IS THIS A REFLECTION OF A STRONG AND BLIND BELIEF… ?

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Sen. Bob Bennett – UTAH – as he seeks re-election in 2010, the three-term Republican lit up a group of university professors Friday when he voiced support for nuclear power development. “Every study I’ve seen says that under the best of circumstances, solar and wind will never produce more than a single-digit percentage of the energy that we need,” Bennett told about 30 professors from across the country who had gathered for a two-day Nuclear Energy University Programs workshop.

To maintain the American economy, affordable and accessible energy is needed, Bennett said. “Nuclear is the only one that has the capacity to give you the scale that you need,” Bennett continued. “We have the potential in this country to build enough nuclear facilities to require two or three reprocessing plants,” — France and Britain currently have such facilities.

But reprocessing doesn’t solve the problem of what to do with radioactive leftovers, critics note. It just changes the waste, which currently is piling up in dry cask storage at 120 sites in 39 states, into liquid form and plutonium. Bennett believes that America, at present, lacks the will to go nuclear. “The political attitudes against reprocessing, against anything nuclear, are still pretty high in the U.S.,” Bennett said. He credits Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and the 1979 movie “The China Syndrome” with shaping that mindset.

The environmental watchdog group, HEAL Utah, questioned Bennett’s logic. “Dismissing the vast potential of renewable energy while offering to throw our resources down the nuclear rabbit hole is not sound energy policy,” said HEAL spokesman also decried the cost and waste associated with nuclear power, noting that reprocessing takes years and yields liquid radioactive waste and weapons-grade plutonium.
“France has over 80 tons of plutonium that they can’t get rid of,”
Bennett helped secure $43 million in nuclear research funding for universities nationwide, of which Utah State University received $500,000 for 2009. By Cathy Mckitrick … The Salt Lake Tribune …Updated: 08/14/2009 08:28:01 PM MDT
…cmckitrick@sltrib.com … http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13102301

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Perhaps it would be unwise to summarily dismiss Utah Sen. Bennett’s attachment to nuclear energy. At this juncture lacking clear science to the contrary the long term disposal associated with nuclear energy is an issue requiring honest resolution.

If we are open as we continue to investigate nuclear there is no doubt other options we be revealed which might be far more promising and safer.

If America put the same amount of time, money and energy into researching all alternative forms of energy, there is no doubt solutions will be revealed which today lie dormant in the minds of our citizens. Trust as Abraham Lincoln noted … “I am a firm believer in the people,” he said. “If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.” …

Just provide us with full, open, honest, timely DISCLOSURE and then get the hell out of our way …

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

… I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted. …

Respectfully submitted,

$$$ … BEHIND THE HEALTH CARE PROTESTS

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I find unusual when I can honestly laud the Gannett Co. Inc., parent company of the Arizona Republic and USA Today newspapers, so I find it intriguing they would make the Saturday – 15 Aug 09 – memorable for me with the headline noted above.

Though many may choose to find it either alarming or blatantly voodoo, I was recently make aware a number of renowned astrologers noted that today 15 Aug 09 would leave an indelible mark. For me this Arizona Republic headline is quite memorable as the accompanying article does a reasonably credible job of noting the individuals as well as smattering of the host of organization and the astronomical funding they have to spread their perspective relative to any proposed health care legislation throughout our nation.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Each one of us is required to assess for themselves and separate the wheat from the chaff and conclude whether the vitriolic TV talking heads in fact are providing anything useful to the dialogue about a most important issue facing all Americans. The noise volume surrounding the health care issues is so acerbic so as to preclude anyone being able to rationally assess what is being said by anyone.

In such an environment it is doubtful any understandable dialogue is possible. The legislation which emerges will doubtful be given thoughtful contemplation as it is shrouded in intentional illusion and distortion…? We are all the loser as a result.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

… I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted. …

Respectfully submitted,

It’s called … Freedom of Speech

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Why does anyone need to consider insured for our blog … is this not one expression of FREEDOM OF SPEECH …?

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .This article by Russ Wiles in the 8/16/09 Arizona Republic is, I believe, worth your time to read and digest as he makes some compelling observations.

He writes … “(Messages) now become part of the permanent record of the internet and can be viewed instantly by billions of people around the world” … I need ask, is this to imply that information previously transmitted via post office or fax was NOT part of a permanent record…?

I see potential of billions of people having the opportunity to view your blog as giving rise to fear on the part of those wanting to thwart our – that’s you and me – unfettered ability to access and utilized the internet as we choose.

I doubt there is any system currently devised which can delete any deceit, lies or scurrilous remarks from being broadcasted…? What I find alarming is – again – government at the behest of for-profit-corporate interests chooses to ask for limitation on what you and I can say, while allowing these same for-profit-corporate interests to bombard us 24/7 with their often misleading advertising…?

