News reports this morning are that amid rising fears of increased meltdown of fuels rods in Japan’s FukushimaÂ nuclear facility there are rising fears of radiation.
Read that sentence carefully, then pull out your divining rod and try to find a substantive fact anywhere.
This link to the daily (March 17) Yahoo News page is indicative of the rising fear of rising fear method of reporting Japan’s nuclear meltdown. There are 15 related stories, from AP, Reuters, all in the mysterious language of rising fears stating few facts, even fewer from credible on-the-ground sources, and not one even remotely optimistic, except to say everyone is concerned and not yet dead. You’ll find similar stories wherever rising fear-mongers congregate.
At the same time a few credible nuclear scientists and engineers have been able to get to ham radios at undisclosed locations in the Rockies to report that the risk of dangerous levels of radiation being leaked into the atmosphere, i.e, harmful to humans (alas, they didn’t mention polar bears or the melting ice cap) is minimal, less than Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania (1979), where at last report, fewer died there than at Chappaquiddick.
About Three Mile Island this was reported:
In the aftermath of the accident, investigations focused on the amount of radiation released by the accident. According to the American Nuclear Society, using the official radiation emission figures, “The average radiation dose to people living within ten miles of the plant was eight millirem, and no more than 100 millirem to any single individual. Eight millirem is about equal to a chest X-ray, and 100 millirem is about a third of the average background level of radiation received by US residents in a year.”
These hidden scientists say that the radioactive fallout in Japan should be along the order, or even less than, Three Mile Island.
Still, our State Department, no doubt on the advice of the same crack UNÂ nuclear scientists that found no nuclear weapons in Iraq, and who discovered the original source of global warming (now called something else to throw us off) in the small town of Piltdown, England, has advised all Americans 1) “not to go near” this place in northern Japan where almost no Americans ever go anyway (I waved at Sendai once from my train window on my way to Hakodate). Not go near, mind the strength of this language…not go near…while American media are reporting “on location” about 200 miles away.
At the same time 2) State is urging Americans as far away as Tokyo and Yokohama, (189-200 miles) to pack up and get out, and are even sending charter planes to ferry them to safety. Only amidst all these rising fears there can be no safety, for the original plume of smoke emitted by the plant when it went down…what, 4 days ago?…and still been untested and unreported for radiation, is nearing San Francisco, where there are even more rising fears. Can Butte and Fargo be far behind the icy cold hands of this rising fear? Is there no place these poor American evacuees can run while still in the grip of rising fears from their horrid Japanese experiences? Rest assured, Shep will probably have cameras on hand to cover their jubilant reunion with family around Monday as well. State Department trauma counselors will be standing by.
Law: The rising fear of things going wrong are inversely proportionate to the actual risk of a thing going wrong.
Of course, bad things can still happen in Japan, but nothing so bad as was caused my Mother Nature (aka/Gaia) and not by the hand of man. The Japanese are experts, unlike the hirelings at One UN Plaza, so will do well to keep their own counsel. The people are, well, as you’ve seen yourself, the Japanese people. Gomen nasai.
When this is over the Japanese government will conduct an after-action about the conduct of this administration and the world press. They will take names. If they do, I hope they will call me.
On a lighter note, our personal condolences to Kansas, Ohio State, Duke and Pitt for having been selected by President Obama, or as he is known in the locker room, “O-fer”, as this year’s Final Four. Last year O-fer not only picked all the losers, but was batting a thousand in calling to congratulate teams who made it to No 1 that year, only to see them lose the next game. And in the middle of this great streak Vegas casino owners can only dream about, Chicago managed to drop from second to last place in the Olympics bidding with just a single phone call from O-fer.
It is reported that should the possibly radioactive plume take a sudden southerly turn and take aim at the South American coast, Obama will drop all plans for Carnival in Rio and hasten home to provide an extra shoulder to cry on by all the American evacuees in the grip of rising fears.