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AdLib On February - 27 - 2012

DRAMATIC MOVIE ANNOUNCER’S VOICE: “In a world where America hangs in the balance on the price of gas, comes one man who’s responsible for it all. He’s the greatest threat America has ever faced, a socialist, a communist, a religion-attacking baby hater, he’s a man called “Obama” and he’s coming for your white children and their cars! And this time, it’s personal!”

This fictional drama is playing out across America on the Mainstream Media’s screens, as a co-production between the GOP and the MSM. Their target audience is of course American voters who are looking for contrived conflict and horror.

One can hardly blame the GOP for trotting out its same-ol’-same-ol’ of “The Democrat is going to bring the Apocolypse if elected!” and “Everything bad that happens in life is Obama’s fault!” but the news media has no excuse for presenting one-sided propaganda as a legitimate viewpoint (even if they follow up the presentation of it with a counterpoint)…but they do have a very powerful reason for doing so.

Let’s begin with the journalistic malpractice being performed right now in the news media. They are trying to have it both ways, the meme goes something like this, “Rising gas prices will hurt President Obama’s re-election chances. What if anything can he do about it and will it be enough to keep his re-election hopes on track?”

You see what’s going on here? First, they state as a fact that people are or are going to be moving away from Obama due to gas prices then they admit that he has no control over them.

The problem with this is that…they are reporting “news” that hasn’t happened. Right now, people are moving TO Obama, his polling and approval is going up. No such hit to his support has actually happened. Such a situation may have happened in the past but so what? It’s not happening now, at least not as of yet. Would they also be justified in saying, “A realistic sounding radio broadcast about an alien invasion on Halloween will send Americans into a panic!”?

They are creating and inventing an issue and are communicating to the public that it is understandable to look unfavorably upon Obama because gas costs more. While they’re at it, perhaps they should also suggest that people may (and would thus be justified to) blame Obama for rising candy bar prices.

I’ll get to the facts about gas prices shortly but right now, let’s consider why the news media likes to have it both ways, like having lead ins that say, “Is Bigfoot really alive? Even though we know it’s a myth?”

As we know far too well, the news media thrives on conflict. It is a fact that the more conflict there is in politics, the more people tune into the news networks more frequently which translates into more money they make selling ad time. So there is a financial incentive to the corporate owners of the media outlets to spread misinformation and whip up viewers. Let us not forget that there is only one legal obligation for a corporation, and that includes corporations that own media outlets, making money for their shareholders. That takes priority over everything else, including any journalistic responsibility by one of their holdings.

For some time, the MSM and the GOP were happy as clams to have a powerful tool to leverage Obama’s chances for re-election down, the economy. Unfortunately, in the eyes of both, the economy improving was a bad thing. Then, they both had to find a substitute hammer to pound Obama down as he rose up in the polls and makes it less of a horse race.

The GOP candidates continued lying about Obama’s actions and positions, blamed him for every bad thing they could imagine but it wasn’t doing the job.

Then came the controversy over insurance covering contraception even for those employed in public businesses owned by churches and they cheered! They had their issue…or did they? As usual, the GOP overplayed its hand and again alienated the majority of the public from their position. The MSM was also sad to see this issue fall apart, they want a close election to boost earnings.

So as the GOP struggled to find another weapon to use to assault Obama, the MSM came to the rescue and collaborated on a new meme, “Obama will lose support for his re-election due to rising gas prices!”

You can be sure that if this meme fails as previous ones have, they will be back with another and another because the goal of the MSM isn’t about reporting news, it’s about filling 24 hours each day with programming that excites viewers to keep tuning in more frequently. Which is why they have no shame in manufacturing “news”.

President Obama’s lead over Romney and Santorum has only grown over the last “gas price disaster” week, 53% – 43% against Romney and 53% – 42%…now a double digit lead over both potential nominees.

A Presidential election is about choice, people will decide if they want President Obama making decisions for the nation or President Romney or President Santorum. It is about the future, about jobs and economic stability, not about the current price of gas.

And talking about that, let’s review some of the actual facts about gas prices:


1. The oil industry in America is not nationalized, private companies dictate gas prices.

If the GOP wants to cry about gas prices being high because of President Obama, they need to declare that they want the US government to nationalize the oil industry. Then they would be justified in attacking the President when he chose to raise oil and/or gas prices. Until then, they should be biting the oil industry hand that feeds them and their campaigns.

