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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Nuclear Weapons (HBO)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Nuclear Weapons (HBO)
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Could England cope after a nuclear accident at Hinkley Point? | Coffee House An EDF board meeting today could spell the end of the wretched Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and its hugely over-priced electricity, for which electricity distribution companies would be obliged to pay double the current wholesale electricity price for 35 years. EDF’s finance director Thomas Piquemal resigned in March claiming that the project could put the entire future of the company at risk. The UN’s Economic and Social Council has put its own boot into the project, saying that the UK has failed to consult with neighbouring countries over the risk of a nuclear accident. But never mind neighbouring countries, the government has failed to take into account the economic consequences of a nuclear accident on local populations. Since the first wave of nuclear power stations was built between the 1950s and 1980s, we know much more about the management of nuclear accidents – which will inevitably happen, however safe the plants are.

Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back Most people probably think of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a pugnacious hawk. In interviews with the media, his stern baritone insists on the dire threats to Israel's security. He has warned that he will unilaterally bomb Iran's nuclear facilities if Tehran crosses a "red line." Before his political career, he was respected in Israel as a commander of special-forces overseas operations. The Gaza conflict over the past month and a half seems to have only solidified Bibi's image: Israeli forces have conducted extensive airstrikes against military targets in Gaza, and the Israel Defense Forces have undertaken audacious operations to undo Hamas's network of tunnels into Israel. This image of a combative Netanyahu, however, is misleading. Operation Protective Edge, as this summer's Israeli military venture was deemed, goes against everything that typically makes Netanyahu who he is. So what does it take to get Netanyahu to do something drastic? Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images

Year 2000 problem The (French) sign reads "3 January 1900" instead of "3 January 2000" The Year 2000 problem (also known as the Y2K problem, the Millennium bug, the Y2K bug, or simply Y2K) was a problem for both digital (computer-related) and non-digital documentation and data storage situations which resulted from the practice of abbreviating a four-digit year to two digits. In 1997, The British Standards Institute (BSI) developed a standard, DISC PD2000-1,[1] which defines "Year 2000 Conformity requirements" as four rules: No valid date will cause any interruption in operations.Calculation of durations between, or the sequence of, pairs of dates will be correct whether any dates are in different centuries.In all interfaces and in all storage, the century must be unambiguous, either specified, or calculable by algorithmYear 2000 must be recognized as a leap year It identifies two problems that may exist in many computer programs. Background[edit] Programming problem[edit] The need for bit conservation[edit]

Africa going nuclear? On a continent that has too often been cavalier about the future wellbeing of its people, it’s encouraging – at least from the development perspective – that South Africa is not alone in planning to build nuclear reactors. South Africa now has the only nuclear power plant on the African continent, comprising the two reactors at Koeberg, just north of Cape Town, producing a total of about 1 860 megawatts (MW) of electricity. It also has plans – which have become highly controversial – to build six to eight more reactors/units, adding a further 9 600 MW to the national grid. But 11 other African nations have also drafted plans to go fissile, according to Anton Khlopkov, Director of the Centre for Energy and Security Studies in Moscow. These are Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda, which constitute about a quarter of the 45 countries worldwide that are actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programmes.

The Top 10 Questions About the World's Biggest Problems When it comes to U.S. Mideast policy, Martin Indyk is something like a human seismograph. Having spent three and a half decades at the leading edge of U.S. policy in the region, the English-born, Australian-raised Indyk has grown acutely sensitive to the shifts, tremors, and upheavals that have signaled change across the Middle East. Indyk has twice served as America's ambassador to Israel, is a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, and most recently has played the role of U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Earlier this summer, Indyk stepped down from his negotiator's role when U.S. Indyk believes that much has changed but that Israel's leaders and their Palestinian counterparts may be the last to recognize it. In short, recent events may amount to nothing less than a strategic earthquake. ­ David Rothkopf: How has what happened in Gaza altered the dynamics of the peace process? DR: That's interesting. MI: It might be. DR: In theory...

Obama orders review of U.S. energy infrastructure Alerte aux certificats falsifiés dans le nucléaire L’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) française est inquiète. Un mouton noir a été repéré dans la filière. Un fabricant de pièces métalliques qui, dans une soixantaine de cas au moins, a fourni à ses clients comme Areva des produits présentant des malfaçons, accompagnés de certificats falsifiés. L’ASN a demandé à toutes les entreprises du secteur de vérifier les pièces qu’elles utilisent en provenance de cette PME, pour pouvoir stopper les équipements en cas de besoin, a-t-elle annoncé lundi 18 avril. En 2012, un scandale du même type avait été découvert en Corée du sud. Des fournisseurs avaient contrefait les certificats de sûreté de milliers de pièces : fusibles, commutateurs, etc. En France, l’histoire débute en octobre 2015. Un salarié licencié, un autre suspecté Faux, usage de faux : Bureau Veritas a très vite porté plainte, suivi en mars par Areva et le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA). Lors de l’enquête, SBS, une filiale du groupe Genoyer, a reconnu les faits.

