I am against nuclear power for the same reason that I am against the XL pipeline: it is an imbecilic choice on a pure cost/benefit ratio. If humans are involved, accidents WILL happen. Period. Pipeline or plutonium, accidents will occur. And, given the nature of the price of an accident over TIME (astonishing time, geological time) versus a couple of kilowatts of power, only a greedy bastard with no regard for humankind, or very carefully arranged blinkers to avoid noticing that would MAKE SUCH A STUPID CHOICE. To wit:
Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific
Senior adviser to Tokyo Electric Power says controlled release into sea is much safer than keeping contaminated water on-site
Justin McCurry / Guardian
A senior adviser to the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has told the firm that it may have no choice but to eventually dump hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.
Speaking to reporters who were on a rare visit to the plant on the eve of the third anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, Dale Klein said Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco] had yet to reassure the public over the handling of water leaks that continue to frustrate efforts to clean up the site.
Yep. All that fuss for all those years to clean up that pittance of electricity they generated (compared to the COSTS already associated with it — and that’s merely the cold cash equation. Continue reading
Listen to the clueless analyzing the amoral:
Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From Right
Carl Hulse / New York Times
WASHINGTON — As conservative activist groups stirred up trouble for establishment Republican Senate candidates in 2010 and 2012, party leaders in Washington first tried to ignore the insurgents, then tried to reason with them …
No: an arriviste Fifth Column of former “libertarians” engaged in a hostile takeover of the GOP, with the payoff being 2010. Someone with a brain or a working amygdala would notice — if only as an act of craven self-preservation — that these are NOT Republicans, NOR ARE THEY CONSERVATIVES! Continue reading
Dear George Will:
Have you lost that pittance of good sense the lord saw fit to endow you with?
The IRS’s behavior taxes credulity
George F. Will / Washington Post
What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.
The headline pun is as lame as the predictable prose that follows: wan, flaccid, pallid, feeble.
Polish the turd all you want, but the fundamental element to a scandal that’s missing from this whole, pathetic, transparent conspiracy to discredit the IRS on the eve of its administration of the financial aspects of Obamacare … the ESSENTIAL element required for a “scandal” … the logically and legally necessary component … Continue reading
In the aftermath of last Sunday’s “Best Picture” Oscar going to 12 Years a Slave, I have to point out that slavery isn’t over. And I’m not talking about Africa or East Asia. I’m talking a little closer to home. (I already wrote about slavery, per se, in “Slavery, It’s Not Over,” at the end of 2007.) And that it’s now the 522nd year since Columbus discovered America as far as European civilization was concerned, and get over it if that doesn’t work for you. The clash of civilizations commences in 1492.
Dali, “Columbus discovers America” or something to that effect
This was originally reprinted in 2010, from the earlier piece entitled, “Republicans Who Hate and their Gardeners” [14 MAY 2010 · 11:45 AM] but it actually goes back to the original, CONFESSIONS OF A SECOND CLASS CITIZENor, IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU’D BE HOME BY NOW [Wednesday, March 29, 2006].
This Wednesday, his vorpal sword, the blog, celebrates its TENTH anniversary. Leading up to that, I will be reprinting some of the best pieces therefrom. Continue reading
The 2014 election just had its first primary, but this is the umpti-zillionth “polling” story for 2016 – a form of speculation GUARANTEED in American history to be meaningless by 2015. But here it is:
Poll finds Republicans resistant to Chris Christie presidential candidacy
As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday
for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found …
Let me paraphrase something from Eisenhower, something that transforms mindless space-filling into actual treason-by-omission if not by COMMISSION, as the Fourth Estate looks more and more like a plutocratic Fifth Column: Continue reading
The headline says it all, masterfully distilling a sea of BS into a single, transcendentally synesthetic quatrain of eight words*. Even old Hemingway would be pleased:
Senate rejects Obama nominee who defended cop killer Alexander Bolton and Ramsey Cox / The Hill The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general. — Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama’s nomination of Adegbile, which the Fraternal Order …
[* Or, Four of Eight in the Borg numeration system.] The sheer stupidity of this, the “policemen’s associations” and the yowling blight of American willful ignorance all play perfectly into the headline’s utter truth, and even the later “emendation” of the headline into the snarky, vicious with a new agenda direction backs up the veracity of that headline: Continue reading
Evidently the process of self-governance produces MORE than its fair share of imbeciles:
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy
FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces.
