At 2 PM Eastern, Dios Mediante, we’ll be trying something new, a Q&A. A long-time commenter who works in the nuclear industry will be answering questions about nuclear power. I’ve been taking my medication on my Fukushima obsession but I asked him a few to prime the pump, which I’ll post at 2 to start things off.
This guy has been a reactor operator, trainer and consultant (I’ve checked his real-life credentials), so it should be interesting.
Awesome. I’ll bone up in my Homer Simpson references. ;-)
Wish this story would get more attention:
Iowa Gun Owners. Of course.
It’s increasingly clear that our entire political system is nothing more than just a massive shuck-and-jive as the money changes hands.
As that will be 8 a.m. here, shall have to check it well afterwards.
Homey don’t do mornings.
But if someone could ask his thoughts on the sporadic recurrences of radioactive xenon detected at one of the Fukushima plants, it would be appreciated.
I won’t be able to attend realtime but I’ll definitely be checking back later. I did a small research project about a decade ago on the economics of nuclear power, and I was really shocked by how many of their issues are self-created. The biggest scam in the universe is how nuclear power proponents have managed to blame all of nuclear power’s problems on environmentalists and completely ignore the mistakes made by the industry.
@Southern Beale: you too can have a state Senator for $150k per year.
I think we should buy one for this blog.
Ahh says fywp
@Southern Beale: Ive been enjoying tge hell out of this story. Did Wonkette pick it up?
@Suffern ACE: I’d bet you can get state senators a lot cheaper than that. He was only valuable for his campaign connections in a super early state. If you had to go over $15k for a run of the mill state senator I’d be shocked.
@Suffern ACE: You’re thinking too small. I say we should go for a US Senator. Now what Republican Senators are vulnerable? No fair picking the human-turtle hybrid. His opponent is already doing well.
Why would we pay for a fucking Republican State Senator?
@Poopyman: Of course, funding a political candidate would probably drain animal rescue resources, so maybe I’ll reconsider.
Ew. I wouldn’t pay for THAT. I mean, everyone has their kinks, but ew.
I don’t know. Are Republican state senators any good at mopping floors and cleaning windows?
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
@MikeJ: Was it Randy McNally who told an interviewer after the conclusion of a later, similar sting that when he saw the first bribe he had accepted he was a bit insulted at how little they thought his vote was worth?
(He went to the FBI after the first guy approached him and agreed to be bait.)
US Senators have too many patrons – you’d have to spend a hell of a lot more.
You could probably buy most state senators with $50K-$75K. You could have most of the Ohio GOP Senate caucus in your pocket if you could raise $1.4 million dollars a year to hand out to them.
This, by the way, explains a lot about our current political headaches. And why letting people amass giant fortunes where they can make $250 million purchases for what amounts to 1% of their net worth is actually an existential danger to democracy. (To put it into perspective, even if we take $150,000 as the “going rate” for a state senator, which I think is high, then someone like Jeff Bezos would only have to expend 0.0006% of his net worth to buy one. Using the current average net worth of American citizens – cited as being 77K, which is way down due to “economy goes boom” – this would be equivalent to pulling $0.46 out of savings to buy yourself a state senator. This pretty much explains why almost every state in the country has a state legislature that is completely fucked up.)
Are Libertarians opposed to laws against bribery? Why not let the market determine support?
They seem to be much better at ripping up the floor and breaking the windows.
Thank you for arranging this timely Q&A. I appreciate your channeling your Fukushima “obsession” to periodic posts on the subject here.
Unfortunately, off-line obligations demand my attention this afternoon, but I will be reading through the thread tonight.
One question I would pose (perhaps somewhat tangential to the Fukushima clusterf*ck) is the issue of “wet” (pool) vs. “dry” (cask) storage of spent nuclear fuel rods, as well as the broader issue of long-term nuclear storage itself.
Also too (if you care to reveal now), is the expert commenter Robert Sneddon?
Rumor, rumor, who’s got the rumor?
One question I’d pose: when I mention Fukushima as a reason we should probably be less than eager to build more nuclear power plants in America, conservatives fire back with something like “Oh, Fukushima had an outdated design, the plants being built now are inherently much safer.” Is there any truth to this?
If the nuclear operator expert guy turns out to be Just Some Fuckhead, I’m going to be really worried.
@handsmile: I asked that question in my set of questions so we’ll see what he says. Also, it isn’t Robert Sneddon.
Another Holocene Human
@NotMax: Alec Baldwin is a liberal?
Is this like when they were calling God’s Other Son Don Imus a liberal? Where “liberal” means “sexist, tribalist, Northeastern country-music-hating prolapsed pig rectum” as opposed to the gun-toting, redneck-airs kind?
Kind of how student-loan-program-defrauding, anti-choice Southie machine boy Stephen Lynch is a “liberal”.
“Liberal” Massachusetts, no wait, I mean actually liberal Massachusetts gave him the thumbs down. Nice try, Southie.
Please, please, please reassure us it isn’t Ted & Hellen.
Another Holocene Human
ot: haha, that wiki page on Imus is such a deep vein of lulz, I mean there’s Howie Carr[‘s wife], Imus, and Alan Dershowitz all wrapped up in a war of insults and accusations. I suggest cage match, Carr vs Imus. No matter who leaves in a body bag, we all win.
Dershowitz can defend the “winner” in court.
And as a result of the NRC visiting the nuclear power plant closest to DC:
Fortunately Murphy never strikes a nuke. Nice to know we’re safe. yeah.
Villago Delenda Est
The Pauls are pioneers in the grift, and everyone in the GOP grifting community knows it.
Have mentioned the site as a valuable information repository previously, but once more couldn’t hurt.
All Things Nuclear
Villago Delenda Est
Well, you know, there are all these irradiated beams in their eyes…
Gin & Tonic
@Another Holocene Human: No, the winningest outcome there is three occupied body bags.
Speaking of money and politics, can we all just get over the fact that Jim Messina is working for the Tories?
The idea that a political consultant somehow “sells out” or “betrays” anyone or anything when he or she goes from working for a candidate of whom you approve to working for a candidate of whom you disapprove is the worst kind of nonsense. Campaign consultants are the political equivalent of litigators: they come in to do a specific job, they get paid well for doing it, and when the job is done, they leave. Except for changing the contact information, Jim Messina could (and probably should) carry the same business card as Paladin (for those of you too young to remember one of the great early TV series, Paladin’s business card read “Have Gun, Will Travel”).
Jim Messina didn’t sell you out, whoever “you” are. He was never part of “you.” He was a specialized tool that “you” bought, used for its intended purpose, and discarded when “you” were done with it. If “you” don’t want him working for the Tories, match what they’re paying him, and pay him to do nothing, or pay him to train a generation of committed activists so that “you” no longer need hired guns.
@Amir Khalid: Nope, just me.
OT: I haven’t been able to be here for a few days, but it’s been on my mind a lot; has anyone heard from Higgs Bosun’s Mate?
Updates Sunday and Tuesday . . .
. . . and today.
@Steeplejack: Thank you. I only check the open threads, I appreciate it.
I’m back on dial up and can’t get most pages to load.