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Running With a Bee on Chairman Mao’s Nose, Montaigne, Shiva, Obama Supposes

I was out running before the rain was supposed to get heavy,
first checking weather.com’s hour-by-hour prediction for my
town. I had been reading about China’s 1980’s Premier Zhao
Ziyang dictating his memoirs while under house arrest,
recording them over children’s songs tapes, and performances
of the Beijing Opera. When Tianamen Square was happening
in May of 1989, Zhao was the Chinese Communist Party chief
who wanted to pursue dialogue with the students, but when
he went to the home of patriarch Deng Xiaoping to talk
about it, martial law had already been decided to be imposed.
Instead of a cordial meeting, Zhao ‘was purged and placed under house arrest
until his death in 2005.’

Interesting. There are supposed to be details about the inner
sanctum of Chinese rule in what will be a book to be released
May 19 entitled “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of
Premier Zhao Ziyang” via Simon and Schuster – – the book derived
from the tapes secretly smuggled to other friends and eventually
compiled into a complete set by ‘Bao Tong, a former close adviser
to Mr. Zhao who remains under tight surveilance in Beijing.’

This is major revelatory news, so there I was running in my
t-shirt of Chairman Mao himself with a beeg bee perched upon
his nose. I was listening to my music to inspire me and give
me energy, thinking about our wonderful nuclear industry in
the background, never quitting on getting some money. Making
hay while the sun shines. Billions of dollars flying around
and why not get us some too. Senator Murkowski, following
in her anti-environmental father’s shoes, has an amendment that
may be appended to some form of energy bill next week. The
Nuclear Information and Resource Service [NIRS], ever vigilant,
had sent out an alert and 3000 angry citizen responses had
resulted, protesting this amendment to our Congresspeople.

However, NIRS finally figured out that the ‘clean energy bank’
idea is the big whale on the horizon where unlimited dollars
can be garnered for nuclear power. If it can falsely be
determined to be a form of clean energy, like wind or sun or
hydropower. Which of course it is far far from ever being.
So, we must alert our congresspeople to this bigger reality.
You can do this via going to NIRS’ Daily Kos post at:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/5/14/731338/-Could-A-Clean-
Energy-Bank-Wreck-the-Economy-Well,-yes……
or directly contact your Representative in the House of
Representatives via:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/t/5846/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1546
or Speaker Nanci Pelosi at:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/t/5846/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1550

See how YOU can effect change in our country, keep our
21st century course toward clean energy going in the
right uncorrupted direction, adding your own viewpoints
to the pre-written letters supplied by NIRS composers.

OBAMA Not The Brilliant Spectre We Hoped For:

No he’s not. He was vetted by Zbigniew Brzezinski. Here’s a few paragraphs
out of an article Bruce Gagnon wrote before the 2008 election, called ‘O-Bummer:’

“David Rockefeller at the Trilateral Commission sent the executive director
of that high-brow organization, Zbignew Brzezinski, out to find a fresh face,
someone who could offer “change” to the public. He recruited Jimmy Carter,
the unknown Georgia governor and peanut farmer, to run for president. With
the support of this hidden elite Carter became president. I fell for the
trap. Brzezinski became Carter’s national security adviser and is the one
who helped us arm the Taliban in Afghanistan so they could give the former
Soviet Union their own version of a Vietnam quagmire. The U.S. has now
built six permanent military bases in Afghanistan.

Zbignew Brzezinski went on to write a book called The Grand Chessboard: American
Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives that was published in the late 1980’s
or early 1990’s. In this book Brzezinski talks about the importance of the
Middle East and Central Asia because of their vast supplies of oil and natural
gas. He says, “… But in the meantime, it is imperative that no Eurasian
challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging
America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy
is therefore the purpose of this book.”

He continues, “In that context, how America ‘manages’ Eurasia is critical.
Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A
power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most
advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map
also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail
Africa’s subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania
geopolitically peripheral to the world’s central continent. About 75%
of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical
wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil.
Eurasia accounts for 60% of the world’s GNP and about three-fourths of the
world’s known energy resources.”

How though, Brzezinski asks, will we be able to convince the American people
to expend the enormous amount of money it would take to secure Eurasia on
behalf of the American corporate empire? How can we talk the American people
into giving up their favorite social programs (Medicare and Social Security)
so that permanent bases can be established in this region in order to control
the extraction of resources?

He answers the question by saying, “Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly
multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on
foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely
perceived direct external threat.”

Translation – terrorism. The war on terror. Endless war to protect us from the
dark, hard to find, cave dwelling forces of evil.

