(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 15, 2019 Trump Push for Offshore Oil Drilling
The Trump administration is pushing for offshore oil drilling although it is regularly disastrous -- and unnecessary amid a worldwide glut of oil. The Trump drive is strongly opposed by coastal states and environmental organizations.
SHARE Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Darth Trump's Push to Turn Space Into a War Zone
Beginning to fill in his declaration of last year about turning space into a war zone and establishing a U.S. Space Force, President Trump was at the Pentagon last week promoting a plan titled "Missile Defense Review." The New York Times headline on the scheme:: "Plans Evoke 1983 'Star Wars' Program." Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, called it "provocative and destabi
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, November 16, 2018 Hate Fueled By Trump
The main source of hate in the United States is what Professor Warren Goldstein, who chairs the History Department at the University of Hartford, accurately describes as the "violent, hateful rhetoric comes overwhelmingly from one side only and from its padron, Donald Trump. Period."
SHARE Saturday, September 8, 2018 Vested Interest, Self-Interest -- Keys To How Things Happen or Don't Happen
Vested interest, self-interest are keys to how things happen and don't happen. Take the story of the effort on Long Island to ban the mass release-of helium-filled balloons that cause enormous harm to marine life. It was fought by something called The Balloon Council, which has succeeded in stopping similar efforts elsewhere, but it became law nevertheless in Long Island's Suffolk County.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 29, 2018 50th Anniversary of the End of Annual Police Raid on Gay Communities on Fire Island
Fifty years ago what had been an outrageous annual tradition on New York's Long Island--a police raid on gay communities on Fire Island--came to an end. It took gay men taking their changes with juries of residents of eastern Long Island's Suffolk County and a prominent, feisty, rough-and-tumble Suffolk attorney, Bendict P. Vuturo.
(38 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 22, 2018 Was Trump's Day in Helsinki A Day of Infamy Moment
Will Donald Trump's performance at Helsinki be a "day of infamy" as CNN anchor Chris Cuomo declared? Will it be a turning point in his presidency -- bringing him down like Senator Joseph McCarthy was brought down?
SHARE Friday, March 3, 2017 New York -- An Empire State for Billboards-
Leaving New York State and entering Vermont is almost like going to another country. One leaves the billboards and other signs that litter the New York landscape and go to a state that is billboard-free. In recent times, adding to its sign pollution, New York State has erected--all over Long Island and upstate--signs boosting itself. And there is a strong negative reaction to the signs blighting the state's landscape.
SHARE Friday, February 24, 2017 Fight Against Long Island's Biggest Noisemaker
The efforts of Long Island, New York's, Town of East Hampton to quell aircraft noise involving the town-owned airport have been negated by a federal appeals court. Thus what has become in warm-weather months Long Island's biggest noisemaker will continue to make a racket. A new organization, Say No to KHTO, is fighting to have the town shut down its airport and open the more than 600 acres for other uses.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 13, 2017 Shutdown of Indian Point and Experiences of Engineer 30 Years in Nuclear Industry
The good news -- the very good news -- is that the Indian Point nuclear power plants will be closed. The bad news -- the very bad news -- is that there are still many promoters of nuclear power in industry and government still pushing and the Trump transition team has been "asking for ways to keep nuclear power alive." Meanwhile, here are the experiences of an engineer in the nuclear industry for more than 30 years.
SHARE Thursday, December 8, 2016 Trump and Space Weapons
It is highly likely that the Trump administration will move to have the U.S. deploy weapons in space. If this happens, it will be profoundly destabilizing, setting off an arms race and, also likely, leading to war in space.
SHARE Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Scientific Expert: Horseshoe Crabs Facing Extinction
A world expert on horseshoe crabs is worried about their extinction after 455 million years of life on Earth -- largely because of the crab having become a delicacy in nations in Asia. Dr. John T. Tanacredi has studied horseshoe crabs for decades.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 12, 2016 Artificial Turf = Toxic Turf
For years debates have raged across the nation about the use of artificial turf regarded by critics as toxic turf. Where I live, in Sag Harbor, New York, there'll be a referendum next month that could stop the stuff from being installed where students of Sag Harbor play team sports.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Cuomo Backs $7.6 Billion Bail-Out of Old, Unaffordable NY Nuke Plants
The New York State Public Service Commission -- in the face of strong opposition -- this week approved a $7.6 billion bail-out of aging nuclear power plants in upstate New York which their owners have said are uneconomic to run without government support. The move was in line with Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for continued operation of the plants in order to, he says, save jobs at them. Cuomo appoints the members of the PSC.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 16, 2016 "Indian Point" Film Directed and Produced by Ivy Meeropol
"Indian Point" is a film about the long problem-plagued Indian Point nuclear power plants that are "so, so risky--so close to New York City," notes its director and producer Ivy Meeropol. "Times Square is 35 miles away." The plants constitute a disaster waiting to happen threatening especially the lives of the 22 million people who live within 50 miles from them.
SHARE Friday, July 15, 2016 Coming Together -- Antidote to Hate
The racial strife of recent weeks in the U.S. has reverberated on Long Island, where I live, and in the rest of the New York Metropolitan Area and nation. As an organizer of a demonstration in Riverhead, Long Island said:
"It's more than I expected it to be and it's truly a multiracial crowd."
Coming together is an antidote to hate. SUNY Old Westbury, where I teach, is committed to diversity and people coming togethe
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 14, 2016 Sacrificing Green for Green
Sacrificing green for green. That's what cutting down woodland and using farmland to erect solar power systems is about. Solar power is great! We have solar panels on our more-than-century-old saltbox house on Long Island, New York. But on Long Island and elsewhere there is a push to clear forests and exploit agricultural land for solar systems--sacrificing green for green
SHARE Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Solar-energized Juno to Arrive at Jupiter on Independence Day
What NASA insisted for decades could not be -- a spacecraft using solar energy rather than nuclear power going beyond the orbit of Mars -- will be proven false next Monday, July 4th, Independence Day, when the solar-energized Juno space probe arrives at Jupiter. In space, as on Earth, solar power works.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, March 28, 2016 Nuclear Power Plants: Pre-Deployed Weapons of Mass Destruction
Pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction -- that's what nuclear power plants are. And that's another very big reason -- demonstrated again with the disclosure that two of the Brussels terrorists were planning attacks on Belgian nuclear plants -- why they must be eliminated.