Well, the Japan NUCLEAR CRISIS! has dropped down from on the top of Google news to below Wyclef Jean’s bogus shooting. I guess that’s a good thing. Since it looks like we’re not about to start glowing, the sensationalist news sources have moved on. Phew.
I had kind of a cynical laugh last night. They’ve restored partial power to the plant and their cooling systems have been restarted, at least enough to keep things in control. The news moved onto Libya. But then…the pressure in the #3 reactor (with the plutonium in it!) went high enough where TEPCO said they were going to have to vent (radioactive) steam out of it. Yay! Another crack at some doomsday reporting! The news sources picked the story back up again, vaulting Japan back up to the top of the news feed, and then TEPCO suddenly said, “Oh, um, we don’t actually have to vent it.”
The way those creeps at TEPCO have been with their ongoing fabrications and cover-ups, my immediate thought was, “They’re going to vent it overnight when no one can really see the steam. They’ll claim they did it at night to avoid panic, but they’ll really just be hoping to hide the fact that their reactor is not really under control.” It’s obvious that in the absence of facts or data, they assume everything is hunky-dory. If they can’t see any water in the cooling pool, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dry, right? These are the people who came up with the statement, “The possibility of re-criticality is not zero.” What a bunch of creeps.
TEPCO will be on my you-know-what list permanently. I think they’ll look even worse as the investigation unfolds, if there is any data left after the quake/tsunami/multiple explosions and fires. From the preliminary investigation, it looks like they let things go almost to the brink of disaster out of a mix of ignorance and greed. Of course the plant will be permanently scuttled after all this is over and the fuel is able to be removed, but that’s not enough punishment for them. We’ll see what information comes out in the upcoming investigation.
Trace levels of radiation have been found in food and water but the Japanese government has been using its favorite phrase, “not harmful to human health.” I’m still not opening the windows.
But I am making some fantastic nails inspired by the guy who said, “I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.” That’s what I think of sometimes when I look over Japan- even before these recent disasters. Gorgeous old wooden houses are destroyed for plastic pre-fab ones, giant billboards in the middle of verdant rice paddies, vending machines in temples, and minimal zoning- karaoke joint right next to a strip club right next to a hospital? Why not? I could go on and on about this one, but I’m going to finish up these nails and show them to you later today! It’s providing a fun challenge and something else for my brain to think about instead, at least!