We need be vigilant but do not give into irrational fear.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

… I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted. …

Respectfully submitted,

AZ government spares PR staffs from budget ax

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AZ government spares PR staffs from budget ax … By Daniel Scarpinato … arizona daily star …excerpted … Tucson, Arizona …Published: 08.16.2009 …PHOENIX — The state of Arizona, grappling with one of the worst budget deficits in the nation, is making cuts to government that critics have called painful and even irresponsible.

But one area of state government — influencing the news media — has remained relatively intact. An Arizona Daily Star review finds the state spends at least $4 million a year on salaries for public information officers, media and marketing specialists and spokesmen charged with shaping and managing government’s image in the press and public at large. The spending stretches from Gov. Jan Brewer’s office — with five positions at a total of $363,000 a year — to the Legislature — where $337,000 is spent between Republicans and Democrats to shape their respective messages. Various state agencies reviewed have mostly maintained their publicists in the face of a budget shortfall of at least $3 billion.

Statewide elected officials also have media relations associates. Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat, has retained two press liaisons, at a total of about $152,000 a year — despite laying off 82 employees since the beginning of January. In July, Goddard said those layoffs “diminish our ability to protect Arizona families and defend our state in the courtroom.”

The spending is bipartisan. State agencies and elected officials aren’t alone in hiring professionals to deal with the news media. Members of Congress, cities, towns, counties, universities and even local school districts often maintain the same kind of full-time staffers.

WOW … now here’s a surprise …. Most in state government defend the spending as vital — a way of communicating with the public, particularly during a time of budget turmoil. Many say their jobs entail more than simply dealing with reporters. Some double as government lobbyists or take on other administrative duties.

Not all agencies have considered their press aides vital, however. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System — the state’s version of Medicaid — laid off its media relations employee this year due to budget cuts. “We really have to remain focused on the core business functions,” said Monica Coury, assistant director of the office of intergovernmental relations. “Right now, we’re running as bare-bones as we can.”

Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute calls it “shameless self-promotion.” “It’s not essential spending, and, in fact, it’s outrageous,” They say that since many of the spokesmen for government agencies are doubling as lobbyists or complaining to the public about budget cuts, “they are not only wasting money, they are picking the pockets of citizens.”

Contact reporter Daniel Scarpinato at 307-4339 or dscarpinato@azstarnet.com.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
. . . and we continue to allow our government to call this full, open, honest, timely DISCLOSURE …

Forrest Gump was right …. “stupid is as stupid does”

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

… I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted. …

Respectfully submitted,

End of an era…?

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BOTTLED-WATER BOOM APPEARS TAPPED OUT …By Ylan Q. Mui …The Washington Post…Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.15.2009

The recession has finally answered the question that centuries of philosophers could not: The glass is half-empty. That’s because sales of bottled water have fallen for the first time in at least five years, assailed by wrathful environmentalists and budget-conscious consumers, who have discovered that tap water is practically free.

Even Nestlé, the country’s largest seller of bottled water, is beginning to feel a bit parched. On Wednesday, it reported that profits for the first half of the year dropped 2.7 percent, its first decline in six years. “People might still be buying bottled water, but you can bet that they’re refilling those bottles.” The news delighted environmentalists, who have long berated the industry for wasting natural resources and stuffing landfills with plastic bottles. “I thought we’d never be able to impact sales of bottled water, and all of a sudden it’s really gained momentum,” executive director of advocacy group Food & Water Watch.

Not so long ago, bottled water was bubbling. It climbed up the ranks of America’s favorite beverages in recent years, beating out juice to become the third-most-popular in 2008. Soda is the drink of choice by far, followed by milk. Sales of bottled water swelled 59 percent to $5.1 billion between 2003 to 2008, making it one of the fastest-growing beverages. About 70 percent of consumers say they drink bottled water. But the economic downturn is stemming the tide. Nestlé sells a variety of brands, such as Poland Spring, Deer Park, S. Pellegrino and Perrier. It was the only sector in Nestlé’s food and beverage group to post a decline in global sales during the first half of the year, down 2.9 percent because of weakness in the United States and Western Europe. Coca-Cola has also blamed softening demand for weaker U.S. sales of its bottled waters. According to consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp., Americans drank 8.7 billion gallons of bottled water last year, compared with 8.8 billion in 2007 — the first decline this decade. Per-capita consumption dropped from 29 gallons to 28.5.

The trade publication Beverage World, doesn’t believe bottled water will return to galloping growth for a long while.” There were sort of a lot of headwinds,” he said. Those forces include not only the recession, which is whacking at sales of everything from cars to clothes, but also the massive campaign by environmentalists to get consumers to turn on the tap.

