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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bellefonte Nuclear Plant and Insanity = Are our Political Leaders Stoned?

The Nuclear Zombie by Edwin Vasquez published in The Nation in an article by Christian Parenti on aging nuclear plants http://www.thenation.com/article/zombie-nuke-plants/
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Insanity - "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Re: Bellefonte Nuclear Plant Potential Sale https://www.tva.com/file_source/TVA/Site%20Content/News/Bellefonte/Bellefonte%20Nuclear%20Plant%20Site%20Comment%20Report.pdf

The quote (courtesy Quora https://www.quora.com/Did-Einstein-really-define-insanity-as-doing-the-same-thing-over-and-over-again-and-expecting-different-results Fair use for non-profit news reporting and commentary.)  Insanity - "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."  " is generally attributed to Einstein in most online quote collections, however there seems to be significant debate about the authenticity of this attribution. Others like Mark Twain, an old Chinese proverb and Benjamin Franklin have also been suggested as the originators, but general consensus concludes that they have a significantly lesser claim than Einstein."

"The earliest claim is that Einstein used and published the quote in his "Letters to Solovine 1951" however no specific reference has yet been supplied from that source. There is apparently an attribution to Einstein using this quote in a transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Volume 71, p. 54, Wildlife Management Institute, published in 1975 although according to Bill Hood's answer, this volume was actually published in 2006."

"Other verifiable evidence of the quote's original authorship come from:

1.Rita Mae Brown's 1983 novel, Sudden Death, published by Bantam Books, New York p.68 (attributed to Jane Fulton)

2.Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) pamphlet - Step 2: A promise of Hope, p10, James G. Jenson, 1980.

3.Narcotics Anonymous - The Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous which was copyrighted in 1981. It is found on page 11 of the final "Review Form" which was distributed to the fellowship in November of 1981. The quote in that text is "Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results". "

It seems our political leadership have been drunk and stoned about the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant for more than 40 years.They succomb to corporate-governmental peer group pressure and are addicted to the drug of government promises and deceit. Unfortunately, they have never learned the lessons of our local history regarding Bellefonte. Such is the story with substance abuse. Shall we send our government's leadership to color code so that they may be tested for addiction?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Scottsboro City Council 4-25-16 Regular Session and Jackson County Commission Regular Session 4-26-16 Commission Makes Jackson County's Official Song, Curly Putnam's "Green, Green Grass of Home"

Photo of Paint rock Valley, photographer unknown - Fair Use for non-profit news reporting.
"The Green, Green Grass of Home"

Curly Putman's latest album.

The Official Song of Jackson County Alabama is a song about an inmate on death row.

In the below link, you will find a biographical video about Mr. Putman in the Country Music Hall of Fame.


March 28, 2009
"Curly Putman’s career proves that sometimes elusive dreams come true. As writer or co-writer of the country classics “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Green, Green Grass of Home,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and “My Elusive Dreams,” among many others, Putman worked his way up from a struggling rural Alabama songwriter to become one of country music’s most heralded tunesmiths, moving through various cities and jobs along the way."

Read more: Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Curly Putman
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 2015 Assessment on TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016, Decatur, Alabama at Calhoun College,TVA Browns Ferry Nuclear Facility Annual Assessment for 2015, Part 1 and 2 videos, Annual Report posted below via PDF, courtesy of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Many thanks to the members and donors of BREDL/BEST/MATRR who make these reports possible. . Special thanks to Nancy and Meghan Muse for their timely entrance, you saved me from a NRC shutdown of questions in the public venue. "Let us hear the questions, the research," you said. Very important statement from you. Vitally important that multiple citizens attend these meetings and comment.

NRC Statement by Alan Blamey, Region 2 Chief of the reactor projects stated,"[We]determined that overall, Browns Ferry Units 1, 2, and 3 operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and met all cornerstone objectives."

