Take the JOBS issue for a start. The 99 centers are occupying public places to bring the lack of jobs to the forefront of attention. Governor Jerry Brown of California is for a works program like we had after the last depression. But the newspapers point out that he is sitting on vast sums of California Bond money that has not been spent for jobs – it is just sitting there incurring interest that has to be paid on unused money. President Obama is for creating jobs – but the newspapers state that he might put off the decision on whether or not to build the North South XL oil pipeline until after the election – so he doesn't offend the environmentalists or the unions. That doesn't create jobs. The House and the Senate cannot agree on the budget or jobs – how long is this going to take? That is THEIR JOB.
14,000,000 Americans are out of work. At 100,000 per month additional jobs created it will take ten years to get America fully employed again.
Besides the WPA proposals (see my previous blog) :
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson
And next, the NUCLEAR RADIATION issue.
Is it the Japan Fukushima disaster is fully under control and we have no worries – or, is it this has just begun?
The following points seem to be hotly debated:
Is the remaining nuclear fuel at Fukushima still fissioning and releasing radiation into the air, groundwater, and sea?
How much radioactive seawater has been created, will be created, and will circulate to the United States coasts?
How much radioactive dust has been created, will be created, and will float over the United States, Canada, etc.
What's a safe dose of radiation? After all we have x-rays,scans, and many forms of medical imagery.
So it seems we should be concerned that continuing radiation being released from Fukushima (or anywhere else) is not a healthful situation. There are independent groups that have formed that are testing the radiation in the air and the seawater. There are also governmental studies by countries outside Japan. France has released over the internet various interactive maps that show wind patterns from Japan and the currents from the ocean. If the radioactive particles are out there – they are going to travel. It took only about 10 days for the winds to carry the radioactive particles to European soil. Seaweed off the coast of the United States is showing radioactivity – seaweed which is eaten by fish and then passed along to other living creatures.
I think it is time for TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) and the Japanese government to take further responsibility for the disaster they have created. Show us further proof of containment and the stoppage of contamination. Our government should be making these demands on behalf of its citizens. Is there a conspiracy of silence? Perhaps the lack of knowledge on the subject by the majority creates a lack of interest. But, a person's health is far more important than a person's money.
Barbara Griffin Billig Author: The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of suspense)
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