2. Oil drilling has grown enormously under Obama.

1,069: The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. this week. The figure reflects a huge surge in U.S. oil drilling, up nearly 60% in the past year and the highest total since at least 1987, when  oil services company  Baker Hughes Inc. began keeping track.

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/08/27/number-of-the-week-how-many-rigs-are-drilling-for-oil/

3. Even if all regulations on drilling were removed and drilling took place everywhere possible on the US, gas prices would only go down three cents.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2009 report, “Impact of Limitations on Access to Oil and Natural Gas Resources in the Federal Outer Continental Shelf” analyzed the difference between full offshore drilling (Reference Case) and restriction to offshore drilling (OCS limited case). In 2020, there is no impact on gasoline prices (right hand column). In 2030, US gasoline prices would be three cents a gallon lower.

http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/02/01/207437/eia-new-offshore-drilling-will-lower-gas-prices-in-2030-a-few-pennies-a-gallon/

4. American demand for oil has plummeted to 1997 levels.

http://www.indexmundi.com/g/g.aspx?c=us&v=91

5. U.S. Dependency On Foreign Oil Drops Below 50%

U.S. dependence on imported oil fell below 50 percent in 2010 for the first time in more than a decade, thanks in part to the weak economy and more fuel efficient vehicles, the Energy Department said on Wednesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/25/us-usa-oil-imports-idUSTRE74O78R20110525

6. Speculators own the majority of oil as a commodity and inflate its price to their benefit.

Still, oil’s price shot up because it trades in financial markets, where Wall Street firms and other big financial players dominate oil trading, even though they have no intention of ever taking possession of the oil whose contracts they are trading.

Since oil prices are the biggest component in the price of gasoline, pump prices are soaring. AAA said Tuesday that the nationwide average price for a gallon of gasoline stood at $3.57, compared with $3.38 a month ago and $3.17 a year ago. It takes about $6 more to fill up the tank than it did this time last year – and last year’s gasoline-price surge helped take the steam out of the economic recovery.

Historically, financial speculators accounted for about 30 percent of oil trading in commodity markets, while producers and end users made up about 70 percent. Today it’s almost the reverse.

A McClatchy Newspapers review of the latest Commitment of Traders report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates oil trading, shows producers and merchants made up just 36 percent of all contracts traded in the week ending Feb. 14.

Not surprisingly, big Wall Street traders on Tuesday projected oil will rise above $112 a barrel; some such as Swiss giant Vitol even suggested $150-a-barrel oil is coming soon. When they dominate the market, speculators’ bids can make their prophecies self-fulfilling.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/feb/22/gas-prices-defy-bounds-of-supply-demand/

7. Gas prices started rising recently only after Iran threatened a blockade of the Strait of Hormuz

Roiled by the specter of Iranian oil cutoffs, gas prices are rising at a record pace, crossing the $4-a-gallon threshold in some parts of the country, and threatening to break an all-time high, experts say.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-20/business/ct-biz-0221-gas-prices-20120221_1_chief-oil-analyst-gas-price-spike-average-gallon

So again, is it not the job of a responsible media, when hearing the GOP aspiration/propaganda that the public will blame The President for gas prices rising, to correct that falsehood and not just shrug and say, “That’s what some people say,”?  Even if that proposition was true and Americans think Obama is to blame for gas prices, isn’t it up to the MSM to provide accurate information to dispel an untruth?

If the majority of Americans believed the Earth was flat, should the MSM report, “The Earth is flat! Science continues to argue otherwise.”

And as for the GOP, consider that the front runners for the Republican nomination for President have both espoused policies of attacking Iran. What would that do to gas prices if just the threat of a blockade causes gas prices to skyrocket? War with Iran and battles in the Strait of Hormuz would bring gas prices down?

The truth is that Romney, Santorum and Gingrich, if any of them became President and kept their campaign promise, would drag America into another war and cause gas prices to climb towards maybe $10.00 a gallon or more.

Has the MSM made this point when claiming Obama will be blamed for high gas prices? That if he wasn’t re-elected, gas prices could explode due to a threatened war with Iran by the GOP?

There is both a cynicism and a disrespect that the GOP and MSM exhibit towards the American people by relying on or at least repeating untruths to prosper. Do the American people deserve honest debates between the people vying to run the nation? Do they deserve a press that stands up for truth and facts, that exposes misconceptions and untruths?

