Friday, March 18, 2005

Another day older and Deeper in Debt

Maybe Commander Rapid should have written this one. Actually I haven't personally visited the Commander in a few months. I need to float down the creek and check on him to see how he fared this winter's floods.

To paraphrase an old coal miner's song:

48 tons and what do you get?

...a 170% increase in the rate of autism!

President Bush is parading around taking credit for reducing mercury in our environment.

That's nice...except that he violated the law and his marketing department fails to mention that Bush's regulations double the time allowed and cut only half the mercury required by the Clean Air Act.

This, folks, is a baby killer!

We have the technology to kill mercury pollution rfrom coal fired power plants right now! It won't cost that much and the law actually requires it. TVA has this in process but wants to take more time to do it. Why?

Money! In a business, you delay capital expenditures, you make money. So what if you kill a few babies, it's the bottom line we're talking about here. Where are your priorities, man? This is an OWNERSHIP SOCIETY! You own power company stock...

It's a GOOD THING. (screw the rest of you!)

"Autism has increased dramatically over the last decade or so and the reasons for that have really stumped the medical community," Miller said.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Mercury released primarily from coal-fired power plants may be contributing to an increase in the number of cases of autism, a Texas researcher said on Wednesday.

The main finding is that for every thousand pounds of environmentally released mercury, we saw a 17 percent increase in autism rates," she said in an interview....


(EPA) sources contend that they were explicitly told by Jeffrey R. Holmstead, head of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, that such studies would not be conducted partly because of “White House concern.”37 Buckheit and other EPA veterans say they cannot recall another instance when the agency’s technical experts were so thoroughly shut out of the process in developing a major regulatory proposal. According to Buckheit, the incident is representative of “a degree of politicization of the work of the Environmental Protection Agency that goes beyond anything I have seen in my career in government.”38

That is from a very disturbing article from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The EPA scientists were cut out of the process...illegally, I might add...and no fewer than 12 paragraphs affecting the core of these regulations were lifted straight out of documents prepared by the power industry's own lawyers.

Good info and well written...for a scientist, anyway:

Union of Concerned Scientists



"Bill Clinton is recovering -- they put a tiny camera right inside of him and Ken Starr said why didn't I think of that." --Bill Maher

"I understand how [Michael Jackson] would be nervous. The witness on the stand yesterday, by all accounts he is very believable and every credible -- until he started talking about how Social Security was going bankrupt." --Bill Maher

"During an interview Condoleezza Rice describes her stance on abortion as 'mildly pro-choice,' which means she would support abortion, except in cases where the mother is pregnant." --Amy Poehler

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