I see that some rat gatekeeper is hindering me because he or she (or…) sees that I don’t have the ‘right’ political views. (And in order to hinder me that gatekeeper(s) had to hinder someone else going by the name ‘Vlatko’.) And because it’s just too easy. Which is fine, because it gives me an excuse to point people to a fantastic documentary I saw recently. I had heard about GasLand but had not got around to watching it until a short time ago. I tend to lose track of time, but if I am to go by what the dates on the comments show, it was about February 4th that I watched the documentary, which I had already downloaded. (I must have checked into Top Documentary Films to see whether the entire doc was there before downloading the file, which I did a month or so ago. I don’t remember. Even then, I didn’t finish the download for some time. It was slow and I had other things to do, so I set it aside. I only recently finished the download and even more recently viewed the documentary.) I wanted to link to the documentary on my own blog if it was available for free online, so I popped into Top Documentary Films and looked it up. Some of TDF’s entries are free to view and some only allow you to view a trailer. I don’t know whether it’s always been that way. I don’t know much about TDF’s owners. But I do know all that I need to know about Amazon.
There is a trailer for GasLand on Top Documentary Films and a link that takes the viewer to the Amazon website so that he or she (or…) can purchase the documentary from Amazon. Please do support this, if you can, by buying the documentary. I say that even though I detest Amazon. They are two different subjects.
I tossed a comment into the discussion following the trailer on TDF about Amazon, which is an evil, but big and hard to avoid, company. Check out my screen shots. I simply said that I’m sick of progressives sending me to Amazon. (Is TDF ‘progressive’? I have no idea, even if many of their offerings are from authors who are progressive or progressive enough.) I phrased that the way I did because often enough I find the same casual re-direction to Amazon on progressive websites and it annoys me. (Usually when I’m looking up books online, I run into that. But there are alternatives to Amazon for book buyers. I only use Amazon’s site to quickly find the publisher of the book and then I buy my book directly from the publisher if I’m able to. But there are still other book sellers out there. There’s also ebay.) I wanted to make the point that progressives should avoid Amazon. If these behemoth, anti-worker, antisocial, tax evading corporations can do things like join in financial blockades against people’s champions (like Wikileaks) who irk them, then we can boycott them, not that I think it really hurts them. Maybe now and then we make one hurt – and they all see that as an acceptable cost of doing business the way they do business – but overall it won’t make a dent in the corporatocracy. Still, What’s sauce for the goose…
That comment made it into the discussion. Then someone asked me simply “Why?” Then I responded by pointing them to my blog post (or maybe it was to the Democracy Now episode about Amazon and Jeff Bezos). I don’t remember exactly. But they killed Vlatko’s question by tossing it into a purgatory called ‘Mod’. Did the moderator die?, because that status is frozen. Therefore my reply to Vlatko doesn’t show. (I will one day reply to myself a second time, posting the link I would have posted in my reply to Vlatko. But not now.) So I figured I’d toss in another comment, in response to my original, stating that I had indeed responded to Vlatko, but that comment has been disallowed (indirectly, as I explained). So far, that comment has been allowed. So, My first and third comments were allowed. My second comment, namely my reply to Vlatko’s question, was disappeared. The funny thing is, You can see Vlatko’s comment, waiting upon moderation. It’s only my reply to him that you don’t see.
I took notes when I watched GasLand. I intend to use it in a post I’ve been trying to find the time to do but haven’t succeeded in that quest. Part of the problem is that I have zero privacy at home. I hate typing at night because I live in a room and, even with a towel under my keyboard, I’m sure the fellow who share’s my wall can hear it. So I don’t work as much as I’d like to. And the quality of my work is no doubt impacted by this arrangement. I feel like someone walking alone in the woods who hears a bear grunt behind him. Do I stop and be quiet? Do I keep going and become dinner? Anyway, Here’s a few things I grabbed from that astonishing and sad documentary:
Is Dick Cheney a professed Christian? (He’s certainly not a genuine Christian.) If he is, then he should take note that the apostle Paul has no use for him. In his letter to the Romans, Paul said, about the godless crowd in his day, that “Just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a disapproved mental state, to do the things not fitting. And they were filled with all unrighteousness…” and were “false to agreements…” (Romans 1:28-32) Indeed, Darkness is it’s own reward. Life and God’s approval are not the rewards for embracing darkness and becoming one who is false to agreements. Our law and order governments are filled with that sort of person.
