You may not know this, but there are (or used to be) quite accessible places where members of the general public could look at uranium fission with their own eyes. I think most of my readers can guess that I have been to such a place given my obsessions. Back in the eighties I was in my […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Seeing The Light"
This seemed to be an eighties thing. I suppose it hit the big time with Do They Know it’s Christmas from Band Aid. That was followed up by We Are the World by USA for Africa. Frankly, these songs were musically lame, and neither of them challenged the political foundations of the problems they addressed. But there was a lesser […]Read more "The Activism Single: Sun City"
Today’s title comes from Revelation 20:13. John of Patmos, the author of Revelation, lived on an island and traveled widely. He understood sailors and the dangers they face. John knew that sailors needed special reassurance concerning the hope of the resurrection. But this post isn’t about 1st century nautical culture, it’s about a funeral in […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: And the Sea Gave up the Dead which were in It"
So, suppose you are a government who wants the international prestige of being an official nuclear armed power. Furthermore, you have a decent supply of uranium ores within your borders and can also rely on some friendly nations nearby to sell you a bit of ore as well. And you want to do things right. You […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: It’s all in the Budget"
Last week I wrote a bit about radiological terrorism and dismissed it as not very dangerous. But there have been have been proposed nuclear weapons that used radiological contamination as an intentional means of killing, and that could render the areas attacked unusable for decades. This is similar in effect to the story of the […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Salting the Fields"
In about 24 hours from when I post this, there will very likely be another execution in Texas. How many is that for the year so far? I don’t know, but it’s probably not the first even though it’s just early March. You just tend to lose track. And it’s easy to lose track. You never […]Read more "We Know It’s Shameful"
There was this really incredible TV show once. You probably remember it. Highest ratings ever for any live television event. The producers spent less than a million dollars and had no pre-event hype to boost viewership. It aired live on almost every channel, and was considered so compelling that a lot of stations showed nothing but […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Isotopes"