Showing posts with label crisis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crisis. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 March 2011

How Sarah Palin deals with a crisis


I have slowed down the review of Sarah Palin's gates as there aren't many left to refresh. I looked at the list and clicked on Indifference, which could well be renamed "Couldn't-care-less-gate." How did Sarah Palin react when her constituents faced a crisis? Did she use all the resources at her disposal to alleviate their plight? In some cases she could have been proactive and prevented a crisis. Did she act? I found four examples of her "actions."

Let's look at the crises that could have been prevented:

- Spring 2009 - When Mt Redoubt started rumbling and spilling ash, there were six million gallons of Chevron crude oil cleverly stored at the foot of the volcano, putting Cook Inlet at risk of a major spill. Did Sarah Palin ask Chevron to drain the tanks and move the oil elsewhere? Did she act quickly before the volcano erupted? She was aware of the volcano's behaviour and was happy that people had time to take some steps to protect themselves:

"Fortunately Redoubt has been giving us signs that it was bound to blow sometime this spring," Sarah Palin said. "These warning signs gave Alaskans in Southcentral time to protect their belongings, educate their families, and stock up on air filters and other essential protective gear."


How about Cook Inlet? At the time, Jeanne Devon wrote:

And what is the governor of the state of Alaska doing about this? Well, so far, nothing. A look at the most recent press releases on the State of Alaska website reveals she's been concentrating more on the "Latest Bogus Ethics Complaint", and commenting on the "President's Remarks on Leno" than stepping up to the plate and demanding that Chevron drain their tanks, and get the oil out of harms way.

Perhaps it's time to help Governor Palin prioritize, and urge her to listen to Cook Inletkeeper and citizens who are calling on Chevron to draw down the oil in the tanks.


In the end, Chevron did drain most of the oil, but not because Sarah Palin decided to reconsider her priorities, the pressure to make them act came from others.

- December 2006/July 2009 - During her short tenure as governor, a total of 256 vulnerable Alaskans died due to the mismanagement of Medicaid/Medicare programs in the state.


A particularly alarming finding concerns deaths of adults in the programs. In one 2 1/2 year stretch, 227 adults already getting services died while waiting for a nurse to reassess their needs. Another 27 died waiting for their initial assessment, to see if they qualified for help.

Did she review the management of the programs in the two and a half years she served as governor? No, but in June 2009, a month before the scandal hit the headlines in Alaska, she tweeted this:


The two other instances were not preventable and involved freak weather conditions:

- April 2008 - Crisis in Juneau:

An avalanche damaged a major electrical power line near Juneau, Alaska, on April 16, 2008.

Heavy snow knocked out a substantial section of the primary power line to Juneau on April 16, record snowfalls buried Juneau on the morning of April 17 and the record cold temperatures of April 18 would have prompted Juneau residents to jack up their thermostats. On April 17 Juneau city government declared the loss of its hydroelectricity a disaster, then asked the state for aid.

What did Sarah Palin do?


The dates will inevitably make us remember a certain wild ride and the birth of a miracle from God to enrich Sarah's life. She was very busy with her own personal crisis, but we know she was tough, as signed bills in her hospital bed and returned to work three days after the miraculous birth. Immediately after the avalanche and the power loss, Juneau's legislative delegation sent a letter to Governor Palin supporting a state disaster declaration. She dragged her feet and finally, on May 2, there was an announcement that Governor Sarah Palin had rejected a request from the city of Juneau to issue a disaster declaration in response to the city's power crisis.

- January 2009 - Emmonak and other villages in Western Alaska appealed for help due to an energy and food crisis. They were having to choose between heating their homes and eating. The fishing season had been bad, the barge bringing oil to the villages couldn't reach them because the river froze too early and the prices of everything had soared.


Did Sarah Palin leap into action and declare a disaster so federal and state dollars would be available to help the villagers? No, but six weeks later she showed up at the wrong villages, bearing cookies and Evangelical pamphlets, accompanied by Franklin Graham's Evangelical circus. She dished out the cookies, the literature, some supplies and... insults. She told a village elder (from Emmonak, a place she carefully avoided) that they had to get off their butts and head to the North Slope, just like her Native Alaskan husband had done, instead of insisting on an outdated way of life and relying on government help.


