Sunday, September 30, 2018

PNN - Last Song of Summer

PNN - The Song of September featuring  Poet, Author and Editor Aria Ligi

Brook Hines - brings her keen POLITICAL Insights to this weeks News

Jeanine Molloff - Talks ST Louis Nuclear Dumpfire  Originalists or Textualists (hint its a lie)

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WAPO - EPA orders cleanup at St. Louis nuclear waste site.
What does it mean for the nation’s other toxic messes?

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday ordered a long-awaited cleanup of a Superfund site northwest of St. Louis, saying residents living near the landfill contaminated with World War II-era nuclear waste deserve action after waiting 27 years for federal regulators to issue a decision.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to partially excavate tons of radioactive material from the West Lake Landfill over five years — at an expected cost of $236 million to the liable companies — goes beyond a 2008 solution proposed by the George W. Bush administration to cover and monitor the waste.

“The people of the St. Louis region deserve clarity and answers,” Pruitt said in a statement Thursday. “I promised them an answer, and today I am making good on that commitment.” He added that he sought a remedy at the site that would “protect public health, comply with the law, and hold potentially responsible parties accountable.”
Thursday’s announcement also was intended to be Exhibit A in demonstrating Pruitt’s commitment to revitalizing the agency’s Superfund program, which includes the nation’s most polluted sites, by streamlining and accelerating cleanups. But it underscored how few Superfund sites have simple answers, though nearly all of them generate intense emotions.
“We were hoping for full, 100 percent excavation. But we know that would be difficult to accomplish,” said Dawn Chapman, a founder of Just Moms STL, an activist group that has long pushed for an extensive excavation with relocation of families near the landfill.
Chapman said her group views the outcome as a hard-fought victory but one that is far from guaranteed, given the public-comment and cleanup process likely to unfold over years. “We have to stay here and watch it and see it through,” she said. “I look ahead, and I see these other big battles coming. We’re not going to blink because you can’t. … We will continue to fight to get even more [radioactive waste] removed.”
Pruitt’s decision goes further than the action sought by Republic Services and Exelon, whose subsidiaries are responsible for the cleanup at West Lake along with the federal Department of Energy. The companies have argued that the agency’s own science shows capping the waste is the safer option and that excavating the toxic material could create serious public health risks.
While the $236 million price tag of the EPA plan is significantly higher than what the firms hoped to spend, it is well below the cost, projected at nearly $700 million, of a full excavation.
In a statement, Republic Services said it was “pleased that the EPA has finally ended decades of study and again is issuing a proposed plan for the site.” But the company cautioned that a final decision could take years.
What remains to be seen is whether the decision on West Lake represents how Pruitt is likely to approach other Superfund sites.
In recent months, Pruitt has promised aggressive Superfund cleanups and made a public show of butting heads with corporate interests — something he has rarely done on other issues during his first year at the EPA. Yet aside from creating a list of 21 targets needing “immediate and intense” attention, as well as forming a task force to recommend ways to expedite cleanups and “reduce the burden” on companies involved, Pruitt has explained very little about how he intends to deal with the hundreds of other toxic-waste sites around the country.
“What’s the plan for the other sites that aren’t on [Pruitt’s] priority list?” asked Nancy Loeb, director of the Environmental Advocacy Center at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She said Pruitt’s decision at West Lake might be “a positive step” but added, “It raises the question of whether Superfund is being used to showcase a few projects without actually doing more to clean up contamination at all 1,300 sites.”
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has proposed cutting the Superfund program’s budget by 30 percent, or about $330 million annually. And while there are responsible companies that the EPA can legally force to pay for cleanups at many of the locations Pruitt has mentioned, many others are “orphan” sites where the polluters have gone bankrupt or are no longer legally liable for remedying the problem. At those, the federal government still shoulders most of the tab — and the pot of available dollars keeps shrinking.
“I am concerned about orphan sites across the country in the Superfund portfolio,” Pruitt told lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week. “I think there are greater challenges beyond money. But money matters in that side of our responsibilities.”
Pruitt highlighted West Lake early in his tenure at the EPA.
“The past administration honestly just didn’t pay attention to [it],” he said on a local radio show in April. “We’re going to get things done at West Lake. The days of talking are over.” In May, Pruitt took to television to say a plan was coming “very soon.”
Eight months have passed since then. But families in the shadow of West Lake, which was added to the Superfund program in 1990, are no strangers to waiting. The site’s 200 acres include not just the radioactive waste illegally dumped in 1973, but also a former sanitary landfill. Decomposing trash is smoldering underground in what scientists call a “subsurface burning event.” There are concerns about the fire reaching the radioactive waste, though the companies there have taken numerous steps to prevent that.
Over the years, residents have complained of quality-of-life and health problems, including a periodic stench in the air and anecdotal tales of cancers, autoimmune disorders and miscarriages in adjacent neighborhoods. At the same time, numerous air, water and soil tests from the EPA and other government agencies have shown no link to such conditions.
Pruitt’s plan will now be open for a period of public comment before it is finalized.

