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The Jimmy Dore Show – March 17, 2011

Jimmy Dore Show - March 17, 2011

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Originating from KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, The Jimmy Dore Show is an irreverent and humorous take on today’s headlines and hypocrites. The program skewers politicians as well as the corporate mouthpieces which make up today’s mainstream “news media.” Each and every week, The Jimmy Dore Show provides the unvarnished truth with a twist of funny.

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I don’t know if this would make more work for you but is there any chance you could post your shows in pieces and make them uploadable? For example, Tuesdays With Moron would stand alone to post on other websites and email around to other people.

Would have loved to post that God Made The Earthquake segment where you played all these religious a-holes saying tragedies happen because Allah is pissed off about something.

Yes, that is a great idea, i will post moron now.

Dear Jimmy and the Gang,
I’m a big fan of the show, and I listen every week. I usually agree with you, but I’m afraid that for the first time, I take umbrage with the manner you presented your news about the Japanese nuclear crisis. I’m afraid you have a lot of the facts wrong.

First, I understand that the Jimmy Dore Show is first and foremost a comedy show, and I don’t necessarily expect journalistic integrity or extensive fact checking about most subjects. In the case of this disaster in Japan, however, I feel like the human impact of this news is so profound that we should take great care with our words so as not to feed fires of ignorance or sensationalism that are often the target of your cable news skewering. If you can stomach dense science-y stuff, check out , a thorough explanation from the scientists at MIT of what is happening at Fukushima. Then, if you will indulge me, check
out .

What I object to most is the language you used to characterize this disaster, more than one time saying “now their nuclear plants are killing them” in some form or another. While some may perish from this tragedy, it is a very small number compared to the deaths caused by the coal industry in America. I know you are not an apologist for coal, but it is attacks on nuclear power that have made the USA %49 dependent on coal power. How many deaths from respiratory illness (both in the mines and among the public), mining accidents, and water pollution have been cause by the coal industry? Meanwhile, while dozens of miners seem to perish in West Virginia mines every year, only two major nuclear reactor accidents had ever happened before this one in Japan. Three Mile Island was essentially a non-event, actually proving how well containment systems can work, even despite gross operator error. A small amount of radioactive material was released, with no environmental or health consequences. Chernobyl was a veritable worst case scenario with an aging generation-1 Soviet graphite core reactor, an untrained staff, and a risky test performed during a shift change. Yes, that was a disaster, but one that could not happen anywhere else, and should not have happened but for a decaying Soviet empire.
In Japan, and I can’t stress this enough, it took the LARGEST natural disaster one-two punch of all time to knock this plant off-line. Even then, it took days and days for the core material to become hot enough for meltdown. They did actually have backup systems that did function for about eight hours, which in retrospect may seem laughably short, but no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Yes, some safety systems failed. Yes, some radioactive material has been released. Yes, nuclear power should be made safer, more effective, and less likely to produce any waste material. Yes this is a tragedy, and with every such event we should re-examine our safety protocols, even without such events. I agree wholeheartedly on those points. But nuclear power, in general, is NOT dangerous, is NOT causing scores of deaths, has NOT contributed equally to environmental destruction as coal, gas, et cetera, and has NOT cost as many lives as mining coal, fighting foreign wars to protect oil-rich nations, and the effects of CO2 pollution and other particulates.

My point is that if this plant had been tucked away in some corner of Wyoming where nothing ever happens, it would keep on ticking until the fuel was spent. But Japan doesn’t have a Wyoming, it has a lot of coast, and a lot of jagged mountains. Power, though, must be produced, and without the option of mining coal or fighting wars, a tech-savvy people turned to nuclear power. Knowing about earthquakes and tsunamis they built it pretty tough, almost tough enough to withstand the biggest disaster ever. But the biggest disaster ever happened, and the thing didn’t explode and throw flaming balls of uranium everywhere, it slowly failed bit by bit as its safety mechanisms were overwhelmed by the conditions. We should be glad this thing was built so damn well. It’s more an example than a warning. If this once-every-1000-year event is what it takes to slowly damage a nuclear power plant, even one built one the coast of a volcanic island, then I can live with that.

Thanks for your time, and I’ll be back next week as always.

Your Friend,
Ned Robinson

Just discovered the show and so glad I found you. I think I’m hooked. (TJDS–like heroin only no needles involved.)

Thanks for existing. Really.

P.S. Love Frank Conniff too–hope to hear more of him–

I enjoy hearing you say “gluggle jug” as much as Moron enjoys hearing the gluggle jug gluggle.

Ned, Bill Nye the science guy disagrees with you.
Stacy, you have great taste, welcome aboard!
Alan, gluggle gluggle.

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