1) Anthony Weiner's weiner
2) Candy Spelling's mansion
3) The Casey Anthony trial
So now the media and the Democrats have gotten the scalp they wanted and Anthony Weiner has resigned...but last night Chris Matthews insisted on devoting most of his show to this faux "scandal" anyway. At least now we know that the whole thing was just because the media's sole reason for being is becuase they like to make dick jokes. Maybe Trey Parker and Matt Stone really ARE America's greatest humorists after all. So if Mr. Weiner expects the whole thing to go away now that he's capitulated and left Congress, he'd better guess again. Because nothing gets in the way of print and broadcast media people with the sexual maturit of a nine-year-old and their weiner jokes.
But in the news that is actual news and ISN'T being covered, there's this:
A fire in Nebraska's Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant briefly knocked out the cooling process for spent nuclear fuel rods, ProPublica reports.
The fire occurred on June 7th, and knocked out cooling for approximately 90 minutes. After 88 hours, the cooling pool would boil dry and highly radioactive materials would be exposed.
On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.
"No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM," referring to the "notice to airmen," effective immediately.
Since last week, the plant has been under a "notification of unusual event" classification, becausing of the rising Missouri River. That is the lowest level of emergency alert.
The OPPD claims the FAA closed airspace over the plant because of the Missouri River flooding. But the FAA ban specifically lists the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant as the location for the flight ban.
The plant is adjacent to the now-flooding river, about 20 minutes outside downtown Omaha, and has been closed since April for refueling.
WOWT, the local NBC affiliate, reports on its website:
"The Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Facility is an island right now but it is one that authorities say is going to stay dry. They say they have a number of redundant features to protect the facility from flood waters that include the aqua dam, earthen berms and sandbags."
OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson told Business Insider that the nuclear plant is in a "stable situation." He said the Missouri River is currently at 1005.6" above sea level, and that no radioactive fuel had yet been released or was expected to be released in the future.
Asked about the FAA flight ban, Hanson it was due to high power lines and "security reasons that we can't reveal." He said the flight ban remains in effect.
Sandbags and berms -- and a wing and a prayer. That is a nuclear plant right here at home. Oh, and by the way, you haven't heard a peep about the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, lately, have you? After all, what is a nuclear plant meltdown in terms of newsworthiness compared to a Congressman's salacious tweets? But here's what's going on there, in news the media refuses to cover because they'd so much rather just titillate:
Gov't to designate new evacuation spots near Fukushima plant
Tech companies to begin cleaning water at Japan nuclear plants (Sorry, but I just don't buy that nuclear waste can be turned into glass and that we won't see it in food containers in a store near you.)
Radiation "hotspots" hinder Japan response to nuclear crisis
Radioactive caesium found in whales
Greenpeace finds radioactive sea life off Japan
But hey...Anthony Weiner sent naked photos!