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Wednesday
Sep302015

FrackNation - Another Health Hoax from Gasland's Josh Fox 

 

MSNBC Gives Platform to Filmmaker Who Lied About Breast Cancer Scare

Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer is releasing a new short film that draws attention to the scaremongering and deceptive tactics of anti-fracking activists.

GasHoax will be released on Thursday, October 1 on the news site Breitbart.com to coincide with the premiere of a new Josh Fox film, GASWORK, which McAleer describes as "a zero credibility film because it comes from filmmaker Josh Fox who has a history of health hoaxes regarding fracking."

GasHoax will go live at 9 a.m. Eastern so the public can know the truth about Josh Fox before his new film airs on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes at 8 p.m.

GasHoax highlights how many of Fox's claims have been debunked, and it criticizes journalists for continuing to report new claims despite Fox's record of unethical and misleading journalism.

"Journalists should reject all of Fox's claims about fracking and health until he corrects the record and apologizes for his notorious film, The Sky Is Pink, which claims that fracking causes breast cancer—a claim rejected by all leading cancer experts," McAleer said.

McAleer has a history of challenging Fox on his unethical journalism, producing the acclaimed FrackNation documentary to counter Fox's Gasland film which started the anti-fracking movement. Gasland contains the now infamous "flaming faucet" scene—which Fox has since admitted was deceptive. Fox withheld evidence showing that fracking was not responsible for the flaming faucet because he had decided it was "not relevant."

Fox's subsequent short film, The Sky Is Pink, has emerged as Fox's most egregious hoax. In the film Fox claims that breast cancer spiked when fracking started in the Barnett Shale region of Texas.

“Fox's breast cancer claim was widely reported by the mainstream media but has since been dismissed as nonsense by every respected cancer expert in the region," McAleer said. "Fox has never corrected the record or apologized for scaring women and families."

After the film was released, the Associated Press interviewed cancer experts in the area who debunked Fox's claim.

According to the Associated Press, Simon Craddock Lee, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry, said their research did not show an increase in breast cancer after fracking came to the area.

When challenged by the Associated Press about his breast cancer claims, Josh Fox produced no evidence to back up his scaremongering except that it had been "widely reported."

McAleer said that MSNBC and the Chris Hayes show, which is premiering Fox's latest "health and fracking" film, should not give Fox a platform until he clears up his previous fraudulent claims in The Sky Is Pink.

"Josh Fox is an unethical journalist. Everyone knows that except Chris Hayes and MSNBC apparently," McAleer said. "They need to ask him tough questions, not give him a platform so he can scaremonger and spread fear."

McAleer said that the first question Chris Hayes should ask Fox is if he stands by the claims made in The Sky Is Pink—and if he doesn't, if he's going to withdraw and apologize for the fake breast cancer claims?

"That would be real journalism. The people of America deserve it," McAleer added.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, said "Shining a light on corrupt media and unethical journalism is part of a long tradition at Breitbart.com so we are delighted to host the premiere of GasHoax, a film that does just that."

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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." 

MSNBC Gives Platform to Filmmaker Who Lied About Breast Cancer Scare

Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer is releasing a new short film that draws attention to the scaremongering and deceptive tactics of anti-fracking activists.

GasHoax will be released on Thursday, October 1 on the news site Breitbart.com to coincide with the premiere of a new Josh Fox film, GASWORK, which McAleer describes as "a zero credibility film because it comes from filmmaker Josh Fox who has a history of health hoaxes regarding fracking."

GasHoax will go live at 9 a.m. Eastern so the public can know the truth about Josh Fox before his new film airs on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes at 8 p.m.

GasHoax highlights how many of Fox's claims have been debunked, and it criticizes journalists for continuing to report new claims despite Fox's record of unethical and misleading journalism.

"Journalists should reject all of Fox's claims about fracking and health until he corrects the record and apologizes for his notorious film, The Sky Is Pink, which claims that fracking causes breast cancer—a claim rejected by all leading cancer experts," McAleer said.

McAleer has a history of challenging Fox on his unethical journalism, producing the acclaimed FrackNation documentary to counter Fox's Gasland film which started the anti-fracking movement. Gasland contains the now infamous "flaming faucet" scene—which Fox has since admitted was deceptive. Fox withheld evidence showing that fracking was not responsible for the flaming faucet because he had decided it was "not relevant."

Fox's subsequent short film, The Sky Is Pink, has emerged as Fox's most egregious hoax. In the film Fox claims that breast cancer spiked when fracking started in the Barnett Shale region of Texas.

“Fox's breast cancer claim was widely reported by the mainstream media but has since been dismissed as nonsense by every respected cancer expert in the region," McAleer said. "Fox has never corrected the record or apologized for scaring women and families."

After the film was released, the Associated Press interviewed cancer experts in the area who debunked Fox's claim.

According to the Associated Press, Simon Craddock Lee, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry, said their research did not show an increase in breast cancer after fracking came to the area.

When challenged by the Associated Press about his breast cancer claims, Josh Fox produced no evidence to back up his scaremongering except that it had been "widely reported."

McAleer said that MSNBC and the Chris Hayes show, which is premiering Fox's latest "health and fracking" film, should not give Fox a platform until he clears up his previous fraudulent claims in The Sky Is Pink.

