Today is St. Patrick’s Day and it’s the custom of the English to believe only half the lies the Irish tell us on this auspicious day. So here is my offering. “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!.” My mother had the bluest of the blue Irish eyes. And so do I, though they’re hard to see through Coke bottle lenses. Take that into account when you read this.
Maybe it’s the right day to do some serious dot connecting, since right wing radio and TV doesn’t allow any inconvenient truths into their largely fictitious messaging.
A couple of thousand years ago the Romans worked lead mines. The fumes from their furnaces contained lead compounds of course. Those fumes were lifted up from ancient Italy, were carried on their way around the world atmosphere and have been picked up in recent times in the Greenland ice. The Earth is a closed system. What is done to one part affects every other part in some way, at some time. Remember that when you see pictures of radioactive smoke arising from a burning nuclear power plant thousands of miles away. That’s the beginning of its journey.
Those Roman lead mines are now vacant. They were worked out. This other lesson has not been learned by the greed heads either. Finite resources cannot be continuously drawn on without being depleted or exhausted. Oil is still under the earth or the sea bed, but it’s getting more and more expensive to bring it to the surface.
Look just for a moment at the current agricultural system. Though teen agers may think that all food comes from refrigerators it actually comes from soil. Thousands of tons of soil go downstream as deforested areas have soil washed away by the rain. Check the Mississippi Delta some time. A lot of it came from Illinois and Indiana. Cutting down forests is a way to disaster by flood or mud slide. Check Haiti. Continuing to do it destroys both soil and populations and is a way to disaster, sooner or later.
Most crops now, through clever and unscrupulous propaganda depend on chemical fertilizers, a story in itself. Those fertilizers destroy the ability of the soil to produce nutritious crops. They make hard pan out of fertile land, and reduce the nutritional value of the crops grown in them. And the sources of those damaging fertilizers are fossil fuels and phosphate mines, again both finite resources. Continuing along these lines without change is a recipe for disaster to the human race.
The great monster is Monsanto whose chemicals are not only destroying the viability of farmland across the planet but are polluting the world’s streams, rivers and oceans. The system of chemical agriculture is unsustainable. When it comes to an end humanity will learn what has been obvious to many for a century, that only a sustainable system based on natural cycles will prevent the collapse of human life on the planet.
Viable farm soil is disappearing at a terrifying rate www.DirtTheMovie.org It is a finite resource. When it’s gone where are the farmers going to plant their genetically modified seeds?
Another agricultural disaster in the making is the genetically modified food crops, also courtesy of Monsanto. They have just been given freedom to plant genetically modified alfalfa everywhere. Nobody has any idea of the outcome of mixing genetically modified and natural products in the same area.
And if genetic pollution does cause a problem how can you fix it? Answer…you can’t. How do you "clean" that pollution? You can't! If a crop becomes infected with GE seeds, it’s just about impossible to get rid of the contaminated DNA. And even if they could, we know that Monsanto would say ‘It’s too expensive to do it.’ And their money would prevent anything happening to them, legally at least. Indian farmers are burning fields of Monsanto crops. They don’t watch Fox news. They draw their own conclusions and can see what a danger the company policies are to their world.
There are four things for a start that are happening now that just cannot go on indefinitely. Any one of them carried to the extremes that always happen with greedy humans would be a disaster. Here’s another.
The ten million or so dead anchovies that arrived overnight recently in King Harbor, Redondo, dead anchovies that the sea birds would not eat, should have had some effect on waking up at least the people in the area to the dangers of ocean pollution. The land is suffering the same problems as I’ve just mentioned for those with short attention spans.
Since I mentioned the oceans; how about the obvious fact that ocean ecosystems are collapsing right now. Acidification is occurring in ALL the oceans and is already destroying coral reefs and mollusks around the planet. Aerial photos show how great parts of the Great Coral Reef are disappearing. And we can’t replace them. Once they are gone a vital part of the jig saw puzzle of interlocking biological energy fields is missing, and something, probably something unpleasant, must happen.
One positive note. The end of the human race is not the end of the Earth. She will recover in a few million years. Read that splendid book, The World Without Us by Alan Weisman.