We deserve better but in the meantime, until or unless it changes, we should remain prepared and unmoved by more propaganda issues whipped up by the GOP and megaphoned by the MSM, designed to restrain Obama from running away with the election and to capture our attention.

UPDATE:

(Just realized I lost a section about the Keystone XL Pipeline and so I’m adding it back in here):

The GOP rails about how damaging Obama is to America’s energy needs by not approving the “vitally needed” Keystone XL Pipeline and as you may recall, they even tried to hold the payroll tax cut hostage to force it forward.

This is indeed a very cynical piece of propaganda paid for by the Kochs and others partnered in this project.

The US is unlikely to see much if any oil from the Keystone tar sands if the pipeline is built. The TransCanada Corp has clearly expressed that this oil is intended for selling abroad.

Why else is there a need to bring the pipeline down to the huge shipping port of New Orleans when there are US refineries located elsewhere, possibly much closer?

In an attempt to manipulate public opinion in the US, TransCanada has misrepresented the number of temporary and permanent US jobs the pipeline would create. They claimed around 20,000 US jobs would result but it’s a tortured math to come up with that. The US Chamber of Commerce just wiped the chalkboard clean and fabricated that it would create 250,000 jobs which is just ridiculous! Where? Doing what? It’s a pipeline! Once it’s built, it carries tar sands through it to refineries that already have employees working there.

The bulk of jobs created will be temporary in building the pipeline and the US State Department did their own analysis which concluded that it would only provide 5,000 – 6,000 temporary jobs for about a year…then those jobs go away forever. Another study by a private group estimated only around 2,000 temporary jobs would be created.

So, for agreeing to run this pipeline through our country, we get increased pollution and climate change from greater mining of tar sands and refineries processing it, a toxic timebomb of a pipeline running right through an enormous aquifier in our country that provides irreplaceable ground water to many states, no real increase in oil supplied to the US since most if not all will be exported and in return, we get a few thousand temporary jobs that go away after a year or so.

That’s what Republicans call, “A critical need for America!”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/keystone-pipeline-jobs-claims-a-bipartisan-fumble/2011/12/13/gIQAwxFisO_blog.html

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. AdLib says:

    It seems so obvious that Obama should pivot on the issue of gas prices by attacking the oil companies’ subsidies and limiting speculation in vital commodities like oil.

    It’s time for a little political judo, don’t try to fight the anger, flip it against the oil companies and oil speculators.

  2. Great article AdLib. There is some good news in the polls about who people tend to blame for the president and Dems.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/28/1069090/-Daily-Kos-SEIU-State-of-the-Nation-Poll-Who-s-to-blame-for-the-price-of-gas-?via=blog_1

    If you want one entity to blame for high gas prices it’s the big oil refineries. First they manipulate the market by scheduling maintenance shut downs at peak demand periods. Second they have multi-year contracts for the oil they buy which is far far less than the so called market price. So they just charge more for the refined oil products based on market fluctuation that have little to do with their raw material costs. Third they hedge their inventories with more costly oil when they make these huge profits to inflate costs higher so they don’t have to pay as much in taxes.

    The oil speculators are really just enablers for this process to happen because they create an environment where people expect to pay higher at the pump even though that gas is no more expensive to produce than it was a month ago.

    The other bottom line is the US pays one of the lowest gas prices in the world. We are just a bunch of spoiled brats when it comes to gas prices because too many people won’t give up their huge SUVs this will be an issue far into the future for the US. Demand has dropped in great part to the president’s newly raised MPG standards and tax credits for lower consumption vehicles.

    • AdLib says:

      It is good news that the Repubs get the most blame but as you say, oil companies and speculators deserve the majority of blame. Your point about oil companies buying long term contracts is so true and so under reported.

      The fact is, the oil companies are not affected when prices go up suddenly, there is absolutely no direct connection between the daily price of oil and gas prices. Proof of that is that when oil prices drop suddenly, gas prices don’t drop suddenly…but when oil prices rise suddenly, gas prices leap up just as quickly.

      Too bad we don’t have a media in this nation that fully educates citizens about the truth on so many issues including this one. Each time I see another bobblehead on MSNBC or elsewhere repeat the “Gas prices could jeopardize Obama’s chances for re-election” without explaining why that is irrational, I get pissed at these hacks.

      Too bad you’re not the news director at MSNBC, KQ!

