Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cartoon Attack on Thomas Paine
Sunday Morning EDT/
Sunday Evening Japan Time
Disaster Update 
With the Assistance of Thomas Paine, 29 January 1737 – 8 June 1809

"I have no wish to believe on that subject." (Paine's last words)

TEPCO continues to keep real time (and not so real time) radiation levels at Fukushima Daiishi to themselves. But we note that yesterday they employed a helicopter drone to photograph areas of the site to get more detail of damage. Radiation levels must be very dangerous to humans over those areas that an unmanned drone is the only safe way to obtain photographs.

"Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason."

Despite the entreaties of the Japanese government, China and other countries have expanded their ban on the import of Japanese foodstuffs. It is estimated that the loss to the Japanese economy in sales of food materials is $305 billion or 5% of Japan's GDP so far. My guess is that the final cost of this catastrophe to Japan will be in excess of $1 trillion. We must ask ourselves if our deal with the nuclear devil is worth it.

"It is pleasant to observe by what regular gradation we surmount the force of local prejudice as we enlarge our acquaintance with the world."

TEPCO has run into problems removing radioactive water from their destroyed nuclear reactor buildings at Fukushima says the Wall Street Journal. They are facing the question of how one can remove highly radioactive water from one place without contaminating another place. Unless they can develop a technology to deradiate water, this problem is insolvable. Fish from the area are being measured with higher than acceptable radiation levels and as noted above, the Japanese economy has been dealt a grievous blow by this "accident" which as we all know was totally preventable simply by avoiding the crude and dangerous technology which the nuclear industry has foisted on the world with the connivance of corrupt governments.

"Hereditary succession has no claim. For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and tho' himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them."

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan today.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in his natty jumpsuit toured the earthquake/tsunami/radiation damaged village of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture today and promised:
“The government will give all its strength to work with you. We will never abandon you.”

"I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life."

Time Magazine reports on the discovery of an old man near the Fukushima Daiishi plant who has been stranded there since the earthquake.

"Each of those churches show certain books, which they call revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say, that their word of God was given by God to Moses, face to face; the Christians say, that their word of God came by divine inspiration: and the Turks say, that their word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from Heaven. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all."

Votive Tablet of a Horse, 2001,  Akira Yamaguchi 

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