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Macho Madness – nuclear history – theme for February 18

The nuclear industry was born in macho madness – and has stayed that way ever since.

If women had equal say –   had any say – things might have been different.


January 27, 2018 - Posted by | Christina's themes


  1. Even though women are more anti-nuclear than men, there are always exceptions. Perhaps, in part, because women in power often feel they must be tougher than the men? US Senator Mary Landrieu did a lot to push new nuclear which was being built mostly by Shaw in Louisiana. I think that Margaret Thatcher said that Rossing uranium mine made her proud to be British, and tried to mine uranium in Scotland – I think Orkney. I had been hopeful that Theresa May would be better. And, it was a English woman who started the nuclear beauty pageant idea for Moorside. Moorside was also pushed by an ethnic east Asian – Madame Verma. One thing is that as late as the 1980s women were few in college (university) chemistry classes, though a lady actually kept the mouse house at Oak Ridge were they kept mice over cesium. She has helped to hold back the higher radiation doses when sitting on the BEIR committee. Her husband worked with her (Mr. and Mrs. Russell, I think) and he said already in the 1950s that there was no safe dose.

    Comment by miningawareness | February 10, 2018 | Reply

  2. Eisenhower was the grandaddy of hard-core nuclearism in the world today. He was the grandaddy of the military-industrial complex, in spite of the propaganda, put out. The US started with 1000 nuclear waepons, when he came in. Ended with 22,000, when he came out. He did the most open air, nuclear-bomb testing. He set the fateful course for using inefficient, deadly nuclear reactors to generate energy. He had a cabinet of millionaires. He set the human race on the path of it’s own destruction. A true evil monky general, as Dr Caldicott says, if there ever was one.–Eisenhower-Builds-an-Arsenal-of-Nuclear-Weapons-and-a-Cabinet-of-Millionair

    Comment by Ken | February 12, 2018 | Reply

    • Thank you, Ken, for this valuable contribution. A modern tragedy, to my mind, is the way in which history is forgotten, or, equally bad, history is distorted by spin. Any contribution that sheds light on history is most welcome on this site.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | February 12, 2018 | Reply

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