Time.com on S.O.S. from Fukushima: “Another disgruntled Japanese official has taken to the interwebs” — “A bit of social media jiujitsu”

Published: July 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm ET


Is This Mike On? Another YouTube SOS from Fukushima, Time.com by Krista Mahr, July 21, 2011:

Another disgruntled Japanese official has taken to the interwebs to air his grievances about the inadequate attention being paid to the welfare of residents of Minamisoma […]

Read the report here.

Published: July 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm ET


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72 comments to Time.com on S.O.S. from Fukushima: “Another disgruntled Japanese official has taken to the interwebs” — “A bit of social media jiujitsu”

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    This Time article actually uses language that trivializes the official’s plea for help.

    Terrible. Pathetic.

    • CB CB

      It’s called plausible deniability. Words like supposedly, extremist, right wingers, disgruntled, by mainstream media cast doubt and undermines people. A lot of this in the UFO community, but I understand the two are not related.

  • what a useless piece of trashy mainstream blather. unbelievable.

  • cossack55

    A great example why I quit reading anything from Time-Warner 30 years ago. Again, need an explanation, check the board of directors.

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Same decade I quit. Someone back then said reading that cr*p is toxic, and I felt it physically-mentally, and while most everyone I know keeps soaking it in, I believe I have avoided the cumulative contamination.

      Feels very good to be free of those old and dangerous compulsions.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Cossack55 – I agree. I haven’t read them since the 70’s. People should go back to Fukushima and pick up anything lying on the ground they find and mail it to Washington DC, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Moscow, and any major US and Japanese corporations they can get the address to. Bet that gets there fucking attention……

    • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

      Absolutely brilliant! This is one of the best ideas I’ve heard yet, and yes, it would not only get their attention, it would also increase rad testing 100 fold. Inundate world power hubs and leaders with Fukushit. I love it.

      • arclight arclight

        would also affect the global postal services!! go to it japan!!! the news would report that little story id imagine? huh?

    • Yes, Karen Silkwood waited till the lawyer got the glass of water halfway to her mouth before she told her where it came from …

      Cnat’ find the scene, here’s the trailer


  • I found another website with news about fukushima! http://houseoffoust.com/group/

  • StillJill StillJill

    I like the way you think StPaulScout!!! +10

    I think there is NOTHING else that will get their attention. Let’s ‘toss them the hot potato, (particles)’!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    New Terror Report Warns of Insider Threat to Utilities
    Something smells fishy with these reports imo. How convenient to come out right around the time the Whistleblo­wers SPOKE OUT. Now their telling us these Plants are infiltrate­d with SPIES and stuff. Of course, that’s the Conspiracy Theorist in me.

    • NoVictimNoFraudNoCrime

      You are right to question this.
      Conspiracy Theorist?
      No, Whoopie, it’s the honest realist in you. Each of us have as much chance of being killed by a terrorist as by a peanut allergy or being struck by lightning. Terror is the modus operandi of a tyrannical government. Terror is a tool that Western governments have usurped from the original ideologues. “Our governments” are now using it to enslave us.

  • The Japanese government is considering buying up all beef contaminated with radioactive cesium at levels exceeding the national safety limits.

    Radioactive cesium has been detected in beef shipments from Fukushima Prefecture. The cattle were fed straw contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant….


  • Gov’t names 4 more radiation ‘hot spots’ near Fukushima nuclear plant
    Jul. 22, 2011 – 06:48AM JST
    Japan on Thursday recommended 59 more households should evacuate from four areas considered radiation “hot spots” near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, officials said.…

    • Bob Hardin Bob Hardin

      Why isn’t radiation more evenly distributed, like smog?

      • Sickputer

        Bob typed these pixels: Why isn’t radiation more evenly distributed, like smog?

        I am not a nuclear engineer or meteorologist, just a researcher so here is my answer.

        Plume patterns are different depending on weight of particles, heat, and most important any precipitation events and the direction and speed of wind currents.

        Your smog analogy is probably not the best example of a competing toxic cloud as smog will spread and hover fairly evenly in low lying areas like Mexico City as an air inversion, but when it is blown it will disperse much like any hot vapor (similar to radioactive fallout).

        The effects of rain and snow can be the most deadly event for future land contamination as it brings airborne toxic particles to earth. The particles may travel around and around the globe in the jetstream and in subsequent trips around the globe finally get blown or rained down to a ground location. When there are massive amounts of toxins and the hemisphere is in a dry season this scenario is more likely for the smaller radioactive particles. Larger flakes may not make it as far and mountain ranges may prove an obstacle to the majority of the bigger radionuclides.

        • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

          I have been studying our topic here of and on for about 45 years now.
          You answered Bob’s question very well.

          @Bob Hardin
          Think about snow drifts and how trash can collect more in some places than others. The wind patterns can be very predictable around certain types of structures, and very unpredictable elsewhere.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    What more than Fukushima do you need to wake up?http://wakethehellup.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/what-more-than-fukushima-do-you-need-to-wake-up/
    Stop limiting our options. Stop doubting our capabiliti­es. Remember what it felt like to have pride in our country… not just for bravery, but for innovation­. Think about the Internet and how rapidly technology evolved in so short a time.

    Fukushima was the last screaming alarm after far too many taps on the snooze button. Do not go back to sleep. Wake the hell up… BELIEVE it is possible… and support the innovation that will put an end to nuclear power before it is too late.

  • Low Level Radiation Resuscitates the Dead

    Yes, a little slow today.

    We’re all waiting to see how TEPCO is going to unearth those 148 employees.

    Their miraculous reappearance on the employee roster, albeit with certain non-resemblances to the original 148, will no doubt be hailed as yet another milestone on the road to recovery and attributed to the remarkable properties of low-level radiation.

  • arclight arclight

    Just a few links from nuclear news net
    more radiation evacuation areas named by Japanese govt
    Since the March 11 disaster, Japan has raised the legal exposure limit for people, including children, from one to 20 millisieverts per year – matching the safety standard for nuclear industry workers in many countries.
    Radiation experts agree that children are at highest risk because they are still growing and will have more time to develop cancers and other health defects…..”

    Mismanagement in nuclear decommissioning industry
    “The most serious issues were raised in a report by the Department of Energy’s inspector general on the decontamination and decommissioning of K-25 , a massive World War II-era nuclear enrichment facility that is a part of the East Tennessee Technical Park (ETTP) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The audit found the K-25 project is $257 million over its initial estimated cost of $460 million and could potentially run some eight years behind schedule at a total cost of up to $1.2 billion.”

    • Here’s a program for Fukushima kids to go spend a SHORT break away from the radiation — is this the best we can do? (google translate)


      • arclight arclight

        $1,900 for a family of four for two weeks i think it says! got to wonder if a family who needs that service can afford it? though it seems reasonable for japan. i wonder if any ngos are involved? it seems like a private deal! notice they charge more for the parents who probaly wont be mountain biking etc… not sure about that! should be just a bit above cost and they would have a volunteer base! i think i empathyse with you here! at least the idea is sound and for politicack reasons they werent going to mention the radiation word! i suppose japanese etiquette and responsibility prevails…. at least it seems a good strategy to help the families together and thats brilliant!!/rant thanks for the link

