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Thursday, April 14, 2011

RECENT HUFFPOS

During my six-week Oriental Adventure, I published six articles in the Huffington Post (if you click on any title, you will be transported to that posting):




Why Worry About Fukushima When Hiroshima and Nagasaki Are Safe?

Posted April 10, 2011 | 09:07 PM (EST)
It's now just past a month since the Great Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Cataclysm, starting with "Hawaii Tsunami, Again" on March 11. I landed at Narita Airport (Tokyo) on Day 2 (March 12), and my life has been driven by what I call the Chicken and Chicken...
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Just Had a 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Japan

6 Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 02:24 PM (EST)
It took me five trains and 15 hours to get from Sapporo to Tokyo, checked into the Four Seasons at Tokyo Station, ordered an in room dinner, began eating at 11:34PM, and the whole room began to shake, for a couple of minutes. A lot of creaking, and five...
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Where are Planet Earth and Humanity Today?

2 Comments | Posted March 27, 2011 | 03:37 PM (EST)
In the beginning, there was the Big Bang... 13.75 billion years ago. Humans first developed as long as 100,000 years ago. In a 24-hour clock, this is like we appeared with less than one second (0.63 seconds, actually) left until midnight.
To gain some perspective, do you...
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Renewable Electricity Is Our Only Viable Option: Part 2

48 Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 01:42 PM (EST)
A little more than two years ago, I wrote a post entitled, "Renewable Electricity is Our Only Viable Option." The bottom line was that nuclear power plants were just too expensive. The 9.0 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami has totally changed the comparison landscape, initially covered in...
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The Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: The Aftermath

Posted March 14, 2011 | 06:55 PM (EST)
This is part two of my reportage on the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, which began with my post, "Hawaii Tsunami, Again." To refresh your memory, a 9.0 earthquake struck off Tohoku (includes the Prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima), Japan with an energy value 600 million times...
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Hawaii Tsunami, Again

15 Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 08:06 AM (EST)
A little more than a year ago I wrote in The Huffington Post on the tsunami that struck Hawaii from the 8.8 Chile earthquake. People were disappointed when, at most, there was a 2 foot tsunami.
Well, at 7:46 PM Hawaii time tonight, a massive 8.9 (revised to 9.0)...

This is Day 28 of that monumental natural and man-made disaster.  Japan will never be the same, and the slide it has experienced over almost two decades now will accelerate.  Industry will in time recover, although, more and more, actual manufacturing will be shifted to developing countries, like the USA.  
Fukushima has replaced Chernobyl as the operative reference to nuclear power gone terrible.  Both are at the top scale of 7 on the nuclear accident level.  Very few are aware that there was one 6 catastrophe, Kyshtym disaster at Mayak (photo right), Soviet Union, in 1957.  
Fission nuclear power is now dead as a future option.  But is this good?  
With Peak Oil and Global Warming looming, Humanity is in deep trouble regarding energy supplies to maintain future lifestyles.  One of the 
postings above on Where are Planet Earth and Humanity Today? 
suggests that many of us lived at the peak of human civilization, and 
it can only be all downhill for a long time to come.  Maybe fusion, 
maybe SETI, who knows what, but a glorious future for Mankind 
might well be pure fantasy.

I am somewhat befuddled that NO ONE COMMENTS ON THIS 
blog, and a click to the VISITORS box on the right indicates that 
174 countries and an average of 168 readers/day this past month 
have logged on to this site.  There are sometimes hundreds of 
responses to my Huffington Post articles.  IF YOU DON'T 
AGREE WITH ME, AND HAVE ANY BETTER WISDOM TO 
OFFER, PLEASE RESPOND TO MY RATHER DOOMSDAYISH 
PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH.  OR IF YOU ARE OF A SIMILAR
 OPINION, PLEASE SAY SOMETHING!!! 
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The Dow Jones Industrials snuck up 14 to 12,285, while world
markets almost all went down.  Gold shot up $20/toz to $1478,
which means another all-time high, 

and oil seems steady, the Brent 



Spot at $122/barrel and NYMEX in the box to the right.



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