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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shit Happens

What a nightmare for the Japanese with this Nuclear emergency! 
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It looks like a meltdown is imminent so the question is whether the containment vessels will hold and prevent a massive outpouring of poisonous radiation.  Aftershocks continue to pummel the country and the devastation from tsunamis has yet to be measured.  There are reports of whole towns with no survivors.
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Could it happen here?
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Absolutely.  Which will create a huge debate over whether nuclear power is necessary and if the safeguards that are in place are enough..
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Our standard of living demands a high supply of electrical energy, but there are costs.... and shit happens.   I suppose that we could shut down the laptops, lights and TV's and huddle around the fireplace knitting and whittling wood.
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Or we can live with the danger and try to mitigate the risk that our high energy level way of life requires.
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I'm a pretty good whittler, so can go either way.

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