A lot of the media coverage of the current situation in Syria is complete drivel which is often just regurgitating the crap spouted by politicians. This is not a full analysis of what is going on in Syria but there are a few points I would like to make. Personally I ignore what is said […]

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What Is Wrong With Austerity In One Graph

I think that this one graph shows what is wrong with austerity. The deficit is not just about government income – it is about the difference between income and expenditure. The massive cuts that the Conservative government has imposed has decreased government expenditure but has a very big negative affect on the economy and hence […]

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Nuclear Disarmament – a naive idea?

Jeremy Corbyn’s statements about scrapping the Trident nuclear weapons system has again resulted in responses that such ideas are naive and a gut reaction that have not been thought through. I have previously written more extensively about this here but I am just going to re-iterate one of the argument. First of all I would […]

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Refugees in ‘1984’

April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks. All war films. One very good one of a ship full of refugees being bombed somewhere in the Mediterranean. Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away with a helicopter after him, first you saw him wallowing along in the […]

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The Size Of The Atmosphere

I have had several discussions where people have said that the atmosphere is so enormous than man could not affect it. When you look up at the sky and think about the size of the Earth it is not difficult to see why they think this. I began to wonder what volume it would take […]

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DNA Repair

This was going to be a reply to a comment on one of my posts. However, I think it is an important issue so I am writing this post. The comment referenced a study1 on DNA repair centres in human cells. I have no problem with the study itself however, I do with one of […]

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“No discernible changes in future cancer rates and hereditary diseases”?

It is often quoted that Fukushima will produce “No discernible changes in future cancer rates and hereditary diseases”. This quote is from the UNSCEAR report on the Fukushima1. While other reports2 go into various criticisms of the UNSCEAR report this post is about what that phrase actually means. This post is not about whether this […]

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Nuclear Safety Equipment Has “no impact on public health and safety”?

I recently saw a report that failure of a piece of safety equipment had “no impact on public health and safety”. If  so why is it there? I was going to write this post several months ago. However, a recent comment on one of my posts has prompted me to write it now. What originally […]

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Mass and Volume of Spent Nuclear Fuel – NRC Response

I recently wrote a post on the Mass and Volume of Spent Nuclear Fuel. Roberto Kersevan pointed out in a comment that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) arrive at a very different figure to myself. I therefore wrote to the NRC to point out their mistake. Here is their response as promised: Peter, Thank you […]

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I have recently had several comments questioning1 my ‘scientific integrity’ and implying that I have a political agenda. I can assure them that I definitely and unashamedly have a political agenda – if I am not writing about nuclear power I am writing about politics. I am an anti-nuclear campaigner. If I were writing scientific […]

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