McCarthyism 2.0 in 2017: Who Would Believe It?

By Jerry Alatalo

Much has been made of supposed US reliance on the Persian Gulf area for petroleum. But while tremendous profits are made by US-based petroleum corporations that continue to dominate the petroleum industry in this region, the United States is not in fact especially reliant on petroleum imports from the Gulf.Alphabet The entire psychological operation – including an inept attempt by the Washington Post to discredit over 200 independent news outfits, the majority whose goal is telling/publishing the truth –  is a record-sized disinformation campaign to distract Americans and people around the Earth away from extreme criminal behaviors revealed on WikiLeaks.org. Russian politicians and media, in particular Vladimir Putin and state-owned broadcaster group RT, have become the unfortunate targets or focus of the psychological operation.

The most damaging and severe crime(s) revealed by WikiLeaks are those of state sponsorship of terrorism, as viewed in DNC/Clinton emails dated 2014 where Saudi Arabia and Qatar are identified as financial and logistical supporters of ISIS or Daesh. The magnitude of such a scandal – with Clinton and the Obama administration aware of the covert terrorist support, essentially aiding and abetting terrorism (war crimes) through inaction and silence – is potentially multiple times larger than the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980’s in America.

The WikiLeaks published emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta has raised concerns around the planet about possible crimes involving children (pedophilia), due to highly unusual terms (pizza, hot dogs, pasta, etc.) used in emails that correspond to law enforcement recognized language or code words developed to hide acts of child sex crimes.

Seeing that corporate media has become flooded or drenched with reporting of so-called Russian hacking and media influence on the 2016 election and that there is no/zero reporting on state sponsorship of ISIS/Daesh or criminal sexual conduct with children, one can see the psychological operation has, until now, been extremely successful.

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While she doesn’t reference terrorism or child sex crimes, co-host of RT’s “Watching the Hawks” Tabetha Wallace presented an honorable monologue recently in response to dubious accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election – the just described psychological operation.

For those familiar with reporter Edward R. Murrow and his battles with the infamous Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy during the “Red Scare” 1950’s in America, Ms. Wallace’s strong, accurate oratory is worthy of being seen as equally effective now (McCarthyism 2.0) as Mr. Murrow’s media talks were back then.

Among the powerful assertions she makes are that, “No one has ever told us what we can and cannot talk about on ‘Watching the Hawks’, or in any other capacity as a host or producer here at RT”, and that, “It (RT) is no different from the ‘BBC Worldwide’, ‘France 24’, ‘PressTV’, and the United States’ own ‘Voice of America’ “.

Tabetha Wallace concludes her timely and admirable monologue with words worth remembering.

“So, maybe we can turn our swords of words into plowshares for true democracy – for everyone, no matter what country they hail from. Because … it’s the American thing to do”.

(Thank you to Watching the Hawks RT at YouTube)

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Toward Healthy Energy Solutions.

Posted February 17, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Science is the search for truth – it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.”

– Linus Pauling (1901-1994)

smoky mt-1In the United States shale gas was 2% of the total natural gas produced in 2000. In the year 2014 that percentage has risen to 40% of the total natural gas. Gas from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has become a phenomenon in America, and remains a controversial subject due to limited knowledge of the process by the people.

For those men and women who have concerns or wish to learn more about fracking, an organization “Physicians, Scientists, And Engineers for Healthy Energy” was formed to allow people to study transparent non-biased information on important energy topics. Their information comes from a multi-disciplinary framework with contributions from educated men and women in various fields on all aspects of energy production on Earth.

The group focuses on producing highly vetted knowledge on one of the most important subjects in the world: energy, its sources, the hazards and promise of the various energy production options, as well as societal concerns from those optional forms. Energy is essential for every human being in the world, so this organization, one of the first, if not the first of its kind, offers the public, government officials, and business an excellent source of accurate study on the consequences, negative or positive, of different energies available.

People in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and New York, where the giant Marcellus shale deposits are located will be especially interested in visiting this organization’s website psehealthyenergy.org, because the future in this region may include fracking wells numbering in the hundreds of thousands. People in states considering fracking would make the right decision by spending some time on the groups website, as the knowledge offered there is important and highly relevant.

Given the global dimension of fracking, people around the world would do well to learn at psehealthyenergy.org as many nations have either begun drilling, are considering it, or are experiencing regrets about deciding to frack.  PSE for Healthy Energy offers a unique and important source of top-notch scientific research and study.

Some facts about fracking:

Wells get drilled to depths from 5,000 to 10,000 feet

3-5 millions gallons of fluid are required per well

2-3% of the fluids consists of chemicals needed for the process

Companies are not required to report all of those chemicals

To a large extent, fracking companies cannot be sued for damages due to the “Cheney Rule”

Methane from fracking is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2

Comprehensive environmental impacts have not been conducted and determined

In the state of Pennsylvania 7,000 wells have gone up, of which approximately one-half have been fracked. The state has seen a significant number of complaints about the effects of fracking, mostly about drinking water contamination. Pennsylvania projects for the future that 100,000 wells will become drilled, and since the relatively small number of wells that have been fracked has resulted in a large number of citizen complaints, the urgency of intense research and study only increases.

This is where absolute relevance of an organization like Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy becomes recognized, because education on fracking and alternatives is essential for citizen’s awareness of the issues, and offers the best chance for good decision-making going forward. In America there are very few, if any, news organizations educating the public on hydraulic fracturing – the positives and negatives. On the one hand there are economic positives, and then there are negative consequences – most importantly drinking water contamination from fracking chemicals.