Josh goes to Sublette County, which consists of 4,935 square miles of the state of Wyoming. Much of Sublette County is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM’s mission statement is to preserve the land for the enjoyment and use of future and present generations. Dick Cheney, as head of the Energy Task Force, asked BLM in 2001 to find ways to open up new federal lands to gas and oil leasing. (At the same time, the US, never happy with nationalized industries, was urging Iraq to let more private investment into Iraq’s oil sector. We know what happened a short while later. Because Iraq did ‘not’ possess weapons of mass destruction, it’s time was running out.) Dick persuaded BLM to lease millions of acres to gas companies for exploration and drilling. Dick’s success, in effect, constituted a betrayal of the American people by their government.
How hard is it for these players in the great game of ‘riches for the strongest’ to trample on the human rights of citizens in other countries where they have resources that those players want when they happily treat their fellow citizens with utter disdain? Cheney et al, claim that it’s all about national security and that oil is at the center of national security. ‘Now’ that might be true. But in the sense that that consideration was never what motivated these players (including players like Russia and China), it isn’t true. (Have US ruling classes ever shown a scintilla of interest, beyond rhetoric, in using it’s stature in the world, post World War 2, to steer the global community in a direction of sustainable energy and security and prosperity for all? Nope.) Cheney et al are seeking dominance within the global system that the US designed, just as Israel’s ruling class (a US proxy) seeks dominance and the freedom to attack other countries without fear of effective retaliation, while claiming it’s all about national security, as Noam Chomsky notes.
These players have all modded themselves into vicious beasts. Nations don’t have to devour each other. They don’t have to compete to see who will dominate. They choose to. But that’s history that they will not subscribe to or teach. The US, as Michael Klare (http://bit.ly/1FDdRl9 + http://bit.ly/1MM8nXo), Michael Hudson and Robert Parry clearly show, manoeuvers to stay in charge of the world. And it does so recklessly and heedless of the fact that their actions, and the actions of their private sector partners, are dooming the liveable earth. William Blum notes (chapter 18 of “America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – The Truth About US Foreign Policy And Everything Else”) that for eight years, Al Gore was vice president and did diddly squat to encourage corporate America to embrace a vision for America and the future that didn’t include the destruction of the liveable earth. And in Gore’s documentary, “The Inconvenient Truth,” he says virtually nothing about corporations’ role in taking us all over a cliff.
Regarding the creation of the moonscape known as the Jonah Gas Field, in Sublette County (and north of Yellowstone National Park), Josh notes that some have called it the greatest giveaway of public lands to private interests ever. I’d love to find some quotes. I tried a Google and came up empty. But that’s no surprise. Google, which does evil, is only part of the problem. Google’s corporatocracy partners, political and corporate, will go to any length to get their way. In his discussion with Diane Rehm, Josh explains how the gas industry deployed vets to do psyops against him and how they even stole his name so that people Googling it would land on fake sites. You name it. The earnest pleas of innocence from the likes of Steve Everley, who is with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, are really meant for a large segment of the population that pays zero attention and only knows what the mainstream media pushes at them as they slouch in front of their television sets.
From “Trading Wyoming For Gas” by Terry Tempest Williams, the following:
The simple question “What’s in the water and how did it get there?” is becoming increasingly critical to public health in the state of Wyoming, especially since the oil and gas companies do not have to divulge to the public the names of the chemicals they are using in the fracking process. These names are protected by law — a law many in Congress are trying to change — but the petroleum lobbyists are powerfully motivated to maintain the status quo.
