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Auto majors face paint shortage too Sunday, 27 March 2011 01:021ShareDETROIT: The shortage of a specialty pigment that gives cars a glittering shine has prompted automakers to temporarily restrict orders on vehicles in certain shades of black, red and other colours.
Major automakers, including Chrysler Group LLC, Toyota Motor Co, General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co use the pigment, called Xirallic, produced at only one factory in the world — the Onahama plant near the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan. The plant is operated by German chemical company Merck KGaA, and has been evacuated. Merck spokesman Gangolf Schrimpf said the company does not know when it will be permitted to reopen the plant, which was closed soon after the March 11 earthquake.
When TEPCO mishandled the Fukushima Daiichi plant, they affected millions of people in Japan and opportunities for economic and business operations around the world as well – that is why it is everybody’s business how these things are handled by nuclear power plants like TEPCO owns or big petroleum companies’ facilities like BP owns and runs. When things go wrong – it impacts everyone around the world and when the things that went wrong get handled in ways that make it even worse, people and businesses and nations around the world pay the real price for those muck ups.
– cricketdiane note
There have been articles that talk about how some of the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that have been made worse or mishandled were based on regulations and knowledge that was never updated by scientific findings and engineering studies which have been made since the regulations and systems were initiated (in the 1950’s and 60’s.) That seems very likely to be a problem in far more plants and nations – especially the United States than most people would think possible.
I think it needs to be fixed.
NBC New York – Brian Thompson – 6 hours ago
AP Rutgers University scientist and radiation safety officer Patrick McDermott says he would not hesitate to drink a glass or two of Tokyo water, or even water closer to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. …
from Scientific American – today
By Davide Castelvecchi | March 25, 2011
Orbach and other physicists warned about the current “hysteria”—caused in part by human errors and a lack of transparency on the part of plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Company—and the possible consequences of abandoning nuclear power, such as the environmental impact that would result from producing the same electricity with fossil fuels. Instead, more research and better engineering are called for, he says, adding: “I’m hopeful that cooler heads, wiser heads, will prevail.”
Nuclear engineers have long promoted intrinsic safety features that could make future reactors safer, but retrofits at existing nuclear power plants could make intrinsic safety features available at old reactors, too, Orbach said. Such improvements would particularly pertain at 23 reactors in the U.S. that are based on the same 1970s General Electric design as the Fukushima reactors.
So, the U.S. should learn lessons from that ongoing disaster and seriously consider retrofitting at least some of its reactors, Raymond L. Orbach, former undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy, said here this week at a meeting of the American Physical Society.
My Note –
It has actinides in it – which is uranium and stuff like that.
So, that is apparently okay to drink according to Rutgers University professor and radiation safety officer Patrick listed above. Hmmm ……….. Thank God he isn’t teaching any of my kids but God help us for the ones who have been taught by him and his kind. They want us to believe all is well, there is no danger with radioactive isotopes like Cesium and Iodine and Strontium in the water. In fact, there have been eight different isotopes found in the water at the basement of the Fukushima reactor facility, but the scientists on the news assure us that it must have come from the turbine and not the reactor itself – because they figure we wouldn’t know that the turbine isn’t supposed to have radioactive isotopes in it at a million times the normal background radiation levels and these specific isotopes.
Hell, what could I know – they are getting paid, I’m not.
But here – Happy Friday after you’ve finished watching whatever Snooky says in a drunken stupor on the tv –
Posted on 26th March 2011
Seventeen workers at the plant have been contaminated since the plant was damaged in a March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami, Kyodo news agency reported Saturday.
That figure includes only those who have been exposed to more than 100 millisieverts of radiation, the maximum exposure for a nuclear plant worker for an entire year.
The highest levels found in the water in block 1 of the plant were of caesium 137, a radioactive isotope that was released into the environment in the Chernobyl disaster. It appeared at levels of 1.8 million becquerel.
Caesium 137 (Cesium 137), in contrast to radioactive iodine, has a relatively long half life of 30.2 years. It is created during nuclear fission. The water also contained Caesium isotopes 134 and 136 as well as iodine-131.
Now I don’t care who you might be or how many degrees are coming at the end of your name, or how much the people are paying you to sit on some damn commission on nuclear stuff or if you have four degrees in that –
The above information is a serious indication that this is not some fluffy small accident. I don’t know how you are going to tell America that and convey those facts in a task appropriate manner – but saying you’ll drink the water there is stupid. And, I’m ashamed of Scientific American for promising a highly regarded critical scientific look at the situation by virtue of their reputation and then sticking a fluff piece with their name behind it to express that we shouldn’t give up on nuclear plants in our “hysteria,” as Mr. Orbach told everyone . . .
Found this too –
Video of a Japan Defense Forces flyover – of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors –
And, I kept thinking all the way through it that they are too close – why isn’t that a drone with a camera rather than a helicopter with men in it?
