Tuesday Twitter roundup

Speaking of power grabs:

Peter Walz @peterwalz
Didnt know they held veto MT @NCPW_LegisWatch Halliburton nixes NC’s fracking chemical disclosure rule ow.ly/kFAna #ncpol #ncga

In any sane world, disclosure of what chemicals a private company wants to inject into the ground would be a "no brainer" requirement. But in the world of fracking, and especially in the now free-market-fantasy State of North Carolina, corporate board room decisions trump those of the people:

The problem: Fracking giant Halliburton has told North Carolina’s environmental regulators the rule goes too far. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is working to get the rule changed.

“We’re anticipating some changes to the substance of the rule,” Womack said during a meeting of the commission’s Rules Committee.

Translated: we're waiting for Halliburton to tell us exactly what the rule should say.

“Where is the contention?” Commissioner Charlotte Mitchell, a Raleigh lawyer, fired back. “Is this the way the commission is going to work?”She added: “There seem to be conversations happening offline and not in public about this rule that has already come out of committee.”

Commissioner Amy Pickle, state policy program director at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, was also frustrated that the commission’s work is subject to veto by the energy industry.“I’m very sensitive to surprising the public, the (lack of ) transparency, and wasting time,” Pickle said. “This rule does not have full support in conversations that are taking place outside this process.”

Commissioner George Howard, CEO at Restoration Systems, a Raleigh company that restores wetlands and habitats, said he was surprised by the turn of events, but hardly distressed by the situation.

Of course he's not distressed. He probably believes it's possible those chemicals will magically transform themselves into a new and fantastic form of renewable energy, and maybe even cure cancer and restless leg syndrome.

CMUGlobal Apr 5, 1:33pm via Twitter Ads
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Bite your tongue! An actual college degree? Not only is it not necessary for charter school educators to have one, it can be counterproductive. Might notice too many flaws in those 1950's-era yard-sale textbooks, and demand something a little newer. Like from the 1960's maybe.

ProgressNow_NC 9:38am via TweetDeck McCrory Watch: Day 14. When will he answer questions about sweepstakes investigation? progressncaction.org/2013/05/07/whe… #ncpol #ncgov

What's the point in hiring professional reporters to be your spokesbots if you end up having to answer pesky questions? It's not rocket science.

nchousedems 12:14pm via Twitter for iPhone
Luebke: Public participation was totally denied by House Leadership on gun safety. #ncga #ncpol

Yeah, that's because the wishes of the NRA and a handful of gun zealots are more important to the IIC (Idiots In Charge) than the wishes of the people. Now is as good a time as any for some myth-busting:

timothypeck May 6, 9:50pm via TweetDeck
Only if you want less crime. /MT @TravisFain: surprised how many ppl seem to want everyone armed. Is that social progress? #ncga

While it might discourage bank robberies and other high-profile crimes, having an armed populace doesn't do a damned thing about the average violent crimes:

Dupnik has "bank robberies and murders every week up there," fired back Ben Traywick, 83, a Tombstone historian who keeps a pistol on his desk and a shotgun nearby. "And he's bad-mouthing us? If you wanted to commit a crime, would you go to a town where everyone carries a gun? We have no crime."

But that's another Tombstone myth.

Local crime is low by big-city standards. But given the size of its population, with two rapes and 10 assaults in 2009, the last year for which figures are available, the town's violent-crime rate was higher than the state's average on a statistical basis. Similarly, with 88 crimes total, the town's crime index per 100,000 was higher than the national average, 475.5 compared with 319.2.

I'm not going to go as far as to say arming the public increases crimes, because you need more than one weird town's results to get there. But I will say this (because I love anthro..., okay, you already know that): the average gun likes to be fired, because then it usually gets cleaned, which feels really good. So sometimes, in order to get that special attention, they go off "accidentally".

binker 12:21pm via HootSuite
Senate Sgt. at Arms inspecting credentials in press room. Just booted Carolina Journal from the press conference room. #ncga

Somebody's going to get written up over that. It's fine to toss one of those troublemakers from the NC Justice Center, but screwing around with puppets is off limits.

It's Onion time, baby:

The Onion ‏@TheOnion 15h
Week In Review: Seedless Watermelon Coming To Grips With Fact It’ll Never Be Able To Have Kids http://onion.com/10aoIeu

See what I mean? That's funny.

Just an added note: I'm contemplating discontinuing this series. Not that I don't enjoy it, which I do, but my original intent was to encourage folks to take to the Twitter waves to stay on top of stuff, and to keep other people on top of what the newcomers know, which is quite a bit, I'm sure. But the readership numbers of this weekly diary seem to be static, which means most of the people reading this are already (also) engaged on Twitter. That said, being a creature of habit and ritual that I am, I'm not sure I can stop.


Love your sense of humor.

Please don't stop rounding up the twits.

Thank you



It's my favorite part of the week, along with the NYT Science Times section, also on Tuesday.

These regular features are hard as heck to keep up, and you've stuck with this and Fracking Friday like clockwork. Thank you.