em·pire
ˈemˌpī(ə)r/
noun
an extensive operation or sphere of activity controlled by one person or group

One group today has more foreign military bases than any other in world history, spends more on violence and domination than the rest of the world combined, and has overthrown or attempted to overthrow some 60 governments, most of them democracies.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

US Forces Succeed in Clearing Peaceful Environment Guardians, Escorting Shell Rig Through and Sending on to Arctic

Reporting from the scene:

US forces cleared kayakers out of the way and cut the cables connecting suspended climbers, making space for the government-escorted Shell oil rig to move through and continue on to the Arctic to begin the fossil fuel extraction process.

As the ship approached, one (hopelessly naive) onlooker shouted, “Where is President Obama?“, as if this were being done against his will.

Obama in 2012:

“Now, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. That’s important to know. Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states. We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high. We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.”

Here is the oil rig passing through the cleared blockade:


After the rig passed through, a cheer of appreciation for the climbers and kayakers rang out from the onlookers, along with shouts of “Thank you!”

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Gov.-escorted Shell rig spews exhaust after passing through cleared blockade.
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Exhaust fumes from oil rig wash over the climbers.
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Drone watches from above.
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Drone hovers.

Author focuses on force dynamics, national and global. @_DirtyTruths

Donations to help the environmental organizations with bail money, etc., can be made here and here.

Portland, OR: US Gov Using Force to Clear Environment Guardians so Shell Oil Rig can Proceed to Arctic

Reporting from the scene:
Currently, at the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, environment guardians are suspended from the bridge by cables, and kayakers are trying to block the water. Their goal is to prevent a Shell oil rig from leaving town to go to the Arctic to start the process of extracting oil. Business press commentators have expressed excitement that warming climates are causing ice to melt, thus helping to clear the way to more “black gold”.

The climbers and kayakers are letting all ships through except one, the massive Shell rig, which turned around this morning when it encountered the obstacle, and is currently waiting for the government to remove the guardians so it can head to the Arctic.

At the moment, US government forces (Oregon State Police and US Coast Goard) have begun to forcefully extract the climbers and herd the kayakers out of the way, chasing them and hooking them with hooked poles, so that they can be arrested and charged with federal crimes, and the oil rig can proceed to the Arctic.

What the government position comes down to is that it is a crime to protect the environment, and “legal” to irreparably harm it. However, this is one of those issues where what the government declares to be “legal” is irrelevant. Yes, for hundreds of years it was “legal” to kill native people and “illegal” – in fact, terrorism – to interfere with their being murdered. So what? Means nothing.

On a related note, several of the climbers are of Native descent, and have commented that they and their ancestors have, over generations, watched and resisted the swift destruction of the environment by the European invaders. This marks another time when they are working to preserve the environment and the US government is using force against them to further its destruction.

Simultaneously, annexation of Native land in Arizona is being carried out (under John McCain) for additional resource extraction.
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Climbers suspended; Kayaks under bridge. Gov forces beginning to herd and arrest them.
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By this point, kayakers largely herded to side to make way for Shell oil rig to head to Arctic.
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This climber secured his or her neck to the bridge, but was just cut loose and arrested.
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By my estimate, there are several hundred people on the scene to support the environment guardians, and two people there to support Shell, aside from the US government forces, which are acting in support of Shell.
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US forces using a pole to try to ensnare, arrest environment protectors.
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Donations to help the organization with bail money, etc., can be made here and here.

The Shell rig is currently on its way back to the bridge. For updates from the organization, text @ShellNoPDX to 23559, or follow this author @_DirtyTruths

Author focuses on force dynamics, national and global.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

White House Petition to Extradite Big Game Hunter Walter Palmer to Zimbabwe reaches 75,000 Signatures Since Yesterday

Text of the WhiteHouse.gov petition, which has received almost 76,000 signatures since it was created yesterday:

Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to Face Justice in Zimbabwe

Cecil the Lion, a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park, and a national icon, was poached and killed this week. Media reports in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere have identified American Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, MN as the poacher. He is alleged to have lured Cecil from the safety of the national park to kill him. Two of Palmer’s local accomplices are already in custody. Zimbabwe authorities now actively seeking Palmer in connection with this incident.

We urge the Secretary Of State John Kerry and the Attorney General Loretta Lynch to fully cooperate with the Zimbabwe authorities and to extradite Walter Palmer promptly at the Zimbabwe government’s request.

WhiteHouse.gov petitions require 100,000 signatures to receive a response from White House staff.

The lion in question was lured with meat, shot with a crossbow, followed for 40 hours, then finished off with a gunshot.  Its body was found decapitated and skinned.



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Slate reports that Palmer can be extradited to Zimbabwe under US extradition agreements with that country.