there is a problem here

May 8, 2010 [AP]

Radioactive water that leaked from the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant has now reached a major underground aquifer that supplies drinking water to much of southern New Jersey.

My life goes with the atom, first to fry me, then to poison me. And always a great cost. Stewart Brand and fellow techno-opportunists can kiss my ass if they believe nuclear power will solve our social and economic challenges.

I suffer with all of us. And I’m increasingly certain there has never been an era more dangerous. But it’s confusion that makes us mad, I think, not merely aggression, nor greed, nor sloppy mercantile habits. We can’t do politics, we stumble with economics, we broil each other in poor society, yet pundits with a pencil incessantly idolize untested dreams and ignore imminent risk.