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bojacobs

@bojacobs@hcommons.social

Nuclear historian at the Hiroshima Peace Institute. Book - Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha - Yale 2022. I work on the global human & ecological harm from nuclear production, nuclear weapon tests, reactor accidents. I examine the impacts on communities, families & emotions; long-term ecological presence of fallout radionuclides; the legacy of our nuclear waste to 1,000s of generations of our descendants.
#histodons #nuclear #Hiroshima #peace #STS

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seachanger, to random
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among many ideas presented, the important idea that non-Zionist American Jews demonstrating for Palestine in public actually draws people into Judaism and gives many of us a home within our traditions

https://pca.st/episode/2611de9b-5f0f-4988-a663-cda6b1a25b94

bojacobs,
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@seachanger It was a real political awakening for me when I was young and had grown up with the constant refrain of “never again," and then as the Cambodian genocide was happening wondering, somewhat frantically, why no one in the temple was talking about it and realizing, oh, they mean never again "to us." A real turning point in my young education.

bojacobs, to Stoicism
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Interested in graduate study at the Hiroshima Peace Institute in Japan?

We are holding an online briefing session on admission to our Graduate School of Peace Studies on Friday, June 7.

Masters and doctorates can be completed in Japanese or in English. Details at the link:

https://www.peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp/events/online-briefing-session-on-admission2024-6/

bojacobs, to random
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"Unstable nuclear-waste dams threaten fertile Central Asia heartland"

"Dams holding vast amounts of uranium mine tailings above the fertile Fergana valley in Central Asia are unstable, threatening a possible Chernobyl-scale nuclear disaster if they collapse that would make the region uninhabitable, studies have revealed."

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/unstable-nuclear-waste-dams-threaten-fertile-central-asia-heartland-2024-04-23/

bojacobs, to india
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India is deploying MIRV'd nuclear missiles:

"How India’s restructured rocket force makes conflict with China more likely"

https://thebulletin.org/2024/04/how-indias-restructured-rocket-force-makes-conflict-with-china-more-likely/#post-heading

bojacobs, to Norway
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This is what the former Soviet nuclear submarine «Komsomolets» looks like – 30 years after it sank in the Norwegian Sea. The submarine lies on a depth of nearly 1700 metres, and it was filmed by the ROV «Ægir 6000» on July 7th 2019.

Read about the findings: hi.no/en/hi/news/2019/july/researchers-discovered-leak-from-komsomolets

@sts

https://youtu.be/jsEtq5Pe5Yg?si=AVsBZGIFoqBHa09B

bojacobs, to random
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bojacobs, to random
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Good news for humans!

"Oxford shuts down institute run by Elon Musk-backed philosopher. Nick Bostrom’s Future of Humanity Institute closed this week"

#Shorttermerism #TESCREAL

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2024/apr/19/oxford-future-of-humanity-institute-closes?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1

bojacobs, to solar
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Finally, an actual good idea about use of the former Nevada Test Site (now#NNSS).

-Cover the heavily irradiated landscape with solar panels. Allow the unusable soil to be covered with renewable energy production.

@sts

https://www.thecooldown.com/green-business/nuclear-test-site-cleanup-clean-energy/

bojacobs,
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@mybarkingdogs @sts This is not an empty space. There are currently hundreds, if not more, employees working there, and countless police forces training there. They have a protocol for visitors and employees. I’m not saying it is adequate, or rigorous, but I imagine any progress on this plan will be in line with current employee safety protocols.

No need to let me know how much this site (and other military nuclear sites) have failed at protecting employees or local populations in the past. This is what my research focuses on. I just mean to say that this is not a place free of large numbers of workers currently.

bojacobs,
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@voxofgod @sts That horse is out of the barn, so to speak. Over 900 nuclear tests conducted over decades. No care at all about harm to wildlife, beyond trapping them in cages to see the effects of the blast on them. Wildlife has roamed freely over the site the whole time. So no mitigating steps will be, or have even been done to protect wildlife at the former Nevada Test Site.

seachanger, to random
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yesterday the US & Europe contributed aircraft and firepower (Navy and Air Force) to “help” shoot down Iranian missiles and drones — you know in addition to the massive “iron dome” defense system that we pay for.

imagine if we cared for gazans or Ukrainians like we care about Israel! Imagine if we cared about poor Americans like we care about israel! I cannot with this country

https://www.airandspaceforces.com/usaf-fighters-shoot-down-iranian-drones-in-defense-of-israel/

