Tag Archives: Sociopaths

By W.B. Dunne

The News Pauper thinks that its just weird that the apologists for BP can say such things that simply defy reason. I am especially fond of the specious argument that the dirty fucking hippies forced the industry into deeper, more dangerous water. Such incredible positions make one desire to see what led them there, like when you happen upon a car thrown by calamity through a high billboard. (That pic exists out there Im sure.)

After mulling the dilemma over and over again and running into the dead end that also must arrest the thought process of those that traffic such polluted musings, the NP stumbled upon the answer. Like any criminal caught in the act, the purveyors of this line have to know deep down that their own actions put them there. In their blind support of the policy put forth by the flag-waving hypocrites of the last administration, they laid the trap they find themselves in now.

The twisted logic is a reflex, however — twisting and rending the story doesnt change the reality that greed prevented the drillers from putting systems in place that would insure against this disaster. Like any sociopath, when the inevitable happens, Priority One is to deflect responsibility. Everyone sees this plainly in the acts of the BP executives and the pols and lobbyists trying to pin the spill on Obama.

This event is the game changer that will dismantle the infrastructure of the right-wing in this country and they know it. No infiltrator or skilled provocateur could have exposed the utter contempt for anything outside of profit more clearly than this self-made blunder.

Another interesting thing about these folks is their math skills. BP has low-balled the estimates of the amount of oil spewing from their nightmare well from day one in order to minimize the damages they will undoubtedly incur. In a recent piece I read, an impossibly high figure was attached to the amount of money already put out by BP in the response. The fact that the effect that this crime is having on the human and animal victims in the Gulf States isnt story one on every news outlet is further proof that the media is not doing its job. The fact that BP contractors have attempted to prevent the coverage is another huge tell about what they know and what we dont.

The NP keeps telling the folks he sees in daily life that this is not something that can be ignored, and that this is in no way a remote event happening to someone else “down there.” What companies like BP and others do across the globe is slowly killing us. This particular high profile case will wake us up, and I hope that those that are involved in the actual clean-up of this toxic debacle are well-compensated and observed closely for symptoms of poisoning. If the aftermath of the Exxon Valdes is any indicator though, my hopes are not high. The average age of death of the clean-up crew on that one was 51 years old.

Does no one comprehend the emergency we are in? When will responsible parties take control of this situation? Why are we wasting our time listening to the bloviations of those that caused the mess to begin with? Have we lost the ability to say no and marginalize the toxic element? I do not want the distinction of witnessing the start of Armageddon in the form of the ecological destruction we face. We need to purge these elements that polluted our discourse. We need to hold those responsible for this mess accountable and that means facing the facts that we were fed a line by an industry that didnt invest a cent in the technology to deal with this disaster. We need to face the fact that there were criminals in government that enabled the energy concerns in this malfeasance. We didnt prosecute the torturers and wire-tappers and countless other treasonous offensesand look where it got us. If we cant get justice, we can at least ostracize the guilty instead of giving them platforms in national media to inflict further damage.

Finally, I would like to point to a woman named Kindra Arneson who has a YouTube video:

Please view and share this.

My interest in this clip began when I was seeking more information about the conditions on the shores in proximity to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Little did I expect such an eloquent representative of the people in the middle of this thing.

Of course, the woman has been subjected to abuse by operatives in the right-wing blogosphere, and I expect her to suffer more if the vid gains ground as it should. She has been called a plant and worse. If her activism continues and she is as credible as she appears in this clip she will count me among her kindred spirits.

The NP is no touchy-feely pushover and would be a better executioner than a gardener; I judge that the message is valid even if delivered through a spys lips. The right often lets the truth be known and discredits the source. (See Dan Rather/George Bush National Guard records, here and here.) [Editor’s Note: And also recall that CBS parent Viacom’s owner, Sumner Redstone, strongly supported Bush in 2004.]

The NP will return with more on the end of the world as it occurs

Contact the author at WBDunne@ltsaloon.org.

2010 W.B. Dunne. All Rights Reserved.

The News Pauper: Peak Oil Solved!

By W.B. Dunne

The NP was going to lead with a clever quip such as, “You want oil? Well give ya oil!” in an attempt to conjure in the mind of the reader some adage which reminds us to be careful what we pray for. Now we have so much oil that the main occupation of anyone that once walked the sugar sand beaches of west Florida will be cleaning up the treasure disgorged from a hole in the ocean floor. Now the energy policy of the Cheney White House will need to be brought out into the light, so the blame of a generation of lost property values in the gulf states will have a place to lie. Now we have so much oil that the pond south of Texas will become a giant stinking flammable reservoir, filled with the carcasses of the fish, birds, and men in unfortunate proximity. The once-prized beachfront acreage will now be home to the birth defects caused by the residual environmental poisoning.

Mother Nature has sent a strong undeniable message here peopleBig Oil bit off more than they could chew, and the defacto nationalization of the energy industry has just taken place. Big Oils first move when the reality of this event set in was to try to get as many people in the gulf states as possible to sign away their rights to sue for a payment of $5 grand! Of course, the industry cannot begin to effect a solution to the problem they have lobbied their asses off to create so who is in fact doing so? The Federal Government, thats who.

The NP groans at the idea of the contortions needed to take on the logical leap necessary for the polarized factions in this country to take this message and do the right thing with it. Unemployed? Cleanup. Vacation? Cleanup. We should provide free housing, food, laundry, and transportation to anyone willing to spend time assisting in the CLEANUP. We need an unprecedented level of action to deal with the immediate and to design the new model that will replace this outmoded, irresponsible, planet wrecking, corporate mess. The entire board of British Petroleum should be out there in hip waders trying to save the turtles that theyve poisoned. To see the CEO untarring the feathers of an endangered brown pelican would squelch somewhat my urge to tar and feather HIM.

When the NP thinks about the reality of the fact that the budget for one commercial touting the image of the energy giants as responsible partners would have covered the expense for the device that would have prevented this disasterhe contemplates the peaceful manatee to regain a grip on his composure.

All the NP is saying is that what has happened here falls far beyond the need for regulation of corrupt rich men that will do anything to get richer. What has been demonstrated in very high relief is that these companies cannot act like citizens; they are incapable, beyond putting out a few ads, of performing the basic civil functions. They have proven disastrously again and again that they lie, and when theyre caught, they lie again. Anything short of total takeover by people that understand what responsibility means, in the face of such a large-scale example of this, is nothing less than surrender to these sociopathic corporations. There is nothing to the idea that one can insulate oneself from the death of the planet with money and position, as there is nothing to the idea that we can continue to live with this large-scale criminal enterprise we call global corporatism.

When we starve because the earth is so poisoned that it wont sustain us because of the behavior of a few very greedy men, will there be a castle strong enough to protect them?

The meek shall inherit the earth, indeed.

2010 WB Dunne. All Rights Reserved.

The News Pauper: The Day After Ft. Hood

By W.B. Dunne

The News Pauper grieves to be reminded, along with everyone else, that despicable acts of violence have no boundaries. First, we all should acknowledge and absorb what it must feel like today on that base. As large as it is, anyone who has stayed on a military base for any length of time can tell you that it has a tendency to be as insular a community as has ever been fashioned for human beings to live in. The individual is charged with a single mission, to support the others, as in no other community, and that extends to the families of the soldier. The entire group is feeling very traumatizedmore so than at any time these eight long years. This latest event, and its scale, and its location, shows us an opportunity to point out the path weve been on and who took us down that path, but even more importantly, do we not sympathize with the loss the families of those at Ft. Hood are experiencing?

There is no surprise when our news-holes sink their teeth into a story like this and start to make the attempt to fit it into their script. If it bleeds it leads. Personally, I am happy to hear that the shooter has survived. I predict we will hear a tale of a mental breakdown, of the inability to take a step back and say, “I shouldnt shoot these people.” It might give some insight into what is wrong with the way we deal with every event like this to hear the story of why from the shooters own mouth. No way will there ever be an opportunity given to anyone to stray from the script thoughif an event cant be made into a TV show, it never happened.

There will be the typical exploitation of the facts of this case on the typical standardized model. We all know it is coming. The decades of desensitizing have turned the world into a wasteland. Eventually we all became zombies for a daily dose of somebody elses trauma. Do the architects of this evil feel any remorse for the harm they have done to a group that once carried the moniker, HUMANITY? Do the ones that profit from the chaos ever feel any regret? The News Pauper is not an overtly religious man; he wishes that there were a god, or any number of gods, that could be petitioned to redress this one prevailing issue. However, empiricism dictates that only through the flesh can any god act in our cause, which is gods way of saying ‘do it yourself.’

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