Things are getting stranger by the minute.
We have the world in a tizzzy due to the ongoing troubles at the Fukishima nuclear power plant. I really could care less about it. Even if everything “goes south” any radiation is going to be limited to about a 30km radius from the plant. It will not explode and any nuclear material will stay on site. I still think nuclear power is a good thing. It provides the only real option for greenhouse gas free energy. When properly managed it is completely safe. Nobody died from Three Mile Island. Nobody will die from this. Yet all over the West we have stupid comments and media coverage. This should be looked at as an engineering success. The Japanese plant was designed to withstand an 8.2 earthquake. It actually survived a monster quake of 9.0. WOW! In fact the plant did everything it was supposed to do. It shut down automatically and the back up generators kicked in. The massive tsunami took out the back up generators, but the battery back ups kicked in. The problem was that these only last eight hours. Supposedly enough time to get external power reconnected. Unfortunately, the devestation was such that it took a week. Too much time when you are dealing with the residual heat of a nuclear plant. The Japanese engineers have been performing heroically and I hope when this is all over they get the recognition they deserve.
Here we are worried that nuclear power plants may be ticking time bombs. What? The final death toll from this natural disaster is going to be in the tens of thousands! The death toll from the nuclear plant. Nothing so far. Yet we are worried about nuclear plants and not about living next to the coast. Strange. Which one do you think the Japanese are worried about?
I watch a proud and dignified people deal with a natural disaster beyond comprehension. I am amazed at their determination to rebuild and their calmness in dealing with loss and sacrifice. They are a shining example of the best of humanity. We are an example of hysteria and stupidity.
While all this is going on, we have the US waffling over a no-flyzone over Libya. A quick response by the US and the UN would have saved a lot of Libyan lives. The delay of weeks seems only to have come to an end when the US administration didn’t like the news stories coming back from Libya showing Ghaddafi winning. No wonder the rebels were pleading for help. You know things are strange when it is the French who are spearheading a military intervention. Not the norm, but hey, good on them. The world will need more and new leaders to prod the internation community to act.
In Canada the government has implemented its own “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” Policy. Instead of sexual preference the Conservatives use this policy when parsing out information. If the opposition dosen’t ask then the government doesn’t tell. While this may be a great way to control the flow of information around Parliament Hill, it doesn’t enthuse the opposition parties. As a result the Government is having to go through hearings to determine whether they are in contempt of Parliament. A vote of non confidence and election could result. Come on children – grow up. Give the information and stop acting like you are going to take your ball and go home.
Finally, we have my favourite. Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly. The man who collects bullets on his daily walks and then forgets about them until he is going through airport security, is now a little foggy on whether he was involved with the fronting of more than two million dollars to a concert promoter. Now, to be fair this was money from a non-city fund. The funds came from the accounts of Metro Center Limited. But, those guys want their money back and the promoter has gone belly up. Mr. Kelly is now on the hook for the money. Since, only Kelly and the CAO were in on the dealings the members of City Council are rightly distraught. Local businesses are kinda confused too. Who knew that you could go to the city and get working capital to run your operation? Neat city. Businesses will be flocking to it. Maybe not. Seems like taxes maybe going up to cover unforseen shortfalls. The Mayor however is standing tall. He didn’t know anything about it. Well, maybe he did know, but he didn’t know how much money was sent out. Okay, he knew how much money was given, but he didn’t know that it didn’t follow policy. Gee, you think he wants to institute a “Don’t ask – Don’t tell” policy. Maybe his version would be – “If you ask – I might tell, or not”.
Oh my. Just when I thought we had some hope, we have a stretch like this. There is always next week.
Until then, I remain,
A Sour Kraut