Not to pixk at your argument, but chances are as an economist he probably understands far more about currency than any bitcoiner. Even the economists that ARE interested in Bitcoin (Mises doesn't count) are only interested in it as a study in penny stock trading. The fact that bitcoiners see the hyperinflation of their currency as a GOOD thing in the face of all common economic theory saying otherwise is worrying.
While I think Scott was a little harsh in addressing his detractors, I side with him. Euthanasia laws needs to be modernized, especially in the case of terminal illness. The idea that we are okay with putting down cats and dogs but not humans when it is no longer possible to cure or treat them is rather sad, and we allow unnecessary suffering to ride those with terminal illness into their final rest. Something must be done, but considering how poor the US Medical System is, I have no doubt it shall be some time before favorable changes are made.
....nothing of value was lost or gained.
Yeah...still won't be that bad. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130807-fukushima-radioactive-water-leak/
And nothing has happened. The amount of radiation released from the leak, while the leak should be repaired ASAP, is minute and is still LOWER than the background radiation. http://tech.mit.edu/V131/N13/yost.html If you have taken College Chemistry, you'll know why even the radiation released from the leak is nothing compared to both the background radiation in the ocean due to dilution and not even a drop in the bucket compared to the radiation released from nuclear testing we conducted in the Pacific Ocean.
Nothing is happening at Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Wind power is great and all, but NOTHING has happened. Even the leak is minute in comparison to the damage done by the tsunami. Solar, Wind, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, that is the future gentlemen.
God damn it Mother!
At least the car was upbeat and friendly about its impending doom!
Its still burning coal vs. nuclear. Let's switch to a plant that releases radioactive isotopes as part of is normal operation! Please be less crass.
Seriously, why cite Issa? They guy still screws about Benghazi, spreads conspiracy theories and is a fraudster. He could discover aliens aliens and I'd still rather hear it from someone else.
So...your solution is to assume ANY power generation system has to be 100% safe? Because that isn't possible. There is inherent risks just in the act of generating power, the idea that you could make a risk-free system is impossible, its an engineering fantasy. Nuclear gives us more 'bang' (hehe) per buck, uses FAR less fuel than coal, and if the system is operating within specifications releases minimal radiation. Nuclear power won't progress because if its up to for-profit companies they'd never use it because its not CHEAP. Its fairly clean, EXTREMELY efficient, but its not cheap like coal or natural gas. Why do you think they are pushing so hard in the US for natural gas and coal? Because the fuel is so cheap and abundant. That's it. They don't care about 'how clean it is' or the fact that they are both fossil fuels.
The idea that 'property values' is a legitimate reason to switch back to coal, a disgusting, filthy, and radioactive emitter because of land values is laughable. We'd never make any progress on climate change if all we're concerned with is 'land values'
Based on the quote at the bottom of your post: "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent may take away the rights of the 49" I'm guessing that explains your inability to understand why privatizing key industries might be a bad thing.
The only flaw in your argument: Government controlled utilities have less reason to cut corners because they are not in it to satisfy board members every year or meet quarterly profit margins. The government is just happy with breaking even, corporations want profits.
Seriously, the scandal is less of an issue with nuclear power, it could have happened to ANY of the generating systems they want to switch to as well. Privatizing power generation doesn't work. Its been proven by TEPCO, in the US, and now in South Korea, because the companies will skirt the law anywhere they can as long as they can until they finally get caught. Don't switch to fossil fuels like Gas or Coal, keep the Nuclear and take the plants away from the corporations and put them under strict government control.