“Oil to the World” We’re Fracked



Oil. Oil to the world. And that’s what America is hoping for by 2020. That flow of generosity, that holiday spirit has seeped into Versus, where creator Marcy Schaffer has penned a new set of lyrics to celebrate that we’re fracked.

Oil to the world
Could POUR here from
It is miraculous
That we foresee such plenty
By roughly 2020
This flow indigenous
Giving back our muscle, thus
oh, NO one, NO, no one
can frack with us

All hail to shale
That blessed rock
And to its crude home-brewed
Take thanks to all the frackers, who
Break ranks with all the squackers, who
Cry slime will prime mutant food
And climate change will conclude
With heaven and nature
getting barbecued

Oil fields unfurled
As Europe saves
What China craves like crack
When gas IN every Audi
No longer must be Saudi
We’ll rule the power pack
Our fuel the jewel they lack
No bluster
a blockbuster
cluster frack

Oil to the world
The US may
Have extra to transact
We boast by sweet Light carol
To toast each sweet light barrel
For as wells like Shell’s extract
Only time will tell how they act
And how much in fact exactly
we’ll be fracked

How much in fact exact
will we be fracked?

Now You Can “Officially” Protest the 2012 Olympics!

The 2012 Olympics® is a serious  branding fest, and what better way to show corporate compliance than with an official tee shirt that satirically supports protesting the greenwashed London Olympics®–and provides you with a link to apply for official tickets to protest.

Created by the anarchitects Space Hijackers, the tee shirt mocks the glut of official merch stamped with the ghastly London Olympics® logo and the UK government’s first court order to ban an Occupy activist from the Olympic Games®.

Space Hijackers explain their reasons for protesting the London 2012 Olympics® include poor employment practices, lack of affordable housing after the Olympics, toxic waste, unethical sponsors, and inability of Londoners to get to their jobs because of VIP traffic routes created by the 2012 Summer Games®, and that the Summer Games®:

will certainly be promoting many things through its corporate sponsorship deals. LOCOG are interested in protecting their benevolent sponsors but seem to have little interest in anyone else’s freedom of speech or expression, even handing out ASBO’s to anyone opposing the games. Their crack team of branding Police will be enforcing laws expecially drawn up for the olympics which are far more stringent than any other copyright law. With everything from an “Official chocolate bar of the Olympic Games” through to banning anyone using the words “olympics”, “2012″, “Summer Games” “Twenty Twelve” and many more, the games is more than anything an experiment in extending corporate control of social life.

Harrison Ford, Dixie Chicks, Jimmy Buffet: Conservation International Would Greenwash Arms Co for a Hefty Fee


Conservation International boasts some nice celebrity names: Its board of directors includes actor Harrison Ford, Queen Noor of Jordan, President of Botswana Ian Khama, Skydance Production’s David Ellison (the company behind True Grit and the new Mission Impossible) and HRH Prince Charles. Jimmy Buffet and the Dixie Chicks are supporters.

As are a vast number of corporations like BP, Shell, Monsanto and Chevron. The charity has an over 62% rating from Charity Navigator. But CI also seems to have some eyebrow-raising  business practices. Don’t Panic magazine decided to see what would happen if they posed as corporate wonks from “Lockheed  Martin” looking to improve their corporation’s image by adopting an endangered animal species as a mascot. Preferably from the Middle East.

Lockheed Martin’s bombs and rockets have featured prominently in the Gulf Wars and the war in Afghanistan, as well as other conflicts around the globe. The week the video was shot a damning video of Lockheed Martin missles was released to British TV.

CI’s representative suggested not only a species (birds of prey because you know, that aviation tie-in is so brilliant), but also some expensive corporate programs for “Lockheed Martin” (including access to a list of fragile ecosystems which Don’t Panic says can be viewed for free through the United Nations!). But when the Don’t Panic rep asked if someone form CI could help make the LM corporate office more green and explore ways to make their munition recycling program (bombs and small arms!) more efficient, CI had no suggestions or referals.

But CIhad no qualms about trying to sell “Lockheed Martin” a chunk of rain forest in Madagascar to help offset the pollution, damage, environmental and human, along with loss of lives, caused by the company’s weaponry.

