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31 March 2011

Pile-up

As The New York Times recently reported, since Mubarak stepped down, the driving force in the new government is the Muslim Brotherhood. America is worse off because Mubarak stepped down, which was Obama's exact foreign policy objective.

On Monday night, Obama gave a speech intended to explain America's mission and purpose in our new Libyan adventure. He said: "Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different."

He forgot to add: "However, the United States of America will be turning a blind eye to atrocities in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, the Ivory Coast and Bahrain."

One searches in vain for a description of some American interest in supporting the rebels in Libya.

True, Gadhafi was responsible for numerous terrorist acts against Americans in the 1980s, including blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people, including 189 Americans.

Soon after President Bush's 9/11 speech vowing to go to war not only with terrorists, but those who supported them, Gadhafi accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing and paid the victims' families $8 million apiece.

After Bush invaded Iraq, Gadhafi suspended Libya's nuclear and chemical weapons program, inviting international inspectors to verify that the programs had been halted.

A few years after that, Gadhafi paid millions of dollars to the victims of other Libyan-sponsored terrorist attacks from the '80s. In return, President Bush granted Libya immunity from terror-related lawsuits.


Coulter

Che cosa

stavo dicendo ? Qui e qui. Di islamist nutbags è pieno il mondo.

30 March 2011

Manovre occulte, anyone ?

Comincio lentamente a farmi delle idee sulla apparentemente dissociata strategia USA in Libia. Gheddafi sembra sempre di più un pretesto, un occasione di raffinamento metodologico. Obama è stato in Brasile, indovinate un po', per firmare un accordo sul drilling e storage nel golfo del Messico da parte di una compagnia brasiliana in cui George Soros ha una grossa partecipazione. Soros è best buddy di Cass Sunstein, un nutbag radicale e potenziale candidato alla Corte Suprema (nemmeno Obama ha avuto il coraggio di nominarlo - per ora) la cui moglie è Samantha Power, assistente di Obama sulla politica estera e riconosciuto motore dell'intervento umanitario in Libia; insieme, Sunstein e Power hanno realizzato un documento ufficiale "Responsibility to protect" embraced dalle Nazioni Unite, contro genocidio, crimini contro l'umanità etc. Guarda caso Israele è sotto tiro da 3 settimane con assassinii di coloni, bombe negli autobus, e razzi da Gaza e presto organizzerà una rappresaglia. Altri espertoni anti-Israele parlano regolarmente di olocausto a Gaza. L'Egitto come pilastro di protezione di Israele è stato rovesciato (anche se il governo militare per ora non pensa certo a bandire elezioni, che sono un'idea cretina come spiega Bernard Lewis). Connect the dots - una sintesi qui sotto. [Non sono d'accordo su tutto, nè sono così duro con la società aperta di Popper, personalmente. Ma l'interpretazione di Sunstein e Soros fa paura.]

29 March 2011

Razziste

Nothing threatens women more than Shariah Islam — both abroad and at home. While "honor killings" average one a day in Turkey, such cases in which Muslim fathers kill their Westernized daughters are growing even in the U.S.

Yet the feminist movement remains pathetically silent about this very real threat to women.

Why is the left refusing to draw any political conclusions about the Islamic oppression of women? "In my view," says professor Phyllis Chesler, "Western academic feminists are so afraid of being condemned as 'racists' that this fear trumps their concern for women's rights in the Arab and Muslim world."

What's racist is holding Arab and Muslim countries to lower ethical standards. By continuing to ignore the brutal suppression of women in Islam, feminists are complicit in it.

Commento

A questo post.

Well, ehm, no. Attributing bushian policies to Obama is an insult to the intelligence of Bush and of the readers.

Agree or not with it (I did, and do even more in retrospect), Bush had a carefully thought-out grand strategy (see here and here and here). It was nearly ten years ago, remember. None of the fearmonger-spread alleged consequences of his actions ever materialized. The ME is a way better place (relatively speaking, of course) because of his policies.

Obama has no plan, and he makes it up amateurishly as he goes along. In addition, should he even get it right just by chance, he sends the wrong message to the nutcase tyrants of the world, namely that if you calm down and surrender wmd and the like we will bash you, if you are a brutal murderer and dictator seeking nuclear waepons and planning to wipe out Israel (Hassad and Ahmadinejad) we will call you a reformer and send wishes for new year's eve.

Confronti

He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong.



Obama, se proprio lo volete vedere. E il commento di Sowell

E la Siria no ?

No, perchè Assad, dittatore brutale con ambizioni territoriali e nucleari, è "un riformista". Lo ha detto la Clinton. Intanto Obama sogna di ritirarsi. Oh G-d. So much for US foreign policy.

28 March 2011

M'inchino a te

I Lapola li conoscono anche a Londra.

Perfino

la soubrette del Grande Fratello indiano fa cinque e una figurina al muftì. (Sono 8 minuti, vale la pena vedere il ritratto del fascista islamico contro la gente normale.)

Cretinismo di sinistra

Capolavoro di sintesi delle idiozie e ipocrisie del fawner obamiano medio.



Qualche excerpt:

Lui: "Do you know that Bush got a congressional approval for Iraq and made the case for two and a half full years after 9/11 ?"

Lei:"I don't care. Obama is awesome. Besides the UN is in charge this time and the US is not alone."

Lui:"Did you know there were seventeen UN resolutions on Iraq ? Did you know that the Iraq coalition was twice as big as this Lybia gang ? Do you realize you are making Charlie Sheen seem rational ?"

Lei:"Whammy."

Lui: "Indeed. So Bush went to war in Iraq for oil."

Lei:"Yes, Bush attacked Iraq over oil. He is a stupid prat boy."

Lui:"Did you know Lybia has a ton of oil which almost exclusively goes to Europe, and that they desperately want to keep the oil flowing ? Do you realize that this actually is a war for oil, only the oil is for the italians, french, germans, spanish and other europeans ?"

Lei:"Now you're just talking nonsense. Those europeans have windmills. They don't need oil."

Lui:"I see. Does it concern you that this war is unpaid for ? That instead of the leader of the free world you got a patsy for the arab league and the UN ? Are you concerned that you president is spending more time golfing, vacationing, and watching college basketball than conferring with his generals ?"

Lei:"I don't care. Obama is cool and awesome. His bracket picks were outstanding too."

[...]

Lui: "So Obama is killing civilians in a preemptive, unfunded, undeclared war for oil promoted by the dictators of the Arab League along with the UN, in support of some unidentified rebels whom he's never met with, and you're OK with that ? Remind me again what is it about Obama that makes him so awesome."

Lei:"He is a man of peace. He even got the Nobel peace prize, just like Morgan Freeman."

Lui:"Oh God."

[Morgan Freeman sarebbe Mandela, avendolo impersonato in "Invictus"]

26 March 2011

Vittoria

"Meno male che hai preso la memoria di papa', perche' quella di mamma e' tutta bucherellata.... " (dice mamma...).

Oggi di punto in bianco dice che lui ha preso la vittoria di papa'.
"In che senso la vittoria ?"
"In che senso che come le persone che sanno tutto... come ... i maghi... le fate ... i re ... "

***

Spirito-Virtus 60-59 (97-98). Prime e imbattute finora. Meglio godersela, prima delle due ultime partite con le piu` forti.

24 March 2011

Barack (e Steven Chu) in wonderland

There are lots of ironies to these Alice-in-Wonderland energy fantasies. As the public becomes outraged over gas prices, a panicked Obama pivots to brag that we are pumping more oil than ever before — but only for a time, and only because his predecessors approved the type of drilling he has stopped.

The entire climate-change movement, fairly or not, is now in shambles, thanks to serial scandals about faked research, consecutive record cold and wet winters in much of Europe and the United States, and the conflict-of-interest, get-rich schemes of prominent global-warming preachers such as Al Gore.

The administration’s energy visions are formulated by academics and government bureaucrats who live mostly in cities with short commutes and have worked largely for public agencies. These utopians have no idea that without reasonably priced fuel and power, the self-employed farmer cannot produce food. The private plant operator cannot create plastics. And the trucker cannot bring goods to the consumer — all the basics like lettuce, iPads, and Levis that a highly educated, urbanized elite both enjoys and yet has no idea of how a distant someone else made their unbridled consumption possible.

Per cambiar discorso...

One hopes that the Obama administration is connecting the dots in response to the sudden escalation of violence against Israel. Big Iranian weapons shipments seized off the coast of Gaza; an Israeli family of five slaughtered in their beds; a barrage of more than 90 rockets fired at Israeli population centers over the past few days. And yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack at a bus station in Jerusalem. These are not isolated events. Nor are they outbursts of random violence by otherwise peace-loving Palestinians driven to despair by a stalemated peace process.

