The KRXA Morning Show April 18 to April 22

The KRXA  family came together at the Hellers on Saturday for a wonderful celebration of Lynne’s birthday.  If you want to revisit a great party or see what you missed (Julius), browse to five forty friend at facebook – it’s an open group so no need to join to see the site but you will have to become a member if you want to post.  Here’s what’s on tap this week on the Morning Show.


Monday –

8 – Santa Cruz – based peace activist Sara Bassler returns to the Morning Show to promote Monday’s “Make Them Pay” rally in Santa Cruz and around the country.  The events will be from noon to two outside Bank of America at 104 River Street, intersection River St. and Water St.  For more information, browse to:

Tuesday –

8 – Brent Budowsky from The Hill will be on to discuss the need for a democratic spinal implant and the movement to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

8:35 – We continue our series on education in Monterey County with 5th Grade Teacher Paul Karrer at Castroville Elementary School.  Paul will be discussing his open letter to President Obama which is all over the internet.  You can find it here among many other places:

9:45 – Juan Escamilla from Wilson’s Tire and Service joins us for Car Talk.  Call Juan at (831) 476-0370.

Wednesday –

8 – Articleman from will help us make sense of the bewildering political landscape at 8.

Thursday –

8 – KRXA’s own Jack Quirk joins us to share his wit and wisdom.  Jack’s blog is at:

9:30 – Glenn Sadowsky from Optimal Health Acupuncture and Bodywork joins us to discuss traditional medicine and his great Sunday 10am show – What’s the Point.

The Friday Free-for-All +

8:50 – Patty Ross from Keller Williams presents the Monterey Real Estate Report.  Call Patty at 831-236-4513.

9 – Arlen Grossman’s Quotation Quotient is your opportunity to win a great prize.  Don’t miss Arlen’s column in the Leisure Section of every Sunday’s Monterey Herald.

9:30 – The Peace Coalition of Monterey County introduces a different coalition member each week.


Plus, there will almost surely be last-minute guests, your phone calls, and the Doolittle and Ganos Morning Market Report every Thursday at 8:33.  I’ll be at 888-579-2540 for the next two weeks.

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10 Responses to The KRXA Morning Show April 18 to April 22

  1. Shade says:

    You may be getting emails & verbal attaboys BUT any TalkBack(s) you have received/posted since 03/02/11 have been “disappeared”! Good thing I’m not like some we both know that see a conspiracy behind EVERY rock as some of the previous TalkBacks I sent & you posted chided you a bit (sent with love, just to make you think). I’ve heard that WordPress sites are currently getting hit with a “denial of service attack” from China but I don’t think that has occurred in this case either. What’s up?

  2. Frank in San Diego says:

    Yes, Hal. What is up with your TalkBack since March 2? I miss reading the comments in there.
    Have a great trip East.

  3. Shade says:

    TalkBack is mostly fixed but FYI, everything that was previously posted or sent to TalkBack starting sometime 03/02/11 & ending 03/07/11 has apparently been lost. I only know because I had several posts that were previously posted. Not the end of the world but worthy of note.

  4. Shade says:

    I don’t think your super-rigid one-call-per-show always serves you well. Using Billy essentially as a co-host almost always makes a show MUCH better!

    On Friday Billy was right on top of the LOCAL events occurring at Santa Cruz harbor. Billy called in at the start of your show to make a report but this call covered only the typical Tsunami precursor event… the subsidence of water.

    The BIG LOCAL story began a bit later in waves that were approximately ten minutes apart. Millions of dollars of damage occurred to the LOCAL harbor while you rattled on incessantly with your idealistic but impractical solutions to global warming! Judging by the Chatroom, most of your audience left you. The chatroom at the start of the show had ten participants but within minutes had only Julius in L.A. & Paulo in Brazil (plus me, but I was primarily listening to live radio coverage elsewhere). I suspect Billy feared calling in again to let you know the BIG LOCAL STORY occurring (since you ban him for a week if he does so).

