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It is my contention here that Capitalism is a fatal delusion, and adherence to it without question is tantamount to willingly signing a species-wide death warrant.

Capitalism as we know it in the modern world is based on the assumption that there must be infinite growth, which on a finite planet means total consumption, total exhaustion of all resources that can be monetized.

Under a capitalist system, the highest goal of man is to increase his desires infinitely, in order to produce the desired goal of infinite growth. By increasing his desires infinitely, man also increases his sufferings infinitely.

As capitalism is forged on the basis of two delusions, one, that there can be infinite growth in a finite closed system, and two, that the highest aim of man is to infinitely increase his desires; we may say that to defend this system is to willingly subscribe to a suicidal form of madness.

Simply put, man will never be genuinely happy under the system of capitalism, for he is living a lie and calling it truth. There is no degree of enjoyment to be derived from the process of capitalism that is not logically offset by the inevitable cost of extinction it produces.

The history of the Western world, and of the world in general, is a history of man falling prey to the delusion that his living conditions are at base inadequate and must therefore be remedied through effort, technics and the creation of “solutions” to his “problems.”

It is almost as if somewhere in our distant past, an individual was struck by a thought in the back of his head that he couldn’t quite put his finger on, that perhaps somewhere something was a little bit wrong or off, and so he set about trying to discover this “problem” in the external world, and began to devise peculiar strategies for doing so.

In doing so, he creates more problems in the process, and must then turn his attention to solving those problems additionally, and so on. The basic illusion here is that there was ever anything “wrong” to begin with. The attitude that nature is “out of line” so to speak is itself perhaps the only example of nature being “out of line.” It is like a feedback loop of sorts, producing a painful shriek from a situation of far too much self-consciousness.

And so man has, down through the ages, chased the tail of happiness, presuming that it was anywhere but right here and now. Capitalism is just the latest form of this primal delusion, that the world is in error, and we may see it then as an extension of the Christian notion that the World is a sinful place, to be overcome, changed, or transcended.

And, ironically enough, all forms of this particular delusion do in fact create a situation of base unhappiness and unsatisfactoriness out of which their proposed solutions can rise. We see this in capitalist societies, which must necessarily produce poor millions so that we can recognise a rich few. We see it in Christian societies, where even the joy of making love has been reduced to pure mechanics, and distasteful mechanics at that.

So one should distrust any system of thought that seeks to alter what is basically a situation of harmony out of the spurious and unproven notion that it is inherently disharmonious, or the notion that there’s some pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. No-one can give a compelling argument to show why the problems that preceded us prior to these attempts at fixing the world were in fact considerably worse than those problems we have brought into existence through the act of trying to solve them.

Capitalism, and Christianity, among other worldviews, are attempts to bring under control the wiggly world, and we assume that this is what we have wanted all along. But a world completely under our control is like a game we have already finished playing: there is no surprise, no spontaneity, and as such it is as though we have already completed it. All events where the outcomes are known completely in advance may be said to have already happened. And so through trying to exercise total control, we ruin the fun of existence for ourselves, and make the world into a plastic sex doll instead of a real, intelligent, living woman. Through science, and particularly the bizarrely certain forms of scientism that are appearing more commonly today, we are slowly trending towards the same phenomena of rendering existence pointless through explaining it all and putting it under our technological thumb, turning the cosmos into dead knowledge, in many cases, rather than a living mystery.

What we need is, as a culture, to be honest with ourselves once more, and admit that no amount of material control is worth the cost of total boredom. No amount of shiny new playthings are worth the reality of child labour. No economic system can be said to work if it creates poverty as a matter of course, if it blindly trends towards total consumption of all things.

None of us genuinely want this to continue, so let’s just play a different game. As for what that is, well, finding out is half the fun.

http://disinfo.com/2017/01/capitalism-happiness-whos-fun/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+disinfo%2FoMPh+%28Disinformation%29

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by Anna Hunt, Staff Waking Times

When you hear about the impact that industry is having on the Amazon, deforestation is one of the first things to come to mind, however oil development is making a huge impact in terms of biodiversity loss, indigenous conflict and widespread air, soil and water pollution.

