July 7, 2017

OIL PRODUCERS ARE ALWAYS CRYING IN THEIR BEERS.  Only 6 years ago, when oil was $110 /BBl, they had no mercy on the consuming public, and we were also paying an invisible tax in defending the Gulf Of Hormuz to ensure the flow of Arabian oil.

IT IS POETIC JUSTICE THAT THE OIL BARONS THAT BEGAN FRACKING have created an oil glut that nothing can overcome. Other initiatives such electrical autos, bycicles, etc. have also had an imact on driving demand/prices down. Most of the so called “OIL PRICE ANALYSTS” in The BBC, and other mass media are always trying to tell us consumers, that oil price will rise again, so buy now. They lie, and they know it!.  Bull Shit! They are spitting against the wind, and they know it! Now is not time to buy petroleum energy, and that time may never come again. Given the greater fuel economy of today’s cars, the time to invest in oil is gone with the wind.

There are many splendid things to do with oil, but the industry is not fully exploiting them. Even then, demand can never reach supply. OPEC, and others keep saying: $50/BBL is better than nothing, and keep producing with glee. IT IS THEIR BUSINESS! WE CONSUMERS HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN FROM THEIR GREED.


July 6, 2017 at 6:32 AM Comments (0)



THE FACTS: From Wikipedia)

About 1:30 a.m. on 17 June 2017, USS FITZGERALD (DDG-62) About 9,000 gross tons) collided with ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged container ship measured at 40,000 tons deadweight. Most of Fitzgerald‘s 200 crew were asleep at the time The collision occurred about 56 nautical miles  southwest of her homeport of Yokosuka, Japan.

The starboard (right) side of USS Fitzgerald was seriously damaged. The container ship’s bulbous bow penetrated the destroyer’s hull below the waterline, flooding a machinery space, the radio room, and two crew berthing spaces. The captain’s cabin was crushed Seven (7) crewmen were reported missing after the collision, and their bodies were found the next day after rescue workers gained access to flooded compartments Several others were injured, including the ship’s commanding officer and two sailors whom the Japanese evacuated by helicopter.

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the US 7th Fleet, said that the Navy would conduct an investigation, led by a flag officer, to determine what happened and apportion responsibility, and a separate safety investigation to learn lessons from this incident. The US Coast Guard will conduct a marine casualty investigation, because there was a commercial ship involved.

PROBLEM WITH THE STORY AS TOLD SO FAR IS: How could a ship designed to be all eyes and ears against surface, undersea, and air attack could be surprised in “the middle of a clear night”. It begs the question: was someone asleep at the helm? -It certainly seems like it. What do the Captain (Cmdr. Bryce Benson – since May 13, 2017), and first officers offer for an explanation? It is probable that no (true and complete) public explanation will be given (in the name of national security), But an explanation of sorts to the American and Japanese public is necessary. The loss of seven sailors, and and two wounded, aboard the USS FITZGERALD is/sad reprehensible. As for the USS FITZGERALD, we believe at the end the day, the damage sustained by will deem it “a total loss” — Its back is broken. This 22 year old Destroyer ostensibly had been upgraded and modernized to serve it purpose in today’s high seas environment. BUT IT FAILED!;- AND THAT REQUIRES AN EXPLANATION AND CORRECTIVE/PUNITIVE ACTION TAKEN BY THE NAVY

HOW COULD A CARGO CONTAINER SHIP INFLICT SO MUCH DAMAGE? , The ACX CRYSTAL (Phillipine flag) Like most transporters of their kind, (40,000 ton class), have a huge torpedo like bulbous extension, underwater (for hydrodynamic gains and fuel burn improvement); that extends beyond the prow of the ship, and is well below the Transporter’s water line. It was this bulbous underwater protrusion that caused the most grievous damage, below the water line of the USS FITZGERALD, and probably broke its keel. We believe the USS FITZGERALD is toast. Its valuable gear will be removed / salvaged (This is a $1.4 Billion Dollar ship), and the hull dismantled/repaired. We recognize that whether to repair the hull or scuttle it, is a Navy/US government prerogative yet to be made.

IN OTHER TIME/PLACE THE USS FITZGERALD TRAGEDY WOULD BE THE HEADLINE STORY here and in Japan. Given the GEO-political implications of this TRAGEDY (in the full sense of the word) the loss of life and materiel/cargo cannot be compared to the GEO-POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS/ RAMIFICATIONS of the FIASCO. The Trump Administration’s problems are minuscule compared to the USS FITZGERALD incident, and yet USA politics suck all the oxygen in the USA room.

THE PROBLEM WITH AMERICA’S MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND TV is that continues to play the relatively small human loss angle, so; we the public may never know the truth.

AMERICAN POLITICIANS HAVE NO TIME/CONCERN YET; Politicians are primarily worried about their survival at next election time; THAT IS SELF-EVIDENT! Hell Trump is off golfing for the weekend as usual. It sure smacks of WWII de-je-vu (all over again).

THE GEO-POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS ARE: That this incident may be used by some Japanese militaristic groups (as happened in WWII) as a justification for an arms development expansion program coupled with a “Japanese self-protection armed forces with an “Expeditionary forces” mandate that in the end will benefit no one. The people of Japan have already made it abundantly plain to their government that they seek only peace, and that military action is forbidden by its Constitution. Only in Okinawa (bought by the blood of some 17,000 US Marines), are their citizens clamoring for the removal of all US Forces in the region; These at present, consist mainly of an airfield used by Ospreys, VTOL Aircraft, ostensibly there to provide first-responder assistance in a quake-prone region of Japan.

IN 1936  JAPAN WANTED PEACE At least Emperor Hirohito of Japan wanted peace, but his military did not (remember General Hideki Tojo); hence Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941.

