Barbara and I, the founders of the DareToDreamNetwork.net and TheBridgeToNowhere.org attended the Los Alamos National Laboratory Demonstration hosted by Trinity Nuclear Abolitionists, on February, 28, 2010.
To see pictures go to;
www.thebridgetonowhere.org/nuclear.htm (click on the RIP image at top)
The proposed CMRR [Chemistry & Metallurgy Research Replacement] Nuclear Facility is three times the size of a Walmart SuperCenter.
It would be capable of manufacturing 125 plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons annually.
It is located in a seismic zone.
For Fiscal Year 2011 (beginning on October 1, 2010), the Obama Administration is asking for $225 million for the CMRR. Much of this funding would be used for design so that the Nuclear Facility could withstand an earthquake.
In 2003, the estimated cost for the entire Project was $600 million.
Now the estimate is $4.5 billion – a seven-fold increase in seven years.
Since 2007, LANL has been manufacturing less than 10 plutonium triggers per year at existing facilities. CCNS and others have been asking for a “capacity study” to determine whether the Nuclear Facility is even needed.
[Source: Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety}
Update March 3, 2010:
Barbara and I attended the 2-hour CMRR (public) Meeting in Los Alamos the evening of March 3, 2010 concerning the CMRR Project.
The "Interested Parties" included the Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Loretto Community, TEWA Women United, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Peace Action New Mexico, Embudo Valley Environmental Monitoring Group and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. The meetings were the result of the 2005 settlement agreement between the Interested parties, the New Mexico Environmental Department, Department of Energy and Los Alamos National (Nuclear Weapons) Laboratory about a state air emissions permit for the CMRR. And some folks from other organizations, and public.
The questions I vented to the representatives of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Department of Energy, were as follows;
1. What caused the increase from the original 2003 estimate of $600 million for the CMRR project to raise to 4.5 billion now. (note; the $600 million stayed relatively the same from 2003 to 2008, that's when the spike appeared)
Response: time and knowing more particulars about the CMRR project caused the increased estimate to raise from $600 million to the estimated $4.5 billion.
2. Since the project is located over a seismic zone, how large of an earthquake will the new CMRR building withstand, what is it rated at?
Response: first response was something like it was rated around a 1 in 1000 year earth quake, then after a request for what was asked, the response was it was rated for a 7.0 earthquake. My response was is that all, we have just experienced several quakes around 8 to 9!
3. Los Alamos National Laboratory is manufacturing less than 10 plutonium triggers per year presently, the World is moving towards Nuclear Disarmament, and the President has stated he too wants Nuclear Disarmament, so why do we need to spend $4.5 million of taxpayer dollars to now produce 125 plutonium triggers per year, for what purpose?
Response: the response was a shrugged shoulder and the remark that was a BIG question. (it was obvious no one knew where to go with that)
4. Would not the funds be better spent on repairs to the current Los Alamos Nation Laboratory's structures, including the dangerous welds throughout the facility instead of wasting funds on a new project?
Response: again, no response, just smiles and confusion (you could have heard a pin drop)
WE march on WASHINGTON and all STATE CAPITALS God Bless Our Vets OUR SONS, DAUGHTERS, AUNTS, UNCLES, BROTHERS, SISTERS, MOMS & DADS, DO NOT SERVE IN HARMS WAY FOR CORPORATE AMERICA'S BOTTOM LINE! Kiss my American
If A Nation Expects To Be Free and Ignorant It Expects What Never Was And Never Will Be" Thomas Jefferson
This in some small way will give insight to where my heart is and how I feel about some of the chain of events hurting America.
December 23, 2006
It's time to clean our house America! Time to rise above and no longer create the fray. Time to find a way to victory with words and deeds not missiles and the down side of depleted Uranium and land mines! Respect for all of Gods children comes to my mind, after all, America professes to be 90% Christian!
Why does one run for office today? The actions of certain leaders these last years does not resemble that of patriots hell bent on doing what's right! Does America have one voice? Just one voice that stands on firm ground influenced by conscience and integrity, and not the greedy bottom line?
Where have all the Statesmen gone? Then the thought should be! If there were one voice with the courage to lead wisely will that voice survive the onslaught of garbage delivered by those who have an agenda which does not even remotely look like Democracy in action?
What's happened to this Republic? What's happened to the heart that once was America? With all our warts, and we do have our share, at least America began to grow into a nation which began to rise from out of the ashes and address the slavery issue, the demeaning of women and workers, prejudice, the right to vote, etc. For one very brief moment America almost became Camelot!
But have we ever really risen to the height of clearly defending all peoples of our Country?
Native Americans come to mind! I know for a fact that our government has and continues to act in ways that are not remotely in the best interest of these folks who live on these reservations.
Then there's our interference in the politics of other nations! For years we were told it was to prevent communism from reaching and taking over our country! The hysteria created during the A-bomb era was ridiculous! Look at what the hysteria over 9/11 has caused! Fear worked during the cold war period! Fear has proven to be profitable for all those who have learned that using our fear against us, works! My god! Wake up America! It's been an expensive ride and only a few have been on the receiving end of any real advantages!
Take a good look at what's happening to our nation! We're in over our heads (Trillions in debt) and who do you think will suffer the most? All those wealthy folks given all those tax breaks or the war profiteers cleaning up? What about the many Americans forced to live day by day! Folks desperate to escape the deadly maze of networks they inherited from those who have abused their power! All those Americans who have been deserted by the turncoat in the White house!
I'm not a complainer and anyone who knows me well will say this is so! I'm a survivor in spite of the challenges that I, my family and some friends, have been going through over these many years!
I'm a realist today not the dreamer I once was! But, I still Dare To Dream! Because when all is said and done I believe in the Christ' message! Many leaders use "The Word" to control us but have little understanding nor respect for the messenger! Jesus, and the message he was conveying to his apostles & disciples does not remotely thrive within the corridors of Washington!
So many hypocrites! So few humble servants of the Christ! So many Washington insiders conveniently forgetting who they were elected to serve!
Dreadful, insatiable greed coming from those of means who have enough to feed thousands of families and yet, they give no thought to it! They get their hand out! They receive huge tax breaks on the backs of the multitude! The spirit of the multitude is then systematically and most effectively broken. What are they left with?
I'm still the idealist though! I've been accused of this over the years as well as being told I was naive! I have had to admit that there is some truth to this! But I'm no longer a girl! I'm a full blown women who has lived and learned over the years that idealists are few and far between and they will be shot down by those who are threatened by this unselfish way of looking at life! Wellstone comes to mind!
Having been a singer for more years, then most stay on one job, I know the sweet taste of success! I'm not speaking of financial success but the success that comes in the knowing that what I accomplished was a job well done! For the artist to reach their (live) audience is never easy! When you are performing to a multitude of folks you're confronted with all manner of personalities and encounter some who are not even likeable! To quiet the savage beast within and have them as quiet as a mouse, listening to your song, and the message you are delivering, takes tenacity and heart!
Funny, but I noticed that these unlikable folks were the first to stand on their feet and give you that standing ovation that declares; You've reached my heart! Job well done!
If this sounds conceited then those who view it as such have never been disciplined, nor sacrificed to accomplish something that you can feel proud about and for that, I am sorry. But I have reached a place and a time in my life where I have earned the right to say what's on my mind! In one of the books I'm working on I will expand further on this subject and that wondrous side of my life's experiences which was lived as a performer!
But today I'm concerned about the direction of my nation and the lady, who still Dares To Dream, Dreams of a better day for all Americans and prays that we as a people will once again rise out of the ashes of despair! Exploring greater avenues of communication with peoples from other parts of the world!
I have always believed in my nation! I have learned that she, like a spoiled child, has not always set a good example! But like a child, after all America is a young nation, she can grow out of this sordid period of her countries history and move into the light of a more wondrous tomorrow! She cannot do it alone though! We The People have an obligation to rise to the occasion and give it our best shot!!
But this will not happen unless leaders serving our nations people serve wisely, compassionately! It can never work as long as leaders are allowed to be perniciously absorbed with their personal agendas.... The bad faith actions of America's leadership and their abuse of power are unquestionable the enemy of our nation! The truth is that many believe Americans may be awakening to the truth all too late! I fear they may be right! I pray each and every day that the soothsayers, many of whom are very wise people, will be proven wrong!
America must defeat the enemy bleeding her dry from within! Before Americans can offer gifts of democracy to others in the world she had better get that speck out of her own eye!
God "does not" bless hypocrites!
Assume Nothing! Question Everything!
When Dreams Die, we all lose, and, So Goes Greatness!
Dan, James, Charles, Jan, Gene The DTDN team
To quote John Lennon: “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one!
Was Paul Murdered? I watched, via the TV, as Paul Wellstone stood up and spoke out proudly for something real, not imagined! truth! Paul was not afraid to say what had to be said! I held my breath as this unusual leader spoke truth to power! He was against war! Paul blew my mind with his openness and I was truly concerned for his safety! What a sad, convenient for some, chain of events that took the one voice of reason coming out of Washington!
Where are the Gandhi's, Mother Theresa's, Martin Luther kings of the world?
What would Jesus do if he were in the world today
When signing the petition please mention the Mountain Gorilla! During this turmoil in Uganda the Mountain Gorilla has been very vulnerable! They have been shot being left to die and some killed for food! One young female watched and mourned over the body of her dieing mom. She was then taken to be sold to a zoo! The Germans have been known to spend large sums to have the hand of a male. yes I said the hand!
The numbers are where they were then about 300 if not lower when Dian Fossey spent her remaining life and indeed gave it up to bring light to this magnificent animals dilemma!
The Mountain Gorilla has been on the edge of extinction for many years now! That alone should be reason enough for the more intelligent animal (tongue in cheek) Man to do something constructive, productive yesterday so that we don't lose this beautiful, intelligent, shy, gentle primate giant!
God! They are so magnificent! Why is it that so few see that?
Dian Fossey gave up her life to protect and bring light to the plight mountain gorilla. http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero= dfossey
The Mountain Gorilla is running out of time!
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=143 &art_id=qw1083761820696B251&set_id= 1
http://www.outtoafrica.nl/animals/enggorill a.html?zenden=2&subsoort_id=1&beste mming_id=1
Sign the petition!
I dream of climbing the Himalayas one day and visit Hunza.
" The Ten Commandments Are Not Multiple Choice "
" GOD "
" The Bill of Rights - Constitution Are Not Multiple Choice "
" We The People "
What Gives Me Hope
Faith in a higher power!
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Design programs which could bring people together so they could learn to communicate, especially, with those they did not like.. So all could understand that it's alright, one can agree to disagree, that we should embrace tolerance, understanding that we are all different and that difference can be educational and wonderful if we are only open to get to know one another. That the end analysis, for me in my travels has been, we are not so different after all..
What is not reasonable, nor realistic, is believing that everyone must think the same... We are different for many wonderful reasons and we should celebrate the differences.. As long as one does not advocate violence I can communicate...
Violence/Hate/Prejudice is the great divider for me...
Learning about people of other cultures and faiths is enlightening and can be very uplifting! I am enchanted by the thought of visiting Hunza, in the Himalayas, one day...
What/who changed my life and why
Leola Carter, my vocal coach. my husband..My music. The Little Flower, St. Theresa
Top song: performed by Lindsey Stirling American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer
Bottom song: Robert Mirabal Pueblo musician, songwriter, vocalist, drummer and author. Flute player and maker whose flutes are are world renowned.
I hope you will enjoy.....
A Being, from another planet, interprets what it sees going on here. "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." Thomas Jefferson The world society as it exists was created by us; it can be changed by us.
THINKING OF YOU......
Alborada is a music group inspired by the Andean folklore founded in 1984 by Sixto Aybar in Ocobamba, Peru. Many of her songs are sung in Quechua. Quechua (Runa Simi) is a Native American language of South America. It was already widely spoken across the Central Andes long before the time of the Incas, who adopted it as the official language of administration for their Empire.
Today is the start of Ramadan so I wish you both Ramadan Mubarak (Joyful Ramadan) & Ramadan Kareem (Generous Ramadan, ie help the disadvantaged). Although I am a Buddhist, I feel Ramadan is great for all of us to remember that we are all one people, whether Moslem, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, etc, or even no religion. If we ever attack anyone of any other religion just because of their faith, then we are attacking all of us, of all religions. Reading the media one might think that religions are full of extremists but the reality is that they are a small minority. We though are the peaceful majority and it is up to all of us to stand up for peace and against the religious extremists of all sorts, whether Christian, Moslem, etc, who try to impose their false ideas & vileness onto the rest of us. Peace & love to my friends & peace to everyone