DOE wants to dig 3-mile-deep holes to bury our nation’s nuclear waste

The federal government plans to spend $80 million assessing whether its hottest nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes, a project that could provide an alternative strategy to a Nevada repository plan that was halted in 2010.

The five-year borehole project was tentatively slated to start later this year on state-owned land in rural North Dakota, but it has already been met with opposition from state and local leaders who want more time to review whether the plan poses any public danger.

The Department of Energy wants to conduct its work just south of the Canadian border on 20 acres near Rugby, North Dakota — in part because it’s in a rural area not prone to earthquakes — but is prepared to look elsewhere if a deal can’t be reached…

Project leaders say the research will require months of drilling deep into the earth but will not involve any nuclear waste. Instead, dummy canisters without radioactive material would be used in the project’s third and final phase…

The research team will look at deep rock to check its water permeability, stability, geothermal characteristics and seismic activity — a central concern with burying the hot radioactive waste deep underground…

Rugby site has very little seismic activity, he said…

Currently, high-level radioactive waste — both from government sources and utilities’ nuclear power plants — is without a final burial site. The waste at power plants is stored on site in pools of water or in heavily fortified casks, while the government’s waste remains at its research labs.

So, you understand what a thorough job our government has done all these decades of producing highly-radioactive waste. With no final storage site. Cripes! I was working on some of this crap in 1958.

Barbie grooves with tattoos

The Barbie doll has been given a make-over for her 50th birthday and been given tattoos.

The doll now comes with a set of sticker tattoos so children can make her look like their heroes, such as Jordan, Amy Winehouse or Cheryl Cole…

Customize the fashions and apply the fun temporary tattoos on you too. Choose from Barbie or Nikki dolls, both include additional fashions, tattoo stamper and tattoos.”

But parents have expressed concern.

So, would you buy this doll for your kids? What’s your answer when your daughter says, “I want a tattoo like Barbie?”

What if she’d like to be tattooed like this Barbie Doll?

Inauguration souvenir that lasts longer than a t-shirt

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For those who want a more permanent way to showcase their support for Barack Obama, Washington’s tattoo parlors are ready to help.

“There’s nothing more memorable than a tattoo,” said Matt Jessup, better known as “Fatty,” the owner of Fatty’s Custom Tattooz and Body Piercing.

His shop is celebrating what it has dubbed the “Obamathan,” where customers can get a free “Obama ’08” logo tattoo if they buy another tattoo worth $200. The Obama tattoo, Fatty says, is worth $70…

The most popular choices so far have been the Obama logo, the word “hope,” and the now iconic red-and-blue Obama hope poster by Shepard Fairey.

None of the shop owners reported any history of George W. Bush tattoos.

I’m still not a fan of tattoos. Makes it too easy to be identified.