CHERNOBYL, FUKUSHIMA and KROWATHUNKOOLUNG*

 from the quill of Antisthenes

Some good news at last. Former Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation chairman Ziggy Switkowski on 19th May, 2011 said that “the ‘centre of gravity’ for innovation and manufacturing of nuclear power is moving quickly to China. When we are ready to get involved in nuclear power, we will look in a catalogue, pick up the phone and place an order on a Chinese vendor, who will deliver it at a price that we can afford.” As we are all impressed by the superior endurance of Chinese manufactures, their impeccable quality control, after-sales service and world-class safety standards, assured by the traditional transparency, not even the Greens now can object. After all, what can be wrong with supporting a communist regime? In the meantime, the Chinese government is about to stop construction of “generation 2” reactors, (Fukushima type) and concentrate instead on the third generation, incorporating additional safety features. Those reactors, such as EPR and AP1000 are provided by French Areva and USA Westinghouse Electric respectively and are more expensive. In principle, I’m in favour of nuclear power; but when our future government finally accepts the inevitability of it, would they pay 50% or more for our safety?

*/ an original Aboriginal name for a location in Victoria, meaning “the country belonging to the men from the east”. Renamed Croajenalong, from possibly from croajingalong – “looking eastwards”.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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