Amazon’s Waterways Turn Black

The image below makes a shocking point about the magnitude of the devastation that oil companies are bringing to the Amazon’s waterways. It shows unbelievable contamination where the waters have turned completely black. It shows indigenous people working to clean up oil spilled by Petroperu’s Northern Peruvian Pipeline in early 2016. After the spills, two tributaries that serve as a source of fresh water for eight indigenous tribes that live in the Peruvian Amazon were filled with 3,000 barrels of oil.

The Amazon river is about 4,000 miles (about 6400 km) long, and is the home of over 3,000 species of fish including the boto, also known as the pink river dolphin. Furthermore, it is the largest river in terms of water discharge in the world, responsible for about 20% of the Earth’s fresh water entering the ocean. Oil pollution of this magnitude is not only killing the biodiversity of the Amazon River and its tributaries, but it also affects the delicate ecosystems of the oceans.

Below is a short video that further shows the shocking effect of Petroperu’s oil spills.

This indispensable region of planet Earth is under continued threat. Its animal and plant life is increasingly pushed towards endangerment. In addition, the indigenous people are mistreated by failed government policies and unscrupulous companies, such as Petroperu.

Oil Development in the Amazon

Oil development in the Amazon is still on the rise. Not long ago, the public was outraged at the Ecuadorian government for permitting oil exploration in the Yasuni, one of the world’s most ecologically diverse places. In Peru, a serious political struggle is underway to prevent drilling in one Peru’s biggest oil blocks. Companies like Texaco, Chevron and Occidental petroleum have been defending themselves in court for decades to evade penalties for trashing the Amazon and causing widespread public health crises.

Furthermore, China has started participating in oil development in the Amazon. Their unprecedented investment in Amazonian oil has started one of the largest oil booms in history. As a result, the rainforest is quickly being crisscrossed with pipelines. This threat to the Amazon is expected to grow significantly over the coming decades.

Corporations are bleeding the area dry of its finite resources and responsible for mass ecological and climatic damage. The continued devastation of the Amazon will have massive global implications, as its plant ecosystem stores 17% of the world’s carbon which helps regulate the Earth’s temperature. The region is often referred to as “the lungs of the earth” as it produces substantial amounts of oxygen, supporting countless lifeforms.

 

Read more articles by Anna Hunt.

 

About the Author
Anna Hunt is co-owner of OffgridOutpost.com, an online store offering GMO-free healthy storable food and emergency kits. She is also the staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Anna is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and founder of Atenas Yoga Center. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Visit her essential oils store here. Visit Offgrid Outpost on Facebook.
Sources:

http://strangesounds.org/2016/03/rivers-turn-black-peru-amazon-oil-spill-video.html
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_River

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This article (Viral Image Shows the Impact Oil Companies are Having on the Amazon’s Waterways) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Anna Hunt and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

 

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By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

The Western media in chorus is accusing the Syrian government and its allies including Russia and Iran of “crimes against humanity” for having liberated Aleppo from the clutch of Al Qaeda terrorists. “Putin and Assad could face justice for war crimes in Syria” according to the Washington Post. 

In the media coverage of  Aleppo, the Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists are casually described as opposition “rebels” waging a “revolution” against the government of Bashar al Assad, who is portrayed as a “dictator”. 

The media propaganda campaign has gone into high gear. The words “Al Qaeda”, “Al Nusra” or “terrorists” are simply not mentioned in recent media reports.  It never happened. “Opposition rebels” committed to democracy have been crushed by the Russians, according to “authoritative” media sources.

According to reports, there were no terrorists in Aleppo. The “rebels” are now being portrayed as the victims of Russian aggression.  These are the same terrorists who are the object of Obama’s alleged “counterterrorism” campaign, which is largely intent upon protecting the terrorists. 

Lies by Omission

There is no mention of the fact that East Aleppo has been occupied by Al Qaeda affilated entities (which are on the EU and US State Department “terror lists”) and that these terrorists –which are now portrayed as “freedom fighters’– have committed countless atrocities against civilians. And these atrocities are now casually being blamed on the Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces which liberated Aleppo.

For four years East Aleppo has been occupied by Al Qaeda,  which had established a regime of  terror and destruction. The media has portrayed the terrorists as “the moderate” opposition.

Syria: A US-NATO Sponsored Terrorist Insurrection Initiated in March 2011

The evidence amply confirms that Washington has supported the terrorists from the very outset. The influx of Salafist mercenaries commenced in the Southern city of Daraa on the border with Jordan in mid-March 2011.

