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Mayoral Candidate Martin Mills Expresses His Consternation About WIPP

26 Feb


Via Russian propaganda site. 

“While many reportedly left the meeting satisfied with the explanations given, some were not so convinced. A mayoral candidate named Martin Mills frequently interrupted those speaking to proclaim his outrage with the leak.

“This is like poor management,” Mills stated. “How can this facility be leaking? … It should not be releasing at all.”

ROFLMFAO. RT, I’ve often heard you guys were unreliable, but this takes the cake.

Martin Mills is batshit crazy. He’s been jailed for stalking, he’s harassed me on the street off and on for years, he’s known for doing this to other women. He ran for mayor last time and got four votes. I’ve heard he’s also run for governor and municipal judge. He disrupted the town hall meeting so badly that he almost got thrown out.

Thanks for making my day, RT. I needed a good laugh!


I Live Near the Radiation Leak and I am Still Waiting For My T-shirt

26 Feb

The Carlsbad NM Town Hall Meeting About the Radiation Leak

They had the meeting on WIPP last night. I did not attend, which is just as well, as Martin Mills did. Martin Mills is crazy in a way that puts all the other crazy people I know to shame. Martin does not actually know me, but I know Martin, because he harasses strange women on the street. And at the post office. And the grocery store. And likely at bars.

Martin also likes to run for office. He is running for Mayor. He ran for Mayor last round and got four votes. He has also, I’ve read, run for Governor, and for municipal judge once along with the stripper. Dave Redford, the incumbent for the latter, is an acquaintance and a decent fellow, and must have found all of this amusing, I expect.

Martin went to jail for stalking awhile back, and was reportedly some time previous to this noted protesting, with sign, outside the jail because his girlfriend was in jail.

So Martin attended and I read the newspaper reporter’s tweets about Martin disrupting the meeting, and was very glad not to have been there and gotten his attention.

It was otherwise reported that experts agree everything is fine. Experts are not, however, forthcoming about just what they are considering doing about this. If they open it back up, the radiation comes out, no? How are they supposed to figure out what’s wrong, let alone locate it, from outside?

Since these particles, they say, do not get absorbed through things, this kind of suggests some kind of incoming leak to me. They insist it’s not related to the salt truck fire, but on the other hand they haven’t had any incoming stuff since the salt truck fire. So it continues to be a great mystery, and CEMRC continues to measure and analyze things, and humans.

So here we are, waiting for the next installment. Might be awhile. My guess is this is it for WIPP, that they will not be able to come up with an acceptable plan of action that restores public trust, but what do I know? My guess is that will drag on for a long time, though. Dither, dither, dither. There will be lots of meetings, and not ones we’re invited to, either.

They will, I expect, be mostly about whether it’s still possible to make money out of this escapade. Maybe sell T-Shirts? I live next door to the radiation leak and all I got was this lousy T-shirt…Kickstarter anyone?

WIPP radiation release

Haiku For WIPP

22 Feb

There down underground 
Mysteriously seeping
Nasty toxic crap.

Your humans announce
Nothing here is dangerous
Plutonium sits.

Sits and sits away
Shifts a bit and sits some more
Nothing to see here.

Fire rumors abound
We are told that all is well
But no one goes down.

Poor WIPP, so lonely
Humans all gone far away
Well, not all that far.

When will we know, WIPP?
What goes on down under there?
Will the news be good?

Will there be magic
Radiation from nowhere?
Can we relax now?

Radiation Leak At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Repository

15 Feb


“CARLSBAD — A possible radiation leak is being reported at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. 

Department of Energy officials said that air monitors late Friday night detected airborne radiation in the underground. Officials are on site to assess the situation and determine the next reasonable steps according to a news release.

WIPP, located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, is the nation’s first transuranic nuclear waste repository, used to permanently dispose of low-level nuclear waste from government sites around the nation.”

A week or so back a salt truck caught fire down there underground. I commented on Topix that since most people seem to get through their lives without absentmindedly setting their vehicles on fire, this seemed unduly careless. I was promptly informed that actually trucks around here catch fire all the time, it’s just not reported much, and that my response to this event constituted “hysteria.”

I can imagine what they will have to say about this latest news. “Oh, it’s just a POSSIBLE leak. That radiation could be entirely unrelated to all that nuclear waste. And in any case, it’s just a SMALL leak.”

Good work, guys! For the first time since I’ve been here, I’m thinking some of those wretched spring westerly winds would come in handy right about now, WIPP being directly east of town.

Thanks, Lily!

25 Dec

Nothing Says Merry Christmas Like Torturing Your Cat, Poisoning Your Dog, And Accusing You Of Being Full Of Devils.

Thanks, Lily!

Fortunately, you haven’t killed any of us yet, and I got Jess out and she was promptly adopted into Cat Lottery Win. Meanwhile, everyone else nonhuman is consigned into quarters unless supervised. Because you are so fucking batshit crazy that I don’t want you within 500 feet of any of us without a wall in the way. Or me.

Thank Dog you don’t know about drones.

A happier story

21 Dec

Also, a happy story

Our local shelter manager is a friend, and a good one indeed. I’ve been having problems with my knees and ankles and feet, and since I don’t drive, this limits me. I bicycle out to do errands and shopping and come back home, mostly.

So when it comes time to get my pets shots, I tend to put it off, and that’s not always a good idea. Also I am bad with needles.

I suck at asking for help, too. But a good friend will help with that, too.

So I emailed Angela, our shelter manager, and asked her if she could come by and give my dogs DHPP shots. “Sure!” she replied. 

It’s always nice to see Angela and her daughter, who is totally into the whole shelter routine, and a terrific girl in so many ways.

Angela suggested she give Mad Charlotte a booster too. Charlotte is my tortoise shell cat whom I kept from a litter of foster kittens because she was so easily freaked, and I identify with that. It was clear she stood poor chances at adoption. I consider her my familiar.

So we arranged an appointment, and Casey and Falcor rushed the gate, as usual, delighted to see some of their favorite humans. I’d put Charlotte in the back cat room I use to sequester foster kittens when there are door issues.

Falc and Case were kind of amazed at being asked in – we never go in here, Mom!

Angela administered their booster shots in no time at all. The dogs didn’t even notice, so busy were they loving on our friends.

Then it was Charlotte’s turn. She was hiding up on a shelf and scrabbled down to a dark corner of the closet, mewing angrily. “Hi kitty!” said Angela. “Hey Char!” said I.

Angela gradually worked her way into the corner and probably gripped Charlotte in some manner, and gave her the shot. “Not bad -she didn’t bite or scratch.” 

Whew. What a relief.

Ashlyn assisted during all of this, and it was time for her present. Kids like having choice, it’s huge. So I rounded up an assortment of rocks and marbles and fossils and told her she got to choose six for a Christmas present (or holiday present, whatever)

I knew there was a reason I collected this stuff.

I then reimbursed the shelter for the costs of the vaccines, and added a donation to say thanks for being there and helping me keep my pets a little safer.

Probably the best day ever in the midst of heartbreak…I’ll never see Jess again, because what we learn in rescue is that the nonhuman’s welfare must always come first. But what we also learn is that we matter, that their lives are changed permanently by our decisions. 

And thus we grow. And find friends.

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