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August 2012

This past Saturday, August 25th, Rocky Anderson, U.S. Presidential Candidate for the Justice Party, made a visit to The Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia to speak about the two-party duopoly that exists in this country. He opened the discussion on that late-summer evening, brandishing an article clipped from the Pennsylvania Independent titled, “Republicans trying to boot Gary [...]

__________ Lee Camp is a stand-up comic. …Sometimes people make him write things too. He’s a contributor to The Onion and has performed stand-up comedy at events featuring Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore. If you like Lee Camp, you’ll be happy to hear that Moment of Clarity is a regular feature at Raging [...]

Over the last few months, news outlets within Philadelphia report that violence has been erupting at a jobsite just north of Center City. These articles continue to tell the story of two young brothers and developers, Matt and Mike Pestronk and their company Post Brothers. The reports generally focus on how the Pestronk brothers are [...]

A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying, “In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world [...]

In the ongoing exchange between myself and the self-styled natural gas landman-maverick VP of Land and Public Relations, Mike Knapp—Snyder Bros/MDS Energy Services, I have sought to lay out in as thorough and objective a fashion as possible the facts relevant to Mr. Knapp’s/MDS claims that (a) natural gas extraction whether by vertical well drilling [...]

The following is an exchange included in a rather longish thread on Energy in Depth–a fracking propaganda website who sends its “field directors” to events such as the direct action shut-down of the Schlumberger Compound in Horseheads, new York, 8.11.12. The original post is written by Frank Maines, the proprietor of the Redwood Inn, Horseheads, [...]

Energy in Depth (EID) faux-reporters Rachael Colley and Joe Massaro really only have one teeny-tiny problem with respect to their reporting at the Schlumberger Direct Action, 8.11.12: only the most trivial aspects of their report are actually true. True! There was a protest which assembled at a Park-n-Ride. True! Human beings did attend the action. [...]

[The letter below is a letter to the editor responding to an Op-Ed published in the Patriot news 8.3.12 by Energy In Depth's Tom Shepstone. His original can be found here: http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2012/08/marcellus_drilling_benefits_wh.html]   Dear Editor: What Pennsylvania citizens need to know about Energy in Depth is that “it was created by major oil and gas companies” [...]

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