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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deranged and Dishonest War On the Media

As we know Donald Trump is always attacking the media, and going after reporters who criticize him, or don’t flatter his bloated ego.

Blasting away at them on his deranged Twitter account, in an obvious attempt to intimidate them.

He has vowed that if he becomes President he will change the law to make it easier to sue them for libel.

And this weekend his tiny fingers have been typing away furiously, threatening the New York Times.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deranged and Dishonest War On the Media

Politics and its Discontents: End Prohibition – The New York Times

The editorial board of America’s “newspaper of record” has called for Washington to repeal federal laws prohibiting marijuana. The New York Times says it’s time to end America’s second prohibition:

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: End Prohibition – The New York Times

Politics and its Discontents: The Mind Of The Plutocrat

The other day I wrote a brief post on the Koch brothers, accompanied by a video highlighting some of their very nefarious involvement in the climate-denial business. Fellow blogger The Mound of Sound, who spends a great deal of time on the climate-change file, offered the following observation about the evil pair:

They are . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Mind Of The Plutocrat

LeDaro: Valdimir Putin’s Message to Americans: Caution in Syria

His full message was published in the New York Times. He is stealing the limelight from Obama on the Syria issue.

I hope Putin can end the war in Syria with the co-operation of other major powers – U.S. China, Britain and France. Enough slaughter of civilians has already taken place.   Stop!                  Oliver Munday . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Valdimir Putin’s Message to Americans: Caution in Syria

DeSmogBlog: Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

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Most people think of downtown Houston, Texas as ground zero for the oil and gas industry. Houston, after all, serves as home base for corporate headquarters of oil and gas giants, including the likes of BP America, ConocoPhillips, and Shell Oil Company, to name a few.

Comparably speaking, few would think of Wilmington, Delaware in . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

DeSmogBlog: New Documentary "Rational Middle": Oil and Gas Advertising in Disguise

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The "Rational Middle Energy Series," directed and produced by Gregory Kallenberg, is hot off the film rolls and has already been screened at an influential venue: the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Kallenberg also directed and produced the documentary film "Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future," a film . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: New Documentary "Rational Middle": Oil and Gas Advertising in Disguise

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter Council of State Governments

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19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made."

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its "ALEC Exposed" project, is the archetype of von Bismarck's truism. So too are the fracking chemical disclosure bills . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter Council of State Governments

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the "Trojan Horse" behind mandating that climate change denial ("skepticism," or "balance," in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.

Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause, one of the leading advocacy . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry