From Breaking the Set
At 10:00 in
- Michio Kaku, Ph.D. in nuclear physics from UC Berkeley and protégé of Edward Teller, ‘father of hydrogen bomb’: The crisis is much more severe than we’re led to believe. Documents have been coming out over the last 2 years showing how the utility and government deliberately suppressed vital information. Did you know that even as the accident is progressing and they said don’t worry and everything is under control, they were contemplating evacuating Tokyo? Evacuating Tokyo, it’s mind-boggling, but that’s how severe the accident was. Now right now we have 3 melted reactors. It’ll take 40 years by their estimate to clean up this disastrous accident and it could start again anytime soon. A small earthquake could tip it over and the accident starts all over.
At 11:30 in
- Kaku: We have to monitor the food very carefully. Because we do know that radioactive cesium with a half-life of about 30 years leaked into the ocean and its water soluble and it did get into the fish and sea life around Fukushima, but the government does monitor these things and so far as we know, the food supply is safe. [See: Scientist: “Effects of Fukushima will be increasing” as front edge of large water plume arrives — Levels to rise for years — “It’s a health and safety issue here” yet no one testing ocean]
At 12:30 in
- Kaku: Germany says never again — they saw what happened at Fukushima. A disaster in Germany could literally wipe out Germany as a nation.
At 12:45 in
- Kaku: Japan made a Faustian bargain, Faust was a legendary figure who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited power. That’s the Faustian bargain Japan made after the war. And now they’re going to have to reanalyze whether it’s worth it to sell your soul to the devil.