Sunday Morning Grab Bag

A couple of quick items this morning.

  • I hate Daylight Savings Time. One of the stupidest inventions of all time. Whenever I have to wake up earlier, I think it’s stupid. :-)

  • I was asked about nuclear power yesterday and I answered in a quick comment. Briefly, the essence of nuclear power is that we are going to create a nuclear reaction, which we are going to control. We then use the heat in the nuclear reaction to superheat water. That water will be turned into steam and the steam will be used to turn turbines to generate electricity. I have three basic problems with nuclear energy. First, the process does not seem to be the most energy-efficient. Secondly, nuclear power plants are extremely expensive to build and therefore require taxpayer money to help these utility companies. As far as I know, the taxpayers are sharing in the risk but not in the benefits. If you want us to fill the bill then we need to sit on the board of directors. Thirdly, when the fuel rods are all used up, I don’t think that we’ve come up with an adequate solution of what to do with the nuclear waste. Burying the waste in a great big hole sounds too much like a Wily E Coyote solution. Trucking nuclear waste all over the country just seems to be a formula for disaster.
  • Cool new website called DrawCongress.org. This may be a way for us to fix our political districts and nonpolitical manner. I’m hopeful.
  • Great interview with Naomi Klein about her new book which deals with those who deny global warming.
  • It looks like the situation in Japan is more serious than we thought. Looks like we are dealing with a nuclear disaster.
  • The protesters in Wisconsin will not quit. I’m loving these guys. Personally, I will send them every bit of support that I can afford. They are going to change the political landscape not just in Wisconsin but in the United States for the next 5-10 years.
  • Michele Bachmann needs a history lesson. The battles of Lexington and Concorde took place in Massachusetts and not New Hampshire.
  • Don’t let the mainstream media fool you. The disaster that is becoming the NFL’s fight with its players union is more than a disagreement among millionaires. This is about much more than that. Read as much as you can and stay informed. This is an age-old battle between workers and owners. This is about splitting up a $9 billion pie and the owners want a larger share.
  • The Arab League has voted to support a no-fly zone in Libya. No surprise here. The Arab League understands that stability sells oil.