Friday, January 25, 2013

Dolphin Dies in Gowanus Canal Brooklyn – Toxic Planet NYC

Dolphin in Gowanus Canal Brooklyn NY

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn New York is pretty much an abandoned open sewer, a marvel of the industrial nineteenth century technology that is so toxic to this day that nobody wants to touch it even if it is in many backyards in the most populated city in the United States.

Into that toxic backwater bathwater wandered a lonely dolphin which no doubt succumbed to the abandoned canal’s toxic charms.

Maybe the planet is trying to tell us something. (and a case of killing the messenger)

Sasha Chavchavadze, founder of Proteus Gowanus, said she watched the dolphin appear to get caught behind one of the pipes that runs through the canal to flush it out. “I thought it was a goner because it turned upside down,” Ms. Chavchavadze said. “But the dolphin extracted itself and started swimming again.” She said she heard the police asking “does anybody have a canoe” and not knowing quite what to do.  
The Gowanus has long been considered the most inhospitable of waterways. For years, it was the dumping ground for industrial waste, a receptacle for sewage spill-off and generally a symbol for urban decay.  
In 2007, when a 12-foot Minke whale appeared fit and lively swimming around near the mouth of the canal, it quickly earned a seemingly fitting nickname: Sludgie. Sludgie the whale swam near the canal for two days even as people worked to rescue it. But the attempts failed and Sludgie died.

Gowanus Canal Brooklyn NY, (Google Maps)


Archbishop Charles Chaput and his intellectual equal Half Gov. Sarah Palin join forces to raise cash for charity 501 (c)(3) over Terry Schiavo’s dead body

I never quite understood the Terry Schiavo case except to think that comfortable white middle class Catholics with health care are afraid to die and find out there may be nothing after death.

That and the sanctity of a so-called one man, one woman marriage and the spouse’s decision to pull the plug on a vegetable spouse can be be vetoed by the Religious Liberty Rights of rich Catholic Parents. Sounds like a foursome and not a twosome in that sacred Catholic Marriage. Whatever.

Anyway, Charlie Chaput, a fan of Gov. Palin’s great intellect even for an inferior female of the species is helping to drum up cash for what to me looks like a charity scam founded in the poor dead victim’s name. Cause unknown. Ca-ching goes the Catholic Charity Cash register. Ca-ching. Ca-ching.

“We are delighted to have His Excellency, Archbishop Chaput, as the main celebrant for Terri’s Memorial Mass and Governor Palin as the keynote speaker at our first Award Gala” Bobby Schindler said,  Terri’s brother and executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. ...
Terri died on March 31, 2005, at age 41, as the result of a court-ordered execution by starvation sought by her long-estranged husband Michael Schiavo. He removed the brain injured woman’s feeding tube on March 18, 2005 and she was dehydrated to death over 13 days as the whole world watched. Many called it court-sanctioned murder and it has set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country that family members or guardians who believe an individual can no longer be productive in society can simply get a court order to end their life. 
Terri had incurred serious brain damage in mysterious circumstances in February, 1990 when she collapsed at the home of her and her husband Michael Schiavo. Thereafter Michael Schiavo lived in an adulterous relationship for nearly 10 years and fathered two children with his concubine, Jodi Centonze, and maintained that Terri was in a persistent vegetative state with no chance of recovery.
However, her parents, siblings and  numerous medical professionals dispute that, saying that she was in a minimally conscious state and could substantially improve with therapy and new technology. But the court and Michael Schiavo consistently rejected any attempts at new testing or therapy.  
Terri’s parents, Mary and Robert Schindler Sr., brother Bobby and sister Suzanne battled Michael Schiavo in court for nearly 10 years, arguing that she was not in a persistent vegetative state as Judge George Greer decreed and that she would not want to die in such a manner.



Senator Rand Paul - Quote of the Day 1/21/13 - on the Debt Ceiling

“I saw the speaker on TV handing the newly sworn-in president a flag. I am afraid it was the white flag of surrender.”