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(Think Progress)   Virginia State Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Shortsighted): "Let's get rid of all these pesky uranium mining regulations. I, for one, won't be around to suffer the consequences. fark the future"   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 52
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2013-01-10 11:24:54 AM
Proof that derp knows no party boundaries.
 
2013-01-10 11:27:53 AM

Mentat: Proof that derp knows no party boundaries.


^^
 
2013-01-10 12:30:49 PM
Submitter, I think you meant to type "Job-Killing Regulations". In the future, remember that Fark is not twitter.
 
2013-01-10 12:49:55 PM
OMFG, both sides really ARE bad!!
 
2013-01-10 01:03:47 PM

Mentat: Proof that derp knows no party boundaries politicians will say whatever is necessary to get re-elected.


FTFY

Although yours was pretty true too.
 
2013-01-10 01:37:49 PM
Is this just a baby boomer thing to think they are the last people on Earth?
 
2013-01-10 01:38:20 PM

Mentat: Proof that derp knows no party boundaries.


This.
 
2013-01-10 01:38:43 PM
Stupid quote, for it's a stupid rule. It's a blanket ban on ANY uranium mine, not more stringent requirements on them.
 
2013-01-10 01:39:34 PM
Saslaw's district is about as far from the potential mining sites as you can get and still be within Commonwealth.
 
2013-01-10 01:41:07 PM
Is there much demand for uranium? When was the last time a new nuclear reactor was actually brought on line in the US?
 
2013-01-10 01:41:37 PM
You used to be able to buy a dye pigment called Uranium Yellow. Apparently the clothes positively glowed.
I'm with this guy. If you ban everything that could possibly hurt you, you might as well already be dead.
 
2013-01-10 01:42:14 PM

Mentat: Proof that derp knows no party boundaries.


$pecial intere$t$ aren't party $pecific.
 
2013-01-10 01:43:21 PM
That's some selfish shiat, right there. Points for honesty...or for not being smart enough to realize what you were saying.

/retraction coming in 3, 2...
 
2013-01-10 01:44:49 PM
Well, at least he's honest about the "Fark you, I won't be here" attitude that infects many politicians these days.
 
2013-01-10 01:45:07 PM
Can we get a petition going for Obama to issue an executive order, printing a copy of "The Lorax" for all federal and state lawmakers, with a mandatory quiz at the end?
 
2013-01-10 01:50:59 PM
Our kids?  Fark em!  Sink or swim I say.  A few will adapt to the future with a much harsher environment and we'll be stronger as a species - amiright ?
 
2013-01-10 01:51:44 PM
Anyone who thinks that $substance should not be regulated for safety, should be forced at gunpoint to ingest a bucket of unregulated $substance.
 
2013-01-10 01:52:17 PM
(Don't) Think of the children!
 
2013-01-10 01:54:43 PM
goddammitsomuch
 
2013-01-10 01:56:04 PM

pciszek: Is there much demand for uranium? When was the last time a new nuclear reactor was actually brought on line in the US?


Sure, there is plenty of military consumption of depleted uranium rounds.
 
2013-01-10 01:57:24 PM
 
2013-01-10 01:59:52 PM

clambam: You used to be able to buy a dye pigment called Uranium Yellow. Apparently the clothes positively glowed.


If you go to antique auctions, you may occasionally see people waving a kind of Geiger counter over some of the fiestaware china, usually the reddish-orange stuff. Anything made with the uranium could fetch a decent price as a collector's item, although you probably don't want to cook with it.
 
2013-01-10 02:00:19 PM

pciszek: Is there much demand for uranium? When was the last time a new nuclear reactor was actually brought on line in the US?


Uranium mining for China is one of the major reasons Australia was the only Western country to not go into recession during the 2008 crash (plus coal to china, iron ore to China, and giving every man woman and child in the country $500 and telling them to go spend it).
 
2013-01-10 02:04:06 PM

Loucifer: We need to switch to Thorium.


No military applications, therefore no money. We need to pay more attention to Bill Gates & his Travelling Wave Reactor.
 
2013-01-10 02:05:17 PM

studs up: Is this just a baby boomer thing to think they are the last people on Earth?


Nah. "Apres moi, le deluge" is attributed to Louis XV.
 
2013-01-10 02:07:35 PM

Lexx: We need to pay more attention to Bill Gates & his Travelling Wave Reactor.


