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Wow. It has been quite an amazing month and the December issue of Raging Chicken Press reflects the kind of month it has been. It’s also pretty clear that we are already bursting at the seams, ready to expand our site into new areas. I am going to spare you my end of  year reflections until next week sometime. Suffice it to say that we’ve got big plans for 2012!

Here’s a breakdown of the December issue:

As you can see, it’s quite an issue. A great way to close out 2011. Raging Chicken Press will be taking a little break over the holidays. Our next issue will be published the first week of February. While we will not be publishing a full issue until then, I will be using the opportunity to fill you in on our plans for 2012.

One reminder: it’s still possible to be eligible to be selected from our subscriber list to receive this months “Must Read.” This month’s book takes its inspiration from our Chomsky interview: Noam Chomsky’s, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order as well as Hopes and Prospects (that’s right, another double give-away). To be eligible, all you need to do is enter your email address in the subscription box on the right-hand side of our main page and click “Subscribe” by Monday, December 19th. That’s it and it’s free. I’ll announce our lucky subscriber next week.

That’s it for now. Hope you dig the issue!

Bread and Roses,

Editor Zero, Kevin Mahoney

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Hey all…I’ve been storing up a whole lot of stuff for the XChange.  Ever since Cevallos sent his “update” to the faculty I have wanted to get cranking on the XChange again.  But, I had to get this little project together before I turned back to the XChange.  So, here it is:

The second issue of Raging Chicken Press is now up!  In my experience, the second issue of a new publication is always difficulty to get out.  A lot of energy gets spent mobilizing for the launch of the inaugural issue and just when you think you’ve got a little breathing room, deadlines for the next issue are just around the corner. I am quite pleased at how well this issue came together.  Not only did we get some stellar submissions, all the contributions this time round are interconnected. I hope that you like our second issue as much as the first!

This issue of Raging Chicken Press features:

I hope this issue will generate as much excitement as our last issue.  I’m also already looking forward to our September issue which will be a “Back to School” issue.  The call for submissions for the September issue will be out very, very soon.

We’ll also be rolling out some exciting new things for the fall.  Beginning in September, Raging Chicken Press will be holding monthly “meet-ups” the week after an issue is published — locations to be announced, so stay tuned.  These meet-ups will allow Raging Chicken Press contributors, fans, family, and friends to have a chance to talk and network. From the beginning, Raging Chicken Press has sought to contribute to building progressive, social movements not just write about them.

In the coming months I will also increase my calls to help support the work of Raging Chicken Press.  As you know, you can help contribute to our work by using the links on the right side of our site to give donationspick up some Raging Chicken Press gear, or simply shop at Amazon.com or Powells.com.  I hope we can keep Raging Chicken Press a community supported independent, progressive media site.

So, let us know what you think!

Kevin Mahoney

Editor Zero, Raging Chicken Press

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Given Corbett’s recent draconian budget proposal, there has been a lot of discussion about taxing natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of PA. I’ve been advocating for that as well.  However, I think we need to remember that there is also a serious debate going on about natural gas companies’ use of “fracking” to extract the gas.  The recent fracking accident in Bradford County, PA should draw our attention back to the toxic dangers of fracking.  This is the same concern that was the focus of the recent film Gasland.  The dangers of fracking have also led New York State to declare a moratorium on fracking last Novemeber.

So, there are layers to this debate that are important to remember.  It also underscores that a tax on drilling AND a local impact fee should be the ground floor for any natural gas drilling in PA.  Natural gas drilling should also be forced to comply with the clean water act and EPA regulations (currently they are exempted thanks to former Vice President, Dick Cheney and his industry sponsored Energy Task Force).

For the moment, I want to recommend an amazing video (i)documentary from Melissa Troutman.  Here it is:

Chesapeake Energy – Frack Spill in Leroy, PA from Melissa Troutman on Vimeo.

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