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Bag’s Take-Away:The headline trumpets a historic nuclear disaster and the photo shows tidal wave wreckage?
…Call it more nuke denial.
As we finally get to see… (#1):
The abandoned area around Fukushima as a toxic no man’s land
(photo: David Guttenfelder/AP caption: An empty street runs through the deserted town of Minami Soma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, inside the evacuation zone, established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors Thursday, April 7, 2011. Hundreds of Japanese police and soldiers were mobilized Thursday to begin their first major search operation inside the evacuation zone.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Nuke crisis elicits spiritual/material clash,
Buddhist chants ring TEPCO’s marble and glass.
(photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images caption: Buddhist monks beat drums and chant in front of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo on April 6, 2011 to protest against the current nuclear crisis at the troubled TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, north of Tokyo. Workers at Japan’s crippled atomic power plant plugged a hole spewing highly radioactive water into the ocean on April 6, boosting efforts to contain the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/07/2204764/the-daily-edit-best-news-photos.html?spill=1#ixzz1IuPJSq1D)
After I vented (pardon the pun) about TEPCO’s “hey Ma, we found the crack!” photo, one of my readers did a little rant on this, saying:
How about the one in that series of the guy spraying green colored superglue on the grass near the plant???? This problem is SO much bigger than we are. We got tricked by the physicists into thinking that just because we COULD use nuclear energy.. that it was somehow a good idea, but we’re in WAY over our heads and now it’s so obvious.
Yeah, plutonium-fighting superglue.
(photo: TEPCO caption: In this Friday, April 1, 2011, photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., workers for the company experimentally spray adhesive synthetic resin over the ground at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, northeastern Japan. TEPCO expects the resin spraying to prevent dust exposed to radiation materials from spreading out of the premises.
Somehow, this “hey Ma, we found the crack!” pic not instilling a whole lot of confidence.
(photo: handout: Tokyo Electric Power Co. caption: In this Friday, April 1, 2011 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), a TEPCO employee points at a crack newly discovered in a maintenance pit on the edge of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The crack was apparently caused by the March 11 earthquake and may have been leaking since then, said the company’s spokesman Osamu Yokokura.
1. Tarp nation
2. Days of long shadows
3. Doesn’t have to be radiant
A volunteer helped a young boy pick out a shirt Friday from piles donated to the homeless in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
1. It all comes down to rod position.
2. Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
3. Dial “M” for Meltdown
4. …Tick, tick, tick…
So, does a wide-scale disaster make nuclear physicists think twice about these unanticipated things, the variegated results of pushing protons into each other? Is the Fukushima catastrophe a reminder that with nuclear power and promise comes peril?
Bag’s Take-Away:This pic (of TEPCO execs bowing before a news conference) played big over here for mostly one reason: because it looked like shame.
(photo:Itsuo Inouye/AP caption: Tokyo Electric Power Co., (TEPCO) Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, center, Vice presidents Takashi Fujimoto, second from left, Sakae Muto, second from right, and others bow before a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Radiation leaking into seawater from Japan’s tsunami-damaged reactor complex reached its highest level yet Wednesday and the president of the plant’s utility company was hospitalized, as setbacks accumulated in Japan’s nuclear crisis.
A relief to see an illustration that nails what everybody’s thinking — especially when coverage of the monumental Fukushima melt down is losing out to “don’t-tell-me.”
Bag’s Take-Away:With situation at Fukushima ambiguous and uncontrolled, pics (these from inside a control room) keep getting scarier.
(photo: EPA caption: : A handout made available by the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on 25 March shows employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. work to restore power to the central control rooms at Unit 1 and Unit 2 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on 23 March.