Limited Power to the People :)
By R. D. Flavin

11-22-2013

Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

     The recent agreement reached between the United States (or the P5+1) and Iran to remove certain economic sanctions imposed by the West in exchange for Iran ...slowing down its uranium enrichment program is being hailed as ...both a “breakthrough” and a phoney propagandist distraction to shift the media's attention away from Jennifer Lawrence's new pixie haircut.  Or, something like that...  I'm all for limited power to the people (the partial nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island, the catastrophic disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and the 2011-and-ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe notwithstanding and being just bad luck and wicked poor engineering).  I've long supported nuclear power in principle with the caveat we impose an immediate moratorium and collectively develop global engineering standards to better increase safety, quality, and allow for the interchangeability of parts.  Oh, and build much better containment enclosures while we're at it...  It's always been about power, who has it, who wants it, and whether or not it qualifies as a “right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family” under Article 25 of The United Nations “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”  Electricity is still considered a “new thing” in certain parts of the world.

Say you want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street

     Let's be absolutely clear on one undeniable fact – it's a goddamned miracle humans evolved, more asteroids haven't changed the course of life on Mom Terra, and we haven't blown ourselves up or unleashed the zombie virus.  There's always tomorrow, but ...so far so good.  I believe everyone knows how precarious our life on Earth truly is, unfortunately some wackos don't care.  I'd guess this won't change anytime soon...  But, that just means we have to try harder.

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

     I won't even attempt to describe our relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran, its radical clerics, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and their local henchmen, as well as their continued state-sponsored terrorism which stretches from Africa, to the Middle East, India, and into Southeast Asia.  The country is currently run by evil, corrupt, and poorly dressed jerks.  However, the average Iranian folks without government, military, or theocratic attachments appear by all accounts to be ...kinda' nice, normal, and absolutely in love with Western culture.  Some years back, I took a visiting Iranian archaeologist friend of mine to the Microcenter in Cambridge, MA and he nearly soiled himself at the selection of video-games his son would enjoy. [Note: he only bought a couple, as apparently bootlegs are quite inexpensive on the streets of Iran.]  Separating a good people from a bad government is always difficult, often bloody, and I'm sure there are thousands of US intelligence personal working on the problem at this moment.  I wish them well...

A million workers working for nothing
You better give 'em what they really own
We got to put you down
When we come into town

     Since Homo Erectus first started playing with fire some 400,000 years ago (with some evidence of even earlier exploitations), energy has been a constant companion to any definition of wealth (with data-storage knocking at the door).  Cheap, inexpensive, or ...cough, free energy has been the dream of many for a very long time.  Now, that's total taboo for the electric power industry monopoly (though high on the wish-list of the Anarcho-primitivists).  For many years I've favored Bucky Fuller's 1943 Dymaxion map which projects our planet as an almost contiguous land-mass.   In his 1981 book with Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Critical Path, he suggested building a global electricity grid (p. 309) to ...even the energy score.  Sure, there would be lots and lots of extension cords, but the idea of globally shared and unfettered energy has always seemed the coolest of enterprises.  Well, that and constructing a working holodeck...

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right o
n

     All sovereign nations deserve energy, some strive for energy self-sufficiency, and we're all limited to the choices of fossil fuels (86.4% consumption on average) and those other alternatives like geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar, tidal, waste-products, wind, and wood (comprising the paltry remainder).  We need to cut way back on fossil fuels, but the fact remains that nations like China and India will be smogging the troposphere for ...a really long time.  We need better and safer nuclear power plants sooner rather than later.

I gotta ask you comrades and brothers
How do you treat you own woman back home
She got to be herself
So she can free herself

     I've long been an admitted Ugly American capitalist who believes there's nothing like throwing money at a problem.  Okay, maybe only sometimes...  Still, capitalism took out the Soviets, it's working its magic in China and Cuba, and if greasing some palms can avoid World War III, then I'm all for starting a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign for it.  BTW, that was punk-speak and I've long hoped for the women of Islam (and other religions) to rise up, reclaim their dignity, and help us out of the many messes we've gotten ourselves into.

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on
Now, now, now, now

     By proposing “Limited Power to the People” I was hoping to infer the egalitarian generation of electricity and not the mass distribution of guns, nerve gases or deadly viral agents, bombs and missiles, or lethal weapons of any shape or kind.  We, the People, need clean and renewable energy.  Let's get right on that, shall we? 

Oh well, power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Yeah, power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on
From “Power to the People” by John Lennon (1971, Apple Records).

A proud “Working Class Hero” and “fucking peasant” since 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album (or shortly thereafter),
Rick

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