January 20th, 2008


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This whole situation with the Chalk River nuclear generator really boggles my mind. This almost 60-year old facility, the oldest research reactor in the world, was shut down due to it's lack of backup safety measures. You know, things that will keep us safe in case of earthquakes or other disasters. The shutdown caused a potential run on medical isotopes world wide. Unfortunate, and due to additional lapses of judgment in trying to bring two replacement reactors online.

Now, instead of fixing the deficiencies in a timely manner, and re-opening the site, the government steps in, starts the plant back up, and fires the head of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, because they were worried about patients dying. What about, say, the Ontario population in general? I mean, did they do a risk analysis that said that X number of patients would die if this wasn't turned on, versus the potential for X-Y if there is an accident or natural disaster involving the facility? Did they look around and decide those folks vote Liberal or Green anyways?

Build a damn dome!

I always thought it was a bit crazy to be a football fan in Ottawa, but our season stopped by November at the latest.

I'm sitting here in my comfy warm basement watching the GB game, where it's -18C and I'm completely amazed. More so when hubby opened the back door to let the dogs out and I got a taste of the -14C outside air.

Who the hell are these people? Not only to be a fan, starting with a tailgate, partying all day outside, but then the o-line is in short sleeves! Damn, I'm fairly sure they've got frost on their skin. Put a damn parka on.

Even better, or really worse, is this line from this article "...during the Ice Bowl game against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 31, 1967 when the temperature was 13 below zero with a wind chill of minus-46. One fan at that game died of exposure." Freakin' died of exposure? Is it really worth it to watch a football game? I know, they often wait their whole lives to see a game and only have one chance at the tickets, their place on the waiting list being willed to their grandchildren, but I'd rather spend time with my grandkids.

ps - looks like Lawrence Tynes is headed back to Scotland with a kick like that!
ETA - twice!!!
ETAA - I guess he redeemed himself.