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The New York Times reports that half the $17.5B Congress authorized in loan guarantees back in 2005 has gone unclaimed. Yet Obama is going to add $36B more in guarantees to the budget next year. “Even supporters of the technology doubt that new projects will surface any time soon to replace those that have been all but abandoned.” However:
Mr. Wilmshurst [VP Electric Power Research Institute] said the continued depressed price of natural gas had clouded the economics of new reactors, and he predicted that construction activity would “go quiet” for two to five years. His group has shifted its efforts to helping figure out how existing plants can extend their licenses to 80 years from the current limit of 60.
Just what we need, even older and more fragile plants, NOT!
A passionate, not insignificant chunk of the Republican base is receptive to him and his message. But most of the conservative establishment is openly hostile to him, partly because of his adamantly non-interventionist foreign policy views and partly because he can be so easily painted as a fringe figure. Elite conservative opinion-shapers long ago succeeded in marginalizing Paul within the GOP. This point was driven home at CPAC the past two years. Each time, Paul won the annual presidential straw poll (with well under 50 percent of the vote), setting off jubilant cheers from his supporters — and angry boos from just about everyone else in the room.
He’s sure to shake up the Republican presidential race and give ’em something to think about on their wasteful and destructive foreign policy views.
Saturday, 30 April, 4 – 8 PM, Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall, 55 Washington Square South, New York City.
The teach-in will feature 3 speakers: Chris Williams of Pace University and author of”Ecology & Socialism”, Tim Judson President of the Citizens’ Awareness Network and Marilyn Elie-Co-founder of the Westchester Citizens’ Awareness Network. The speakers will go into the specifics of the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, it’s power production and N.Y’s useage, the Fukushima disaster and it’s potential parallels at Indian Point, and a broader context of the political and economic use of nuclear power. We will discuss strategy to shut it down.
Organized by Shut Down Indian Point Now!
From Charlie’s Facebook page.
Hymn of Gratitude for the Catholic Worker Vol. LXXVII, No. 5 August-September, 2010 price 1 cent (can't find the sign for 'cent' very easily on this computer, sign of the times) these front page headlines: Joseph Takami of Nagasaki Our Lady the Hibakusha plus an excellent review of BOMBING CIVILIANS: A TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY. Edited by Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn B. Young. The New Press, New York and London, 2009. Reviewed by Bill Griffin. who titles his review Bombs Do Not Save Lives Here it is 2011 and May 1 coming up Truth & Traditions Party mobilizing people 1 x 1 to bring some sanity each day into politics USA a tar pit full of failing flailing dinosaurs desperate on the very brink of extinction us modest milky warmblooded mammals nipping at their gigantic achilles heels I know the blog box is not set up in a way that favors poets who may be fussy about space, wanting air and the aura of ether around the penumbra of each word, each line, and especially around each unspoken thot. Plodding traditional prose will have to serve.
So says The New York Times:
Amid rising gas prices, stubborn unemployment and a cacophonous debate in Washington over the federal government’s ability to meet its future obligations, the poll presents stark evidence that the slow, if unsteady, gains in public confidence earlier this year that a recovery was under way are now all but gone.
Capturing what appears to be an abrupt change in attitude, the survey shows that the number of Americans who think the economy is getting worse has jumped 13 percentage points in just one month.
Not surprising. Obama created expectations of change, and then kicked those expectations in the teeth. And there’s this:
Given the choice of cutting military, Social Security or Medicare spending as a way to reduce the overall budget, 45 percent chose military cuts, compared with those to Social Security (17 percent) or Medicare (21 percent.)
Some guy named Eisenhower, a general and a Republican no less, warned us that military spending would eat away at home and hearth. No one listened then. Is anyone listening now?
THEY keep saying things will get better. And they do, for them, but not for the rest of us. They’re getting better on our backs.
Ike got it right
And he saw it and called, yes in 1960 when he left the Presidency. But James Ledbetter informs us on Blogginheads.tv, that he was aware of the problem much earlier. Here’s an excerpt from a speech he gave in 1953:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.