"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

THE HEADLONG RUSH

Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel had interesting items on their shows yesterday.

Noah had a writer, promoting her book on natural catastrophes .

Kimmel talked about winning the battle to scuttle the GOP plan to scuttle the Affordable Health Care 
Act.  

I caught only the tail-end of Noah's interview. The  subject was phenomena of hurricanes,tornados,Tsunamis and earthquakes and whether  they are "natural"  disasters
or caused by human intervention. 

The young scientist's conclusion is ,they are not natural. Modern  industrial activities, like fracking, constructing multi storey buildings that sink and tunnelling into bedrock is the cause. 
Underground nuclear testing can hardly be overlooked. 

Noah's last question.: which place in the U.S. Is most dangerous? 

New York City was the answer.  

That was a bit of a jolt. In terms of tremors and earthquakes,New York is uncomfortably close. 

Toronto is doing much of the same stuff. Buildings climb ever higher and subway tunnelling is ongoing. 

Weight of buildings is apparently the problem, not height. 

Toronto isn't New York . But it's moving that way. People have opposed tall buildings 
for decades without a solid argument and without success . Maybe it's time for that to change. 

It seems to me, public planning should be taking a turn and maybe it should have happened 
yesterday. 

Jimmy Kimmel thanked his audience last night for all their efforts to stop repeal of health care. 
He indicated  they had phoned their representatives and made the difference. 

I was somewhat surprised by that claim. But the fact is the GOP has withdrawn the latest bill. 
There will be no vote because they don't have enough votes for it to pass. 

Suppose Jimmy Kimmel does have that level of influence. He's not elected. He has one vote 
like the rest of us. But he has a platform. As do others. What if they decided Breitbart needed 
to be stopped  for America to realize the dream ?

Or is it already too late ?



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Too late.