Essay on Energy

The prospect of having to deal with the most obnoxious regimes in the world is repugnant to all of us. On the other hand, we still need fossil fuels. The dilemma is where do we get them while we still need them. Bear in mind that this would be a moot point if we followed the roadmap set out by Jimmy Carter more than 40 years ago. We go through these “feast or famine” episodes with fossil fuels from time to time and that has to stop.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed this country transformed itself into a war machine that the world had never before seen. Japanese Admiral, Yamamoto was right when he said, “We have awakened the sleeping giant.”

Today we need to be awakened again. There are two enemies we need to fight. The first enemy is Climate Change, the other is being held hostage by some of the most hostile regimes on the planet.

We need an unmitigated effort to remove the strangle hold that bad actors have on America. Countries like the murderous Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela need to be made irrelevant. If we continue to put our fate in the hands of these countries, we will continue to be in a vulnerable position.

What is need is a massive effort that is equivalent to the “Manhattan Project.” This program will delve into every idea that has ever been considered. A program of this sort could help us refine existing technologies like solar and wind and implement them on a national scale to make them more efficient and more affordable. And, it could research and develop theoretical technologies including:

  • Small, modern nuclear power
  • Hot Rock Geothermal that mines and creates super-heated steam generation from the earth’s crust.
  • Ocean wave generation (This method is presently in use in Nova Scotia)
  • Liquid Hydrogen proposed by using surplus wind generation
  • River current generators
  • Space mounted solar panels that beam power back to earth by low power microwave and deliver power constantly day and night through rain and clouds. (See StarTram)

Deep commitment to research and development will get us to a place when fossil fuels are less, if not unneeded. (Think of whale oil) At the beginning of space exploration, we could probably name a handful of possible developments that could come out of space technology. As we progressed through the years, we developed hundreds of innovations that serve us every day. The need to develop more sophisticated computers, weather satellites, navigation satellites, communications systems that could only have been imagined, to name a few came out of the space program. The future is rich with possibilities.

With a very ambitious energy program we defeat the twin nemesis of global climate change and neutralizing hoodlum regimes that sell the world oil.

Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Waldo Cabrera Discusses “Black History from an Afro-Caribbean Standpoint” at LIMBA

On February 25, Waldo Cabrera, an award-winning broadcast journalist, spoke at LIMBA’s (Long Island Metro Business Action) virtual meeting on the topic “Black History from an Afro-Caribbean Standpoint.”

During his presentation, Mr. Cabrera explained that the first documented slave revolt in the “New World” happened on December 26, 1521 in Hispaniola (now broken into two countries: Dominican Republic and Haiti). A group of African slaves who worked in the sugar plantations owned by Diego Columbus, son of the explorer Christopher Columbus, revolted. They tried to prove “they would not be submissive” and used violence and force during the uprising, Mr. Cabrera said. However, “it was not a good end for them,” he said, when Columbus ordered the military to end the revolt.

Last year, Mr. Cabrera worked with a group of students at City College of New York to bring the story to life. For the film, titled Visualizing Resistance, he spent six months with the students documenting the project, from planning to the final presentation. They also reviewed original documents from the Dominican Studies Institute to learn more about what really happened during the 1521 revolt.

By mid-December, the students completed their project. On the 500th anniversary of the revolt on December 26, 2021, the college issued a press release announcing the film’s completion. During his presentation, Mr. Cabrera showed the film to the LIMBA members.

“The students were more proud to be part of [the project], because they didn’t look at it as a race-centered project,” Mr. Cabrera said. “They were given a task to create a living document. … They knew they had to deliver on it.”

Mr. Cabrera also discussed a second slave revolt, this one having a more positive result. In 1791, African slaves in Haiti revolted against their masters, and “Haiti paid a dear price for that,” Mr. Cabrera said. This included the burning of the crops and battling French soldiers. In 1825, France recognized Haitian independence, but asked Haiti for 100 million Francs in reparations (equivalent to $21 billion today). According to Mr. Cabrera, it was largest slave revolt since Spartacus’ unsuccessful efforts against the Roman republic in 1900 B.C.

When asked what Black History Month meant to him, Mr. Cabrera replied, “Society tells you what color you are. To me, it’s a matter of reflection. It’s a matter of educating yourself on who you are and where you’re from. I like to focus on the positive aspects of where you come from. Others may understand Black History Month from an American standpoint; I understand it from an Afro-Caribbean standpoint. I seek voices from different angles.”

Mr. Cabrera is the Executive Producer of The National Video Journalists Network (NVJN). He has won an Emmy® award and numerous Long Island Folio and Press Club of Long Island Awards.

