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Protests Help World Notice Thick Stench of Corruption

10/11/2011

Image credit: Susannah Breslin in Forbes

It seems the Occupy Wall Street protests  are helping many realize just what a rigged game the international political system really is. It took the (highly consolidated) mainstream media weeks to start covering the demonstrations. The media appeared determined to overlook Occupy Wall Street, until the violent and deceptive tactics employed by the NYPD provoked so much outrage that news outlets had no choice but to report them.

Several questions have been raised of late concerning who really controls the mainstream media. That link leads to a blog post that compares the American media coverage received by Solyndra, a government-funded solar panel manufacturer that went bankrupt, to the coverage received by a scandal related to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Solyndra: 190 mentions, Keystone: 0 mentions. It seems somebody is keen to make the solar industry look bad (a misrepresentation) while completely failing to mention the misdeeds of the oil industry.

The abovementioned scandal involves the US State Department’s outsourcing of a study that assessed the potential environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline to TransCanada–the very company that wants permission to construct the pipeline.

During his recent speech to the protesters in New York, Bill McKibben, who organized the Keystone XL Pipeline protests in front of the White House, drew a connection between those demonstrations and Occupy Wall Street:

[The Keystone XL Pipeline is] sort of the poster child for the kind of arrogant corporate power that people are rightly taking to task on Wall Street and elsewhere.

Over at Climate Progress, Joe Romm makes another very good point about corporate power: the wealth of billionaires is such that they would be able to weather global catastrophes much longer than the less rich. That’s why it’s up to the 99% to rein in their power while we still can, before they first bring about the suffering of billions, and then render this planet unlivable.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. John Erickson permalink
    10/11/2011 10:16 PM

    Hey, until you mentioned it on your blog, I hadn’t heard of the Keystone XL pipeline, but I sure had heard of Solyndra! Even my usually reliable CBC website seemed to skip over Keystone (though I might’ve missed it – I’ve had link problems over the past 3-4 weeks).
    Now our GOP, with Fox News as point, are trying to draw distinctions between our Tea party and the Occupy Wall Street folks. Yes, I have indeed seen a difference – the “Occupiers” are far more relaxed, use less hate-filled rhetoric, and (from what I’ve seen) have yet to call for opponents’ murders or use of firearms – all things the supposedly-peaceful Tea Party have done, and admitted to gladly.
    (And I used to be a die-hard conservative – not like I’m a tree-hugging neo-Commie trying to support my fellow lefties! :D )

  2. 10/13/2011 12:53 AM

    OH Scotty! Beaming up some truth are you? Nicely done. Oh what is it with this Keystone XL Pipeline that it’s kept soo out of sight? Makes one wonder to no end.

    John Erickson, glad you’ve mind open enough to notice the NON-violent nature of the occupiers. It’s been a tad bloodthirtsy in some GOP venues of late–and it’s darn scary.

    Peace, gents.

  3. 10/13/2011 4:14 PM

    Where I live (Alberta) Keystone XL is all over the news (including CBC), as it has big implications for Alberta. I had no idea that it was not being covered elsewhere! I cannot believe the one sided nature of the media in the US. Why don’t they talk about Keystone? It is also interesting to note that the provincial and federal governements in Canada are spending gobs of money lobbying for Keystone to go through. Why do they need to give the oil companies a helping hand?

    I was watching CNN last night and the Wall Street Occupation was mentioned quite a bit. I also noticed that the Republican leadership candidates are softening their views on the protesters – one of was saying it was their own fault they don’t have jobs, another called them a mob. Now they are saying that they sympathize with the 99%. Switch! Does this mean the protesters are getting through to them?

    • 10/13/2011 9:15 PM

      I probably should have mentioned it was the US media–I’ll change that!

      Yeah, the subsidies for oil companies make very little sense. I mean, generally subsidies are meant for businesses that are struggling, and big oil companies definitely aren’t! Goes to show what influence they have in Canadian politics.

      It’s pretty blatant. The 2011 Canadian federal budget included zero funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science, and the Amundsen, an icebreaker that was supposed to study climate change, was leased to Imperial Oil and BP for oil exploration instead. It’s pretty clear where the government’s priorities lie.

      I’m surprised to hear that about the Republican candidates, but I guess it makes sense. After all, 99% forms a fair chunk of their voter base, don’t it?

  4. 08/24/2012 6:56 AM

    The only way to stop most of the worlds corruption is for the people to self govern. A real democracy has no representatives, a real democracy is rule of the people,by the people,for the people. This majority vote system was created,for people of all countryside,big or small,rich or poor to self govern them self. I created this self governing system under the name, individual two third majority vote self government. It is for free to be free,but unless people change from being sheep nothing will ever change for the good of all.

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