Just take comfort in the fact that many of them will develop type-2 diabetes, have their homes reposessed or be bled dry financially due to crippling health insurance costs. God bless America!
It's been interesting watching all the bull**** that is being reported - so called journalism, my arse - what happened to verifying things first? And not as hard as it seems - have been listening to a guy in Japan who is translating Japanese news reports into English, and so far has proved to be the most accurate by far. When everyone else was screaming "chernobyl' in their shrill ill-informed voices, a few of us were hearing what was actually going on, and it was backed up by people actually living in Japan at the moment.
And despite the Internet allowing this kind of bull**** to spread faster than speeding light, it also allows those of us who don't believe everything we read, to actually be in contact with those actually experiencing what is happening. After Christchurch and Japan, I really don't trust what I hear from the Australian press and TV news - even ABC24News was hours behind in their information.
And to be honest, over there they are more worried about the aftermath of the quake and tsunami, even though the foreign media seems to be transfixed on the nuclear plant issues. The 'sensationalism' of the quake and tsunami isn't as good as the 'possibility' of a nuclear meltdown for their bloody ratings.
As mentioned by someone else, if any country can handle a disaster like this, it is the Japanese - they have their s*it together!! And also mentioned - if they have nuclear plants that were built around 40 years ago close to the epicentre that have survived a 9.0 quake - what other 'guarantees' do people want? Life is inherently dangerous FFS and some of us don't need to be wrapped up in cotton wool!
You watch the Japanese resilience unfold - it will be impressive!
I'm lucky enough to get NHK on my cable TV service, and it seems to be by far the most accurate TV source.
WELL MEDIA WATCH WILL HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH IT ON MONDAY NIGHT, I'M SURE! hahaha
Aftershocks still happening...
Oh, and UNLIKE Cheynobyl, the reactor actually SCRAMMED. Remember, back in Russia, they were doing a "test" and locked OUT the fail-safe (sic).
So that means the propagative fission reaction's stopped... mind you 1500 degrees still takes a while to cool down, plus it doesn't remove the danger of the residual radiation.
Either way, if there was a nation that could handle it, it's Japan. Or you know, the Krauts
If anything, it's a bloody testament to the engineering that it's not been a total disaster.
Yeah for sure, that kind of earthquake alone (without the tsunami) in any other country would have been 1000 times worse than the entire thing has been in Japan, thanks to their engineering and construction standards.
I hate to say this but the only good thing about the whole thing is that hopefully this will actually push some money back to universities for seismological research.
For the last 20 years the funding in that respect was almost literally zero and all money were put into keeping an eye on them bad guys to make sure they don't do any underground nuke tests. Not many are interested in this field and I should know as I myself has abandoned it back in '99 as I knew, I wouldn't be able to support my family if I stayed with Columbia uni.
It strikes me that for a Nuclear Physicist, he's doing a pretty crappy job of advancing the cause for his preferred choice for low carbon power in Australia.the former chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Dr Ziggy Switkowski, says it should take more than a loss of power to cause problems with cooling.
"It strikes me as an unsatisfactory explanation," he said.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised given the fact that Telstra now looks like its been beaten up with a large atomic weapon.
To be honest, I dont care how far back this has pushed the nuclear debate. What I care about is the possibility of a renewed focus on Solar and Wind. If enough R&D is put into them (like has been done with coal and nuclear over the past eon) they should be competitive in a relatively short time.
Another explosion at the power plant. "Just a Hydrogen explosion" in the reactor apparently.
Interestingly, just heard, all the rolling blackouts they were planning to put into place because TEPCO have lost 1/4 of their capacity to provide power - the wonderful Japanese people have actually been proactive and listened to the plea to cut their electricity usage and in doing so, TEPCO have not had to implement their rolling blackouts. Can you imagine that happening here? I can't.
Oh, and it was a 'hydrogen blast' outside the reactor, Fukushima, according to Japanese News. So another typical foreign news beat up
In Australia, we subsidise the fossil fuel industry in gross dollar terms more than the Germans subsidise their PV industry. We are 1/4 their population...
Just sayin' we could be doing more.
Have you checked out the solar generator at ANU? Splits ammonia into compounds, releasing energy. Joining them back together creates just as much energy. Power storage solved. Need more power, add a couple more dishes... This guy has a couple of massive contracts in SA.
I digress, this is about Japan. Soz. We have some Japanese students visiting our school this week. Fortunately from south of Tokyo. They arrived last Friday afternoon.
Of course, if the Libs want to spend a good decade in opposition, they can keep him on..
Last edited by dkr; 03-14-2011 at 07:35 AM.