  • arclight arclight

    By Agence France-Presse
    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 8:21 pm
    Pentagon looks to social media as new battlefield
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is asking scientists to figure out how to detect and counter propaganda on social media networks in the aftermath of Arab uprisings driven by Twitter and Facebook.
    The US military’s high-tech research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has put out a request for experts to look at “a new science of social networks” that would attempt to get ahead of the curve of events unfolding on new media.
    The program’s goal was to track “purposeful or deceptive messaging and misinformation” in social networks and to pursue “counter messaging of detected adversary influence operations,” according to DARPA’s request for proposals issued on July 14.
    The project echoes concerns among top military officers about the lightning pace of change in the Middle East, where social networks have served as an engine for protest against some longtime US allies.
    Some senior officers have spoken privately of the need to better track unrest revealed in social networks and to look for ways to shape outcomes in the Arab world through Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.
    “Events of strategic as well as tactical importance to our Armed Forces are increasingly taking place in social media space,” the DARPA announcement said.
    “We must, therefore, be aware of these events as they are happening and be in a position to defend ourselves within that space against adverse outcomes,” it said.
    DARPA predicted that social networks would have a groundbreaking effect on warfare.
    “Changes to the nature of conflict resulting from the use of social media are likely to be as profound as those resulting from previous communications revolutions,” it said.
    Under the proposal, researchers would be expected to unearth and classify the “formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes)” in social media.
    The document cited a case in which authorities employed social media to head off a potential crisis, but did not specify details of the incident.
    “For example, in one case rumors about the location of a certain individual began to spread in social media space and calls for storming the rumored location reached a fever pitch,” it said.
    “By chance, responsible authorities were monitoring the social media, detected the crisis building, sent out effective messaging to dispel the rumors and averted a physical attack on the rumored location.”
    DARPA planned to spend $42 million on the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program, with prospective contractors asked to test algorithms through “experiments” with social media, it said.
    One possible experiment could involve a “closed social media network” of two to five thousand volunteers or an online role playing game with tens of thousands of players.
    (Destructionist: Does anyone else out there feel like such a program will be used to censor certain views that are not in line with political government dogma?)
    I would go so far as to say does anyone else out there feel like such a program IS BEING used to censor certain views that are not in line with political government/corporate dogma?

    • Steven Steven

      “By chance, responsible authorities were monitoring the social media, detected the crisis building, sent out effective messaging to dispel the rumors and averted a physical attack on the rumored location.”

      Yeah, right… by chance. Free will anyone? Stocks can’t last.

    • Sickputer

      arclight (or a Pentagon poser) heh, heh, wrote:
      “Defense Department wants to deeply grok social media dynamics”

      For the most part those folks wouldn’t know Heinlein from a Heineken. Same thing with the other infiltrators matriculating out of various and sundry countries who-shall-remain-nameless. They matriculate from computer spook college trained by instructors with varying levels of expertise (although they probably do grok because they read English books instead of watching Sponge Bob Squarepants!).

      Between the two in a pitched virtual battle over Fukushima you might get a Mexican standoff. Spooks from the five-sided building evoking the Tepco crap and name-your-country spooks countering with the fearmongering line. I was approached several times to teach the North American spooks 15 years ago and again 5 years ago about defensive strategies, but now we read they are gungho on their Internet for Dummies vendor that will charge them what I told them for free. But that million dollar throwaway identity scheme is doomed to fail because I just think the troops are not ready for prime time… really from either side. No finesse, just brute strength tactics like a bull in a china shop.

      They are better off just buying off the pros who know how Internet journalism and research works. Those pros are way deep cover and they can influence socially what it would take a thousand novice spooks to accomplish.

      As I am fond of saying…”Tact is the art of telling someone to go to hell and have them enjoy the trip.” Cyber soldiers don’t have that fine edge from the ones I have seen. I know because I fixed software damages caused by the common civilian/soldier thug computer cybercriminals for the past 22 years and as an HK University anti-social engineer myself (that’s Hard Knocks not Hong Kong btw) I have only encountered a handful who really posed a serious challenge.

      One reason I usually post anonymous is because I don’t want a previously encountered social engineer sticking a screwdriver through my temples. The other reason is that a different bunch of recent thugs wielding screwdrivers come to mind also without any need for namecalling.

