Santa Susana

Author: Bill Appleton
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738570495
Format: PDF, ePub
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Santa Susana is one of three rural towns in Simi Valley that began at the turn of the 20th century. The town derives its name from the surrounding mountains, Sierra de Santa Susanna, and grew up alongside the railroad depot built by the Southern Pacific Company in 1903. The history of Santa Susana can be traced back to the Chumash Indian village of Taapu and a Spanish land grant, El Rancho Simi. The area was first surveyed by the Simi Valley Land and Water Company in 1887 for the sale of ranches. By the mid-1950s, Santa Susana had become a recognized agricultural center, noted for citrus and walnut production. Corriganville and Bottle Village are unique tourist destinations that originated near the Santa Susana Airport. In the surrounding mountains, quirky religious groups established communes away from the public with strange names and stories: Pisgah Grande, The Great Eleven Club, and WKFL Fountain of the World.

Mad Science

Author: Joseph Mangano
Publisher: OR Books
ISBN: 1935928864
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Will Americans once again play nuclear roulette? Just one year after the Fukushima meltdown, all 54 reactors in Japan have been closed, and may never be restarted. Germany recently closed several reactors, and will shutter them all within a decade. Italy revoked its pledge to build new reactors, keeping that nation nuclear-free. All these decisions are based on the understanding that reactors are extremely dangerous and expensive. In the U.S., the remnants of the once-overwhelmingly powerful nuclear lobby are making their last stand for “clean” nuclear energy. The sixty-year-old vision of power “too cheap to meter” (words originally uttered by a banker promoting the industry) is back. While other countries end their reliance on nuclear energy, Americans contemplate its revival, even as existing reactors, which produce a fifth of U.S. electricity, pass retirement age and are corroding. In Mad Science, Joseph Mangano strips away the near-smothering layers of distortions and outright lies that permeate the massive propaganda campaigns on behalf of nuclear energy. He explores the history of the industry, with its origins in the Manhattan Project, through its heightening promotion during the Cold War and its entwinement with nuclear weapons. Mad Science includes an account of nuclear accidents and meltdowns and their consequences, from Chernobyl to Santa Susana and beyond; as well as a point-by-point refutation of pro-nuke arguments. Atomic energy is unsafe – it deals with staggeringly poisonous substances at every stage of its creation – un-economical in the extreme and impractical.

The Shadow Over Santa Susana

Author: Adam Gorightly
ISBN: 9781840681512
Format: PDF
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40 years after the infamous Tate/LaBianca murder case of August 1969 comes a definitive account of the killings and their perpetrators, the Charles Manson Family. Investigative journalist Adam Gorightly takes his readers on a black magic carpet ride from the Hollywood 'beautiful people' scene of the late 1960s through to the vast desert landscapes of a Death Valley gone mad - with all the love-ins and murderous creepy-crawls that happened along the way. This is the most complete document published to date on Manson - an illustrated bible for all true crime buffs.

Medievalism in North America

Author: Kathleen Verduin
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 9780859914178
Format: PDF, ePub
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Studies on the influence of the middle ages, and in particular the Arthurian legends, on the culture of North America.

A Paradox of Power

Author: Charles W. Welby
Publisher: Geological Society of America
ISBN: 0813741122
Format: PDF, Docs
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The papers in this volume illustrate issues and opportunities confronting geologists as they bring their knowledge and understanding to bear in matters related to public health and welfare.

History and Culture in Italy

Author: John Hendrix
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761826286
Format: PDF, ePub
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History and Culture in Italy is a scholarly, introductory survey of the history and culture of Italy, focusing on art and architecture, literature and philosophy, politics and historical events, and observations of daily life in modern Italy. The book is based on lectures and tours given over the course of four years to American students in Italy. It is written as a narrative, which readers have found makes it enjoyable to read. Chapters are identified according to subject. The book emphasizes the importance of the history and culture of Italy to modern life and identity in Western culture.