Greenwashing? Yes. Does CI make deals with the devil, with attempts to save some areas and species by taking corporate money form major polluters? Do companies actually gain anything but looking good and feeling fuzzy from the hundred of thousands of dollars of pretty stamps of approval,  seminars and information CI provides about environments, ecosystems and lifeforms affected by corporate activities like tar sand reclamation, oil drilling, fracking and blowing stuff up?

Well gosh, BP had plan of action to save the walruses if there was an oil spill in Gulf of Mexico….


[HT: Ecologist]

Bad Day: Kevin Costner’s Secret Movie Hits the Web

UPDATE: Modi Frank and a special guest will be with us on Movie Night, Firedoglake.com’s  live, interactive typed chat Monday Aug 9 5pm-6:30pm PDT/8pm-9:30pm EDT. Please join in.

Before he danced with wolves, Academy Award winning actor/director Kevin Costner made a never-before-seen movie that’s being released today after nearly 25 years in a vault:  Bad Day, directed by the award-winning rock video director Modi Frank and photographed by punk rock queen, singer, poet and visual artist Exene Cervenka, co-founder of the seminal band X. The duo are releasing the cowboy-themed short  as a digital downloaded for a “you decide” amount. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gulf charities providing aid to both people and the environment. Exene and Modi said:

We are both so proud of Kevin and grateful for all he’s doing to help in the Gulf.

Costner has spent $25 million dollars over the last decade to develop centrifuge clean-up machinery which can mitigate the damage from oil spills. BP bought 32 of the machines marketed by Ocean Therapy Solutions. The centrifuges, which can clean 6 million gallons of oily water a day, separating the oil from water by spinning, will be ready to be deployed by the first week of August, according to John Houghtaling, Costner’s chief partner in the project . The salt water can be returned to the ocean and the oil can be used by industry.

Bad Day–the legendary but unseen until now 20 minute silent film, co-written by Exene and Modi, with a soundtrack by Dave Alvin and DJ Bonebrake–also stars John Doe, Chris (Chris D) Desjardins from the Flesheaters and the Divine Horsemen, and Julie Christensen of Stone Cupid who has also collaborated with Leonard Cohen, artist-photographer Peter Haskell, and Los Angeles poet Doug Knott.

Bad Day is also a collaboration of formats–punk rock and two-reel Western silents, black and white film stock meeting the Internet at a time when digital is the format du jour. The advent of downloading videos provided the perfect format to release Bad Day, allowing this moment of artistic collaboration to reach its target audience. Says Exene:

It was a blast to write, envision and then film.  We have talented friends, all up for a project, and we froze a moment in history. It was one of the best times Modi and I have ever had…We’ve talked about releasing Bad Day over the years, but now with the internet we have control over distribution with digital downloads. We want the world to see it and enjoy.

Gulf Benefit Beer Banned in States It Could Help

Louisiana-based Abita has brewed up a “charitable pilsner,” Save Our Shore, to benefit relief efforts in the Gulf sates impacted by BP’s Deeepwater Horizon disaster.  Post-Katrina, Abita created  Restoration Ale, with some proceeds going to hurricane recovery.

But the SOS’s sale is banned in two of the four states that will benefit from the sudsy funds.

Neither  Mississippi nor Alabama can sell Save Our Shore Charitable Pilsner. The beer’s 7% alcohol content is above Alabama’s limit, while Mississippi has an even more arcane reason for prohibiting the SOS’s sale: The 22-ounce single container size is illegal.  Weirdly, it’s perfectly okay to buy a case of 12-ounce beers all at once. math isn’t my strongest suit, but I think there is more beer in twenty-four 12-ounce bottles than in one 22-ouncer….

Abita is bottling SOS in the 22-ounce bottle because the larger size is more cost- and time-efficient. The 12-ounce bottles require three labels, one each for front and back and a third on the six-pack container, while the bigger bottles needs only to have information printed directly on the bottle.

Save Our Shore Charitable Pilsner retails for $5, and Abita will donate 75 cents to Gulf aid charities.

FINALLY! Gulf Benefit Tonight, CNN: Justin Beiber, Sting, Cameron Diaz

It’s about time! Finally there’s large scale national benefit for the Gulf region. The spill may not have injured orphans and displaced families like earlier telethons, but the BP spill’s impact  affects hundreds of thousands of people–oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, support workers, the tourism industry–in at least four states, as well as millions of non-human life forms: Coral, crabs, fish, dolphins, manatees,  sea birds, plants. And all our oceans are connected…this could flow across the globe. Buh bye, world.