On the contrary, these outrages are better understood as part of a strategic campaign by hardened terrorist groups, closely tied to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, to divert attention from the popular uprisings that have targeted tyrannical governments across the Middle East. While feigning confidence in the face of Jasmine revolutions that have toppled pro-American autocrats, Iran’s mullahs know full well that the bell tolls for them, as the contagion of popular uprising now at work across Muslim lands threatens to reignite the Green Movement that in 2009 shook the Islamic Republic to its core.

Thousands of young people in Gaza and the West Bank have already taken to the streets in focused anger at the dueling despotisms of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. In Lebanon, the recently deposed prime minister, Saad Hariri, has rallied hundreds of thousands calling for Hezbollah’s disarmament. And most recently, of course, the tremors of the earthquake that is the Arab Spring have erupted in Syria, where the residents of a heretofore unknown border town named Daraa, are courageously calling their countrymen to challenge the Assad dynasty and bring an end to Syria’s long Baathist nightmare.

Add to all this a U.S.-led military intervention on behalf of a Libyan revolt that threatens to topple Moammar Qaddafi, one of the charter members of the Middle East’s league of terrorist-sponsoring totalitarians, and you’ve got an awfully compelling reason for Iran, Syria, and their allies to want to change the subject as fast as possible. The easiest way to do that, of course, has always been to trigger a major dustup with Israel, preferably one that leaves in its wake as many innocent Palestinian or Lebanese corpses as possible. It’s the oldest ruse in the playbook, a murderous attempt to draw the moths of the international media back to the light of Palestinian suffering, and redirect the anger of mobilized Muslim masses away from their current laser-like focus on the brutal and ruinous regimes that rule over them.

One fervently hopes that this transparently cynical gambit will fail. As many others have remarked, for all their individual differences, the dozen or so mass movements that have emerged across the Middle East over the past three months have all been distinguished by the near total absence of anti-American or anti-Zionist sentiment. Even in the Palestinian territories, the issue has been less Palestine and more the pathological inadequacies of their own governing structures that make normal civic life largely unbearable.

But relying on the political maturity and sophistication of angry young Arab protesters will likely not be enough. American leadership and a strong U.S.-Israeli alliance are also essential. The Obama administration should, of course, be loudly condemning the Palestinian attacks. But it should also be working tirelessly to condition world public opinion and the international media to the pattern, context, and aims of this terrorist campaign, especially as it relates to the sabotaging of the Arab Spring. The Syrian regime, in particular, should be put on notice privately that we’re wise to its efforts to use Palestinian surrogates to create a diversion, at the same time that we turn up the heat publicly on the atrocities being committed by Assad’s forces in Daraa. Such a public diplomacy campaign will also help establish the legitimacy and necessity of Israel’s inevitable effort to defend itself, preserve its deterrent, and degrade Palestinian terrorist capabilities.

For its part, Israeli retaliation should, to the extent possible, avoid playing into the extremists’ hands. Israeli strikes should aim to do as much damage as possible against terrorist targets, inflicting maximum pain with minimal civilian casualties in as brief a time as possible. Yes, I know, much easier said than done at a time when tens of thousands of Israel’s people are being targeted by rockets on a daily basis. That said, while it may eventually become unavoidable, it’s hard to see at this point how Israel’s interests would be best served by another long, drawn-out ground conflict in Gaza, especially given the larger strategic transformation at work across the broader region — which, there is no doubt, now has the biggest enemies of Israel and America across the Middle East scared. Very scared. The Obama administration should be doing everything in its power to keep it that way.

Magari fosse

Non sono convinto che sia vero, ma divertente, è divertente ;)

Anyone who knows France knew that as soon as the militant Islamists in France provoked the French by seriously disturbing their enjoyment of their magnificently sumptuous country, the best wined and dined nationality in human history, sharing one of the world’s most distinguished cultures in every field with only 20 or 30 million others apart from the 60 million French themselves, the French public, almost in unison, would throw down the pious mask of fraternal egalitarianism and lower the truncheons of their well-practiced police on the ethnically covered heads of the real infidels. Beau geste is fine as a divertissement, but the French will not be deterred from savoring their birthright. The Islamists may torch 200 of their own automobiles a night in no-go areas of North Paris, but once they question the serenity of la Belle Marianne in all her pleasures and refinements, it is time to call for the riot police, the severity of French courts (so well described by Camus in The Stranger), and the tenebrous thickets of the French penal bureaucracy.

Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton were left waffling on about logistical inconveniences and Washington’s burdens, while France prepared, in Mr. Churchill’s phrase (applied to the heroic Finns in their response to Russian invasion in 1940), to “show what free men can do.” In a word, they made it clear that they were not prepared to appease Arab terror-states and mollycoddle unassimilable Trojan Horses of immigration any longer. It was France’s finest hour since it vitally assisted newly liberated Poland to repulse Trotsky’s Red Army on the Vistula in 1920.

As if in a Shakespearean drama, Mme. Le Pen propelled Sarkozy, who pulled in the British, Canadians, Spanish, and others, and Mr. Obama ceased to pick the petals off his organic flower and joined in the no-fly zone approved by the United Nations and the Arab League (which, with its usual preference for verbal over military solidarity, contributed a grand total of four Qatari aircraft to the cause). France redefined a no-fly zone as meaning, not what the Arabs and much of the U.N. thought it meant, but the pulverization of Libyan forces, the massive supply of the arms-starved rebels, and the expulsion of Qaddafi. The president of the United States continued his trip around Latin America, musing about it all and reconciling the U.N. notions of a no-fly zone with his “personal” desire to send Qaddafi packing. It isn’t the American leadership the world became accustomed to from Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, and the Bushes, but it enabled France to rise above café rodomontades and lead us away from perdition.

all indications are that Sarkozy will surge to the fore, take the cockade of anti-Islamism from the unworthy brow of the Le Pens, and lead us all to the easiest victory since Reagan’s occupation of Grenada. It was pretend-diplomacy, pretend-moderation, and it is pretend-war, but at least the posturing and strutting and poll-taking will lead us away from what impended, under the delusional inertia of America’s hibernation: the utter humiliation of Western civilization by a psychotic, mountebank nomad. Vive la France.

23 March 2011

Selfimpeachment

Io, oltre a non essere presidente, non ho un'idea definita sull'intervento in Libia (sospetto una tavanata all'europea, ma non so ancora). Viceversa, pur ammettendo che si possa cambiare idea, Obama è un ipocrita incredibile, oltre che un flat-out bugiardo.

Basandosi sulle sue posizioni e dichiarazioni di sempre, dovrebbe autocacciarsi. Peraltro, lui entrare in guerra può benissimo: è appunto una vicenda politica tra lui e il Congresso. (Remember, Bush aveva l'autorizzazione del congresso in Iraq; lui, ora no.)

[PS Qui alcuni statements di Obama con "data di scadenza"...]

UPDATE: non solo self, a quanto pare ;)

Uhm

Non ditemi che sono pignolo. Notizia sul Corriere on-line di oggi: bomba alla fermata dell'autobus a Gerusalemme, un morto. A fianco, "notizie correlate:Tank israeliano spara su una casa, 4 morti. Due sono bambini (22 marzo 2011)." Ora, per la consecutio temporum l'ingenuo pensa: Ah, bomba in risposta al carro armato.

Beh, no.

Il carro armato è in risposta ai 56 missili sparati nell'ultima settimana da Gaza. Di cui sullo stesso giornale si parla a malapena, if at all.

Obama come al solito è equi(no)-distante, condolendosi per i morti delle bombe e quelli dei tank, e ha "sottolineato che Israele, così come tutti gli altri Paesi, ha diritto ad auto-difendersi". Cioè sarebbe a dire ? Va bene la bomba in una borsa alla fermata dell'autobus quanto la rappresaglia per il lancio di missili ? O sono io duro di comprendonio ?

[Oh, and by the way, in proposito leggetevi questo e più in generale questo.]

22 March 2011

Cosa succede in Arab-land

Una bellissima puntata di Uncommon Knowledge con il grande Victor Davis Hanson e il non da meno Peter Berkowitz.



Qui l'articolo di Niall Fergusson che Robinson cita dicendo "A bit over the top, don't you think?", al che Hanson risponde "No, no, I agree with him."Berkowitz se la ride alla grande mentre Hanson martella Obama.

[Link diretto qui, audio qui.]

