Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hobbes, "In the state of nature profit is the measure of right."

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Hell in a Hand Basket Update

With the punctuation of the words of
Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679)

He was an English political philosopher and author of Leviathan (1651)

"My mother gave birth to twins: myself and fear."

The former long time governor of Fukushima, Eisako Sato, who at first supported the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, turned against it as he learned about TEPCO's shoddy safety practices. He was rewarded with smears, and  accusations of criminal behavior, for which he was convicted of bribery. The Independent UK tells us his story today.
From the article:
"Those who say that nuclear power is dangerous, like myself, are treated as state enemies. This is a truly terrifying logic, is it not? Whoever it may be, be it a Diet [council] member or governor, no one has been able to fight such logic so far." -Eisako Sato

And the lesson? Replacing Tepco's management won't solve anything, he says, because the logic of Japan's energy policies is that nuclear power generation is absolutely necessary. "So nuclear power must be seen as absolutely safe." Ordinary people must "take democracy into their own hands", he added. "If they do not, in 10 years time we will see another disaster. It's almost as though we are in a fascist country where information is hidden from the public. This is time for Japan to wake up and see what the situation is."

"for even they that be perfectly awake, if they be timorous, and supperstitious, possessed with fearfull tales, and alone in the dark, are subject to the like fancies, and believe they see spirits and dead mens Ghosts walking in Churchyards; whereas it is either their Fancy onely, or els the knavery of such persons, as make use of such superstitious feare, to pass disguised in the night, to places they would not be known to haunt."-Leviathan 

TEPCO has a history of cover ups with 200 proven falsifications of safety inspection reports. Here is a short history of their sins found at This company lies and cheats for profit.

"Private Bodies Regular, but Unlawfull, are those that unite themselves into one person Representative, without any publique Authority at all; such as are the Corporations of Beggars, Theeves and Gipsies, the better to order their trade of begging, and stealing; and the Corporations of men, that by Authority from any forraign Person, unite themselves in anothers Dominion, for easier propagation of Doctrines, and for making a party, against the Power of the Common-wealth."-Leviathan

Bloomberg is promoting the "out of sight, out of mind" to the Fukushima Daiichi problem with this article titled "Tepco Must End ‘Whack-a-Mole,’ Cover Fukushima Reactors as Typhoons Loom". There is some dispute whether just sealing up with concrete will solve the problem here. Meltdowns have occurred and continue to occur. Radiation is likely escaping into the groundwater underneath the reactor at this point. Covering up the site would be a massive construction project that will take years to complete. As I have said before, there is probably no neat answer to this mess. All nuclear energy reactors must be decommissioned before we are visited with another unanticipated consequence of taking gifts from the nuclear djinn. TEPCO has said that they plan to festoon the site with "temporary covers" within three months.

"And in these foure things, Opinion of Ghosts, Ignorance of second causes, Devotion towards what men fear, and Taking of things Casuall for Prognostiques, consisteth the Naturall seed of Religion; which by reason of the different Fancies, Judgements, and Passions of severall men, hath grown up into ceremonies so different, that those which are used by one man, are for the most part ridiculous to another."-Leviathan

Counterpunch's Gavan McCormack may be indulging in wishful thinking when he proposes that Japan may be embarking into a non-nuclear future. However, the article gives a good overview of the state of the Japanese nuclear industry in a historical context.

"Another infirmity of a Common-wealth, is the immoderate greatnesse of a Town, when it is able to furnish out of its own Circuit, the number, and expence of a great Army: As also the great number of Corporations; which are as it were many lesser Common-wealths in the bowels of a greater, like wormes in the entrayles of a naturall man."-Leviathan

It is still next to impossible to get accurate or any information about radiation in Japan, at Fukushima Daiichi or around the world.

"The secret thoughts of a man run over all things holy profane clean obscene grave and light without shame or blame."

Go to Forbidden Knowledge TV and watch Leuren Moret's lecture on the dangers we face from the activities of  the nuclear industry here in the United States. There is no such thing as safe radiation levels. Did you ever wonder why there seem to be so many more female babies born than before? 

Three Small Pieces, 1, John Bonanno

Three Small Pieces, 2, John Bonanno

Three Small Pieces, 3, John Bonanno

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