Today the American people are beginning to suffer from the Iraq and Afghanistan
syndrome. Since 2001 we have been in a perpetual state of war which has been
supported by both the Republicans and Democrats. How can we ever convince the
American people to press on, to keep our feet in “Eurasia” when they have begun
to show such a proclivity to tire of these foreign entanglements?

A new fresh face is needed.

I recently read an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski that was published in a
British progressive journal. In the interview Brzezinski, who is now one of
Obama’s chief foreign policy advisers, brags that he had early on “vetted”
the potential presidential candidate and was quite certain that he was the
right man for the job at hand.

The official definition of the word vetted: to evaluate for possible approval
or acceptance.

I told my friend that the fresh face of change was a facade. A false,
superficial, or artificial appearance. A trick. A lie. A humiliation.”

So, the Prez is going to close Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, but will not eliminate
military tribunals, a la GW Bush after all. He is increasing our troopage in
Afghanistan, which may be a war that cannot be won (as the Russians well know),
and will step up the spending on military hardware. He has taken on
individuals who were in favor of warring on Iraq and Afghanistan to council
and lead the country into more trouble and much less change.

But then, are human beings, and Americans, so smart anyway? We take animals for
granted as being part of nature, but they know things we don’t. Have you
ever read any Montaigne? He provides us with such great information from way
back a few centuries ago, before there were antibiotics, television, Viagra
and the cellphone:

“The philosopher Cleanthes saw some ants leave their anthill bearing the body
of a dead ant toward another anthill, from which several other ants came
to meet them as if to speak to them; and after they had been together
for a time, the second group returned to consult, you may suppose, with
their fellow citizens, and in this way made two or three trips because
of the difficulty of coming to terms. Finally the late-comers brought the
first ones a worm out of their den, as if for the ransom of the dead one,
which worm the first ones loaded on their back and carried home, leaving to
the others the body of the deceased. That is the interpretation Cleanthes gave
to it, testifying thereby that those creatures who have no voice nevertheless
have mutual intercourse and communication, in which it is our fault that we
cannot participate, and for this reason we are meddling foolishly by
expressing our opinion in the matter.”
– – from pages343-44 of Collected Essays – ‘Apology for Raymond Sebond’

Then: “As for domestic management, not only do the ants surpass us in their
foresight in piling up and saving for the time to come, but they
also possess many parts of the knowledge necessary for it. The ants
spread their grains and seeds outside their threshing floor to air
them, freshen them, and dry them, when they see that they are beginning to
molder and smell rancid, for fear they may spoil and rot. But the caution
and foresight they use in gnawing the grains of wheat surpasses anything
imagined by human prudence. Because the wheat does not always remain dry
and sound, but grows soft and soggy and dissolves as in milk, when it is
on the way to germinate and produce; for fear it may sprout and lose its
nature and property as a storehouse for their food, they nibble off the
end by which it usually sprouts.” – – from page 347 of Sebold, Apology for

And why not: “Of all the predictions in times past, the most ancient and the most
certain were those drawn from the flight of birds. We have nothing like
it and nothing so wonderful. That rule and order in the flapping of
their wings by which men draw conclusions about things to come, must
certainly be led by some excellent means to so noble an operation; for
it is playing with words to go and attribute this great effect to some
natural ordinance, without the intelligence, consent, and reason of
the creature that produces it; and this is an opinion evidently false.”
– – – – page 344 ‘Apology for Raymond Sebond’

As proof of this, the torpedo [electric ray] has the property, not
only of putting to sleep the limbs that directly touch her, but of
transmitting through nets and seines a sort of benumbed heaviness
to the hands of those who move and handle them. Indeed they say
further that if you pour water upon her, you feel this sensation
which climbs uphill to the hand and numbs the touch through the water.
This power is marvelous, but it is not useless to the torpedo: she
senses it and uses it in this way, that to catch the prey she seeks,
you see her hide under the mud, so that the other fish, gliding
past above, struck and benumbed by this chill of hers, fall into her
power. – – – next paragraph on page 344 ‘Apology for Raymond Sebond’

Vandana Shiva talks about calling peoples or animals ‘natural’ in the
beginning of her terrific ‘Biopiracy’ book thusly:

“Columbus set a precedent when he treated the license [granted by the Pope]
to conquer non-European peoples as a natural right of European men. The
land titles issued by the pope through European kings and queens were the
first patents. The colonizer’s freedom was built on the slavery and subjugation
of the people with original rights to the land. This violent takeover was
rendered “natural” by defining the colonized people as nature, thus
denying them their humanity and freedom…

These Eurocentric notions of property and piracy are the bases on which
‘Intellectual Property’ laws of the GATT and World Trade Organization
(WTO) have been framed. When Europeans first colonized the non-European
world, they felt it was their duty to “discover and conquer,” to “subdue,
occupy, and possess.” It seems that Western powers are still driven by
the colonizing impulse to discover, conquer, own, and possess everything,
every society, every culture. The colonies have now been extended to
interior spaces, the ‘genetic codes’ of life-forms from microbes and
plants to animals, including humans.”

