Fukushima Cattle as Enduring Testimony

Fukushima cattle farmer, Masami Yoshizawa, has come up with a seldom used means of protest, a reverse strike as it were. Instead if shutting something down he is keeping alive animals the government wants killed

“These cows are living testimony to the human folly here in Fukushima,” said Mr. Yoshizawa, 59, a gruff but eloquent man with a history of protest against his government. “The government wants to kill them because it wants to erase what happened here, and lure Japan back to its pre-accident nuclear status quo. I am not going to let them.”


Nuclear Warning in Japan

From the NY Times:

In an unusually stark warning, Japan’s prime minister during last year’s nuclear crisis, Naoto Kan,  told a parliamentary inquiry on Monday that the country should discard nuclear power as too dangerous, saying the Fukushima accident had pushed Japan to the brink of “national collapse.”

…Mr. Kan said that Japan’s plant safety was inadequate because energy policy had been hijacked by the “nuclear village” — a term for the power companies and pronuclear regulators and researchers that worked closely together to promote the industry. He said the only way to break their grip was to form a new regulatory agency staffed with true outsiders, like American and European experts.

“Gorbachev said in his memoirs that the Chernobyl accident exposed the sicknesses of the Soviet system,” Mr. Kan said, referring to the 1986 explosion of a reactor in Ukraine, which spewed radiation across a wide swath of Europe. “The Fukushima accident did the same for Japan.”

Nuclear Weapons: Only for the Good

If only moral vertigo could hurl your stomach into the pounding waves of the real as surely as motion sickness does at sea. The US, while threatening to bomb Iran to smithereens because of purported nuclear weapons development, has been arguing over the most cost efficient way to develop new replacement nukes for itself.

The good news here is that the author of the Reliable Replacement Warhead program, Congressman David Hobson (R-OH), has sent a steamed up letter to the Bush crew threatening to withold funds. The bad news is he would really like the weapons development to go forward under more stringent guidelines.

Key legislators threaten funds
for nuclear weapons overhaul Bush administration abandoning effort to consolidate