It’s A Radiation Vibe I’m Groovin’ On Random Ten

Oh. This is exciting.

A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.

Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable. In a similar way, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 spread around the globe and reached the West Coast of the United States in ten days, its levels measurable but minuscule.


“It’s simply an indication,” said Lassina Zerbo, head of the agency’s International Data Center. “We have global coverage. So when something happens, it’s important for us to know which station can pick up the event.”

For instance, the Japan forecast shows that the radioactive plume will likely miss the agency’s monitoring stations at Midway and in the Hawaiian Islands but is likely to be detected in the Aleutians and at a monitoring station in Sacramento.

The forecast assumes that radioactivity in Japan is released continuously and forms a rising plume. It ends with the plume heading into Southern California and the American Southwest, including Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The plume would have continued eastward if the United Nations scientists had run the projection forward.

Now a not-so-random ten (and then some) of applicable songs that happen to reside on my iPod:

Radiation Vibe – Fountains of Wayne
I’ll Melt With You – Modern English
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine ) – REM
Ill Wind ( You’re Blowing Me No Good) – Audra McDonald
Dust Cloud – Bear In Heaven
Earthquake Weather – Beck
Gamma Ray – Beck
The New Pollution – Beck
Atomic – Blondie
Hard Rain Is Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan
Idiot Wind – Bob Dylan
Whichever Way The Wind Blows – Bob Mould
Vapor Trail – Crystal Method
Southern California Wants To Be Western New York – Dar Williams
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple (duh)
Hole In The Earth – Deftones
Jetstream – Doves
Sky Starts Falling – Doves
End Times – Eels
It’s a Motherfucker – Eels
Bottle Up and Explode! – Elliott Smith
Accidents Will Happen – Elvis Costello
Sorrow In the Wind – Emmylou Harris
Come In Out Of The Rain – Engineers
When It All Goes Wrong Again – Everclear
Sick Hipster Nursed By Suicide Girl – Film School ( special request dedicated to the McSuedermans)
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate – The Flaming Lips
Would Be Killer – Gnarls Barkley
Every Planet We Reach Is Dead – Gorillaz
Barrel Of Pain (Half Life ) – Graham Nash
Howling Wind – Graham Parker
Discovering Japan – Graham Parker
Nothing’s Okay: Everything’s Fine – Helio Sequence
A New Morning, Changing Weather – The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Before the Deluge – Jackson Browne
Looking East – Jackson Browne
Going Underground – The Jam
The Charging Sky – Jenny Lewis
One Minute To Midnight – Justice
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
Born With Monkey Asses – MC 900 Ft. Jesus (for the aftermath)
Dark Hand of Contagion – The Minus 5
Nature Without Man – Minutemen
Maybe Partying Will Help – Minutemen
Won’t Come Out To Play – The Muffs
Compression of the Species – Circle X
After The Storm – Mumford & Sons
Because I Could Not Stop For Death – Natalie Merchant
Swallowing Air – Ned’s Atomic Dustbun
Helpless – Neil Young
See The Sky About To Rain – Neil Young
Thermal Bad – The New Mastersounds
The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism – The New Pornographers
Abattoir Blues – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
There She Goes, My Beautiful World – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I Do Not Want This – Nine Inch Nails
Tijuana Makes Me Happy – Nortec Collective
Boom – P.O.D.
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Fall – Pat Metheny
Runaway Wind – Paul Westerberg
Red Rain – Peter Gabriel
Down With Disease – Phish
I Am Hydrogen – Phish
Better Living Through Chemistry – Queens of the Stone Age
Descent Into The Maelstrom – Radio Birdman
Heaven’s On Fire – The Radio Dept.
The Great American Nightmare – Rob Zombie
Seasick On Land – Rogue Wave
When The Stars Go Blue – Ryan Adams
Note To Self : Don’t Die – Ryan Adams
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot (What? Baby Got Back goes with everything)
Atomic Dog – Parliament/Funkadelic
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays
Why Does It Always Rain On Me – Travis
The Gentle Hum of Anxiety – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
(One) Blake’s Got A New Face – Vampire Weekend
Sorry For Freaking Out On The Phone Last Night – The Mr. T Experience
Ride The Nuclear Wave – The Oranges Band
Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House – Yo La Tengo
Welcome To Planet Motherfucker – White Zombie
and Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber because they always play that in movies during sad/moving scenes.

Well, that was an evening shot, but it was worth it to see Welcome To Planet Motherfucker bumped up against Samuel Barber

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