Ms. Shiva is talking about patenting genetically altered plants, crops, and
yes, even human genomes (doctors and government officials have already
indeed done this). Her vision of depicting indigenous people as natural
goes with what Montaigne shows us we humans do concerning animals – -to our own detriment. Columbus came a couple of centuries before Montaigne.

When I run my miles along beaches and inlets few people see, I think about
the wisdom of the geese and birds I am so lucky to perceive, relatively
undisturbed, out of the main heavy flow of human traffic. Bees on his
nose, Chairman Mao, and Zhao Ziyang himself needed to be tweaked out of their
complacency to suppress human nature and intelligence. The Ziyang book
should be an interesting read when it gets into our hands, tho nature waits out there for all of us to enjoy right now, morning, noon or any ole time…

Barack Obama Wins, Now The Problems Must Be Confronted

A monumental victory.  Good for America.  Good for Barack.  Heard on MSNBC this morning that already the Taliban wants to negotiate post results of this election.  Now what kind of public works would be ideal to 1) get the country going again, 2) put people back to work,  3) cure a major problem, 4) be good for the environment….?…How about a massive effort like during World War II – but instead of building war machines and weapons to thwart Hitler and Mussolini’s Nazi/fascists, what about building something to cure our energy dilemma?

After some calculation, starting with the fact that one megawatt of wind energy can supply 270 homes with electricity [fact supplied by American Wind Energy Association or awea.org], what if we started building enough 2.5 megawatt Clipper wind turbines [these already commercially exist] to power ALL of the USA’s homes?!  Yes, that would take 122,000 turbines.  It would put people to work doing something they would take great pride in, and not be pollutive.  Also, these turbines could be exported to the rest of the world, and make America the world leader in wind power.  Although most Americans don’t realize this: America right now is number two in megawattage in the world behind world leader Germany.

Where could we do this?  How about in all those closing car plants?  Retrofit or superfit them.  In 2007 Ford alone produced 2.5 MILLION vehicles.  Get into those closing or closed plants, Americans, and let’s solve our energy/electricity mui pronto!   No nuclear needed [first new nuclear  plant wouldn’t be on line til 2015 anyway; no ultimately toxic nuclear waste with over 500 different kinds of radionuclides produced every day in each of our 104 current nuclear plants to cause cancer, genetic defects, mutations, fetal loss – these are just for starters.  See more in the Chernobyl post on this site re plutonium and specific other radionuclides.]  Minimize ‘clean’ coal or dirty coal [remember that 50% of USA electricity is now generated by coal; 18.8% by nuclear; ~19% from natural gas; coming up to 2% by wind; only 2% by oil.]

Congratulations Mr. President-Elect, we can pull ourselves out of our economic mess by our bootstraps.  At least $10 billion per month we waste in Iraq.  Withdraw quickly.  Sorry thanks to Mr. Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld and all the hawky plunderers who have helped kill about 1,000,000 Iraqis and maybe 4000 Americans by now in that unfortunate oil-rich country.  Negotiate with the Taliban.  Let’s get the world on the road to peace, instead of war and domination.  And the suppression of our own civil liberties.  Can’t we close at least half of those expensive 800 military bases overseas?  We’ve spent ourselves into fantastic debt and economic desecration by thinking we can rule the world and maintain our empire, mostly for the benefit of corporations who have no soul or commitment to anything humane or human.

Change.  Time for it to start bubbling.  The people are enthusiastic.  Let’s ride the wave, and make this country and planet a great place to live and improve upon, based on love and encouragement.

11 5 08  C  Conrad Miller M.D.

Edition III of ‘The Most Important Issues Americans THINK They Know Enough About,’ addressing the above approach to our future, is featured in Dr. Miller’s book – – available from Amazon and other sources in 2 weeks.

Presidential Debate #3 Nuclear Power Option Unrebuked

During the third and last presidential debate on Oct 15th, John McCain said “We can eliminate our dependence on foreign oil by building 45
new nuclear plants, power plants, right away.” Barack Obama did not respond to this by saying the obvious:
“But, John, only TWO percent of our electricity is produced from oil!  And by the way, 80 percent of our uranium for our nuclear plants is imported.” 

