On Drone Profiteers & Their Political Clout

20 03 2013

This is a good story from The Institute of Southern Studies

Follow the drone money

It lists what politicians get how much from the drone manufacturers.

Obama’s Brain Transplant Donor: Dick Cheney

5 12 2011

We have been wondering what happened to Barak Obama’s brain. About 5 minutes after he was elected someone spirited him away and transplanted Dick Cheney’s brain into his head. He has done the bidding of neo-cons we threw out of office ever since.

Finally we have an answer.Cheney's brain in a jar

Trowbridge H. Ford relates in Part 10 of his fascinating seriesGlimpses of America’s Man-Made Disasters“:

While the leading members of Obama’s oil administration, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are well known, its lesser possible figures – Admiral Dennis Blair, Charles Freeman, Leon Panetta, Greg Craig, General Bruce Carlson, General Jim Jones, Peter Lavoy, Christopher Kojm, John Brennan, etc., and, most important, continuing Pentagon chief Robert Gates – are known far too little, especially what their new mission is. They are to keep the American public on board while it achieves what was sidetracked by the cockup over the 9/11 bombings – the pacification of Afghanistan so that a pipeline can be constructed through it, connecting Caspian oil on its eastern shores to Pakistan’s Indian Ocean coast – what requires the defeat of its Taliban. If achieved, it would be a great blow to China’s search for oil self-sufficiency, threatening even the loss of its oil-rich Xinjiang province, and making Iran’s oil holdings much less important in global affairs.

In confirming the role of Big Oil, to use Antonia Juhasz’s terminology in The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful IndustryAnd What We Must Do To Stop It, the Obama administration has been largely bought by the industry despite its contentions to the contrary, particulary when one adds in what it has contributed to President Clinton, especially in the construction of his library. While Senator McCain received by far the biggest contributions from the oil industry since 1990, the total for the team of Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Biden is comparable, a bit over $1,000,000 dollars. Obama also fudged his acceptance of money by renouncing money from oil industry Political Action Committees (PACs) while accepting it from oil company executives, and he has only been on the national political scene recently.

However, in considering what elected officials can do when it comes to energy policy – like not closing the “Enron Loophole” which the Commodity Futures Modernization Act permitted spreading to energy traders working for oil companies – researchers should not overlook what control of government institutions, particularly the Pentagon and the CIA, can mean in this regard. They can lay out an estimate of future world developments, where the expected problems are, how to deal with them, and why. The personnel responsible for making such estimates, plans, capabilities and outcomes are the most important officials in govenment in today’s world, and their nomination and selection should be the top priority of any democratic system to make sure that the nation’s power is really exercised by those who appear to be in control.

The whole corruption of the process started when the transition team announced on December 18th the appointment of Admiral Dennis Blair, Senator Obama’s military adviser, to be Admiral Mike McConnell’s replacement as National Intelligence Director who then joined other hawks on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Blair, while he had been Commander of the Pacific Fleet during the last days of the Clinton administration, had been so aggressive in dealing with Chinese counterparts that he should never have been even seriously considered for the position. During a 1999 meeting at Hawaii, Blair told a Chinese admiral two things when they were discussing the Taiwan situation: “First. I own the water out there. Second, I own the sky over the water out there. Now, don’t you think we should talk about  something constructive?” (Quoted from “Meet new DNI boss Dennis Blair,” Tribune/Opinion, February 22, 2009.)



Here is another telling fact from Ene-News:

2008: Obama chief political strategist David Axelrod worked for Exelon, largest nuclear plant owner in US — NEI chairman is Obama donor

” . . . Since 2003, executives and employees of Exelon, which is based in Illinois, have contributed at least $227,000 to Mr. Obama’s campaigns for the United States Senate and for president. Two top Exelon officials, Frank M. Clark, executive vice president, and John W. Rogers Jr., a director, are among his largest fund-raisers. . .

 Another Obama donor, John W. Rowe, chairman of Exelon, is also chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear power industry’s lobbying group, based in Washington. . .

In addition, Mr. Obama’s chief political strategist, David Axelrod, has worked as a consultant to Exelon. A spokeswoman for Exelon said Mr. Axelrod’s company had helped an Exelon subsidiary, Commonwealth Edison, with communications strategy periodically since 2002 . . .  [La Dee Dah!]

Exelon and Illinois state officials waited for four years until 2006 before disclosing that Exelon’s Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear plant 60 miles southeast of Chicago, had spilled millions of gallons of water containing tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, multiple times over a decade. Exelon officials eventually apologized and said the risks from the leak were “minimal”, with tritium levels in surrounding wells all found to be below regulatory limits.” [limits set by John W. Rowe!]



Rupert Murdoch on the Lamb! Defies Summons . . . UPDATED

14 07 2011

Hides behind his US ‘citizenship’ —

Murdochs defy parliament in phone hack inquiry 

LONDON (AP) — Media titan Rupert Murdoch and his son James refused Thursday to appear in public next week before a parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking and bribery by employees of their British media empire, whose chief executive said that she would address the committee.

The chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport committee said it had issued summonses to the Murdochs but it was unclear if Rupert Murdoch could be compelled to testify because he is a U.S. citizen. . .  (more)



He’s going to show up Tuesday to get grilled.

Phone hacking: Murdochs agree to appear before MPs

News Corporation’s Rupert and James Murdoch have agreed to appear before MPs to answer questions on the phone-hacking scandal on Tuesday. . . .


List of Murdoch’s News Corporation’s Major Holdings

News International’s contribution to the Murdoch empire (chart)

The media ‘lie factory’ exposed

the Murdoch Empire and its Nest of Vipers has this – 

Sports he’s part of  –
New York Knicks (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
New York Rangers (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 40% option)
Los Angeles Lakes (NBA, 9.8% option)
Staples Center (40% owned by Fox/Liberty)
National Rugby League Championship (50%) – Australian football

… not to mention his FOX network has a piece of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bid on the Olympics a chunk of Formula 1 racing etc. etc.

Scholastic Designs “Coal Is Good” Curriculum for Fourth Graders

19 05 2011

Scholastic Designs “Coal Is Good” Curriculum for Fourth Graders.

aggggg!  This blog post deserves wide re-publishing!

Nigeria Files Charges Against Cheney

8 12 2010


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) made good its threat yesterday by filing charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and the head of oil services of the Halliburton Company over an alleged scheme to bribe Nigerian officials for an oil deal… (more)


Dec. 9 additional from WikiLeaks:

The top Shell executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that the company “knows everything” about decisions made in all the main ministries of the Nigerian government


. . .   and the cable is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/230356

ALSO this cable was released –

US embassy cables: Shell seeks to share Nigeria intelligence

Dec. 10  additional from WikiLeaks:

Pfizer ‘used dirty tricks to avoid clinical trial payout’ to victims in Nigeria

You can look up any of the WikiLeaks cables relating to Nigeria here –


(there are thousands)