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Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation.

Recently on FOX News former Senator Chris Dodd said (as quoted on news site TechDirt), “Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,” This is an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal. This is a brazen flouting of the “above the law” status people of Dodd’s position and wealth enjoy.

We demand justice. Investigate this blatant bribery and indict every person, especially government officials and lawmakers, who is involved.

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Stop fracking in North Texas

A fightback against fracking is brewing, report Clinton McBride and Kevin Hayes.

NORTH TEXAS lies above a 5,000-square mile layer of rock called the Barnett Shale, spanning at least 18 counties. Within this shale is natural gas, which has long been considered unexploitable. But since the early 2000s, the region has become one of the natural gas industry’s largest targets.
New technology developed in the North Texas region led to the development of a process called hydraulic fracturing to obtain the natural gas. Now the gas industry is attempting to deploy this process in Texas and 27 other states, from Montana to New York.
For anyone who hasn’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Gasland, here’s how it works: workers drill down to the desired layer of rock, then drill horizontally, then explode the rock to create fractures. These fractures are expanded by a high-pressure mixture of millions of gallons of water, sand, gelling agents, lubricants, compressed gases and “proprietary chemicals.”
The number of natural gas wells on the Barnett Shale has jumped from 150 in 1993 to 15,000 today—and growing. It’s easy to see why the corporations involved in the extraction, distribution and use of natural gas are excited—big, quick and easy profits.
But for the people of North Texas, the “innovation” of fracking, as hydraulic fracturing is called for short, is a nightmare. The water table as well as local rivers and water formations are infected with poisons used and/or unleashed by fracking, resulting in dying animals and exposure to toxins for those dependent on the water to drink.
In areas where fracking takes place, the air is filled with carcinogens and asthma-inducing compounds. The earth dug out of the ground, including radioactive heavy metals, is then “land farmed,” a euphemism for smearing it around on land near people not rich enough or connected enough to stop it. And to add insult to injury, there are now never-before-seen earthquakes in the area—a total of 24 since 2006, compared to just one from 1906 to 2006.
As if this weren’t bad enough, the whole process is done to extract natural gas, a fossil fuel that still contributes to global warming, despite the industry’s mantra that natural gas is “clean energy.”
FULL ARTICLE HERE

Stop fracking in North Texas

A fightback against fracking is brewing, report Clinton McBride and Kevin Hayes.

NORTH TEXAS lies above a 5,000-square mile layer of rock called the Barnett Shale, spanning at least 18 counties. Within this shale is natural gas, which has long been considered unexploitable. But since the early 2000s, the region has become one of the natural gas industry’s largest targets.

New technology developed in the North Texas region led to the development of a process called hydraulic fracturing to obtain the natural gas. Now the gas industry is attempting to deploy this process in Texas and 27 other states, from Montana to New York.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Gasland, here’s how it works: workers drill down to the desired layer of rock, then drill horizontally, then explode the rock to create fractures. These fractures are expanded by a high-pressure mixture of millions of gallons of water, sand, gelling agents, lubricants, compressed gases and “proprietary chemicals.”

The number of natural gas wells on the Barnett Shale has jumped from 150 in 1993 to 15,000 today—and growing. It’s easy to see why the corporations involved in the extraction, distribution and use of natural gas are excited—big, quick and easy profits.

But for the people of North Texas, the “innovation” of fracking, as hydraulic fracturing is called for short, is a nightmare. The water table as well as local rivers and water formations are infected with poisons used and/or unleashed by fracking, resulting in dying animals and exposure to toxins for those dependent on the water to drink.

In areas where fracking takes place, the air is filled with carcinogens and asthma-inducing compounds. The earth dug out of the ground, including radioactive heavy metals, is then “land farmed,” a euphemism for smearing it around on land near people not rich enough or connected enough to stop it. And to add insult to injury, there are now never-before-seen earthquakes in the area—a total of 24 since 2006, compared to just one from 1906 to 2006.

