I have what some would consider a bad habit. I love to surf fringe websites and indulge in outrageous conspiracy theories. That doesn't mean I believe them or promote them, I just find it entertaining to find out where the latest bigfoot sighting is or how Lady Gaga is an Illuminati agent. I suspect bigfoot and Lady Gaga are in cohoots, but that's another story.
One of the great benefits of surfing the fringe, is that every once and a while you run across a real gem. You get information on topics which somehow do lead to a larger "conspiracy" that isn't so crazy, but in fact plausible.
Such is the case with this webumentary from the ATS (Above Top Secret) site. I was intrigued by it because it involves the Bureau of Land Management, MMS, The Dept. of Interior and these organizations all too cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry. I happen to be researching a story right now in which I hope to highlight this issue, so I was really interested to see what is happening with the BLM and wild horse populations in Nevada.
The interview is with investigative reporter, George Knapp, from Las Vegas. He's done stories on UFO's, Area 51, and a host of other fringe stuff. But this story is not fringe...not at all. The first part focuses primarily on how the BLM is systematically dwindling wild horse populations on game reserves on public lands in Nevada. I would recommend watching it, but if you're in a hurry, the second part is the one I would highly recommend my Gulf Coast peeps view.
Interesting stuff. But this next section is particularly enlightening to me. The story I'm working on now has many parallels with what Knapp is claiming regarding the oversight organizations being staffed with former oil employees. It's not just the MMS, it's the EPA, the LDEQ (Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality) and even goes as deep down as Fisheries and Wildlife. We've put the fox in charge of the hen house and we're paying dearly for it.
I'd love to find out more about the MMS Lake Charles officials who were having sex parties and receiving kickbacks from the oil and gas industries. I've come to realize that the graft and corruption going on in New Orleans is miniscule to what's going on in other parts of the state.