Mike Gianaris and The Brady Campaign Push For Stricter Gun Laws

photo18 Mike Gianaris and The Brady Campaign Push For Stricter Gun LawsToday on the steps of City Hall, State Senator Michael Gianaris and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence held a press conference to announce growing support for a package of what they termed “sensible” gun legislation.

Following a recent increase in gun violence in New York and the United States, Senator Gianaris introduced a series of gun violence prevention bills based on criteria established by the Brady Campaign which ranks each state according to the strength of its gun laws. These proposals would regulate the purchase of guns and strengthen New York’s gun existing laws. Continue reading “Mike Gianaris and The Brady Campaign Push For Stricter Gun Laws”

Let the Games Begin, Mr. Romney! Golden Banter from British Comics

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Andy Zaltzman: comedian and battalion chief for Team Britain

Last week’s sparring or casual willy-wagging between Mitt Romney, David Cameron and Boris Johnson – Mayor of London and King of the Clangers – didn’t quite give Romney the kind of publicity he was hoping for, but it certainly was lovely jubbly for the comedians and comedy writers from Great Britain, providing them with plenty of juicy material. And welcome relief for Mr. Johnson, who must have been all too pleased to give up his crown for a few hours. Next to Mr. Romney, he must have felt like the yardstick of cool.

The Observer decided to reach out to some of these fearless ninjas of British Comedy, as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicked off in time for the Olympics. Yes, that’s right. There are other major events besides The Games happening in Great Britain. Continue reading “Let the Games Begin, Mr. Romney! Golden Banter from British Comics”

Are the Frackers Force-Feeding Us Poisonous Water or Are We Drinking the Kool-Aid?

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State Senator Tony Avella holds a public forum on fracking

The debate over whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the State of New York continues to heat up.

State Senator Tony Avella held a public forum this week aiming to dissuade the public from supporting the controversial natural gas drilling procedure. Mr. Avella’s event followed a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo that he is considering permitting it in five counties near the Pennsylvania border: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga.

For the uninitiated, hydraulic fracturing involves injecting a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open rock formations, which contain gas. It has been going on since 1947, but many environmentalists are in a seemingly sudden, even apocalyptic panic mode over the issue, especially in New York. They raise concerns fracking could cause air pollution and contaminate critical groundwater supplies by releasing methane gas and toxic chemicals. One attendee at Mr. Avella’s event even claimed that, if fracking isn’t stopped, we are facing a situation similar to that in the film The Day After Tomorrow.

Continue reading “Are the Frackers Force-Feeding Us Poisonous Water or Are We Drinking the Kool-Aid?”