An illuminating overview of the deteriorating situation in Japan from RT.
An illuminating overview of the deteriorating situation in Japan from RT.
There is a marketing blitz going on for a solar tower company that has inked a contract to build a massive tower in the Arizona desert that turns heat generated by a greenhouse into electricity by directing it up a massive chimney twice that when built will be the second tallest building in the world. Apparently they can use the energy generated to provide power for 150,000 homes. They also say the build costs will be paid off within 11 years of operation and the life span is 80 years. What they don’t sys is whether the costs in terms of energy that will be used to construct the facility will ever be recuperated.
As expected the numbers are continuing to go up, up, up in Japan. Today Bloomberg is reporting that the official number of radioactive cows has jumped from 1300 on Friday to 2600 today. Funny how that number is double the amount from Friday and the amount from Friday was double the amount before that. At this rate we can see the exponential function has kicked in well and truly and with the admission that the radioactive beef comes from 4 prefectures not just one we can basically determine that the truth is all beef in Japan is now radioactive. If the beef is radioactive because of the hay and the hay is radioactive because of the Toxic Cloud of Death then what it really means is that everyone and everything in Japan is now radioactive.
With that problem now defined we can also look at the affect the radioactive pollution in the water is having on the seafood supply and in general the Pacific Ocean. Basically we can see that the exponential algorithm is in affect in Japan which means that as the bulk of the pollution has been dumped into the Pacific it is also in affect there too. As the Pacific is directly connected to every other ocean and the oceans of the world are directly connected to every mass of land we can see the affects that Fukushima is now having on the world.
Like a slow train crash where we are literally unable to do anything the world is being poisoned with radioactive pollution. It’s no wonder that the majority of Japanese people now want to shut down all nuclear power permanently.
Today SFGate is quoting the official number of bequerels for the radioactive hay that supposedly was being fed to cows in the region from last weeks official statistic as jumping from 75,000 bequerels to 690,000 bequerels. Of course no one seems to be questioning why the cows were only radioactive because they were fed radioactive hay. Does it not occur to anyone else that the simple fact that the cows were exposed to the same air as the hay would also make them radioactive? Or at the very least be subject to the affects of long term radiation exposure.
The good news is that not only has the official tally of radioactive cows jumped from a dozen to 700 to now almost 1300 cows they have actually decided to stop allowing cows from the region to be sold as meat or in fact sold at all (at least for now).
As of yesterday there were 1,256 potentially contaminated cows from 637 two days earlier, said Kazutoshi Nobuto, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Hay from rice stalks made in Fukushima prefecture was found to contain radiation of as much as 690,000 becquerels compared with the 300-becquerel safety limit, according to the local government office. The cattle suspected of being fed the contaminated hay have been shipped to 45 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, Kyodo News reported yesterday.
The interesting thing about they way this part of the story has rolled out is the sequence of press releases. Once again the Japanese have confirmed that they knew about the problem all along. Simply by following the exact same method for managing the release of facts about the event they have declared to the world that they knew exactly what was happening and the consequences but once again they chose to ignore the facts and rely on the concept of lying to the public as a solution to the problem. In other words they deemed that by delaying the release of the information the public will not be as badly affected by the inevitable truth than if they just told the truth in it’s entirety from the start.
This is a kind of social engineering experiment that is now playing out in the Japanese government. With Naoto Kan telling the world that the results from Fukushima are enough to dissuade anyone from using Nuclear power and the responsibility for the continuing use of the technology falling on the rest of the Diet to decide the fate of the nations future energy infrastructure the lobbying from the nuclear industry to minimise the knowledge of the true affects of the Fukushima disaster is enormous right now. They are literally battling for the survival of their industry. What they are counting on is the Japanese people not realising the true extent of how badly they have now been affected by the fallout from Fukushima.
As it stands the whole of Honshu Island has now been massively and permanently (as far as humans are concerned) affected by the fallout of the Toxic Cloud of Death emitting 24 hours a day for the past 4.5 months since the disaster began. Cattle eating radiated hay is really the least of their worries. What about the permanent health affects that residents of Honshu Island are being subjected to as the cloud continues to sweep over the island on a daily basis depending on the direction of the wind at any given time. The affects are now permanent and will last for hundreds of years just accounting for the cesium let alone the plutonium that has been pumped into the biosphere. Plutonium is the most toxic substance known to humankind. The Japanese have now been exposed to a constant supply of it in the air and water for the past 4.5 months. The affects this will have on the current generation let alone the next generation (will there be anyone capable of spawning a third ?) are going to be deadly and sickening to watch as the results become publicised over the next few years.
It will be only a couple of generations of humans left on Honshu Island at this rate…
According the the Yomiuri daily, farmers from Fukushima have been allowed to sell radioactive beef in Japan that has now been consumed by the unlucky persons who bought the meat for their dinner. What is amazing is that nay beef at all is being processed from the Fukushima region. Let alone the rest of the country which has been bathed in the Toxic Cloud of Death for the past 4 months since the unprecedented nuclear disaster began.
