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Nuclear Power’s Promise and Peril

Green Jihad

A very good video report by The New York Times on nuclear power. It points to the Three Mile Island incident that occurred during 1979, and also shows how the entire incident lead to unwarranted hysteria about nuclear energy. It was human ingenuity and technology that helped prevent Three Mile Island from becoming a disaster that could have cost lives.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster also might have been a setback but even that area is, essentially, back to normal despite the unwarranted ballyhoo. Both nuclear plant incidents did not result in any loss of life nor was anyone affected by emissions from either facility.

Despite the seemingly inconclusive ending to this Retro Report video, the overall buildup to the conclusion is mostly positive. Nuclear power does have drawbacks like any other energy source, but its benefits far outweigh its negatives.

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Trump’s Tweets Are Cathartic and Costly But Not Crimes

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedBelow is my column in USA Today on the most recent claim that the tweets of President Donald Trump concerning the Special Counsel are acts of obstruction.  Once again, there is a blind eagerness to claim a prime facie criminal case against Trump. However, the implications of such a charge are enormous. It would mean that a subject or target of an investigation could be criminally charged for publicly denouncing the prosecutors or their investigation.  While it is certainly true that a president is not just any investigatory subject and has powers that do mean a menacing meaning to such tweets, it would radically extend the scope of obstruction into more ambiguous areas.  In the end, this is still the exercise of free speech in this context.

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The Ronettes – Be my baby / Shout (1965)

Yet another meaningless metric: contribution of solar and wind to total load

Trust, yet verify

“A new record for solar and wind”. This is stated in a tweet by our Flemish Minister of Energy:

The hashtag “stroomversnelling” (the Dutch word for “rapids” and used in expressions it roughly means “speeding up” or “moving faster”) and he often uses it in relation to his policies. So, do I understand it correctly that he connects the current policies are the reason that this record was broken?

That “new record” was solar and wind producing 45% of the Belgian electricity load on Saturday July 28 at 15:00. My first reaction was: “So what?”. It probably would boil down to a few minutes in the weekend. The Minister has a history of unnuanced and misleading tweets, so I thought it would be a good idea to check what that record is all about. I turns out that this record was even less significant than I expected.

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Claudia Goldin on the Quest for Career and Family

Feminism: More than Trying to Outman the Men

There are certain jobs that cannot step out of the rat race as Claudia Goldin has shown.

One Sock: Heather Roy's Blog

Heather Roy

5 August 2018

Australian journalist and author Natalie Ritchie has written a follow up blogpost (Jacinda Ardern – Busines as Usual for Women?) to her article published in the NZ Herald recently where she asked if the PM would consider working part-time. It may sound like a crazy idea, but whether Ritchie thinks it possible or not, she raises very valid questions about feminism, support for women in the workforce and whether the PM’s choice to come back to an extremely busy full time role after 6 weeks of maternity leave sets up unrealistic expectations for other women.

“If Jacinda is genuinely happy as a full-time PM working traditionally ‘male’ hours, then we can all be happy for her.

However, that doesn’t mean we should be happy for ourselves, or for other women. As Jacinda herself said on her first day back at work on Thursday, she is

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Whatever happened to the food riots predicted by Ehrlich?

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