Nothing To Trust (UPDATED - Wed, 12:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 28, 2011, 5:01 PM
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Here's an update for Wednesday, March 30.  

guardia wrote:

My gut feeling is that the media here in Japan is so dramatically downplaying the severity of the situation that all Japanese have already forgotten all about it... I'm guessing it's the same abroad


The news blackout continues into today.

  1. The NYTimes only has one article on the front page about the reactors and it's about how confidence is slipping in TEPCO.  No hard data of any sort, just a filler piece on the communication difficulties.
  2. The WSJ has an article on the front about the 3,355x radiation found in the seawater, but absolutely nothing about the isotopes involved and what these would imply.  I am 99% certain that they would indicate a resumption of fission.  My best guess is that reactor #3, which we all saw blow up with our own eyes (at least the secondary containment vessel), is the main culprit here, but it doesn't really matter.  FISSION is happening.  F.I.S.S.I.O.N.  Fission.  That's the main story, not how many times background is in the ocean.
  3. There's not a single article - not one - about Japan's reactor situation on the entire front page of Bloomberg's on-line edition this morning.  Not one.
  4. There is nothing in any of the Japanese press right now that I would constitute as hard data about the true condition of the reactors. No temperature or isotope data to be seen.



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