Alas, he declined to do this.  This whole nuclear option is NO option.  Nuclear power is not ‘green’ nor is it ‘safe and clean.’  We still have the tons of nuclear waste that are radioactive for 500,000 years that we cannot safely store.  Radioactivity from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident has contaminated an area north of the exploded Ukrainian plant across a 750 mile diameter for 100,000 years, according to the late Dr. Vladimir Chernousenko, the nuclear physicist in charge
of cleaning up the worst industrial accident in mankind’s history.  When the next Chernobyl happens, that will be the end of nuclear
power, but it will come too late.  For our presidential candidates are both mouthing support for the nuclear power option when its health effects should eliminate the dirtiest most-toxic technology commonly employed by mankind from the energy roundtable.  When the media should be hosting a debate on nuclear power, allowing scientists to participate
who can discuss what radioactivity can do to the human body, and the cells of all living organisms. 

Dr. Alexey Yablokov, president of the Center for Russian Environmental Policy, informs us in his 2007 book that 300,000 people prematurely died so far as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion and fire.  Nuclear proponents continue to proclaim that only 31 people died at Chernobyl, as if there is no such thing as radioactivity, and over 500 radionuclides like plutonium-239 that are produced in our 104 nuclear plants every day as a result of the
fissioning or splitting of uranium to make heat to produce steam to turn a turbine to produce electricity.

Remember, all these radionuclides have dangerous ‘half-life’ periods during
which their radioactive beams can mutate your DNA and that of your fetus especially, to produce unsurvivability, death, genetic defects and cancer.  Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,000 years.  After one half life, HALF the radioactivity of plutonium-239 or any radionuclide is still present.  The danger of this radioactivity to produce ill-effects continues thru 10-20 half-lives, which scientists call a radioactive element’s ‘hazardous life.’  For plutonium-239 that means 240,000 to 480,000 years.  And only one millionth of one gram is the lung cancer causing dose for plutonium.  That means that with 454 grams in one pound, twenty pounds of plutonium could cause lung cancer in every human being on Earth if the plutonium is dispersed and spread about the planet to possibly be inhaled by each of us 6.8 billion Earthlings.

I have decided to post my new nuclear power chapter (99% completed) from the latest edition of my book ‘The Most Important Issues Americans THINK They Know About – Edition III’ on my website so that everyone can read a broad informative discussion about nuclear power from a concerned physician’s perspective, written for the layman.  It will be available in a pdf format with images and photos to make it more enjoyable and to highlight certain important concepts.

The entire book, six chapters in all, with a four part Appendicies, and nearly 1000 references, will be available from my website on October 24th 2008.  It should be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc., by mid-November.

All books purchased from the website shall be autographed by the author, until further notice.

Contact me if you have any questions on nuclear power, the health effects of radioactivity, and what we can do with especially wind and solar power to provide ALL the electricity American homes need within a few years.  YES! we can do that starting NOW!  See
the website http://www.crestofthewave.com for more vital information…

darnoc@crestofthewave.com

STOP Sneaky UNLIMITED Nuclear Loan Guarantees Call-In Day 9/17/08

CALL  Your  Senators Today 1-202-224-3121

 Tell them each “No unlimited nuclear loan guarantees as proposed in  the

New Energy Reform Act of 2008.”  which will be introduced during this week.  May come as a bill in itself, or as an amendment to some bill, unknown as yet.  A very sneaky act to follow, not even a number on it yet, nor any publicity about it.

Here is more from the Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS) – The main organizer of this ALL – important Call-In Day Sept 17, 2008.

GANG OF 10 BILL:

 BIGGEST GIVEAWAY TO NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY EVER

 

NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

 

This is it. In the mainstream media, the Gang of 10 (actually, now it’s the Gang of 20) energy bill is all about offshore oil drilling. And, to be sure, there’s lots of that in the bill, which is expected to come up in the Senate this week. But the bill would also be the biggest giveaway to the nuclear power industry ever.

 

Unlimited loan guarantees for construction of new atomic reactors. That’s right, unlimited. As much money—hundreds of billions of dollars–as everyone in the nuclear industry wants, when it wants, for as long as it wants.

 

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how that would absolutely destroy our ability to effectively address the climate crisis and what a disaster that would be for our economy, for our nation, for our planet.  Plus, more radioactivity to leak into the environment, increase the likelihood of a nuclear accident, increase the amount of nuclear waste that we still do not know how to store safely.  Remember,  just one millionth of a gram of plutonium-239 can cause lung cancer.  With 454 grams in one pound, that means just one pound of plutonium-239 can cause 454 million lung cancers, and 20 pounds could lead to cancer occurring in every human being on Earth.  Each of our 104 nuclear plants produces 400-1000 pounds of plutonium each year.

