nuclear import

I see the Pence worse than Trump debate crop up here and there lately, and usually prefaced with a “Trump is more likely to start a nuclear war, buuuuut…” then explain that Pence would be horrible because of his clear hatred for the LGBTQ community. It’s offered in a kind of ‘before we want this asshole impeached, think of how much worse Pence will be.’

But I want to draw your attention back to exhibit A, the likelihood of possibly starting a nuclear war, or global cataclysm, which, I know Pence is morally bad, but nuclear war will definitely kill you…like, it isn’t ‘shucks, I guess I won’t visit China’ it’s ‘shucks, I hate having to smother my best friend to death because they’re in agony from radiation sickness, but we’re all alone in this rubble and I don’t want them to suffer.’

Pence is bad, Pence can be booted like anyone else, and can be resisted like anyone else, but has a directly inverse likelihood of causing an unintended thermonuclear war because of a bad restaurant review.

K05/302: Gamera

The amazing thing about the very first Gamera movie is that they meant it.  By the time it died in 1971, the original Gamera franchise had become a joke even to its makers.  The lack of budget and effort were visible on screen, and the inclusion of things like Guiron, or Gamera playing his theme song on Zigra’s back, suggest that nobody was taking any of this very seriously anymore.  But five years earlier (only five years) when they made Gamera, they weren’t kidding at all.  They really wanted to make a scary kaiju film, and put everything they had into doing so.

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THE CORRESPONDENT // This song is about Lise Meitner, a brilliant scientist who discovered nuclear fission and also happened to be a woman (a fact which shut her out of the notoriety and reverence she deserved). As always, this song packs a pretty significant punch in the sensitive spot where my sentimentality sits. Alliteration and emotions aside, I’m proud of this noise, and all the hard work we all put into it. And then, don’t even get me started on elementals’ perfect Joni Mitchell-esque vocals on this. I couldn’t NOT have her sing on this one. Some things just make sense. This is just one of those things.

music by me, lyrics by cleanwhiteroom, vocals by elementals, guitar by elementals’ son, mastered by elementals as well, the brilliant and tirelessly patient.


Uranyl-nitrate-hexahydrate under UV light. Uranyl-nitrate is one of the most important salts of uranium, it is important for nuclear reprocessing, it is made by dissolving the spent nuclear fuel rods or yellowcake in nitric acid.

An interesting use for this highly water soluble uranium salt was a fuel for aqueous homogeneous reactors. In these reactors (water boilers) a soluble nuclear salt (usually uranyl sulfate or uranyl nitrate) was dissolved in water. The fuel is mixed with the coolant and the moderator, the water can be either heavy water or ordinary (light) water. The heavy water aqueous homogeneous reactor can achieve criticality (turn on) with natural uranium, so no enriched uranium is needed for this reactor.

Even since on the box everyone could read, that this compound is radioactive, how did I survive to take this photo? The box contains depleted uranyl-nitrate-hexahydrate, what is mainly Uranium-238, what has a really long half life (4468000000 years) and it only produces alpha radiation, what is stopped by a sheet of paper, or a few cm of air.

When working with “safe” low activity radioactive alpha emitting isotopes, the most important is to prevent the ingestion, since it is highly water soluble and causes severe renal insufficiency, acute tubular necrosis and is a lymphocyte mitogen. Target organs include the kidneys, liver, lungs and brain. What does this mean? You will die from it and it will hurt very-very much. 

What’s going on in Brazil? #04 - Politics crazy week especial edition

Lots of you asked me to explain or to give my opinion about all the crazy things that are happening right now in Brazil, sooo I figured I’d put together one of these. I’ll start with a small introduction of the political scenario and names people outside the country have to know in order to understand the situation cause I’m trying to be didactic here. Written 18/03/2016. Beware, it’s big and I didn’t ever cover all I wanted.

