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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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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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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10 April 2016 · Comments Off on How Stuff Works, the Privatization Scam Dept. · Categories: Republican Lies, Titans of Industry

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08 April 2016 · Comments Off on Everybody Must Get Fracked · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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27 March 2016 · Comments Off on Everybody Must Get Fracked, ALEC Takes the Initiative Dept. · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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11 March 2016 · Comments Off on Better Things for Better Living through Chemistry
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11 March 2016 · Comments Off on Stray Question · Categories: Personal Musings, Titans of Industry

If the URL for Virginia’ major power company is dom.com, shouldn’t the URL for the Virginia state legislature be sub.gov?

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28 January 2016 · Comments Off on Everybody Must Get Fracked · Categories: Political Theatre, Titans of Industry

Ron Littlepage is not impressed with the oil industry’s Trojan horse of a fracking “regulation” bill.

The oil and gas industry, which sends copious amounts of cash to the campaign accounts of legislators, is in favor of fracking.

Never mind that with Florida ground zero for sea-level rise, we should be looking for completely clean alternative energy sources to reduce greenhouse gases.

And never mind that when fracking runs awry, which will surely happen sometime, Florida’s water supply and environment will absorb another damaging blow.

The bill is promoted as a way to set statewide standards for fracking. See above about lipstick and pigs.

What the bill does is take away the rights of local governments to control what goes on in their backyards.

Given the geology of Florida, I see visions of the biggest sinkhole yet.

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23 January 2016 · Comments Off on Everybody Must Get Fracked · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

Did fracking open a wellspring of methane?

In October, a ruptured storage well in the Aliso Canyon oil field began spewing hundreds of thousands of tons of noxious gas into Los Angeles neighborhoods. Three months later, this massive leak still hasn’t been stanched. Thousands of people in the Porter Ranch area have been driven from their homes, schools and businesses by horrible smells and spiking levels of cancer-causing benzene.

State regulators don’t seem to know what caused the leak, or how to stop it. But newly uncovered documents show that hydraulic fracturing was commonly used in the Aliso Canyon gas storage wells – including a well less than a half-mile from the leak.

Follow the link. Get the fracks.

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18 January 2016 · Comments Off on TPPing the Economy’s Front Yard · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

The president of the Maine Nurses Association speaks out against the TPP and it’s protection of the corporacracy. A snippet:

Despite the promises and reassurances offered by the Obama administration over the past few months, including during the president’s State of the Union address, the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is even worse than prior reports had predicted.

Monopoly pricing protections for giant pharmaceutical firms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be a death sentence for countless patients in need of affordable medications around the world.

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This agreement is an all out assault on not only health and safety but also on the democratic rights of the American people to pass public protections. It’s another reminder that the pharmaceutical industry and other corporate lobbyists, who wrote many of these provisions, continue to dominate and corrupt our political system.

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09 January 2016 · Comments Off on Cool, Clear, Republican Water · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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08 January 2016 · Comments Off on Everybody Must Get Fracked · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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23 December 2015 · Comments Off on Everybody Must Get Fracked · Categories: Mammon, Titans of Industry

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