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The history of BP starts in Iran:

The Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) was founded in 1908, following the discovery of a large oil field in Masjed Soleiman, Iran. It was the first company using the oil reserves of the Middle East. APOC was renamed Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) in 1935, and eventually became the British Petroleum Company (BP) in 1954, as one root of the BP Company today. For half a century, profit from the company flowed into European hands. Not only did the British government own a majority share but revenue that Iran did receive was used to re-pay debts owed to European creditors, which earlier shahs had incurred. Other cheap concessions in Iran were also obtained by Europeans, to their benefit and Iran's cost.

The company, too, reneged on agreements to train Iranian technicians and engineers. It paid Iranians considerably less than foreigners and accommodated Iranian workers in sub-standard housing. The 1953 Iranian coup d'├ętat, which supported the reigning Shah and removed an elected Prime Minister, was sparked by the company's nationalization. After the coup, a new contract was negotiated giving Iran a 50 percent share.

Iran's subsequent alienation from the West (beginning in 1979), which owes much to how the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company profited from exploiting Iran's oil over many years, can be attributed in part to the irresponsible way that a "game" was played in other people's territory, with little thought to what the consequences might be. The degree to which the prosperity of former colonial powers was gained at the cost of others is an issue that a world community of nations committed to justice and a fairer distribution of resources needs to address.

"2008 marks the 100th anniversary of oil discovery at Masjid Sulaiman in southwest Iran (Persia), which ushered in a new era in the history of the Middle East. This is the story of the men who made this discovery."


PBS headline for Wednesday: BP prepares to plug leak; Clinton calls for response to N. Korea

So the two stories must be about the same importance, see?

An obvious, horrific environmental catastrophe (actual false flag?) vs a false flag cock up. I'm sure about the horrific, environmental catastrophe, and pretty sure about the false flag cock up too.

First off, Clinton visited Asia with Tim Geithner and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. So they were there to talk about money and trade and economic issues.

Jane Lubchenco heads up NOAA. Her boss is Gary Locke.

Yesterday Jane Lubchenco said that it would be a couple of weeks before NOAA would know how much crude has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

New video provided by BP (BP.L) of its leaking underwater oil well should make it easier to calculate how much crude is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, said NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco. "It's only been in the last couple of days that we have gotten video that was high enough resolution, long enough length and fast enough shutter speed to really do credible calculations," she told a House committee hearing on the oil spill. Lubchenco told reporters after the hearing that the new oil flow estimate would be ready within two weeks.
Oh yeah, TAKE YOUR TIME! No problem. We totally understand.

Seriously, in a million years, could you have ever possibly imagined  LESS URGENCY than the responses given by your representatives in the US government to this disaster? I cannot. The foot dragging is quite breathtaking. Just imagine telling your mortgage company that you will take a look at the mortgage bill in a few weeks, and then you'll need to study it, and actually you were planning on sending the whole amount but turns out you can only send a little bit, and you'll get to that just as soon as you can but first you've got to purchase a couple of items for yourself, like a new wardrobe. I'm sure they would totally understand and say TAKE YOUR TIME, right? Right.

Meanwhile, in Asia, Hillary Clinton demands a serious international response to North Korea's "unacceptable provocation."
In Seoul earlier Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the world must respond to the "unacceptable provocation" represented by the sinking of a South Korean warship, as Pyongyang engaged in blistering rhetoric against Seoul and Washington.

..."I believe that the Chinese understand the seriousness of this issue and are willing to listen to the concerns expressed by both South Korea and the United States," she said in South Korea. "We expect to be working with China as we move forward in fashioning a response." Tensions on the divided Korean peninsula have risen sharply since international investigators issued a report last week saying a North Korean submarine was likely responsible for the sinking of the Cheonan, a corvette patrolling the Yellow Sea.

...She praised the investigation of the sinking as "very thorough, highly professional" and "very convincing." She said both the United States and South Korea had offered China "additional information and briefings about the underlying facts of that event." "We hope that China will take us up on our offer to really understand the details of what happened and the objectivity of the investigation that led to the conclusions," she said. (via Huffington Post)
Aha so according to Hillary, the world MUST respond to the VERY CONVINCING report that the North Korean submarine was LIKELY RESPONSIBLE for the sinking of the South Korean warship, an act that REPRESENTED an UNACCEPTABLE PROVOCATION.

Good theory except for the wrinkle that North Korea does not use German submarines.

[Unless Russian-built submarines can fire German torpedoes, then the North could not have fired the fatal shot at a sub in the middle of a circle of US/S. Korean ships practicing anti-submarine warfare. SEE: North Korea Doesn’t Have German Submarines

Turkey, Greece and South Africa, Israel and South Korea use German submarines. Under the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative, the US has been leasing German-built Type 209 submarines from Sweden and Peru for training purposes since 2005.]
So China has been somewhat reluctant, despite Hillary's arm-twisting, to go along with all this blaming North Korea. Understandably so.

Meanwhile there seems to be disappointment in some circles over the Chinese economic stance.

Yes, there were plenty of memoranda of understanding and a total of eight agreements reached, while the Chinese press lauded the talks as a success and Mrs Clinton bravely insisted they had yielded “concrete results”. However, it is difficult to see what these results are, and harder still to believe that those in the US calling for punitive measures against Chinese imports in retaliation for China’s currency policies will be satisfied....Mr Geithner, in his closing comments, may have welcomed China’s commitment to reform its exchange rate mechanism as it looks to increase domestic consumption, but China’s statements are not even close to the timetable for appreciation that some Americans would like to see.
And at the same time, Russia is urging calm about the situation with North Korea.

The international investigation team represented Australia, Canada, South Korea, Sweden, the US and UK. I'm sure you can see that it would be totally impartial (cough). Russia is sending it's own investigators. 
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Igor Lyakin-Frolov today said that Moscow needs "100 percent proof" that North Korea sank the ship. (source)
So to cut right through, it looks like some people possibly represented by Hillary Clinton and Tim Geithner would like to see a confrontation with North Korea. Some arrangements were made? Regrettably some people died. Very serious. North Korea is blamed after an international investigation of controlled parties. Predictably, and helpfully, Kim Jong Il plays tug-of-war against Hillary and Tim, and threatens to be a crazy whack job. And all of this very helpfully taking place at the same time that the Gulf disaster unfolds.

How distracting.


Meanwhile, the "top kill" effort at "ground zero" remains in limbo for another 24-48 hours.

Obama says the federal government is "in charge" and open to any and all ideas about the spill.

One person, Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of MMS, was fired.

And BP, facing over 100 lawsuits so far, is asking courts to place every pre-trial issue into the hands of one man.

That judge, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, has traveled the world giving lectures on ethics for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a professional association and research group that works with BP and other oil companies. The organization pays his travel expenses.

Hughes has also collected royalties from several energy companies, including ConocoPhillips and Devon Energy, from investments in mineral rights, his financial disclosure forms show.

...The company wants all of the oil spill lawsuits — at least 98 as of May 21 — to be heard in Houston because that's the home of BP's American headquarters, where many witnesses and records are located, and where many of the suits have been filed. BP is facing suits in at least seven different courts in five states, including Florida.

...For the past two years, Hughes has served as a "distinguished lecturer on ethics" for the American Association of Professional Geologists, a Tulsa-based organization representing 35,000 geologists around the world, most of whom work in the oil and gas industry. During that time, the judge has given 13 speeches for the organization, from Texas to Cape Town, South Africa.

Member Council of Foreign Relations

  • Thinks he's charming and cute, but he's pompous and arrogant. He does not follow the rules of civil procedure, particularly with respect to discovery. He calls counsel into chambers, picks sides early, and then allows only limited discovery (sometimes just against one party). His "targeted" discovery steers everything toward the summary judgment outcome he desires. If he picks the other side, you better try to dismiss quickly. 
  • Very goal-oriented, he will get the result that he wants regardless of the law. He proudly believes that he is the ultimate in legal writing and often creates confusion.  
  • Very opinionated. Appears to be goal oriented in his decision making process. I concur with the "monumental ego" comment. 
  • "Abandon hope all ye who enter here" - this judge is a poster child for black robe syndrome. Needlessly arrogant toward parties and counsel, he doesn't follow the law or procedure as detailed by CTA-5, and is actually proud of his pompous refusals to do so. Absolute nadir of SDTx judges, and among the worst federal judges I've seen. anywhere.  
  • This judge is mean, nasty, outrageous and obviously biased toward corporate defendants, particularly banks. Has a limited ability to think and reason, hidden by nasty screaming personal attacks on lawyers and tirades. 
  • Avoid Judge Hughes at all costs. Despite a high intellect, he has a complete disregard for civil statutes and precident. He chooses "his side" early and does everything possible to make the other side's life miserable irrespective of the facts. Plaintiffs beware! One of the more reversed Judges on the 5th Circuit. As the saying around town goes: "Sometimes you just get Hughesed."  
  • Probably the meanest, rudest judge I've ever dealt with. If he hates your client the criminal defendant, he will go out of his way to attack both you and your client. I will do all I can to avoid Judge Hughes in the future. Mean, nasty, and highly petty. I've heard he's better in civil cases, but hopefully I'll never have to find out for myself. 
There were some more positive comments, but I looked into his eyes, and I saw his soul, and that arrogant smirk on his face, and I'm going with my gut instinct on this one. Hey it was a good enough standard for George W. Bush, so it's a good enough standard for my damn blog.

UPDATE: Karl Rove says that this is Obama's Katrina, and goes on to make many excellent points, the same kinds of points that we pesky bloggers have made, not heard in corporate media, then suddenly in the Wall Street Journal, and credited to Karl Rove.

Isn't that great?

Except he doesn't compare it to 911. He forgot that part.

Karl, you forgot the part how this is so much like 911. How could you miss that one?

 So happy.
so I guess he needs some great exposure in the WSJ
to help him make lots of money.


Unknown said…
Question - since So Korea uses German missiles, is it possible that something caused one of them on board the sub to explode?
A. Peasant said…
i suppose. i don't know much about subs and missiles but that seems possible. but why the need, if it was an accident, to blame N. Korea? unless it's not to "waste a good opportunity." but then the timing...the timing has been convenient.

it seems more likely to me that it was accidentally on purpose. maybe someone else knows more about it, hopefully.
Anonymous said…
Let me see if I can get this straight Peasant, are you saying that Hillary can't be trusted and just maybe just maybe we have more on the plate than North Korea?

I not coming to any conclusions on this gulf thing. It wouldn't surprise me if film shows up of Binny Laden climbing out of the Bayou one hour after the rig went up ditching his frog man suit in the bushes, climbing in a convertible with John Fogarty and the rest of creedence clearwater reviival and driving away.

If they really want to do North Korea just send in BP off their coast to drill them some oil. Send one of our FDA commissioners, a couple of GMO subsidiaries, open a coca cola plant, tell them Iraq hates their freedom and presto they will be dropping like flies.
chuckyman said…
A.P. you are a sweetheart.

I am aware that the torpedo that sank the South Korean ship was of German origin. In my normal cynical line of thought I had pinned the origin of the sub to Israhell – for the usual reasons. Also because one had publicly transited the Suez canal recently.

I’ve been reading various unsubstantiated rumours that the US lost a sub very recently in Korean waters. I was completely unaware that the US was playing with diesels. That link was a gem.

Since WWII, the US has built their subs to keep the ocean maritime trade lanes clear of threat -it’s the fear of sinking convoys that has hung around since the cold war days. Now it seems that they are looking at shallow water ops.

I’m not sure that the rumour of a lost sub holds water (excuse the pun) but if true it adds a new colour to events.

As an example, this from a blogger (and fellow cynic) I read on the US sub issue.

PS – I still think it was the usual culprits.
Anonymous said…
People here in Florida I just got a notice that I am using too much water. I will be charged an extra dollar per 1000 gallons past a certain limit.

I can't believe this. The plan must be now to bring about slow kill by thirst. I am just waiting hear that benzene is in the water supply now.
A. Peasant said…
dubs, yes down with all that. ; D

chucky, haha, oh noes not INCOMING!! he pestered me about north korea back when i did my aa news blog, and he was right mostly damn him. if only he weren't so cryptic all the time -- do you hear me incoming?!

anyway yes his theory makes some sense. but i don't know. the whole korea thing is a total mindfuck.

here's a blogger talking about BP cutting corners with H-1B's. not sure what countries are involved here on the involved rig, who was hired from what country. that would be something to look into.
A. Peasant said…
oops here's the link.
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aferrismoon said…
In R. Buckminster-Fuller's CRITICAL PATH , he wrote [ 35 years ago] that the Oil companies would use some kind of public-relations disaster [ oil-smear?] to get the world off oil and on to Nuclear energy [ apparently , oil owns a lot of nuke facilities].

I'll try to find the quote when I find the book

A. Peasant said…
interesting, because matt simmons used to be the authority on peak oil. which was a giant psyop.

these are good points from the pravda forum you linked to dubs:

According to me things getting fishier by the day with this so-called oil disaster!
I suspect it is the next staged 9/11 event and it will get worse within the weeks to come. There is a chance that it is all fabricated news.
As a consequence ofr 9/11 Irak was attacked a few month later...

some inputs...

- lack of proper pictures/film with real people in it
- I can not find any independed youtube video filmed by individuals in this regards
- the way BP show exactly what is going on with their effort and setbacks
- how they are managing not to fix the problem
- the non-response of the US government
- the way it is reported in our news (imagine if this happened in China, the world would go mad)
- how BP manages as a private company to ban reporters of entering public beaches

- etc
A. Peasant said…
obviously the oil spill is not fabricated but many of the details and components cannot be verified independently.
chuckyman said…
I must admit A.P I like his site. I might not follow all of it but then I won’t learn anything If all I read is a variation on themes I’m already familiar with (grin)

I also get the sense from DM’s post and others that the “top kill” effort is a cheap illusionist trick. Is it just me or are we watching BP blow mud through a pipe that isn’t even connected to the well hole for instance. Is the famous BOP still attached to the well hole? That would explain why the main slick is over 5 miles away.

