Saturday, May 17, 2014 Folly Beach (1 comments)
Folly Beach, Yes, there really is such a place. It's a poster child in South Carolina for the folly of dumping sand on the shoreline in the expensive and fruitless attempt to try to hold back the ocean and protect beach houses. In Quogue on Long Island, New York, there is a proposal to use $14 million
in taxpayer money to dump sand on their shoreline.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 World's Fair Opens 50 Years Ago -- and I Get Fired for Story About It (3 comments)
Fifty years ago this week, the New York World's Fair opened -- and by the end of the week I was fired for writing about demonstrations on its opening day protesting racism. "Mr. Moses called and is very upset with you," Wilson Stringer, vice president of the Sunrise Press newspapers, told me. "You're fired."
Thursday, April 3, 2014 "G.M. Flaw" and the Deeply Flawed Regulatory System (1 comments)
"U.S. Agency Knew About G.M. Flaw But Did Not Act" was the front-page headline of the New York times this week. In fact, the words "G.M. Flaw" could be substituted for by "G.E. Flaw" in its nuclear plants -- like the G.E. plants at Fukushima and the dozens of the same fault-plagued model that are still operating in the U.S., or the words could be replaced by "Pollution Caused by Fracking" or "Poisons in Food."
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Murdering Swans (1 comments)
What's with the plan of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to slaughter all 2,200 mute swans -- those beautiful, elegant, graceful birds -- in the state? It's about the dumbest thing the DEC has ever come up with. "It's real stupid," says Larry Penny, for 28 years the director of natural resources and environmental preservation in East Hampton, N.Y. and among the greatest Long Island naturalists.
Monday, March 3, 2014 Fukushima: Third Anniversary of the Start of the Catastrophe (9 comments)
With the third anniversary of the start of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe coming next week, the attempted Giant Lie about the disaster continues -- a suppression of information, an effort at dishonesty of historical dimensions.
Monday, February 3, 2014 Chris Christie: The Decline and Fall of "Corporate America's Candidate" for President (1 comments)
Much of the U.S. mainstream media had been promoting Chris Christie. TV stresses "likability" in on-air personalities and guests. " But there was Christie--mean-spirited, given to vicious attacks on people--a fixture as a guest on TV. Why? The U.S. business press can be revealing sometimes and the current issue of Fortune is with an article headed: "Chris Christie: Can Corporate America's Candidate Get out of This Jam?"
Monday, January 27, 2014 Seedtime -- About the "Magical Reality" of Seeds and the Peril of GMO Seeds (1 comments)
Just out is a brilliant book, highly important and beautifully written, by Scott Chaskey, a Long Island farmer, "Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds." He tells of the "magical reality" of seeds and the dangers of GMO seeds -- with a spotlight on the corporate giant in the production of GMO seeds, Monsanto.
Friday, October 25, 2013 Island of Secrets
Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, "Lab 257: The Disturbing Store of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory," was back on the East Coast, vacationing with his family, and amazed over recent developments concerning Plum Island. The local congressman is trying to keep it in operation -- "utter foolishness" considering the threat the island represents, says Carroll.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 Powerful Presentations on Fukushima and Nuclear Power (4 comments)
In New York and Boston this week, speaking on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and what it means for the nuclear plants near New York and Boston was a panel that included Naota Kan, prime minister of Japan when the catastrophe began, Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the time, former NRC member Peter Bradford, nuclear engineer Arne Gundersen and Ralph Nader. Their presentations were powerful.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Tea Party Cabal in Congress and Voter Backlash (1 comments)
Will voter reaction to the U.S. government shutdown--notably the effect the Tea Party cabal is having on the public--have an impact in the coming election. Will citizen outrage towards the GOP and particularly the Republican arch-conservatives whose actions have triggered the shutdown result in a voter backlash?
Friday, August 9, 2013 Weiner-Spitzer--Outrageous Arrogance (2 comments)
Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer--men of outrageous arrogance. Even in New York City, a town used to assertiveness, Weiner's performance as he seeks to run for mayor has been way over the top. Meanwhile, Spitzer, who resigned suddenly as New York governor for "personal failings" after disclosures of his being a regular client of a prostitution ring, is flooding New York with TV commercials as he runs for city comptroller.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Fundamental IRS Change Called For
President Obama got it right and wrong when he stated, "If you've got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions." He was incorrect in saying "it is contrary to our traditions" for the IRS has for decades gone after organizations and individuals that take stands in conflict with the government at the time. Fundamental change is called for.
Monday, April 29, 2013 GMO Food in the U.S. and the Biotechnology Industry's Power (2 comments)
Will New York be the first state to require the labeling of food containing what has become known as GMO--genetically modified organisms? More than 60 countries have enacted laws banning the use of GMO in producing food or requiring the labeling of food with ingredients that have utilized genetic modication. But because of heavy pressure by the biotechnology industry, there are no such laws or regulations in the United States.
Monday, March 11, 2013 Nuclear Power/Nuclear Weapons -- and A Precarious Future (1 comments)
With the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster this week, with North Korea having just threatened a "pre-emptive nuclear attack" against the United States and a U.S. senator saying this would result in "suicide" for North Korea, with Iran suspected of moving to build nuclear weapons, with the continuing spread of nuclear technology globally, the future looks precarious as to humankind and the atom.
Friday, March 8, 2013 Ernest Moniz: A Pro-Nuclear, Pro-Fracking U.S. Energy Secretary (3 comments)
With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of Energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big proponent of fracking, too. What happened to Obama's call for "clean" energy in his 2013 State of the Union address?
Saturday, February 23, 2013 On Mayor Bloomberg's Push to Ban Polystyrene Food Packaging (5 comments)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week announced he would push for a ban on polystyrene food packaging. But he will face vested interests that will attempt to block his initiative. His proposed ban is not new in the New York area. Suffolk County on Long Island enacted a first-in-the-United States ban on the use of polystyrene food containers 25 years ago and what a battle it was!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Steven Chu, Supporter of Nuclear Power, Resigns as U.S. Energy Secretary (1 comments)
U.S> Secretary of Energy announced his resignation last week after four years of pushing nuclar power, although he promotd energy efficiency and safe, renewabl energy technologies such as solar and wind, too. But nuclear power remained a major focus of Dr. Chu, a physicist out of the U.S. national nuclear laboratory system. Will his successor also be a nuclear booster?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Will A Free Internet Continue?
From seemingly out of nowhre has come the Intrnet -- to be, suddenly, the greatest clobal platform for free expression the world has ever seen. But will it last? Last month, an international conferenc was held that pitted nations seeking greatr governmntal control over the Internet -- led by Russia and China --against countries advocating a hands-off approach which included the United States.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Our Deeply Dysfunctional Congress (1 comments)
No matter what may happen about the "fiscal cliff," the U.S. Congress is now widely seen as deeply dysfunction. Much this has to do with the public perception -- an accurate one -- that most members of Congress are bought and paid for notably via campaign contributions by special interests. Change -- major change -- is desperately needed!
Thursday, December 20, 2012 Challenging the Gun Lobby, Changing the Culture of Violence
We'll soon see whether the gun lobby can be successsfully challenged and the culture of violence that has been growing in the United States changed. President Barack Obama had it right this week in calling for not just words but action. However, it will take continued pressure from public officials and all people if we are to have meaningful results.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 The Fiscal Cliff -- and Precipitous Fall of Tax Rates for the Rich (3 comments)
President Obama's demand that taxes of the rich be raised is a key issue in the battle that could send the U.S. over a "fiscal cliff." Important in understanding the issue is how the tax rates for the richest Americans have fallen precipitously over the last several decades. They were 91% in the 1950s, 70% in the 1970s. Obama isn't seeking an increase even close
-- only a return to what they were in the Clinton presidency.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 Lessons of Hurricane Sandy (1 comments)
What an ordeal the people of a good part of the United States have been because of Hurricane Sandy -- and many are still going through! What, at this stage, miht be econsidered some of the "lessons learned" from "Frankenstorm" Sandy?
