Saturday, April 02, 2011

Saturday Night EDT/ Sunday Morning Japan Time
Multitudinous Disaster Update

With Some Words from The Birthday Boy, 
Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingalt 
(2 April 1725 - 4 June 1798)

“I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.”

TEPCO officials announced that attempts to plug the leak of radioactive water coming directly from the core of reactor 2 had failed Saturday. Concrete washed away before it could set in an 8" hole in the leaking  maintenance pit. Authorities said they would try using a plastic polymer material Sunday to plug the leak.
They have also been spraying the grounds of the Fukushima Daiichi plant with a sticky polymer to hold radioactive material in place, theoretically. There must be a prodigious amount of water flowing through there to prevent pouring enough concrete to plug an 8" leak.

On a happy note, a dog was rescued from the roof of a house floating in the ocean off Miyagi prefecture by the Japanese Coast Guard  yesterday. He was fed cookies and sausages which he wolfed down.

"When you fool a fool, you strike a blow for intelligence."

Japan is wrestling with the problem of 80 million tons of debris left by the earthquake and tsunami. Everything from hazardous waste to valuable personal possessions must be sorted out, salvaged or disposed of.  We read in this story in the Los Angeles Times that there is 500,000 tons of rotting seafood in disabled warehouse facilities. The Japanese are serious recyclers with strict rules. It will be a huge job to sort out the mess. 

"I saw that everything in the world that is famous and beautiful, if we rely on the descriptions and drawings of writers and artists, always loses when we go to see it and examine it up close."

Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant will be closed next week and 3.600 workers will be furloughed because of Japanese parts shortages due to the earthquake and sales slow downs resulting from  high gas prices. The plant makes F-250, F-350, trucks and Expedition and Navigator SUV's.
It's a global, global world for me and you. 

"Whether it is happy or unhappy, a man's life is the only treasure he can ever possess."

According to Reuters 11,938 are now confirmed dead and 15,478 are missing.
168,586 households in the earthquake area are still without electricity.
220,000 households are without water. 
45,761 buildings have been destroyed. 
Damages are estimated to be $190-$298 billion. This does not include losses because of suspended business and farming activity. It does not include nuclear Fukushima nuclear reactor damage or long term losses from radioactivity.
The yen has reached a record high against the dollar, which should make Japanese products cheaper on the American market. 

"Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy."

Casanova (on the left) tests a condom before enjoying the beauties of love. Illustration from
"Mémoires, écrits par lui-même"

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