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Sunday, 14 January 2018

14 January 2018. From Sea to (Not So) Shining Sea… What Will Future Generations Say of Us?

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Trump’s order opening all areas to grasping corporate rape shall reverberate for generations, even if it’s repealed in 2019 (if the GOP loses Congress, which may very well happen). the plug-uglies will have a year to dump all sorts of shit into the environment. It takes a LONG time to clean up the mess left by a short period of rapine. It took the USSR a full generation to truly recover from the mess that the fascists left… it’d take longer to recover from the objective fouling that the corporatists would leave in our seas, rivers, wetlands, and wilderness areas.

If this doesn’t prove to you that the Republicans are evil… nothing will. Mind you, Dems are all too often like that, too. However, they’d overturn this just for the sake of utzing Trump. Sometimes, the evil do good despite themselves… this would be one such case.

BMD

Sunday, 4 December 2016

4 December 2016. DAPL Stopped… FOR NOW… Will Trump Reverse the Order?

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There’s much glee about the supposed rerouting of the DAPL by the Army Corps of Engineers. I’d say that it’s much too early to break out the bubbly. Trump will take office in six weeks, and he’s got his own money invested in the pipeline. Furthermore, he’s an asshat who enjoys suckerpunching people. Therefore, just because Obama and the Corps of Engineers rejected the present route, doesn’t mean that Trump won’t reverse that order. There’s no call for any celebration yet. It’s time to organise… for when the plug-uglies pull a fast one (it’s not a question of “if”). Besides, the Corps didn’t nix the pipeline, it merely rerouted it, which means that DAPL is still a threat to the environment. I’d point up that’s there’s no call for joy in Mudville, yet. There’s every chance that the oligarchs are planning a riposte, with their boy in office. Have a care… the times are evil…

The First Nations won a reprieve for the time being, not a lasting victory (sad to say).

BMD

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The Social Costs of Capitalism

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Few, if any, corporations absorb the full cost of their operations. Corporations shove many of their costs onto the environment, the public sector, and distant third parties. For example, now, 3 million gallons (11.36 million litres) of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine escaped; it’s working its way down two rivers into Utah and Lake Powell. This has shut down at least seven city water systems dependent on the rivers. The waste came from private enterprise; they claim that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally released the waste, which might be true, or it might be a coverup for the mine. If Lake Powell ends up polluted, it’s likely that the cost of the mine imposed on third parties will exceed the total value of the mine output over its entire life.

Economists call these costs “external costs” or “social costs”. The mine made its profits by creating pollutants, but those who had no share in the profits bear the cost of clean-up. This is how regulated capitalism works; you can imagine how bad unregulated capitalism is. Just think about the unregulated financial system, the consequences of which we’re still suffering, surely with more to come. Despite massive evidence to the contrary, libertarians hold tight to their romantic concept of capitalism, which, freed from government interference, serves the consumer with the best products at the lowest prices. If only. Progressives have their counterpart to libertarian romanticism. Progressives regard government as the white knight that protects the public from the greed of capitalists. If only.

Everyone, and most certainly libertarians and progressives, should read Jeffrey St Clair’s book, Born Under A Bad Sky (2008).  St Clair is an engaging writer, and his book is rewarding on many levels.  If you’ve never floated the Western rivers or met the challenge of treacherous rapids or camped among mosquitoes and rattlesnakes, you can experience these facets of life vicariously with St Clair, whilst simultaneously learning how corruption in the Park Service, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management results in timber companies, mining companies, and cattle ranchers making money by plundering national forests and public lands.

Public subsidies to miners, loggers, and ranchers are as extravagant and as harmful to the public interest as the subsidies that the Federal Reserve and Treasury provide to “banks too big to fail”. Progressives and libertarians need to read St Clair’s accounts of how the Forest Service creates roads into trackless forests to subsidise timber companies’ felling of old growth forest and habitat destruction for endangered and rare species. Our romanticists need to learn how people trade less-valuable lands for more-valuable public lands to transfer wealth from the public to private hands. They need to learn that allowing ranchers to use public lands results in habitat destruction and destroying stream banks and aquatic life.  They need to understand that the heads of the federal protective agencies themselves are timber, mining, and ranching operatives who work for private companies and not for the public. Americans of all persuasions need to understand that, just as the military/security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby buy and pay senators and representatives, mining, timber and ranching interests own them. The public interest is nowhere in the picture.

