Daily Archives: March 16, 2011

A glowing irony

As I write this, I’m told that there are eleven water cannon vehicles heading to the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, to attempt to cool down nuclear material that is exposed and exuding (I dare not use the word “leaking” lest I be thought an alarmist) radiation at a rate that seems to be as alarming to the engineers and nuclear experts on the scene as it is assuaging to the arm-chair nuclear engineers in the US and elsewhere who are telling us that Fukushima is no more dangerous than eating a seedless grape.

The following conversation was heard in the Japanese Police Department’s motor vehilce shop where the water cannon vehicles are kept.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m arming these water cannon vehicles.”

“What for?”

“The police have been ordered to take these 11 vehicles out. They need to be ready immediately.”

“What are they use for?”

“This:”
i-ef5733543a5d702c0237e99d6f3b73bc-watercannon-thumb-500x340-62764.jpg

“We use the water cannon on protestors. Government bought several new water cannons during the big protests here several years ago.”

“What were the protestors protesting?”

“The New Nuclear Power Plants”

“Good thing there were a LOT of protesters!”

“Why?”

“So that they bought a lot of water cannons. They’re going to need them all to keep this nuclear power plant from Going Chernobyl!”

For more information and essays about the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Reactor problems in Japan CLICK HERE.

i-af727314bb91def34a44e4261c14ccca-PleaseClickOnThisStuff.jpg

Republicans Trying To Slip NPR De-funding Past While We’re Busy Chomping Down Iodine Pills?

From MoveOn:

House Republicans have declared an “emergency” today. Is it about unemployment? The situation in Libya? The disaster in Japan? Nope, it’s about defunding NPR.

They’re taking up an emergency bill that would ban any federal money from going to NPR or its affiliates.

A right-wing blogger’s hidden-camera video has NPR on the defensive, even though it was so misleadingly doctored that even Glenn Beck’s website questioned its credibility.1 But Republicans want to use this moment to take away NPR’s funding for good.

Unfortuately Moveon appears insufficently savvy to give me a link to give to you where you can do and do something. But you can call your house representative, whoever that is

Joseph Oehmen, MIT Research Scientist: “there was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese reactors”

I assume by now you’ve seen this: “You Can Stop Worrying About A Radiation Disaster In Japan — Here’s Why“.

I repeat, there was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese reactors.

By “significant” I mean a level of radiation of more than what you would receive on – say – a long distance flight, or drinking a glass of beer that comes from certain areas with high levels of natural background radiation….

I’m so glad to hear the situation is under control. And that Business Insider, an online journal, is getting us this important information in a timely manner.

Have you also seen this article, debunking the above cited item? If you have, let me know, because it seems to have been removed from it’s resting place on the intertubes.

For more information and essays about the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Reactor problems in Japan CLICK HERE.

i-af727314bb91def34a44e4261c14ccca-PleaseClickOnThisStuff.jpg

Where is the nearest nuclear power plant to my house?

This is not intended to incite panic… for panic, see the post “Where is the nearest nuclear power plant to my house that is currently melting down!!!11!!.” The purpose of this post is to facilitate addressing a question we’ve been discussing on my facebook page: If you lived near a nuke plant, would you routinely stock a reasonable supply of iodine/iodide tablets to take, just in case, and why or why not?

If you are in the US, click here. That’s the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and they are there to help you find out where your nearest operating nuke plant is. I don’t know about the non-operating ones and why that is not included.

The nearest one to me is in Monticello, and it’s pretty darn close. That’s 37 miles as one drives, but closer to 30 as the wind blows, and it is directly up wind most of the time. Ruh roh. Anybody want to go in with me on some bulk Potassium Iodide Tablets???