Thursday, November 21, 2013

Less Ranting, More Doing

I bought 120, 170mg potassium iodate (KIO3) pills online, yesterday. For those not in the know, potassium iodate or potassium iodine, is to protect the thyroid from cancer, in the event of radiation poisoning.

Why did I buy potassium iodate tablets? Because I woke up yesterday to a 20 minute report on NPR about a rogue nuclear program. What rogue nuclear program? Iran's, of course.

Three days ago TEPCO, the company responsible for the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear facility (Japan), started removing fuel rods from reactor 4. There are more than 1500 fuel rods in reactor 4, many of which may be damaged, nobody seems to know for sure. Some, they do not even know where they are. It is being called by others the most difficult engineering task ever undertaken, and reactor 4 is apparently going to be the easy part. Worst-case-scenario but entirely plausible, is total meltdown, the evacuation of Tokyo, nuclear fallout raining down on America. And here in America, there is almost total information blackout about it. I couldn't even find mention of Fukushima in Huffpost, on the main page, Green, Science or Tech pages. 

Am I in danger of radiation poisoning, from Fukushima? I have no idea. I do know, the company that is responsible for fixing this problem, TEPCO, is the same company that was storing new and used nuclear fuel rods, on an ancient river bed above streaming ground water, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, on the Ring of Fire, ON THE TOP FLOORS OF THE REACTORS. This is the same company that lied about 200-300 tons of nuclear water pouring into the ocean every damn day for 2.5 years. The same company that had record profits last quarter, despite their lies and incompetence. I have ZERO faith that TEPCO is going to fix this. I have exactly that much faith that my government is going to protect me from TEPCO. The American MSM is mostly silent on Fukushima, with a decided lack of urgency when they do report it, NEVER questioning TEPCO's ability to follow through effectively, it being heresy in this country to seriously question corporations; while the MSM cannot report enough on Iran, is suggestive to me of this government's (and assorted ruling elite) treatment of the people as stupid children who must be manipulated.

It's not just Fukushima that I worry about, but every one of the 400+ nuclear facilities on earth, esp the two 35 miles on either side of me, on the Mississippi River. Do I think Xcel Energy, which owns both facilities, which is storing massive amounts of spent fuel at both (at Prairie Island, on a flood plain on an island in the Mississippi - do you remember those unprecedented biblical floods recently in Colorado?), which has extended the life of these facilities to 2030 and beyond despite mounting problems, despite being more than 40 years old already (with the complicity of this state government and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)) - is Xcel a more honest company than TEPCO? I think Excel is like most corporations, convinced of it's righteous infallibility, masters of the universe status. I'm certain Xcel believes nothing seriously bad could ever happen to any nuclear facility they own. I believe Xcel as a corporate "person" does not care about ANYTHING but quarterly profits no matter what. No amount of biblical flooding anywhere apparently, is going to convince Xcel or the state gov of Minnesota or the NRC, that storing nuclear material on a flood plain island in the Mississippi is a bad idea.

Anyway, when I heard NPR on Iran, and surmised their lies of omission, I was like, that's it, I'm buying some potassium iodate. It's a small thing, something tangible I can do to protect myself and my family, giving me at least a little peace of mind, knowing my government and this nation's corporations care more about short-sighted self-preservation, about maintaining political hegemony in the Middle East and globally, than they do about doing what is right.

Fukushima is a cancerous tumor releasing toxins into the body of the earth. One might imagine humanity stopping everything, to heal. But all goes on as if there is no problem, as if the profits of TEPCO are more important than the health of the body of the earth, of the health of people.

Well, at least if TEPCO fucks this up worse than they already have, and there are Fukushima nucleotides raining down on America, we'll have a first-rate Health Care Industry to take care of us. Eh? LOL

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What budding fascism did I wake up to today? Apparently the FDA has decided spreading manure on farm fields is bad. The current "organic" rule, which "organic" designation is already next-to-meaningless by government/corporate fiat, is that if you put manure on a field, you can't sell market greens for 4 months. They are saying 9 months now, but of course only for those businesses that have more that $500,000 in sales, per year. In other words, the FDA is in the process of KILLING any remaining non-corporate, food production competition for uber corporate Agri-business. Never mind that near 100% of pathogen related, fresh green problems arise out of uber Ag, pretending to be organic or not, sending those greens all around the country.

