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Monday, February 1, 2010

Sex Ed: Abstinence

Study finds focus on abstinence in sex-ed classes can delay sexual activity

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 4:35 PM 
Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can convince a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for the nation's embattled efforts to protect young people against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The research is published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.

Yucca Mountain may finally be dead

Thanks to President Obama and US Senator Harry Reid the "reality" of a high level nuclear waste dump just 90 miles from downtown Las Vegas may finally be dead. The Las Vegas Sun reports that the Department of Energy are ready to withdraw their application for licensing in the aftermath of Obama presenting a Federal Budget that does not include the project. The Las Vegas Review Journal, while highly critical of the president's budget, reports on page one that finally, after four presidents, we have one who is willing to call a white elephant a white elephant and kill all funding for the project.

Many people have relocated to the state and do know know how close Nevada came to being the location for all of the nation's most dangerous high level nuclear materials. Yucca Mountain was the only site studied and funded, to the tune of many billions of dollars, to receive the shipments from nuclear power plants across the country. Much of that material would move through Las Vegas and all of it would come through the state, traveling long distances by rail and truck from the plants generating nuclear power across the country.

To those mounting a major campaign to unseat Harry Reid in November I have to ask if they would rather we had the dump. Reid, his internal actions during the Clinton and later hostile Bush administrations put tacks and tire irons in the well financed and special interests helmed road to Yucca Mountain. Then he worked hard, from the start, to elect Obama. who he convinced to oppose the dump form Day One.

Bush told Nevada voters that he would not sign Yucca Mountain into law until it was fully studied and scientifically feasible. Within 90 days he signed it into law, then later became the first president to override the veto of a governor, Republican Governor Kenny Guinn of Nevada.

Newcomers had best learn some history before they toss stones at Reid or Obama.