Friday, April 29, 2011

What's wrong with fracking?

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is an injection drilling process that breaks up shale that contains "tight" natural gas deposits. ("Tight" or "unconventional" gas is not easily extracted.) This drilling method, also called hydrofracking, uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to release the gas trapped in the shale. Companies may refuse to ... READ MORE
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

What happens when we listen to big oil on "clean energy"?

When companies that are invested in shale gas exploration call natural gas "clean energy," they fail to mention that the controversial injection extraction ("fracking") process poisons water, destroys the land, and endangers people and communities. ...READ MORE
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What's behind ExxonMobil's trapped gas ad vision?

There's a new tv ad from ExxonMobil touting extracting natural gas trapped in rocks. Their executive smiles announcing this process as if it is new, environmentally benign, and the solution to America's energy crisis.

In fact, petro-giants have been exploring gas extraction from hydrocarbon-rich shale rock formations for close to a decade. Shale gas already ... READ MORE
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How trustworthy is Coffee Party USA?

I'd read that Coffee Party USA was supposed to be a centrist and non-partisan alternative to the teaparty, but in good conscience I always check the facts. Ben Smith's characterization turned out to be less than accurate. Co-founder Eric Byler's blog states the group is intended to be trans-partisan; if that means they are equally skeptical of all parties ... READ MORE
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Why are corporate taxpayers wrong?

GE was recently targetted by a hoax created by tax reform groups that want Americans to think corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes. In the phony news release, the corporation was said to have rethought use of government subsidies and would allow the American people to choose how to direct the funds.

In fact, while GE didn't received subsidies in 2010, the company considers ... READ MORE
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How can taxes resurrect society?

The idea that taxes fund Entitlement works neither for those who are needy nor for those who have and want more. When taxes are viewed as a fund to provide permanent welfare to those who do not work, it fails both those in need and those providing the funds.

The purpose of taxes is not to redistribute wealth. Rather the purpose of taxes is to serve as a seed fund to stimulate growth. Properly conceived taxes enable both those unable to work and those providing the support to benefit. ... READ MORE
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Where did taxation go wrong?

When the corrosive greed of the 1920s left the country decimated through the Thirties, We the People united to build a government that provided an infrastructure for living a safe and productive life. Taxes were the price we all agreed to pay to maintain that safe and productive environment.

Today we face an equally destructive atmosphere. Supposedly-conservative forces are ... READ MORE
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Friday, April 15, 2011

What does paying taxes do for you?

Paying taxes is not a punishment. Rather the ability to pay taxes is the reward of earning enough to be able to care whether everyone has enough for a safe and productive life.

Taxes are ... READ MORE
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

What's the point of paying taxes?

Too many people, especially those who earn a lot, tend to think of taxes as a penalty, but finishing my tax return reminds me that the point of government is to ... READ MORE
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Friday, April 8, 2011

How do we resolve stress?

Stress is resisted conflict. When we dig in our heels and insist there is only one solution, we redirect energy from seeking resolution of the actual problem to creating unproductive resistance. ... READ MORE
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

What does it take to resolve stress?

Resolving stress means we have to do something different. We cannot continue to deal with the matter within ... READ MORE
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What stops the stress cycle?

Without conscious choice, stress loops in an endlessly escalating cycle.

Stress releases chemicals into the blood. Neurotransmitters and hormones intended to ... READ MORE
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Monday, April 4, 2011

What is the stress response?

Unresolved, stress can only grow one thing: more stress.

Once stress grows to the critical level, chemicals released in the blood trigger ... READ MORE
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Why does stress seem neverending?

When we try to figure out how to deal with reality, we look around to see who has their act together and we try to emulate their calm.

Unfortunately, most often we try to stay calm by ... READ MORE
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