July 2014

If the natural gas industry would just use water and sand to access natural gas there would be no controversy.

Natural gas industry uses the desperation for energy and exploitation of poor communities to dispose of hazardous waste cheaply. Please use water and sand only during fracking.

If you would like to reduce emissions to greenhouse gases and increase jobs in America???

An effective method is to stop buying stuff made overseas. One tanker crossing the Atlantic uses 834 tons of heavy oil fuel. This fuel is worse for the atmosphere than other types of fuels.

The California Federal Judge that ended the death penalty was correct.

The California Federal Judge that ended the death penalty was correct. It is torture to extend the death date randomly and unpredictably. The death penalty does not save money or bring the victim back to life. The death penalty may even put the wrong person to death. Society has come to a point that the jury just believes and trusts government over the citizen; causing the wrong people to be punished or put to death is a society wrong. Society has been wrong before and has killed many people because of the popular idea at the time.

Open Letter To John Boehner: "What the Hell, Pal?"

Cincinnati Enquirer, July 15, 2014

A couple of days ago, Speaker of the House Rep.John Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote an op-ed titled "Obama is Trampling the Constitution" for a local Ohio newspaper... Jerry Mouch, a friend who has known Boehner for over 50 years, wtote a letter to the editor in response.

OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BOEHNER

HAPPY MANDELA DAY

Territorial prisons and walled fortresses will not long stand against the tempests of human pain and rain of mother’s tears in Israel-Palestine.

Private interests cannot provide cost-effective and uniform/standard care, placement and processing of refugees flooding across our southern border, and piecemeal reaction to such crises would constitute congressional delinquency.

Chiquita Buys Ireland’s Fyffes to Go Global in Banana Business

“What has happened is that with consolidation at the retail level, with all these supermarket mergers and Walmart expanding, the big banana companies have lost their power to negotiate prices and other terms,” he said. “This is really a strategic response to regain market power as much as anything.”

Yes, a very good summation and explanation of what economists call "Sequential Monopoly", a distributor response to a retail market monopoly.

Getting High Would Be Legal If It Weren't For THIS

A majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana, but still opposing legalization is a surprising and powerful enemy: Big Pharma.

Feedback loop: Siberian crater portends Methane Climate catastrophe in the making.

Runaway climate collapse...try not to eat each other.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/16/1314501/-Mysterious-Siberian-Crater-Found-at-End-of-the-World-May-Portend-Methane-Climate-Catastrophe#

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Why Hasn't Congress Taken War Powers Away From Trump?

Thom plus logo Donald Trump's pathetic betrayal of our Kurdish allies in northern Syria highlights the importance of Congress taking seriously it's constitutional obligation to define and authorize war.