Totally bizarre – like the workers who were sent into a plant known to have radioactive contamination without heavy boots on their feet. Apparently the Japanese government scolded TEPCO for not taking the radiation readings correctly before the workers were sent into the plant, as well – according to the discussion from AC360 on CNN tonight about the mid-way through the hour. I think that when our professors are talking about this as if it is nothing and our ex-energy officials are looking and talking about it like “hysteria” has overtaken anyone demanding that our nuclear plants be made safer, and our financial news sources have talked about it like the problems weren’t that bad and nearly fixed by Saturday – that it isn’t helping anything.
That’s what I think.
And, further – after having a friend over to my house who is literate but could not put the letters for “real estate” into the computer using its typewriter keyboard, (and the recent overwhelming information about how “most people in America” don’t care about this stuff and don’t know anything about it – from my family and friends) – I think maybe as science geeks, we need to explain all this in simpler terms – which I thought about it awhile and then wrote them down –
Yes – I’m being shitty and mean because it isn’t funny anymore. That the men around where I live and that I’ve known in the last thirty years mostly can’t cook for themselves and are required to go out to eat after they retire, is not funny. That they can’t use a keyboard on a computer to type out the simple words for a google search to look up something they want to know, isn’t funny. And, having the whole damn lot of them judging me from the community around me, while the only thing important is what snooky said this week – also isn’t funny. To say to somebody about nuclear power plants, that they are essentially boiling water – and then have the person say, “oh, I don’t understand anything about that.” And, then I say – “I’m telling you, they are using it to boil water so it turns the turbine and makes electricity. They are boiling water with all that.” And, they tell me that none of that is anything that they can understand because they were never any good with math and science. So, they can’t understand it right now even though I’m telling them right there that this expensive science contraption called nuclear power is just a big thing to boil water . . .
Okay, so I’m over it.
Here is an easy way to understand nuclear power.
Yes, it is dangerous.
Yes, it would be safe if it weren’t dangerous.
It can go along quite awhile looking pretty reliable until it is suddenly really dangerous.
That danger down’ there at the nuclear plant doesn’t stay down there at the nuclear plant.
No, that fence around it down there at the nuclear plant doesn’t do much good . . .
And, the terms we use about this can be understood better like this –
A Nuclear Reactor Is A $10 Billion Dollar Steam Kettle.
Nuclear Physics (as it involves nuclear power plants) –
they are using radioactive uranium to boil water.
The “Radioactive” part – gets hot.
That boils the water around it and makes steam.
The steam turns these big fan things in the “turbine” to make electricity.
The only part we want is – the electricity.
Here is what happened at Fukushima –
When the electricity went off and the water wasn’t moving at the nuclear power plant reactors – it boiled dry in places and went boom the same way a steam kettle will do on the stove when you forget it was there . . .
If you forgot that steam kettle on the burner with the burner on till the next day, the pool of metal would greet you where it melted all over the burner and the stove along with whatever was nearby . . . (it would probably be black too and the air would stink.)
When the same thing happens in a nuclear power plant and it goes boom, that usually means there was a lot of really weird radioactive stuff that doesn’t show up anywhere else on the planet which gets out of wherever they originally had control of it.
If you step in it, that kind of radioactive stuff can make you very sick and die.
If you fly through a cloud of it in a helicopter, even though you are there for a good reason – it can still make you sick anyway.
And, when a Rutgers University professor or anybody else who is expert in this “officially’, tells anyone that it is okay to drink the water which has been found to have Cesium (one of those funky radioactive things) or radioactive Iodine in it – neither he nor they will be the one who gets sick or gets cell damage from it.
When there is a choice about who to believe and who to trust and who to listen to that could know what they are talking about and be right about it – (and you are reading this) –
Please remember these three things –
1. It isn’t going to hurt them if you do things based on their information and they are wrong.
2. Don’t trust any of them to have the same agenda that you think would be the first priority, like “public good” in the same way you or I would think about that.
3. If you wouldn’t stand near a burning fire that is out of control and you wouldn’t stand nor allow anyone else to stand next to a building that is damaged by an earthquake and about to fall down – then consider radioactive dangers in the same manner and take every reasonable precaution.
(and I’ll add a fourth one, just for me because I want to)
xxx – Just because someone has a portion of authority or education, even a seat on the nuclear regulatory commission or the university professorship, or the seal of expertise about something – or college degrees in it – that means they passed a number of classes with at least “C” – but not necessarily all of them even in their major – and that they got through it sober or not – but they were passed and given that piece of paper on the wall.
It doesn’t mean they ever truly understood the principles involved in any of it.
And, I really wish that were not so, but it is.
You are just as capable of understanding what these experts know about these things and applying common sense to the things they may have missed or may have never truly understood about it.
Any of us would have known to make sure the workers had heavy boots on to protect them . . .
Any of us know that we want water, milk, juice, fruits and vegetables free of radioactive isotopes which have been manufactured at some nuclear power plant and don’t want radioactive isotopes of Cesium 137 in our children’s water, milk and foods.
Any of us know that we also don’t want to breathe that either.
