Commentary

A Pep Talk for Team Big Oil

A Pep Talk for Team Big Oil

A few years ago on this site, I wrote about how a giant Norwegian oil company got a rather light penalty for grievously exceeding the limits of its water-use permit in the Alberta oilsands (or tarsands, if you wish). Statoil was fined […]

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So Jon Stewart’s Stepping Down…

So Jon Stewart’s Stepping Down…

Jon Stewart surprised his fans Tuesday night by announcing that he’s leaving the anchor desk of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. “It’s been an incredible opportunity to pilot this wonderful franchise,” he told his studio audience and hence the world. […]

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Good Dogs and Card Carrying Communists

Good Dogs and Card Carrying Communists

Pinko may very well be a card-carrying communist soon since he’s begun the process to officially join Workers World Party (history on Wiki).  I don’t know if they actually have a card.  I hope they do, though, because if you’re […]

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Which Will Kill Us First?

Which Will Kill Us First?

Climate change or nuclear boom-boom? Which will do us in? Will we slowly drown in rising seas and die in weather disasters and famines, or get wiped out by nuclear weaponry? I pondered this while reading a news story about movement […]

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Defining the Narrative: Peaceful Protest in Ferguson

Defining the Narrative: Peaceful Protest in Ferguson

Peaceful assembly, freedom of association and freedom of expression are basic human rights. Rights that are guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and the laws of Missouri. Peaceful protest is a hallmark and a legacy of past movements Looks since: stitches […]

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Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Liberals and lefties have been decrying the United States’ inequality problems for years, but now the topic has been officially certified a concern by the country’s Federal Reserve chair. Janet Yellen, who has been Fed chair for eight and a […]

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Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

The United States government and its allies want you to know that bombs are being dropped on Syria because the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists are very bad men who must be stopped. Those IS militants in Iraq and […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Pardon the pun, but global warming has been a hot topic in the news these last few days. First there was a Sunday of public rallies exhorting governments to do something, for crying out loud, about the pernicious upward creep in […]

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Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

To defuse a public perception problem, you can go in two directions. Either say the situation is so complicated that there’s no clear right and wrong, or simplify it by using one aspect of the situation that you can spin […]

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Oklahoma Earthquakes and Fracking: Jobs We Cannot Afford.

Oklahoma Quake

The state had 109 temblors measuring magnitude 3 or greater in 2013 — more than 5,000% above normal — and there have already been more than 200 such quakes this year.

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