It’s well past midnight. But I can’t sleep. I heard about Josh Fox’s documentary on hydrolic fracturing, better known as fracking, from Bill Maher. (Say what one will about the ever vigilant pornography loving, womanizing, pot smoking, religious hating, ultra-liberal, potty-mouthed late night talk show host, but the man is smart, funny and one of only a handful of people in the American entertainment industry intelligent enough to not be willing to sell out and at the same time stay committed to somehow making valuable issues topical in our modern highly degraded and degenerate society. Leno, Fallon, Kimmel, and the rest of them, even Letterman unfortunately, only add to the collective garbage that spews forth into America’s polluted mass consciousness with their focus on meaningless celebrity, pranks, and the usual irrelevant non-news bites of the day.
I’ve been watching the documentary entitled GASLAND based on Maher’s recommendation for the last hour and half. It is late and I am tired.
[Editor’s Note: Over the last few weeks I have started to get a substantial intuitive feeling that it is no longer enough to simply post and share on the social networks such as Facebook and Twitter that we all know and love and depend on for the latest and greatest. It came first as an intuitive hit, sometimes I call them voices, or visions; no words or even thoughts that can be translated into words except very basic generalities… something to the effect of “I wonder if posting to social media rather than the more traditional blog is actually hurting the cause more than helping…. then more as thought-clouds… frequent thought bubbles would appear in my brain about the subject. How many people actually see a post? What if it’s an important post? Something that everyone should be aware of? How many other posts and status updates is that one post competing with? And worst of all, hashtags and all, it’s still damn hard to FIND information on social media without a lot of work, and impossible to bookmark or save it. So sure putting something up on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr gets it out there “fast” and it sure is easy for us… but how many people does it actually reach? Even when you have a fanbase in the tens of thousands or millions…? Furthermore, once a post is a few days old, it tends to hit the proverbial bottom of the barrel, seems no longer relevant; hell, it’s no longer even visible to most people except for the real hardcore deep diggers and bottom dwellers. But how many of us are like that these days in this age of too much information..? No, posting to social media may have temporarily seemed like the quick fix we all wanted so we wouldn’t have to keep posting to our blogs and all the upkeep cost and maintenance necessary to keep them, but it just isn’t going to work in the long run for hardcore lifetime information providers or artists and content creators. So we’re back to blogging now, pretty much everything minus only the most mundane items, with auto-feeds going into Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to alert non-subscribers. Hell, this should be a blog post on its own. But fuck it, if you’re reading this, now you know. Heed it. It’s only get worse. If your message is important, get it back into a blog format. Don’t just rely on social media. It’s just too damned overloaded.] End of Editor’s Note
In 2005 Bush/Cheney passed their Energy Act, a law that allows all oil and natural gas companies (using Haliburton technology, Cheney the former CEO) drilling for oil and natural gas in the US to be exempt from all the previous 1970’s laws that protected our air, water, environment and even our drinking water. This was illegal for thirty years prior to their passing of this ludicrous and criminal law. It made anyone drilling for oil or natural gas in America to NOT have to be bound by or abide by the Clean Drinking Water Act, the Natural Water act and the Clean Air act. In other words, they can do whatever they want to the air or water in the US when fracking or drilling and not be regulated, or fined or even scientifically researched. “WTF???” you might ask. Yeah, me too. When I first heard it I thought maybe I was having a flashback and kept rubbing my eyes… surely I misheard that. So I rewound and watched and listened again. Nope. Got it right the first time. feeling irritated. But it only gets worse.
There are 596 chemicals — the majority of which are poison to the air, water and the environment — that are used in #fracking fluid that is pumped underground in over 450,000 wells in 30 states across the United States currently. This is happening NOW. #Mindblowing. Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, Pensyvania, Louisiana, on and on. And it’s only getting worse. This documentary was made in 2010 for God’s sake. God only knows how much worse it’s gotten since this was made. One of the most devastating aspects of the whole situation is that one of Dick Cheney’s many milestone achievements while he was in the White House, along with covert spying, torture, and mass killings in the Middle East, was convincing the powers that be to allow oil and natural gas drilling on PUBLIC LANDS. All those millions of acres that Teddy Roosevelt preserved in the United States to save generations to come — land that belongs to every legal U.S. citizen — are now now being destroyed from fracking.
I don’t want to go into a lot of the details here. That’s one of the benefits of his new age. There’s no need. Suffice it to say: GO FIND A WAY TO WATCH FILM CALLED GASLAND. Do it today. Make your whole family watch it. That spouse of yours, the one who’s all “I’m not into that kind of stuff” — male or female, make them watch it anyway. Force them if you have to. It’s that important.
The truth is that this isn’t even a debatable issue anymore. It’s not something that needs more research or exploration. It’s more like already a freaking disaster that’s already happened. Even in large cities like Dallas / Ft. Worth — one of the worst places hit by it, some parts now deserted, people all sick and dying. It’s beyond discussing or debating. It’s already a public health and environmental disaster. I’m more than irritated. I’m sad but more than sad. I’m angry but more than angry. Can’t really describe what I’m feeling yet. Overwhelmed maybe. Over it. Like “it’s time to seriously consider where we are going to move now and start planning on when” over it. America is fucked if this continues.
You’ll have to see the film for yourself and then start studying it. Study the numbers up above. Consider that all this natural shale that is underneath half the United States that they are drilling into or want to is surrounded by lakes and rivers and streams. We are talking about doing something here that cannot be undone. A catastrophe so mammoth that we may destroy half or more of one of the most beautiful countries on planet earth. And ruin it’s natural water supply. Basically the best way to look at it is this: for those who live in any of these states where fracking is already taking place, they’re screwed. They’ll get sick and the survivors will soon realize that they have to move. Big cities will get bigger. Smaller cities will turn into big cities. And that’s really just the beginning. There is no governmental oversight on any of this because of Cheney making it all exempt from any kind of oversight, so as one of the higher-ups at the EPA said “We need to be investigating this and we know it. But we need to be directed to investigate it first. And so far we have not been directed to investigate it. No matter how many nightmare stories we hear of people getting sick or being able to light their tap water on fire etc… We are presently being told that it is out of our jurisdiction.”
Funny. So if protecting clean air, drinking water, and the environment that is being poisoned all over the United States is out of the jurisdiction of the EPA, then who’s jurisdiction is it in exactly? Right? Well that’s the catch. No one’s. Like I said, we’re fucked. Belize anyone? Italy? See ya there soon. Ciao.