Fox News Interview Implosion? Host Stuart Varney Kicks Off Anti-Fracking Guest


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“The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a long-awaited draft report on hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) which concluded that there is no evidence that fracking has ‘led to widespread, systemic impact on drinking water resources in the United States,’” writes lexology.com.

“A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report on the impact of hydraulic fracturing has found no evidence that the contentious technique of oil and gas extraction has had a widespread effect on the nation’s water supply, the agency said Thursday,” writes The New York Times.

“Nevertheless, the long-awaited draft report found that the techniques used in hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, do have the potential to contaminate drinking water.”

Recently, host Stewart Varney interviewed anti-fracking activist and producer of the documentary Gasland Josh Fox about the recent EPA report.

It always seemed like Fox doesn’t interview liberal guests very often, because the interviews boil down to chaos. Often, they choose to interview their own people – Fox News contributors, analysts, other hosts, etc.

What is FOIA?  FOIA is the Freedom of Information Act.  According to Wikipedia, it is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the U.S. government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures, and grants nine exemptions to the statute.  This amendment was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, despite his misgivings, on July 4, 1966, and went into effect in 1967.  FOIA allows groups to petition the government to release certain information on an ethical basis.

The excitement begins around the 3:10 mark.

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https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=498e9211-b7fd-4311-a6b6-eba00fc7a2bb

http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/06/epas-draft-of-four-year-fracking-study-finds-no-inherent-water-risks/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/us/epa-hydraulic-fracking-water-supply-contamination.html

HUD Study: 578,424 Americans Are Homeless


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ThinkProgress wrote that homelessness fell at the beginning of 2014 compared to 2013 by 13,344 people, according to the latest data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In the annual point-in-time count of the country’s homeless population in January of 2014, there were still 578,424 homeless people.

According to the HUD website:  “More than 1 million persons are served in HUD-supported emergency, transitional and permanent housing programs each year. The total number of persons who experience homelessness may be twice as high. There are four federally defined categories under which individuals and families may qualify as homeless: 1) literally homeless; 2) imminent risk of homelessness; 3) homeless under other Federal statues; and 4) fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence.”

The “point-in-time” survey is how many are homeless at one specific point in time.  For example, some people may be homeless for a couple of months.  That is why the yearly figure is higher than the “point-in-time” figure.

McCartney: Studying The Beatles Ridiculous

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney thinks university courses on The Beatles are ‘ridiculous’.

The rock star and John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made history in the 1960s with the release of their music.

“For me it’s ridiculous, and yet very flattering. Ridiculous because we never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc.,” Paul explained on his website in a blog post entitled, Impossible Fans Q&A – Extra Questions #3.

The Hall of Famer thinks amazing music comes about organically.

Sir Paul co-founded an arts school called the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lipa) in 1996.

In reference to the education the students receive, he says, “Give them as much info as we can. But you can’t tell them how to become a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon because, you know, nobody knows how that happens.”

Are ‘Global Warming’ And ‘Climate Change’ The Same?

At some point the U.S. media switched from using the term “global warming”  to the term “climate change.”  The was likely done to put the emphasis on the change in climate rather than an increase in temperature.

Global warming is very slow and it is about average temperatures.  It doesn’t mean there is no fluctuation in temperatures.  For example, the average winter temperature might go down one degree from last year – but the average summer temperature went up two degrees.  You still have a net increase in average yearly temperature – even though the winter temperature was actually COLDER than last year!  That’s because the summer was warmer than last year…

Scientists and science journalists like to say that one of the best ways to tell that climate change is real is to take a look at the changes we can already see: This year is on track to be the hottest ever recorded, and glaciers, corn, and even grizzly bears are responding to the warming.

However, all those changes won’t be enough to convince most conservative climate skeptics, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds.

A growing body of recent research suggests a person’s political ideology, economic philosophy, and religious beliefs cloud a person’s judgement about global warming. The study, which was released Monday, put that hypothesis to the test by analyzing Gallup polls taken just after the unusually warm winter of 2012.

It found that both Democrats’ and Republicans’ perceptions of the warmer weather in their state tracked fairly well with actual satellite temperature data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

However, “for people who said their local winter was warming, the observed temperature anomalies had no effect on the tendency to attribute that to global warming,” says Aaron McCright, a sociologist at Michigan State University who authored the study.

In other words, the actual temperature had no bearing on whether people believed in climate change. Instead, McCright says, “one of the strongest predictors” is party affiliation: Republicans were far less likely to attribute the warming they felt to man-made climate change than were Democrats. Other variables, such as gender, age, and level of education, were far less reliable as predictors of a person’s global warming beliefs.”

Planned Parenthood Study: Sex Education Delays Teen Sex

A recent study showed that teens will delay sex if they go through the sex education program “Get Real” sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

According to Think Progress: “Comprehensive sex ed classes that emphasize healthy relationships and family involvement can encourage more middle school students to put off having sex, according to the results from a new study published in the Journal of School Health.

“The results have big implications for school districts that are trying to decide what type of health classes to offer to kids in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

“The three-year study was conducted by researchers at the Wellesley Centers for Women, who wanted to figure out whether Get Real — a comprehensive sex ed program developed by Planned Parenthood — has an impact on middle schoolers’ sexual behavior.

“In order to do that, the researchers tracked a group of racially and economically diverse kids at 24 different schools in the Boston area, half of which implemented Get Real and half of which continued with their existing sex ed programs.”

Secular Talk video.

More info at: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/1487

Or:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/10/21/3581890/sex-ed-planned-parenthood-study/

Study Shows Politicians Ignore Latinos

According to CNN, Latinos are the fastest growing minority, making up 16% of the nation’s population. In 2012, 71% voted for Barack Obama and 27% voted for Mitt Romney. One might think that all politicians would pay attention to this fast-growing minority group.

Not true, according to Christian Grose, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, and graduate student Matthew Mendez sent emails to 1,871 legislators in 14 states with large Latino populations.

They sent e-mails asking the politicians what kind of documentation they needed to vote. They randomly assigned legislators to get the emails, but some emails came from a “white-sounding” name, and others came from a “latino-sounding” name.

TYT video.

CIA Study On Arming Rebels

According to the Boston Globe, a CIA study on arming rebels says this:

The still-classified review, one of several CIA studies commissioned in 2012 and 2013 in the midst of the Obama administration’s protracted debate about whether to wade into the Syrian civil war, concluded that many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces covertly had a minimal impact on the long-term outcome of a conflict. They were even less effective, the report found, when the militias fought without any direct US support on the ground.

Majority Report video.