Movement to TRIBE

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Those interviewed for their vision and perspective for Arizona’s future in the Sunday issue of the Arizona Republic, presented the politically correct mantra which excludes honest participation by you and me … not surprising is it…?

One practical step which current Arizona leadership could choose to adopt is to provide … full, open, honest, timely DISCLOSURE & TRANSPARENCY to all Arizonan’s … which doubtful they will be inspired to do unless “we” … that’s you and me … stand up and demand and accept nothing less.

From a politician’s position disclosure and transparency are messy, time consuming, demanding, frustrating as it causes them to carefully measure their words as they need be ever mindful of that idiom … “be careful of the words you use, keep them soft and sweet, as you never know from day to day, which ones you’re to have to eat” … I would choose to substitute the word … HONEST … for soft and sweet … as it is the lack of honesty in government which I believe most frustrates us.

As 2010 unfolds, I believe we will see “changes” on a magnitude never imagined even by the most skilled political expert as the winners and losers will defy even the most skilled Vegas odds-maker. There is, I believe, an innate internal desire in many Americans to find … TRIBE … and not necessarily that we summarily define as family. TRIBE … meaning people with whom we honestly share social, educational and environmental and health beliefs. Characteristics such as color, race, religion, presumed economic status will have no importance as it is the human “person” inside to whom we are attached.

Though I can not claim any stature as a prognosticator 2010 reveals itself though chaotic and polarized challenges nonetheless offering unparalleled and unlimited opportunities as people begin to see and break through the defeatist, fatalistic, despairing illusion which corporate interest$ have for these past many, many years fostered.

Current self-anointed Arizona leadership will quickly learn … no authentic change can occur until or unless … WE … that’s you and me … have our rightful seat at the table.

To accept and honor this … represents a substantive paradigm change, one not easily attained.

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

Curbing foreclosure$

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE …it is all well and good to suggest a key to Arizona’s recovery is curbing foreclosures … the question remaining unanswered is how …?

How indeed when we elected a state legislature unable to see beyond their own next election and who continue to demonstrate they are not willing to make the “tough calls” choosing instead to take positions akin to that depicted in this foretelling cartoon attached …

Might we honestly curb home foreclosure when Arizona actually provides quality education for all, when we have a health care system, both physical and mental, which delivers quality care to all, irrespective of their presumed economic station, when the jobs our citizens have provide more than minimum wage, when the benefits of government largess are not limited to the few, the elite, the rich, the famous, the corporations…?

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

WELL CONCEIVED CHARADE

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . I rise to salute those residents vowing to fight cuts in City of Phoenix programs … and I invite you to prepare for “double-talk,” overt and covert lying, shuffling of agendas designed to keep you from being heard, conducting hearings at times and places designed to be hardship for you … the honest holders of power … it’s all a game they designed and it is designed to stifle and defeat you …

Your voice and presence clearly is NOT wanted as the process is designed to create as many obstacles as possible to keep you in the dark … to withhold full, open, timely, honest disclosure and transparency …

Your City council irrespective of the city or community in Arizona is NOT set up to allow your participation … it’s a fraud … a well conceived charade.

Think this is harsh and untrue … then get involved and discover …

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

PERCHLORATE & ARIZONA … ADEQ POSITION IS UNACCEPTABLE

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .You know it’s far more likely to rain than it is for EPA to take an affirmative and substantive stand respecting how much PERCHLORATE your water purveyor will be permitted to delivery to you to consume…?

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is likely to set limits on the amount of perchlorate allowed in drinking water, undoing a decision by the Bush administration to leave the chemical unregulated.

EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, who was in Phoenix Thursday, told The Republic her agency is reviewing the scientific evidence about the health risks of perchlorate and is expected to act soon.

The agency decided in 2008 not to set a drinking water standard for perchlorate, a rocket-fuel additive that has been detected in the drinking water of 35 states, including Arizona. The Bush EPA concluded that it lacked enough information to set limits and asked for further study. “We believe study is important,” she said, “but we believe it’s time to round up those studies and make a decision on perchlorate.”

Scientists and environmental groups have pressed the EPA for years to regulate perchlorate, which can interfere with thyroid function and, when ingested by pregnant women, can cause developmental problems in their unborn children.

Perchlorate was widely used in the manufacture of rocket fuels during the cold war and is still present in some fireworks and road flares. Tiny amounts have been found in drinking water, milk, even lettuce grown in Yuma. The chemical entered Arizona’s water supply through the Colorado River. A munitions plant and a chemical plant in Henderson, Nev., used perchlorate for many years and the chemical seeped into the ground and then found its way into the Las Vegas Wash, which carries runoff into Lake Mead. That reservoir stores water on the Colorado and releases it downstream to Arizona and California.

Arizona water regulators have monitored water from the Colorado and in 2004 found small amounts among about 100 samples, ranging from a trace to about 7.4 parts per billion. The highest sample was found in Yuma, with 15 parts per billion present. The levels had declined steadily from a 1999 sampling. (Read a report about perchlorate in Arizona here. It’s a pdf file.)

So far, two states have established limits on perchlorate in drinking water. California set a standard of 6 parts per billion and Massachusetts imposed a toughest-in-the-nation standard of 2 parts per billion. The EPA under President George W. Bush issued a health advisory for water with perchlorate concentrations of 15 parts per billion or more.

