Friday, March 11, 2011

Bits and Pieces - March 11, 2011

Troutsky was right. I woke up this morning with a clear idea for a post on French and English intervention in the Russian Revolution with the ideas floating around for American (or NATO) intervention in the Libyan uprising. But the Japanese earthquake and panicky reports of ZOMG favorite cliches, ANOTHER CHERNOBYL or THE CHINA SYNDROME, for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. I probably shouldn't respond to some of those tweets. See XKCD, Duty Calls. Here's a sort of reasonable report on the situation at the plant. Note that the emergency cooling system has not yet been brought into play, so there's still a backup, and other measures are in progress.

You've probably seen the horrifying pictures of destruction in Japan by now. The earthquake is rated at 9.1, one of the biggest ever, and certainly the biggest in such a populated place. 88,000 people are reported missing. Update (March 12): The numbers for the missing seem to be all over the map - from hundreds to tens of thousands. Someone pointed out that phone service is out in many places, which may contribute to exaggerated estimates of the numbers missing.

My first thought on hearing Japan's news this morning, too.

The network of sensors set up for monitoring nuclear tests helps in an earthquake too.

Some other things happening,...

Glenn Beck outs James O'Keeffe's NPR video editing. (Huh? More of teh crazy. Can we believe this?)

I listened to Vice President Joe Biden's speech yesterday at Moscow State University and though he made two hard-hitting points while being totally and utterly charming.

Estonia is now a player in the US oil shale market. Although their oil shale is much richer than ours.

Color photos of the San Francisco 1906 earthquake.

David Lodge on H.G. Wells.

I still plan to do that post on the Russian Revolution. Maybe things will calm down over the weekend. In the meantime, here's some cat and dog blogging.

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