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A writer and a tropical muse. A funky Lubavitcher who enjoys watching the weather, hurricanes, listening to music while enjoying life with a sense of humor and trying to make sense of it all!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Proenza Out, Rappaport IN, Budget Issues Still Need to Be Addressed!

I was quiet all day. I waited and thought on what I wanted to say and if I wanted to say something here..

Media banned from NHC area? Proenza not at work. And, special investigators suddenly missing-in-action?

Well if all those things were true (and seems they were) than the sum total of this mathematical problem was obviously...

Proenza was getting shafted or shuffled off to Buffalo.

Smells of a coup d'etat at the NHC that was directed from above but achieved by use of the men below at the facility. When Franklin said he didn't really want to be the leader of the gang being interviewed he may have been telling the truth there...

Good definition of a coup is :As Edward Luttwak remarks in his Coup d'√Čtat: A Practical Handbook: "A coup consists of the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder." In this sense, use of military or other organized force is not the defining feature of a coup d'√Čtat

My International Relations Degree says that this was a coup indeed.. but from below or from above?

And, meanwhile the dog that won't stop barking is the pitiful budget the NHC has to protect the lives of the citizens of this country who live in hurricane prone areas. Failing, falling satellites, not enough money for more recon flights, planes that need to be maintained, low salaries for some of our finest weathermen, so ... you can change directors and you can put Proenza on leave and you can give Rappaport the job as he definitely is up to the job and deserving of it..

But the dog that won't stop barking here in an election year is........ the needs of the National Hurricane Center and other environmental agencies that need money and yet money is thrown into the war in Iraq and other programs this administration finds more important than hurricane research, climate research and global warming research.

When we begin to fail in our pursuit in knowledge we begin to fail as a nation.

There is only so much money to go around.. and I really hope that the people in office and those who are running for office remember this and lobby harder and speak up louder for increased funds for those good, overworked, tired meteorologists on duty protecting us during the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

A very good article on the whole Proenza situation and a good statement by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Lao below...

highlighted below is an important statement and shows the concern that he raised that goes beyone press conferences held in the parking lot at the NOAATPCNHC@FIU.

"But Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., suggested the agency was punishing Proenza for highlighting NOAA's failure to address public safety concerns.

"NOAA is embarrassingly far behind in ensuring that QuikScat remains part of that arsenal, and Director Proenza was right to expose their failures to public scrutiny as higher-ups looked the other way," Landrieu said in a statement. "There is no excuse for putting bureaucratic office politics ahead of the safety of the American people."


At 12:56 AM, Blogger stephen said...

I agree, where's the outrage? I don't know all the details of this case, and I'm not a weather person--beyond the fact I work outside in it all day long, but confused by the reporting on CNN and TWC about this story, failing to understand what exactly the man did wrong, I went on-line specifically to discover his sin, only to find myself as baffled now as I was beforehand. NOAA is underfunded--he wanted to rectify this. The quikSTAT satellite has outlived its natural life, a loss of this satellite could, or perhaps would, affect our ability to predict the course of the next Katrina. Hurricane K-A-T-R-I-N-A, for godsakes! Again, where's the outrage? And what exactly were his underlings at NOAA afraid of--their boss's determination to rock the boat? It seems to me all this is uniquely symptomatic of exactly what's wrong with our country today. The climate of fear some say is pervading our nation. This is a very sad commentary indeed. More and more I feel like a foreigner in my own country. More and more I feel, just to live in peace for the remainder of my years, I should follow the lead not of a possibly brave man like W. Proenza, but more like the conformists who have enough sense to fear the government. To live like an Iraqi pre-Saddam.
And how 'bout the irony there?
p.s. this is the first comment to a blog I've ever written. And it may the last ... just to emphacize the degree to which this story disturbs me.


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