Moreover, in an August 2011 report, Israeli intelligence news (Debka) confirmed that NATO and the Turkish High Command were involved in recruiting Mujahideen mercenaries throughout “the Middle East and the Muslim world”, while providing the rebels with an vast array of weapons:

“NATO strategists are thinking more in terms of pouring large quantities of anti-tank and anti-air rockets, mortars and heavy machine guns into the protest centers… ” (Debka) .

The terrorists are the foot-soldiers of the Western military alliance. Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA. The Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh)  was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity (Al Qaeda in Iraq) created by US intelligence with the support of Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).

Obama’s Counter-Terrorism Campaign is a Fraud

Obama’s  counter-terrorism bombing campaign directed against the Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh) initiated in August 2014 is fake.

If they had wanted to eliminate ISIS-Daesh, they could have bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June 2014.  The  Syro-Arabian Desert is open territory. With a fleet of state of the art jet fighter aircraft (F15, F22 Raptor, F16) it would have been  –from a military standpoint–  ”a piece of cake”, a rapid and expedient surgical operation, which would have decimated the Islamic State convoys in a matter of hours.

The issue mentioned above has never been raised  by military analysts. It has never received media coverage.

Needless to say that if they had eliminated the ISIS convoy in June 2014, Obama’s “Counterterrorism” initiative entitled “Operation Inherent Resolve”  would not have been required.

The unspoken objective of Obama’s “counterterrorism” campaign was to provide a pretext and a justification for the extensive bombing of Iraq and Syria.

According to CENTCOM, more than 31,900 targets were the object of US bombings over a period of more than 2 years, and the ISIS has yet to be defeated.

The counterterrorism bombing campaign was instigated to destroy Iraq and Syria rather than defeat the ISIS.

Foreign Mercenaries and Western Special Forces

Amply documented, these various terror formations in Syria, the most important of which are Jabhat Al Nusra (recently renamed Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, “Front for the Conquest of the Levant”), and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS-Daesh) are largely composed of foreign mercenaries, recruited, trained and financed by the Western military alliance.

Western special forces –often hired by private mercenary outfits– are embedded within the ranks of these terror formations. These special forces are in permanent liaison with their US-NATO-Israeli counterparts.

The various terror organizations are instruments of US-NATO.  The US, France, Britain, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel are the “State sponsors” of Al Qaeda and the ISIS.

Money and weapons are channeled to the terrorists. The US and its allies use arms trafficking –i.e. the unregulated illicit trade in light weapons through private traders including organized crime–, to channel large amounts of weapons and ammunition to the terrorists inside Syria.The Berlin Terror Attack

Terror Attacks in Western Cities

Now let us turn our attention to the Berlin terror attack (December 19, 2016), which coincided chronologically with the Liberation of Aleppo. 

Within less than an hour of the occurrence prior to the conduct of a police investigation, the Western media in chorus concluded without a shred of evidence that ISIS-Daesh was behind the attack….

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/there-are-no-terrorists-counterterrorism-supporting-terrorism/5564607

 

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By Isaac Davis, Staff Writer, Waking Times

The months long Dakota Access Keystone XL pipleine protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation by Native Americans and those sympathetic to protection of our water supply has been met with heavy-handed and brutal clamp down by police and national guard. Militarized goons in battle dress have stormed protector camps with LRAD sonic weapons, attack dogs, tear gas, tazers, and even live ammunition (killing horses), while politicians and mainstream media do their best to ignore this growing atrocity, hoping to wait it out until the protestors give up.

But, as the saying goes, Water Is Life, and the issue of life and death is at the root of this protection movement, therefore, for people concerned with life, giving up on this is simply unthinkable. The root issue justifying state oppression of the protest is capitalism, and the perception that money is more important than life itself. When the police and national guard attack U.S. citizens on private property to protect corporate interests, who are they really working for?

The corporate dream of the Keystone XL pipeline is to create a profit stream for a small number of people at the expense of the natural world and anyone in the way. At the top of this pyramid of profit is Texas billionaire Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for the project.

So who is Kelcy Warren?

A native of East Texas and graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in civil engineering, Warren worked in the natural gas industry and became co-chair of Energy Transfer Equity in 2007. With business partner Ray Davis, co-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, Warren built Energy Transfer Equity into one of the nation’s largest pipeline companies, which now owns about 71,000 miles of pipelines carrying natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products and crude oil. The company’s holdings include Sunoco, Southern Union and Regency Energy Partners.

