Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Don’t need a casino in Rochester, NY; with Fracking we are already gambling on our future


Hydrofracking should assuage all those who believe gambling should be the way to pay for our future. Taking the beautiful New York countryside and all its fresh water (with the Great Lakes and the Finger Lakes, the largest fresh water system in the world) and subjecting it to the chance of environmental damage that hydrofracking brings should be enough of a gamble.

Poll finds support building for Rochester casino More people now support a casino in the city than oppose it, but there is still action on both sides of the debate. In a Voice of the Voter poll of 500 likely Monroe County voters, 50 percent of respondents said they would support allowing the Seneca Nation tribe to build and operate a casino in the city. (October 26, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle

I don’t know how opinion polls are accomplished and conducted; and, I have no idea how valid they are. People have opinions and in a Democracy they should be expressed and listened to. But should we be using polls to solve scientific problems? Check out this poll on solving Climate Change:

Public support for 'hacking the atmosphere' is high (Wired UK) Support among the public for scientists deliberately altering the Earth's climate on a vast scale to counteract global warming is at 72 percent, according to a recent survey that appeared in the journal Environmental Research Letters. 3,105 individuals from the United States, Canada and the UK responded to the internet survey, which was weighted to be representative of the wider population, making it the first large-scale international survey of public perception to the field. (October 25, 2011) – Future Technology News and Reviews (Wired UK)

Why can’t we fess up to the oblivious: Our present economic structure cannot solve Climate Change, poverty, joblessness, health care reform, the student loan crisis, and most of our social issues. The ideology of laissez-faire capitalism that many American have based their moral and scientific opinion on, doesn’t work. Read social history. You need restraints so the rich don’t gouge the poor. Thus: Occupy Wall Street:

Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution “is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

The press and those who dismiss the Occupy Wall Street movement (a movement not a protest) scorn their lack of focus, which is actually not a lack of focus, but a lack of desire of the moneyed media to listen. (Our present economic system that favors the rich is breaking down and turning our country into a Plutocracy instead of a Democracy. Sounds pretty clear to me.)

What I find interesting is that the answer the conservatives and their lapdog media come up to solve apparent scientific and social unrest with are opinion polls. They take a limited script that they’ve shaped to produce the results they want and run to the public for their opinion. These might be some likely poll questions:

  • If you believe we have a problem funding our education, our transportation, and our health system where 50 million American’s don’t have adequate health care, should we take the trouble to find out how to address it, or should we open up a casino and siphon off some bucks for that?
  • If you believe in Climate Change, would you rather change our way of getting energy and start recycling more, or would you like the scientists to invent something to change our planet’s atmosphere so you won’t have to trouble yourself?

We have serious environmental and social problems that need to be addressed—not in the way that continues the same old system that preys on the public and their environment. We need to upset the cart. Gambling is the last desperate hope of a system that fails to recognize that their way doesn’t work. We know what to do to address Climate Change and make our system more economically fair and it isn’t gambling—no matter what the polls say.

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