Tension 14 November 2007Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, San Francisco, WAR!.
The Birds (1963)
Not sure what the official take on The Birds was, but it certainly seemed to me to be some sort of psychological trance… people trapped inside it. Much bloodletting of pale human flesh, from claw and beak. Up at Bodega Bay… in Western Marin, on the ocean.
2 television channels have fallen to just telling us over and over the “saga of the birds”… in a safe way, saving them, washing them, etc. Adding that “no more volunteers are needed”…
However, the CBS affiliate today took a crew to Point Richmond, over in the East Bay, around Albany, N of Oakland and Berkeley… the beach, which is narrow, mostly rocks, is soaked. Birds began arriving a few days ago, soaked and trying to clean themselves. A few dead but most hanging on. No cleaners in view, and those who try to volunteer, step onto the rocky shoreline and DO something, are told “illegal”… CBS also reported that the 800 numbers displayed at beaches as the number to call to report birds in trouble is wrong. They spent a few minutes at each beach they were at to post the correct number. CBS affiliate also said the big bird washing facility does need help, people to do laundry, prepare the food they feed the birds who must eat every 4 hours and other necessary chores…
Perhaps the other affiliates catch up in the am… afterall:
Obama is Here! He was at Google!
VOTE, it is your civic duty! Show up! Be counted! Fall in line! Forget you ever fell in love! Be pragmatic! The Perfect is the enemy of the Good! Pure Troll! Concern Troll! Change is Incremental! Work from Within! You have no Choice!
Has anything gone right? Other than citizens stepping up, commiting civil disobedience by attempting to rescue birds, remove oil from their beaches, try to help… other than grass roots being ready to go on the ground, lithe and flexible, smart and in the mix… other than that: No.
The crew of the container ship that hit the Bay Bridge and spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay last week was not tested for drugs until 53 hours after the incident, a delay that violates federal law, federal investigators said today.
National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Debbie Hersman also said today that a radar technician hired by the board found the ship’s radar and electronic charting systems “performing as expected.”
The news came on the same day that it was announced that the Coast Guard officer overseeing the response to last week’s oil spill has been replaced.
The agency has been criticized for a lapse of several hours between when officials knew the spill was 58,000 gallons – not 140 gallons as initially reported – and when that information was made public.
Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen announced the move at a hearing on Capitol Hill. Captain William Uberti, the Coast Guard commander for the bay region, had been overseeing the agency’s response to the spill. He’ll be replaced by Captain Paul Gugg.
I feel an utter fool, Saturday, reading of Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Pt Reyes, I landed on a reference to oil at a small beach up there in western Marin, Agate Beach, and remembered being at that beach as a small child and nearly burst into tears…
Alcohol testing was done on the ship’s pilot, captain and crew just within or slightly after the legal requirement, according to Coast Guard Rear Admiral Craig Bone. But six crew members involved in navigational activities were not tested for drugs within the 32-hour limit. He said Coast Guard officials had to order the drug testing after they learned it was not complete. All alcohol tests have shown none of the crew, captain or pilot had alcohol in their system.
Well, as Arnold blurted at his presser last week: We know alcohol was involved…
Of course, unlike NO, we have our homes, ’til a big, big East Bay quake comes (they keep telling us the Hayward Fault is due to blow next year…), we all have that.
Except for those who have lost the big gamble to sub-prime crimes.
And to think, many millions will vote in 51 or so weeks and security - a security to be provided by political leadership - will determine their vote.
We are lost in a fiction.