The Price of Appeasement

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That’s always been the biggest problem with embracing nuclear energy production… what do we do with all that WASTE? Thousands of tons of radioactive nuclear fuel sits cooling in spent fuel pools in every nuclear power facility across the globe. For thousands of years that fuel will be highly radioactive… where will it go? What will we do with it?

We can bury it. We can forget it. We can ignore it. But no matter what we decide to do with it, it will continue to cost us money… for centuries to come.

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Thousands of tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel… with nowhere to go. No one wants it… ‘not in MY backyard!’ No one has a permanent plan for it… so why not recycle some of it? Make some more useful fuel out of it and save some money in the process. No one seems to want it. I doubt anyone would mind if it just… disappeared.

One man’s TRASH is another man’s TREASURE.

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It’s called ‘closing the loop’ on the nuclear fuel cycle. Instead of disposing of all that waste, some of it can be recycled and used again in a nuclear reactor. Not in the BOMBS, though. That requires the highly enriched material. The TOP SHELF supply… the GOOD STUFF.

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And that GOOD STUFF is in short supply. Only a handful of locations on earth can produce highly enriched, weapons-grade nuclear material. Those nations who currently have a stockpile want to save all they can for use in their nuclear arsenals.

They wouldn’t want to go and waste the ‘good stuff’ on a single-use rocket engine… especially if they plan on making a lot of them.

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When there’s short supply and high demand, someone has to find a new supply. Someone will find a way. If there’s money to be made, someone will make it… and TRILLIONS of dollars will motivate people to do, just about anything.

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Yes, it may be ‘Rocket Science’… but it’s as easy to understand as the phrase ‘FOLLOW THE MONEY’.

They can see the writing on the WALL. They’re living in a dying petrostate. Oil is going the way of the dinosaur and they want a piece of the FUTURE. But, in essence… Nuclear Fission is energy of the PAST. Its time is UP.

We are currently working to unleash the Power of the SUN. And as it turns out… that energy is SAFER and CLEANER than anything we’ve ever seen before.

The Nuclear Age is now a relic of the PAST…

… and we will be dealing with the fallout of that era for many years into the future.

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And what will they find when they get there? It’s already been widely reported that the Russian soldiers destroyed radiological monitoring stations around the site. They even dug trenches in the highly radioactive exclusion zone and then tracked that radioactive dirt back inside the facility, contaminating parts of the building that were already clean… what else did they do while they were there?

They have no respect for International Laws. They have no respect for the Ukrainians whose territory they’ve invaded. They don’t adhere to standards or follow established protocols to ensure safety…

We must brace ourselves and be prepared to find the worst-case scenario inside that building. The inspectors from the IAEA might get there… and find nothing at all.

What would be our response then.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-sees-gold-in-ukraine-nuclear-plants-chernobyl-reactor-fuel-waste-disposal-11646946568

There cannot be any appeasement. There must not be any appeasement… because there will never be any appeasement.

Vladimir Putin must withdraw all Russian forces from the entirety of Ukraine. These actions should not be rewarded in any way.

We do so at our own peril.

-JC

I Choose to Engage

There’s only ONE THING that remains consistent in this life… change. People change. Our understanding of the world changes, and our perception of our place within it changes as well.

Our priorities change. As we age, as we take on more responsibility, we gain more knowledge. Leading us to see things as they truly are, instead of just believing whatever we want… or believing whatever we’re told. REALITY can be a difficult concept to grasp… whereas fantasy is so much easier to believe.

As a child, I thought I knew what was RIGHT… until it was not. Until I was proved WRONG… and then I was faced with a choice. To change myself, or change my perception of what is RIGHT and what is WRONG. To ignore facts or accept them, even when those facts stand opposed to everything I had learned so far.

FACTS don’t lie… but the interpreter does though. 

IF my goal is to learn all I can, then I must also learn when I am WRONG and accept new information. FLEXIBILITY in the face of stubborn ignorance… my ignorance. To adapt and evolve is to survive. Rigid adherence to failed ideologies and lies, will only lead us to our demise.

