Fukushima Update–Somebody in the Establishment Media is Muttering the “C” Word

by on April 23, 2011

 

Here is a nice little article by John Rosenthal, who is simply a citizen as near as I can tell, but he does some close reading of the extremely disturbing Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment by Yakovlev, Nestorenko & Nestorenko (in the execrable Huffington Post, so you know I linked with a grimace on my face).  And, unlike most of the nuclear experts …
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Fukushima Update–Another No-Go Zone

by on April 21, 2011

 

So, the dreaded word in Russian, zona, must now be translated into Japanese.  The Japanese, six weeks into a nuclear crisis, have enforced a twelve mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Plant.  Similar, of course, to the radius of the “zone” around Chernobyl’, which Fukushima does not resemble at all.  The population affected by this decree is substantial–27,000 households in 9 municipalities–but still less extensive than the impact …
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Iraq War–New Revelations

by on April 20, 2011

Yeah, it was blood for oil.  Alot of blood.  Wonder what memos like the British docs are lying around in Mr. Cheney’s archive. . .

Once again, the DFH’s were right.…
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The Billionaires Coup D’etat Arrives – Updated

by on April 19, 2011

UPDATE: 

Krugthullu, who knows a thing or two about economics, yawns.  The point is well taken.  Why exactly would anybody care what S&P says about anybody’s sovereign debt after what it had to say about mortgaged-backed securities.  Guys are in the stock market to make money, not political points. As James Fallows at the Atlantic points out, this is simply an opinion.  And like him, I’m waiting breathlessly for their …
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Fukushima Update–Oceanic Radiation Spikes and the Long Game Begins

by on April 17, 2011

 

As predicted a long time ago on this blog, Fukushima is not going to be stabilized anytime soon.  In fact, with a “cold shutdown” of the stricken reactors requiring at least 6 months, it is hard to credit the government’s estimates that “some” of the evacuees may return home in 6-9 months.  Yeah, and “some” are likely to be exiled from their homes for at least a quarter …
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Medicare Abolished! (By House Republicans, Dems Giggle with Glee)

by on April 16, 2011

So, the Republicans just put a loaded electoral shotgun in their mouth and gave the Democrats control of the trigger.   All but four of them voted for Paul Ryan’s brave and Galtian voucherization of Medicare (note to all readers, given my experience with Russian “voucherization” of the 1990s I strongly suggest when somebody mentions that word you not only grab your wallet but punch them, hard, in the face).  This …
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Fukushima–Level 7, Just Like Chernobyl’?

by on April 12, 2011

UPDATE 2 (4/13):  I should apologize for my innumeracy.  The press accounts have clarified that Fukushima is estimated to have released 670,000 terabequerels of radiation and (despite wildly variant estimates), Chernobyl’ is widely credited with releasing 5.6 million terabequerels.

UPDATE:  I should have at least noted the very nice clip posted by my fellow sapien Nick on the accident upgrade.  At least someone around here is not sleeping through …
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Fukushima Update–Common Sense

by on April 10, 2011

Here is a terrific column by Colin Macilwain at Nature.   The key point he makes, which is very much the one I have been concerned with, is that very serious issues for the future of nuclear power have been generally dismissed by industry-associated experts who are deeply invested in the technology.  This has resulted in strawmen a plenty being constructed against those concerned about the coming “nuclear renaissance” and …
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United States of America–Torturer of Children

by on April 8, 2011

Just watch.  This is your “war on terror,” this is what a once great nation has become.  The best part is the absolutely “solid intelligence” that he was a member of a London-based Al Qaeda cell, at 11!  He was really an immigrant with his family in Saudi Arabia.  There are no pits deep enough in hell for the people who do this, sanction this, or look the …
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Fukushima–Be Soothed? Really?

by on April 7, 2011

There are all sorts of soothing noises going on, yet again, about how the crisis has been averted at Fukushima.  People seem deliriously happy about plugging the leak at reactor 2 and injecting reactor 1 with nitrogen.  We are now told that the crisis is “ebbing” and a “complete meltdown” is unlikely.  Well, that is oh so reassuring given that the same experts, the NRC, opined that the …
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Fukushima–Deadly Waters

by on April 6, 2011

Again, a good news/bad news situation.  Good news is that the crack seems to have been sealed in the concrete maintenance pit at the Number 2 Reactor using sodium silicate (a far better strategy than this weekend’s “junk shot”) and there are hopes that by injecting nitrogen into the Number 1 Reactor the dangerous build up of hydrogen can be neutralized.  (The bad news, of course, is they did not …
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News of Fukushima–Waiting to Exhale

by on April 2, 2011

UPDATE (4/3):  FAIL.  Seems the engineering equivalent of stuffing a big Shamwow!(tm) into the broken pipe did not do the trick.  The super-awesome contingency plan for, you know, dealing with cracked pipes in an earthquake and tsunami zone is still not so awesome.

The Fukushima nuclear accident has received its first good news in quite some time as Japanese “liquidators” may have discovered a leak, which might be …
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