This is the fifth and final documentary on the subject power and people. From the cursory view, the outside observer will judge the issue in terms of his political predilections.
Drilling on a fault line is risky business. Our skills at predicting earthquakes are primitive at best. My dogs and cats are my early warning system. Whenever they bolt from my garden making as much noise as they can, I know to brace myself.
volcanic eruptions can be spectacular. When water, steam and gas heated to 100
degrees break surface great clouds soar upwards. Prolonged eruptions over a
wide area can produce new land mass such as Iceland. After the inhabitants
managed to harness the geothermal energy resource under their feet, they could
heat their homes and warm public mineral baths without harmful emissions. The
geothermal activity raised steam to drive electric turbines.
fortunate was the village of Sidoarjo in East Java.
In May, 2006, the volcano they call LUSI erupted to spew about 50,000 cubic meters
of toxic mud every day much of it deposited as mud flows over the landscape.
These flows now have spread over 7 square kilometers displacing 30,000 local
people. So far, the estimated damages total $3.5 billions.
origin of LUSI is the subject of controversy. Some experts claim it was a
natural disaster. LUSI lies on a fault line subject to various upheavals. Fault
lines follow the coincidence of tectonic plates far beneath the earth's
surface. Each plate moves very slowly, but it can be the size of a continent.
The fantastic weight can build tremendous pressure at the plate junctures. A
slight movement can release mountains of molten lava from below the plates.
LUSI's eruption threw sea mud into the air.
Others say that an
earthquake of magnitude 6.3 relates to LUSI. It hit the south coast of Java just two days before the LUSI eruption began. It
killed more people than the eruption over 6200 and displaced 1.5 million.
The earthquake could have been a trigger for the mud volcano's eruption.
experts maintain it was a man made disaster. There was a hydrocarbon
exploration drilling rig only 150 meters from LUSI's first eruption. The
Limporo company had drilled to a depth of 8,500 feet, which
required a thick concrete casing to resist the pressures at that depth. At the
time of the eruption, the drill bit was boring through porous limestone. If the
crew had been logging or perforating the casing [shooting holes to hasten the
samples rising to the surface] they could have weakened the well apparatus.
Thus released the steam and gasses will find the path of least resistance to
legal matters are complex and somewhat unusual. Although the drilling outfit's
parent company has no judgments against it, they have paid $560 millions to
resettle displaced victims. The firm's net worth is $5 billions. If the courts
rule in favor of the victims, it could wipe out the company.
Jazeera has made a balanced presentation of the issues.
is the fifth and final documentary on the subject power and people. From the
cursory view, the outside observer will judge the issue in terms of his
on a fault line is risky business. Our skills at predicting earthquakes are
primitive at best. My dogs and cats are my early warning system. Whenever they
bolt from my garden making as much noise as they can, I know to brace myself
for the shock.
came away from the documentary with good feelings about the people of Indonesia. They
are humble. They don't want to grab $millions from this event. They simply
require replacement homes.
Born a month before Pearl Harbor, I attended world events from an early age. My first words included Mussolini, Patton, Sahara and Patton. At age three I was a regular listener to Lowell Thomas.
My mom was an industrial nurse a member of the AFL/CIO. My dad was a painting contractor. We shopped at the Working Man's Store.
Dad's reading matter was the Old Mole the house organ of the Socialist Workers Party. I played the saxophone and became a young fan of Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Duke Ellington. Naturally, I gravitated to the Civil Rights movement.
After college to avoid the draft, I joined the US Army Reserve. Alas, this came to crowd control, which was a euphemism for busting radical potheads. When I ducked out of this duty, my commander bundled me off to a unit doomed to go to Vietnam. Ironically, my old unit went to Vietnam and the new one stayed home.
I studied economics in graduate school where I watched America go mad with war. Afterwards, I joined the rat race for a decade.
When Ronnie Reagan became President, I took up residence in Israel.
The 11 books listed below describe my adventures in Israel.
The articles reflect additional thoughts that expand on the author's ten volumes Genesis Begins the Millennia. The work begins in 1995 with a fictional account of ordinary Israelis absorbed with everyday events. There are extraordinary happenings the characters gradually recognize as portents of the Messianic Age. Volumes four and five show why the Messiah decided to delay His arrival.
Volumes six through ten [Tradebombers] begin six weeks before the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. Again, the characters portray ordinary citizen reaction to extraordinary events.