The meat of several cows tainted with radioactive cesium was marketed in Tokyo and eight prefectures, and some of the meat has already been consumed, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government and other organizations.
The distribution of the meat was noticed only after radioactive cesium beyond the provisional legal limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was detected Saturday in the meat of 11 other cows the same farm shipped to a meatpacking plant in Tokyo.
Before shipping the 11 cows, the farm in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, had already shipped another six cows in the period from May 30 to June 30 to places including the meatpacking plant in Shibaura, Minato Ward, Tokyo.
The Tokyo metropolitan government checked the meat that was still in storage and detected radioactive cesium at levels up to 3,400 becquerels per kilogram from the meat of one cow. This is 6.8 times the government-set limit.
The government also checked receipts kept by the distributors involved and found the beef had been shipped to wholesalers and retailers in Tokyo and Kanagawa, Osaka, Shizuoka and Ehime prefectures.
Furthermore, through wholesalers in Ehime and other prefectures, the beef was distributed to Hokkaido, Aichi, Tokushima and Kochi prefectures.
Of about 28 kilograms of beef that a Shizuoka meatpacking company purchased, about 15 kilograms had already been consumed, and radioactive cesium at a level of 1,998 becquerels per kilogram was detected in part of the remaining 13 kilograms.
In Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Yokohama, a total of at least 190 kilograms of beef shipped from the Minami-Soma farmer was sold to retailers and restaurants, according to the Tokyo government and other organizations.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry and the Fukushima prefectural government Sunday detected radioactive cesium at a level of 75,000 becquerels per kilogram in straw stored outdoors at the farm.
The legal limit for radioactive cesium in raw livestock feed, such as pasture plants, is 300 becquerels. If the dried straw given to those cows were converted back to raw plants, its radiation level would be equivalent to 17,045 becquerels.
On Monday, the agriculture ministry and the Fukushima prefectural government said they had detected radioactive cesium at levels about 57 times higher than the government limit in straw at the farm the 11 cows came from.
Torresol have brought the Gemasolar 19.9MW solar heated salt turbine aka “Concentrated Solar Power” online in Spain. The facility is capable of sustaining a constant supply of electricity to the grid and has capacity for 15 hours of operation without any sunlight being directed at the salt tower. With progress like this it’s not wonder the Germans have decided that they no longer need nuclear energy to meet their energy needs.
A weekly update from Yokoso News Channel about the process in Japan as they attempt to recover from the Tsunami and ongoing Fukushima Travesty.
Due to the announcement to day of the commitment of the US government to $7.5 million of funding to enable components to be built and installed at the new Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany there is a bit of fluff in the NY Times about the potential of Fusion for solving our energy needs. Classically the writer starts of by saying that Fusion is completely safe and then proceeds to discuss the issues surrounding the containment of 100million degree mini suns. Saying they can successfully contain them for upto a whole second at a time and generate upto 16million watts during that 1 second period.
The aim of all this research is to be able to contain a plasma sun for upto 30 minutes at a time and convert the heat of 100 million degrees into steam energy which can be used to power steam turbines. A noble idea and a concept with a lot of promise but we really have to wonder if that is completely safe. In much the same way that existing nuclear energy production is not safe and we cannot rely on humans to actually follow through with the safety requirements to make things as safe as possible and given that the bean counters who manage the finances for the nuclear industry do not give a damn about preemptive safety in general relying on the rules written down in outdated manuals rather than preparing for the worst and investing heavily in the resources required to fix any large scale problems that may occur. Do we really want to have mini suns popping up all over the planet maintained by the same forces that have so demonstrably showed their ineptitude with the Fukushima and Gulf Oil Crises?
Until we fix the problem of accountants making the final decisions on what is deemed permissible for the functioning of the facilities that put our entire world at risk, we will never have a completely safe nuclear industry.
The Japanese Government is now finally admitting that the reliance on highly dangerous and uncontrollable Uranium/Plutonium nuclear reactors to provide their energy needs and weapons material carry a price too high compared to the short term gain they can achieve. It looks like they have now come to the official conclusion that destroying the country they all love, killing their people off by painful death from radiation and destroying the biosphere for the rest of the world is not worth the money that they can line their pockets with from the income that is generated by the nuclear industry.
It is a pity that it had to come to this before they would realise that greed should not define government policy. Once again the Japanese are on the receiving end of the brutal affect of nuclear energy. This is their chance to educate the world and prove the true ability of their cultural obsession with perfection. Now is the time for the Japanese to embrace the perfection of a sustainable energy infrastructure. Perhaps this is the time where Zen shall overcome.
RT are reporting on the Chinese push towards Thorium over Uranium/Plutonium. As discussed previously the Thorium option is significantly less dangerous than the existing nuclear power infrastructure. Thorium is abundant and there is enough material available to provide thousands of years of constant supply. The only problem is that it can’t be used for nuclear weapons proliferation which means the military industrial complex is not interested in pursuing it when they have the option of getting more bang for their buck out of the existing Uranium/Plutonium solution.