Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fukushima Obsfucation

  • Hirose Takashi says that "the lies they are telling on the radio and TV are so gross that he cannot remain silent," explaining why "making comparisons with X-rays and CT scans has no meaning" as "damage from radioactive rays and damage from radioactive material are not the same" — What They're Covering Up at Fukushima.

  • Gregory Button makes the case that "information is [being] withheld not only from the media and the public but from the larger scientific community as well" — Informational Uncertainty in the Wake of Japan's Nuclear Crisis.

  • "The assertion that low-level exposure to radiation represents no human threat is an artifact of Cold War-era science that was shaped to meet government and industry needs," argues Barabara Rose Johnston — Life, Death and Anxiety in the Fallout Zone. "Japan's nuclear disaster demonstrates in powerful and poignant terms the degree to which the state prioritizes security interests over the fundamental rights of people and their environment."

  • "The spent fuel pools at Units 3 and 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex are exposed to the open sky and might be draining," writes Robert Alvarez, adding, "The radioactive dose rates coming off the pools appear to be life-threatening" — The Danger of Spent Nuclear Fuel.
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    OpenID Clare said...

    Thank you for keeping the focus on the Truth in Charity, prayers for you and yours, may deepening faith combat certain anxiety. I left some rather scathing comments myself last week at

    http://markshea.blogspot.com/2011/03/rather-dissenting-view.html

    http://www.patheos.com/community/theanchoress/2011/03/16/on-dignity-and-suffering/#respond

    and this article

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/03/the-nuclear-breakthrough-that-wasnt/72816/

    would be funny if it weren't in reality so alarming, TEPCO's data speaks for itself:

    http://www.nirs.org/reactorwatch/accidents/6-1_powerpoint.pdf

    There's ten times the material as at Chernobyl, so all comparisons are facile even evil

    9:44 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Thank you for the prayers and comments. It's a bit disheartening to see how many people are willing to "trust the authorities" on these matters.

    I'm more willing to trust dissenters who don't get paid to shut up and people like Joseph Mangano, Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, who recently wrote, "A long-ago baby tooth study of fallout... can help explain why 40% of Americans will develop cancer at some point in their life" and "suggests that Americans are being harmed from the same substances produced in 104 nuclear power reactors around the country" — Baby Tooth Science: New Clues to Cancer Risks From Atom Bomb Tests.

    12:09 PM  

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