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  sugarnspice005

I don't watch the news as much as I used to. Got tired of the political posturing of a lot of the cable news shows. All of them. It's amazing really to see how the reporting can differ for the same events on the different channels.

I've heard people talking about Japan as "God is angry"...(that was a couple of co workers the other day), or that it's Global Warming. I'm no scientist, so, I couldn't say if it is Global Warming or not. Is God angry? hmmmm....well, I'm not an overly religious person, I don't go to church. Doesn't mean I don't believe. I just don't have the patience to sit on a hard pew for a few hours listening to someone read from a book. That's just me. There are others who can do it, and I respect that. Ok, just went of what I was thinking about. I was just looking on the web page of the local news channel here, and they have an opinion poll question: Do the benefits of nuclear power outweigh the risks? This question has stemmed from the tragedy in Japan with the nuclear plants being damaged. Honestly, I don't know the exact "benefits" of nuclear energy. I've never studied it. I've only heard snippets of it. But, in regards to the question, I can't help but think...Do the benefits outweigh the risks? When I look at it....how often have I heard of a nuclear plant explosion in, say, the last 15 years? I haven't, that I can recall. Which, to me, seems to indicate that, yes, there are risks, but, it's not like these plants have an issue once a year. If it hadn't been for the quake in Japan, we wouldn't be asked about this. How many times have we heard of nuclear plants in the past year alone? We haven't, really. Like I said, I don't know a whole lot about them, but I do know that they seem to be fairly "safe" in the sense that there isn't a constant barrage of incidents every day, week, month, year.

Now, gas prices. I'm about ready to sell the van and get a horse and buggy. Maybe a pretty black and white pinto pony. Yeah, neighbors love my dogs...I can just imagine their reaction to a horse and buggy in the driveway. I've heard talk about tapping into the oil reserve till prices "stabilize". They've been "unstable" for a few years now...I don't see them "stabilizing" anytime soon. And I sure as hell am not looking forward to paying $5.00 a gallon either. I've heard the mantra of "drill our own". Did you know, we already do? Yet, doesn't help the prices at the pump since most of the oil used here is imported. Doesn't make sense, but, I've heard it has to do with contracts with other countries. Such a time we live in. I vaguely remember the oil embargo of the 70's...I was just a kid, didn't understand all the long lines at gas stations. Just remember being bored silly waiting in the car. And a few times Dad telling us to quit arguing. Kids get cranky, what can I say? But today, damn, the half way mark has turned into the "E" mark on my gas gauge. When I started driving, for a measly $10, I could fill up the tank on my old 69 Skylard from a quarter tank. Today, that would cost close to $60.

Is there something government can do about this? I don't know. Actually, when I hear the government getting involved with something that has to do with my wallet, I feel like putting a heavy duty padlock on it. Oh well...what times we are living in today.

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Mar 15 @ 1:45PM  
Do the benefits of nuclear power outweigh the risks?

Well, in my mind, the risk/reward equation has a lot to do with where you put them. An area prone to hurricanes, typhoons, and earthquakes seems to be a potential problem waiting to happen. Of course, the Japanese don't have the best options in the site selection process.

Did anybody notice that Gilbert Gottfried got fired as the voice of the AFLAC duck over comments he made on Twitter about the problems in Japan?
sugarnspice005

Mar 15 @ 2:27PM  
No, I didn't know about Gottfried getting fired as the AFLAC duck voice. Doesn't really bother me, I never thought he was funny anyway. I remember leaving the room when he was on SNL because I couldn't stand how he looked with his face all scrunched up when he talked, and his voice grated on my nerves. And to think, Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies, and Gottfried does the parrots, Iago, voice on that movie.

As a representative of AFLAC, and knowing AFLAC has a partnership with Japan, he should have known better than to tweet those jokes. Not saying he shouldn't have made the jokes, but, he should have known his employer may not have found them amusing. Oh well. Wonder who will be the new voice of the duck?
40DWM

Mar 15 @ 8:02PM  
"Is there something government can do about this? "

Of course there is....don't you remember Obama saying that energy prices,
under his plan, would necessarily rise? You don't think it's just Goldman
Sucks ( 14 former executives from there, are part of his Posse) that's
ripping you off???

Remember, those nuclear plants got hit with an 8.9.....perhaps a 9.0
THAT is some serious ground shifting. Had those been commie reactors,
there would only be smoldering holes where the fuel rods were burning a
way to the center of the earth. Nobody in Japan, wants problems with
Nukes....... they have some of the best engineers and technicians
working to keep it from getting much worse.