And that isn’t rocket science – that is common sense.
cnnbrk CNN Breaking News
Water contamination in nuclear plant likely from damaged reactor core, official says. http://on.cnn.com/emxSlt
Well, that’s just the thing – there are nuclear isotopes that don’t occur anywhere else but inside the reactor core. In order to get out, they have to have come around the containment vessel in order to get where ever they are then found. Now, that we’ve had everyone be calm, be calm, be calm, be calm – now what?
When there is a wildfire as we’ve had in Colorado yesterday and this morning – there are people evacuated where the smoke or the fire might endanger them. Why is it that when it has to do with nuclear materials, radioactivity or some dangerous chemical like benzene that has accidentally blossomed as a cloud coming out of a nearby industrial plant – why does everyone act like, “well that won’t hurt you none – just stay calm, don’t be alarmist about it and it will go away and be okay. Don’t be so negative about things.”
And, that very attitude of downplaying the real dangers refuses to get people out of harm’s way effectively, calmly, extensively and appropriately in the time available to do it. With the resources that can be brought to bear on it even right before the danger comes unpredictably and uncontrollably over everyone – they could be all taken out of harm’s way.
So, now – they are going to evacuate everyone “voluntarily” from the 20km to 30 km zone in Fukushima and surrounding areas. They said that anyone who chooses to stay must register with the government locally to be known that they are there, in case anything more dire happens. CNN Martin Savage just reported that a minute ago during their broadcast.
Alrighty then. At least it is starting to make some better sense.
Apparently, the water that the workers stepped in had 10,000 times the normal radiation – according to CNN just now. Yes, that’s ten thousand times more than “normal” whatever normal might be in a nuclear reactor unit building. Earlier the reports said that these workers are being moved to a special medical center for radiation sickness – I didn’t catch the full name of it. But, that is good – it means they might have a chance.
JPN_PMO PM’s Office of Japan
Video: Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (March 25th at 16:00, English audio) http://bit.ly/fiYDoi
japantimes The Japan Times
Fuel rods in reactor No. 3 feared damaged; radiation in basement water 10,000 times above normal http://ow.ly/4m8tD
washingtonpost The Washington Post
China reports elevated radiation on 2 Japanese tourists; bans food from affected areas http://wapo.st/hdlx3W
newscientist New Scientist
Fukushima workers stood in radioactive water without boots http://bit.ly/gnHopP
Damn ridiculous – they’ve acted like – never mind, can’t think of two good words to put together that don’t include serious cussing . . .
China is sending this massive pump that is supposed to bring hundreds of thousands of gallons of water on the reactors at the plant and the US Navy is bringing two barges with hundreds of thousands of gallons of distilled water so the sea water which has already been put on the equipment for over 10 days – won’t damage the equipment that it has already been on for over 10 days.
Somebody has thought this crap through backwards – send the workers into a place known to be damaged and radioactive – without boots and then think – maybe they needed to have on some protective footwear?
Put days upon days worth of sea water with SALT in it on equipment and then decide that maybe putting distilled water on it now would make some significant difference? No – probably not.
Let people stay in their houses for 10 days then decide, once there is plenty of radioactive fallout whisping around the surface winds in the area that maybe they need to go find somewhere else to hang out? What is that? Is that a plan? or what is that?
Are these people educated about radioactive fallout of this particular kind of cesium and iodine and tritium and strontium and whatever else the hell there is in there now? Have they read anything about uranium and plutonium used in these things? I thought they should know more than I do and I don’t know enough as it is – but they make my level of knowledge look good. What the hell is going on over there? Are they still using the judgments and decisions of that bunch at TEPCO? Honestly, TEPCO and BP have way, way, way too much in common. I bet they both use Halliburton, too. Just one happy little party crowd making decisions that affect us all absolutely forever. Why is that?
At the very least they could do a better job of it. But, no . . .
Everybody just be calm – you don’t need no boots for this –
China finds radiation on 2 Japanese tourists
Updated: 2011-03-25 16:38The announcement was made shortly after the regulator said earlier Friday that the local quality control bureau had found “abnormal” levels of radiation on a Japanese merchant vessel that berthed in east China’s Xiamen port, Fujian province, on Monday
China’s top quality watchdog said Friday that alarmingly high levels of radiation had been detected on two Japanese Wednesday upon their arrival in east China’s Wuxi city from Tokyo.
The AQSIQ said one of the two Japanese nationals came from Nagano Prefecture, about 350 km from the Fukushima Prefecture, and the other from Saitama Prefecture, about 200 km from Fukushima, where the radiation leaking Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is located.
On Wednesday night, the two Japanese were sent to the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University in Suzhou city for medical treatment. Their luggage and clothes were also detoxified, the AQSIQ said.
Now – that says one of the Japanese tourists with radioactive readings – was from 350 km away from the plant and the other was from 250 km away. Is there anything right about this picture? NO. It is absolutely not right – it is out of control because of the way it was handled and now many, many people are being endangered by it.