In early 2017, Japanese emperor Hirohito retired as Emperor, bringing to an end the long Chrysanthemum Dynasty, and perhaps a portent of a coming war of terrible consequences in the Pacific. The USS FITZGERALD incident will, because of its GEO-political implications dwarf the USS PUEBLO SEIZURE (remember that N. Korea Fiasco). We hope we are wrong. Even so: WE TELL IT LIKE IT IS, or at least as we see it.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

P.S. We have had a long hiatus in this publication due to health issues, and dire Political involvement since the 2016 USA political campaign. We hope to publish at least once monthly from now on.



June 25, 2017 at 11:44 AM Comments (0)


24 Dec 2015

Dear readers,

As 2015 nears its end, we just wanted to wish everyone happy festivities, however you celebrate them. As we reflect on the events/accomplishments in many fields both social, scientific of the past year, we are reminded of the maxim:”May you live in interesting times”. We do indeed! Never in the history of the world has humanity accomplished so much change in so little time as we have seen in the last five years (2010-2015). One possible exception is the five years of WWII (1940-1945). We must remember that the number of people in the world has virtually doubled since 1945; that in and of itself, has been the cause of much strife, huge population migrations/displacements and scientific accomplishments.

Probably the greatest accomplishments have occurred in the scientific, energy, medical, new materials, new improved telephony, space exploration, and cosmology fields, brought about by exploding knowledge accumulation propagated by the World Wide Web. Such knowledge opens new thought horizons as well as accelerated socio-political change.

The human experiment goes on. If we just adjust our needs and ways/means, we could emerge into a new light of universal prosperity by the year 2,100. The alternative is too harsh to contemplate: A highly polluted world untenable for large human habitation; accompanied by untold suffering and death probably worse than the bubonic plague which decimated one third of humanity during the middle-ages.

May we all bask in the company of our loved ones, have something special to eat/drink, and above all be happy to be alive, and doing well, while we reflect upon those not so lucky, and find some way to share what we have. This Post is planning an expanded overview of of the past five years in most meaningful areas of human endeavors. Based on that, we shall attempt project where changes are direly needed. We know that will be no small task. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Your friend in South Texas,

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)


December 24, 2015 at 10:01 PM Comments (0)


13 Nov 2015

The USA Department of Energy-Office of Environmental Management (DoE/EM) is proud to announce its new process of “Vitrification” for high level Liquid nuclear waste. This news release is difficult to understand fully for most of our readers because of its complexity and omitted information. We have attempted to make it understandable by most people, so please bear with us. Given the magnitude of the world-wide problem of long term disposal of high level nuclear waste, this is an important article.

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. located about 35 miles south of Buffalo. For the first time in U.S. history, High-Level (nuclear) Waste (HLW) was placed in long-term, outdoor storage.   The unprecedented accomplishment occurred in the cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP).   The liquid waste, which has been immobilized in glass in the vitrification process, is being relocated from the site’s main plant process building to an interim storage pad so that pre-demolition activities can take place within the building.    WVDP was once the site of the first and only commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the U.S; now it is an environmental cleanup and waste management project.


Bryan Bower EM WVDP Director said: “I could not be more proud of this team…This effort is a culmination of four years’ work to begin the safe removal of the high-level waste canisters from the former reprocessing facility, allowing for the eventual demolition of the building.”

Paul Bembia, Director for NYSERDA’s West Valley Site Management Program said: “The relocation of the high-level radioactive waste to the new interim storage facility is a significant step forward in the cleanup effort at the West Valley Site…This is yet another major accomplishment from the dedicated and talented workforce at the West Valley Demonstration (Prototype)Project.”

David Brown, CHBWV project manager for the High-Level Waste Project said. “The workers have dedicated the past four years working tirelessly to plan, construct, train, and operate the specialized equipment to perform this important work…This project is called the West Valley Demonstration (Prototype)Project, and once again this workforce demonstrated a first-of-its-kind operation.” 

This cleanup is conducted by The office of Environmental Managemt (EM) in cooperation with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC (CHBWV) is EM’s contractor for WVDP. In 1972, commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing ceased in the Main Plant Process Building. Workers experimented with vitrified HLW from 1996 to 2002. They placed the waste into 275, 10-foot-tall canisters and stored them inside the building.

DESCRIPTION OF VITRIFIED LIQUID HLW NUCLEAR STORAGE CASKS. Each cask has a 4-inch-thick steel liner and 20 inches of steel-reinforced concrete. The five (5) -pack storage system design is based on “spent nuclear fuel dry cask storage systems”(that is what comes out of nuclear utility reactors worldwide) used in the USA. and around the world, with modifications for long-term storage of vitrified HLW.  The storage configuration of the HLW canisters is fully compliant with all state and federal regulations, and supports future off-site shipment of the HLW canisters. There will be 55 casks in total relocated to the interim storage pad at this facility.

West Valley, LLC (CHBWV) was awarded its contract in 2011, and since then it has completed extensive planning, design, construction, and building modification. They also purchased special transport equipment, which was required to transfer each 87.5-ton cask from the plant to the on-site storage pad.    In preparation for the demolition of the existing site, the first five (5) canisters were transferred to five (5)-compartment, stainless-steel over-packs inside vertical storage casks.   The vertical storage casks were fabricated on site, and 16 have been constructed. With a minimum design-life of 50 years.   Relocation of all HLW at the site is scheduled to be complete in 2018.

Nothing is said about particulars of the “Vitrification” process which may yet be proprietary or secret information. It has been in experimental development for many years, and we hope it will extend the HLW Cask life well beyond its current 50 year life span before “Re-casking” is necessary. Another mentioned, but not highlighted feature of this initiative is that it is intended for above ground storage. Recall that that we have often suggested that it is folly to store HLW in caverns because it will make inspection and maintenance virtually impossible if the underground permanent storage NLW should become contaminated. Remember Fukushima? Yeah! They can’t even get near the crap! Things are going from bad to worse there as HLW liquid, and solid waste continues to accumulate without an end in sight.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

References: Dry Cask of spent nuclear fuel  (high-level waste)

November 13, 2015 at 10:14 PM Comments (0)


5 Nov 2015

THE FACTS ARE: The plane exploded in mid-air, and the complete tail section (empennage) was found about (two)2 kilometers from the rest of the plane, behind the rest of the actual debris field. There is an old aeronautical accident axiom that: “the pieces that fell off first, probably caused the crash.” In this case the aft pressure bulkhead which we believe was the immediate cause of the tragedy is clearly visible a few meters away from the tail section. Inspectors were seen showing keen attention to the fasteners that held the aft pressure bulkhead, and fail section together, and attached to the rest of the aircraft. This is precisely the tail section that had a hard tail-first landing in 2001, and required “factory repairs” (by Airbus ?). Problem is, minute cracks/imperfections (never seen by Egyptian maintenance /inspectors); since then, accelerated the metal fatigue, leading to the tragedy.

SOCIO POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS The volatile socio-political situation created by ISIS, has created all sorts of conspiracy theories to blame someone; and who better than ISIS, since they are continually looking for such events to exploit / propagandize their deeds/misdeeds. We believe their claims about retaliation against Russia’s PM Mr. Putin for the recent Syrian bombing are just propaganda/exploitation. Problem is ISIS has stirred a hornet nest of free world condemnation. We believe countries such as the USA, England, and probably Russia (Egypt also has a stake) will now use this tragedy, and the claims by ISIS, to support greater specific involvement against them; Accordingly, ISIS claims of downing the plane will probably backfire against them big-time. The hell of it is they all really want the USA to continue being the gendarmes of the world. They need to get weaned from such thinking. Peace and liberty is for those willing to pay for it. Our Lord knows the USA and Russia have paid heavily already.

WHAT IRKS ME are the lies and deceptions being propounded by our media (with few exceptions); For instance: “Unfortunately part of the cockpit voice recorder was damaged”. Come on! Both recorders were in the soft landing tail section and were recovered virtually intact. Three days after the crash, England announced that a bomb was responsible. Russia had made such half-baked allegations even before their people reached the crash site. On 4 Nov 2015, the USA joined the “bomb aboard” scenario. How in the world would they know that, since no evidence of explosives or explosive damage has been found? The media then went viral explaining all about “altitude sensitive bombs” They have not yet hit on a simple time bomb, but they will; in time just to cover the news with interesting, nonsense It is no wonder the media is called entertainment/news. THE BIG HUSH IS ON disguised as distraction!

LET US PAY ATTENTION TO THE SOCIO POLITICAL TREND TO “GET ISIS”. There are many already involved in that long-term ongoing war. The world, and most people in the region, are learning the bitter lesson that ISIS has nothing to offer but blood, sweat, and tears. They have a strong propaganda machine; Hitler did too! Beware of that!

Oh! what a tangled web we weave when at first we seek only to deceive”

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)



November 5, 2015 at 2:24 AM Comments (0)


2 Nov 2015

We have good reasons to believe that the cause of this tragedy was the result of mid-air high altitude explosive decompression. This time the probable cause of the disaster was the separation of the aft pressure bulkhead. This aircraft was a very old, many past owners airliner that was (regardless of exculpatory statements), poorly maintained since it became part of a “Bargain flight fleet”. What do you think? Its parent company had not paid its maintenance employees for over 2 months.

Kogalymavia Flight 9268 (7K9268/KGL9268) was an international chartered passenger flight operated by Russian airline (branded as Metrojet), which crashed in northern Sinai, on October 2015 at 04: 13 UTC(06:13 USA- EST) following departure from Sharm el Sheikh International Sharm, Egypt, en route to Pulkovo Airport, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

THE AIRCRAFT, AN AIRBUS A321-231, was carrying 217 passengers and seven (7) crew members; of those, mostly were tourists. The majority were Russian, four (4) were Ukranian, and one was Belarusian. With a total death toll of 224 people, it is also the deadliest air crash involving an aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, and the deadliest plane crash for a Russian airline.

TO VISUALIZE THE PROBABLE CAUSE of the explosive decompression event, one needs to think of an airliner as a huge flying thermos-bottle filled with compressed air with about a 6 pound per square inch pressure differential from outside air at altitude. Now then the aft end of the pressure vessel consists of a normally semi-spherical aluminum “pressure bulkhead” firmly attached to the fuselage (body of the plane)  This particular aircraft was old, had many flight hours, and in its old age fell into disrepair. A few years earlier the aircraft had a hard, tail first landing which no doubt weakened the aft pressure bulkhead, but after the customary repairs, and inspections were made, it was once more considered “airworthy”. We believe the entire tail (empennage) aft end complete with vertical and horizontal stabilizer; blew off (parted company with the rest of the plane) severing hydraulic lines electrical wires, etc. An absolutely catastrophic event. Normally, in this type of event, the tail end that separated will fall to the ground more slowly because of of its large, un-aerodynamic shape (catches more wind);that is the reason there have even been survivors found in the tail. Aljazeera did today show many pictures which clearly show the aft pressure bulkhead, and the tail section of the plane nearby, consistent with our thinking. Perhaps the worst tragedy of this kind involved the loss of a Japanese Air Line Boeing 747 jumbo jet (Queen of the skies) JAL Flight 123.

THE CRASH OF JAPAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 123 on August 12, 1985 is the single-aircraft disaster with the highest number of fatalities: 520 died on board a Boeing 747 The aircraft suffered an explosive decompression resulting from an incorrectly repaired aft pressure bulkhead, which failed in mid flight, destroying most of its vertical stabilizer, and severing all of the hydraulic lines, making the 747 virtually uncontrollable. In a feat of Remarkable airmanship, Pilots were able to keep the plane flying for 32 minutes after the mechanical failure, before crashing into a mountain. Remarkably, several people survived, but by the time the Japanese rescue teams arrived at the crash site, all aboard had perished, except for four (4) survivors. Unfortunately, in this case dispensations had been granted by Japanese aeronautical authorities to carry extra passengers on the premise that the average Japanese person weighed less than other passengers.

