reply to post by qmantoo
qmantoo, thank you for taking on the task of opening Part 2 of the "Japan Thread". I think we can all appreciate the reasons why SO decided to close
the first one; I can assure you all it had nothing to do with the subject matter. And yes, the original "Japan" thread was
the biggest of all-time on ATS
. In fact, some other "mega threads" have also been closed for
similar reasons of sheer size and the consequential problems in loading them. And as our percentage of mobile-based users continues to grow, that was
a factor that had to be taken into account.
But as well all know (and as SO is well aware), the Japan situation is very much ongoing and will be for decades. Hence his note in the thread closure
post, inviting a new thread and offering to link to it. (He has now inserted the link to this one.)
Like many of you, I watched the Japan disaster unfold from the very beginning, and the criminal incompetence of Tepco and its cronies was not only
appalling, it was frightening. We had both experienced members here and experts elsewhere warning of meltdowns long before Tepco and Japanese govt
officials ever admitted they had occurred, and that set the pattern we have seen and (sadly) come to expect ever since: whenever Tepco says they have
things under control, be very wary as it's unlikely that they really have. And if they say there is an "anomaly", a "problem" or an "unexpected
setback", then our worries only deepen, because we've seen what that means in the past and it's never been good news.
There is no good news about Fukushima Dai-Ichi's crippled reactors.
We are probably sick of them bowing and saying "sorry" when yet another setback occurs, when yet another leakage is "discovered", just as we are sick
of those who continue to assert that it's not that bad, really -- who say we are over-reacting and blowing things out of proportion and it's really
just a local problem and they have it all under control.
The original "Japan" thread got to 1401 pages and 27,621 replies and became the biggest-ever thread on ATS because this disaster is the biggest-ever
disaster of its kind, and dedicated members have spent countless hours gleaning information and assembling it into a thread for the many readers who
have long since come to see that
ATS thread as a true resource of detailed documentation: it shows what can and does occur when the management
of melted-down nuclear reactors and unstable spent fuel pools is left in the hands of those who delay, who deceive, who dither about, who misinform or
out-and-out lie about how bad the situation is and how incapable they are of dealing with it on their own.
Long since, this disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors should have been the primary focus of concerted, international efforts to do anything and
everything humanly possible to minimize radiation spread, using all resources available and creating or even inventing those that were needed but did
not yet exist. Not just because it is a catastrophe for Japan, but because sooner or later, just such a disaster can happen again, either through the
forces of nature, through sabotage or acts of war, or through plain human error.
But what do we have? Two and half years on, we see reports of leaking tanks -- tanks that were supposed to hold radioactive water in safety but do
not; we see possible super-heating of ground water by corium, the water being expelled into the sea in a continuous, uncontrolled and maybe
uncontrollable fashion; and we have the ever-growing feeling that far from getting this all cleaned up in (conservatively) 30 years, we will only see
more failures, more leaks, more lies or at least holding back the truth as they have repeatedly and demonstrably done.
The feeling is that far from solving this problem in 30 years or 40 or even 50 years, it will be something that even our great-grandchildren will
still have to face. Yes, not just the future children of Japan, but ours. Because regardless of how much the radiation from Fukushima spreads, we have
to accept the fact that one day, the same thing can happen somewhere else. And the only lessons we have learned from Fukishima so far are very hard
We haven't learned how to do things right, but we have see plenty of ways to do things wrong!
We need this "Part 2" thread for all these reasons. A thread like the first "Japan" thread is not just a series of posts, it is a chronicle of the
worst that humans can do when pride, selfishness, the fear of losing face (and money) and the fear of asking for help, can lead to a tragedy that is
so vast, we personally may never know how bad it will all turn out to be. That's why we need Part 2.
Thank you all who contributed to the old thread, and thank you in advance for doing the same in this one.
edit on 7/9/13 by JustMike because: typos. There may be more, though.