As I've mentioned in a recent post, 60+ years ago, the Germans had efficient
plants that would take Coal in one side, and put out cost effictive, jet, high
octane gas, and diesel out the other. In the early 50's, in Mexico, Missouri,
there was a copy of the German synthetic fuel factories that put out quality
gasoline for about 1.6 cents per gallon. Those were killed off, by Big Oil and
Uncle Sam. {Fort Worth Star Telegram, section 1, page 8, September 2, 1990.}
sugarnspice005

Mar 15 @ 8:51PM  
Of course there is....don't you remember Obama saying that energy prices,
under his plan, would necessarily rise? You don't think it's just Goldman
Sucks ( 14 former executives from there, are part of his Posse) that's
ripping you off???

Did you miss this part?

Actually, when I hear the government getting involved with something that has to do with my wallet, I feel like putting a heavy duty padlock on it.

It was right in the same sentence with "Is there something government can do about this?"


And btw.....latest report I saw yesterday on the earthquake that hit Japan, it's been recorded as a 9.0 magnitude quake...that is powerful enough to rock any country. So yeah, I already figured the quake is why Japan's nuclear plants are melting down...I said as much here:If it hadn't been for the quake in Japan, we wouldn't be asked about this

Do I think nuclear plants are dangerous? Yes, anything can be dangerous. But, it boils down to how well maintained they are kept. No one, not even the Japanese, could have been prepared for the magnitude of that earthquake, and then the tsunami that hit immediately afterward.

Maybe the world should just trade in the cars and go back to the horse and buggy.
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StraddleMyNose

Mar 15 @ 9:02PM  
Well, in my mind, the risk/reward equation has a lot to do with where you put them. An area prone to hurricanes, typhoons, and earthquakes seems to be a potential problem waiting to happen. Of course, the Japanese don't have the best options in the site selection process.
I will have to agree with this statement.

But as far as the topic of risk/reward of nuclear power plants go, sure, there are always going to be risks involved here. As far as how much risk, just as Bruce stated, depends on where it's located and the threats with them concerning mother nature. But then other nuclear plants such as Chernobyl in Ukraine to where it was poorly designed and to where negligence also took place there in 1986 that caused a HUGE meltdown and effected the globe. By 2005, 60% of the people from around there had died of leukemia as a result from the effect of the meltdown of that plant.

In 1979, we had another nuclear plant (Three Mile Island) here in this country that had a partial meltdown, however, no one died from it.

I'm all for nuclear plants, depending on where they're placed, and precautions that are taken to assure that there's not another Chernobyl (poorly designed and negligence involved).
RJ53

Mar 16 @ 2:07AM  
You might want to read this.

My cousin's husband worked on the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. His exact opinion about them was that most of them were accidents waiting to happen. I do know there has been a number of incidents at Shearon Harris where people living within several miles have been evacuated because it was heating up.

I feel real safe with an aging nuclear reactor built by the lowest bidder sitting in the middle of the state near a fault line no less. While there have only been minor earthquakes in the last 100 years. All it takes is one. All 50 states have earthquakes from time to time. In my opinion there is really no safe location for them unless they are all updated with more safety measures.

I took physics as one of my sciences in college and if one of those things blows in any of the states it is not going to be a pretty picture.
RevDocLove

Mar 16 @ 6:20AM  
Berlin, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Germany's Reichstag in Berlin is set to become the first parliamentary building in the world to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy. Soon the entire country will follow suit. Germany is accelerating its efforts to become the world's first industrial power to use 100 percent renewable energy -- and given current momentum, it could reach that green goal by 2050.

If a country who has had it's ass kicked in every major war it was involved
in, including WW1 andWW2, I believe the USA could too
RJ53

Mar 16 @ 11:16AM  
If a country who has had it's ass kicked in every major war it was involved
in, including WW1 andWW2, I believe the USA could too

Instead of drill baby drill we should be yelling build baby build. We should already be using renewable energy. Corporate greed and a general public who just does not want to think about it is probably why we are not already there.

Did you know if you use solar and wind energy to power your home and you can produce more than you can use the electric company will buy the excess energy off of you? They pay you instead of you paying them.

This country needs to take its head out of the sand and take a good look at reality. We are supposed to be the greatest nation in the world but yet we do not cut back on our fossil fuel consumption and are letting every Tom Dick and Harry of a country pass by us on new technology and renewable energy. You change with the times or you die with the times and it is time this country started changing. Just my opinion mind you. LOL
sugarnspice005

Mar 16 @ 12:51PM  
Did you know if you use solar and wind energy to power your home and you can produce more than you can use the electric company will buy the excess energy off of you? They pay you instead of you paying them.

I would LOVE to go solar and wind energy! I've actually started looking into the possibilities. My only hold back right now is, yup, you guessed it..money. But, I do plan on converting to solar or wind eventually. Now, if auto makers would get smart...tap into the solar energy for cars.......
RevDocLove

Mar 16 @ 2:47PM  
I saw an electric trike that some dumb shit put a Honda generator on to recharge the batteries..
Would have made a whole lot more sense to install a solar charger, that way you never run out of power or gas..
Cheaper too..You can get a solar charger for around a $100 bucks and the generator is around $250

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