The Moment That Mattered

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Don’t you think that first Thanksgiving was so simple? Or, maybe elemental is the better word.  Participants were expressing thanks for their  very survival.  They had made it through that first year, with some important help from the natives.  They had roofs over their heads and the bounty from a successful harvest was stored away. For […]

Road Trip: M&Ms

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A rainy and foggy Tuesday of Thanksgiving week was the perfect reason for a road trip south to check out some very valuable real estate and to hear history in the (re) making. Many will know that Virginians dominated the early years of America and you can, over the course of a longish day, visit […]

Real Life: Saga of the Cement Tush

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We’ve all had those “my ass is dragging days” but a South Florida woman recently found out why she was feeling so poorly. The AP reports that as part of a plan to gain employment at a “nightclub” she decided that her tush could be improved with the addition of a few curves. Enter one […]

At the Movies: J. Edgar

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  Driving by the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building will never be the same again. Last week’s release of the film “J. Edgar” adds a new chapter in the telling of the titan’s story. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it is a series of somewhat choppy narratives covering Hoover’s life, his relationship with his mother, the […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned—Conclusion

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A Level 7 Incident After the explosion involving reactor facility 4, the decision was made to evacuate all “non-essential” personnel and 650 workers left the site, leaving just 70 to continue the stabilization work. In addition to the three reactors, there was also concern that the spent fuel pools might be losing water thus allowing […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part Four)

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Explosions As March 12th dawned the reactors continued out of control with the plant largely reliant on the built-in design safeguards to cope with surging pressures and temperatures.  There was a vital need for electricity so that operating parameters could be observed and maintained, if possible.  In addition, aligning valving for water injection or controlled […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part Three)

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Flying Blind The incoming tsunamis, much larger than planned for, had destroyed back-up electrical generation capability when the diesel generators were swamped and electrical switch gear wetted.  Electricity was vital in order to monitor the conditions within the reactor vessels and to take actions to prevent a catastrophic event. Plant personnel were now faced with […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part Two)

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Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant The plant is located on the northeast coast of Japan about 120 miles from Tokyo.  It consists of six (6) GE-designed Boiling Water Reactors.  The steam energy from the boiling water is used to drive turbines which create electricity.  The steams cools and condenses back into water for re-use.  The 860-acre site […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part One)

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Today begins a five-part series on the events which unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as workers tried to simultaneously stabilize three out-of-control reactors after the deadly earthquake.  Fukushima will surely stand as one of the most complex emergency events ever as technicians improvised solutions in an attempt to counteract the run-away physics […]

Buckeye Bull’s Eye: Unions Score a (Defensive) Win

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It is a measure of our times when the hoopla over a very important union victory is really grounded in the fact that we managed to simply reclaim ground lost in a recent brazen attack on collective bargaining rights in a key state. This week’s 61-39 vote to overturn the draconian Ohio anti-union bill championed by […]

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