Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 12:50 pm

Royal Dutch Shell, which owns or leases about 900,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale, had a great idea.

It wanted to frack the Ukraine. But, there was opposition. So, Royal Dutch Shell decided to create a junket for some of the Ukrainians opposed to fracking to show them just how wonderful fracking is.


Late Night: Blows Against The Denialist Empire

By: Sunday July 28, 2013 8:00 pm

Once again, the work of Michael Mann — work the dirty-energy-backed denialists have spent fifteen years attacking and smearing — will be validated, this time in a court of law.

News Flash! Marcellus Shale Coalition Takes on Pennsylvania Charities

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 6:20 pm

Thanks to Citizens United, we are all the beneficiaries of unlimited corporate money in our elections — witness the onslaught of TV ads interrupting our ballgames and the fall lineup of TV shows.

In a new twist, the very groups that agitated to spend unlimited funds to promote their point of view are now critical of others who challenge them. What brings this to mind is an Associated Press story this morning that the Marcellus Shale Coalition is not happy about the funding priorities of the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation.

Penn State University and the Folly of ‘Moving Forward, Not Looking Back’

By: Monday July 23, 2012 10:45 am

For fourteen years, the university put its prestigious football program ahead of doing anything for the children, who were victimized. This is appalling and despicable. And, now, today the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has levied incredibly severe penalties against the institution for covering up crimes that were committed against children. What does this case tell us about holding other institutions and officials, including government, accountable for their actions?

Penn State Sanctioned Harshly by NCAA for Sandusky Sex Abuse Scandal

By: Monday July 23, 2012 10:08 am

The NCAA has banned Penn State from college football bowl participation for four years, fined the university $60 million, vacated 110 victories from 1998 to 2011, and enabled all football scholarship athletes at the school to transfer without having to sit out a year. Except for banning, this is perhaps the most that could otherwise be done in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Penn State President Graham Spanier in His Own Words

By: Monday July 16, 2012 3:30 pm

Since last November, when the Jerry Sandusky saga propelled Penn State into the headlines, I’ve wondered about Penn State’s former president, Graham Spanier. After reading the Freeh Report in its nauseating detail, I did more than wonder — I started digging for Spanier’s own words on what it means to be a university president.

What I found does not make for a pretty picture.

The Freeh Report: The Cost of an Accountability-Free Climate Comes Home to Roost

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 1:54 pm

Louis Freeh’s long-awaited report is out on the institutional handling of the Jerry Sandusky affair at Penn State, and it is brutal. More than anything, it comes down hard on the climate of Penn State that denied the need for accountability and oversight.

Into the Volcano

By: Sunday December 4, 2011 9:30 am

The horrors of the Penn State rape scandal should remind us of a truth too easily lost in this era of corporate personhood: institutions of all kinds and sizes are by their nature morally empty.

I suppose our culture’s general sexual ineptitude is one reason this fact is easier to see in instances of violent brutality involving organs of sex. But ugly institutional moral failures of many kinds happen all around us every hour, every day.

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