Defying the News Blackout: March 2nd, 2014
The Keystone XL Pipeline Protest in Washington DC.

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  • Scores gather in Georgetown before marching to the White House as a protest against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, considered to be detrimental to our heartland.
  • Traffic is diverted as protesters make their way to the White House, bringing attention to the urgency of the protest.
  • The march makes its way through Georgetown in Washington.
  • A symbolic oil spill takes place outside Secretary of State John Kerry's residence as part of the protest against the Keystone pipeline, whose State Department calls, "inconsequential".
  • The march makes its way to the White House as protesters call out Trans-Canada and their immoral and unethical transactions.
  • The march against the Keystone XL oil pipeline winds its way through Washington, carrying images of our planet in peril.
  • Marchers against Keystone pipeline make their way up Pennsylvania Avenue, growing in number with estimates around 250,000 strong.
  • Protesters tie themselves to the White House fence next to a symbolic oil spill, illustrating the impending oil disaster with KXL.
  • Activists stage a symbolic oil spill outside of the White House.
  • Police organize for arrests as opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline tie themselves to the White House fence.
  • Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are arrested outside the White House for their peaceful demonstrations.

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Reason Vs. The Irrational Mind

A Psychological Approach on Climate Change

By CJ Davidson – 3-12-2014

And so it begins...again.

Another “debate” ensues to challenge common sense and reality. After watching the tiniest and poorest islands disappear into the Pacific Ocean, after watching the Atlantic Ocean put New York, New Jersey, New Orleans and Wales underwater you’d think the Climate change debate would be settled. But that conclusion would take both sides using rational thought, concrete instances and solid scientific data using scholastic, empirical studies on both sides.

What’s that? You haven’t heard much about those tragedies? Go figure.
Without debating the obvious “slant” of mainstream media that cowers to the whims of the purveyors of filthy fossil fuels, there simmers an obvious question to ask…

“How much of the planet is the Oil/Gas industry willing to destroy before reality kicks in…If ever?”

If never, we would most certainly conclude this suicidal/murderous and therefore, we must ask the next question...

“Is suicide and mass murder within the psychology of the Oil industry?”

I’ll try to illustrate a simple psychological profile of the Oil Industry, giving it “personhood” for our purposes here. Using a few common media instances and not so cerebral and boring, we can profile this beast into a simple, single-celled organism with 2 words…Blind Greed.

Although greed has been used a motivating factor in the financial sector, those on the other end of the greed barrel would not reckon it favorable at all.

At the height of the cold war, I recall an old college days song by Sting, “Do the Russians love their children too?” suggesting if we launch thermal nuclear strikes against each other, triggering nuclear war around the world, they and their children, their bloodlines, money, favorite vodka would all be gone. Nothingness.

This seemed to eventually sink in (after 74 years) when the Soviet state crashed in 1991. With 80% of its gross national product going for nukes and weapons, the economy and government crumbled like week-old dog shit in the wind. It appeared common sense and self-preservation prevailed and we all didn’t have to die…for now.

Capitalism Wins…For now

Reaching deeper into TV Land, we recall an old Star Trek episode (I’m not a Trekie, so I can’t name the episode. My brother could) where a Starfleet Captain was relieved of duty based on an obvious suicidal-murderous decision that would kill him and every member of his crew. “Under Article OU812, Section 5150, if a Starfleet Commander is deemed mentally incapacitated, emotionally or psychological UNFIT for command based on IRRATIONAL ACTIONS, ORDERS or PERFORMANCE, he can and will be relieved of his command, placing the second in command in control.”

The suicidal commander was over-ruled by RATIONAL RULES. These rules were non-negotiable and concrete. The insane have no place calling the shots in a “civilized” society. End of discussion.

As a child I was naïve enough to consider this a general rule in life. When the irrational mind goes haywire, the rational mind(s) step in and corrects the human “deficiency” (mental illness). This logic was undisputed in my world and still is.

But there is a problem. There are no rules for our homeboy, Oil. That “person”, Oil, who lives among us on what’s left of the planet, is not applicable to the same rules we all follow. Oil Dude operates unfettered to do as he wishes. Again, without debating corruption, we’ll stick to the psychological profile.

As a child of wealthy parents, or friend Oil has known no repercussions for it’s actions. Whether it’s purchasing the government for oil, overthrowing governments for oil or force-feeding a nation oil for one-hundred years, hoarding/sabotaging energy alternatives, manipulating energy markets….there are no consequences for its actions. Period.