The chemical and pharmaceutical industries treat any body of water as a convenient waste bucket. Oceans and rivers are rapidly becoming dangerously polluted with chemical run off including pesticides, heavy metals, and fertilizers. The pharmaceutical chemicals flushed down the toilet are adding medications of all kinds including hormone disruptors. All going into the finite resource of water. Some of those medications aren’t completely removed by standard water processing. People who drink municipal water may be drinking hormone disruptors, not to mention the chronic poison fluoride.
We can’t make any more water for the planet to replace the poisoned water we are producing, except by desalination which uses lots of fossil fuels, which are also running out. What we are doing to water is another unsustainable activity for a closed system planet. It only makes sense if we are determined to destroy human civilizations on Earth.
Then there is the alleged Democratic hoax of climate change. Icebergs are melting all over the globe. Floods in Australia. Mud slides in Haiti. The distant memory of Katrina. Terrible heat and drought in Moscow et al. It will be possible to sail ordinary vessels through the Northwest Passage soon, if it isn’t possible now. Blocks of ice the size of small countries are breaking off coastline glaciers and the ocean level is rising. Russia and Canada are on the alert to claim uncovered land as theirs. Maybe the hoax is only in the warped minds of the politicians. Nature doesn’t give a fig for the paid for opinions of Congress. Continuing to ignore warning signs will just produce a disastrous situation for many coastal areas and islands. Living in a gated community won’t be sufficient to ensure survival, even of the rich and famous.
Other countries are taking notice of the measurable rise in ocean levels. Most of Holland is below water level and that country is already building floatable shopping malls. America is doing zip. Too obsessed with celebrities. Too expensive to spend on anything that doesn’t give Halliburton or the arms manufacturers a profit. When the ocean level rises enough to flood the New York subway maybe someone will wake up, unless they are huddling behind sandbags in Paraguay with our fearless ex president.
Big Pharma has destroyed the medical services in this country. There are only two countries in the world where Big Pharma can advertise drugs on TV to the mind numbed viewers. This is one. And those drugs are probably made in India (cheaper labor) and then exported here to be sold as brand name drugs. Because they are made in India the companies can get away with pouring thousands of gallons of very dangerous chemicals into the Indian rivers and streams. So they do that. But rivers run to the oceans, and the oceans don’t obey political barriers. Only fools would poison their own water, a totally necessary component of survival. Conclusion please?
Medically induced fatalities are the 4th largest cause of death in this country, often due to the prescribing of certified drugs by authorized physicians. Sounds good except that the FDA is in the pocket of Big Pharma and the physicians are taught and know only three ways to deal with a disease: drug, cut or burn (radiation). People in other countries are quickly cured of diseases which here amount pretty much to death sentences AND bankruptcy from the obscene costs of drugs and treatments.
And there’s the run off I’ve mentioned, with regard to India. It happens here too. Nearly every major city in the U.S. and Canada has nearby water heavily contaminated with chemicals from pharmaceutical company activities. Check http://www.naturalnews.com/025933.html
No country is going to be able to continue to carry the Big Pharma way of doing business and also protect the health of its population. Alternative medicine and preventive nutritional medicine are the only ways that will work.
If you look at the effects of world wide pollution from Big Pharma it is just another disaster on the way and money and political bribes will ensure that it keeps going until the health system collapses.
Now we have had a little reminder recently about who is actually in charge of the planet. It isn’t Wall Street, or even the Federal Reserve. It’s a lady we call Mother Nature. The recent tsunami in Japan has highlighted the stupidity of putting up nuclear power stations to the lowest bidder. The tsunami wave traveled at about 500 m.p.h. and then piled up along the coast of Japan right where the greatest nuclear power stations in the world were providing electricity to the area.
What happened here has highlighted the ‘do it on the cheap’ dangers all over the world wherever nuclear power stations are sited. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that building reactors that could become effectively atomic bombs ought not to be built in places liable to earthquakes.
Well apparently the rocket scientists weren’t there and the money grubbers were. Over 100 of the world's reactors are already built in earthquake prone areas and there are about 350 new reactors planned, many on what is called the Pacific Rim where earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural hazards are SURE to happen. Meanwhile we STILL don’t even know how to store the inevitable and dangerous nuclear waste and it’s obvious, except to idiots with dollar signs in their heads, that we cannot protect those nuclear reactors from natural disasters, which can become global, not local disasters if there is a fire and a wind. Damaged reactors and radioactive waste with a half life of thousands of years…another recipe for disaster. The sky is getting closer.
