Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

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 law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the (Read more…)

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 deliberately and quite knowingly condemning today’s kids and their children to come to enormous hardship and suffering, perhaps even worse.

Reflecting upon his observation, at supper I said to my wife that those who pour millions into fueling the industry of climate-denial (and without question (Read more…)

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

“It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as (Read more…)

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

shutterstock_30322192.jpg

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 a similar vein. But perhaps they should, according to a recent New York Times investigative report by Leslie Wayne.

Wayne's story revealed that Delaware serves as what journalist Nicholas Shaxson calls a "Treasure Island" in his recent book by that namesake. It's an "onshore

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

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

Rational Middle Logo.jpeg

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 about the ongoing shale gas boom in the United States and a counterpart, of sorts, to Josh Fox’s Academy Award-nominated documentary "Gasland."

Kallenberg, in a press release announcing the film series’ launch, stated,

Through our travels with 'Haynesville,' no

. . . → 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

shutterstock_95581429.jpg

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 that have passed and are currently being pushed for in statehouses nationwide.

State-level fracking chemical disclosure bills have been called a key piece of reform in the push to hold the unconventional gas

. . . → 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

ALEC Exposed Image.jpg

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 groups working to expose the corporate-funded bill mill, ALEC has also launched an assault on renewable energy legislation, according to a well-documented report written by Bloomberg News.

The two developments are worth unpacking.

Common Cause IRS Complaint

The Washington Post 

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry