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Robert Newman-Petrodollar(Comedy Stand Up)

Robert ("Rob") Newman (born 7 July 1964) is a British stand-up comedian, author and political activist. In 1993 Newman and his then comedy partner David Baddiel became the first comedians to play and sell out the 12,000-seat Wembley Arena in London.

Robert Newman - Petrodollar(short clip with specific regerences to the petrodollar)

Robert Newman - History of Oil (FUll)
Robert Newman gets to grips with the wars and politics of the last hundred years - but rather than adhering to the history we were fed at school, he places oil centre stage as the cause of all the commotion.

Its in my opinion that if you are not informed on how the "pretro dollar" directly affects the world, then you don't fully understand out current monetary or fogiegn poliy.

And on a COMPLETELY different note, I wanted to share this other video that cracks me up every time. Its short to the point, but good for a quick laugh :)

Weeds "There were no weapons of mass destruction"

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Horse's Tale, Mark Twain ~ Oil City Trust Harper & Bros, 1907.

A Horse's Tale Mark Twain Oil City Trust Harper & Brothers Hardcover, 1907

eBay antique book: Horse's Tale, Mark Twain. Oil City Trust Harper & Bros, 1907.Trust busting words. $48.

Bust a trust!

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Mark Twain introduces Ida M. Tarbell to Standard Oil Exec., 1904

Progressivism, Ida Tarbell’s Project and the Mother of Trusts

Towards the end of the 19th century, a drive for reform known as Progressivism emerged. Its main aims were to seek political reform, consumer protection, social justice, better working conditions, and control regulation of big business. The nation’s first trust, the Standard Oil Trust, was formed in 1882. By 1898, 82 trusts with a total capitalization of $1.2 billion had been formed, and an additional 234 trusts worth more than $6 billion were formed between 1898 and 1904. Trusts were the most important issue of the 1900 Presidential campaign. Journalists/writers of magazines such as McClure’s Magazine who set the progressive agenda became known as Muckrakers and were at the center of the progressive movement. The managing editor of McClure’s Magazine, Ida Minerva Tarbell, set out to investigate and write a narrative history on the Mother of Trusts, Standard Oil, in an attempt to expose the activities of the mysterious company.

Ida Minerva Tarbell was America’s first great journalist. She was a tall woman, about 6 feet, and graduate of Allegheny College. She never married but was a celebrant of family life & an opponent of women’s suffrage. She grew up in the oil region and was an indefatigable and exhaustive researcher who wrote a biography of Madame Roland, leader of the French Revolution. Her father was a tank maker who aligned himself with the independents in the Oil War in 1872 against the South Improvement Company. She remembered the pain and financial troubles her father and others who did not agree with SO had to endure. All Ida needed to topple Standard Oil was a way into the loop, and she got this from H.H. Rogers, a senior director of the company. Her investigation would cover almost all parts of Standard Oil. Ida met H.H. Rogers through Mark Twain, who was friends with both Rogers and McClure’s. Their first meeting was in January 1902, and she subsequently met with Rogers over the next two years. Her work led to a series that began appearing in McClure’s in November 1902 and proved to be a bombshell. Her articles became the talk of the nation, but Rogers, who had been very frank with her, continued to meet with her. The end, however, came when Tarbell revealed how Standard’s intelligence operated. Rogers became furious and broke off their relationship. Altogether, Tarbell’s series ran for 24 months, and was published in Nov 1904 in book form as The History of Standard Oil Company. Ida Tarbell, whom Rockefeller referred to as “Miss Tar Barrel”, followed up in 1905 with a final personal attack on Rockefeller.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Thanks for posting this, Excellent!

History of oil stand up routine is one of the funniest I have seen. +1

Funny and informative ;)

Funny and informative ;)