Amy Goodman’s Look Into the Corroded Politics beneath the BP Oil-Ill Calamity in the Gulf

This link to Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” broadcast, reveals detailed information about not only the 20,000 square mile oil slick caused by the BP oil well leak casualty, in which the oil continues to bubble up from its’ source at 5,000 barrels per day, but also about the politics gushing to the surface.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/spewing_5_000_barrels_of_oil

What’s disturbing, was hearing in her report that President Obama had two weeks ago authorized a plan for a vast expansion in oil drilling, opening up large areas in the Atlantic as well as off the coast of Alaska, for the first time in decades. Uh, did I hear this correctly? There had been a 27 year moratorium against off shore drilling and Obama just wooshed it into non-existance? Now I flash back to when I was exhilarated hearing Barrack speaking before an excited crowd in Berlin, Germany two summers ago, and shocked when he mentioned something about maintaining a military presence in Afghanistan…I thought, did he really just say that? Is this the President elect who stated firmly that he’s against war?

And now I’m thinking about the bank bailout, and wondering, is it perhaps true what Eva Morales of Bolivia stated in a previous interview on Democracy Now. Regarding whether he sees a difference between Bush’s presidency and that of Obama’s, he retorted, “only their skin color is different.”

Now I really don’t want to point the finger at Barack Obama, as I’ve always felt intuitively that he genuinely does want to empower people and make massive positive changes. And I always felt that he spoke from the heart, that he means what he says and has integrity…did.

What I do believe, is that for him to have gotten to where he is, and to maintain his position, that he has to do an enormous amount of bending-over, to the corporate globalized powers that be, who continue to throttle and persuade and bottleneck any wayward opinions from their vision and path of ascendancy. However a downward spiral of reckless fallout is what appears to be sneaking into our faces.

What can we do about this? I guess it’s a matter of willingness to listen and understand what is going on, and then to let our voices be heard – through whatever means – individually or through joining with groups mobilizing to simultaneously inform us and give us a voice. Specifically, we all need to take actions, which reflect being clear and knowledgeable about the repercussions of whatever we do, what we purchase and the activities we participate in. Whatever sort of ‘direct action’ we can make, towards responsibly making our voices heard and changing our habits, towards supporting more environmentally sustainable practices, are examples for others to follow as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_action

To Your Health,

Carol

“You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” Woodrow Wilson Address at Swarthmore college, 1913.

Keep your thoughts positive, because they become your words.
Keep your words positive, because they become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because it becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because they become your values.
Keep your values positive, because they become your destiny.
Mahatma Ghandi

• An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
• Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
• Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
• Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
• Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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