Forbes estimates the 60-year-old Warren’s personal wealth at $4 billion. Bloomberg described himas “among America’s new shale tycoons” — but rather than building a fortune by drilling he “takes the stuff others pull from underground and moves it from one place to another, chilling, boiling, pressurizing, and processing it until it’s worth more than when it burst from the wellhead.” [Source]

Shockingly, in 2015 the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, appointed Warren to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission which is an insult to environmentalists working to protect Big Bend National Park and surrounding sacred tribal lands from another $770 million pipeline project.

“According to the governor’s office, the state parks and wildlife commission “manages and conserves the natural and cultural resources of Texas,” along with ensuring the future of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for Texans.” [Source]

This glaring conflict of interest has inspired Environmental Science major at UTSA and former Texas State Park Ambassador Andrew Lucas to begin a drive to have Warren removed from this environmental post. His petition is described here:

Most people may know Kelcy Warren as the man behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dallas-based billionaire and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners has been making headlines for fast-tracking a 1100 mile crude oil pipeline across the Midwest and under the Missouri River, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. No environmental impact assessment, no respect for cultural sites, and no regard for the local and widespread communities living along the river. A similar story is unfolding out in West Texas, where Warren’s company has split through the pristine Big Bend region with the 200 mile Comanche Trail Pipeline and nearly-complete 143 mile Trans Pecos Pipeline. These Pipelines mark the way for massive natural gas and oil developments in the Trans Pecos region.

With untold damages unfolding for cultural and environmental resources at the hands of Energy Transfer Partners, it would surprise most to know that nearly a year ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Kelcy Warren for a 6 year term as 1 of the 10 commissioners who preside over Texas Parks And Wildlife…  Why? Probably the $550,000 in campaign contributions Abbott received from Warren.

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Footage of militarized police using the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) crowd control weapon against protectors at standing rock on October 27th, 2016:

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Final Thoughts

Warren is listed as number 150 on Forbes list of wealthiest Americans with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion in September of 2016. He is the head of the Dakota Access Pipeline snake.

If you are scratching your head wondering why militarized police and private security contractors are beating, gassing and attacking peaceful resistors, including women, children and the elderly, the answer is, they are doing it to protect the interests of Kelcy Warren and others invested in this pipeline project.

About the Author

Isaac Davis is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and OffgridOutpost.com Survival Tips blog. He is an outspoken advocate of liberty and of a voluntary society. He is an avid reader of history and passionate about becoming self-sufficient to break free of the control matrix. Follow him on Facebook, here.

This article (This is the Man Militarized Police at Standing Rock are Working For) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Isaac Davis and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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Dakota pipeline, DAPL

Meanwhile, a Reuters investigation finds pipeline spill detection system severely flawed

Close to 100 scientists have signed onto a letter decrying “inadequate environmental and cultural impact assessments” for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and calling for a halt to construction until such tests have been carried out as requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Lead signatories Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Anne Hilborn, Katherine Crocker, and Asia Murphy drew attention to the missive in a letter to the journal Science published Friday.

“The DAPL project is just one of many haphazard approaches to natural resource extraction that overlook broader consequences of oil development,” they wrote.

Furthermore, the open letter (pdf) states, “We as scientists are concerned about the potential local and regional impacts from the DAPL, which is symptomatic of the United States’ continued dependence on fossil fuels in the face of predicted broad-scale social and ecological impacts from global climate change.” Specifically, they cite the Standing Rock Sioux’s concerns that the pipeline project threatens biodiversity and clean water.

Underscoring those concerns, a Reuters investigation into the nation’s pipeline system published Friday reveals that “sensitive technology designed to pick up possible spills is about as successful as a random member of the public…finding it, despite efforts from pipeline operators.”

In fact, according to the Reuters analysis of U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) data, “[o]ver the last six years, there have been 466 incidents where a pipeline carrying crude oil or refined products has leaked. Of those, 105, or 22 percent, were detected by an advanced detection system.”

Even more troubling, the data “shows the leak detection systems have caught small leaks and missed some of the largest,” Reuters reports, with six out of the largest 10 pipeline spills in the U.S. since 2010 going undetected by these systems.

