List of My Most Viewed Videos on Fracking

Vera Scroggins - Citizens for Clean Water

I’ve documented fracking/gas drilling in my home county of Susquehanna County, Pa.,

since 2009 and have over five hundred videos concerning this issue in my County.

Can see all my videos on Fracking in my County at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/veraduerga

Here is a list of the most viewed of my videos.

Fracking Phase Happening on this Site on the Oliver Property:

next video highly viewed:

Line of Sand Trucks during Fracking Phase in Dimock, Pa. on the Wood Property:

Gas Compressor Station on Fire After Gas Leak and Explosion:

Fracking Phase at Night on Country Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDv9U_Jevho

Water Well Contaminated in Dimock, Pa. from Gas Drilling:

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‘Pointlessly cruel’ sanctions regime must be reassessed, says Commons Select Committee

Politics and Insights

A protest in Kentish Town, north-west London, against benefit cuts and sanctions. The Work and Pensions Committee has published a report this month regarding the findings of an ongoing inquiry into welfare conditionality and sanctions. 

The Committee says in the report:“Of all the evidence we received, none was more compelling than that against the imposition of conditionality and sanctions on people with a disability or health condition. It does not work.

“Worse, it is harmful and counterproductive. We recommend that the Government immediately stop imposing conditionality and sanctions on anyone found to have limited capability for work, or who presents a valid doctor’s note (Fit Note) stating that they are unable to work, including those who present such a note while waiting for a Work Capability Assessment. Instead, it should work with experts to develop a programme of voluntary employment support.” 

The report concludes that “The human cost of continuing to apply the existing regime of benefit sanctions – the ‘only…

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A word of caution about Esther McVey’s ‘u-turn’ on housing benefit for young people

Smoke and mirrors is the name of the ir game…

Politics and Insights

youth obligationThanks to Joe Halewood for the screenshot

A little background on the “Youth Obligation”.

Thenational livingwage(which is actually an inadequate rise in the minimum wage) was one of the centrepieces of the Osborne budget back in 2015 – which does not apply to those people under 25. Osborne exhorted young people to “earn or learn” in a budget speech that also cut their entitlement to receiving benefits and student grants, prompting serious complaints that young people had been unfairly targeted.  

The policy to end automatic entitlement for the housing element of Universal Credit was announced by David Cameron and Osborne in 2014 and was introduced last April. Housing and homeless organisations warned last year that it will cause grave hardship and force cash-strapped councils to meet higher costs for emergency accommodation. The plans of a review, and potential for a government u-turn on the housing element payment for young…

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The facts don’t lie, and nor do I – An open letter to Jeremy Hunt MP

What I find incredible is that a “senior” politician, a Minister of the Crown, no less. can spout such blatant lies on TV, potentially before the entire world, entirely without censure, it seems.

The article to which I refer has abundant footnotes in proof of the author’s statements.

Source: The facts don’t lie, and nor do I – An open letter to Jeremy Hunt MP

We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now. (EXPLICIT CONTENT)

Read this, and consider how you would feel if this kind of abuse were to be hurled at you, or one of your loved ones.

It seems that even the “respectable” press has joined the red-tops in the gutter.

Tin Can Cook

This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DIANE ABBOTT.

Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…

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One law for the few…

I Find it interesting that  “Liar, Liar” gets no radio airtime (unless you know differently), certainly on any of Aunty’s channels, due to their “impartiality rules”.

That’s a bit odd, I thought, given the bias, both blatant and subliminal, that has been apparent in almost all of their recent  broadcasts with any political content.

Closer ties

According to a story in the Daily Mirror that I saw today, our Prime Minister “Mrs May will fly into Jordan on Monday afternoon to agree a new anti-ISIS battle partnership with one of Britain’s closest Gulf allies.”

I’m surprised, given the appalling human rights record of that increasingly dictatorial regime,  that any civilised society wants anything at all to do with them. She’ll certainly not be speaking for me…