With the huge clutter of news out there I try to zero in on stories that may have been missed or thrown under the bus on a weekend.
Who knows? Maybe there is a childless deadhead couple who can't afford a surrogate mother but could go to India. Maybe some people need to understand just how dangerous nuclear power is.
As many people have told me, the Grateful Dead was about escape from reality for them, for a longer or shorter period of time. I maintain the polar opposite is also true. We are more attuned and attentive to the world around us. But even I tune out the news for two or three weeks every year and walk the sandy beach to it's end...
howdy, seems like you're a news junky (like me). Have you heard 'Le Show' by Harry Shearer? It's broadcast on KCRW and available on the web (what isn't these days). He covers the FUK disaster just about every Sunday (and other news from outside the bubble) I'd say tune in and turn it up to 11! (you'll get that if you know who Harry is)
"TOKYO: Tokyo Electric Power, the utility that operates the Japanese nuclear plant devastated two years ago by an earthquake and tsunami, is scrambling to build more tanks to safely store radioactive water after leaks were found at makeshift pits."
"We've been told it's an emergency situation and we have to speed up the construction of the water tanks any way we can," said a worker at the plant who declined to be named as he is not authorized to speak to the media."
"There are a lot of makeshift fixes. They are walking a tightrope from one jerry-rigged fix to another," he said at the site, now a cluster of ramshackle buildings and exposed steel girders on Japan's northeastern coast."
(Go to Reuters for the full story)
Building containment for all the radioactive seawater and other substances at the six unit nuclear facility is proving to be a greater headache than the utility expected.
Childless couples who are looking for a surrogate and can't afford the going rate of 100k in the US are looking to India for a cheaper way. For about 25k a doctor in a village is providing prenatal care and nutrition to healthy women for being surrogate mothers. The surrogate gets to keep eight thousand dollars, a potentially life-changing sum of money in rural India.
The women are confined to the facility for the nine months it takes to carry the baby where they receive prenatal medical care and food. Although this particular doctor, a woman, seems to be making it work out quite well the fear is the situation is ripe for abuse by those more interested in profit than the mutual benefit of all involved.
It took the families of Sandy Hook victims going to Republican Senators offices, but it looks like there will be a brief attempt at filibuster in the Senate before the bill gets an up or down vote.
Don't disavow baby steps.
How could anybody be against the mild, common sense solution brought forth in the form of the current legislation? If you live in a red state and aren't making your opinion known...
In The Eastern prefecture of Amdo in Tibet, in a deeply deforested area of hillsides, the 110th and 111th Tibetans self-immolated in an act of defiance and protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Lhamo Kyab and Kalkyi, in their late 30 or early 40s either poured petrol over themself or set up a wooden fire to sit in. These acts of defiance against the Chinese government have been going since 2/09.
Tibetans have no other outlet for their sheer frustration and poor treatment they are so tightly controlled by the large Chinese militart and paramilitary presence. Those who take this nonviolent tactic are called terrorists.
Every so often I give a little update of the genocide being continued on the Tibetan Plateau by the Chinese. These darkest times are hard to find one good quality in. But there is one, impermanence. This situation will inevitably change. This is my part to make this go viral like child-soldiers and Josef Kony of central Africa.
~ One way or another
This darkness got to give ~
Rules over common sense most of the time when a college has large in/outdoor stadiums. Sandusky was a ridiculous pedophile. Don't know Rice's story...
Man, it must be so totally awesome to be a college athletics coach in this country! Not only can you molest little children while on university grounds but you can abuse your athletes physically, verbally, and mentally to boot?! Where do I sign up?
I swear, it disgusts me what people in these kinds of positions are allowed to get away with. First the Jerry Sandusky scandal, which strangely got shouldered on Joe Paterno, and now Rutgers coach Mike Rice? What disturbs me the most is that this kind of behavior is ignored when it's brought to the attention of the board running the school, but when it gets into the media? All hell breaks loose! As it should, but why do these people get to keep their jobs? Because they run part of the athletics department? Are sports really THAT important?
Injecting a little logic into this equation, both coaches should have been fired immediately--Sandusky out of a cannon and into the sun--and not been merely slapped on the wrist if reprimanded at all. I will say this, though: If my child was one of Rice's--or Sandusky's--athletes, whatever disciplinary action taken against the coach would PALE IN COMPARISON to what I did to him....
10% of the population in Damascus is Christian. They are protected from the Muslim majority by Assad. When Assad falls the more radical Muslims who will take over will kill all the Christians. These Christians are brave people to stay in Syria and from the look in their eyes it is easy to see that they are fully prepared to die for their religion.
This is insane. Not being willing to die for your religion, but the reprisals against them.