Thursday, June 12, 2014

Understanding the Taliban and the Ukraine crisis. (Hint: Big Oil and Energy)

Once upon a time, Saint Ronald Wilson Reagan (666) invited the Taliban into the White House and called them "...the moral equivalents of America's Founding Fathers." (1985) They were fighting the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, as was CIA operative Osama Bin Laden. Much money was funneled into such "freedom fighters", until they turned against "us", because we wanted to build the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline through their back yard. Hey, friends let friends build pipelines through their back yards, don't they? What gives! Reagan dedicated a space shuttle flight to them, now they're supposed to let us pipe oil wherever we want!

Years later, or is it:

Ukraine hosts several Russian energy pipelines which feed consumers in North Africa and various European countries. Note that Vladimir Putin is a multi-billionaire through such gas and energy investments, so it's personal. Late last year, Chevron signed a $10,000,000,000.00 deal in Ukraine. Note that the "Petrodollar", the international currency through which oil trading occurs, helps or hinders that same country's economy as it rises and falls via oil deals and crisis.

Gee, capitalism isn't our friend? The government cares more about money than its people? They'd risk world war over money? NAH. NAW.


"Since the collapse of the USSR at the end of 1991, U.S. oil companies and their friends in the State Department have been salivating at the prospect of gaining access to the huge oil and natural gas reserves in the former Soviet republics bordering the Caspian Sea and in Central Asia. These have been estimated as worth $4 trillion."


"Outside this country, there is a widespread belief that U.S. military deployments in Central Asia mostly are about oil. 

An article in the Guardian of London headlined, 'A pro-western regime in Kabul should give the U.S. an Afghan route for Caspian oil,' foreshadowed the kind of skeptical coverage the U.S. war now receives in many countries."

Key gas pipelines in Ukraine 
(Pic of huge number of Russian pipelines through Ukraine)

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's Maeve McClenaghan talks to a Russian political analyst who says that Putin owns shares in three major oil and gas companies: 4.5% of Gazprom, 37% of oil supplier Surgutneftegas and up to 75% of oil trader Gunvor."

Europe Has Finally Found A Way To Make Russia Hurt Economically In Ukraine Crisis

"South Stream, the multi-billion-euro pipeline intended to bring Siberian gas to Europe, has become an economic pawn in the Ukraine crisis, analysts say, after Bulgaria halted work under pressure from Brussels and Washington.

The pipeline project backed by Russian giant Gazprom Italy's ENI and France's EDF, is intended to bring an annual 63 billion cubic metres of Russian natural gas to Europe."

Ukraine signs $10 billion shale gas deal with Chevron

Chevron has no plans to end fracking agreement with Ukraine

This oil giant could get crushed by Ukraine

"Ukraine sits on 39 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. That's about one-quarter the world's entire proven reserves."

September 11th Attack on America - The Energy Connection


"Petrodollar refers to either a United States dollar earned by a country through the sale of its petroleum (oil) to another country[1], or the system by which the United States props up the relative value of its currency on the world market by requiring that oil producing nations trade their product on the world market exclusively in dollars."

Pooh Iraq 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ted Cruz claims "war upon free speech" when "citizens united" is threatened

A friend who watches some right-wing media just asked me for additional information about a bill he'd heard discussed which the democrats are signing, which would end the 1st Amendment. Having seen zero about this in social media I went online and found this:

"Ted Cruz: Democrats are trying to ‘muzzle’ free speech".

Your first warning should be that Ted Cruz is a "tea party" darling, as one article calls him, and they're the Koch brother's plaything [1,2]. Your second should be that he's married to a Goldman Sachs executive [3]. Goldman Sachs makes money hiking up the prices of basic foodstuffs around the world, profiting while people literally starve [4], as well as taking incredible amounts of taxpayer dollars in "government shut-downs" [5]. They've also managed to install their people into several EU banking organizations following the EU crash as well as installing their people for a time as actual Prime Ministers in Italy and Greece [6] which banksters engineered in the first place [7]. Then, Ted leads the last so-called "government shut-down" unless his demands are met [8]. Smash-and-grab, smoke and mirrors. Disaster capitalism!

After about five minutes of searching I've learned the facts: Democrats have signed Senator Udall's bill to end the Koch brother's "citizens united" ruling (a ruling which allows significantly greater corporate spending on elections etc., literally ending "one person, one vote" and making dollars into actual speech). Those with the most money can be the loudest and most repetitive in media.

Ted Cruz is calling this a literal attack upon the 1st Amendment, upon free speech as an absolute. He of course actually means the claimed rights of corporations and the rich to dominate elections and to own government. I wanted to read Ted's op-ed on the subject but it's at the Wall Street Journal (AHEM) website, and you can't read it if you don't pay. Which I suppose perfectly details the entire situation. Some things are evidently only for some people, and you're not one of them.

Republicans must completely depend upon people to take them literally and to NOT do any research on their own, to ever question what they're being fed! Even good, decent people who don't take a minute to search out the details may be misled. And if that misleading voice can pay to become ever louder...



3: Mrs. Ted Cruz: VP Goldman Sach, Economic Policy Advisor to Bush-Cheney

4: Goldman Bankers Get Rich Betting on Food Prices as Millions Starve

5: 8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

"Goldman got $1.6 billion in tax free financing for its new massive headquarters through Liberty Bonds."

6: What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe

7: The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis

8: Flip-Flopper Cruz Claims 2013 Government Shutdown Is Winning Strategy To Reclaim Senate

Further reading:

Goldman Sachs making the US like Greece, Italy, Spain... 

The 1% are ripping the shit out of us

Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

Goldman Sachs' "Warehouse Shuffle" Just Cost You $5 Billion