Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! Just arriving home from Dowses Beach after witnessing yet another gorgeous sunrise, the rays of our star shining out through the pink and purple clouds, and as a song sparrow perched on the “No Dogs Allowed from May 15-September 15″ sign amongst the lush growth of Rugosa roses, I thought to myself, music doesn’t get any better than that… Turning our attention to the disaster that is now synonymous with the Gulf states, we see the evil inherent within the oil industry and their eternal push to destroy what is left of Mother Earth. It has already been pointed out the level to which the p.o.h.n. would stoop for their corporate masters, apologizing to them for polluting an entire eco-system for generations to come. But, looking deeper, we find it much more insidious than that–if that is even possible. Blackrock, the investment firm of choice for Judge, “Marty”, Feldman (seemingly taken from a scene right out of the classic film “Young Frankenstein”, it’s alive!), who is the one man, ONE MAN, who made the decision recently to overturn the moratorium on deep water drilling in the United States of America (until we at least get a handle on why the Deep Water Horizon blew up, and time to inspect other rigs for possible safety violations). Blackrock is the investment firm that the “judge” uses exclusively, according to financial disclosure reports, and surprise, surprise, surprise, Blackrock is the largest shareholder of bp stock, at 1,113,000,000 shares! That’s right, 1.1 billion shares of the oily stock, or 5.9 percent of total stocks held. Let us wrap our heads around that one. The Louisiana district court judge who is mysteriously “in charge” of making this critical decision, is heavily and exclusively invested in the investment company Blackrock, again making the decision on whether or not we should continue to drill in deep water when we have no idea what we are doing, when his buddies at bp and Blackrock, along with him personally, are losing millions of dollars a day because their “vessels” are not up and running-well, 33 out of 3600. This judge is heavily invested in various divisions of Blackrock (therefore bp), along with Transocean (the owner of the ill fated rig) and a company called Noble Corporation, who owns 2 other rigs currently drilling in deep water in the Gulf. Every day the rigs are not operating, the company and therefore investors, again, like our pal “Judge” Feldman, loses, $450,000, quite an incentive to keep on doing dangerous activities that effect the whole of a nation. To quote the late, great Fred Rogers, from the television show, “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” “Can you say conflict of interest? Sure, I knew that you could.” Eight other companies as well, cement the connections to the oil industry for this “judge”, and therefore his ruling. On the day the moratorium was overturned, therefore as of Tuesday of this past week, the “judge” owned stock in Exxon Mobile, making a special note on the sale of the stock and I quote, “…the Exxon stock…was sold at the opening the stock market on June 22, 2010, prior to a court hearing on the oil spill moratorium case.” Again, this was the same day the “Judge” made that land mark “decision” that was most likely already made for him by big oil, in the form of a pay off of some kind. The district court in Louisiana supposedly has systems in place to keep “conflicts of interests” at bay. However, to quote my friend Rachel Maddow, “those systems work as well as the blowout preventers on deep water rigs…” Kate Gordon, from the Center for American Progress, states, “this is incredible, we have a judge whose dividend checks depend on the case that he is deciding, and that doesn’t seem to be a problem for him, it’s sort of INCREDIBLE. He held Exxon stock while he held hearings on this case.” The sad truth about this revelation is the fact that most news outlets these days did not even bring this fact up. It was a side note on shows, even news programs as somewhat truthful as the PBS Newshour, whose “underwriters” most likely do most of the editing, along with main stream media such as NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and of course, FOX NEWS, who does not edit so much as they, (like the oil executives writing their own inspection reports in pencil, only to have the regulators, MMS, trace over that “number two information” with a pen), gain their “talking points” from the corporations themselves, thus, eliminating any mistakes. And so, on day 69 of this horrific environmental man made criminal act of greed and power, we have it all very clear. From the financials to the regulators to the cover up by bp, to the “cleanup effort”, to the patronizing words of the chairman, who is deeply concerned with the “small people”– we now know just how corrupt the oil and gas industry truly IS. May GOD bring about JUSTICE! GOD’S SPEED to the GULF, all of the people, sea creatures, Brown Pelicans and marsh lands therein… Have a blessed Sunday folks! Peace~M
June 27, 2010
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