TV: Fukushima confirms nightmarish potential of nuclear power; Public living with threat of worst-case scenarios on daily basis — Author: “Super catastrophe” looms at plant (VIDEO)

Published: January 14th, 2014 at 11:25 am ET


Dr. Michael Parenti, Ph.D.(Yale University) political scientist, historian, author, Jan. 13, 2014: […] President Obama has been as mute about the calamity looming at Fukushima as the Japanese government itself—-and for the same reasons. First, the potential danger is stupendous and it is in the manner of leaders, when facing something that might develop into a super catastrophe, to keep the public’s mind off it. The last thing they want is to put the public into a fright and fury about their own survival […] Should Obama broach the subject of Fukushima he would leave himself open to a host of questions […] It would become apparent that he and the others have no sure answer regarding how they are going to decommission the nuclear plants […]

Al Jazeera America, Jan. 13, 2014: […] since its inception, commercial nuclear power has also provoked a kind of blood-curdling dread, and countries embraced the vision of a nuclear future to very different degrees. The 2011 catastrophe in Fukushima confirmed, once again, the nightmarish potential of nuclear power, and refigured the debate about nuclear across the globe. […]

Michael Okwu, Al Jazeera correspondent back from Japan, Jan. 7, 2014 (at 2:30 in): To be clear, people are awake at night because every day, worst case scenarios are entirely conceivable at the four troubled reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. If for some reason the cooling system falters or a massive earthquake in this highly quake prone nation were to hit, deadly levels of radiation could be released into the atmosphere In Reactors 1, 2, and 3 the cooling system is completely dependent on an ad hoc warrant of pipes that travel through the melted core. Tepco says its reactors could withstand a M9.0 quake, but we spoke to plenty of people in Japan who were not willing to find out how accurate that statement is.

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Published: January 14th, 2014 at 11:25 am ET


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429 comments to TV: Fukushima confirms nightmarish potential of nuclear power; Public living with threat of worst-case scenarios on daily basis — Author: “Super catastrophe” looms at plant (VIDEO)

  • Veracity Veracity

    You guys want MY opinion? I used to love this blog. Highly intelligent people sharing educated information about important topics.

    I read this entire blog and wonder what the hell happened. Are these the same people? Starting each blog with "don't feed the shill" and then fill him to the gills with all kinds of nasty. Do you realize how many replies were about this guy? Like almost the entire blog!

    Its obvious when there's a member who doesn't go with the flow and isn't knowledgeable about a subject. Its obvious when someone wants to cause strife and disagrees with everything. It doesn't need to be pointed out to intelligent people. Or even to not so intelligent people.

    And THEY DON'T DESERVE SO MUCH ATTENTION! THEY DON'T DESERVE ANY ATTENTION!!! Sorry dont mean to yell. But if this kind of stuff continues, I'm going to stop coming here. I recently signed on because I've been reading here for nearly a year and wanted to thank you all. Then it got all crazy sidetracked with shill bashing stuff.

    Well that was my opinion…

    • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

      Sorry for the grief. But if you'd like to help, whenever socref starts denigrating people, hit that Report comment link. I don't think it works, but we'll see.

      • nedlifromvermont

        maybe he meant to write: "a warren of pipes" ???

      • tsfw tsfw

        Maybe the 'report comment' is proving ineffective because Socref has the host of this site tied to a chair and has taken over his computer 😛

        Ok sick joke but please don't all jump down my throats, it was meant in fun. The image just popped into my head as I was reading SykeWar's comment. Would explain a lot though wouldn't it 😛

    • tonybach

      Like you Veracity, I've been visiting this website regularly, being most impressed by many of the comments made by its regular scribblers. Like you too, I must express my reservations about time spent here, after perusing the above blog. Every time we get on to the crux of the matter, concerning critical issues regarding the strength and extent of the damage caused by the earthquake/tsunami (just like the chicken and egg situation: which came first?), out crawls the pseudo-shill, Socref, and his host of verbose critics,despite constant calls to ignore or "YAWN" him. I can only conclude, in the immortal words of Shakespeare, that they "doth protest too loudly". This whole Socref thing has become a circus; a distraction from many crucial cause and effect issues that several informed bloggers have raised. I think you know whom I have in mind Veracity. "Great is the man who sees the truth for himself". Parminedes.

    • cooterboy


      Thank you for your insight and observation of this issue and your ON POINT summation. After two years of reading, this go-to-site, for information, I now have better things to do. I find this site dis-hearting and my mind swirls like a child on Christmas eve.

      If I want name calling and a vindictive conversation I would go visit my ex-wife.