NRC Assessment Letter

A big change, big improvement from this 2011 story regarding problems at the 3 GE Mark 1 Nuclear Reactors. http://blog.al.com/huntsville-times-business/2011/09/tvas_browns_ferry_reactor_need.html

VIDEOS of Assessment questions



About TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant - https://www.tva.gov/Energy/Our-Power-System/Nuclear/Browns-Ferry-Nuclear-Plant 

Significant recent news story - Radiation triggers high alert at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant - http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2016/apr/07/high-radiation-triggers-alert-browns-ferry/359266/

Monday, April 25, 2016

TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Facility, 2015 Annual Assessment and SOARCA - April 20, 2016

Safecast Monitoring Info - Chattanooga to Sequoyah Nuclear Facility - https://api.safecast.org/en-US/bgeigie_imports/22879

April 20, 2016, Soddy Daisy, Tn.,TVA Sequoyah Nuclear Facility - NRC 2015 Annual Assessment Questions about the January 2015 Fine Levied Against TVA - Q&A about Event Reports - 5 Scrams on Unit 1 Sequoyah. NRC to increase oversight on Sequoyah Unit 1 due to number of unplanned shutdowns, scrams:http://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1531/ML1531... Also in 2015, TVA was fined for earlier Sequoyah regulatory findings related to no Fire Watches and Falsification of Records by contractor - http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/mar/12/tvfined-fire-safety-violations-nuclear-plantc/292823/

April 20, 2016 Part 3 Soddy Daisy, Tn., TVA Sequoyah Nuclear Facility; Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA), Public Information Session.

The SOARCA Process

(NRC-The SOARCA Process - Fair Use for non-profit news reporting.)
Step 1: Selecting Accident Scenarios to Model Step 3: Modeling Offsite Release of Radioactive Material Step 4: Modeling Emergency Response Step 5: Modeling Health Effects Step 2: Modeling Onsite Accident
Overall, the State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA) process includes five general steps, as illustrated in the flowchart to the right. See the following pages for discussions of the methods and rationale that the project team uses in each step to determine the realistic consequences of the select severe accident scenarios:

Bias in Health Effects Modeling?
April 20, 2016 Soddy Daisy, Tn., Sequoyah Nuclear Facility; Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA), Public Information Session. This video highlights offsite health consequences of a severe accident, modeling; focus here is on skewered health risk factors - fact vs fallacy in NRC's modeling program. NRC - SOARCA site modeling of health effects indicates bias in modeling of health effects in support of the nuclear industry. The bias is evidenced in this video. 

NRC Reference: http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/research/soar/soarca-health-effects.html There is no reference in the NRC link to the BIER VII Report which strongly supports the  linear no-threshold (LNT) model. However, the NRC site states - "The risk of a latent cancer fatality (LCF) from chronic exposure to low doses of radiation is very uncertain." The NRC site goes on to state it utilized the BIER V Report, which has been updated by the BIER VII Report which is ignored by the NRC. Inquiries addressed to NRC personnel and Sandia National Laboratory present indicated they apparently did not include specific groups of people in their health consequences modeling, e.g. infants, pregnant women young women of child bearing age and children who are most susceptible to ionizing radiation exposure.

April 20, 2016 Soddy Daisy, Tn., TVA Sequoyah Nuclear Facility Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA), Public Information Session. Presentation by David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists. 

My apologies for the sound quality. The training room has a speaker system, however it is never used for public meetings such as this. I have complained to the NRC about the poor sound quality and I have ask for them to utilize the sound system. Unfortunately they are not responsive to having good sound so that participants may actually hear the presentation. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Work Session April 18, 2016

Scottsboro city Hall photo by G. Morgan


Item 3 on Agenda, RDA presentation
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Records Request to City of Scottsboro regarding contracts with Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne Law Firm. Request includes contract(s) involving personal representation for political officials, personnel actions representation and exactly for what reasons the law firm of Lanier and Ford represents Scottsboro and the amount of money paid to the firm.
Records Request
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Jackson County Commission Work Session April 18, 2016

                 (All photos by G. Morgan



Agenda Item 12 - Sales Tax Bill, Questions and Explanation