Blowout Corrupted Democracy Rogue State Russia and the Richest Most Destructive Industry on Earth [E–book/E–pub]

E being sent to Germany as a KGB officer image rom wikimediaThese lovely gilded tryptichs up ahead tell the story of Vladimir Putin his rise rom KGB operative in Germany to possible anti Christ Each panel shows a step along his path growing rom unknown KGB agent to mayor of St Petersburg to the accumulation of a group of loyalists called the siloviki which would be a great brand name The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War for one of theew products Russia still produces vodka to aligning with then back stabbing Boris Yeltsin as the USSR descended Sicilian Lives fromailed social experiment to ull on gangster state kleptocracy We see this one to your right pootee murders or jails not right how Pootee murders or jails not political opponents but anyone oolish enough to own a successful business he Wants To Steal Doesn T The Blood to steal Doesn t the blood go so dramatically against the gold Russia s shaky economy hampered by a reliance on oil and gas helps explain the country s weakness and some of Russia s weakness explains why they attacked us in the way they did Maddow argues She says Vladimir Putin exploited Russia s lucrative oil industry to support his vision of making Russia a superpower again When you ve got one resource that s pulling in such a big revenue stream you tend to end up with very rich elites who will do anything to hold onto power who stopped doing the other things that governments should otherwise be doing to serve the needs of the people she said in an interview with All Things Considered rom NPRAubrey McClendon image rom Business InsiderIn the next room we have a The Protestant Temperament few portraits of energy bigwigs Aubrey McClendon a genius at picking land to holdor resource development promoter of shale and gas drilling in the USA and iconic Oklahoma City booster Liked to use company money or his personal needs and had issues with price ixing collusion Got kicked out of his own company Robert S Kerr The Radiant Child founder of Kerr McGee and a remarkably corrupt politician Harold Hamm a self made billionaire who never saw an environmental regulation he did not hate or a tax he was willing to accept The big one at the end of the hall the screaming T Rex is of course Rex Tillerson still spreading carnage across the planet and not yet trapped in that tar pit with the DJT inscription barely visible on it As you can see in the painting the artist was aware that T Rex hunted in packs No one is safe when these toothy critters were lookingor a meal The bones you see in the background are the remains of scientists who dared to describe the impact carbon based energy usage has had on the planet and residents who opposed the local leader siphoning off all the oil royalties or themselvesHarold Hamm image rom AP via PoliticoUp ahead the mural you see may remind you of Picasso s Guernica but this one is called The Resource Curse It shows how a poor country discovers oil the pastoral The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data fields beinglooded with black the local leader growing at one end of the mural rom a small bully to an inflated grotesue crushing his people alongside an even larger T rex the people leeing and screamin Well this has been uite a reading experience a seuence of aha and I remember that moments Tempting Eden followed by my absorbing the deeper meaning behind a news story or legislative moment that occurred sometime within the past several years As a news junkie since childhood I knew something a You don t see theorest Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, for the trees until the end of this book In chapter after chapter Rhodes Scholar and MSNBC political talk show host Rachel Maddowocuses the reader s attention on a wide range of loosely related but highly detailed stories told in long Talking to Dragons form journalism style By the end a broader pattern emerges and it becomes clearer that Blowout is about the three subjects listed in its subtitle1 The Richest Most Destructive Industry on EarthMaddow makes the case that the global oil and gas industry has been obsessed with profit than any other industry due to the sheer magnitude of profits available ever since John D Rockefeller launched it in the mid nineteenth century She describes vast destruction to the environment caused by oil a This amazing and brilliant book getsive stars Three Times the Love from me I m not normally knownor reading non The Drowning Man fiction especially current events usually make meurious but I can highly recommend this book The Bride of Willow Creek for anyone who is interested in returning a minimum of democracy to democratic governments and breaking the strangle hold of big industry not just the oil and gas industry on governments east and west Very well researched and as one might expectrom Rachel Maddow she manages also to spice the book with humour black humour to be sure but GREAT INVESTMENT, THE funny neverthelessRead it. He deceptively well behaved Rex Tillerson The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countriesouled oceans and rivers and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers But being outraged at it is according to Maddow “like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle You can’t really blame the lion It’s in her nature” Blowout is a call to contain the lion to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth to ight or transparency and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers The stakes have never been higher As Maddow writes “Democracy either wins this one or disappears?.

