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Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The Fraud that is Truthland
by Jason Olshefsky at 1:04 pm (add a comment)

So I heard about this film Truthland which is purported as a response to GasLand by Josh Fox. While I think Gasland barely scratches the surface of the issue of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction (hydrofracking or fracking) — and promotes the most sensational aspects — I think it is overall a service that it raises awareness and encourages people to explore further.

So having "drank the Kool Aid" so-to-speak, I was skeptical of Truthland. I watched the trailer and it looked pretty good. But then I was thinking, "I wonder where the website is hosted" so I looked into it. It came back "clean" in the sense that it wasn't hosted at a gas company like I expected but by Linode.com. But then I thought, "man, that website looks really good". It'd probably be around $5K to $20K to make something that looks that good. That seems kind of unusual for a family to be able to afford (and without even a mention on IMDb.com, much less media attention or even a Kickstarter campaign.)

And then I thought, you know, the footage in the trailer looks really good too — like too good. I mean, I think it's possible that a mom in Pennsylvania knows how to produce a top-notch documentary, but it seemed kind of unlikely. The quality demonstrated in the trailer ain't from some off-the-shelf Canon no matter how much money you spend: shooting obviously included a recording engineer, someone with fill lights and reflectors, a good cinematographer, and at least two cameras. For instance, at about 1:30 in the trailer interviewing Joseph Martin: note the gap between Shelly DePue and Martin where you can see the tree trunk between them, then in the close-up, the camera is to the left of the first and zoomed, obscuring the tree? A digital zoom after-the-fact would show the same angle. Plus there's obviously wireless microphones to record the interview and reflected light to key their faces in the shade of the trees. These are not things the average person thinks of — only an extraordinarily exceptional person would.

So way at the bottom of the page are two links: one to Energy In Depth, and the other to The Independent Petroleum Association of America. Well gee, that seems weird. Most documentaries give thanks to friends and relatives who ponied up the thousands of dollars it would take to shoot it, but this one cites a couple industry groups.

So I Googled it and a few links down is Fracking Industry’s Answer to “Gasland”: Devised by Astroturf Lobbying Group and Political Ad Agency. And that pretty much puts a lock on it. I don't mean to just make an ad hominem fallacy of it all: there is big money at stake, and the central deception (that this started from DePue wanting to find the truth) calls into question everything that is said. And if everything that's said can't be believed, why say it at all?

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    JayceLand Pick Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea will speak on Fracking tonight at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at Honeoye Central School District (8528 Main St., Honeoye). You can also watch some videos of his on YouTube by searching for hydrofracking Ingraffea. [source: Rochester Farm Connection Yahoo! Group]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing It's Always Fair Weather starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "a bittersweet look back and a satirical postwar commentary, Donen and Kelly's musical goodbye to MGM was conceived as a loose sequel to On the Town. Estranged Army buddies Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, and Michael Kidd are reunited by TV coordinator Cyd Charisse. Kelly's performance — and his celebrated roller skating sequence — shine." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is a Bug Jar in Exile show featuring solidly good power electric alt-acoustic rock from The DadsMySpace link, Atlas Arrows, and CavalcadeMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]


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    JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Art and Treasures sale at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Cynthia Howk will present Architecture for Lunch today at 12:10 p.m. starting at Eastman Place (25 Gibb St.) [source: Landmark Society calendar]

    Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 6 p.m. at The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Deep Blue Sea starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "free spirit Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) is a trapped in a loveless marriage with an older man. She finds escape in an affair with RAF pilot Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), but his callowness and her instability eventually send Hester deeper into isolation." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Skylark Lounge (40 S. Union St., formerly Muther's) will be hosting Bug Jar in Exile featuring effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements (was Stereophone), Harmonica Lewinsky, Tropical PunkMySpace link, and grindy, rough, brutally simple rock duo Dick Snare starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) will be hosting Anonymous Willpower starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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    Today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. starting at Mt. Hope Cemetery (1145 Mt. Hope Ave., the South Gate) is a Public Tour of South Section of Mount Hope Cemetery. [source: City Hall press release]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Kiseki (I Wish) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. Again from the calendar, "separated by their parents' divorce, 12-year old Koichi lives with his mother in southern Japan while his younger brother lives with their father in the north. When Koichi learns of a new bullet train line linking the two towns, he starts to believe his family will be miraculously reunited place when the trains pass each other at top speed." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at Skylark Lounge (40 S. Union St., formerly Muther's) starting around 10 p.m. is a Bug Jar in Exile show featuring JoywaveMySpace link, good high-energy pop-punk-rock Mikabomb, KOPPS, and Kitty Snowpants. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is a Garage Sale and Super Flea Sunday. [source: City Hall press release]

    Today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting at Mt. Hope Cemetery (791 Mt. Hope Ave., the North Gate) is a Public Tour of North Section of Mount Hope Cemetery. [source: City Hall press release]


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    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) might have a reopening tonight with ChloroformCoulier, PollockMySpace link, The Murder Junkies, and good hard rock from The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    This morning starting around 8 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is The Artists' Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Man in the Dark starting at 8 p.m. — in 3-D. From the calendar, "a lean thriller about lobotomized amnesia and tough-guy gangsters, Man in the Dark was the first major studio picture released in 3-D. Starring noir standbys Edmond O'Brien and Audrey Totter, Man in the Dark is a beguiling blend of medical drama, fever dream, and crime saga. The rollicking climax shows both 3-D and Ocean Park's seedy Sea Serpent roller coaster to their best effects." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    Fly the flag today.Independence Day

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing 3-D Shorts starting at 8 p.m. — all on "restored dual-strip 35mm Polaroid 3-D" and presented by Bob Furmanek. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is PalefaceMySpace link, and good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder BodyMySpace link. [source: Freetime]

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