In this incident, finger-pointing has already began, as well as the “who, me!” We can be sure Russia, Egypt and Airbus Industries will disclaim all responsibilities. Next will come lies from the investigators, about the two (2) Black (orange) boxes contents. They have both been found, and will no doubt tell the true story- even if the public never hears it. The “big hush” is already quite notable. The lesson in this for many of us is to be weary of flying on “fly by cut-rate airlines”. Indonesia’s A320 crash last year taught us a very valuable lesson in this regard.

Our heart-felt condolences go out to the so many people that more than 200 casualties can create, and the truncated expectations of so many people who loved them, and are now grieving.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

P.S. The author worked for many years as an aircraft designer




November 2, 2015 at 1:16 PM Comments (0)


21 Aug 2011

UNFORTUNATELY, HISTORY IS REPLETE WITH WORLD-CLASS PORT AND INLAND EXPLOSIVE INCIDENTS. So many in fact that, we are forced to limit our comparison to those that occurred in the past 70 years (or so). Perhaps not so strangely, many of them involve the explosive detonation of nitrates and/or munitions. Note: Nitrates are used worldwide for agricultural fertilizer products; hence are ubiquitous, inexpensive, and unfortunately, can be used as precursor for explosives of all sorts. Munitions involving small and large cartridges, artillery shells (small and huge fused devices) torpedoes, and non-nuclear bombs of all sizes and capabilities. To this we must add industrial explosives used in mining, tunnel boring, etc. (referred to as: Dynamite). Most such are made from derivatives of nitro-cellulose in different compounds. Then there are the High explosives such as Centex, TNT, Plastique, and other compounds normally strictly controlled by governmental offices and restricted to use by the military in most nations. Today, there exist many previously unheard- of “Precursor” compounds used in the Industrial production of chemicals ranging from textiles to amphetamines, and other mind altering “designer drugs”. Were any of these compounds present in the Tianjin explosion? Probably, but there are worse chemical compounds in term of their lingering effects such as Sodium Cyanide. It has been detected in huge quantities in the water used by the firemen to suppress the fires. Many dead fish have been found several kilometers from the port, attributed to chemical poisoning. Who cares the most about what chemicals they are exposed to? Firemen and First Responders of all kinds; that’s who! As the extent of the damage becomes known, the public has been well advised to leave the area for other cities. China’s capital city of Beijing is only about 150 Km. away as the crow flies. As of of 15 August 2015, the number of evacuees has grown to more than 6,000 The government has issued an evacuation order fearing further explosions; but not all residents complied. Perhaps it is a problem of: “were do we go to? and, who will feed us? Such problems really tax a government.

THE 2015 PORT OF TIANJIN, NORTH CHINA EXPLOSIONS started on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 about 23:30Hrs. The first explosion occurred and registered as a magnitude 2.3 earthquake. Initial reports estimate that the first explosion was equivalent to 3 tons of TNT. Shortly thereafter, a second more powerful explosion occurred, estimated to be equivalent to 21 tons of TNT, causing most of the damage and injuries. Its shock-waves were felt many kilometers away. The resulting fireballs reached hundreds of meters high, and were visible from space. On15 August, a further series of 8 explosions occurred in the port as fire from the original blasts continued to spread. It is believed the first explosion occurred at a shipping container storage area containing calcium carbide, sodium nitrate, and potassium nitrate two explosions occurred within 30 seconds of each other at the facility, which is located in the Binhai-New Area, North China. Over 100 people were killed, and hundreds of others were injured. The cause of the explosions was not immediately known, but initial reports pointed to an “Industrial accident” (so said the port authorities). Fires caused by the initial explosions continued to burn uncontrollably throughout the weekend; repeatedly causing secondary explosions. Eight (8) additional explosions occurred on Saturday, 15 August. The Central China government immediately began a Military-like PR Campaign to minimize the extent of the dangers still prevalent (supposedly to prevent panic), and even prevented news media photographers from entering the area (for their own safety-so they said)… But, how does the TIANJIN PORT disaster compare with other such disasters? It is way too early to assess the total extent of the damage (and will remain so for at least the foreseeable) future; however, in terms of lives lost it may never equal the the deadliest industrial accident in USA history: THE PORT OF TEXAS CITY DISASTER OF 1947. See below.




 THE “PORT OF TEXAS CITY” DISASTER OCCURRED APRIL 16, 1947, in the Port of Texas city. It was the deadliest industrial accident in USA history, and one of the world’s largest non-nuclear explosions to date. The incident began with a mid-morning fire on board the vessel SS Grandcamp (docked in the Port Texas City). Her cargo was about 2,300 tons of Ammonium Nitrate which caught fire and detonated, creating a chain-reaction of further fires and explosions in several other ships in the port, railroad cars, vehicles, and nearby oil and Chemical storage facilities, killing at least 581 people (plus many still missing); including all but one of the 29 members of the Texas City Fire Department.

THE “SS GRANDCAMP” (French Registry), WAS A RECENTLY DE-MOTHBALLED 437-FOOT-LONG, SURPLUS, WWII LIBERTY SHIP built in1942, and given to a French Line to assist in the rebuilding of Europe (we believe the SS designation implied “Surplus Ship”) Along with ammonium nitrate (a very common cargo on the high seas), it was also carrying small arms ammunition, machinery, and bales of sisal twine. Docked nearby SS Grandcamp on the port, were the SS High Flyer (blew-up 15 Hrs after the SS Grandcamp, and also the SS Wilson B. Keene, the High Flyer contained an additional 872 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, and 1,600 tons of Sulfur (a perfect formula for explosives). The ammonium nitrate in the two (2) ships and in the adjacent warehouse was on its way to farmers in Europe. Several other moored ships (also loaded with nitrates) caught fire and exploded. Let us remember that ammonium nitrate is not only an excellent agricultural fertilizer, but also a component of high explosives even today. On that fateful day, longshoremen reported the ammonium bags were warm to the touch prior to loading.