      • Actually this one I know first hand because I was involved in the bid process. One of the product lines I use to develop products for used oil as a carrier similar to lubricant oils. So every two years or so I was on the team that bid out our oil purchasing business. My end of the purchasing was not the negotiation process though I was privy to what the bids were. My job was to evaluate the oils for performance and quality. Of coarse there were provisions in the contracts for fluctuations in market prices but they were never close to so called ‘market prices’.

  3. AdLib says:

    Just realized I lost a section about the Keystone XL Pipeline. I added it in at the end of the article, here’s what it says:

    The GOP rails about how damaging Obama is to America’s energy needs by not approving the “vitally needed” Keystone XL Pipeline and as you may recall, they even tried to hold the payroll tax cut hostage to force it forward.

    This is indeed a very cynical piece of propaganda paid for by the Kochs and others partnered in this project.

    The US is unlikely to see much if any oil from the Keystone tar sands if the pipeline is built. The TransCanada Corp has clearly expressed that this oil is intended for selling abroad.

    Why else is there a need to bring the pipeline down to the huge shipping port of New Orleans when there are US refineries located elsewhere, possibly much closer?

    In an attempt to manipulate public opinion in the US, TransCanada has misrepresented the number of temporary and permanent US jobs the pipeline would create. They claimed around 20,000 US jobs would result but it’s a tortured math to come up with that. The US Chamber of Commerce just wiped the chalkboard clean and fabricated that it would create 250,000 jobs which is just ridiculous! Where? Doing what? It’s a pipeline! Once it’s built, it carries tar sands through it to refineries that already have employees working there.

    The bulk of jobs created will be temporary in building the pipeline and the US State Department did their own analysis which concluded that it would only provide 5,000 -- 6,000 temporary jobs for about a year…then those jobs go away forever. Another study by a private group estimated only around 2,000 temporary jobs would be created.

    So, for agreeing to run this pipeline through our country, we get increased pollution and climate change from greater mining of tar sands and refineries processing it, a toxic timebomb of a pipeline running right through an enormous aquifier in our country that provides irreplaceable ground water to many states, no real increase in oil supplied to the US since most if not all will be exported and in return, we get a few thousand temporary jobs that go away after a year or so.

    That’s what Republicans call, “A critical need for America!”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/keystone-pipeline-jobs-claims-a-bipartisan-fumble/2011/12/13/gIQAwxFisO_blog.html

    • The white house has authorized that they can build the southern half of the pipeline to accommodate the increase in oil coming from Cushing, OK. Of course some emoprogs have their hair on fire over this say that this will make the Keystone XL pipeline inevitable but that’s a myopic view of the situation. If anything it foretells that more domestic drilling will be done.

    • Nirek says:

      Why don’t they build a refinery near the border and just truck the gas to the northern states from there. It would save on trucking. Now they have to truck all from the south.

      • AdLib says:

        Nirek, if the goal of the Keystone Pipeline was to do anything other than to ship the oil out to China and other countries, then that would make sense.

        However, this is a bait and switch on the American public, this oil is not intended to be kept in America or help provide more gas to Americans.

        It’s a total sham and the pipeline’s long and expensive route to our biggest port should explain it all.

        • Nirek says:

          Adlib, how will they get the land to build the pipeline? Emanate domain? That will hurt the people who will lose their land for a corporations profit.

          • AdLib says:

            Yep, the Repubs are so furious about the rights of individuals being trampled by government but when it comes to oil companies taking away people’s homes and land, they’re all for it.

            Such damn hypocrites.

  4. kesmarn says:

    AdLib, there you go again with that pesky logic and those inconvenient facts.

    If I’m not mistaken, there have been people who anticipated that gas prices would rise this spring and summer for this very reason — to make the President’s run for re-election more difficult.

    One thing that struck me recently was reading that America’s main export now is fuel! If prices rise because of the laws of supply and demand only (hahahahaha!) why are we sending what is scarce out of the country and forcing Americans to pay more?

    This is from a recent article in USA Today:

    There’s at least one domestic downside to America’s growing role as a fuel exporter. Experts say the trend helps explain why U.S. motorists are paying more for gasoline. The more fuel that’s sent overseas, the less of a supply cushion there is at home.

    Sounds more like old-fashioned, garden-variety profiteering to me.

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/story/2011-12-31/united-states-export/52298812/1

    • AdLib says:

      Kes, indeed, it was offered here by some here who are quite familiar that gas prices would be pushed higher by the oil companies in 2012 to manipulate the public against Obama and for the Repub running against him…and once again, they were right.

