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Comment: Re:The thing is... (Score 1) 798

There's obviously something fundamental about what I am suggesting that you don't agree with. I wasn't intending to sway the masses with my original post, I just think it has a decent likelihood of being valid.

There is exactly zero reason for someone to be homeless but it happens. I believe it's likely there could be legitimate excuses for being a bully. I'm not suggesting that something shouldn't be done about that, though. I respect your posts and appreciate the conversation.

Comment: Re:The thing is... (Score 1) 798

Human beings under the age of 18 are capable of performing acts of their own will, yes. Sometimes children are tried in court as adults for their perceived willful actions. I don't disagree with you on anything you're saying but you are assuming I have some bully-promoting motive. This bully could plainly be a sinister little shit but generally a child is (for good reason) not held fully accountable for ALL of their actions and that is something that should be considered in this debate - and in each bully debate worldwide. I am not suggesting the bully should or should not be held accountable but am pointing out the potential complex societal structure in place which may or may NOT have contributed to the situation being discussed. I strongly believe these situations are not as simple as they often seem. Somehow I get the feeling that you will still consider me to be taking the side of the bully.

Comment: The thing is... (Score 1) 798

I don't mean to be "that guy" but at their age neither bully nor victim are at fault. Neither popular kid, nor unpopular kid are at fault. It's not as though these kids make a conscious decision when they're 6 years old to seek popularity or dickhead status. Its most probably bred into them by their surroundings and/or parents/upbringings.

You know, the whole adult vs child thing. Children cannot be accountable for ALL their actions because some of them are through no-fault-of-their-own.

This case sounds like one of more privileged vs not as privileged. Ie. bully family has better town status and/or lawyer.

I didn't read the articles, so my points might be complete nonsense.

Comment: Re:What would happen if they just let it meltdown? (Score 2, Interesting) 157

by ramper (#46305543) Attached to: Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

"massive radio active steam and dust cloud and the resulting fires and highly molten core would create radio active dust high into the atmosphere that would spread for thousands of miles"

you mean like current coal plants do?

"Though the concentrations are low, the total amount of TENORM in fly ash is noteworthy (Beck
et al. 1980; Beck 1989). For example, in 2004, U.S. electric power plants burned approximately
921 million MTs of coal (U.S. DOE/EIA 2005d). If that amount of coal is burned with 1.5 ppm
uranium, 1,381 MTs of uranium would be concentrated, in addition to other TENORM quantities."

[http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/docs/tenorm/402-r-08-005-voli/402-r-08-005-v1.pdf] - EPA

Comment: what cost? (Score 1) 551

by ramper (#46166971) Attached to: Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?
Can someone please explain why "cost" is ever an issue regarding society switching from carbon based power sources to sustainable ones? Isn't that what the argument is really about? It's going to be more expensive than burning the trees in my backyard, or more expensive than operating off the coal-based grid. What is the most cost-effective and expeditious way forward? Can we proceed with that best way forward? Can the US get a fucking Energy Policy written up so we can actually begin to have meaningful discussions about this?

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