Saturday, March 12, 2011

The agenda of disaster

I've been following the Fukushima thing. Finally it's starting to calm down, look like it may not meltdown spectacularly and shoot a radioactive plume a mile high, sowing destruction and cancer all over Japan. I'm relieved, but people on the internet seem almost disappointed. They're all keyed up for something--they came for a show. Now the rumors start: TEPCO is lying, there was a meltdown and they're keeping it secret, contamination is widespread, people are dying of radiation poisoning.

This is not helpful. It's fucking sick.

It seems like they're regaining control of Fukushima, but it's not in the clear. People are still being evacuated as a precaution.

And, in case you missed it, Japan just got hit with a major fucking earthquake and a major fucking tsunami. They do not have accommodation for another 20,000 displaced people.

You got all this energy to play Telephone, people? Start putting it into websites and mobile apps to help match these people up with beds, couches, living room floors. Relay accurate information about safety precautions and radiation levels without hysteria.

In the background are anti-nuclear groups making smug pronouncements. They're still talking about a meltdown. They really wanted a meltdown, another Three Mile Island, at least, if they can't have their Chernobyl. Something to retard nuclear development and make people afraid, because that's their agenda.

And people from all over the world are gleefully relaying, misquoting and distorting the doomsday predictions of these groups because it's much more exciting than "Stay inside, stay calm."

Okay, you know what? I don't give rats ass about nuclear politics. I just don't fucking know.

What I do know, those scientists and engineers working at Fukushima right now to make sure that shit doesn't blow the fuck up, they have a much higher chance of getting radiation poisoning or cancer than some anti-nuke fuckwit propagating Armageddon fantasies from their living room in Dublin or Sydney or Birmingham or Boston.

Those scientists and engineers aren't deliberately lying to you and withholding from you. They have a goddamn nuclear reactor to fix. They don't have time to hold your fucking hand and assure you of their truthiness.

And there's a lot of shit they just don't fucking know. There's shit they won't know for a long time. There's gonna be meetings and committees and inquiries for fucking months, probably years, after this, trying to figure out what failed and why and how to stop it from happening again.

Again, this is not your fucking evening entertainment. It is catastrophe upon catastrophe, affecting the lives of millions of your fellow humans. It is not an event to co-opt so you can push your fucking agenda.

Right now, if you can't think of something helpful to do, shut the fuck up and get out of the fucking way.

instead of sitting around rumor-mongering on the internet.

The American Red Cross has set up a donate by text service for disaster relief: text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10

The Canadian Red Cross also has a number set up to take disaster relief donations for Japan: text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5.

Other ways to donate
to the International Red Cross/Red Crescent
to the American Red Cross
to the British Red Cross
to the Canadian Red Cross

If you feel like you need to do more than just donate, get your ass over to your local Red Cross and find out what you can do as a volunteer.

That beginning bit about mile high radioactive plumes and stuff? That was never gonna happen. It was hyperbole, folks. I shouldn't have to explain this.