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Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...
Quote:"I swear, if we really knew what was being decided about us in our absence, and how hosed the government is prepared to let us be, we would string them up.
Monday, July 02, 2012 6:58 AM
Thursday, July 05, 2012 4:53 AM
Quote:The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan was a "man-made disaster" that unfolded as a result of collusion between the facility's operator, regulators and the government, an independent panel said in an unusually frank report Thursday.
The report by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission outlines errors and willful negligence at the plant before the earthquake and tsunami that devastated swaths of northeastern Japan on March 11 last year, and a flawed response in the hours, days and weeks that followed. It also offers recommendations and encourages the nation's parliament to "thoroughly debate and deliberate" the suggestions.
The crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant spewed radiation and displaced tens of thousands of residents from the surrounding area in the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.
Commissioned by the national parliament, the panel's report tellingly blames Japanese culture for the fundamental causes of the disaster.
As well as detailing the specific failings related to the accident, the report describes a Japan in which nuclear power became "an unstoppable force, immune to scrutiny by civil society."
"Its regulation was entrusted to the same government bureaucracy responsible for its promotion," the commission said.
Contradicting claims by Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, the operator of the plant, the report said that "the direct causes of the accident were all foreseeable prior to March 11, 2011."
The operator, regulators and the government "failed to correctly develop the most basic safety requirements -- such as assessing the probability of damage, preparing for containing collateral damage from such a disaster, and developing evacuation plans," the commission said.
Following the quake and tsunami, the lack of training and knowledge of the TEPCO workers at the facility reduced the effectiveness of the response to the situation at a critical time, according to the report.
As the crisis escalated, TEPCO, the regulators, government agencies and the prime minister's office were ineffective in "preventing or limiting the consequential damage" at Fukushima Daiichi, the commission said.
The prime minister's office didn't promptly declare a state of emergency, the commission noted. And chains of command were disrupted amid the crisis, creating confusion, it said. Meanwhile, communication failures about critical decisions undermined trust between the different parties.
The report's authors -- led by Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a former president of the Science Council of Japan -- attributed the failings at the plant before and after March 11 specifically to Japanese culture.
"What must be admitted -- very painfully -- is that this was a disaster 'Made in Japan,' " the report said. "Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to 'sticking with the program.' "More at http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/05/world/asia/japan-fukushima-report/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2 surprises exactly whom?
There's also "Fukushima plant operator: We weren't prepared for nuclear accident" at http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/20/world/asia/japan-fukushima-report/index.html] and "Fukushima residents call for criminal charges against nuclear officials" at http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/11/world/asia/japan-nuclear-complaint/index.html], none of which surprises anyone either, no doubt.
Ahhh, the brilliance of hindsight and blame, they "fix" things so wonderfully...
Thursday, July 05, 2012 11:33 AM
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Beir bua agus beannacht
Friday, July 06, 2012 12:25 PM
Quote:I swear, if we really knew what was being decided about us in our absence, and how hosed the government is prepared to let us be, we would string them up.
Quote:"If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us." -- George HW Bush
Quote:No matter what the Law is, I believe we've come to a time when human rights are a joke. We're gonna need a new Magna Carta.
Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:19 PM
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