FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jeff Biggers, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland

By: Saturday April 10, 2010 2:00 pm

The Nobel Laureate Playwright. George Bernard Shaw knew well the human condition when he observed that, “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history, ” and that, “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Jeff Biggers new book, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: the secret legacy of coal in the heartland, is a vivid illustration of our willingness to justify destructive behavior today by recreating a history that never existed in the first place.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes James Hoggan, Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

By: Sunday December 6, 2009 2:00 pm

Question: What’s the difference between a computer salesman and a used car salesman?

Answer: A used car salesman knows when he’s lying.

I was reminded of this old joke when reading Jim Hoggan’s book “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming” on the campaign to obscure what science tells us about global warming: it’s happening and we’re causing it. Hoggan tells us about the cast of characters involved in this campaign and I found myself classiying them into two
categories: those who don’t know they are lying and those that do.

And Now For A Moment of Thanksgiving Sanity Regarding the Stolen “Climate Change” Emails

By: Thursday November 26, 2009 9:00 am

Kevin Grandia at DeSmog Blog regularly debunks the well-funded PR campaigns that promote this kind of crap, and he did some actual reporting. He contacted Dr. Michael Mann for clarification, whose name appears in some of the emails and whose graph was used in Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth.” Mann’s quote was widely disseminated by wingnutia as proof that “truth doesn’t matter.”

The PR Push That Helped PhRMA Buy the Government

By: Wednesday November 25, 2009 7:00 pm

Though they normally cover climate change, our good friends at DeSmog Blog recently weighed in on the 42 members of Congress who helpfully inserted lobbyist language into the Congressional Record in favor of endless patents on biologic drugs on behalf of the prescription drug industry. Said Brendan Demelle

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