Et tu, Newsweek?

hgcf.jpgNewsweek has a reputation for bias toward the Democrat party in the U.S. Browsing their website tends to support that notion, because of the anti-Fox News and pro-Federal Reserve articles. That Fed support is a bit much even for most Democrats. Job numbers are “growing” (still at 10% unemployment) and anything else the administration does is great.

In jarring contrast, the magazine’s print cover on the stands, which I couldn’t find online so I scanned it, shows the Capitol building with both houses of a Democrat majority Congress upside down. The headline reads in all caps, “HOW GREAT POWERS FALL.” A pull quote from the article by Niall Ferguson:

“42% of Americans say cutting the deficit in half is the administration’s most important task–compared with 24% for health care reform.”

Maybe the publisher put that economically alarmist cover out to sell copies. It worked for me–I collect such “disaster porn” these days. Check out my posts about Popular Mechanics and Los Angeles Magazine.

I’m also interesting in solving problems, in accord with the President’s vague “green jobs” proposal, I guess. I bought Homepower magazine’s survey of solar, wind, geothermal, micro-hydro and energy storage systems this month.

The Homepower issue also includes Michael Welch’s “Power Politics” column, “The French Nuclear Myth,” which even nuke proponents I’ve seen on video agree “have good PR.” Most of the French radioactive waste output is uncounted by the slogans of many nuclear cheerleaders, only the most lethal concentrated product is often cited in debate. A poll of French citizens according to the article, shows only 20% of them support their country’s nuclear industry, even as more reactors are being planned, which is about the same as the 20% support in anti-nuclear Germany.

The nuke proponent mentioned earlier, Dr. Joe Bonometti, advocates research and development of LFTR “Lifter” (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) designs that would use thorium, which is much more plentiful than the fuel used today facing “peak uranium.” A new thorium design could perhaps be cheaper than coal, with 300 times less waste and better safety in operation and from bomb makers than current reactors. There’s enough thorium in Idaho to keep the entire U.S. powered for thousands of years.

At YouTube, “The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor: What Fusion Wanted To Be.”

The title for this post is inspired by Newsweek’s rave review of “Me and Orson Welles,” a film in theaters now about the stage premiere of Caesar at Welles’ Mercury Theatre. From the Mercury Theatre online history page:

“Their first production, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, adapted by Mr. Welles (and set in fascist Italy), opened in New York on November 11 and created as much controversy as the young producers had hoped; The Mercury Theatre (along with the widespread public recognition of Orson Welles) was off and running.”

The film is getting good notices if little business. I enjoyed watching it at the Landmark and appreciate the three pages devoted to the ups and downs of Welles’ career in the Newsweek review.

Here’s a direct link to the Stewart Brand talk, Rethinking Green, mentioned a few posts back:

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