Qapla’ : First Klingon Elected to Office in New York State

Klingon Chancellor Martok, under his Earth name of John Hertzler, has been elected to the Ulysses Town Board in Tompkins County, near Ithaca. According to the Ithaca Times, Hertzler was introduced at Democratic party’s caucus in August as

the only Klingon general living in Ulysses.

Hertzler, an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s film and theater department, has the distinction of being one of only four actors to play seven different characters on the various “Star Trek” incarnations. A working actor, he has also appeared in numerous other television series, and is slated to appear in the upcoming film, Star Trek: Anaxar, which begins production in 2014.

A former EPA employee under the Nixon Administration, Hetzler is staunchly opposed to fracking, writing on his campaign website:

The immense and under-reported risks of environmental destruction of land, air and water quality due to this particular drilling technique is not compatible with human habitation and must not be allowed to happen here. I have invested everything I have in this home and I will not see it destroyed for the sake of short term profit by some oil and gas company based in Houston or Tulsa or Norway.  I do believe in encouraging other business and industry here such as expansion of the vinyards  and tourism, dairy farming, grain farming, and home building… all life-affirming and appropriate manner of development for our region.

Qapla’, success and good luck, Chancellor Martok!

Chrissie Hynde’s and Ray Davies’ Daughter Arrested During Fracking Protest

30 year old Natalie Hynde — daughter of The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and The Kinks’ Ray Davies — was arrested last week in an act of civil disobedience protesting fracking company Cuadrilla in Balcombe, West Sussex, UK.  Reports indicate that Hynde super glued herself to her boyfriend at the entrance of a drilling site.

She was joined in her efforts by Human Rights Activist (and former wife to Mick Jagger) Bianca Jagger, who is featured in the video above explaining the background of this specific site.

A survey of the Balcombe parish conducted last year indicated that over 82% of residents opposed plans to begin fracking, a large number citing concerns over increased road traffic and pollution of water supplies.  These issues only scratch the surface of the potential consequences of fracking, a process used to drill for natural gas.

Various groups are partaking in what The Guardian calls “The Battle of Balcombe,” from Friends of the Earth, South East to Frack Off.

In an article/ live blog detailing the potential harm that could come to Balcombe, and updating readers on day to day actions, Frack Off warns;

Cuadrilla are faced with having to try to push through the drilling despite the near unanimous opposition of the local community. Across Sussex people are equally unkeen on the threatened industrialisation of the county.

Recent protests confirm that the citizens of Balcombe are indeed watching.  Hynde, a frequent participant in enviornmental acts of civil disobedience, has previously stated : “If I can use who I am to bring attention to our cause then that’s great.”

Indeed, her rock lineage affords her a bit of celebrity to shed some light on the actions of many.  But the truth is that everybody has the ability to make a dent simply by speaking up.  After all, in the words of Ray Davies, “No matter what you do or who you are, everybody’s a star.”

“Oil to the World” We’re Fracked



Oil. Oil to the world. And that’s what America is hoping for by 2020. That flow of generosity, that holiday spirit has seeped into Versus, where creator Marcy Schaffer has penned a new set of lyrics to celebrate that we’re fracked.

Oil to the world
Could POUR here from
It is miraculous
That we foresee such plenty
By roughly 2020
This flow indigenous
Giving back our muscle, thus
oh, NO one, NO, no one
can frack with us

All hail to shale
That blessed rock
And to its crude home-brewed
Take thanks to all the frackers, who
Break ranks with all the squackers, who
Cry slime will prime mutant food
And climate change will conclude
With heaven and nature
getting barbecued

Oil fields unfurled
As Europe saves
What China craves like crack
When gas IN every Audi
No longer must be Saudi
We’ll rule the power pack
Our fuel the jewel they lack
No bluster
a blockbuster
cluster frack

Oil to the world
The US may
Have extra to transact
We boast by sweet Light carol
To toast each sweet light barrel
For as wells like Shell’s extract
Only time will tell how they act
And how much in fact exactly
we’ll be fracked

How much in fact exact
will we be fracked?