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Happiness is a warm gun

To far too many people who shouldn’t have them in the first place…

Victims of the January 8 mass shooting stood with civic leaders on Monday to call for critical reforms to our nation’s guns laws. Watch highlights from the event in Tucson. Show your support by sharing the video with your friends and family!

As you may recall, I wrote before about how just about anyone can buy a gun in Arizona. Mayors Against Illegal Guns is calling on members of Congress to take two important steps to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

  • Get the names of all the people who should be prohibited from buying guns into the background check system.
  • Require a background check for every gun sale in America.

You can sign the petition here.

Everybody’s got something to hide except me and my monkey

Isn’t it funny that they only pay attention to this stuff when they have to?

WASHINGTON — Almost all American nuclear power plants have backup batteries that would last only half as long as those at Japan’s troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant did after a tsunami knocked out power there, an expert testified Tuesday at a Senate committee briefing on nuclear safety.

An industry official, addressing the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, conceded that battery life was “one of the obvious places” that nuclear operators would examine for potential improvements.

David Lochbaum, a nuclear expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, which generally takes a critical tone toward nuclear reactors, said that just 11 of the nation’s 104 plants had eight-hour batteries, and 93 had four-hour batteries. The batteries are not powerful enough to run pumps that direct cooling water, but they can operate valves and can power instruments that give readings of water levels, flow and temperatures.

In the meantime, Japanese officials are considering stem cell transplants for workers at the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor.

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