Fukushima and Topsy the Elephant

Thomas Edison wanted DC electricity to be the way of the world and wanted Tesla’s AC electricity to go away.

Edison did a road show of electrocutions of stray cats and dogs using AC electricity. The pinnacle of this road show was electrocution of Topsy the Elephant. I’d embedded a video but to be frank, I can’t stand the sight of it.

The energy industry seems to have exhibited characteristics of manipulation right from the start.

The repetition of these electrocutions coupled with his apparent authority created irrational fear.

Today irrational fear is a big factor in the formation of public opinion on energy.

Could it be possible that some of the fear about radiation from Fukushima for instance isn’t as life threatening as people fear? Or maybe the fear has drawn attention to some of the other losses from the earth quake?

This is the case according to James Conca who published an article and a follow-up on Forbes. He says “Fukushima’s Refugees Are Victims Of Irrational Fear, Not Radiation”.

I think it’s entirely plausible that the fear and reaction to it could prove to be much more damaging than we realize.  He also suggests that some of the radiation levels may not even be dangerous. This is plausible too.

I was just looking at Rod Adam’s blog where he says:

One year ago today, one of the strongest earthquakes in recorded history occurred less than 100 miles off of the north east coast of Japan. About 30 to 40 minutes after that massive movement of the earth, a series of 7 large waves rolled in from the ocean to cause massive damage along a long swath of coastline.

Barriers that were supposedly supposed to protect people and infrastructure failed dramatically, resulting in nearly 20,000 deaths, the displacement of more than 300,000 people, and the destruction of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of assets including factories, homes, roads, railroads, automobiles, and other personal possessions.

Pipelines exploded in flames, toxic materials and other refuse from an industrial society was widely distributed and at least one large oil refinery was engulfed in towering flames and billowing black smoke that did not stop until March 21, ten days later.

However, the people who earn billions in revenue by supplying the world with titillating news at no charge to the viewer all decided to distract the whole world from that tragedy and to focus our attention on the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. I believe that collective decision was motivated by a desire to distract us all from the incredible tragedy of a modern society decimated by a natural event and to take advantage of that tragedy to further other preexisting agendas.

I think Adam’s point is very insightful.

Loads of other toxic things have been released and somehow it’s completely off the radar.

Could the media be doing a bad job here? Could they commercializing fear? Who’s agenda benefits from this fear?