Got to read this ……….OIL


Well said, Colonel!

Excellent points.

Not too long ago I bought gas in Russia for one PENNY per gallon and in Iran for $0.15 per gallon. I understand the price in Iraq right now is $0.16.

The RETAIL price of shipping a gallon of gas from there to here is LESS than ten cents, yet by the time it gets to the pump here in California it’s $3.10 per gallon.

What do you think happens to that other $2.84, or ONE THOUSAND PERCENT?

According to the government and the oil companies, they each get less than ten percent of it, so where do you believe the other part goes?

Sincerely,

John Knight

From: J Richard Niemela [mailto:ricniemela@earthlink.net]
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2010 8:01 AM
To: J Richard Niemela
Subject: Fw: Got to read this ……….OIL

FOR ALL>>>What is oil? It is a substance that has become so important to the modern world that wars are fought over it and fortunes have been made and lost in seeking it out, but over the past 80-90 years since large deposits of oil were first located, it has become the basis or avenue of control over the world’s future, economically and politically — to include subsequent dominance of many other historic elements of human life that flow financially and socially, out of the first two! Who would have thought that such an international dependency, such value, would emerge from a substance that has yet to be fully understood as to its source or origin.

Oil and its byproducts have changed the world in a series of steps related to development of its chemical values such that its importance today almost equals that of food and water to humanity — but never is a student of history or economics or even liberal arts, advised of the overwhelming significance of this product to nations of the world and their well-being…Truly a gift to mankind that has been turned into a power lever, an economic sword now being wielded by an international element of society that has quietly achieved such dominion over this product that its value and pricing is adjusted to accommodate increasing dominance over many other aspects of humanity — benefiting a greedy international element that hides in the open, free to perform as masters of the world to come — that they seek to create.

The history of oil began in the early 1900’s when its use by Naval ships in lieu of coal, gave these military forces increased speed and range, self-contained in these ships that enabled power projections to spread far abroad and led to an overlordship of nations sought by those who possessed the most oil, or at least controlled its sources. Those who recognized this source of power, its value, its enabling of military power and dominion, were clever enough to ‘corner the market’ so to speak, of the sources of this product whether regional or international, through clever political, religious and other avenues necessary to achieve the "overlordship" of those nations that possessed oil fields.

Over the ages, and in particular when the Corporate world developed its influences into such a monumental and integrated power structure that it could shape national and international leadership, those individuals who saw how Oil could be used to achieve long sought political and economic power levels, combined and recombined and merged into a massive Corporate control structure that quietly hid "behind the curtain" so to speak, similarly as had been done with other enabling products; gold and diamonds..

Today, control of the world’s oil has been narrowed down to the point that only two major elements of the world’s society dictate how and where and when, oil is supplied to the world and at what price. The two Corporate control groups operate primarily in two separate, but major oil consuming regions, Europe and North America, with the Rockefeller corporate interests dominating North America and a few other lesser regions and the Rothschild corporate world holding sway over the European oil needs and those of associated regions. (1)

While individual corporations associated with Oil seem to perform as independent organizations, they are subject to the dominion of one or the other of the two Corporate power structures who shape the output and pricing of oil on a world wide basis, Europe, being smaller, its distances shorter in relation to those of North America, the pricing of oil in Europe has always been higher than in North America where demand is greater but the pricing lower.

SInce the early 1970’s, the issue of "peak Oil" has been used as a lever of control, in that its supply has been used to retain and increase price levels, as that dual Corporate world manipulated supply to insure that their control of the world’s oil enabled them to shift their focus of dominion into other realms, into the economic and political world…achieving that historic "Overlordship" long sought by the element of society that grew out of the ancient tributes found in Babylon, those of Usury and Fiat Funding or Money Credit. When these ancient qualities were associated with that critical product, Oil, these two Corporate structures, now working together in tandem, rose to such levels that the world now is their oyster….they have ridden and used Oil to power levels found only in Biblical promises to a far more deserving element of society.

