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Before You Make Any Long-Term Plans…You Better Read This….


Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 and obtained on April 22, 2010.

(This article was re-printed from PetroleumWorld.com.) 

By Christian A. DeHaemer

The Dwarves dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum… shadow and flame.

 — Saruman, The Lord of the Rings

There is something primordial about BP’s quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep. I don’t know if you’ve stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to do…The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That’s the depth of the Grand Canyon from the rim. And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that — Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare. Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed. It was unstable and many think BP sought it out because seismic data showed huge pools of methane gas — the very gas that blew the top off Deepwater Horizon and killed 11 people. More than a year ago, geologists criticized Transocean for putting their exploratory rig directly over a massive underground reservoir of methane. According to the New York Times , BP’s internal “documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of ‘well control.’ And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.” The problem is that this methane, located deep in the bowels of the earth, is under tremendous pressure… Some speculate as much as 100,000 psi — far too much for current technology to contain. The shutoff vales and safety measures were built for only 1,000 psi. It was an accident waiting to happen… And there are many that say it could get worse — much worse. Geologists are pointing to other fissures and cracks that are appearing on the ocean floor around the damaged wellhead. Continue reading

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U.S. Army Threatens Kids with ‘Jail’ for not Enlisting

Army recruiter Sgt. Glenn Marquette, has been lying to high school students about their obligations under a non-binding military “delayed entry program.” Worse yet, he has been threatening them with jail if they don’t follow through and enlist when the students are under no obligation to do so.

Eighteen year old high school senior Irving Gonzales told KHOU 11 News in Houston that he thought about enlisting in the Army as a way of helping out his family financially, so he signed up for the “delayed entry program.” The rules of the program are specific. Anyone who signs up for the program is in no way obligated to follow through and enlist. It’s like pre-season football sort of.

But when Gonzales told U.S. Army recruiter, Glenn Marquette, that he’d changed his mind and would, “…just stay here, go to college,” Marquette informed him he couldn’t get out because “you signed a binding contract.”

U.S. Army recruiting regulations state that “delayed entry members can leave any time” and “under no circumstances can a recruiter threaten or intimidate future soldiers,” much like Marquette did.

In an audio recording played by KHOU News in Houston, Gonzales asked, “What if I just don’t show up?”

Marquette replied flatly, “Then guess what? You’re AWOL. … You want to go to school? You will not get no loans (nice grammar)… As soon as you get pulled over for a speeding ticket … they’re going to see that you’re a deserter. Then they’re going to apprehend you, take you to jail.”

Marquette added, “All that lovey dovey I want to go to college and all that? Guess what? You just threw it out the window.”

Nice.

Marquette refused to be interviewed and has not responded to Capitol Street’s request for comment via e-mail. 

The Army says that making threats as Marquette did, is a violation of recruting regulations and that he has been removed from his duties. 

This is the second time in the past year that KHOU News  has uncovered such behavior by U.S. Army recruiters. The last officer involved in that earlier incident was even promoted to station commander, responsible for training and supervising other recruiters.

And so it goes.

Remember kiddies, there are a few simple rules in life. One is, the house always wins. The other , is that recruiters always lie…always. Besides, you don’t have to enlist to lose your retirement and get screwed out of your benefits, just go to work for any American company and wait a while. At least you won’t be getting shot at in Iraq.

End of the lesson.

Link to KHOU story here

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Are Worldwide Gas Strikes and Clashes with Police a Sign of Things to Come in the U.S.?

Protests are erupting all across the world over skyrocketing fuel costs. Working class people in Spain, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, the Netherlands Portugal and India, are striking and rioting in the streets.

Fishermen are burning their boats in Thailand, and Spanish gas stations are running as hauliers blockade major roads and refuse to transport food. Consequently, store shelves are empty.

This violence has already claimed the lives of hundreds.

In Manila workers are demand the lifting of a 12 per cent sales tax on fuel. Gas prices there have risen about 24 per cent this year. 

In Thailand, tens of thousands of heavy lorries are threatening to cause havoc while farmers are demonstrating and fishermen have begun burning their boats in nationwide protests. Lorry drivers’ leaders warned the government that it has until next Tuesday to subsidise their fuel or face large scale chaos in Bangkok.

However, the heaviest and most reported violence has been in Spain.

In Spain, hauliers’ unions vowed to continue protests, rejecting measures to end nationwide protests over rising fuel prices. In San Isidro, near Alicante, a lorry driver is being treated for serious burns after narrowly escaping an attempt by strikers to burn him alive in his cab.

Gas stations in Madrid and Catalonia have run dry, and supermarkets are reporting panic buying.

 Car manufacturers warned that if the stoppage continues the entire industry will grind to a halt because parts are not reaching factories. Police recently re-established traffic into France at the border post of La Jonquera, where more than 3,000 lorries had been barred entry by pickets.

