What Petrochemical Companies Should Be Telling You About “Fracking”

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Dangers Of Fracking.com is an informational website that explains the “fracking” process in plain English.

It has an infographic style that makes each step of the fracking process easy to understand and it’s lean, non-cluttered layout helps focus attention on the real issues.

Rather than sift through mountains of mis-information supplied by the petroleum industry, take about 3 minutes to experience this site and gain a little clarity about what “fracking” is really all about.

As you progress through the site, notes about the process will pop up for you to read. Don’t just quickly scan them! Stop and re-read what they’re telling you and let it sink in. These facts demand careful consideration.

There will be opportunities to take action at the close of their presentation if you’re so inclined. Take me to the Dangers of Fracking website

Corporate Fear Rules Small Minds

Occupy Koch Town protest Feb. 18, 2012I recently had the pleasure of attending Occupy Koch Town in Wichita, Kansas on February 18, 2012. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the disastrous effects large corporations are having upon our society, our government, our environment and our general well-being.

Organized largely through a Facebook post made 3 weeks previously, the event was essentially an open invitation for all concerned citizens to march in front of Koch Industries’ headquarters and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. Anyone was allowed to attend, to have a voice and to play a part if they wanted to.

It worked. People from as far away as South Dakota were there. In fact, more than half of the attendees weren’t from Wichita at all. This is a good sign.

Here are a few photos of my fellow protesters taken by Kansas City photographer Jerry Schmidt to help document our peaceful protest:


I’ve attended about a dozen of these events around the Midwest and one of the things that stands out over-and-over is the unusually broad-based support they achieve. No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll likely see folks that resemble your friends, family or neighbors; all peaceful citizens exercising their civic duty to redress grievances through peaceful protest.

Unlike what gets reported in the media, these protesters are bona fide “regular” Americans, not satanic anarchists trying to steal your soul and brainwash your babies.

Why do you think there’s such a huge disparity between what actually goes on at these rallies and what gets reported? Could it be that somebody has a special interest in keeping the public fearful and ignorant?

Consider this movie trailer from Citizens United depicting their version of what the Occupy Wall Street movement is really all about:

This is no joke. Citizens United has actually produced this movie and intends to circulate it within echo chamber media outlets like Fox News and other mis-information sources that spread fear and ignorance to an under-informed and obedient audience.

In a little over 2 minutes they identify a dozen boogeymen on which to attach their fear and hatred:

  • Political humorist, Bill Maher
  • Former Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
  • Documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore
  • Democratic leader, Harry Reid
  • President Obama (black Satan)
  • Internet powerhouse Anonymous
  • Calling Tea Partiers “radical” or “a manufactured party”
  • Drug use
  • Violence
  • Rape
  • Anarchy
  • Militant or war-like tendencies

What’s wrong with these people? Are they so afraid that their ideas can’t stand scrutiny that they feel like they must create an alternative reality for themselves where truth, knowledge and progress are unnecessary and unwelcome?

Compare what is represented in that ominous trailer to this cell phone video clip from our Occupy Koch Town event:

Clearly, there’s a disconnect.

The sad part is that many of those Fox network watching sheeple will believe the garbage they’re fed and continue to support the very people who keep them down.

They’ll continue believing that right-wing nut jobs and corporate banksters are somehow protecting them from these “imaginary threats.”   As long as they obediently watch and obey, it will only encourage more corporate-sponsored fear.

After all, it’s what motivates the sheep.

Children Are the New Adults – Politicians Should Stand Down

This grainy video was recorded at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. In it, 12 year old Severn Suzuki delivers a truth that is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago when she delivered it.

Why is it that so many kids, young adults, working class people and other “ordinary” citizens seem to understand quite poignantly what’s going on in the world and what needs to be done while the elite, ruling class remains oblivious?

Maybe it’s time  to adopt solutions as seen through the eyes of a child. Politicians should stand down.

Real Eyes Realize Real Lies

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This slogan may go down as the best 5 word description of the great awakening of 2011.

For the first time in human history, ordinary people took to the streets in over 82 countries in over 950 cities more or less simultaneously. Even though the people appeared to have little in common at first, it quickly became evident that they were nearly identical in so many ways.

One of the most interesting documents about this similarity is a study prepared by Tomaz Kure of Slovenia. Tomaz compiled the dominant slogans that protesters were chanting in each country and listed them month-by-month starting  January 2011 and ending December 2011.

In it, you can clearly track the protest’s spread from Tunisia to other countries as new voices join the list.

Even though the protesters themselves are very diverse, their complaints are eerily the same. Regardless of country, religion, political or economic system, these 12 topics appeared over and over:

  • The power of banks
  • Criticism of the capitalist system
  • Stock speculations
  • Lack of democracy
  • Poor regulations
  • Austerity cuts
  • Corruption of elites
  • Inaccessible education
  • High unemployment
  • High personal debts
  • Environmental problems
  • An increasing gap between the rich and poor

Could it be that human beings have an innate understanding that freedom, justice, fairness and compassion must not be compromised?

Is this internal compass powerful enough to overcome decades of unregulated power in the hands of central banks, large corporations and autocratic or plutocratic regimes?

The jury’s still out.

Check out Tomaz’s work. It is a fascinating read and I guarantee that you’ll immediately recognize yourself in the voices of others.

You can view Tomaz’s work online by clicking here.

You can download his paper by clicking here.