The coming weeks will determine if San Antonio pulls off a sustainability leap into international prominence or chokes on the weight of its own fears.
Despite myself, I am a product of white privilege. Let’s just put that out there. As such, I know that even in this remarkable age of our celebrated Obama presidency that if I can put on a clean shirt, show up and smile, and nine times out of ten my voiceless skin is working in my favor.
Images/audio from MLK Day March in San Antonio.
Sometimes changing the world really does mean just showing up. Popcorn is optional.
Sure Maryland state police were shadowing climate activists for over a year and had even scratched their names onto a list of suspected terrorists. But, hey, Gore did call for civil disobedience in defense of the planet, didn’t he? Forgive the police powers for misunderstanding the difference between non-violent dissent and armed revolt. Don’t rock the boat, tommygun the boat, baby?
Though even the Ex-News had to budge when the U.S. General Accounting Office investigation of lax security at two of five high-risk BSL-4 labs in the country found SA’s Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research wanting. However, for the Express, the breaking news report appears to be the end of it. After all, SFBR has been trumpeted over and over again as an example of SA’s can-do ability when it comes to handling deadly and highly-transmittable pathogens, a selling point for securing N-BAF.
While I was researching my climate-energy offering in the Current this week (which is not about green jobs, though the inputs were unavoidable), I hit upon several interesting numbers — particularly when it came to Google Lab’s proposed national energy plan, which I analyzed alongside those being brought by Obama, McCain, and T. Boone Pickens.
As my story on energy, climate, and misery winds its way to the printers this week, I am stung by how many things keep getting worse. The pace of carbon dioxide emissions increasing over last decade’s; scientists slack-jawed at the potential carbon-fueled demise of our oceans, and the son-of-a-Bush that just won’t quit his apparent pact to run the living earth into the ground for the sake of profits.
Three steps to rethinking the federal germlab/bioterror/agro-defense research compound known as the National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility…
Though he’s getting the bulk of the applause post-debate, Obama let me down in Mississippi. Not only has he creeped ever closer right of middle by labeling Venezuela a “rogue state” on par with Iran and by asserting he is “not against nuclear waste,” (Well, you know, Jim. There’s a lot about nuclear waste that people just don’t understand) but I was stunned to see this young Senator having such trouble linking his conjunction-junction functions.
Karl Grossman tackles Plum Island (as he has dutifully since the 1970′s) in two news segments to be aired on WVVH-TV up in New York this weekend. There are some interesting facts about the proposed federal germ lab that may be on interest to San Antonians, to date the most supportive/apathetic community on Homeland Security’s short-list for the proposed National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility.
Something about those damn Colonists huddled up on the Eastern Seaboard. Makes folks skittish living that close to the Euro Zone’s market wobbles. Or maybe it’s the acidifying Atlantic sea spray.
Whatever the cause, it’s no illusion that the further west one gets from Long Island and the Plum Island germ lab just offshore, the more exciting playing host to Homeland Security’s proposed National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility becomes.
As a writer, consumer, and critic of that all-so-serious thing we call “news,” I often find myself reminded of a former small-town publisher’s words: “It’s not so much what you put in the paper, but what you don’t.”
While I don’t consider myself “anti-zoo,” I have ideas about what such an institution should look like. It’s not the SA Zoo. It’s not Woburn Wild Animal Kingdom. Is it New Orleans’ “frozen zoo?”
Depression is not the absence of light or an overwhelming surge of darkness. It is a blankness, a not seeing. It is a shelter from sight and from engagement in […]
It seems an appropriate time and place to be recording my dream of roots, post Independence Day, writing on my father’s computer. The dream was one of those that takes […]
One year ago, San Antonio’s chances of landing Homeland Security’s $500-million golden goose of germ research — the National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility — were good. Three of the eighteen […]
Five thousand box fans and expensive advertisements reminding you to turn off the television. That’s the price for forgiveness? Angry? Is somebody angry?
Raging gas prices and Wall Street jitters on the subject on nuclear power have provided the perfect launching pad for a major green initiative in San Antonio.
Barn Swallows in the stairwell at our apartments. Fewer this year, but could have something to do with all of last year’s nests management knocked down. Is an “unmanned” nest subject to federal Migratory Bird Act?