All Further Articles for 2014-02-24

Monday, February 24, 2014
The Ultimate Not In His Backyard: CEO of ExxonMobil, Biggest Owner of and Cheerleader For Fracking, Joins Lawsuit Against Fracking Tower Near His Ranch
In what has been dubbed an act of "exquisite hypocrisy," Rex Tillerson, the $40.3-million-a-year head of ExxonMobil - former oil giant and current biggest natural gas producer in the U.S. thanks to his efforts - has joined a lawsuit against a 160-foot water tower "monstrosity" being built near his $5 million Texas horse ranch for a fracking site that, the suit argues, will create noise, truck traffic, aesthetic damage and "a constant and unbearable nuisance to those that live next to it.” Tillerson has long touted natural gas as "the next big resource opportunity" and dismissed the risks of fracking - water contamination, environmental carnage, cancer, infertility and other health hazards - as "very manageable," at least when it's not in his ritzy neighborhood, where it would evidently cause "unreasonable discomfort and annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities," which coincidentally is kinda how we feel about his chutzpah.
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Brave Austin Police Arrest Dangerous Young Jogger For Crossing Street While Listening to Music, Then Say She Should Be Grateful They Didn't Rape Her
So this happened: Austin police handcuffed, arrested and dragged into a patrol car Amanda Jo Stephen - who was all the while pleading and screaming she “didn’t do anything wrong" - after she jaywalked while wearing earbuds that blocked their demands for her I.D., which in any case she didn't have on account of she'd gone out jogging not planning to be arrested by bored cops working on their “pedestrian enforcement.” The Austin Police Chief declared Stephen "lucky" because "In other cities there’s cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty." He later apologized that he used "a poor analogy." And it could always be worse: Imagine if this was any other city in Texas, and Stephen was black.
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Scott Walker Dodges, Slips, Falls Into Own Slime, On Fox News Yet
In the wake of last week's release of 27,000 damning pages of emails from former aides under investigation for being liars, cheaters, grifters and out-and-out bigots, Scott Walker has stuck to the "nothing to see" approach every time he's asked about his own involvement in the scandal. So it was that in a Sunday appearance on Fox "News," he was blithely rolling along with his usual lies and talking points when Chris Wallace up and started acting like a journalist. He asked Walker if he knew about a secret email system uncovered in the investigation, to which a perturbed Walker hemmed and hawed and said that's all "old news," to which Wallace said, in effect, not so fast. See Walker - once he of the Presidential ambitions, now toast - crash and burn.
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