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Gun Control Support Remains Mostly Steady Since Newtown: Poll

Gun Control Support Remains Mostly Steady Since Newtown: Poll

Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 20:28:46 in Politics

“No we won't.”

ABACADABRA RABBIT on Feb 21, 2013 at 20:29:53

“Your grandchildren will never hear about it.

That is my point, little mau mau.”
U.S. Shooting Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 100

U.S. Shooting Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 100

Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 10:23:50 in Politics

“Thank you, Huffington Post, for bringing this issue to the forefront and not letting it go.”

boxnmama on Dec 22, 2012 at 10:31:58

“As soon as people stop shooting each other they will move on something you think is more important.”

The Red Baron on Dec 22, 2012 at 10:26:57

“Nothing like progressive propaganda!”
Connecticut Elementary School Shooting: How To Help

Connecticut Elementary School Shooting: How To Help

Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 12:15:35 in Impact

“Excellent points. Thank you.”
Why This Mom Became an Activist

Why This Mom Became an Activist

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 22:50:33 in Parents

“My middle son is 15 years old and works out at the local YMCA where they also have an after school program. I wait for him in my car by the curb and watch the parents picking up their kids. Lately, the sight of it has been breaking my heart. All I see are the faces of the children of Newtown. Those children were our children. We let them down. We should have done something real a long time ago. Before it came to this. To honor those children, and to stand by their amazing parents, we have to bring about real change. NOW.”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 13:45:37 in MarloThomas

“Those estimates have been deemed incorrect by the government's own accountability office (even as Obama continues to repeat them). We are scraping the bottom of the bottom of the barrel to get at this stuff when we should be focusing on renewables. That is the path to true energy independence.”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 13:42:26 in MarloThomas

“Esteemed Cornell engineer Dr. Anthony Ingraffea has spoken repeatedly and informatively on this issue. Fracking cannot be "done correctly." Wells WILL fail. It's not a matter of "if" but "when."”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 14:18:30 in MarloThomas

“Thank you for helping to educate on this issue. Fracking is an inherently dangerous practice. Rather than blasting apart our bedrock and mountaintops, we should look toward renewable energies or we, as a country, will be left behind.”

Buddysam666 on Feb 19, 2013 at 16:04:22

“yes, just like Spain and its "green economy". Take a look at what happened to them when they jumped on the renewables bandwagon.”

drifting on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:48:35

“What exactly do you mean when you say we "will be left behind"?”

godsaveusfromourselves on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:09:39

“We must do both. It will take time and technology to employ alternative energy sources. Fossil fuels are an interim source until such technology and capability are onstream, at a price that won't destroy an economy.”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 14:14:55 in MarloThomas

“If Halliburton is environmentally focused, why is there a "Halliburton Loophole" that exempts the fracking process from the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act? If they have nothing to hide, why would they need an exemption?”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 14:12:13 in MarloThomas

“The fracking process releases methane in much greater quantities than occurs naturally. In addition, methane is a potent greenhouse gas.”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 14:11:01 in MarloThomas

“Are you aware that 3-8 million gallons of water are needed each time a well is fracked? Some wells are fracked several times. Multiply that by hundreds and thousands of wells and you will get an idea of how water intensive this process is. Once the water is fracked, it cannot be treated so it is gone from what was once a renewable system.”

BlairCase on Feb 19, 2013 at 16:10:03

“Fracking uses far less water than most industries. Fracking an naturale gas wells take about the name amount of water required to water a golf course for three days. To cite another example, "the consumptive use of fresh water for electrical generation in the Susquehanna River Basin alone is nearly 150 million gallons per day, while the projected total demand for peak Marcellus Shale activity in the same area is 8.4 million gallons per day." That usages for an entire field, not just a single well. Breweries used a lot more water than natural gas fields. However, the industry is rapdily moving to gel-based fracking which is more effective and uses less water. Fracking wastewater can be recycled in waste water treatment plants.”

Acct Pre Deleted on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:38:20

“Which is why there is now a boom in the fracking water treatment industry, finding ways to use less water for drilling as well as finding alternatives to water altogether for fracking purposes.

