Quote of the Decade

“What Dr. Gerstein shows is that reasonable people, who are not malicious, and whose intent is not to kill or injure other people, will nonetheless risk killing vast numbers of people. And they will do it predictably, with awareness …  They knew the risks from the beginning, at every stage … the leaders chose, in the face of serious warnings, to consciously take chances that risked disaster … Men in power are willing to risk any number of human lives to avoid an otherwise certain loss to themselves, a sure reversal of their own prospects in the short run.” – Daniel Ellsberg, quoted in the Marc Gerstein book Flirting with Disaster – Why Accidents Are Rarely Accidental  (also quoted by Arnie Gundersen in the Greenpeace report Lessons from Fukushima) ** For the record: being reminded of this quotation - quite a mind-blowing one, I might add - while watching a live Webcast of a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission meeting.

** tons of great nuke-related quotes here

& a great companion quote is this one:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair (this one btw is of great relevance when one is trying to understand the incomprehensible things being said/claimed/denied/twisted by members of the Nuke Boyz Club).

Yet one more: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” – Mike Tyson