ON APRIL 16, 1947, AROUND 8:00 A.M., SMOKE WAS SPOTTED in the cargo hold of the Grandcamp while she was still moored. Over the next hour, maritime attempts to extinguish the fire or bring it under control, failed as a red glow returned after each effort to douse the fire with water. Shortly before 9:00 a.m., the captain ordered his men to “steam the holds”. Thoughts linger that such action only exacerbated the ignition; Meanwhile, the fire had attracted a crowd of spectators along the shoreline, who believed they were a safe distance away; Eventually, the ship’s hatches were blown open and yellow-orange smoke billowed out. The unusual color of the smoke attracted even more spectators. Spectators also noted that the water around the docked ship was already boiling from the heat, and the splashing water touching the hull of the ship was vaporized into steam. The cargo hold and deck began to bulge as the pressure of the steam increased inside. HMMM!- Time to scoot!!!

AT 9:12 A.M THE SS GRANDCAMP EXPLODED with a tremendous blast sending a 15 foot wave that was detectable nearly 100 miles off the Texas shoreline, and leveled nearly 1,000 buildings on land. The SS Grandcamp explosion destroyed the Monsanto Chemical Plant and resulted in ignition of refineries and chemical tanks on the waterfront. Falling bales of burning sisal twine from the ship’s cargo added to the damage and with the fires raging throughout Texas City, first responders from other areas were initially unable to reach the site of the disaster for several days. It is remindful of the PORT OF TEXAS CITY which also began reconstruction immediately after the disaster.

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE DISASTER Victims’ bodies quickly filled the local morgue. Several bodies were laid out in the local high school’s gymnasium for identification by loved ones. More than 5,000 people were injured, with 1,784 admitted to 21 area hospitals. More than 500 homes were destroyed and hundreds damaged leaving 2,000 homeless. The seaport was destroyed and many nearby businesses were flattened or burned. Over 1,100 vehicles were damaged, and 362 railroad freight cars were obliterated. Burning wreckage ignited everything within miles, including dozens of oil storage tanks and chemical tanks. Even the nearby city of Galveston Texas, was covered with an oily fog which left deposits over every exposed outdoor surface. The property damage was estimated at $1.06 billion in today’s terms. One of the propellers on the High Flyer was blown off, and found almost a mile inland; it is now part of a memorial park, and sits near the the SS Grandcamp 1.8 ton anchor which was also hurled 1.62 miles across the city. Fires resulting from the cataclysmic events were still burning a week after the disaster, and the process of body recovery took nearly a month. Of the dead, 405 were identified, and 63 have never been identified. An additional 113 people were classified as: missing; these include 27 firefighters who were aboard SS Grandcamp when she exploded. It is really difficult to visualize the full magnitude of the disaster (perhaps like pictures of Hiroshima in WWII).

THE CAUSE OF THE INITIAL FIRE/EXPLOSION ON BOARD THE GRANDCAMP WAS NEVER DETERMINED. The Texas City Disaster is still generally considered the worst industrial accident in American history. There is some well-based speculation that there may have been hundreds more killed but uncounted, including visiting seamen, non-census laborers and their families and, an untold number of travelers. Strangely however; there were some survivors as close as 70 feet (21 m) from the dock.

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PORT BEGAN SOON AFTERWARDS. A positive result of the Port Of Texas City disaster was widespread disaster response planning to help organize plant, local, and regional responses to emergencies. Within days after the disaster, major companies that had lost facilities in the explosions announced plans to rebuild in Port Of Texas City, and even expand their operations. Some Companies implemented hiring policies of retaining all of the hourly workers who had previously worked at destroyed facilities, with plans to utilize them in the rebuilding. The expenditures for industrial reconstruction were estimated to have been approximately $1.06 B (2015 Dollars). Payouts for fire insurance claims reached nearly $41.8Million. Difficulties in the settlement of liabilities caused the Federal Government enactment of Tort laws which exist today.



Industrial accidents will happen; that is the reason most industrialized countries have found it necessary to create governmental Agencies etc. to assist industry in preventing them, and to improve the safety of the general public.

The Occupational Safety and Health (Act) Administration(OSHA) is an Agency of the United States Department of Labor, its mission is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance”. If only they would!!!- Conservatives say: “that costs jobs”- The facts do not bear out their contentions, but they appeal to their base very successfully.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In the USA they would be responsible for the temporary wellbeing of displaced persons in any disaster area. They have faltered but come through in the past, if only to wastefully give away money to their friends who are not in need. We remember Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans brought about the FEMA purchase of several thousand trailer homes which were never occupied, and eventually sold for cents on the Dollar.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes called USEPA) is an Agency of the US Federal Government, United States Department of Labor, which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environments. We wish it would be allowed by conservatives (and some liberals) to perform its duties. Unfortunately we have a “do nothing Congress” which has as its function to block the actions of our president. I mean when these folks do something good for the people, it is probably for the wrong reason(s).

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the UN that is concerned with international public health. Did you ever hear of anything good they did?

THAT BEING SAID, WHO IS REALLY TO BLAME FOR THESE CALAMITIES? We believe mostly wealthy Corporations, and a few Multi-billionaires, who because of their unbridled greed, and abundant funding, act like a Black-hole (in space) into which gravitate all susceptible public officials (those not so inclined are quickly dismissed, or sidelined), never to be heard from again. It is called: Corruption and defined as accepting favors or emoluments for taking action for or against, rules/laws not favorable to their financial/other interests. Now then, I hope china has counterparts to the organizations we have in the USA, and sincerely hope they take hold, and work to help to protect and compensate the working class for their losses in lives and property.

UPDATE 1. On 26 Aug 2015, CCTV News announced  that Officials from the City’s Transport, Work safety, and  Customs department, as well as the Tianjin Port group Company, are under investigation on charges of “dereliction of duty”, and “abuse of power”; Separately, China’s “Ministry of Public Security” announced the arrest of twelve(12) persons (including high ranking corporate Officers) from the “Tianjin International Ruihai Logistics”. It was their Containers that first expoded causing the entire incident.  We truly hope China will show the world a good example of dealing with corruption and conivance.