Beyond its potential for local devastation, DAPL will make it nigh impossible for the U.S. to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming, the scientists said in their letter.

As Bill McKibben said Friday on Democracy Now! of the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies: “They’re holding the line against something that threatens not only their reservation, but threatens the whole planet. We do not—we cannot pump more oil. We’ve got to stop opening up new reserves.”

Via Common Dreams

Image Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

http://www.intellihub.com/citing-environmental-risks-scientists-back-tribes-in-dakota-access-fight/

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by Dylan Charles, Editor ,Waking Times

Some 90% of the world’s media is controlled by a mere six corporations. The business model of this industry is dependent on advertising revenue, which means that the content they produce must serve well the bottom lines of advertisers, or more significantly, content cannot be of detriment to the profits of corporate advertisers.

This is the reason why so much of the most important news in our times goes un-noticed and under-reported on, most notably environmental news, for if our attention was sufficiently directed to these issues then we would certainly change our attitudes, priorities and behaviors, potentially harming the income streams of the biggest environmental destroyers on the planet, and the biggest advertisers.

Of particular note is the destruction being done to the Amazon, the ‘lungs of the earth’ as it is known by those who understand the value of life and the need to protect the world’s ecosystems from corporate greed. While indigenous people continue to rally around in support of Amazonian conservation, consumerism in ‘first-world’ parts of the world continues to demand resources that are increasingly being harvested from the most bio-diverse regions of the planet.

After failed conservation efforts, the Ecuadorian government has given up and as of September 2016 the state owned oil company Petroamazonas began drilling for oil in the most pristine and biodiverse region of the entire Amazon, the Yasuní. As reported by Amazon Watch:

Commercial oil production has begun at Tiputini C, the first of a slated 200-plus wells inside the ITT fields (Ishpingo, Tambococha,Tiputini) underneath Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park. The remote UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that borders Peru has some of the highest species of birds, mammals, amphibians, insects, and trees ever recorded. In just one hectare it has more tree species than there are in all of the United States and Canada combined, an area that is one billion times that size. Scientists believe that Yasuní’s unique concentration of biodiversity and hotspot of endemic species are due to a climate that allowed species to survive the Ice Age.

The park is also home to the Tagaeri-Taromenane, two indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. Drilling and planned expansion into the park is a virtual death sentence for them, surrounding the nomadic peoples with oil extraction on all sides.

Today, Ecuador is expected to announce production of the first of an initial 3,000 barrels per day, a number that is expected grow to some 300,000 by 2022.

Corporate Advertisers Directing Public Consciousness

Sadly, from the perspective of economy, it makes sense that news like this goes untouched by corporate media because many of the top global advertisers are from industries that sell us products derived from materials extracted or produced in the rainforest.

According to Business Insider, three of the top ten U.S. advertisers are automobile manufacturers (General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Fiat-Chrysler), representing an industry completely dominated by big oil. Furthermore, two of the companies on this list, including the number one global advertiser Proctor & Gamble, sell consumer products which are heavily reliant on petroleum by-products as well as on palm oil, one of the chief products harvested in the in the world’s rainforests.

When you look at top global advertisers beyond the U.S. economy, the list expands to include many more consumer product conglomerates, such as Unilever, L’Oréal, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Toyota, Volkswagen, MARS and McDonald’s.

In short, these are the corporations that are paying for the vast majority of the world’s media content and it would be a sincere conflict of their interests to tell the truth about how vital the Amazon is and how rapidly it is being destroyed.

Final Thoughts

The Amazon is perhaps the world’s greatest natural resource in terms of extractable materials, land, and it’s extraordinary biological and cultural diversity. Yet, as the wheels of the matrix keep grinding forth, the Amazon is being increasingly turned under for profit, while most people hardly notice.

About the Author

Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. He may be contacted at wakingtimes@gmail.com.

This article (Why Corporate Media Won’t Tell You What’s Being Done to the Amazon) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Dylan Charles and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/09/30/corporate-media-wont-tell-whats-done-amazon/

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Will a weather disaster cause a citizen uprising?

(INTELLIHUB) —Scientists are warning for extreme weather around the world and to be self sufficient during an emergency and prepare for an economic shutdown.

 www.intellihub.com/economic-shutdown-coming-nato-plans-russian-attack-life-without-oil-video/

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Native American tribes across the country continue to march in their respective cities to show their dedicated support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Media outlets have covered the ongoing protest exhaustively, which makes it interesting that, when a prominent pipeline in the Southeast broke, major media outlets didn’t cover the news nearly as thoroughly or frequently.

While some outlets did report on the spill on their websites, the focus remained on the forthcoming gas shortages and the resultant spike in gas prices residents could expect. It’s another testament to the fact that mainstream media would rather focus on how news will affect consumers than how it will affect the environment.

The Colonial Pipeline has main lines running through roughly 10 states. Having broken in Shelby County, Alabama, the rupture caused a leakage of 250,000 gallons beginning on September 9th, forcing workers to close the pipeline.

The leak resulted in 6,000 barrels spilling at an inactive mine site. Hundreds of employees and contract workers cleaning up the mess have been subjected to the vapours from the excessive amounts of gasoline in the restricted area. They are only allowed to pump water out of the mining pond when conditions are deemed safe, however, since high concentrations of benzene and gasoline vapours have been repeatedly reported. In fact, the Pelham Fire Department had to close the site for 83 hours because of the dangerous concentration levels.

Three retention ponds are on the property near the spill site, with Pond 2 thought to have collected the majority of the gasoline, while Pond 1, which is uphill from the leak, has shown no traces of gasoline. Pond 3, which is connected to Pond 2 via an underwater channel that has since been blocked, has shown trace amounts of broken down gasoline parts.

The owner of the pipeline has teamed up with the EPA to ensure that the spill doesn’t make its way to nearby rivers, creeks, and streams. EPA representatives and environmental group Cahaba Riverkeeper say the water samples in Peel Creek and the Cahaba haven’t revealed any levels of gasoline or gasoline components in their respective waters. Crews constructed multiple underflow dams to keep the leakage from affecting these areas.

Colonial claimed on Wednesday that 60% of the surface of the pond has been cleaned, while the EPA reported that 85,732 gallons of gasoline have been recovered from Pond 2, along with 292,000 gallons of gasoline-contacted water.

“Ultimately we’re fairly certain that Pond 2 is going to have to be pumped completely dry, all that water removed,” explained EPA on-scene coordinator Kevin Eichinger. “Excavation of the sediment is going to have to occur, excavation of the impacted vegetative debris all around it.”

Pumping Pond 3 is not an option at the moment, however. “Pond 3 still has fish living in it, it’s still an active ecosystem,” Eichinger explained. “Most likely, with that pond, we’ll either do aeration to drive those organic chemicals out or do some sort of other treatment, but currently we don’t plan to pump Pond 3 down or do any extensive remediation there because these are very low levels of the [gasoline] constituents.”

The leak forced Alabama and Georgie to declare a state of emergency, warning their citizens of impending gas shortages and the possible rising prices such shortages would lead to. Meanwhile, the EPA has recovered seven dead mammals at the site, including a rabbit, two raccoons, one fox, one coyote, one muskrat, and one armadillo. They also found four turtles and two birds…

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http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/09/23/mainstream-media-silent-after-another-major-oil-pipeline-spill-while-north-dakota-protests-continue-how-ironic/

 

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A natural gas pipeline explodes in Salem. Source: Stupiddope.com

(Originally published at Gods & Radicals)

Broken, bloodied, my stomach churned to pieces. I stumble to awaken, one eye open gathering at fragments of memories. What had happened? My phone is filled with late night calls to any writers I could think of and though the conversations are forgotten their urgent message snaps back to the forefront of my mind:

A pipeline is coming to Florida and it stands a damn good chance of killing all of us.

This was the strong, overriding assertion riding a memory smashed by drink, but how had I come to it? I reached for a notebook stained brown with liquor and went over the events of the day as I’d lived them, hoping to find some purpose behind this dreadful feeling.

The day began unusually. I had been notified by an accomplice of mine that a group of activists were gathering to discuss something called “The Sable Trail Pipeline.” He wanted me to come along. Sure, I thought, why not? He arrived at my house in a red two-ton metal death trap with no ac, no back seats, and a bent wire maintaining the position of door handle. His girlfriend, an ex-Burner covered in a tattoos greeted me as I crawled into the back anticipating an adventure.