Let’s look at some interesting stuff about that, though it just doesn’t seem to make it to the news media headlines.
Right here, not long since, Congress was asked by the current administration to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas - by TEPCO and its local partners. TEPCO is the Tokyo Electric Power Company, obviously not an American firm. It is the largest electric utility in Japan and the 4th largest electric utility in the world. It’s Big Electricity. You may remember that the Gulf has already suffered irreparable damage from the incompetence of Big Oil. Maybe TEPCO is going to be an improvement on British Petroleum. Let’s see.
Going through the motions is big business everywhere and nuclear plants must have what is called "SQ" or "Seismic Qualification" before operating. The builders and owners must certify that all components are designed for the maximum ‘shaking event,’ from an earthquake or other natural seismic activity.
But the bottom line is king. It is expensive to prove plant immunity to the maximum shaking event. Having listened to the BP executives we know the cheapest way round the problem is to lie. When the Shoreham nuclear plant was built in New York in 1988 the engineers were ordered to change the SQ tests from “failed" to "passed." The reason was the billion dollars it would cost to comply with a genuine certification.
You will be delighted to know that it was Stone & Webster that put in the false report and were caught. They are now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction, which it is planned will help TEPCO to build the Texas nuclear plants. The engineers who blew the whistle were fired and black listed in the industry. Standard procedure in the land of the free.
You may have heard or read the official line that the tsunami disabled the pumps needed to cool the reactors. We must infer from this that water unexpectedly got into the diesel generators that run the pumps.
These back up systems are the Emergency Diesel Generators (EMG). That they didn't work in an emergency that they were supposed to counter is pretty suspect. It’s like saying that the fire sprinklers in the building didn’t work because there was a fire in the building. We do know that such Generators have to be certified as capable of dealing with emergencies. It is cheaper to lie than have it done.
Let’s bring this closer to home. One of the lethal reactors at Fukushima Station 1 was built by Toshiba. They also designed the EMG system that failed.
The administration $4 billion loan I mentioned is for the South Texas Project. Everybody was delighted to know that it’s going to use a reactor made by Westinghouse, a great American brand. Nobody mentioned that it will be mainly constructed in Japan by the company that bought the name Westinghouse, which by another coincidence happens to be Toshiba.
Maybe it doesn’t bother you that the company that faked the safety certificates in New York has signed a deal with Toshiba, whose emergency system failed, to build nuclear power stations around the world.
Let’s bury our heads in the sand for a moment and check on good American companies due to build such power plants here. Sorry, didn’t work. Two of the currently melting Japanese reactors, including the one that blew up, were built by General Electric of, yes, the USA.
The current administration is planning a total of $56 billion in loans for nuclear reactors to be built all over America. Does this make you feel safer?
We can draw down a bit on this one now. Even stupid people realize that burning spent nuclear plant fuel rods can send radioactive steam and smoke into the air to be spread around. Apparently some Americans understand that because there has been panic buying of potassium iodide across California, with the usual price gouging going on. Some people have finally caught on to the fact that nuclear power stations that fail can be hazardous to health. Every one is a disaster waiting to happen.
Two Russian experts have calculated that about a million people have died in the past 23 years due directly to the Chernobyl explosion.
Even big strong buildings are going to come down eventually, some time in the future. I remember working on Jackson Avenue in Chicago and watching the Sears Tower go up over a thousand feet into the air. I thought as I watched this marvel of engineering…how is this going to be taken down when necessary when everything round it has been built up to the greatest rent bearing density? Possibly the Twin Towers incident holds the solution.
Any of the things mentioned could give a cautious person pause about the possible outcome of continuing the way we are. Insanity, as Einstein said is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. All the things I’ve mentioned are based on this kind of insanity and are actually in present time. There are several other factors, each tending to disastrous endings but I’ll cut matters short by dealing with one that hasn’t happened yet, though I think it is imminent and may happen by the time I finish the article. Any moment now, so to speak, and it will affect just about everyone in this country immediately, when it happens.
Just down the road from my house there are three gas stations. The prices vary from day to day, sometimes changing by 25 cents a gallon while we take a shopping trip lasting an hour. Today the low price is $3.65 a gallon.
