I gotta tell ya, I see common sense in the title, but not to much of it in the posts. What I see is more of the fear mongering and hysteria that is
rapidly driving me away from ATS as a news aggregator. The hysteria is also diminishing my entertainment factor, the main reason I come to ATS. ATS
should change it's motto from "deny ignorance" to "embrace hysteria".
The tragedy in Japan is huge: thousands dead and missing,entire towns destroyed, and untold damage to infrastructure. That's only from the earthquake
and Tsunami. The problems at the nuclear plants are insult to injury for the Japanese, and even though most of the posters here are overreacting by
orders of magnitude it is deadly serious in both the near, short, intermediate, and probably long term for the people of northern Japan. If you are
posting from Japan IMO you have the right to be near hysterical. Anyone concerned about radiation exposure not in Japan, well I got some Potassium
Iodide tablets that I'll sell ya for $200 per blister, just don't take them until there is actually a need. There are risks to them.
Several of th theses in this thread really get to me, and I'll address them individually.
1) There are problems with Japanese Nuke Plants other than Fukishima
:Like most hysterical drivel there is a kernel of truth in this. Multiple
nuke plants went into emergency shutdown after the quake. Any unplanned shutdown is technically a "nuclear incident". What whoever brought them up
failed to mention is that backup systems and emergency protocols allowed all reactors except those at Fukishima 2 to safely shutdown as designed or
were able to be shutdown by operators in a reasonable time frame after the emergency.
2)Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, the West Coast or the whole effin world is in danger
Nothing I've seen or read gives me any concern about radiation
reaching to much farther than Japan. We did not have a huge explosion with graphite burning uncontrolled like in Chernobyl. In my absolute worst case
(ie every damn one of the reactors 1-3 melting down and the spent fuel ponds in 4-6 burning) northern Japan is toast, but at worst some light
radiation might reach the West Coast. That's still bad, but not deserving of the hysteria we see here by the minute.
3)Libya was attacked to draw attention away from Japan.
Correlation does not equal causation.Concurrent events do not have to be related. I'll
be the first to admit that I was a bit surprised that the UN approved a no-fly zone with no Russian or Chinese veto, or even no vote. I was
particularly surprised with Europeans taking the lead as well. If events in Japan had an effect on how the UNSC voted for a no-fly zone over Libya at
all,it has more to do with the need for a stable supply of spice (er oil) while the 3rd largest economy in the world recovers from the triple whammy
of earthquake, tsunami, and nuke hazard.
The fear and hysteria I see on all these Japan-nuclear threads is discouraging, and has caused me to lose a lot of respect for posters who I have in
the past though highly of. Only The Redneck sticks out as someone who has been very active in the threads,kept a pretty level head and actually shown
We do live in interesting times and people should learn to keep fear and hysteria in check. Fear and hysteria can be used very easily to drive you
into the arms of whatever bogeyman you believe in (anti-christ, NWO, etc).
edit on 20-3-2011 by jefwane because: grammar and spelling