reply to post by Asktheanimals
Oil/Energy--yes, I think so and for two primary reasons.
1. What I think may have occurred was in response to OPEC's oil embargo in the 70's when oil pretty much became a matter of national security.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was established in 1975 as a part of a kind of energy defense. If we consider the wars that have taken place since
the 70's, well, I can't think of a single one that did not involve a country with oil. While we can sit here and pretend that the Persian Gulf was
about protecting or "liberating" the people of Kuwait, that doesn't really hold up upon close examination as one of the first things that the
coalition forces did was to seize control over the Kuwaiti oil fields. Many of those fields were torched by invading Iraqi forces. Operation Desert
Storm began in January 1991 at the same time that these oil fires were ignited. I think that most of us have a pretty good measure of the Iraq War
and what that was all about so nuff said there. Just about every country that we have rattled our sabers at have been oil affluent countries that are
unfriendly with us.
2. The majority of our oil supplies are in the hands of US/UK based megacorporations. One of the curious things that has occurred there has been the
complete failure of the FTC to control the size and power of these entities. Sen. Ron Wyden, some 10 years ago, attempted to take the FTC to task on
the subject of anti-trust issues and more and failed. As someone who once had an inside view of these companies, I can honestly say that most of the
conglomeration of these entities took place in the late 90's in both countries through mergers and long standing joint ventures. There isn't a
single one that isn't connected to the other. Period. I know that, locally in my area, the representative gas stations in my area are all linked by
merger. That is called a monopoly and yet, the FTC does nothing. That's an enormous amount of latitude being given.
One of the things that Obama discussed doing preceding the 2008 election was to basically create a windfall tax upon the oil companies as they were
making incredible and record breaking profits through what the FTC had declared as redlining practices that were simply just "competition". What
happened there? He dropped it entirely. Isn't that interesting? Again, enormous latitude.
Finally, the BP oil spill actually was a huge indicator for the control of discourse within the media as well as on an academic front. This was one
of the worst oil spills in history (the worst still being, ttbomk, the Gulf War Oil Spill) and yet, the media was actually pretty lax on reporting a
great deal of what was occurring while very notably running BP ads about how "green" they were. The media clearly knew the old adage, "You don't
bite the hand that feeds you". What was occurring within the media during this time period should have been a huge red flag for information control.
I disagree, with the banks being the next ones up on that totem pole. I actually think that would be the Department of Defense, itself. While we
generally tend to perceive the DoD as being a federal entity, that would be a mistake. In May of 1997, the Department of Defense initiated the
Defense Reform Task Force whose responsibility was to identify areas of inefficiencies and more. What primarily happened was the injection of
"competition" within the DoD through its privatization. Many portions of the Department of Defense became privatized/outsourced, including their
information operations (propaganda vehicles) and well, much of the Pentagon itself. www.defense.gov...
What kind of links can we find between the two behemoths of media control? Halliburton would be the first one that comes to mind as it is involved
in both 1. oil/energy and 2. is a private military contractor. And well, Dick Cheney. Pretty stark there. However, to be fair, much of this
occurred during Clinton's administration but that has an interesting US/UK tie as well as both Blair and Clinton were pushing the same political
ideologies at the same time and that's called the Third Way. I've mentioned that before in the past in other posts. It's pretty damn important.