by Helen Tansey
The T-Room Blog
March 21, 2013
By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune
Although there’s no guarantee a settlement will be reached, people who have been following the oil spill litigation say U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier wouldn’t have delayed the trial until next Monday if he didn’t think a deal was in reach to settle at least a portion of the case or possibly all of it. “I think it indicates that the parties were able to convince him that there was a realistic possibility of settling the private plaintiffs portion of the case,” said Blaine LeCesne, a Loyola tort law professor who has been following the case.
The litigation over the April 2010 explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, which killed 11 men and unleashed an 87-day oil spill, was scheduled to start Monday morning, but on Sunday afternoon, Barbier delayed it for a week to give BP more time to negotiate a settlement with some of the private plaintiffs in the case. Though settling with the private plaintiffs — a group that includes a range of individuals and businesses affected by the spill — would be a significant development, the litigation also involves claims brought by the states of Louisiana and Alabama well as the federal government.
Settlement talks between BP and the state and federal governments allegedly broke down weeks ago, but legal observers said Monday that the delay in the trial could put those talks back on track.
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This story ran in the Ecologist magazine in May 2011, but only recently brought to the T-Room’s attention. It’s a must see for any who doubt corporate has become the “bestest” of friends with environmental/conservation nonprofits. Read full investigative report below the fold.
h/t Diana [Read more…]
This graphic pretty much”Says It ALL”! Love it! Washington’s Blog is asking all creative types to design such a NASCAR racer uniform for your elected official(s) and share them. The T-Room thinks this is a fabulous idea and challenges all of our readers to get to work and design your NASCAR politician and share, share, share…
Click “Full Story” link to see the rest of the pic’s. [Read more…]
by Dean Henderson
June 1, 2011
(Part one of a four-part series)
The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch.
According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.
So who then are the stockholders in these money center banks?
This information is guarded much more closely. My queries to bank regulatory agencies regarding stock ownership in the top 25 US bank holding companies were given Freedom of Information Act status, before being denied on “national security” grounds. This is rather ironic, since many of the bank’s stockholders reside in Europe.
One important repository for the wealth of the global oligarchy that owns these bank holding companies is US Trust Corporation – founded in 1853 and now owned by Bank of America. A recent US Trust Corporate Director and Honorary Trustee was Walter Rothschild. Other directors included Daniel Davison of JP Morgan Chase, Richard Tucker of Exxon Mobil, Daniel Roberts of Citigroup and Marshall Schwartz of Morgan Stanley. 
J. W. McCallister, an oil industry insider with House of Saud connections, wrote in The Grim Reaper that information he acquired from Saudi bankers cited 80% ownership of the New York Federal Reserve Bank- by far the most powerful Fed branch- by just eight families, four of which reside in the US. They are the Goldman Sachs, Rockefellers, Lehmans and Kuhn Loebs of New York; the Rothschilds of Paris and London; the Warburgs of Hamburg; the Lazards of Paris; and the Israel Moses Seifs of Rome. [Read more…]
You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!
By Helen Tansey
April 20, 2011 marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. Following is snapshot of what we’ve learned over the last 12 months since the spill. It’s not good. Instead, it’s embarrassingly horrific and it appears our Gulf Coast family is carrying this heavy burden alone.
One year later we learn from the Center for Biological Diversity some disturbing facts when they combed through “government figures, news reports and scientific articles. To provide a more accurate estimate of the death toll, we used multiplication factors identified by leading scientists that estimate how many more animals are killed than are actually observed or collected.” The results of their study are highlighted in “A Deadly Toll: The Gulf Oil Spill and the Unfolding Wildlife Disaster which states – [Read more…]
Bother yourself and take three minutes to listen.
You go, girl!
It is way past time we American’s hold not only the government BUT the corporatocracy accountable for the ongoing assault on our precious natural resources, our psyche and our pocketbooks. Remind me when exactly our republic turned into a democracy which is now a full blown fascist form of rule. Next step – oligarchy. Look it up. Learn for yourself like many of us have bothered to do and then tell me this is the structure you want to raise your families in. I’ll be waiting.
Cherri, we will be joining in on the Road to Washington.
Follow Cherri on her journey by clicking HERE
Louisiana resident Cherri Foytlin, mother to six children and wife to displaced Deepwater oil rig worker Forest Foytlin, has had enough. As her family’s livelihood is increasingly threatened by financial deprivation, Ms. Foytlin has run out of time.
Beginning March 13th, 2011, Ms. Foytlin will embark on a journey that she hopes will forever turn the tide of destruction left in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ms. Foytlin will walk 1,243 miles from New Orleans to Washington, D.C. En route she hopes to garner enough support to captivate the nation with her message of change.
Ms. Foytlin has been fighting for the welfare of the families in the Gulf since the spill first began. She has cried and pleaded for president Obama to restore the people’s faith in the government by demonstrating accountability, transparency, and support towards residents affected by the oil spill. Prompted by desperation, but drive by hope, this walk represents her final attempt to reach the administration.
“This is a pilgrimage of love for the people of the Gulf. I am taking their concerns about health, the economy, the environment and the claims process to the President of the United States. I asked him to come down at the height of the spill so he could meet the people who were truly impacted. My request fell on deaf ears, but we will not be ignored. My walk is a universal and non-partisan event; it is about preserving our civil rights as a nation, and our human rights as a global community” [Read more…]
The letter below the fold from Louisiana’s State Senator, A.G. Crowe, to President Obama, needs to be copied and sent to your own US Senator and Congressional member along w/a personal note asap! We, the citizens, can, should and need to support our neighbors living day in and day out with the consequences of the BP Oil Spill. Please let’s make this Senator’s letter go viral. To learn more about this video, the State Senator’s letter and current studies, please click HERE
The Senator’s letter can be read below the fold. [Read more…]
VOTE THEM ALL OUT! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!
Forty-seven years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assisinated by a cowardly cabal of thugs in Dallas, Texas. This single act set America on an bumpy roller-coaster trip that has witnessed countless number of “insider” murders, thousands of innocent men, women and children slaughtered for no other reason than greed in their homelands, genocide, attacks on our homeland, the withering dollar, loss of our homes and so much more. [Read more…]
The T-Room has believed all along there were two wells that blew out. This video, along with the Lamber Coordinates, asks the same question we’ve been asking – which well have they been showing the world as being repaired vs the well that is truly gushing oil into the Gulf? [Read more…]
|Oil spill update: Times-Picayune reporter video July 14, 2010|
Washington’s blog is doing a great job covering this effort. Click here to read more http://washingtonsblog.com/
From NG – “The town of Grand Bayou, Louisiana, has no streets and no cars, just water and boats. And now the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the very existence of the Atakapa-Ishak Indians who live there. “We’re facing the potential for cultural genocide,” says one tribe member.”
© 2010 National Geographic; videographer and field producer: Fritz Faerber
Learning how entire cultures of people may very well be wiped out by this BP/Transocean/Halliburton Gulf Gusher is heartbreaking. This catastrophy is hand made which means it was entirely preventable. To compare it to Katrina is a mistake, b/c on scale, this man made disaster is so much bigger and more threatening to generations and generations of the people.
So the live feed at the Deepwater oil leak isn’t a live feed of the Deepwater oil gusher? And the dispersants BP was using, causing workers to become ill was used to try and disperse the plume of oil that has now grown to the size of the state of Delaware? You have got to be kidding me? And don’t bother trying to convince me that the Obama White House, EPA and the Interior Department didn’t know anything about this ruse. Two different pipe blowouts but only one is being blamed? [Read more…]