Nervous Nuke Monday


At the foot of the Chesapeake Bay in southeast Virginia lies a Naval shipyard older than the nation itself. One of the country’s first warships was built here in 1799. So was the first battleship, and decades later the first aircraft carrier.

Over a quarter millennium, Norfolk Naval Shipyard has been blockaded and burnt to the ground by the British, the Union and the Confederates, only to be rebuilt again and again to evolve into a hub of Naval power.

Rising seas will likely engulf the shipyard by century’s end, but the reckoning for Norfolk and nearby military installations could come much sooner.

“They’re going to disappear” unless the Pentagon acts quickly to protect them, said Ray Mabus, Navy secretary under President Barack Obama.

The most immediate worry is a direct hit from a major storm. “It would have the potential for serious, if not catastrophic damage, and it would certainly put the shipyard out of business for some amount of time,” Mabus said. “That has implications not just for the shipyard, but for us, for the Navy.”


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14 Responses to Nervous Nuke Monday

  1. Micki says:

    Carol sez: We should have sold booze and perhaps we’d still be in business.

    Haha! What timing! I saw one of my nieces yesterday…her husband was sporting a “SCREWS AND BREWS” T-shirt.

    What’s that all about?!?! I ask!

    They’d just returned from Cannon Beach, Oregon, where the local hardware store decided they had to be more relevant…so they sell screws and brews all under the same roof. Come in for a bag of nails…but don’t leaved hammered! 😉


  2. Micki says:

    From Den’s post today:

    “….Still, the response across the military has been piecemeal and inadequate, according to interviews with more than a dozen retired officers and former senior-ranking national security officials….”

    The Great American way.


  3. Micki says:

    Bill McKibben in current THE NEW YORKER:



  4. °¿º Carol says:

    We got our promised snow, but only 3 inches here, the 6 inches hit just north of us. We’re the lucky ones. It’s wet and heavy, and shoveling it away from the back door and the walkway to the garage patios AND out to the bird feeders, was a challenge. Good thing I could get away with pushing it instead of lifting it and tossing. Had to do that just a couple times.

    Almost couldn’t get out of the back door, had to push hard. The rain, then snow, then wind worked hard at keeping me prisoner, but HA!

    Now I have some strained muscles in my back just below my waist. Of course.

    Didn’t go grocery shopping, that will have to wait.


  5. °¿º Carol says:

    A Facebook political friend who I’ve never met and is younger that Pete and Jill, has died. 😦 I’ve no idea what caused it, two days ago one of her close friends told us on a private FB page that she was in the hospital with liver AND kidney failure and wasn’t responding. I guess they pulled the plug on her today. *snifff*

    I did ask the other day what caused the liver and kidney problem, no one knew, or no one who may have knew, would say. Judging by her posts, I don’t think she was a heavy drinker, didn’t mention drinking much at all, not like me mentioning Margaritas all the time. Maybe she mentioned wine a couple times, but I would have NEVER pegged her for a drinker.

    The saddest thing is she lost her husband to a heart attack just a couple years ago. He keeled over in their cottage while he was there either opening it up, or closing it, or maybe working on it, I don’t know. They had one child, a girl, who is about 14 or 15 and is now a boy. Kat reported last year, or maybe the year before, that that was her daughter’s announcement, and so now she is a son.

    And now that poor kid has no mom OR dad. Today was a sad day, hearing the shocking news.


    • Micki says:

      Carol, I’m not an expert on liver/kidney disease, but I have *some* knowledge because of physicians I collaborate with on Advance Care Planning, Realities of Advanced Medical Interventions’ presentations etc. that I coordinate in our community.

      There’s a common assumption that alcohol abuse is the cause of liver disease — and it is — but there are other causes.

      ACUTE liver failure can be caused by Acetaminophen overdose.

      Too much acetaminophen (Tylenol, for example) is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Acute liver failure can occur after one very large dose of acetaminophen, or after higher than recommended doses every day for several days.

      Some prescription medications, including antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and anticonvulsants, can cause acute liver failure.

      Herbal drugs and supplements, including kava, ephedra, skullcap and pennyroyal, have been linked to acute liver failure. Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis E can cause acute liver failure. Other viruses that can cause acute liver failure include Epstein-Barr virus, herpes simplex virus. Toxins can cause acute liver failure.

      Liver failure can be caused by autoimmune hepatitis — a disease in which your immune system attacks liver cells, causing inflammation and injury.

      The two primary causes of kidney failure are HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES. Most people do NOT know that — even people with heart conditions, who are diabetic.


      • °¿º Carol says:

        Thanks, Micki. I’ll probably never know what caused her demise since we weren’t actual friends. The only thing I knew about her was what she posted on FB. Seemed a normal person. She never mentioned she was sick, or that she was seeing a doctor for anything.

        Her life and death will remain a mystery to me.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    What is the difference between The Donald and a pumpkin?

    The pumpkin doesn’t start out hollow.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Saw a student being loaded from Duncan Dunn dorm into an ambulance during the 16 minute stick walk to the Hillside Cafe.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Boston is a town in Lincolnshire, England.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    A quarter of British pubs have closed so far this century.


  10. Den says:

    Snickers satisfies:


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