Clamans in deserto

Parole di chiarezza che nessuno ascolterà.

21 March 2011

The Audacity of Golf

Capolavoro

di Eugenio Scalfari: Saddam Hussein aveva invaso il Kuwait però si ritirò subito dopo l'ingiunzione internazionale ma l'armata di Bush in nome dell'Onu lo inseguì fino a Baghdad, lo processò e lo giustiziò.

Per quelli che non hanno l'età: Saddam invase il Kuwait (nel 1990), non si ritirò affatto alle ingiunzioni di chicchessia, e Bush - George Herbert Bush, il 41- andò a cacciarlo di lì con la forza, rinunciando (molti pensano, sbagliando) a inseguirlo a Baghdad, cosa che sarebbe stata banale. Da lì le no fly zones negli anni di Clinton, etc. etc. Notoriamente Bush -George Walker Bush, n.43- decise, con il pieno appoggio del congresso, di eliminare Saddam nel 2003.

[Meritevoli, inoltre, una perla autocontraddittoria (Il Mediterraneo è stato per millenni il centro del mondo atlantico. In tutte le sue sponde è un mare europeo e ancora di più lo è oggi con l'immigrazione che in questo Ventunesimo secolo cambierà la fisionomia etnica del continente.), una frase che avrebbe fatto l'invidia di Pascoli, colonialista romantico (L'Italia ha una missione da adempiere e una grande occasione da cogliere.), e questa, Abbiamo una guida ed una rappresentanza migliore. Possiamo di nuovo considerare la nostra presenza mediterranea come un punto di forza non solo per noi e per i nostri legittimi interessi nazionali, ma per l'Europa e per l'Occidente, che non esalta il Cav, ma Napolitano. Indeed.

20 March 2011

Moriremo tutti ?

Magari non stavolta. Buffoni.

[Qui volevo mettere la finta prima pagina di Repubblica "Moriremo tutti", con sotto "La diretta tv - Gli italiani che non ci stanno: manda la foto", ma non l'ho trovata. In effetti faceva ridere mica tanto. Anche la rete ha una specie di senso del pudore.]

UPDATE: il muro della vergogna giornalistico di un blogger giapponese. Ce n'è anche per noi, in abbondanza. C'è anche una pagina per i buoni giornalisti, ma sono proprio pochi... (questo, per esempio).

17 March 2011

While you are alive

Follow your hearth while you are alive. Put perfumes on your head. Clothe yourself with fine linen... make holiday and don't tire of it. (Harpist's song, 1400 b.C.

[P. è alla British Library mentre io rivedo il seminario.]

Notizie dall'interno

Subject: CMNS: My View 16 March on Fukushima Nuke Plant Accident
From: "Akito Takahashi"
Date: Wed, March 16, 2011 6:29 am

Dear all,
Here is my short report on the present (16 March, 2011, 14:20 Japanese time) status on the nuclear plant accident at Fukushima-I.

Yes, the situations of four reactors at the Fukushima-I plant are still serious for cooling in-core fuel-clusters and storage-pool-stored fuels.

There have happened "hydrogen-explosions" in #1 and #3 reactor-buildings, which destroyed upper part of building
walls and ceiling. Small hydrogen explosions also in #4 reactor, which was not operated at the time of the quake,
destroyed outer walls of the #4 building. Reactor vessels and containment vessels for #1 and #3 are safe. The containment vessel of #2 reactor may have crack somewhere downward to release steam including gaseous FPs to environment.

People of TEPCO are trying to cool, under high dose rates, fuels in every reactor by feeding pure and/or sea-water. Due to boiling of water somewhere, we see now steam cloud ejected from #2 and/or #3 reactors.

As the decay heat levels of in-core fuels are decreasing day by day, we expect the on-going cooling effort by feeding
water will make reactors more and more stable from now on, and we do not need to worry about "nuclear explosion" as
Chernobyl.

However, to confine radioactivity of stored FPs inside fuel-sheaths (zircaloy) we need to continue cooling to
minimize the release-and-diffusion to environment. Hydrogen gas was thought to be produced by the interaction between
high-temperature zircaloy and steam.

I think the situation will get to better and safer side day by day, in gross view. At the time of hydrogen explosions, there were leaks of accumulated FP gas in the upper part of in-side building, which caused one-through increase of dose rates at various
monitoring points in the east Japan area (Kantoh and Tohoku). The dose levels were not high to concern serious
effect to human body, and is now decreasing: There might happen similar leaks again, but we expect not so serious as
before.

I hope TEPCO, NISA and Governmental stuff, etc., will do their best to minimize the disaster, by continuing cooling
and recovering the plant electricity system. We have no actual problem, here in Osaka, except mental damage.

Regards, Akito

16 March 2011

Dopodichè me ne vado a Londra

Talk About a Meltdown - Jonah Goldberg - NRO - The hysteria over Japan’s nuclear reactors is ridiculous.

When a loved one dies (as my brother did last month), one of the standard pieces of advice is to avoid any big decisions. Don’t reorganize your life in a moment of existential panic or remorse. Take your time. Cope.

But when thousands die, or when some sudden calamity befalls us, the tendency of politicians, journalists, policymakers, and experts is to seize the moment to advocate some radical changes. A crisis, Rahm Emanuel famously declared in the early days of the Obama administration, is a terrible thing to waste.

That this axiom didn’t generate more controversy always struck me as bizarre. I mean, shouldn’t it be “a crisis is a terrible thing to exploit”? So here we go again in Japan, where the tragedy is literally too terrible to comprehend. The death toll, the scale — the whole nation moved 8 to 12 feet — the suddenness: It all overwhelms.

And yet the search for scapegoats and the thirst to confirm one’s preferred policies kicked in almost immediately.

The most egregious examples were attempts to link, no matter how tenuously, the earthquake with climate change. In fairness, such naked balderdash has been far less common than it was in the wake of the Asian tsunami of 2004, never mind the riot of idiocy after Hurricane Katrina the following year (when, for example, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. blamed Mississippi governor Haley Barbour: “Now we are all learning what it’s like to reap the whirlwind of fossil-fuel dependence which Barbour and his cronies have encouraged”).

This time, all eyes are on the nuclear industry. Many opponents of nuclear power are pouncing not on the actual facts, but on the climate of fear. The reactors aren’t contained yet, and the situation is very serious, but the vast majority of nuclear experts made it clear early on that there would be no “Chernobyl” in Japan. The Japanese reactors are simply different (and superior, in part because the Russians built Chernobyl to allow harvesting of material for nuclear bombs). NBC science correspondent Robert Bazell explained Tuesday morning that this is certainly “not Chernobyl,” but it is “worse than Three Mile Island.”

True enough. But let’s remember that no one was hurt — never mind killed — by the Three Mile Island accident. And over the last decade, the wind farm industry has seen more fatalities than the nuclear industry.

In Europe, where nuclear power is vastly more common than it is here, the Japanese earthquake is being exploited to the hilt. “If the Japanese,” editorializes the British Independent newspaper, “with all their understandable inhibitions about anything nuclear and all their world-leading technology, cannot build reactors that are invulnerable to disaster, who can?”

Well, that’s just it. Who said anything, anywhere, is invulnerable to disaster? At 9.0, this was Japan’s biggest earthquake and could be the fourth largest ever recorded (it was even detected in Pennsylvania). Perhaps the standard shouldn’t be whether Japan’s reactor was “invulnerable” but whether it succeeded by taking such a beating without threatening much human life?

The damaged reactors are ruined, but so what? Cars are designed to be ruined after a major accident too. We routinely, and wisely, trade salvageability for survivability. Few skyscrapers in the United States can withstand a 9.0 earthquake; should we stop making tall buildings?

More to the point, much of the discussion about what this means for American nuclear energy leaves out that even the Japanese reactors are 30 years out of date compared with new designs. So-called Generation III plants have passive cooling systems that do not depend on the electricity grid. Hence any moratorium on new nuclear construction — such as that being discussed in Congress — would prevent building plants that have leapfrogged the problems we see in Japan.

And yet, many in the industry fear that the unscientific hysteria over the Japanese reactor will deal a mortal blow to nuclear power. You would at least think that climate-change activists, who want fossil-free energy (and to bolster the reputation of scientists), would be throwing coolant on the public meltdown. After all, a major backlash against nuclear will be a boon not for wind and solar — still profoundly inadequate to our energy needs — but for coal and natural gas.

Of course the situation is grave. And who knows what the lessons of this tragedy will be? But rather than worry about letting this crisis go to waste, this strikes me as a great moment to simply cope.

Notizie da fuori l'isteria

All four units at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant have now achieved cold shutdown - where coolant water is at less than 100ºC - with full operation of cooling systems, Tepco reported. All the reactors shut down automatically during last week’s earthquake and have remained safe. While unit 3’s shutdown went as expected, damage to the emergency core cooling systems of units 1, 2 and 4 led to the announcement of emergency status. These three reactors were prepared for potential pressure release, but this was never required. Unit 1 announced cold shutdown at 1.24 am on 14 March and unit 2 followed at 3.52 am. Tepco has now announced that unit 4 achieved cold shutdown at 7.15 pm on 15 March. Water levels are now stable in all four reactors and offsite power is available, the company said.

15 March 2011

Oh, and by the way,

in coda a questo pezzo delirante sulla vicenda nucleare, si nota en passant che "è salito a 11000 il conteggio delle vittime del terremoto e dello tsunami." Contro i, per ora, ben zero dell'incidente nucleare.

Confronti






E nell'articolo di cui al link, nessuno parla di apocalisse o di fuori controllo (ne parla -che ne saprà lui ?- il commissario all'energia della EU qui). Yawn. In compenso si riporta che Diciassette marinai a bordo della portaerei americana «Ronald Reagan» sono infatti stati colpiti in modo lieve da radiazioni nucleari, cosa difficile da immaginare dato che la portaerei è a 100 miglia dalla costa, e il livello di radiazione vicino al reattore 3 di Fukushima è al momento un marginale 10 microsievert. È abbastanza ironico, peraltro, dato che la "Reagan" ovviamente è a propulsione nucleare...

[UPDATE da Iain Murray. E a proposito, there was also a renewable-energy disaster in Japan, but it has so far gone unreported: "A dam in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan was breached following the recent earthquake and tsunamis which have devastated the country. According to media reports, the dam broke on Friday, with a wall of water washing away 1800 homes downstream." I have not noted the usual suspects calling for all hydroelectric dams to be shut down, or even for an urgent review of their safety.

May be, may be not

It seems that efforts to cool the reactor cores have been less successful than originally suggested and that significant damage has resulted. Given the state of devastation in Japan, this is understandable. Imagine if the entire state of Pennsylvania had been devastated before Three Mile Island. Thinking of it that way puts the failures in perspective.

It is one of the many tragedies about this situation that we continue to be more fascinated and absorbed by a terrible but as yet non-fatal situation than the devastation that has killed so many thousands all around. Although the risk of a serious incident has increased, we should not be bandying about terms like disaster and catastrophe: Japan has already suffered those.

14 March 2011

Radical settler ?


"Dead Jews, not news". (Qui sopra, Hadas Fogel, "colono radicale" di 3 mesi e mezzo, uccisa a coltellate nel sonno da terroristi, sottolineo terroristi, palestinesi.)

13 March 2011

Banalità

Finora l' "incidente" nucleare in Giappone è del tutto marginale (molto meno di Three Mile Island). Tutti i sistemi di sicurezza hanno funzionato, il reattore è spento, e l'esplosione è avvenuta in un sistema di raffreddamento laterale quando i motori che lo alimentavano sono morti. Nonostante gli (in)utili idioti europei.

[Sul sito del Corrierino c'è questa splendida e inconcludente torta allarmista, mentre l'articolo sul Corriere di carta con domande e risposte (meglio di niente) a e di Marco Ricotti, che spiega abbastanza bene il perche` di quel che dicevo sopra, ovviamente è missing in action.

In tv, una tipa intervistata a Narita (aeroporto di Tokio) dice che preferisce ripartire quanto prima per...la Francia. Dove mica hanno centrali nucleari, eh, Dio ne scampi.

Trascuro per carità di decoro l'asse terrestre spostato di 10 cm. Piu` i 10 dell'Aquila, piu` i 10 di Christchurch in Nuova Zelanda, stiamo ormai in campagna. Ma spostato dove ? In basso, in alto, di lato ? Rispetto a cosa ?

Una cosa divertente del diventare vecchi e' risentire -più spesso di quanto si vorrebbe, d'accordo- le idiozie gia' sentite, e riderne.]

