Articles by: Dylan Hock
Dylan Hock is a writer, editor, professor, videographer and social activist. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University in 2003 and a BA in English from Western Michigan University in 2000. He has an essay on the muzzling of Ezra Pound forthcoming this August in the anthology Star Power: The Impact of Branded Celebrity and is currently also a contributing writer for Take 10, Liberal America and Green Action News. Follow him at Google+! Hire him for freelance writing and editing projects through Elance.

N.D. Fracking Chemical Fire Downplayed By Local Health Officials (VIDEO)

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Still think fracking is safe? Not only do folks have to watch for derailing, exploding trains, pipeline ruptures and sinkholes swallowing workers and boiling them alive, they also have to watch out for fracking fires spilling toxic fumes into the air. And if you’re picturing fracking as some remote location off in a lone prairie, think again. There are many facets to the industry, and not all of the possible sites for tragedy take place at the drill sites and storage wells.

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John Oliver, Puppets And Prison: How The U.S. Justice System Keeps Americans Dropping The Soap (VIDEOS)

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You’d have to be Rush Limbaugh living on a sail boat in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle to not have some sense of how bad the American prison system has become in the last few decades. But, for those readers who still turn the other cheek, who scoff and dismiss prisoners abducted by the “justice system” to be beaten, raped and forgotten about, left in the hole to rot for decades upon decades, allow John Oliver and his fabulous program Last Week Tonight to clarify a few points for you that you’ve glaringly chosen to overlook.

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Albuquerque Teens Emulate Police, Ruthlessly Kill Two Homeless Men (VIDEOS)

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Albuquerque, N.M. — Irony is thick in Albuquerque right now. Police are feigning shock at the murder of two homeless men sleeping in an abandoned lot at the hands of three local teenagers.

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Michigan Out Of Control: Medical Marijuana Under Attack! (VIDEO)

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Michigan police are out of control. Less than two weeks ago, a Muskegon, MI family states they were illegally raided by the West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) over legal medical marijuana. You won’t believe the rest of the story!

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Canadian Protestors Halt Enbridge Line 9B Construction (VIDEO)

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A dozen protestors or so shut down construction on Enbridge’s Line 9B in Etobicoke, Canada, Monday, stating that the pipeline is structurally unsound and poses as much of a danger to communities and the environment as the overall company does, itself. If that doesn’t paint a grim picture for you, be sure to look into the 2010 Enbridge spill into the Kalamazoo River — the largest inland oil spill in American history, according to the EPA.

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Michigan’s Dirty Secret: State Prisons Notorious For Violating Humanity (VIDEO)

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Michigan prisons are under the microscope, and rightfully so. The state wastes roughly $2 billion a year on corrections. Not surprisingly in the least, that’s more than raked up each year for higher education. And if you’re not disgusted yet, Michigan also keeps people locked up longer than average across the entire nation.

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Famed Comic Star Archie Dies In Two Days Over Gun Control (VIDEO)

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Comic books are taking a political turn toward the serious. In two days, comic book star of “Life With Archie,” Archie Andrews, is going to die. Wednesday, the freckled hero will be shot down thwarting an assassination attempt on his best friend, newly elected Sen. Kevin Keller, over the gun rights issue.

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Ohioans Wary Of Uses For ‘Recycled’ Radioactive Fracking Waste (VIDEO)

Recycled fracking wastewater. Drink up! (Photo courtesy of artintheage.com.)

Many are, of course, worried about the “recycling” centers, themselves. You tell us, America. Do you trust that this mysterious, radioactive sludge is being “recycled” well enough to dump on landfills, eventually slipping into the groundwater supply?

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Brooklyn Woman Living In Garbage, Ate And Slept With Dead Mother For Three Years (VIDEO)

Stirn's 4702 15th Avenue residence, near 47th Street. (Photo courtesy of Google street view.)

Stirn’s 4702 15th Avenue residence, near 47th Street. (Photo courtesy of Google street view.)

Eliciting a string of Alfred Hitchcock and Psycho references, the New York Post reported Wednesday that a Brooklyn woman has been found living with her deceased mother in a trash-filled home, perhaps for as long as three years according to the NYPD.

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1 Million Gallons Of Fracking Brine Spill Near Reservation Water Supply

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While Crestwood works to minimize coverage and damage estimates, the natural resources administrator for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes’ natural resources department Claryca Mandan said the spill site is “one of the worst places it could have happened,” because the pipeline stands at the top of a bluff. To make matters worse, if the brine is not contained it could reach nearby Bear Den Bay, which leads into Lake Sakakawea, currently supplying the Fort Berthold reservation’s drinking water — smack dab in the middle of North Dakota’s oil rush.

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BREAKING: Iraq Loses Nuclear Material To ‘Terrorist Groups,’ Begs For International Aid (VIDEO)

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The hunt for nuclear materials is on in Iraq and if folks don’t act fast, before you know it America will be whistling “weapons of mass destruction” all over again.

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You’ll Never Believe What These Police Dogs Are Trained To Do!

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From drugs and weapons to explosives and missing people, it seems dogs can be trained to sniff out darn near anything. Now, wary citizens can add hard drives to the list.

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How Hobby Lobby May Have Inadvertenly Signaled The End Of Citizens United (VIDEO)

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It’s anybody’s guess, the ramifications that will surely ring out long after the gavel hit the Hobby Lobby sounding block, but one great and looming question mark conceived by the decision could have torn a nice black hole in the “corporate veil,” opening the door to a redefinition for corporations, as well as potentially tearing a run clear through to holding CEOs personally responsible for the social, economic and environmental harm their companies have inflicted.

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What Do 40 Members Of Parliament Have In Common With Gary Glitter? (VIDEO)

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Move over Gary Glitter, whistleblower Peter McKelvie’s Operation Fernbridge investigation into a UK pedophelia ring may have finally accrued enough evidence against up to 40 British members of Parliament (MPs) and their colleagues to push for a formal investigation.

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20 Percent Of Central U.S. Earthquakes Caused By 4 Fracking Sites (VIDEO)

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According to a recent study conducted by several top-notch American universities, only four wastewater wells in Oklahoma are responsible for 20 percent of all earthquakes in the central United States.

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Cops Bust Up Knit-In, Make Arrest At Vermont Gas (VIDEO)

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Far from hanging banners from the roof and locking themselves to the front doors by the neck, five women took seats in the lobby of Vermont Gas this week and proceeded to knit until, they said, they would be permitted to voice their dissent with Vermont Gas officials.

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Maggots Found In Michigan Prison Food Twice In One Week (VIDEO)

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Proving that last week’s incident was no anomaly, maggots have been found in a second Michigan prison’s mess hall within the last five days, this time in the food itself.

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Climate Change To Wreak Havoc On Great Lakes Region (VIDEO)

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As the planet continues to swing past the tipping point toward the opposing end of the environmental pendulum, while climate change both becomes more frequent and intensifies, it’s hard to imagine any portion of the globe remaining unscathed, let alone unchanged. Now, according to PHYS.ORG, results from the National Climate Assessment prove the Great Lakes region is no exception.

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Inmates Ill After Maggots Found On Michigan Prison Meal Line (VIDEO)

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Turns out everything you’ve ever heard about prison food is true.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Challenges Politicians To Campaign For Communities (VIDEO)

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True to his word, Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Chris Wahmhoff chose to spend his 36th (and second annual) birthday behind bars Tuesday, but for all the right reasons.

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