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  1. Great podcast as always. Thank you.

    As UK gets a mention, just to say that gradually, at the end of last year and beginning of this, UK’s nuclear power plants are opening up again to the public. I went down to have a look round Sizewell B last week. Anyone know what the current situation is in US regarding plants opening to the public?

    http://www.edfenergy.com/about-us/energy-generation/nuclear-generation/nuclear-visitor-centres.shtml

    And as Rickover gets a mention, been reading Jimmy Carter’s White House Diary

    http://www.amazon.com/White-House-Diary-Jimmy-Carter/dp/B007MXG8NG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361899232&sr=8-1&keywords=white+house+diary

    really fascinating. Rickover visited Carter several times every year during his presidency and very interesting to read what Carter wrote about it (back then and now).

  2. Good show:

    Like this cast! An encore is a must do! (It could be the nucleus of a rapid response anti-FUD web/media/YouTube nuclear truth squad!) Some off cuff bit thought nuggets for future shows;

    What would’ve been great expanding on is the comparison of Berlin Airlift coal tonnage vs its weight equivalence in uranium. How many monster Oil / LNG tankers = how much uranium in weight / energy expenditure. A retrospective of the nuclear conversion of eco liberal Paul Newman and why is he seldom mentioned/lauded in pro nuclear activities like Sagan is for space science / and his conversion unmentioned in Hollywood which might’ve seeded and encouraged more actors and musicians to hawk nuclear.

    I do know too many “science shows” and media types (at least NYC media) and many non-college educators (at least) depict E=mc2 as being the “formula for an A-bomb”. PSA’s using a take-off of Fukushima-New Mexico rad exposure.

    Inviting a nuclear blogger in Japan on-board for local perspectives there and on-site news. (BTW Japanese students at my college claimed the demo A-bomb thingie would’ve never scored, like them surrendering to a ghost/mirage, etc).

    As big examples, what is British Columbia’s and Australia’s specific beefs against nuclear and whether they’d concede to being wrong or mislead. U.N.’s environmental hypocrisy banning nuclear energy from Antarctica while current bases burn oil and create huge oil drum dumps and contamination.

    Atomic Review has a pic of bottom half of containment being built; sure doesn’t look cheap compared digging a hole; question the containment effectiveness and costs building reactors underground. Cutting edge alternates to infamous cooling towers to make nuclear more unobtrusive. The Rickover misinterpreted comment recalls to me that no engineer ever said that a bumble shouldn’t be able to fly; a newspaperman in the 1940’s said an engineer did.

    Allowing antis to call the shots labeling nuclear as “unnatural”. More info on NASA and development of nuclear drives to give wider public exposure of nuclear applications to help dispel “good for only war and evil things” perception. Suggest that Savannah curators create a online 3-D walk-thru tour (bad description of something common on Google maps) of every part of Savannah. Should be a quick cheap project for eager beaver local college students, right?

    To Jennetta and Steve; is the best community friendly future of uranium mining totally underground bore-machine type mining? Are there any international joint ventures in building and hawking SMRs? Love to know of a public nuclear quotient survey and it such determines their support of nuclear power and applications.

    Lastly, an open challenge to Sierra Club, Green Peace, Helen and Arnie and Doc Kaku to a Atomic Show debate. These are my two cents. Hope they’re any good!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

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