Martin Luther King Day, 2022

MLK Jr. Has always intrigued me as a leader. In his day he may have been viewed as a radical, but in fact he was just asking America to live up to the words that were so eloquently written by our founders. Our founding fathers were equally interesting. These individuals were as flawed a group of people as we are today, but they knew what was inspiring. They also knew that when inspirational goals are articulated you can move others to action.

MLK Jr. never asked anything of America that we didn’t already set down in print. Think about that for a moment and ask yourself, what could be smarter? He was saying to America “these are your words, not mine, now just live up to them”.

We have been building a “more perfect union” since our inception. We have succeeded in making life in America better over time. Sometimes it is two steps forward and one step back. That’s frustrating but it represents progress.

What is also interesting is that he did not try to change the world in one fell swoop, he challenged us on simple inequities. The freedom to use public facilities as easily as any other franchised American citizens. Riding on a bus and sitting on any vacant seat available would seem to be a simple matter, but it wasn’t. A sanitation worker being able to petition his employer for a living wage in Memphis should have been no more controversial that any other labor dispute, but it wasn’t.

What was also so interesting about this influential preacher was his dedication to non-violence. That course of action was part of his religion, but it was also in concert with actions and behavior of some influential leaders that preceded him. Among those examples were Gandhi, Mandela, and Jesus. His belief in non-violence was deep and sincere. He insisted that this course of action be imbued in those that he asked to follow him. That commitment to non-violence almost cost John Lewis his life. The cost to his followers was great but that course of action probably won over the most unlikely of allies.

President Lyndon Baynes Johnson was a product of the culture of the south. But he taught brown children when he was a young man and he had a place in his heart for the less privileged, white or black, but like so many he went along to get along.

When John F. Kennedy died and he now had the power, he vowed that he would use it. Martin Luther King Jr. forged a working relationship with LBJ and Johnson’s speeches were the road map of where this was all going. This relationship between these two men was deep, real, and sincere. Out of that leadership was born the Civil Rights Act that President Johnson was so proud of.

Essay note:  Steve DePass was the cultural ambassador under JFK and was hired by Johnson several times to create entertainment programs at the ranch after LBJ became president. Steve helped me write the last two paragraphs. I am in constant contact with this wonderful human being.

Ernie Fazio

Christmas message 2021

Just when we were beginning to believe that the worst was over we hear that a new strain of Covid is marching on. I feel like a soldier in a bunker who has dared to surface only to find the enemy is nearby and ready to resume battle. That image brought me to thoughts of the reality of a war.
It is a war and we celebrate those who have fought in battle, not because of the nobility of war, I’m not sold on that concept, but because the courage of the combatants is worth praising.
But who are the combatants? Well, it is all of us in a sense, but there are those who have battled relentlessly in the hospitals all over the country and indeed the world. They are the heroes of this battle. If you are not one of those people and you feel worn out, just imagine how doctors, nurses and the rest of the hospital personnel feel.
Christmas is a time of hope and renewal. Let’s lift ourselves and each other knowing that the progress made with vaccines and treatments has saved us from the even greater consequences that would have manifested itself beyond the 800,000 already lost.

May we all have the best possible Christmas.

LIMBA staff and Board of Directors

Thanksgiving Day message 2021

Let’s be thankful for is the ability to forgive and forget the misgivings we have with others. We worry too much about the conversations at Thanksgiving dinners that may go off the rails. Forget all that. Your brother-in-law’s opinion is as ridiculous to you as his is to yours. What ever is going on in the world is not going to be resolved at your dinner table. More than that. It is not enjoyable conversation.

The subject of dinners at my house never solved a problem and never will. They have, however made people laugh at themselves or at stories told or impromptu songs that were sung. In other words, we came into the room to enjoy each other’s company. No one at the table is influential enough to change the world.

We are, on the other hand capable of changing ourselves and we do it all the time. As we mature, we often transition from self interest to family interest or community interest. But none of that is done at a family gathering. It is done in the solitude of a walk in the woods or while fishing by a stream when we are all alone. If you say you need a project to work on, I get it. The project is us. It is always us, the individual.

At dinner this holiday I hope we all can laugh. Laugh at ourselves and each other. A few years ago, I had a dinner party where we all were telling stories and jokes. One of my guests was a college president and he took his turn at telling a joke. He screwed it up so bad that his mis telling of the joke was funnier than the joke could ever have been.
This Thanksgiving let’s make the goal be, having a good time with each other.

On behalf of myself, our staff and our Board of Directors we wish you a
Happy Thanksgiving

Ernie Fazio