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.
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.This is a terrible situation indeed, but there is a very important lessonin life for all of us in this mess. I believe that this is a lesson that isteaching us personal responsibility and it is also teaching us to beleery of the state and its proclamations.I won't go into all of the facets of this argument, but let's just examineone piece of this situation.Consider: On Friday, soon after the earthquake struck, it was reportedthat the Japanese electrical company that was running the nuclearpower plant was experiencing difficulties. The reports said that eventhough they had shut down the reactor, for fear of damage, thetemperature of the inner core was still rising. The company said theywere making all efforts to contain the problem. I believe that.The Japanese government claimed that there was minimal danger ofa radiation leak and that engineers were getting the situation undercontrol. They also said, as a precaution, they were evacuating peoplewithin a three mile radius of the power plant. I see that most of thesereports have disappeared into the memory hole, but here's one.This report was released at about 1 pm on Saturday March 12, 2011.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 hourslater, the government changes its report to a 10 kilometer (6 miles)radius... Then, not 1 hour later, the danger zone is extended to a 20kilometer (12 miles) radius. Only a fool would believe that 12 milesis a safe distance.(By the way, as of now, it is confirmed 9 people with radiationpoisoning withat least 160 more are suspected of it. So muchfor 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 whatyou get. If anyone should know the truth in that statement it shouldbe the Japanese. They had a government who lied them into WorldWar II and then, a decade of so after the war, they had a governmentwho lied to them about a similar disaster to today called Minamata.Now, before you dear reader go on to protest and defend the statistposition in that, "The government must report something!" Let mesay that as broadcaster with over 30 years experience, it's anargument that Icompletely disagree with and I will save foranother day. The government will make their announcements,the point of this article is whether you should believe them at facevalue or not.Let mepoint out to you one more critical factor in my argument:These nuclear power plants need a license to operate. Who grantsthese licenses? The government, that's who. This means thatcitizens who are damaged by any errors of that power plant only haverecourse in taking action against that government in court shouldanything go wrong. Think about that. It was the government who gavethe approval for that plant to be built where it is built. It was thegovernment who gave the approval for the safety precautions ofthat 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 fordamages - which, because of Japanese law, they are not - wouldtheybe building government approved-nuclear power plants onearthquake fault lines? I doubt it.It took over 50 years for the government to admit that they lied inthe caseof Minamata.So the government created this situation and, as usual, thegovernmentmust cover up and spin the results of this mess.Now, dear reader, I ask you, do you still believe that you shouldbelievegovernment pronouncements as to whether or not it'ssafe to gooutside or drink the water or breathe the air?Who knows what's best for you and your families safety morethan you do? Gather all the available information you can -remembering that there are those who have certain motivationsfor what they pronounce - and judge for yourself.Your life and your children's lives depend upon it. Take thisopportunity to teach your children well... If you don't teach them,the government will.IMPORTANT UPDATE:this month since it is 40 years old. Once again, governmentinterference raises its ugly head. This is the second time in 29years that this power plant has had an accident. If thegovernmentwould get out of the way and allow the freemarket to work,competitiion would allow companies to buildbetter and saferplants. Now?The results of the system are easy to see for everyone.MORE VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE: (If you wish to see more reports -in Japanese - double click on the video below and you'llbe taken to Youtube page. On the right are many videosavailable):