Archive for September, 2013
TEPCO is now pumping water surrounding the area of the holding tanks for radioactively irradiated waste water surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. Yes, those same tanks that were found to be leaking radioactive material into the ground around them lately. To prevent “potential problems”? I think the potentials are already there. From USA Article today:
As a preventative step, workers at the crippled Fukushima Da-ichi nuclear power plant, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, were pumping accumulating rain water pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water to the ocean. That was to avoid the risk of potential tank leaks getting mixed with rainwater seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the plant released what is believed to be untainted rainwater to the Pacific in order to avoid flooding near the tanks, a step that could violate safety rules, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said. TEPCO says the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant are checking.
Recent acknowledgement by officials that contaminated water is leaking from underground and storage tanks into the ocean have triggered concerns about the plant’s safety.
Radioactivity to Pacific ocean: here I come!
“Theater of war” is a term for the area where modern warfare is conducted. Thanks to Obama’s failed attempt at ratcheting up American outrage to a righteous bombing level, that theater now encompasses the US media, and we all get to watch. On ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC and PBS.
Tuesday, for Act 1, the White House picked their actors, requesting that the “top” anchors from each network be the ones chosen for interviews with the President, ensuring public trust. The White house also created the schedule: no one could claim a scoop because all interviews would be held until after 6 pm, followed closely at 9 pm by Obama in the bully pulpit during a prime time address to the entire nation.
But Act 2 defied everyone’s expectations as Putin’s NY times op-ed piece became the voice of reason in this bizarre attempt to engage the country in a course of action that the American public clearly does not support. Some members of Congress tally upwards of 90+ percent of their constituent contacts as negative regarding military intervention.
The good that is coming out of this is that the American public is starting to become aware of the fact that the US is already massively involved in Syria, aiding and abetting the rebels that, Putin claims, may ultimately be responsible for the chemical crime that began this confrontation in the first place.
As nauseous Congressional leaders try to deal with Putin’s bravado, American heads have begun to spin with the realization of the levels of espionage, arms provision, covert actions, and secret interventions already being done in their name in Syria.
There may be more at stake in Act 3 than any one had imagined. We could be watching the creation of national rationality in our lifetimes, as people tired of warring their way to peace decide: enough is enough.
I did not watch Obama’s special TV message to the US where he continued to press for military action against Syria. I did not listen because the President of the United States has a bully pulpit. The good will of millions and millions of people give him that opportunity. When he can’t convince the Congress to take the path of action he desires against Syria, he has the right to go to the people. He does not have a right to terrorize them or mislead them.
The world has tipped-in a good way-towards responsibility. The 12, hard, learning years, we have put in since 9/11/2001 are finally paying off.
- The US populace has finally learned that there is not a terrorist behind every tree, no matter what the “experts” might say-Iraq.
- We have learned that governments sometimes make big claims –WMD– that do not stand the test of time.
- We have learned that Missions Accomplished in short order, may not be so successful in the long run – Afghanistan.
“We can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer in the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes America exceptional.” President Obama 9/10/13
WE, THE PEOPLE Can act, peacefully, by not initiating military action against Syria.
What are we doing now in the US, starting McWars? One unbelievably small limited kind of effort with a side of fries, please.
If another country bombed the US in this Unbelievably Small way, we would all very quickly conclude they were at war with us. Yet, we can just bomb another country and go? Since when?
There is not even conclusive proof that Assad is the one who is responsible for the chemical attack. For all we know it could have been some idiot with slippery fingers cooking up some homemade trouble that got tragically distracted. Oops. Everybody and their mother then jumps on board that train to point fingers at the other guy and we have an international whodunnit around which we start a war?
Have we learned nothing from WMDs hiding behind Bush’s?
As a US citizen, I do not consent to bombing Syria in even unbelievably small amounts.
John Kerry’s remarks at this link: John Kerry Syria