Is this the best that we can expect anywhere in the world where something like this happens? That the corporate cronies running the plant or corporate facility or whatever owned by their company that is creating the disaster – are going to downplay the damage, downplay the danger, downplay the difficulties that could be ahead from it fairly quickly and then pretend like if everyone will just be calm about it – everything will be okay, even while it is poisoning everybody around it and the environment where they live and breathe and eat and raise their children?
And, the corporate cronies delaying real action as the situation grow massively worse exponentially because it isn’t taken as seriously as necessary. Then the government officials in deferring to the “expertise” of the industry’s corporate owners deal with the unfolding situation ineffectively while endangering many more people than would have been hurt by it? Is that the best that can be done? Is that their standard playbook for any and every disastrous event that they caused in the first place?
Is that what we can expect to happen as consistently as the mishandling of these events have shown from Katrina to the Haiti earthquake recovery debacle, to the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon BP debacle to the Chernobyl nightmare and the Exxon Valdez nightmare and the Texas City nightmare, the Bhopal nightmare and the now unfolding Fukushima Daiichi nightmare? (and there are pages upon pages of similar nightmares made worse by the mishandling of them in mining, in nuclear and radioactive materials, in and surrounding nuclear power plants, in industries, from the petroleum industry, from chemical and petrochemical industries, and in other natural and disastrous situations made worse or more lethal by the industrial wastes involved.)
Yes, it is a massive effort being made in Japan for rescue and recovery in the areas affected by the tsunami and 9.0 earthquake – those efforts are noble and tremendous, well-coordinated for the most part and amazing. But, all of that is going to pale in the history books to this – from Fukushima Daiichi’s already encompassing disaster . . .
I don’t know where the playbook has been taught that says for these industries to handle things in this way – but it has got to stop and it has got to stop right now. There need not be any more of it tolerated anywhere for any reason. They need a new playbook for handling these situations as part of humanity rather than as only profit-seeking, liability side-stepping, massively greedy, short-sided anti-humanity devils.
And, the word devils isn’t strong enough a term for it. That has got to be stopped – it would today be the same typical reaction seen in the US when something happens and it has already killed people as a result with horrible suffering inhumane deaths and human tragedies having been caused by it. No more. That way of handling it has got to stop.
They could have already shut down that plant and contained it had they treated the situation with the seriousness and immediacy it deserved. This isn’t a little bit of flour and grease coming out of that plant – it is not a little oil that caught fire in some equipment somewhere and to say something serious about it when the situation causes dire consequences isn’t just being negative and alarmist – it affects us all. It will affect us all for many generations to come as well as the days immediately ahead of us.
And, the only thing Wall Street can say to their fellow humans in the media and broadcast journalism groups is – “shhhh – ya’ll don’t say nothing and maybe nobody will think negatively about it so we can keep selling this shit in the stock market that might end up being affected by all this. But, tell everybody its all fixed, so nobody will have the facts to work with . . . ” I noticed several days ago that every financial news outlet had information saying that everything was looking good at the Fukushima plant and it would all be fixed in a few days and that nobody had been made sick by it and how everything written telling it any other way was just those anti-nuclear liberal leaning groups making it look worse than it is – well, guess what – those financial news sources were telling lies and nothing but lies – again. There had been people hurt by the radioactive fallout and they were getting exposed to it and their children were being given toys to play with that had radiation of these weird isotopes on it – even as they were putting their “views’ of it on the air and in every news outlet around the world.
Worst of all – those financial news outlets knew there were significant and dangerous problems evidenced at that nuclear power plant in Fukushima even as they were writing that it was nearly “fixed” and should be up and running again by Saturday or in whatever short order they chose to write. It is easy enough to see the way they covered it even as the disaster was unfolding there – so, my guess is that they had skin in that game and further, that they don’t give a damn about those people living there, as long as the Wall Street bunch can make their money – which is never enough anyway. I don’t even know why they bother at a point – other than it being a game to them after awhile to see if they can do it. Well, that is enough. People are getting hurt by things being done that way and it has to stop.
When I think of the millions upon millions of people who have now been exposed to those particular types of radioactive isotopes which none of them deserved to ever experience – there are no words to describe what I feel about that. The degree of wrongness that it is – so far exceeds some concepts of horror that I’ve read, that it must very well have no proper words for it.
People talk on the news about some cancer that might happen someday from these exposures as if that is nearly nothing – that is not “nothing.” And, our doctors don’t know how to fix cell damage. It causes permanent cellular damage that our doctors – even the very best of them and the best of our scientific knowledge can’t fix that. The closest thing they’ve got are destructive poisons and cutting it out – not fixing any of it. Those secondary horrors and suffering – all of it unnecessary – that can last for years upon years of thousands of nightmarish moments of human existence rather than lives of joy and quality of life and productive living and happy families.
All because they didn’t want to have the plant covered with sand and boron and concrete since it would mean a complete loss of the assets in the plant, including the massive amounts of fuels rods there. It isn’t right.
It is just massively wrong.
BP made history in the world for the worst pollution accident and destruction of a natural environment in the entire course of human history. And, now TEPCO will likely have joined them in the history books for this one at Fukushima Daiichi.
BreakingNews (from twitter yesterday) –
Neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, has been observed 13 times at Fukushima plant since tsunami – Kyodo
5 minutes ago
Bhopal Disaster – in case you didn’t know of it.
The radiation and radioactive materials coming from the Fukushima Daiichi plant are not the same as getting three chest x-rays. It is nowhere near the same thing nor the same kind of radioactive exposure and to call it the same as a few simple chest x-rays is a disservice to the reasonable medical uses of x-rays and a tremendous disservice to the public about nuclear power plants and their inherent dangers.
March 25, 2011
Japanese nuclear safety officials said Friday that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant may have breached, raising the possibility of more severe contamination to the environment. (etc.)
Well, yeah –
The photos of the building for the Reactor No. 3 Unit looks like nothing but twisted metal – more than just the roof and top floors. From the side elevation, it is obvious there was a lot more damage than a little boom would’ve caused.
And, I still can’t understand why they workers were – well, I just don’t understand why they didn’t finalize those three reactors that were so damaged rather than sending workers to their permanent harm to try and fix them. There is every reason to see that three of the four can’t be reasonably “fixed.”
To let it go on like this has risked the lives of those workers – which are far more than 50 – because they have had as many as 660 workers sent back into that complex over the last couple days or so. A lot of people from there to Tokyo and beyond have been impacted too – which never would’ve happened if they had simply stopped the things with a complete final assault from the get-go. But, no . . .
It has also sent remnants of nuclear isotope materials all around the world, on things, in things – in the winds and on planes, onto the volunteers helping in the recovery efforts and onto the decks of the ships sitting out in the ocean to be of help. It is just wrong.
There were some photos released yesterday showing the inside of one unit at the plant. The workers were going through there with flashlights of course and apparently several have had radiation contamination from walking through water and no telling what else. Aren’t people’s lives worth anything? They haven’t saved the millions within range of exposure – they’ve exposed them instead doing it this way. And, for what? Are they trying to save the fuel rods?
Photographs from inside the Fukushima Daiichi power plant show workers as they struggle, amid peril, to stabilize the damaged reactors.
Fuel Amounts at Fukushima
A New York Times article states that 32 assemblies in the spent fuel pool of Unit 3 are MOX. The MOX fuel rods were stored in the pool but TEPCO announced they were being loaded into the core last fall, so we think those are currently in the core. (MOX fuel rods have uranium 238, a small amount of uranium 236 and plutonium in them, my note).
The same article says that a total of 11,125 spent fuel assemblies are stored at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi facility. However, not all of those are stored in the pools in the reactor buildings. Several hundred are currently in dry cask storage, and more than half of the total are stored in a common storage pool.
While BWR fuel comes in various sizes, the last column assumes 170 kg per assembly.
Each fuel assembly consists of roughly 60 fuel rods.
NOTE: On March 21, an updated set of numbers was posted here.
Figure 1 shows a cross-sectional view of a boiling water reactor with a Mark I containment like that at Fukushima Dai-Ichi. The reactor core is housed within a metal reactor vessel. The reactor vessel is enclosed within the primary containment structure. The reactor building completely surrounds the containment structure. The reactor building walls are made of 18 to 30 inch-thick concrete up to the elevation of the refueling platform. The walls are made of metal from that elevation to the roof.
-The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) is posting updated status charts on the Dai-Ichi and Daini nuclear plants.
Translating times between Japan and the US:
JST = Japan Standard Time = GMT + 9
EDT = Eastern Daylight Time = GMT – 4
so H:00 JST = (H:00 – 13:00) EDT
(also from the page link above at the Union of Concerned Scientists blog “All Things Nuclear” – from March 19, 2011 post)
NOTE: On March 21, an updated set of numbers was posted here.
Here is some of what I know from the coverage over the last few days –
* The evacuation zone around US nuclear plants that is to be evacuated in the event of a critical or dangerous nuclear situation is 10 miles.
* The only real solution that has been designed for those who are in the fallout zone beyond being evacuated is the “shelter in place” solution such as that used in Japan right now between the 20km and 30km radius of the nuclear plant at Fukushima Daiichi –
* “Shelter in place” in the case of a nuclear criticality event meant to close all the doors and windows, cut off all ventilation systems, cut off all airconditioning systems and outside ventilation intakes, hunker down and don’t go outside the house for any reason. There is also evidence that this would be the living environment conditions for a period of many days or even weeks in the event of a nuclear power plant disaster of some kind. (as well as there being no predictability for such an event and when that “shelter in place” may have to happen – but note that, the same is true for situations with chemical hazards from industrial plants as well as for nuclear fallout and radioactive materials in the air.)
* There are more than 80-90 tonnes of fuel rods in each of the four reactors sitting next to one another in Fukushima Daiichi and many times that in the spent fuel rod pools and shared fuel rod pool.
* The protective measures leave a lot to be desired.
* And, my friends assure me that no one in America is interested in knowing more about this – unless it involves the Simpsons, the ultimate fighting matches, who is going to the NASCAR events or what kind of shoes Michelle Obama is wearing . . .
* And, I believe they are probably right about the lack of interest. The idea that, to show the devastation happening from a real news event is too “negative” and that a warning must be made before showing a segment of the news which contains genuine grief over real people who have been lost in a real event – is about ridiculous, but happening that way nonetheless. But, I keep thinking that the audiences in the United States watch the Freddie Kruger stuff and have kept it in business, watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and have paid to go see them and to own the video of it – and shared it with their friends, etc., etc., etc., with many, many more grotesquely graphic violent and psychotic crap. But, to see the news of what has happened in Japan – is too “negative” to suit them as news?
I don’t get it.
And, as I said last night – there is great event that would make a viral video, press and news opportunities for some organization, and an ongoing public interaction about the nuclear safety issues – but, even with this great idea that would work – it is beyond me to understand how to get paid $50 to give it to them to use it. And, I’m sure the increased participation in their organization because of it with more people knowledgeable about them and press opportunities, and the viral video too – they could have increased memberships for their organization. It is just bizarre that I don’t know how to get $50 to be able to tell them about it. But, if I don’t know how, then I don’t know how and so the organizations which might benefit from having it won’t, and the $50 that would help me buy food and pay my bills won’t be there for me either.
And, I don’t know how to fix it.
And, and – and I’m already tired of hearing that nobody wants to know about this radioactivity stuff and nuclear stuff and that if I want to make any money, that I need to go sell hotdogs on the sidewalk somewhere like the grocery store out front. I don’t know anything about hotdogs – cooking them for many or selling them on a sidewalk . . . and I don’t own a car to get there with them.
That is just about stupid.
What I do know is how to completely pay off the US debt in about six months by charging a federal sales tax on every dollar of stocks, bonds, credit default swaps, commodities trades, and exotic financial instruments being bought, sold, swapped or traded. That I know.
And, I do know how to locate information about certain things very effectively and find the real information sources about them.
I do know how to do that.
Occasionally, I think of some great idea which would promote something in particular like the two or three ideas that I’ve written down in the last few days to help bring public awareness and interest in nuclear plant safety or like the great concepts and solutions I generate in relation to something I’m researching as it awakens my thinking and creativity about it.
Those things apparently have no value unless someone else is doing it – in which case, it has value.
That’s partly because I don’t know how to talk about it properly and in the context where it could make a difference, I suppose.
There are fifty thousand ways to share information with others and only about a handful of those ways actually make a profit or are generally profitable based on the way they are set up to harvest that interest. I understand that. But, I don’t understand how to do that effectively – and then disgustingly enough, I hear these people on the other side of that wall somewhere crying to have new ideas and options for doing things and ways to let the public know about it with viral video concepts and things that could get publicity.
It is damn ridiculous.
And, the people they are paying to do it – come out with things that mostly don’t work or only half of which work despite the millions of dollars being poured into them. Unbelievable.
I’m going back to rocket science and nuclear physics that are easier.
Oh yeah – and I also know that the nuclear plant at Fukushima Daiichi could’ve been completely shut down, “killed” and contained within the first twenty-four hours and certainly within the very first seven days after the earthquake and tsunami. That is the truth.
France supposedly sent 95 tons of boron to them, GE offered to come shut it down for them. And, I’m absolutely sure the Russians and Chinese were willing to send whatever might be necessary to completely stop the chain reactions and get it shut down in very short order. The fact is – the wind blowing it over their nations and over South Korea would’ve certainly been more than enough incentive to fly over some concrete, sandbags, liquid nitrogen, boron, lead and whatever else might have been required – in a very short period of time but TEPCO didn’t want to do that. They decided to do what they are doing instead with the lives of all the workers there put at risk and permanently damaged, and all the people in the surrounding territories and cities and towns affected for the rest of their lives and the entire food chain of several nations put at risk instead.
What assholes. There is not a nice word to describe the gravity and import of all this.
I was going to say that it is my thought about the way Fukushima Daiichi has been handled is the result of a different goal than the overall safety of the public – my guess is that they wanted to save the fuel to resell it, reuse it or have it “not killed” with massive boron and other avenues of stopping the overheating at the plant.
Seawater is one thing – but the fuel could still be reclaimed, with any of the other options – those tonnes of fuel rods can’t be recovered, despite the fact that it would have saved the public and the surrounding nations from overall radiation and radioactive fallout.
These aren’t isotopes that are some kind of normal radiation like from pretty sunshine – they are bizarre combinations that cause cellular damage as a fact. They are only made isotopes specific to the core of nuclear reactors. There has been cesium 137 found and iodine 131 found in these radioactive readings from the areas surrounding the plant. That specifically means they got out of that reactor and went to those places. That doesn’t happen from an enclosed containment vessel by virtue of the very concept of “containment” and “enclosed”.
The only way that could have happened is when the “containment” no longer was complete and contained – as in, breached, compromised, cracked, or “consummately buggered.”
So I had one of those truly great ideas – at least I thought it was – and my daughter was laughing so hard over the phone when she heard it that she couldn’t hardly talk – and that is saying something. But, then I said – now what? Who could be advantaged? Who could benefit? and obviously, how could money be made with it?
Well, the idea has to do with nuclear energy and the nuclear power plants specifically, and after thinking about it awhile – I decided to send an email to the Union of Concerned Scientists to ask how to work with them on it. I would have to say that the likelihood of anyone there getting back to me on it is probably somewhere very close to nil – however, I did it anyway.
Here is what I wrote to them –
Sent to – onsite form – 03-23-11
I’m not a member. I have an idea. It would make a viral video to make an immediate influx of income to your organization and increase membership. It isn’t vile nor violent. It would get press coverage and YouTube viral hits – and give you the opportunities to tell the public about what you do as you deserve to have – especially right now. It is a good way to get the public involved in what you have been working hard to do about nuclear power plant safety and reasonable preparations for it, to have a knowledgeable citizenry with an edge for science, using intelligence, and good conscientious engineering – things like that.
I don’t know how to make arrangements quickly with you to sell the idea to you or do it for your organization. It could yield positive air time on the news and other talk shows as well as getting the viral video status (in all likelihood.) It wouldn’t cost much to do it and could be done on a weekend – like next weekend, in fact – while people are still thinking about what happened at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. I would like to be able to tell you about it. Please tell me how to work with you on it and who would need to decide. Thankyou, cricketdiane
(I have a blog at wordpress – at cricketdiane and have been trying to share information about the nuclear power plant in trouble over the last few days.)
This idea isn’t stodgy and I think maybe it’s time to change the glassy-eyed stare people get when nuclear reactor talk starts up . . .
It went to this on-site form here –
Union of Concerned Scientists
Maybe it would be worth calling them and trying to find out who would need to work with something like this. They probably pay a small fortune already to the consulting firm that does their public relations and advertising or fundraising.
Too late –
CNNI 3.39am ET
TEPCO holding press conference – Reactor No. 3 being evacuated – grey black smoke pouring out – There were 500 or more workers at the facility (earlier today / yesterday Japan time – there were 660 workers reported at the facility.)
Earlier today, I didn’t get to post because for some reason my administration on this blog was blocked – maybe it was a denial of service attack or just a snafu on the server or something I’ve mucked up – but I only found it was fixed a little bit ago after sending the email to the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Note of great thanks to the support team at Happiness Central wordpress, thankyou.)
The wikipedia page about people interested in activism where it comes to nuclear plant safety are mostly ready to shut them all down rather than do something with the problems that still exist in them. It was also kind of unnerving to look at those people who might be served by my idea for a viral video that could be organizations that I know very little about. At least, the Union of Concerned Scientists is one whose information I’ve seen over many years and noted that it is of merit and trustworthy in its manner of peer-review, science and engineering approaches.
Unfortunately, that is probably about the same reason they won’t consider my idea, too – they have a lot of “prestigious” people involved with what they do with a great deal of seriousness about the subject matter, which well they should. These are serious matters. But – – –
But, we can’t afford for people’s eyes to glaze over as we talk to them about nuclear physics anymore. The cost has been too great to leave these matters in the hands of those we elect or the ones they appoint, many of which come from the same industries they are intended to regulate. The price for doing it that way with little understanding of the workings of it ourselves has left us at the mercy of those who may very well be serving some other agenda besides the public interest and public good. That price has become too high.
As I watched the 82 year old lady in Japan who looked younger than her years and who had toiled over the planting of her garden which now she cannot eat nor sell that I saw on a CNN segment, I thought how wrong that is for her and her neighbors – and how wrong it will be for us, as well. It is unnecessary for things to get to that stage – and in the case of Fukushima Daiichi reactors – it was definitely unnecessary for it to get to critical points that we’ve all seen.
There was a comment on a news article from an Asian news source that said, “but France sent 95 tons of boron to them at Fukushima on Thursday”. And, another comment said, “GE had offered to come in and shut the plant down on the first day. To stop it.” I couldn’t confirm whether their information was accurate because very little of those kinds of things have appeared in the Western journalism about it – however, I think it probably is correct in both statements. And, after awhile thinking about it – I have been thinking that the TEPCO decision-makers made a choice – or rather a serious of choices to not stop the plant in those ways because they were trying to save the massive amounts of fuel rods – around 80 – 90 tonnes per reactor plus as much as five times that amount per spent fuel rod cooling pool within each building.
And, maybe they entertained that fantasy about restarting the machines and the reactors with a little cosmetic work to the outside of the building and they thought the system would be as good as new to continue in the days ahead. Or – maybe it was the money, because I just read an article or three about the $35 billion dollar loan guarantees the Japanese government leaders are considering giving to TEPCO right now. Maybe it the plant were “killed” as done in other places during a critical event, they wouldn’t have been able to acquire money to fix it and stay in a healthy financial position or something.
