This x That:
- Egyptians mourn dead from yesterday’s clashes with security forces as tensions remain high.
- Presbyterian Church USA ordains its first openly gay pastor.
- Nobel Prize in economics awarded to Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher A. Sims.
- Samuel Joseph “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher set to run for Congress in Ohio.
- Right-wing prankster James O’Keefe was spotted looking pensive amidst Occupy Wall Street protesters.
- Today’s Big Read: Meet the Anna Bjornsdottir — the former Miss Iceland who took down Whitey Bulger.
- Japan to offer foreigners free airfare to visit country.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger has an Austrian museum dedicated to him because of course he does.
- The Duchess of Northumberland organizing MMA match at Hogwarts.
Look At This:
- Hugh Jackman is, well, jacked.
- NewsFeed: Tough Love: Britain Will Cut Aid to ‘Anti-gay’ Nations.
- Tea x Time List: 6 B.S. Myths You Probably Believe About America’s ‘Enemies’.
- Above: Frauke Theilking’s “Generations” — parents and their offspring photographed side by side. (via.)
Funny Bunny of the Day: Japan is in a tizzy over footage alleging to show an “earless mutant rabbit” born just outside the Fukushima Daiichi “exclusion zone.”
Many are apparently concerned that the bunny’s deformity is indicative of mutations to come.
Nuclear animals in Japan? There is no scenario in which this ends well.
BAMFs of the Day: Over 200 retired Japanese professionals — dubbed the Skilled Veterans Corps — have volunteered to help bring stability to the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The volunteers — all over 60 years old — are lobbying the government to be allowed to replace some of the younger employees at the power station. “I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live,” says 72-year-old Yasuteru Yamada, a former engineer. “Even if I were exposed to radiation, cancer could take 20 or 30 years or longer to develop. Therefore us older ones have less chance of getting cancer.”
Though grateful, both the government and TEPCO remain tentative about accepting the senior citizens’ offer. “It is on the way but it is a very, very sensitive issue politically,” Yamada told BBC News. Goshi Hosono, the prime minister’s special adviser to the nuclear crisis, controversially referred to the group as the “suicide corps” during a recent press conference.
“I don’t think I’m particularly special,” Michio Ito, a retired primary school teacher, is quoted as saying. “Most Japanese have this feeling in their heart. The question is whether you step forward, or you stay behind and watch.”
- Most peaceful countries indexed by the Institute for Economics & Peace.
- Interactive Infographic: Map of the Damage From the Japanese Earthquake. See Also: The Fukushima evacuation zone applied to US nuclear power plants. (via.)
OMG I totally would be evacuated!! How scary!
Photo Series of the Day: The first photos of the so-called Fukushima Fifty — the fifty heroic nuclear reactor employees working around the clock to prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant — have finally emerged.
An additional 150 workers have since joined the original fifty, of which five are believed to have died. Many of those inside the plant readily admit that, while they are still alive, they know radiation poisoning will eventually kill them.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that Japan is reeling from a massive earthquake and tsunami. And now it’s nuclear.
The cost to Japan of this nuclear disaster is going to be monumental. Not just the clean up in Japan, like Chernobyl or 3 Mile Island before it. Not just the territory that will be unlivable for thousands of years. (Chernobyl created a Zone of Alientation 19 miles in diameter. No one is allowed in that zone). Not just the health risks. (Incidences of thryoid cancer are 500 times greater in the area post Chernobyl). But the massive public subsidies to the nuclear industry. Are all these costs taken into account when the nuclear industry tells us about the cost of nuclear power?
Last April, the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico. Horrible horrible pictures and the official US govt report are here. And 11 oil workers died and over 200 million gallons of oil spewed into the Guilf. How many lives have been completely ruined in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida? How many thousands of jobs in the tourist industry, the fishing industry, etc. have been lost? How many bazillion tax dollars will be spent cleaning up the Gulf? Are all these costs taken into account when the oil industry tells us about the cost of fossil fuel?
Clean coal is a myth they’ve been perpetrating for decades. Mining coal creates huge health problems (costing tons of money) and many deaths every year. The worst in the USA was the Monongah explosion which claimed 362 lives. That was a long time ago, but the Upper Big Branch disaster was just last year. And the clean up of some of the big slag heaps and selenium contamination is also monumental. Just last week more tax dollars were spent on cleaning up abandoned mines. Are all these costs taken into account when the coal industry tells us about the cost of coal energy?
How much cleanup is needed for solar power? How many lives are lost installing solar collectors? Has anyone developed cancer because solar collectors are in their neighborhood? Or ask these same questions about wind power? How come these costs aren’t taken into account?
Crisis Explainer of the Day: CNN offers a thorough, illustrated explanation of just what in the doomsday is going on with Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors.
Related: Union of Concerned Scientists say radiation plume could reach tokyo.
Photo of the Day: “Japanese medical personnel check a mother and son for radiation exposure in Kawamata village, Fukushima prefecture on Monday.”
According to a Japanese official, 22 people so far have tested positive for radiation contamination, and a further 190 may have been exposed.
[epa via msnbc.]
A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels, looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011. (Reuters)
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