Time magazine has a recent article about the price of gas in Europe. Here’s a direct quote. “the French are paying $8.67 for a gallon of super, compared to $7.10 in January, 2007. A gallon of diesel in French gas stations averages $8.54, up from $5.35 just a year ago. And in the U.K. diesel costs $11.50 per gallon, compared to around $3.90 in the U.S. Across the European Union, the average cost of a gallon of gas runs to about $8.70 — more than twice what Americans are shelling out to fill up. And Europe's dizzying fuel costs would be even worse if it weren't for the considerable appreciation of the euro and the British pound against the dollar over the past year, which has partially offset the price escalation in dollar-traded oil. “ Read more if you want to: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1809900,00.html#ixzz1Grkgd...
What’s that got to do with anything? A little history is required. When I was a young boy in the 30’s Brits could go anywhere in Europe and their money was accepted without question by the local stores. The pound Sterling was the reserve currency of the world. Every currency had its strength assessed by comparing it to the pound Sterling.
After WW II things changed and the American dollar became the world currency reserve. In the late 40’s and 50’s you could go across Europe and spend dollars without having to change them to local currency. Just like the old days with the pound Sterling.
Everyone who doesn’t live in a cave knows that the American government has been borrowing money like crazy, and because of an insane love affair with the military is spending more on war, sorry, defense, than the rest of the world combined. About 60% of the money goes to the industrial military complex that Eisenhower warned us about. The country is trillions of dollars in debt.
So the Federal Reserve…which is not a government body, just sounds like it, prints money day and night to pay its debts to foreign countries.
What the American public just doesn’t seem to get is that currently America is the ONLY country in the world that doesn’t have to pay for its imports in a foreign currency.
When the French or Germans want to buy oil from their friendly Saudi Arabian dealers they cannot buy it in francs or marks. They FIRST have to buy dollars, and then buy the oil. The value of the dollar affects how they can do this.
Germany is again the current power house in Europe. Let’s look at it from their viewpoint for a moment. The value of the German currency is measured against the value of the dollar, because AT THE MOMENT the dollar is still the reserve currency of the world. The value of the German currency depends on the Germans producing more than they consume, otherwise the value of their currency will fall. That means prices will rise and the standard of living will fall.
But here, AT THE MOMENT we can consume as much as we want. We don’t worry about getting the money to pay for it. Our dollars are good everywhere in the world. So for a long time now we haven’t, as a nation, needed to export anything or produce anything to get all the dollars we need to pay for our oil based economy. All we had to do was get the credit and print money to pay the bills.
When I came to the States in 1970 America was the world’s largest creditor. Everybody owed money to America. Since the 90’s we have become the largest debtor in the world. America owes more money to more people than anyone else in the world. St. Reagan and G.W. Bush were mainly responsible for that, though Bill Clinton took a hand too. I didn't. And that was before the latest financial crisis in which the people who actually caused it were rewarded with billions of dollars to distribute to their top people as bonuses. The average hedge fund manager takes home a billion dollars a year.
But America has been paying interest on the debts by printing more money. Bits of paper. Look at it practically. You want to get a bank loan. The loan officer wants collateral. You use your house and car, REAL things as collateral. He gives you a piece of paper called a check which by itself has the value of a tiny fraction of a cent. He gets something tangible. You actually get next to nothing, the value of which is going down.
If the countries of the world combine and say that they won’t accept dollars in payment for debts that would cause a financial melt down in this country that would make the Great Depression look like a picnic. And I think the signs are that it's on its way.
Last fall China, Japan, Russia, France and several Gulf oil producing Arab countries had a meeting to which America was not invited. Of course it wasn’t reported here. The latest celebrity pregnancy and cheating had priority as news, but it was reported in some European papers. The discussion was about ending the use of dollars for dealing in oil. It was about moving to the use of other currencies, including the Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen, the euro, gold, and a currency to be developed among several Gulf oil rich countries, like Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and a few other well known names.
As soon as this report came out the U.S. officials and the central banks people from around the world denied it, as the Chinese delegate said they would. It is essential that the people must NOT know when a devaluation of currency will take place because investors and the public would have time to do something about it, i.e. get out of dollar investments.
The Former vice chairman of the Standing Committee in China said that China is going to stop putting so much money into U.S. dollars and will focus on the yen and the euro. I have very recently looked at the graph of the Chinese holdings of U.S. dollars. It was at a high peak in 2009 and has been falling VERY steeply since then. China is unloading dollars as fast as possible.
