What were Tokyo
Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and General Electric thinking
when they decided to site the world’s largest nuclear
power complex at Fukushima? Perhaps they weren’t
thinking at all, or at least they were thinking only for
the short-term. Nonetheless, a disastrous earthquake
followed by a tsunami was certain to happen along the
eastern coast of Japan. Not a question of if, but
of when. That certainty was ordained by the
science of plate tectonics and validated in the
"Nuclear Power -- Not Now, Not Ever."
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Cutting Through Fukushima Fog: Radiation in U.S.?
If the reactor-meltdown disaster at the Dai-ichi
nuclear plant in Fukushima is as dire as much of the evidence
suggests -- a "ticking time bomb" now with more radiation
crossing the Pacific by air and ocean -- what can the U.S. and
international community do to mitigate the worst effects?
Toward Catastrophe: A Seven-Headed Beast:. "This
country, humanity, the globe are rushing pell-mell to
disaster, mostly by neglecting what needs to be done while
we're diddling with the political minutiae. This tendency to
avoid the obvious larger questions reminds one of the thrust
of Albert Einstein's famous quote: "The unleashed power
of the atom has changed everything save our modes of
thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe."
(First posted January 26, 2010)
Debate Creationism vs. Evolution? Why Bother? Earlier
this month, Ken Ham, creator and curator of the Kentucky
“creation museum,” invited Bill Nye, PBS’s “Science Guy,” to
debate “origins,” which inevitably led to an contest between
a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis
(“young-earth creationism”) and evolution. It was, of
course, a rout. Against Bill Nye’s citation of scientific
evidence, Ken Ham had nothing but his Bible and the strange
claim that science can tell us nothing about remotely past
a Glass, Darkly. A third of all Americans believe
the Bible to be the "inerrant" Word of God. But even if God directly
dictated the books of the Bible to the unknown authors, the
Bible we have today cannot possibly be "inerrant." And, of
course, there is no reason to believe that those authors were
anything but fallible humans steeped in the culture of their
times. (First Published November 21, 2005)
"Creationism" and the Devolution of the
numerous court decisions barring "creation science" from the
public classrooms, not to mention the phenomenal advance of the
life sciences, this ancient dogma refuses to die and stay dead.
Numerous public opinion polls report that about half of the US
population does not accept evolution. (First Published
February 5, 2005).
Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress
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