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?
Yesterday, San Antonio’s City-owned CPS Energy, local automotive mongrel Red McCombs, and Illinois polluter Excelon Energy established “Nuclear Energy for Texans,” an apparently private-public partnership established to lobby taxpayers, voters, and lawmakers for a nuclear-powered future
Lo and behold, the sun is truly breaking on San Antonio. Thanks in large part to the man we celebrated at his 95th bday this week, Mr. Bill Sinkin. You can find him above explaining plans for a new solar bowtie to SA Editor Bob Rivard. (And why not? We showed off Japanese designs last week for a solar-powered bra.)
So, the Toxic Avenger dropped by the Current office this week. He had a lot to say about CPS’s backpeddle on nuke investments being included in that rate hike the […]
are you absolutely, positively sure you’re at the right site? there is still time to eject; a full range of war-devaluing services await you…
So I’m not always grousing and cracking bads on my good- and ill-intentioned brethren. Yesterday I let my hair down at Maverick Park and rocked a wee bit with the Krayolas, damned a brew or two to deeper digestions, and tried to hotwire a Mercedes-produced Smart Car, rollcage-encapsulated older brother to the IPhone with seats, a/c, and wheels.
The aerial evidence of our place on the planet is not always obvious outside Google maps, but once the planet turns her back on the Light our dominant strain becomes painfully obvious from space.
This Earth Day we salute our future environmental leaders and pray for their ever-lovin’ souls. I can’t help wondering how quickly they will outgrow their graying groomers and speed themselves on the way to disillusionment.
The sooner the better…
Can you imagine the board-feet of amorous professions possible from this tranquil city park overlook? That’s why I made a mud.
I suspect it’s getting lonlier being Milton Lee. It wasn’t just the empty chairs reserved for CPS board and citizens advisory members on either side of the CPS general manager […]
Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne was bright with spring this (day after) equinox: the swallows are darting about again, finding apartments and mud hammocks; peepers are peepin’ and leapin’ at […]
Recently I went to a local university’s “teach-in” on Global Warming. It was an attempt (at least rhetorically) to revive (or appropriate) the revolutionary atmosphere of the late 1960’s and […]
Seems that the pressure to kick off this mislabeled nuclear “renaissance” has lit a new fire under the Energy, Department of, to open Yucca Mountain. If you aren’t familiar with […]
Everything good the House did to craft a meaningful and progressive energy bill was stripped and whipped by Senatorians anxious to deliver something Bush would sign before graciously shaming the […]
Symphonies end and crowds disperse, but avian serenades, the siren’s gift of song, never die in San Antonio. Boat-tailed scatterings, that physical evidence slowly burning through your auto wax, ruining […]
Vic Hummert has written many haikus. That hasn’t made him famous or rich; It hasn’t even made him popular. He once told me of one Japanese purist who objected to […]
Thanks to increasing reliability of climate modeling following decades of refinement, climatologists are finally coming out with regionally-specific forecasts on the anticipated impact of Global Warming. Central to this effort […]
Texas mayors gathered in San Antonio on Friday to make war on the pitiable incandescent bulb, the modern-day Edisonian relic being outscrewed in favor of the longer-lived, energy nibbler, that […]