More straws in the wind: In Mexico the HSBC bank, the local bank of the world as they call themselves, no longer allows deposits in U.S. dollars. Check HSBC on Google. They have branches world wide. The official reason is to do with money laundering. The economic reason is they don’t want to have vaults filled with a currency whose value is declining.
You may be a fan of Anne Frank. Go to her house in Amsterdam and you won’t be able to use dollars to get in. It’s an unacceptable currency at that tourist center now. So undeterred you look at your list of things to see before you die and you fly to India to check out the Taj Mahal. You find that the Indian Minister of tourism has decreed for three years now that the dollar will no longer be accepted as payment for Indian heritage tourist sites.
People who have been to China from here recently have found that many shops do not accept dollar based credit cards from foreign banks. There is a dollar quota if you want to convert dollars to renminbi, the official currency of mainland China.
Maybe you didn’t know that even here there are places where people prefer a currency other than dollars. Some places in the U.S. are producing a local currency, quite legal, that locals use to buy and sell. In western Massachusetts for example there is a local currency called Berkshares. It began in 2006 and there are over $2 million worth of Berkshares in the area.
In Washington D.C. some stores are accepting euros, as they are in New York. You will see the signs ‘Euros Accepted’ on such places. Texas of course has lots of places accepting pesos. Here, close to what I call home, the Chicago mercantile exchange…world famous for futures and commodities now accepts gold for futures contracts. It used to accept only U.S. treasuries and bonds.
You may want to think about that. It is not OBLIGATORY for an American merchant to accept dollars if a preferred currency is offered, even a local one based on the collateral of some local wealthy family. Every currency note is in effect an IOU from somebody. It used to be a genuine one from the government, and by going to a bank with a Federal Reserve five dollar or hundred dollar bill you could have it changed at the bank for silver or gold. Not a chance nowadays.
The value of anything in human terms depends on its scarcity. Sometimes, as with diamonds, a monopoly company keeps the supply low to keep the price high.
The world is being flooded with American paper currency. Therefore the value of each unit of that currency is less than it used to be. It was once backed with gold and silver. Now it isn’t. Just printing more money has ALWAYS caused bad problems. Two decades recent cases are Yugoslavia and Britain. Don’t have space for both. Let’s look at Yugoslavia.
By 1990 the Yugoslavian government had run out of real money so they started printing it as fast as they could. They also cut back the access that people had to their own money that was in government controlled banks. That is a polite way of saying 'stealing.'
That wasn’t enough. Just like here, the roads weren’t being repaired in places, underground pipe systems were having problems that weren’t addressed, bridges were becoming unsafe and the unemployment rate was around 30%. But governments are always ingenious at inventing methods that don’t work. Note them carefully. Our government is no smarter. The first thing was price controls, the brain wave being that people could still buy stuff although inflation was rocketing.
The business people couldn’t make a living at the low prices imposed by the government regulations so they just stopped selling. Bakers stopped baking bread. Grocery stores closed. Stores couldn’t get meat because the slaughterhouses couldn’t sell them meat at the official price. That will happen in every city where money printing causes problems. Only the rural folks who can grow their own food will be immune.
But the brains were working hard. Acknowledging that businesses had to raise prices the Yugoslavian government pushed through regulations to force businesses to fill out forms before they could increase prices. The pipe dream idea was that it would slow down price increases because any government forms take time to fill out and much longer to implement.
The stores that remained open had to hire employees just to do the paper work. To cover the extra costs due to the wages paid and the extra time involved, basic prices went VERY high so they didn’t have to keep doing the paperwork over and over.
Government brains were still throbbing. Yugoslavia installed a new currency to ‘solve’ the problem. They reduced the value of their old so that one hundred million of the old currency units now equaled one hundred of the new.
Maybe you didn’t read it in the papers or see it on TV here, but between the end of September 1993 and the end of January 1995 average prices in Yugoslavia increased by
5,000,000,000,000,000%. In American arithmetic, that’s five quadrillion percent.
This was happening to a real country in Europe. Put it in perspective. Something you could buy for $1 in August 1993 would cost $50,000,000,000,001 in 1995. Don’t forget the one on the end. Fifty trillion dollars more than it did in 1993.
Pandemonium ensued of course. People stopped accepting Yugoslavian money and tried to do everything in German marks. National strikes. Work stoppages. Looting just to eat. Store closings. The whole catastrophe as Zorba says.