      This site is visited by millions of people around the earth. From all walks of life they come here to seek knowledge and not read about people airing their dirty laundry in public.

      ENE has expended time, money and effort in presenting this site as a public forum for the exchange of opinions based on facts, as we know them to be and that are relative to the article presented.

      Before I type anything I remind myself, would I talk like this if the person was sitting in front of me. Think about it.

      Pixels on a screen are powerful weapons and some have interjected themselves, to do just that. They just don't point the gun, but are willing to pull the trigger unjustifiably. It's called murder by proxy.

      I'm way over 60 and have a new Inspector exp with nothing to do. Pot is now legal in Washington State, whoo hoo and I live 300 miles from my beloved Pacific Ocean and it is calling to me to come and say goodby to an old friend. Road Trip!

      Thanks ENE for all that you have done.
      Thanks Anne for inspiring me.
      Thanks Timothy Leary.

      Clyde Cordell Scalf

      Will somebody turn out the lights please…

      • cooterboy

        Post Script reply:

        The avatar is my dog Cooter, a springer spaniel, sitting in my 87 Ford farm truck for you with inquiring minds and those that need glasses.

        You know whats nice about driving a beat up, bent bumper, flaking paint truck is that when you go to the store, no one will park close or even near you in the parking lot.

        My apologies ENE for that, as I was just responding to cooterboy's post, which I must say is rather spot on.


  • flatsville

    Yes. Yes. Very productive use of your time. Keep posting. Good to know exactly where you are.

    • flatsville

      Watching Pawn Stars…ROTFLMAO…posting to Enenews…waiting for that phone call from your unit at Oak Ridge…ROTFLMAO…

      You made my day. Now I can go prep.

  • Sickputer

    Re: circus from dissenting points of view

    SP: It is what it is. You get what you paid for reading the aggregated news articles and then plowing into the pixels of light typed by naked apes of different beliefs and agendas.

    Only you can decide if the good outweighs the negatives. Some people can't stand bickering and drop out. Your choice. Your psyche, your mental health at stake. Forget the invisible radiation burning in your insides. Stress does take a toll also.

    But radiation kills. You and me and the relatives and our friends. Dead…

    So I persist in making a stand. Because if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

    Peace to all. Stay the course. We will make a difference. Or our children will. I have to believe in that hope or else I will also become a walking dead zombie like so many billions on this beautiful planet. There is heaven on this planet if we can protect the ecology.

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      I just need a breather .. I know how important this site is and I also know the ramifications of this mess . I will be checking in but we need to devise a plan on any social sites we deal with . We are not alone when we become enlightened and they win by getting our goat and diverting us that is their job what is ours I ask ???

      • Sickputer

        Our job is to save our lives, our family, our friends. I always look for something good in every human so I want to consider them all my friends. The human race didn't survive because people ignored their clans. There is strength and staying power in groups with a common agenda.

        No one man is an island. But Enenews is an island of refuge. Enjoy it, because there is nothing else like it.

      • Sol Man

        Here is something to keep you going from a long time back.

        "To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the World tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your Soul

        Ralph W. Emerson

        I tacked it on the wall in 1966.

    • irhologram

      Sickputer. I think the issue is: Don't make "it" about the man. Make "it" about the topic. Yes, refute ignorance or disinformation, BUT do it professionally. A lot of people here find street-fight language distasteful and we ALL find it to be a distracting "list disrupter," which if you're right in your accusation, has achieved the precise goal of your opponent. Make the point. Just make the point and allow Truth to speak. She's much more eloquent than you or I. You are hearing from folks who believe this "list disruption" is fouling the site. Listen to them. And include me.

  • The Corrupt Price Anderson Act; JPMorgan, GE, Edison Electric, And Thompson Houston Corp. Connection; via @AGreenRoad

    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      Ending this Act could shut 'em all down once and for all (at least in the US).

      This is quite important to do.

  • How Dangerous Is 400-6000 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via @AGreenRoad

    • Sol Man

      Dr.Gh- I recall that one of the researchers said that the Pu was turned into a gas, as the result of the temperature reached at detonation- so much worse than a nano particle, I believe.

      Will search for the write-up, haven't found it yet.
      Very bad for all.

      • Sol Man

        The article may be gone now. On Enenews, 10/16/13, "Japan journalist: Plutonium escaped Fukushima as a gas, it was a colossal 9,000 deg. F. inside, can't be detected with Geiger counter,…"

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Looks like good old MOX #3 Reactor has had bad luck before.

    "In '78, fuel rods fell in reactor No. 3, causing a nuclear reaction. Took 7.5 Hrs to place the rods back into proper positions."

    From Wiki.

    I wonder if reactors breed bad luck?