Evidently, the FDA is chock-full of lackies who shill for corporations, just as the USDA is. See, 4 tons of topsoil loss per acre/year is acceptable. Atrazine in the water, no problem. Gigatons of fossil fuel derived ammonia spread on the fields, is what God intended. Pesticides that devastate honey bees, other pollinators? According to the FDA and USDA, it isn't agriculture if it isn't laying waste to natural systems, genuflect before corporate efficiencies.

This of course is related to the TPP and the TAP, which if you aren't familiar with, is Fascism in America 2.0. The Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade pacts being negotiated in secret which Obama want's to fast-track into law, will effectively negate all consumer protection law, all Internet protections, all environmental law, anything protecting anything, EXCEPT that which protects the right of corporations to make a profit. In real terms, that means, if international corporation comes into your neighborhood promising jobs, and they pollute the water supply sickening your children, you can go to Brussels and talk to the tribunal of corporate lawyers masquerading as judges. If you think I overstate it, well, I've stated much the same in the past and I have seen nothing to suggest that I am wrong, if these trade pacts become the law of the land. There is a reason why they are negotiated in secret, that not even Congress can look at it, that they want to make it law before anyone who didn't write it gets to see it. A full corporate attempt to destroy the sovereignty of governments, exactly what anyone should expect, if you treat corporations like demi-gods. How long have we been hearing, "you should run government more like a business!" Well, a corporation is a fascist, totalitarian anti-democracy. What did you think would happen to government?

If the TPP and the TAP are passed, it will be effectively illegal in America or anywhere in the world, to criticize a corporation. No more ranting. :)

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 What good is the ranting for anyway, but crazy making? I drive through the suburbs every day, and I know well the denizens of that habitat pretty much all think corporations are GREAT! The NPR crowd? Not one whit less enamored of corporate everything; NPR is like a boomer lullaby, yes everything about your existence is well and good, justified, sleep tight. The Tea Party Patriot? LOL. Whenever I hear a libertarian/free market-er going on about freedom and liberty and personal responsibility, I hear "I want to be free from government interference to participate as I please in the ongoing rape of the planet."

I keep heading in a different direction. I keep thinking plants, greenhouses, rocket stoves, scaling down. Brew my own brew and grow my own food. Because I expect at any time the whole facade of this current arrangement, i.e. the currency and the fossil fuels that drive it, are at the precipice of breaking, so what is there to do but practice living with less? I'm better at ranting. LOL.

Anyway, I keep working on my apple obliterator. I have seeds planted in my garage greenhouse. I have a plan to insulate the garage and build a rocket stove to heat it, and if that works, retrofit this house. That might be worth reporting on, eh? How about a humanure pile to feed my veggies, piss-off FDA, city inspectors? LOL. If the garage greenhouse works, attach one to the house?

Less ranting, more doing.






  


8 comments:

Jason Heppenstall said...

Wow, I have to say that it is baffling and not a little scary to watch your country turn into what it is turning into. Hardly a day goes by now when I don't hear of some new quasi-fascist ploy to clamp down further on your rights. I was amazed to hear that it is illegal to sell raw milk and products made from unpasteurised milk too. Is that right?

Of course, we have idiots over here trying to force this kind of crap on us too, but it usually gets rejected out of hand. And we also have nuclear madness too. The guvmint is trumpeting a 'nuclear future' and wants to build a new reactor about 100 miles east of where I am. Pure idiocy, of course, and I would even wage money that it won't ever get built because we'll be bankrupt before they've even dug the sod. Saying that, the whole concession has been handed to the Chinese and French, so in theory they could build it whether we want it or not and then charge us for the privilege.

Incidentally, Fukushima IS being reported over here, but usually in a 'gee whizz aren't those scientist/engineers clever' kind of way. I'm not sure which is worse.

I have come up with a new way of not going mad. For every hour that I spend ranting and raving I do two hours of positive stuff, such as planting trees. It helps to keep me sane in an insane world.

William Hunter Duncan said...

