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Saturday
Oct252014

FrackNation - THE TRUTH about fracking comes to Denton amid anti-fracking vote

A “pro-fracking” documentary is to have a public screening in Denton in the run up to the controversial attempt to ban fracking in the the town.

FrackNation is the result of a two year investigation into the issue by veteran journalist Phelim McAleer who faced lawsuits, bogus 911 calls and gun threats as he looked for evidence of many of the claims made by anti-fracking campaigners.

The screening will take place at 5pm on Oct. 28th at the University of North Texas in Denton and McAleer is coming to the town to answer questions about his film after the screening.

“It's the first time I will be in Denton and I'm really looking forward to it,” said McAleer. "I'm particularly glad to be speaking at UNT, as this seems to be the center of the anti-fracking movement in the area."

Much of FrackNation was filmed in Texas and looks at some of the frauds and bogus claims forwarded by anti-fracking campaigners in the state.

The normally anti-fracking New York Times described FrackNation as “meticulously researched.. and provocative”. FrackNation looks at claims made by Calvin Tillman, the former Mayor of Dish, TX, who maintains that fracking harmed his children and other residents in the town.

The documentary revealed that Tillman's “scientific results” were actually compiled by Alisa Rich, a fraudster who falsely claimed to have a PhD and to be an engineer. A court also found that she had compiled a fraudulent video to push an anti-fracking lawsuit to force a company to settle a bogus claim.

“I am so looking forward to coming to Denton, especially at this crucial time when people need clear, reliable journalism to help them make up their mind about this important issue,” said McAleer who has worked as a crime reporter and investigative journalist in several countries including Ireland, Romania, Vietnam, Madagascar and Indonesia.

“At the moment muchof what is being circulated about fracking is being promoted by ideologues who have no reservations about pushing inaccurate or just plain fraudulent information. It's time for the truth about fracking to get an airing in Denton.”

"The screening is open to the public and I want to hear peoples questions and I want to answer them all with the truth – not exaggerations,” he added.

North Texas College Republicans Club will be hosting the screening:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00 pm
UNT Business Leadership Building
Room 073
1307 West Highland Street
Denton, Texas 76201
 

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EDITORS NOTES

MCALEER'S BIO
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He most recently produced and directed FrackNation - a documentary to uncover the truth about Fracking. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for The Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows.


ABOUT FRACKNATION
FrackNation was acquired by and premiered on AXS TV, owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. It was subsequently picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and is now available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and VOD. The movie was financed through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It raised $212,000 in 60 days and was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever funded through Kickstarter.
 
The New York Times described FrackNation as "provocative and meticulously researched."
Tuesday
Oct142014

Daily Signal - Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in 'Beyond Cozy' Relationship 

The Daily Signal

 

October 14, 2014

Morning Bell

Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in 'Beyond Cozy' Relationship

The top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee told The Daily Signal that the Natural Resources Defense Council played an "absolutely inappropriate" role in drafting EPA's new carbon emissions plan.

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Here Are 5 Ways to Get the Deficit Under Control

Daily Policy Focus: The United States is not necessarily doomed to a fate of chronic and growing deficits.

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Obama Administration Plan to Cut Trees in Alaska Halted By Environmentalists

A family-owned timber firm that operates the last significant sawmill in Alaska's Tongass National Forest has won a momentous U.S. Forest Service contract. There's just one problem.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Watchdog - Radical extremists steal the show People’s Climate March in NYC  

 

Indigenous, communists, freaks steal show at People’s Climate March in NYC

 

Billed as the largest climate march in history, more than 1,500 environmentalists groups gathered at the People’s Climate March in a wild afternoon of anti-capitalist theater.

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 Alabama state attorney: Photographing public records for free is ‘stealing’

 


In what would appear to be a case of government run amuck, at least two state agencies in Alabama won’t let people take pictures of public records as an alternative to paying for copies. One attorney even equating the idea with stealing.

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U.S. taxpayers foot bill for Ohio buggy trail, steamboat

These sound like relatively small projects, but they're costing taxpayers millions. This summer, for instance, the Ohio Department of Transportation awarded $9,746,703 in funding to 12 "transportation alternatives" projects.

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Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP - NEW CAMPAIGN: NHDP Launches “Big Oil Billionaires for Brown”

Highlighting Brown’s Devotion to Big Oil Special Interests
 
Brown Votes for Their Tax Breaks, They Fund Brown’s Campaigns
 

Manchester, NH—The New Hampshire Democratic Party is launching “Big Oil Billionaires for Brown,” a fully integrated campaign to highlight Brown’s special relationship and record of close ties with out-of-state special interests that do not have New Hampshire families’ best interests in mind. This campaign will include earned, paid, and owned media initiatives calling out Scott Brown’s past record and continued relationship with Big Oil special interests.
 
“There's a reason Big Oil billionaires like the Koch Brothers are spending millions to buy New Hampshire's senate seat for Scott Brown: they want him back in the Senate voting for their interests--not New Hampshire's--just like he did when he was representing Massachusetts. For years Brown delivered for Big Oil by voting to protect their special tax breaks, while they rewarded him with half a million dollars in campaign contributions and ads, and now he's anxious to get back to work for them,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain

“New Hampshire Democrats are making sure Scott Brown gets what he deserves—a hearty endorsement by a group that he has fought for year after year—Big Oil billionaires," added McClain. 
 
The “Big Oil Billionaires for Brown” campaign will include digital extensions—FacebookTwitter, and an official website—as well as paid digital ads that target persuadable voters in New Hampshire.

 
Brown’s record of support for Big Oil and Wall Street special interest is long and consistent.
 
·      Brown voted for tens of billions of dollars in special tax breaks for big oil companies even when it meant voting against reducing the deficit and investing in alternative energy.
·      Brown voted to save tax loopholes for oil and gas companies even when it meant voting against tax deductions for small businesses. 


 
And Big Oil billionaires have returned the favor.
·      Big Oil has invested big in Scott Brown, rewarding him with nearly a half million dollars in campaign contributions over his career for protecting them.
·      In 2012, only five members of Congress took more money from oil and gas companies than Scott Brown.
·      Big Oil has spent more than $2.3 million on attack ads against Jeanne Shaheen to help their former guardian Scott Brown get back to Senate to work for them. In total, special interest groups have spent and will spend more than $7.8 million against her to date.
Saturday
Aug232014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN DITCHES TOWN HALL MEETINGS FOR CALIFORNIA SPECIAL INTEREST FUNDRAISER 

New Hampshire's Absentee Senator Refuses To Do Her Job

 

Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who hasn't held a town hall meeting in New Hampshire in 723 days, will attend a special interest fundraiser in San Francisco, California today instead of meeting with her constituents. Shaheen has repeatedly refused to hold open and unfettered meetings with Granite Staters.    

 

"Senator Jeanne Shaheen doesn't respect New Hampshire's tradition of open and accessible government because she is an out of touch Washington politician and an absentee senator. Senator Shaheen is afraid to face her constituents because she knows that she can't defend her record of voting with President Obama 99% of the time," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Jeanne Shaheen puts Barack Obama first. It's time to replace her with a responsible Republican who will put New Hampshire first."

 

The Hill reported this week that instead of planning to hold a town hall meeting, Shaheen is making time to attend an exclusive fundraiser at the residence of a prominent lobbyist in Washington's tony Georgetown neighborhood. Contributions range from $1,000 to $2,500 per person to attend.