Friday, February 19, 2010

Thoughts on Nuclear, CO2, Codex

Does anyone else think the pushing of nuclear energy (by forcing nations to go nuclear to cut CO2 emissions, or face consequences) is a lot like making countries Codex Alimentarius compliant, by maligning organic substances (like citrus oils, oakmoss or jasmine, for example) as being toxic, then suggesting perfume companies adopt Codex (with consequences if you don't, says IFRA) to use more synthetic materials, which are patented and marketed as the eco-friendly, sustainable choice?

When did caring about the environment become an "emotional" argument? When did the definition of a rational argument turn into one without conscience or empathy? We need to remember that thinking and feeling are one human rational function that was separated in a similar way in which assigned gender roles (and gender-codified languages) had been artificially polarized first, then transformed into a hierarchy of power. In fact, when they're polarizing thinking vs feeling in this way, they're really codifying male and female traits. I believe more men are drawn to the many forms of rationalism because it gives them a sense of belonging and in a tribal or street gang, I suppose.

And so we can rationalize that if nuclear energy emits less CO2 than solar power, nuclear is the safer choice. Better yet, safety is a non-issue because caring is too emotional.


Image: Signora Isabella Cortese, Pharmacy Historical Collection, University of Maryland: "Little personal information about Signora Isabella Cortese is available, however the alchemical nature of her works has drawn some popular critical scrutiny, earning her an occasional description as "snake oil peddler." This is a rare first edition of her very popular book, which continued through many editions. A reprint Italian edition appeared in 1995. This book of recipes or "secrets" covers a range of topics from hygiene to perfumery, including sections on colors and dyeing. There is a definite loftiness of tone at work here, with an appeal to women readers who wished to elevate themselves to a grand, ladylike status. This reflects the patrician traditions of Italian apothecaries, especially in Venice, where alignment with the Italian nobility gave to the pharmaceutical trade a comely social and political complexion."