The Entergy Corporation announced the closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. at the end of the 2014 power cycle.
While there was a massive citizen's movement against this plant and nukes in general, it wasn't people power that brought Entergy's caving-in, leaking nuclear plant to shutting down. It was the competing low price of natural gas. Of course, if you want to know the story, follow the money.
The bad news? The NRC (Federal nuclear oversight agency) gives all nuclear power plants in the decommissioning process up to 60 years to dismantle plants. And, the NRC has no Federal Waste Depository for on site used nuclear fuel rods piling up on site past the time of decommissioning (at all sites in this country).
If only we weren't still licking our wounds from the war in Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and the general collapse of our economy....
You can't turn on the news without hearing the drumbeat for military action against Syria. This has not been a rush to judgement as in the Iraq war and Assad has truly crossed a line of no return with his use of chemical weapons.
The problem is that Assad HAS crossed the line and there is no deterrent for him and his regime. If we lob a few cruise missiles at high-value targets it makes no difference. The choice is still between defeat and sure death for Assad or victory. Remarkably, Syria still has Iran, Russia and to a lesser degree Iraq as allies in his corner.
If there were a country who would take Assad and his family and higher-ups into exile it would present an alternative but there is no such country.
World markets are roiling, this time with good cause. There are no good choices in this conflict for the US. A war-weary nation is not about to occupy Syria and stay until democratic elections can be achieved. The US is not even willing to expend treasure to keep up an air blockade.
This is frightening on many levels.
President Obama will speak in front of the Lincoln Memorial and though he is a good to above average speaker he isn't going to electrify anybody. He'll point out some well known facts and offer some solutions but they will be nothing more than platitudes and odes to a truly great leader of African-American people.
This isn't to say that Obama hasn't challenged the black community, especially black males, to do better. He has. What he should do is something truly provocative, like propose a bill for reparations. Not that that would have a snowball's chance in hell of being passed.
Does not constitute one as a deadhead. Harry Reid may be more enlightened than the average senator but I agree -- he doesn't strike me as the kind who has the Dead in his musical rotation when he kicks back to relax.
Senator Leahy is a kind man. One only had to witness his bullying by Cheney during the dark years and Leahy's non-negative reaction to know he gets it.
...would Senator Reid be caught 'dead' at a concert? Pun intended. Reid does not strike me as the Dead 'type' (if there is one) I could be wrong. To be an advocate for an issue dear to a member of the band makes one a Deadhead not.
I'd bet Franken is a bona fide Deadhead, too but I agree with Anna, Leahy was likely there first.
In a June 13 2013 post, reader Anna rRxia wrote, "Senator Leahy is the only Senator Deadhead in Congress and big on civil liberties." Sorry, Harry Reid was there first. I would refer her to my story "Senator Deadhead" in the Reno News & Review, September 3 1996, which quotes Mickey Hart: "Harry, he got the message and he was able to act on it," referring to Reid's advocacy of giving music therapy coverage under federal health insurance plans. Hart, Theodore Bikel and Oliver Hart testified at Reid's invitation at a hearing on the issue.
was yesterday, commemorating the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th amendment which granted women the right to vote. ( Doesn't the word "granted" just make you feel special?)
The current US Labor statistics states that only 3% of all currently working women in the US are making the same, or more, than their male counterparts in the workplace. 97% of women currently make less, or substantially less, than their male counterparts in the exact same job.
And all of this in the good ole US of A.
Travel to much less socially-conscious countries and women still have the common role of domestic slave and, if they're lucky, have second-class social status.
So ladies, yesterday was YOUR ONE DAY of equality. Hopefully you didn't miss it, but if you did, no one would be surprised.
Granted, this is the fog of war and who the hell knows what is really happening but the video sure looks convincing. Sarin nerve gas. Ugghm, I don't know but when weapons of mass destruction are being used in the Middle East (or anywhere) it seems like things are getting really bad.
Can Americans do anything alone? No. Nor can we afford not to act, giving AQ another country of anarchy like Yemen and Somalia in which to base operations.
I pray for those innocents caught in the crossfire. Can the evil be stopped? Only when good leaders cooperate.
answered in another thread! Carry on, current events!