Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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* For me the most discomforting aspect of today’s big East Coast earthquake was the presence of the Lake Ana nuclear power plant near the epicenter. Recently named the 7th-most at-risk nuclear power plant in the country, the plant lost external power after the quake, but it looks like safety systems worked and everything is fine.

* Now comes Hurricane Irene.

* Chart of the Day: Student Loans Have Grown 511% Since 1999.

* Is welfare reform working? Not if it was supposed to make life better for the poor. So yes, it’s working perfectly.

* Yet rather than poke further holes, much of the climate science that’s been published since 2007 appears to have strengthened the consensus, not weakened it. Another synthesis eport published last May by Britain’s Met Office, looking at more than 100 peer-reviewed post-IPCC studies, found that the case for human influence has been bolstered: “We can say with a very high significance level that the effects we see in the climate cannot be attributed to any other forcings.”

* And Mother Jones has a special issue this month on the FBI informant program. It’s going just about exactly like you’d expect.

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