Is that the one where we harness the energy of sports stadium crowds?
 
2013-01-10 02:14:08 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Lexx: We need to pay more attention to Bill Gates & his Travelling Wave Reactor.

Is that the one where we harness the energy of sports stadium crowds?


Heh, no it basically packs a tiny bit of enriched uranium into the top of a fuel rod, then lights it like a candle. Lasts for years, has no chance of going critical, uses up basically unlimited free existing stockpiles, they're actually pretty small - you could put them wherever and keep the grid local. Also it takes YEARS to consume one, and you can recast the waste into a new depleted uranium core to then burn.

Gates is trying it out in China since no one in the states was willing to even whisper about nuclear power in the last few years.
 
2013-01-10 02:14:22 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: That's some selfish shiat, right there. Points for honesty...or for not being smart enough to realize what you were saying.

/retraction coming in 3, 2...



Retraction?! Apology?! HA HA HA HA!

He'll do the non-apology-apology ... "I deeply regret that you were offended by what I said. However, that doesn't mean what I said is wrong."
 
2013-01-10 02:14:28 PM

Mentat: Proof that derp knows no party boundaries.


I won't argue that...but I'm willing to bet that a "Virginia Democrat" is about 45 miles to the right of a 1970 Republican.

Anyway, people like this, and the people who elect him, are all the proof I need that humanity is doomed.  We're nearing the stage where we choose the (uranium) fittings for the casket.
 
2013-01-10 02:17:00 PM
That's an easy position to take when you are close to dying you old fart. farking retire already.
 
2013-01-10 02:24:42 PM
I work with a community organizing group in VA. When we visited Saslaw's office in Richmond, his aide told us to bigger off until we could prove that we had influence.
 
2013-01-10 02:32:11 PM

Saiga410: Sure, there is plenty of military consumption of depleted uranium rounds.


There was plenty of depleted uranium left over from enrichment operations, and very few uses for it. How does the current supply of depleted uranium stand--is the surplus anywhere near being used up?
 
2013-01-10 02:33:39 PM

Bungles: pciszek: Is there much demand for uranium? When was the last time a new nuclear reactor was actually brought on line in the US?

Uranium mining for China is one of the major reasons Australia was the only Western country to not go into recession during the 2008 crash


Does the US export uranium? Especially to nations known to be manufacturing nuclear weapons?
 
2013-01-10 02:42:39 PM
So subby's mad because the big bad democrat is in favor of removing regulations? Ironic tag?
 
2013-01-10 02:43:20 PM
...But the Derpers delved too greedily, and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Richmond. Radiation and suffering.
 
2013-01-10 02:48:10 PM

Mentat: Proof that derp knows no party boundaries.


True, but one side seems to exceed the other in both quantity and quality.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-01-10 02:48:39 PM
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d23 [TotalFark]
2013-01-10 02:49:54 PM

Carn: So subby's mad because the big bad democrat is in favor of removing regulations? Ironic tag?


There are those of us that oppose stupid people and stupid ideas because, you know, they are stupid.

Right now most of the constant derp is on the right, but that can easily change. And this comment is downright stupid.
 
2013-01-10 02:58:28 PM

pciszek: Bungles: pciszek: Is there much demand for uranium? When was the last time a new nuclear reactor was actually brought on line in the US?

Uranium mining for China is one of the major reasons Australia was the only Western country to not go into recession during the 2008 crash

Does the US export uranium? Especially to nations known to be manufacturing nuclear weapons?


I'd be very surprised if it didn't (to France and the UK, for example).
 
2013-01-10 02:58:30 PM

pciszek: Bungles: pciszek: Is there much demand for uranium? When was the last time a new nuclear reactor was actually brought on line in the US?

Uranium mining for China is one of the major reasons Australia was the only Western country to not go into recession during the 2008 crash

Does the US export uranium? Especially to nations known to be manufacturing nuclear weapons?


newsimg.bbc.co.uk
Sometimes they don't even have to be 'known' to be making weapons. We'll send it over even if that's a 'unknown known'.
 
2013-01-10 03:17:08 PM

Erik_Emune: studs up: Is this just a baby boomer thing to think they are the last people on Earth?

Nah. "Apres moi, le deluge" is attributed to Louis XV.


I'm pretty sure it was Rimbaud. And he was right.
 
2013-01-10 03:45:10 PM
pciszek

Saiga410: Sure, there is plenty of military consumption of depleted uranium rounds.

There was plenty of depleted uranium left over from enrichment operations, and very few uses for it. How does the current supply of depleted uranium stand--is the surplus anywhere near being used up?


About 770 metric tons (2010). The stuff represents fuel for fast reactors (as does all the high level `waste' being stored onsite in current LWR reactor fleet). U.S. spent 20 billion between `84 and `94 perfecting both a reactor that was passively safe (they tested it at INL - cut external cooling/cut external power - go to lunch - sucker shut down) and as means to burn up the `thousand year` contaminants and leave pyrolyzed waste with a 300yr. lifetime. Owing to `political exigencies', i.e., Clinton/Kerry cutting `fat' out of budget (and making some green/oil types happy) to get ahead of the `contract with america' crowd entering the House, the program was killed two years before completion. If anyone really cared about carbon neutral `terawattage' and waste disposal, we'd be building fleets of these (have centuries worth of `unreprocessed' fuel just `wasting' away).
 
2013-01-10 03:47:59 PM

d23: Carn: So subby's mad because the big bad democrat is in favor of removing regulations? Ironic tag?

There are those of us that oppose stupid people and stupid ideas because, you know, they are stupid.

Right now most of the constant derp is on the right, but that can easily change. And this comment is downright stupid.


Tough crowd. I agree that what the Dick is proposing is dumb. But is it not ironic that a democrat is in favor of de-regulation and Republicans are upset about it?

Also, the Dick is my state representative which actually makes it even dumber for me personally.
 
2013-01-10 04:02:32 PM
Darn those liberal socialist communist Democrats who are so far to the left.
 
2013-01-10 04:24:10 PM
The fact that the pro business crowd really place such a low value on the health and well being of EVERYONE other than themselves can not be stressed enough. It doesn't matter if you are rich, poor, black, white, left, right whatever they would just as soon see you, your children, and your grandchildren sick and dead rather than impede their money flow.
Remember that next time you have someone talking about the "virtues" of the free market.

Hypnozombie
 
2013-01-10 04:28:45 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Stupid quote, for it's a stupid rule. It's a blanket ban on ANY uranium mine, not more stringent requirements on them.


Well, to be fair, we're talking about Virginia, not Utah.
 
2013-01-10 04:29:26 PM
It's almost as if he's stating the Republican point of view and daring them to say the same thing!

"C'mon, you know you want to say it....fark our future generations! I got me mine - be bootstrappy and get yours and stop whining like a biatch."

I also like how Gov'nur Bob just stated that things in 'ol Virginny are so much better than in Washington, you know, with all that there legislative thrash.

...the Virginia governor poked fun at the federal city no more than a few hours' drive away. McDonnell slammed the lack of "bipartisan consensus" in Washington, saying that Capitol Hill is seized by "dysfunctional governing paralysis."

"In Washington, we see debt, taxes, delays, blame, and dysfunction. Here in Virginia we see results, solutions, job growth, surpluses, and cooperation," he said. "What a difference 100 miles makes."

I guess it's best to have all 3 branches in the same party, eh, Bob? Ho-ho, that guy....he's a funny dude. Hey, pass me that transvaginal ultrasound wand - it's good for what ails the little lady, eh? He's such a farking joke.....if the state hadn't had several Democratic Governors ahead of him to put the Commonwealth on fair financial footing, he wouldn't have been able to use the new State Motto "Open for Business" and then proceed to roll out the Derp Wagon to Conservativeville!

Hey, you want power? Try some uranium slurry in your tributaries to your fishing locations! You want some of them there good roads - why don't we sell our roads to Foreigners who can set up more tolls and charge whatever they want in sustainment fees to the folks that follow me! Thank you and good night!
 
2013-01-10 07:20:34 PM
a real republican hero, GI Doh!
 
2013-01-10 08:42:50 PM
I know a lot of Virginia Democrats who really detest Saslaw as way too friendly with corporations.  They want him gone, but they have bigger fish to fry.
 
2013-01-10 08:45:06 PM

wedun: I work with a community organizing group in VA. When we visited Saslaw's office in Richmond, his aide told us to bigger off until we could prove that we had influence.


"Shadow of the leader."
 
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