    I hope those on the Left don’t take this opportunity to celebrate the failure of some of Japan’s older nuclear plants. First of all, it was not really the nuclear portion of the plants that failed. What failed was Japan’s regulators in that they didn’t require that the plants tolerate both a massive earthquake AND a Tsunami TOGETHER. Unforgivable in “The Ring of Fire”! The nuclear portion of the plants initially survived the earthquake & the Tsunami but the electric supplies to the cooling pumps failed (the pumps must operate for about 24 hours after a “hot” reactor shut-down to carry away residual heat from the already hot core). The plants in Japan were only provided two electric power supplies capable of continually running the pumps and the secondary diesel-powered generators were damaged by Tsunami water (although I suspect it may turn out that debris in the intake water was also a factor). U.S. reactors typically have four power supplies capable of powering the pumps. (Some new reactor designs will have intrinsic convection cooling so they won’t need pumps at all).

    Unfortunately, the plants in Japan most affected are forty years old & not of best design. By modern standards, their containment buildings are weak. With skill & luck though, current events will compare to the Three-Mile Island event where a billion-dollar reactor was destroyed but little other harm occurred (unless you believe irreputable alarmists). A little slightly-radioactive steam vented to reduce containment building pressures (from water used to cool a too-hot core) is relatively harmless BUT a containment building breached by a nuclear core that gets so hot that it ejects nuclear material would do serious harm to a large surrounding area. (The horribly designed Chernobyl plant had NO containment building so when it began to eject core contents, there was nothing to prevent its spread to a very large area).

    China is viewing events in Japan properly. Per Zhang Lijun, China’s Vice Minister of Environmental Protection: China is “keeping a close eye” on the development of the earthquake’s impact on Japan’s nuclear facilities. “Some lessons we learn from Japan will be considered in the making of China’s nuclear power plans,” he said. “But China will not change its determination and plan for developing nuclear power.” From 2011 to 2015, China will launch nuclear energy projects with a combined generation capacity of 40 million KW, according to the government’s draft 12th Five-Year Plan published one week ago.

    • Shade says:

      BTW, the explosion of hydrogen at the two Japanese powerplants was not totally unexpected once the the rods overheated. Once a a nuclear rod reaches about 1000C, the zirconium cladding around the rods reacts with any cooling water introduced to produce hydrogen and steam. The pressure from these gasses must be vented to the atmosphere or it would threaten the integrity of the containment building. Unfortunately, hydrogen is explosive when mixed with oxygen in the air. In this case, the vented hydrogen seeped into the floors ABOVE THE “CONTAINMENT BUILDING” and something there then touched off an explosion that took down the walls & roof ABOVE THE CONTAINMENT BUILDING. (The white smoke is mostly cement dust.)

      The real danger occurs if the rods reach about 2000C. At that point, the rods themselves begin to meltdown and drop into any residual cooling water. This forms tremendous amounts of hydrogen and steam and the instantaneous pressure produced could breach the containment building itself. This is especially likely on older plants (like these) because their containment buildings do not meet modern standards. Hopefully technicians can introduce enough seawater (and neutron absorbing boron to inhibit the nuclear reaction) so that rod temperatures start dropping. However, this is not an easy task as the control rooms to the existing pumps are now all flooded with seawater.

      • Shade says:

        Forgot Daiichi 3 burns “Mixed Oxide” (MOX) from recycled rods w/more plutonium/americium/curium. Plutonium is highly carcinogenic in small quantities.

        Element Isotope(s) Half Life Properties Accumulates (bHL) Associated with
        Iodine 131 8 days dissolves in water thyroid (~100 days) thyroid cancer
        Cesium 137 30 years dissolves in water everywhere cancer of liver, kidneys, pancreas
        Strontium 90 29 years mimics calcium in body bones, teeth (30 years) leukemia
        Plutonium Various Up to 83 million years inhaled; P-241 decays to Am-241 liver (20 yrs) bones (50 yrs) various cancers
        Americium 241 430 years inhaled or ingested in food, water liver (20 yrs) bones (50 yrs) various cancers
        Re the 50 deadmen-walking still working in the plants: “Those 50 will be seriously damaged (by radiation),” a government official said. “Japanese people have to thank them a lot. It’s a kind of sacrifice.”