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2024/04/14/us-forces-help-israel-repel-iranian-drone-missile-attack/

bojacobs,
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@seachanger @inquiline in my world that is a critical conversation. I have long said that the reason we have nuclear weapons is because of their use in transferring massive amounts of public money to private hands. They are militarily useless weapons.

bojacobs, to random
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The “move fast and break things" mob has been zeroing in on nuclear. What could go wrong?

bojacobs, to Germany
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Had long known about the radioactive boar in Germany resultant from Chernobyl contamination, but a team has shown that a significant amount of the radionuclides they are eating comes from Cold War nuclear weapon testing.

@sts

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/wild-boars-germany-nuclear-weapons-tests

bojacobs, to ai
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Why so many super excited articles about nuclear power in the press everywhere??

Techbros<>Nukebros

"AI Is Giving Nuclear Power a Big Lift. 4 Stocks Riding the Trend."

Nuclear is not coming to save the world, it is coming to feed Silicon Valley unicorns

https://www.barrons.com/articles/ai-nuclear-power-stocks-8852a830

bojacobs, to random
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Respect

"Kristi Noem, South Dakota governor, banned from second reservation in state.

At a Cheyenne River Sioux meeting, members voted 12-0 to keep the Republican out over her claims of of tribe-drug cartel nexus"

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/05/kristi-noem-south-dakota-governor-banned-reservation

bojacobs, to australia
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Coming up in May and June, my book tour in Australia. Talks likely in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Details soon, also check my book webpage:

https://nuclearbodies.com

bojacobs, to Stoicism
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Call for Papers: Hiroshima Peace Research Journal, Vol.12

Details at the link, or contact me

@sts @histodons

https://www.peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp/publications/journal/call-for-papers/

CindyWeinstein, to random
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April is . I love many poems but "Kaddish" by is one of my very favorites. So many incredible lines, like this one: "There, rest. No more suffering for you. I know where you’ve gone, it’s good."

What do you love?

bojacobs,
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@CindyWeinstein I first met Ginsberg in 1978 when he was doing a book signing at Boulder Books. I was 18 and I had a copy of Kaddish, I told him it was the first book of his that I would read and he said, “it’s kind of heavy for a first one to read." Have never stopped loving it, and the rest of the poems in the book.

bojacobs, to random
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Fascinating look at the various sciences focused on what happens in the brain at death. A field seemingly near to important breakthroughs that reflect on the nature of consciousness. I fall on the side of seeing consciousness a a capacity of the brain rather than as something that “inhabits" as part of its independent journey.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/apr/02/new-science-of-death-brain-activity-consciousness-near-death-experience

NickEast, to scifi
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bojacobs,
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@NickEast @sciencefiction @writers @writingcommunity @writing Well, there was also the Bible and similar holy texts written long before Shelly.

bojacobs, to Florida
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"Deerfield Beach asphalt plant worries neighbors, raises concerns about recycling radioactive waste"

https://www.floridabulldog.org/2024/03/deerfield-asphalt-plant-raises-concerns-recylcing-radioactive-waste/

bojacobs, to random
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The Price-Anderson Act caps the liability for nuclear power plant operators at $500 million in the event of an accident. Nuclear accidents cost billions. That puts the US taxpayer on the hook for a disaster, and also creates disincentives to pay for safety rigor. This subsidy is one more reason the true cost of nuclear is on the public while the profits are privatized. Every other industry must fund its liability.

"Nuclear industry critics take aim at liability cap extension"

#NuclearPower

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/4560642-nuclear-industry-liability-cap-extension-critics/

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Admit something about yourself likely to get you tarred and feathered and chased off Mastodon

Me: never seen Star Trek and fine with that

bojacobs,
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@inquiline Only game console I have ever played is Nintendo 1.

bojacobs, to random
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45 years ago today, Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Harrisburg, PA suffered a partial meltdown.

12 days earlier the movie “The China Syndrome" had opened nationwide in the US. Many people, including reporters, flocked to the movie to wrap their heads around a nuclear meltdown.

Now, the movie is forgotten, but the cesium-137 released by the nuclear accident (along with other radionuclides) remains embedded in the ecosystem.

sharan, (edited ) to random
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Well now.

bojacobs,
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@sharan @jordinn you don't often hear of tourism spoken of as a good thing

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