Posts Tagged ‘thoughts’

Nuclear Power

I have always been against Nuclear power.  I have yet to hear an argument for nuclear power that makes sense if you really think about it.

Nuclear power is cheaper, really? The Congressional Budget Office reported in May 2008 that the actual costs of building 75 of the existing nuclear power plants in the U.S. exceeded industry quoted estimated by more than 300 percent. The industry, in other words, reported average construction costs for these plants at $45.2 billion (in 1990 dollars) but the facilities ended up costing $144.6 billion (in 1990 dollars). This increased their construction costs from $938 per installed kW to $2,959 per installed kW. That doesn’t include the cost to “store” the waste, which is billions to build the storage site and I don’t even know how to begin to calculate the cost of the man power it will take to guard it for a million years.

Nuclear power makes up about 22% of our electricity and a government study said that Americans could cut the amount of electricity we use by 25% through conservation.

Nuclear power is cleaner? Not really.  Even though nuclear power produces no CO2. Only 7% of world C02 comes from U.S. coal, oil, and gas plants; and worldwide, CO2 represents only half of the problem. Nuclear power does nothing to reduce the other greenhouse gases such as methane, chlorofluorocarbons, halons, etc. Increasing gas mileage on our vehicles is a far better and faster way to reduce CO2.   What a nuclear power plant does produce are spent fuel rods, which are poisonous and dangerous for over a million years.

Nuclear power is safe? Let’s look at history to answer this one. Chernobyl, 3 mile island and now Japan. 3 major accidents since 1960 (Dresden 1  designed by General Electric was started) wouldn’t be so bad if the potential for a large number of deaths and wide area of contamination wasn’t present. According to a 1982 study done by Sandia National Laboratories, a severe (but not necessarily “worst-case”) nuclear power accident in Illinois would result in deaths in the tens-of-thousands, casualties and latent cancers in the hundreds-of-thousands, and property loss in the tens-to hundreds-of-billions of dollars.

Making tons of nuclear waste that will be dangerous for a million years is irresponsible. It is foolish to think we can safely  store nuclear waste for that long. That’s much longer than modern mankind has been around. Just a look at how much the world has changed in the last 2,000 years, then tell me how we can predict what will be safe for a million years.

Nuclear power is big business and they have spent around $700 million on lobbying at the federal level in the last decade. It seems to me that once again our politicians are being bought to push an unnecessary and dangerous business and to hell with what’s right.

Please contact your representative (to find yours go to: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml) and tell them to say no to nuclear power.

Instead of subsidizing nuclear power with billions of dollars they could take that money and hold national raffles to put solar panels on homes and buildings.

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Peeing In The Shower…

I shall blame Buddy Hackett for bringing this act to my attention. When I was about 17 I heard a stand-up routine, where part of the joke that Buddy was telling had the line “She was so high class she steps out of the shower to pee.” It was at that moment my brain crashed trying to figure out who pees in the shower? Maybe it’s because for the first 10-11 years of my life I only taken baths and I learned to pee before I got in the tub (peeing in the bath is NOT OK).

I’ve heard people say it’s no big deal and they are probably right, I mean the water is running and the drain that it’s going down hooks into the same drain as the toilet. I’ve also heard that peeing in the shower will kill bacteria that can cause foot fungus, I don’t know how true that is or if it’s just an excuse to make it sound acceptable.

Most places that I have lived, I’ve actually had to pass the toilet to get to the shower. The few places that I lived where you didn’t actually have to pass the former to get to the latter, it still wasn’t out of my way to stop, and stopping was always a good idea since I know the affect that running water (and getting wet) has on the human body. So unless your bathroom is really big or your house has a truly horrible floor plan there is no reason not to make a stop on your way to the shower.

On the other hand not making that stop and using the shower can save a flush which saves water and in this day and age that’s a good thing. Right?

Change (I Want To See)

Our politicians don’t seem to represent the average person in the U.S. anymore. They are worried more about keeping their jobs than they are about doing their jobs. (Don’t they always accuse each other of being out of touch with the real America?)

I have come up with a solution that I think will refocus their (politicians) attention back to doing their job (and keeping them in touch) and in the process will fix the economy and bring back the attitude that made America great.

Since our politicians are suppose to represent us, shouldn’t their pay also be representative of ours? In 2007, the median household income rose 1.3% to $50,233.00 according to the Census Bureau. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States).

