I do however acknowledge that Australian media also have the propensity to talk total uninformed shite and have been trying to terrify everyone into believing that the apocalypse is nigh. I believe the sale of nuclear bunkers in the US has gone through the roof and the purchase of iodised salt has soared in China. Fortunately, Australians with their intense apathy aren’t swallowing it. I wish, as a result of being well-informed rather than more truthfully, laziness.
While recent events in Japan are awful with 23,000 confirmed dead or missing. The earthquake they could have survived but the tsunami did the real damage. However what’s truly appalling is the media coverage of the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant claiming it is the ‘next Chernobyl’ about to render Tokyo a post-apocalyptic ghost town through to radiation threatening the US West Coast.
I have a friend over there who’s more concerned about the earth moving than nuclear radiation which given recent events in NZ, then Japan . . . who knows, perhaps the old SA Fault is about to slip ‘n slide. But I digress. Where do these media people get the nerve? Anyone else who lies to the public, (with the exception of politicians) has to bear the consequences. However, the media (and politicians) are it seems, allowed to report anything and everything based on heresay.
Exactly one person died on the site of the plant . . poor bugger fell off his crane when the quake hit. Thirty more were injured due to the hydrogen explosion and exposed to a tiny amount of radiation. Less than that you are exposed to by a chest x-ray. There’s a very interesting chart here which puts the issue of radiation into perspective.
Perhaps the journos and doom mongers should have had a look at that before sprouting their prophecies of slow death by radiation poisoning. At the height of the ‘disaster’ the radiation levels in Tokyo were lower than the current American average at 1753 microsieverts pa compared to the US average of 3000 pa.
Quoting John Evans from Tech Crunch
“Disaster there was averted by genuine heroism and desperately hard work. Nuclear power is potentially extremely dangerous and raises many serious issues, and it’s important to debate them in a well-educated way. Instead we got a crowd of fear mongering idiots, each trying to shriek louder than the last. As a result, Fukushima was the first major world story for which the best way to stay well-informed was to tune in to the knowledgeable blogosphere—and tune out the so-called 'mainstream media.' We all know they’re dying. Now I’m starting to wonder why we should care”
Couldn’t agree more. Fuckwits all of them and those who believe their crap. At least the Japanese know how to put it into perspective for their school children:
Phew, got that off my chest . . . Have a lovely weekend folks.