And "intuition" is just another word for "abstraction":
Not according to my thesaurus.
Nuclear power is so reliable, safe, and inexpensive that using wind and solar becomes nonsensical.
Reliable and safe yes, inexpensive no. Economics and a very long lead time to build are the major issues holding back the use of nukes. Numbers vary but solar and wind are now cheaper per kwh than importing brown coal to countries like India. Costs per kwh are still steadily dropping for wind and solar, whereas costs for nukes are stagnant or rising.
people will freeze to death because the sun didn't shine and the wind didn't blow when we needed it to..snip...people will die needlessly.
That's just silly fear mongering, every bit as ignorant an mis-informed as the anti-nuke people you are arguing against. Local weather variations are irrelevant to a national solar/wind grid, climate wobbles such as the el-nino phenomena mentioned in TFA have a minor impact on output because they change the average weather conditions over the entire planet. Note the impact of natural climate wobbles on output can also be positive, it just happens that the one on TFA is negative for the US (it's likely the same climate event had a positive impact on Australian renewable output).
I have no ideological problems with nukes, the appear to work very well in parts of Europe apart from the occasional political spat. However the costs and long lead times associated with building nukes means they will continue to be used in the future only where renewables are impractical. Worse still for the nuke industry, the economic niches for profitable nukes are shrinking as the renewables industry steadily continues improving their technology and ROI numbers. One thing is certain, king coal's crown is slipping, "book values" for coal assets are falling fast, the world bank, IMF, etc, have all recently stopped investing in coal and advised other to follow, nobody wants to be stuck with a "stranded asset", except the luddites running the fucking country down here in Oz, who are doing everything in their power to build the port/rail infrastructure to service "the world's largest coal mine", the mine itself is likely to fall into the "stranded asset" basket before it is even constructed.
Do a websearch on laser cutter engraver.
There are dozens for under $6K USD, and still a good handful down at $3K.
The proviso being that many of the inexpensive ones arrive in what is claimed to be ready to run but they're actually more like kits because of the poor quality of assembly: parts rattling around loose in the case (in one friend's experience) and various bits of hardware missing.
I have two friends who have purchased them and ripped out the control electronics, and replaced them with 3d printer brains, as those are better-understood than the custom hardware that's windows-only, proprietary-software-only shipped with the cheaper machines. That frees people up to use arbitrary modeling, cam, and post-processing programs.
Epilog lasers are very high quality (and their price reflects it, but it's way less than $100K, more like $10K.) They're made in the USA and are a mainstay of makerspaces because of their reliability and durability. I know a couple of people who work at Epilog and think highly of their work.
you are less likely to get blown up or murdered by the government while in the US than elsewhere.
The US is the only western nation still executing people, on that score it's roughly on par with China. The US also locks up it's citizens at a higher rate than ANYWHERE else in the world, eg: ~7X the rate at which China imprisons people.
You are false data.