Day 439 Still here

Thank you, J. I’m encouraged by your comments. And I REEEEEALY appreciate hearing from a reader. Gets lonely out here in Blogland sometimes.

Ok, will hang in there.

At times, will do a bit more commentating than in the past year.

For example, today’s tidbit. Went a bit early to the cafeteria where I work so that I could get in line. Everything they were serving was pork, pork, pork. Hmm, maybe not a good choice right now?

[Cesium level in Fukushima pork exceeds safety standard]

Oh, I know. That’s up in Koriyama (Fukushima). And they won’t sell it now that cesium has been detected, so no need to worry. Uh-huh.

A few months back I remember seeing the cafeteria offering fish from Sanriku. Hmmm, maybe another not-a-good choice?

Glad that I am a lacto-ovo-pullus-pescitarian who is cutting back on the pescitarian part. 

A friend recently said, “Yeah, but there are chemicals in everything. There’s no way you can play it 100% safe. You might not choose vegetables from China or Tohoku, but whatever you eat has had pesticides sprayed on it, chemical fertilizer, irradiated citrus fruit from the U.S., and so on. In today’s world, it’s inescapable.”

True. I just figure that if by not buying certain things I am taking one more bullet out of the Russian Roulette game I play every day with my food. ‘Zat bad?

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Next in today’s headlines:

TEPCO: 900,000 TBq emitted from Fukushima plant

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant estimates that 900,000 terabecquerels of radioactive material have been emitted from the facility.


It estimates that 900,000 terabecquerels of iodine-131 and cesium-137 were released from the plant since the accident.

The figure is 50 percent to 80 percent higher than those released separately by the Nuclear Safety Commission and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, but less than 20 percent of the amount emitted after the Chernobyl accident.

Can’t wrap me wee brain around this. How big is 900,000 TERABEQUERELS?

“Well, we don’t know, but at least it’s less than 20% released at Chernobyl. “

Why is it the MSM has to put this last comment in the article? To drive home the “fact” that the three melt-THROUGHS at FD1 – which are still spewing radiation – is somehow not as bad as the accident as Chernobyl?? They are both ongoing and devastating to the children, the local people, the farmers, the wildlife, and the rest of the planet.

[see also:TEPCO puts radiation release early in Fukushima crisis at 900,000 TBq with its very own phrase, “but far lower than the 5.2 million TBq believed to have been discharged in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.”]

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Also criminal.

Utilities milking homes; Tepco eyes higher hike

Unlike large-lot users, households have no bargaining power for alternative power sources

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These mothers deserve a lot of respect.

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Kitakyushu City Hall on May 23: Mothers vs City Officials

First, young mothers with small children (photo from @mama_jp):

The sign says, “Adults should protect the future of children. We’re against disaster debris burning. Protect Kyushu for Japan.”

Professor Yukio Hayakawa’s tweet was: “Mothers in Kitakyushu, have they all gone nuts?”

On his May 23 blog, he proclaimed, “This day will be long recorded as the day when the discrimination against Tohoku has started.”

He probably has not seen this picture of Kitakyushu City officials blocking the passage (photo from @Saikeman):

If he did, he may highly approve of the high-handed way the Kitakyushu City officials have treated the whole issue – from not bothering to tell anyone (residents, neighboring cities) to laughing at the protesters to calling the police to disperse the protesters yesterday. The professor is recommending that Kitakyushu City declare independence from the rest of Japan if the residents want to keep out the disaster debris.

Read the entire article at:

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UN Committee: “6 Deaths at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Have Nothing to Do with Radiation”

That’s the conclusion of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). TEPCO and the Japanese government have said as much already.
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Concerns focus on Fukushima unit stability
May 23, 2012

Whether a pool where spent fuel is stored at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant could withstand another strong earthquake has become a source of growing concern.The concerns among activists, experts and politicians focus on Unit 4, which contains most of the plant’s spent fuel not stored in dry, hardened storage casks, Stars and Stripes reported.

After the 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, an investigative report by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, an independent think tank started to investigate the causes of the plant disaster, cited among risks a loss of cooling water in Unit 4.


public trust in Tepco remains low, Stars and Stripes said, and calls for more efforts to empty and secure Unit 4 continue in Japan and beyond.


1 comment
  1. Hey, glad you’re still here. Don’t go anywhere, okay?

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