"Josh Fox is an unethical journalist. Everyone knows that except Chris Hayes and MSNBC apparently," McAleer said. "They need to ask him tough questions, not give him a platform so he can scaremonger and spread fear."

McAleer said that the first question Chris Hayes should ask Fox is if he stands by the claims made in The Sky Is Pink—and if he doesn't, if he's going to withdraw and apologize for the fake breast cancer claims?

"That would be real journalism. The people of America deserve it," McAleer added.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, said "Shining a light on corrupt media and unethical journalism is part of a long tradition at Breitbart.com so we are delighted to host the premiere of GasHoax, a film that does just that."

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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."
Wednesday
Mar112015

NH Sen Forrester looks to curb abuse of EBT cards 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Bill would prohibit welfare dollars for gambling, tobacco, or alcohol

 

Concord, NH – Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today introduced legislation aimed at curbing abuse of state-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards (EBTs). The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on SB 169 this afternoon. State law already prohibits the use of EBTs at state liquor stores, gambling establishments, and adult entertainment venues. Forrester’s bill would clarify that EBT recipients could not use cash from EBT cards to spend on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, lottery tickets, or adult entertainment.

 

“A recent audit of the state’s EBT program found that 78% of benefit funds were accessed as cash taken out of ATMs, leaving the program open to abuse,” Forrester said. “This legislation would tighten the sensible protections on EBT use to ensure that the benefits we’re providing to people in need are being used responsibly.”

 

Forrester sponsored similar legislation last year, which passed the Senate by a vote of 20-3 before being shelved by the House of Representatives. The bill builds on a provision in the 2013 budget law that restricted use of EBT cards.

 

“We have a responsibility to the taxpayers who are funding these critical public assistance programs, and to the program recipients to ensure that scarce resources aren’t being wasted,” Forrester added. “I’m hopeful that we can maintain the bipartisan consensus we built on this issue last year, and I ask my Senate colleagues for their support.”

 

Thursday
Jul102014

Heritage - It’s Not True that 20 Million Americans Gained Coverage Under Obamacare  

The Daily Signal

 

July 09, 2014

It’s Not True that 20 Million Americans Gained Coverage Under Obamacare

Daily Policy Focus: A new report claims 20 million Americans “gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act as of May 1.” But a closer look at that number reveals it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

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Obama Seeks $3.7B to Meet Surge of Kids Crossing Border

President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in “emergency” funds to stem a surge in children and families from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.

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This Chart Shows How Many Obamacare Enrollees’ Self-Reported Citizenship Status Doesn’t Match Federal Data

According to a report, “the online federal marketplace could not resolve nearly 90 percent (or 2.6 million) of its 2.9 million data ‘inconsistencies.’

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Friday
May022014

SNHU - Taking Steps to Prevent Business Fraud & Much More!

 

 

The Center for Women’s Business Advancement collaborated with the law firm, Rath, Young and Pignatelli P.C. and the accounting firm, Baker Newman Noyes to address common federal and state tax issues including:

Understanding when items such as home office, meals and entertainment, etc. are deductibles;

If you are starting a business, learn the tax implications if you are a sole proprietor, LLC, S corporation or C corporation; and

Knowing what business activities in a state require you to file a state tax return.

Our four notable tax professionals want to ensure that you can effectively communicate with your CPA and avoid unnecessary costs.

Meet our presenters:

KATHRYN H. MICHAELIS, ESQ.
Kathryn is a shareholder in the Tax Practice Group at Rath, Young and Pignatelli. Kathryn specializes in representing business clients in state tax matters in New England.

ANTONY K. SAYESS, ESQ.
Tony is a member of Rath, Young and Pignatelli’s Tax, Business and Finance Groups, and focuses his practice on federal business taxation and business transactions including New Markets tax credit and Renewable Energy tax credit transactions.

MERRILL BARTER, CPA
Merrill is a senior manager in Baker Newman Noyes’s tax practice specializing in state tax issues with a focus on multi-state compliance and planning. Merrill also has extensive experience in sales and use tax matters.

KRISTIN COSTA, CPA, MBA, MST
Kristin joined the Boston office of Baker Newman Noyes in January of 2012. She is the Senior Tax Manager specializing in small and medium sized enterprises and their owners.

Workshop: Top Federal and State Tax Issues Every Small Business Owner Should Know

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

Where: Southern New Hampshire University, Webster Hall, Room 106

Members: $15.00  Non-Members: $25.00 

Register: www.cwbanh.com

There are a limited number of scholarships available. Contact the CWBA for more information. (603) 629-4697

Sponsored by:

 
 
   
 
 
Center for Women’s Business Advancement
Southern New Hampshire University – Madison House

2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045
603.629.4697 | 1.888.988.7778 | cwbanh@snhu.edu
Thursday
Mar062014

Watchdog.org - School employee used $500,000 in taxpayer money for herself

Audit: School employee used nearly $500,000 on iTunes, jewelry

A former Alcoa City School District employee who oversaw federal funds took nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money to use for herself, according to an audit Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released Tuesday.

Read more to see how the former employee spent the money.


Thousands rally to support New York charter schools

The 11,000 or so charter school supporters who rallied Tuesday in Albany, N.Y., want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to toss them a lifeline.

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Government tries to curb waste by eliminating (real) trash cans

One county government wants to eliminate waste, a noble — and necessary — goal.

However, you won't believe how they plan to do this.

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