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http://www.redbudride.com/

This is a great first touring ride for the year.  Weather should be nice.

I am driving down on Friday PM and returning Saturday.
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Amazingly some idiots still think they don't need to vaccinate children.  Ask Jenny McCarthy and Michelle Bachman.  I guess if you live in a fantasy world you make up your own facts.  But sooner or later reality intrudes.  Ignorance is rarely correlated with bliss, but often with poverty, disease and death.
 
Vaccination saves lives.  Here's proof.

From The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (Official) on FB

This one graphic shows the overwhelming effectiveness of vaccines. Anti-vaxxers take notice.

www.richarddawkins.net

‎#science ‎#reason ‎#vaccines ‎#medicine ‎#altmed ‎#antivaxxers
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To +Shaker Cherukuri . What kind of re-processing do you think about ?
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I think safety is the prime concern with nuclear.  It is not clear to me that uranium based technology can be completely safe, even centuries after it is shut down.
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+Shaker Cherukuri can you point me in the direction to where this is being discussed? I've not heard anything about it.
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http://www.climateride.org/events/midwest

Looks like fun.  Any interest?
Join Climate Ride California or NYC-DC for a five-day charity bike ride that raise funds for green causes such as sustainability and bike advocacy.
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I want every one of these people to clearly go on record denying there is climate change and that we should do nothing.  In ten years' time they will have to answer for that.

These people have been bought and paid for by the Koch brothers.  Anyone under 50 who votes for one of these "representatives" is committing suicide.  Anyone of any age who votes for them is voting for the murder of future generations of Americans yet unborn. 

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/03/19268215-koch-brothers-push-gop-officials-to-sign-anti-climate-pledge?lite

This is like signing a pledge not to regulate tobacco because it doesn't cause cancer.  What sort of fool signs that?  A fool that has been paid to do it.
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What eloquence!
 
Saw this on facebook, had to share here!
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South Korea has nowhere to put nuclear power waste
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South Korea's nuclear power industry flourishes but needs a disposal vault of 20 square kilometers in rock caverns some 500 meters underground. It has nowhere to store the radioactive waste, which must be locked away for tens of thousands of years. It would like to build more nuclear reactors but it can't. Nuclear waste storage is highly contentious in densely populated South Korea, as no one welcomes a nuclear waste dump in their backyard. Temporary storage for spent nuclear fuel rods at South Korea's nuclear plants was 71 percent full in June with one site in Ulsan, which is the heartland of South Korea's nuclear industry, to be at full capacity in 2016.

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/03/nuclear-waste-problem-south-korea
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+Eugene O'Donnell I thought there was a good bit of thorium on the near side of the Moon:
http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v4/n8/fig_tab/ngeo1225_F1.html

If nuclear power becomes necessary on the Moon, there really isn't any other alternative than thorium cycle.
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I feel this is an important issue because Fukushima made it clear that nuclear power has some fundamental flaws.  Despite reasonable efforts by TEPCO to make the plant proof against a tsunami, the cost of building to resist a tsunami of the magnitude that occurred was determined to be economically impractical.

This same sort of thinking was applied to the levees in New Orleans.  But in that instance the consequences were nor as severe.  It was only due to the heroic action of the Japanese Prime Minister and the Tokyo firemen that a far worse consequence was avoided.

This points out that 'fail-safe' is never truly correct.  Particularly if economics bar taking the right action.
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+Alex Fung The report does not specifically say that the PM did not prevent the abandonment of the plant.  It says "it is hard to conclude that..."  The report basically wants to blame the accident on a failure of administrative processes.  As such, the PM committed the unpardonable sin of not following the process.  

But even the report makes it clear that TEPCO was not trustworthy. As such the PM really had no choice but to take control.  While there is no clear evidence of a plan to abandon the plant, the PM had no way to be certain.  In a similar circumstance, would a reasonable man decide to wait to see what would happen? 

The report strongly criticizes the complacent attitude of operators and regulators.  I would humbly submit that this is normal in practically every industry whether it is food processing, oil drilling (see BP's Deepwater Horizon) or nuclear power.  Thus it is unreasonable to expect that improvement will occur.   In light of this, can a nuclear plant ever really be safe?  Given the levels of corruption in China, do we really believe the safety measures are state-of-the-art?

These same sorts of pronouncements were made after each of the 2 prior significant nuclear accidents (TMI, Chernobyl) but no real action was taken.
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If you don't see the paradox/hypocrisy, look at the stars ;-)
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So true.
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A Renaissance man at heart.  Lover of science, math, writing, art, music, travel and sports.  Science explains the world, as best we can.  Math is the precise tool which lets scientists discuss things rationally. Writing is how ideas get from one brain to another without talking.  Music is speaking in math. Art is abstraction made concrete. Travel is the inexorable path we take through time, and reveals the world and its diversity. Sport is the way we fight without hurting each other too badly, and the only way to keep sane sometimes.