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Byard Duncan is a contributing writer and editor for AlterNet.
The Gulf Disaster Will Keep Destroying Lives For Years to Come -- Is There Anything We Can Do About It?
Posted on: Sep 6, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The gulf spill presents physical and mental threats to those nearby and across the country. Too bad there's no sound science to prove BP's responsible.
Shocking Negligence: Gas Companies Drilling in Pennsylvania Have Committed Nearly 1,500 Environmental Violations in Just Two Years
Posted on: Aug 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet
This kind of oversight is a risk to both environmental and public health.
Fracking With Food: How the Natural Gas Industry Poisons Cows and Crops
Posted on: Jul 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Natural gas drilling operations have mucked up food from Colorado to Pennsylvania. So why is no one paying attention?
I Caused the Deepwater Horizon Spill
Posted on: Jun 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Americans should view the BP spill as a reminder of overconsumption's devastating price. Instead, we're using more oil than before.
Will BP Be Held Responsible? Not if Senator Lisa Murkowski Can Help It
Posted on: May 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Lisa Murkowski gets hundreds of thousands of dollars from the industry she's now charged with interrogating. What will this mean for the BP cleanup?
Flammable Drinking Water? Why Gas Drilling in New York and Nearby States Could Become an Environmental Catastrophe
Posted on: Apr 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet
A new EPA study could completely reshape natural gas drilling practices in the U.S. But will New York wait around for the findings?
Izzy Award Winner Jeremy Scahill: "We're At a Ground Zero Moment to Save Real Journalism"
Posted on: Mar 24, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The winner of the second annual Izzy Award, named after muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, discusses independent media and this critical moment in journalism.
Is New York's Budget Deficit Leading it to Adopt Natural Gas Drilling Practices That Threaten Drinking Water?
Posted on: Jan 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The state's environmental regulations are supposed to ensure that drilling in the Marcellus Shale proceeds smoothly; they don't even come close.
John Travolta Says He'll Airlift Scientologist "Volunteer Ministers" to Help Earthquake Victims in Haiti
Posted on: Jan 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Too bad they don't know what the hell they're doing.
Shocking: Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed 9 Law Enforcement Officers and 108 Citizens Since May 2007
Posted on: Jan 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet
This poses a big problem for concealed carry advocates.
"Don't Tase Me, (Big) Bro!" Taser International Develops Eerie Surveillance Technology
Posted on: Jan 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The company has begun piloting AXON, an officer-mounted camera, to make sure cops are tasing safely. Thank goodness.
Right-Wing Think Tank: Stupid, Drunk Brits Should Foot Their Own Medical Bills
Posted on: Jan 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Way to rub it in, Britain...
Thanks to Dems' Pussyfooting, Health Industry Stocks Shoot Skyward
Posted on: Dec 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The bump does not appear to be indicative of broader economic improvement.
Why the National Review Is Wrong to Whine About Moving Prisoners to Thomson Correctional Center
Posted on: Dec 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The NR editors are calling for the continuation of grotesque U.S. exceptionalism -- and tripping over their own logic in the process.
Residents of Upstate New York Fight Gas Drilling...With Zombies (Video)
Posted on: Dec 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet
"Frac Attack: Dawn of the Watershed" is essentially a zombie PSA with a clear message: Stop gas drilling.
Damning New Evidence Raises Concerns About Threats to New York's Water from Gas Drilling
Posted on: Dec 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet
New York may be the next state to become embroiled in a mess of litigation and public outcry over a controversial drilling technique.
Protesters Drown Out Hate-Mongering Arizona Sheriff With Pro-Immigration Version of "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Posted on: Dec 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Try singing along!
Sarah Palin Celebrates Her Humble Roots by Eating at a Restaurant That Serves a $25,000 Dessert
Posted on: Nov 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Last week, Palin visited a Manhattan eatery that is a destination for celebrities, former presidents, and the "elite" she so proudly condemns.
Glenn Beck Defends the Right (For Terrorists) to Bear Arms
Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Facing a complex question, Beck delivers a devastatingly simplistic answer, then proceeds to bash Dems for no reason.