Tall, wearing goggles and a black metal t-shirt, my comrade is not the usual “protest-type” by any means. Death to him was no big deal, life even less of a concern. Many a drunken night I’d ranted and raved in a futile attempt to inspire him towards insurrection yet he’d always remain unfazed. His previous place of employment was picking up dead bodies for the local morgue, a grisly task that he’s much more eager to talk about instead of activism. What manner of trouble had this pipeline brought to his mind?

“First the fucking Zika virus, then the contaminated water. Now this fucking pipeline. I mean, is this all planned?”

He’s clearly angry, tight twists of the wheel sending the van across lanes of traffic. What was this contaminated water he spoke of? He needed no prodding from me and continued on his vehicular tirade.

200 million fucking gallons of contaminated wastewater from a fertilizer plant got dropped into our aquafier, man. That’s the main source of our goddamn drinking water! And they’re trying to tell me it’s safe?”

A complete and utter disregard for Florida ecology? How was this anything out of the ordinary?

There would be no time for further questions–I was desperately trying to stop from sliding across the back and slamming into a door I wasn’s sure would stay closed. As I contemplated what would happen to my mortal coil if I hit the asphalt at 80 miles per hour my comrade had shifted gears to religion, talking of Cerberus and other keepers of the Dead. He describes visions of the Underworld he’s had since he was a child, the weird shades that haunt him, and the possibility that he had, in fact, seen the Grim Reaper kiss a corpse with his own eyes.

The question still hung in the air: what was this pipeline business about?

It all depended on who you asked apparently. According to the company it was 515-mile interstate natural gas pipeline that would bring “affordable, clean natural gas supplies to Florida.” Of course this was immediately suspicious because there is nothing “clean” about natural gas.

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Funds are putting investors cash into companies such as BP and Exxon which have questionable ethics records Reuters

Companies backed by the multi-billion dollar funds include Exxon Mobil which has been accused of hiding climate change science and British American Tobacco, Europes largest cigarette maker

by Camila Russo

Thinking of putting your money into a fund that describes itself as ethical? You’d better read the fine print if backing Exxon Mobil and British American Tobacco isn’t your idea of doing good.

The oil company accused of misleading investors by hiding evidence about climate change and Europe’s biggest cigarette maker are among the holdings of some of the 30 biggest funds that invest following environmental or social governance guidelines, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

While some funds are strict about supporting only clean-energy producers, others buy securities from Big Oil to Big Tobacco along with consumer brands such as Unilever and Facebook. The wide range of holdings is the result of each institution deciding on its own what meets the ethical threshold.

Loosening that definition has helped ethical investing grow about 80 per cent over the past five years to $223 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

“The industry hasn’t done itself many favors in making sure people understand what’s what,” said Charlie Thomas, who manages €950 million under Jupiter’s Ecology funds, which exclude oil and tobacco in favour of companies that have a solution for environmental issues.

“The challenge that we have as a sector is to be very clear with the investor so they know what they’re actually buying. Not all ethical funds are the same.”

There’s no agreed definition on what an ethical fund should be. That has allowed to mushroom the number of funds saying they support companies guided by standards on environmental and social governance. There are no set criteria for how companies report performance on those metrics, and no regulator lhas set out rules. 

The looseness of the system is a concern to the G20 nations, which asked a panel led by Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England to draw up a proposal for voluntary reporting standards that companies could follow if they chose.

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Ethical investing has grown into a $223 billion dollar business (Bloomberg)

That’s likely to offer best practices to companies and accounting firms that draw up sustainability reports and release data through organizations such as the non-profit CDP and Bloomberg.

Ethical, Social and Governance (ESG) fund strategies range from excluding only companies they score the worst in their industries on specific metrics to including only the best of their class. Some seek to spur change by working as activist shareholders. A few will invest only in companies that benefit the environment. The only way to tell the difference is to look at what the fund is holding.

No Simple Label

“There’s not a simple label you can slap on it to solve the problem,” said Greg Elders, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in London tracking ESG data. “Clients think it’s a shortcut for seeing how sustainable a fund is.”

The Bloomberg survey found the number of environmentally friendly or ESG funds has more than doubled in the past decade to about 730. Of the top 30, at least six hold oil companies.

At Impax Asset Management Group, which runs a $568 million Environmental Markets fund, the number of companies that meet its rules has jumped to 1,500 from 250 in 1999, with the pool of firms eligible to be included growing to $4.1 trillion, according to Jon Forster, a portfolio manager at the firm…

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