Archive for April 2012

Big Oil’s Central Asian Mafia

(Excerpted from Big Oil & Their Bankers: Chapter 17: Caspian Sea Oil Grab)

According to Kurt Wulff of the oil investment firm McDep Associates, the Four Horsemen, romping in their new Far East pastures, saw asset increases from 1988-1994 as follows: Exxon Mobil- 54%, Chevron Texaco- 74%, Royal Dutch/Shell- 52% and BP Amoco- 54%.  Big Oil had more than doubled its collective assets in six short years.

This quantum leap in global power had everything to do with the takeover of the old Soviet oil patch and the subsequent impoverishment of its birthright owners. Continue reading

Who’s Behind the Mexican Drug Cartels

(excerpted from Big Oil & Their Bankers…Chapter 16: The Mexican Fast Track)

Zapatista Horse-Slayers

By the time George W. Bush moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2001, his Harken Energy scam had been brushed under the dirty rug that passes for history.  But his allegiance to the Four Horsemen and the Houston oil mafia never wavered.

Bush stressed the importance of Latin America throughout his campaign and touted his Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed with Canada and Mexico in 1990’s.  FTAA would create a free trade zone from the Yukon to Tierra del Fuego and would be a Big Oil bonanza.  One of its biggest promoters was Bechtel. Continue reading

Poison, Penguins & Pinochet

(Excerpted from The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries: Chapter 25: The Southern Cone)

Our second Andesmar bus is again late at the Bariloche bus station in the foothills of the Argentine Andes.  We arrive at the station well before the 9:00 AM departure time but the bus doesn’t show until 10:30. A German student and her Argentine friend are taking the same bus so we commiserate together.

Turns out the driver had to wait in line three hours for some $6/gallon gas. We have seen several long lines at gas stations. Energy will be a big issue here in years to come, since Argentina has few energy resources. Exxon and Shell run most of the gas stations here. Continue reading

American Dream Radio Column 4-12-12

On the Importance of Selfishness

(excerpted from The Grateful Unrich…: Chapter 12: Zootown)

After a year traversing the planet and a few months of blue-collar reality working 80 hour weeks with a Pipefitters Union in Minneapolis, my plunge back into academia at the University of Montana in the fall of 1989 is reverse culture shock central.

I am a reader/grader for a Philosophy 200 Ethics class. The teacher is a wannabe aristocrat who plays violin in the city orchestra and worships Aristotle from the safety of his intellectual ivory tower.

My first tests come back and Aristotle tells me the kids are lazy and doomed to gas station employment, since they have forgotten the sacred commas and can’t spell teleology.

I tell him he is brainwashed and that modern Western culture is a product of centuries of dualistic and atomistic philosophies and their logical consequences. The primary result has been a substantial devastation of the diversity of life which existed on this planet prior to the adoption of said worldview. Continue reading

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