Monday, June 20, 2005

A Couple of News Items

Nuclear power is planning on a comeback. Increasingly seen as a way to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power advocates stand to score a victory if a current energy bill passes.
My read: this is a good thing, chiefly because it is a more efficient way of generating (a lot less waste). But there are two big issues that need to be addressed, both having to do with waste. First, a permanent fuel waste storage site needs to be operational. Yucca Mountain is still not open for business. Second, we need to reconsider nuclear fuel reprocessing. Spent uranium fuel rods still contain 80%-90% fissionable uranium which could be recovered and reused, which has the added benefit of reducing the amount of radioactive waste to be stored. The practice is common in Europe but is not practiced in the United States.

Almost four years after September 11th, the United tates military and intelligence services are
still short on Arabic linguists.

More on the serial molester story from Friday. This monster is a real piece of work. Not surprisingly, this guy is a repeat offender, having been charged with child molestation-related crimes in six different states. I have to ask - I can see giving these guys a second chance, but do we need to give them third, fourth, and fifth chances when they clearly remain a danger to the public? Why can't we lock this guy away in prison or a mental ward for the rest of his life?


At 2:15 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

What ever happened to "let the punishment fit the crime?" Is castration really "cruel and unusual" given the circumstances. What about the cruel and unusual crime and the cruel and unusual consequences to victims?

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't give the guys a second chance. They will repeat again. It is a statical fact.

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Devoured alive by fire ants. Now that sounds fitting.

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Nuclear power...good option if I implicitly trusted people. I don't. Let's find something even a Homer couldn't bungle.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Another good idea for punishment. Let people bleed to death. Just insert catheter as if donating blood, but don't stop with a pint...take all five liters. They'll get drowsy, pass out, and then die. Just as humane as lethal injection, yet primed and ready for the mortician to do his thing. Plus, the taxpayer doesn't have to pay for the injection. Makes economical sense.


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