Today, the supply of oil is made to appear low, that it has shortages that enable price manipulation, but if the truth be known, there is far more oil available than rightly understood, as the Corporate world has worked behind the scenes to promote environmentalists who seek limitations on drilling, especially off-shore, and in regions which they deem "sensitive", not realizing that they are being used by those who actually own and or control most of the world’s oil..

When the massive oil finds were discovered in Alaska by ARCO, and that subsequent tests there revealed even greater finds, Gull Island for instance, where there is a sufficiency for America’s needs for 200 years, it became apparent to the Corporate world that such massive finds would destablize their pricing structure and flood the world’s market with oil — especially in America. As a consequence, the Rothschild group, principle owners of British Petroleum, bought out the entire Alaskan oil resources of ARCO…and quietly let them deteriorate while pumping the natural gas residue back into the ground, 24 hours/day. No further mention of the Gull Island find or, of other equal finds of oil nearby is ever made known publically. Details of the Alaskan conditions are well documented by a former Chaplain to ARCO, Lindsey Williams. (Google his name)

What follows below is a report on another massive oil find, one which receives little attention from the controlled Media, as it is subordinate to the same Corporate world as is oil. But, further, in a region of the western Rocky mountains, the "Four Corners" region, lands under Federal Ownership, another huge oil find was found, but it too has been stifled and even the Federal government refuses to outline any details of this find…likely due to the political influence of that Corporate Oil world structure.

It would appear that the Federal government has also been so co-opted that they obey the demands of the two Oil Corporate groups..

(1)..See "Rockefeller -Internationalist -The Man Who Misrules the World" by Dr. Emanuel Josephson–check Used Book sources)

J. Richard Niemela

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A Bastard, Internet Nazi Bastard


<<< It’s even amazing that racist joel even mentions him – since he came from the inferior "other side.">>>

Exactly, which by itself if proof that he was a jew all the time, pretending to “convert” to “judaism”.

As St. Paul discovered in spades, there is no provision for a “gentile” [read: Israelite] to “convert” to “judaism”.

Sincerely,

John Knight

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Subject: Re: A Bastard, Internet Nazi Bastard

It’s even amazing that racist joel even mentions him – since he came from the inferior "other side."

Chinese Workers?


<<< I was under the impression he was democratically "elected", by a majority of United States Citizens, just like every other President since George Washington, with the exception of George W. Bush, who was "chosen" by the Supreme Court.>>>

This is where you have been *DECEIVED*, isn’t it?

obama banana nigger was CHOSEN by THE man who runs our newsmedia, not WE the people. He and mccain together were lucky to get 1% of the vote in LEGITIMATE polls BEFORE they were CHOSEN by this ONE man.

WE THE PEOPLE, Congress, the courts, our legal system, our education system, had ZERO input into who was CHOSEN by this ONE man:

John Knight

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Subject: Re: Chinese Workers?

What would Paul Dunk know about voting for a US President since he is a Canook? He has his own problems in Canada so I don’t know what his interest in our politics is other than he’s a wacko evalangelical and might feel a brotherhood with the wackos here.

More Catholic Scandal — Prominent German boys’ choir faces abuse claims


<<< I didn’t really interpose any comments re Luther’s translation of the Bible. Aside from his tampering with certain passages and whole books which contradicted his peculiar heretical thoughts, his translation into the German vernacular was excellent. A shame that he did not use his undeniably enormous talents in the service of the Church in which he was born, raised, and ordained. However, if he did, then the Church would be accused of antiSemitism, due to his opinions re the Jews and authorship of such loveable gems as ‘Against the Sabbatarians,’ and "On the Jews and their Lies." >>>

Martin Luther never quit being a Catholic. Every criticism you’ve posted about him proves he was probably a “better” Catholic than you.

This ruse between him and the pope was designed to suck ever more people into a “religion” which acted precisely the *opposite* of the Written Word of God in each and every “principle” it ever taught.

We REJECTED your entire concept of the “trinity” in 1776 when UNITARIANS told King George not to just SHOVE it, but to shove it where the sun don’t shine. And two centuries later you were eating out of our hands, and would now be speaking German had it not been for our being deceived into supporting you trinitarians once again.

You aren’t worth it. We should never have done that. Thomas Jefferson would NEVER have allowed it. Coming to the aid of you useless eater trinitarians was the biggest mistake in our national history.

John Knight

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Subject: Re: More Catholic Scandal — Prominent German boys’ choir faces abuse claims

I didn’t really interpose any comments re Luther’s translation of the Bible. Aside from his tampering with certain passages and whole books which contradicted his peculiar heretical thoughts, his translation into the German vernacular was excellent. A shame that he did not use his undeniably enormous talents in the service of the Church in which he was born, raised, and ordained. However, if he did, then the Church would be accused of antiSemitism, due to his opinions re the Jews and authorship of such loveable gems as ‘Against the Sabbatarians,’ and "On the Jews and their Lies."

More Catholic Scandal — Prominent German boys’ choir faces abuse claims


<<< A lot of it has to be hogwash. You think it’s okay to murder people? You think it’s okay to have slaves as long as they come from a neighboring country? Whatever there is of value in the bible is surrounded by information concerning the mores of the world at that time and has to be put aside today or we’d all be in jail. We cannot marry off 14 year old daughters.>>>

Spoken like a true easily beguiled whore who has never read a Line of Scripture (or at least never understood it) and instead relies on what the “catholic church” SAYS.

What you “catholics” and “ex-catholics” THINK, and REALITY about the Word of God, are ANTI-PODES, and always will be.

John Knight

Ps—certainly you HAVE committed a mortal sin, or two, but the VAST majority of Christians in America *NEVER have*. That’s the only possible explanation for why you would “think” that “we’d all be in jail”

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Subject: Re: More Catholic Scandal — Prominent German boys’ choir faces abuse claims

A lot of it has to be hogwash. You think it’s okay to murder people? You think it’s okay to have slaves as long as they come from a neighboring country? Whatever there is of value in the bible is surrounded by information concerning the mores of the world at that time and has to be put aside today or we’d all be in jail. We cannot marry off 14 year old daughters.

In a message dated 3/14/2010 10:35:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, vivaveridad@yahoo.ca writes:

Judy thinks the Bible is hogwash.

Tut-tut, Judy.

More Catholic Scandal — Prominent German boys’ choir faces abuse claims


<<< God created man with a free will, and He does not err.
He does however allow man to err, in all aspects of his life, including religion– and man has in fact erred repeatedly in the interpretation of His words.
There is thus no reason to assume He would prevent man from erring in the writing of His Word. >>>

The Word of God IS precise, and without error.

The so-called “catholic church” is certainly an expert of sorts—it managed to take the Word of God, gather together almost a billion mamzers, teach them the exact OPPOSITE of what Scripture says [ONLY … House of ISRAEL], and get PAID for it.

This is the last pope. He put the finishing touches on its demise when he announced that they were NOT going to apologize to the children who had been sexually abused by sodomite “priests”, and instead demanded that the world ACCEPT these outrageous sodomites:

"… it could prove extremely useful that the general congregation reaffirm … especially … the pastoral care of homosexual persons"

THAT IS NOT THE WORD OF GOD. THAT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE!

http://fathersmanifesto.net/rcc.htm

John Knight

Ps—the pope should never be allowed to visit this country. He’s NOTHING but an ambassador for sodomy, and we have WAY TOO MANY of those already.

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Subject: Re: More Catholic Scandal — Prominent German boys’ choir faces abuse claims

Ummm. . .

God does not err, nor would He have allowed His Word to be written down in error.

God created man with a free will, and He does not err.
He does however allow man to err, in all aspects of his life, including religion– and man has in fact erred repeatedly in the interpretation of His words.
There is thus no reason to assume He would prevent man from erring in the writing of His Word.
Regards,
Al J

OK — Enough about religion


<<< That’s one of the main gripes the established religious authorities had about Jesus in His own time.
He wasn’t orthodox enough for them. >>>

As usual, you filthy mud, you got your “facts” exactly backwards.

Jesus CONDEMNED the jews for refusing to obey the Word of God, and making it “of none effect”:

Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? Matthew 15:3

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. Mark 7:13

He even condemned the jews for failing to put to death children who dishonored their parents:

For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother;’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death, BUT ye say …’ Mark 7:10-11

Why is the Word of God so difficult for you, algae?

