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  •  Some mighty big problems result (1+ / 0-)
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    in society result when people who think "oh, this can't be that hard," proclaim themselves to be "experts" in some field or other they actually know nothing about. They discount the actual training and experience needed to make sound, reasoned judgments about a given area, with all due "background" expertise, to proceed knowledgeably.

    And, don't give me some lecture about the importance of "thinking outside the box."

    To be original, to "break the rules," we first have to understand the rules.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:55:41 PM PDT

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    •  I know the rules, karmsy. (7+ / 0-)

      Those in charge of this know them too, which is how any why they'll tell you any jumbled up technical gobbledygook they can think of to keep you from noticing they've fucked up big time.

      Some things never change, and I mean that quite sincerely. You can bank on it. If there were such a thing as an honest, responsible bank these days...

    •  karmsy... (11+ / 0-)

      I don't advertize myself as a physicist. The only level of expertise required is enough to tune your bullshit detector.

      During the TMI accident Los Alamos sponsored a public symposium to discuss what was happening. There were a couple of young industry empty suits in attendance who were laughing and joking about every concern that was voiced.

      When they had a good laugh calling it an incident rather than an accident I told them that the core had been uncovered for 5 hours at one point and about 2.5 hours at another point and that fuel damage was therefore certain. They didn't have another word to say.

      That's the only level of expertise required for the average concerned citizen. At that symposium I supported my discussion well enough that a LANL researcher asked me the source of my information. When I told him it was just from reading available public information he offered me a full scholarship to La Jolla. I declined his generous offer.

      Now...can we be done with the "math is hard" bs?

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:25:46 PM PDT

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      •  Understanding nuclear energy does not (1+ / 0-)
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        require Einstein IQ. If you understand water = H2O, you can understand nukeer (per Dumbya speak).

        Some people make u want to change species! --ulookarmless, quoted w/his permission: RIP good man.

        by orlbucfan on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 06:42:09 AM PDT

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