Brazil is a presidentialism with a multiparty system, and although we have hundreds of parties, there’s three bigger ones that are the focus of this crisis: PT (stands for Workers Party, self proclaimed left-central wing, current hold of the presidency with Dilma Rousseff and before her, from 2003 on, with Lula), PSDB (stands for Brazilian Party of the Social Democracy, totally right wing, holds the government of some important states and a considerable share of congress/senate, etc. Important names include Governor Geraldo Alckimin of São Paulo, Senator Aecio Neves [who ran for president against Rousseff and lost last year]. Senator José Serra [who ran for president a bunch of times too and lost] and ex-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso [98-2002]) and PMDB (Stands for Brazilian party of the Democratic Movement, ironically enough, as you’ll find out through the text. Center party who will literally support anyone who’s good for them. Right now they control most of the ministries, the presidency of the Senate [Renan Calheiros] , the presidency of the chamber of deputies [Eduardo Cunha], and the vice-presidency [Michel Temer], which is to say, in case of Rousseff leaving the presidency, all possible immediate substitutes are from there. Some of them declare themselves as opposition, some declare support to the government, which makes it the most confusing and unpredictable party ever). Also, it is important to keep in mind that we had a couple of decades of real harsh dictatorship last century and that democracy as it is is a relatively new reality to the country (1985 on). 

 The political crisis, the economical crisis, and the corruption investigations

For a few years now, our economy has been going badly. But it got particularly worse after 2013′s elections (where Rousseff was re-elected with approximately 55 million votes against about 50 million votes to senator Aecio Neves from PSDB). The more the political crisis was installed, the worse the economy got. And where does the political crisis come from? Corruption scandals. Now, keep in mind that all through Brazilian history people have accused others of corruption to take government, but I’ll explain the accusations against everyone bellow because, differently from the past, this time several people were actually investigated and even arrested. And some…were not.

Accusations against Rousseff, PT, and the goverment in general

- A name you should know: Lava-Jato, literally means car wash, and it’s the name of the operation to investigate all this, by the Federal Police. PT-related politicians (and others, from many other smaller parties, and people from PMDB too) are accused of embezzlement from state companies, especially Petrobrás (brazilian petrol company), which made the company’s actions lose A LOT of value and money and the economy drop more. Also embezzlement related to the construction of hydroelectric/nuclear plants and other important constructions. Specifically, people accuse Rousseff of being negligent in the buying of an oil refinery when she was the Minister of Energy and Mines and of having purposefully belated payments to banks in order to make state’s finances look better, which are some of the arguments the opposition is using in their several fillings for Impeachment processes. More importantly for this weeks news are the accusations against ex-president Luis Inacio (Lula) da Silva: the fostering of construction companies in bids in exchange for personal favors or bribes (those being a 3-store apartment at São Paulos littoral and a country house, none of which are actually in his name, but we’ll get to that later).

Corruption in the opposition and PMDB

Although some people seem to think that PT is the root of all evil, there are, surprise surprise, A LOT of accusations against the opposition too. Here’s how most of the Lava-Jato investigation is going: people who got caught are spilling their guts in order to get reduced sentences, and lots and lots of politicians names are coming out. Remember Senator Aecio Neves, who lost the presidential race in 2013? Well, he’s been making some noise accusing the government and protesting for a better country…….He’s also been mentioned five different times just in Lava Jato. Other, previous, accusations against him include the building of a small airport in his uncle’s land for private use with public money, the embezzling of money from the state of Minas Gerais (of which he was a governor) department of health, relations to the contraband of a few thousand kilos of cocaine and others. Governor of São Paulo Geraldo Alckmin and Senator José Serra? Accused of a gigantic scheme of cartel-formation in São Paulos subways and possible embezzling out of the money destined to food in public schools (yeah, kinda stealing kids lunch money but big). And the most important to this week: Eduardo Cunha (PMDB, but proclaimed opposition, president of the chamber of deputies), accused of hiding money in Switzerland accounts (and therefore of illegal gain) is being processed to decide whether he can keep his position in government or should be impeached… But he can still work meanwhile, and he has a lot of control in congress. Most of the processes against the opposition have been (suspiciously enough) archived, and the investigations not entirely pursued, though.

What happened this week???

