Over Easy: Monday Science


This is my first experience with the new FDL, so bear with me. I’ve been offline since Thursday night (real life intruded), so this is something of a surprise to me.

Fuku radiation is about 30x what was expected on the US West Coast, but it still isn’t much. You could swim there, but I would be cautious eating much fish. Cesium levels are NOT going down in fish, they’re going up. Meaning there’s a source feeding into the Ocean.

They’re smuggling food products into Thailand from restricted areas in Japan. Note that these same products would be perfectly okay shipped to America.

A great link from SimplyInfo. A new robot for Unit #2. The source of the radiation form the drone that landed on the PM’s office was Fuku soil. The pilot has been arrested for “obstructing business”. It appears that the source of the radiation at at Tokyo playground was Radium. If so, it’s been there for YEARS and the kids who played there could be in real trouble down the road.

Japan would still like us to believe that Nuclear power is the cheapest source. They would prefer that we do not add in cleanup, spent fuel storage, or accident risk to their calculations.

Interesting. Google found me an interesting story on Worker exposure at Fuku #1. If you follow the link, that story has been pulled.

Transformer fire at Indian point, arguably the USA’s greatest exposure in the event an evacuation is needed. Nothing to see here, Citizens!

Ever try to take a photo through a window? The reflection fro mthe glass can really screw up your shot. We now have software to correct for that and remove the image.

Spray spiders with carbon nanotubes and they make stronger webs. I suppose saying DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME is probably unneeded. Spider silk could be a miracle material, if we could produce it in usable quantities.

Boxturtle (If things look weird to you, you’re in the right place!)

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  1. Boxturtle
    May 11, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Good Morning All!

    The new appearance of FDL will take some getting used to, but it’s all for the good. We’re expecting a strong line of storms to come in this afternoon, even given the normal hype from the local TV station. Odds are I’ll be picking Gizmo up from the Vet’s (She’s getting spayed) right about the time they hit. *sigh*

    Boxturtle (The most deceptive sign in the world is the one that says “FREE PUPPIES”)

  2. Ruth
    May 11, 2015 at 7:06 am

    thanks, BT, and the accumulated costs of nuclear energy should also include treatment of exposure victims. It’s expensive in more than just financial terms.
    btw, my food post for Sunday got eaten, in the switchover. sorry ’bout that.

  3. Beverly Lawson
    May 11, 2015 at 7:06 am

    This says I can join…not so sure.

  4. oldhippiejan
    May 11, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Things look weird BT, so I guess I’m in the right place. But HELP! I already have an account with Discus under the name shown, but this is old hippie jan. I tried changing the name but received a message that said I did not have sufficient permission to enter. So how do I get this straightened out. Best of luck with Gizmo, so important to have this procedure done. The word “euthanasia” should be obsolete.

  5. Ruth
    May 11, 2015 at 7:11 am

    we won’t have a problem, glad you told us who this is but what we choose as a pen name is pretty up to us anyway.

  6. Beverly Lawson
    May 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I get almost no pop-us, except xxxxx from Target; suggestions?

  7. Boxturtle
    May 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    If they included real costs for Nukes and the government didn’t cover the insurance, we’d have no fission plants at all. Congresses mantra of let the market decide does not apply here.

  8. Boxturtle
    May 11, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Every attempt I’ve made to stop that overlay ad has resulted in side effects. It’s evil.

    Boxturtle (I’d threaten Target with loss of my business, but I don’t shop there)

  9. Ruth
    May 11, 2015 at 7:36 am

    tampering with the evidence is congress’s role at this moment

  10. Alice X
    May 11, 2015 at 7:39 am


  11. Molly
    May 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Is this RevBev? Yay!

  12. Molly
    May 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I use AdBlock Plus with my Firefox browser and get no ads here at all.

  13. Ruth
    May 11, 2015 at 7:45 am

    going off to get some auto work, thanks for good company.

  14. Molly
    May 11, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Jan, you can try emailing Kevin Gosztola ( and ask if there is something you should do to correct this. Or we will just love you the same regardless of your screen name. LOL.

  15. Beverly Lawson
    May 11, 2015 at 7:55 am

    All so weird; I can post on my laptop, but not on the desk top……I get on via Facebook. Go figure…..Thanks.

  16. oldhippiejan
    May 11, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Thanks Molly, but I’ve been oldhippiejan here since I started. Social misfit “fits” as well, but just not for here. Will follow up on your advice.
    God, I hate change!

  17. Chris Maukonen
    May 11, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Transformer fire. Probably lost it’s cooling oil and over heated.

    Brings to mind the early days after WWII when surplus parts came available. Hams and experimenters would get 400HZ transformers and try to use them on 60HZ house hold power and the transformers would blow up in their faces. Not pretty. 400HZ AC was common on ships and aircraft and 400HZ transformers were smaller and lighter than 60HZ units, making them better suited for aircraft and ship communications equipment.

  18. Alice X
    May 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Ok – so I’ll get all Karl Marxish.

    Capitalism is about profit, every cost that can be pushed off on someone else, is.

    The cost of destroying people, the ecosystem, the planet, any cost is put in the externalities portfolio.

    Placing one’s cronies in government is the way forward, to oblivion.

    The oppressors know the whole thing is going to collapse. They are trying to grab as much as they can on the way out the door.

    They think they will retreat into their gated citadels and ride it out.

  19. Boxturtle
    May 11, 2015 at 8:08 am

    They’re saying a spill of a few thousand gallons of oil, Probably mostly cooling oil. I didn’t know that even the big transformers held that much oil. Those are oil transofrmers, so that oil is probably full of PCB’s and furans.

  20. Chris Maukonen
    May 11, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Yep. Probably. Not good.

    Reminds me on an incident in my youth as a student assistant in the physics department of a local community college. Physics instructor there was trying to get a demonstration of a transformer working using the core from an old distribution transformer. He could not understand why despite his calculations it would not work.

    To get the original windings off the thing and get to the core, he had burned them off in a fire but that pretty much destroyed the core which was strip wound. Burning off the old windings also removed the insulation between the strip winds. Tried to explain this to him but …

  21. May 11, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Click on your name at the top of the comments.. Go to Edit settings. Don’t try to change anything there. It didn’t work for me. Instead, go to Profile on the left and put oldhippiejean there, under the avatar box. If that won’t work, that name may already be taken.

    I have my log-in as Starbuck 101, as Starbuck was taken. I could not abide by that name, as it would be too confusing, so I used my own name, to which I already changed on the old FDL. They may only allow that change here; to your real name and not a second pseudonym.

    If Starbuck actually shows here some day, it’s not moi.

  22. Alice X
    May 11, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Try logging out on your laptop first, then log in on the desktop.

  23. oldhippiejan
    May 11, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Thanks Ruth, I’m fairly ignorant on IT especially when it comes to anything complicated. but I will try anyway. Guess I could always use aka oldhippiejan after social misfit if all else fails.

  24. karenjj2
    May 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

    hi BT and firepups.

    fyi: i’ve been able to read posts on my old windows phone via Opera browser but see comments, nor login via disqus.

    using puter and firefox, no problem registering via fdl login button (Opera takes me to wordpress) using same email as with fdl (as Kevin suggested) + same user name “karenjj2” and same password as fdl. i assume this will work for anyone who has not had a disqus acct.

    my attempts to access comments on my old windows phone included installing a recent version: Opera 10 Despite the fine print terms and conditions part that says “https sites will not load, ” i stubbornly ploughed on. all attempts to access disqus failed via Opera and now *smacks forehead* it dawns why i’ve never been able to access theintercept articles and other “secure” (surrrrre they arrrre– just makes it easier for nsa to sort commenters) sites.

    so, next attempt after abandoning winphone is nook/with Android sd card operating system. no problem with accessing via Opera (tho tabs are ” acting up” glitchy) and able to login.

    submitting this interim dispatch from fdl changeover front lines 10:45 edt

  25. Marion in Savannah
    May 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

    So this is what happens when you’ve been sick for a few days…! Seems to be a small glitch somewhere, in that when I first tried to log in I was informed I didn’t have sufficient permissions (or some such language) but when I came back to the site I was logged in.

    Today we have Blow, Cohen and Krugman. Mr. Blow, in “Of Museums and Racial Relics,” says the first lady draws fire from those employing wishful thinking about the state of cultural bias. Mr. Cohen ponders “Italian Curves, Italian Cures” and says people return to Italy for its beauty, of course, but also for a refuge from relentlessness. Prof. Krugman considers “Wall Street Vampires” and says the plot against financial reform continues, despite the fact that one important measure is actually working.

    Here they are:, and


    (Hope those links work…) The coffee and tea are ready, and the biscuits are out of the oven. Having been down with “The Savannah Crud” for a few days I’ve got an enormous backlog of work to catch up on so I’m off. Here’s hoping the “new FDL” sails smoothly. Have a great day.

  26. Marion in Savannah
    May 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

    And in case anyone is in need of a giggle this morning, there’s always this:

  27. Marion in Savannah
    May 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

    (I really, really, REALLY miss the “idiot link” that we used to have…)

  28. JClausen
    May 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Just created an account. How is everybody doing?

    Thanks for the post and host BT.

  29. Beverly Lawson
    May 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Im back on; laptop. Will be OK for now. Thanks for checking. All this does seem so strange to me…..will keep getting better/more comfortable, I assume. We have very rainy, dark weather + some warnings. Im in for the duration. Plenty of chores.

  30. bsbafflesbrains
    May 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Anyone in Japan expecting another mega quake? I have been reading other info that the Japanese people are going solar despite the Government in very significant numbers. Could we end up with the entire World having to pay for the decommissioning of most of Japan’s reactors because the majority of people get off the grid? Japan could end up with 50+ offline but extremely dangerous nuclear storage facilities and the ongoing crisis at Fukushima. Make Hitachi and GE shareholders eat the fish and rice if it is so safe.

  31. karenjj2
    May 11, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Just downloaded google’s firefox at 30mb and had to accept the “permissions” to “record, track and store everything as long as the machine is turned on.” Have to admit that nsa’s gmail trojan horse has worked to perfection.

    Noon edt

  32. Bobster33
    May 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Most newer oils do not include PCB’s. However, the old stuff, yeah. I worked on the oil filled transformer at Big Creek, CA and the fucker was huge. It contained 8800 gallons of oil and was the size of a locomotive.