      The Internet can be a very fun and informative place and quickly turn a page and you’re in the redlight district. I have been on it since long before the WWW and it has become much more powerful in so many ways. I evolved with it, but keep my eyes alert and my throwaway email accounts handy (and fyi to the Pentagon those are free btw…). No need for a high-priced Washington vendor to set it up for your homegrown spooks!
      Have fun…almost everybody loves to hate those cute pink-haired trolls! *;-)

      • arclight arclight

        youve got to wonder if you were going to disrupt the web site that you would need to read the website first then with full knowledge of the facts take down the site. wonder how many (if any ) trolls have looked down this rabbit hole and what there response might have been. i think a mass psychosis is in place. though, i havent worked out why, yet|! people generally are aware ot the meltdowns (though not everyone) but choose not to get fired up like we have…how does this mechanism work ? psychologists and sociologists etc are going to have a field day going through this period….enenews will be an important research tool! especially when does his document shredding like bushchenie did! (surprised they got away with that!)
        my favourite blog has changed too, dont know that it isnt as she claims, just a busy schedule or something else? and certainly my favourites list is getting shorter! thought provoking points you bring up! think ewe definately got to watch the ogilvy s (big PR) of this world though! these guys can muster the troops ( they can co cordinate attacks and strategies, trolls etc are only one layer of this strategy? 🙁 i suppose time will tell! i suppose you called me a troll because of my norwegian connection…trolls are the national mascot den norske! fast and fierce, small and hairy, likes mountains, grumpy disposition. gotta admit it does sound like me lol peace

        • Darth

          It used to be that religion shaped one’s consciousness.

          Now the nation state has taken over the job as religious influence fades more and more into the background.

  • Are Tuna and Salmon Safe?

    Trying to determine if tuna and salmon are currently edible in the Pacific NorthWest:

    The best explanation I’ve seen is:


    Since many radioactive iodine isotopes have a short half life (the exception is iodine-129 which can occur in small quantities as the result of fission), there will hopefully be little or none in sea water and plankton ingested by Alaska’s salmon. (Salmon also eat some fish.) However, some radioactive minerals such as caesium have longer half lives than iodine. In the sea at least, heavier radioactive particles should eventually sink and perhaps be covered in silt according to the U.S. National Research Council’s Radioactivity in the Marine Environment. If silt does absorb the radioactive matter, salmon feeding off Alaska’s upwelling coastal currents may remain safe.

    There is cause to monitor salmon however, according to Rutgers marine sciences and geology professor Paul Falkowski (quoted at fanaticcook): “In a worst-case scenario, said . . . Falkowski, . . . a major ocean current that travels up the coast of Japan, across the Pacific and into the Gulf of Alaska could carry radiation to Alaska fisheries months from now, . . . although he and other experts considered it highly unlikely that the current would take the radiation to Alaska unless the leak became far worse.” Predator fish are the most likely to suffer from radiation, since it builds up when fish eat other fish.

    According to EPA’s “air filter and air cartridge data,” Alaska has reported the highest measurements of radiation (caesium 134, caesium 136, caesium 137; iodine 131; tellurium 129 and tellurium 129m) in the air for the U.S. Although the U.S. imports 80% of its fish, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest remain among the most important sources for domestic fish. Other important sources include the Gulf of Mexico, which was the scene of last year’s oil spill, and coastal South Carolina.

    Read more at Suite101: Air and Sea Currents and Fukushima’s Radiation | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/air-and-sea-currents-and-fukushimas-radiation-a364998#ixzz1SnBxZgLr

    How Long Before They’re Unsafe?
    Americans, meanwhile, can expect radioactive caesium from Fukushima to start washing up on the West Coast in five years time, according to the Mainichi Shimbun.

    IAEA expert predicts radioactive cesium will be carried across Pacific to West Coast of U.S. and Canada in one or two years


    In Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency expert Hartmut Nies predicted traces of Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 leaking from the plant will be carried by the Pacific’s Kuroshio current to the North American coast within two years.

    “We expect that in one or two years it might be measured at the coast of Canada or California,” Nies told reporters.

