Grey Wolves and the ESA, What’s Next?

For the wolves

Wolves and Writing

The recent news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has halted their plans to remove the grey wolf  from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) imparts a feeling of guarded hope.

Why the indefinite delay was ordered is unclear, but perhaps the pressure exerted by the general public, government officials and wildlife biologists has had an effect.

Last week, a letter sent to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell from Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva urged the pause on delisting to be made permanent. Grijalva states,  “Now is the time to support full wolf recovery, not shut down our efforts.”

Other letters in support of the grey wolf have also made their way to Jewell’s office. One from the American Society of Mammologists explains that the society members anticipate the day when wolves no longer need federal protection, but they add, “… we believe it is premature to declare that that day has arrived.”

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It Really Pisses Me Off!

The letter we wrote to the CEO of DeKalb County, can be construed as Ante Litem Notice the letter was brought about due to:

PREVENTING AND/OR CURING HEALTH HAZARDS!!!

I state DeKalb County Sux, but have not really specified what the County sux at.

Therefore, I am dedicating this page for what the County Sux at.

Have you ever tried to alert a County entity to a health hazard?

To begin with, we have lived in our house for twenty (20) years.  During the entire time, the house next door had been vacant, until just recently.  The idiot that owns the property had been living at his parents house all these years.  Their house was paid off, and much nicer than the uninhabitable, less than 800 square foot house on less than 1/6 acre next door.

Anyway, the idiot didn’t pay the County taxes on either house, for three years.  They sold the one where he was living to satisfy the back taxes.  The entity who bought the property, waited the required year, then threw him out.  At one point during the time in which the property was taken for taxes, the idiot took out a loan to pay the tax bill off, and well… he decided to get high with the money, and blew it all on drugs.  Therefore there was also a healthy lien on the property for that as well.

There are four houses in a row, built in 1940, and have septic systems, rather than being on County sewers.  We checked with the County several years ago, to see if we could get sewer service, and they told us no, the sewer is too far away.

So the septic system in our house has been updated several times over the years.  Robert’s house next door, has never been updated.  Installed in 1940, the original system.  He buried an LP tank on top of the tank, then added 4-5 feet of crush and run (gravel) and dirt on top of that.  Anyone with any sense knows that the crush and run and extra dirt alone, were enough to cause the tank to collapse.  When he had the gravel brought in, many  years ago, the truck drove all over the field lines, and they were crushed.

A septic tank like the ones installed here, were only good for something like 20 years.  His tank and system is 73 years old.  No one in their right mind can believe that since no one lived in the house from 1987, until 55 days ago, and it is now May 15, 2013, that the tank will still be in good working condition.

We contacted the County and asked that the tank be certified, to keep an unhealthy hazard from arising.  They said that they don’t do that.  So, we contacted the EPA, who said that they plan to wait until the system fails.  The EPD  said the same thing.  We were told to contact Code Enforcement.  Code Enforcement said that they only have jurisdiction over things they can see, like grass, trash in the yard, etc.  So, we contacted the watershed people, as they are supposed to protect ground water and drinking water.  Nope, they don’t do anything like that either.  The Board of Health was even worse in their attitude.

You can review on the County website, how if you even think there is a problem with a septic system, you are legally required to contact the Board of Health and alert them to the situation.  The information on the website tells of all these horrible diseases that you can get from a failed septic system.

Anyway, we realized that the house also did not have water.  So we thought that there may be a way to get everything inspected because the man has been using the outdoors to poop and urinate.  Nope, County didn’t care.  The man had sold all the copper water pipe in his house years ago.  Anyway, if new water pipes are run from the meter to the house, that has to be permitted.  So, when the man got around to running the pipes from the meter to the house, we contacted the County because he did not obtain a permit.  I even sent them pictures, and yea, they came out and checked.  They did nothing, even though there is a huge trench dug, and the pipes lying beside it.

On our complaint that the man has been defacating outside, we were told that we were wrong, that the Board of Health came and looked, and saw no signs of such.  The Board of Health could not notice all the little spots that had been recently dug up and covered back up.  Like little hills here and there, they could not see that?  Bullshit!

So this man, has gone all over the less than 1/6 acre, shit on almost every inch of it, covered it up with fresh dirt.  He has pissed over probably every square inch by now.  All of the dirt over there is heavily contaminated, and we are on a hill, his house has a huge culvert running alongside of it, which goes down to a stream down the  street.