Whatever it was that prompted their decisions, I can honestly say that the radioactive trash that is floating into drinking water, onto the land, on the gardens that have already been tilled and in some cases, are at the point of harvesting, and the cesium137 and iodine 131 that is showing up everywhere it isn’t supposed to ever be – all are the direct results of the decisions made or not made properly about this nuclear facility. The first day, before the explosion – problems of a significant nature were already known. And, there is a trail of press coverage, briefings and information concerning that with the facts which told them the event was significant and could be dire, as well.
So, instead of stopping these disasters from developing any further, they actually made them worse at a number of points along the way.
What is also bizarre in all this is the way that some press coverage has offered a happy, happy picture even while there was every evidence that something else was occurring.
ftenergysource FT Energy Source
Energy headlines: Tepco closer to restarting nuclear pumps http://on.ft.com/i5Gdx3
But, in real time – this has just happened –
Reuters Reuters Top News
FLASH: Japan nuclear agency: Smoke at Fukushima no.3 unit is from building that houses reactor
Well, at first I thought it was only not having seen the last bit of what happened or the latest bit of information – but then it became obvious over the last couple days especially, that nearly every economic or financial oriented news source had articles and headlines indicating the problems at the Fukushima plant were all but solved . . .
Of course, I just had to save those to compare with what everything else was saying and it is really quite phenomenal. On bloomberg news broadcast yesterday, there was a lead-in to the reporter’s story that sounded as if the power had been restored to the plant and everything was stable, then the reporter in Tokyo said the truth of it which is that the plant’s reactors No. 2 and 3 had smoke pouring out of them still and there had been high radiation readings at one point at least through the day with increased smoke. The reactors No. 1 and 2 were actually found to have more damage than was expected (by anyone looking from here, I can’t even imagine how they expected anything less,) and then he mentioned the continuing discoveries about the radioactive isotopes being found in drinking water, foodstuffs, milk and on vegetables.
People were to stop drinking the tap water in a number of areas as of yesterday, and I can’t imagine what the people have been doing to survive in the zone between 20km and 30 km who were told to stay in their homes for the last nine or ten days with the windows and doors closed, air off – probably without electricity and now, no tap water either. It is cold there and at night, very cold – over these last ten days.
And, contamination of the water supply has been found as far away as Tokyo. The drift that can happen with this radioactive “stuff” is obscene and should’ve never happened. At the very least, the plant operators and decision-makers should have treated the situation and its gravity with the seriousness due to its lethal nature.
Reuters Reuters Top News
FLASH: Japan agency says radiation level at Fukushima plant had been 435 microsieverts 2 hours before smoke seen
1 minute ago
(4.32 am EDT)
High levels of radiation have been found in tap water in Tokyo according to the CNN reporter quoting the Japanese officials just now.
The situation is unmanageable now. It is too much release and too late to stop the damage it has already done. I hate that. I really, really, really hate that. It shouldn’t have happened.
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Picture post: workers toil inside Fukushima’s control room http://goo.gl/fb/fmhEd
Tsunami wave that hit a coastal city in Iwate Prefecture was 23.6 meters (77 feet, 5 inches) in height. http://n.pr/fF3rD6
Spent Fuel Rods stored in pools at nuclear reactors Fukushima
from Union of Concerned Scientists – Fukushima Daiichi plant
physorg_com PhysOrg Science News
Researchers create self-strengthening nanocomposite http://tw.physorg.com/220107667
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Neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, has been observed 13 times at Fukushima plant since tsunami – Kyodo http://bit.ly/gI0r2I
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Including a huge pump that can help cool the nuclear reactors at Fukushima.
CNN reported about thirty minutes ago that there have been three earthquakes (aftershocks) in Japan within the last few hours, each of which was a magnitude of 6.0 – 6.6, 6.9
The officials in Japan have also said that the Reactors No.s 1 and 2 are more damaged than they had thought. The pumps and other equipment for the cooling system have been corroded by the sea water they were using to cool the building and reactor. They will have to be replaced in order to do any good in the cooling of the reactor and its containment vessel. The water is still being sent across Reactor No.4 and the last things I’ve read a couple hours ago, there was still “smoke” coming from Reactor No.3.
Infographic: What Is a Meltdown?
14 March 2011 12:41 PM ET
Nice graphic description
Smoke continues to pour out of the center of the Reactor No.3 at Fukushima – as shown on CNN at 9.09 am just now before they went to commercial break – (that’s US Eastern Time) – anyway – it is pouring right out of the center of the top of the building – maybe it is just the cold . . .
Note – that was a week ago in Reactor No.3 at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant – Japan
Mar. 22, 2011 5:02 AM ET
Official: Japan nuke plant pool at or near boiling
via Associated Press.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear safety official says a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point.
Mar. 22, 2011 5:02 AM ET
CNN just reported at 5.15 amEDT – That 660 workers are now at the Fukushima plant . . .