oil politics

It’s Thanksgiving which means tables decorated with tiny porcelain figures of Native Americans sharing corn with pilgrims. It’s a holiday about being grateful, coming together, and being at peace but while we use caricatures of a great people, mainstream media ignores their cries for help. While we set tables with servings of food that are far too large, the original inhabitants of this great nation struggle to fight for clean drinking water and respect for their ancestors.

I’m not great at words but this issue is very dear to my heart so here’s some art.

things to believe in :

• a wonderful future
• the sun rising
• fresh starts
• happiness
• the moon
• kindness
• poetry
• beauty
• magic
• love
• you

I’m not saying that free-market economics is bad or dangerous, I’m saying that it doesn’t even exist.

The mythical butcher-baker-candlestick-maker view of capitalism only existed in the very earliest days of capitalist development, when it was little more than a social experiment embarked upon by adventurous minor nobles and desperate peasants in fast-growing early-modern cities. The whole reason capitalism survived as a way of organising economic activity was because the newly-wealthy capitalist elites were best placed to wield influence over tottering European feudal states as they crumbled under their own weight - taking them over to run them as glorified protection rackets for their profit-making schemes. From its earliest inception within feudal societies, capital has sought the benefits of the state - legal regulation, economic protectionism, military repression - and used them to secure its future.

Even the most dimly-conscious free-market ideologue knows this. What ‘free-market’ ideology really conceals is a civil war between staggeringly wealthy elites, over which faction of capitalists should reap the rewards: those who benefit from the huge resources of states being poured into subsidising the profits of manufacturing, industry and trade, or those who can make a killing from bank bailouts, government-secured property deals and state-backed oil ventures.

Modern states, therefore, are to capitalism both nursemaid and childhood playmate: they are utterly inseparable, bound together in a Faustian bargain written in the blood of workers.

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Trump to sign executive orders pushing forward Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

  • Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, according to multiple reports.
  • The orders will push forward the controversial oil pipelines that have drawn fierce protests from environmental and tribal activists.
  • Press Secretary Sean Spicer hinted Monday at a news conference that Trump wanted to move forward with the oil pipelines.
  • Still, it was unclear how sweeping the action on the pipelines would be via executive order.
  • According to reports, the executive order will “advance” both projects, though few other details on that advancement were immediately available. Read more

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Mother Nature Lays the Climate Cards on the Table

Another brilliant climate-themed cartoon from The Los Angeles Times’ David Horsey. Check out more of his work here.

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Trump doubles down on aggressive policies in his first White House TV interview

  • In his first sit-down television interview at the White House, with ABC News, Trump defended his most controversial policy proposals.
  • Trump discussed denying visas to persons from seven Muslim-majority countries. “We are excluding certain countries, but for other countries we are having extreme vetting.”
  • Trump reiterated his belief the U.S. should have plundered Iraq’s oil reserves in 2003, raising fears he still thinks Iraq is ripe for pillaging.
  • “We should’ve taken the oil,” Trump said “And if we took the oil you wouldn’t have ISIS. And we would have had wealth.”
  • Taking Iraq’s oil would be a grave violation of international law, specifically the Hague Convention of 1907 and 1949 Geneva Convention, which prohibits signatories from pillaging territories under private or military control for material gain.
  • The president also defended a baseless lie that millions of undocumented immigrants voted for his opponent Hillary Clinton in the general election. Read more

Trump says intel officials told him torture "absolutely” works

  • He also said that intelligence officials have assured him torture is “absolutely” an effective way of extracting information from captives.
  • Torture does not, in fact, “absolutely” work. An exhaustive 2014 Senate report on CIA detention programs launched during Bush’s term found no evidence torture was a reliable or effective intelligence tool. Read more
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GEORGE BUSH AND TONY BLAIR SECRETLY COLLUDED TO INVADE IRAQ A YEAR BEFORE DOING SO

Jeb Bush should change his, “my brother kept us safe” routine to, “my brother the war criminal lied about WMDs and helped create ISIS by knowingly starting a war-for-oil with Iraq, a country where none of the September 11th hijackers were from.”

(see the documents and read the full DailyMail post by Glen Owen and William Lowther, here)

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Protesters In Keokuk, Iowa Rallying Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

Author’s Note: I sincerely wish these people all the luck in the world.  I cannot tell you how depressing it was to traverse down those familiar county roads suddenly dug up and completely unfamiliar.  This town especially is one oil spill away from being wiped off the map entirely.  And that’s not hyperbole.  These small towns in Iowa don’t have the commercial interest that the large cities on the coasts do.  One freak tragedy is all it would take.

Go dance with them.  Show your support.