Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jacques Derrida15 July 1930 – 9 October 2004, post-structuralist philosopher of deconstruction
Wednesday Evening EDT/
Thursday Morning Japan Time 
Disaster Update With an Assist from Jacques Derrida

"Il n'y a pas de hors-texte!" Context is everything!

The IAEA has announced that levels of radiaton detected 40 kilometers away from the Fukushima Daiichi plant exceed criteria for evacuation. Japan has ordered evacuation from an area circumscribed by a 20 kilometer radius. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the government is considering extending the evacuation area. This would force 130,000 more people to leave their homes.

"We are all mediators, translators."

Reuters reports it is now feared that nuclear material in the shut down reactors could resume chain reactions and melt down under certain conditions. This is termed recriticality. "Recriticality does not mean that the reactor is going to blow up. It may be something really local. We might not even see it if it happens." said Denis Flory, a deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

"I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to school long after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior.
Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture."

Japanese authorities are now saying that water may have to be poured onto the damaged reactors "for years" but that will, of course, intensify the problem of what to do with all the radioactive water which will result from the effort to cool down all that nuclear material.

Hiroto Sakashita, a nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics professor at Hokkaido University, says the other reactors and cooling ponds will take years to cool.
"They will just have to keep on pouring and pouring but contaminated water will keep leaking out," he told The New York Times.- ABC News Australia

"This is one of the most serious problems today, this responsibility before the current forms of the mass media and especially before their monopolization, their framing, their axiomatics."

TEPCO and the Japanese government now face the problem of dismantling and literally covering up the ruined plant with thick layers of concrete to contain radioactivity. This project could take thirty years and is estimated to cost $12 billion dollars, which I assure you is a lowball estimate. Experts are also now using the quaint and oxymoronic (unless there is an ice age) expression "immobilizing water" to describe the impossible task of keeping radioactive water at the site in place.

"To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend."

This event has thrust so-called nuclear experts into a place they never addressed in the rosy descriptions of atomic energy they gave to politicians and the public. This is a place they subconsciously knew existed but they never could imagine while planning in their corporate built ivory towers. They preferred to dwell in a prosperous happy land of perfect nuclear energy where their formulas always provided exact numbers and no one pretended to notice or wonder upon tsunamis, earthquakes, meteor strikes, the destruction of war, terrorist attacks, or human stupidity.

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