17 March, 2011

Japan - Linkdump, and comments.

I am making one post about this, and one post only. 

My heart aches for the people in Japan who have suffered such great loss (of life, of safety, of property) through the disasters this weekend. I have no idea how painful this must be for all of the people affected. I heartily encourage everyone to donate to charities if they are able. It would mean very much to me and all of the people of Japan. I chose to donate to Red Cross (text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10), but Direct Relief and many other charities are doing amazing work over there.

However, on the issue with the nuclear plants, I am choosing to provide a few links.
Take the time to read them. Educate yourself. Please keep in mind that even though these sites are primarily from nuclear organizations, that doesn't mean that they're biased and going to tell you lies. They are there for the public and for the people in nuclear to keep everyone informed. The news has been overflowing with misinformation and disregard for the people involved. I've also been updating my twitter and Facebook regularly. Please, please, if you care about this kind of thing, know what you are talking about before you post about it, or link to people who do. 

These events do not mean the end of the nuclear industry. These events do not mean that nuclear plants are, by nature, unsafe. This doesn't mean we should stop building plants - in fact, these problems wouldn't be problems with modern plant designs, which have passive technology that doesn't even need an operator there to resolve any issues like this. Keep in mind that these plants were old - including one almost 2 weeks from its forty-year lifetime. Please also know that this would not have happened had they not immediately been hit by the tsunami after the earthquake.

Keep the engineers working at site in your thoughts. These men and women are truly heroes, and without them, no one would be doing this work.

Here are my links. I hope you find something interesting.

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