“The worst nuclear near-disaster that you’ve never heard of came to light in 2002, when inspectors at Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear power station discovered that a slow leak had been corroding a spot on the reactor vessel’s lid for years (PDF). When they found the cavity, only 1 cm of metal was left to protect the nuclear core. That kind of slow and steady degradation is a major concern as the US’s 104 reactors get older and grayer,says nuclear researcher Leonard Bond. U.S. reactors were originally licensed for 40 years of operation, but the majority have already received extensions to keep them going until the age of 60. Industry researchers like Bond are now determining whether it would be safe and economically feasible to keep them active until the age of 80. Bond describes the monitoring techniques that could be used to watch over aging reactors, and argues that despite the risks, the U.S. needs these aging atomic behemoths.”
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Something has to happen. The picture here is one most people know and recognise. Have you ever sat in such a mess? If yes, I pity you. If not, then how on earth did you manage that?
We are all the slaves of fossil fuel. Diesel, petrol, whatever kind your vehicle likes, it is there for you, and the prices go up and up and up (and down a cent) and up some more. The only ones who thrive on that are the big oil companies. And they know that the reserves of their liquid gold are diminishing, so they are pushing up the prices some more to make as much in their lifetime as they can. All under the guise of wars in oil-producing areas, cost of labour and more of that.
We need to look at the other options much more. Individual transport is the holy cow of the western world. Go electric. Oil companies try to stop electric, but they are failing (finally). They also blocked hydrogen cars for very long, hopefully that is going to fall and fail too. A better form of public transport, smaller units transporting people more flexibly to more places. Electric trains, maglev trains. Oh, of course, that costs bundles of money, but it is an investment in the future, one that will keep its value. More roads, more asphalt, preparing for more fossil-fuel devouring machines is an investment for the short term. A waste of money. We have to look forward.
It’s amazing but true. Two years ago I published my first little book, about a wicked witch called Grimhilda. Hilda for friends. When I pressed that “publish” button for the first time, little did I know…
What followed was a small avalanche of books (at least that is how it seems to me). More Hilda books, and people kept downloading them. I brought out a few books in a different genre too, but Hilda apparently is everyone’s darling. Not bad for a wicked witch. I started an author facebook page to have a way to interact with fans of my written heroes and heroines, which was a good idea. I met very nice people!
A very nice and also surprising milestone was the invitation to join the Alexandria Publishing Group, a collective of independent writers who stand for books that are good in every way. Not just the story, but also the grammar, spelling, etcetera. Quality all through the work.
I am grateful to Sharon and Jean, who made Hilda happen, and Arlene for nearly getting on my nerves to publish that first booklet of Hilda. Without them, this all would not have happened. Thank you, Carol, who patiently looks for all the mistakes I hide in the texts, and of course, I am grateful to the fans of Hilda, William, Babs and Lily (and all the others), for downloading and buying my books. Without them, this would never have taken off the way it has!
Two years. Amazing. How will things look two years from now…
(Post originated on paulkater.com)
Nice that he collected $250.000 “to end the TSA”. The TSA however has not ended. I suddenly wonder where these $250.000 are…
Here is a nice bit of information on how poorly the TSA is going about things, and how money-squandering it operates.
I have been subjected to their intimate ways of touching and fumbling more than I care to count. It is not funny. All in the name of scare tactics of course, and for “our safety”. Sure.
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That worked for me.
Isn’t this just entirely and horribly sad? People go to the premier showing of a new Batman film and as they go, they are shot to death by a masked gunman.
What is wrong with the world? What makes people go through something insane that they start doing something like going into a cinema, throw gas grenades and then start killing people at random?
It is a very worrying thing. The killing of people in the street or their home is presently a thing of the day, even here in the Netherlands. How many people are genuinely shocked when they read about it? Are you? Or do you simply shrug and move on?
I think it is horrible, disgusting. It saddens me.
It is a strange piece of software. I don’t like it but I need it for some stuff at work. After it was automatically upgraded to 9.0 I spent ages trying to find how it will automatically load Citrix “.ica” files. Never found it.
Since a few days it automatically loads .ica files without me telling it to do so? This takes user-friendly to new heights. Uhm – make that lows?
Step 38: Söb uncöntröllably in a cörner.