I spotted this over at Rense today. It seems that the “live” feed is just a time loop with a clock sequence imposed over the top of it

I might not have a good handle on the details but I can instantly recognise the mushroom treatment – kept in the dark and fed a load of manure.
veritas6464 said…
Hey Campo,.. you always provide a new and fresh perspective, I just don't have the hours in my day to produce this type of stuff, so regularly and at such a high level, BRAVURE, BRAVURE!

Your Blog is essential to our collective success,


A. Peasant said…
chucky, i love his site too especially when i understand. you have to always click through his links, that's the trick. so it takes time.

speaking of which, thank you veritas. they curse me in my own home but hey, this is more important than other things on my to-do list. so thank you for your support ; D

chuck i put that last link up at my wordpress site. that's a good one and especially for people who are not quite there yet believing that "they" would do such a thing.

indeed they would.
A. Peasant said…
also chuck, i was wondering why it wouldn't have been easier to cut off the bent and broken riser and just plug the one big leak at the source, you know? seems to me the crooked pipe complicated everything so why deal with it? again, their approach seems designed to fail.
chuckyman said…
Bingo. Surely that (mile long?) pipe that led to the surface is now bent and twisted and leaking from every fracture. To a simple mind like mine it would surely increase the total surface area through which the oil would escape.

I would love to get some facts and dimensions on the “2nd leak” that has been reported. My calculator is waiting.

I am glad you have done so much of this good work A.P. The more I read, the more disgusted I get – with the soulless ghouls that are presiding over this and with the mindless herd that are more interested in watching the Simon Cowell ego fest.
Anonymous said…
Peasant I just read that toorruthy blogspot about BP hiring aliens. It looks like my karma is coming home.
They are going to finish me. I am a retired border patrol agent. LOL
A. Peasant said…
chucky, thank you. here's a little more on the 2nd leak:

Simmons believes that when the Deepwater Horizon exploded, "the riser blew off the wellhead and it’s still hooked to the rig,” about 7 miles away.

Therefore, even if BP claims that the “top kill” is successful, it still may not stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Chairman of Wow Energy Solutions, Nicholas Possi agrees with Simmons - BP has not only missed the main target, they may have actually “made it worse.”

Possi said BP has wasted a lot of time and that the only way to stop the leaks is to detonate a bomb in a location that would seal the well. At this point, he added, “This is a military operation.”

seems they really want to get to this nuclear option. and showing that all this was a giant oops wrong leak...

so incredibly cynical. it is really impossible to underestimate how evil they are.

here's the team Obama sent down there to look at the nuclear option:

note the last one. what do you suppose they threw him in for hmm?
A. Peasant said…
see dubs? it's all your fault. i *knew* it. ;p
Anonymous said…
I can't get it out of my head. The guy pulling the wrong levers last words............No habla Ingles
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chuckyman said…
The nuke angle really is horrific. Lots of dual-nationality types getting in on the act. Anyone hear horses approaching?
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QB said…

I just wanted to let you know that I spread you're stuff far and wide. I read a LOT of stuff online (3 more pages and I'm done with the whole internet!;-), and you are by far one of the best investigative bloggers I've ever seen, along with Will Grigg and a few others.
I come your way usually via Kennys, whose blogroll I value for news 10x as much as Drudge, HuffPo, or Raw. (but that's to be expected I suppose) I literally check it everyday.

Out of curiosity, have you heard of Max Igan? If so, what's your take on him? I like a lot of his ideas.

Keep up the great work!

veri word - queda ;-)

QB said…
ugh. "your" not "you're"
(not able to edit)
A. Peasant said…
QB, thank you so much. that's funny about the 3 more pages hahaha...

yes Kenny is awesome. he's been on top of things for as long as i've been doing this and generous, giving out the links to people and spreading the info. that's what it takes. i really appreciate you sharing the work and i'm happy to do it, i love doing it and hope i can continue to do it. it's my pleasure to be of service to the right people ; D

i don't know will grigg or max igan so i will check them out. thanks for the tips. there's so much out there and as i explained to someone lately, either there's time to research and write or there's time to follow news, and it's a trade-off. but my approach the last months is to create, is to make new ground, new paths of understanding, so that takes more time researching and as a result, i miss other things.

so long way to say i appreciate links and tips, both incoming and outgoing. namaste! xo.