So when a film like Gasland comes into the public’s view, no wonder America’s Natural Gas Alliance gets defensive. The scene where a man lights his tap water on fire should give all of us pause. This is fact, not fiction, in hidden pockets of the American West, more common than we wish to believe. Bless Josh Fox for giving us the truth, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for recognizing it.
So, Dear reader, when will ‘you’ be filtered out? Because the fascists running most of the world are ramping up their war against the people. The bovine segment of the population, everywhere, won’t notice or understand if it does notice. But even it will notice once the world has been completely transformed into something like Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The opulent minority seeks the greatest high it can get. And it get’s it’s high by taking the means of survival from others. It wants to play God, holding the power of life and death over others. Nazi Earth, if it had time to completely form, would mean austerity for most of the world’s inhabitants and prosperity for the rulers and their tools. Why wouldn’t you notice it if your freedom and security and comfort were to be taken from you?
A few more tidbits from Josh’s first GasLand doc include:
* There are over 596 chemicals used in fracking. They mix with water and are blasted far below the surface of the ground so as to fracture the rocks and release the natural gas trapped within them. In total, there’s something like 40 trillion gallons of water wasted this way. That’s ‘wasted’. The industry doesn’t voluntarily tell us about those chemicals. We find out from activists, like Doctor Theo Colborn, with expertise. As Theo Colborn points out, it’s next to impossible to know the way we need to know what the gas industry is throwing at the environment because of exemptions that enable it to evade informing us about the chemicals they use, which in turn makes monitoring more difficult. (At the beginning of the document, Josh looks at the Acts that were passed to make Americans safe. The oil and gas companies, thanks to Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, gained exemptions from all of them. That’s The Clean Air Act and The Clean Water Act and the Superfund Law [Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, And Liability Act] and about a dozen other regulations.) And the EPA is too corrupt to be counted on to help here, as a whistleblower who Josh talks to explains.
* At the beginning of the documentary, a resident of Dimock, Pennsylvania, hands Josh a jar of yellowish brown liquid, and later tells him that it’s something they’ve seen the gas company dumping into creeks. Josh gives the jar to a testing lab. Near the end of his doc, he gets a call from the lab about their results. There’s scary stuff in that water, which happens to be ‘produced’ water. (Sure, Make it sound like your God, blessing us by producing water for us. Sheesh!) Produced water is the liquid concoction used to frack ‘after’ it’s been used. Two of the chemicals freak Josh out, namely MBAS (methylene blue active substance) and TKN (total kjedahl nitrogen). They discovered MBAS in Steven’s Creek in central Pennsylvania. MBAS dissolves fish gills. And they found an undisclosed Halliburton chemical in Meshoppen Creek in Dimock. (I’m not clear about what ‘undisclosed’ means, in regard to ‘one’ chemical, if the gas company is not telling us anything, let alone that it’s dumping their produced water illegally into creeks.) And that’s going on all over North America.
I’m not clear about the anonymous caller who talks to Josh about the illegal dumping near the end of his documentary. Is that someone from the testing lab? Or the nervous resident who first handed Josh the jar? But whoever she is, she asked the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection about it and said that she felt like she was talking to a tree. Here’s mafia capitalism at work. It’s not about what you know and do, but about who you know and what you do for them. She can work and get paid by going along with the criminals, the protected and powerful special interests, or she can speak out and risk losing her job. But about the same time I watched GasLand, I saw a video online that reminded me of this woman’s statement. (I forget which I saw first.) A State Department spokesperson, Jennifer (Jen) Psaki, made reporters laugh (and no doubt weep, inside) when she literally responded like a tree to questions about her perverted comments about the US never doing regime change. She literally stiffens and stares momentarily, as the below video will show. They just have no shame. (See