Dec 7, 2013 at 22:37:36
“There has been a clear change in moderator behaviour since this new commenting format was instituted. I believe the moderators are right-leaning censors that are trying to suppress comments/info that are critical of the ptb.”
Dec 7, 2013 at 19:16:31
“It's truly alarming and sickening how such a disturbed person can be elected. CNN labelled Anders as "a foreign political saboteur" for his job as a professional heckler. He was also a member of the Ku Klux Klan. I am not surprized that his riding is Calgary West.”
Dec 1, 2013 at 06:37:35
Canada British Columbia
“Really nice to see how much people appreciate wildlife.
Sorry to bring a dark cloud onto a happy moment, but you better enjoy it while it lasts because the feds and the prov government in SK have relaxed (i.e. gutted) environmental regulation, oversight and/or enforcement.”
Dec 1, 2013 at 06:17:19
“It's happening a lot lately. I think huffpo, along with the new comment format, must have started a new censorship policy that's clearly on-sided.”
Liz Wilson 2 on Dec 1, 2013 at 15:58:10
“I think that most of the Conservative posters have been sent off to the CBC where the pro-conservative posts are the majority. Furthermore, regardless of how well trolling pays, I think some of the usuals just can't tow the obvious indefensible line.”
“I lived in southern California for a while. My Cali friends told me that the reason there is so much police violence there is because the cops are frustrated ex-military who never got to kill anybody overseas. So...then they came home and became cops, and as you say, love to put their training to use.”
“Oh yeah, there are definitely keys words that will get your comment censored/deleted instantly. It seems to have kicked in with the change to this new format. Comments will also get deleted if they are not inflammatory but still sharply critical of conserv. policy or behaviour, now matter how true and well-written, and also if they are critical of the writings of certain blog authors. It's almost as if the blog authors are censoring/moderating the comments themselves.”
“That's all very sensible. Your suggestions deal with the world the way it is, rather than the way I wish it was. In the bigger picture, though, why are the needs and behaviour of industry the primary considerations that society has to try to get along with, such that we are the enemy if we disagree with their activities? Why do we have to talk nice/suck up to them to get them to comply with regulations that are designed to look out for the common good? Why aren't badly-behaving corporations the enemy? In think we find a partial answer in Zbigniew Brzezinski's attitude: "People, governments and economies of all nations must serve the needs of multinational banks and corporations." That is a truly sick perspective - that human beings must serve the needs of a tool they created (ie. money) and a legal construct they also created (ie. corporation) that has, over the past century, turned into an ugly mutant of its original noble purpose (ie. serving a specific need of society). The basic answer is that our legislators, and in some cases the regulators, are owned or heavily influenced so that better outcomes are kneecapped, and irresponsible behaviour enabled, by provincial and federal governments that are blatantly serving the needs of corporations by dismantling environmental protections and democratic processes, and creating a dark cloud of political persecution over dissent. If we raised the bar far higher than it is now by legislating environmental protections that actually succeed over the long term,”
“...and by the time the lousy companies go under, the damage is done and the contamination is permanent.”
BrendanS on Nov 20, 2013 at 15:53:02
“You do it by working with the industry. If you become an opponent you become an enemy, something to destroy. If you approach it from a friendly standpoint you will get much farther. Tone does matter. There are states that have good regulatory oversight. It can be better, but it is still pretty good. It is about setting up a regulatory framework that incentive's good behavior while still punishes bad.
1. If there is a spill and you report it, you contain it, and you fully clean it up and compensate landholders you don't pay a big fine.
2.If there is a spill and you don't report it, you contain it, and fully clean it up you pay a larger fine and are excluded from special things like making your well logs public after 3 years instead of 2 (the geological data in well logs are worth a ton of money to oil companies and they guard the data jealously, heavy competition after all).
3. If you spill and don't clean it up, hide it, or otherwise be a giant pain to the locals you don't get any new drill permits.
If you approach your regulatory framework like that you will have good results, if you approach it like they do in a lot of the east coast states where every little thing is a million dollar fine then companies will hide stuff and not work with regulators to make improvements. They are the enemy at that point.”
“Yes, it would be great to mandate case testing, but how is that supposed to happen with the revolving door between industry and government, howling packs of lobbyists at every legislator's doorstep, pro-industry fake grassroots organizations on the airwaves and outright regulatory capture? That's the reality of this situation.”
“Testing all casings would be awesome, but therein lies the problem. How do you get such testing mandated at all, with the revolving door between industry and government, a pack of howling industry lobbyists at every legislator's doorstep, pro-industry fake grassroots organizations on the airwaves, and outright regulatory capture? By the time the lousy companies go under, the damage is done and it's permanent.”
“"but it will never happen so long as the refrain is "no fracking"".
But the industry has not fixed the casing problem and has shown no interest in doing so. They have only being interested in denying and muzzling. As long as the industry is facilitated and protected by the government, they will never fix the casing problem and aquifers will continue to be contaminated. Since that's the way it is, what other realistic option is there except "no fracking".”
BrendanS on Nov 20, 2013 at 01:52:39
“A realistic option is to test the casing. Good companies already do because it does not make good business sense to lose huge portions of your natural gas into the aquifer where you can't sell it. Lousy companies are losing market share and will go under eventually. You can prevent all the problems by getting the states to mandate the testing in the first place. You have to remember it is the states that regulate these guys not the feds. You think the feds are going to go out to a rig in the middle of rural North Dakota in January to do inspections? North Dakota inspectors actually do that already.”
Nov 19, 2013 at 13:31:25
“I have a solution. Turn off the tv. Read something. Go outside and play. Take your kids fishing, or picking blueberries then bake a pie together when you get home. Learn to play a musical instrument. Go to the park and have a picnic with your sweetie. Be more active in having interesting experiences that enrich your life instead of needing to be entertained. That's my suggestion.”
Wendy Bradley Reynolds on Nov 19, 2013 at 14:45:53
“Yes, but you are not picking berries or reading a book. So, obviously, there are times when you wish to be in front of a screen, whether tv or computer.”
dalethompson on Nov 19, 2013 at 13:53:20
“You're right to a certain extent, there are many things other than TV to do, especially with the crap that's considered entertainment these days.
In the warmer months, the TV is never on, why would it be when we have a great patio to sit out on and have friends over :)”
Nov 16, 2013 at 13:42:56
“After a couple weeks with this new comment format, it's apparent that huffpo built in the ability to censor comments instantly based on key words. Creepy.”
CanadaBob on Nov 17, 2013 at 20:07:00
“And yet many of the articles have those key words.
Creepy, good word to describe what HP is doing”
Deux-Montagnes Anglo on Nov 16, 2013 at 16:07:31
“Especially considering words have multiple meanings/nuances. It is a very intellectually dumbed-down form of censorship but then again, with the way articles are now written, it seems that aiming for the lowest common denominator is the ultimate goal.”