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Questioning the Timing

Posted by lex, on March 12th, 2011

 

It has been said that the deity has a sense of humor: Only witness the incongruity of the giraffe or the orangutan.

A couple of years ago it was, “Drill, baby, drill!” at the Republican National Convention. And then a three-month long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico clapped a stopper over that sort of talk.

These days, with the reality of diminishing stores of carbon-based energy supplies entwining with the possibility that a carbon-based economy carries within itself the seeds of ecological destruction, thinking minds have turned back to the almost limitless potential of nuclear power.

Which is the exact moment when an earthquake-crippled reactor in Japan goes “Boom!” and the government quietly hands out iodine pills:

Television pictures showed a massive blast at one of the buildings of the Fukushima-Daiichi plant, about 250km (160 miles) north-east of Tokyo.

A huge cloud of smoke billowed out and large bits of debris were flung far from the building…

The Japanese government’s chief spokesman, Yukio Edano, said the concrete building housing the plant’s number one reactor had collapsed but the metal reactor container inside was not damaged.

He said radiation levels around the plant had fallen after the explosion.

Officials ordered the evacuation zone around the plant expanded from a 10km radius to 20km (12 miles). The BBC’s Nick Ravenscroft said police stopped him 60km from the Fukushima-Daiichi plant.

Plans are being made to distribute iodine, which can be used to combat radiation sickness, to residents of the evacuation zone.

God has a sense of humor, all right. When it comes to energy policy, it seems to tend heavily towards the ironic.

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Shhh!

Posted by lex, on March 10th, 2011

Don’t piss ‘em off:

The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee says Thursday’s hearing on Islamic radicalism could be used by terrorists to inspire a new generation of suicide bombers.

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says in prepared remarks that Congress has a responsibility to make sure its words do not make problems worse.

If we don’t look at it, it will go away.

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Admission Against Interest

Posted by Lex, on December 22, 2010

 

Bloggers are supposed to be opinionated, but I’m here to admit that I haven’t got the chops to write meaningfully on what I take to be two recent events with potentially major consequences.

The first is “net neutrality.” I got nothing.

The second is the recently approved START treaty. Ditto.

This is the season of giving.

You get this.

 

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Heh

Posted by Lex, on December 4, 2010

heh

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The Blame Game

 

Posted by Lex, on November 18, 2010

 

The Yemeni beach volleyball team recently lost a match at the Asian games, and like losers generally, they sought to explain why:

Organisers of the games in China have hired four cheerleader squads, each made up of eight girls, to entertain fans during breaks in the volleyball action, according to the Tianfu Morning News.

“They had an effect on how we played,” he said. “I think they had something to do with our losing the match.

But Yemen beach volleyballer Adeeb Mahfoudh has now accused the squads of being distracting, and partly to blame for their defeat to Indonesia.

I was sorely tempted to put an “I blame Bush” header on this, but then I said, no: That would be declassé.

TheBlameGame

You’re welcome.

 

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A Bit of a Crack

Posted by Lex, on October 15, 2010

With classic British understatement, a UK helivac pilot informs his passengers that, well: He’s been shot in the head.

Not to worry.

 

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Contractors

Posted by Lex, on May 27, 2008

 

The private security company Blackwater has been attempting to build a west coast presence here in San Diego for quite some time now. A 2006 attempt to build a rifle range, tactical driving course and helipad in the rural, east county township of Potrero received stiff opposition from locals who objected to the prospect of traffic and noise pollution more than their planning board favored the economic stimulus that the project might bring to the economically disadvantaged area. That board was recalled and Blackwater – faced with increasingly agitated opposition across the county – quietly canceled their plans.

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