For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Once upon a time, oil prices rose. When these prices rose, it became financially viable to begin utilizing long known techniques for releasing oil from shale. We’ve known how to do this for a long time, but it was too expensive and oil too cheap to make sense. When the oil price rose, fracking was profitable and the Barnett Shale was opened to exploration.
When this happened, the NIMBY crowd started looking for any reason to complain and stop the drilling. They had some false starts, like flaming water hoaxes and such, but they eventually settled on “fracking causes earthquakes” after there was a small (3.3) earthquake felt in Azle, Texas.
This is what we know:
- Earthquakes most often happen without there being any human inducement. This is just how the earth works. Most often, an earthquake is just an earthquake and has nothing to do with us.
- Earthquakes can occur in areas where we have never recorded earthquakes before. Sometimes places that have been seismically quiet for centuries can abruptly become active. This, too, can happen without any human inducement.
- Sometimes earthquakes have a strong enough correlation with injection wells to suggest that the injection wells, along with other unknown factors, are a likely cause.
You can infer that there are other factors involved, because,
- The vast, vast majority of injection wells have no correlated seismic activity.
- We also know that all earthquakes correlated with injection wells are small and produce no substantial property damage.
So what is the result at the end of the day?
- We don’t know what caused the earthquakes in Azle. We know that there was an injection well very close to the epicenter, and that there have been other instances of injection wells very close to epicenters of places that were previously seismically quiet, suggesting that there is a correlation.
- We know that injection wells are not the sole cause of seismic activity, because there are thousands upon thousands of injection wells in this country that have no correlated seismic activity.
- We know that fracking has nothing to do with it. There is no correlation between fracking and seismic activity (other than the explosives themselves used in the process, and those are barely detectable.)
- We know that even if the injection wells are causing small earthquakes, they cannot cause a big earthquake.
- Finally, if we keep studying this, we might find that there is a specific geological formation that, when injected with salt water, becomes seismically active.
If we do, that is a good thing for everyone, because we will know two things — we will know where not to drop an injection well, and we will know that it is very likely that we can drop injection wells anywhere else with a high degree of confidence. Everyone wants to know that, the homeowners and the drillers.
A lot of people, including most of the media, seem to be missing something about this whole Duck Dynasty thing. Everyone is treating this like it is a 1st Amendment thing, and missing a crucial element — A&E is Pat Robertson’s employer.
That means that we shouldn’t be looking at the 1st Amendment, which governs interactions between people and their government. The correct place to look for interactions between an employee and his employer is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
SEC. 2000e-2. [Section 703]
(a) Employer practices
It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer -
(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;
There is no doubt that the suspension was, and was intended to, act as a disciplinary action. What were they disciplining? Explicitly religious speech. There wasn’t the gray area that other people have gotten into where they say something about homosexuality that they later tie into religion — Robertson specifically couched his statements in the context of sin.
What, in your mind, is sinful?
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
This is religious speech. Full stop.
For this, Robertson was disciplined. No other reason.
On top of that, Robertson could easily show a pattern and practice of anti-Christian bias by A&E. Earlier this year, they began censoring certain speech of his as if it were profane. What were they censoring? The word Jesus in prayers. The word can be reasonably censored to avoid offending the devout, if it were used in vain. This was far from it — there can be no more reverent use of the word than in a prayer. It was anti-Christian bias, straight up.
At the end of the day, A&E has shown a consistent anti-Christian bias, and now they are basing detrimental employment decisions on A&E’s anti-Christian bias. It’s time for the EEOC to become involved — but that won’t happen, because Eric Holder is the attorney general, and he’s a bigot.
Obama unilaterally decides to justify the shutdown. With this delay, he justifies all of it. The Shutdown, the congressional investigations, all of it.
This is exactly what Cruz was arguing for, except that this is too late. When Cruz was doing it, people weren’t getting screwed over for having complied with the “old” law, it wasn’t too late for people to get out of “new” bad plans, and it hadn’t done likely permanent damage to our healthcare system.
Barack Obama just did what Cruz always knew we had to — he just managed to fuck it up and make it useless in the process.
“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phils lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said.
For the record, his “lies about an entire community” was quoting Corinthians.
I’m pretty sure that to be a “true Christian” Corinthians is non-negotiable.
Apparently my home page has not been updating since June if you weren’t logged in. Since I’m always logged in, I never noticed, and since the rss feeds were still updating, I was still getting traffic.
If you’re a surfer, you might want to look back a couple of months. Or not, you might be busy.
How is Andy Dick still alive?