09 July 2016 · Comments Off on Better Things for Better Living · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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30 June 2016 · Comments Off on Protect the Net · Categories: Geek Stuff, Titans of Industry

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22 June 2016 · Comments Off on Powder Keg · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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20 June 2016 · Comments Off on The Pusher Men · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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12 June 2016 · Comments Off on Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke · Categories: Mammon, Political Theatre, Titans of Industry

In the Bangor Daily News, Philip Duffy reports that some Congresspersons want to take jurisdiction over the laws of chemistry, likely at the behest of the lumber industry (emphasis added):

Seven senators, including Angus King and Susan Collins, sponsored the amendment. In response, more than 60 scientists and three professional societies signed onto a letter, pointing out a serious factual error in the proposed legislation. The irony is that all seven backers of the amendment accept the reality of climate change.

The amendment would mandate that all federal agencies treat the burning of wood from forests as a “renewable energy resource” that is “carbon neutral,” meaning it does not add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Reality is more complex, but forest bioenergy certainly is not carbon neutral. The carbon footprint of bioenergy should be measured scientifically on a case-by-case basis rather than broadly specified by legislation.

Follow the link to see Duffy delve into the lamer rationale for this endeavor.

I don’t quite know what’s worse about this: the stupid or the craven.

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26 May 2016 · Comments Off on Lies, Damned Lies, and Press Releases · Categories: Titans of Industry

Follow this link and read the story, then look below the fold to see what I think is the most outrageous statement in it.

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22 May 2016 · Comments Off on Crafty Beers · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

You know that craft brewery? There’s a good chance it’s not. Fred Grimm describes how he got gulled.

I was a beer-drinking revolutionary, defying the mighty corporate machine by sucking down all those damn Blue Moons.

What I didn’t notice, as I stormed the ramparts – supposed microbrew in hand – was that the Blue Moon Brewing Co. actually belongs to MillerCoors, which was sold to Molson Coors by SABMiller last year so the Justice Department would look kindly on SABMiller’s giant merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev. And all that.

. . . I’ve been an unwitting consumer of America’s leading anti-craft beer, taken in by an international conglomerate’s ploy to fend off these upstart microbreweries.

I reckon the message is that, if you want to be a been snob, know what you are being snobbish about. Me, I’ll stick to Scotch.

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22 May 2016 · Comments Off on “Don’t Drink the Water” · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

The Duke of Hazardous still holds sway in North Carolina, much as the Old Dominion is now the dominion of Dominion Power, which used to call itself VEPCO (emphasis added).

We are two friends brought together by this fear. Deborah lives near Salisbury and less than 1,000 feet from a coal ash pit. Amy lives in Belmont, also less than 1,000 feet from one of Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash pits. In April 2015, we received letters telling us that our water was not safe to drink. About a year later we got another letter saying the water was safe to drink, despite no further testing having been done on our wells. The hexavalent chromium and vanadium are still in our water. Yet, Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration has decided that the poisons in our water are an acceptable risk for our families.

It should not surprise that McCrory was on the payroll of the Duke of Hazardous for 28 years.

Follow the link and read the rest.

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21 May 2016 · Comments Off on Spill Here, Spill Now · Categories: Titans of Industry

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04 May 2016 · Comments Off on Powder Keg · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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02 May 2016 · Comments Off on This Is Your FDA on Big Pharma · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

Have you wondered why these days you see all those TV commercials from law firms asking, “Have you taken this drug/used this device/had this treatment?” Watch this and wonder not.

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25 April 2016 · Comments Off on Everybody Must Get Fracked · Categories: Titans of Industry

Via MarketWatch.

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22 April 2016 · Comments Off on Frack the Clouds · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

Warning: Language. Also, strange and a bit strained, but a noble effort.

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21 April 2016 · Comments Off on Spill Here, Spill Now · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

Facing South looks at the long term effects of Buccaneer Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon spill. Here’s few of the stats; follow the link for more.

Number of people who filed medical claims under the financial settlement reached with BP, citing breathing problems, eye injuries and other illnesses related to exposure to the spill’s pollution: more than 37,500

As of last year, number of studies published on physical health effects reported by people directly affected by BP’s spill: 2

Number of those studies that found a higher frequency of respiratory illness, headaches, skin rash, and cough: 2

In one study looking at the disaster’s effect on cleanup workers’ lungs, number of genes in human airway cells found to be affected by exposure to a chemical oil dispersant used on the Gulf oil spill — with many of those same changes also observed in lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: 84

Buccaneer Petroleum, where the motto is “Safety Worst.”

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18 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Climates They Are a-Changing · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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