Neoliberals and Radiation
I called the staffing agency yesterday and was told there is no work for me on Sunday, but to be sure to call again on Monday. I have repeatedly posted that others hired the same time as me have had trouble getting regular work and it is a minor miracle the same circumstance has not befallen me until now. I have no reason to believe this situation is anything but to be expected and temporary. It is obvious the staffing agency stopped sending over new employees right after I was hired, so I am not competing with them for work. I suspect those hired sometime before me continue to work and as demand picks up, so will I. In the meantime, the Wife and her mother have needed me to put up standards and shelves at the stores.
If you are keeping abreast of the disaster in Japan at places like Zero Hedge, you are aware that the continued threat of nuclear radiation grows worse by the hour. What you may not know is this need not have been the case. Indeed, the Eastern Europeans designed pebble bed reactors decades ago which, while being less efficient than current implementations, were designed to, and have in fact been allowed to, go critical without melting down. Somewhere, if I can find it, is a documentary once shown on public television of this scenario.
The reality is that current domestic nuclear power facilities were not designed by engineers and physicists, but accountants. Safety was thrown out the window in pursuit of the most economical fissionable yield. The calamitous consequence of this is the power of the sun, our best hope for obtaining cheap energy, will be scrapped because of inadvisable implementation. James Howard Kunstler, in The Long Emergency, points to nuclear power as the panacea for the devastation wrought by the inevitable advent of peak oil. The alternative use of natural gas may stave off reality for awhile, but as wind and solar alternatives continue to produce insufficient yields, we will be forced to reconsider the use of nuclear power. Likewise, at some point we must face our hysterical and unreasonable fears of radiation by understanding that nuclear fission is, if such a thing exists, a miracle given to us by God, and to be used to propel human existence into the bright future which is our destiny and His greatest hope for us.
At one time, the Department of Energy had accepted applications for 43 new nuclear power plants. A design partnership initiative was implemented between government and industry for design of reactors and recovery/reuse of fissionable material in spent fuel rods.