Saturday, March 19, 2011
DEMCAD: Japan's Last Days?
By Reginald Kaigler (DEMCAD)
As dire as the situation in Japan may seem, this nuclear disaster in Fukushima will not be the end of this economic power. Popular Youtuber Jbern released a video entitled 'Fukushima update - Japan's last days' where he descisses what he believes to be a situation worse than Chernobyl. Unlike the Soviet Union's nuclear disaster, the Fukushima crisis hasn't been upgraded to a level 7 (major accident), but with explosions at four different nuclear reactors and a significant amount of radiation leakage, the seriousness of the situation can not be taken lightly.
I think Jbern's description of the Japanese government response is fitting.
"I think Japan has very weak leadership...and they are not taking the right action."
Many nuclear facility workers have abandoned their post and the Japanese government has failed to handle the situation in a timely and effective manner. The leadership needs to pull nuclear experts from other power plants and use its military personnel and technology to get more workers involved. The more people they have working on the nuclear reactors, the more they can accomplish. With a limited amount of people, they will be slowed down by the fact that a worker can only be exposed to so much radiation.
Jbern asks some very important questions that I would like the answers to, "Where are the 5,000 employees from the Fukushima plant? Because they have left their plant. They have deserted from their troops...their job in a war-like situation."
My answer: They saw the writing on the wall and decided to get their families as far away from this mess as they could. Maybe they don't have much faith in their own ability to stop a catastrophe.
Another good Jbern question: "Ask yourself, where are the families of the managers and the government?"
I'm dying to know the answer to that one. I agree with Jbern's assessment of the severity of the damage at reactor 4. But I disagree with his assertion that "Japan is lost." He goes as far as to declare that the Japanese government should have evacuated pregnant women and children from the island. The problem with that scenario is that it would have been impossible to evacuate that many people from japan in a short period of time. And how would have accepted them? The United States of America. That would be a huge political risk for the host nation. If the people couldn't return or didn't want to return, the host country would have millions a people living on the soil. What economy can support that level of a population increase? None.
My biggest concern is the economic impact of Japan on the world economy and America. It seems that Japan will be seriously affected by this crisis in its financial and manufacturing sectors. Even GM is halting its 'nonessential' global spending, because of this disaster. I think Japan will be hit with a tremendous amount of debt and worsen its status as one of the largest public debt burdens in the world. However, it's industry and ability to actually produce products will give it a strong chance to rebuild and recover. it may take 10 years, but I am confident that Japan will recover as long as they can offer products to trade for natural resources.
GM Halts 'Nonessential' Spending Globally Due to Japan Crisis
March 15th Polar Shift
People, we made it. March 15th came and passed. We didn't see massive earthquakes across the globe, we didn't see the end of the world and the U.S. government didn't bring out the ark. We didn't see a major and rapid polar shift. So what does this mean? Internet conspiracy theorists and bloggers will jump on a new date and uplaod more videos to scare the hell out of people about a possible end of the world. I call these events "Dates of Doom." It always amzes me how certain youtubers can scare people will this ridiculous information and never apologize for being wrong and scaring people for no reason.
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