R.I.P. Matt Simmons – The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Who is Matt Simmons, you ask? Why, he’s — he was — the gravelly-voiced oil spill whistleblower appearing on every radio and television interview he could find, from the day after the Oilcano blew off the Louisiana coast and the Oilpocalypse started, up until his suspiciously untimely death two days ago.

Simmons did his part to try to save the ocean, the wildlife, the Cajuns, the Indians, the marsh, the beaches, and the planet — by getting the word out about his version of the truth. Rather, he gave as much truth as he could surmise, given his extensive expertise, in this crime scene filled with diabolical secrecy, fact-distortion, and killer coverups. He fought bravely against the Dark Side, and now, he is our Obi Wan.

Matthew Simmons was a successful bleeding-heart oil-industry businessman who served on the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations, and he wrote books and founded the Ocean Energy Institute. He apparently “died of a heart attack” in his hot tub. Or he “drowned,” depending on who’s telling the story.

rest in peace, and we won’t forget you

Does anybody remember when Clifford Baxter, the former vice chairman of, and chief witness against, Enron who pulled over on the side of the road and “shot himself in the back of the head”?

Or how about October 2009, when Jeffry Picower, who profited hugely in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scam, was mysteriously found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool, of an “apparent heart attack,” before he could testify?

These are the facts. Sure, maybe these people DID drown of apparent heart attacks to the back of the head. But … We’ve all seen the gangster movies. Everyone we’ve talked to about Matt Simmons’ passing gets the same squicky feeling … and there’s a place for intuition, even in the face of necessary speculation and paranoia.

We should pay attention to how the people we pay to protect us are protecting those who harm us, and how the media is NOT THE MEDIA any more, but a commercial for whatever will make their shareholders the most cash and keep their viewing audience fat, happy, and distracted.

Father (Sky and Mother Earth), forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Scripture which we’ve always interpreted as a sort of “Oh, they done did it now” or “Please Hammer, don’t hurt ’em”)

shrimping season is open, and the EPA has assured us that Gulf seafood is safe to eat

And now the Gulf Coast is like the prom queen who was in love with the jerk asshole who date-raped her and left her pregnant and bleeding to death. What does Louisiana do? Die? Complain? No — we mean yes, but not unproductively.

Arrest the rapist? Not if his dad is the police chief. You get where we’re going with this metaphor … Now it’s been proven, bit by bit, leak by leak, through “hearsay” and mainstream media “reports,” that the military-industrial-corporate-Congress-Presidential complex are ALL IN BED TOGETHER, and that they’re ALL DATE-RAPING JERKS, spending our hard-earned money as they destroy wide swaths of culture, flora, fauna, and families … what do we do?

We don’t know. Do you know? Anybody? Dunno. Wish there was something better to say. It’s incredibly freaky that the powers that be are pretending the oil magically vanished. It’s GASLIGHTING. It’s crazy-making. Weirder still, take a step back and it’s obvious their partners in crime, the “news media,” are capable of mass brainwashing. Programming. Ugh.

To paraphrase our friend Lukas: Truth, and trust, are the only real currency we have left.

LINKS to the men behind the curtain:

Obama’s Involvement in Climate Exchange: The Rest of the Story

Oil & Gas Journal: Matt Simmons Embodied Integrity

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (Even When It’s Not Out Of Sight)

BP Slick: We’ve received reports from fishermen in Pass Christian of a large fish, ray, and seagull kill

Hundreds of dead fish & crabs wash up just before FL Seafood Fest

Current: Did BP and the gov’t cover up a massive “death gyre” and secret animal processing facility?

Dead fish wash ashore in Biloxi

Thousands of Dead Fish wash up in Biloxi August 3rd

DEQ: Dead Fish in Biloxi came from broken pogey net (Hey uh, if they were in the ocean, in a net, wouldn’t they still be ALIVE, and toodle off through the broken net back into the ocean?? -ed.)

Dispersants increase the exposure of fish to hydrocarbons in crude oil from 6- to 1100-fold higher than in non-dispersed oil

7 Toxic Seafood Chemicals You Don’t Know About

Dr. Tom Termotto: Environmental and Health Impacts of the BP Gulf Oil Spill

they also say the water is safe for swimming. this is what happened to a LOT of people’s skin when they went swimming in what the EPA promised were oil-free waters in the Gulf

As turtle toll tops 1000, NWE overflight finds mystery discolorations

WWL-TV: New oil sightings continue adding up in St. Bernard Parish

CBS News: Spike Lee Bashes US Claim of Vanished Gulf Oil

Nat’l Geo: Much Gulf Oil Remains, Deeply Hidden and Under Beaches

Mother Jones: The BP Coverup

NOLA.com: Oil spill plugged, but more oiled birds than ever are being found

St. Petersburg Times: USF says government tried to squelch their oil plume findings

Two pipes instead of one: VERY Peculiar

WTF: Two Drill Pipes in BP’s BOP, Nobody Admitting It

Youtube: A Tale of Two Wells

NOLA.com: Gulf oil spill investigators say bottom of sea at explosion site is a crime scene

Why is BP’s Macondo blowout so disastrous and beyond patch-up

HuffPo: The Crime of the Century: What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know

this is our friend we met in Grand Isle in June-July. Her Corexit-crude-poisoning symptoms differ from ours. Needless to say, she doesn’t always look like this. This photo was taken in the ER after her throat swelled up almost shut. One of the people we met together in Grand Isle has a best friend who is now in a coma from Corexit-crude poisoning, from cleaning up their mess, and his family is settling out of court to get some money in case he dies, and now they can’t talk shit about BP / Halliburton to the “media”

BP Fires 10,000 Cleanup Workers (before they get so sick it’s proveable how they got that way. standard industry practice -ed)

NY Times: Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been a Sink of Pollution

NOLA: Convincing public that Gulf of Mexico seafood is safe will take time, experts say

Questions BP Needs to Answer

NY Times: Tracing Oil Reserves to their Tiny Origins

WashPo: Empowering Oil-Rig Workers to Stop Operations Not a Fail-Safe Plan

Youtube: Day 91 – BP Disaster in the Gulf

U.S. Faces Climate-Driven Water Shortages

Striking BP’s Oil: Under the Surface

Students Strike Oil on an Alaskan Beach – 17 years later

another photo of another woman’s legs after wading into the Gulf when they re-opened the beaches

BP’s selling the fake story that there’s no oil

WashPo: Scientists question government team’s report of shrinking Gulf oil spill

Youtube: Mike Dean BP Song “Lift the Ban”

The Exxon Valdez Disaster: 20 Years Later

NY Times: Survey Finds Broad Anxiety among Gulf Residents

Youtube: The Big BP Coverup

What the Oil Rig Cook Saw: Corruption, Mostly

Youtube: BP wellhead just one of 400,000 shut off in Gulf

Youtube: Citizens of New Orleans respond to the BP oil spill

this photo, stolen from HuffPo, was taken on an August 6 flyover through Chandeleur Sound, in waters BP claimed were oil-free. The observer claims the brown stuff stretched for miles and miles, as far as the eye could see

BBC: Battle to Contain India Oil Spill

LA Times: Obama administration seeks seismic testing for oil drilling in Arctic ocean

BP collecting millions in government stimulus funds for California power plant (GRRRRRRRRR – ed.)

Dan Rather Talks About the Corrupt Corporate Media

The Great Decoupling of Corporate Profits from Jobs

BBC: Fidel Castro addresses parliament after four-year gap; warns of nuclear holocaust

Transcript of Fidel’s June 27 speech in English

Capitalism is Over If You Want It: Summer of Tough Love

HuffPo: Putting BP’s Oil Into Context

hope for the future … or clouds in our coffee? You decide

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  1. I’m linking to this post on my blog because I watched Matt Simmons preach his heart out in attempt to get the word out and I’m saddened by his obviously (to my mind) unnatural death which I investigated as well as I could by reading their local newspapers and TV reports and ended up at a dead end, anyhow I think I know why we’ll never know because it’s a case of the ones close to him just deciding to live quietly and hope they don’t cross his killers by telling whatever they might suspect. Anyhow I think the man deserves the credit for trying to save us, even if not many people listened and one day it’ll be justice for all involved is my comfort. Keep on telling it and bless all the truth tellers.

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