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3/17/2011 04:07 AM EDT
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David Ashton
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David Ashton   3/19/2011 10:18:28 AM
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I'd tend to agree. I don't condone Darren's use of language in this forum, but I do understand the reasons for his emotions, and he has apologised. Darren, I too wish you and yours well. UBM on the other hand has consistently refused to give logical answers to questions of his theories (I use the word loosely here). In spite of specific requests he has not stated why god has punished Japan for whaling but also apparently punished NZ for it's anti-whaling stance. If I've got you wrong, UBM, please explain further, but please for heaven's sake try to do so logically. UBM, if your god is responsible for all these natural disasters, he must be a pretty twisted, vengeful, spiteful and indiscriminate god. I believe pretty loosely in a higher power, but I don't see him as being like that.

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Darren1022   3/19/2011 5:42:35 AM
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@kdboyce Thank you and I really appreciate it. My mother contacted me this morning and informed me that she is no longer within the radiation zone. And there was very minimal trace of radiation on her. Unfortunately she did lose her house in Chiba to the tsunami. But buildings can be replaced, I am just glad that she's safe. Thank you again.

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kdboyce   3/19/2011 5:07:23 AM
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Darren, I for one appreciate the apology re language use. I wish you and your family well in the present circumstances and hope that they come to no harm.

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piratebill   3/19/2011 3:14:59 AM
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OK Chipchap ok so there where explosions (oxidation events) in at least 2 of the reactors. the compromised reactors are venting to the sky a mixture of what must be the top 10 nastiest elements ever known to man. there is no known way to stop the reaction as of 3/19/2011. and lastly its getting worse by the day. did i forget to mention the reactor core is lined with zirconium? some one please help me confirm this, i have only one source and am not a physicist. i read (not positive) that the zirconium lining is somewhere around 10-20 tons and will combust at 2000 degrees F. further, the fuel storage tanks are also lined with zirconium and are weighting in at 100+ tons and are also avalanching. i think only of cheap fake diamonds when i think of zircons, and the press is lies on top of stupidity so i dont know what to believe anymore. So Chipchap,... what exactly constitutes a "disaster" in your mind? What part of 10,000 year half life makes this a "testament to the engineers"?

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chipchap42   3/18/2011 8:57:51 PM
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I agree with paboyle and I am appalled to see EETimes apparently helping the scaremongering that the less rational media has been flinging around this week. It appears that there is no basis whatsoever to the idea that a criticality has occurred. But ask ordinary people a week from now whether there was a nuclear "disaster" and I would put money on them saying yes. In fact it's nothing of the kind and if this is the worst it gets, it's a testament to the engineers that designed and built the place, as well as those who have worked to contain the issue that nothing has really happened. The US government and others have not helped by suggesting people leave. Personally I think this whole episode is a ringing endoresement of nuclear power rather than an indictment of it.

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przemek   3/18/2011 8:49:11 PM
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Darren: +1 ubm...: -1 It's not possible to have a rational argument with an irrational person. They will drag you down and beat you with experience.

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daveb   3/18/2011 7:53:14 PM
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I just read that the reactor was scheduled for decommissioning next month... Rats!

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paboyle   3/18/2011 3:48:14 PM
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Moglen asserts there has been a criticality even at reactor 4, citing the BBC article. This is NOT what the BBC article says. Friends of the Earth should not, go around making up plausible lies sensationalising these terrible events. The BBC article says TEPCO raised the possibility of a recriticality event in the future. It does not state that the fire at reactor 4 had anything to do with the pool having already gone critical.

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prabhakar_deosthali   3/18/2011 11:43:26 AM
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Looks like our emotions have taken us back some thousand years back and we seem to have forgotten our objective approach to look at the disaster and its consequences. As recently has been discovered this world is so huge ( the recent discovery tells us that there are stars in this universe which are some billion light years away from us). In such cosmic scale the Japanese earthquake is something so minuscule in proportion that the GOD almighty of whatever religion it may be , may not have even noticed that such a thing has happened. Mankind's progress has happened by learning from such accidents, such natural disasters. While we rue the losses and worry about the consequences of such disasters we also make corrections in our future designs to avoid recurrences of such events. Because we are there to survive! We humans are there to survive! We engineers are there to make new inventions and new discoveries. Like a spider we are going to rebuild our nets every time it gets destroyed. With each disaster we are going to be wiser and smarter.

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Darren1022   3/18/2011 9:35:36 AM
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I personally do not condone the Japanese whaling activities. However, in saying that, nor I do believe an earthquake is of direct consequence of such. Here in New Zealand, we're on the forefront of anti-whaling activities. Then explain it to me scientifically: Why an anti-whaling country such as New Zealand had a 7.4 magnitude earthquake last September in the Canterbury region shortly after a public clash with Japanese whalers and a 6.4 aftershock 3 weeks ago in which lives were claimed?

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