I really hope that no one walks around wondering what has happened to the United States of America. Or wondering why New York State is in such a deep and declining financial position. I think the simple answer revolves around I’ve got mine and I want yours too, polarization of all types, good and evil, right or wrong; and accepting the premise that the end justifies the means mentality.
Truth is truth all day long every day; we can never get together as individuals or as a nation when one person’s truth is another person’s lies. Truth does not depend on perspective; it depends on facts, confirmed by visual evidence as well as the scientific method. If it cannot be proven directly or scientifically it is NOT a fact it is a theory, or a philosophy or an obsession that should not be given the same credence as proven facts.
It seems that there may be a large group of people who after watching "Miracle on 32nd Street" believe there is a Santa Claus because the post office delivers mail to someone dressed up in a red suit. Another group of folks wishful and less based on reality proclaim Gasland and the newest Josh Fox fiction on film are indeed based in fact. Those folks certainly have the right to live their fantasy, but do not have the right to represent that fiction as fact and demand that all believe in their fantasy.
The problem as I see it is that we have many innocent folks in our country who believe that what they see on the news or in a biased documentary are facts. They are frightened by the misrepresentations and frankly do not have the energy or the inclination to discover the truth. As a counter to the false facts the gas companies and their minions respond with refuting the data presented rather than to put out information of their own giving specifics about how they do their jobs and why. How refreshing it would be to have a documentary of the evolution of Hydraulic fracturing from its beginning to date. That documentary would show the issues encountered over time and the regulatory and industry response to those issues. The problem with putting out all of the facts is that in litigation based society, the facts presented honestly could and will be used by adversaries. I am sure you will note that there has been no penalty for misrepresenting facts, or flat out lying about an issue in recent times. This huge bias toward falsehood clearly leaves those less truthful in the catbird seat in our litigation based society.
What we need to move our states/nation and its citizens forward is balance and thoughtful introspection. A time when and where people come together with full understanding that we all have the right to dream of a better and likely different outcome than each other may want. We need a national /regional understanding that we can still move forward together while agreeing to disagree on one or two out of ten issues. We desperately need to recognize that our current actions are dragging our nation and society down into a bottomless pit which makes us vulnerable to attack by our enemys. This understanding alone should be incentive enough to pull us out of this nose dive. We likely will be defeated by and because of our divisiveness and there will never be a shot fired. We are setting up the keys to our defeat today by not confronting the pressing matters which clearly are set before us. I fear that what may be left are the mournful cries of what might have been. JLCpulse
By PHELIM MCALEER in NEW YORK POST Last Updated: 1:23 AM, August 3, 2012 Posted: 10:04 PM, August 2, 2012
Breast cancer is uniquely frightening. Almost everyone knows someone who’s had it, and too many of us know someone it’s killed.
More than 40,000 Americans died of breast cancer last year alone — more than were killed in traffic accidents. Many of the dead are young mothers.
So what are we to think of someone who irresponsibly rings a false alarm about breast cancer — simply to serve his own agenda?
Imagine someone telling people that they are living in an area where the chances of developing breast cancer are shockingly high; picture the alarm and worry.
Then imagine if that same person had made up the story — yet was getting cheers from Hollywood stars for telling it.
Stop imagining: Filmmaker Josh Fox has done just that.
Fox uses his films, which he calls documentaries, to crusade against fracking — which is a well-tested way of getting oil and natural gas from deep beneath the ground that’s nonetheless become a target for environmental hysteria.
He was heavily criticized for inaccuracies in “Gasland” — such as telling viewers that fracking makes water flammable. (He recently admitted that he knew that parts of America have had flammable water for decades before fracking, but decided not to include this information because it was “not relevant.”)
The film also painted Dimock, Pa., as the ground zero for polluted water caused by fracking. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency joined every other major US regulatory agency to say that Dimock’s water is safe to drink.
But Fox’s latest film, “The Sky Is Pink,” sets a new low. It tells viewers that, even as US cancer rates are falling, breast cancer is rising in the Barnett area of Texas because of pollution caused by fracking.
An Associated Press investigation found that Fox has absolutely no scientific evidence for this claim.
AP spoke to David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry. He found no breast-cancer spike in Barnett. Simon Craddock Lee, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, also dismissed Fox’s claims.
Even Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the famous cancer-advocacy group, said it had seen no spike in breast cancer cases.
Confronted with these facts, Fox cited a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that doesn’t support his claim, and a newspaper story that, Risser told AP, was “not based on a careful statistical analysis of the data.”
Frightening the public with a bogus breast-cancer scare is despicable. It may scare some families into moving away, or divert medical resources from areas with real problems.
Faced with cancer experts telling him he’s wrong, it would be ethical to issue an apology and correction. But Fox has continued to make the claims, regardless of the science.
A corporation behaving like this would be out of business, with its executives looking at prison. But Josh Fox is being rewarded for his lies.
HBO has a sequel to “Gasland.” And the Hollywood and environmental elites — Mark Ruffalo, Yoko Ono, Debra Winger, Robert Redford, Bill McKibben and Robert Kennedy — are supporting him.
All are silent about Josh Fox’s despicable lie about breast cancer.
Even Paul McCartney, whose mother and wife Linda died from breast cancer, has remained quiet. The former Beatle is a vocal campaigner for breast-cancer awareness — yet astonishingly is also a vocal supporter of Josh Fox. He recently joined Artists Against Fracking, which cites “Gasland” as a source of information and has Fox as a prominent member.
How can McCartney stomach this lie?
New York is still deciding whether to allow fracking. A word of advice: Don’t believe a single word from anti-fracking activists who are willing to lie about breast cancer.
Phelim McAleer is the director and producer of “FrackNation,” a documentary to be released later this year.