The market system works.”

scottecannon on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:17:49

“Of that amount, only 12-50% of the frackwater comes up. The rest stays high pressured underground, until the well casings deteriorate, which could be 10-70 years time.”

DandaPanda on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:09:53

“Very few drillers use water..most are now using a recoverable propane gel.”

myopinion2 on Feb 19, 2013 at 14:39:15

“Are you aware that the calculations in NYS establish that the admittedly large volume of water used by fracking will increase overall use by 1%. Calm down. The shy is not falling.”

Max Fendt on Feb 19, 2013 at 14:32:21

“I think they reuse the water. ”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 14:06:47 in MarloThomas

“Fracking has NOT been going on since the 1940s. Conventional gas drilling has, but not the fracking process which has only been going on since about 2006. Fracking is not a safe procedure.”

Letstalkaboutit on Feb 19, 2013 at 16:56:23

“Pennsylvania first began regulating natural gas drilling in 1956. Oil and gas exploration and drilling is regulated under all or part of the state oil and gas laws, the Clean Streams Law, the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act, the Solid Waste Management Act, the Water Resources Planning Act, and the Worker and Community Right to Know Act.”

Acct Pre Deleted on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:49:40

“Wrong. Even shallow well drilling has involved fracking, though it was usually called "cracking". When an NG well was drilled near my home 15 years a go, the company gave us a head's up when they cracked it. A nice big boom and a rumble.

You have to break up the substrata in order to create a pocket from which to tap the gas and pipe it out.”

BlairCase on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:38:12

“Fracking dates back to the 1920s. However, hydraulic fracking only dates back to March 17, 1949, with the first commercial application of hydraulic fracturing on an oil well about 12 miles east of Duncan, Oklaoma. Since then, million of wells have been fracked. Virtually all natural gas well dating back decades have been fracked. The E:PAS has never been able to identify a single case of contamination liked to hydraulic fracking.”

personal beliefs on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:13:47

“you are incorrect.”

Letstalkaboutit on Feb 19, 2013 at 14:56:30

“You are right it is since 1859...Pennsylvania Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas Development
Since 1859, more than 350,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled for Pennsylvania natural gas. PA fracking jobs pay on average $62,000, which is around $20,000 higher than the state average. According to a study by Natural Resources Economics, Inc. full development of the Marcellus Shale play in Pennsylvania could support 211,00”

myopinion2 on Feb 19, 2013 at 14:41:37

“wrong.”

Twinkie7 on Feb 19, 2013 at 14:29:44

“Actually, fracking has been going on since the 40s. Horizontal fracking is the new technology which allows oil and gas operators to drill one well to effectively produce the same area that has required many more fracked vertical wells in the past. The majority of horizontal fracking is done at depths significantly below the water table and unless there is a casing (cement around the wellbore to protect the surrounding area) problem or a company does not dispose of its water properly, fracking is a safe technology that is actually reducing the environmental impact of drilling. Oh, and the lighting water on fire has happened, but only in areas where the methane and natural gas occur at such shallow depths that they have already migrated into the water table. That is acutally how natural gas was discovered in this country. A river in Pennsylvania could be lit on fire, before the first well was ever drilled. I am wondering who called Marlo to jump into this fray, Yoko or Mark Ruffalo? Ridiculous.”
Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Fracking: An Urgent Conversation

Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 14:05:44 in MarloThomas

“There are no wastewater treatment facilities at this time that are able to treat fracking waste. The waste include radioactive materials.”

BlairCase on Feb 19, 2013 at 16:40:06

“The radioative ingredients in the fracking fluid are so mininscule they pose no health problel; the concern is that fracking in the Marcellus Shale releases radium and uranium trapped in the rock along with natural gas. The Marcellus Shale Coalition says after drilling companies pre-treat wastewater to settle out drill cuttings and other solids, which are sent to approved landfills, radiation levels of water sent to sewage treatment plants for discharge are much lower. Currently, Pennsylvania thinks it's safe.”

Larry Motuz on Feb 19, 2013 at 16:05:38

“Yes, I know that. My remark contained a bit of 'snark'.”