Friday, November 9, 2012 Radioactivity and Fracking (2 comments)
Fracking for gas not only uses toxic chmicals that can contaminate drinking and groundwater -- it also releases quantities of radioactive poison from the ground that will remain hot and deadly for thousands of years. Just out with a report exposing major radioactive impacts of hydraulic fracturing -- known as fracking -- is Grassroots Environmental Education, an organization in New York, where extensive fracking is proposed.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Prescient About America: George McGovern
George McGovern, who has jsut died, was prescient about America. WHen he ran for president 40 years ago, he well-understood what the federal government of the United States had become, among other national dysfunctions. It's a shame he wasn't given an opportunity to, as president, change things.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 The Push for More Spaceborne Nuclear Russian Roulette
With NASA's plutonium-energized Mars rover, which it calls Curiosity, slated to land on Monday, August 6, there is a push for more use of nuclear power in space. Nuclear boosters, despite the accidents that have already occurred involving space nuclear power, are promoting this game of spaceborne nuclear Russian roulette.
Saturday, July 21, 2012 Poverty and Extreme Wealth on Long Island (3 comments)
Poverty and extreme wealth on Long Island have been in the national spotlight -- with the airing of an HBO documentary "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" and a series of lavish fundraisers in the Hamptons for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The lunch tab at one was $50,000-a-plate. Poverty increases -- while the 1% pay big to dominate the governmental system.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Nuclear Foxes In Charge of the Nuclear Hen Houses (1 comments)
The conclusion of a report of a Japanese parliamentary panel issued last week that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was rooted in government "collusion" and thus was "man-made" is mirrored throughout the world. The "regulatory capture" cited by the panel is the patern among nuclear agencies right up to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Nuclear Worship (1 comments)
Nuclear scientists and engineers embrace nuclear power like a religion. Why? They're being in such close proximity to power, literally? Their training and indoctrination -- in the U.S., many in the nuclear navy and/or the insular culture of the government's national nuclear laboratories. In any event. they have corrupted and distorted energy policy as they've pushed their deadly technology in the manner of religiouz zealots.
Monday, June 4, 2012 Inviting Atomic Catastrophe (4 comments)
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a meeting this week to consider having nuclear power plants run 80 years--although they were never seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. The NRC has already extended the operating licenses of most U.S. nuclear plants so they can run 60 years. The NRC is inviting atomic catastophe.
Sunday, May 27, 2012 Nuclear Rubberstamp Commission
The resignation last week of the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is another demonstration of the bankrupt basis of the NRC -- which, like the agency it succeeded, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, never denied a construction or operating license for a nuclear plant anywhere, anytime. The NRC should also be abolished.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 Murdoch: His Mission in Media -- Politics
With the finding this week by a committee of the British Parliament that Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company," Professor of Journalism Karl Grossman says the Federal Communications Commission should move to prohibit Murdoch from owning television stations in the United States.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Nuclear Titanics
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, THe Japan Times ran an editorial titled "The Titanic and the Nuclear Fiasco." The same kind of baloney behind the claim that the Titanic was unsinkable is behind the puffery that nuclear power plants are safe.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 A Hard Rain Fallin': The Folly of Nuclear Power Overhead (1 comments)
The crash last week of a U.S. drone on the Seychelles Islands--the second crash of a U.S. drone on Seychelles in four months--underlines the deadly folly of a plan of U.S. national laboratory scientists and the Northrop Grumman Corp. for nuclear-powered drones. Meanwhile, there are other plans, some moving ahead, to use nuclear power overhead.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 As If a Runaway Train, the Nuclear Juggernaut Rolls on (1 comments)
Last week's granting by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of combined construction and operating licenses for two nuclear plants to be built in Georgia is the culmination of a scheme developed by nucelar promoters 20 years ago. There have been huge changes in energy since. Still, as if a runaway train, the nuclear juggernaut has roared on.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 A Way Around The Federal Nuclear Power Fix
The nuclear power program in the U.S> was set up rigged--to allow the federal government to push atomic energy with state and local governments "pre-empted" on most issues. But there's a way around this federal nuclear fix--the use by states of their power of "eminent domain."
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Anarchy on the High Seas (1 comments)
The disdain of much of the cruise ship industry for safety (as well as labor and environmental) laws is signaled by the flags that fly on the stern of more than half of cruise ships. They are called "flags of convenience." By doing so, ship owners can avoid the laws of the nation from which they are actually operating. Major changes need to be made in the maritime industry--including the end of the "flags of convenience" syste
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Spaceborne Nuclear Russian Roulette (1 comments)
Russia's Phobos-Grunt space probe, with 22 pounds of radioactive Cobalt-57 on board, fell to Earth Sunday. What happened demonstrates what could have occurred to the plutonium-fueled rover which NASA calls Curiosity which was also launched in November.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Space Launch Involving Plutonium Planned For Coming Weeks
NASA intends in coming weeks to launch a rover to be deployed on Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Opponents of the launch in Florida, concerned about an accident releasing deadly plutonium, such as the explosion of the rocket that's to loft the rover, have created a Facebook page warning people not to visit Disney theme parks in Orlando during the November 25-to-December 15 launch window. Other actions are planned.
Monday, September 26, 2011 "Senior Official Number One, Take It Away"
The U.S. press has become increasingly accepting of officials speaking anonymously. Having officials identified only as a "senior department official" or "veteran diplomat" or "high official" and the like is a way for top and lesser officials to say things without having to take any responsibility for what they say. And now U.S. officaldom apparently thinks the public can readily accept this, too.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Siemens' Abandoning Nuclear Power (10 comments)
The just-announced decision by Siemens, a major player in the nuclear industry, to withdraw entirely from nuclear power, is a significant declaration by a corporation about nuclear power and the world's potential energy future.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 And Now, A Solar-Powered Space Probe to Jupiter
What NASA claimed for years it couldn't do--use solar power as an energy source on a space probe going beyond the orbit of Mars -- it plans to do on Friday. But between November 25 and December 15 it intends to revert to using nuclear power in space, launching a rover to Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium, although solar-powerd rovers have been used on Mars.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 And Now..."Radiation Is Good For You." But DOE Cancels Pitch. (1 comments)
Among the nuttiest theories about radiation is that it is good for you. An advocate of this "hormesis radidation" theory was scheduled to peddle the thory tomorrow before the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River-Site Advisory Board. But after complaints from safe-energy and environmental groups, the DOE cancelled the pitch.
Thursday, July 21, 2011 What Could Truly End the Space Program: A Nuclear Disaster Overhead (2 comments)
What's NASA's future now that Atlantis has landed and the shuttle program over? If NASA persists in using nuclear power in space, its future is threatened. The next NASA nuclear launch is slated for between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15 -- a rover fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Meanwhile, on August 5 NASA is to launch a solar-powerd probe named June to Jupiter, a demonstration of how solar can substitute for nuclear in space.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 Murdoch Media Empire: A Journalistic Travesty (3 comments)
The scandal shaking Rupert Murdoch's media holdings in Britain could be expected of a global media empire intoxicated with power and lacking any ethical base.
Thursday, June 30, 2011 Atomic Energy: Unsafe in the Real World
Nuclear power requires "perfection" and "no acts of God," we were warned years ago. This has been brought home by the ongoing disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex, the flooding along the Missouri River in Nebraska now threatening two nuclear plants, and the wildlife laying siege to Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of atomic energy.
Friday, June 17, 2011 The Fukushima Big Lie Flies High (5 comments)
The global nuclear industry and its allies in government are making a desperate effort to cover up the consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. "The big lie flies high," comments Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear. Meanwhile, this nuclear establishment will be holding a "Special Summit on New Nuclear Energy" in Washington next week. Involved is General Electric, the manufacturer of the Fukushima plants.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Nuclear Power Can Never Be Made Safe (6 comments)
With the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant catastrophe having arrived, and with the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear complex still unfolding--and radioactivity continuing to spew from those plants--some people are asking: can nuclear power be made safe. The answer is no. Nuclear power can never be made safe.
Monday, April 11, 2011 Fukushima: A Month of Media Disinformation (8 comments)
Today marks exactly a month since the nuclear power disaster in Japan began. Along with the ongoing discharges of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear plant complex, there has been a largely outrageous flow of media coverage.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Getting Realistic About Evacuation Zone for Nuclear Plant Disaster (3 comments)
Among the many obivous lessons of the ongoing nuclear power disaster at the Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan is that the 10-mile evacuation zone the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has insisted upon for nuclear plants here is a product of the pro-nuclear NRC's wishful thinking. The U.S. government has been directing Americans with 50 miles of the Fukushima reactors to evacuate.
Monday, April 4, 2011 Renewables Are More Than Ready (3 comments)
"Wind and solar are great but striclty supplmental," ieclared Al Velshi on CNN Mach 27 in a report on the nuclear power disaster in Japan. Velshi was wrong--as have so many in media been--in declaring that the choice in energy in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Japan is between nuclear on one side and coal, oil and gas on the other. THere are safe, clean, renewable energy technologies here to substitute for nuclear power.
Friday, April 1, 2011 Obama's Wrong-headed Nuclear Stance--After Disaster in Japan (1 comments)
President Obama's support this week for the construction of more nuclear power plants in the U.S., amid the ongoing nuclear power plant disater in Japan, must be considered among the most wrong-headed and irrational positions ever taken by a U.S. president, against stiff competition.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Hydrogen, Zirconium, Flashbulbs -- and Nuclear Craziness (4 comments)
The explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is being described as caused by a "hydrogen build-up"--a situation of long concern in a nuclear plant malfunction caused by the cladding of the nuclear fuel rods being made of volatile zirconium.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Avoiding Nuclear Destruction: By The Skin Of Our Teeth (1 comments)
As Thanksgiving 2010 arrives, thanks should be given for something that never happened decades ago: the use of bases built all over the U.S. armed with BOMARC and Nike Hercules nuclear-tipped missiles. Wth nuclear technology still being promoted and a move underway to block ratification of a new nuclear arms pact between the U.S. and Russia, how long will we able to avoid nuclear destruction by the skin of our teeth?
Friday, October 1, 2010 Revenge of the Jellyfish (29 comments)
There's been an explosion of jellyfish in waters around the world--with global warming a prime cause.
Friday, September 3, 2010 New Book Concludes: Chernobyl death toll: 985,000, mostly from cancer (2 comments)
Book, "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment," published by the New York Academy of Sciences, concludes that based on records now available, some 985,000 people died, mainly of cancer, as a result of the Chernobyl accident. That is between when the accident occurred in 1986 and 2004. More deaths, it projects, will follow.
Thursday, September 2, 2010 Floating Chernobyls (7 comments)
Russia has embarked on a scheme to build floating nuclear power plants to be moored off its coasts and sold to nations around the world. Nuclear experts are critical about floating nuclear plants and their special accident potential. Other issues raised include the floating plants being sources of fuel for nuclear weapons and easy targets for terrorists.
Friday, August 20, 2010 The Cancer Epidemic: Its Environmental Causes (8 comments)
The World Health Organization is projecting that this year cancer will become the world's leading cause of death. Why the epidemic of cancer? As numerous studies have now documented, it is a result of environmental causes -- toxic substances in the water we drink, the food we eat, the consumer products we use, the air we breathe.