These days Sarah Palin is not indifferent to anything, but empathy and sympathy are in short supply. If these crises above were to happen now, she would probably blame the people for fishing near a volcano and the Beluga whales for chosing to live there; she would say the inhabitants of Juneau are not tough enough because they considered cranking up their thermostats to keep warm in record low temperatures; the elderly and disabled have only themselves to blame for not working hard enough to make provision for their old age, they shouldn't count on government handouts through socialist programs. Perhaps she wouldn't say anything about the villagers in Western Alaska. She has already insulted them enough.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

$arah Palin, brazen and gutteral


The twit tweets:

Great day w/bear management wildlife biologists; much to see in wild territory incl amazing creatures w/mama bears' gutteral raw instinct to protect & provide for her young; She sees danger? She brazenly rises up on strong hind legs, growls Don't Touch My Cubs & the species survives & mama bear doesn't look 2 anyone else 2 hand her anything; biologists say she works harder than males, is provider/protector for the future.

First misused word:
Adjective
gutteral

1. Common misspelling of guttural.

Adjective
guttural

1. Of or relating to the throat.
2. Having a harsh grating quality, as certain sounds produced in the back of the mouth.

Gutteral raw instinct???

Guttural is an adjective used to qualify sounds, I can't see how it applies to instincts. It comes from the Latin word "guttur", meaning throat.

$arah Palin probably thought it had something to do with one of the slang meanings of guts?
Noun
Gut

1.
a. The alimentary canal or a portion thereof, especially the intestine or stomach.
b. The embryonic digestive tube, consisting of the foregut, the midgut, and the hindgut.
2. guts The bowels; entrails; viscera.
3. Slang
a. Innermost emotional or visceral response: She felt in her gut that he was guilty.
b. guts The essential components or inner working parts: "The best part of a good car . . . is its guts" (Leigh Allison Wilson).
4. guts Slang
a. Courage; fortitude.
b. Nerve; audacity.

From Middle English guttes, entrails, from Old English guttas.

Next word:
Adjective
brazen
1. shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.
2. made of brass.
3. like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.

$arah Palin's use of the English language in her tweets is always very interesting...

When is she going to tweet about the Medicaid/Medicare crisis affecting so many vulnerable Alaskans?

Oh, but she did, over a month ago:

"Here’s a link re: older AKns & Medicare http://tinyurl.com/ljott2, & a great read by former LG of NY http://tinyurl.com/c44ah5"
10:41 PM Jun 8th from TwitterBerry

"True reform should benefit, not neglect, older Americans, the very bedrock of society! In AK, 80,000 AKns age 60+, to be affected by reform."
10:40 PM Jun 8th from TwitterBerry

From the ADN:

State programs intended to help disabled and elderly Alaskans with daily life -- taking a bath, eating dinner, getting to the bathroom -- are so poorly managed, the state cannot assure the health and well-being of the people they are supposed to serve, a new federal review found.

A particularly alarming finding concerns deaths of adults in the programs. In one 2 1/2 year stretch, 227 adults already getting services died while waiting for a nurse to reassess their needs. Another 27 died waiting for their initial assessment, to see if they qualified for help.


$arah Palin has been the governor of Alaska for the past 31 months. It appears she has brazenly ignored the disabled and the elderly in the Alaska she loves so much. Where were her "gutteral" raw instincts to protect her constituents? How has she provided for/protected anybody's future? 254 vulnerable Alaskans no longer have a future. This happened in her watch.

Come on, $arah, tweet us the answer!
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Please help


The residents of the flooded villages in Alaska need help!

The Red Cross in Fairbanks is handling any donations and help. They are working with people from all throughout the area not just Eagle.

Pat, from Red Cross in Fairbanks, said what they were in desperate need of right now are comfort kits. Small bags of toiletries items: Shampoo, Soap, wash cloths....

Items and/or checks should be sent to:

Spring Flood 09
c/o Red Cross
725 26th Ave Suite 201
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 456-5937

Thanks!

Links
Mudflats, Anonymous Bloggers
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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Sarah Palin and the volcano


"Fortunately Redoubt has been giving us signs that it was bound to blow sometime this spring," Sarah Palin said. "These warning signs gave Alaskans in Southcentral time to protect their belongings, educate their families, and stock up on air filters and other essential protective gear."

