Daily Topics - Wednesday March 16th, 2011

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Hour One: What's next in the fight for democracy? John Nichols, The Nation Magazine / Plus, Democrats fight back - Alva Goldbook

Hour Two: Japan's nuclear disaster...what's next? Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - Meet the Fockers?! How inlaws transformed early human society /

Hour Three: Japan's radiation plume spreading...is the U.S. at risk? Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear / Plus, should computer techs be playing detective with your personal info? Mark Mason & Dave Anderson


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Maxrot 9 years 2 weeks ago

Today is Thursday, the 17th not Wednesday the 16th, but it is St Patrick's Day... so I'm not sure what's going on with the Daily Topics header date.

Anyway, while Thom was talking to his guest about the Nuclear crisis in Japan, and the leaks and so forth, I began wondering if this happens when electricity fails, how bad would it be if a plane did hit a nuclear plant... then this suddenly hit me, and I never heard this question before, but what would happen if a Nuclear Bomb hit a Nuclear power plant? I mean wouldn't it stand to reason if a country wanted to do the most damage to another, that it would target its most vulnerable as well as its most promising target to add to a destructive effect?

It just seems to me, that having a nuclear power plant is like having a large potential dirty bomb that would compound the effect of an atom bomb on an exponential scale. Please tell me that I'm wrong.... please.


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Maxrot 9 years 2 weeks ago

We don't need to stop using nuclear power, we just need to adjust our source of it. I suggest we use the largest nuclear power plant we have available... THE SUN.


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PJ Corey 9 years 2 weeks ago

Not quite as dramatic as the push to dismantle workers rights in Wisconsin but the goal is the same: New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez, a Republican, has disbanded the Labor Relations Board making it is impossible to handle worker grievances. Labor unions in NM are taking the issue to the state's highest court.

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Maxrot 9 years 2 weeks ago

Christ, I don't even know where to start with what's wrong with creating laws that make having certain files with illicit material in them. First off, how do you make a PC Tech accountable for knowing whats in all the files, I mean its one thing for them to stumble across material, its a whole other thing to make them responsible for checking all the files (do you know how many pictures can be contained on a typical 200 GB hard drive). Second, who's to say the files were intentionally downloaded by the user, there's a plethora of malware out there that is designed to secretly download onto your computer and then open websites and download whatever its specified to download, all done in the background unbeknown to the user. This could especially be the case if a user is bringing in their computer to deal with a suspected virus. I think there is too much overreach of any government trying to dictate what's legitimate for a computer to have on it. A computer is a computer, and putting any variety of files on it is not the least bit difficult for malware.

The other issue here, is computer piracy. Well frankly, I don't have give an iota of a damn about so called intellectual property. You can go to a library and borrow any book for free, if corporate publishers could re-write the laws, they'd make you pay a royalty fee every time you borrowed a library book. Evey time you went to an art museum you would have to pay a royalty fee to the artist of each painting or sculpture you looked at on top of the fee (if any) when entering the museum. As far as I'm concerned, the Internet should be considered the modern version of the Library system, whatever is available for free on there should be kept free. After all if I allow someone to use peer to peer networking to download a copy of a mp3 on my computer, that file doesn't get taken from my computer, I'm not deprived, so I wouldn't consider it stealing. I don't think copying a file is anymore stealing of property, then taking a picture of someone is capturing their soul. Stealing is wrong because you're taking something away from someone, not because you're in possession of what they have.

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