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March 19, 2011

Hyannis Port sunrise…

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:18 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Saturday morning, the nineteenth day of March, 2011, a beautiful one, as evidenced in the image of Hyannis Port above you, on this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age.  The weather on the Cape and Islands has a feel today of Spring, with temperatures expected in the low 50’s today, with abundant sunshine–can anyone say “sailing”?  So come on down and visit US, we will leave the LIGHT on for you! A follow up from yesterday’s blog, same bat time, same bat channel, not to be confused, of course, with bat$hit stations like FOX NEWS, right here LIVE from Osterville, at seacapecod.net. Ed Schultz, a great reporter from the “ED SHOW” airing every week night at 10 p.m., only on MSNBC, had, as his guest, another expert on atomic energy, focusing on the United States, and one of the creators of riverkeeper.org, an excellent source of TRUTH in an otherwise mire of hor$e$hit that engulfs most of the airwaves now in the United States of America, who spoke to Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo’s three year position on the safety concerns over the “Indian Point” nuclear power plant, located only 30 miles from the heart of downtown New York City.  Indian Point is ranked the most dangerous of the 104 nuclear power plants currently operating in the United States.  It is ranked as such for two very important reasons, a) the age of the facility, as it is the oldest and most in need of immediate improvements or repairs!, and b) the fact that the plant lies on two, count them two, ACTIVE fault lines that experts at Columbia University say could easily produce a 7.0 quake that would spell disaster for the roughly 17 million people living in and around the New York City metropolitan area.  This piles on the growing sentiment of experts from all areas that maintain many other plants in this nation have similar problems that have been ignored over the years and all adds up to the same song and dance of corporations, and their reason for existence, PROFIT, taking precedent over living, breathing, real life American citizens who blindly go about their day, no fault of their own, “thinking” nothing like what happened in Japan could ever happen right here in our own backyard, right here in the good ‘ole U.S. of A., ’cause we got the “NRC”, the nuclear regulatory commission, working on it 24/7, (until Americans forget about Japan and focus on something else) and those good folks over at the NRC could never be swayed by the powerful lobbyists that also work, much harder I might add, 24/7, for the various corporate interests who own said power plants, in it for the MONEY only, as evidenced by their shoddy and irresponsible stewardship of an energy source that we, as humans, have not really found a way to deliver without extreme risks to the public at large.  A new Gallup poll recently came out reflecting the fact that 70 percent of Americans now are more concerned about nuclear accidents than they were only a week and a day ago, it’s just human nature, when you see what is going on half way around the world, and you know what officials must have told those poor Japanese people before March 11th, “don’t worry, focus on something else, go about your business…” Now we KNOW, and as Paul Galley, of RIVERKEEPER.org stated so well in yesterday’s interview, “anybody that tells you that we don’t have to worry about this in the United States, on the banks of the Hudson, you need to KNOW they are not telling you the TRUTH!” Thank you sir for your work and dedication to our country and it’s people.  With the budget cuts the republicans are offering up, it will assure us all that we, as a country, we be significantly less safe from the natural disasters to come in an environment, the earth’s environment that is, that is heating up by the hour, creating stronger storms that will wreak havoc on every corner of the globe, the United States included.  The U.S. Geological survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, will be adversely affected by the 61 billion dollar budget cuts, cuts to ‘discretionary spending’, (isn’t all spending discretionary?) as we get ready to enter a third crisis in the Middle East, in the country of Libya, more on that in a future blog, offered up by the House of Representatives three days ago.  Holding a ‘hearing’ (window dressing anyone?) on the matter Thursday in Washington, was a JOKE as I believe the only people who may have noticed were the cameramen over at CSPAN.  The most excellent congressman from the great state of Oregon, Peter Defazio, a democrat, was asked by thinkprogress.org how those cuts would effect our nation’s preparedness and response to calamities such as earthquakes, floods, tsunami’s, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions… As a bit of a background, the congressman’s district in Oregon was adversely affected by the Japanese quake and subsequent tsunami, destroying a harbor on the coast and sweeping four people out to sea, and had this to say, verbatim, to his fellow law makers and the world at large, “If you cut on detection of tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, severe weather events, you know, weather buoys, satellite observation of weather patterns, you know, those types of things, people will die.  People will die from tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes or volcanic eruptions, or earthquakes, so cutting on the preparedness funds that go down to the local organizations, down to the cities and counties who have got to be the first responders is…” he did not finish his sentence, so I will fill in the blank, CRAZY!”  Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce, said that long range weather forecasting would be reduced from seven days to three days, saying in a statement, “There’s no way that we can avoid comprising the programs that safeguard our country.”  So the next time you hear about a tragic story of a tornado striking say, Kansas, my grandfather’s home, and people were killed as a direct result of a LACK of warning, with technology that exists today to warn them, but does not, due to lack of funding for such an important function of a real government ‘of the people’, you might just want to think twice when you pull that voting lever for a republican in the next election cycle.  Going even further than Locke, the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Marcia McNutt, said this in a hearing two days ago on Capitol Hill, “Japan was just hit with a tragic and devastating 9.0 earthquake and Tsunami, and shame on us if we don’t learn from their misfortune.”  Christian Parenti appeared once again on the ED SHOW, a must watch TRUTH telling machine, I’m telling you, the Thursday night edition, who is the author of Tropic of Chaos, climate change and the new geography of violence, a must read, I’m also telling you, nicely of course, and also a contributing editor for the NATION Magazine, and said this regarding the cuts the republican puppets are proposing that will adversely effect a good part of our nation’s national security, if you are at all interested in saving people’s lives, especially when we have the technology to do just that…”These cuts remind me of 1994 and what the republican party did back then.  These cuts are not only stupid and greedy, but there’s a political logic to it, and it relates to the history of nuclear safety.  In this context, what happened was after Three Mile Island, there was a real re-think about nuclear safety in this country.  And there developed a whole infrastructure, the NRC pulled away from the industry, it was no longer captive of the industry, it had some autonomy–it was still always, essentially, very soft on them. Certain people in congress got very serious about doing investigations, and also about holding the industry accountable, and the industry pushed back, through the republican party, and slowly eroded (sound familiar?) this improvement in safety culture. The final part of that came in 1994, with the Gingrich revolution, where they did these same kind of cuts they are doing now, you’ll remember they were going to eliminate air traffic control, radar, all sorts of stuff, a lot of which did not happen because it was so crazy, but what happened at that time was that Pete Domenici (former Senator of New York) brought then, the head of the nuclear regulatory commission, and to him said, ‘I am going to gut your department unless you shape up and stop harassing the industry’.  In other words, unless you go soft on allowing the re-licensing of plants, overlook these violations, etcetera, etcetera, and you see what happened was that nuclear safety declined, you know, there were less enforcements by the nuclear regulatory commission, and the whole set of practices, and the whole set of personnel, were disintegrated, they just went away from the industry.”  ED: “I grew up a good part of my life on the prairie, and those tornado warnings are invaluable for saving people’s lives, what happens with these cuts?”  PARENTI: “Especially in the face of climate change, this is going to become increasingly important, there’s going to be more and more freak weather, and there needs to be preparation and planning for this.  As you know, there is a wing of the republican party and they are in the ascendancy now, and they’re ideology has just sort of taken flight at certain times of any larger, RATIONAL interests, and they’re on a kind of Jihad, particularly in the face of this quake, the tsunami and the atomic meltdown in Japan, to consider cutting this stuff is INSANE, in my opinion.” My opinion too Mr. Parenti, my opinion too.  Have a wonderful week end folks, please do not consider taking any wooden nickles from Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly or any of their friends.  May GOD’S ETERNAL speed and grace be on the people of Japan and the workers who are attempting to put that water on those very hot “spent” radioactive fuel rods.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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