Acct Pre Deleted on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:42:34

“False. Roughly 17% of fracking water is being treated, and that number is way above what it was just a year or two ago.

Drillers know they have to find better ways of doing their jobs and they are doing so in rapid fashion.”

longrunningfool on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:37:56

“Yet you breathe radioactive particles every day. And, if you drink well water, you're probably already drinking radioactive particles.”

kk0808 on Feb 19, 2013 at 15:13:41

“but no one protests when you swallow radioactive dye for a illness diagnosis. . .”
EPA's Water Contamination Investigation Halted In Texas After Range Resources Protest

EPA's Water Contamination Investigation Halted In Texas After Range Resources Protest

Commented Jan 17, 2013 at 12:52:40 in Green

“I'll let Cornell Professor, Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, respond to your casing comment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSWmXpEkEPg

Also, it doesn't have to happen right at the aquifer, methane can migrate.”
EPA's Water Contamination Investigation Halted In Texas After Range Resources Protest

EPA's Water Contamination Investigation Halted In Texas After Range Resources Protest

Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 10:09:54 in Green

“Although the actual fracking may take place below the aquifers, they still need to drill a well to get there. If the well casing is damaged (which, eventually, they ALL are), then the methane can escape through the holes and migrate. Stop spewing the same old spin lines.”

ugo2020 on Jan 16, 2013 at 21:15:02

“if you knew anything about casing and cementing in a casing, you would know a casing that leaks can be repaired.
the chances of the leak being exactly at the aquifer is highly remote”
huffingtonpost entry

Westboro Baptist Church Wins Supreme Court Appeal Over Funeral Protests

Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 11:29:02 in Politics

“I don't understand this ruling. It seems to me the family sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED), which is a civil action. IIED requires that behavior be extreme and outrageous. The behavior of the Westboro Church members seems to fit that bill. And I can certainly see how emotional distress can result from someone saying outrageous and abhorrent things during your son's funeral. I haven't read the decision, but I don't know how this went from being a civil intentional tort action to being a First Amendment case. No one's saying they can't say what they want - but if they intentionally cause emotional distress while doing it, they should be required to pay damages.”

Normscoffee on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:58:20

“One more applicable quote from the case:

The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment—“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech”—can serve as a defense in state tort suits, including suitsfor intentional infliction of emotional distress. See, e.g., Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U. S. 46, 50–51 (1988).3 Whether the First Amendment prohibits holding West-boro liable for its speech in this case turns largely on whether that speech is of public or private concern, as determined by all the circumstances of the case. “[S]peechon ‘matters of public concern’ . . . is ‘at the heart of the First Amendment’s protection.’” Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. v. Greenmoss Builders, Inc., 472 U. S. 749, 758–759 (1985) (opinion of Powell, J.) (quoting First Nat. Bank of Boston
v. Bellotti, 435 U. S. 765, 776 (1978)).”

Normscoffee on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:44:57

“Apologies, I meant that was from the court's summary, not opinion. It states where to find the reasons in the court's opinion.”

Normscoffee on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:43:31

“The “special protection” afforded to what Westboro said, in the whole context of how and where it chose to say it, cannot be overcomeby a jury finding that the picketing was “outrageous” for purposes of applying the state law tort of intentional infliction of emotional dis-tress. That would pose too great a danger that the jury would punish Westboro for its views on matters of public concern. For all these reasons, the jury verdict imposing tort liability on Westboro for inten-tional infliction of emotional distress must be set aside. Pp. 12–13.

That is from the court's opinion.”

ProletarianRenegade on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:38:16

“According to the story, the father won a $5 million settlement at one point. The homophobes appealed that decision on 1st amendment grounds I think.”

Linda Casey on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:38:14

“Apparently the defense was that they were using their First Amendment Rights when the protested at the funerals. That's how it became a First Amendment case.”

RED BONE on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:36:28

“I agree 100000%”

TheBaffler on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:34:06

“Suffering emotional distress because you don't like another person's speech isn't grounds for depriving that person of his free speech. The First Amendment protects even speech which we abhor. There is no constitutional right to not have your feelings hurt.”