Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds’ chief engineer: Since I’ve been talking about Fuksuhima, I got an email that brought me to tears.

It was a woman who was in 10th grade at the time of the [Three Mile Island] accident. She was in chemistry and they were studying radiation and they had a Geiger counter hanging out the window for the entire semester.

They walk into the class at 10:00 in the morning of the accident and the Geiger counter is pegged.

So the teacher goes to phone as a responsible citizen, he calls Governor Thornburgh and tells him, “Look, I’m in Middleburg, I’ve got a pegged Geiger counter here. What should I do?”

Gov. Thornburgh’s office told this high school teacher, “Don’t do anything, we know all about it.”

So they kept the kids in school, and who got evacuated were the parents of the people who worked at the power plant, they all came by and grabbed their kids and got out of there. And the kids that didn’t have the inside scoop wound up staying in that town and got high exposures.

So do I think my country’s going to be any different than the Japanese? No way.

War whores

James Wolcott:

The war against Iraq was wrong from the start, nothing will ever make it right, it is a never-ending injustice against a people that did us no harm and whose we destroyed under false pretenses: the claims by the pro-war propagandists of Saddam Hussein’s hand in 9/11 and stockpiles of WWDs that could make the next 9/11 a mushroom cloud rising over rubble-reduced Manhattan (remember the scary scenarios of suitcase nukes being smuggled in by terrorists? I do). I was recently going through my Vanity Fair clips from that post 9/11 period and the apocalyptic hysteria and macho bullying of those years–the kneejerk invocations of Hitler and Neville Chamberlain, the Churchillian cadences of the war’s advocates–were headache-making. It’s as if the entire political and media establishment entered a fever dream that would allow them to play liberators and anyone who didn’t want to play was an appeaser, a superannunated hippie. How the chickenhawks loved to castigate their opponents as chicken-hearted. I’ll never forget the sick feeling I had watching the live coverage of the first US “shock and awe” bombing runs on Baghdad, with so much of the media in vainglorious hoopla mode, as if it were Super Bowl halftime entertainment. The war would cost so much more and last so much longer than its peddlers anticipated, and, as Justin Raimondo and others have pointed out, there is no penalty whatsoever in political punditsphere for being so wildly, bloody-mindedly wrong.


In case you came late to the story, Drudge drove all the major “news” coverage of everything for quite a while:

The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin interviewed Tim Miller, executive director of a new conservative political action committee centered on opposition research, who reminisced about how conservative operatives successfully used blogger Matt Drudge to push debunked or thinly-researched smears against Democrats in 2004, describing it as a “great model” that needs to be updated.

In a March 24 post at Rubin’s “Right Turn” blog, Miller described his organization, America Rising, as being dedicated to the “collection, dissemination and deployment of opposition research against Democrats,” and uses Drudge’s circa 2004 as a model to return to (emphasis added).

Go read the whole sorry mess.

After the deluge

I was in Sea Bright, NJ this weekend, looking at the remains of Hurricane Sandy. It was, in a word, overwhelming. Five months later, the town still looks like a ghost town. They’re rebuilding the sea wall, but battered, boarded-up houses and businesses are everywhere. And the sand! Everywhere.

I saw one house that was moved 20 feet or so in the air. It seems just plain crazy that they’re “remediating” these houses. Just putting the issue aside of whether or not they should be rebuilding in the same location (they shouldn’t), they will never get all the mold out of everything, and it’s a health hazard.

Personally, I think they should demolish all the houses and replace them with manufactured houses. (Which are pretty good quality nowadays.) If you insist on living in the path of disaster, manufactured houses are the most rational solution.

In related news, a climate scientist predicted this week that we will experience storms like this on the average of every two years now.

Hat tip to Colleen Kirby.

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