The People of Pungesti Say “NO! Fracking!” ~ Chevron says, “F*&%! U! Fracking Is US!”

Lost?

Think Chevron + Ecuador= $19 Billion in Damages that Chevron refuses to pay.

For more interesting information about Chevron’s dealings with Indigenous people visit Amazon Watch http://amazonwatch.org/

Gee, I’m not wondering why the people of Pungesti are riled up about Chevron coming to frack in their farmlands.  Democracy Now! reported that Chevron had ceased operations as a result of Saturday’s protest–a protest that has been ongoing since October.  http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/9/headlines#12911

 But apparently Chevron, being Chevron, has started right back up–again.

According to IW, Industry Week, Chevron has resumed its fracking operation in Pungesti in spite of six weeks protest by hundreds of local people. Chevron has even managed to get policeman posted outside the homes of the villagers. I suppose that’s part of an effort to attempt prevent them from returning to their protest camp field. The usual things are being done to discourage the people from further protest–destruction of the on site protest camp, arrests and the tried and true ploy of, “Oh, look what we found. You are bad people.” Pick the illegal whatever object of your choice.

Information Source: http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/chevron-resumes-shale-work-romania-despite-protest?page=1

According to Investment Watch the people of Pungesti are now basically under house arrest.  http://investmentwatchblog.com/s-o-s-pungesti-romania-people-under-terror/

 

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Images page source from Google https://www.google.com/search?q=pungesti+romania+protest&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=6eemUs3kMILV2AX9r4CwBA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1600&bih=798

Yes, it is worth the effort to search the web for images in order to get a look at who is protesting in Pungesti—no, it’s not those crazy guys in black, it’s everyone from the grandmothers to the grandchildren.

Photographs http://www.nasul.tv/2013/12/08/fotografii-zguduitoare-pungesti-romania-7-decembrie-2013/

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Battle In Pungesti, Romania and Fight to save the Earth http://www.popularresistance.org/battle-in-pungesti-romania-and-fight-to-save-earth/

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More coverage from RT  http://rt.com/news/chevron-fracking-protest-clashes-884/

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Nasul TV coverage  http://www.nasul.tv/

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If anyone else following this protest has any new  information sources with English subtitles or coverage in English, please share. Thank you.

Love Letters to Earth

On February 14 people everywhere express their love with actions, flowers, cards, gifts and more.  Some people express their love for Earth by protesting its ongoing destruction by our continuing dependence on oil for meeting our energy needs.  Some write these lovers off as foolish hippies and idealistic tree huggers but they are neither foolish nor idealists. These are the hardcore realists of our world.  Today there is another effort underway to stop the Keystone XL pipeline development yet again in spite of the public outcry.  If you’ve signed any petition for this effort previously I’m sure your email box is currently awash in urgent requests for your signature again because big oil and its supporters don’t give up. Their intention is to wear everyone down until big oil gets its way AGAIN. Apparently the American government has learned nothing from the BP oil spill and its continuing consequences in the Gulf of Mexico.  There is an upside to all this lobbying for more pipelines and greater development of an oil project that is already the size of Great Britain–more people are learning about the Tar Sands. And more people are saying NO to it and to big oil.  Change makes many uncomfortable but change we must–or kill the only planet that supports us with air to breathe, water to drink, and soil for food.  Nature is not dependent upon us. We are dependent upon nature for our survival. As you drive along in your car fueled by oil you may feel far removed from the heartbeat of the world. Everything except your next chore of the day may be far from your mind. But consider how different your daily life would be if there was no clean air to breath, no clean water to drink, and no fresh food in your grocery store. Shall we all live on little purple pills popped into our mouths while we breathe through gas masks? Shall we? Isn’t it time to write your own “love letter” to Earth? Folks–big oil has to “go.” It’s literally killing people and the Earth.  It will kill you and your loved ones–make no mistake about it. And the people who own and operate big oil will also die by their own actions. Denial will not prevent their demise.  So, take some time and figure how you can show some love.  

Indigenous protest at Durban. Climate  Conference

Prince Rupert, B.C.

Ecuador

Nigeria

The People of Erris —  Ireland

Chevron Receives Gulity Verdict!

