Be ashamed to die

October 25, 2017

” Be ashamed to die before you have scored a victory for mankind”  – Horace Mann


Mammon hates Jay Sweeney

March 21, 2013

And,Jay Sweeney hates no one.

Here is an announcement from Jay Sweeney(Chair of the Green Party of Pa.):

Calling on those who wish to live in harmony with the Earth and protect the planet from assault, abuse and devastation!

Please join us on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, as we call on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to fulfill its mission to “protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment” and to “work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to prevent pollution and restore our natural resources.”

Join us as we gather at DEP’s regional offices in Harrisburg, Norristown, Meadeville, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport to demand:
The resignation of DEP Secretary Michael Krancer for failure to fulfill the DEP mission
No more permits for gas wells, compressor stations, pipelines, water withdrawals and other infrastructure related to natural gas, coal or oil extraction
No more toxic secrets — full disclosure of water test results and other studies done by the DEP
Justice for those harmed by the oil and gas industry
The reopening of the DEP Office of Energy and Technology Deployment to develop solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies


Censorship by ommision: Josh Fox Arrest Was Under-Reported

February 3, 2012

I believe the arrest of Josh Fox was woefully under-reported on local and network television, and in local print media. Myself ,and others, have not observed any local or national television coverage of this fiasco. A search of their websites was equally fruitless.

I have seen no coverage today,  either.

I should mention,  I do not get the cable news channels.  But my focus here is on the local and mainstream media.

If I am accurate (even partially), for many NEPA citizens – the incident never happened.

Instead we were offered super bowl recipes, groundhog abuse, sports adoration, celebrity worship, weather obsession, and (“unfortunately”) there was little time left for actual news.  This small window of news programming gives censorship an excuse: “Gee whiz , we just can’t cover everything!”

Josh’s arrest was news. It was big news.

He is a national figure who lives nearby in Wayne County. He is a Sundance  Film Festival winner and an Oscar nominee. “Fracking” is an issue  widely known and debated in our region.  It  threatens each of us in various ways.  What’s not to report??

He was hand-cuffed and his constitutional rights were denied him.

That should always be big news in a democracy.
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What puzzles me is the lack of information about the arrest on the ABC News website. I did a search, “Josh Fox Arrested” and came up with nothing. Josh Powell – Yes. Josh Fox – no. This is especially surprising given that an ABC film crew was present at the same hearing and also denied “permission” to film the hearings. They complied. Josh did not.  He stood up for journalistic and constitutional rights.

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Here is an update from Rueters:
Gasland Director Josh Fox Released After D.C. Arrest; Feb. 15 Court date set
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Here: is Josh speaking about the arrest on msnbc’s The Ed Show

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”…no subcommittee rule or regulation should prohibit a respectful journalist or citizen from recording a public hearing.” – Josh Fox

I am reminded of all the meetings Audrey Simpson has recorded.  Thanks Audrey.  You are a hero.

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Bible Banging Nincompoops

January 31, 2012

Imagine a large, large pile of fools, simpletons, dolts, bullies, nitwits, miscreants, narcissists, ne’er do-wells, sociopaths, posers, oligarchs, theocrats, ass kissers, and bull-shitters.  Imagine it 272 feet tall, peaking at the top like a dog’s stool.

Call it The Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

On January 24th, the BIG PILE adopted House Resolution 535 by a unanimous vote of 193-0. The Resolution declares the year 2012 as the “Year of the Bible” and goes on to state:

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives declare 2012 as
the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania in recognition of both
the formative influence of the Bible on our Commonwealth and
nation and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures.

On so many levels this is wrong.

First, it is unconstitutional.

Secondly, it is intellectually incongruent.   It asserts the notion that our government’s behavior ought to be based on a particular “holy book”.  Isn’t that the problem in Afghanistan?

Also, it is hypocritical. The Pennsylvania legislature’s behavior has been blatantly antithetical to the bible values I know – especially, to those passages which call for the stewardship of God’s creation. Not the desecration of it.

Further, it is sadly dismissive  (and, therefore, inaccurate and inherently divisive) of all the other belief systems which helped establish our collective ethos.

And, it is an incredible waste of public time and resources.

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WFTE – “The Voice of NEPA’s Progressive Community”

January 30, 2012

Are you looking for an alternative to WVIA Radio?

Tired of hearing  commercials for the fracking interests?

Sick of don’t-rock-the-boat radio programming?

Angry with the likes of Kelly and Sordoni?

Then tune in to WFTE at 90.3 FM and 105.7 FM.


Earthquakes? What Earthquakes?

January 19, 2012

Read: Fracking Did Cause Eleven Earthquakes in Ohio Last Year


Happy Holidays and Go to Hell

December 25, 2011

They looked up
and saw a star
burning in the east
not all that far

and to the earth
it gave great fright
as the pounding continued
both day and night

go to hell
go to hell
go to hell
go to hell

Mammon is King
and life is to sell

 

 

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