Monday, March 2, 2009

Tsol: DHARMA-like Encryption


Why there is nothing better than hunkering down into my favorite chair with a good read. Would there world were mine, I’d mandate such an important reading activity because it creates the opportunity to learn. Ben Ayliffe, Senior Nuclear Campaigner from Greenpeace UK, opposes nuclear power because he believe’s “it’s too little, too late to stop global warming.” Kill, destroy, decimate are all words used by many to articulate a naïve understanding of nuclear power including the waste produced by such power. John Kelly, a political scientist specializing in science and public policy, believes this waste can be safely deposited in the subseabed.

These are only a couple of nuggets o’ info. I recently discovered while reading Cravens’ book. My goal was to read this fascinating text in place of the once-inspiring, now-tiring television show, Lost. I think my time can be much better spent learning about the innumerable benefits of nuclear energy.
Oh, John Locke’s dead!
Oh, Kate’s frazzled because she thinks Aaron’s grandmother knows her secret.
Oh, no, Hugo hasn’t lost a pound since the show started and now he’s headed back to the island.
Oh, who cares? The writers have left too many questions unanswered; too many plot gaps and character conundrums that I no longer care.
“Hear the tolling of the bells, Iron bells! / What a world of solemn thought their monody compels.” Poe had it right because that tolling marks the end of the show and then of my allegiance.

On to life that matters. On to nuclear power.

“Nuclear power is unsafe and other alternative forms of energy should be used. What about solar power?” cry the fear mongers.

Cravens responds. “A nuclear power plant producing 1,000 megawatts takes up a third of a square mile. A wind farm would have to cover over two hundred square miles to obtain the same result, and a solar array over fifty square miles.” T. Boon Pickens may think wind farms and solar energy are great ideas until he sees them decimating his pristine landscape.

Common sense would seem to dictate that since 70% of the earth is covered in water, our energy needs can be quenched by this natural combination of one part oxygen and two parts hydrogen. One reason people fear nuclear energy is the potential for catastrophic tragedy.

“What if…” the mongers of fear query. Alright, let’s take this irrational fear, founded in hypothetical ponderings and contrast that with very real tragedy that happened in China in 1975 when the the Banqiao and Shimantan Reservoir Dams collapsed tragically endinig 145,000 lives, and decimating an estimated six million buildings. When the topic of safety surfaces in this discussion, facts must bob to the top while prejudice, steeped in and fueled by ignorance, must vanish.

Did I watch Lost? Like Jack and his Lost band of fugitives, you can find my answer in this encrypted post. Discover the encryption and give me your comment. The winner will receive an autographed copy of Beowulf: The Epic That Won't Die.

4 comments:

Julianne said...

Not Beowulf......!

Anonymous said...

"The last will be first & the first will be last."

Approximately 6 students are attempting to figure out your encryption.

Sarah & Mena

PS: Tsol = Lost

JBrandt said...

If Sarah's guess is correct, it's going to take a lot more than a braintrust of six. Failed.

Josh Evans said...

Beowulf...the epic that we read less than one whole chapter of in AP Lit...