Finally some accountability for BIG OIL for knowingly dumping toxic waste into the waterways of Ecuador!  For more about this historic judgement visit Amazon Watch at:

 http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0214-statement-on-ecuador-court-ruling-against-chevron

18 years of denial, media spin, and underhanded dealings even when the proof of contamination was out in the open for anyone willing to look to see.  What does it take to get corporations to behave properly? Will 9 Billion dollars put a dent in their profits? Does the guilty verdict  send a clear message to stop being amoral, greedy and indifferent to the environment and the people who fight to protect it?

More legal information at Turtle Talk

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/ecuadorean-judge-orders-chevron-to-pay-9b-in-damages-for-polluting-lands-of-indigenous-peoples/

Also, there’s news coverage on Democracy Now! which reports that Chevron refuses to pay and calls the verdict “unenforceable.”  

www.democracynow.org 

So where does BIG BUSINESS get off with REFUSING to pay for their deliberate wrongdoing? Are they above the law? Apparently the people who run Chevron believe they are. Yes, let’s not forget that oil companies are run by people–not robots.

Itching to engage in satirical delights?

Are you totally fed up with advertising spin campaigns employed by corporations like BP and Chevron to greenwash their deadly dirty profit at all cost ventures and desire an outlet for venting frustration with all this manipulative garbage constantly being thrown across every television and video screen–YouTube included (so sad) –at us? Want to fight advertising spin fire with your brand of flaming satirical blowtorch?  Or do you just enjoy dipping into delicious satirical delights? Got a soft side for sarcasm that bites bones and tears away dead flesh? Hmm, this is beginning to sound a tad like a Zombie thrill movie advertisement–but no matter.  Amazon Watch has got one heck of a no punches pulled, direct in their faces counter-attack video-poster contest going in response to Chevron’s ad campaign to greenwash their terminally toxic ventures in Ecuador.  There are all kinds of entries in this contest. You can vote for your favorites AND you can enter your own creation! Oh yeah! This is all out Word-Art Warfare! Surf the link for some very serious satirical inspiration for fighting back with the enemy’s own weapons! You won’t regret it.

 

Click on the photograph to enjoy and engage in the sumptuous satirical slapping of Chevron Thinks We’re Stupid Spoof Ad Contest. 

Here’s one video–alert–there are a  few tough & rough words spoken.

or visit    www.ChevronThinksWereStupid.org

or  www.FunnyorDie.com

or click on the  photo of the canoes at the top of my sidebar to discover what the people of the Amazon are  Watching.

Satire Lives! And I had about given up all hope.  If you enter the contest  please post a link to your entry here.  It’s time to slice and dice the spin machine!

Shanti Om

ps.  She is so cute as she reads the teleprompter.  I wonder if it tells her when to smile and blink. What do you think? What a lot of $$$!!!! Now that’s PROFIT.

For the animation addicts among us–

Real time Avatar–Explore Amazon Watch

On artistatexito’s riverblog is a story being told and retold in so many ways everywhere. These are stories of wanton destruction of the Natural world to the view that human life is totally expendable in all the spheres in which politicians and profiteers strive to conquer and control everything and everyone  that opposes their greed driven agendas.  James Cameron’s film Avatar brought all sorts of people into the screenlands to see the big beautiful blue people confront the might of industrial development backed by military support. Who did you root for? Hmm? Is there anyone out there who did not want the beautiful blue people  to succeed in protecting their world from gross exploitation? Now imagine that the people are not big and blue and startling beautiful exotic beings but ordinary brown-skinned people who have been living in the rainforests all their lives.  Does their lack of intriguing  physical appearances change how we view the same conflict and issues?  Do we support them less because they are not creations of movieland but are flesh and blood human beings? Well such real people in Ecuador have been waging a legal war with the oil giant Chevron for over 17 years.  Other indigenous people have been and are currently engaged in similar struggles to protect their homes which have importance for the health of the entire Earth. Is everyone and everything expendable for profit? If you’re thinking so what am I supposed to do? I’m just one person with no connections to anyone important. Well we are all important. We are all connected. One thing we call all do is share information. Knowledge is power.  The more of us who are aware and know what’s happening–the more difficult it becomes for the insanity to continue. We can imagine better ways of living in which everyone and every living thing WINS! The way things have been and are does NOT have to continue.  Person by person we are those who dream, imagine and can create wonderful new ways to live.  We begin by supporting each other through awareness, tolerance and mutual respect. We can support each other by sharing knowledge.  

Oil is a limited resource. We must cease being dependent upon it.  The video from Amazon Watch is direct and to the point.

More about Amazon Watch can be found via the link on the sidebar. Click the photograph and visit the Amazon’s issues and people.

We are all connected. We are all related.

You can raft to artistatexito’s riverblog –http://artistatexit0.wordpress.com/

Columbus’ Heirs = Oil Companies

Yes, the modern natural heirs to the value, cultural and psychological legacy of Christopher Columbus are clearly represented by Oil companies like Chevron, Shell, and BP. If the people of the Gulf Coast really want to see their future after coverage of the BP disaster fades from mainstream news media they can look at the ongoing legal battle between the Indigenous people of Ecuador and  Chevron Oil.  Or they can consider the terrifying decades long running conflict between Indigenous people and Oil companies in the Niger Delta . Recently corporations which were granted ‘personhood’ rights for political contributions have been granted immunity from legal actions for the kidnapping, torture and murder  of anti-Oil activists. Yes, Oil companies get to have their cake and eat it too. Well, I guess that would be they get to pump oil without responsibility. This is just one environmental issue on which Indigenous Peoples are on the front lines facing down corporations that ‘develop’ the natural resources to the detriment of all living things, including themselves.  Heads up, corporations are composed of people, human beings, and guess what –all human beings are vulnerable to toxic  pollutants.

 

Where are the instruments of our own destruction? In our gas tanks. In our minds. In our values. In our lifestyles.  In our hearts? In our DNA?

RANT! The Biggest Lie = Life is Sacred.

Okay, folks, is it me or is it BP that’s completely whacked? Or is it just the incongruity of juxtaposing BP spin with the YouTube platform? (Though YouTube isn’t getting any kudos from moi for its collection of information–at this point-regarding whoever wants to view “Collateral Murder”. I suspect it’s easier to view porn online than that video–which I did view elsewhere without any registration or gathering of “who me be.” I thank that source very very much for that disturbing piece of video enlightenment. Yes, that military video was worse than I expected from news reports.) Back to the point at hand,  was wandering around YouTube checking out a few taped tidbits and observed a blurb for BP YouTube Channel splashed across those noisy sparrows. Now considering how so many people use YouTube to share so many things from songs to protests this probably makes good image spin sense, right? It is a logical step. Still, seeing  BP using the YouTube format to clean up its increasingly despicable image of indifferent, callous, greed driven corporate power spilling first oil, then the muck of a toxic dispersant seems like an insult deluxe.  “Let’s fight  video with video!”  must have been the motivation behind this effort to infiltrate the YouTube universe.  It’s logical and yet, yet, so dammingly insulting and offensive that BP wants such a public relations campaign to work in their favor. Big Oil is Big Oil which translates to corporations created and run by individuals  with an extreme disregard for the  environment, human/animal/plant life because all they care about is profit and money at all costs.   

Top 7  US Oil Importers:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/100726/top-7-us-oil-importers

There is a long running WAR in the Niger Delta between the native population and the oil companies like Shell. It’s been going on for DECADES. The local population has NOT benefited from oil development. They’ve been decimated by pollution and murder for opposing the oil and gas developments.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=118444&sectionid=351020505

Oh–and neither has Iraq’s civilian  population so far as I can gather. O, yeah, that’s one of the wars no one wants us to discuss here in the USA. Land of the free (?) and home of the brave (?) ? 

Yes, this is a RANT–keep RANT in mind. RANT!!!!!!!!

Visit, if you dare, Al Jazeera English’s coverage of the PB oil muck up http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/oildisaster/

I wrote “if you dare” because Al Jazeera News is one of THE most maligned and hated of news media organizations. They do great journalism. Go figure why their journalists  are in everyone’s gunsights. 

