Fukushima stands as proof to the world that mankind lacks the technology to respond effectively to a serious nuclear accident. After three years Fukushima continues to spill radiation into the environment with no end-point in sight. No one even knows where three of the reactor cores are located.
Because so little information has been forthcoming, speculation runs rampant. What we do know with certainty is that nuclear energy can be extremely dangerous when an accident occurs, so dangerous in fact that, under certain circumstances a nuclear accident could endanger much of life on earth.
Our addiction to energy may well turn out to be a fatal human flaw.
In your 6:24 post you apparently confused Eastern Ukraine and Crimea when relating to inception.
I like your comparison however, to Cowboys and Indians, but would take it back a bit earlier to the beginning of the European's North American arrival and their ongoing atrocities toward the indigenous peoples.
If your 6:26 post assumes I try to give Obama a pass, you would be assuming incorrectly. Obama, Bush, Clinton(s), Bush1 are/were all neoconservatives or at least complicit with them. Obama appointed a State Department full of neoconservatives and deserves full blame for their actions.
If you haven't read enough to see the clear path of US involvement in the Ukrainian coup, I suggest you keep reading. In the interest of brevity, I highlighted blatant offenses without trying to build a court case. I assume a smart boy like you can put the pieces together. The other option is to look the other way.
conman is lucky to still have computer privileges! He must be in a LIBERAL institution.
It might be fair to assume that, in actuality Crimea has always been Russian, even through the 60 years since Russia transferred title to Ukraine. In reality, nothing is changing.
Also there is no current evidence that Russia has intentions of invading Ukraine. Putin has said that if Russians living in Ukraine (of whom there are millions) are subjected to abuse, Russia will come to their assistance. That seems pretty straightforward and understandable to me.
Sure, things are fluid and could change quickly, but so far, Russia is behaving as we might expect under the circumstances.
Last week the US Congress voted to send $1B US tax dollars to Ukraine for starters. Ukraine will need at least $35 B to get through the year. Ukraine needs that money, not for their people, but to pay interest to the international bankers who hold the debt.
All that basically means is that US taxpayer money sent to Ukraine will go to bail out the international bankers who have made (bad) loans to Ukraine.
Line up and bend over America, Congress has a new spending plan for your money.
librul, I would like to take exception to your brutally honest description, but, alas, I can't. It is all true.
Ukraine is in similar economic condition to Greece, dead broke! Europe and the US now have 45 million poor hungry people with dreams of living like Europeans. Russia now has no incentive to offer Ukraine huge discounts on nat gas.
The Ukrainians have allowed the fringe party, Right Sector, to gain political control. Ukraine and the West have come up as big losers, with nothing but pain in the road ahead. Russia was always going to control Crimea and depending on the Russian population in Eastern Ukraine, Russia may eventually also envelope "the better half" of Ukraine.
This whole affair would never have happened without the covert political funding by the West (read US). Now the West has empowered a neo-nazi faction that will create problems going forward. This is similar to backing the Islamic radicals in Libya and Syria to overthrow secular governments that were not a threat to the US.
US foreign policy has to be removed from the deeply implanted neoconservatives (in both parties) who are damaging the US with their world domination theme. Ron Paul and many millions of Americans already know that, and yet, the neoconservative death grip on a failed foreign policy persists.
America faces a new paradigm and must adjust to a quality of life without growth. Growth is so built in to the American psyche and economy that the adjustment will be difficult and, so far, America has not even identified the need. Cheap energy fueled incredible growth far above the historical baseline. Now, rapidly rising energy prices are reversing that trend line back toward the baseline. How America adapts will tell the tale of America's future. So far, things don't look hopeful. Finite resources will limit options in ways that must now be heeded.
The US and Canada have a lot of natural gas that would take several years and billions of dollars for the infrastructure to ship it anywhere. LNG is a much more expensive product than NG. Nat Gas is plentiful in the Middle East as well and they could build a pipeline if they could overthrow the Syrian government. What do you think the war in Syria is all about, freedom and democracy?
Germany knows all that and Germany is not going to ruffle Russian feathers unnecessarily, count on it. Germany, Russia, and China are countries rising while the rest of the world has bigger problems than they can solve. The US is addicted to empire building and can't give it up even though the US is out of money and nearly out of credit. The US tries to build that empire by adding client states to the fold and by trying to protect the petrodollar and the reserve currency status that only the US enjoys. The US has abused those privileges and will almost certainly lose them sometime over the next decade…probably sooner rather than later.
Economic, not military, is the only real strength. Economic strength made the US a great country and a great power. The military, to excess, simply drains and misdirects resources away from maintaining that strength. The US is now paying the price for the MIC, just as Ike said we would.
Russia has not behaved as an enemy since the break-up of the Soviet Union and yet the US keeps treating her as an enemy. Making problems instead of friends? Pre coup, Putin had said that he thought that the West and Russia should work together to help the Ukraine back on her feet. The US fomented coup was the response.
You sound as though you believe Putin to be the aggressor when clearly the US had a hand in fomenting the coup in Kiev. Asst. Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland has stated publicly that the US has spent $5Billion to turn Ukraine toward Europe. In a taped phone call (now public) she informed the US Ambassador to Ukraine who the next PM of Ukraine was to be shortly before the coup. That was no public uprising for freedom and liberty, that was a raw grab for power intended to hurt Russia and backed by the US government.
The US and Europe have long tried to peel away any and all countries with close ties to Russia and then include them in NATO, moving NATO military ever closer to the Russian border. Eastern Ukraine was part of Mother Russia at her inception. Crimea and Eastern Ukraine are more Russian than European.
Putin and Russia have defended their vital interests by enabling Crimea to self determine her future affiliation. Crimea, was transferred to Ukraine when Ukraine was a Provence within the Soviet Union, but has always remained mostly Russian in make-up.
Before this is all over, Eastern (Orthodox) Ukraine is likely to rise up and insist on being part of Russia, leaving Western (Catholic) Ukraine as a separate country. That will give about 20 million impoverished people and Chernobyl to Europe to try to nurse to health. Good luck with that. Russia will likely end up with 22 million people and the more productive parts of Ukraine, all because of a huge neoconservative geopolitical blunder on the part of the US.
Putin only reacted to protect Russia's interest in the mess the US made in Ukraine. So far Putin is looking better than all the other players in this totally unnecessary provoked fiasco. Also consider that Putin artfully prevented a US/NATO bombing in Syria last year as well as brokering a deal with Iran to calm those waters.
Western media has demonized Putin when, in fact, he has behaved like the best kid in the class. Russia was flat on her back when Putin first took power. Since then Russia has steadily improved in almost every category. The problems are still many, but progress has been made. During that same time period the US has been in a steady decline. Those are the unpleasant facts that we Americans don't like to admit and we don't read or hear on our news.
Ask yourself how the US would react to a similar situation on the US border.