    Q. Can the radioactive water leaking from the Japanese nuclear plant eventually reach the U.S. and be hazardous?
    A. It’s hard to say how that water will move, because it will spread not only on the surface but downward in deep layers of the Pacific Ocean.

    If it does reach the West Coast, it would probably take at least 18 months to three years, by one estimate. In any case, nobody expects it would pose a radiation hazard upon arrival because of tremendous dilution along the way. Airborne radioactive particles have already reached the United States, but federal authorities say the measured levels aren’t dangerous.

    Q. Will ocean creatures be harmed by the discharges of the radioactive water?
    A. Experts say animals very near the plant may face problems like higher rates of genetic mutations, but that this would probably happen within only maybe a half a mile or so.


    Pu239 doubts that last sentence.

    The first involves fish. The Pacific currents running along the Japanese coast go north up the Asian coast before turning towards the Bering Sea, and on down through the Gulf of Alaska to the U.S. northwest coast. These currents mainly move from west to east. Fish are influenced by these currents, and in particular the great stocks of tuna along the warmer waters on, above, and below the equator and in the central Pacific.

    In describing the migratory patterns in its Fish Watch report, NOAA writes:

    Pacific albacore (sometimes referred to as ‘white tuna’)… typically begin an expansive migration in the spring and early summer in waters off Japan that continues through the late summer into inshore waters off the U.S. Pacific coast, and ends in late fall and winter in the western Pacific Ocean…

    Almost all of the albacore harvested in U.S. commercial fisheries comes from the Pacific, mainly from waters off Washington and Oregon. Much of this catch is exported to foreign markets including Spain, Japan, and Canada. The rest is sold in U.S. markets, along with imported albacore, primarily from Thailand and Indonesia.

    This raises the possibility that fish that have possibly been exposed to radiation may turn up in canned and frozen fish products imported into the US from Asian markets, as well as from from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.



    Right about this time, juvenile albacore start making their way across the Pacific Ocean using ocean currents. Fortunately, it still takes those fish about 1-3 years to make it to the United States, according to Seattle ocean current specialist Curt Ebbesmeyer.

    “The currents are very erratic,” said Ebbesmeyer. “They are not a straight shot. It’s not like riding a subway train.”
    Even though tuna can make the trip, experts say its highly unlikely a fish with anything close to a dangerous dose of radiation would ever make it across.

    • The article is dated: Apr 11, 2011 Catherine E Whitehead


      Notice the blurb:

      may remain safe [use of word “may”]

      unless the leak became far worse

      I think the leak has become far worse.


      Predator fish are the most likely to suffer from radiation

      Well, salmon is a predatory fish:


      Predatory fish are fish that predate upon other fish or animals. Some predatory fish include perch, muskie (muskellunge), pike, walleye, salmon.

      Levels of large predatory fish in the global oceans are estimated to be about 10% of their pre-industrial levels.[1] Large predatory fish are most at risk of extinction; there was a disproportionate level of large predatory fish extinctions during the K/T extinction event 65 million years ago.[2] Creation of marine reserves has been found to restore the population of large predatory fish as the Serranidae — groupers and sea bass.[3]
      Predatory fish switch between types of prey in response to variations in their abundance. Such changes in preference are disproportionate and are selected for as evolutionarily efficient.[4]
      Predatory fish may become a pest if they are introduced into an ecosystem in which they become a new top predator. An example, which has caused such trouble in Maryland, is the snakehead fish.[5]

      Predatory fish such as sharks and tuna form a part of the human diet, but they may concentrate significant quantities of mercury in their bodies if they are apex predators, due to bioaccumulation.[6]
      But other scientists are not so sure that ocean ecosystems are in the clear. Over at Yale e360 Elizabeth Grossman has a great, comprehensive rundown of what scientists know about radiation’s effect on sea life, and what they have yet to figure out. This is interesting:

      How the radioactive materials released from the Fukushima plants will behave in the ocean will depend on their chemical properties and reactivity, explained Ted Poston, a ecotoxicologist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. government facility in Richland, Washington. If the radionuclides are in soluble form, they will behave differently than if they are absorbed into particles, said Poston.

