The Toll

Twenty years ago today an explosion rocked reactor number four at the nuclear facility in Chernoble
People speak of 9/11 and the brave men and women who died that day
Running in while everyone else was running away

Who now remembers the brave souls - who ran into the worst nuclear accident in history?
Many have died - more are dying
Proponents of nuclear power cite reports that Chernoble related deaths will number no more than four thousand.
Greenpeace cites reports that put that number closer to one hundred thousand.

The New York Times refers to Chernoble as the worst nuclear disaster in history
Aparently our descision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan does not constitute a disaster...
Perhaps because this was a premeditated act of war
I wonder if they consulted with any of the survivors of Hiroshema or Nagasaki before defining the words "nuclear disaster"?
But this is not the day for that outrage - or for the debates surruonding nuclear power and arms.

Today is a solomn day
A day to remember those who put their personal safety aside - and ran into danger
So that others would escape

My heart goes out to them - and I thank them for their courage
Twenty years is a long time
Yet were you to travel to any of the area's within 20 miles of Chernoble today
You would be advised not to linger

Black Hole Mind

Black hole mind
No thoughts can escape
The gravity of your self importance
Nothing will leave you
Not even your light
Brooding dark thoughts
In a gravity well of ignorance
Black hole mind
Forgive my proximity
As I bypass the threshold
Of your event horizon

NO I will NOT Forget

As we approach the 36th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre (May 4 1970) let us remember the importance of speaking out against war

There was a time that people speaking out against war got so much attention that the government felt it was necessary to start gunning them down

It didn’t work

After the Kent State Massacre FOUR MILLION College students took to the streets – peacefully
Virtually shutting down every major University in the country.
The war mongers don’t like to admit it – but those students and their fellow protesters ended the war in Viet-Nam

Somehow the Nation did not rally behind a policy of gunning down our own children
The protest had brought the war home - where everyone could see it for what it was
Public opinion turned against the war for the first time within a month after the Kent State Shootings.

The Four Dead in Ohio:
Allison Krause - Age: 19, 110 Yards
William Schroeder - Age: 19, 130 Yards
Jeffrey Miller - Age: 20, 90 Yards
Sandra Scheuer - Age: 20, 130 Yards
"What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?"

What if she was YOUR child?
lyrics by Neil Young

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are gunning us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?
Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are gunning us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?
Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
I for one will never forget this moment
I was 13 years old
I still cry – every year as this day passes
I will question EVERY military action our government takes
For my trust was lost that day – lost for ever

Your Boycott Won't Work

I recently received one of those “Chain” emails requesting me to take part in a boycott of Exxon – Mobil in order to force a “Price War” at the pump between the major oil companies.

On the off chance that you have received this as well – I am going to address it here.

The Email is said to be the brainchild of a retired Halliburton engineer – this is the company that provides gasoline to our troops in Iraq at a cost of $1.49 / gal when the local price is $0.99 - so I am suspicious right from the start.

The notion that if you don’t buy gasoline from Exxon – Mobil you will force a price war is seriously flawed...


Oligopoly – Google it

We are not looking at the standard model of free enterprise here – tactics like this won’t work

The real game is being played at the refinery – not at the pump

If everyone buys their gas from …Sun Oil lets say - and we leave Exxon-Mobil out in the cold – Sun’s refined stockpiles of gasoline will drop dramatically – causing them to refine more oil – and to alter their refinement structure to produce more gasoline / barrel and less heating oil, jet fuel etc…

The problem is that SUN doesn’t have an unlimited supply of oil to refine – they will be forced to either buy crude – or refined products from the other big oil refineries Including Exxon – Mobil.

They will not hesitate to do this – they do it ALL THE TIME – they have an agreement with the other refiners. For all intents and purposes – there is no competition between the major oil companies – just the illusion of it.

This situation has been exacerbated “For our own good” by the secret Bush energy policy which has opened up these price fixing arrangements between refiners to an unprecedented level.

Why else would the price at the pump be setting records while the stockpiles of both US crude and US refined gasoline are at the highest level in History?