My plan is simple, politicians get paid based on the median income. Right now the current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. Senate Leadership:
Majority Party Leader – $193,400 Minority Party Leader – $193,400. House leadership: Speaker of the house $223,500 Majority Leader – $193,400 Minority Leader – $193,400. (http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm).

I know they will argue that better pay gets better people (same argument big business CEO’s make). There is a difference between good pay and over pay. Seems to me that the latter gets greedy people not good people. Remember the saying: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I also believe that those who seek power are those most likely to abuse it.

There is also the argument that they (politicians) need to live in D.C. and back in their home state. Well to this I say “Barracks” or some other type of basic government housing and for traveling back and forth I say “Coach” tickets or the upgrade comes out of their own pocket. Remember they are really just “public servants” who suffer from delusions of grandeur.

I will no longer listen to or believe their hype: “The other party is destroying or will destroy America”.  “That candidate is a Washington insider and will continue abusing the system”.  “I am an established politician who knows how to work with the system”.  “This election is the most important election”.  And for post elections, one of my favorite”, ” the people have given us a mandate”, (there are many more).

I know that there is no way they will take a pay cut and I know they will do what it takes to keep their jobs (and not really do their jobs). I also know that the greatest thing about America is that the real power is in the hands of the voters. So if enough of us get together we can change our world. I myself have taken a personal oath that I will no longer vote for any politician that has had 3 terms or more. And if I don’t like the candidate of the other “major party” there is always a 3rd party candidates to consider.

If a politician’s pay was tied to the median income the middle class would start to grow. The economy goes as the middle class goes. To quote Henry Ford: “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible”. Once when asked why he pays his workers so much Henry Ford replied, “someone has to be able to afford my products”.

Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day?

November 11 is now known as Veteran’s Day. Once it was known as Armistice Day (and maybe it should be again).

Below is an excerpt from the book Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. After reading the excerpt below I, like Vonnegut will choose Armistice Day.

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day . When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.

And all music is.

Religious Freedom Or Neglect?

 

Religious freedom is a cornerstone in the foundation of America, but when does it go too  far and when should the Government step in?

Daniel Hauser is 13 yrs old and has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With chemotherapy and radiation his chance of survival is 90%, without the medical treatment his chance of survival drops to 5%.

After a single Chemotherapy treatment, with his parents, Daniel opted instead for “alternative medicines,” citing religious beliefs.

The Hausers are Roman Catholic and they also follow the philosophy of the Nemenhah, a Native American healing practice (holistic medicine).

The State stepped in to try and save the boy’s life. A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that a family cannot refuse chemotherapy for their cancer stricken 13 year old son.

In his ruling, Judge Rodenberg wrote:

“Brown County Family services has demonstrated a compelling state interest in the life and welfare of Daniel Hauser sufficient to override the fundamental constitutional rights of both parents and Daniel to the free exercise of religion and the due process right of the parents to direct the religious and other upbringing of the child.”

Colleen and Anthony Hauser are supporting what they say is their son’s decision to instead treat the disease with nutritional supplements and other alternative treatments.

Colleen and her son Daniel are now on the run, an arrest warrant for Colleen has been issued.

One of the factors in the story is that Daniel has very limited reading and writing skills, so it’s argued that he doesn’t understand his decision.

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=718924&catid=2

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=706678


 

Milestone Birthdays

The 7 milestones of your life (if you make it that far).

  1. 10-You’ve finally hit double digits.

  2. 13-You’re a teenager yippee!

  3. 16-Hot damn you can drive.

  4. 18-Finally you are an adult (except for the drinking part).

  5. 21-You can now drink alcohol legally.

  6. 36-Yahoo! You can now legally sleep with someone half your age.

  7. 100-Triple digits.

Hope everyone will enjoy all 7 milestones, and maybe a few others.

Procrastination

According to my dictionary Procrastinate means to put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. Or to postpone or delay needlessly.

Well I’m not saying I’m a procrastinator but I have a writing assignment for my Citizen Journalism class that is due on Tuesday and as I’m sitting here at the computer to work on it. I found myself surfing the Internet and then playing solitaire (spider) instead of working. Then again I’m one of those guys that wakes up in the morning, the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day out, I’ll stretch and think I should get up and enjoy the day, then I think I’ll do that later and  I go back to sleep.

Now I’m writing this and not that. I’m not too worried I usually get things done on time, besides procrastination isn’t to bad as long as you waste your time in an enjoyable manner.

Well I’ve wasted enough time, guess I’ll get busy now….maybe!