Daily Archives: May 3, 2011
Those of you who are regulars on this blog, or who have heard me question some of the candidates for Governor in West Virginia, know of my concerns with Hydro Fracturing or “Fracking” to remove natural gas from shale. So far I have had no satisfactory responses from candidates, Democrat or Republican, to my concerns. They ALL think this can be made safe (it can’t) and they will make sure it is. Between you and me, they are all getting campaign funds from the Natural Gas industry.
If you have seen the movie “Gasland,” you know some of the problems that are related to this practice of pumping toxic chemicals mixed with water into underground shale… chemicals that get into the water supply and pollute rivers and streams. You all know the extremes… faucets with flaming water, cows in fields dying from poisoned grazing land, rivers being polluted and the toxins heading downstream and eventually into great water areas like the Chesapeake bay.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ecologist, poet, mother, and activist gave an incredible speech during a rally in Albany NY, May 2, 2011, to ban fracking in NY state. Sandra’s story about her cancer and finding out that her cancer is linked to the drinking water or her hometown became a movie called Living Downstream (www.livingdownstream.com), based on a book she wrote about her discoveries.
Here’s the speech.
If you speak with candidates before you vote and you live in any of the states that contain the Marcellus Shale (NY, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, etc.), make sure you bring up the issue… and see if YOU get a satisfactory answer.
- Chemicals and breast cancer (helpforcancer.wordpress.com)
- Fracking Chemicals Cited in Congressional Report Stay Underground (cozumelianblogger.wordpress.com)
- Major Fracking Accident in Pennsylvania… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Why Natural Gas Companies Fear Josh Fox, Gasland and the Oscars by Sarah Laskow (theboldcorsicanflame.wordpress.com)
- Ten Fracking Things Everyone Should Know (mb50.wordpress.com)
- WTF: What the frack is hydraulic fracturing? (pennlive.com)
- Young girls reaching puberty earlier and in larger numbers (cogsciblog.wordpress.com)
- Lawsuit against government, Encana highlights ‘fracking’ environmental issues: Lawyer (calgaryherald.com)
- Lawsuit has broad implications for fracking across continent, lawyer says (canada.com)
As revealed in Talking Points Memo:
“I think the tools that President Bush put into place — GITMO, rendition, enhanced interrogation, the vast effort to collect and collate this information — obviously served his successor quite well,” former Bush adviser Karl Rove said on Fox News.
Also on Fox News, Bush’s one-time Chief of Staff Andrew Card claimed his former boss “made sure that everything was in place so that President Obama could have an opportunity to — to get Osama bin Laden, and it finally happened.”
- Right Strains To Praise Bush, Minimize Obama, For Bin Laden Death (alan.com)
- Bush Praised For Order He Never Gave (eleftheria64.wordpress.com)
- “If a Republican were in office right now, Osama bin Laden would still be in his compound, burning trash and slowly dying of old age.” (slog.thestranger.com)
- Osama bin Laden Killing Closes a Chapter But Not the Book (themoderatevoice.com)
- Will Obama Break Down And Give Bush Some Credit For Bin Laden Kill? (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
A neighbor discovered the body in a mummified state last week, police told the Los Angeles Times.
The body appeared to have gone undiscovered for an unknown period of time – anywhere from several months to a year – and investigators weren’t able to determine if it was the remains of a man or woman, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.
A neighbor remembered her as an elegant woman with flowing blond hair and “a warm smile.”
See if you can spot her in this clip from Attack Of The 50 FT Woman:
This morning at 10AM, the Under The LobsterScope half-hour podcast went live for the first time. I admit it was AWFUL, not AWESOME… but this was my first time.
It will get better, though. When it gets really good I’ll submit it to iTunes which will make it much easier for you to pick up.
Come back next Tuesday (and every Tuesday) at 10 AM and hear the improvements. Call in if you want to.
