We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Great Gulf Coast Holocaust

Click here to access article by Dave Hodges from News with Views.

The author has done an excellent series of articles (this is only part 3) on the government's response to the plight of cleanup workers and the hazards that the general population is subject to who live near the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The well documented material he has uncovered illustrates so dramatically that the ruling class government serves and protects its own interests and not the interests of citizens whom it is supposed to serve and protect.
The interconnections between the major media and BP’s Gulf Coast partners will prevent the public from ever hearing the human side of this tragedy. Below are a few examples of what you will not see or read in the corporate controlled media.
As the author points out, this is only the latest example of their media's carefully managed coverage of events which they deem hazardous to their interests. He makes reference to similar coverage of the 9/11 tragedy, and it is the same for the coverage of US military men and women who return from battlefields as broken people, both psychologically and physically. And, of course, any displays of coffins are strictly forbidden. Their TV coverage mostly portrays happy scenes when they arrive at airports to rejoin their families. And they frequently refer to them as heroes and warriors who have sacrificed for their country's safety.

From Part 1 he offered this moving example of one worker's plight (after the brief commercial):