There goes the ground water and drinking water in the area.  Just wait till he begins using the toxic septic system.  The man does not have the money to repair the system, and the County don’t give a flying fuck about the health hazard.

DEKALB COUNTY SUX!!!

Great Story Power of the People!

 

Unleash The Massive Power Of The People Against The Forces That Are Ravaging This Country

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America , difficult as it may be for some to accept, is a house of cards, i.e., “a weakened structure that is in danger of collapsing or failing if its foundations continue to erode.” This nation of ours remains in deep turmoil as our nation and our democracy are being ravaged by Corporatists and rogue politicians. There is only one way to combat this dangerous coalition and that is by unleashing the massive power of the American people against it.

What brought us to this sorry state and condition? To begin with, America has become a democracy in name only and government of the people, by the people and for the people of America has been cleverly transferred to the masters of Corporatism. Powerful corporations have now assumed control over this nation and rule it with an iron fist. The tentacles of this giant octopus are wrapped around and are suffocating every important institution in this country.

Far too many Americans are seemingly oblivious to the depth of this dilemma and the precarious state of this nation. For those who doubt and minimize these dangers because they have been conditioned to think that this nation is invincible, all they need do is listen to some of the respected economists who warn that our financial sector can, at any time, be devastated by a monumental collapse of mega-trillion dollars of toxic derivatives that could wreck this economy almost overnight. Congressional oversight and regulation has been so weakened over time that it makes such a catastrophe a real possibility. See this article by Richard Clark to receive an alarming, in-depth analysis of this issue.

Now let’s further examine how this government and the Congress have become the antithesis of how a democracy should function. The principles of our democracy indicate that the passage of legislation should be based on majority rule but that’s not how this Congress and, especially the Senate, functions. And it never will until the use of the poisonous filibuster, by which legislation is routinely obstructed, delayed and destroyed, is brought under control. Congress, as is often said, is the place where good ideas go to die. Try as I might I can think of absolutely nothing of real substance that this Congress has done since America entered the 21st Century.

But it’s more than just the deadly filibuster that is making this Congress dysfunctional. Another contentious issue involves how the people of this country are represented in the Senate. The Founding Fathers made a colossal mistake when they created the Senate and mandated that there would be two senators for every state instead of basing the number on states’ individual populations. Time and again the votes of tiny states have proven to more powerful as those of massive states. For example, the eight least populous states in America have a combined population of 5,876,000 and 16 senators while California and New York with a combined population of almost 57 million have a total of only 4 senators. That condition limits and dilutes the overall power of the people.

Combine this political mistake by the Founding Fathers with the use of the filibuster by the Republicans and you know exactly why this Congress remains in gridlock and critical legislation never gets off the ground. This is concrete evidence of exactly why this country is so badly deteriorating. Both of these contributing factors to congressional incompetence could be altered if the power of the people is unleashed to begin the transformation of this government.

Therefore it’s not difficult to conclude that this Congress, as currently constituted, is entirely incapable of effectively governing this nation and society. Then the really big question becomes: what exactly can be done about it? Well, that’s where the massive power of the people of America comes in because this power represents the one and only way that this grave condition can be alleviated. It all comes down to the fact that the people must be energized and motivated to put an end to this political madness.

That massive power of which I speak is the voting power of nearly 210 million eligible voters in this country. Those who sincerely want to address this country’s myriad of problems have to realize that voter turnout must be dramatically increased and that they must organize a massive movement to accomplish just that. They need to undertake this task at a time when the Republican Party is doing everything in its power to reduce the number of voters through all sorts of devious means because they know that their only chance to win elections is by low turnout.

Here is what must happen. The Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters in America, This study group estimated 126 million people voted in the 2008 election, meaning that 93 million eligible citizens did not cast ballots. How can this democracy function effectively when so many Americans who have been given the opportunity to vote choose not to? That is inexcusable; every American who could actually vote and does not is contributing directly to the gigantic mess this country is in. They are at the very center of this problem that is allowing our system of government to be corrupted by sleazy, greedy politicians. You would think that progressives and independents would recognize the great danger this poses and would be working tirelessly across America to substantially increase voter turnout.

