tumblrbot asked: WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT ON YOUR PLANET?
I like the whole planet. But, perhaps, someday, Italy.
Who-what am I? I have no perfect answer to that question; rather the process or journey is what I have. Those who seek a final view may suffer much confusion. Better to relax and enjoy the ride.
The ride is a lifelong journey. None of us know where we are going into the future. All we can know is the present. That “present” which is ours, of course, becomes unknown to us by constant act of disassociation from ourselves by throwing ourselves away (again and again) by projection into the past or future (which can’t exist at except in our imagination).
How is it that we can be all we can be? How must we live? How shall we see ourselves? How shall we relate to one another so as to “be all we can be”?
If there is a defining activity for NASA’s Space Shuttle program, it is the spacewalk, or extra-vehicular activity. 160 spacewalks were made in the assembly of the ISS alone. There’s something about the image, too, of a human high above the Earth, clambering around on a piece of machinery whizzing through space. In this video, we take a two-minute tour of the history of the EVA from the first during the Gemini program to the last spacewalk, which occurred Wednesday in low-earth orbit.
Read more at The Atlantic
Only two U.S. nuclear sites are in compliance with federal fire regulations. How confident can we be that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has things firmly in hand?
The ongoing failures at Japan’s Fukushima plant have put new emphasis on concerns about nuclear safety here in the United States. And on the heels of recent massive regulatory failures that left our financial markets in chaos and the Gulf of Mexico blackened, one wonders whether American nuclear regulation, handled by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), in Rockville, MD, is comparably insufficient.
An NRC Investigator General report from 2002, I found, showed that only 53 percent of the employees at NRC felt it was “safe to speak up in the NRC,’ and less than half — 48 percent — felt “that management actually trusts the judgment of employees at their level in the organization.”
A 2006 report observed: “Significant reservations still exist about the Differing Professional Opinions (DPO) program. Some employees feel comfortable raising an issue and going through the DPO process. However, a number of employees do not feel comfortable doing so, out of fear of retaliation.”
One former NRC commissioner, speaking on background last June, told me: “our nuclear plants are like snowflakes, they’re all different and they can all melt.”
Read more at The Atlantic
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