Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Resume Above Ground Nuclear Testing

Today I was reading an article on using Yucca Flats in Nevada as a test site for development of moon bases, and technologies.

A little history about Yucca Flats, it is where the Nevada Test Site for testing nuclear bombs from 1951 to 1992 is. It also the location of the largest man made crater in the world called Sedan Crater.

Anyway this got me to thinking about the nuclear test ban treaty, rouge states, and our aging supply of nuclear weapons and how we could kill two birds with one stone.

Resume nuclear testing specifically above ground nuclear testing, but only for 1 bomb. Have congress authorize the test, have the press fully present for it.

What would this accomplish?

1) We would get desperately needed test data on our old bombs.

2) We'd not so subtly remind countries like Iran and North Korea, that we have perfected nuclear technology and what a mushroom cloud looks like, should they continue on with their stupid antics.

Just my two cents!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Vermont My Nanny State

From a story by the AP today:

Vermont lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban eating, drinking, smoking, reading, writing, personal grooming, playing an instrument, "interacting with pets or cargo," talking on a cell phone or using any other personal communication device while driving. The punishment: a fine of up to $600.

Similar bills are under consideration in Maryland and Texas, and Connecticut has passed one that generically bans any activity that could interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle.

"Cell phones attracted people to this issue," said Matt Sundeen, a transportation analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures. "Now that people are more focused on distracted driving issues, they're beginning to talk about the broader range of distractions."

So as a resident of the Socialist Republic of Vermont you can't possible imagine how much this has pissed me off.

Beyond the fact that it should be individual responsibility about how you behave and the consequences from them, even if you can say Cell Phones are a distraction in their own class, you've got to be kidding me about the food and drink clause of this bill.

This clown
Thomas F. Koch. (R) thinks that taking a sip of soda while driving is such a dangerous prospect that it needs legislation? This is lunacy, this guy needs to step down from his elected post if he really thinks that.

In this guys world if you're traveling through Vermont say from Bennington to Newport, every time you get thirsty you will need to pull over on to the side of the road and take a sip of your soda. Seems to me that it would be more dangerous pulling on and off the road surface then if you just drank the damn soda.

Beyond all that though, this is government at it's worst, it's nanny government, by a law maker who had a bad run in one day with an idiot driver so he feels justified in making a blanket law that punishes everyone.

It's also one of those things where people say "oh it will never be passed in to law" and low and behold it slips in under the radar.

There's so much more to worry about in this state, it disgust me to see lawmakers wasting my money and state time on junk like this.