“Actually spinal cord injuries happen more often in rugby (based on percentage of people playing) than in football. I know first hand. My college boyfriend broke his neck playing at JMU and has used a wheelchair for the last 25 years. You are fooling yourself if you think rugby is any safer, it's not.”
“I have known Mike Williams for 20 years and I used to work at Fannie Mae as a low level manager. He is a kind, genuine, and honorable man. He has been with Fannie Mae for over twenty years but he was in the IT Department building software systems for 18 of those years. He started as a very lowly software engineer and rose up through the ranks. He has absolutely no political influence and, frankly, not many political skills. He made absolutely no decisions in 2006-08 that led Fannie Mae to accept loans from more risky borrowers.
Mike Williams loves the people in Fannie Mae and agreed to take the helm of a sinking ship. He could have left to make 20 times the salary he made in the past two years. He did it for loyalty to his company and to his country.
Fannie Mae's greatest sin was loaning money to too many people so they could buy a house. Yes, some people took too much money from Fannie Mae but all of those people have been gone for years. What's left are the 99% who make average salaries and work there because they believe in the primary mission - help low and moderate income Americans buy a home.”
clarissa49 on Jan 10, 2012 at 20:55:23
“The primary mission turned into a tragedy for the rest of us and America! Both agencies
need to be eliminated!”
hmargret on Jan 10, 2012 at 20:39:41
“wrong....it was the bundling of mortgage securities and mixing in Derivatives, or derived values....selling the securities again and again. Had nothing to do with the loans going bad, until the economy got too difficult for people to pay mortgages.
Oh, and if was just about making those payments, why didn't they modify the loans to 3% so millions of people could stay in their homes? Because the banks wanted to keep writing off the full values. double-dipping Uncle Sam. They get paid on defaults, and also get to write off full value. GOT IT?”
lqw on Jan 10, 2012 at 20:38:57
“Thank you. I am so frustrated with the crooks in government that it's hard to remember that there are a FEW good apples.”
ynt on Jan 10, 2012 at 20:23:04
“Asked by Reuters if his own compensation was "reasonable," Williams replied: "I leave it to them (FHFA) to determine what is appropriate compensation."
Mar 22, 2011 at 11:58:39
“Love this, thank you Alison. I just had a conversation with friends this weekend who said it took "everything" just to keep their own families/lives going. . . it was honest, and I think that is how a lot of people are -- the daily stresses and concerns can easily blot out the realities of what is at stake in the larger picture. But it just isn't enough anymore to care only about the immediate concerns, we have to step out in the social arena and do something. . everyday. . that impacts not just us, but our community, our country, our world. One small step everyday -- one phone call, one letter, one email. . . . caring about the bigger picture every day is what will make the difference.”
“"Borawski also told the assembled Underwriters Society that the number of wells to be drilled on 'both public and private land (in Pennsylvania) will increase from about 6,400 wells today to 120,000 wells, perhaps even 180,000'. . ."
I think Goebbels would be "proud" of Borawski -- Goebbels used modern propaganda techniques to psychologically prepare the German people for aggressive war and the annihilation of civilian populations. 180,000 wells. . . that should about do it.”
“Yes, enough already of the "natural" gas lie. . there's absolutely nothing natural about the process extraction as you aptly pointed out, indeed the entire lifecyle process must be considered . . "from extraction to transport to production to use needs"
Really we should be calling solar energy "natural" solar energy, instead of that true misnomer "natural" gas.
Gas and coal -- enough already. . . time for real sustainable solutions and the political will to make it happen.”
“We have everything on the line with respect to the proposed gas drilling and the catastrophes that will follow if fracking is allowed - we need a Moratorium Now. lLet's make New York state the first state to ban this horrific practice. Every day, do something, send an email to your rep, write Governor Cuomo; every single voice matters and together we can do the seemingly impossible - holding back this toxic tide so that we can enjoy our water, our land, our air. Upstate New York will become an industrial wasteland, we cannot let this happen..”
“Alison, if just a fraction of New Yorkers knew what is heading our way re: hydrofracking gas drilling, there would be an unmitigated outcry of outrage - or I would hope so anyway. Really, what is more important than clean drinking water? The fact is, too few know about this issue as the media is not covering this issue the way it needs to. It's been a ragtag consortium of concerned citizens in different parts of the state who are out there bravely fighting this fight -- and its one steep, uphill battle.
Thank you, Alison, for keeping this subject in the public eye as best you can.”
“All I ever hear/read about is how extremely toxic hydrofracking is - this is just yet another horrific outcome of this process - how many instances and examples of why we should not allow this to occur, do we need?? Seriously, everyday I read some account of yet another ruined/unsaleable property; undrinkable water, sick family members/sick animals.. . the accounts are indisputable (except of course to the gas companies who simply lie at every turn when it comes to accountablility) What is it going take before we say, no more? We need a BAN, now!”
teaksmama on Oct 28, 2010 at 00:23:57
“strange humans, eh? you'd think it'd only take one report. in my estimation one report of this level of toxicity threatening the water supply is enough for a moratorium by executive order. they can do the talking and legal wrangling after they stop. just amazing. never in my lifetime did i believe it would get this bad. ... i take that back already. there was this time we slept at the beach outside of santa cruz. on the mini hike back up to the cliff top, where we had heard machinery early in the morning as we awoke, we took the path through a field of brussel sprouts, each with leaves larger than my large hands each filled with a toxic actually petroleum smelling milky whitish liquid which had been sprayed on after the plants had sprouted their almost ready for plucking sprouts. i knew back then what people would do.”
“As I was reading this I kept thinking, well, even even if all these things WERE done properly, it still would be denigrating in the extreme to our beautiful upstate lands and so, was relieved to see the
writer's final response - ". . . even done right, it's still wrong".
-- from another citizen living atop the Marcellus Shale”
hp blogger Alison Rose Levy on Oct 15, 2010 at 16:09:41
“For people who have not seen the film, Gasland, it's really hard to picture what is going to go on in the regions of our water and food. This letter really goes over in detail the kinds of happenings that are routine everywhere, and I feel it's good for people to know. Especially given the industry assurances that this process is safe, Dr. Ingraffea's letter portrays the reality. IS it likely that they would do all of the above? Probably not. but when he hear politicians and candidates telling us that we can make the process safe, it's good to know what is really involved.
“As Mark Ruffalo pointed out, you can blame the dairy farmers who can't make a living and are desperate - and yes Sullivan County is one of the poorer upstate districts and you have landowers eager to make money, they don't care if it would blow up the world as a result (which in fact it will in many ways). What is needed are laws that will protect our citizen rights to clean water/air/land. Only good laws and good legislation can protect us, we can't expect poor and desperate folks to just walk away from what seems like easy money. Not everyone has the privilege of being able to not see the money. And the gas industry outright lies about the risks and contamination, and many will buy the lies.”