What Exxon Won’t Let the Media Show You

This is some aerial footage of the Mayflower, Arkansas oil spill that is currently NOT being reported by network media.

In my Kansas City market, less than 1 minute of reporting time went into describing to the people in our area the nature of the event, it’s extent and steps toward resolution. They did an even poorer job of explaining that the toxic mess left by this spill is actually Canadian Tar Sands, the same evil goo that oil companies want to ship through the Keystone XL pipeline once they get enough corrupt politicians on board to make it legal.

It may just be me, but what I see in the video looks quite a bit larger than the problem briefly described on our lame television news. Seriously, an abusive basketball coach is currently getting more air time for being a douchebag than this oil spill is for destroying an entire housing development’s worth, polluting a substantial adjacent waterway, killing local wildlife and rendering homes uninhabitable for many in the neighborhood.

This is how Big Capitalism works.

There’s No Tomorrow – A Sober Look at Energy, Lifestyle and Economics

There’s No Tomorrow takes a sober look at what it means to stake the survival of our species (and ultimately the entire planet) on a paradigm of infinite growth while living on a finite planet.

In just under 35 minutes, practically all of the issues concerning energy, economic growth, politics and the environment are laid out plainly for consideration.

This is not easy information to digest since each of these areas overlap one another in inextricable ways. Solutions will not be simple because improvements in one area often produce negative ripples in another.

Even so, it’s time to start having new conversations; conversations that rise above antiquated economic theories, indistinguishable political parties and imaginary national borders.

Perhaps Henry David Thoreau  was right – it’s time to “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”

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.