      Just as Wall Street and corporate America did its best to sit on trillions instead of hiring, the oil companies and the creatures behind them like the Koch Brothers are pulling every lever possible to poison Americans against their President.

      The thing is, with the alternatives looking more and more unelectable, it may not work this time around.

      And if only we had a responsible press, the public could be better informed and put the blame where it belongs, on the cutthroat oil companies that fund benevolent commercials throughout the day on MSNBC and elsewhere to fool people into believing they’re “helping” America and its energy needs.

      There are many reasons for the rise of gas prices including that US Oil companies can get a better price by exporting and thus, leaves less of what they pump in the US, in the US.

      One other factor I left out of my piece is OPEC, they have predetermined that the level they NEED oil to be at is closer to $100 a barrel. So, they turn the spigot to keep supply from getting too high.

      And yes, India and China are gobbling up more oil than ever but OPEC could provide much more than they are if they chose to.

      Many factors at play but as I tried to illustrate in my article, Obama is not one of them nor would drilling everywhere lower prices…especially since the oil would be sold overseas for more money as you described.

  5. Carmen says:

    Damn, you have hit the nail right on the head! Thank you so much for giving me fuel to use when my right wing family sends me their GOP propaganda. May I quote you and your links? I’ll give you credit. Who are you, again? XX0

    • AdLib says:

      Heh! Carmen, absolutely, very pleased you’ll be putting the links to good use! Just be prepared for ADS, Absolute Denial Syndrome, a condition many Republicans come down with when confronted with facts that contradict the propaganda they’ve come to believe.

      Cheers!

  6. SueInCa says:

    Adlib

    I just finished reading The Obama Hate Machine by Bill Press. He has a scathing review of the MSM these days. He chalks a lot of what they do on the 24 hour newscycle and says it is to fill time but also acknowledges they are the most irresponsible “journalists” ever in our country’s history. He had some special words for Gregory and Candy Crowley. In fact I said something similar about most of CNN prior to reading this book. Instead of reporting the news they are always soliciting viewers for opinions. First they are using the viewers as an excuse for their laziness second those viewers thinking they are all that not guessing they are being used. Third they ask each other for confirmation or just repeat back and forth to each other.

    At first I thought my report on 24 hours on the MSM was a bit over the top but upon reflection I came to the conclusion that if people REALLY listened they would prob come close to the same conclusions I did.

    And you can chalk another one up for the Bushes. Under GHWB the CFTC gave exemptions to financial institutions to enter the commodities markets.

    If you have a Kindle I can loan the book to you. In fact if anyone here wants to borrow from my library and reciprocate(or not) I am more than happy to share.

    • AdLib says:

      Sue, you really did nail it in your 24 hours on the MSM, it really has deteriorated into the ethically devoid, exploitational circus that Paddy Chayefsky envisioned in “Network”…and worse.

      Gregory is bad, Crowly is awful, Erin Burnett is terrible, Wolf Blitzer, Andrea Mitchell, Morning Joe and Mica, Chuck Todd, Luke Russert, Dylan Ratigan…they’re all such hacks.

      Matthews is okay sometimes and clueless other times. Maddow is usually pretty good but gets wrapped up in being overly precious and cute at times.

      I’m glad Bill Moyers is back but a real journalist like him seems unfortunately like a relic of Journalism Past, the integrity, wisdom and loyalty to the truth that used to be the ideal.

      So kind of you Sue to lend Press’ book! I don’t have a Kindle yet but will put it on my reading list!

      • SueInCa says:

        Adlib
        A hint on Amazon you can opt to pick a Kindle with advertising for about 30 off the price of any kindle you choose. DO IT. I was a bit leary but the advertising is very subtle and mostly on the screen saver when it is turned off. I have not found it irritating at all. I got the touch for 109.00(8gb) regularly 139.00

  7. Kalima says:

    Do Republicans and teabaggers ever read anything? The increase in gas/petrol prices is worldwide. 1 gallon= 3.7854118 liters. 1 British pound = 1.58200 U.S. dollars. Average gas price per gallon in the U.S. as of 3 hours ago, $3.72.
    The actual price of crude oil is about $12 a barrel before the speculators start their fiddling about. just look at the prices in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, no wonder these oil companies fight tooth and nail against clean energy, they are on the make and always have been.
    Of course, in most European countries, it’s even more expensive. Since when does a leader of any country set the price of gas/petrol?

