A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

ANOTHER GIFT FROM THE GOVERNMENT

The EPA is here to protect us.  They make sure our air is clean, our water is clean.

They put excessive controls on manufacturing to decrease air pollution by 10%, well, sort of.  See, take a car, which since the 1970's has reduced emissions by 98%.  So that 10% decrease is really a 2/1000 decrease or .002.  It will only add a grand to the price of the car so we can reduce air pollution by another .002.

Well the EPA was in Colorado last week investigating a closed mine to make sure it was not polluting the river or groundwater.  Mines produce a lot of heavy metals, which are draining into a retention pond, well, it was until the EPA guy managed to redirect over 1,000,000 gallons of the deeply polluted water into the pristine river and has now managed to kill the river in Colorado, and New Mexico.  Of course, the now newly named Orange River flows into the San Juan River which will soon be Son of Orange River.

Reminds me of a story John Loeffler use to tell on his radio show Steel on Steel about Lake Coeur d'Alene and how years ago it was polluted with some heavy metal which has sunk to the bottom and been covered with 100 years of silt, the water shows no issues with that metal being under the ground, but the EPA was planning to dig up the entire lake to remove it, which of course, would pollute the lake for 100 years with the metal.

Your tax dollars at work.

Now, if a corporation had polluted the rivers like the EPA did last week, even if it was a mistake, they would be fined millions if not billions of dollars in fines, repayments to clean, and executives might go to prison.  The EPA, being tax funded, will face no such fines, they will just request more of our tax money to fix their mistake.

I wonder if anyone would have the balls in Congress to tell the EPA to pay for it out of their budget.  Everyone who works for the EPA can move to Colorado and New Mexico, but on their boots, and start cleaning the river.

For geezers like me, who remember the 1970's, we remember what the air and water use to look like.  The brown smog of LA and other cities, how dirty the Great Lakes were.  I do like the fact we've gotten the air and water seriously cleaned up.

And I like the EPA as being a police force on business to make sure they are not dumping waste into the lakes, rivers and sewers - we need that because you can bet if we were not watching, companies wouldn't be spending 5m a year to properly dispose of waste, they'd pay some guy with a boat or barge to dump the barrels over the side at night.

But, the EPA is a monster today.  They can make rules and regulations with no oversight.  They are putting coal burning power plants out of business in this country, which is going to drive up the cost of electricity over the next 10 years like you won't believe.  Of course, we got those nuke plants, most built in the 1970's or earlier, all with 30 year life spans, that are now in 40 or 50 years of operation and just one little fart from Fukoshimaing part of this country.  Nice thing about radiation is you can't see it in the air, so it will look nice and clean as you and I rot from radiation poisoning.

The reason manufacturing has been leaving this country like rats off a ship is not just labor costs, it's the cost of doing business in this country thanks to the EPA.  Build a plant in El Paso, and you spend years dealing with the EPA before you even get off the ground; cross the border and no such problems or regulations exist, but the people of El Paso will get all that pollution anyways without the jobs, taxes, etc.

Makes you wonder if the EPA was designed to help the environment or help the exit of manufacturing from this country.  It's like all these environmental deals we are suppose to do, but China, southeast Asia, and India are exempt.  Guess what, we still breath the air, whether the pollution is coming from China or Pittsburg.

Nixon created the EPA, another legacy of Nixon, the gift that just keeps on giving.  But what once was a very good thing, is now a monster out of control and needs to be reigned in, needs to be forced to justify in court when it makes regulations that affect homeowners or businesses.

Which presidential candidate is most likely to do this?

If I could make a wish, I think I'd pass
Can't think of anything I need
No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
Nothing to eat, no books to read

Making love with you
Has left me peaceful, warm and tired
What more could I ask
There's nothing left, to be desired

Peace came upon me
And it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel
Go to sleep

Sometimes
All I need is the air
That I breathe
And to love you

All I need is the air
That I breathe
Just to love you
All I need is the air
That I breathe



Hollies

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