Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Junior High Love Triangle with Soundtrack

A lovely piece by Doug Bursch. You may also find him on Twitter @fairlyspiritual


In eighth grade I fell in love with two Stephanies.  Which really isn’t saying much, since in the early eighties 1 out of every 5 girls was named Stephanie.  A week before the school dance, word reached me that both Stephanies had indicated to close friends that they might possible want to “go with” me.  This was confirmed by further intel from other gossip ambassadors.  For the first and last time of my life, I was thoroughly entangled in a love triangle.

In my day, innocence was still hanging around the school yard.  Consequently, if someone said they wanted “to go with you” it meant you held hands and kissed between classes.  It also meant at least three slow dances.

To be honest, it wasn’t really a dance.  You just grabbed your partner’s waist and rocked side to side like you were wearing a body cast.  Most importantly, you kept…

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Tepco to put some Fukushima decommissioning work on hold during G-7 summit

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Japan Gov stops Fukushima work to “reduce risk” to world leaders…. what about the Japanese who live there 24/7/365?

TOKYO: The majority of decommissioning work at the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be put on hold while the Group of Seven summit takes place in Shima, Mie Prefecture, on May 26 to 27, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Satoshi Togawa, a spokesman for Tepco, told The Japan Times on Friday that the planned suspension was a precaution to reduce “risks” that could disturb the meeting of leaders from the seven major advanced nations.

Such risks could include unexpected leaks of contaminated water from tanks or airborne radioactive material monitoring alarms being triggered, Togawa said.

He added that Tepco will continue other essential operations, such as injecting water to keep melted nuclear fuel cool and processing contaminated water.

He also stressed that the suspension was not designed…

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