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What IS wrong with education in America?

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The USA has just elected a majority of Republicans to their House of Representatives. Many were apparently swept up by the Tea Party movement, in a billionaire funded “peoples’ revolt”.

From outside USA, it seems incomprehensible that such a’ revolt’ could take place. With 10% unemployment, and many unable to pay mortgage debts –  why on Earth would struggling people want to support policies that mean less taxes for the very wealthy, and less health care cover for the poorer citizens?

Are Americans, by and large, stupid?   Or, more likely, is their education system failing very many of them, so that, in general knowledge, many are simply less well informed than citizens of other countries?

This is  a worry when it comes to  important issues – including global warming, and nuclear power. It seems that Americans are sitting ducks for the well-funded spin of polluting corporations. – Christina Macpherson, 3 Nov 2010




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Sorry state of Americans’ knowledge of climate change

Americans’ scary scarcity of global warming knowledge, The Science Friday Blog,  October 29, 2010 by Neil Wagner Study: 52% of Americans deserve an “F” for their climate change researchers from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin have published results of a study that show just how little the American public understands climate change. If the authors of the study were to give grades to those surveyed, 1% would get an A,  7% a B,  15% a C,  25 % a D and  52% an F! Yikes! That IS scary!

On the bright side, 75% said they would like to know more about the issue and that schools should teach our children about climate change.

New York Times story about the study … Americans’ scary scarcity of global warming knowledge

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The continuing corporate campaign of climate change denial

Books such as Merchants of Doubt by science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have detailed how front groups for the fossil-fuel industry have been waging an orchestrated, well-funded campaign against climate science and climate scientists for more than two decades.

Professional climate change deniers’ crusade continues –  02 November 2010 – New Scientist, In the media and the courts, the battle to undermine climate science and its researchers hasn’t let up, warns climatologist Michael Mann. Continue reading

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Huge anti-nuclear waste protest for Germany

Tens of thousands of riot police will be escorting the nuclear waste convoy across Germany to the Gorleben dump.

Nuclear waste shipments to Gorleben have drawn repeated protests since 1980.

German anti-nuclear activists disrupt Berlin trains, Reuters BERLIN Nov 2 – German anti-nuclear activists on Tuesday took responsibility for setting a small fire in a Berlin rail station during rush hour that caused widespread disruption to commuters throughout the capital. Continue reading

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Nuclear power plants just not getting built in USA, despite govt loans

President Obama even proposed another $36 billion in federal loan guarantees for the industry in February of this year.

Yet last year, only one application was filed. And none at all this year…

Obstacles to Nuclear Construction in the United States, by Tony D’Altorio, Investment U Research  November 2, 2010 Electricite de France or EDF ADR (PINK: ECIFY) just got dumped by Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG). And that could spell some big changes to its plans. Continue reading

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No money for nuclear!

If the nuclear industry is not covering its costs then the government will be left with a shortfall which they will have no choice either to write off the debt or to pass that cost onto the consumer.

Nuclear Power : Not cheap, Not safe, Not Wanted No Money for Nuclear, Nov 2010, Welcome to No Money for Nuclear The No Money for Nuclear movement was formed to concentrate on one issue. Whether the level of support that the nuclear industry will receive for building new nuclear power stations is justified, especially when contrasted with the severity of public expenditure cuts already announced. Continue reading

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Singapore delaying nuclear power indefinitely, as solar gets cheaper

you won’t see a nuclear power plant in or around Singapore for at least something in the order of 10 to 20 years or even longer than that…Another option being explored by Singapore is solar power, which has become more cost effective over the years.

Nuclear power plant in S’pore not likely for next 10-20 years expert – Channel NewsAsia, By Joanne Chan  : 02 November 2010 , SINGAPORE : Singapore is unlikely to have a nuclear power plant for at least the next 10 to 20 years, said one advisor to the local energy sector. Continue reading

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Britain and France get together on nuclear weapons

Britain, France sign military co-operation pact – The Globe and Mail, 2 Nov 10, In French military circles they are known as the “crown jewels,” the fleet of Mirage fighter jets kept in the sky and devoted to delivering a nuclear strike. In Britain, the four Scottish-based submarines armed with 200 Trident nuclear warheads are considered untouchable……
The agreement was nonetheless signed on Tuesday by President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister David Cameron, both of whom are struggling with deep budget cuts and sagging economies. It will place British and French special forces together in a joint force of 10,000 troops and permit the sharing of aircraft carriers, unmanned drone aircraft and other military hardware. Most controversially, it will combine the testing and oversight of the two countries’ nuclear arsenals at a joint facility near Dijon, France…… Britain, France sign military co-operation pact – The Globe and Mail

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More anti-nuclear protestors face court in UK

The protest was organised by the campaign group Trident Ploughshares which said it was opposed to the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons’ system.

More charges over anti-nuclear protest at Devon base, BBC News, November 2010 Eight more people have been charged with public order offences following an anti-nuclear protest outside Plymouth’s Devonport naval base.More than 100 people took part in the demonstration on Monday morning.
The charges include aggravated trespass and wilful obstruction of a public highway other than with a car. Continue reading

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Ionizing radiation and other problems with mammography

The first problem with mammograms is that they use
ionizing radiation at a relatively high dose, which in
and of itself can contribute to the development of
breast cancer. Mammograms expose your body to radiation
that can be 1,000 times greater than that from a chest
x-ray, which we know poses a cancer risk.
False Positives are Alarmingly Common
The second glaring problem with mammography is its unacceptably high rate of false positives. …

The Dangers of Mammography: Ionizing Radiation, blogtalkradio, Lea Yekutiel, 1 Nov 10, Dr. Mercola’s comments:Mammograms are often touted as a “life-saving” formof cancer screening, responsible for reducing breastcancer death rates by 15-25 percent. But this reportedbenefit is based on outdated studies done decades ago Continue reading

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Dangers, weapons spread, and mounting unsolved problem of nuclear wastes

Recent scientific publication from U.S. Department of Energy, states: “It is estimated that by 2015, the country will face a total disposal problem of more than 100,000 tonnes of high-level military and civilian nuclear waste.”….

Nuclear Power Industry: Promise Or Peril? 03 November 2010 Nigerian Compass, “………Among the area of concern of the safety of environment is the fear that the reactor core of nuclear plants may melt down. If the coolant system suddenly fails, this could lead to the release of dangerous levels of radioactive nuclides and radiation into the atmosphere. Continue reading

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