Eclectic Rant: The Future of Nuclear Power In The U.S.

By Ralph Stone
Tuesday May 10, 2011 - 08:48:00 PM

In order to keep the lights on and the motors running while reducing harm to humans and planet Earth, fossil-fuel power has to shrink. While we shouldn't forget Three Mile Island and Chernobyl and the recent disaster at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, we need a rational discussion about the future of nuclear power in this country without misinformation and histrionics. By 2030, power demand will probably double. To meet this demand for power without fossil fuels, we need both nuclear power as well as renewable energy. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Collateral Damage in the Rodent Wars

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday May 10, 2011 - 10:55:00 AM
Ashy storm-petrel in the hand: victim of killer mice?

South Farallon Island, that great seabird metropolis 32 miles west of San Francisco, is infested with house mice. That’s nothing new; the mice have been out there since the 1800s. There used to be feral cats and rabbits as well, but they were exterminated around 1974. -more-

On Mental Illness: The Sacrifices of Being Medicated

By Jack Bragen
Wednesday May 11, 2011 - 09:34:00 AM

It seems baffling to many people that persons with mental illnesses often resist taking medications that are prescribed. I have addressed some of this in a previous edition of this column. To put it succinctly, it takes a very brave and steadfast person to voluntarily take psychiatric medication; and this is for a number of reasons. -more-

The Public Eye: Osama Bin Laden, Rapist

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday May 10, 2011 - 08:19:00 AM

Many epithets describe Osama Bin Laden, but rapist fits best. On September 11, 2001, Bin Laden orchestrated what was, in effect, the gang rape of the United States. We were violated and that explains why America’s recovery has been so difficult. -more-

Senior Power: Still Alive?

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday May 10, 2011 - 08:05:00 AM

“Is he still alive?” If you’re over the age of, say, 65, how many times have you heard or said or thought that! Moving quickly on…

Unique and well-known in world literature, this 86-year old writer of fiction is definitely still alive and writing, although unrecognized in the United States until recently. Identify the writer whose control over language and form as well as sympathy and humor and brilliant comment on how we live our lives are praised by critics! -more-

Dispatches From The Edge: The Great Game’s New Clothes

By Conn Hallinan
Wednesday May 11, 2011 - 11:26:00 AM

According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta, the U.S. never informed Pakistan about the operation to assassinate al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Ladin because it thought the Pakistanis could “jeopardize the mission” by tipping off the target.