2 How Scott Pruitt turned the EPA into one of Trump’s most powerful tools
Since 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency has been embroiled in an enforcement battle with a Michigan-based company accused of modifying the state's largest coal-fired power plant without getting federal permits for a projected rise in pollution.
On Dec. 7, as the Supreme Court was considering whether to hear the case, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a memo that single-handedly reversed the agency's position. No longer would the EPA be "second-guessing" DTE Energy's emission projections. Rather, it would accept the firm's "intent" to manage its pollution without requiring an enforceable agreement — part of President Trump's broader push to reduce the "burden" on companies, he wrote.
The little-noticed episode offers a glimpse into how Pruitt has spent his first year running the EPA. In legal maneuvers and executive actions, in public speeches and closed-door meetings with industry groups, he has moved to shrink the agency's reach, alter its focus, and pause or reverse numerous environmental rules. The effect has been to steer the EPA in the direction sought by those being regulated.
Along the way, Pruitt has begun to dismantle former president Barack Obama's environmental legacy, halting the agency's efforts to combat climate change and to shift the nation away from its reliance on fossil fuels.
Such aggressiveness on issues from coal waste to vehicle emissions has made Pruitt one of Trump's most high-profile and consequential Cabinet members. It also has made him one of the most controversial.
Critics describe his short tenure as an assault on the agency's mission, its science and its employees.
We've spent 40 years putting together an apparatus to protect public health and the environment from a lot of different pollutants," said William Ruckelshaus, the EPA's first administrator, who led the agency under Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan. "He's pulling that whole apparatus down."
Yet, allies praise Pruitt for returning more power to individual states while scaling back what they see as the previous administration's regulatory excesses.


From an EPA Alum Contact

even though it is tempting to speak about the National Ocean Policy and Marine Spatial Planning issues I worked on while at EPA I cannot.  The results of an interview are unknown considering what is being done to try and reduce the number of EPA employees and eliminate federal laws intended to protect human health and the environment.

The public should be made aware that during the early 1900s the U.S. had a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who was concerned enough about the environment to establish the Forest Service and first national park both of which led to more pro-environmental actions that endured WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, and more and also protected the nation’s national resources.  They should also be educated about the national outcry in the late 1960s for more environmental protection that resulted in the establishment of EPA and its initial/basic proposals that the U.S. Congress and president passed into the form of laws.

The activities listed above were the foundation(s) that resulted in more laws to protect citizens’ health and the nation’s environment.  Without laws to protect the environment the nation’s natural resources will not be sustained nor will future generations have the chance to benefit from them.  Without a sufficient amount of natural resources the nation’s economy will also be damaged and the U.S. will have to import more resources.
best regards,

While at EPA I worked at HQ Office of Water on policy issues relative to marine protection, spatial applications to display marine protected areas, the Marine Boundary Working Group
(a subcommittee of the Federal Geographic Data Committee), coastal management issues, and more.  For many years I was the only employee in marine protection with a background in geography and GIS.  There probably is no Environmental Protection Specialist there now that came in and took my place.  Most of the employees were educated in biology and had little or no interest in geoscience


Sunday, September 23, 2018

PNN - Better Sources / Better Methods

PNN - Better Sources Better Methods 

Brook Hines Senior Political Commentator Discusses Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9

We also bring these additional Special Guests :

* Artist Anna Maria Hernando multimedia artist from Boulder,
   she talks about her mixed media life.
*Our new correspondent - Jeanine Molloff Ferguson Activist + Progressive Journalist and author of the Amazon hit -  "The Silent Culling"
* We get an UPDATE from Nuclear Hotseat Producer / Host Libbe HaLevy
Longtime Progressive Activist Edwin Enciso on Immigrant Rights in the TRUMP ERA

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1. Michigan's  Governance  Crisis
    Flint's Water Crisis

2. Grand Jestures as a POLITICAL ARGUEMENT
    Taking a Water TRUCK to the Governor's House
    JUST LIKE citizen Barack Taking a Swim in the Gulf
     or Ostentatiously drinking a GLASS of Water
     in Flint while offering Assurances that
    "DRINKING A GLASS of WATER" (unidentified water twice)
    Was not a STUNT
     say it again - Not a STUNT 
     Comparing TRUMP-Talking Points with Hitlers similar
     Talking Points was not a stunt it was a visual AID