The two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are at 39 percent and 52 percent capacity.  The massive lakes on which the Western United States is dependent are drying up. Now, Lake Powell faces receiving 3 million gallons of wastewater containing arsenic, lead, copper, aluminium, and cadmium.  It also endangers wells in the floodplains of the polluted rivers. The pollutants, which turned the rivers orange, flowed down the Animas River from Silverton CO, through Durango into the San Juan River in Farmington NM, a river that flows into the Colorado River that feeds Lake Powell and Lake Mead. All of this damage from one capitalist mine.

In November 2014, US Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) proposed a bill passed by the House. Stewart is a hit man for capitalism.  His bill “is designed to prevent qualified independent scientists from advising the EPA. Industry-affiliated choices would replace them, who may or may not have relevant scientific expertise, but whose paycheques benefit from telling the EPA what their employers want to hear”. Representative Steward says that it’s a matter of balancing scientific facts with industry interests. There you have it.

17 August 2015

Paul Craig Roberts

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/us/20150812/1025648176.html

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

DNR Authorities Prepare to Prevent Ecological Disaster near Khartsyzsk from Possible Dam Collapse

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Today, DNR legislators and administrators met at a roundtable to discuss measures to prevent an environmental disaster due to the collapse of a dam near ​​Khartsyzsk. The roundtable attracted figures from the DNR Peoples Soviet, DNR MChS, DNR Ministry of Transport, officials from Khartsyzsk and Zuevka, Voda Donbassa (Donbass Water), DNR Head Directorate of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, DonNASA (concrete fabricators), as well as the DNR Head Directorate of Ecology and Natural Resources. DNR Peoples Soviet Deputy Yekaterina Pavlenko (faction Free Donbass), Secretary of the Committee on Social and Housing Policy, told reporters, “We discussed with various experts the possible environmental threats in Khartsyzsk and what measures we could take to prevent such a disaster occurring. We expect to write out a major proposal, with the economic justification for it, and create an inter-ministerial parliamentary commission, to deal with such issues in the future. There are many dams, so we need to consolidate responsibility for such facilities into the hands of the relevant authorities. After today’s meeting, we have to solve this problem; we don’t have time… we need to decide now, as the dam won’t survive the winter. According to preliminary data, about 10,000 people could suffer from the any catastrophe just in the DNR alone, as a collapse of the dam would bring destruction all along the river”.

Maksim Agarkov, DNR Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, said, “A collapse would place about ten of our communities downriver from the dam at risk. Moreover, the disaster could spread to the Russian Federation. There’s a risk of secondary pollution… a flood would inundate cemeteries, burial grounds, industrial sites, and more. In addition, in the area of the dam, there are places where concentrations of copper in the soil exceed the normal by 700 times. In case of failure of the two dams, the rate of water-flow in the river would reach three to five kilometres (@2 to 3 miles) per hour and wave height could exceed 25 metres (82 miles)”.

According to the preliminary conclusions of experts from DonNASA, the iron gate of the dam needs immediate replacement. However, to get the data necessary to order the proper materials, tools, and parts for the repair of the dam (or its new construction), we must carry out a full review, involving relevant experts. According to the DNR Peoples Soviet Committee on Social and Housing Policy, the dam on the Nizhnyaya Krynka River near Zuevka dates from 1937; it had a planned service life of 50 years. Since then, there have been no major repairs to the structure.

30 June 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/vlasti-dnr-nachali-podgotovitelnuyu-rabotu-po-nedopushheniyu-ekologicheskoj-katastrofy-v-rajone-xarcyzska.html

Editor:

“There have been no major repairs to the structure”… that means that the Catholic University in Lvov stole money from needed infrastructure repairs. That means that the bandura-strummers stole the money that they used to promote their Uniate nationalism from needed repairs in the Orthodox Donbass. Over 23 years, from 1991 to 2014, Uniate nationalists stole from the productive people of the Orthodox Donbass. Much of the Lvovshchina is a poor and ignorant backwater, the Somalia of the Ukraine. To promote their racism and hatred, the Uniate nationalists stole from the hardworking people of the Orthodox regions.

That’s why they want to invade and rape Novorossiya… they think that they can continue to steal to keep their nationalist enterprise afloat. That’s over. In the Ukrainian successor state, a modus vivendi existed… the Russian Orthodox east controlled the economy, whilst the Galician (semi-Polonised) Uniate west lorded it over culture. That’s dead… it’s dead for good. The Munchkin Coroner has sung his song over the Ukraine. Now, it’s only a matter of time.

It’ll take some time to put right the Uniate neglect, but it’ll be done… more quickly than the West supposes, too (for the country’s riches will no longer be stolen by Uniate freebooter nationalists and their Western sugar daddies).

BMD

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