Strikers have been battling police as well. It is reported that people are being beaten in the streets, while police are being attacked by protestors. 

Infrastructure Minister Magdalena Alvarez has rejected the hauliers’ demand for fuel subsidies, describing it as illegal in a market economy. In Portugal, farmers said they would have to throw away 660,000 gallons of fresh milk by the end of the day unless the protest ended because they had run out of storage capacity.

That’s no problem because this isn’t happening in the U.S. you say? Maybe so, but gas theft is.

In the mid-west, any form of gas is becoming attractive for thieves, especially diesel because it is often un-guarded. Farmers running diesel-fueled irrigation pumps usually store around 250 gallons. In California, sheriffs estimate that $300,000 worth of diesel was stolen in the past 3 months.

How long before theft morphs into riots and violence?

Read article on worldwide fuel strikes and riots here

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Woman and Daughter Held for Decades in Sex Dungeon

An Austrian man,  Josef Fritzl, was arrested and has admitted to holding his daughter, and three of her surviving children, in a basement dungeon under his home.

The children are products of an incestuous relationship between Fritzl and his daughter Elisabeth. She was raped by her father.  

Elisabeth Fritzl and other children who were held captive, some for decades, are also slowly adapting to modern life. 

Doctors placed Kerstin Fritzl in an artificial coma after she was admitted to a hospital in April for multiple organ failure. They suspected something was terribly wrong, and arrested Josef Fritzl, Kerstin’s father.

She has recovered.

Josef Fritzl split the family – those who were locked in the basement dungeon like Kerstin, and those who lived above ground. Apparently those above ground were unaware of the abuse of their mother and siblings.

The basement dungeon  was five and a half feet high, dark, damp and very small. It was secured with an electronic lock.

Police say Josef confessed to holding Elisabeth captive since 1984 and raping her repeatedly.

If I’m a cop, this guy never sees a jailhouse or courtroom. Actually check that – I think I would take him to jail, by tying a rope around his testicles and dragging him there behind my police cruiser.

Talk about wackos.

Read CNN article here

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Mid-Day Discussion Thread – 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Arraigned Today

Mohammed and his four co-defendants, all charged for their alleged roles in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York and Washington, will be arraigned at Guantanamo Bay today. Do you think they will receive a fair trial? Are you surprised Mohammed wants to defend himself and die a martyr? We want to hear from you.

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U.S. Gasoline Theft on the Rise

Its already beginning.

Motorists, are resorting increasingly to theft to combat high gas prices – a trend that may very well worsen if things do not change, especially with the summer driving season coming up.

 “It is getting bad. When the price of gasoline goes up, the number of drive-offs goes up,” said Dan Gilligan, president of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, which represents about 8,000 retailers. A drive-off is when motorist pulls up to a gas station’s pump, fills the car’s tank, and then speeds off without paying for the fuel.

U.S. gasoline prices are marching toward $4.00 per gallon on average, and in many areas like my hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., they’re already there. this is 25 percent higher than a year ago at this time. 

Energy experts, and a recent New York Times article, have said oil could hit $200.00 per barrel, and gasoline topping $6.00 a gallon in the near future.  

Gilligan said that some state fuel dealer associations were pressing lawmakers to make it easier to prosecute people who fill up and then drive off without paying. “The last time we had a spike up in gasoline, lots of retailers switched to requiring payment before fill-up,” said Gilligan. “But many retailers still want to preserve the trust relationship they have with their customers.”

CNN video of gas theft here

Read the Reuters story here

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Todd Davis of “LifeLock” Gets Hit with Identity Theft

This has nothing to do with with politics at all, but I had to throw it into today’s mix.

Have you seen this guy on T.V. in the past year? His name is Todd Davis. He is the CEO of fraud prevention company LifeLock, Inc. Davis has been daring criminals to steal his identity for two years on the boob tube. He did this by giving out his Social Security number during commercials! It even appears on bill boards.

Something deep down (I’m an I.T. instructor by trade) told me this wasn’t a very good idea. Turns out it wasn’t. Davis’ identity has been stolen. 

Twenty people, so far, have obtained driver licenses with Davis’ Social Security number according his attorney. A person in Texas also received a $500.00 emergency loan in Davis’ name.

Customers in West Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey are suing him.

Hey Todd, if you’re reading this, here’s a take-it-or-leave-it lesson for you – one of the best ways to protect yourself, is to keep your Social Security number to yourself, so guys like me can’t put it on their blog.

Todd Davis SSN 457-55-5462. Anyone can google it.

End of the lesson. 

I’ve always said, identity protection or theft is a matter of simple common sense or a lack there of, nothing more. This proves it.

Read the whole stoy at CNN here

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