3. Legionaires Disease -
   TAMPERING with THE reporting of the

4. Unannounced Military SHOW-of-FORCE
    in FLINT

5. Let us SPECULATE on WHY Senator Sanders
    was "allowed to announce the results"

6. West Virgnia Teachers / Oklahoma Teachers
    illegal Strike

7. THE TACTICS of the West Virginia Candidate and
    the candidate from Flint and Occaiso-Cortez

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My Review of Fahrenheit `11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9
Sisters and Brothers, I watched brother Michael Moore's movie, with the sad knowing eyes of an activist who has been in the struggle for 1/2 Century. I grew up in a town with a statue in its downtown streets to massacred workers who struck for a living wage a century ago and were shot in the street for the crime of defending their families.
I have no illusions about our struggles. I know about reservations and barrios and ghettos. I know about Nazis and Klansman and coppers that think that summary execution is justice. I know about pollution and nuclear waste in our rivers and streams and streets. I know about mine waste and factory farms and massive floating isles of plastic choking our vast oceans. Knowing all that I watched Michaels movie with knowing eyes.
Brother Moore’s Movie reminds us what's at stake, and reminds us we are not alone in the struggle. Reminds us that we have brave brothers and sisters who stand with us EVERYDAY.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

PNN: Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

PNN:  Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

Amazing tales from:

* Dr. Johanna Neuman- Gilded Suffragists: When Wealthy Women became vested in Human Rights for Women.

* Rab Fulton - Scottish Poet and Story Teller from Galway, Ireland

* Dominic Windam - Poet / Educator from Northern England

Our Featured Political Analyst: Brook Hines
                   Producer/Editor: Rick Spisak

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The Complete Webcast Show

The PNN WEBCAST Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

Authors Full Interviews

Rab Fulton's Website

Sunday, July 29, 2018

PNN - Float like a Butterfly Sting like an Activist

PNN - Float like a Butterfly Sting like an Activist
Our Guests:

Staci-Lee Sherwood - Butterflies & Turtles a wildlife activist who has been involved in wildlife issues for over a decade. She has been very involved in Turtles rescues over the years and has turned in an additional direction and she has turned her not inconsiderable skills to protecting pollinators.

Kofi Hunt - Tampa/St. Petersburg Democratic Activist who has spent over a decade assisting progressive activists to maximize their impact.

Libbe Halevy - Radiation Activist Libbe has made it her focus of interest studying Nuclear Plants, and Nuclear Power dangers. The impact on the environment and helping people understand the health impact of Nuclear Power and Nuclear Waste storage and processing. She has a weekly podcast called the Nuclear Hotseat!  

Brook Hines -  will give us an UPDATE on FLorida Democratic Politics

Sunday, July 22, 2018

PNN - Its a lot to LAKE

PNN Welcomes Sarah Heard County Commissioner / Paula Albright INDIVISIBLE Actisit and more to an Awesome Amazing Show

We welcome Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard.  The fighting  County Commissioner who has opposed not all DEVELOPMENT but careless unhealthy thoughtless OVER-DEVELOPMENT. Listen to the GOOD SENSE OFFERED by this honest and TRUE CIVIL SERVANT! - (HINT SHE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT!!!)

Welcome heroic and powerful activist Paula Albright who is one of the powerful activist leaders of Indivisible Martin and an active voice in the LOCAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY - She arrives to give us an update on the GROUND LEVEL ACTIVISTS, who are opposing TRUMPTACIOUS POLICIES on UN-HEALTHCARE, ANTI-IMMIGRATION and ANTI-Environmental Actions by this current MIS-Administration.


Vulgar Volgans Volumizer

These “titilating tidbits” (the Carter page fisa request) is small potato pancakes in my opinion. It belies the universality and ubiquitous nature of surveillance.
While it stands a spicy “tidbit” apart from the holistic mosaic of spy-vs-spy in the vast gushing stream of corruption when a small time (between bankruptcies) New York crime family (the fambly CRUMP) who must’ve  had already been on everyone’s monitoring  ( us / European / Kremlin / Chinese) list simply from funneling and laundering Russian Oligarchs looted funds.
 If you can imagine for a second who was listening in as they try to suddenly up the ante and enter the BIG GAME (geo/political)  to imagine that any corporate entity “riding high” on Russian funds, wouldn’t already be on everyone’s radar ???  It is to laugh!
 That’s major league naive to the 10,000th power.
And when you picture young Jared (his dad already in prison) and the brain trust of the  “Donald spawn” entering negotiations to create a “secret back-channel” to the Kremlin by visiting the Russian embassy? WOW - a scenario to make Mel Brooks proud!
EVERY junior grade spy from Poland to Polynesia was aware and rolling tape. And alarms were going off everywhere.
Do you think any less, in the more formal us/UK/Kremlin/tel Aviv/Beijing clandestine services ???