The work done by PSE for Healthy Energy is critically important because the best minds on the issues of energy production are making sincere efforts to get the science right in the one or two decades most scientists feel are left to reverse adverse environmental effects from fossil fuels.

The greatest danger facing humanity is higher temperatures which accelerate an already melting permafrost in the Arctic regions, threatening the Earth with massive methane releases of catastrophic dimensions. Given the great increase in fracking around the world it is important that science is relied upon for good knowledge of its consequences.

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Mr. Jake Hays of PSE for Healthy Energy gives a short talk from January 2014 in the following video. If you have concerns about future decisions regarding energy production options for the men, women, and children of the world, please visit psehealthyenergy.org.

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(Thank you We Are Change CT @ YouTube)

Fracking In Illinois: Water Contamination.

Posted January 28, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“Water is the principle, or the element, of things.”

– Thales of Miletus (640-546 B.C.)

mountain4The most essential resource of all for sustaining life is water. A healthy adult can live for weeks without food, but will die in a couple of days without water. The biggest user of water is agriculture, where 80 or more percent of the nation’s water supply goes to irrigation. So, when there is discussion of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – its effect on water supplies for human consumption, irrigation of farmland and crops, and the costs to human health, livestock health, and the health of agricultural products cannot be left out of the conversation.

Fracking has become an increasingly controversial practice for one reason. People around the world have become concerned about the safety of their drinking water underground aquifers. In the following short film by Greenpeace USA, former oilfield worker Steve Combs may have simplified the entire fracking debate when he said, “We know we have to have oil, but you damn sure have to have water.”

The film is short in length yet is powerful in its exposure of the consequences of hydraulic fracturing. Mr. Combs lives in the southern Illinois town of Crossville, a typical town in America that could be a town in any of the fifty states which faces the same risks from fracking operations. Steve Combs sums up the situation which men and women across America, and around the Earth, experience when trying to get their serious concerns addressed by political representatives and government environmental bodies.

“It’s hard to get anyone to pay attention”.

While traveling the roads in his rural southern Illinois locale, Mr. Combs talks about oil and gas corporations’ willingness to pay small fines for breaking environmental laws pertaining to polluting the land and water, as this absolves them of having to pay much higher costs for actually cleaning up the land and water to their original state. He describes how in his locale tanker trucks on roads and highways have become more and more common in recent years.

The film lists some of the dangerous chemicals which are being found in groundwater samples. Then it points out a more worrisome fact of hydraulic fracturing chemical composition. Oil and gas corporations are able to omit certain chemicals from reporting because they represent “trade secrets” – the divulging of such chemicals, whatever they are, would hurt the competitive edge of the firm(s). So, it is impossible to know exactly what is in the water used by fracking companies.

As Steve Combs points out in the film, it is also impossible to know how many miles of underground water and soil has become contaminated. He notes that if nothing is done to expose the problems associated with fracking, then it is “just going to keep continuing”.

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For more information please visit: americans against fracking.org 

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(Thank you Greenpeace USA @ YouTube)

 

‘Queen Of Canada’ Silent On Hydraulic Fracturing.

English: Elsipogtog (Big Cove) Health Centre, ...
English: Elsipogtog (Big Cove) Health Centre, Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted December 31, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Queen Elizabeth has been mum on what is occurring in her nation of Canada surrounding fracking. Perhaps someone can help me out here. Are reports true that the queen and the “royal” family own Canada? I realize it is a whopper of a question, and perhaps totally naïve, but I would be interested to know if it was possible that a family in 2014 can own an entire nation.

Having written a few articles on hydraulic fracturing I decided to find out what has gone on in Canada recently. The following 25-minute video report was produced by Al Jazeera English, and evidently the mini-documentary was blocked/censored for viewing by Americans. It is an excellent work of investigative journalism. Canada, like many nations around the world, has begun to accelerate fracking operations. There have been many controversies over the practice, including the so-called “Cheney” law, which protects fracking companies from being sued for certain environmental damages their operations produce.

The essential argument against fracking is about contamination of drinking water supplies. In the fracking debate of Canada during the past few weeks First Nation people have protested vigorously to stop fracking, so there is a battle of life philosophies at the heart of the conflict. On one side are corporations who stand to profit from fracking, and on the other are Native people and others who believe that water is essential to life.

What complicates things in Canada is the question of whether or not the Canadian government has properly consulted with Canada’s indigenous people before moving forward. According to the indigenous people, treaties signed hundreds of years ago contain language that requires a cooperative effort when it comes to actions which will possibly ruin land or water – language they claim still applies today in 2014.

Because there is a feeling that the provincial government in Canada where fracking may begin did not fulfill treaty language, that the government did not contact and consult with indigenous leaders, the response has been protest, blockage of highways, and skirmishes. The situation has gained international attention, especially by people in nations where similar controversies over fracking exist. In Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, Canada it is yet unknown whether fracking will occur or not.

In New Brunswick, Canada and nations around the world democracy is on trial when it comes to hydraulic fracturing. At stake is the power of citizens to organize their land and world in ways that they want, without a handful of powerful and wealthy people vetoing that people power.

If anyone reading this runs into Queen Elizabeth – the ‘Queen of Canada’ – please ask her to offer her wisdom to resolve this fracking debate in Canada in a way which will guarantee the greatest health and well-being of all the people of Canada. Surely she must possess the wisdom to suggest the highest, noblest solution to this difference of opinion. Only persons who possess the greatest wisdom in the land rise to become “royalty”.

Right?…

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(Thanks to Courtney Harrop @ YouTube)