"They say that Japan's rigorous building codes and regulations saved thousands of lives. Or as Republican here saw it, it fostered a socialist anti-business environment that's worse than being dead." –Bill Maher
"It turns out that the Republican budget that they submitted for next year slashes funding for the agency that issues tsunami warnings and organizes responses to the tsunami. In their defense, Republicans say that tsunamis are just a theory, they are not a real threat like ACORN, the Black Panthers, NPR, and math teachers in Wisconsin." –Bill Maher
"Due to the recession, there are now 15,000 fewer lawyers in the U.S. No one ever talks about the good things that come from a recession." –Jay Leno
"Al-Qaida is now publishing a magazine for women. They already have one for men, called 'Car Bomb and Driver.'" –David Letterman
There are four NY Times journalists who have disappeared inside of Libya, including the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Anthony Shadid. Anthony's articles were always among the best, he had a clearer picture of what was going on in the Middle East, and his articles were always illuminating. Here's hoping that none of them are harmed and some Libyan jailer will set them free...
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Looking at the plans of the reactors, I'm struck by how old and archaic the technology seems to be. The reactor design hasn't changed in over 40 years, and this particular one has had criticisms since 1972...: "In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. Among the concerns cited was the smaller containment design, which was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Later that same year, Joseph Hendrie, who would later become chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a successor agency to the atomic commission, said the idea of a ban on such systems was attractive. But the technology had been so widely accepted by the industry and regulatory officials, he said, that “reversal of this hallowed policy, particularly at this time, could well be the end of nuclear power.”
Thanks, Joseph. Because you were such a shill for the industry, this type of reactor became popular because it was cheaper to build. Because you didn't ban this type of reactor, it may mean the death of the nuclear industry as a whole (along with the silly idea of clean coal technology), and the island of Japan may become uninhabitable if the worst-case scenario occurs. Right now, it looks like at least one of the four problem reactors is sliding towards meltdown.
lifting this next article from TPM, who got it from CNN's Wolf Blitzer, when he was interviewing Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton: "Q- Would you like to be president of the United States?
Q- Why not?
Because I have the best job I could ever have. This is a moment in history where it is almost hard to catch your breath. There are both the tragedies and disasters that we have seen from Haiti to Japan and there are the extraordinary opportunities and challenges that we see right here in Egypt and in the rest of the region. So I want to be part of helping to represent the United States at this critical moment in time, to do everything I can in support of the president and our government and the people of our country to stand for our values and our ideals, to stand up for our security, which has to remain first and foremost in my mind and to advance America's interests. And there isn't anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding.
Q- President of the United States?
You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I'm going to be, you know, moving on." Cue the music, A Place in the Sun, by Stevie Wonder: