The Anti-Nuke People Will Find Something Wrong With It

Mini nuclear plants to power 20,000 homes

Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb.The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground.

If true, this would eliminate the need for huge power plants and transmission lines. It would allow electricity to be available in the darkest reaches of Africa and South America. It would enable people to live practically anywhere.

That’s probably what they won’t like about it. Most of the anti-nukers live in modern First World countries where their lights go on any time of the day and clean water is taken as a given.

But with these power plants there could be electricity anywhere that the government was willing to spend the relatively small price. They could power people’s homes and water treatment or desalination plants. The most common cause of death for children in the Third world is diarrhea and what causes diarrhea? Dirty water. Millions of lives could be saved.

Then the anti-nukers could warn us about overpopulation.

Bill Whittle – Always An Inspiring Read

The Undefended City by Bill Whittle on National Review Online

Well, most of what I learned about Vietnam I learned from men like Oliver Stone. This self-loathing narcissist has repeatedly tried to inculcate in me a sense of despair and outrage at my own government, my own culture, my own people and ultimately myself. He tried to convince me — and he is a skillful man — that my own government murdered my own President for political gain. I am told daily in those darkened temples that rogue CIA elements run a puppet government, that the real threat to the nation comes from the generals that defend it, or from the businessmen that provide the prosperity we take for granted.I sit with others in darkened rooms, watching films like Redacted, Stop-Loss, and In the Valley of Elah, and see our brave young soldiers depicted as murderers, rapists, broken psychotics or ignorant dupes –visions foisted upon me by bitter and isolated millionaires such as Brian de Palma and Paul Haggis and all the rest.

I’ve been told this story in some form or another, every day of every week of the past 30 years of my life. It wasn’t always so.

But it is certainly so today. And standing against all this hypnotic power — the power of the mythmakers in Hollywood, the power of the information peddlers in the media, the corrosive power of America-hating professors on every campus in America… against all that we find an old warrior — a paladin if ever there was one — an old, beat-up warhorse standing up in defense of his city one last time. And beside him: a wonder. A common person… just a regular mom who goes to work, does a difficult job with intelligence and energy and grace and every-day competence and then puts it away to go home and have dinner with the family.

Against all of that stand these two.

Iranian Leader Expects U.S. Lose Influence With New President

Iran expects ‘different approach’ from next US leader: Ahmadenijad

“Whoever wins the elections, I’m sure that the United States will change, it will have a different approach,” the Iranian leader told the Italian daily La Repubblica.”The United States will have a reduced sphere of influence in the world,” he predicted

The Reaction Is Going To Be Telling

US says biotech key to easing food crisis

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States will propose biotechnology as a strategy to boost agricultural production at a UN global food crisis summit in Rome next week, the top US farm official said Thursday.

GM foods are routinely denounced by Greens around the world as “Frankenfood”. This proposal will put them on the spot. They can either approve the distribution of GM food or they can take the responsibility for starving thousands of children in Asia and Africa.

Wanna bet on which they will find acceptable?

Yeah, me too. Sorry kids.


Television: Dave Kopel & Glenn Reynolds on Uprising on NRO Weekend

The heroes of Uprising knew this instinctively. From the very beginning of the first episode, they are the ones who warn of the danger, and urge Jews to acquire weapons and fight, while the politicians and “wiser” heads preach prudence and collaboration. And throughout the series, guns, and the acquisition of guns, are portrayed in a positive light, as a means of self-defense and a sign of self-respect.

It reminds me of Winston Churchill’s famous exhortation.

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.e>

Sorry, Simply Being A Murderous Tyrant Is Not Enough To Warrant Intervention.

In the comments to this Times on line article many commenter’s have complained that the US and UK should be in Zimbabwe ousting Mugabe instead of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Opposition braced for dirty war as Mugabe clings on to power – Times Online

I find it fascinating to see how many people want to see the US or UK invade Zimbabwe and set things right. But condemn them for invading Iraq.

Let’s compare the two.

In 1988 Saddam invaded Iran. In 1991 he invaded Kuwait.

Mugabe hasn’t invaded anyone.

In 1991, after the Gulf War, Saddam was discovered to be just months away from possessing a working nuclear weapon.

Mugabe hasn’t even tried to develop nuclear weapons.

In Saddam’s war against the Kurds and the Shia he used poison gas against at least one village and systematically had entire families and villages murdered and buried in mass graves. Since 2003 over 300,000 bodies have been found in mass graves in Iraq.

Mugabe has killed the opposition or anyone that he considered an enemy, the same as Saddam, but has not used Gas and has not wiped out entire populations.

So why would anyone call for an invasion? Mugabe has done nothing compared to Saddam, but the US and UK are excoriated for invading Iraq.

Sorry, when the “world opinion” decided that invading Iraq and Afghanistan was the wrong thing to do they changed the rules.

Where previously it was possible to use military power in places like the former Yugoslavia, East Timor or Somalia, that option was taken off the table except in extraordinary circumstances.

And what are those circumstances?

Well, we don’t know. All we have to go on is the criticism that we and the Brits have taken over Iraq. So the situation in any country would have to be much, much worse than it was in Iraq before we would be justified in invading.

So, the leader of that country would have to do more than just kill his own people, no matter how murderously he goes about it. Simply possessing or using WMD would not be enough of a reason, nor would invading and looting his neighbors.

That leaves and grand total of exactly zero interventions that could be justified anywhere in the world.

The Long War Journal

A good review of Bill Roggio’s “Long War Journal. CJR: Blogging the Long War

Largely it’s a well written and fair piece of work, though one particular assertion attempting to defend the way the MSM covered the war kind of struck me. Speaking of the level of detail that Bill provides the writer says;

It’s unrealistic, of course, to expect a general-interest news operation to go into that kind of detail about every military operation—and the better ones have military specialists who add such context on occasion.

Maybe I’m sheltered, but I haven’t seem many military specialists providing context at any of the large news media sites.