HOUSTON—Bryan Parras stood in the shadows cast by glaring floodlights ringing the massive white, cylindrical tanks of the Valero oil refinery. He, like many other poor Mexican-Americans who grew up in this part of Houston, struggles with asthma, sore throats, headaches, rashes, nosebleeds and a host of other illnesses and symptoms. The air was heavy with the smell of sulfur and benzene. The faint, acrid taste of a metallic substance was on our tongues. The sprawling refinery emitted a high-pitched electric hum.
Those on the side of Life have assistance from Gaia, too.
It's amazing how much rain has of late fallen on Texas. In metaphor, it's as if the Great Earth Mother is trying to wash the state of its pollution legacy.
Recently I heard that a tornado hit a Halliburton plant and I thought such an event could not happen to a more worthy target.
One wonders why an ACLU lawyer can't set up a class action suit. Granted, all of the chemicals create a community of trespass that makes it virtually impossible to identify one culpable agent. I've long argued that point and how deregulation (of the EPA and other regulatory agencies) led to this predictable outcome.
True, too, that the court system mostly conforms to the dominant culture's muscular players and the Oil Oligarchy tops the list (along with bankers and weapons producers).
I was thinking along the same lines as Mr. Hedges, that just as the make-war state apparatus justifies the high civilian rate of casualties under the antiseptic heading of "collateral damage," that the war based on Disaster Capitalism tactics sees whole communities as similar collateral damage zones.
It's also true that these celebrated conferences (like Paris COP21) work a lot like U.S. committees studying issues like poverty and all sorts of environmental pollution so that these studies give the appearance of "doing something about the problem." In reality, they are delaying tactics.
So many people around the world are fed up. It's likely that the elite interests maneuvering their New World Order centralized power into place knew in advance that millions of people, particularly those accustomed to some freedom and some prosperity would buck against such a system. That's why the ruse of Terrorism was required. An enemy had to be created, and if it required a Hollywood style False Flag (and lots of repeat "terrorist events"), so be it.
As many NOW can see, the so-called War on Terror is a war that produces and spreads terror further and wider so that what started out as a solution to the problem really worked to ensure that said problem would remain in place. That way, untold numbers of troops, entire nations under surveillance, and the rescinding of precious Civil Liberties could all take place.
Still, when the chains of restrained liberties meet the rigors of injustice, The People do rise up. And they are. It could well be that repression this onerous is precisely what's required to generate the energy of a complete paradigm shift.
Watch for falling debris.
I know Houston well, really well. Lived there for five years and visit every now and then. I can't imagine a better "poster child" for how NOT to develop than Houston. It is of the OIL, by the OIL, and for the OIL, writ large. At least a truth teller, Dan Rather, did spring from its midsts. (WTC7)
"Those who worship before the idols of profit" and are the high priests are the psychopaths and sociopaths. Removing them from power is now a matter of life and death for the human race.
Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and a godlike technology is a lethal mix that is destroying the ecology and, probably, the human race in the sixth mass extinction event the technology is causing. History itself is a river of blood. The thinking of clinical psychopaths is so different from normal thinking that any analysis that leaves out this factor fails from the outset. The tragedy is that psychopaths have always ruled thanks to their inability to feel guilt or empathy which allows them to quickly rise and assume positions of power. In other words history has been largely run by the insane and humans have progressed despite it.
In the U.S. and probably in the U.K. there is overwhelming evidence that the elite circles have transformed themselves into an exclusive club of sociopaths, psychopaths and trusted sycophants. Our collective situation as normal humans grows more perilous every day as our insane destructive elites not only possess weapons of mass destruction but are blindly causing an environmental catastrophe.
"We find ourselves in a situation where economic philosophies that celebrate selfishness can be implemented through a web of legal and financial tools that elevate and reward those individuals with psychological tendencies toward self-interest — the same people who also have a predisposition to game social contexts to their advantage regardless of impacts on others. Thus the psychopathic corporation was forged as a Frankenstein monster that enabled the constant flow of psychopathic blood, continuously replenished by the 1% of the population born into psychopathy in each new generation, to rise into positions of power as stock traders, corporate executives, and corruptible politicians."
How Will the 99 Percent Deal with 70 Million Psychopaths?
"The most important characteristics of a psychopath revolve not around violence, but around lack of empathy, selfishness, and manipulation. True, some psychopaths may use these traits to commit crimes, but others rely on their manipulative nature and ability to charm for other things. Many psychopaths actually find great success in the business world thanks to their ruthless nature — a disproportionate number of CEOs are actually psychopaths. Some other popular career paths for psychopaths include law, media, and being salespeople.”
Psychopath Definition May Be Different Than You Thought: 7 Facts About Psychopaths http://goo.gl/v1j74P
"The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings."
Capitalism's "Sacrifice Zones": Communities Destroyed for Profit
"It's the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings... And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.”
