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Posted on October 21 at 8:37 p.m.
DavyBrown - " I see more Big Oil money at work funding zillions of anti P ads'
You could try to get some help; there may be medication to treat this.
On <em>The Independent</em> Got It Wrong
Posted on October 21 at 8:19 p.m.
I said sarcasm, but I meant satire in my comment, and, unfortunately, Mangauil called it correctly.
On Telescope Groundbreaking Interrupted
Posted on October 21 at 7:08 p.m.
In the spirit of secretive billionaire donor fashion, the foundations’ funding was funneled through fiscal sponsors. Funding through these intermediary organizations, such as the Sustainable Markets Foundation (SMF) and Food & Water Watch, create distance between the wealthy foundations and alleged community-based outfits.
California-based Schmidt Family Foundation, provides numerous grants to the New York-based SMF, which serves as the fiscal sponsor for multiple New York groups engaged in this effort, including Water Defense, Frack Action and Artists Against Fracking. During 2011, SMF gave $147,750 to Water Defense.The following year, SMF funneled a $150,000 grant “to support Water Defense” from Schmidt. Notably, Water Defense was founded in 2010 by actor Mark Ruffalo, who has an estimated net worth of $20 million and was listed on Time Magazines’ 2011 “People Who Mattered” for his anti-fracking efforts. In 2011, SMF gave Frack Action $324,198, with $150,000 stemming from Schmidt grants to SMF. Ironically, one of the Schmidt grants specified that $100,000 go “to support Frack Action’s grassroots campaign fighting for a ban on horizontal hydraulic fracturing”
However, the mere funding from the California-based Schmidt demonstrates Frack Action’s campaign is anything but grassroots. In 2012, SMF received $185,000 for Frack Action through grants from Park and Schmidt. While the amount of money funneled to Yoko Ono’s Artists Against Fracking cannot be identified, as SMF’s 2012 IRS Form-990 is unavailable, Artists Against Fracking’s now-removed website directs donations to SMF.
Simultaneously, Park and Schmidt formed a parallel effort, along with the CA-based Tides Foundation, to funnel money to anti-fracking efforts in Colorado through Food & Water Watch.
Posted on October 21 at 6:59 p.m.
COMMENTARY: U.S. Senate Report Ties Anti-Fracking Movement to Elitist Billionaires Michael Smith on Fri, 08/08/2014 -
The Schmidt Family Foundation: Peddling Anti-Fracking Science
The Schmidt Family Foundation, through its 11th Hour Project, is another example of a big foundation funding an echo chamber that promotes its propaganda. Schmidt is based in California, has reported assets of $312,189,881, and gives mostly to organizations focusing on climate change, fracking and other environmental causes.In 2011, Schmidt made a grant of $50,000 to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C. based environmental research organization, “[t]o support the creation of case study on hydro-fracking in CA.The report was mostly reported on by outlets backed by Park and Schmidt. In fact, Mother Jones covered it favorably in a February 29, 2012 story possibly as a direct result of Schmidt’s $225,000.00 donation to Mother Jones in 2012 “To support food & environmental reporting, public affairs outreach.” Schmidt has also donated $850,000 to Grist between 2010 and 2012.251 Its 2012 donation of $300,000 to Grist was “To provide general operating support, environmental news & commentary on the web.” Grist also reported on the EWG study.The Committee’s review has uncovered evidence that another service provided to the Billionaire’s Club is the manufacturing of an artificial grassroots movement. “Grassroots” is a commonly used and exploited term by far-left organizations. Webster’s Dictionary defines grassroots as “the ordinary people in a society or organization: the people who do not have a lot of money and power.”254 General characteristics of a grassroots movement include natural, spontaneous and volunteer-based action that originates locally with citizens who unite around a common issue or cause within their community. Environmental groups have misleadingly used the grassroots label to gain credibility among the populace and to hide, among other things, their substantial funding, well-organized structures and powerful influence.n New York and Colorado a pseudo-grassroots effort to attack hydraulic fracturing has germinated from massive amounts of funding by three foundations: Schmidt Family Foundation, Tides Foundation and Park Foundation. Since each of these foundations is believed to be part of the exclusive and nontransparent Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), it is no surprise they coordinated funding schemes to achieve a desired outcome.
