Best Sources for Information On The Fukushima Nuclear Reactors

March 17th, 2011
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As it is too difficult for me to personally provide updates on the situation in Japan, the following links can provide good up to date, information without sensationalize or uninformed speculation.

TEPCO Press Room – Frequently updated English language press releases from the plant’s operators on the latest state of the reactors.

MIT Nuclear Information Service – Blog-style posts providing expert analysis and information written in layperson’s terminology with good explanations.�� Highly recommended.�� Rational and direct.

International Atomic Energy Agency – Contains regular press releases on confirmed information relating to the Fukushima reactors. Also provides information on confirmed injuries relating to the nuclear plant. At this time there are no confirmed cases of acute radiation poisoning, though workers have been injured in the explosions at the plant.

Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (English Language Site) – Frequent updates on status of reactors. This site provides some of the best primary information as soon as it is avaliable on both the reactor conditions and efforts underway to address problems. This is the primary source of information used to provide the concise “Status Updates” updates, which are hosted by HPS.
(note that this is not a “forum” in the sense of an internet discussion board)


Health Physics Society
– In addition to having updates on the Fukushima, HPS is by far the best site to go to for reference information on the health effects of ionizing radiation, the measurement of radiation, safety issues and other important background info. HPS provides exceptionally well-written and understandable references for media and laypersons.

Fukushima Status Updates – Provided by the Health Physics Society and the Japan Atomic Information Forum, this PDF document is updated whenever new information on the status of the reactors become available. As of this writing, three reactors are severely damaged but stable. All reactors at the nearby Fukushima-2 plant are safe and relatively undamaged. This document offers the best concise rundown of status.

Due to the exceptionally poor reporting and sensationalize in the mainstream press, readers are warned to take press reports, even those from otherwise reputable newspapers with a grain of salt. Likewise, statements by politicians and commentators should not be viewed as necessarily being reliable.


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  1. 51
    Matthew Says:

            George Carty said:

    Still a free-market apologist for plutocracy in Bruce’s eyes no doubt. And also in mine, although unlike Bruce I recognize that even the most militant trade unions are impotent if countries are forced into a Malthusian struggle for resources. That’s why I support nuclear energy. (I also think one of the most effective ways to reduce inequality would be a land value tax of the type advocated by Henry George. The current low interest rates show that if the working classes in general are losing out, it is not the capitalist class in general which is to blame.)

    Wuestion re land value tax – how do you deal with the issue of farmers? They tend to be land rich, but very low on cash. One of the major problems with inheritence taxes is that you have millions of dollars of assets being transferred, but with middle-class cash flow – this is one reason that family farms are often lost.

    Actually not all forced migrations in history were ordered by totalitarian regimes. What about the millions of farm labourers of 18th- and 19th-century Britain who were forced to emigrate or starve as the rich enclosed their lands?

    No less sociopathic, but not as well known. I’m assuming Bruce’s grasp on history is just as shaky as his ability to do basic arithmetic. Also, based on his posts, his obsessions map far more closely to totalitarian ideology-based sociopathy (pseudo-noble cause corruption).


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  2. 52
    George Carty Says:

            Matthew said:

    Question re land value tax – how do you deal with the issue of farmers? They tend to be land rich, but very low on cash.

    Yes, but farmland is much cheaper per hectare than urban land (and would become even cheaper as LVT would destroy land speculation), so the tax burden should not be particularly burdensome.

            Matthew said:

    One of the major problems with inheritence taxes is that you have millions of dollars of assets being transferred, but with middle-class cash flow – this is one reason that family farms are often lost.

    Inheritance taxes are a great weapon against hereditary aristocracies, but on the debit side have similar drawbacks to other taxes on transactions.


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    Gerald Orkin Says:

    No, I think you are very wrong about calling this unnecessary or madness panic. People may panic but there is a good reason for fear. They said nuclear power was going to cause a horrible accident for years and nobody listened because people made money on it. Now what?

    Do some research. Japan’s food supply is poisoned from now until forever and the radiation is not spreading so far that not even people in California are safe from it.

    I saw a very good webcast where they had some of the experts who predicted this. According to nuclear expert Harvey Wasserman they are depending on seawater pumps to keep the whole thing from doing another meltdown and this would release so much radiation that Japan would become a ghosttown like Chinobal and everyone in Japan would have to be relocated to other countries. Already millions in China might die from this. Slow bad deaths of cancer. he radiation levels in foods are now so bad that farming in Japan may be done for and we have to pray it does not go further. They said if the numbers show up in the big farms in China and the US and Germany then the world will starve because we can’t live without the grain those farms make and we can’t eat it if it is filled with radiation.

    I also question very much if this was truly an accident. See some eye opening information herehttp://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread673104/pg1

    There were some very upsetting reports about the damage and the coverups on the news station RT, which you can find at youtube.

    This is a bigger problem. If you see the other items on the news, this the problems in the world now is being used as an excuse by the United States to invade Libya. Also, oil prices are back up to their highs.

    Step one in getting back to some sanity is to ban nuclear power and nuclear weapons forever. Note the fact that nuclear power and nuclear weapons are basically the same thing. The US has basically decided to attack Japan with a nuclear dirty bomb for the third time, but this time it does it in a way that is more stealthy because the earthquake was targeted to turn the power plant into a bomb. All nuclear power plants are basically weapons once haarp or other controls come into play.

    Note also the excuse for middle east invasions now. A whole bunch of countries but especially the US have dirty bombed Afganhistan and Iraq to hell with depleted uranium. Now libya is getting it too and probably Egypy got some of that a week ago. The only place being kept safe of course being Israel. So its a plot to poison most of the world with radiation.

    Radiation emergencies are great for evacuations. Nobody even notices that is happening. All you need is quakes and radiation and suddenly everyone has to find someplace new to stay. Did you know they have been building FEMA camps all around the US and now all around the world? Did you notice a suspicious earthquake in New Zeland too? New Zeland also has known and suspected FEMA concentration camps. No doubt people are being moved there now and once everryone is in the gates close and then comes extermination of whoever is not wanted.

    People need to band together now more then ever and make them shut the nuclear reactors before it is too late.

    It is 2011. Most predictions are that things start getting bad now and keep getting worse until the end of 2012, which is where it all ends up.

    Check out the webbot while you are at it. It will open your eyes.


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    Nick P. Says:

    Every time I see comments like the last one I always have to take a deep breath and remind myself.

    He’s probably just off his meds, and most people aren’t this crazy…

    Kill millions? Yeah, just like how Chernobly killed eleventybillion people and gave about 70 million babies brain tumors but you never hear about it because it’s all being covered up by the New World Order who will kill us with IRRADIATED GMO FOODS!?!

    Right…


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    Anon Says:

            Gerald Orkin said:

    People may panic but there is a good reason for fear.

    If you are one of the people working at the plant trying to keep things from getting any worse then you probably do have good reason to have some fear.

    I mean the hydrogen explosions did injure people and some of the radiation measurements taken were readings you wouldn’t want to be exposed to for any length of time (fortunately they didn’t stay high long and were very localised so the workers could avoid the worst of it).

            Gerald Orkin said:

    They said nuclear power was going to cause a horrible accident for years and nobody listened because people made money on it.

    Are you kidding?

    People did listen to the lies of the anti-nuclear movement, if nobody had listened to your kind global warming would’ve been solved by now.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Now what?

    Now we have to recognise that nuclear power is still the safest power source around.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Do some research. Japan’s food supply is poisoned from now until forever and the radiation is not spreading so far that not even people in California are safe from it.

    Don’t use no double negatives.

    Iodine 131 doesn’t last long so their food will only remain contaminated for the next month or two at worst (and it isn’t even that dangerous anyway but the nuclear industry tends to be overcautious).

            Gerald Orkin said:

    According to nuclear expert Harvey Wasserman

    Not an expert.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    they are depending on seawater pumps to keep the whole thing from doing another meltdown and this would release so much radiation that Japan would become a ghosttown like Chinobal and everyone in Japan would have to be relocated to other countries.

    If he really did say that then there goes whatever credibility he may have once had (provided of course it keeps getting bought up).

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Already millions in China might die from this. Slow bad deaths of cancer.

    Millions more will die from air pollution from the coal power plants you get when you oppose nuclear while nuclear power in the west has not claimed the life of a single member of the public, not after Three Mile Island and not after Fukushima Dai-ichi.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    They said if the numbers show up in the big farms in China and the US and Germany then the world will starve because we can’t live without the grain those farms make and we can’t eat it if it is filled with radiation.

    Are you sure you’re real and not just a satirist?

            Gerald Orkin said:

    I also question very much if this was truly an accident.

    Oh right, a profit making company would deliberately write off three very expensive assets.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    See some eye opening information herehttp://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread673104/pg1

    Oh so you’re one of the idiots who thinks HAARP is something other than an ionospheric heater.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    There were some very upsetting reports about the damage and the coverups on the news station RT, which you can find at youtube.

    What coverups?

            Gerald Orkin said:

    If you see the other items on the news, this the problems in the world now is being used as an excuse by the United States to invade Libya.

    I thought the US was just going to help enforce a no fly zone which those working to get rid of the dictator there need.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Also, oil prices are back up to their highs.

    Considering that Japan has lost three generators that don’t use fossil fuels permanently and has quite a few others shut down for an extended period of time it’s no surprise that they’d need more petroleum (mostly natural gas but oil and natural gas tend to follow each other in price pretty closely).

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Step one in getting back to some sanity is to ban nuclear power and nuclear weapons forever. Note the fact that nuclear power and nuclear weapons are basically the same thing.

    I thought step one was learning the difference between a power plant and a bomb.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    The US has basically decided to attack Japan with a nuclear dirty bomb for the third time, but this time it does it in a way that is more stealthy because the earthquake was targeted to turn the power plant into a bomb.

    Why would the US want to do that?

    Besides, isn’t causing an earthquake to attack a power plant and then relying on the tsunami generated to knock out backup power a bit far fetched?

    Why can’t you conspiracy kooks ever come up with a conspiracy that is actually the least bit sensible?

            Gerald Orkin said:

    A whole bunch of countries but especially the US have dirty bombed Afganhistan and Iraq to hell with depleted uranium.

    Even a lot of people in the anti-nuclear movement have begun distancing themselves from that load of nonsense.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    The only place being kept safe of course being Israel.

    So are you just an anti-Semite then?

            Gerald Orkin said:

    So its a plot to poison most of the world with radiation.

    But why would anyone want to do that?

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Radiation emergencies are great for evacuations. Nobody even notices that is happening. All you need is quakes and radiation and suddenly everyone has to find someplace new to stay.

    People need to find someplace new to stay with only the quake, no need to add radiation.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Did you know they have been building FEMA camps all around the US and now all around the world?

    No I didn’t, probably because they actually aren’t.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    Did you notice a suspicious earthquake in New Zeland too?

    I noticed an aftershock that did a lot of damage earlier this year but it isn’t particularly suspicious.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    New Zeland also has known and suspected FEMA concentration camps. No doubt people are being moved there now and once everryone is in the gates close and then comes extermination of whoever is not wanted.

    If only they’d exterminate people like you.

            Gerald Orkin said:

    People need to band together now more then ever and make them shut the nuclear reactors before it is too late.

    So you want all of our coastal cities underwater?

            Gerald Orkin said:

    It is 2011.

    Most predictions are that things start getting bad now and keep getting worse until the end of 2012, which is where it all ends up.

    So you also believe the 2012 end of the world nonsense as well?


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    zeph Says:

            Matthew said:

    By your words in this last post, you have just stated that you would, in accordance with your ideology, forccibly relocate people in order to satisfy your desires. Given that, historically, the only way to do that unless they want to move already is to be willing to kill them in job lots, you would necessarily become a mass murderer. Congratulations, you have joined Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Mugabe.

    Sociopath it is then.

    Mathew, why are you having such a hard time responding to Bruce with substance rather then strawman put-downs?

    Bruce’s point was that some locations will be uncomfortable, less safe, or too expensive to support large numbers of people in a low energy (high efficiency) world. I can see reasons to hold a different vision than that. But if Bruce were correct, the forces moving people to new locations would be closer to “the invisible hand” of the market, than to, say the US forced migration of the Cherokee or Soviet population transfers. For example, without affordable air conditioning, many people will move away from some of the hottest locations, without any soldiers prodding them with bayonets. A smaller number would stay, paying whatever it cost – assuming their livelihood didn’t depend on a higher population base.

    As I say, there are things to debate about this assertion – like is it already time to get off the exponential curve (or past time, or not yet time, or the universe will eventually be comprised of free floating bodies, as Isaac Asimov convinced me in my youth). But gratuitously shifting that debate into accusations of sociopathy towards Bruce because your imagination runs so quickly to mass killings rather than market dynamics – says very little about Bruce’s points, good or bad, and a lot more about the author.

    I do find facinating the discussion of where and when it’s best for the human race to get off the exponential curve. The discussion pits rationality against biological instincts, and it’s particularly interesting because sometimes people – based on their politics – switch out of their usual roles. That is, some who are often more on the rational evaluation side of arguments, wind up switching into impassioned if disguised emotionalism and vice versa.

    I do not agree with all that Bruce says (in the subset I’ve read), but I see no reason to disrespect him, and I would probably also agree with some points. (This lack of total polarization and discourtesy brands me as a “concern troll” to the more polarized, I understand that. It seems like the choices are true believer, concern troll, or sociopath :-) .


