Frackademia: University of Tennessee Set to Lease Forest For Fracking, Enriching Governor’s Family

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 4:33 pm

8,600 acres of the Cumberland Forest owned by University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be leased off to the oil and gas industry this August in a new form of “frackademia” – and one of the top financial beneficiaries will be the family of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who sits on UT-Knoxville’s Board of Trustees.

“Frackademia” is usually thought of as “studies” conducted by university-based “frackademic” researchers and funded by Big Oil, the old “Tobacco Playbook” in action. But UT-Knoxville has taken the game to a whole new level, leasing off land it owns so that it can study “best practices” for fracking in the Volunteer State.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sasha Issenberg, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

By: Saturday October 27, 2012 1:59 pm

Why do we vote? Why do some stay home? And with the right persuasion techniques, can the political industrial complex manipulate those patterns?

These important questions are at the heart of a new book exploring the science behind campaigning, because for all the hullabaloo made over television ads, this election will be won and lost by the ground game.

The Victory Lab, The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, by journalist Sasha Issenberg, has been called the Moneyball of politics. It takes readers into the minds of pollsters and field operatives to reveal some of the tactics behind getting-out-the-vote.

Atlas Volunteered

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 4:24 pm

TBogg has shrugged off blogging and run off to Dallas to volunteer to lift heavy boxes for Any Rand’s movie. There is a contradiction here. If you see him, please urge him to call home.

FDL Movie Night: Pray for Japan

By: Monday April 16, 2012 5:00 pm

After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Stu Levy mobilized to volunteer his help, traveling with a group bringing food and gasoline to a shelter serving 1,000 people, where the volunteers put together a soup kitchen to feed the refugees their first hot meal since the quake. A subsequent trip took him to Ishinomaki, on the Tohoku coast, where over 3,000 people in a city of 165,000 had been killed, with over 2,700 unaccounted for, and another 30,000 displaced.

Fronm these experiences comes tonight’s film Pray for Japan.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rasmus Nielsen, Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns

By: Sunday March 18, 2012 1:59 pm

Ground Wars by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is an essential new bible for political campaigns locked in the everlasting battle that has become modern American politics.

This book is useful for everyone from a neophyte about to join their first campaign to career campaign operatives and consultants. Neophytes will gain a broad overview of exactly what to expect on their first campaign with the benefit of having their upcoming experience framed within the broader picture of politics. Career campaign operatives and consultants, will appreciate the book’s focus on the “ground war” as an essential component of the modern campaign as well as the historical background on how we got here, which many of them will have experienced firsthand. In the short time Nielsen spent embedded in the campaigns and in authoring this book he has managed uncover and write about what few who live and work in politics are even aware of.

Want to Become an FDL Member? Give Me a Call!

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 12:30 pm

Yesterday Ryan and I were making (and taking) calls on the livestream. I was calling FDL members to thank them for signing up, and also following up on requests that many had made to get more involved as volunteers. We tried to clone the fabulous Brian, but that didn’t work (though we did wind up with some rather singular sheep). So I’m calling people today who indicated they have graphics skills to see if we can get Brian some help doing graphics and layouts for our campaigns.

If you’d like to volunteer but can’t afford a membership, we have some really generous members who have offered to donate scholarships. So if you’re interested, give Ryan a call at (202) 506-3917.

Trying to Help, Hearing Nothing: A Gulf Coast Diary

By: Saturday May 29, 2010 7:45 am

Being here is a constantly evolving experience. I have learned a decent bit more about fishing than I ever thought I would care to, but the most interesting things I have learned are about how the media operate. Everyone has heard of reporters taking creative license when editing, bending the real story to fit their agendas.

What’s most shocking is just how easy it is to do.

A Call for Volunteers

By: Monday October 19, 2009 12:01 pm

We have so many projects going that we’ve come to the point that we could use your help. From phone calling to data entry to research to marketing and filling orders, we need extra hands. The time you have to commit is exactly the time we need; an hour after work, a few hours a day, or taking over an entire research project. We’ll be grateful for every minute you contribute.

Fired Up? Obama and Energy Independence

By: Saturday November 8, 2008 5:05 pm

Barack Obama has fostered one of the most impressive political machines, if not social movements, in American history. Will this movement turn toward another form of national service? Will Obama-Biden campaign machine turn to, for example, fostering energy efficient practices throughout American society?

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