It doesn’t matter where you go to buy your gas – it all comes from the same 7 major refineries. If the laws of supply and demand were in place here the price of gas would drop to around $0.99 - $1.19 / gal

If we had to compete fairly on an international market – you would be paying over $4.00 / gal already – so the notion that $2.79 / gal is expensive – is a subjective one at best

People are too quick to point the fingers at the oil companies – huge multi national corporations with no conscience…

If someone kept leaving your refrigerator door open at night and the cat got in there and ate all your favorite foods – would you only blame the cat?

Especially if the door was intentionally left open every night while you sleep - by someone in your home with a vested interest in fattening up the cat??!!

You need to STOP COMPLAINING at the pump and START ASKING your president, senators and congressmen – WHY is it that the price of gas is so high while we are experiencing the largest surplus of overstock in history? - While the oil companies are reporting the largest profit margins of any company in history – ever ?????

Perhaps the “Secret” energy policy is flawed? – Both Bush & Cheney have a vested interest – in feeding the cat

They are getting rich while changing the law to allow Exxon – Mobil and their friends to rob you blind

Bad cat!

Bad Bush!

Bad Cheney!!!!!!!

Things we can do:

Vote the energy Nazis out of office – IMPEACH AS NECESSARY

Challenge your representatives to start playing hardball with the big oil companies – they can be voted out of office too – remind them of that

Support campaign – lobby reform

USE LESS GASOLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We waste an estimated 20 – 30% of the gasoline purchased at the pump Oversized vehicles, vehicles left idling, remote car starters and unnecessary trips are top wasters – check your tire pressure – get tune-ups - slow down - car pool – ride the bus – insist on better mass transit

Demand solar tech be made available – tax cuts for doing so etc…. There is more that we can do

FOOD for thought:

Q: What do you get when you cross aging hippy ideals with profit hungry major oil companies that have no conscience?

A: BIODEASEL !!!!! Do we really want to run our cars on corn while the world starves? It is estimated that to grow that much corn in North America – Canada will have to be annexed – and its citizens relocated – so that Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and BC can be farmed for corn - fuel.

Not to mention the fact that you will be paying $2.79 / ear for corn at your local market

New Leaders Wanted

Today’s leaders don’t just live in the fog – they generate the fog for a living
From Hillary – to George – all I see is a spectrum of delusion – none wants to accept reality.
Perhaps we need a new set of leaders – ones who recognize reality
Perhaps we should ask…

What is reality?
Take a deep breath – that’s reality – you’re breathing it
It fills your lungs, your home; it’s all around you - everywhere
A balanced and perfectly maintained mix
Of Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and more
Air is reality

Look out your window – see reality out there?
It comes in the form of weather, rain and snow
The clouds are real, we write songs about clouds – they look poetic
But the reality is that they are made from billions of droplets of water vapor
They are merely part of a vast cycle – an important cycle – the water cycle
Water is reality

Step off the sidewalk and cross a gravel path
Do you hear something? You hear reality crunching beneath your feet
Hundreds of millions of tiny stones gathered to this place
Each tiny pebble has a story behind it, a story that is millions – even billions of years old – and still going
Stories of volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers and floods
Earth is reality

Feel the warmth of the sun on your face
The warm glow of reality – it bathes us with photons and sustains all life here on earth
Deep underground – the molten fire
It creates the continents – makes the atmosphere
Energy generated – by atomic decay underground – by atomic fusion ninety three million miles away in space
Energy, without which we would be a dead frozen rock in the void
Fire is reality

Every living being on the planet other than man easily understands this concept
They are all connected to reality – every day
It can’t be that hard to comprehend
Long ago Asian philosophers understood this
They postulated that all reality is based on these four elements
Without the benefit of a Harvard education, or a fellowship at MIT
They were connected to reality – they spoke Earth Talk

Where are these teachers now? Surely there are still some among us
From their basic understanding of reality shall the new leaders come
With understanding and compassion
For this precious planet we all share and call home

Whether a gift of God – or a gift of Nature
It matters not –
Mother Earth has given life to ALL of us
It’s time to start showing her some gratitude – and respect
No matter who or what you believe holds your spirit
Without Earth, Fire, Air and Water
That spirit would have no home – no life – no place in the universe

This is the reality we need our leaders to embrace
Before it is too late

Love your mother
Speak Earth Talk