incoming (2006-39)

John Snyder

It’s So Funny, It’s Sad

After I realized exactly what was happening I merely pressed down the horn of my car to give notice I was approaching, but it wasn’t until I passed the fans that my ears heard the most contradicting statement from a UT Police Officer. An officer stopped me shortly after, lowered her head in my window, and began her brilliance. “What the hell are you doing honking your horn at these people? These fans are drunk and they have no clue what they’re doing. I should write you a ticket for that.”

I suppose I missed the yellow caution sign: intoxicated adults playing in traffic.

R.J. Hess

You Care

Arthur Chesser

Play On, Player Gone

I hope the assistant to the mayor soon becomes the mayor, because she seemed to know more than he does.

When I personally asked it if was illegal to busk, he suddenly had to run. When a friend emailed his office and asked about the legality of this issue, our mayor’s return response was that the K.P.D. told him that one “could play all day, but could not accept tips.” This makes me wonder why a short stroll down the hall to the Law Department would not have been a better source of info.

Now that this issue is resolved, I wonder why we see no hide nor hair of the black man who played sax that was mentioned in the “Play On” article. He and the two businesses that offered me a place to play, who were also harassed by the same two officers when I accepted their offer, are both no longer on Market Square, i.e. Tijuana Taco and the bookstore beside Tomato Head. 

I would also like to hear a personal and public apology by the two bicycle cops on Market Square weekdays, who went out of their way to deny me, and my listeners, the privilege and right to play music for them. And what of the anguish and the loss of livelihood I was denied?

I close with Article 23 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, presented to and accepted by the United Nations, from the U.S. Department of State website: “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protect against unemployment. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.”

Article 25 states “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care, and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

I live in a shed with no heat and must apply for food stamps again to survive this winter. I have applied for employment and am not hired yet. To you who have heard me play and seen me, I would like to change this situation. I am 54-years-old with some limitation on abilities in the technical realms, but I love people. I’m not your pretty boy that everyone prefers, but I have heart and heavenly dignity. I’ll still play in front of Tomato Head until it’s too cold. 

I hope in my time there I’ll see not only all types of ethnic entertainment, but even some multi-ethnic police officers on Market Square as well. 

William Page

A Matter of Ethics

Consistent with that, I suggest the Metro Pulse make available on its website a copy of the professional code(s) of ethics it and its professional employees are responsible to adhere to and how internal/external stakeholders to the MP can file professional misconduct complaints with appropriate professional bodies, if they have reason to believe those standards have been breached.

Then, if the News Sentinel does not do likewise, I suggest MP will be able to fairly “cast stones” at the professional ethics of the journalists and editors at the NS . But until then, I suggest MP has no basis to criticize the professional ethics of anyone else in the profession.

What do the professors at the Journalism School at UTK think about MP ’s editorial regarding the professional ethics of the editors/reporters at the NS ?

Joe Carson, P.E.

Smell the Sulfur

This sort of thing happens when MP ’s editors follow the PR schemes of Dr. Van Hook, who was the leader of the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex. Van Hook used to be head of ORNL’s environmental science (division), but came to manage the polluted and dangerous Y-12 plant. During Van Hook’s ORNL tenure, ORNL found out the sulfur cycle problems in the mid 1980s, and they intentionally played up the lesser carbon cycle problems to promote nuclear power and nuclear weapons issues.

You appear to be helping with this diversion of honesty by government-related agencies. Shame be upon your unbalanced reporting skills.

It appears you are promoting these same misdeeds at a time when it is critical to get down to informing the public accurately as to what is going on with the environment. The sulfur cycle’s problem involves the ozone depletion and the radiation damage to ocean’s phytoplankton, which supplies the sulfur cycle’s DMS and DMSO needed to make cloud cover to reflect the sun’s heat from the ocean surfaces.

Unfortunately, I saw zero mention of this dominant GW effect in the PR fluff piece you did in the MP, and I must hold you accountable for misleading the public on serious issues that even appear in physics journals and have been presented for the past 20 years. ORNL is not seriously looking at the most dominant effect in global warming, and very much on purpose, to support their nuclear goals, as if they play up CO2 from coal plants they can sell that nuclear plants will cure global warming. Misleading the public in this fashion is akin to racketeering and you appear to be helping them.

You, Barry Henderson, should feel ashamed to mislead the American public using the highly impressionable printer’s ink in an arts and entertainment weekly. If you want the real issues on global warming you won’t find them coming from Van Hook or his PR apparatus….

Perhaps I need to call up Earth First and have them come do one of their protests at Metro Pulse ? Or can we expect to read something other than ORNL’s PR-seeded puff pieces on global warming cover-up methods? Editors, like yourself, who appear to be in bed with the ORNL / Y-12 PR-types aim to mislead the public, and the correctly informed environmental community can’t respect such reporting.  What you presented was not a correct or balanced piece on the real serious issues of global warming.

Jim Phelps

Guidelines for Incoming Mail