UPDATE 2. As of 12 Sep 2015 (a month after the incident), the official casualty report was 173 deaths, 8 missing, and 797 non-fatal injuries. The Central Government has offered to compensate the first responders (we do not yet know how), and a semblance of normalcy has returned to the Port. We feel certain a lot of rebuilding still remains to be accomplished, but no one doubts Chinese diligence.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)


P.S. We have once again opened the comment column. Please use it wisely, and not simply to promote your business.


August 21, 2015 at 11:37 PM Comments (0)


14 Aug 2015

Pres. Barrack. Obama said on 10 Aug 2115, that a15-year delay in Iran’s (nuclear weapons) capabilities is one of the virtues of the agreement that US, and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany (the P5+1) tentatively signed with Iran in July 2015 Now Pres. Obama says: “If in fact the breakout (?) times now are a few months, and we’re able to push that breakout time out to a year so, that we have more time and space to see whether or not Iran is cheating on an (is there more than one ?) agreement, kicking out inspectors, going for a nuclear weapon; if the breakout time is extended for 15 years and then it goes back to where it is right now, why is that a bad deal?” .

WELL…Mr. President, We are not sure we understand how that could be a “Good Deal”. Suppose that We lift the sanctions, on a gamble that Iran will comply with “The Deal” (By the way?, is this really a Memorandum of Understanding MOA, AN International Treaty, or what is it.); Then if Iran fails to comply with The Deal, in a week , or a month, or a year (as happened to British PM Neville Chamberlain in 1938 when He and Hitler signed a Peace treaty, and Germany began his expansionist campaign a week later) what recourse do we have?. We had refrained from commenting on The Deal because as even our Senators have lamented, we are not privy to many important details; particularly with regard to Iran’s nuclear weapon development, past and present. Even so…

THIS IS NOT A GOOD DEAL Our common sense/wisdom vis-a vis past Iranian/USA relations give us cause to  believe that given the fact that Iranian Ayatollahs (past and present), have expressed deep distrust toward the USA, and acted in nefarious/hostile ways toward us; How can we trust a government whose Islamic Leaders distrust us?- NO WAY! Agreements must be made in good faith between/among mutually trusting nations. Mullahs, have traditionally set themselves above and apart from their secular governments, but remain highly in influential in their country’s political affairs. They have traditionally basked in their power/Influence. The day when such governments become truly democratic, and disregard the political opinion of their Clergy, Monarchs, Princes, etc., will be a happy day for humanity. I know I sound like France’s Voltaire in my philosophy, but so does the USA Constitution and democracy – even with all its faults. Voltaire too, was intensely disliked by the French Monarchy, but that soon come to an abrupt end.

We  further believe that our diplomats should clearly explain to Iran the consequences of our even knowing they have deliverable nuclear weapons, and the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).  All Nuclear bomb possessing countries have come to recognize that having them is really an expensive impediment to their governance/ internal security.

NOTE: We expressed our concerns on this issue in the previous article as “UPDATE 2, but given its transcendence, decided to publish it as a separate post.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

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5 Aug 2015

On 5 Aug 2015, USA SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE chairman, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was quoted as saying that lawmakers left Wednesday briefing by Yukiya Amano, Director General of IAEA “less assured” about the nuclear deal with Iran. Readers who read our previous post will find his assessment not surprising at all. The IAEA is not a “Nuclear Watchdog Agency” as Reuters is fond of calling them, but rather, “A Nuclear Yunkyard dog” Sen Corker added: “The majority of members left with far more questions than they had before the meeting took place…I can say from my perspective that it left me far less assured.” Corker told reporters after an hour-plus briefing by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Amano travelled to the USA Capitol Hill on a bid to assuage growing concern in Congress, where lawmakers will be voting in September 2015, on whether to approve the nuclear accord brokered between Iran and co-signer world powers. Amano was to address two confidential “side deals” IAEA signed with Iran. Washington has described the ‘side-deals” as “technical agreements” which are believed to include a deal about Iran’s documentation of the alleged previous military dimension (PMD)of its nuclear program” Iran in July 2015, granted the IAEA tightly-controlled “managed access” to its military bases as part of the accord. The IAEA agreement is aimed in part, at resolving s USA’s suspicions about Iran’s military facility at Parchin, where USA lawmakers, cited intelligence reports that Tehran conducted past nuclear armament work.

USA LAWMAKERS HAVE AIRED CONCERNS ABOUT IRAN’S MILITARY CAPACITY, and in particular, what kind of access the IAEA would have to Parchin (a known nuclear site). Sen Corkin said:”We can not get him (Amano) to even confirm that we will have physical access inside of Parchin” Amano said: he recognized the USA’s frustrations, but explained: “my legal obligation is to protect safeguards confidentiality.”Amano believes that if the plan is approved, “the nuclear activities of Iran will be reduced in size, and we’ll have the most robust USA verification regime in Iran.”

The top Democrat on the panel, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), said it was important for members of Congress to at least be able to see key portions of the IAEA-Iran agreements. He added: “I thought today was helpful, but it was not a substitute for seeing the document…I think there’s previsions in the document that relate to the integrity of the review of the PMD that would be useful.”They want to talk “turkey”; not Birds.

David Perdue (R-GA), also a member of the committee, emerged frustrated at Amano’s lack of detail. “The number one question we had was, are we going to get access to the two side agreements ? and the answer was ‘no’… the nuclear deal with Iran is troubling”. IAEA is not fooling our Senators.

UPDATE 1. 7 Aug 2015 Prominent Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer announced his intention to oppose the Iran nuclear deal, according to a statement in the New York Democrat posted late 7 Aug 2015 .

UPDATE 2.  10 Aug 2115, Pres. Barrack. Obama says that a15-year delay in Iran’s (nuclear weapons) capabilities is one of the virtues of the agreement that US, and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany (the P5+1) tentatively signed with Iran in July 2015.  On 10 Aug 2015 Pres. Obama said: “If in fact the breakout (?) times now are a few months, and we’re able to push that breakout time out to a year so, that we have more time and space to see whether or not Iran is cheating on an (is there more than one ?) agreement, kicking out inspectors, going for a nuclear weapon; if the breakout time is extended for 15 years and then it goes back to where it is right now, why is that a bad deal?” .