C’mon the pros must’ve been rolling on the floor to think Little Donnie Jr is going to OUTWIT the kids from Langley much less the kids working for any odd Nigerian Princeling - goat cheese!!  goat cheese!!
Now we’re getting notified that there was a FISA for Carter Page - I’m shocked???
 WHO COULD IMAGINE? Jeevus H - Ivanna’s poodles probably got an FBI FILE!

And while Manaforts spent the past decade strolling in an out of the eastern block, babysitting petty tyrants giving them a taste of “Reagan grade corruption”- GEEZ do you think he’s monitored???
Give me a break! Let the Vulgar Volgan Boatmen Sing!


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Maria tells All
Immigration Hearing Testimony pits Jeff Seesesh against 18 month old Honduran waif in Chicago Courtroom Showdown: (Reuters:)
Argentinian Deaf Squads Testimony reeks HAVOC in Chicago Immigration Hearing to Lasting and Devastating Effect On Trumptacious Immigration Policy
Little Maria Graciela Otega Lucilianitante led the court, step by step through her cases exploration of the forces engaged in union suppression and ecological devastation throughout Central and South America.

No one expected the 18 month old to have such a detailed grasp of the legal niceties much less the onerous and cumbersome processes involved in subpoenas served across the Hemisphere yet little Maria Graciela Otega Lucilianitante kept them guessing.

While the child was still a little disoriented after her 8,000-mile flight from Bangalore to Karachi and then the overflight of the poles of Milwaukee and Minneapolis she was, despite being jet-lagged, capable of giving detailed and erudite testimony on behalf of her case last week in court.
Where she single-handedly masterminded and personally delivered her complex legal arguments outlining and refuting point by point the fallacies of the entire ATTORNEY GENERAL Jeffie Beauregard Seesesh, theory of IMMIGRATION LAW AND ITS ONEROUS AND DESPICABLE MISTREATMENT of ASYLUM SEEKERS.

The Seesesh legal team was forced to respond in the landmark hearings in Chicago Superior Court. Little Maria outlined in excruciating detail the historic impact of the sociological and economic forces that drove her parents and many other similarly situated villagers to seek asylum in the not so WELCOMING ARMS OF THE TRUMPTACEOUS PERIOD OF USA’s Immigration Policy.

The child called Witness after Witness from Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua to Ollie North (late of the Russian backed N.R.A) then after a recess for her nap and ZUMBA workout, later that same week, SHE ARRANGED for the court to receive testimony of several senior managers in United Fruit Company which she had flown in from Geneva and Paraguay, who then under OAF, Testified detailing the extensive links between US Anti-Union Activity and the Contra Assassination Squads used, to suppress indigenous people throughout Latin America.
But the real headlines in her case (WSJ/NYT) came with Henry Kissinger’s intriguing Testimony on the close “school ties” of the Reagan Administration to the Argentinian Deaf Squads.


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RW Spisak

FROM Brooks Presentation

unfiltered = plain spoken
tired of his schtick = enthusiastically welcoming him back
bombastic = well spoken unafraid to mince words
firebrand = a man of convictions

Jewish = a religious man

he's mean = not a go along get along wishy-washy democrat
represented whistleblowers = understand a principled stand
brazenly attacked republicans = opposed republican blocking of the Obama healthcare plan
took Ben Bernanke to task for pro-wall street policies
sometimes has insulted Republicans - unafraid to speak his mind
VOTED - a most effective member of Congress
if the hood fits = plain spoken
not a moderate in defense of democratic values



Sunday, July 15, 2018

PNN - Bastille Day Poets - FREE YOUR MIMES

PNN - Bastille Day Poets - Free Your Mimes
Produced, Directed and Edited by RW Spisak.

Liz Matson - Idaho / Linda Middleton - Hawaii
Manny Blacksher - Ala / Aria Ligi San Francisco
Robert Cole & Susie Reynolds - Brittany, France
Brook Hines - Orlando/ Rick Spisak Producer / Poet - Stuart

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Poets share their perspective on Liberte and Human Rights



Saturday, July 14, 2018

I weep for the Children of the Terror Migration

I weep for the Children of the Terror Migration

And for our grandchildren and their children who will reap the awful fruits of 

To call these abuses a mockery of justice is insufficient, they remain a stain 
on every willing enabler of this American Injustice.
This remains an insult, a horrible grinding soul devouring disaster of Injustice. 
And our government our legal officials are inflicting this on babies, 
and on these lost and broken families. Calling these refugees, these babies “illegal” 
and applying a process of “zero tolerance” on these people with their 
pre-existing conditions of abuse is barbaric. 

WHICH, IT MUST BE STIPULATED arises solely and completely from American policies, 
American weapons and training, and American economic imperialism in Central 
and South America.

These tiny children standing alone in American courts of INJUSTICE are ONLY 
They represent the first fruit of this terror-migration.

Our children and grandchildren will harvest the fruit of these abuses 
for a century yet to come.

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