Bag’s Take-Away:
Because there are other things happening in the world besides election politics — like fooling with Mother Nature.
via MSNBC PhotoBlog
(credit: Joji Otaki / EPA caption:  This handout photo, released Tuesday, shows a healthy adult pale grass blue butterfly (top) and a mutated variety (bottom). Severe mutations were found in butterflies collected near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.)
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Because there are other things happening in the world besides election politics — like fooling with Mother Nature.

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(credit: Joji Otaki / EPA caption: This handout photo, released Tuesday, shows a healthy adult pale grass blue butterfly (top) and a mutated variety (bottom). Severe mutations were found in butterflies collected near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.)

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Was waiting for it to happen: Fukushima Prefecture kids get their own portable dosimeters.  (Any similarity to the iPod, I assume, is strictly coincidental.)
(photo: Kyodo News Service caption: Children in the town of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 21, 2011, hold compact dosimeters donated by Kinki University in Osaka Prefecture. The dosimeters are scheduled to be distributed to some 1,500 children and teachers at schools and nurseries in the town from the following day in the wake of radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the vicinity stemming from the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster. Part of the town has been designated an evacuation area by the central government.)
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Was waiting for it to happen: Fukushima Prefecture kids get their own portable dosimeters.  (Any similarity to the iPod, I assume, is strictly coincidental.)

(photo: Kyodo News Service caption: Children in the town of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 21, 2011, hold compact dosimeters donated by Kinki University in Osaka Prefecture. The dosimeters are scheduled to be distributed to some 1,500 children and teachers at schools and nurseries in the town from the following day in the wake of radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the vicinity stemming from the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster. Part of the town has been designated an evacuation area by the central government.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

The sunny painting on the side of the wall is a bit ironic now, no? Word is, these kids will soon be outfitted with dosimeters. In the meantime, they’re getting to go out and play in the radiation for the first time since the earthquake/meltdown. Careful in the sandbox though, kids! The top level was already skimmed for the bad stuff but playground exposure is limited to 1/2 hour. 

(A sort of easy choice just to show the children, btw. I was really curious to read some adult faces.)

(photo: Kyodo via AP Images caption: 
Kindergarteners wearing masks and caps to minimize their exposure to radiation run out of the kindergarten building in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 10, 2011, as they are allowed to play in the playground for the first time since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The surface soil of the playground has been removed to reduce the children’s exposure to radiation and they were allowed to play there for only half an hour. More backstoryre: Iwaki.
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The sunny painting on the side of the wall is a bit ironic now, no? Word is, these kids will soon be outfitted with dosimeters. In the meantime, they’re getting to go out and play in the radiation for the first time since the earthquake/meltdown. Careful in the sandbox though, kids! The top level was already skimmed for the bad stuff but playground exposure is limited to 1/2 hour.

(A sort of easy choice just to show the children, btw. I was really curious to read some adult faces.)

(photo: Kyodo via AP Images caption: Kindergarteners wearing masks and caps to minimize their exposure to radiation run out of the kindergarten building in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 10, 2011, as they are allowed to play in the playground for the first time since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The surface soil of the playground has been removed to reduce the children’s exposure to radiation and they were allowed to play there for only half an hour. More backstoryre: Iwaki.

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AP photo tells me more about the situation of Iitate’s ”radiation refugees” in Fukushima Prefecture — 20% still there after the plume came through —  than I’d ever want to know.  (Caption below.)
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(photo: David Guttenfelder / AP caption: In this Wednesday May 25, 2011 photo, a goldfish swims in unfresh water in a fish tank on a elementary school classroom window ledge in the town of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, after all of the children were evacuated from the town over fears of radiation. Residents of Iitate, nestled in mountains about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, originally were told it was safe for them to stay. Then they were advised to stay indoors. In late April they were told to leave, but unlike people who lived closer to the plant, they can’t be forced to go.)
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AP photo tells me more about the situation of Iitate’s ”radiation refugees” in Fukushima Prefecture — 20% still there after the plume came through —  than I’d ever want to know.  (Caption below.)

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(photo: David Guttenfelder / AP caption: In this Wednesday May 25, 2011 photo, a goldfish swims in unfresh water in a fish tank on a elementary school classroom window ledge in the town of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, after all of the children were evacuated from the town over fears of radiation. Residents of Iitate, nestled in mountains about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, originally were told it was safe for them to stay. Then they were advised to stay indoors. In late April they were told to leave, but unlike people who lived closer to the plant, they can’t be forced to go.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Lastest byzantine move from TEPCO. Spraying dust inhibitor around Fukushima. Good grief. Reminds me of 
this.

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(photo: TEPCO caption: May 27, 2011)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Lastest byzantine move from TEPCO. Spraying dust inhibitor around Fukushima. Good grief. Reminds me of this.

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(photo: TEPCO caption: May 27, 2011)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Next debate: Should photos of Fukushima still be released (since its “bin Forgotten”)? …Oh the pic? Milking cows with a geiger counter.


(photo: Getty Images caption: Japanese dairy farmer Masakatsu Kosone (L) checks the radiation levels at his farm in the village of Katsurao in Fukushima prefecture, 25 kms west of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant on May 3, 2011 after returning from a shelter in Fukushima City. The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami left some 26,000 dead or missing and obliterated whole towns and villages on the northeast coast. Thousands of farm animals died of hunger in the weeks following the quake as authorities created an exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant.)
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Next debate: Should photos of Fukushima still be released (since its “bin Forgotten”)? …Oh the pic? Milking cows with a geiger counter.

(photo: Getty Images caption: Japanese dairy farmer Masakatsu Kosone (L) checks the radiation levels at his farm in the village of Katsurao in Fukushima prefecture, 25 kms west of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant on May 3, 2011 after returning from a shelter in Fukushima City. The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami left some 26,000 dead or missing and obliterated whole towns and villages on the northeast coast. Thousands of farm animals died of hunger in the weeks following the quake as authorities created an exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
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.)
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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.)

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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)
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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

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Bag’s Take-Away:

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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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