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While the internet appears to be ephemeral it can in reality provide a trace, and we can use this trace to assess exactly what we were being told by the BBC. On 14 March BBC churnalists were reporting the view of 'international nuclear watchdogs' (presumably the IAEA) that there was no sign of a meltdown, balanced by the comment of an unnamed minister that the 'melting of rods' was 'highly likely'. On 27 March the BBC reported that workers were 'trying to cool the reactor core to avoid a meltdown' at a time when we now know that three meltdowns had already occurred. Perhaps strangest of all was the constant repetition of the bizarre phrase 'partial meltdown', as though nuclear fuel could somehow resemble a chocolate fondant pudding.


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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 10th, 2011 at 06:05:24 PM EST

We were, throughout the early days of the disaster, when people were still listening to the stories, being reassured that this was an old plant whose design is no longer used. This is, as made clear in a film made for the BBC by Adam Curtis back in 1992, when it still had a degree of independence, to entirely miss the point. The real question is why these plants were still running if they were not safe: and that is a question about politics not science.

Nice catch. Telling that, as in war, truth seems to be the first casualty. I know it's true in the US, in Germany, i think in Sweden. Wonder about France, and hope for some comment.

Iran.

Can't wait 'til there's nukes in Romania, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, North Korea.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Jun 10th, 2011 at 06:49:49 PM EST
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A belated comment on the widespread interpretation that TEPCO and/or the Japanese government must have known about the total meltdown and kept it secret. The details deep in the government report don't seem to support that. TEPCO and NISA announced their new timelines for meltdown and the likelihood of pressure vessel melt-through on the basis of running a simulation program. This program was fed with information that included various instrumental readings, guesstimates, and – crucially – information recovered weeks after the earthquake from the abandoned control centres within the reactor buildings (including stuff written with chalk on boards). On the other hand, a meltdown (though with less certain timeline) might have been analysed much earlier on the basis of fallout isotopes, as done by the Americans.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 18th, 2011 at 09:40:27 AM EST
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