Now, you might, as did I, ask yourself: WHAT idiot writes such undermining, Fifth Column (and not Fourth Estate) agit-prop in the middle of an international crisis in extremely unstable times? Well, the proud, brave owner of this libel is a personage of no less august reputation than the anonymous fig leaf “By Editorial Board. “
I have not come here, however, to praise treason and cowardice, but to point out the terminus of the line that imbeciles like this are headed down.
YES: we have a right (and an addiction) to criticizing anything that we don’t like, whether we actually know anything about it or not. But, as my now Faux Nooz Narcotized mother told me, long before she joined the legions of the damned: He is OUR president (referring then to JFK) and we want him to succeed. Continue reading
Soviet Union’s Russian Republic’s greatest per capita consumer of Viagra® has played his dictator card again, following the template he established with the military bullying of Georgia (the country, and not the American state which has long since left civil society). Hands are wrung:
Why Russia no longer fears the West
Ben Judah / Politico
The West is blinking in disbelief – Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine. German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are all stunned. Why has Russia chosen to gamble its trillion-dollar ties with the West?
Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.
Putin’s henchmen know this personally. Russia’s rulers have been buying up Europe for years. They have mansions and luxury flats from London’s West End to France’s Cote d’Azure. Their children are safe at British boarding and Swiss finishing schools. And their money is squirrelled away in Austrian banks and British tax havens.
Putin’s inner circle no longer fear the European establishment. They once imagined them all in MI6. Now they know better. They have seen firsthand how obsequious Western aristocrats and corporate tycoons suddenly turn when their billions come into play. They now view them as hypocrites—the same European elites who help them hide their fortunes….
As somebody said somewhere sometime, if what you have is a hammer, then all the world looks like a nail. This is nonsense, of course: a projection of the writer’s understandable anxiety about the Global Kleptocracy. This morning, I have seen all KINDS of “Russian” experts, all spouting the wildest crap and hallucinations possible. Continue reading
Mollie Hemingway believes herself to be intellectually superior. Her analysis does not bear out this implicit notion:
Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell
Most Reporters Are Simply Too Ignorant To Handle The Job
By Mollie Hemingway
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
In the aftermath of the abominable media coverage of Arizona’s religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press because they practice them. And journalists don’t care about freedom of religion because they don’t.
But one of the most interesting things about modern media’s deep hostility toward the religious, their religions, and religious liberty in general is that press freedom in America is rooted in religion…
As noted in the prior post, Jesus preached tolerance and non-judgementalism. Ms. Hemingway went off the rails in the first sentence. Just sayin’.
There is something ultimately Satanic about “Christian” writers defending intolerance as “exercising their religion” and laws that suspend the actual practices of intolerance attacked as oppressive to “religious freedom.” Continue reading
The Grand Poobah Teatard, the Grand Wizard and Cyclops of the Tea Party Nation believes that homosexuals and liberals are oppressing freedom. Except that “freedom” in this case is used in a manner that most Americans (and humans) would find entirely alien to the notion.
Supposedly, it’s all about the freedom of the individual, the “sovereign” individual. The John Galt plotting to destroy civilization so he can remake it in his own image, the Howard Roarke who wants (others) to build buildings that they don’t like but he does. Listen:
Why is this bill so important and what did it mean for not only Arizona but America?
The issue can be boiled down to one word: Freedom.
A free man or woman controls their labor. A slave has no control over their labor. A free man or woman decides who they will work for and under what conditions. The slave cannot.
The left and the homosexual lobby are both pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of “tolerance” and “inclusiveness.”
What? Why that’s Tea Party Nation patriarch Judson Phillips screeching about the “religious liberty” of discriminating against gays. In his written-in-crayon (seemingly) screed: “Tyranny, the loss of liberty and Arizona’s SB1062” Continue reading
You might recall how Sal Russo’s little cash bus conned
CNN into the absurd notion that they “represented” the “Tea Party”
so-called “Movement.” Later, TPE would be hired when hiring was needed.
You know, I told you this last week, and now the incurious ABC journalist confirms it in the first sentence:
An Unhappy 5th Birthday For The Tea Party
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News
Five years after the Republican Party birthed the tea party movement, mother and child have never been more at odds. — The tension between “establishment” Republicans and tea party activists was on full display today at a 5th Anniversary event in Washington.
No: goddam it. It’s an attempted hostile takeover of the Republican Party– which the haters of the
Dixiecrats Republican Establishment have figured out, even if the media haven’t.
Just look at Ted Cruz’ little poison pill last week, filibustering the Debt Ceiling so as to FORCE GOP leadership to publicly vote to end the filibuster and to give ‘red meat’ to their Tea Party challengers. (Starting, next week, in the Texas primary, where a Tea Party Golem is attacking John Cornyn’s flank.) Continue reading