It’s time to educate ourselves, or in some cases review the facts as we think we know them. This is a chance to test yourself with the help of current events, and a most wonderful gift from UC Berkley…. Professor Muller!
I’ve learned to recognize that those who argue loudest seldom have the technical background to argue the facts, I’m not suggesting you need be an expert to argue, but why not invest an hour or two to get the very basics? I recall an argument where a person who obviously didn’t understand the basics of kinetic energy in a collision attempted to end the argument with “open your mind!” Sometimes I think that’s a Mantra of sorts.
Do note you can back up and view other lectures in this wonderful series, so few will take the time, lecture number seven is the focus of today’s post.
After you listen to this lecture, let’s all review an earlier post where Utterpower and friends attempted to get our arms around the facts of what really happened in Japan during their disaster. A nuke power plant so old and antiquated, it was scheduled to be shut down experienced physical damage caused by forces far beyond its design criteria! What happened, and what is likely to happen in the future?
There’s other things you’ll need to sort out on your own, one is all the political nonsense we hear from some folks on the left who think we can run the American economy off the energy generated at an occupy rally. There’s other things to consider as you watch this lecture, one is the chant “Bush Lied”. Seems it’s always the same, if you don’t have the facts, you need talk louder and repeat yourself.
Hat’s off to a great Professor who stays on task and delivers most thought provoking ‘facts.’
So here’s the assignment, review this post made at the time of the Japanese disaster, what did YOU get right, what did you get wrong?
Perhaps it’s time to quit making fun of the French, they seem to have better technical minds in Government that ourselves.. Do our officials fear sharing the facts because it might alienate voters in their re-election? I also ponder a time I subscribed to a certain Alternative Energy Magazine. I wrote the Editor a letter and explained how disappointed I was that their magazine was more about delivering Left Wing propaganda than technical information about AE, and living off grid. A certain ‘Solar Bozo’, (a name he gave himself), was a self-proclaimed Nuke expert, and it seemed his mission was to give us all his vision of a steel smelting operation run off solar panels. I did get a reply from the Editor of the magazine by the way, and I was pleased he made the time to reply.. his letter to me was how they were a very ‘centered’ publication, and how I was mistaken. I guess it’s reality to know their job is to market the magazine, and how they do it is their business… “literally.”
Another article worth your read? http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/03/16/nuclear-scientist-responds-to-critics-of-his-belief-that-fukushima-refugees-are-victims-of-fear-not-radiation/
One last comment.. look at how few people made the time to ‘LIKE’ this lecture number seven, is this any indicator as to how different we DIYers think? Will you NOT like it?
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