As if this weren’t bad enough, the whole process is done to extract natural gas, a fossil fuel that still contributes to global warming, despite the industry’s mantra that natural gas is “clean energy.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE

When I hear an ignorant protester speak, I rejoice. Not because I love ignorance but because they have come to the right place. Because these occupations are a breeding ground for new ideas and because if there is any place that is going to look at these issues and ambitiously seek to educate the masses about them, it is this place, this movement, the intellectual space our movement occupies. And if this movement is “a bunch of hipsters, hippies” or any other silly meaningless term then THANK GOD. I am so grateful that this movement is “cool”. I am so grateful that people who have been SICK with apathy, see the value in standing up for themselves and taking to the streets to address the problems that plague this world. I hope this movement becomes so much MORE cool that THOUSANDS MORE under-educated, ignorant people take to the streets. And in the process, we will share our ideas and we will ALL become more educated, and more dangerous to the institutions that oppress us.
an irrelevant member of the 99%
 “I believe there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and  those doing the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between  those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who  want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will  be that kind of clash, but I don’t think it will be based on the colour  of the skin.”  - Malcolm X


“I believe there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those doing the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don’t think it will be based on the colour of the skin.”

- Malcolm X

occupydentontexas
occupydentontexas:

Occupy Denton mourns the loss of a fellow occupier, a kind and idealistic young man and a friend. Darwin Cox passed away.  He was found in a tent on the Occupy Denton camp where he had been given shelter after a fellow occupier saw him suffering from a fever.  Darwin’s lifelong struggle with drug addiction is suspected to have played a role in this tragedy. While drug use or possession is strictly against Occupy Denton’s policy, it was the Occupy Denton camp where he found friendship, respect, and compassion for his warm, caring, and generous character. Occupy Denton will dearly miss him, and forever appreciate the fortune of having shared a space and time with our friend, Darwin Cox. We give our deepest condolences to his family.
One of Occupy Denton’s core issues is the struggle against homelessness. Specifically, the lack of a safety net and inclusive shelters for the homeless left Darwin with nowhere else to go.  Tragedies like this happen every day and fail to make the nightly news or the newspapers.  Our current social structure criminalizes the homeless as well as those suffering from addiction.  This is one of the reasons why Occupy Denton emerged, why Darwin joined, and why Occupy Denton will continue the struggle for the marginalized and oppressed.
Occupy Denton will observe a vigil on Monday, December 5th at 7 P.M. on the lawn between the Physics and Art buildings at the UNT campus.  The vigil will mourn his loss and commemorate his life.  A deep sense of connection and family has emerged among the occupiers. Darwin’s loss has deeply shaken us.  Our love and resolve will continue with Darwin in our hearts.
Solidarity,Occupy Denton

occupydentontexas:

Occupy Denton mourns the loss of a fellow occupier, a kind and idealistic young man and a friend. Darwin Cox passed away.  He was found in a tent on the Occupy Denton camp where he had been given shelter after a fellow occupier saw him suffering from a fever.  Darwin’s lifelong struggle with drug addiction is suspected to have played a role in this tragedy. While drug use or possession is strictly against Occupy Denton’s policy, it was the Occupy Denton camp where he found friendship, respect, and compassion for his warm, caring, and generous character. Occupy Denton will dearly miss him, and forever appreciate the fortune of having shared a space and time with our friend, Darwin Cox. We give our deepest condolences to his family.

One of Occupy Denton’s core issues is the struggle against homelessness. Specifically, the lack of a safety net and inclusive shelters for the homeless left Darwin with nowhere else to go.  Tragedies like this happen every day and fail to make the nightly news or the newspapers.  Our current social structure criminalizes the homeless as well as those suffering from addiction.  This is one of the reasons why Occupy Denton emerged, why Darwin joined, and why Occupy Denton will continue the struggle for the marginalized and oppressed.

Occupy Denton will observe a vigil on Monday, December 5th at 7 P.M. on the lawn between the Physics and Art buildings at the UNT campus.  The vigil will mourn his loss and commemorate his life.  A deep sense of connection and family has emerged among the occupiers. Darwin’s loss has deeply shaken us.  Our love and resolve will continue with Darwin in our hearts.

Solidarity,
Occupy Denton

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nyghtphyre:

Blogging about it while I still can.