It’s the ONE THING that is guaranteed… nothing will stay the SAME. Everything will change. It seems the trick is… do you want to be part of that change, or do you want to get run over by it.

To engage, or NOT to engage. To BE, or NOT to be… that is why I choose to engage.

What do we know of struggle, on a personal level and on a National scale? What do we know of LOSS… of hardship… and what comes after those events? What is born of them…

I have no grand experience to offer. Mine is a story of the mundane. Of the ordinary. The everyday. I am OF The People. Of the streets. Yes, those suburban cul-de-sacs were always well-paved… but there are some lessons you learn, regardless of the hood you grew up in.

Because the BANK will come for your house regardless of your zip-code, and they make sure you understand that from a very early age… so plan accordingly.

I know who I am, as well as who I am NOT. I know this… because I have seen what happens to those who I am not. And that is why I choose to engage.

If not… who will? Who will represent the MAJORITY in this moment… the Bankers? The Hedge Fund Managers? The Kings of Commerce? How’s that been working out for us SO FAR? Let there be NO DOUBT… if we don’t make a change now, then this is how it will continue to be in the FUTURE.

Is that how we want to be seen upon the World Stage… as a giant PIGGY BANK? As a massive ARMS CACHE? Again… how has that worked out for us SO FAR?

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/17/middleeast/us-saudi-yemen-bus-strike-intl/index.html

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

How will that work out for us in the FUTURE?

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-arabia-invites-chinas-xi-to-visit-kingdom-amid-strained-u-s-relations-11647284211

Who’s interests do our elected officials represent…
On who’s behalf do they ACT.

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… and our response?

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Our actions NOW will not prevent World War III from starting… those shots have already been fired. Our actions now will determine whether or not World War III has already begun.

The opening salvo has been offered. Decisions are being made. Sides are being drawn… RIGHT NOW. In this moment.

Based upon every piece of evidence that we have at our disposal… the Pandemic… the Housing Crisis… January 6th… securing our Right to VOTE…

How will GOOD INTENTIONS turn out in the end.

Who will BENEFIT… who will NOT.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_refugee_crisis

We mustn’t let the mistakes of our PAST, cloud our judgement on events of the FUTURE… just as we shouldn’t forget the lessons that we’ve learned from our own stupidity. How long does it take for us to secure an occupied territory… how long does it take for us to get that territory back.

We act when it is JUST. We show restraint when it is NOT.
To act in this moment is JUST. Our INACTION is not.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2022/03/19/mariupol-theater-satellite-images/

We do not act to engage in WAR, we act to prevent it. To secure… not to occupy. To defend… not to advance. To secure PEACE as we now know it, and prevent the necessity that comes, when one nation declares WAR on all the rest.

At that point… that is war. We must avoid the campaign that played out through the Spring of ‘45. That is what we should be working to achieve. NOW. Because tomorrow… it will be TOO LATE.

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Had my family and I been living in one of those Ukrainian cities, where they’ve been without electricity since the earliest days of this invasion… my TIME would be just about up.

Juvenile Diabetes… diagnosed at age 36. My body doesn’t produce its own insulin. If I don’t find a pharmacy with a working refrigerator within 28 days… I don’t live to see day 40.

Without intervention, my LIFE would be lost.

But, considering the sorry state of our Healthcare System and the inability of our Congress to change it… I face that possibility EVERY MONTH.

The fight is JUST. So I choose to engage.

While I support the decisions made by President Biden so far, I believe there are more actions we should be taking that are not currently being employed.

Though we do not have access to the same information that he has… we do have our own EYES. We do have the WORDS of President Zelenskyy… and we do have the WORDS of President Putin.

History shows us what becomes of leaders who place POLITICS over the well-being of our Nation. Like an aged soldier… they simply FADE AWAY. Their policies eroded and their legacies chipped away, until all that’s left is the TRUTH. Stripped BARE by the passage of time.