So, with all that in mind, we can start listing the latest political twists and turns.

- 04/03 is the day the mess started, when ex-president Lula was forced to depose for the Federal Police, conducted by police cars and everything, for the reasons mentioned above. Another important name now is of the Federal Judge Sérgio Moro, who conducts the investigations in Lava-Jato, and ordered this after the ex-president didn’t show up for deposition a few days previously. Some jurists judge that the forceful conduction wasn’t necessary and potentially illegal, but there isn’t a consensus. Judge Sergio Moro alleges that everything he did was to protect the ex-presidents image, but when you get a 24-hour news cover of a person with helicopters in their house and at the place of deposition and literally entire newspapers dedicated to cover a deposition one might point out otherwise. But what’s the real problem against the accusations against Lula? Well, as said before, none of the houses are in his name, but in friends or families names, so to convict him, one would have to prove the ownership first. 

- 13/03, Sunday, a protest is organized around the country, summoned first by PSDB “against corruption” (you can laugh, it IS funny to have them ask for a protest like that) and for the Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. As it is, it gets bigger and several other movements join in calling for people to participate dressing green-and-yellow on the streets, and the protest is huge. The organizers estimate 6,8 million people went to the streets around the country, the police estimated 3,6 million, but, anyhow, a lot of people. My personal problem with those protests is that there ARE people there who are in for military intervention or the election of people like Bolsonaro (…think trump, then take the money away, you’ll get the figure) and that most people don’t get how their support of some of these groups might as well be encouragement for a coup. Best part of it was that Aecio Neves (PSDB), one of the main speakers summoning people, got booed when he tried to visit the manifestations at Paulista Avenue together with Alckimin.

- 14/03, Monday, the complete deposition of Lula is published, people start commenting (and making memes), and a rumor that he might take office to get privileged forum starts to arise. 

- 15/03, Tuesday, the complete plea bargain of Senator Delcídio do Amaral, regarding the corruption scandals, comes to public. Looooots of names mentioned. Most important points now were the Ministry of Education (Aloísio Mercadente, PT)  having offered money in exchange for the omission of information in his deposition and the mention again of Senator Aecio Neves related to secret Liechtenstein bank accounts.

- 16/03, Wednesday afternoon, government announces ex-president Lula will be the new Chief of Staff in order to try to make the dialogue between parties better (he’s a respected politician and that really could work, to be fair, but it also does give him the privileges of having to interrupt the investigations and proceed to take them to Supreme Court, which could take years).

- 16/03, Wednesday night, Judge Sergio Moro makes public the recording of the tapping of “Lula’s” phone (an assessor, really, but he was the one who used it)… Particularly, of his conversations with President Dilma Rousseff. Here’s the problem: As soon as it was announced that Lula was to take office, Judge Sergio Moro, supposedly, ordered police to stop the recordings, cause then they would be illegal… But the recordings take a couple of hours more to actually stop because of “problems in communicating with the company who does it”, and the Judge, allegedly not realizing there were a couple of illegal hours recorded in the bunch, publishes the whole thing. Except that in those hours Lula and Dilma Rousseff had spoken, and, especially out of context, the talk was VERY compromising. And it spread like wildfire in the media for the next few hours, making people go to the streets to protest against Lula taking office. The recordings were of Roussef telling him she’s sending him his possession term for him to sign and use “in case of need” (interpreted as “in case police knocks on your door”). Although theoretically the recordings are illegal, once they’ve been published everywhere it’s pretty hard to escape it, and obviously lots of people start accusing Moro of being partial and possibly corrupt, again, while other people are just losing their minds on the Lula/Dilma thing.

- 17/03, Thursday morning, ex-president Lula takes office and in the ceremony president Dilma Rousseff alleges that what she meant in that conversation was that it was for him to use in case he “couldn’t make it out of São Paulo, since his wife is sick”.

- 17/03, Thursday, about an hour or two later… A judge published an injunction (filled by people) that stops Lula from exercising office, based on the accusations of justice obstruction and so on. At night, the injunction would be put down, and another would would appear, from a different judge. The Chamber of Deputies starts to pick the 65 deputies who will judge the Impeachment of Rousseff process recently approved by Eduardo Cunha. All afternoon and night some people (but in smaller number than the previous days) would go to the streets.

- 18/03, afternoon, second injunction against Lula taking office is put down, no others have been approved yet. “Pro-government” (”against-a-coup”) protests happen in the country, with no official counts yet.

So far, this is it, this is the mess. People tore between a bad situation and the possibilities of worse situations and the tension of a country that at any time now might be turned upside down. And no, there is not really a “good side” to support here.




Codsworth is a Mister Handy that was the Sole Survivor’s robotic butler before the Great War. Codsworth is reunited with the Survivor after 200 years of roaming around Sanctuary Hills.

He waited 200 YEARS for you to come back home. From what we’ve seen in the trailer and demo, it looks like your house is in pretty good shape for having been through a nuclear bombing- which means he has been protecting your house all this time.

Look at some of his lines:

“Ah, good morning, sir! Your coffee. 175.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Brewed to perfection!”
He knows how you like your coffee DOWN TO A TENTH OF A DEGREE.

“Mister Howard. Shawn has been changed, but he absolutely refuses to calm down.”

“Sir! Ma'am! You should come and see this!” (Regarding a broadcast announcing nuclear detonations)
He recognizes important news and makes sure you see it. If not for him you would not have had as much warning of the bombs falling- you would likely be dead!

“As I live and breathe! Mister Howard? Is that really you?”
YOU CAN HEAR HOW HAPPY HE IS. He has missed you so much! If he had tear ducts they would be weeping with joy!

“It’s worse than I thought. You’re suffering from hunger-induced paranoia! Not eating for two hundred years will do that, I’m afraid.”
“That means you’re, uh… two centuries late for dinner! Ha ha ha ha ha! Perhaps I can whip you up a snack? You must be famished!”

Not only does he recognize that you need food, and immediately wants to help- this implies he’s been keeping food on hand. For two hundred years. JUST IN CASE YOU CAME BACK. And he even tries to cheer you up with a joke!

And then there’s the dog.

This is not your dog. This is a random stray you just met. It has not been alive for two hundred years, much less been waiting for you for that long. It knows nothing about you. It just recognizes that you are a human and you are not trying to kill it.

TL;DR Codsworth is amazing and loyal and he has not been getting NEARLY enough love in the Fallout fandom since we met him.

| Germany’s political parties | [6]


DIE GRÜNEN founded 1980 / fusion of DIE GRÜNEN and BÜNDNIS 90 in 1990s

◘ party leader: Cem Özdemir & Simone Peter

◘ ecological policy

◘ core values: ecological, economic and social sustainability

◘ general goals:

   ○ Green New Deal (= ecological and social reorganization of society)

   ○ more Investments in education, climate protection and social matters

   ○ cosistent climate protection in Europe

   ○ withdrawal from the nuclear energy programme

   ○ equality

◘ important GRÜNE politicians: Renate Künast, Jürgen Trittin, Winfried Kretschmann, Joschka Fischer, Petra Kelly, Hans-Christian Ströbele, Cem Özdemir


proof that doflamingo is zoro’s dadda

this is dofla:

dick with green hair.png:



further proof - look at the encircled areas in doflamingo’s hair they form a ‘Z’ shape and zoro’s name starts with a ‘Z’. doflamingo’s dna assimilated into zoro’s name:

even zoro couldnt escape that rich dna:

anonymous asked:

I'm messaging you because I had a thought about season 5 narrative, and your responses are so thought out, I'come to you with it. It's a little long so it might be in 2-3 parts. I was thinking about the Klaus/Caroline sex scene and from a narrative perspective, what was the point of it? I've heard it was to satisfy shippers, but after seeing Julie's interview about the build up of Steroline, it makes me wonder if there wasn't a reason for it, and it wasn't to push Kleroline, but to end Forwood.

You know what, you make a really good point. And it’s one that I have considered before. Damon also points this out to Tyler in 5x15:

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