Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Is this Another Reason MSNBC’s Ratings are so Abysmal?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 5, 2015:  


Even the liberal Huffington Post was embarrassed at just how bad MSNBC’s ratings are. The network cancelled three shows in July, and brought back the discredited Brian Williams. Wrote Larry Atkins:

The changes had come as a result of MSNBC’s plummeting ratings. MSNBC’s Nielsen ratings for the second quarter of the year dropped five percent in total viewers and 17 percent in the key adult demographic 25-54. Its primetime lineup’s ratings dropped by 10 percent. It was a continuation of a long time trend.

Last Thursday’s farcical interview by Chris Hayes of Josh Fox proved the point. Touting his latest attack on fracking, Fox was allowed to promote his latest “documentary” Gaswork: The Fight for C.J.’s Law, allegedly all about safety and health issues being ignored by the energy development industry. Hayes never asked about credibility issues raised by detractors of his previous efforts, Gasland and The Sky is Pink. In Gasland it was the “flaming faucet” incident about which Fox was publicly challenged by Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer. That exchange can be seen on YouTube, despite efforts of Fox and his lawyers to have it removed. In it McAleer got Fox to admit that methane in water was common, with flaming water incidents dating back to 1936, but claiming weakly that this was “not relevant” to his purposes inGasland.

In The Sky is Pink Fox claimed that breast cancer was linked directly to fracking activities in the Barnett Shale region in Texas, claims which were later successfully refuted by credible national experts looking into the matter.

Did Hayes ask Fox about any of this? Did he ask Fox about the “flaming faucet” incident that brought the wrath of McAleer in his rebuttal, FrackNation? Did he ask Fox if he was ready to admit that his claim in The Sky is Pink was false? Did he ask Fox if he was ready to apologize to the women and their families living over the Barnett formation for scaring them half to death over his discredited claims?

Of course not. In the 4 ½ minute segment that ran Thursday night Hayes jumped in bed with Fox, providing him with nothing more than an echo chamber reflecting the network’s anti-fracking position.

McAleer learned about Fox’s latest attack in time to launch his own rebuttal, GasHoax, also on Thursday, at Brietbart.com. It’s as if McAleer has found his niche: tracking down Fox and demanding answers to questions that Hayes wasn’t willing to ask.

For instance, in speaking about The Sky is Pink, McAleer said:

Fox’s breast cancer film was widely reported by the mainstream media but has since been dismissed as nonsense by every respected cancer expert in the region.


Fox has never corrected the record or apologized for scaring women and families.

Fox’s most recent attempt to smear the fracking industry is based upon the tragic accident that resulted in the death of C.J. Bevins, a 21-year-old oil field roughneck who was crushed against a trailer by a forklift back in 2011. Ignoring the fact that it was an accident, and had nothing to do with chemicals, Fox managed to twist the narrative to support his agenda: the fracking industry’s use of chemicals is putting workers’ lives at risk. In his film, said Fox:

We interview many workers who have been asked to clean drill sites, transport radioactive and carcinogenic chemicals, steam-clean the inside of condensate tanks which contain harmful volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and other chemicals, and have been told to do so with no safety equipment.

Fox claims to have interviewed workers who were ordered to cover up toxic chemical spills, that the industry is paying them to “poison their own communities in order to feed their families” and that “if you get hurt, you’re on your own.”

In the same manner as FrackNation, McAleer rebuts Fox’s claims in Gaswork, interviewing experts who state that there is no increase in health or safety claims due to fracking. Although neither film is available yet in theaters, their trailers can be found under Sources below.

McAleer concluded:

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

But that didn’t happen. Instead MSNBC continued its slide into irrelevancy by giving Josh Fox airtime to its steadily shrinking audience.



MarcellusDrilling.com: Phelim McAleer to Release GasHoax Ahead of Josh Fox’s GASWORK

Gashoax trailer 4:30

EcoWatch.com: What the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Fracking

Trailer for Gaswork  2.39

Background on Gasland

Background on FrackNation

Bio on Josh Fox

Bio on Phelim McAleer

Link to Vimeo: The Sky is Pink (2012)

EmergyinDepth.org: Debunking GasLand

YouTube: Gasland director hides full facts

Chris Hayes’ interview with Josh Fox on MSNBC

Huffington Post: MSNBC’s Changes Are Needed, But It Needs to Keep Its Liberal Voice

Just how Disruptive are Uber and Lyft?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 2, 2015: 

According to three college professors, the answer is “very.” After interviewing 32 drivers and users of Uber, Lyft, and conventional cab services in London and San Francisco, the Uber and Lyft drivers and customers were the clear winners. The drivers had more freedom to select their working hours, many of them driving part-time to supplement their full-time work. The ride-sharing customers not only paid less than they would have for regular taxis, they felt safer, they knew more about the driver and his ratings from previous customers, and could track and follow the driver as he wended his way towards their location.

They also enjoyed getting to know their Uber or Lyft driver, discovering that they were just like them – ordinary people making a living and enjoying the process. Wrote the professors:

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Uber, Lyft Continue to Upend Taxi Cartel and Its Lenders

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 1, 2015: 

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On September 18, Montauk Credit Union in Montauk, New York, was taken over by the state after examiners found “unsafe and unsound conditions” in its investment portfolio.

The credit union had more than 98 percent of its investments in taxi medallions, which have dropped precipitously in value since ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft entered the market three years ago.

Taxi medallions were established decades ago by New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission as a way to limit the number of cabs. At present there are slightly more than 13,000 taxis in the city, and most of their medallions are owned by investors who saw their opportunity: If supply were limited by government mandate, and demand increased with population, then the price of each one would inevitably rise.

And they did. Investors hired managers (much like property managers in real estate) to collect the lease payments from taxicab companies, which derived their income from fees they charged drivers to drive their cabs.

But in the past couple of years the market has shifted.

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China Demands High-level Silicon Valley Attendees at Seattle Conference

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 24, 2015:  

The Chinese invitation extended to senior executives at major Silicon Valley firms was no invitation but a command: Be there, or lose any chance to exploit business opportunities in China.

The annual Seattle conference in the past has been primarily directed to midlevel management at companies such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. But this year, taking advantage of China’s President Xi Jinping’s planned visit with President Obama, the date of the conference was moved up, and the invitation/command was extended to the senior executive officers. The carrot offered was a presentation by Xi himself.

The threat was reiterated, for anyone who didn’t get the message, in an interview the Wall Street Journal did with Xi:

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The Consequences of Sleeping with the Enemy


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Xi Jinping

When Roger Ebert reviewed the film Sleeping with the Enemy upon its release in 1991, he called it “a slasher movie in disguise, an up-market version of the old exploitation formula where the victim can run, but she can’t hide.”

When the Chinese government invited top executives from 15 Silicon Valley companies to attend its annual Seattle conference, those executives most likely didn’t consider themselves victims, but honored guests. They would shortly learn their error:

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Pope, Others Call for Addressing Climate Change Now

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 23, 2015:  

It didn’t take the Pope long to bring his message about the threat of climate change back into the news. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday morning, the pontiff, who apparently views carbon dioxide as a pollutant causing runaway global warming, said:

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Thirty Years of Projecting the Lines

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 1, 2015:  

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This month marks the 30th anniversary of the The New American. On such an occasion, it is appropriate to reflect on the magazine’s track record, from the accuracy of our facts and the soundness of our analysis to the stories we unearthed and the influence we’ve exerted.

We are proud of our track record. But there is one recurring theme that seems to be particularly striking when reviewing the articles we’ve published, and that is the extent to which we have accurately projected the lines

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Chinese Agents “Persuading” Chinese Nationals in U.S. to Return Home

The article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 1, 2015:  

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Xi Jinping, beloved leader of China and great friend of the United States!

Two weeks ago the Obama administration delivered a warning to China about the presence of covert Chinese government agents working secretly inside the United States to “persuade” prominent Chinese expatriates to return home immediately, or face the consequences. The administration demanded an immediate halt to such activities.

The Chinese government blew off the demand in headlines such as

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Latest Report: Technology Is “A Great Job Creating Machine,” Not a Job Destroyer

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 19, 2015:  

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After reviewing 140 years of data in England and Wales, the consulting firm Deloitte just reported that technology has actually created more jobs than it has destroyed. Because new technology has reduced greatly the costs of common staples such as food, household goods, and transportation, consumers have been increasing their spending elsewhere. Deloitte calls new technology a “great job-creating machine,” adding:

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“Gig” Economy Ending Lifetime Careers, Opening Opportunities

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 5, 2015:  

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Lending Club headquarters in Redwood City, California.

According to the Financial Times — referring to the “gig” or contractor/freelance economy — the “new world of work is both more exciting and less secure.” And an increasing number of former employees are celebrating that new world by participating in it, leaving collectivists and statists gasping and wondering who will pay for the benefits they have promised if everyone starts working for himself?

The number of independent contractors is growing. And not just in the United States, either. London’s Financial Times reported earlier this week that

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National Rifle Association Almost Missed This End Run Around the Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 20, 2015:  

NRA Headquarters, Fairfax Virginia USA

NRA Headquarters, Fairfax Virginia

With five million members and annual revenues of a quarter of a billion dollars, one would think that someone at the National Rifle Association was watching the store. But it took theLos Angeles Times to break the story and expose the latest end run the Obama Administration is taking to attack the Second Amendment.

In its efforts to ban guns from American citizens, the administration is

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Obama Seeks to Ban Handguns to All on Social Security Disability

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 20, 2015:  

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In this file photo, a Stryker lies on its side after surviving a buried IED blast in 2007.

When Marine Steven Overman’s Humvee hit an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in Iraq in 2007, he was diagnosed not only with PTSD but with a brain injury sufficiently severe that the VA deemed him 100-percent disabled and incompetent to handle his financial affairs. His wife is now Overman’s fiduciary.

Under VA rules dating back to the installation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), Overman couldn’t own any weapons. But

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Fracking Is Boosting Reshoring of American Jobs

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 9, 2015:  


In its latest report on American competitiveness, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimates that the average cost to make goods in the United States is now only five-percent higher than in China, and between 10 and 20 percent lower when compared to the major European economies such as Germany and France. In less than three years, BCG projects China’s advantage to disappear altogether.

While part of the reason is rising wages in China and in the Eurozone and American companies improving their productivity faster than their competitors abroad, the primary reason, says BCG, is fracking — the technology that has driven energy costs to a fraction of what they were just a few years ago.

Back in August 2013, Harold Sirkin, a senior partner at BCG, predicted the U-turn that would result in “reshoring” of millions of jobs, starting in 2015:

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Neo-Luddites in Paris are Losing to Uber

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 29, 2015:

Although the definition of “neo-Luddism” is a “movement of passive resistance to the … frightening technologies of the computer age,” in Paris the resistance is hardly passive. Last week taxi-drivers shut down entrances to and exits from the Charles De Gaulle International Airport, attacked cars driven by Uber drivers (including their passengers), overturned some of them, and set tires on fire. All this to express their frustration over how Uber is slowly, inexorably, putting them out of business. Since they were on strike, even when customers wanted a ride, the cartel members turned them down. After all, they were on strike! (Shown above are passengers toting their own luggage away from De Gaulle airport.)

As the head of taxi company G7 said on French television,

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“Kafkaesque” Ruling from FCC Fines AT&T $100 Million

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 19, 2015: 

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Franz Kafka, author of the chilling novel, The Trial, in 1926


In The Trial, Franz Kafka told the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. Left unfinished at his death, a ghostwriter completed the novel, which became one of Kafka’s best known and most frightening novels.

In it, Kafka described perfectly the ruling announced on Wednesday by the hidden anonymous commissars of the Federal Communications Commission:

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FCC Fines AT&T $100 Million

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 18, 2015: 

In its ruling adopted on June 3 and released for public viewing on June 17, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), chaired by Tom Wheeler (pictured), announced that it was not only fining AT&T $100 million for violating its so-called “transparency rule” but also was going to mandate that AT&T install numerous “requirements to bring AT&T into compliance” with that rule.

At issue was AT&T’s repeatedly stated policy that at certain times and under certain specifically stated circumstances, subscribers to its “unlimited” data services would experience a slowdown (called either “congestion” by its supporters or “throttling” by its enemies such as Consumers Union) in connectivity. AT&T bent over backwards to make sure that every one of its customers was aware of the possibility, including 

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SAVs are Raising Existential Questions for Car Companies

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 22, 2015:

SAVs are “shared autonomous vehicles” – driverless, robotic automobiles – and they are already raising serious questions that GM and Ford are just starting to address. Questions like: what business are we in today? What business will we be in tomorrow? Twenty-five years from now? Will we be in the car business or the transportation business? What does that mean? What do we do now so we’re still around and profitable then?

GM spokesman Jim Cain put the SAV revolution in the best possible light:

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Driverless Cars to Disrupt Industry, Benefit Consumers

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 21, 2015: 

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Google driverless car operating on a testing path


Brian Johnson, in his “Disruptive Mobility” report issued by Barclays Bank on Tuesday, sees that a future with driverless cars will mean far fewer cars on the road, a much smaller GM and Ford, and consumer travel costs cut by two-thirds. A generation from now there will be just 100 million cars on American roads (compared to 250 million today), and new car sales will fall below levels touched at the bottom of the Great Recession: less than 10 million a year.

This means that, unless they adapt and adopt new strategies, and perhaps a new business model, General Motors and Ford will likely be vastly smaller enterprises than they are today. He predicts that

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DOE Ignores Green Complaints, Issues LNG Export Permits

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 29, 2015: 

Prior to last September there was only one port fitted out to export liquefied natural gas to customers abroad: the ConocoPhillips’ Kenai LNG Terminal near Anchorage, Alaska. But when environmentalists got word that Obama’s Department of Energy was about to issue permits allowing two more ports to be built on the Gulf Coast, they rolled out their big guns in protest. Said Kate DeAngelis, an anti-energy, anti-fracking, climate change activist and campaigner for Friends of the Earth:

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Energy Department Approves Six LNG Export Plants; More Coming

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

On April 14, the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published a remarkable summary of its recent approvals for private energy companies to build LNG (liquid natural gas) export plants along the East and Gulf Coasts.

What’s remarkable is that for decades the DOE has bought the argument that exporting LNG to customers around the world might jeopardize its supply here in the United States. It also bought the argument that allowing private producers to ship their product overseas would only encourage more fracking here with its claimed attendant but unproven dangers to the environment.

That the DOE is giving approval to LNG export facilities is proof that reality has finally replaced ideology at the agency, at least for the moment. As expected,

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