Obama Bombing Iraq to Protect Advisors He Sent in, Prevent Ethnic Killing, Secure US Oil Contracts

By: Friday August 8, 2014 6:59 am

Is this Iraq War III? President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS forces officially entering America into the civil war in Iraq. The bombing is supposed to stop an ethnic cleaning campaign of the Yazidis by ISIS and protect military advisors that Obama sent into the country a few months ago. Also at stake are US oil contracts in northern Iraq made between the Kurds and US energy companies though that reason for intervention is not being trumpeted.

 

Halliburton Manager Gets Probation For Gulf Oil Spill And Destroying Evidence

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 6:54 am

Four years after the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, with all the big fish long free, one man was set to actually pay for his role in poisoning the gulf then destroying the evidence of it. Anthony Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Badalamenti was charged by prosecutors for telling two Halliburton employees to destroy data that was to be used in a post-spill review. Presumably the data would have shown that Badalamenti had not performed quality work.

DOJ Gives Halliburton a Pass on Destroying Evidence in BP Oil Spill

By: Friday September 20, 2013 10:10 am

Halliburton Inc. will not be held accountable for criminal acts committed by its employees under a plea agreement with the Department of Justice now accepted by a judge – the firm will pay a fine for a misdemeanor.

It’s “Talk like a Pirate Day” — but which set of Pirates?

By: Thursday September 19, 2013 5:42 pm

The days of pirates sailing the Spanish Main are long in the past. No more sacking of Cartagena. No, today’s “pirates” wear business suits and do their sailing on Wall St. Just today, we have reports that JPMorgan Chase is paying a $920M fine for the “London Whale Fail” trading losses. Amazingly enough, JP Morgan is even admitting “fault”.

Frackademia: The People & Money Behind the EDF Methane Emissions Study

By: Monday September 16, 2013 7:15 pm

A peek behind the curtain show the study’s results – described as “unprecedented” by EDF – may have something to do with the broad spectrum of industry-friendly backers of the report which include several major oil and gas companies, individuals and foundations fully committed to promoting the production and use of fracked gas in the U.S.

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill

By: Friday July 26, 2013 7:35 am

Another one of America’s corporate citizens has been caught breaking the law. Halliburton, of Iraq War profiteering fame, pleads guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Sunday Late Night: Hell-Bound Dick Cheney

By: Sunday April 7, 2013 8:01 pm

There has never been anyone in public life like the self-selected Vice President to GWB. And, should it come to pass there ever is again, could America survive it? Have we even survived Dick?

Late Night: Crappy New Year

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 8:00 pm

In any normal country, there would be no particular reason to expect 2013 to be an awful year. The right-wing Presidential candidate, who preached austerity, family values, and military adventurism, was soundly defeated by the center-left candidate, who favored, well, austerity-lite, personal freedom, and a fiscally convenient “peace dividend.” Overconfident and overfunded Republicans were similarly trounced in the House and Senate, losing seats in both despite stunning structural advantages.

It seemed that the Right’s perennial hobby horses, from favoring the wealthiest above all others and demonizing minorities of every type, to demanding that every non-military expenditure be slashed to the bone, had clearly been sent to the glue factory by the electorate. Alas, things are never what they seem in Washington.

FDL Movie Night: Hot Coffee

By: Monday December 19, 2011 5:00 pm

Hot Coffee, the fast-paced, info-packed exploration of tort reform exposes the real story behind Stella Liebeck, who sued McDonalds after being badly burned by spilled coffee, an incident which wrongly entered the collective consciousness as a prime example of a “frivolous” lawsuit. First time director Susan Saladoff, a civil litigator with 25 years of experience, uses the McDonalds coffee case as the starting point and from there builds a strong case that tort reform, binding arbitration and non-economic damage caps subvert justice and benefit big business.

Survey: Is Fracking Affecting Your Community?

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 9:50 am

From Maine to Monterey, Utah to Utica — big energy corporations like Halliburton are bribing your local officials for the right to pump “proprietary chemicals” into open fractures beneath the earth that flow into local water formations. We want to know who they are, and we need your help in finding out.

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