The America of 'Team America,' a Decade Later As the geopolitical satire turns 10, it reminds of how much the world has and hasn't changed. Paramount To remember what the world felt like to a lot of people in the fall of 2004, look no further than the opening scene of Team America: World Police, the South Park-driven marionette action spoof/international affairs crash course/musical that was released during one of the most divisive election seasons ever. Islamic terrorists are just about to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Paris before an elite squad of swaggering American puppet commandos confront them. After all the terrorists are dead (one is blasted through the window of a baguette shop) and the Parisians look around mouth-agape at their half-demolished city, one member of Team America gives his Patton speech: "Bonjour, everyone! At the time, critic David Edelstein dubbed Team America "a stink bomb lobbed at American arrogance and overweening militarism."

Pop or Soda? Why Region Is More Important Than You Think Where you live in the United States determines a hell of a lot more than whether 'coke' means Coca-Cola or 'every single carbonated beverage.' It can also mean the difference between sauce on your pizza or nothing, the difference between honor killings or, uh, not honor killings, the difference between a time machine and an ... ATM? On today's podcast Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Kristi Harrison and Jason Pargin discuss America's crazy regional differences, and talk with Colin Woodard (author of 'American Nations') about his claim that the fifty American states are actually eleven distinct nations. « Un accident nucléaire majeur ne peut être exclu nulle part dans le monde » Président de l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) française, Pierre-Franck Chevet a commencé sa carrière quelques mois après la catastrophe de Tchernobyl survenue le 26 avril 1986, au sein du Service central de sûreté des installations nucléaires. Trente ans après, il revient sur le risque nucléaire. Y a-t-il eu, dans le domaine de la sûreté nucléaire, un avant et un après-Tchernobyl ? Pierre-Franck Chevet : Chaque accident significatif marque une rupture. Il y avait eu auparavant, le 28 mars 1979, l’accident de la centrale américaine de Three Mile Island, mais il était resté circonscrit [le cœur du réacteur avait partiellement fondu, sans rejets dans l’environnement]. Une convention sur la sûreté nucléaire a été adoptée, avec des obligations contraignantes pour les Etats. Les pays occidentaux n’ont-ils pas considéré qu’un tel accident était impossible chez eux ? C’est une réaction classique. Ce raisonnement est erroné. Lire aussi : Les leçons négligées de Tchernobyl

America’s Mad Rush to the Bottom US foreign policy is the country’s Achilles heel. On the domestic side, it faces few challenges and can get away with pretty much what it pleases, e.g., massive surveillance, Espionage Act prosecutions to silence revelations of war crimes, taxation policies which widen inequities of income distribution, regulatory policies ditto for further concentration of wealth and power through ever-tighter monopolization, and, not least, a militarization of capitalism itself, all of which bring the domestic sector into alignment with the foreign sector, making for a ruthless machinery of political-ideological aggrandizement. No wonder the fear of the US government in the world. Trade agreements appear innocuous and the normalization of international relations; in reality, they are one-sided arrangements as part of a US-defined global power struggle, as much ideological and military as purely economic. Come forward to today. Why should a changing world structure appear so menacing to America?

Tufts Magazine / fall 2013 Last December, when Adam Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a rifle and killed twenty children and six adult staff members, the United States found itself immersed in debates about gun control. Another flash point occurred this July, when George Zimmerman, who saw himself as a guardian of his community, was exonerated in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida. That time, talk turned to stand-your-ground laws and the proper use of deadly force. The gun debate was refreshed in September by the shooting deaths of twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard, apparently at the hands of an IT contractor who was mentally ill. Such episodes remind Americans that our country as a whole is marked by staggering levels of deadly violence. What’s less well appreciated is how much the incidence of violence, like so many salient issues in American life, varies by region. The nations are constituted as follows: YANKEEDOM.

Physicist claims Hinkley Point deal means UK taxpayer could get £53bn bill to supply cheap nuclear energy to France | Home News It is a claim that, if true, would mean Britain is about to make one of the biggest economical mistakes in its history, a blunder that would damage our country's finances for decades and almost inevitably cause the Government to fall. For, according to Keith Barnham, an emeritus professor of physics, the total subsidy paid to the planned Hinkley Point nuclear power station by the British taxpayer could reach a staggering £53 billion over its lifetime – and the main beneficiaries will be French. He argues that such is the likely growth of renewables that the UK will not actually need the Hinkley’s electricity, so it will be sold abroad. And, he says, the most likely customers are in France, home of energy giant EDF, which is expected to build the plant. Questions about the viability of the £18bn power plant have been raised following problems with reactors of a similar design. “It’s possible that some of that is true, but it’s very uncertain, it’s a very bold thing to claim.”

Old World Order vs. New World Order: The Geopolitics of Chaos and Stochastic Change It’s now official: our political leaders are still drunk on 20th century booze. Egged on by a clique of hereditary banking families, politicos always seem keen to push us into the latest war, only they are not altogether sure why they are actually doing it now. The plans they inherited are based on an old and aging set of principles which may, or may no longer apply to the 21st century world. This disconnect is a real problem, and it’s becoming visible as we speak.All signs currently point towards the transition towards their plan for a One World Order, but expect a bumpy road ahead… Geopolitical Harbingers Certainly by the closing decades of the 19th century, geopolitical theory was splitting into two camps: Global Seaborne Hegemon theory of US admiral Albert Thayer Mahan, and Pan-Asian Landward Hegemon theory championed by British academic and director of the London School of Economics, Sir Halford Mackinder. Old Order Somnambulism The Political Disconnect This is where we are today.

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