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  7. 57
    BMS Says:

            zeph said:

    This lack of total polarization and discourtesy brands me as a “concern troll”

    That’s fine — as long as you know your place. ;-)

    Seriously, however, you should read some more of Bruce’s writing. He’s a few cards short of a full deck, and what’s more, he is a cowardly little whelp who limits his commentary to sniping from the edges rather than approaching any issue head-on. Frankly, I don’t think that he has a single comprehensive argument in him; everything he writes is parroted from some “green” website that he has visited.

    P.S. If you’re an Asimov fan then you should recognize that a common theme in his fiction is that a zero-growth society is ultimately doomed.


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    Matthew Says:

            zeph said:

    Mathew, why are you having such a hard time responding to Bruce with substance rather then strawman put-downs?

    I tried that for about a year. Check the older discussion threads. Based on his responses over the last few years (he’s been here since at least 2008), this is the only explanation I could come up with for his philosphy.

            zeph said:

    I do not agree with all that Bruce says (in the subset I’ve read), but I see no reason to disrespect him, and I would probably also agree with some points. (This lack of total polarization and discourtesy brands me as a “concern troll” to the more polarized, I understand that. It seems like the choices are true believer, concern troll, or sociopath :-) .

    As I said, I’d suggest going back and reading the discussion threads in which he has participated. Those will be a far better indictment of his honesty and intentions than I could ever make.


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    Matthew Says:

            BMS said:

    Frankly, I don’t think that he has a single comprehensive argument in him; everything he writes is parroted from some “green” website that he has visited.

    Untrue – he also quotes from various Democratic Party sites, and, more recently, from North Korean State propaganda

            BMS said:

    P.S. If you’re an Asimov fan then you should recognize that a common theme in his fiction is that a zero-growth society is ultimately doomed.

    Agreed. My email includes the Good Doctor’s line:

    “If knowledge creates problems, ignorance will not solve them”


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  10. 60
    BMS Says:

            Matthew said:

    Untrue – he also quotes from various Democratic Party sites, and, more recently, from North Korean State propaganda

    I stand corrected, but is it surprising to anyone that Bruce is a communist sympathizer? ;-)


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  11. 61
    Matthew Says:

            BMS said:

    I stand corrected, but is it surprising to anyone that Bruce is a communist sympathizer? ;-)

    Not based on his posting history, no.


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  12. 62
    Anon Says:

    Zeph: You haven’t been around long enough to know Bruce, if you had been you wouldn’t have seen anything wrong with coming down hard on him.


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  13. 63
    George Carty Says:

            BMS said:

    I stand corrected, but is it surprising to anyone that Bruce is a communist sympathizer? ;-)

    Well, actually, North Korea’s official ideology these days is not communism but Juche (self-sufficiency), so I can see why some Greens would view it as a role model.


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    Anon Says:

            George Carty said:

    Well, actually, North Korea’s official ideology these days is not communism but Juche (self-sufficiency), so I can see why some Greens would view it as a role model.

    Not to mention that North Korea has such a low per capita energy usage.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            George Carty said:

    Well, actually, North Korea’s official ideology these days is not communism but Juche (self-sufficiency), so I can see why some Greens would view it as a role model.

    North Korea is a very strange beast. I’ve read some accounts of inside it and seen some remarkable documentary footage in modern North Korea. The people are truely indoctrinated from the time they are born with zero contact with outside media. Kim Jong Il is not as crazy as he sometimes is made out to be, but he is an egomaniac who has made the entire country worship him.

    In some ways he is the last of his bread. A truely uncompromising and completely powerful, secular, military dictator, cut from the cloth of Stalin, Mousolini etc.

    The way that society operates is absolutely astonishing and very sad as well.


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    OBAMAS AS BAD AS BUSH Says:

    Japan is good at building stuff to take a quake but this was not a natural disaster. If it were then it would be okay. This was no accident. This was not a regular quake.

    It has HAARP written all over it. Google HAARP and it will open your eyes. It is the ultimate weapon that US built a while ago. It is called a tesla transmitter. Nicola tesla built them to provide free power to the world but he warned that they also could be a death ray to cause earthquakes or lightning or storms. Guess which one the US uses it for? Not for free energy and no more gas but in support of bushbama to cause as much missery as possible to keep the world in fear and them in power.


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  17. 67
    Anon Says:

    First we had some paranoid conspiracy theorist try to blame HAARP for the Christchurch aftershock now we get one blaming the Japan ‘quake and tsunami on HAARP (assuming they aren’t both the same person).

    As for Tesla, he was certainly smart and came up with a lot of useful inventions but he was also something of a crackpot.


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