22-21

La donna della mia vita mi ha fatto davvero un gran regalo. Non solo ha avuto l'idea e pagato i biglietti, ma -suppongo per ispirazione superiore- ha azzeccato una giornata storica ieri allo stadio Flaminio. Avrei messo la firma per il 18-6 a mezz'ora dalla fine. A 8 minuti dalla fine essere 2 punti sotto era una cosa inverosimile. Al calcio del 22-21, come tutti ho pensato che non poteva essere. Alla fine, lo speaker invitava il Flaminio ad applaudire qualche cosa, e un francese dietro di me ha detto "Il Flaminio non riesce a crederci...". Puoi dirlo forte !



[PS: ventimila persone che cantano l'inno di Mameli dopo che altre diecimila hanno cantato la Marsigliese, tutti dico tutti in piedi e composti, e tutti mescolati con galletti corna e parrucche biancorosseverdi biancorossoblu; e il silenzio assoluto durante il minuto di silenzio: cose che capitano solo in uno stadio di rugby.]

La grande onda

Qui. (Stanno arrivando anche i global warmisti, eh, come al solito...)


Pogrom

Questo spiega meglio di mille discorsi perchè la pace è impossibile. Per la prossima generazione, e con quella dirigenza palestinese, anyway.

09 March 2011

Caption contest

"Donald Hall, esteemed poet whom Alexandra Petri is not fit to stand in the presence of, receives the National Medal of Arts from President Obama."

Oriana (minore) redux ?

Non credo ai miei occhi.

07 March 2011

Il silenzio continua

Glick:

Whereas the EU cannot figure out a coherent policy regarding Libya even as Muammar Gaddafi massacres his own citizens and sets fire to his oil fields, Europe’s leaders are unified in their firm conviction that the so-called “peace process” must be reinvigorated.

So too, the Obama administration remains incapable of lifting a finger to prevent an Iranian proxy from taking over Bahrain or a consortium of al-Qaida terrorists from taking over Yemen. Obama refuses to take any action to help the Libyan people overthrow Gaddafi. As for Iran, Obama maintains his steadfast refusal to take any action to help the Iranian people overthrow their nuclear-proliferating, terror-supporting regime. But at the same time, the president and his advisors are absolutely committed to coercing Israel to block Jews from building homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem and ensuring that everyone is clear that Jews have no legitimate right to our capital city and historic heartland.

[...]

It could be argued that the Bill Ayers, Howard Zinns and Jean Paul Sartes of the world can be forgiven for their decision to side with the Soviets and their Third World proxies against the US and the Western alliance. After all, they had nothing personal at stake. The Soviets were not threatening their freedom. And what did they owe to “unprogressive,” “reactionary” people from Southeast Asia who agreed with America that Communism was evil and wished to be free? But the situation is different today. By waging its war against Israel through Palestinian proxies, the West threatens itself. The Nazi propaganda recycled by the Soviets which has enslaved the peoples of Europe and much of America’s intellectual elite has [...] turned them into instruments for their own destruction. The jihadists, whom the West so happily ignores and whitewashes, have made it absolutely clear that destroying Israel is but the first skirmish in their great war. Their ultimate aim is the conquest of what remains of Western civilization.

04 March 2011

FaceBush

The demonstrators in the streets of Egypt, Iran, and Libya [...] are not chanting the antiwar slogans — remember “No blood for oil”? — of the American Left. Why would they ? America is leaving Iraq having taken no oil, having established no permanent bases, and having left behind not a puppet regime but a functioning democracy. This, after Iraq’s purple-fingered exercises in free elections seen on television everywhere set an example for the entire region.

Facebook and Twitter have surely mediated this pan-Arab (and Iranian) reach for dignity and freedom. But the Bush Doctrine set the premise.

Cougar ?

Ma davvero ? Strano che i siti naturalistici di mezza California siano tappezzati di cartelli su cosa fare quando si incontra un mountain lion, e che non piu` tardi di 2 anni fa su una TV locale a Pittsburgh abbia sentito e visto di un assalto a bambini in un area picnic, e che in Missouri l'abbiano visto tipo ieri. Il catastrofismo sulla biodiversità e' particolarmente noioso.

[Naturalmente c'è un altro tipo di cougar, la cui non-estinzione è invece, a quanto mi dicono, fuori discussione.]

03 March 2011

Anti-imperialista, how quaint.

Leon Wieseltier (per la serie liberal you can agree with) spiega perchè O è haunted by the ghost of imperialism. (Camillo chiosa qui).