Chevron SHAMELESSLY works to EVADE all responsibility for its actions in Ecuador where the company KNOWINGLY dumped toxic wastes and KNOWINGLY put the local population at fatal risk. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67448K20100805

Wake up folks! OIL and the people who run the businesses that bring it to our cars and trucks are toxic entities. The only way to change this is to change how we live day to day.  We the people need to make the changes that will put them out of business. No demand means no supply means no business.

The BIG LIE  = Life is Sacred.  Really?  Who says so? Certainly NOT BP, Shell, Chevron etc.  The only lives the people who run these corporations care about are their OWN lives. Everyone and everything else is expendable–unless they put profit in the executives’ and their shareholders’ pockets.   

 FYI –>>>  http://www.youtube.com/BPplc

I wonder what the fishermen and their families think of this image clean up?

Posting links in comments to informative  blogs, websites, news sources about oil spills everywhere etc are earnestly  invited.

Oh and what is tomorrow? BIG BOMB DAY. Oh yeah, more proof of the BIG LIE.

Indigenous Peoples Know the Stakes for Survival. Do you?

Latin American Herald: Brazilian Indians Release Five Remaining Hostages At Damn Site.    http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=361190&CategoryId=14090

The Achuar have been fighthing big oil in Peru for 14 years –now that’s an ATTENTION span to envy–http://www.amazonwatch.org/amazon/PE/

Navajos Protest Uranium Mines  http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/05/navajos-protest-uranium-mining-plans.html

Amazon Indian Leaders meet Houma Nation in Louisiana    http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0727-kozloff_oil_indigenous.html

What’s happening? It’s the struggle to survive. And it’s coming to your home whether you believe it or not. This isn’t an “if”, it’s a “when”. Think the issues in Avatar were just a figment of a scriptwriter’s active imagination? LOL.  Indigenous people are not big and blue. They’re red, black, and brown people and they’ve got more than a few clues based on direct experience.  

Indian Country Today’s Headline: Venezuelan Indigenous Newspaper Wins Journalism Award http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/Venezuelan-history-first-99100324.html

Yes, there’s more news in the world than CNN, Fox, ABC and the BBC might lead one to think. Discover our world.

Watching in the Amazon and beyond

 Think that just plugging that spilling in the Gulf of Mexico is the only problem of big oil companies? Oil companies which by the way want nothing more than for everyone to remain DEPENDENT on the black gold they mine and want to continue mining until THEY have alternatives ready to roll for their profit machines.  Want to know how oil companies deal with local populations then just click  to  http://www.amazonwatch.org/  the site of Amazon Watch where there much to ‘wow’ about regarding Chevron’s tactics for legal evasion of responsibilty for their well informed and deliberate toxic adventures in Ecuador. Or check out what’s spilling in Peru.

Ecuador has an interesting idea–keeping its oil in the ground. No kidding– http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/11/ecuadorian_activist_heads_to_cop15_with

And there’s always the ongoing long term despair of the people of the Niger Delta to consider when continuing our addiction to that “Texas Tea”…… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_in_the_Niger_Delta

“I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike.”

Oh and on A Small Town Dad’s blog is his incredible art regarding the ongoing spilling.  Thanks to Bliss for posting her version and linking.

http://asmalltowndad.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/man-up-and-fix-it-oilspill/

Blissbait’s version  http://blissbait.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/welcome-this-processing-loon-says/

Not Just Another Pretty Face, Q’Orianka Kilcher

Q’Orianka Kilcher, star of The New World, is quickly proving that she has definitely more than beauty and acting talent as she has been publically speaking out in support of the Indigenous People protesting the proposed destruction of their rainforest homes. Yes, the young woman has the audacity to actually call out Alan Garcia for committing genocide against the Peruvian Indian Prostestors. 

http://thegreenloopblog.com/category/news

It’s very compelling, and overflowing with irony,  when an eco fashion site like greenloop offers coverage of the Indians’ protests in Peru while mainstream American media seems intent on ignoring the events. Apparently American corporate run news has a limited attention span–ie, Iran is all that matters–and who wants to touch ‘genocide’ in action? Especially ‘genocide’ that boldly illustrates the fundamental values war emerging on a global level.

fyi  http://www.amazonwatch.org/newsroom/index.php?type=press

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