Re: Bracing for Yucca Mountain's Nuclear Forever

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Date: Mon May 27 2002 - 19:12:51 BST

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    >Maybe warning signs featuring snakes and spiders could work somehow, but
    >there's not much vagueness in a good old-fashioned skull and crossbones.
    >Wouldn't this symbol tend to convey a message of danger that crosses
    >cultural and historical divides?

    And Kenneth:

    >OTOH, it must be understood even though the species which survives
    >isn 't that smart, than Scotts skull and crossbones would suffice, although
    >in some cultures magical powers are attached to them.
    >Anyway, something to think about

    My first thought was the same - a skull of some sort.

    I see problems. Part of humanities early history seems to indicate the use
    of skulls in ancestor worship. The killing fields of Cambodia have been
    replaced by reminders of the tragedy in the shape of of mounds of bones in
    glass cases which have become shrines as well as a warning, and IIRC isn't
    there a church whose interior is decorated using human bones?

    The final point is this. Put a warning sign up that is only partially
    understood, such as 'Danger!' but nothing more, instead of 'Danger Of
    Certain Death!' and someone will deliberately go and look!

    So what is needed, as Kenneth points out, is the idea of death that is
    universal. A tough one!



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