BP PLC: POLITICS, PAYOLA AND PETROLEUM
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 30: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce's Kleptocracy Chronicles: 16 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0030c1)
If you rank our federal government's Top 100 contractors according to their total reported instances of misconduct since 1995, the number one spot turns out to be a three-way tie at 57 between Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, and BP P.L.C. (formerly "British Petroleum", now simply "BP"). Between them, however, BP is the winner in terms of their associated misconduct dollars for the period, which totalled over $2.65 billion:
Yet despite their responsibility for the worst oil spill and ecological disaster in Gulf Coast history, which capped off a litany of repeat offenses involving multiple charges of Clean Air Act violations, hazardous waste violations, employee safety violations, anti-trust violations and other white collar crimes, BP is perennially "awarded" megabucks government contracts by Uncle Sam, including over $1 billion in new contracts last year:
Given that their principal product – petroleum – is an undifferentiated commodity for which they possess no exclusivity, one might question how a "foreign" corporation with such a deplorable reputation is able to keep their snout in the Washington trough. The answer is that since its genesis circa 1909 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) subsidiary of Burmah Oil Company, the history of BP has been as much about politics and payola as it has about petroleum. Some say the grease started flowing in 1923 when a young Winston Churchill "…secretly accepted 5,000 pounds – the equivalent of perhaps millions in today's money – from Burmah Oil to lobby the British government to allow Burmah to collar Persian [i.e. Iranian] oil resources."
Whenever it began, BP's political payola still gushes to this day. From 1989 to 2010, BP contributed $3,437,884 to U.S. candidates on both sides of the political spectrum, with Barack H. Obama blowing by George W. Bush to take the top recipient slot. And what their puppets got directly was chump change compared to the $62,010,584 BP has funneled to (and through?) Washington lobbyists since 1997. And to make sure the beneficiaries of all that generosity know exactly what is expected in return, since 1995 no less than 24 BP employees have been seated on no less than 24 key federal "advisory" committees:
The web is awash with conspiracy theories involving BP, Halliburton, Transocean, Goldman Sachs and others having to do with intent or foreknowledge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, selling and short-selling of impacted stocks prior to the Gulf Oil Spill disaster, the application of deadly dispersants and the disappearance of whistleblowers afterwards, and more. We have neither investigated nor verified any of these, and include this video reference only for your awareness and speculation.
I AM NOT ANONYMOUS. I AM AN AMERICAN.
I am not just a Consumer. I am a Citizen.
I will no longer be labeled Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, Demopublican or Republocrat.
I will no longer follow Puppets labeled Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, Demopublican or Republocrat.
I am the People. And I am coming for the Puppetmasters.
I am part of the 99 Percent. And I demand the following:
1. End the Fed.
2. Reverse Citizens United.
3. Repeal PATRIOT Act.
4. Expose 9/11 Truth.
5. End Profit Wars.
6. Refund Taxpayer Trillions.
7. Imprison the Kleptocrats.
8. Single Term Limits.
Or, if these demands are not addressed promptly:
1. Regime Change.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." – John F. Kennedy
No talking heads on Comcast/GE's NBC/CNBC/MSNBC speak for us. No talking heads on Murdoch's Faux News speak for us. No talking heads at the Kleptocracy's Compliant News Network (CNN) speak for us (no matter how dull, deliberate or subtle their delivery). No talking heads in the lamestream media speak for us, period. And neither do ANY of the 537 bought-and-paid-for Kleptocracy puppets in Washington DC who will soon be joining our legions of unemployed!
LABELS (A POEM OF PROTEST)
The parties of the system;
Puppets both, for sale their votes,
No character or wisdom.
For change or status quo?
Pick either one, the change is none,
All charlatans and whores.
Far "Left" we place the Anarchists,
Libertarians claim far "Right";
Yet both decry the government:
False continuum brought to light.
For oil, "We" bomb their mud huts,
Strip them bare, then offer "Aid";
And fake their retribution as
Pretext – a false flag raised.
Unarmed hundred thousands killed
By weapons of "Defense",
While rights are lost for "Freedom" sake -
On profit, all depends.
With stroke of pen, the "Patriot" Act,
And patriots' gifts are taken;
Then "Citizens United" leaves
Our citizens forsaken.
We protest loss of liberties,
Put "World Wide Web" to use;
Cloudmark Authority censors us
For "messaging abuse".
They label us to finger-point,
With labels, "They" deride us;
Their labels keep us all at bay,
For with labels, "They" divide us.