Thursday, July 18, 2019

Angry Xenophobia Rising

President Trump has helped crystallize a xenophobic and angry American populism that now has escaped his direct control, at least as represented here by Reuters:
Trump disavows 'send her back' rally chant, many Republicans alarmed (2019, July 18). Reuters. Donald Trump tried to distance himself on Thursday from supporters’ chants of “send her back” at a rally where he blasted Somalia-born U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, as Republicans worry the incendiary mantra could set the tone for the 2020 campaign.
Xenophobia is erupting overtly in public venues and the target is becoming more expansive.

What has happened here?

Henry Giroux's latest essay (June 16, 2019) is recommended reading, beginning with his encapsulation of the zeitgeist: 
America is in a state of crisis that touches every aspect of public life, extending from a crisis of economics produced by massive inequality to a crisis of ideas, agency, memory and politics, aided and abetted by controlling apparatuses that induce ubiquitous forms of historical amnesia.
Giroux points to history for lessons for the crisis that has engulfed America and much of the world.

The crumbling neoliberal order creates opportunities for authoritarian leaders who promise to restore lost national glory and economic prosperity.

However, rather than delivering imagined glory, these leaders instead amplify and scapegoat anger, never addressing institutional forces responsible for creating the conditions of possibility for crises.

Indeed, what always gets me is how authoritarians aid and abet global forces of disorder as so many, albeit not all, are imperialists.

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  1. Trump and his crew, are working hard to  keep aged-dangerous reactors opened, in america. They are doing so, in spite of the flooding and hurricanes that destroyed a good part of Houston three years ago, and put half of New Orleans under water last week.  There are many beat-up reactors, in areas like this in the USA!

    Climate change is much more dangerous than we are led to think. The flooding in Iowa, Nebraska, Louisiana,  Arkansas almost set off  4 of the oldest, most cracked and embrittled nuclear reactors in the world in the past weeks and last couple of months. It is due to unprecendented flooding in the mid-west and south.

    A 7.1 earthquake in Southern Calfornia, could have set off the Diablo Canyon reactors. The two large earthquakes there, probably did some damage.

    If a reactor blows up, all bets are off yet, trump and his crew are dead set on one or more Nuclear Cataclysims Occuring in the United  States in the next 3 years!  This alone, is the most  immediate need for Trump's impeachment leading to his ouster in 2020.

    1. Trump and his Nuclear Industry-Cronies, use and push, for more government money and rate increases, to keep the the worst of the 97 old reactors in america, going when they should be closed.

    Last week Senate Republicans voted at the urging of Trump to Subsidize 2 of the oldest and most dangerous Reactors in the USA opened at taxpayer and ratepayer expense

    2. Trump and nuclear-corporate cronies hacve successfully allowed the  extension of the operating licenses of reactors that are long past-due, to be shut down

    1. 3. The Trumpsters are methodically and busily deregulating supervision of nuclear reactors.  Reactors that  are cracked, have failing cooling systems, inadequate back-up systems. Highly embrittled reactors, are allowed to stay opened, under Trumps strident policies of nuclear reactor deregulation.

      4. Trumps NRC chairman killed regulations made after Fukushima to watchdog Reactors in Hurricane zones, flood zones and earthquake areas. Old Beatup Reactors like Diablo Canyon in California and Weatherford in Louisiana, are allowed to stay in operation, when hurricanes, earthquakes and floods hit instead of temporary shutdowns, till the danger passes.
      These old reactors in hurricane zones and eartquake zones are well past their due dates to be shut-down.

      5.In the face of what has happened at Fukushima and Chernobyl,Trumps and the republicans blocked the closing of two of the oldest and most dangerous reactors in the world in Ohio.

      6.Trump and his minions, have struck down rules and regulations,  that would have forced the closure of aged reactors in dangerhous earthquake, hurricane, and flood zones.  Dangerous reactors like like at Diablo canyon or old Gulf coast and Atlantic reactors, that contiuously flood now. Most of the 97 old embrittled cracked reactors in america are well past their due-dates. 
      America has the most reactors in the world. They are also some of the oldest and, most decrepit-dangerous reactors in the world.
      The Nuclear Cartel-Trump team is working hard to extend reactors staying opened and, having  less supervision of them. There have been major reactor problems and Nuclear Catastrophes occuring on average, about  every 7 years in the world, for 65 years.

      The United Sates is the country closest to one or more nuclear Catastrophes in the next few years from major increases in floods, hurricanes, and eathquakes in areas with the the most dangerous reactors in the world, in the USA.  The USA has 97 of them. Trump is lessening supervison of all of them.

      Trump and cronieas are abrogating regulations for hardening reactors in flood zones and closing them in earthquake zones

      The USA has very significant levels of radionuclide contamination, everywhere. From Hanford, to Rocky Flats, arpund all of the 97 old rickety reactors across the United States, in the thousands of nuclear waste dumps yada yada yada

      If a reactor and or fuel pool go's off in america it will release the equivalent, high-level radionuclide contamination, of 10 thousand or more, nuclear bombs.

      The USA,  is already a heavily radionuclide contaminated country from sea-to-shining-sea. Kim Kardashian's baby was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer linked to radionuclides, 2 years after the Santa Susana fires close to where Kim's family lives.

      The  amount of illness and cancer in the next one or more major cataclysims, in the USA in the next 3 years will be noticable and catastropic because, the USA is already heavily contaminated from numerous Nuclear Bomb Detonations on it's own citizens, 100s of thousands of tons of nuclear waste, and numerous nuclear events that have happened in the past 78 years.

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