    Gas prices around the world.

    http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/gas-prices-around-the-world.html

    http://www.good.is/post/chart-why-4-per-gallon-gas-is-damn-cheap/

    ————

    Diesel price reaches £1.50 a litre

    Diesel has risen to a record high of £1.50 a litre as a poll shows how motorists are becoming increasingly concerned about fuel prices.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9107755/Diesel-price-reaches-1.50-a-litre.html

    ————

    This is what the Tories think of alternative energy plans, very much like, and for the same reason as the oil companies and their handouts to the greedy GOP politicians.

    Investment at risk after wind power backlash

    Billions of pounds’ worth of investment in Britain’s energy infrastructure is under threat amid fears the government’s commitment to wind energy has wavered, it has emerged.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9107631/Investment-at-risk-after-wind-power-backlash.html

    • FlamingLibrul says:

      Do Republicans and teabaggers ever read anything?

      You have to ask? All they do is recite whatever propaganda they’re getting their nickel-a-post for!

      Also, too this is my first comment ever, here. I’m a refugee from the HuffPo, trying to see what posting uncensored is like! Boy, I’m gonna have to come up with something good!! ((Rubbing hands together, diabolically)

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, you cut through all of this so deftly with that one point…gas prices are rising globally, not just in America! Obama is either controlling oil drilling and gas prices everywhere in the world or nowhere in the world.

      Just to complete the math, diesel in the UK costs $9.00 a gallon. Americans are paying around $4.00 a gallon or so.

      Is that worth electing someone who will go to war against Iran and raise US gas prices to $9.00 a gallon?

      • Kalima says:

        Well the GOP didn’t luck out on the contraceptive issue, so they go to the next one on their list which must be oil prices, and your media loving the fight, are too lazy to look at the big picture the world over. Any idiot knows that if prices increase in their country, it is increasing abroad too. The GOPTP and the U.K. Tories don’t want to give up their nest eggs, so they decry climate change, and clean energy because they like the money coming from big oil too much. It was the same with the President’s Health care bill, big Pharma and those insurance companies were lining so many pockets, and now the same is happening in the U.K. with the NHS reform bill and Tory back room promises of privatization. Our politicians are no better than crooks.

        Hunger the world over is not only about droughts, it’s about food price speculations and that people can no longer afford to buy the essentials to survive. Did you know that in some places, gas is cheaper than water, and yet the profits for the oil companies is sky high again. It’s a racket, and so is the GOP blaming it on the President. Yet fools will believe it because they are either too lazy, too dumb, or too full of hate to check for themselves.

        • AdLib says:

          That reminds me, Kalima, the talk has been buzzing around for years. Water will be the new “oil”, potable water has been disappearing around the world for some time (as explained in An Inconvenient Truth…remember when most of America cared about climate change?) and the same evil people who have been part of the cabal that monopolized oil (like the slimy T. Boone Pickens who used the facade of wind farms to steal land and water rights from states in the South) will try to monopolize drinkable water.

          As for what’s going on in the UK, it is like deja vu. They didn’t see what happened here in the US under Bush or do they think they can do a better job at undermining a society to benefit the wealthy?

          We can only speculate as to what the next phony attack will be on Obama but Santorum’s attacks on Obama over wanting children to have the opportunity to go to college is a bigger satire of the GOP and its literal intellectual bankruptcy than I can imagine right now!

          • Kalima says:

            A very scary thought, especially when you remember that as it is, 884 million people lack access to clean drinking water. 3. 574 million people die every year from water related diseases. If we don’t take conserving our resources seriously and across the board, there will be no acceptable life for future generations. Of course there will always be those ready to take advantage for profit, I doubt that will ever change. I remember during the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, gangs with baseball bats and some with guns, hijacked aid trucks, stole food and water, and then tried to sell it to desperate people for an exuberant price. If we run out of water, the chaos would be devastating.

            I think that I remember that the Tories have advisors from the U.S. on the privatization of the NHS. I linked to a story about it last year at some time, I also remember being very cheesed off. When it’s all about profit, I don’t think past mistakes will register with these people, just look at your GOP doing the same things for decades and expecting it to work when it hasn’t in the past. The Tories and the GOPTP are “blood brothers”, they care about nothing and no one, they just want to rich, and of course spoil life for the rest of us in the process.

            Who knows what garbage they will try next to get one over on the President, it’s all bs and lies anyway. I just wish that they would pick one of these useless con men, and get it over with. This circus is just a distraction when everyone should be concentrating on getting as many people ready to vote in November as possible.


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