When are you going to admit it’s not for you?

John Knight

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Subject: Re: OK — Enough about religion

Lol.
That’s one of the main gripes the established religious authorities had about Jesus in His own time.
He wasn’t orthodox enough for them.

Chicago


Do you understand that not a SINGLE one of those niggers would have been accepted at ANY reputable US university without affirmative action, which WE THE PEOPLE in California OUTLAWED with Proposition 209?

Do you understand WHY? Do you WANT to understand why? WHY NOT!!??

http://fathersmanifesto.net/gre.htm

John Knight

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Subject: Chicago

There is one public, all-male, all–African American high school in the city of Chicago called "The Urban Prep Academy for Young Men," located in Englewood. The school recently got the attention of Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Public Schools Chief Ron Huberman, when they were able to get all of their 107 seniors accepted in to 72 different colleges across the country.

Huberman had this to say:

"All of you in the senior class have shown that what matters is perseverance, what matters is focus, what matters is having a dream and following that dream."

I spoke with Evan Lewis, the school’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He argues that getting the students in to college is not the only goal, but that getting them through college is what matters.

"We are not just committed to getting our students through high school, we are committed to getting them through college. We are going to be a constant presence in their lives and give them the support that a lot of folks don’t have when they go to college."

The school has a very strict dress code, consisting of black blazers, khaki pants and a red tie. The red tie is swapped out for a gold one once the student is accepted in to college. When one student, Rayvaughn Hines, was asked which college he was accepted to, he said, "Do you want me to name them all?"

Hines, a student who once thought college wasn’t made for him, has chosen to become a Morehouse man. He cherished the moment when he switched out his red tie for a gold one.

"I wanted to take my time, because I was just so proud of myself," he said. "I wanted everyone to see me put it on."

Urban Prep has a unique set of hurdles. It is in a troubled part of the city, and only 4 percent of the incoming freshmen could read at grade level. With hard work and persistence, the students who could not read at grade level four years ago are now on their way to college.

"I never had a doubt that we would achieve this goal," said Tim King, the school’s founder and CEO. "Every single person we hired knew from the day one that this is what we do: We get our kids in to college."

From the day the students enter high school, they are prepared for the next step. They have a college counselor from day one, and their first field trip is a visit to Northwestern University. Their school day is longer than that of students who attend other schools. The school’s voice mail has a student saying, "I am college bound," before the caller is able to dial an extension.

"These are the same guys who would have gone to traditional high schools and not enrolled in college had they not gone to Urban prep," said Vice President Lewis. "It’s not rocket science. We work really hard and work really long hours. When you do that, you start to see results. We’ve instilled in them a belief in themselves and their ability and the willingness to do what it takes in order to be successful."

It was hard to write about Urban Prep without my eyes filling with tears. When I think back to my days as a high school student, when I truly believed that I wasn’t smart enough to go to college, I become petrified. The memories frighten me, because I almost missed out on the chance to become Dr. Boyce Watkins. When someone kills your spirit and willingness to try, they have given a death sentence to your destiny.

What is also interesting is that Urban Prep is proving a critical truth that I’ve been screaming to my students for the past 17 years: When black males put the same intensity into academic achievement that we put into dribbling basketballs and throwing footballs, we are truly phenomenal. The young men at Urban Prep will have longer, more financially-rewarding careers than they would have had by pursuing their hoop dreams at the expense of everything else. They will also be well-positioned to be effective and relevant leaders in the 21st century. Being a great athlete can make you powerful, but being a great thinker makes you EMPOWERED. Power without empowerment is a recipe for social impotence (when’s the last time you saw an athlete stand up for any kind of progressive social cause?)

Urban Prep certainly scores one point for charter schools. At the same time, President Barack Obama has a unique opportunity to learn lessons from Urban Prep and apply those lessons to every single school in the country. Urban Prep Academy should be given a massive budget to replicate its activities, since it has clearly shown a recipe for success. Additionally, the model of Urban Prep should be applied across the nation, because they are reminding us that when adults create an environment conducive for success, the children in that environment will always rise to the occasion.