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Nuclear Meltdown?

As of now, the earthquake in Northern Japan has caused extensive damage and over 1,300 people have died from the earthquake and the tsunami that followed. The situation seemingly keeps getting worse as it has also been reported that a nuclear power plant near Fukushima has cracked and is now experiencing a nuclear meltdown. My heart goes out to those who have suffered in this disaster and I thank you all for the messages worrying about our safety.

I’d like to comment briefly on one aspect of this tragedy that is not being reported in the news; government mistakes and responsibility – personal and otherwise.

Only a fool would sit around, listening to government announcements on whether or not to evacuate or what to do for their own safety.

Reuters Reports:

Radiation leaked from

a damaged Japanese nuclear reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday,

the government said, after an explosion blew the roof off the

facility in the wake of a massive earthquake.

The developments raised fears of a meltdown at the plant as

officials scrambled to contain what could be the worst nuclear

disaster since the Chernobyl explosion in 1986 that shocked the

world.

The Japanese plant was damaged by Friday’s 8.9-magnitude

earthquake, which sent a 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami ripping

through towns and cities across the northeast coast. Japanese

media estimate that at least 1,300 people were killed.

“We are looking into the cause and the situation and we’ll

make that public when we have further information,” Chief

Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said after confirming the

explosion and radiation leak at the plant.

Edano said an evacuation radius of 10 km (6 miles) from the

stricken 40-year-old Daiichi 1 reactor plant in Fukushima

prefecture was adequate, but an hour later the boundary was

extended to 20 km (13 miles). TV footage showed vapour rising

from the plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

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This is a terrible situation indeed, but there is a very important lesson

in life for all of us in this mess. I believe that this is a lesson that is

teaching us personal responsibility and it is also teaching us to be

leery of the state and its proclamations.

I won’t go into all of the facets of this argument, but let’s just examine

one piece of this situation.

Consider: On Friday, soon after the earthquake struck, it was reported

that the Japanese electrical company that was running the nuclear

power plant was experiencing difficulties. The reports said that even

though they had shut down the reactor, for fear of damage, the

temperature of the inner core was still rising. The company said they

were making all efforts to contain the problem. I believe that.

The Japanese government claimed that there was minimal danger of

a radiation leak and that engineers were getting the situation under

control.  They also said, as a precaution, they were evacuating people

within a three mile radius of the power plant. I see that most of these

reports have disappeared into the memory hole, but here’s one.

This report was released at about 1 pm on Saturday March 12, 2011.

From Reuters:

Evacuation underway in the area surrounding Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Underscoring grave concerns about the Fukushima plant some 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. air force had delivered coolant to avert a rise in the temperature of the facility’s nuclear rods.

Pressure building in the plant was set to be released soon, a move that could result in a radiation leak, officials said. Some 3,000 people who live within a 3 km radius of the plant had been evacuated, Kyodo news agency said.

“It’s possible that radioactive material in the reactor vessel could leak outside but the amount is expected to be small and the wind blowing towards the sea will be considered,” Chief Cabinet Yukio Edano told a news conference.

Possible.. Small amount… No big deal, right? But then, a few hours

later, the government changes its report to a 10 kilometer (6 miles)

radius… Then, not 1 hour later, the danger zone is extended to a 20

kilometer (12 miles) radius. Only a fool would believe that 12 miles

is a safe distance.

(By the way, as of now, it is confirmed 9 people with radiation

poisoning with at least 160 more are suspected of it. So much

for government announcements that it was safe.

- Mike 3/13/11 9:30 am).

My entire point here is that the government screws up constantly and,

if you take what they say for god-given truth, then you deserve what

you get. If anyone should know the truth in that statement it should

be the Japanese. They had a government who lied them into World

War II and then, a decade of so after the war, they had a government

who lied to them about a similar disaster to today called Minamata.

Now, before you dear reader go on to protest and defend the statist

position in that, “The government must report something!” Let me

say that as broadcaster with over 30 years experience, it’s an

argument that I completely disagree with and I will save for

another day. The government will make their announcements,

the point of this article is whether you should believe them at face

value or not.

Let me point out to you one more critical factor in my argument:

These nuclear power plants need a license to operate. Who grants

these licenses? The government, that’s who. This means that

citizens who are damaged by any errors of that power plant only have

recourse in taking action against that government in court should

anything go wrong. Think about that. It was the government who gave

the approval for that plant to be built where it is built. It was the

government who gave the approval for the safety precautions of

that plant. The free market was no where to be seen in these events.

I wonder, if a power comany were liable in civil and criminal court for

damages – which, because of Japanese law, they are not – would

they be building government approved-nuclear power plants on

earthquake fault lines? I doubt it.

It took over 50 years for the government to admit that they lied in

the case of Minamata.

So the government created this situation and, as usual, the

government must cover up and spin the results of this mess.

Now, dear reader, I ask you, do you still believe that you should

believe government pronouncements as to whether or not it’s

safe to go outside or drink the water or breathe the air?

Who knows what’s best for you and your families safety more

than you do? Gather all the available information you can -

remembering that there are those who have certain motivations

for what they pronounce – and judge for yourself.

Your life and your children’s lives depend upon it. Take this

opportunity to teach your children well… If you don’t teach them,

the government will.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

it has now been reported in the German press that the

problem nuclear power plant was scheduled for decommissioning

this month since it is 40 years old. Once again, government

interference raises its ugly head. This is the second time in 29 years that this power plant has had an accident. If the

government would get out of the way and allow the free

market to work, competitiion would allow companies to build better and safer plants. Now?

The results of the system are easy to see for everyone.