Are we concentrating too much on one area? It seems like hunger is a major issue as the world becomes even more over-populated!
Are we concentrating too much on one area? It seems like hunger is a major issue as the world becomes even more over-populated!
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Growing up was a painful process for me. It was quite possibly more grievous than what anyone else could have went through. You kind of get used to daily emotional and physical torture, but I never pulled a gun on anyone. I could have. After all, the Army does not hand out sharpshooter badges like they do with ammunition and highly dangerous explosives. Those tortuous and torturous days flew by though, and now the only thing that is eruptive in my life is my IBS.
I remember the good old days of console televisions where you used to have to loathe what was on the tube enough to actually get up off of the olive-green sofa, and walk your butt over to the t.v. knob to turn the channel. We were too poor to afford cable, so the pickings were slim to say the least! I became a fan of The Price is Right when I was home sick from school. I never watched Bob Barker again after we could afford cable when I was in my mid-teens. Food was, well, food. It’s amazing how many ways you can make macaroni and hamburger on a tight budget. Throw in some stewed tomatoes, and you have homemade goulash. Yum. There were plenty of days where we could not even afford the luxury of meat, and macaroni with tomatoes was the “new” goulash. There’s a dish I will not touch, unless I am poorer than I already am, and I’m starving to death! Let’s head back to the t.v. for a bit.
Television in my house consisted of having the choice of watching what mom was watching, because my dad was busy hauling products around the country in a semi truck to put goulash on the table. I wonder how many times I can incorporate the word ‘goulash’ into a story? The thought is making me nauseous! Anyway, it was wholesome t.v. with “Little House on the Prairie,” “Leave It To Beaver,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and “The Waltons,” of course. I like to revisit “Little House on the Prairie” from time to time, but I cannot get over the goodness of a handful of shows. Does anyone live such a seemingly Godly life like Charles Ingalls and his family did? What about Ward and June Cleaver? Surely my mom was trying to instill some old-fashioned family values in me. It is a miracle that I survived “the good, old days,” and I have to thank Atari for that!
Kids these days use two hands and all of their fingers, plus a few of their friends’ fingers in order to play the complex games out today. Games like Call of Duty Black Ops II must require the use of your feet as well! I liked the Atari console for its simplicity. It sort of reminded me of goulash though, but it had a lot of meat in it! Ponging a digital ball back and forth off of a wall, shooting imaginary ducks, killing Space Invaders, helping that poor, green frog cross that L.A. freeway, and graduating to Pac-Man was part of my free time duties to help save the planet. It was enough to give me a bad case of Asteroids by the time I grew up! Or is that hemorrhoids? Then came Nintendo, and the rest is history.
I must digress for a moment. Christmas when I was growing up actually involved my mom making multiple batches of popcorn for my sister and I to thread with a fine needle, and a string so thin it made a bikini look like boxer shorts! I was so anxious to get up Christmas morning to open up my presents that I felt like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story.” That movie was not made until after I grew out of Christmas, but you get the point! Christmas was almost ruined one year, like burned hamburger in macaroni and stewed tomatoes, when the family cat, Socks, decided to climb the fake Christmas tree. We woke up to broken bulbs, what was left of the popcorn Socks did not eat, and a half-eaten fresh loaf of bread. Socks was an outdoor cat, and he got worms. I know it sounds gross, but he was treated for it, and that cat lived two months shy of twenty years! Speaking of worms.
I will never forget the infamous bus ride home from school when the bullies liked to play a game of truth or dare minus the truth! The earthworm cookies were actually not bad at all. I would like to think of it as a nutritious little snack before I arrived home to eat a real snack of fruit or cheese and crackers. Then it was play time!
Before my friend Atari came along I had to make do with what I had received for Christmas or hand-me-downs. I was a t-shirt and jeans kind of kid after I outgrew my train conductor bib overalls. Shoes during summer were only for a car ride to the grocery store where I carefully eyed my dad’s meat picking skills for later use. He used to eyeball those packages of beef and pork like a western gun fight scene with the zoom-in shots of the gunfighters ready for a kill. The meat picking and shooting came in handy! Back to the sandbox now.
I had one way in the back yard. My mom watched me like a hawk through the kitchen window, and if I got thirsty I could come inside for a nice, cold glass of milk or juice fresh out of the olive-green refrigerator. Everything was either yellow from smoking or olive-green back in the 1970’s. I could play all day in that sandbox. Detached from reality, I would make war with my plastic, green army men and my Matchbox, real metal cars. Good luck finding either one of those in the stores these days! The cars are now plastic, and I think the green army men are in that Call of Duty game. I eventually outgrew my sandbox, and my hole-filled bib overalls mysteriously disappeared in the wash like the rest of my clothes did. I wised up, and I watched mom do laundry enough times, so by the time I was in my early to mid teens I could do my wash. Those holy clothes were not blessed for life though, and when I left the house to go out and play, my plaid, flannel shirts that were not meant to be see-through would vanish into thin air! They were not in the garbage can. Did that woman have a vendetta with my cherished clothes? I think she either swallowed them whole like a giant python, or she had one of those vaporizer guns like the little martian had in the Bugs Bunny cartoons!
I am lost now. Lost without clothes. Oh, the sandbox! The sand was removed, and it was ceremoniously dumped into the gravel driveway. All was not lost! What better way to construct a dam for the rainwater to flow around and drown my army men than building strategically placed walls of sand and gravel. I was growing up, and I did not even know it. Soon, I mastered the art of dam building in my area in the back of a long driveway where mom could still look out that kitchen sink window to spy on my secret military skills. Then, it was off to bigger tasks like trying to shore up the flood of water rushing along the side of the curb. I can tell you with great certainty that the only way to accomplish this monumental feat is to just give up, and start looking for something else to do.
Like Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie, another t.v. staple, I used to fish in my spare time when I was not busy doing homework using a book, a number two pencil and too many notebooks to count! There were no computers back in my childhood. At least no computers that were not the size of a school bus! Ah, those lazy, summer days are still relaxing, and there is nothing more exhilarating than hooking a nice size catfish or northern. I could, and still do, sit out there all day, and come home with a few keepers to clean and eat. I am pretty sure that I had the best farmer’s tan on the block. Nobody could out-fish me…except dad.
Dad was larger than life. I could try to beat him at anything, but I would always walk away in frustration and defeat. It did not matter what the game was. Whether it was an impossible game of chess or billiards, my dad would somehow manage to stymie my genius plan of David vs. Goliath. Coincidentally, his name is actually David, but he was Goliath as well. I felt worse than Frogger did when my joystick somehow malfunctioned, and the little guy went to froggy Heaven! I am not sexist either. Had the name of the game been Froggett, then I would have used ‘she’ instead of ‘he.’ My dad was gone for one to two weeks at a time hauling beer and produce around the country. He became a successful pool shark while he was at it.
One clear, cold winter day when I was not busy building the world’s largest snow fort in the back yard, and piling up snowballs for my perimeter defense, my dad and I went into the haunted basement for a game of pool. It really was and still is a frequently visited ghostly underground porthole where the dead like to visit, and they play some pretty freaky tricks on you when you are brave enough to venture down those creepy steps! I studied my dad’s every move like I was prepping for a school test with that number two pencil that was always a requirement. Why wouldn’t a number 1 or 3 work? What was so special about number two? Whoever invented those pencils was a sick person! Playing with kids’ minds like that when we had to study for tests, and worry about whether or not we had enough number two pencils and erasers! I bet the same person who invented the number two pencil also invented goulash! What a mean-spirited soul he or she must have been!
I willingly walked down the creeky basement steps into the main room where the old slate pool table sat. It still sits in the same place today! I practiced playing pool, until I was half way through high school when dad’s fateful day came. It did not matter that there was not enough physical space on two sides of the pool table to shoot straight without having to raise the cue-stick about three-quarters up the wood laminate wall to get off a shot. The stare-down commenced. The room felt like the meat section at the grocery store, and my dad was eyeing me up like a chunk of beef roast to check to see if the marbling was sufficient. I was the marbling, but I had my marbles in order, and I was prepared to fight until that eight ball sank in my favor. I wanted out of that dungeon once and for all to claim victory on behalf of all of the spirits that were wandering around or that my dad may have been sipping on! There was no going back. I could not find my lucky plaid, flannel shirt, so I had to make do with a newer model. It would become my new lucky charm, since the old one ceased to exist again. I started off colder than my frozen hands and feet after a wicked game of winter football during a blizzard with 30 below wind chills! Oh, this was not pretty, and I had to forget about that C that I got in speech class, because I was more introverted than a submarine implosion. I rebounded faster than Superman did in my favorite cartoon the Super Friends! Surely, I could defeat David AND Goliath! At five feet and 11 inches, my dad was about five feet taller than me. I could not use a stone and a slingshot to defeat this behemoth. I needed to use Superman’s or Wonder Woman’s telekinetic powers! My confidence grew with every shot that I sank into the thick, plastic pocket. I swear to God that my dad was growing too like Apache Chief did when he appeared out of thin air to Kracken-like proportion to rescue my core Super Friends who had been thwarted by that evil Lex Luthor! It came down to the last shot. Our eyeballs met like two wild west gunfighters in a noon shootout contest. The sweat was now running off of my palms and creating a pool of water beneath me. I inhaled what could be my last breath as I sunk the eight ball into the pocket, and this master of manipulation defeated the giant! As I watched him sink into the pool of sweat that was now several inches deep, I cheered in all of the glory like I had just won an Olympic medal for a game of pool in a pool!
Alas, I can retire to my bedroom upstairs, and watch my 13 inch black and white t.v. which was two inches higher than I was. It sure felt that way when I had to reach up high on top of my clothes dresser that was devoid of any holy, ripped, torn or see-through clothing. Maybe it was time for a celebratory game of Atari! How far can they really take technology these days I wondered then and now? Cell phones replaced that old phone that I had to stand at attention to in order to talk to my friends. No more wild cords that wrap around everything in sight while you stretch the phone to barely reach the other side of your bedroom door just to get an ounce of privacy! I can have my television record “Little House on the Prairie” for me now. No need to sit through 45 minutes of commercials for 15 minutes of a show! What could possibly be created next? An eternal orgasm machine, so I can feel happy 24 hours a day instead of eating chocolate every 15 minutes and looking like a beluga whale? That reminds me. It’s spring, so now would be a most opportune time to dust off my exercise bike that even tells me how many times a minute my heart is beating, and my regular bike like I used to ride before getting my driver’s license. But that is a whole different story that unfortunately involves goulash!
By John E Loeffler – Fountain City, Wisconsin
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Capitalist greed is splitting our country in two. But rather than look objectively at their failures, many of those responsible have been hypocritical, portraying themselves as advocates of freedom and prosperity while the greater part of America slides toward poverty.
Some of the candidates:
1. The “Get a Job” Critic
This usually well-connected person criticizes the jobless for being lazy. But in a recent poll that asked if “the government in Washington should see to it that everyone who wants to work could find a job,” 68 percent of the general public agreed, while only 19 percent of the wealthy were in agreement.
Apparently they feel the free market will find those jobs. But as they staunchly adhere to their notion, large corporations are holding trillions in cash, transferring millions of jobs overseas, and paying low-level wages to those who have managed to stay employed.
It all started with a “world is flat” reverie by which every individual in the world is empowered to accomplish great things. Then on to “create your own job” hyperbole and on a global scale to the capitalist’s belief that “a billion people have been lifted from poverty through free-market competition.”
The message being spread by the people at the top is that everyone benefits and everyone has opportunities.
The reality is that only the top of the mountain is flat. Or more accurately, the plateau just below the top of the mountain is flat. Perhaps 10 percent (or somewhere between 5 and 20 percent) of the U.S. is doing reasonably well, especially with 93 percent of non-home wealth owned by the richest quintile of Americans. Everyone else has experienced a 35-year decline in income. But hypocrisy bares its contemptuous soul with its hurrahs for the ever-growing stock market.
Outside our borders, world inequality has decreased, but largely because of the rapid ascent of China, while INSIDE China inequality has grown at a pace rivaling the U.S. There may be a half-billion young Chinese laborers who are technically above poverty level, but GDPs don’t measure the quality of life or asset distribution of 70-hour-per-week factory workers.
3. The Self-Made Man
Wealthy individuals pride themselves on their successes from meager beginnings. Many of this self-congratulatory group grew up as educated white males in the richest nation ever in the most productive time in the history of the world. They rode the technology engine for 30 years benefiting from federal funding that provided almost half of basic research funds into the 1980s and half of research in the communications industry as late as 1990.
Now, of course, it’s much different. Globalization and automation have eliminated many of the old opportunities. Half of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. And while it’s always been more of a struggle for the lowest-income people, it’s even worse now, with more than half of those individuals in the bottom income quintile remaining there 10 years later. Compared to other developed countries, the U.S. ranks near the bottom in economic mobility.
4. The Government Hater
This candidate opposes government intervention of any type, unless it’s for national defense, homeland security, surveillance, prison funding and the drug war, any subsidies to oil and coal and agricultural companies, bailouts and Quantitative Easing, tax expenditures that mainly benefit the rich and anything to do with women’s bodies.
5. The Revolving Doorman
Here’s another candidate who hates government interference, but will tolerate it if there’s a friend in the regulator’s chair. A friend like Mary Jo White, connected for 36 years to a law firm that would be monitored by her new position as head of the SEC.
A report by the Project on Government Oversight stated that “Former employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) routinely help corporations try to influence SEC rulemaking, counter the agency’s investigations of suspected wrongdoing… and win exemptions from federal law.”
General Electric has a particularly smooth-spinning revolving door in the back of its corporate offices. After eliminating 37,000 jobs over ten years, CEO Jeffery Immelt was appointed as chairman of President Obama’s Jobs Council. Secretary of Energy nominee Ernest Moniz has served on GE’s advisory board. And Cathy Koch, a lobbyist for the tax-avoiding company, was appointed chief advisor on tax and economic policy.
6. The Entitlement Basher
This person claims that Social Security recipients are ‘takers.’
Here are the facts. According to the Urban Institute the average two-earner couple making average wages throughout their lifetimes will receive less in Social Security benefits than they paid in; same for single males.
Meanwhile, tax expenditures (deductions and exemptions which primarily benefit the very rich) cost us about 8 percent of the GDP, which is almost exactly the same percentage that goes to Social Security and Medicare.
7. The New American – Love It and then Leave It at Tax Time
Unlimited candidates for the Hypocrisy Hall here, starting with companies like Google and Microsoft that hold onto their foreign cash to avoid taxes, but actually keep the cash in U.S. banks, taking advantage of publicly-funded national security to safeguard the assets they’re not paying taxes on.
Then there are pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly and Pfizer who denounce the idea of consumers purchasing cheap prescription drugs from Canada, but then shift patents and profits to offshore tax havens to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
On the individual level, 1,700 Americans renounced their citizenships in 2011. The top Hypocrisy Hall candidate is Eduardo Saverin, who found safe refuge in the U.S. after his family was threatened in Brazil, benefited from American research and technology to take billions from his 4 percent share in Facebook and then skipped out on his tax bill.
Finally there are CEOs like Doug Oberhelman of Caterpillar, who threatened to leave Illinois unless the highly profitable company received a tax break that allowed the company to pay less than 1 percent of its total net income in state taxes, and then said, “Legislators in Illinois have created an environment that is unfriendly to business and investment.”
8. Realtor for the Slaves
The GEO Group, operator of private prisons, is trying to qualify as a “real estate intensive industry” (REIT). In a company profile GEO refers to itself as having “attractive real estate characteristics.”
What is the nature of GEO’s property? The 13th Amendment says “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The private prisons have a room ready for the kids on the school-to-prison pipeline.
So Who Makes It to the Hall?
Only those who can aspire to duplicitous extremes, like Monsanto, whose website proclaims “Monsanto is committed to assuring the safety and quality of our products and promoting a culture of integrity through our business conduct,” after their communications director said “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible.”
Now, that is worthy of recognition.
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I regret to inform you that late Tuesday night, March 26, 2013, President Barack Obama, signed bill H.R. 933 into law which had the biotech rider known as the “Monsanto Protection Act” in it. Now, the citizens of the United States have NO protection from the evils of Monsanto’s poisonous GM seeds!
(In 2007) Obama Promises to Label GMOs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI&list=PLswFQy8PadF8VupmNAy5Gr2l7MvYAGtU8&index=5
Our highest elected official not only ignored the will of over 90% of Americans, but he systemically and systematically continued to strip away the rights afforded to citizens under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights! Obama just handed Monsanto a very early Christmas present by allowing them to completely overstep our federal courts, and continue to plant their toxic seeds. Now, nothing stands in the way of Monsanto’s goal of global monopolization of the food supply! There could not have been a worse outcome for the U.S. at a time of extreme idealism and rampant corruption never seen in the history of the world! Hundreds of thousands of phone calls to the president on Monday, March 25, 2013 appeared to do nothing to convince Obama to at least strike Section 735 containing the “Monsanto Protection Act” from H.R. 933 by sending it back to congress for removal.
By the way, H.R. 933 is a defense SPENDING bill of almost $1 trillion for fiscal year ending September 30, 2013 during a time of Sequestration! Don’t worry though, because President Obama will take more from the middle class and poor to pay for an already over-bloated defense budget! This will just make even more Americans dependent on the U.S. Government, and that is exactly what happens during a switch to socialism in a plutocracy not a democracy. Soon enough, the rights of the American people will be more eroded than a communist nation as the New World Order comes to power!
It is time to let your president know that what he signed into law is completely unacceptable, immoral and unethical! Do you want to eat genetically modified food that is slowly killing you? That’s exactly what it is doing! Our government likes to think of it as population control. Do you want your kids and your grandkids eating toxins that will bring about a slow and painful death? Call or write President Obama today to let him know that he needs to listen to the will of the citizens of the United States of America, and he must stop acting upon corporate interests and greed over a country on the verge of total economic collapse!
Take action here:
President Obama’s email address: http://capwiz.com/politicsol/mail/?id=3181&lvl=F&chamber=P
White House phone number: (202) 456-1111
*NOTE* Check my archives for more information on our government’s love affair with Monsanto!
by John Loeffler – Fountain City, Wisconsin
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Thyroid abnormalities have now been confirmed among tens of thousands of children downwind from Fukushima. They are the first clear sign of an unfolding radioactive tragedy that demands this industry be buried forever.
Two years after Fukushima exploded, three still-smoldering reactors remind us that the nuclear power industry repeatedly told the world this could never happen.
And 72 years after the nuclear weapons industry began creating them, untold quantities of deadly wastes still leak at Hanford and at commercial reactor sites around the world, with no solution in sight.
Radiation can be slow to cause cancer, taking decades to kill.
But children can suffer quickly. Their cells grow faster than adults’. Their smaller bodies are more vulnerable. With the embryo and fetus, there can never be a “safe” dose of radiation. NO dose of radiation is too small to have a human impact.
Last month the Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey acknowledged a horrifying plague of thyroid abnormalities, thus far afflicting more than forty percent of the children studied.
The survey sample was 94,975. So some 38,000 children are already cursed with likely health problems…that we know of.
A thyroid abnormality can severely impact a wide range of developmental realities, including physical and mental growth. Cancer is a likely outcome.
This is the tenth such study conducted by the prefecture. As would be expected downwind from a disaster like Fukushima, the spread of abnormalities has been increasing over time. So has the proportion of children with nodules that are equal to or larger than 5.1 mm. The number of cysts has also been increasing.
And the government has revealed that three cases of thyroid cancer have already been diagnosed in the area. All have been subjected to surgery.
Fukushima’s airborne fallout came to our west coast within a week of the catastrophe. It’s a virtual certainty American children are being affected. As health researcher Joe Mangano puts it: “Reports of rising numbers of West Coast infants with under-active thyroid glands after Fukushima suggest that Americans may have been harmed by Fukushima fallout. Studies, especially of the youngest, must proceed immediately.”
Untold billions of gallons of unmonitored liquid poisons have poured into the Pacific. Contaminated trash has carried across the ocean (yet the US has ceased monitoring wild-caught Pacific fish for radiation).
Worldwide, atomic energy is in rapid decline for obvious economic reasons. In Germany and elsewhere, Solartopian technologies—wind, solar, bio-fuels, efficiency—are outstripping nukes and fossil fuels in price, speed to install, job creation, environmental impact, reliability and safety.
No one has yet measured the global warming impacts of the massive explosions and heat releases at Fukushima (or at Chernobyl, where the human death toll has been estimated in excess of a million).
The nuclear fuel cycle—from mining to milling to enrichment to transportation to waste management—creates substantial greenhouse gases. The reactors themselves convert ore to gargantuan quantities of heat that warm the planet directly, wrecking our weather patterns in ways that have never been fully assessed.
Even in the shadow of Fukushima, the industry peddles a “new generation” of magical reactors to somehow avoid all previous disasters. Though they don’t yet exist, they will be “too cheap to meter,” will “never explode” and will generate “radiation that is good for you.”
But atomic energy is human history’s most expensive technological failure, defined by what seems to be a terminal reverse learning curve. After more than a half-century to get it right, the industry has most recently poked holes in the head of a reactor in Florida, and installed $700 million steam generators it knew to be faulty in two more in California. It now wants to open San Onofre Unit Two at a 70% level, essentially to see what happens. Some 8 million people live within a 50-mile radius.
This from an increasingly dangerous industry that has brought us four “impossible” explosions—one at Chernobyl, three at Fukushima—clearly with more yet to come. Its radiation has spewed for decades. Its wastes have no place on this planet.
The ultimate death toll among Fukushima’s victims may be inescapable. But the industry that’s harming them is not.
Those thyroid-damaged children bring us yet another tragic warning: There’s just one atomic reactor from which our energy can safely come.
Two years after Fukushima, it is still 93 million miles away—but more ready than ever to safely, cleanly and cheaply power our planet.
Source: Nukefree.org: http://www.nukefree.org/editorsblog/fukushima-already-harming-our-children
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A new Environmental Working Group analysis of 2011 water quality tests by 201 large U.S. municipal water systems that serve more than 100 million people in 43 states has determined that all are polluted with unwanted toxic chemicals called trihalomethanes. These chemicals, an unintended side effect of chlorination, elevate the risks of bladder cancer, miscarriages and other serious ills.
“Many people are likely exposed to far higher concentrations of trihalomethanes than anyone really knows,” said Renee Sharp, a senior scientist at EWG and co-author of the analysis. “For most water systems, trihalomethane contamination fluctuates from month to month, sometimes rising well beyond the legal limit set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.”
Trihalomethanes are formed when chlorine, added to treated water as a disinfectant, reacts with rotting organic matter such as farm runoff, sewage or dead animals and vegetation. Their concentrations tend to rise when storms increase organic pollution in waters that serve as sources for tap water.
Scientists suspect that trihalomethanes in drinking water may cause thousands of cases of bladder cancer every year. These chemicals also have been linked to colon and rectal cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and low birth weight.
Only one of the systems studied by EWG—Davenport, Iowa—xceeded the EPA’s upper legal limit of 80 parts per billion of trihalomethanes in drinking water. Since that regulation was issued in 1998, a significant body of scientific research has developed evidence that these chemicals cause serious disorders at much lower concentrations. Among the research are two Taiwanese studies conducted in 2007 and 2012 that associated increased risks of bladder cancer and stillbirth to long-term consumption of tap water with trihalomethane contamination greater than 21 parts per billion. Some 168 of systems, or 84 percent of the 201 large systems studied, reported average annual concentrations greater than that level.
California public health officials reviewed the research around trihalomethane contamination in 2010 and determined that to reduce the risk of bladder cancer to no more than one in a million, the drinking water standard would need to be set at 0.8 parts per billion, which is 100 times lower than the current legal limit set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“New science makes a compelling case for stronger regulations and a stricter legal limit,” Sharp said.
The EPA regulates four members of the trihalomethane family, the best known of which is chloroform, once used as an anesthetic and, in pulp detective stories, to knock out victims. Today, the U.S. government classifies chloroform as a “probable” human carcinogen. California health officials consider it a “known” carcinogen. The EPA does not regulate hundreds of other types of toxic contaminants formed by water treatment chemicals. Among these unregulated but dangerous chemicals are nitrosamines, which are formed when a chloramine, a chlorine compound used for water treatment, reacts with organic matter. In 2010, then-EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson launched a drinking water initiative that committed the agency to investigate nitrosamine contamination. The U.S. government considers some chemicals in the nitrosamine family to be “reasonably anticipated” to be human carcinogens.
Clean source water is critical to breaking this cycle. The EPA has found that every dollar spent to protect source water reduced water treatment costs by an average of $27 dollars.
“We must do a better job of keeping farm runoff, sewage and other pollutants from getting into our drinking water in the first place,” said Sharp. “By failing to do so, Congress, the EPA and polluters leave no choice for water utilities but to treat dirty water with chemical disinfectants. Americans are left to drink dangerous residual chemicals generated by the treatment process.”
Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on federal officials to:
To reduce exposure to trihalomethane and many other pollutants in drinking water, EWG recommends consumers use a water filter system. EWG has released its online water filter guide, which helps consumers figure out which filter is best for themselves and their families.
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