I’ve been slacking for quite a while. I’ve been afflicted with blank page syndrome and busily slogging through books involving the historicity of Jesus. It can be tough going because it’s far more complex than it would at first appear. But there’s been a lot happening in the world since I wrote the last blog post, so let’s take a look at how it’s going.
Japan: I don’t think a better argument can be made against nuclear power than the fiasco of a group of nuclear plants approaching meltdown. I’ve never accepted that nuclear power is safe, partly because I happen to live close to the desert waste storage that’s going to be dangerous for millenia. Remember Three Mile Island? The U.S. was then experiencing a lesser event than that now happening in Japan, but it could have been equally serious. The waste from that event is stored here in Idaho.
Until we can make the waste safe, we cannot have safe nuclear power. There have been many incidents of leaking shipping containers, serious accidents, and threats to millions of lives. Who remembers the explosion at the naval reactor here that impaled one man on the ceiling of the dome with a fuel rod?
The idea that reactors are safer now is a myth, as seen by imminent meltdown conditions in Japan. There’s a saying being bandied about that nuclear plants are excellent fault detectors, since every time one is built they find a fault beneath or near it.
Economic Meltdown: The Rethugnicans have reached new lows, spurred on by the Wisconsin governor’s stubborn refusal to negotiate and take no hostages regarding the destruction of unions in the public sector. It no longer matters what the people want, the corporate takeover of America is just about complete. Thousands of protesters are simply ignored or moved out by police acting illegally. And in Michigan, the creation of a czar who can break unions, fire anyone, control every aspect of the public sector without having been elected is one more step on the road to fascism. According to the Michigan Messenger:
According to the law, which has already been approved in the House, the governor will be able to declare “financial emergency” in towns or school districts and appoint someone to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, and eliminate services.
Under the law whole cities or school districts could be eliminated without any public participation or oversight, and amendments designed to provide minimal safeguards and public involvement were voted down.
This does not in any way resemble democratic representation.
Fly-by-night forced passing of bills, shredded budgets for schools, police, and so on, all the same short-sighted thinking that prevailed on the conservative side since before FDR tried to save the country from its own greed, all for nothing, are turning the United States into a feudal society. Welcome to the 14th century, folks. Governor Scott Walker is leading the way for a repressive movement – a virtual takeover of government – that will drag the country into despair. They aren’t gonna fix that up too easy, says Joni.
Where is the outrage? It’s penned up miles from the puppet politician’s stage. Protest all you like, but do it in an orderly fashion in a fenced-in area with no media coverage.
Naive Blogs: I’ve been spending a lot of time keeping up with some Huffpost comments. There’s been a spate of articles in the religious section there that are puerile and mewling regarding such things as why atheists are so angry or what can be done to bring atheists back into the fold. There don’t seem to be any articles on the subject of how can we remove the religious meme that’s poisoning the minds of the great masses of people in the world.
There was a video on atheistmedia.com this morning with the subject heading: Should We Allow the Earthquake in Japan to Shake Our Faith? No, silly, let us do that for you.