No SPIN left to disguise it. No window dressing to hide their mistakes. Just the results of their own ACTIONS… and the ever-present, nagging regret… that there might have been something more, they could have done.

Our independence shines brightly in this hour, a burning passion that illuminates the night. And now, beneath the rubble… those SEEDS have started to grow. Those roots are breaking solid ground.

And we know… those roots are STRONG. That plant is stubborn. Through the rock, through the refuse… in fields long forgotten by the PLOW…

Toward the LIGHT. Ever toward the light.

And as the days grow longer… may there only be MORE LIGHT.

-JC

Us and Them

Forgive me if what I say is seen as offensive… but I say these things only because I take offense to their INACTION.

What good does the North Atlantic Treaty Organization do us if it’s unable to prevent the death and displacement of 40 million people?

What value does the United Nations provide us if they stand SILENT as it happens?

(@3:10 in the video) “None of the U.N. agencies seem to be able to call out the aggressor by name.” 

Who would want to be part of the European Union, if they are so weak as to allow ONE MAN to invade another sovereign nation?

What State wouldn’t call for an end to this Union, if 40 million Ukrainian Civilians were left to fight a Nuclear Superpower ALONE… as our B-52 Bombers sit rotting on the tarmac.

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The threat of World War III isn’t upon us… that threat has already PASSED. It’s already here. ONE MAN has declared it so, as he disregarded 80 years of progress toward peace and security.

The shots have already been fired. We are IN that fight as of this moment. Whether we choose to engage, whether we choose to ignore… that fight has arrived, and it will be seen throughout history as our CHOICE.

The decisions we made. The actions we took. The lines we allowed to be crossed… the RESULTS of our decisions. Etched in stone. Memorialized annually, at cemeteries throughout the WORLD.

Where World Leaders will trot out, inconvenienced by the RAIN and SNOW, and give impassioned speeches… shedding tears as an aged soldier stands and salutes…

“If ONLY they had acted! If ONLY they had known!”

—Some Future President

… of some future organization or republic. Looking BACK through tear-stained eyes. Proudly speaking of their future. Proclaiming NEVER AGAIN… as it has been done, so many times before…

And those failed unions and organizations will be dissolved… PROUDLY, as they allowed the carnage to occur. Indicted and convicted, in the hearts and minds of every future historian, as the ultimate cause… of a WAR that was allowed to happen.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Nations

Hitler’s actions didn’t start WWII. Tanks and planes may have invaded those first few countries, but it was allowed to happen… with the stroke of a PEN.

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It was all allowed to happen. Inside Hallowed Halls. Behind ancient WOODEN DESKS. They SAT… and millions died.

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The League of Nations did great work… until they did not.

NATO saved countless lives… until they did not.

The United Nations helped keep the peace… until they did not.

The United States of America was the Home of the BRAVE…

… until it was not.

If ONLY they had known! If ONLY they had ACTED… but sadly, they could not.

They FEARED what might come from their actions, instead of doing what was RIGHT. Instead of doing what was necessary… to prevent what would come, if they did not ACT.

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“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

And for what would it happen, when it could have been so easily avoided…

The words written, on the automobile license plates of the Great State of New Hampshire come to mind… ‘Live FREE or Die’.

Now, why don’t we back down off this LEDGE… before someone really gets hurt.

-JC

#StandWithUkraine🇺🇦

Don’t Feed the TROLLS.

An ode to the Bean Counters, the Pencil Pushers, the I.T. and Resources personnel… the ones who are really in control.

The Deep State, if you like.

The people who actually have to FILE that request and make sure it’s DELIVERED where it’s supposed to go.

LOGISTICS. Shipping Clerks. Essential Workers, hailed as HEROES just six months ago. The people who never get the CREDIT when it happens like clockwork, BUT… they do get the HAMMER when something shady goes down.

They make sure things go off without a hitch… 30 minuets or LESS. Every time. Guaranteed…

… until it doesn’t.

