Radiating Disaster: Small Weiner-Roast or Massive Nuclear Meltdown?

In Skewered Press, Weiner, Weiner Roast on June 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Rows of tables crowded with men, dining room, Immigrant Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“Immigrant Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1890-1923”

The fact that Weiner is front and center of The New York Times much of today shows the new leadership at the paper is about as much of a sea-change for journalism at the Times as changing presidents has been for our country.   I cannot look at the continued Times coverage of Weiner as anything but the total meltdown of journalism, and the complete surrender to the right-wing robber barons depriving us of every public asset in the world, in state after state and country after country.

Weiner was heckled by an obviously malicious press–I could have not been in that room, or I might’ve started a brawl with the hecklers–as he championed his public school education, his parents, and all those who have supported him all these years, and apologized for disappointing them.  Weiner Resigns to Room full of Thugs

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports, Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think

And the report is beyond horrifying–The reason the Times has done virtually no reporting on this, (and the most recent story on June 16, 2011, is only about a long-old unfolding of events around the initial March 12 earthquake), is because the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission stopped monitoring Fukushima all together as of  May 16.  U.S. Agency to Stop Monitoring Nuclear Plant

Hard to imagine this time last year it was all oil spill, all the time.  We were yet to see the photos of all the oiled and frying Pelicans because it took so long to let BP give reporters access to the beaches.  OUR beaches.

The continued heist of the safety of the planet for all future generations continues in this latest nuclear disaster, that now surpasses Chernobyl as the worst nuclear accident in the history of the world.   While last year BP surpassed Ixtoc and the Iraqi spills as the worst oil spills in the world.  All before record hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires would ravage the U.S.  An ignomious list of  “firsts and worsts.”

I quote liberally from the article, but hope you read the whole thing:

“The fuels are now a molten blob at the bottom of the reactor,” Gundersen added. “TEPCO announced they had a melt through. A melt down is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt through means it has melted through some layers. That blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water and you are generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water.”

“In the US, physician Janette Sherman MD and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano published an essay shedding light on a 35 per cent spike in infant mortality in northwest cities that occurred after the Fukushima meltdown, and may well be the result of fallout from the stricken nuclear plant.

The eight cities included in the report are San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Portland, Seattle, and Boise, and the time frame of the report included the ten weeks immediately following the disaste.”

Hmmmm….The Times won’t put THIS on the front page….somehow unrepressed sexuality that doesn’t stay in the confines of marriage is the REAL threat to public safety…

“They recalculated the amount of radiation released, but the news is really not talking about this,” he said. “The new calculations show that within the first week of the accident, they released 2.3 times as much radiation as they thought they released in the first 80 days.”

According to Gundersen, the exposed reactors and fuel cores are continuing to release microns of caesium, strontium, and plutonium isotopes. These are referred to as “hot particles”.

“We are discovering hot particles everywhere in Japan, even in Tokyo,” he said. “Scientists are finding these everywhere. Over the last 90 days these hot particles have continued to fall and are being deposited in high concentrations. A lot of people are picking these up in car engine air filters.”

Radioactive air filters from cars in Fukushima prefecture and Tokyo are now common, and Gundersen says his sources are finding radioactive air filters in the greater Seattle area of the US as well.

The hot particles on them can eventually lead to cancer.

“These get stuck in your lungs or GI tract, and they are a constant irritant,” he explained, “One cigarette doesn’t get you, but over time they do. These [hot particles] can cause cancer, but you can’t measure them with a Geiger counter. Clearly people in Fukushima prefecture have breathed in a large amount of these particles. Clearly the upper West Coast of the US has people being affected. That area got hit pretty heavy in April.”

“Units one through three have nuclear waste on the floor, the melted core, that has plutonium in it, and that has to be removed from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years,” he said. “Somehow, robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put it in a container and store it for infinity, and that technology doesn’t exist. Nobody knows how to pick up the molten core from the floor, there is no solution available now for picking that up from the floor.”

Grim, indeed.

