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News Briefs 30-09-2013

Unless all the intelligent life forms on Earth focus their attention on the Fukushima crisis within the next six weeks, it’s quite likely they’ll soon be kissing their arses goodbye — along with every other lifeform on the planet. The media has been reporting on the dire and imminent threat associated with any attempt to remove over 1,300 bent, brittle fuel rods from a tettering pool of water 100 feet above ground. The smallest mistake – rods getting too close to each other or one coming in contact with air – could destroy civilization and the whole world’s environment. This is an issue of human survival. If we don’t act to stop them, in November, the inept, irresponsible, and deceitful artificial lifeform named TEPCO is to begin trying to remove the damaged fuel rods from reactor 4. Shouldn’t we at least try to find someone better qualified, and with more integrity?

Quote of the Day:

Me, I want to bloody kick this moronic bloody world in the bloody teeth over and over till it bloody understands that not hurting people is ten bloody thousand times more bloody important than being right.

David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

  1. Oh Come On
    Could we please, pretty please, cease with the furious attempt to keep everyone’s amygdalae forced deep into negative overdrive with far more hype than substance, re:

    “…The media has been reporting on the dire and imminent threat associated with any attempt to remove over 1,300 bent, brittle fuel rods from a tettering pool of water 100 feet above ground. The smallest mistake – rods getting too close to each other or one coming in contact with air – could destroy civilization and the whole world’s environment. This is an issue of human survival. If we don’t act to stop them, in November, the inept, irresponsible, and deceitful artificial lifeform named TEPCO is to begin trying to remove the damaged fuel rods from reactor 4. Shouldn’t we at least try to find someone better qualified, and with more integrity?”

    Where can agree – TEPCO are staffed with a bunch of fools in management and the cleanup effort should have been seized from their hands long ago.

    Where you are helping nurture a fear meme with much hype and zero substance is when you indicate a mis-step could destroy civilization.

    Dear God. The stupid. It burns.

    You WANT those fuel rods moved and secured. The slightest mis-step isn’t going to result in shit all for consequences compared to the absolute disaster which has unfolded at Fukushima. Fuel rod movements happen all the time – even with damaged fuel. Damaged fuel was secured from the core at Three Mile Island and this damaged fuel can be secured and moved for either further cool-down or direct transfer to either dry cask storage or sent to the Japanese recycling plant.

    What you do NOT want is fuel in a damaged facility next to the ocean.

    Please, dear God, please, provide citations for this fear-mongering so I can rip it to pieces on your behalf and we return to some fact-based evaluations of what is going on there. Things are bad there. They do not and cannot “destroy civilization” (physics is your friend, so is materials engineering and particle transport – stop talking back and forth with liberal arts majors).

    Things being bad do not mean they can cause the end of civilization. This is a very bad industrial accident that needs a lot of money and competent attention paid to it – not shrieks and wails and no facts.

    And before we get into two-legs bad, four-legs good, radiation bad, radiation bad, bleating, please don’t. DO however, feel free to provide comparisons of projected harm from radiation exposure (based on the known-to-be-very-conservative LNT formulation) to the following:

    Sunbathing
    Drinking Water from the municipal tap
    Drinking bottled water
    Driving an automobile
    Riding a horse
    Attending a football match at a large stadium

    Perspective please.

    Remember, the first rule of any magick is to Invoke Often. It works too with fear-memes the PTB love to spread for their own ends. Don’t be one of their unapid magicians. Please.

    1. while i agree…
      …that the US needs to pay more attention to this and that the media is blowing it out of proportion a little, I also agree that if Tepco fucks up, it will be a really BIG fuck up.

      also, on that list, you forgot “Getting stung by a jellyfish” apparently.

      I appreciate Kat’s passion on the subject, no if you excuse me I need to book a flight to Uruguay for November ๐Ÿ˜›

        1. good question
          I imagine it’s a more selfish reason than we are let on to believe. Many are asking why we aren’t sending some of our top scientists to figure it out. Others are saying Tepco is blocking them. I don’t know.

          1. Uncooperative
            Call me crazy, but I get the hunch that the Tepco executives would be FAR more cooperative than say, Assad ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Fukushima
      >> You WANT those fuel rods moved and secured.

      Yes, I do. But not by TEPCO.

      >> Please, dear God, please, provide citations for this fear-mongering so I can rip it to pieces on your behalf and we return to some fact-based evaluations of what is going on there.

      The link in the intro contains links to articles in The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Japan Times, CNBC, CNN, Reuters, ABC Radio Australia, as well as quotes from all those and more. Apparently, like most people, you haven’t made time to read any of those, or you wouldn’t be exclaiming Dear God about no citations and no facts.

      >> Things being bad do not mean they can cause the end of civilization.

      The arrogance. It burns.

      >> Remember, the first rule of any magick is to Invoke Often.

      Here’s the invocation: Shouldn’t we at least try to find someone better qualified, and with more integrity [than Tepco] [to move the fuel rods]?

      Thought you agreed with that part, yes?

  2. Fukushima is a huge problem.
    Fukushima is a huge problem. Nobody knows exactly how big or small. Anybody claiming one way or another is just as wrong as the other. There is a reason there is a virtual media blackout on it, and it’s not because it’s a non-story. Quite the opposite…don’t want to create hysteria so don’t report while we wait and hope Tepco can work a miracle….

    1. Hysteria
      I think it’s not preposterous to assume, that part of the reason for the media (partial) blackout is to prevent the Nikkei from melting down, dragging along the rest of the world economy with it.

      But hey, who needs radiation leaking when you have Republicans –right, gringos? ๐Ÿ˜›

    2. Huge but not big or small
      [quote=Greg H.]Fukushima is a huge problem. Nobody knows exactly how big or small. [/quote]
      Umm . .then if no one knows how big or small, how can you then claim it’s huge?

      And how would you know that “nobody know.” Your post is simply about your own thoughts/fears. And you did the classic take of attempting to style as being more than that.

  3. ROFL
    “Unless all the intelligent life forms on Earth focus their attention on the Fukushima crisis within the next six weeks, it’s quite likely they’ll soon be kissing their arses goodbye — along with every other lifeform on the planet”

    roflmao. That – by far – is the funniest thing posted on TDG since I’ve been viewing it. Apparently there are those who like to be mired in whatever gear-gone-wild thinking they can conjure. I’m going to call it “chickenlittleism.”

    1. The sky is falling… all the time
      Here’s the problem when accusing someone of fear-mongering: dismiss their warnings for too long, and eventually you’ll prove them right.

      1. Hail the fear-mongers.
        [quote=red pill junkie]Here’s the problem when accusing someone of fear-mongering: dismiss their warnings for too long, and eventually you’ll prove them right.[/quote]
        rofl (Again. What is up today?) So . . .you fear-monger about not buying into fear-mongering? In fact, things usually work the other way around – often termed “self-fulfilling prophecy”

        1. Recursive fear-mongering
          You misunderstand me: I think that cynic dismissals of grounded warnings is akin to burying your head in the sand.

          Now I may not agree with Kat’s assertion that come November we might be looking at an extinction-level situation –that falls into subjective appraisal & YMMV. But I also think pretending the situation in Japan is well contained after all these years would be equally fool-hardy. Perhaps even more so.

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