The environmental grassroots movement, sprung from the efforts of the Billionaire’s Club, rather than local concerns, in the grassroots spirit.
Posted on October 21 at 6:43 p.m.
DavyBrown - why don't you see if you change the history of Al Gore's Enron connections and Water Guardians-350.org Rockefeller oil dollars funding instead of posting more disinformation.
Posted on October 21 at 6:38 p.m.
There's a paid (I assume) No on P ad on the right hand side of this article. Gautier is quoted in Yes on P literature. Is this also paid political advertising?
On Fire, Climate Change, and Measure P
Posted on October 21 at 5:59 p.m.
nativegeo - that' why they're really pumping the Big Oil propaganda, and why 350.org's Bill McKibben has amnesia about his millions in Rockefeller Foundation donations. - Social justice for the .01% doesn't sell.
Psychology Today: Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
Posted on October 21 at 5:48 p.m.
Satellite Data: No Warming for 18 Years
“Earth’s temperature has “plateaued” ; there has been no global warming for at least the last 18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville.
“That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when asked to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st.
The "plateau" is evident in the climate record Christy and former NASA scientist Roy Spencer compiled using raw temperature data from 14 instruments aboard various weather satellites.
Christy said government policy affecting millions of Americans based on “very poor”, inaccurate climate models is “a fool’s errand.”
“Our ignorance is enormous when it comes to the climate system, and our understanding is certainly not strong and solid enough to make policy about climate because we don’t even know what it’s going to do. How can we make a policy that says ‘I want to make the climate do something' when we don’t know what makes the climate do what it does?” he asked."
9/30/14 Barbara Hollingsworthhttp://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/b...
Posted on October 21 at 3:54 p.m.
Is Obama owned by Big Oil or only the No on P campaign?
7 Oct 2014 "NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Friday.
The sale will include approximately 7,611 blocks, covering 40.5 million acres, located from three to 230 nautical miles offshore.
The water depths range from nine to more than 11,000 feet.
The bid deadline for interested companies is March 17. The opening of bids are set for a day later.
BOEM said the sale was part of the Obama administration's plan to expand safe energy production.'
On Keep Oil Domestic
Posted on October 21 at 3:19 p.m.
U of H Kaleo The Voice has this:
Students gathered across the IT center on campus to protest against the university’s sublease on Mauna Kea that was discussed at the Board of Regents meeting regarding the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope."
Reason also covered the protest over construction of the telescope on Mauna Kea, " a sacred place where the Sky Father and the Earth Mother coupled and gave birth to the Hawaiian people."
"Paradox: Christian Creationism Bad - Native American Creationism Good" Ronald Bailey Oct. 21, 2014
I don't think ignoring the sacred traditions of original inhabitants of any region is humorous, so this reminded me of Firesign Theater's sarcasm on the absurdity of colonialism in 'Temporarily Humboldt County'? one verse:
"INDIAN: Welcome, White Brother!WAGON BOSS: Injuns! Draw the wagons up into a circle!INDIAN: Why do you always do that?WAGON BOSS: We get better reception that way! Do you mind if I put this antenna up on yonder peak?INDIAN: That's our Sacred Mountain.WAGON BOSS: This is our Sacred Antenna! It's shaped like a cross! Made out of aluminum. Er-got any aluminum?INDIAN: We've still got some corn left.PIONEER: Hey! Corn! Now we can make whiskey!ANOTHER PIONEER: We've been waitin' hundreds o' years for this!THIRD PIONEER: Say! I just invented a Tom Collins!WAGON BOSS: Here, Injun! Ya want some firewater?INDIAN: No. We were warned by our Elders not to drink anything that would make us weak or silly.WAGON BOSS: (laughs) Put in their well!INDIAN: That's not a well. It's the Eye of the Holy Serpent Mound, on which your standing.WAGON BOSS: It's a butte!INDIAN: No, it's a mound.WAGON BOSS: And right purty, too! er- can ya' move it?INDIAN: But - why?WAGON BOSS: Railroad's comin' thru! Right now!"etc