Over Easy: Fukushima Update


Well, it was a hectic weekend to say the least. And it would have been worse if the rain hadn’t spaced itself just right to keep any serious yardwork from being done.

You don’t hear much about Reactor #5, as it was in cold shutdown at the time of the accident, thus did not melt or explode. They’ve been using it as a test area, to try out various techniques before using them in 1-4. They’ve removed the fuel assemblies from the reactor and got them to the common spf.

Japan’s ruling party would like to life the evac for some of the areas with “relatively low” contamination. Relative to what? And I’ll bet they do, they are making payments to all evacuees and once they’ve declared an area safe to return, they can stop paying people from that area. I note they don’t say relative to what.

The Fukushima Prefecture wants to stop aid to evacuees in 2017.

Taiwan is implementing new inspections of Japanese produce after it was discovered that produce from contaminated areas was being shipped it. Japanese politicians are heavily pressuring Taiwan not to do so.

They’re finding cesium in tap water in Tokyo. Some taps tested higher than taps in Fukushima. The levels are not safe for infants, but are considered safe for older children and adults. However, this is the same water being used to water produce, feed animals, basically everything in Tokyo. It’ll accumulate up the food chain. They are seeing I-131, which has a half life of about 8 days. Meaning that SOMETHING is still producing it. the JG INSISTS that Fuku is in cold shutdown, no fission happening. I call bullshit.

The JG is busy hyping that Fukushima City water won a Monde award. The last sentence in the story pretty much tells you who’s pushing it. Interesting statement, in light of the above.

The UN is saying TEPCO may have to dump hot water into the sea. I suspect some money changed hands, as the one thing TEPCO/JG wants more than anything is to stop storing or pretending to treat the hot water.

Boxturtle (I hope they don’t offer the hot water to Calif. They might take it)

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  1. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Good Morning All!

    They’re expecting today to be dreary and rainy and so far they’re right. It’s nice to see relatively normal weather for this time of year, things have been going strange at times.

    I really like it when a local break-in gets foiled. Score one for the Pit Bull.

    Boxturtle (The best burglar protection in existance is a large, evil tempered dog)

  2. Molly
    May 18, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Thanks, BT. This stuff is truly scary. I wonder whether if we had a similar situation here, whether our government would be any more honest and forthcoming? I am cynical enough to doubt it.

    This item is especially worrying:

    Taiwan is the #3 importer of Japanese foods, behind Hong Kong and the US.

    Cloudy and warm here today, high 82º but then highs will be in high 50s for much of the rest of the week. Dandelions are knee high and it’s been so wet people aren’t mowing.

  3. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 7:52 am

    “I wonder whether if we had a similar situation here, whether our government would be any more honest and forthcoming?”

    When was the last time you read anything substantial about Hanford? Or WHIPP?

    Boxturtle (Excluding here, of course)

  4. Molly
    May 18, 2015 at 8:06 am

    *nods head*

  5. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Good morning all and thanks BT. This may seem ignorant, but with the TPP all but assured of passage. will the u.s. be receiving produce from Japan? With the secrecy surrounding this trade deal, and politicians hell bent on keeping it secret, if any foodstuffs coming from Japan, will they be marked as such. I sure as hell don’t want to eat any of it. oldhippiejan

  6. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 8:09 am

    And BTW, the food that Taiwan is rejecting is perfectly acceptable here in America. New guidelines came out shortly after the disaster, though ObamaLLP insists they had been in the works for some time.

    Boxturtle (And nobody is testing for alpha emitters anyway)

  7. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Japan is already shipping us stuff that Taiwan, Korea, and China won’t take. I suspect they’ll keep labeling all such as from Japan, after all most people consider the crisis to be resolved and the MSM is sure doing their best to maintain that impression. So nobody is worrying about it and there’s no reason to change the labeling. And if they tried, that might get light shown in areas they want left dark.

    But don’t worry, you’re old enough that whatever was going to get you will still get you before Fuku does.

    Boxturtle (Dunno what I’d do today if I was a female wanting children)

  8. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Sorry Molly, didn’t mean to step on your toes, but did not read your comment before I jumped in with both feet
    Got my walk in this morning, although it does seem to be clearing a bit now. I’m still mowing, in between rainstorms, it’s about 3/4 dry when I go at it. Flowers are looking good, thus far. I trust you had a good and safe weekend with your back to back trips to Indy. ohj

  9. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Would our gov’t me anymore honest and forthcoming? C’mon BT, your know the answer to that. Did you get too much sun this weekend? oldhipppiejan

  10. May 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Speaking of WPPSS, (the correct acronym, btw), did you get my e-mails concerning the same? Are they of any value, or not, so at least I know whether to continue?

    Oh, I guess you mean the Texas facility, not WPPSS.

  11. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Well yeah, it’s a contest between the lungs and the liver, but I don’t want my granddaughter eating this poison.
    If I were of still child bearing age, I’m not sure I’d want to bring children into this world. I don’t know when, but it won’t end pretty. ohj

  12. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I mean the Az facility Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, WIPP. WPPSS is WHOOPS, the Washington State Power Supply System. I think it’s actually under a new name now, since they defaulted on all those Nuke bonds.

    Boxturtle (Who the hell is fool enough to buy Reactor bonds?!?)

  13. Marion in Savannah
    May 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good morning, pups. Today we have Blow and Krugman. In “Unaffiliated and Underrepresented” Mr. Blow points out that members of Congress remain more Christian by percentage than the people they serve. Well, Mr. Blow, I’d quibble that they claim Christianity but certainly don’t act on it. Prof. Krugman, in “Errors and Lies,” says the Iraq war, based on lies, was more than a mistake. True. Let’s call it what it was, a colossal clusterfck.

    HERE they are, and

    HERE is Krugman’s blog. (The caps “heres” are links, even if they don’t show as such.)

    The coffee and tea are ready, and the biscuits are out of the oven. I suppose I should do some work, even though I’ve got no real incentive to do so, not having been paid for 2 months’ work so far. Either the client pays up by the end of the month or the client gets fired. [snarl] Have a great day.

  14. Marion in Savannah
    May 18, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Doesn’t even have to be large or evil tempered, just LOUD. I had a miniature schnauzer back when I was a kid who used to scare people who came to the door with her racket. They’d back away from the door, and when the little beast boiled out of the door begging to be patted they’d ask where the big dog was…

  15. May 18, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Yes, I know what WPPSS is. I live here! I saw to what you really were referring.

    Don’t you have any social graces at all to at least acknowledge receipt?

  16. Molly
    May 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Yes, trips were good, weather was cooperative. Choir concert Wednesday (these “show choirs” are amazing), and then Cinderella ballet Saturday. Home yesterday an hour before rehearsal of the 150-voice choir singing Friday night at the South Bend 150 birthday celebration. Fundraising (for choir trip to Carnegie Hall) committee meeting at my house tonight. I am gonna need a vacation, and I’m retired!!

  17. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Supposedly, the man who invented the Tasmanian Devil was inspired by a chihuahua attacking a passerby on Hollywood Blvd. The little dog started at his shoes and worked his way up!

    Boxturtle (In the time it takes for your dog to bite once, my mini will bite you 100 times)

  18. Molly
    May 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Marion, I think you can put a bold (strong) or italics (i) or (em) tag before and after the “here” so they show up. Really annoying that Disqus doesn’t support links and you have to manually code them.

  19. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I haven’t been into email since Thursday, it’s been busy. So I dunno if I have it or not thus cannot acknowledge. But I DO appreciate it when people take the time to send me things like that and when i get to my email later I’ll be sure to look for that.

    Sorry if I came off as rude.

    Boxturtle (And FWIW I DO lack social graces. I also eat with my fingers and burp)

  20. Marion in Savannah
    May 18, 2015 at 8:41 am

    It’s not Disqus. Raw Story, among others, uses Disqus and links are colored red without the poster of the link having to code for color. If they can do it, so should FDL be able to do it…

    (On edit — I don’t care if links are “raw” or coded as words, but I really, really, REALLY would like them to show up in color.)

  21. tjbs
    May 18, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Good morning all,

    Maybe those cold hearted soul less clowns who restricted what you can purchase with food stamps can make a shellfish exemption if it comes from Japan next to the reactors. Global trade you know benefits both parties.

  22. Molly
    May 18, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning…;-)

  23. May 18, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Well, then I won’t take any sense of urgency in getting this stuff you you. I spent good time to be sure you had some background not likely to be at your finger tips on the east coast. Some folks here were cheering me on to get it to you promptly. Since you do this once a week, it seemed reasonable to assume you actually read stuff in a timely manner. But then, that’s me. My bad for assuming otherwise.

  24. karenjj2
    May 18, 2015 at 8:56 am

    morning, BT and pups. yep, my 10+yr 5.1# pom, raine, scares the hell out of folks when he snarls, me too. *no more boy dogs, i mutter* 8:56

  25. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Claiming to be Christian is almost a requirement to get elected. I think every local politician includes the name of his church in his literature and some have family portraits in front of their church.

    Yet at the same time they ignore the teachings of Christ when they conflict with the requirements of their financial supporters.

    Boxturtle (hypocrisy, thy name is politics)

  26. May 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Sometime, I’ll have to tell the story about the encounter between my Gernam Shepherd and a toy poodle.

    Hint: It took but one gentle bite from the big dog.

  27. May 18, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Just a large dog will do! A shepherd intensely eying you while wagging his tail gives great pause!

  28. Marion in Savannah
    May 18, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Unless he’s like “Lucifer,” the German shepherd my former roommate had back in the day. He was a hoot — he bark and growl at people who came to the door, while hiding behind me! (All 5’2″ of me…)

  29. karenjj2
    May 18, 2015 at 9:05 am

    actually getting a few comments up via disqus this am using old win phone 6.1-5, opera mini via disqus thread. 2of4 so far. seems to be kiss principal rather than anything lengthy. 9:04edt

  30. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I’m normally a little better. But last week was a bit hectic, with the wife having surgery to install a pain pump, then having to manage the postoperative pain after she’d been on heavy pain meds for several years. The longer you’re on daily pain meds, the harder it is to treat pain. The pump will inject heavy opiates directly into the spine, hopefully enabling us to reduce the dose and the side effects of the other pain meds.

    Boxturtle (Frankly, I did well to get this post up on time)

  31. May 18, 2015 at 9:06 am
  32. May 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I once asked a dog trainer if I should test my shepherd to see if she would actually defend us, since she was so accommodating. The trainer looked at me in horror and said absolutely not! Wasn’t too long afterwards that the test came anyway, and she came off with flying colors, without barking, attacking etc. She simply walked out between us and a possible encounter, the individual holding a rifle no less, and sat down, never, never taking her eyes off him.

  33. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Yet at the same time they ignore the teachings of Christ when they conflict with the requirements of their financial supporters.

    And when they conflict with their own personal agenda.

  34. May 18, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know that.

  35. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I have seen dogs do that before. Pretty damn intimidating.

  36. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 9:18 am

    morning all – overcast and muggy here – more yard work if I don’t manage to put it off before it rains – and to jan – I’m glad you got your walk in today – fukushima? – one more nail in our coffin – the club of rome report in 1972 (among other things) convinced me that the human species was headed for an ugly ending – I had no children with that in mind – nothing much since then has lifted the gloom –

    after coffee I may come back to see if I can manage the caps key 🙂

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

    The older I get and the more I see going on in the world the gladder I am that I never had children. To say nothing of grandchildren, the ones who’ll REALLY reap the whirlwind that we’re so busy sowing now.

  38. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I try to keep my cyber life and my real life separate, but sometimes you have to explain the latter in order to explain the actions in the former.

    It’s hardest on the little dogs. They’re quite used to being attached like tumors to my wife and now she has to keep them away from her midsection and back. The pug simply does not understand why he cannot be a lapdog currently.

    Boxturtle (And they all know something is wrong and are worried)

  39. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I used to think politicians had a personal agenda. Now i know that their “personal” agenda is the same as their campaign contributors.

    Boxturtle (Personal agenda for sale. No reasonable offer refused!)

  40. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 9:33 am

    They need to put it on ebay. 🙂

  41. May 18, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Cats have that same perceptions. My SO has been down with a bug for days, and our cat has been nervous around her. The cat likes to jump up on the bed or couch and snuggle in but now, she doesn’t know what to do. So she goes somewhere else and sleeps. Sometimes we can’t find her, wherein my SO gets upset looking for the cat, being only an indoor animal. (Did you let her out?? etc.)

  42. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

    And both of you are not alone in this. The lunatic right hates and fears this since it leaves them in the minority pretty quickly.


  43. Bluetoe2
    May 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Anyone heard from ECHan?

  44. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Not lately.

  45. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Took a pain pill about an hour before I left and didn’t do too bad, but I’m getting low on pain pills, and anymore a prescription for pain pills is like getting blood out of a turnip. But can’t hire someone to mow so I guess I’ll just suck it up and do the best I can.
    I have some outside work to do too, but actually hope it rains so I don’t have ta’, Car is filthy, and my yucca plant is so full of grass that’s it’s bearably recognizable.
    Enjoy your coffee, I’m limited to 2 cups because of IBS. That’s barely enough to get my eyes open. oldhippiejan

  46. May 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

    My thoughts go out to you about your wife, BT. Sounds pretty scary to me as well. I hope she mends and can get off the stuff. I’m on a regimen of various drugs and my SO is concerned about that. Between worrying about having to take them at all to worrying about “did you forget to take them?”, it really is grating for a spouse.

  47. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

    So true Marion, the grandchildren will be the one’s to suffer. ohj

  48. May 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Yep, and I cautioned the folks with me to act casual as if it’s the most common occurrence every day. The gun toter turned around and went back. I don’t know why he came down the hill with it. Maybe to show it off.

  49. Marion in Savannah
    May 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Whenever one of us gets sick the cats seem to take shifts being “Nancy Nurse” and hovering/snuggling/purring. Which is fine, except sometimes the shift change involves a lot of pacing…

  50. May 18, 2015 at 10:11 am

    And Great grandchildren, which I have.

  51. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 10:20 am

    The problem with FDL now is..Not the new format and lay out or even the commenting system.
    The problem is that the world has become so completely insane that it’s very nearly impossible to find anything really outrageous to write about now.

  52. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Thanks. I’m pretty worried, though I try not to let it show to her. There’s a real concern about dependence developing with all pain pills she’s on plus organ damage from the side effects of the pills. Almost all of them have ibuprofen in some amount. As long as she can tolerate the pump (no signs of rejection yet), we should be in much better shape.

    Boxturtle (Why is it that the cure is sometimes worse than the condition?)

  53. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 10:29 am

    “prescription for pain pills is like getting blood out of a turnip.”

    Tell me about it. The scripts for my wife’s stuff has more security features on it than most currency and everybody validates everybody else at regular (and short) intervals. Yet even after jumping through all these hoops, the same pill is available on the street in quantity at very reasonable prices.

    I sometimes thing we should just make the opiates over the counter. It would kill the money stream for a lot of people we don’t like and the addicts would get safer drugs cheaper so crime would go down. The addicts would probably die sooner, but no solution is perfect.

    Boxturtle (And having Vicodin at home would save a lot of Emergency room visits)

  54. Boxturtle
    May 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

    No. Last I saw her, she was a hanging out on the Roundup.

    Boxturtle (We need sign in sheet!)

  55. May 18, 2015 at 10:34 am

    After the outrage, it’s time to begin the repairs.

  56. May 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Seems to me to be true for me as well. As for Ibuprofen, I’m already being warned to avoid it, even Tylenol for that matter. Baby aspirin 2x/day and forget the other stuff.

    I swore I would never go down this road….

  57. Canyon2
    May 18, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post BoxTurtle.
    Late arrival this morning as I had to have the car serviced. Used to do that stuff but getting too old to climb under the car anymore.

  58. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Good morning to you C-2. I need to wash my car and I’m damn near too old for that! oldhippiejan

  59. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Don’t know how you do it all, I haven’t even brushed my teeth yet! ohj

  60. oldhippiejan
    May 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Sorry to hear about your wife, hope everything turns out well. And if you don’t get stuff up on time, we’ll live. Good luck. oldhippiejan

  61. Canyon2
    May 18, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I have a good one for you that I got off of a sugar package at a restaurant.
    “Age is a matter of mind…if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter…”
    Good luck with that car wash. Sun is shining here but cool enough to wear a light jacket after working outside yesterday in a t-shirt.

  62. May 18, 2015 at 11:41 am
  63. Marion in Savannah
    May 18, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Damn, but you’ve got some really WONDERFUL stuff there. Beautiful! I particularly love your black and white work — harder to do well than color.

  64. May 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Thank you Marion.

    I completely forgot today is the day! Probably should have done a 35th Anniversary poster. Oh well. I’m such a poor promoter! I didn’t even think of it yesterday when I did my Camera Work blog.

  65. Molly
    May 18, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    We are talking about embedded links, not raw ones that you just copy/paste in.

  66. May 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Well, it’s a round about way but not the end of the world…click on the embed: copy and paste.

  67. oldhippiejan
    May 19, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Got the car washed and looking spiiffy, even dressed the tires. Now it will probably rain like hell. Also pulled about a half-bushel of grass out of my yucca plant. Am one tired old woman. Went for my walk this morning, no small feat. I hate to say that I can’t wait to see the dr. next week, but that’s where I’m at. Need to mow today if the grass dries off enough. Although I’m in the minority, I’m sick of spring/summer – so much to do and little energy to do it. Thanks C-2.

  68. oldhippiejan
    May 19, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I don’t know if it’s a federal law or one of Indiana’s little “quirky” laws, but pain pills can be refilled only a month at a time. I’ve had quite a few hoarded, so don’t know how my dr. is going to handle this. Do I have to go see him every month and shell out the co-pay or if I can just call. Hell, I’m an old woman, I have things that hurt, mostly knee and hip joints, sometimes back. I’ve done my share of drugs in my time and haven’t been addicted yet (came close once), so at my age what the hell harm can it do. Vicodin helps me with a better life style and frankly at my age, by god I think I deserve it.