Is America Crazy? Ten Reasons It Might Be:
Dr. James Fallon discovered that he was a psychopath and that he was related to the serial killer Lizzie Borden when studying brain scans of serial killers. I recommend his book The Psychopath Inside. I also recommend the book The Sociopath Next Door by Dr. Martha Stout. http://goo.gl/bcn96l
You can also watch videos of Dr. James Fallon lecturing on the brains of serial killers and videos by others on psychopaths and sociopaths on YouTube. https://goo.gl/we7bkb
Some of the corporate world is now trying to screen out sociopath job candidates as they are destructive and can ultimately bring a corporation to ruin. http://goo.gl/pQwo5
Differences Between a Psychopath vs Sociopath
"Psychology researchers generally believe that psychopaths tends to be born — that it’s a genetic predisposition — while sociopaths tend to be made by their environment. …
Psychopathy and sociopathy are different cultural labels applied to the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. Up to 3 percent of the population may qualify for a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. This disorder is more common amongst males and mostly seen in people with an alcohol or substance abuse problem, or in forensic settings such as prisons. Psychopaths tend to be more manipulative, can be seen by others as more charming, lead a semblance of a normal life, and minimize risk in criminal activities. Sociopaths tend to be more erratic, rage-prone, and unable to lead as much of a normal life. When sociopaths engage in criminal activity, they tend to do so in a reckless manner without regard to consequences."
Brain scans can now detect psychopaths and, along with other tests, the slippier sociopaths. They should be given like random drug tests to all in positions of authority. But I suppose they would kill us all before that was allowed so the odds are is that they will continue to go unchecked and may soon destroy the human race pursuing their short term goals.
Tests for antisocial personality disorder
Self Test on Psychopathy ('Am I a psychopath?' - Self Assessment …
The river of blood flows stronger than ever thanks to modern weaponry, including financial warfare, controlled by sociopaths and psychopaths. Americans conditioned to authority and brainwashed from birth will live in wage labour/bondage as long as the Ponzi scheme started in *1607, the system of White Supremacy(Racism) and capitalism, exists. Socialism is the only form of democratic governance.
“It’s the ECONOMY, stupids!” — Wild Bill Clinton
10 Signs We Live In A False Economy
The Myth of the Middle Class: Have Most Americans Always Been Poor?
by Alan Nasser
April 26 – English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia, later moving up the James River.
May 14 – Jamestown, Virginia, is established as the first permanent English settlement in North America (the modern-day United States), beginning the American frontier.
The health crisis that reaches into many areas and neighborhoods is from fracked gas pipelines and infrastructure. Air pollution from these increasingly expanding pipelines and compressor/pumping stations are creating numerous health dangers and the gas is mostly for export! The Federal gov, WH, and so-called "regulatory" agencies (the original oxymoron) are up to their corrupt necks pushing for, approving, and expanding fracked gas infrastructure regardless the consequences to human health or the environment.
One glaring case of idiot incompetance and corrupt "regulatory" agencies (FERC) is the AIM 42" high-pressure gas pipeline to run THRU the Indian Point nuclear facility 35 miles north of downtown Manhattan, approx 100 feet from nuclear control infrastructure - highly explosive materials and an aged nuclear power plant with 20 million living within a 50 mile radius, perfect together....... http://sape2016.org/ fight this potential catastrophe!
No one wants to complain about safety when they know it could cost them their job.
I experienced that first hand on two different jobs. On one I was a warehouse worker on the docks and was very young and naive. When I complained about some safety violations to the boss his answer verbatim was: " " YEAH, IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL YOU COULD GET HURT"! Suffice it to say, I got the message loud and clear!
On another occasion I was working for another company and could see their safety violations were horrendous and when I went to the office of the company and pointed out that the company was in violation of their own safety rules and regulations which was written in the companies own safety manual, I was fired the next day!
The international conspiracy of greed. The one conspiracy that I believe in. Greedy people are united in their greed and will immediately assist each other's greed as long as it is profitable for them personally. They do not need to even know each other or even to communicate with each other. It is in fact a class of people with the same mentality as much as a psychological personality.
The conspiracy of greed ensures that wealthy people will all agree on the type of legislation that benefits their interests - that benefits their class. That mutual agreement is virtually automatic. They all know what they want. Republicans and conservative Dems that are in favor of tax cuts for the rich and for corporations need not agree on anything else but that they will agree on and do so almost by reflex. Meanwhile none of them are ever poor of course.
The conspiracy of greed is tacit and virtually automatic.
Yoakum, Shiner, Gonzales, Victoria?
A OK, by me! Don't know where you're from, but I've been there.
Yes, it's a freedom many of the posters don't appreciate.
Well said. It's good to know that others understand.
Me, too, Lucky All The Way! Had the best parents ever...
And automation is going to put us all out of work eventually. Better start planning on how to redistribute the wealth peacefully.
Did psychopaths create the system or does the system create psychopathic behavior? I think everybody who responded to Hedges' article knows in their bones the answer to that. What and whomever was the genesis of the system, once the fire was lit the outcome was highly probable. It's true that reality doesn't exist as solely white hats and black hats. But if there was such a title within sociology as societal epidemiologist that person would sound very much like Chris Hedges is sounding. The system is a cancer. You don't replace a cancer, you remove a cancer. There's no 'restore point' to go back to. It always was a cancer to people of color, women, the handicapped and from all of them the poor. Yea, it is a war. A real war. And we don't know the outcome. But we do know two things. The alternative is an increasingly miserable and inequitable existence and secondly, this damn war, put on hold by the perpetual selling of consumerism, is long overdue.
Of course none of the Bush family live in Huston anymore. They've made their billions and have since moved on to greener pastures with clean skies, water and soil!