WELL…Mr. President, I am not sure we understand how that could be a “Good Deal”. Suppose that We lift the sanctions, on a gamble that Iran will comply with “The Deal” ( By the way?, is this really a Memorandum of Understanding MOA, AN International Treaty, or what is it.); Then if Iran fails to comply with The Deal, in a week , or a month, or a year (as happened to British PM Neville Chamberlain in 1938 when He and Hitler signed a Peace treaty, and Germany began his expansionist campaign a week later). what recourse do we have?. We have refrained from commenting on The Deal because as even our Senators have lamented, we are not privy to many important details; specially with regard to Iran’s nuclear weapon development, past and present. Even so…

THIS IS NOT A GOOD DEAL We feel compelled by our common sense/wisdom vis-a vis past Iranian/USA relations to opine that our main objection is based on the fact that Iranian Ayatollahs (past and present), have expressed distrust toward the USA, and acted in nefarious/hostile ways toward us. How can we trust a government whose Islamic Leaders distrust us?- NO WAY! Agreements must be made in good faith between/among mutually trusting nations. Mullahs, have traditionally set themselves above and apart from their secular governments, but remain highly in influential in their country’s political affairs – they do not want the responsibility, only the Power. The day when such governments become truly democratic, and disregard the political opinion of their Clergy, Monarchs, Princes, etc., will be a happy day for humanity. I know I wax like France’s Voltaire in my philosophy, but so does the USA Constitution and democracy – even with all its faults. Voltaire too, was intensely disliked by the French Monarchy, but that soon come to an abrupt end. 

I  believe that our diplomats should clearly explain to Iran the consequences of our even knowing they have deliverable nuclear weapons, and the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).  All Nuclear bomb possessing countries have come to recognize that having them is really an expensive impediment to their governance/ internal security. 

Wendy Sherman, USA’s Undersecretary of State for political affairs, testified to the Senate Banking Committee that she has read the side agreements and would share key details of them later Wednesday in a classified briefing to senators. One wonders why she would be privy to information not yet available to the USA Senate. Looks like money is always involved. We trust she will share information that will satisfy the USA Senate, one way or the other.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)


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5 AUG 2015

THE “INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) Is not a part of the UN, as they often aggrandize themselves to be. They are really an agency whose main purpose is to advocate for, and promote the interests of the worldwide Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Industry. Once that is understood, one wonders what good they can really be in negotiations such as those with Iran in 2015. The IAEA got its start in 1957 as a product of the “Atoms for Peace” (NPPs) at a time when it appeared NPPs were the solution to the world’s (clean ?) energy They soon grew to have 154 nations in their membership. Now, they probably have a few more “member Nations”. All hand-picked , and normally anonymous.

Its Current “Director General” Yukiya Amano is the IAEA’s 5th Director, and has been in office since Dec 2009. He was born in Japan in 1947, is married, and speaks English, French, and Japanese. The IAEA has its general “Secretariat” offices in Vienna, Austria where Mr Amano directs operations of some 2,300 employees. Their normal membership meeting is held in Vienna in Sept of every year, although there have been many special sessions.

IOULI ANDREEV, RUSSIAN NUCLEAR ACCIDENT SPECIALIST IS CRITICAL OF THE IAEA’s response to Fukushima, and says that the IAEA did not learn from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, and has accused the IAEA et- al of “wilfully ignoring lessons from the world’s worst nuclear accident 25 years ago, to protect the industry’s expansion…The IAEA’s role as an advocate for nuclear power has made it a target for protests”. We too subscribe to the belief that the IAEA’s is an advocate for the NPP Industry, and not much more. Our world is full of “wolves in sheep’s clothing”; In this case, they only add to the public distrust of the NPP Industry as a whole.

OUR ARTICLE RE-POSTED BELOW clearly shows that the IAEA took minimal involvement in the Fukushima triple-meltdown tragedy in Mar 2011. That incident was in Mr. Amano’s pale. There were rumors that the IAEA had contributed nearly $4B (under the table) in 2011 to someone in Japan to “mitigate” the expenses caused by TEPCO’s terpitude. Clearly IAEA’s members were not appreciative of their Japanese General Director’s generosity to the Japanese NPP Industry. The IAEA has grown more zealous in safeguarding their activities as evidenced by their website now open only to those approved. We guess they just can’t stand the light of public scrutiny. Even Wikipedia articles about them are considered now unreliable because of it.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)




Filed under Nuclear Energy by gonzedo

28 Sep 2011

The Director General of the “International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)”, Yukiya Amano, announced the IAEA would send a team of experts to Japan next month to help sanitize areas contaminated as a result of the nuclear accident. “For the engineers, what is going on in the reactor is the main issue of interest. For the local people, the most important is what happens with their house or rice field, so we need to decontaminate,” Mr. Amano told reporters, Japan does not have much experience in this area (Hell nobody does; that, is the problem), adding that some people were spraying water and digging up the earth in an attempt to clean up their homes. “These things should be done properly, otherwise the amount of debris becomes huge” (this man does not know what he is talking about). I hope we can give some advice.”  YEAH! -SPECIALLY HOW TO KEEP THE CLEAN-UP CREWS SAFE, AND HOW TO DISPOSE OF ACCUMULATED NUCLEAR WASTE – TOUGH NUT TO CRACK!!!

