Guardian.UK: Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific.
The poor Pacific, another of mankind’s dumping grounds.
SciAm: Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections?
Nope. Not as long as the realities of extraction tech keeps getting papered over.
Mashable: Scientists - El Nino (May Be) A-Comin’
“According to both L’Heureux and McPhaden, scientists issued this outlook without the benefit of their full complement of available data. A network of ocean observing buoys strategically located throughout the central and eastern tropical Pacific and designed specifically for improving El Niño forecasts, is now only 40% operational, largely due to federal budget cuts.” Oy. My emphasis. Well, El Niño would be welcome moisture here, if it does form. We need it. Roofers in the area will be mightily pleased, too.
SciAm: Infrastructure Threatened by Climate Change Poses a National Crisis.
“The difficulty of strengthening the systems that support the American economy — from electricity to drinking water — poses significant problems requiring large investments at a time of rising risk and receding political appetite for big spending initiatives.” Climate change or not, I’ve been personally banging on about infrastructure since the Reagan years.
La Jicarita: What’s Wrong with WIPP.
“If the leak came from panel 7, it could be from one or more of the 258 contact-handled (CH) waste containers, containing 388 cubic meters that were emplaced between January 25 and February 5. Eighteen canisters, containing 16 cubic meters of more highly radioactive remote-handled (RH) waste, had been put into that panel starting in late September 2013.” A great deal more serious than we’re being told. I still wonder why there are no robotic means to investigate the mines. Antennae could have been placed for ease of operation. Probes down ventilation shafts? Seriously? I would, if I were the DOE, be testing the fracking workers at those nearby wellheads … if for no other reason than to prevent possible spread to family members.
Later: The exposed workers will “be unlikely to experience any health effects.” No radioactive dose amounts were reported. Luckily they had no evidence of plutonium or americium. But it would be nice to know how much radiation they experienced. Between the fire and this particular event, the plant must be running out of un-radiated workers.
USA Today: Hillary Clinton - Putin’s tactics like Hitler’s before WWII.
Hrmmmm. And calling someone Hitler-like always makes things better, eh? Bush called Hussein “Hitler.” Kerry called Assad “Hitler.” The Right compares Obama to Hitler. World’s a better place for it, don’t you think?
Ghost in the Machine: Ryan - Still Clownshoes.
Kevin needs a segment on NewsHour.
ProPublica: Drilling for Certainty - The Latest in Fracking Health Studies.
USA Today: New Mexico sets deadlines for handling nuke waste.
It’s a definite risk, esp. as our spring winds kick in. I suspect some are rueing the day they approved single-wall containers over the safer double-walls.
As far as the continuing radiation leak issue, don’t they have remote robot/drones to drive into the radiated areas? Every bit of news seems to confirm that this is a threadbare operation, a hole in the ground with security guards and forklift operators … and not much else. They had to expect this might happen? There had to be contingency plans?
Slate: Jonathan Livingston Seagull - new edition with fourth section is dumb as ever.
Foisting the ills of our modern world on the back of Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a bit much. I wonder what the author would make of Zhuangzi.
The Nation: The United States Has ‘Zero’ Options in Ukraine.
SciAm: Methane Pollution from Gas and Oil Proves Cheap to Fix.
WSJ: No Signs of Stock Froth in the Tea Leaves.
“Inflation isn’t a problem, market interest rates as reflected in bond yields have been remarkably contained, and stock prices haven’t been hot since the end of last year.” Counterpoint to a link I placed earlier.
Seattle Times: ‘Serious problem’ - 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam.
Woof. Another infrastructure wake-up call. I understand, from previous reading that about 80% of dams in the US will have outlived their average 50 year lifespan. Excuse me if I see this as another canary in the coalmine.
ABC News: 13 Were Exposed to Radiation at New Mexico Plant.
“New Mexico State University runs a monitoring center in Carlsbad that offers free radiation-detecting body scans. The director of the center said there has been a rise in appointments being scheduled since the leak.” I’m sure. We’ll learn more at the press conference this afternoon.
Guardian.UK: Frank Gehry rebuffs pleas to revise Eisenhower memorial designs.
“Surrounding the park are massive, see-through woven metal hangings, which Gehry calls ‘tapestries’, that depict pastoral landscapes of Eisenhower’s hometown of Abilene, Kansas. The tapestries would frame the space and create a sort of open-air building, though members of the Eisenhower family have gone so far to protest that the metal scrims remind them of Communist imagery or chain-link fences at a Nazi concentration camp.” Starchitects; once upon a time, they would delight clients. Their egos are too big to care, now.
Ghost in the Machine: But We Didn’t.
My wife and I just had a conversation about this, over morning tea. “Believe as I say, not as I do.”
CJR: America’s healthcare prices are absurd. So, now what?
“I didn’t want to look at rare medical events but instead at encounters that everyone relates to. I wanted to get people energized to understand the costs and financial incentives. So I focused on ordinary procedures and conditions like colonoscopies, asthma, pregnancy, having a minor skin cancer removed, and getting stitches.”
PS Mag: Why Are TV’s Talking Heads So Angry All the Time?
“misrepresentative exaggeration.” New phrase for my vocabulary.
Guardian.UK: This is no recovery, this is a bubble – and it will burst.
“Even more extraordinary than the inflated prices is that, unlike in the two previous share price booms, no one is offering a plausible narrative explaining why the evidently unsustainable levels of share prices are actually justified.” Very concerning, IMHO.
Daily Kos: Noonan writes the most ironic, un-self-aware column in the history of Western Civ.
You all know how much I ‘love’ Reagan. A must-read.
Guardian.UK: Being a doctor was once a job with great purpose. Now it’s just a business.
ArtDaily: Anne Frank’s Diary vandalised in Tokyo libraries sparking alarm.
Disturbing, to say the least. I wonder why they tear away words, but leave the faces?
Bloomberg: Fracking Boom Leaves Texans Under a Toxic Cloud.
The Mischiefs of Faction: The Differences Between Democratic and Republican Presidents.
Interesting. Not compelling, but interesting.