Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


2nd thoughts

Crude Dystopia

crude_300_250George Orwell would be 106 years old, just a few years shy of today’s oldest man in the world. Quite a bit less than that lifetime ago, Orwell foresaw a world controlled by double-speaking oligarchs who manufactured information, global conflict, and the war machines to wage it in order to control human beings as resources owing service and obedience to the powerful.

Guess what? It’s a lot like Orwell’s 1984 in Burma/Myanmar. People there are forced to work without pay, have their land forcefully taken from them without recompense, and are subject to all manner of punishment for daring to think things should be otherwise.

Two new reports by Earth Rights International detail the extremes we less furry monkeys can go to when we consider fellow humans ‘resources’ rather than conscious beings with basic rights irrespective of color, cash, ancestry, religion, and/or what-have-you:

Total Impact: The Human Rights, Environmental, and Financial Impacts of Total and Chevron’s Yadana Gas Project in Military-Ruled Burma

Getting it Wrong:
Flawed “Corporate Social Responsibility” and Misrepresentations Surrounding Total and Chevron’s Yadana Gas Pipeline in Military-Ruled Burma (Myanmar)

Don’t have time to delve into the dirt on this? Check out the new movie Crude by Joe Berlinger (the guy behind Brother’s Keeper and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) – coming soon to a movie house near you.