According to Food & Water Watch, more than 17 million barrels of oil — enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year — are needed to produce the plastic water bottles sold in the United States annually. About 86 percent of the empty bottles get thrown into the trash rather than recycled. Beverage companies have responded through recycling initiatives and purchasing carbon offsets. …
http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/305007

To this add an article titled … Spin the Bottle … in the Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Mother Jones … about FIJI water imported from a military-dictatorship, shipped in plastic bottles made in China, which became the epitome of “kool” for Americans…?

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . shopshopshop Might this truly signal the end of an era of conspicuous consumption at every level…?

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

… I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted. …

Respectfully submitted,

LEAD … ASTROTURF … $$$

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USE MORE … LEAD

Help me understand – WHY – “we” permit any amount of LEAD to be used in the manufacture of ASTRO-TURF… ?

Help me understand – WHY – “we” we want permit unsuspecting children, your sons and daughters, grandchildren to roll around, walk bare foot, get carpet-burn, play and sweat on LEAD filled Astro-turf…?

Are we truly saying that this is intelligent and provides for a health environment for ourselves and our children…?

Indeed, if this is our assessment “we” have drunk an abundance of for-profit-corporate “kool-aide”…?

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Lead toxicity was first recognized as early as 200 B.C.

Nicander of Colophon wrote of lead-induced anemia and colic in 250 B.C Gout, prevalent in affluent Rome, is thought to be the result of lead, or leaded eating and drinking vessels. Lead was used in makeup. Sugar of lead (lead acetate) was used to sweeten wine, and the gout that resulted from this was known as saturnine gout.

Lead poisoning can lead to many symptoms and signs which vary based on the extent and duration of lead exposure, however none are pathognomonic. Effects include, but are not limited to:
• Excess lethargy, abdominal pain, headache.
• Gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, or weight loss, which are common in acute poisoning.
• Neuropathy, such as muscle pain, weakness, tremors, twitches, spasms, or cramps.
• Encephalopathy, which, in extreme circumstances, is characterised by raised intracranial pressure, seizures, comas, or even death.
• Nephropathy, which occurs because the kidneys are the main route of removal of lead from the body. Acute lead poisoning may lead to development of Fanconi syndrome. Chronic lead exposure can lead to a slowly progressive interstitial nephritis. Chronic interstitial nephritis can also develop following an earlier acute lead exposure. Long-term exposure at levels lower than those that cause lead nephropathy have also been reported as nephrotoxic in patients from developed countries that had chronic kidney disease or were at-risk because of hypertension or diabetes mellitus.
• Behavioural changes, such as inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, irritability, aggressiveness, mood swings, or insomnia.
• Cognitive problems, such as memory loss.
• Other associated effects, such as metal taste in the mouth, chest pain, anemia, impotence, and other reproductive problems.

Yup, we need more LEAD …

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

… I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted. …

Respectfully submitted,

BEHIND THE SYMBOL

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Salt River Project – (SRP) … is a collective name used to refer to two separate entities:

ONE … the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, a political subdivision of the state of Arizona,

TWO … Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association, a private company – (FOR PROFIT) – that serves as an electrical utility and water provider for the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Operating under the umbrella name, SRP, it is one of the primary public utility companies in Arizona, whose rates for water or power are NOT regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), thereby allowing SRP free to establish whatever rate of profit is deemed appropriate by their Board of Directors.

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . As SRP lays claim to all the water within the Verde River and Salt River water sheds makes them a water juggernaut worthy of our express attention. To become complacent allowing SRP to portray themselves as some benevolent overlord is foolish leading one to quickly determine their water has been usurped and taken to Arizona’s power center – “metro” Phoenix.

For SRP – water – is simply a commodity which they control. And as their constituents are located in “metro” Phoenix do you honestly expect they will not fight “tooth and toe-nail” to provide water no matter the consequences to you in rural Arizona to serve their owners…?

SRP is not wrong or bad they are amoral which is precisely as they are required by law to be. As a corporate structure, “we” – that’s you and me – have allowed those reputedly swearing an oath to serve and protect us to demand that corporations only pursue those positions which enhance and increase the return for their owners. Ethics do not enter the equation as by law this is not sanctioned.

Moreover “we” have chosen to determine that – water – is a commodity and as such to be owned, sold, controlled pursuant to the selfish interests of those currently exercising ownership.

We also have the inherent power to declare – water – to be part of the commons, thereby altering in heart-beat water’s allocation world wide. Is this not a declaration we honestly need to consider declaring – immediately…?

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

… I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted. …

Respectfully submitted,