Neo-Nazis Protest Immigration in Phoenix, Get Out-shouted by Reasonable People Who Came to Protest Them
Posted on: Nov 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet
A legion of "counter-protesters" overwhelmed the Nazis.
How the U.S. Is Destroying, Not Helping, Democracy in Afghanistan
Posted on: Nov 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The White House is opting for political convenience rather than real change.
The Right Is Still Clutching Its Beloved Torture Policies
Posted on: Oct 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet
...and thoroughly embarrassing itself in the process.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele Has a New, Stupid Blog
Posted on: Oct 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Steele began his foray into blogging today with a cringe-worthy post.
The National Review Is Screwing Over Brave Iranian Protesters...For a Second Time
Posted on: Oct 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Attempts at supporting Iranians will fall flat as long as the Right's paternalistic foreign policy mindset endures.
Afghanistan Survey Suggests More Americans Resigned to "Endless War"
Posted on: Oct 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet
According to the Clarus Research Group, 68 percent of Americans believe we will neither win nor lose in Afghanistan. Here's why that's bad.
How Long Can We Afford to Botch Afghanistan?
Posted on: Oct 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet
There's no consensus, no clear strategy. Where will we end up?
What's Really Behind Conservative Pundit George Will's Call for Total Withdrawal From Afghanistan?
Posted on: Oct 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Neocons went into a froth of anger over Will's open call for an end to the war in Afghanistan -- which is exactly what he was hoping for.
New Pew Poll on Afghanistan Shows Dwindling Support for the War
Posted on: Sep 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Even though more than three-quarters of Americans consider the Taliban a threat, an increasing number want Obama to start withdrawing troops.
Obama's Selective Historical Memory
Posted on: Sep 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet
What do the president's most recent remarks on Afghanistan say about his willingness to heed history's lessons?
Stop GOP Hooligans From Stalling Health Reform
Posted on: Sep 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Join MoveOn's fight against Joe "You Lie!" Wilson and others who are relying on town hall-style antics to mire progress.
Obama Touts the Money We'll Save with Health Reforms, While We Quietly Spend Billions on Bush's Wars
Posted on: Sep 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The debates over health care reform and the war in Afghanistan are dogged by the same questions: What is the cost to us? How have our priorities changed?
Can We Afford To Talk About Health Reform Without Talking About Afghanistan?
Posted on: Sep 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The two central issues in our national discourse are more intertwined than we want to believe.
Call Chevron to Account for Its Assault on the Amazonian Ecosystem
Posted on: Sep 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Over the past 28 years, the oil giant has polluted rivers, poisoned the atmosphere and caused immeasurable damage to children.
Ben and Jerry's Announces Gay-Friendly Ice Cream
Posted on: Sep 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The company has re-named its popular "Chubby Hubby" ice cream "Hubby Hubby" to celebrate marriage equality in Vermont.
Naming a Health Care Bill After Ted Kennedy Is Exactly What the Senator Would Have Wanted
Posted on: Aug 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Shock jocks on the right are calling foul on the politicizing of Kennedy's passing. They're wrong to do so.
What Does Caster Semenya's Sex Teach Us About Competitive Culture?
Posted on: Aug 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Semenya, regardless of gender, represents an important disruption in a culture whose M.O. is oversimplification.
Pressuring Obama To Ditch the Defense of Marriage Act Is AlterNet's Top Take Action Campaign This Week
Posted on: Aug 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet
DOMA is an offensive relic. Time to give it the boot.
Keep Up Pressure for a Public Option
Posted on: Aug 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet
As the debate continues to heat up, pressure from you will make all the difference. Stand up for a public option today.
Why the Right's 'Astroturfing' Propaganda Is Textbook Psychopathic
Posted on: Aug 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Faux grassroots firms are exhibiting all the tell-tale signs.
Hugo Chavez's Golf Politics
Posted on: Aug 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet
U.S. officials couldn't resist whining about Chavez's proposal to replace many of Venezuela's golf courses with public housing.
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