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  • brasch wrote a new diary post: SitComs Not Always a Laughing Matter

    2014-04-19 06:32:56View | Delete

    Thumbnailby Walter Brasch   My favorite new TV comedy is “Growing Up Fisher.” Sitcom set It’s the story of a blind lawyer, his 12-year-old son, a mid-teen daughter, and an ex-wife who is trying to return to her adolescent years. The show is based upon the experiences of D.J. Nash. J.K. Simmons portrays Mel Fisher; for most [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Tragedy in the 24/7 News Media

    2014-04-06 04:02:10View | Delete

    Thumbnail  by Walter Brasch CNN is the 24/7 media trumpet for news about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that is presumed to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean, southwest of Australia. On that flight were 227 passengers and 12 crew members. CNN grabbed every iota of information, pumped it full of digital frequencies, and broadcast it to [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital (update)

    2014-03-30 03:10:40View | Delete

    Thumbnail by Walter Brasch   Vera Scroggins will now be allowed to go to her hospital, supermarket, drug store, several restaurants, rehabilitation therapy – even the recycling center.Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will now be allowed to go to her hospital, supermarket, drug store, several restaurants, and the place where she goes for rehabilitation therapy. She [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: An Injunction Against the First Amendment

    2014-03-21 03:48:38View | Delete

    Thumbnail Vera Scroggins never planned to be among the leaders of a social movement, but her persistence in explaining and documenting what is happening to the people and their environment has put her there. Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will be in court, Monday morning. This time, she will have lawyers and hundreds of thousands [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Lettuce Look at Some Prices

    2014-03-16 05:44:36View | Delete

    Thumbnail Lettuce growing during the winter in Yuma, Arizona I was resting at home when Marshbaum called to ask if I wanted to go with him to look at the lettuce. “The supermarket’s got lettuce for less than two bucks a head,” he said enthusiastically. “What’s so unusual about that?” “Because it’s going to be extinct [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry

    2014-03-08 09:45:41View | Delete

    Thumbnailby Walter Brasch   The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe. First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking. Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: No Merit Badge for This Scout

    2014-03-01 05:41:56View | Delete

    Thumbnailby Walter Brasch Rex W. Tillerson Rex W. Tillerson, a resident of Bartonville, Texas, like many of his neighbors was upset with his city council. That’s not unusual. Many residents get upset at their local governing boards. And so they went to a city council meeting to express their concerns that the council was about to award [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Communicating the Atomic Fart

    2014-02-22 06:56:19View | Delete

    Thumbnailby Walter Brasch   My son’s best friend bought an iPhone shortly after they were first released in 2007. Original iPhone + iPhone 3G + iPhone 4 Not long after my son’s friend got his Apple iPhone, he got an app—the Atomic fart. It appealed to his—and millions’ of others’—junior high school sense of humor, although by the [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: No Honor in Killing God’s Dog

    2014-02-15 11:28:36View | Delete

    Thumbnail by Walter Brasch A week before the opening of the Olympics, 759 Pennsylvanians paid $25 each to participate in a sport that would never be a part of any international competition. These Pennsylvanians carried shotguns, whistles, and electronic calls; most also used dogs to search out their prey. The prey was coyotes. A “reward” of $100 was [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Pets Are Nothing More Than Kitchen Chairs

    2014-02-03 04:37:33View | Delete

    Thumbnail A call for humane treatment of animals. In Johnstown, Pa., two abandoned puppies died from starvation and freezing weather in an unoccupied house. In Lancaster County, two puppies were left in a backpack in freezing weather. In Centre County, a dog was frozen to the floor of its doghouse. In Edwardsville, a woman abandoned 19 [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Delayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisis

    2014-01-05 07:26:25View | Delete

    Thumbnail by Walter Brasch   It’s been about two weeks since the news media began smothering the nation with stories about UPS and FedEx delivering packages late during the holiday season. A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Depth Takes a Holiday in Mass Media

    2013-12-28 13:35:20View | Delete

    Thumbnail by Walter Brasch   The mass media have a fixation upon throwing up lists. Sports editors run innumerable lists of the “Top 10” high school and college teams. Arts and entertainment editors run lists of the top books, movies, songs, and even video games. Financial and business editors tell us who they believe are the “most important” [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: We Gather Together to Ask…

    2013-11-26 04:54:56View | Delete

    Thumbnailby Rosemary and Walter Brasch Segued into a 10-second afterthought, smothered by 60-second Christmas commercials, is the media acknowledgement of Thanksgiving, which nudges us into a realization of all we are thankful for. But the usual litany, even with the omnipresent pictures of the less fortunate being fed by the more fortunate, doesn’t list well this [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: No Area Safe From Fracking

    2013-11-20 12:49:37View | Delete

    ThumbnailAt the time New Jersey established a ban on fracking, it seemed symbolic, much like the moratorium in Vermont, which has no economically recoverable natural gas; the Marcellus Shale, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania, doesn’t extend into New Jersey. New York has a moratorium on fracking until a health impact statement is completed. Pennsylvania. rushing [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Let’s Phrase This Another Way

    2013-11-11 05:08:53View | Delete

    ThumbnailO.K., all you loyal readers, I’d appreciate it if you would “Put your hands together” for today’s commentary. I want you to “give it up” for me. But, most of all, I want you to “show me some love.” Dr. Brasch is upset about your language. If you’d like to stand and applaud enthusiastically, that’d be [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban

    2013-11-02 10:54:46View | Delete

    ThumbnailBy Walter Brasch Three-fourths of all Pennsylvanians want to see an end to live pigeon shoots. A statewide survey by the Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Company reveals not only do 75 percent of Pennsylvanians want to see legislation to ban live pigeon shoots but only 16 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose such a ban. Here’s another figure from [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: An Injunction Against the Truth

    2013-10-26 04:22:10View | Delete

    Thumbnailby Walter Brasch   Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013. Vera Scroggins, a retired real estate agent and nurse’s aide, was in Common Pleas Court for Susquehanna County, Pa., to explain why a temporary injunction should not be issued against her. the truth Before her were four lawyers and several employees of Cabot Gas and Oil, who accused [...]

  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Shuffling Federal Paperwork

    2013-10-14 04:04:43View | Delete


    The right-wing part of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, with John Boehner in the role of spineless lackey rather than courageous Speaker, has shut down much of the federal government. Did you fill out the right form? Eighty Republicans had signed a letter expressing their intent to shut down the government. It was a political [...]
  • brasch wrote a new diary post: Jumping Aboard Fracking’s Fossil Fuel Carousel

    2013-10-08 10:15:26View | Delete

        by Walter Brasch   Two Pennsylvania legislators who have taken money from—and enthusiastically supported—the natural gas industry have teamed up to now praise coal. State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Williamsport), chair of the Environmental Resource and Energy Committee, and Rep. Tim Solobay (D-Canonsburg, Pa.) are co-chairs of the newly-established Coal Caucus. It’s a strange move on [...]

  • ThumbnailTokelau, an independent territory of New Zealand, is a small three island archipelago of about 1,400 residents about 300 miles north of American Samoa in the South Pacific. In October 2012, the Polynesian nation turned off the last of its diesel generators and became the first country to use solar power as its only energy source. [...]

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