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  •  i would believe SciAm more (0+ / 0-)

    if they hadn't published this article

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/...

    "Nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi station in Japan are critically endangered but have not reached full meltdown status. "

    when in reality 3 reactors had melted down, and were in the process of breaching containment that day.

    Tepco and the Japanese Government were utterly parsimonious with the truth, and in general weren't on the same planet as the truth.

    Many analysis which use the Tepco source term releases will be critically undervalued, you either need to figure out the real source term which Tepco, JPG, and US Government didn't want to release or you have to look at health effects and back it out, or sample the environment.

    Given the JPG has banned Greenpeace, i think they have a lot to hide.

    •  look at the date on the article. to go to press, (0+ / 0-)

      the article is done ahead of time - sometimes the physical print/publication time for an article will trump content - the earthquake was 3/11/11 and the comments are 3/15/11 - so, at the time of writing, the full ramification of the disaster had yet to occur.

      also, with scientific american, they don't print "rumor" - they print the facts as are at hand at the time of publication.  i prefer it that way - then, update information - but don't speculate - especially in a scientific journal type of publication.

      i agree with you that there is now a whole lot of hiding going on - but to blame scientific american for attempting to present as clear a picture as possible DURING the event is unfair.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:56:20 AM PDT

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      •  except what had already happened (1+ / 0-)
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        edrie

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        Units 1 2 and 3 had already exploded.

        There are critical analysts and there are stenographers.

        As soon as i saw the first unit explode, I knew they were just doomed, and that evacuation out of the plume was the only choice.  

        I stopped believing any of the industry types when they had someone on TV saying "These plants are designed to do this"
        as if it's a good thing.

        They may have been designed to explode but it was never a good thing.

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