Meltdown Fears Growing

Two explosions in three days have rocked the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. An endless stream of nuclear industry cronies has claimed there is really not much to worry about, but the money is doing the talking: Nuclear industry shares have already lost more than $1.5 billion in the market.

Now, a lot of that has to do with fears that perception on nuclear energy will drastically change as we're once again reminded of its outrageous dangers. It's time like these that people wake up to the fact that we humans are very good at fucking things up. And when we make a mistake around nuclear energy, the results can be scarier than even a monster earthquake.

Right now, people are breathing a sigh of relief because of which way the wind is blowing. Literally. The leaked radiation is going out toward the Pacific Ocean at the moment instead of toward the populous. The amount of radiation is still relatively low, according to Japanese authorities, because the containment structure has held. But the situation is extremely precarious.

And millions are without power (and water) in what is already an unfathomable disaster, with entire towns destroyed by the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami and thousands of bodies washing up in the tide. 

It's time to help if you are able and haven't already. Here are links to the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres.


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#Handmade #Soaps
#Handmade #Soaps

I watch on tv last night ,and Glenn Beck show what its go in on there , explaining as well.

TomPaine
TomPaine

Finally... someone makes an intelligent comment about the nuclear reactors instead of reactionary nonsense. Even if any of the reactors in Japan do "melt down" it won't be a catastrophe for anyone except the company that owns it. The fuel rods never get anywhere close to hot enough to melt through the steel and concrete containment building. All they need to do is flood the reactor core with seawater and it will cool, but that will ruin it forever so they are hesitating to take that course.

Chernobyl happened because the idiot Soviets didn't put the reactor in a containment building and they used carbon to cool the fuel rods. The carbon caught fire and caused the smoke that carried radiation. And it got hot enough to burn right through the reactor core. Water, used for cooling everywhere else in the world, doesn't burn. Combine that with a containment building and the Japanese plants don't pose a catastrophic risk.

The small amounts of steam released are all but harmless. Despite decades of research, no health problems have been found from the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.

Stop with the hysteria about the reactors Pulp, and focus on the thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands dislocated by the tsunami.

Doug-g
Doug-g

More people have died due to wind energy projects then nuclear. Only 1 "serious" nuclear plant incident in 40 years and it would have been a non-issue had the nuclear plant (Chernobyl) been a modern one with a separate reactor containment building (like the one in Japan). The sky is not falling. Nuclear energy is safe - at least proven safer over 4 decades then ANY other form of energy. More people get hurt each year installing solar panels then in the last 40 years of nuclear energy.

Margateleo8
Margateleo8

God bless these Japs- has anyone else noticed that this event is 20 times more catastrophic than hurricane Katrina and no where do you see the people of Japan hollering like loons on top of buildings "waiting for the gov't to save them" or any looting of stores like baboons. All the survivors tightened up their boot straps and treked to a long line where water and rice were going to be dropped from a plane and waited their turn in a peaceful manner. I wouldnt be suprised if the kids were still expected to do their homework in their heads. We should learn something from this respectable race of mankind.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Another organization recommended by my cousin (who lived for many years in Japan, works with Japanese businesses and is married to a Japanese woman who was finally able to locate her 83 year old mother, since communication is so difficult):

http://www.internationalmedica...

He said they will also take donations in small denominations (and he passes their name on to his college students for that reason).

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Just 5 comments in 5 hours . In South Florida the meltdown on the grilled cheese sandwich got more reaction.

GhostOfMcLovin
GhostOfMcLovin

It is scary Bob. So is this world's dependence on electricity to run our tv's, air conditioners, electric cars and Ipods Ipads and this damn internet. What's the solution? Nobody has really stepped up to fund solar and wind infrastructure - oil is costly and under the control of our friends in the stable mideast and coal is filthy.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I think I heard a rather eye opening (if true; it does sound a little nutty) statistic - real or make-believe, I don't know and admittedly, I was half-asleep when it came on ... that more money was spent on potato chips in the US than on research for alternative energy.

Even if not accurate or true, the spirit and idea of where our priorities are ...

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Horror. Sheer horror.

Clip stops a beat short of showing the full mushroom cloud, a vision those poor people remember all too well.

And the clip stops a few beats short of showing the full shock of the anchorperson. Makes me think of Walter Chronkite and his reaction on-air announcing the JFK assasination (wiping the tear from his eye).

Who could not be affected by such a confluence of disasters, each one beyond overwhelming on its own?

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