• Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Fukushima Two Years Later: Many Questions, One Clear Answer by Gregg Levine.

    2013-04-08 16:26:23View | Delete

    Thank you all for the kind replies. On a day when I was told by Netroots Nation organizers that “the committee felt like it was tough to move a panel forward on nuclear when there are so many other pressing environmental issues that are continually developing,” it is nice to see a few people in [...]

  • Thumbnail You can’t say you have all the answers if you haven’t asked all the questions. So, at a conference on the medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, held to commemorate the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan, there were lots of questions. Questions about what actually happened [...]

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Fukushima Plus Two: Still the Beginning? by Gregg Levine.

    2013-03-11 20:09:05View | Delete

    Geez–good luck with that. Seriously. I mean it.

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Fukushima Plus Two: Still the Beginning? by Gregg Levine.

    2013-03-11 18:08:57View | Delete

    And, honestly, unless you are really into a streamed video of a streamed video from Poland about the subtle differences in pediatric thyroid tumors, you won’t miss the good and dedicated Dr. Niedziela. Quite a day. I recommend watching Gundersen and Lochbaum–not that most of y’all haven’t heard most of what they say, but they [...]

  • Gregg Levine wrote a new diary post: Fukushima Plus Two: Still the Beginning?

    2013-03-11 05:25:43View | Delete

    Thumbnail I was up working in what were in my part of the world the early morning hours of March 11, 2011, when I heard over the radio that a massive earthquake had struck northeastern Japan. I turned on the TV just in time to see the earliest pictures of the tsunami that followed what became [...]

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission: Short on Confidence; Long on Waste by Gregg Levine.

    2013-01-29 14:46:06View | Delete

    Teddy, I saw that, and… ick. We need a classification for “neo-environmentalists.” Fortunately, Schellenberger is not taken seriously by real anti-nuke people, but unfortunately, he is involved with this film Pandora’s Promise that is getting buzz.

    I am about to be off line for several hours, but here’s a head start on PP:

    http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2013/1/23/pandoras-false-promises-the-latest-pro-nuclear-propaganda-mo.html

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission: Short on Confidence; Long on Waste by Gregg Levine.

    2013-01-29 08:20:54View | Delete

    An editor’s note of sorts: After this story was finished, the Obama administration released a report outlining its latest waste “strategy.” The report draws heavily from the 2012 BRC recommendations, which means a push for interim, centralized, above-ground storage, and a call that “demonstrable progress” be made on a more permanent repository by 2048. I [...]

  • Thumbnail On December 2, 1942, a small group of physicists under the direction of Enrico Fermi gathered on an old squash court beneath Alonzo Stagg Stadium on the Campus of the University of Chicago to make and witness history. Uranium pellets and graphite blocks had been stacked around cadmium-coated rods as part of an experiment crucial [...]

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post John “Scarecrow” Chandley, RIP by Jane Hamsher.

    2013-01-22 16:33:35View | Delete

    Very sad news and a great loss. Peace to his family and friends.

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Blogiversary VII: The FISA-ing by Gregg Levine.

    2012-12-30 16:44:52View | Delete

    Also a possibility, even up to and including the president, I’ve heard some say.

    Thanks!

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Blogiversary VII: The FISA-ing by Gregg Levine.

    2012-12-30 16:43:35View | Delete

    Probably an English dessert. . . or my next blog name!

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Blogiversary VII: The FISA-ing by Gregg Levine.

    2012-12-30 13:05:26View | Delete

    Thanks.
    You’re only as old as you feel….
    I feel old.

  • Gregg Levine wrote a new diary post: Blogiversary VII: The FISA-ing

    2012-12-30 11:30:16View | Delete

    Thumbnail December 30, 2005–a day that will live in infamy. Well, for me, anyway. (And maybe a few of you.) For it was on that day–seven years ago, today–that all of this began. . . all of this blogging thing. No, not for everybody–this is about me! A callow newbie to some, a grizzled vet to [...]

  • Gregg Levine commented on the diary post Yule Fuel by Gregg Levine.

    2012-12-25 13:14:16View | Delete

    And a Merry Christmas to you, Jane.

    Thanks to everyone who has kept an eye on this battle. While the waste might be with us forever, the process that makes it needn’t be. Nuclear power is a dangerous, bloated, expensive energy source–ending it is a winnable fight.

  • Gregg Levine wrote a new diary post: Yule Fuel

    2012-12-25 09:30:23View | Delete

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf-4lCsLlpg Yes, it’s time for that metaphor again. If you grew up near a TV during the 1960s or ’70s, you probably remember the ever-burning Yule Log that took the place of programming for a large portion of Christmas Day. The fire burned, it seemed, perpetually, never appearing to consume the log, never dimming, and never, [...]

  • Thanks. Yeah, I remember being very proud of myself when I learned as a kid that peanuts were not really nuts and strawberries were not really berries (but tomatoes were). So, OK, why don’t we eat more green bean butter?

  • I grew up without any peanut butter and jelly in my lunch box–not because I was allergic (and, yeah, the rise of nut allergies has vexed me for decades now), but because it just wasn’t something our family ate. My lunch equivalent was cream cheese and Smuckers red currant jelly on Wonder bread. I remember trying Jif or Skippy once, and finding its texture unpalatable.

    It wasn’t until college when I discovered Deaf Smith chunky peanut butter at the co-op, with all the oil you had to stir into it, that I could say I had eaten a whole peanut butter anything.

    Personal story aside, I remember WIlliam F Buckley (apparently a pb freak) wondering why peanut butter wasn’t considered a gourmet item. He may have noted that other nut butters, like cashew or almond, were fetishized and sold at a premium price, but not peanut butter. I think I remember him saying, almost with advocacy, that if peanut butter were put in a fancy jar, it could sell for ten times the price.

    So, why has peanut butter become the staple, while other nut butters are gourmet items? Is it just about supply, or are other cultural or political forces at work?

  • Gregg Levine commented on the blog post Ready, Shoot, Aim and Wayne LaPierre’s World of Demons

    2012-12-22 12:59:35View | Delete

    Well, if I’m reading a few stories today correctly, it looks like you’re going to get your wish.

  • Gregg Levine commented on the blog post Ready, Shoot, Aim and Wayne LaPierre’s World of Demons

    2012-12-22 12:49:12View | Delete

    How small-minded can La Pierre be? An armed guard in every school? C’mon! How about an armed drone over every school?

  • Gregg Levine commented on the blog post Acknowledgements

    2012-12-21 15:06:28View | Delete

    Thank you, David. Your writing and reporting started at fantastic, and only got better over time. I’m sad the blogoshpere (whatever that is these days) will be missing your constant voice, but happy for you and your freedom to step off the treadmill.

    I look forward to your future whatever–even if the Mayan’s (or their misinterpreters) are right, and that future only lasts another hour.

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