- The Professional Amateur Podcaster (blogworld.com)
- Free H&R Block Tax for Bloggers & Small Business Podcast TODAY (frugalupstate.com)
- Podcast: The Matt ‘N’ Jeff Radio Hour – Episode 1 (popdose.com)
- Stitcher Makes On-Demand Streaming Simple (audio4cast.com)
- Podcasts that Can Teach You Something (mediatechparenting.net)
- One piece of advice? Do it live. (blogworld.com)
- Joel Achenbach talks Deepwater Horizon on Studio SPJ podcast (alabamaspj.wordpress.com)
- No FastForward Radio Tonight (speculist.com)
There has now been a day to ponder the responses of the killing of bin Laden which, let me assure you, I think was an important and rightful act.
I am bothered, however, by the New Year’s Eve-style celebrations which went on for hours after the announcement: delerious street dancing, people wrapping themselves in flags, yelling and screaming… I would have expected something much more somber. I would have expected candles, thoughtful silence, remembrance of so many lost in the name of getting this one man.
I’ve been reading blogs, watching television, flipping through the newspapers and listening to radio for 24 hours or so (about half of which I was disconnected from the internet thanks to my friends at Frontier… boy, these guys are driving me to the Hughes Network) and finding there were a lot of people who also thought the party-like atmosphere made us seem as bad as Al Qaida, who did the same kind of thing after the twin towers went down. I had hoped we would be better than that, but I should know from experience that we, as a people, are easily tipped into emotional release.
Having had the day to think about everything I hope folks will be a little more reflective today. This, of course, means different things to different people. I spent five minutes switching from CSPAN‘s Morning Edition, Morning Joe, Fox News and CNN and each had their own perspective. CSPAN was taking calls from the public… at least two who were pushing the idea that 1.) was not dead, but we really had scooted him off for secret interrogation without the rest of the world knowing about it, and 2.) that he has been dead for a couple of years and we have been keeping him on ice so Obama could stage this event in order to get reelected. In their usual reluctance to comment or get in the way of the craziest responses, CSPAN just let it go by with a “Thank You.”
Fox seemed to be devoting the morning to making sure there was plenty of focus on George W. Bush whose plans were in place to be carried out by Obama… plus repeated videos of Bush with megaphone at the 9/11 site, Bush doing the “Dead or Alive” speech, etc. Damned little focus on Obama.
My favorite was public radio which found part of the Seth Myers’ speech at the Correspondent’s Dinner the night before the attack and the one bin Laden joke he made… which the President did a deep laugh at… we know now that he knew what was about to go on in Pakistan and he kept it in unleaked control.
Morning Joe had the usual mix of conservatives and liberals and CNN was more concerned with a troop of missing boy scouts and massive flooding in Cairo, IL. Their Obama thoughts ran as a tickertape stream at the bottom of the screen.
Frankly, I’m going to start reviewing the “what do we do next” scenarios… with a certain amount of hope that we MAY no longer need to be in Afghanistan – that it becomes the new Iraq, the war that we have no reason to be in. I don’t really believe it will happen… after all we still have thousands of folks still in Iraq. If we could only get away from the need to be an empire!
- President Obama Laughed Thru Osama Bin Laden Jokes Saturday Night, Acted Against Bin Laden Sunday (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Hell Called, Your Place is Reserved: Muslim-country blogs react to Bin Laden death (leftfootforward.org)
- Obama: bin Laden’s death makes the world safer (ajc.com)
- “If Obama Gets Bin Laden They Will Forget He’s Black” (bigthink.com)
- Osama bin Laden — BOGUS Death Photo (tmz.com)
- Wanker Extraordinaire Joe Scarborough: Obama’s Base Didn’t Want Him To Catch Bin Laden (crooksandliars.com)
- Osama Bin Laden’s Death: The Internet Reacts (webpronews.com)
- Skeptics wonder: Where’s proof bin Laden’s dead? (cbsnews.com)
- Source: Bin Laden went down firing (boston.com)
- AP sources: DNA testing confirms bin Laden death (sfgate.com)
- Stephen Colbert appropriately giddy over Osama bin Laden news (popwatch.ew.com)
- Allies warned to expect al-Qa’ida revenge attacks (independent.co.uk)
- Al-Qaida ideologue condemns Bin Laden slaying (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Twitter hits record on Osama bin Laden story (lostremote.com)
- 5 Reasons to Not Celebrate the Death of bin Laden (mcauleyfreelanceblog.com)