On March 11th, 2011, an earthquake in Japan birthed a tsunami which caused a meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. I know that’s a bit of “your mother’s sister’s cousin’s aunt married your father,” but stay with me. The disaster was classified a Level 7 “major incident,” the worst one since Chernobyl’s reactor made a perfectly good Ferris wheel relatively useless. Well, Fukushima is back in the news. 300 tons of radioactive water (the stuff they used to cool down the reactors during the meltdown) has leaked into the surrounding area. This happened in 12 hours. Three hundred gallons. Twelve hours. Image your in-ground swimming pool was full when you went to bed, but when you woke up, it was empty. Now, image that every ounce of the water in your pool was deadly poisonous. Get the picture? Officials presiding over the plant think something has gone horribly wrong. Ya think? Okay, whatever, they’re doing something about this, right? Well, maybe. Huh? You see, since the reactors were covered in water, the height of the incident has dropped to Level 1. They are considering raising the bar to Level 3, or a “serious international incident.” I want to make jokes about three-eyed fish, two-headed frogs, and the rebirth of Godzilla, but I won’t. Truth is, this is scary.
August 21st, 2013. Syria. Toxic chemicals were allegedly released via bombardment on the suburbs in Ghouta today. Early reports from rebels are saying the Syrian government is responsible. Syrian officials are saying otherwise; that the death count of over 1,000 men, women, and children is vastly bloated, and that no such toxins were released. There is video of the supposed aftermath circulating the internet. The bodies show no signs of harm. There are a lot of them. Many of them are kids. Images have also surfaced of children struggling with the aftereffects of the chemical attacks. At this time, all this is conjecture. I only know that something happened, and it’s a tragedy beyond words. I will not repost or share any of these images. If you feel the want or need to see them, Google is a thing. All I know is, I’ve seen them. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go hug my children.
Daily Tip: No one is perfect. All you can do is inform yourself, and be open-minded enough to change your opinion when proven wrong.
(Note: This blog is not professionally edited. Sad panda.)