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  • piehole commented on the diary post The Making of an Evolution: Obama “Comes Out” for Marriage Equality by Gregg Levine.

    2012-05-10 09:45:37View | Delete

    Newcarguy, you wrote:

    I’m not L,G,B, or T. At 61 this really doesn’t effect me one way or the other.

    What a regrettable conclusion. Irrespective of your personal profile, are you not in any way affected by the fact of others being denied the full spectrum of civil rights? Consider this as a point of comparison:

    In 1967, the [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post Imagine a Nuclear-Free California (It’s Already Here) by Gregg Levine.

    2012-04-28 15:03:26View | Delete

    Gregg, no doubt, accounts of the extreme hazards of the Unit 4 SFP have gotten traction because the powers that be have decided that it is in their interests. We are left to determine whether it is, indeed, an epic threat that surpasses all others — or, is it a diversion away from a multitude [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post Imagine a Nuclear-Free California (It’s Already Here) by Gregg Levine.

    2012-04-28 10:35:52View | Delete

    Gregg, thank you as always for the information and the wit. Regarding Fukushima and the unit #4 spent fuel pool (SFP) you wrote:

    I find it a little strange that while #4 is potentially a very very big deal, there are plenty of scary things about Fukushima that are already out and about and very much worth [...]

  • Greg, Suffice to say, most writing on this subject is nothing if not dry. But you, you have got style to spare — which made your post, not just informative but also, delightful to read. Style is a compelling lure that keeps a reader hanging-in-there, which is especially important when the content is complex and [...]

  • Greg,

    Thank you again, a million times over, for another incisive and eloquent story on the ongoing Fukushima/nuc debacle. Kudos to you. See my foregoing comment for a related story that may interest you if you haven’t already seen it. Please, keep a-goin Greg.

  • Hi Matt and all, Did you see this critique of the prior PBS Nuclear Aftershocks program by investigative reporter Russ Baker: Nuclear Damage Control . Baker also recently did another good piece: Fukushima Update: Why We Should (Still) Be Worried . Regarding sources for up-to-the minute, continually breaking Fukushima news, there are two solid blogs that were recommended a [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post March 11, 2011 by lobster.

    2011-09-11 20:18:55View | Delete

    Lobster, I respect your sense of urgency about what is happening politically in our own ‘homeland’ — and I sincerely appreciate all that you have to say on the domestic front. However, with regard to the matter of Fukushima, you have a degree of expertise and unique qualifications that illuminate and elevate the debate in [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post March 11, 2011 by lobster.

    2011-09-11 20:05:27View | Delete

    Lobster, thanks for linking to that darkly amusing item. I have been searching the internet, high and low since March 11th, and found the best sources for continually breaking Fukushima news to be two blogs that were also recently recommended by nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates : ~ EX-SKF. This former econo blog aggregates news and [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post March 11, 2011 by lobster.

    2011-09-11 19:22:24View | Delete

    Lobster,

    Many thanks! Good to hear from you again on this subject. I am dismayed by the dearth of ongoing Fukushima coverage in the prog-blogosphere.

    Would you consider doing a WEEKLY FUKUSHIMA UPDATE, perhaps in collaboration with other FDL diarists who wrote about it regularly in the first couple of months? Y

  • QUESTION, to Jane Hamsher: respectfully, why has FDL run so few front page stories on the Fukushima crisis?

  • Yes, Isis, these extreme weather events are an increasingly worrisome threat throughout the whole world. The topic warrants far more instructive and thoughtful analysis.

    Suffice to say, I’m disappointed with this particular front-page FDL post which addresses nothing more than the self-evident illogic of a facile conservative talking point.

    No doubt, Pat Robertson and his ilk would prefer that we continue to take the bait and be preoccupied with their every outlandish utterance.

  • piehole commented on the diary post Fukushima blueprint? Roadmap? What comes next? by lobster.

    2011-04-19 13:48:38View | Delete

    Regrettably, political and corporate machinations have been very much in play when it comes to managing perceptions of the Fukushima nuclear crisis; ranking its severity; and establishing appropriate evacuation zones. Witness TEPCO’s recently announced schedule for Fukushima Daiichi, which has been widely touted in the media as a “blueprint” and a “road map” to “end” [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post Useful Plots by lobster.

    2011-04-11 18:45:30View | Delete

    Lobster,

    Typo?

    Didn’t you mean to say that “Japan is NOW floating the idea that the official severity ratings of the Fukushima accidents should be INES-7″? It’s hard to see how this can come to any end that isn’t apocalyptic. BTW, looking forward to your new thread.

  • piehole commented on the diary post Useful Plots by lobster.

    2011-04-11 13:30:55View | Delete

    Lobster, Ongoing thanks to you and the FDL crew. Since the Fukushima crisis, much reportage has tended to downplay the probability of radiation-induced health risks. We are now frequently told that such and such a dose of radiation is less consequential than normal background levels or routine medical tests — hence, we should rest assured [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, April 2: Leaks to the Sea and Comments on AREVA Presentation by Scarecrow.

    2011-04-03 16:28:47View | Delete

    The blog ENENEWS links to the original and altered versions of the AREVA presentations :

    On March 21, Stanford University presented an invitation-only panel discussion on the Japanese crisis that featured Alan Hansen, an executive vice president of Areva NC, a unit of the company focused on the nuclear fuel cycle. “Clearly,” he told the audience, “we’re witnessing one of the [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, 3/31: Increased Radiation Detected On Land and Sea by Scarecrow.

    2011-04-02 08:49:09View | Delete

    Millie, what has the Japanese-language press (i.e. newspapers in Tokyo) reported about the issue of “localized criticality” or “re-criticality”?

  • From the KYODO story:

    One of the sources said bodies [uncollected corpses] had been exposed to high levels of radiation after death. The view was supported by the detection Sunday of elevated levels of radiation on a body found in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, about 5 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

    If the radiation-contaminated bodies haven’t been collected and autopsied, how would “sources” know that these people weren’t exposed to radiation BEFORE they died? Furthermore, isn’t it conceivable that radiation poisoning was the cause of death for some?

  • piehole commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, 3/29: Defense in Depth Now Has Sandbags! by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-30 19:59:03View | Delete

    Missouri Mule, thank you for the timely and useful information. I see no misrepresentation, or misstatement, of the data therein

  • piehole commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, 3/29: Defense in Depth Now Has Sandbags! by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-30 19:53:26View | Delete

    Mafr, wouldn’t you know it…The handful of nuclear power plants I’ve had the misfortune of seeing in person have all been on the ocean. The other day, when it became apparent that Fukushima will use the Pacific Ocean as a dumping ground, I thought, yes of course, THAT’S why there are so many nuclear plants [...]

  • piehole commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, 3/29: Defense in Depth Now Has Sandbags! by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-30 19:44:28View | Delete

    Millie Sievert, did you follow news of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this past summer? That was our own home-grown catastrophe and the consequences will still be in the making for decades to come. As you may very well know, in late capitalist democracies, government is prone to weigh the public interest [...]

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