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https://www.vice.com/en/article/qkvzb5/the-time-nasa-lost-a-mars-orbiter-because-of-a-metric-system-mixup

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Every great organization embraces great leadership, and every great leader knows WHY they are able to succeed…

‘Our General Manager is our Doorman, and our Doorman is our General Manager’

There is no piece or part of a well-functioning TEAM that can be ignored, and everyone understands the importance of everyone else’s job. Without their team, no leader would ever be able to succeed. Like a high-performance machine, each part is vital in its function… and they must all be maintained with dedication.

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When a machine isn’t properly maintained, it will be prone to failure. If there’s not enough grease added to the proper part, or even too much grease in the wrong spot… the entire assembly could suddenly fly apart. Or, it could just simply grind to a HALT.

Basic maintenance. Current updates. Modernized SOP. Every one of them, marked off on a checklist… right down to the designated location, assigned to that part as it was placed on the warehouse shelf, just after it was unloaded off the DELIVERY TRUCK.

When you push that BUTTON… when you make that CALL… how do you know it will WORK? It doesn’t just happen… it takes WORK.

It can take YEARS to build a successful team, and it can all fall apart in a second… if we lose TRUST. Because that’s what we’re talking about here. A Sacred Honor… a Fundamental Trust. Born alongside Pandora’s Box was an implicit and explicit obligation, the failure of which could lead to the downfall of our civilization.

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What do we have once that trust has been LOST? Where do we stand if we no longer stand UNITED in furtherance of that CORE PLEDGE… to protect Humanity from the destruction, born of our scientific achievements?

Friends. Family. Fraternity… these values know NO BORDER. They know NO FLAG. And they are still alive in the heart of everyone who has a HEART that’s still beating.

ONE faulty connection, ONE loose screw… ONE broken wingnut shouldn’t be allowed to bring about our ultimate demise.

Not now. Not ever.

The values for which we stand are only as REAL as we make them…

and tomorrow is a NEW DAY.

-JC

The Home of the Brave

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https://twitter.com/defenceu/status/1496193282103250954?s=21

Be it in pursuit of an enemy in retreat… this far and no farther.
Be it in the advance of forces in defense… this far and no farther.

The Enemies of Democracy come dressed in the same attire, seen countless times before. They come bearing badges of honor… to enforce THEIR RULE, upon those deemed worthy of merely being ruled over.

The Defenders of Democracy are myriad and opalescent. Carrying with them their CHILDREN… clothed only in the scars of WAR. They stand to defend. They MARCH out of necessity. They fight to defend their home.

A task deemed worthy of no less, than the loss of their OWN LIFE.

These are the values of a FREE PEOPLE.

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So too, are the values of The People of The United States.

Because we know— if it can happen to ONE of us, then it can happen to us ALL. It’s only a matter of TIME. If we turn a blind eye now, toward the suffering and injustice; so too, for us… it will be the same. In our time of need, in our hour of oppression… our fate will have already been sealed, long before the first shots are fired.

As we cry out for HELP, the question will be asked… ‘What did you do to help keep their Democracy intact?

Will it be said that the United States of America, stood on the sidelines and did nothing… or will it be remembered as a time in which we chose to ACT.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_…

When they had the CHOICE they did not ACT. Now is the time of their regret. Because they did not know… and how could they? Their STORY had not yet been written.

Today, we reap the bounty of their misfortunes. We HONOR the memory of their sacrifices by ensuring it will never happen again.

There is no regret greater than that born of INACTION.

… words so wise, may they be etched in STONE for all time.

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The Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO. 

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The Great Frieze of the Liberty Memorial, sculptor Edmond Amateis 

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The winged sphinx, Memory, faces east, hiding its face from the horrors of the European battlefields. Its partner, Future (pictured), faces west, hiding its eyes from a future yet unseen. 

Every Nation on every Continent who desires a rich and prosperous future, should stand opposed to these actions… as they endanger the future of us ALL.

-JC