Tuesday, July 22, 2014
While You Were Sleeping/Pickling/Taking a Picture of Your Dinner, A Cocktail or an Ice Cream Cone
Here is something that happened, that as my friend Pat who writes poetry would say did not end up in the news today, yesterday or anytime in the last two years.
Occupy puppeteers and activists/fractivists began not just being featured in the news but creating and writing the news. And when Bill McKibben comes to town to protest, the artists and fractivists who have been running around, literally not figuratively saying the most inane and insane things about the Rockaway Pipeline Project, these are his allies.
Complete lunatics who don't actually make any sense when they speak routinely make the news.
How many activists or groups are there currently spreading the latest round of misinformation on the Rockaway pipeline project?
https://www.facebook.com/LoveNYDontFrack?fref=nf&filter=3 Betta Broad and Susan Van Dolsen two of the latest. Betta is hanging out with the usual suspects down at Floyd Bennett Field, Maureen Healy of CARP or United for Action or both and Judith Canepa who it depends on the day of course may be representing one group or another. How much misinformation collectively have Maureen Healy and Judith Canepa produced? At this point it is easier for me to just say that part of the rockaway pipeline project is a cyclinder rather than take the time to explain to people just how much misinformation they have absorbed.
Should Ms. Broad and Ms. Van Dolsen be aware that the people they are interviewing are in fact spreading myths? They should. The truth is that they don't care about the truth. They are building a "movement". They are filming it. Tweeting it. Facebooking it, instagraming it, Creating it as we speak. Movements it seems require slogans and fists in the air--not a whole lot of complex thoughts.
Here is a list of Brooklyn groups who heard about the Rockaway pipeline project two years ago and have proceeded to take information given them even two years ago, turn it upside down and turn out complete jibber jabber/ propoganda. (The sad part is that most people even when reading what it is these people churn out fail to pay attention and see where the details are off or in many cases, totally and completely fabricated.)
Brooklyn Green Party, Food and Water Watch, United for Action, Sane Energy, Brooklyn Coalition for Peace, Sierra Club, folks either part of Occupy the pipeline or becoming Occupy the pipeline and that is just a small list because some of the people like Edie Kantrowitz apparently can speak for more than one "group".
Is it any wonder that there is now the very same "reporter", and I use that word loosely, named Nick Pinto who covered Occupy and friends antics with the Spectra pipeline, who is now down "covering" the Rockaway Pipeline "protests" for Gothamist (of all places) and Vice? It isn't to me at all. How many words into that article do you need to get to find an error? 10. Does Mr. Pinto appear to even know where he is when he is standing in Queens or at Riis beach? No.
How many "environmental" groups are there out there right now completely fabricating information on the rockaway project and port ambrose? Too many to count. It has to be one of the great untold stories of our time. The complete failure of the media to fact check anything at all that an activist tells them or to do a stitch of their own research
Diagnosis: Frack Fever. Alternate title: This is Your Brain on Occupy. (Completely confused.) I cannot count the number of times I have read or watched on video or been treated to reading letters or online rants about this project that are often fact-free or so far from fact as to be close to fiction. This is the untold story of the Rockaway Pipeline.
Is watching this happen fun or inspiring? No. Is it fun to listen to Occupy and fracktivists take over hearings? Hardly. It is about the most disturbing thing I have a feeling I will ever in my lifetime have the mispleasure to witness. There is more than 3 years plus of paperwork including paperwork in the Congressional record that itself tell quite a tale and activists for 2 years have chosen in every moment possible to completely fabricate the actual story of this project. There probably isn't a fact that they haven't mangled at this point.