  5. Shade says:

    People don’t remember but a lot of airplanes fell from the skies before the airlines we now trust with our safety existed. If the current tragic nuclear events in Japan causes Western countries to abandon the nuclear industry (instead of learning from what in the “big picture” has been relatively minor mistakes), representational governments may prove themselves unable to sustain their economies as well as countries like China and India. What a sad day for humanity this would be!

    Throughout man’s history (and in fact with most life forms), man’s population periodically surges to levels that become unsustainable. Massively available inexpensive energy would help us continue to support the world’s current populations but options other than nuclear have not proven affordable, viable, or sustainable as they are increasingly embraced by the third world. Coal burning throughout the world already releases an estimated 10,000 tons of radioactive uranium and 25,000 tons of thorium yearly to the environment (much more radioactivity than the worse conceivable nuclear accident although the radioactivity released from coal is more disperse and includes much less radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium that can easily enter the food chain). However, burning coal releases chemically toxic metals like mercury that enter the food chain plus it releases tremendous amounts of CO2.

    Man’s greatest hope is that his intelligence, self-government, and ability to alter the environment in positive ways continue to persevere over the negative forces of nature. If the West is unable to sustain its populations and its economies fail, tens of millions may either die or fall under under tyrannical political & non-secular governments that have predominated most of human history. Should this happen, world environmental responsibility may more resemble Beijing, China than anything we are familiar with in the West!

    • Denica says:

      So saving up and having a huge human/environmental catastrophe every 20-30 years is ok? We need to stop absorbing the ridiculous paid lies that come from men who make $$ from this DIRTY power source.
      Wind is clean, solar is clean besides the Rare Earth mining, Nuclear is a disaster waiting to happen- and it HAS Happened AGAIN, do not ignore it. We need to stop using these sources of power or we will ruin the Earth for all of the BEings on it. Don’t listen to this nonsense, if you are a critically thinking Person you should know to reject this pro-corporate nonsense.

  6. Shade says:

    Good on you Denica for challenging Hal & telling him his wealth prevents him from viewing a regressive instant Draconian carbon-tax correctly! The tax collected would never be allowed to trickle back down to the working poor & this money collected is not “extra money” extracted from the economy without significant cost! Trickle-down economics was discredited years ago. Hal is a bit of a Limousine Liberal although I know he means well so I have to love him for trying & caring.

    Unfortunately, your energy solution of simply doing with less would be as bad as Hal’s for the working-poor (although I’ll grant that a great deal is possible with correctly applied conservation approaches). If you produce less energy than the working-poor currently need to use, they won’t be able to get to work, feed/house their families, ensure that their children get a proper education, etc. Structuring your life in ways that conserve energy usually requires an initial investment that the working-poor often cannot afford.

    We are stuck with a planet already overpopulated. There are no perfect solutions; it is going to take a combination of approaches to slowly change things in the right direction. I am looking for solutions that will keep the vast majority of people alive with quality lives even if this requires sacrificing a few souls to nuclear accidents (like the walking-dead currently trying to bring the reactors in Japan under control). Carbon-based fuels (& associated wars) actually kill & harm a great many more people overall but in slightly less dramatic fashion.

    BTW, I have to laugh when you talk of your own low energy usage. You use more energy broadcasting two hours of your show each week than many of us use in a month. Hal doesn’t charge you $100/hr for airtime just so he can get rich!

    • Shade says:

      Wind & solar amount to doing with less, especially since you seem to want to dismantle existing nuclear power plants. We currently do not build enough of these types of energy producers to even keep up with yearly increases in energy demand!

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