The hysteria is whipped up by the more extreme hippy enviromentalists and their patsies in the ignorant media and governments
Don't forget the fucking socialists and liberals, who have an innate desire to see everything good in this world fall to ruin so that they can place as many people in concentration camps and then execute them in their pursuit of thir desire to see as much death as possible. You left that out. My point is that your statement is perhaps a tad hysterical itself.
Now try to have a couple less espressos each day.
The plant was designed to survive flooding and tsunami, it just didn't work in a real emergency situation. That is why when operators claim that their plants are safer or they have some new design that can't possibly go wrong people are sceptical. The same reassurances have been made before.
That's because the plant was not designed for Tsunamis of a height that has occurred in that area, and was known to have occured in that area. That's the real criminal element of this whole sad story.
Again, the generation newer plant was closer to the epicenter, took the bigger hit and bigger tsunami. It survived it just fine.
So we like tell the Tsunamis not to hit older plants?
Your response is pointless. Inasmuch as the old plants were promised as safe, the credibility that the new ones are is pretty low.
And I'm not saying this for myself, because I actually agree the new plants are a lot safer. I'm of the belief that we will soon have to make the choice between building more nucs, or going back to the dark ages. But there is a whole world out there that watched two reactors freak out and wreak a lot of damage. I'll not include the TMI accident because it was benign by comparison.
So for the non-technical, there are two possibilities:
1 "The reactor is perfectly safe" was a lie.
2. The reactor is perfectly safe" is incompetence or gross ignorance.
Which is likely to make the average person percieve the statement as:
1. Another lie.
2 We still have no idea what we are doing.
Somehow, some way, the nuc power industry is going to have to turn it's image around. And that is going to be of the same difficulty as a man who beats his spouse convincing her he is going to stop now.
You have the potential to produce a rather powerful weapon.
So do your enemies
Do you decide to not produce the weapon for ethical reasons, knowing that if the enemy produces it, he will use it, and your way of life will end?
Surely there's a infosec or security group at your company. Let them know. Otherwise, fire a note to your boss and cc'd your second level manager.
Then pack your bags.
Funny, your post is. However, accurate it maybe, too.
As people who are using their computers for content consumption switch to mobile devices, the people left over could plausibly be more apt to use or switch to a Linux distribution. For instance, they might be more capable at learning new software for whatever power use they use a desktop for. Similarly, they might be better able to adapt to a new operating system. Obviously, software is king and that will still be true in 2014, where you can't get some of the industry standards kind of software on Linux, yet... But, who knows?
To put it another way, changing the lowest common denominator in a market may change what is offered in the market.
So many people do not realize the incredible and wonderful job the Americans and Soviets did in the 1960's.
None of which would have been possible without all the incredible and wonderful work the Nazis did in the 1930s-1940s. Just sayin'.
What were the Nazi's contributions to orbital mechanics? Otherwise your inference is a non sequitar.
the USA is the only country to send men to another world. the Chinese talk of walking on the moon in 2025.
So far. So in a few years, you'll be able to say "Well, yeah - but we were first!" BFHD
When I think of the Sun and science, I can't help but think of the James Bond movie Moonraker where the opposing teams of astronauts / space marines are killing each other in Earth orbit with space lasers, one guy gets hit, and he starts to fall into the Sun.
Our first war in orbit will be the last one for a long time. Of course it will be the end of most everything in orbit. There was a reason the US only tested 1 sat killer, and there was an uproar when the Chinese did that a few years ago. Space junk. The massive amounts of debris will prevent most space travel until most of it de-orbits.
What the heck happened to your news feed? these baby steps India is taking we did decades ago. We put landers on Mars in the 70s.
Because you don't just aim something at Mars and blast off
So many people do not realize the incredible and wonderful job the Americans and Soviets did in the 1960's. Aside from the obvious rocket building and testing, there is the orbital mechanics science, which is not simple at all. The skill involved is monumental, and just because it was done way back then does not make it trivial. India and China are simply at different points on the learning curve.
And some day, they will probably do some incredible things, and our politicians who helped keep NASA form doing more will indignantly ask, "How did this happen?"
Nonsense, the American space program is far ahead of the rest of the world. Who has rovers on Mars? who has done massive inventory of planets around other stars? who has craft half way to Pluto? Who has craft orbiting Mercury to map the planet, that discovered ice and organics at its poles?
And the Chinese are starting to reach for the planets. With humans. We're redoing versions of what we have done before. And while the Chinese are playing catch up, as well as the Indians, we are not going any further than what we are now.
Where are the Americans ?
We're servicing the stockholders, and anyhow, that space stuff is verging on sedition, being science and all. And science is bad.
It is easy to imagine a period of time in the not to distant future when medical science understands cognition and emotion well enough to control it say, like we do with blood pressure. Take a pill, you're really better. No major nasty side effects. Clear efficacy. Perhaps even permanent cures.
I for one, am not sure I want to welcome those particular overlords.
We'll all be accountants at that point.
How long until "disagreeing with the politics of the ruling party" becomes a mental illness?
Perhaps, but more likely is how long before we start lowering the threshold for which someone requires "help". Especially if the facilities were private, which is 99% certain these days.
In 2008 in Pennsylvania two judges were convicted of accepting bribes from Robert Mericle, who owned private youth detention facilities. In return, they would sentence kids to incarceration in his facilities
The invisible hand of the free market in action! Too bad anyone who claims to see said hand will be declared insane.
But the concern is real. The underlying evil in for profit prisons and for profit mental incarceration is that a publicly held corporation must show increased profit on a regular basis.
The only way to increase profit is to either lower costs or increase the people who are the "product", so that the customer pays more.
There are finite limits to decreasing costs. There is already a large prisoner to guard ratio, building costs are relatively constant. You can minimize feed, but if the Prisoners starve to death, there goes a lot of profit. The desired outcome is for as many prisoners, serving as long of prison sentences as the society will allow, and kept alive as long as possible in prison. A fine recipe to serve the stockholders.
So the only practical way to ensure increased profit in a prison or mental institution run as a business is to create more criminals or people who are incarcerated for mental issues, should the latter system arise.
All in all, a completely morally bankrupt system.