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I ve had this book on my TBR since the day it Was Announced And None announced and none my excitement diminished my TBR since the day it was announced and none of my excitement diminished I was rejected The Lively Art of Writing for the ARC It only meant I had to waitor the release day and I m glad I did because now I got the opportunity to both read the book and listen to the audiobook narrated by Rachel herself which was an absolutely riveting experienceIf you have read any of my reviews before particularly the non iction ones you know I m airly liberal so it should not come as a surprise that I m also a an of Rachel Maddow s show And I may have to preface this review by s I recently read Maddow Maddow s show And I may have to preface this review by s I recently read Maddow irst book entitled Drift about the military industrial complex I elt that reading that book irst helped me understand her method of presenting complicated dataThe book is well written and meticulously researched I am impressed at how thorough Maddow is with her research and analysis She apparently was attempting to understand why Russia meddled in our 2016 election and ended up completing an academic research and analysis of the oil and gas industry Maddow also provided detailed information about Vladimir Putin as well as a mini biography of Rex Tillerson The author does an excellent job revealing historical texture to the current oil and gas industry She also provides one of the best descriptions of racking I have come across When considering the earthuakes and the risks of contaminating water and soil with very toxic chemicals why would anyone allow racking is something I do not understand I learned a lot about the Russians the petroleum industry and racking Maddow does an excellent job putting complex data into easy to understand informationI read this as an audiobook downloaded rom Audible The book is The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness fifteen hours and thirty three minutes I particularly enjoyed listening to Maddow narrate the book Blowout Corrupted Democracy Rouge State Russia and The Richest Most Destructuve Industry on Earthby Rachel Maddowdue 10 1 2019Crown5050 netgalley BlowoutWhat the Frack is going on with the oil and gas industry How did we as a Democratic country get to this point Regardless of age sex race religion political beliefs etc how did we become dependent on a global industry built on corruption greed and incompetence Rachel Maddow brings it all together and makes this complicated issue easy to understand She explains the power complexities and political gamesmanship behindracking How Yeltsin literally gave the Russisn Presidency to Putin and how and why Putin used the oil industry to maintain his power by sending the crude oil to its biggest oil rival the USAFrom Oklahoma City to Russia to Siberia and Euatorial Guinea we see how oil and the crude pollutants The Leadership Gap fromracking made by unsafe drilling an industry that has taken Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) farrom the earth than it ever gave ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson are examples of the mindless incompetence that make Serenity Role Playing Game full transparency necessary We hold the responsibility of separating the corporaterom the villainsAubrey s Chesapeake Energy Oklahomas earthuake outbreak of 2010 due to Save the Cupcake! fracking the Alaskan drillingiasco the Winter Olympics at Sochi in 2014 and Pussy Riot Guccifer It s all here and so essential to understanding exactly what is happening and whyOne of the things I admire and live about Rachel Maddow is how she will lay a Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, foundation by sharing the history and importance of issues policies and subjects By explaining both sides we can decideor ourselves where we stand without being preached at and told what to believe Her wit candor humility and her original spin Tressed to Kill for me make her a woman who uses her intelligence to make people awareor the greater good This book is an example of just that I learned so much about the oil industry the conseuences of non transparency and the willingness to deceive to win Mostly I learned we need to re think the need vs the greed of oilThank you or this exceptional necessary and timely book RachelThank you to netgalley or sharing this reuested e book ARC The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev for review If you re a regular viewer of her show or like me a regular listener to her podcast you re aware that Rachel I love Rachel Maddow and I think that she is brilliant This noniction was my book group choice yesterday It made or an interesting discussion Most of the group are ans of the authorprobably why this is my book group of choice Blowout by Rachel MaddowOil and its corruption have had a massive impact on our world to be sure Maddow attempts to tell us this using many current examples and is mostly successful in her effortFirst the positive1 Maddow a Rhodes Scholar has a nose or what is important I eel that. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy Winner Take All  In 2010 the words “earthuake swarm” entered the lexicon in Oklahoma That same year a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia including his iconic crystal encrusted white glove was sold at auction or over 1 million to a guy who was officially just the lowly orestry minister of the tiny nation of Euatorial Guinea And in 2014 Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School found a zoo of peacocks gilded toilets and aloating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon Unlikely as it might seem there is a thread connecting these events and Rachel Maddow ollows it to. Blowout Corrupted Democracy Rogue State Russia and the Richest Most Destructive Industry on EarthAll of the oil related threads covered this book are of Importance And Individually Are Interesting2 Individually Are Interesting2 individually are interesting2 she a ew too many idioms at times her sentence structure and thought proce I like driving a pickup and heating my house as much as the next person and the through line between energy and economic growth and development is as clear to me as an electric streetlight piercing the black night But the political impact of the industry that brings us those things is also worth recognizing as a key ingredient in the global chaos and democratic downturn we re now living through Rachel Maddow is the top news personality at MSNBC host of The Rachel Maddow Show The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School for the last eleven years One of the smartest people to beound on your television or screen of choice she relies on research The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense facts and informed guests to present her viewers with as high end an hour of political news coverage as you canind anywhere all while being upbeat riendly unny and warm Watching her show it might not be totally obvious because she is so nice but she is a irst class hard edged incisive intellectual a Rhodes scholar with a triumph of a book already to her credit Drift on our national tendency to war One other gift Maddow possesses is a talent or story telling Watch her A block the opening 20 minute segment of her show some night any night or a taste In Blowout Maddow looks at the centrality of oil by which we mean oil and gas to our history and to the events of the world today Rachel Maddow didn t set out to write a book But a nagging uestion led her there Why did Russia interfere in America s 2016 presidential election and why attack the United States in such a cunning way Although the MSNBC host regularly devotes ample airtime to the topic of Russia on The Rachel Maddow Show her digging led her to a thesis she thought was too long or TV rom the NPR interviewRachel image rom Hoochnet From her depiction of Vladimir Putin s visit to NYC to celebrate the opening of the The Cake House first Lukoil gas station in the USA to the story of alarming means being used in an early attempt atracking The Essential Tantra: A Modern Guide to Sacred Sexuality from a look at how third world dictators live large on oil revenues while their people sufferrom the history of oil to the history of Putin The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success from the big personalities to the local damage she takes you right there and walks you through the events like a docent leading a group through the Met a very slippery oily Met Watch that glimmery puddleOn our right is aamily tree that echoes the shape of a gusher noting the beginning of oil drilling in 1859 see where Rockefeller and Standard Oil gets into the game and everything spreads out rom there until the canvas is almost entirely covered in iridescent black goo John D Rockefeller image rom Curious HistorianThis one over here is uite surprising There is a story to the mushrooms You think racking or natural gas is a nasty brute orce extraction method generating vast collateral damage You would be right of course but in the 60s and 70s an even scarier method of loosening up the gas trapped in underground shale and sandstone was tested three times Nukes Yes that s right As a part of Project Plowshare three Hiroshima level nuclear bombs were detonated in the continental USA Thankfully and unsurprisingly the resulting gas carried a level of radioactivity that was considered unmarketable so the project was abandoned Guess it had a very short half lifeMoving on look over here We have an excellent painting that shows how the oilgas companies control academic research as well as government regulatory agencies Notice how the energy company board overlaps the board of the local university the one sponsoring the researcher who is looking into the possible causes or the steroidal increase in earthuakes in Oklahoma an increase that occurred only after the introduction of Jesting Pilot fracking technology You might recognize the large claw likeorm in the painting and the academic in that claw being sueezed Definitely not OKOn your left you will see a modern image a dynamic sculpture showing the recent story of racking very angular as the straight vertical lines veer suddenly horizontal but are accompanied by vast volumes of a goo called slickwater being orced into the ground If you look back up to the top you will see a geyser of very crude crude being orced up out of the ground The artist has included as part of the exhibition a special platform around the work Go ahead step up That bouncing and rumbling you eel beneath you is meant to mimic the actual experience of residents in heavily The Marshall of Sentinel fracked locations Putin with his parents in 1985 befor. Its crooked the unimaginably lucrative and eually corrupting oil and gas industry With her trademark black humor Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 US election She deftly shows how Russia’s rich reserves of crude have paradoxically stunted its growthorcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia’s rot into its rivals its neighbors the West’s most important alliances and the United States Chevron BP and a host of other industry players get their star turn most notably ExxonMobil and