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Syria -  Jaw Jaw

We need negotiations - not more High Explosives. The Americans, Russians, Iranians and Saudis are the interested parties and they all need to get it into their heads that the human dimension is the first priority. Four way talk are tricky but we do not need to have one or other of the participants come out on top, all we need is for ALL parties to agree to stop making things worse.

Superpower geostrategy needs, for the very first time to be subordinated to basic concepts of human decency. Not going to be easy for us to make it happen, definitely not going to be easy.

The focus of the talks has to be about halting the human tragedy, not about not about the removal of Mr Assad or any other of the myriad factors that bedevil the Middle East. In fact keeping Mr Assad in power, at least for the time being would have a cooling effect on the situation and could be the path to a calmer ME

Would the talks benefit from having Dr Bashar Hafez al-Assad present at the talks? I think not, his input could only reduce the probability of success, the subject of his removal or retention could be the big distraction. He is to be recognised as the leader of the sovereign state and if we still want to adhere to the rather dented and shaky notion of international law the talks have to recognise this fact.

September 12, 2015 at 8:32 am

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Soppy Europeans

Scanning the American news I see a a fair amount of irritation over what is seen as the Europeans not doing nearly enough about the “Putin/Russian” threat.

Should we be doing more? What do you want of us? Would you like to get another World War going?

Unlike the US Europe has very much to lose, some of this is financial, rapidly growing economic integration between Russia and the EU is worth three hundred and fifty billion dollars, that is the prize.

To suggest that Mr Putin is intrinsically evil and an imminent threat and that the EU countries should throw away all of the progress made since the fall of ‘The Wall is strange, to say the least. What puzzles me most though about the whole business is that the Europeans failed to adopt an approach that could have prevented the Ukraine tragedy unfolding.

Oh, I forgot to mention, we have already more than doubled the risk of a nuclear war by allowing this to happen.

Anyone for Cookies?

October 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

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God is everywhere?

I would suggest that there is an element of the Theological or at the very least Philosophical permeating modern scientific thinking, for instance in physics there are those who in their  language use the term 'teleport. We even have a book on the subject of the Higgs bosun entitled the ‘The God Particle!

Superposition, an idea that feeds in to the very necessary human belief in agency. The act of observation actuates events. I prefer a ‘pathway approach where discovery or observation, if it takes place, it is nothing more or less than a waypoint.

October 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

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Delia does Plutonium


A Japanese professor has stated in a TV interview that a human can safely consume 32 grams of plutonium per year. The poor man, who cannot have much of a long-term career is Professor Tadashi Narabayashi, a member of the Japanese Nuclear Safety Commission has been quoted saying that up to 32 grams of plutonium could safely be consumed with food.

The DOE standard for the occupational air concentration of plutonium is 32 trillionths of a gram per cubic meter

http://www.clarku.edu/departments/marsh/projects/community/plutonium.pdf

Not surprisingly the Youtube video showing the interview has been taken down.

October 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

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Hot Particles in Norway

Fukushima reactor number 3, when it blew up and ejected a large dirty coloured plume of smoke and debris, seems to have been very different from the other explosions in that it released particles containing dozens of radionuclides, some of them very nasty.

One very dangerous particle was detected around 300 kilometres away and hot particles from Fukushima have been found as far away as Norway and Lithuania.

The current models for assessing risk from radioactivity seems to be based on average readings, but the accident in Japan has spurred work in this area and we should expect future models to be corrected to include the probabilities of injestion of these potentially deadly particles. Some researchers believe that even tiny particles in the order of one hundred thousandth of a metre in diameter can have a high lethality; with a greater than 50% likelihood of causing a cancer if the particle is retained in the respiratory system or the oesophagus, stomach or gut.

It seems to me there could be large scale underreporting of the cancers caused by the nuclear industry.

September 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

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