So Larry King is devoting two hours tonight, beginning at 8pm Eastern time for a telethon/concert/fundraiser for humans and the environment devastated by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Sting has signed on, along with teen sensation Justin Beiber, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest, and Robert Redford, Deepak Chopra, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, Herbie Hancock and India.Arie.

CNN states that the event will benefit

United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

The Nature Conservancy lists BP as a member of its International Leadership Council.

(shoop: commentary/fair use/creative commons by K.Baird)

New Orleans: Krewe of Dead Pelicans March in Protest

During New Orleans monthly art walk, the newly formed Krewe of Dead Pelicans staged their first parade through Julia Street, New Orleans’ gallery district, to mourn and protest the BP oil spill. Traditionally krewes parade for Mardi Gras, itself a final celebration before the sorrow of the Lenten season.  The KoDP was organized by real estate agent and carnival costume designer Ro Meyer in late May who told the Times-Picayune

The thing is out there in the Gulf circulating and we don’t have any power. We’re not even able to go anywhere to get out of the way. Nobody appears to be doing anything about it, and I don’t have the power to do anything about it, and I don’t know anyone who’s stepping up, saying they have the power to do anything about it…

I just needed a place to channel my frustration and I felt like, ‘If I feel that way, other people must feel that way.’

Ro set up  Facebook pages for the krewe and march which now has over 6000 friends from around the country. Several hundred–some in costumes, others dressed in black and blue to represent the ocean and oil and wearing shrimp boots–participated in the march which included a coffin, banners recycled from Katrina tarps, signs, flags featuring pelican (the state bird) and of course jazz bands. The parade permit was paid for by  country music singer Sammy Kershaw a conservative candidate for Louisiana Lt. Governor (seems there are some Republicans who are putting “conservation” into the conservative platform…).

The krewe will be marching again, and a wing has formed in Tennessee. Expect to see other wings and supporters in Halloween parades across the country as well.

all photos: Infrogmation,via flickr creative commons

Pagin’ Palin: “Retarded” Pops Up in Washington

Maple bar, best bar none?

While Sarah Palin waits around for POTUS to call her about how to handle to BP disaster, she may want to turn her attention to the use of the word “retarded” in Washington. Granted it’s Washington State, not Washington DC, but it’s also a little closer to her home in Wasilla.

TMZ reports that Seattle Seahawks rookie Golden Tate and a pal burst into a Top Pot Handforged Doughnut shop, grabbed the clerks keys and supply of maple bars. According to the woman who called 911 Tate was acting:


Tate later returned with the woman’s keys and police issued a trespass warning. Tate said the maple bars were


Couldn’t Tate have waited until practice? Top Pot is the official coffee and doughnut partner of Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

BP to Hollywood: “No, Thanks!,” to Help. WTF?

Today–after offering up a team of deep sea experts to BP which they refused, and meeting with reps form government agencies, but not the EPA which couldn’t be bothered– Academy Award winning director James Cameron called British Petroleum

morons..They could not have been more gracious but they basically said, ‘We’ve got this,’

Meanwhile, nothing seems to be happening with Kevin Costner’s amazing centrifuges which can separate oil from water. And can they spin out the dispersants which are banned in the UK? Thanks EPA!)

But Victoria Principal donated $200,000 to Oceana (which has Ted Danson as a board member) and the National Resources Defense Council to help clean up the spill.

Kevin Costner: Oil Spill Hero?

Full disclosure: My ex-husband was in the Waterworld and I’ve seen the Universal Studios stage and tank show based on the movie, too.

That being said, I am really stoked that Kevin Costner has put his money where his heart and mind are. After the Exxon Valdez spill, Costner invested $24 million of his own money  buying new centrifugal oil separators from the government and developing the technology to spin oil out of water.

Now BP has approved six of the machines from Costner’s  Ocean Therapy Solutions for testing in the Gulf, where they will extract the spilled oil, send it back to a tanker and return the water to the ocean about 97% pure.

DOOOO EEEET! Beat the hell out of those chemical dispersants.

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