Arizona set a health-based guidance level of 14 parts per billion. Perchlorate does not belong in our drinking water, so I am very pleased to see the Obama administration taking the first steps toward protecting our families from this dangerous contaminant,” she said.

One of the EPA officials who worked on the issue under Bush was its assistant administrator for water, Benjamin Grumbles, who is now director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Bare with me, here’s my concern … Mr. Grumbles’ legacy at EPA does not lead me to conclude that full, open, honest, timely DISCLOSURE or TRANSPARENCY rates high on his personal radar screen as the following tends to indicate, but I invite you to educate yourself and decide for yourself…? AP: Drugs found in drinking water – USATODAY.com … – said Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S.. Environmental Protection Agency. …. cited post-9/11 security concerns in refusing to identify the drug. … answer AP’s questions, also citing post-9/11 issues. ….. No need for congress or the American people to get concerned. …

Not the answer I want to hear from the now current Director of Environmental Health for the State of Arizona.

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

Raise Phoenix water rates for what…?

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . More smoke and mirrors and still we remain ever silent …

I may be more willing to accept a rate increase were the City of Phoenix more willing to disclose and be far more transparent … but … far too much remains hidden and not disclosed, so count me as one opposed to any rate increases in city services lacking full, open, honest, timely disclosure and transparency.

What about you…?

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

GOOD.IS.WATER

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .

GOOD.is ….GOOD is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. Get involved.

http://www.good.is/post/your-daily-water-use/

The above link to a simple yet informative U-Tube video about how decisions and choices we make each day affect … WATER … I think you will find it at least clever

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

What’s true for you…?

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . OK … it appears that anyone who is anyone in the … water … arena is weighing in on the California water issue … and equally they each claim to have THE only solution or authentic assessment.

Why Just About Everything You Hear About California’s Water Crisis Is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong …By Yasha Levine, AlterNet …Posted on January 8, 2010, Printed on January 8, 2010 … http://www.alternet.org/water/144992/why_just_about_everything_you_hear_about_california%27s_water_crisis_is_wrong%2C_wrong%2C_wrong/

Water Is the New Oil — And That’s Going to Be Bad News for a Lot of People …By Steven Solomon, AlterNet …With the impending freshwater scarcity crisis, world politics and human civilization is undergoing another turbulent sea change.

Schwarzenegger Uses State of the State Address To Push Misguided $11.1 Billion Water Bond …By Dan Bacher, AlterNet …He gushed about the legislative package that clears the path for a peripheral canal, new dams and the destruction of the California Delta as one his major “accomplishments.”

Our Tap Water Is Not As Safe as it Should Be — But Don’t Panic, Here’s How We Can Fix It …By Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute …The Safe Drinking Water Act regulates 91 chemicals. Yet there are tens of thousands of chemicals that can contaminate our waters and that haven’t been assessed for their risks.

USDA Data Dispels Myth that California’s West Side Growers ‘Feed the Nation’ … By Dan Bacher, AlterNet …An “Astroturf” agribusiness group has relentlessly promoted the myth that crops grown on drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley “feed the nation

Might it be as a result of “we” Americans choosing NOT to demand we attain a unified … WATER VISION … we are easily divided and thereby separated into mindless army ants willingly spouting the mantra we assimilate as a result of the 24/7/365 propaganda bombardment by competing factions…?

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

2012 WATER SHORTAGE…?

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . OK … but what is Arizona doing …?
2012 water shortage likely …Low snowpack, long-term drought sap Colorado River …Central Arizona Project officials are warning that the first CAP shortage could arrive in two years, due in part to a poor snowpack in Rocky Mountain states this winter, on top of the Colorado River basin’s worst 10-year drought on the historical record. (Arizona Daily Star)

Answer … NOTHING … as our state’s leaders really don’t believe there will be a WATER shortage … so let’s continue our unsustainable future based on building homes.

Does this really make sense…?

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

Information available if you truly want to know

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .For those who did not see this CBS TV report … it is worth your time as it gives a perspective to the WATER dilemma we face in Arizona though our state’s political leadership remains as an ostrich with its head firmly imbedded in the sand.

Paste this link …
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6073970n

Where America Stands on Water …CBS Reports that people can survive 30 days without food, but only about three days without water. As world population grows, Americans need to pay more attention to how much water we use.

Remain deaf, dumb, blind at your own risk … information is available though you do need to make an effort to find it as … mass-media-for-profit-corporate-interest$ … do not want you to know

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

Another example of a FRESH IDEA from government

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . It might be time for “us” to contemplate there is NO such thing as a temporary tax and politicians irrespective of their alleged political stripe fall in love with sales taxes. Temporary sales taxes especially always become “necessary” though their originally intended purpose morphs into what in that moment is the “hot-button” dilemma.

Sales taxes on items such as food, housing and health care in particular are characteristically unfair as they fall heaviest on those at the lower end of our financially defined society, but really the members of the Phoenix City Council don’t give a damn, because it’s a quick solution to a vexing problem.

This mushroomed city budget did not occur overnight or just last year, rather it has been in the making for years. During that time “we” … that’s you and me … chose to be deaf, dumb, silent as we are now.

Let’s see do I have this right … Phoenix city budget … big deficit … Arizona state budget … giant deficit … State economy in the toilet … Unemployment growing … solution posed by those who swore an oath “to serve & to protect” … RAISE SALES TAXES … are “we” really believe this represents FRESH IDEAS … and thinking outside the box …?

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

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