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Those were the days

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Once upon a time, until my early middle-age, what now exists nation-wide as BP existed in most of the country as Amoco — Standard Oil of Indiana. It strode the Midwest as a colossus and spent most of its domestic criminal time simply trying kill people one-at-a-time by having marble fall off it’s giant over-compensating monolith in Chicago.

Yes, those were the days, when like Union Carbide, the patriotic corporations only tried to commit their greater crimes abroad. For instance, in the in the last quarter of the 20th century Amoco launched sister ships of mass destruction to take out France and then, in turn, Italy.

But then BP bought out Amoco, and suddenly the oil disasters make it to this country.

It’s almost as if this stuff starts wars and causes environmental disaster, irrespective of arbitrary international borders and politics and perhaps we should find a way to rid ourselves of its curse?


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In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .