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Comment: Prexisting Conditions (Score 0) 428

by blagooly (#46744243) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Pre- existing conditons are long term storage and handling of the existing radioactive stockpile, and the vulnerable Spent Fuel Pools, earthquake resistance in the coolant subsystems, and Fukushima..

Want more? Fine.

1) Agree to move the waste from the vulnerable storage pools to proper on site cask storage.

2) Do earthquake resistance improvements instead of studies.

3) Fukushima. Get an International plan in place to wall, corral, and cap it.

Then talk about more nuclear waste producing power plants to make the world safe from carbon dioxide.

Comment: Re:Must question the "revised" estimates (Score 1) 152

Aerojet? Safe? This is not settled science. In the meantime, while we await further developments... Is there any reason to not follow these 3 steps?

1) Agree to move the stuff from the NPP's vulnerable storage pools to on site cask storage.

2) Do actual earthquake resistance NPP improvements instead of studies.

3) Fukushima. Get an International plan in place to wall, corral, and cap it.

The casks can eventually be moved to the safe nuclear waste burning place, of course.

A reason to proceed promptly to step one? Until step one is done, one explosive projectile gadget could force the permanent evacuation of NYC

New York, New York was a random example. One of a lot. Every western City, pretty much. There are currently around 430 NPP's in the world. Got one within 50 miles of you? Lucky you, you the good reader is included in this acceptable risk set, The smartest guys in the room have deemed it probabilistically not probable. Plus, a trillion or three dollars rides on this. It is important! repeat after me to be happy healthy and terriffic: Nuclear Waste producing plants are needed to make us safe from the ravages of carbon dioxide

Comment: Re:Must question the "revised" estimates (Score 0) 152

Problems are storage, handling of existing radioactive stockpile, Spent Fuel Pools. Many hundreds of thousands of tons of radioactive waste already piled up, in SFPs in the Nukes.

Existing Spent Fuel Pools are filled, vulnerable. No containment. GE BWR Mk I design has them on the fifth floor of the building. Unit 4 at Fukushima SFP has radioactivity of 14,000 Hiroshima. (Low by US standards, Indian Point has five times that) ((24 miles from NYC)) Unit four SFP is the one TEPCO is emptying, moving to cask storage. It is not possible to enter units 1, 2 and 3. Issue? Another quake drops building, fuel is scattered, not cooled, uncontrollable spontaneous combustion of radioactive fire.

72 years since Fermi, there is no "long term" storage solution. 24,000 to 2 million years. 72 years since Fermi's magic trick, 72 years for the smartest guys in the room to think of something, and there is no answer. So I am not the smartest guy even in this room, but I have to conclude there will be no answer. Water, earthquakes, human error. 24,000 - 2 million years? Not Possible. Time to accept that all solutions are temporary, this is our single eternal legacy.

The Industry's "permanent solution" is getting it off their property, relief from liability.

Deal?

1) Agree to move the stuff from the vulnerable storage pools to on site cask storage.

2) Do actual earthquake resistance improvements instead of studies.

3) Fukushima. Get an International plan in place to wall, corral, and cap it.

72 years since Fermi's trick, 60 years since the smartest guys in the room told us this was all good. Do the three steps above. Show you are in fact serious, that you can be trusted. Take responsibility, show accountability, prove that it is not just about your cash flow. *** Then build some more nuclear waste producing power plants to make us safe from carbon dioxide.

Comment: Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 1) 2219

by blagooly (#46185037) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
This is the answer. Open or fail.

Slashdot shares a place with instapundit, drudge, reddit, google's search page. Simple, functional, not broken. very influential. I cannot think of any more in this class? Slashdot is alone in that it is driven by the comments. The people who come here are the site, the people who comment here are the draw.

Dice crew perhaps needs a timeout to spend the weekend researching Digg to fully understand the emotions of the people, to not write off the aggressive anger as trolling. Digg is I believe, the highest profile failure. There are too many others, a theme fro m AOL, Yahoo and scattered to the Gizmodo's of the web. So we are familiar with the drill.There is always some corporate agenda that takes away what we love, so the anger. But none I would argue none ever had the status, importance of this site.

That Dice seems entirely unconscious of the culture here does not lend confidence. The threat of this may be enough to generate a clone site and a mass migration. Certainly the need for this is demonstrated.

But for now, Open or fail. Maybe Monday, a thread on What next?

Open, or fail.

Comment: Re:Betteridge's Law of Headlines (Score 1) 551

by blagooly (#46163711) Attached to: Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?
The funny and factual true story of Elmer Allen is documented in "The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War" By Eileen Welsome. Another fun fact? Folks in Japan have had to abandon land that their families had occupied for 10 generations. Nevermind all that. Just remember, and repeat after me, "Coal is more dangerous than Nuclear!".

Comment: Re:Betteridge's Law of Headlines (Score 0) 551

by blagooly (#46163433) Attached to: Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?
My favorite Nuke Story is about "Elmer, that Crazy Nigga ". Elmer Allen spent his life telling folks that the government had injected him with a cancer virus. Heh. That crazy nigga. Turns out the Doctor that had Elmer Allen declared insane was the same Doctor submitting Elmer's tissue samples for tests, to see how the shot of plutonuim they had given him was working out, over time.

Comment: Re:Glad I am not one of the crew on that ship... (Score 1) 168

by blagooly (#45849917) Attached to: Helicopter Rescue For All Passengers Aboard Antarctic Research Ship
Scott may have chosen ponies because he shares our soft spot for dogs. Not a lot of room for soft at that time and place. Good doc here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyrOKsiRolQ Second part is Scott vs Amundsen, which always grabs me. Scott is fascinating, in spite of evidently doing everything precisely wrong, the guy still almost got it done. Gal he left behind. Kathleen. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multimedia/archive/00384/121983006_384403c.jpg

Comment: Re:Glad I am not one of the crew on that ship... (Score 1) 168

by blagooly (#45848461) Attached to: Helicopter Rescue For All Passengers Aboard Antarctic Research Ship
The expedition celebrated another crazy one by the Aussie Mawson. Those were some rugged sonza bitches, no doubt. Stark contrast. This vid of Laurence Topham deserves a high profile. Feel of a Monty Python sketch, or something from the Onion. This entire escapade has that, actually. http://www.theguardian.com/science/antarctica-live/video/2013/dec/30/antarctica-live-video-diary-trapped-ice-missing-milkshake-video

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 2) 172

by blagooly (#45441857) Attached to: U.S. 5X Battery Research Sets Three Paths For Replacing Lithium
For folks unfamiliar with magnesium fire, check out Roger Williamson, Dutch Grand Prix 1973. The video is difficult to watch. Trapped, the fire starts slowly. Drivers pass by, just like these scientists future LA Freeway. David Purley stopped, tried to help. As the fire becomes more involved, his actions, movement, desperation and final obvious despair make this an unforgettable moment.

Comment: Re:Murika the solution (Score 1) 202

by blagooly (#43607939) Attached to: Oslo Needs Your Garbage
It does prevent all those ships from inefficiently cruising back to China empty. Next? A bidding war on the best garbage. Followed by media coverage, "racist evil white male controlled American corporate firms send all the good garbage to white Norway, China gets second rate, low quality garbage. Why cant we just fairly share our good garbage?"

Comment: Re:a good move (Score 1) 130

by blagooly (#43096627) Attached to: Microsoft Restores Transfer Rights To Office 2013
Agreed. A good move, and a hopeful sign. I have become a jaded wrt the "power of the net", and the upcoming transformation of all things. Alas, it is not yet That New World. In fact it looks further away sometimes, the early promise of open freedoms betrayed, stolen via quiet back door consolidations of power by corporate/government. But this is another very good sign. A very large and powerful company is listening, it matters what we say. It is incremental, but it is real. I fall into despair at times, but still send that email, call the customer service, fill out the FOIA. Demand it. It is non negotiable.

Comment: Re:Not just a giant iPhone (Score 1) 433

by blagooly (#43061857) Attached to: Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?
...used on the couch, by someone who also owns an iPhone. Fear a 7 would scavenge phone sales is the correct answer. But it is too bad they thought they had to bury all those unsellable 10's in the desert next to that crappy video game. Apple may yet rebound after the bailout, I read a rumor they are allied with Mr Fisker. The inevitable iCar. "saves fuel by Never Moving under its own Power!"

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