30 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Gayle A. Sulik of Denton, Texas, explains why she voted for a successful referendum to ban fracking in Denton. Here’s a bit, in which she describes the frackers’ tactics:

In the months leading up to the election, the fracking industry and its supporters used fear mongering extensively in an attempt to deter Denton citizens from voting for the ban. From jeopardizing American security to irresponsibly affecting the financial health of our schools, fear was used strategically to engender a visceral response while distracting attention from lax regulation, threats to human health, potential drop in property values, contamination of air, soil, and water, and the other concerns Denton citizens had been raising for years. Those who dared oppose fracking in this city of 123,000 citizens, thriving atop a gas-rich shale formation, were stigmatized as the rotten apples of Texas.

As a sociologist, the phenomenon was fascinating. As a citizen and resident, it was scary to see a politically supported industry focus its attention so squarely on putting the kibosh on informed enfranchisement.

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16 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Well, this answers a question:

AT&T Mobility, the nation’s second-largest cellular provider, says it’s no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users’ smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers’ identities online.

The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users’ identities based on their browsing habits.

Verizon Wireless, the country’s largest mobile firm, said Friday it still uses this type of tracking, known as ‘‘super cookies.’’ Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said business and government customers don’t have the code inserted. There has been no evidence that Sprint and T-Mobile have used such codes.

Now we know which of these venal vendors is the venalest of all.

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14 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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11 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

The food company Unilever (manufacturer of Hellman’s Mayonnaise–ed.) is suing a California company that uses the word “Mayo” in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators and dictionaries define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs.

The suit claims false advertising by the company Hampton Creek for labeling its egg-free product “Just Mayo.” Unilever says in a complaint filed in federal court that the world mayo implies that the product is mayonnaise, and Just Mayo is “stealing market share from Hellmann’s.”

The product in question is no more mayonnaise than “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” (oh, yes, by the way, I can) is butter.

Our grocery aisles are full of artificial crap pretending to be real crap. I hope Unilever wins.

Also, forget Hellman’s. Dukes rules.

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07 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Read the NYT article.

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02 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Via Brendan.

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24 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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23 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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22 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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22 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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10 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Corporate twits.

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10 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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25 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Daniel Ruth dukes it out.

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20 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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18 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Get the tee shirt!

About 20 people showed up at the hearing (about fracking–ed.) wearing turquoise T-shirts that said “Shale Yes North Carolina” — and at least some of them were bused from a homeless shelter in Winston-Salem.

An activist with the anti-fracking Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League videotaped a conversation outside the hearing venue between Betsy Ashby, an activist with the Jackson County Coalition Against Fracking, and some of the men, who were not knowledgeable about fracking. One of the men who identifies himself as Christian Bradshaw of Winston-Salem and who has a Shale Yes T-shirt draped around his neck confesses in the video, “We did not know about none of this.”

Ashby reports that before filming began, another man who was part of the group told her he was bused there from a Winston-Salem homeless shelter and came for the money. That same evening, a reporter with The Sylva Herald spoke with a man who was part of the Shale Yes group and said he was an Army veteran living at the Bethesda Center for the Homeless in Winston-Salem and came because he was told fracking would help the environment. He said he felt misled.

More frackery at the link.

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14 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

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02 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

She’s a little over-wrought. Wrought would have been enough.

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29 July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Cartoon lampooning legal decisions upholding religion (hobby lobby) and disregarding science (overturning a local fracking ban in Colorado).

Via Kos.

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26 July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

Industry is poisoning, well, just about everyone and everything.

A pervasive agricultural insecticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees is now a near-constant presence in the small and great rivers that flow through Midwestern farm country, according to the first major review of its kind.

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey tracked the toxins called neonicotinoids in six states and nine Midwestern rivers, including the portion of the Mississippi that drains southern Minnesota, and found that they were universally present throughout the growing season in every watershed tested.

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24 July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Titans of Industry

And to hell with them when they do get fracked. Just sacrifice them (emphasis added).

A group of scientists from Pennsylvania and neighboring states have stepped in to fill this gap by forming a nonprofit—apparently the first of its kind in the United States—that provides free health consultations to local families near drilling sites.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection—which oversees the oil and gas industry—has no ongoing or planned health studies, though it is researching air and water quality at certain sites, Scott Perry, the agency’s director of oil and gas management, said at a media event last month. None of the hundreds of millions of dollars in impact fees the state has collected from the industry since 2011 has gone to state or local health departments.

Revenue for the Plutocracy trumps the well-being of the populace every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

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