Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Change is constant

What’s new? A lot, or so I think as just one citizen.

Here in the New World USA, we New World humans are actually starting to take control of our interests, which are mostly ourselves and our families. Now that seems fair and normal human to me.

Here in the New World USA the old time National Political Parties are going by the wayside. They had their chance, and I think they have failed. This is pretty much normal for humans, I think. As long as we can vote and have it count, I would say. This idea is a big deal

So what will the future be. I am hopeful, and cynical too.

I expect some humans to exploit the “gaps” to do many things, both to delay the inevitable, and gain or preserve power at whatever level during this change time. This change time I imagine will take one or two decades.

I also think we voters will “change” things to our advantage. As an obvious example, if elected officials downgrade their fire department in favor of other ways to dispense the taxes they spend, and humans die as a result, I think many people will vote otherwise the next time they can vote. After all, there are priorities about those that govern us spend “our” money.

The other obvious thing to me, and again I only have one vote at all levels, and still pay taxes at all levels, too, is how well I am being represented. In my mind, are we a United States (like one country) or still a United States of many people? Right now I think the latter.

Now I am age 62, and these times are different from our past. The times they are a changing. This I can report as an opinion.

And the New World idea I think still applies around here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. We have the best of all worlds whether some like it or not.

Even some of us humans have to put on more clothes to stay warm when mother nature makes things cooler. After all we are now locally in the fall. And having lived around the world, I still don’t like cold Siberian winds, or even cold Canadian winds. Now I did research what the two competing Farmers Almanacs forecasted. And both suggested the winter was coming!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

They still don’t have a clue

The old joke about who runs any organization comes to mind. The old joke answer is “they” and “some son of a bitch”, whoever they are.

The recent primary elections and the rise of the “Tea Party” comes to mind. Too many still think in a status quo sort of way, that is, the future will always be like the recent past, which I define as the last 60 years, or since WWII. And after all, the evidence points that way. And all third party efforts since Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party have depended on one person to personify the third party effort. I offer as evidence, Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, John Anderson, and Ross Perot’s efforts.

Now another third party effort is arising, but this time it is more based on an idea than a person. This changes everything, at least to me. I expect that most of the people who identify and vote this way will come from all past walks, to include Republican, Democratic, and Independent. It’s the idea that binds these people, not some status quo national party or traditional third party. Hence the one characterization that the Tea Party effort and votes are all over the place is probably a fair statement.

In a way, I have always wondered what went on during the time of the American Revolution in the 1770’s and I think much of what is happening today probably happened in similar ways back then. Even one image in my mind of a dinosaur railing against the world as the comet has struck comes to mind. I suspect there are a lot of status quo dinosaurs that are railing, or going to rail, against the catastrophe they sense occurring around them.

Now I also suspect that because humans are involved, much friction and bouncing around will occur in the near future, like between now and say 2020. Some humans will take advantage and if elected, simply fail to perform. They will be replaced as locals decide their futures.

These are momentous times, and great changes are occurring and will continue to occur. People want change from the status quo, and will make it happen, one way or the other. And I think this idea will occur at all levels: school boards, cities, counties, states, and federal.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Make up your own mind

These are momentous times in the new World USA America. In my imagination these times are more like the 1776 revolution than the times today. I have always wondered what went on then.

We new World people, and our descendents, are doing OK, in spite of hard times, especially compared to the rest of the World. Some might say we are being ourselves to enhance ourselves and our families. Many might even say our vote counts to change our future. This idea sure beats the old world alternatives, like revolution, or even dictatorship. Yet all of us want to work, and do a good job, and will compromise to survive.

In the new World, the vote does count. We are in charge of our future, to include our descendents future. Those who choose to deny our vote are on a losing end of history and humanity.

Those who might use ideas to deny our vote are on the wrong end of history, though that is pretty much normal in 2010 in the USA these days. I hate to admit I can even think this way, that some fellow Americans want to take away my vote.

We have better ways to go, and will.

I sure count on it.
Just another local report. The times they are a changing!

Indecisive committees get little accomplished
by Liz Engel
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PUTNAM COUNTY -- The biggest unknown for those looking to start a community garden in Cookeville has been the location. That will continue to be an issue after members of a Putnam County committee disagreed on two suggested pieces of county property last night.

The commission's planning committee, meeting for the first time since 12 new commissioners took office in August, split on many other agenda items up for vote. The committee made no decision made on the location of the proposed garden -- a motion to place the garden at the suggested spot on the corner of Walnut and Veterans Drive near the Putnam County Fairgrounds and another motion to place it near the Upper Cumberland Soccer Complex on Washington Avenue failed in 6-to-6 ties. The committee even struggled to make an appointment to the nominating subcommittee.

The committee did, however, elect its chair, District 8 Commissioner Eris Bryant; vice chair, District 1 Commissioner Tom Short; and secretary, District 12 Commissioner Cathy Reel. Four commissioners were nominated for two spots on the intergovernmental committee, two-year terms set to expire in September 2012, and Bryant and District 4 Commissioner Ron Williamson received the most votes for that position. And four commissioners were selected to serve one-year terms on the road committee, including District 11 Commissioner Marsha Bowman, District 7 Commissioner Mike Medley, District 5 Commissioner Anna Ruth Burroughs and District 10 Commissioner Kim Bradford. The appointments were made by acclamation after Reel withdrew her name from consideration.

But the commissioners stalled when it came time to approve the nod for the nominating committee and the location for the garden. District 2 Commissioner Jim Martin and District 6 Commissioner Reggie Shanks were both recommended by their peers for the committee slot, but a vote on who should ultimately hold that appointment twice came to a 6-6 tie. Later in the meeting, Medley nominated Jonathan Williams for the seat, and Martin edged out both candidates in a third and final vote.

As for the location of the community garden, it's an agenda item that will be forwarded to the full commission next week without a recommendation. Some commissioners argued that the original location proposed, on the corner of Walnut and Veterans Drive, is a valuable piece of county property, one that has been proposed as the home of a future veterans hall building. Others were worried that it would limit parking for the Putnam County Fair.

But County Executive Kim Blaylock said organizers of the garden would move from that spot, considered a temporary location, whenever the commission said to. Lisa Luck with the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission said they would like a centralized and highly visible location to get the garden off the ground.

"I think you need to choose another place," Medley said. He made a motion to move the garden to the soccer complex, which had been discussed by the garden committee, but it failed with a 6-6 tie. Voting in favor were Burroughs, Shanks, Medley, Bradford, Bowman and Reel. Voting against Medley's motion were Tom Short, Martin, David Gentry, Williamson, Bryant and Williams.

Short then made a motion to place the garden at Walnut and Veterans Drive, but it was amended -- Bowman wanted organizers of the garden to talk to the fair board first. But that amendment, as well as the original motion, failed 6-6 as commissioners voted along the same lines.

The planning committee was also set to appoint members to the land and facilities subcommittee, currently an eight-member board, but that decision was deferred until the October meeting.

"This is a committee we need to put some thought into," Bryant said. Before the meeting, she said, no commissioners had expressed interest in serving on that committee, which has studied several hot-button issues in recent years, including the location of a new Putnam County jail. "This is going to be a very important committee for the next four years."

Yearly disaster drill to take place Wednesday
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PUTNAM COUNTY -- A county-wide, full-scale disaster exercise will be held Wednesday morning at Tennessee Tech, the Cookeville Surgery Center and Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Emergency responders will practice responding to these locations after they have been struck by a severe weather event. The goal of this drill is to practice searching, rescuing, stabilizing, transporting and treating a large volume of patients at one time during adverse conditions.

City and county agencies along with Tennessee Tech, The Cookeville Surgery Center and Cookeville Regional Medical Center will participate in the drill. Tennessee Tech will test emergency communication systems and internal response procedures including activation of its tornado sirens and other emergency notification systems. At Tucker Stadium, Putnam County Rescues' structural collapse team will practice stabilizing a "collapsed" building with trapped individuals during the drill. CRMC will simulate damage to the emergency room entrances and set up a fully functional portable hospital tent in the north parking lot to receive the mock patients. The Cookeville Surgery Center will become a receiving station for the injured from TTU.

"All emergency responders participate in these exercises to help build competence and confidence," said Mike Hellman, public information officer for the Cookeville-Putnam County Emergency Management Agency. "This way, should there be a major event in or around our area, we can respond in a quick and effective fashion, much like we did during last month's floods."

Many emergency vehicles will be in the area, but the public should not be alarmed. Everyone is being asked to avoid the immediate area from 8:30-11:30 that morning so the practice session will not be hindered. Tennessee Tech classes will proceed as scheduled. The emergency department at CRMC will accept and treat patients as normal during the drill.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) consists of representatives from city, county and state emergency agencies along with members from local businesses. For more information on the LEPC, contact the EMA office at 528-7575.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Korean noodles are pretty good

What prompted this post is this recent open source report:
It (North Korea) also accepted the South Korean Red Cross' offer of $8.3 million in aid, which includes 5,000 tones of rice, 10,000 tons of cement and 3 million packs of instant noodles.

I myself like Korean noodles, and included spices. I suspect most of those I buy in Tennessee these days are made in California, by the way. Either way, I enjoy them.

Now I used to call my father a cheap skate. Now I call him thrifty. Now he grew up during the 1930’s Depression in Tennessee, so obviously he ate enough to live even then. I don’t think it was on Korean noodles, though.

Now I also think the Korean noodles I eat today are made from wheat flour, in the end. But I still like rice, and we grow a lot of that in the USA, too. Rice with spices and some kind of made in Wisconsin Soy Sauce seems to go over well, at least to me. Now also some Japanese Wasabi mixed into the soy sauce is prime, to me. It will also probably clear you sinuses.

Just don’t forget there are many other sources of starch and even gluten. Mother nature makes acorns and nuts, for example. But for now I would rather enjoy the convenience of going to the local grocery store and buying more convenient already made things, like wheat or corn flour, or even refrigerator and freezer biscuits.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The times they are a changing

One obvious bit of evidence is the rise of the Tea Party in the USA, and like minded American citizens. In this case, both the present National Parties, Republicans and Democrats, are going to experience change wherever they live and get elected or don’t get elected from. This idea is better than some revolt like our revolution in the 1700’s, or so I think. Even the Whigs appeared for their reasons.

Things are different these days, at least to me. The normal political frictions I can live with.

Young people be aware. These are momentous times.

What grosses me out is having a USA Speaker of the House say we (our Congressman) have to vote for a law in order to find out what is in it.

Another thing that grosses me out is some Congressman saying they can pretty much do whatever they want. Now this sounds like royalty or even dictatorship to me, and I don’t like it. I thought my vote counted, and my representative would listen.

Like I said, the times they are a changing.

Last, to me, is the idea of lying when ruling. Now I count on elected rulers to be honest about things. Anything less is just immoral.

And all I want to do is be happy, and promote my family.

Yes, the times they are a changing.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Is this what we new world Americans want?

How many humans on the earth is enough, or too many? What are the energy expectations of fellow humans who come to know the benefits of public electricity, for example. Clean water comes to mind.

Depending on your own experience and thoughts, make up your own mind, which most will do naturally. One old line comes to mind: we can dictate how to act, but we can never dictate what to think.

Is global warming human caused, or mother nature caused these days? Again, make up your own mind. Just keep in mind the greenhouse effect is how our present earth works today, and has for a very long time. Even when the last ice age which ended about 10,000 years ago, New York City and much of northern USA and most of Canada was under the ice. As recently as where I live on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, about 200 years ago much of what is now poorly forested land (it has always been do to the acidic soil) was open land with Eastern Buffalo and Elk, and we humans had something to do with this present day, both ways. By the way, we were not under the ice where I live, but it was obviously cold, kind of like our image of northern Siberia today.

Now the latest human fad about being an environmentalist has started to affect many humans. Here is a link as to one story:

Is that what we new world Americans want as a solution?

Here’s another quote from presidential candidate Obama in 2008:

"So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."

Is that what we new world Americans want as a solution?

Another question I ask, and I still don’t have an answer, is did now President Obama in the USA raise these kind of questions to be a priority human political question, or was it going to happen anyway?

In other words, there are alternatives to how to make things happen in our present world. This thought suggests timing comes into play.

Let me start with three questions?
• What is the problem?
• Is it human caused?
• If you don’t like the present benefits of global warming (like food from expanded grain belts), what do you think we humans should do, and how quickly, i.e. suggest alternatives we can think about, and vote on later.

As a new world American I don’t like the present day Chinese solution, by the way. But that is just my opinion.

Anyway, we do have alternatives. One solution is what our present USA political leadership is trying to do. Of course, this assumes we humans can still vote, and have it count. In this case, then we do have alternatives.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

What a shame it is coming to this
The shame is that many humans are going to have to die before their time.

Maybe by starvation, maybe by revolution, but it is going to happen because of elected politicians, and some dictators. The era of good intentions is over. No amount of smooth talking will help fellow humans who are cold and hungry, and the winter in the northern hemisphere is coming. And it is already going on, depending on where you live.

Now there is nothing wrong with being human normal, like wearing more clothes to keep warm in the winter, or growing food when the time is correct to get through the cold season.

What seems silly, at least to me, is most of this potential food problem is man caused. Right now in the world (the Earth) there is still enough food to feed the 6.5 billion humans in an OK sort of way. But right now, also, our elected politicians are doing things that might kill us in their way. Now if we vote or submit to this, fine. I suspect humans hungry and seeing their kids suffering may vote otherwise. They might even slow down their birth rate. That might even cause a revolution?

And all I want to do is live in a rural part of Tennessee in 2010.

Now does charity come from the local government, or we local citizens in our way and our own local standards? How does each entity deal with the deadbeats and also poor people? After all, as embarrassing as it is, a good portion of our poor people are just deadbeats. And of course, do they even deserve a vote? I think not!