Without RULES & REGULATIONS, “punishment” or “penalties” to influence decisions, the thinking of a human being becomes omnipotent and delusional. Everything our buddy Oil does will never be challenged and therefore must be the right decision. “The market must like us because we have owned it for over 100 years.” Without opposition, the ego of this person grows exponentially to dangerous levels of sociopathic schizophrenia behavior.

And now on to the boring premises...
Quoting “Delusion of Granduer” by John M. Grohl, PSYD
A delusion of grandeur is the fixed, false belief that one possesses superior qualities such as genius, fame, omnipotence, or wealth. It is most often a symptom of schizophrenia, but can also be a symptom found in psychotic or bipolar disorders, as well as dementia (such as Alzheimer’s).

People with a delusion of grandeur often have the conviction of having some great but unrecognized talent or insight. They may also believe they have made some important discovery that others don’t understand or appreciate.

Wikipedia describes Megalomania as, “a psychopathological disorder characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence. "Megalomania is characterized by an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation by persons of their powers and beliefs."[1] Historically it was used as an old name for narcissistic personality disorder prior to the latter's first use by Heinz Kohut in 1968, and is used these days as a non-clinical equivalent.[2][3] It is not mentioned in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)[4] or the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD).

Having done our quick, unprofessional analysis of our newly personified fossil fuels fellow, (or any corporate giant) can we determine that the captain of our ship, our lives and our planet is in sane, capable hands? If the answer is no, we MUST ask the following question: “Is suicide and mass murder within the psychology of the Oil industry?”

Without anyone to challenge this self-destructive behavior, it is most likely this irrational course of climate change denial will dominate the media and the actions of our bribed governments indefinitely. In the end, we will be forced to suffer the inevitable climate disasters on a global scale and most of us have accepted this already without question.

The UK & New York floods this year MAY have opened the eyes of the irrational minds of all, but it is doubtful since they have essentially painted themselves into a corner. After all the denial propaganda, The Oil Industry would not only have to reverse its course on oil/gas drilling but it would have to eat crow and admit the obvious impending Armageddon looming.

The IMMENSE cost of admitting Climate Change would most likely cause a feeding frenzy
of litigation that would, ultimately break all five (5) oil conglomerates to the size of a
Mom & Pop Oil Shop. After learning what they have done to us and themselves, we can
understand their frustration, desperation and failure they have wrought upon us and
them. We all accept the consequences of nature we are all eventually facing in the grand
scheme of things. There’s no gong back.

Indeed, most of us take comfort in knowing that as the planet goes so does the oil
industry…we all die. Of course, this answers the earlier question, “Do the oil industry
executives love their children or grand children too?” Obviously not. Can we call that
irrational? Possibly.

Most CREDIBLE scientists predict the entire planet underwater within 100 years from now. As the oceans have swallowed Europe, high atop their Swiss chalets, we can picture the grand kids of current oil executives, atop the roof of their under-water, clinging desperately to their billion-dollar homes, shouting to their oil exec neighbors stranded atop their chalet helo-pads…“It’s all YOUR FAULT!”

Voting Doesn’t Matter and Other Political Lies

by Margarita Mercure Hibbs

TWO BILLIONAIRES, CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH spent more than 2 times the money than unions on trying to effect election outcomes in the last cycle, and they sponsor commercials complaining about Unions. Understand one thing, these two people spent 2 TIMES MORE THAN ALL THE UNIONS COMBINED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY! Stop being propagandized by these two thugs.
The Koch Brothers also sponsor through their corporations, ALEC, the same organization writing legislation for Right Wing Republicans to engineer and rig voting laws and reproductive rights policy at the state and federal levels of governing. You should be asking yourself why you buy into their favorite undercurrent, that “voting doesn’t matter!” Imagine, if Presidents Clinton and Obama had not been elected, the Supreme Court would not have 3 strong women representing the interests of American women. So, if voting doesn’t matter, then why are they trying to make it harder for all of us to vote?
The problem with politics is that often, people get into politics so that they can make a difference or make things better, but often, greed, human nature and desire for power and maintaining that power gets the better of many of our elected public servants. It is important to keep trying to improve and increase the numbers of those that serve the people, for the greater good and not just the maintenance of power. Sadly, this is not easy. It is also the reason we must keep striving, persistently with an adherence to strong and good ethics, no matter the risk, the bullying, the ostracism and thuggery that is also part of the political world on both sides of the aisle.

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