Sunday, 25 August 2013
This is Winston Saint, with the latest news from the Danger Zone.
TEPCO's press releases are getting more and more desperate, as they admit that don't know how to stop the stream of radioactive water into the Pacific ocean from becoming worse. Most people in Japan realize they are hiding the truth of how bad the situation is. There is also a firm acceptance that they will not ask for foreign assistance (i.e. from people who actually know what they're doing) until it's far too late.
TEPCO unable to stop water flow
Water flow worsening
Does it really matter? Here are some responses from various internet forums. Of course, this being the Internet ... who can you believe?
What can we do about it? Can we do anything about it? This is what Excalibur has been asking you for eighteen months. What does personal responsibility really mean? Take a look at these links below.
Personal responsibility link one
Personal responsibility link two
Despite what you might think, one person CAN actually make a difference. If you want to know more about exactly what our "point"is, then ask a question and leave a comment, and check out this book.
3/11: the Fallout: Helping the communities of Tohoku.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
This is Winston Saint. In order to keep this blog going, we need your input and your opinions. Please leave comments on the Japan crisis here and follow us on Twitter. The Twitter link is here ...
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The latest news on the slow and painful recovery of Tohoku (and WHY is it so slow and painful?) can be found here.
Tohoku's Green Connections Project
"3/11: The Fallout" is a charitable publication designed to help send money to the people who need it the most. Copies can be purchased here.
"3/11: The Fallout" by Patrick Fox
Another excellent book on the same subject, which you really should buy and read, can be found here.
"Fukushima: Japan's tsunami and the inside story of Japan's nuclear meltdowns", by Mark Willacy.
Keep the faith.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Q: How many tons of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima reactor is entering the pacific every day?
A: Three hundred tons.
Q: How many politicians or TEPCO officials have been charged with criminal negligence so far?
2 years and five months after 3/11, the crisis is not over; it's only just beginning.
We're not asking you to do much - just to follow us on Twitter and spread the word.
If you DO want to make a contribution, the book can be found here.
3/11: The Fallout on Amazon.
This is Winston Saint.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
If there is no post this week, it is because we are trying to connect with the rest of the world, and we are fighting for attention in a media sphere that is saturated with distracting information blinded by The Spectacle. You will notice that the title of this blog has changed. This blog is now dedicated to promoting the charitable publication "3/11: the Fallout". If you are looking for the publisher, Excalibur Books, go here:
Excalibur Books - the new website
If you want to like or follow our Facebook page (and we hope you do!), go here:
3/11: The Fallout on Facebook
Here's a blurb for the book:
Why does this book exist?
Or to be more precise, why is it necessary for this book to exist?
Today, as we look around Japan, we see a country that has still not recovered from the 3/11 triple disaster. Instead of the rival political parties uniting to help their traumatized people recover, the hard right engaged in a vicious slanging match with the ruling party, and kicked them out at the recent general election.
Two and a half years of bureaucratic wrangling have resulted in large areas of northern Japan still barren and empty because reconstruction efforts have been stalled. Thousands of families are still living in temporary shelters in Iwate, Fukushima, and Miyagi, waiting for benefits that are slow to arrive, and sometimes never arrive at all. The agricultural and residential land contaminated by radiation will remain off limits for decades.
The nationalists that control Japan’s government are taking steps to maintain their own power as the nation’s economy enters a permanent decline. The Japanese media want to avoid discussion and confrontation, and carry on with their main business of selling mindless pop culture fluff. A large part of help for the Tohoku communities is coming from outside the region, because the area’s infrastructure is so chronically understaffed.
All proceeds – and we do mean all proceeds from the sale of this book – will go to international charities committed to the rebuilding and Renaissance of northern Japan. This book is looking for moral support for Tohoku – practical suggestions, not “Pray for Japan” platitudes. This book is looking for foreign investors willing to lend a hand to Tohoku residents – because the Japanese politicians are too busy fighting among themselves to care about their own people.
This book is not an easy read. It’s the stinging gadfly, the thorn in the nation’s flesh, the fly in the ointment, the spanner in the works. It shouldn’t have to exist. But it does.
And you’re going to keep hearing about it.
If you'd like to buy a copy of the book and make a contribution, you can find it here.
3/11: The Fallout on Amazon.
This is Winston Saint.