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LA Basin and Oil Drilling: From Conspicuous to Secretive in a Century


Some amazing pictures I found from the 1920’s-30’s of the forests of oil derricks that dotted California’s beaches (before the hippies).

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Signal Hill Oil Field, led by none other than Rockefeller himself (Near Long Long Beach)

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“Hidden” oil derricks across LA today (a process known as ‘urban drilling’)

Surprisingly, the internet holds little “official” information about the hidden derricks. Almost all of these pictures are from user blogs/submissions. How aware are LA residents of the oil drilling? I’d do some first-hand investigating, but I live on the East coast…any further efforts of citizen reporting would be ideal! 🙂

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Derrick on the campus of Beverly Hills High School, from which the school receives funding

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(notice the gas vent on top of the light post)

Grissom Island: a man-man drilling island right off the coast of Long Beach

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Even for the LA residents who don’t mind all the drilling, these companies have been stealing oil right from under your property for decades using the process of slant drilling. 

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A Letter to the American Ruling Class


Dear…

Press Secretary Carney, President Obama,Vice President Biden, Chief Justice Roberts, Speaker Boehner, and every CEO investing inside (or outside) this one of a kind country,

Do you really think outsourcing is the answer? Here’s what will happen in the Middle East if  we stop vesting so much economic interest in it and let the true voice of the Arabic people develop:

-after centuries, the Arab world won’t be sucking the tit of the foreign market

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The world moneymakers….or perhaps moneytakers? (bad joke)

-there will be more jobs for the educated youth and people like this man. Remember him? 

Mohamed Bouazizi se inmola y enciende la llama de las protestas globales

It all started with the martyrdom of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi. His last words before igniting himself sound a lot like the complaints of the unemployed here in the US: “How do you expect me to make a living?”

-no more regimes of dictators or extra $ for them to wipe their asses with

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Why so militant?

-how about we put an end to senseless acts of yes, TERRORISM, under false pretense?

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The Arabic perception of a terrorist.

-more public means of communication, openness to public opinion and criticism 

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Bassem Youssef on his show, Al Bernameg (The Programme)

….hey wait a second, don’t we need to fix these problems right here at home?

I’m sorry, did I say earlier that the US is one of a kind? Although we’ve put a lot at stake by globalizing as we please, there’s one good thing that’s come out of it: we’ve gotten an inside look into parts of the world that not many Americans have been to or are familiar with. I’ve never met an American who enjoys sexual and toilet humor as the foreign exchange student from Dubai who lives down the hall. Another student who’s native to Syria was actually the first to show me a Harlem Shake video! (Talk about globalization!) Hey, I guess we’re not so different from the Arab World as the big, scary, propaganda says we are.

Peace, Love, and Prosperity,

A Concerned Human Being

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