      Soluble iodine, for example, will disperse rather rapidly. But if a radionuclide reacts with other molecules or gets deposited on existing particulates—bits of minerals, for example—they can be suspended in the water or, if larger, may drop to the sea floor.

      Pu239’s conclusion:

      If the baby can’t eat it, you can’t eat it.

      Don’t eat the fish.

    • Godzilla

      Tuna and Salmon should have been monitored for radiation even before Fukus, considering the enormous amount of radioactive waster from Hanford that has been dumped into the oceans by way of the Columbia River. I wouldn’t be surprised if even the current baseline levels were a bit elevated.

  • tepcowhofukyushimawho tepcowhofukyushimawho

    The Japanese government is about to set 100 millisieverts as lifetime, cumulative acceptable radiation exposure standard, counting both internal and external radiation exposure, and this is on top of the average 1.5 millisievert/year natural radiation exposure.

    EHHH! So does this mean that if someone lives in an area for 5 months at 19 millisieverts and then moves to an area with normal background radiation that person will be fine and that the intense radiation for the 5 months period has had no effect. Isn’t the intensity at which a dose received relevant?

  • tepcowhofukyushimawho tepcowhofukyushimawho

    Risabee. Sorry I looked at the google translation myself and I can’t be sure what it says but I thought I had read a translation on another site but unfortunately it was this –
    http://www.asahi.com/national/jiji/JJT201107210053.html The 08:38 AM automatic shut down is the consequence of not having studied the consequences of the electric power line work. The original plan was a manual shut down at 03:00 PM. Tepco was aware that the power supply of the water level gauge at the tank between the decontamination facility and the desalination facility was turned off. What it was not aware of, was that this would trigger the automatic shut down of the whole facility. This mistaken shutdown will result into a 3 percentage points drop of the weekly utilization rate. Here http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=480200&page=668

  • Pentagon Seeks to Manipulate Social Media for Propaganda Purposes
    Global Research, July 21, 2011
    Washington’s Blog


    Wired reported on Friday:

    The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it.

    On Thursday, Defense Department extreme technology arm Darpa unveiled its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program. It’s an attempt to get better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media. SMISC has two goals. First, the program needs to help the military better understand what’s going on in social media in real time — particularly in areas where troops are deployed. Second, Darpa wants SMISC to help the military play the social media propaganda game itself.

    This is more than just checking the trending topics on Twitter. The Defense Department wants to deeply grok social media dynamics. So SMISC algorithms will be aimed at discovering and tracking the “formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes)” on social media, according to Darpa’s announcement.


    SMISC needs to be able to seek out “persuasion campaign structures and influence operations” developing across the social sphere. SMISC is supposed to quickly flag rumors and emerging themes on social media, figure out who’s behind it and what. Moreover, Darpa wants SMISC to be able to actually figure out whether this is a random product of the hivemind or a propaganda operation by an adversary nation or group.

    Of course, SMISC won’t be content to just to hang back and monitor social media trends in strategic locations. It’s about building a better spin machine for Uncle Sam, too. Once SMISC’s latches on to an influence operation being launched, it’s supposed to help out in “countermessaging.”


  • Steven Steven

    @ holidayinsun

    Please explain. Your link, while interesting, seems to have no bearing on your statement.

  • PaleHorse

    Having noticed the effects of radiation upon, any and all, DNA.


    UK scientists want human-animal tests monitored.

    Remember the giants?

    • Steven Steven

      “modifications of animals that might create attributes considered uniquely human, like facial features, skin or speech.”

      ……. SPEECH?!! wtf…..

      Anyone else get the strong impression that the world is on the brink of a multifaceted catastrophic OOOPS?

  • aldo aldo

    “Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant has stabilized, officials say”

    By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
    July 21, 2011