Where to begin?
It is testament to the ascendancy of apocalyptic thinking that many are now looking at Japan and thinking: “Will it get even worse?”
It is not enough, apparently, that there has been a monumental tragedy, with thousands of people killed by the tsunami that was unleashed by Friday’s earthquake.
No, many observers are now fantasising about a possible meltdown at a nuclear energy station that was badly shaken by the quake, which apparently could give rise to a radioactive holocaust that would make nature’s fury look like a tea party in comparison.
The speed and gritty determination with which Western reporters and experts myopically turned their gaze to the nuclear power station in Fukushima in northern Japan has been extraordinary.
Thanks to Andrew Bolt for that one.
Next, we go to Charlie Martin:
The earthquake and tsunami seriously damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi (“number one”) and Daini (“number two”) in Okuma, in Fukushima Prefecture, and also damaged the Onagawa plant in Miyagi Prefecture. In total, of the 55 nuclear power generation plants in Japan, 11 have been forced to shut down, cutting power generation capacity in Japan dramatically and forcing the country to adopt a series of rolling blackouts. It would seem impossible to overstate the severity of the crisis.
The media, however, has risen to the challenge, with a combination of poor information, ignorance, and alarmism, along with antinuclear activists passing themselves off as unbiased experts.
Indeed, they have.
Back again to the Australian and the fog of information:
It is tempting to excoriate anti-nuclear activists for their blather about a Japanese Chernobyl occurring at Fukushima.
But to do so would be like scolding a puppy for digging up the garden or chewing on your slippers. There are a large number of full-time anti-nuclear activists across the world, including in Australia, who are paid to misinform us; it’s just what they do.
Like nature, the media abhors a vacuum, and that’s why you can expect to find some entirely unqualified people offering advice on prime-time television about the likelihood of birth defects and cancers arriving in the next gust of wind.
Finally, we come closer to home, where CTV does their best to pay credence to the notion that people in this country are buying iodine pills:
Since word emerged that Japan has begun distributing potassium iodide tablets to residents near the Fukushima facility, other global regions have noted a spike in sales of the pills.
Watch the video for some completely rational action taking place. No crazy there.
Look, the Daiichi reactor situation is serious, and there is no doubt that we need to look at the nuclear power fleets around the world to ensure they are safe as we can possibly make them. But the reaction by the media is completely irrational and does nothing but fuel crazy when crazy doesn’t need any more fueling.