Sure this could be a great thing for America but to many it’s difficult to picture how that process would actually evolve. So, let’s think of it this way; suppose you buy a house that needs a complete rehab. So where do you start? First, you have to address the rotting foundation, the sewage from leaking pipes and, of course, you will need to bring in the exterminators. You start where the worst damage is being done, spend a lot of time, money and effort to make the necessary repairs and then you move up to the higher levels of the house and finish the job.

So, let’s proceed from that analogy back into the real world and see just how such a monumental endeavor could be progressed in order to cleanse and stabilize our currently corrupted political system:

*In the 2014 national elections: the objective must be to do everything possible to soundly defeat every GOP candidate. We need to get rid of every U.S. Representative and senator that has blocked critically needed gun safety controls, those who consistently obstruct job creation, those who support an agenda of perpetual war, and those who are working to restrict the Constitutional rights and freedoms of the people. In doing this certain Senate Democrats, Mark Begich, AK, Mary Landrieu, LA, Mark Pryor, AR, Heidi Heitkamp, ND and any other Democrats who too often vote against the best interests of the people must also be replaced.

The Republicans in Congress have now crossed the line, they have stabbed the people of America in the back time and again and as appropriate payback this party of control freaks must be dismantled. The voting power of the people, a power that, when ignited nothing can withstand, will do just that and turn this ideologically twisted party into a pile of smoldering ashes.

A very broad coalition of rational-thinking Democrats, progressives, independents, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, and every other minority group in America, together with the majority of Caucasian Americans, must band together to flush these traitors, be they Republicans or rogue Democrats, out of the Congress and send them into political purgatory.

*If the people would send the Republican Party into political oblivion, it would naturally follow that for the first phase of this governmental transformation, the Democrats would take full control of both houses of the Congress. That could be another problem in the making and so it would be crucial to immediately initiate a movement to create and develop a Progressive Party that would, for all practical purposes, take the place of the defunct GOP and challenge the Democrats on all key issues and problems facing this nation. Such a movement could be formed through the collective efforts of progressives, independents, the Green Party and other similar groups.

*With a new style Congress it would pave the way for making campaign finance reform the #1 priority by enacting legislation that absolutely bans corporations and special interest lobbyists from having any contact with any member of this Congress or associated government agencies. This would completely remove Corporate America from any involvement of any kind with the election process.

*Let the Democratic and Progressive Parties compete for the support of the American people. If the Congress undergoes an overhaul, if the filibuster obstruction is stopped, if the Senate is reconstituted with more senators from populous states and no more than one senator for each of the smallest states, then we can, once again, see democracy in action.

*Open the door for honest, ethical, individuals with vision and passion to lead America out of its current deep morass; presidents who will never allow themselves to be controlled by the proliferators of war and the masters of Corporatism as has been the case since we entered the 21st Century; those who, over a period of time, would transform the Supreme Court into a judicial body that rules on the basis of the constitutionality of issues instead of personal beliefs and ideology.

Without question, many out there may well react to this kind of a plan as far-fetched, naïve, and even deluded thinking because they just can’t see how the mass of the people can be awakened from their lethargy and motivated to do something dramatically different. But that’s what’s been the problem; we keep telling ourselves what we can’t or don’t want to do instead of making up our minds that we can and must not allow our country to be further ravaged by those whose only objective is to advance their own interests at the expense of the people.

But even in the face of the expected opposition by those who embrace the status quo and passively accept and condone what is happening around them, this is a plan that, without a doubt, could be successful if the majority of people can be made to fully understand that they have no choice but to get involved; that time is running out and that it is critically important they concentrate on taking positive actions instead of merely criticizing and complaining. They need to wake up to the realization that they must do everything in their power to save their country. All they need do is to stop sitting on the sidelines and get out to vote.

This can happen and, in fact, it better happen or we are going to see this house of cards in which we live come crashing down upon us.

Michael Payne

 

Heard It Through The Grapevine

 I recently learned that in Forsyth County Georgia, an investigation has begun on the crooked foreclosure mill attorneys in Georgia.  YEA!!!

Wow, there has been continual violations of Georgia’s real property laws ever since Foreclosure Hell began, and should it be proven that these attorneys, signing their names as every bank’s employees, which we know they aren’t maybe the tides will be turning!!!