Friday, Sept. 09, 2005
If this article doesn't make your blood boil, either you're illiterate, not paying attention, or you're the CEO of the biggest corporate bully on Earth. I'll give you the Reader's Digest version here: ExxonMobil will make $10 BILLION profit in this quarter alone. $110 million a DAY. All this over the "perception of a fuel shortage."
If there's a perception of any shortage, it's one that Big Oil has nurtured very carefully. This company is fiscally raping the US at our most vulnerable and convincing us that it's our own fault. Just like any other abuser - it's the victim's fault.
I've come to the conclusion that we were perfectly justified in going to war - we are just shooting at the wrong people, wrong nation. Because in my opinion we absolutely should be fighting this garbage. The courts ripped apart Microsoft for its monopoly. Did Microsoft do the kind of worldwide damage (financial and environmental) that ExxonMobile has done, decade after decade after decade? Where's the court action to bring this agency into check???
Not only does this kind of bull continue unchecked, but in fact our wonderful Pres-
Oh forget that, I can't even say it sarcastically. Let me put it like it really is: our socially and morally bankrupt, nominal head of state, GW Bush, handed Exxon-Mobil a nice big fat tax break. Since, you know, they're so bereft of resources and shouldn't be expected to pay their fair share. It might cut into their bloated profit margin.
And it isn't just a US problem. Unless I'm much mistaken, ExxonMobil supplies a significant part of the planet with fuel. It's a return to a feudal system where the overlord makes its ill-gotten gains from the blood, sweat and tears of the impoverished.
Yeah, I'm furious and disgusted beyond words. Sadly, I figure nothing will come of the Congressional posturing. Big Oil contributes too many Big Dollars to political interests. I just hope to God that voters remember all of this come next election, if we still have a country by that point. And no, that's not a joke. It's a painful reality that Americans need to face. There were a lot of folks who expressed that concern before the last election, with regard to the possible re-election of GW Bush.
Well, people, Bush got put back into office. Welcome to what may be the most unstable time ever in our nation's history, since the Civil War. He put his political pets in charge of FEMA. I barely restrained myself from posting what I personally think that acronym represents under the direction of Bush's cronies. Just keep in mind the first letter is an "F."
Sooner or later there will be a massive backlash from the populus as a whole and it ain't gonna be pretty. While most of the stories were swept under the proverbial rug, there was plenty of evidence that the results of that last election - the one that gave GW his "mandate" - was fixed, nationwide. There were polling places where violence prevented people from casting votes that would likely have opposed Bush. There was evidence of electronic tampering with the results in several districts. But we as a nation were so drunk on our own complacency, and Bush supporters so vocal in their denials, that we let the facts and reports ooze into obscurity.
I worry over the all-too-real possibility that some faction will stage a coup and the country will sink even deeper into anarchy. And I worry that no one will, and we'll continue on our current trajectory. Talk about a Catch 22.
Gotta get back to work. After all, somebody has to make the money to support the poor, pitiful oil companies. 'Cause, you know, they need the kind of help that us regular taxpayers subsidize on all fronts.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )