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Don't read this unless your intention is to act on one or more of these. We don't need spectators, we need activists!
There comes a time when you've made your choice, you've made your decision... you don't have the patience to suffer fools lightly anymore, the time spent on trying to educate, debate, is simply wasted, pearls before swine.
You don't want to discuss the pros and cons, which is just another excuse for the pro-nuclear campers to perpetuate the agony, drag on their rhetoric to keep their plants running. You simply want to create strong coalitions, safety in numbers, blocks of power and influence which are going to tip the scales of what's left of our democratic process to force elected officials to put so much undo pressure on the mechanism of the nuclear power organized thug machinery to pack up, leave, stop spreading their radiation and waste and lies.
It becomes about strategy, logistic, it's like warfare... negotiations have broken down, there can't be compromise between an on or off decision, it's either one or the other, like you can't be a little pregnant!
This is what is happening, now, as we speak, but it still needs the momentum of the grassroots to cement and yield all of its available force. Because of the crushing class structure distancing have and have nots, it's become increasingly difficult to approach and enlist support of populist movements to the final decisions made by the ruling autocracy of the New York social scene. To achieve this desired result it was necessary to pit everyone into situations where these differences wouldn't matter to the outcome.
In a sense that was the aim of Occupy Wall Street, if only symbolically, to break down barriers between student activists, homelessness, left leaning liberal elites, in an accusatory fashion pointing at the greed and abuses of mindless capitalist exploitators who never understood what the 7th generation means. Nuclear power is the quintessential example of the concentration of power into the hands of a few, made possible only by the corruption of union bosses.
So this is where we are on the banks of the Hudson... if everything hangs tight, without a restored water permit from the DEC, the NRC cannot legally award Entergy a renewed operating license for Indian Point, and so, reactor 2 will have to start decommissioning in 2013, and reactor 3 in 2015. Decommissioning will in fact start providing twice the number of unionized jobs than are currently employed by the plant, for at least the next ten years, as the reactors cool, and the waste needs to be safely stored, safe distance from any potential terrorist attempt at abusing the circumstances.
The Hudson Valley will breathe easier, and tourism will be restored to the Peekskill area, exploding opportunities for an economic boom, freeing the now isolated and terrified to speak out immigrant population which has used Peekskill as a cheap place to settle, a place made cheap by the existence of the perpetual risk of Indian Point.
We've all been much too complacent, allowing Entergy and the NRC to string us along for years, and years, and years, while we keep ducking bullets! Until Fukushima, the progressive community in Manhattan was not committing enough time and resources to getting the job done. Those in high positions of media influence in a City that never sleeps have started to put their foot down with elected representatives to yank the plug on that relic from the spooky 50s.
We should be going up and down Madison avenue kicking people up the ass until they finally come to realize they have to use the tools of their trade to remove this incessant threat to the greening of our lives. If we can transform something like the High Line into a phenomenal park, what's keeping New Yorkers from putting the kibosh on IP? Nothing really.
Nuclear accidents have spurred a massive global experiment in another round of survival of the fittest evolutionary spectacle. Humans can be resilient, but only certain metabolisms, born through years of selective breeding. So as a huge portion of our species will probably succumb to genome deterioration caused by ionizing radiation, a small segment of individuals, who have generated the necessary biomorphic forcefields to shield themselves from the toxicity, the same way certain genealogical lines are less susceptible to hereditary cancers, will learn to strive in this heightened energetic environment.
It's going to be just like the X-Men, giving a whole new meaning to the have and the have nots, and to class structures. Welcome to the world of Grant Morrisson.
When Indian Point saw its first reactor it was fueled by thorium, which was quickly replaced by enriched uranium because they couldn't generate enough power. The thorium gang today is trying to revive the idea that thorium fission could be a lot safer, and they are right, but that's like saying jumping off a third story window is safer than jumping off the roof.
In Japan they are flying kites during anti-nuclear demonstrations, I like that idea. Anti-nuclear activist from Ohio, Michael Leonardi, suggested a super-sized Blinky, the three-eyed fish from the Simpsons, be made into a Macy's day parade inflatable float. Who makes these things and who can afford to make us one?
Rolf Maurer wants insurance companies to cover homeowner's coverage in the event of a nuclear disaster, as a gesture of good faith that such plants are safe, as policies have an exemption clause for such events. That's a good idea. We need to draft a uniform document we could provide homeowners to send their insurance companies, also walk into real estate agencies and suggest realtors take an active role in this approach.
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