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The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears – as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors and fuel rods was enough to kill some citizens.

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency admitted that the disaster was a level 5, which is classified as a crisis causing ‘several radiation deaths’ by the UN International Atomic Energy.

Officials said the rating was raised after they realised the full extent of the radiation leaking from the plant.
They also said that 3 per cent of the fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima plant had been severely damaged, suggesting those reactor cores have partially melted down.

After Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director Akio Komiri cried as he left a conference to brief journalists on the situation at Fukushima, a senior Japanese minister also admitted that the country was overwhelmed by the scale of the tsunami and nuclear crisis.

He said officials should have admitted earlier how serious the radiation leaks were.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said: ‘The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans.

‘In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided it faster.’

Nuclear experts have been saying for days that Japan was underplaying the crisis’ severity.

Even though they were told two years ago that the plant could only withstand a 7.0 earthquake. They’re still lying.

Toddler’s life ruined

By having crazy helicopter mom with control issues and overweening sense of entitlement.

Of course, we’re going to have to wait and see if the child gets refused admission to the Ivy League before we can assess damages.

I’m tired of a president

Who won’t prosecute bankers’ crimes, but wants to bring the full force of the Justice Department down on college kids who burn DVDs.

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Drugged

I have to say, adjusting to the Strattera is really taking a lot out of me. It really screws up my sleep patterns, and it makes my upper back very, very tight. (Bonus: TMJ!)

And so far, it hasn’t helped a whole lot with the ADD. I promised the doctor I would ride it out the whole month, because she says that’s how long it takes to see real improvement. Arghh.

NRC

Regulatory capture? Hell no, progress!

GarageBand

Okay, now I’m actually interested in the iPad. I don’t have the time or patience to learn ProTools, Cakewalk or any of the other recoding software programs. GarageBand is so easy, even I can use it.

Someday, I’ll be able to get one. Geek lust!

Dead

Because he couldn’t afford to go to the dentist.

What a crazy world we live in.

More cheering up from Wisconsin

Look how freaked out the Fox guy is:


Ethical meltdown in Japan

It’s interesting that so many Americans think the Japanese are somehow more ethical and noble than businessmen anywhere else. It’s just not true. Human nature is human nature, and greed is a universal problem. So is the inability to admit mistakes.

In fact, they’re just like us!

Tepco evinces an ethical meltdown, which is to say, a toxic lack of credibility caused by a series of unethical actions long enough to be viewed as a pattern indicative of a sordid personality-type.

Secondarily, the company illustrates the dangers to Japan in the incestuous nature of Japanese business and government relations, otherwise known as amakudari, wherein regulators retire to better-paid jobs in the very industries they once policed. This system operates in private advantage at the expense of the Japanese people, whose fortitude and self-restraint in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami provide the world with an enduring model. Any residual resentment among descendants of the allies in World War II against the Japanese people must surely have melted away in the early spring of 2011 along with the last remaining dirty snow from the arduous albeit non-nuclear winter. In other words, the Japanese have the respect and admiration of the world, even if we are critical of the Japanese officials in business and government who have repeatedly forsaken the public good for their own private advantage. According to what Susum Hirakawa, a professor of psychology at Taisho University, told The New York Times on March 17, 2011, the Japanese people were just as skeptical: “The mistrust of the government and Tepco was already there before the crisis, and people are even angrier now because of the inaccurate information they’re getting.” In other words, an ethical meltdown had occurred–its toxic radiation infecting the polite, patient people just when the situation at the Daiichi plant was most dire.
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Radiation

Japanese passengers flying into the U.S. have set off radiation detectors at two airports.

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