Big Frackin’ Deal: The Money

Fracking Cleanup Costs

John MacMurray: In the United States, according to economists and geologists, we have mostly seen Peak Oil. Any petroleum we get from here on will require drilling deeper, and fracking.

Big Frackin’ Deal: The Politics

Politics of Fracking

John MacMurray: Although there are laws and regulations, both state and Federal, concerning fracking, the oil and gas industry has succeeded in having a myriad of exemptions, which have largely de-fanged the laws.

Big Frackin’ Deal: The Mechanics of Fracking

Mechanics of Fracking

John MacMurray: To get a picture of what this blast of water does to the rock below, try this: put a brick on the sidewalk. Hit the brick with a large hammer. Notice all the broken pieces and shards. That’s what fracking does.

Feeding the Hand That Bites Us

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John MacMurray: If more of us vote with our wallets, and tell the ALEC companies and the right wing actors and the banks that we’re no longer paying them to ruin our air, our water, our standard of living, and our kids’ futures or to support people who do these things—we may get some actual progress toward a better life for us all.

Fracking Causes Earthquakes?

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John MacMurray: What concerns those of us who were sitting on or near the recent 5.1 quake of March 28, 2014, or any of the 47 bazillion (by my unofficial count) pre-and-after shocks, is how big a part fracking might be playing in beating up our dwellings and frazzling our nerves, and what we might expect in the future.

The Big Scare on ObamaCare

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John MacMurray: The important point—actually the only point Kristol makes—is that if ObamaCare is passed, people will like it. And people will realize that Democrats gave them healthcare and the Republicans didn’t.

The AMA vs. The USA

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John MacMurray: Despite its lofty reputation, the AMA fought every major effort at health care reform over the past 80 years.

Lots of Wind, Lots of Thunder, No Useable Rain

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John MacMurray: The picture we are given by groups with axes to grind in a particular direction, shamefully abetted by a shallow and sycophantic media, shows immigrants massing along our southern border, poised to rush across and take jobs away from the Americans who are rightfully entitled to them.

Dragons, and Kleagles, and Kludds, Oh My!

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John MacMurray: Perhaps the public disrespect to President Obama shown by these Orange County Republicans goes deeper than mere juvenile humor, or just a sour grapes attitude over losing two Presidential elections to him.

Is a Hero Just a Sandwich to You?

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John MacMurray: And while very few communities will openly admit their disdain for these people who have no permanent place to live, many cities have no problem creatively enforcing ordinances that make being homeless far more difficult than it already is.

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