Fukushima at 5
I guess it only makes sense that things have overwhelmed Fukushima. Life will go on, and it's a crap shoot on any day at any moment in the most natural scheme of things as to what might come next in the grandest way, not only for mountain monkeys, or blue butterflies, but humans, too.
I once wrote a friend personally marking her birthday, that I was rather happy actually that there exists marking of time as we do in yearly cycles, just for the fact that on any one numbered day, somewhere some portion of the world will be able to mark a day in which something memorable attends their life to make them happy, being a birthday, a personal anniversary, or most any silly thing we care to assign such meaning toward. While I've no really intense personal time-sense, somewhat intentionally, I'm well aware of it cyclical nature and I take comfort in such a thing. Seems to me the one-and-done cosmologies are really quite deficient in expressing what is plainly seen no matter what reference one uses. Well, yes, each moment is unique, but it seems quite an inefficient way, also, to put together some manner of personal reference.
You know, too, I'm even writing this because there's nothing mentioned on Indymedia today, which makes me uncomfortable.
Last year I traipsed around with a sign in commemoration of Fukushima. While doing such, I've always the intention or remaining stoic, I'm not fearful of being engaged, and there are some instances I must admit that I would like to have some engagement or at least acknowledgement. None came that day at all, and once it began to rain, I just headed home and pounded my sign in the median of the busy street one needs use to transverse the local neighborhood to stores, etc. and the large arteries elsewhere. I would have liked to have become engaged...
In that instance, engagement and acknowledgement would have been welcome. When one looks into the flow of attendant events with Fukushima, I would like to see the date commemorated for more auspicious means, even if I realize that the date, also, is one of those mentioned 'happy' days for a significant (seems .0027378507871321013004792128388hasthejokelostitspunchbynow?) percentage of the population. It's as if we all live like those in the Hanford area now. It came, and it kinda went, this is where we live, and living with it just has to happen. Well, truly, I agree. Living with it has to happen. There ain't nothin' else short of science-fiction.
But just like Hanford, the effects live on. The political reprecussions for Japan have been pretty enormous. More to the point is that it actually facilitated Japan becoming what it may have been anyway, the Asian lynchpin of the US policy of isolation of Russia and China where it may have been much more difficult. Isn't it a relief that the US sailors who have and still suffer wasn't it vain after all? And Japan's gangster-like business sector remained firmly intact? Hell, Japan will now begin to take its proper place in defense of the world, say some, even begin now to start exporting some of that 'technology' to relatively unprepared societies such as Vietnam, occasioning all manner of economic opportunity, which Japan really, really, really needs.
Good things come from the worst shit. Some common people really got a concept of the physical model of materials that they never had before, and at scales they may have never thought to occasion to think about. Some learned some Greek, the meaning of squiggly lines and odd symbols not on the keyboard, more chemistry than they'd had occasion to entertain and a greater knowledge of the periodic table and properties of materials and alloys. Some even got to learn something about common industrial equipment they wouldn't encounter outside a power plant or a chemical process plant. Kind of looks like that old growing-pipe windows-resident screen saver, huh? They learned what heat exhangers are, their different configurations, burst-disks, solenoids and valves, general concept of process piping, and expanded their idea of scale.
I got to learn much more regarding Japanese culture and language, met online some Japanese with whom I felt sincere friendship.
But all in all, I'm rather sad. As a life-long opponent of nuclear power commonly, I'm sorely disappointed. Granted, I don't think that because Fukushima didn't become what the doom-and-gloomers had been claiming for years had anything to do with the US making chaotic mischief with really stupid thugs in a country with existing large nuclear complexes. Some will never get a sense of the scale of risk regarding their righteousness. It's not just a biblically-source trait.
I am sorry that the event didn't stir Japan to other energy technologies that aren't solar. Seems the place is ripe for it. Naturally volcanic, a smaller nation that could reconfigure and make somewhat agile its enery grid with an active and competent design force...Might not do much for Vietnam at this point, but I wonder of Vietnam even bothering. There I'd rather see a model of bottom-up societal force, rather than what has always been failed top-down examples. Well, I'd like to see that here in the US...But that's another subject and a later ramble.
At any rate, happy 5th Fukushima. Don't eat the mushrooms! And don't allow the kids to play in those fields and fields of black garbage bags containing radioactive soil.
So, to actually add something current and worthwhile from all this, here is a link to SimplyInfo's 5-year report.
The actual report needs to be retrieved from a dropbox, but it should be able to be simply downloaded without signup or elicited exchange of information.
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