Hepp,

One guy here in Minnesota Michael Hartmann has been arrested several times for selling raw milk and unpasteurized dairy products. The State said he gave people salmonella once, but it wouldn't be hard for someone to have poisoned his milk to make him a target. The state came to his house at one point and confiscated and then destroyed a few ten thousand dollars worth of his product - even though all his customers support him. The full power of the state was brought down upon him - because he is vocal - to send a message to every other farmer contemplating selling raw milk etc "do it and we will destroy you." What do they do if some big ag biz corporation sickens people? Next to nothing. Police yourselves, is basically the message.

In fact, I was at a discussion with several state congresspeople in the state of Wisconsin, about raw milk, when I heard a gov health bureaucrat state on the record that day care providers who DRINK raw milk can kill children just by touching them. The four hundred supporters of raw milk in the room broke out in gales of laughter.

As for that nuke plant you mention, I would wage too that even if they start building it, they never finish. :)

As for trees, I'm planning to plant three-four more fruit trees in my garden this coming spring - and maybe a hundred more on my employer's property, if they let me.

WHD

William Hunter Duncan said...

Reading this rant again, I'm cautiously hopeful about the reported Iran agreement, and the lifting of sanctions. It SEEMS like a bit of good, in the din of apocryphal news. We will see. If I am dubious, it is that I know, that like Bibi (Netanyaho), there are any number of warmongers who are furious, ready to undermine this by any means. It is also unclear to me how inspections will be treated by the West, as legit observation of Iranian works, or the meddling in Iranian affairs, marching around the country lecturing, like the West owns the place.

Justin Wade said...

WHD,
Have you seen this? Corporations are given their own private judges that they pay to hear their cases. This is a story I happened to catch my first week back, right in the Journal.

I also saw, in the same paper I think, that 23andMe had figured out how to make a ton of money by allowing parents to engineer for desired aesthetic traits.

Then this past week I saw that Batkid story creep into all the feeds I spot check like cnn.com, or the feeds in my email or search screens like Google and Stackoverflow that I see incidentally. I noticed there are pictures of cops in the background of those pics, like real cops. The Batkid is ostensibly a spontaneous publicity stunt by a little kid to raise money for cancer research. What are the rules here? What happens if you put you fly to San Francisco, put on your Jenkins orange whig and a colorful outfit, like a joker, and try to get in on this stunt by running up , doing a crazy dance for the Batkid, then pull out a flower and play Joker Jenkins to help with the act? I see those cops back there, what chances do you have to make it out of that alive or uncharged?

Anyway, you know I don't mean you you, more like the royal you.

Ultimately I have found is that the best thing to do is to just kind of laugh about this and keep taking care of business. I've got only play right now, work my ass off and make as much as I can while its still worth making. I envy your position in some ways right now, but provisional envy is another change I'm trying to make to part ways with Black Thoughts from back in the day. What I really mean to say is, just keep kicking ass and making names, but yeah, its a nutty world and ranting about it is all but impossible these days.

William Hunter Duncan said...

JW,

Thankfully, Batkid was not on my radar. LOL. Not to disparage the Make a Wish foundation, necessarily, but an excellent case of lavish spending on one while many starve, that America might feel good about itself.

As for the Judge thing, couldn't get past the log-in wall, or didn't try. But yeah...I think about writing a post, how WWI was about Nation-States funded by uber bankers undid the old order of Aristocracy and Kings, and WWIII will be about uber banks funding corporations to undo the old order of Nation-States.

As for the orange afro, after big bank, I wonder about wearing that thing ANYWHERE in America at this point, outside of Halloween, and not being arrested by Homeland Security/FBI/Local LE. LOL.

Otherwise, my new fav blogger is Killer Martini, who dared write about what poverty is like and is as we speak being trolled relentlessly by rich and poor alike - which she is handling quite capably. I would link it here but my HTML is illiterate. Anyone might take the liberty.

Luciddreams said...

Yall pay too much attention to the Matrix. It's fucked and only gonna get more fucked. Fukushima is the case in point. However, I firmly believe that we can hide beneath the food forest canopy. We can create a regenerative womb to heal in while the world burns down.

Emerge and show people how to not be idiots. Now we have a place orchestrating a symphony of plants yielding usefulness and energy.

William Hunter Duncan said...

LD,

I.E. Sustaining Universal Needs (SUN)

www.sun4living.com

WHD

Martin said...

Ranting is good for the soul - especially if one is 'doing' (like yourself) and it is, or seems to be, an uphill battle while the rest of the world slides backward into oblivion.