The environmental woes seem too large to address, so instead we focus on the sexuality of one man as a locus for our political id.   And if humans hadn’t been this darn successful at reproducing, we literally wouldn’t be in this mess.  But rather than point that out, we have to self-flagellate the very mechanism (sexuality) that led to our over-population to begin with.  We are literally self-absorbed to the point of extinction.

Maybe when humans are extinct in a few hundred years after the planet has warmed beyond habitability, perhaps some new nuclear life forms will evolve from the rotting spent fuel rods.   With a half-life of 10,000 years and the capacity to survive far hotter temperature extremes than we, maybe they’ll create some type of higher intelligence that is not as perverse as we–perverse not in the way people think of Weiner, but perverse because we cannot see our folly in chastising Weiner while ignoring the clear and present danger created by our short-sighted care of the environment all around us.

[Snake charmers. India. 189-?]

“Snake Charmers, India, 189-?”

[Priest sitting. India. 189-?]

“Priest Sitting, India, 189-?”

  1. Until I read your report, I hadn’t heard it confirmed — only vaguely mentioned back in May as a possibility — that there was indeed a full-bore triple melt down, or melt through, at Fukushima. Hearing no follow-up, I assumed the Japanese had regained control of the situation.

    What? You say this surpasses Chernobyl? Am I allowed an OMG? But that would be uncool on my part, considering how everybody else is walking around as if the emperor still had his clothes on (unlike the newsworthy Representative Weiner) and as if physics had made the suitable adjustment of its own rules to comply with our folly. As you say, the MSM and even our mainstream bloggers opened their front pages instead to layer after layer of Weiner folly for a fortnight of diversion, lest we dwell on Fukushima and the implications of our wayward technology. Our professional scribes are kind to us in that way.

    The NRC itself will no longer keep close track of the exciting physics taking place in and around Fukushima. No news is good news, especially as a number of corporations close to home gear up for a round of newer, safer reactors to beef up the US energy supply. The sun, the winds and the tides are too feeble to harness for our energy needs. So I’ve been told through advertisements by the energy sector in the best glossies. Meanwhile, that feminine frump, Angela Merkel, after an assessment of Fukushima has decided that all nuclear reactors will be phased out across Germany. Has she lost her mind? Doesn’t she know Germany is an industrial giant?

    I never understood the cheers for “the new leadership” at the Times. Jill Abramson? (Did you see her host that panel on PBS?) New Leadership: Some of the job shifting in other corners of the Times? What? The new leadership at the Times was the tsunami that never came. The Times does wonderful reports by gifted writers on varied subjects, cultural and scientific. Always has. But in the realm of political editorial slant, the Times leads the pack in due respect for busted liberalism. Expect blackouts and whiteouts on certain subjects in deference to big business and the old if crumbling eastern establishment.

    So we are driven to little operations like yours, DreamsAmelia and — may the gods of liberalism forgive me — Al Jazeera. You guys are no fun. Why do I keep hanging out with you?

    Hey, on other matters, have you seen the latest pictures of Weiner in full frontal buff?

  2. And the U.S. news media continues to report opinions from nuclear power “experts” that nuclear power is really safe, after all.

    Please read these two papers and feel free to pass them along:

    Please note the last section of the paper, “Clean Energy Profit Without Nuclear Risk”, lists several major reasons not to pursue uranium-based, water-cooled nuclear power. This is the type of nuclear power plant that is used exclusively worldwide. It is not “green” and it is not safe. Molten Salt nuclear reactors are a completely different, safe and clean technology. Please be sure to read the section on Molten Salt reactors in “Commercial Clean Energy Sources”

  3. Thank you so much for your papers with links, which I have been slowly pouring through…the Mother Jones article about the “Peaceful Atom Bomb” is the most disturbing….http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/03/nuclear-power-nrc-dangers

    Alas, have you tried to present your Molten Salt ideas to any local state reps or agencies? It’s a shame all thought has to pass through academia, which has degenerated into propaganda machines funded by the corporations …keeping out dissent, and not funding any research that competes with their industries….

    But thank you for linking your important work here, and please keep us updated!

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