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Daily Digest 9/29 - Anatomy Of A Tragedy, Fukushima’s Worst-Case Scenarios

Sunday, September 29, 2013, 10:50 AM


Meet the Family That Shuns Technologies Introduced After 1986 (Amanda)

The experiment started, he notes, with something that will make the McMillans familiar to a lot of families: a vague sense that gadgets were cheating their children of their childhoods. Earlier this year, Blair McMillan says, he was hanging out outside the house, and he asked his 5-year-old son Trey to join him. Trey refused. He was too busy with his iPad. “That’s kind of when it hit me," Blair tells the Sun, "because I’m like, wow, when I was a kid, I lived outside."

Anatomy Of A Tragedy (Chris M.)

In Duntsch’s case, we see the weakness of Texas’ unregulated system of health care, a system built to protect doctors and hospitals. And a system in which there’s no way to know for sure if your doctor is dangerous.

Smoke and mirrors: The meaning of the Polish government's pension manouvre (HughK)

When is a debt not a debt? When the money is promised to prospective pensioners. That appears to be the underlying message of a package unveiled this month by the Polish government.

Is Hyperinflation Just Around The Corner? (Thetallestmanonearth)

That’s an unsustainable practice. It will come to an end once Wall Street starts to understand exactly how much money is being printed and that it’s not being printed simply to stimulate the economy, but rather to pay for the spending of a government that is completely broke — with long-term expenditures obligations that exceed its long-term tax revenues by $205 trillion!

Did Putin Quietly Play the Debt Card Over Syria? (Ron H.)

Remember, national leaders never threaten other nations or leaders directly because all major political leaders and politicians require plausible deniability if things go wrong. They need the ability to deny blame, knowledge and responsibility for a failure but still have the opportunity to get the job done and when helpful take credit for a success or victory. Giving the responsibility for communication or action to a lower level bureaucracy or individual where instructions are verbal or inaccessible takes care of the problem.

Ads to Urge Obama to Reject Oil Pipeline (jdargis)

Critics of the pipeline have one principal target: Mr. Obama. Because the pipeline would cross the border between the United States and Canada, it must get a permit from the State Department after environmental and other reviews. Mr. Obama has said he will make the decision about whether to approve the pipeline based in part on whether those reviews conclude that the pipeline contributes significantly to carbon pollution.

Fukushima’s Worst-Case Scenarios (jdargis)

News reports fueled the widespread view among the general public that much of eastern Japan—including Tokyo, about 150 miles southwest of Fukushima—would be badly contaminated if the struggle to contain the radiation leaks failed. Tokyo’s airports were mobbed with fleeing foreigners. Senior commanders of U.S. forces in Japan were privately fearful about the risks to American military members and their families at the U.S. bases in the Tokyo area. High-ranking officers were arguing that radiation might well require a mass evacuation.

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