition.

That's why we threw Clark into the mix. To mess with Dean. Yes, Clark is one of us and we can get behind him. He knows the value of a military contract. He knows how the game is played.

We don't want Dean because he isn't in our club. If we cannot stop him, trust me, we will crush him in office. We aren't going to let some do-gooder take away all our treasure. It messes up our glorious plans for never-ending wealth and power.

Please don't support Dean. It will only mean bad things for the great corporations of this nation. What would the founding capitalists (Ford, Carnegie, Cheney) think? We can't let them down.

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Tuesday, September 23

Phony Wars 

Phony wars are a great way for us to allocate large amounts of resources to ourselves.

War is a big important thing, so naturally a war will cost lots of money. Not our money. Your tax money. You give us the money, and tell us to spend it to protect you.

We just so happen to own all of the companies that are capable of protecting you in the war. They get the contracts, and they get the money. You give it to us and we give it to them.

We declare war on anything and everything. The War on Drugs. The War on Teenage Pregancy. The War on Pimples. The War on Terrorism. The War on Witches. The War on Elves. Whatever we declare war on, you can rest assurred that we are in that business and we are in it to make money. Lots of it. All of it.

Phony wars have no ending. That would stop the money flowing. They don't need to be won. They shouldn't be won. They can occur anywhere. They can be fought when convenient, on our terms.

Phony wars make great television drama. Fabulous graphics, good-looking reporters, and daily doses of propaganda, er, news keep the ratings high, and the advertising revenues flowing.

You like to be scared, and like to feel that someone else will take care of the problem for you. You don't want pimples or witches. By golly, you are against the very idea. They must be stopped. At any cost.

The dirty secret is that you could be in complete control of these things yourself and cut us out entirely. You don't actually benefit from any of the phony wars. You just pay for them. Tell me again how your life is better because someone was killed in Bolivia (or Bosnia, or Afghanistan, or Iraq)? You paid for it.

A real war would involve ships with big guns in US harbors. It would be a large event with actual invasion by a foreign country that wanted to take over our land and take our stuff. That isn't going to happen.

Phony wars can distract. They can provide patriotic blips in the ratings of a politician.

So let's plan one, shall we? A phony war on, oh, how about this blog? Please, send as much money as you can to support the war againt this blog. This war will be endless, and we will need your sustained, non-deductible support. We are capable of fighting this blog, but it will be expensive and require our best people billing hourly at top rate. Stop this blog now.

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Monday, September 22

A Brief History of Oil Mergers and Overthrowing Governments 

In 1953, the CIA toppled the Iranian government and replaced the most popular Iranian leader that country has ever had. Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh had nationalized the Iranian oil and ended the British domination of Iranian petroleum. The CIA-led coup was orchestrated by another famous figure in American military history. Col. Norman Schwarzkopf paid $60 million to the Iranian police to ignore the student protests being secretly funded by the U.S. State Department, to allow restaurants, movie theaters and hospitals to be bombed, and to create a lack of order that resulted in one of the most despised Iranian leaders in history to take power. The Shah of Iran did in fact bring order to the country by imprisoning, torturing and executing thousands of Mossadegh's supporters. He also ended state ownership of the petroleum industry and handed over all of Iran's gas fields to Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company.

Bush took office in January 2001 and thus began a series of mergers between oil companies that make the merger of Exxon and Mobil look minor in comparison. First to merge on October 9, 2001 were US Chevron and Texaco forming the second largest oil company in the U.S. In late 2001, ChevronTexaco began a 34-year life project in the Hamaca field of the Orinoco region of Venezuela, a roughly 54,000 square mile region that has the potential of yielding hundreds of billions of barrels of oil. The company is a joint venture with Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and Phillips Petroleum.

Then Phillips Petroleum merged with Conoco Inc. of Houston in august 2002 making ConocoPhillips the third largest oil company in the U.S. Conoco is owned by the largest chemical company in the world DuPont (named after the Frenchman, E.I. Dupont de Nemours, who founded the company in 1802). According to information researched and published by students of Virginia Tech, "DuPont not only runs the state of Delaware, but also has a large hand in national affairs. DuPont family members have served as senators, representatives, an U.S. Attorney General, secretaries of Defense, Directors of the CIA and even Supreme Court Justices. This is all over the past 40 years."

The name of the joint venture company that includes ChevronTexaco, PDVSA and Phillips was called Ameriven. The Orinoco region has been carved up by the world's largest oil companies and Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA. France's TotalFinaElf, Norway's Statoil and Germany's Veba as well as ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the U.S., have regions for drilling that they used to own 51-49 with the state.

Venezuela is a country whose economy is based on oil. An economic crises due to low oil prices led its current President Hugo Chavez to wage an unsuccessful coup in 1992. After serving time in prison for the failed attempt, he became politically active and won the presidency in 1998. Chavez was reelected in 2000. Did I forget to mention that Hugo Chavez is a socialist?

Chavez is particularly popular with the country's poor majority. But he is particularly unpopular and hated by the country's small upper class elite and oil company managers, some union leaders and other individuals including George W. Bush and the U.S. State Department.

The reason stems to a decision Chavez made and implemented in November 2001. The Financial Times reported in April 2002 that the law centers around "new oil projects and angered oil companies by raising the rate of royalty taxes (payable regardless of profits) from 16 to 30 per cent and by restricting foreign participation in upstream oil ventures to 49 per cent."

Along with his government's decision to increase from 33% to 60% its stake in ownership between foreign oil companies and the state-owned oil company PDVSA, a coup was orchestrated by the oil managers with the assistance of striking oil workers and assisted by a largely sympathetic media in a massive disinformation campaign. For instance, on the day of the coup, the TV stations were playing endless repeats of Disney cartoons while the President of their country was being abducted and held by rebel leaders.

The Bush administration went on record as praising the coup attempt resulting in many people (other than the U.S. media) to wonder just who was behind the attempted overthrow of President Chavez.

Then the Bush administration weighed in again on the matter after Chavez's refusal to step down and his ability to win all the support of the Venezuelan military. In a written statement by the White House appearing in December 2002, this government called for early elections in Venezuela, "The United States is convinced that the only peaceful and politically viable path to moving out of the crisis is through the holding of early elections."

California anyone?

Chavez's term ends in 2007. And there is no sign that this elected leader is stepping down any time soon even though a referendum may be held in May to decide whether or not President Chavez should remain in office.

Chavez was supposed to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month, but he has cancelled his visit over reasons of security. On Friday morning, the military barracks across the street from the Miraflores Presidential Palace were bombed. The State Security & Political Police forces have blamed the bombing on a privately hired security agent working at the Plaza Altamira.

Chavez then learned from the Military Intelligence Directorate (DIM) that the CIA backed a plan to bring down the Chavez Frias' airplane during flight to the United States from Caracas later this month.



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Neverending Supply of Troops 

Some of you pitiful creatures say that the US is overextended, that we can't sustain this "empire" because we just don't have enough troops. Hogwash. Haven't you been reading the unemployment numbers?

We keep shifting jobs overseas, where labor is cheap. Jobs here vanish. people hang on to their dream for as long as they can, then we sign a few of them up to work at Walmart, selling things made by the people who took their jobs in the first place.

Gradually, people can barely afford to shop at our big box stores. Things get desperate. We offer them two choices at this point: turn to crime and go to our nice, privatized jails where we'll have you work for us making furniture or other products (we want to make a profit on your incarceration), OR enlist in the armed forces (help us incarcerate those other people for a profit).

As long as we keep the economy in a shambles (we've got that set for decades, now) and only have money to spend on defense, guess where the jobs are? In defense. Quick, go get in line!

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