 

How do these Senators think they can get away with this? Because they’re not hearing from enough of us, often enough. They think this is a popular stand. We all need to stand up now and be counted.

 

That’s why NIRS, Physicians for Social Responsibility and other national groups are putting out the word for a National Call-In Day to the Senate on Wednesday, September 17. We need at least 10,000 phone calls to the Senate on Wednesday. We need the phones there to be ringing non-stop from dawn to dusk. Will you help?

 

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

 

*Please call both of your Senators that day with a very simple message: Take taxpayer loan guarantees for nuclear power out of the Gang of 20 energy bill. (note: the bill does not yet have a number. It’s called the New Energy Reform Act of 2008, but everyone will know what you are talking about if you just say “Gang of 20 energy bill.”)

 

*Please forward this Alert to any and all of your mailing lists.

 

*Please print this Alert and take it to any public meetings and gather places you go to between now and Wednesday. Post it at food co-ops and other central locations.

 

*Please talk to your friends and colleagues, congregations this Sunday, PTAs next week. Spread the word.

 

*If you want to e-mail your Senators, please do (you can do so from this link; NIRS’ new e-mail-from-our-Alerts set-up still has some bugs, so we can’t quite offer that yet). But also call! It is important to keep those phones ringing all day long!

 

*Call even if you think your Senator(s) are hopeless. Everyone walking in the halls of the Senate should hear phones ringing everywhere, all day long.

 

We can’t let the nuclear industry get away with this. All that can stop it now are your actions. If we all just sit back and wait for someone else to take action, we will lose. If we all make those two calls—one to each Senator, and ask each of our friends and colleagues to make those two calls, we can show the Senate what the American people really think. And we can win.

 

It is up to each of us. It’s that simple, and that stark.

 

Please take five minutes to make two phone calls Wednesday. And please drop us an e-mail and let us know you called (we’ll be looking for 10,000 e-mails in our inbox by Thursday morning!).

 

Thank you for all that you do.

 

Michael Mariotte

Executive Director

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

nirsnet@nirs.org, www.nirs.org

301-270-6477

September 12, 2008

 

P.S. For those who want more information:

 

You can read a Physicians for Social Responsibility analysis of the nuclear provisions in the Gang of 20 energy bill here. The bill includes not just loan guarantees, but also more “risk insurance” for new nukes, construction of a reprocessing plant, and much more.

 

You can read a longer article on the issue I wrote for DailyKos here.

 

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And if you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to sign the statement on nuclear power and climate at www.nirs.org (but please don’t sign more than once!). If you’ve already signed, please ask your friends and colleagues to sign!

 

We’ve passed 7750 7830 7930 8,130 8,330, 8400, 8,630 signatures, let’s get to 10,000! And just let us know at nirsnet@nirs.org if you want more paper copies of the statement to gather signers at events, concerts, conferences, etc. We’re adding paper signers as fast as we can (but seem to be always a few hundred behind….).

 

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Italy To Send 20,000 Tons of Radioactive Waste To USA

Italy wants to export 20,000 tons of its radioactive wastes to the USA. But - there is no safe way to store radioactive waste - it has to go to Tennessee, crossing the Atlantic ocean by boat - dangers of ambush, spills, leaks, contamination - medical effects: cancer, mutation, aborted damaged fetuses - five landfills licensed to receive re-classified waste in the state of Tennessee - most citizens unaware of this

1993 Zero Degree Windchill Factor Another Good Winter Run

A Good Winter Run

(That took place 1/9/93)

By Conrad Miller M.D.

It’s a cold winter day. The wind is swirling snow flurries past your window. You’ve accepted the fact that you’ll be stuck inside all day sipping tea, watching the fire—or to be less romantic, the inane TV—wishing you were someplace warm in the Caribbean or the Florida Keys….

You need some exercise. You know it. It’s your day off… Read more

Winter Running, Huckabee Funds Running Out, John Hanson

Welcome to 2008, Dear Readers, I hope this
is a healthy, revitalizing year for all of
you, as George Bush enters his final full year of
torturing us and the world…….Whatever the evolution [if I may use
such a word] of the current politics…

There are many seconds in a day, and many minutes.
You can’t worry about the way civilization wends its
way along the timescale that you live on your own
roads, behind whatever houses you pass as the sun is
coming up, feeling good about something, enjoying it,
breathing in the inspiration and the vigor that
strengthens you, body and soul. Read more