Daily Archives: April 1, 2011

Japan quake, tsunami, nuke news 14: Waiting for the other shoe to drop

The experts monitoring and reporting on the Fukushima nuclear disaster have, for several days now, stopped talking about melting reactor fuel or breached containment vessels. The International Atomic Energy Agency, the Energy Collective, and other groups now merely pass along information about pressure and temperature and make a note here and there about water being sprayed on something or not sprayed on something. They have not stopped talking about melting overheated fuel because they have determined that there isn’t any. They stopped talking about it because there isn’t anything to say. Reactors have melted down, the meltdown is still in process, and while everyone waits for the other shoe to drop … something more out of control than they have now, which hopefully will not happen … they talk about pressure gages and tonnes of water and temperature readings. Have you ever watched someone who is quite ill die over a period of days or weeks? This is often how it goes. You stop talking about fixing the damaged heart or repairing the useless lungs or shrinking the growing tumor, and if you talk about anything medical at all, it’s the dials and widgets attached to chrome rods and racks and draped with cables and tubes, flashing, beeping, oscillating behind the unconscious patient. This is how Fukushima looks to me today.

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Happy Anniversary Nuclear Power Core Meltdown at Three Mile Island!

There’s been about 90 or so significant nuke accidents. That’s a lot considering that there are only some 400-500 or so facilities involved. But it’s OK. Nuclear power is totally safe. We have backups on backups on backups. Nothing can go wrong. … go wrong … go wrong..

Oh, and Happy Birthday Rachel Maddow! Here’s Rachel now …
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