IAEA “ACTION TEAM” another SHAM. The IEIA,Vienna-based agency was setting up an “action team” to oversee prompt implementation of newly agreed-to measures designed to enhance nuclear safety standards around the world after Fukushima. The IAEA’s annual gathering of its 151 member countries last week endorsed an IAEA plan to help ensure there is no repeat of the world’s worst Fukushima Dai No.1 triple meltdown, and its consequences globally. Chairman Amano said: The IAEA “Action Plan on Nuclear Safety”…requires immediate follow-up”.  The plan is already criticized by some nations for not going far enough towards more mandatory measures; instead, it outlines a series of VOLUNTARY STEPS (WE ALL KNOW  THESE DO NOT WORK WELL IN THE GREEDY NUKE INDUSTRY – JUST LOOK AT THE NRC IMPASSE ) aimed at improving reactor safety and emergency preparedness. Mr. Amano made clear the agency needs more money to turn the plan into reality, but did not give details.  Now he is talking turkey; not birds – Give me more money! – IAEA has a huge budget for its “Secretariat” Offices, and its 2,300 Staff employees.  

A HELL OF A TIME TO ASK FOR MORE MONEY Mr. Amano is worried that expanding demands for assistance from member states for nuclear safety, etc., will require an increase in the agency’s resources. He said: “I encourage all countries in a position to do so, to make additional resources available to the agency.”(my guess is his Board members were looking at each other looking for “pigeons”) Even before Fukushima added to its workload, experts warned that budget austerity in member states may block funding required by the IAEA to deal with “growing demand for atomic energy and the attendant risk of weapons proliferation” (THAT, IS AMANO’S  TRUMP CARD); Traditionally, the bulk of money for the IAEA, comes from Western member states on a voluntary basis. For 2010, the agency secured a budget increase of 2.7 % in real terms to 315 million euros ($434.1 million), but this was considerably less than it had sought. At a time of economic problems squeezing government finances everywhere, some European states have resisted budget hikes for the agency, although the United States has increased contributions in recent years.

The IAEA plan also calls on countries to quickly conduct assessments on how their nuclear reactors would be able to withstand extreme natural hazards, and also encourages them to invite IAEA-organized safety inspections.  Oh yeah! – We know that does not work!  Not with greedy “Merchant” power providers everywhere.



In my opinion the IAEA Director Mr. Yukiya Amano has created what I believe time will show a Sham plan to aid the people of the Fukushima region of Japan.  He has to show the world IAEA is “doing its thing”, even when most nuclear technicians and scientists do not know what that is/would be.  If they did, they would have done it already.

Actually, Mr. Amano is begging member countries for more money – lots more, to fund his 2,300 Staff organization, and doing so at global economic doldrums time – fat chance!  By the way, contrary to some media reports, IAEA IS NOT,  AND HAS NEVER BEEN, A PART OF THE UNITED NATIONS. They are privileged to report to the United Nations on occasion.


The IAEA Board of Governors met 26 Sep 2011, in a one-day session to address matters arising from the 55th regular session (they have been around since 1957) of the General Conference was held in Vienna on 19-23 Sep 2011.  Another reason was to elect the Board Chairman and the Vice-Chairpersons(2) for the period 2011-2012, and to appoint/elect 13 new “Governors”.

IAEA DIRECTOR GENERAL MR.YUKIYA AMANO In his opening address,  announced the establishment of a “Nuclear Safety Action Team” tasked with overseeing the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which was endorsed last week by the General Conference. Director Amano said: “This team will oversee prompt implementation of the Action Plan and ensure proper coordination among all stakeholders (SAY WHO? – READ ON)I will update you on initial progress in implementation at the Nov. Board ( probably the Nov 2011 Board Meeting); In the meantime, I count on all other stakeholders – especially governments, regulatory bodies, and operators to take a proactive approach to fulfilling their responsibilities under the Action Plan.” (My translation: You all come up with a lot of money –  now  hear!- PR is very expensive, and besides…you know! ).  

TIME TO TAKE THE BURR OUT FROM UNDER THE IAEA SADDLE – JAPAN. Mr. Amano also updated the IAEA Board on plans to further assist Japan in the wake of the Fukushima Dai No.1 triple Nuke meltdown last 13 Mar 2011. Amano said: “At the request of Japan, I am preparing to dispatch a mission whose mandate will include assisting with plans for the remediation of large areas contaminated as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.”– THIS I WANT TO SEE!!! So do most Japanese.  I bet all they will get is a  pronouncement that things are much better, and should return to normal very soon.  They lie a lot!, and people of Japan already know this.  IN MY OPINION, ALL THAT IAEA SEEKS IN JAPAN IS TO QUASH THE ANTI-NUKE FERVOR ALL OVER THE WORLD.  THEY ARE BLEEDING MONEY, AND WANT TO PLACE A TOURNIQUET ON THE WOUND.  NO WAY MR. AMANO!!  WE KNOW THE HAND YOU AND YOUR ENERGY BARONS  PLAY ALL TOO WELL.

INCOMING TOP DOGS FOR 2011-2012;  Are: Board Chairman: Mr. Gianni Ghisi (Governor for Italy), and Vice-Chairpersons (2) Ms. Dana Drábová (Czech Republic), and Mr. Makram Mustafa Queasy( Jordan).

NEWLY  ELECTED IAEA TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS: The General Conference in Vienna Austria, elected 13 countries to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for a one-year period from 2011-2012. THEY  WILL REPRESENT THE NUCLEAR INTERESTS OF: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan (NOTICE A NEW MEMBER FROM JAPAN), Netherlands, Russian Federation, South Africa, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (see there, North Ireland considers itself independent of GB), and the USA.

COUNTRIES WITH EXISTING MEMBERS ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS ARE:  Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Niger, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the United Republic of Tanzania.  WE MAY NOT KNOW THEIR NAMES, BUT THEY ARE WORLD-CLASS ENERGY BARONS – ONE AND ALL!

THEY ARE FIGHTING TO HOLD-ON TO THEIR WEALTH AND POWER.  To paraphrase Niccolo Machiavelly, an astute 15Th century Italian: “Those that know what they stand to loose, will always fight harder than those who do not know what they stand to gain”  Generally true, but we, the people have everything to loose, SO IT IS WE THE PEOPLE who must fight NPP mentality the hardest.  AND SO WE WILL!!



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