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April 21, 2011

In addition to protesting at the Public Utilities Commission last week and speaking out in favor of shutting down nuclear power plants. The network news coverage was definitely pro-nuclear and the best source of information on the disaster is still most accessible on the internet. Professor Anthony Hall wrote From Hiroshima to Fukushima, 1945-2011: A Nuclear Narrative of Hubris and Tragedy which details the evolution of the nuclear power industry in Japan, Yoichi Shimatsu, a former editor of the Japan Times Weekly wrote Secret Weapons Program Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plant? U.S.-Japan security treaty fatally delayed nuclear workers' fight against meltdown, and Arnie Gunderson, with 39-years of nuclear power engineering experience, behind him has addressed Lack of Radiation Monitoring and Global Radiation Exposures and Consequences with epidemiologist with Dr. Steven Wing which obviously concerns not only the people of Japan, and the United States, but throughout the world as the radiation spreads throughout the oceans and the atmosphere, contaminating rain, the water, the food... Dr. Wing calls for collective action, such as a sane energy policy. Dr. Rikki Ott and others have been speaking out in the Gulf for Changing the Endgame to shatter the myth that the oil has "evaporated" and is gone and to expose the harsher realities of the continuing assaults and threats to the Gulf and its people. US Uncut and UK Uncut have been organizing more and more demonstrations, rallies, actions against the giant corporations, including the Bank of America and BP, who don't pay their taxes while social services are being slashed.

As we become more aware collectively of the pathology and threats of the major corporations and institutions colluding against the bulk of humanity, our health, our food, our air, our homes, our lives; collective action does seem to be the only possibility for change. This is the subject of my conversation with my friend, Elisabet Sahtouris, evolutionary biologist on today's radio show. As I struggle to balance my own life, health, well being with the gifts, threats, responsibilities and demands of the world, my family, my friends, and the social movements which I am a part of, I am continually trying to see the larger picture and figure out where I can best put my time, energy, efforts to contribute towards a better future for all. What gives me hope is that I have had to personally learn things the hard way and the possibility that the compounding disasters might actually wake the entranced population from their deadly sleepwalk towards the abyss. One of the miracles of birth is that when one is in labor and thinks the pain is unbearable and maybe insurmountable, at the very worst moment, that is the moment when "crowning" occurs and the baby is actually born; the pain eases and is soon forgotten with the joy of a squirming infant.