Post-9-11 events and analyses
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Nuclear Plants Are Still Vulnerable, Panel Says: "Three and a half years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the government has failed to address the risk that a passenger plane flying at high speed could be deliberately crashed into a commercial nuclear plant, setting off fires and dispersing large amounts of radiation, a long-awaited report by the National Academy of Sciences has concluded. .. the risk of major attacks could be sufficiently addressed by changing how spent fuel is stored in pools and by installing water sprays to control fires, said the academy's Kevin Crowley, the study coordinator. ..
"We do believe that the possibility of a successful attack using commercial aircraft is very small," [NRC spokesman Scott Burnell] said. It is impractical to ask commercial plants to defend against such attacks, Burnell concluded." How much does one 911 cost? As with chemical plants, this administration considers it "impractical" to impose any costs on the private sector, so nothing will be done. 11:57:50 PM
It's a Flat World, After All
: Tom Friedman, in a longer treatment of his awakening to globalization. Nice to see him realize the world does not revolve around the middle east. Key point: "we are now in the process of connecting all the knowledge pools in the world together. We've tasted some of the downsides of that in the way that Osama bin Laden has connected terrorist knowledge pools together through his Qaeda network, not to mention the work of teenage hackers spinning off more and more lethal computer viruses that affect us all. But the upside is that by connecting all these knowledge pools we are on the cusp of an incredible new era of innovation, an era that will be driven from left field and right field, from West and East and from North and South. Only 30 years ago, if you had a choice of being born a B student in Boston or a genius in Bangalore or Beijing, you probably would have chosen Boston, because a genius in Beijing or Bangalore could not really take advantage of his or her talent. They could not plug and play globally. Not anymore. [Now] you can innovate without having to emigrate. This is going to get interesting. We are about to see creative destruction on steroids. " 6:14:08 PM