Unfortunately, the Governor didn't take any steps about the Chevron crude oil tanks sited at the base of the volcano before it erupted. She didn't question Chevron or request they drain the tanks while the volcano was still calm despite the appeals from Cook Inletkeeper.

Now it's not safe to drain the tanks and the arrangements for dealing with a possible spill are inadequate. There are 6 million gallons of crude stocked at the base of an erupting volcano that had been giving signs that it was bound to blow.

Alaskans who depend on fishing for their survival know very well how a major oil spill affects their livelihoods. The Exxon Valdez disaster has proved that the oil industry is irresponsible and unaccountable. After 20 years of litigation, the people affected by the spill received $12,000 each as compensation for their losses.

Exxon likes to say how they spent billions of dollars in the clean-up operation, which was inadequate and introduced further pollutants into the waters of Prince William Sound. It made the oil "invisible", but 20 years on, people can fill jars with the crude that keeps popping up. They didn't spend billions in the operation, they claimed it from their insurance companies. Exxon's costs amounted to not much more than the criminal and civil settlements, including the paltry compensation paid to the people who had their lives destroyed. Who knows, they might have been insured for some of that as well!

"We can safely and responsibly develop our resources." That's what Sarah Palin, the foremost energy expert in the country, is fond of saying.

Chevron must have figured that with the levels of safety and responsibility required, it was cheaper to leave the oil sitting there, risk a major spill and they would still be in in the money.

Exxon got off lightly by blaming the drunk captain of the tanker. Chevron can blame the volcano. Mt Redoubt wouldn't even have to serve 1000 hours community service like drunk captain Hazelwood.

If the Chevron oil spills, Alaskans and the rest of the world will blame the Governor's accommodating attitude to the big oil industry she "took on", together with her inability and unwillingness to deal with any crisis that cross her path.

Further reading about Chevron: Shannyn Moore, Progressive Alaska, AKMuckraker
Exxon Valdez

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Déjà vu


When an avalanche damaged a major electrical power line near Juneau, Alaska, on April 16 2008, life abruptly changed for the town's 30,000 inhabitants. The line had carried inexpensive hydroelectric power that supplied 85 percent of the Alaskan state capital's electricity needs.

Heavy snow knocked out a substantial section of the primary power line to Juneau on April 16, record snowfalls buried Juneau on the morning of April 17 and the record cold temperatures of April 18 would have prompted Juneau residents to jack up their thermostats. On April 17 Juneau city government declared the loss of its hydroelectricity a disaster, then asked the state for aid.

Do these dates ring a bell? Where was the Governor while Juneau faced a major crisis? Oh yes, she was in Texas delivering a speech, leaking amniotic fluid, followed by a wild ride from Dallas to Palmer, followed by the birth of baby Trig on April 18.

Ok, so she was a tad busy, but where was lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell? Who knows, he's never been allowed to do anything when the Governor is indisposed or away from her office for long periods, like say, running around the country on a campaign for the vice presidency?

The events that followed have an interesting familiarity and will remind many of a more recent crisis.

Between April 17 and May 2 this is what happened: Juneau's legislative delegation sent a letter to Governor Palin supporting a state disaster declaration and asked her office to hire an expert to assist with Juneau's response. On April 22 Palin announced that multiple state agencies were working with the power company to assess the damage and develop a plan to recover power to Juneau. April 23: Governor's disaster policy cabinet met to discuss Juneau's situation and discuss declaring a state disaster and on April 30 recommended to Palin that she not approve the declaration. May 2: announcement that Governor Sarah Palin had rejected a request from the city of Juneau to issue a disaster declaration in response to the city's power crisis.

The Governor was distracted with her own personal crisis, which made the headlines in all the major Alaska newspapers for days on end. From the Governor's point of view, this seemed a good time to bury bad news. The joyous event and all the drama about Trig having Down's Syndrome effectively buried Juneau under more than just the avalanche.

This story mirrors the Governor's response to the Emmonak crisis nine months after Juneau. Hey, nine months! She could have had another baby! Oh, she had already done that one, let's have a bit of originality.

But seriously, the sad reality is, some things never change...

(Photo: Mike Laudert / Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.)