And this was due to the government printing money to pay its bills instead of finding ways to increase exports and production and balance the budget.
It happened in Britain too. And has happened to varying extents as a debt crisis in several countries of S.America, and in Russia, Poland, the Ukraine and Japan, to name a few.
It always happens to debt crushed countries that try to print their way out of debt. The sky is falling here too. In 2011, right now, there are 46 states with huge budget shortfalls. By year’s end the total could reach over $150 billion. Public pension funds, that states haven’t paid into, against the law, have a total shortfall of about a trillion dollars.
A little news flash from Arizona tells us that the state is selling over $730 million of government building and will take up a 20 year lease on the same buildings, paying rent. It’s already sold the State Capitol Executive Tower and the state fairgrounds, and is working on selling the state prisons.
As California goes the nation, they say. Well California is cutting down on its prisoner population by over 6000 next year. They are letting about 4% of their prisoners go because it’s too expensive to keep them. New York, I hear is next.
If you live in Georgia you may be pleased to hear that the government wants to take out life insurance on all state employees so that the government gets the funds when the employee dies.
Sounds bad for the states doesn’t it. The Federal government is in worse shape. It can only continue to print dollars that have ANY value as long as the U.S. dollar stays as the world reserve currency. And this particular optimist doesn’t think that will continue for much longer.
Think of what will happen then to the only education available to some people…grant based courses at schools like the University of Phoenix, whose ads you have doubtless seen. Most of their students are homeless, with education grants. The University relies on federal funds for more than 85% of its current revenues.
Business Week mentioned that Drake College of Business in Newark N.J. had 5% of its student body as officially homeless.
Those students aren’t likely to be able to repay their loans are they?. That’s the government’s problem…which means your problem.
I could go on until giving examples till the crisis hits. But just think. When America has to buy Chinese yuan to get oil from Saudi Arabia it is going to pay the current market price. And it will take lots more dollars to buy yuan as the Feds print more money and make the value of the dollar so small that other countries won’t even want to own dollars.
What happens when no country will accept dollars in payment for anything and we have sent all our revenue producing businesses abroad. Keep population in mind. India had more honor’s graduates last year than we had graduates. And with the current anti science ignoramuses in government positions our chances of being in the upper education echelons of the world are pretty darned slim.
Prices for everything will go out of the reach of many still employed and beyond the reach of a huge percentage of the population, 13% of which are on food stamps now. Even an honest man is going to take the law into his own hands when his wife and children are hungry and he has no possible way to get enough honest money to feed them. Food and water riots are likely in every big city.
Let's revert once again to the 30’s. I collected foreign coins and notes as boys did. I was proud to own several million mark notes, which at the time of Germany’s inflation problems wouldn’t buy a loaf of bread. Maybe some French boy in years to come will look at his million U.S. dollar bill and think how in 'those' days it would buy a pint of milk...when it was available on the one day a week when dairy came to the village.
Just a few happy thoughts on St. Patrick’s Day. If we carry on as we are then disaster is inevitable. If even one of the things I’ve mentioned isn’t remedied we are due for bad problems and circumstances. And there’s nothing to stop two or three of them happening at once, is there? Are celebrity marriages or the antics of millionaire athletes really so important?
Here are a few interesting end data as frosting on a cake that you may not have liked:
Congress is not preparing to defend the people of the United States. It is planning to protect the capital of American speculators and investors.... Incidentally this preparation will benefit the manufacturers of munitions and war machines.... Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!
-Helen Keller at Carnegie Hall January 5, 1916
She was deaf and blind and had no trouble seeing that 95 years ago. What’s our problem?
About water, from one of my favorite news reporters:‘We just published a story on this issue, talking about how the Ogallala Aquifer is running dry, threatening the agricultural output of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and even parts of Colorado and Texas’ (http://www.naturalnews.com/031658_a...).
The people who might possibly be able to get America back on track are being persecuted by the corporate backed politicians:
‘The attack on workers’ rights and the middle class isn’t just happening in Wisconsin or Ohio. And it’s not just affecting public employees. Workers in every profession, in every state are under assault, and their family- and community-supporting jobs are at risk. Just ask the proud members of USW Local 7-669 in Metropolis, Ill. Our well-trained, hard-working members have been locked out of their uranium processing plant by Honeywell for 262 days and counting’