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April 12, 2011

Fukushima a Month Out: Hear Not Much Evil, See Not Much Evil

This reactor story didn’t smell right to me from the beginning (Japan series at Bag and Bag Tumblr), and it only felt more so after listening to Helen Caldicott and Alex Smith talk about the volatility of the Fukushima plant a week ago on Pacifica Radio (as opposed to that MOR NPR).

At this point — with the NYT now reporting Fukushima has made the jump from 3 Mile Island to Chernobyl status — the fact corporate media seems to so grudgingly catch up to the unfolding catastrophe, and tepidly, after days with its eyes half-open, seems a case study in denial.

One thing we were asking ourselves at The Bag early last week was: where were the pictures of the abandoned towns and the deaf echos from the evacuation zone? All I have to say is, thank goodness for David Guttenfelder for his troubling photos last Thursday of posterity’s newest “no man’s land.” I posted this one of the deserted town of Minami Soma on our Tumblr site. Those dogs, man’s best friend, roam the same irradiated town. It’s a image that defines forlorn.

I was attracted to this shot also.  Just like the sky was broken, this mosaic-in-mud suggests (the guys in the radiation suits piling dead bodies into a police van, though not from radiation — as yet) that the earth is broken, too.

I’m keeping these photos firmly in mind, not knowing how soon and how many more like them we’ll see.

(photos: David Guttenfelder/AP. caption 1: Dogs wander around a town of Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in northeastern Japan Thursday, April 7, 2011. caption 2: Japanese police, wearing suits to protect them from radiation, guard the area as a dead body is loaded into a police van in the town of Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors Thursday, April 7, 2011.)

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.

    Radiation makes denial soooo much easier. It’s like trying to prove that ghosts exist. What you can’t see can’t (possibly) hurt you.

    You don’t even have to bother sinking it into the ocean.

    • http://www.yourgoalbook.com Goal Setting

      So true!

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.

    Radiation makes denial soooo much easier. It’s like trying to prove that ghosts exist. What you can’t see can’t (possibly) hurt you.

    You don’t even have to bother sinking it into the ocean.

  • Anonymous

    Headline: ‘Japan Learns What the Sky Looks Like After It Falls’

  • Anonymous

    the poisson’s in regression, the pockets fill with dust, ashes to ashes, we all fall down

  • Anonymous

    the poisson’s in regression, the pockets fill with dust, ashes to ashes, we all fall down

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Mokray/767686527 George Mokray

    Two Japanese reporters enter the Fukushima exclusion zone:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp9iJ3pPuL8

    There’s an abandoned dog in this video too. Along with geiger counter readings.

  • Anonymous
  • Janjamm

    When the United States, which is almost always in denial, told Americans to move outside a 50 mile range of Fukushima, I wondered just what was not being said out loud.

  • Anonymous

    The artwork on the paper cup lantern mashes up the triangle symbol of radiation warning signs with an evden eve nakliyat

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