Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nice to be back

Between my computer deciding that it has a mind of its own and has decided to do anything it can to thwart me and the fact that I've been a little under the weather for a couple of days, I haven't posted anything. I'm still not feeling on top of the world, so I haven't put much thought into what I might want to say, so don't expect much here!

With that said, one area in which I usually break from my liberal brethren is on the subject of nuclear power. I served in the nuclear program in the Navy; as a result of that service I have generally had a fairly positive outlook. Are there safety problems? Yes, without a doubt. However, there are safety problems with any energy other than possibly solar. I have said for years that if we could build bombs utilizing solar power, we would have solar everywhere. That, however is not feasible.

Now that you know that in general I'm inclined to view nuclear power favorably, I have to say that this thing in Japan scares the living crap out of me. Three Mile Island? Human error and we dealt with it. Chernobyl? A very, very poorly designed reactor with minimal or no safety standards. However, the Japanese reactors are built using pretty much the same technology that has worked pretty well for 50 years. This scares me. What happens if we have a major quake on the San Andreas fault? Are we prepared to deal with that? Let's put it this way -- I am definitely rethinking my stance on nuclear power.

With all that in mind, here's a song Springsteen wrote about TMI. It's one of my favorite Bruce songs, so I hope you all enjoy the video....Roulette from the Tunnel of Love tour in 1988.

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