Don't mind me. I just got online a few minutes ago, but it seems there's all manner of clatter in Congress about Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Four and not a peep about Reactor Three, the one with the sacred antiterrorism MOX fuel in it that is exponentially more dangerous than the lethal stuff in the Reactor Four Meltdown. Scurrying around the tubes I see snippets about them dumping water on Three from helicopters and shooting it with water cannons, but the official flap is stubbornly all about Four. They admit Four has melted down. They are not admitting or denying that Three has melted down. They are barely reporting anything beside it will take some time to sort out what has happened, and some guy quit GE thirty-five years ago in protest of the design flaws in these reactors.
You might think this is disorganized, that leadership is panicked and not functioning. You would be wrong. They don't intend to function. Just like with the Gulf Blowout, their attentions will be cosmetic and they are leaving it up to the Fates to take care of the aftermath. I mean, great that they are making their feeble attempts to cool the the meltdown in Three, but, er, uhmmmm, getting the facts out or taking any measures to protect people from it will cause a vastly more vigorous opposition to this trillions of dollars worth of nukes decommissioning contracts to just bundle up all our depleted uranium with our radically not-depleted plutonium and stick it in containment systems that work until something happens. So it will not be mentioned. The public will not be bothered or frightened or angered by it, and soon enough it can be trotted out as a fabulous stone killer of multiple birds, evidence of human progress and devotion to world peace.
How many of those kids you see milling around out there will know the difference?
How many of them won't be dead of cancer in a few years?
Don't ask me! I will try to find something approximating a real expert who is discussing this stuff, but it's going to be a struggle to focus on the effort between Norwegian kelp and organic chlorophyll supplements and epsom salts baths....
Yes. I'm telling you that you are wasting your time if you are waiting for officials to tell you what to do, if you are waiting for officials to do their jobs. THEY DON'T HAVE JOBS! I don't know how people screaming about the NWO nonstop can't put it together that this means our officials are window dressing, INCLUDING the president, but, clearly, they don't.
So, after my pretend bath in my not-a-tub and I'm all warm and gulping my kelp down with chlorophyll juice in front of my machine again, I'll look for some outpost of sanity and good sense to try to hook you up with. In the meantime, the Guardian's live blogging is at least continuing, albeit harder to get to than before.
As for the multifarious pushbutton revolutions out there, every one of them is FUBAR. So this is your up-to-the-minute report on all the biggest news they don't see fit to print.
IAEA is reminding me more and more of WHO in the flying pig flu fiasco....
Footage from helicopter today....
Encouraging... for us....
Given the fact that Japan is thousands of miles from the United States, it is highly unlikely that Americans would be exposed to radioactive material from direct inhalation of a plume from the Fukushima nuclear complex.
While wind patterns will likely carry the radioactive plume eastward, radioactive material will be so diffuse by the time it reaches Hawaii, Alaska, or the mainland United States that it is highly unlikely to create significant health concerns.
I found you a really good satellite image of the four Daiichi reactors. You will note that Number One is at the bottom of the line and Four at the top. Number Two is the only unit with the roof still on it. Number Three is the one in the worst shape, with the white smoke/steam issuing from it. Please look at that image and tell me WHERE is the pool to fill with water in the Number Three reactor?
I'm in a coma somewhere, right?
Well, if they're monitoring it, anyway, there is some chance the information they don't give us will be leaked by an insider with remnant human genes.... Here's the abridged version of a link brought by BB2 just now:
Not soothing me much, but heck, I'm a jaded old harridan.
The United States is deploying extra radiation monitors. The EPA is sending the portable units, to boost an existing network of monitors, according to an official, speaking on condition of anonymity, and stressed that the move is precautionary. "We don't expect any significant amounts of radiation," he said, adding that the EPA was expected to brief reporters later in the day. The U.S. western states of California, Oregon, and Washington State have also been monitoring for any increase in radiation levels from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, damaged by last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. Some experts says radioactivity could reach the U.S. West Coast as early as Friday, although well below levels which could harm human health.
Oh, this is cute:
Wouldn't that be nice?
Supposedly it'll be so diluted that it won't pose any danger, but this graphic doesn't really offer much comfort.
Any chance we can line up US Navy ships along the West Coast and have them turn on giant fans to blow the plume away?