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Aside from an obligatory blurb announcing the disturbing – but hardly surprising – revelation that the crippled Fukushima reactors will remain out of human control for at least another 6 to 9 months, the media blackout continues:
(AGI) Tokyo – The Fukushima nuclear reactors will be stable within “6 to 9 months”, TEPCO forecasts. The Japanese utility giant that manages the ruined nuclear plant at Fukushima announced in a communique’ that the radioactive releases will be contained within 3 months, while the reactors’ cooling and the radiation control will be achieved in six to nine months.
The first priorities are to use nitrogen in order to avoid hydrogen explosions in Units One, Two and Three and to stop further radioactive water spills.
And that, apart from a generic recap of the history of the disaster (i.e., a giant earthquake and tsunami caused a partial meltdown – as if anyone forgot), is all we get. Three highly damaged nuclear reactors steadily oozing out radioactive waste for at least three months, with an indication that things could take much longer, and no further analysis, commentary or context is offered.
The devastation in the immediate aftermath of the quake and tsunami was covered ad nauseam in the MSM, at least in the early days. But when it became apparent just how disastrous the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant actually was, corporate media coverage quickly fizzled out. Today there is a virtual media blackout in place; even the NY Times, the alleged newspaper of record, makes no mention of the plant on its main page. Any information that one finds relating to the plant, almost anywhere in the MSM, contains little reference to anything beyond the superficial history noted above.
In short, relying solely on the corporate media as a source of information, we have absolutely no idea how much radioactive material has been released, where it has been released, and precisely what materials have been released. No one knows what the consequences will be of this disaster, in either the long or short term. How many people will die as a result, either now or ten years down the road? How will this effect the local and global ecosystem? How will it impact marine life throughout the Pacific Ocean? How concerned should Americans be about the very real prospect of nuclear fallout, and what can we do to protect ourselves? Answers to these questions, and others just as important, will not be found in the corporate media, and thousands – potentially millions – will needlessly suffer as a result.
Consistent with the utter lack of ethical principles in the MSM, we find relevant – albeit somewhat shallow – information in the places one would least expect it. Thus we have the following update not from CNN or the NY Times, but from – wait for it – PC World:
A pair of remote controlled robots entered a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Sunday morning for the first time.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power is hoping the iRobot Packbots will be able to provide data on the current condition inside the buildings, parts of which contain high levels of radioactivity and are hazardous for workers to enter.
The robots entered the plant’s number 3 reactor building and were due to take radiation and temperature readings. They are equipped with video cameras that can provide a live feed to operators.
So for the first timesince this disaster began more than one month ago, humans may finally be able to accurately gauge the extent of the damage. But this information is extremely unlikely to be made public, as this, the money quote, amply demonstrates:
TEPCO has yet to release any information about what the robots found inside the building.
This is information that has far-reaching consequences for every human on earth, and yet a private corporation has the power to withhold it from us. Clearly, something isn’t right. But as long as our alleged partners in democracy – the watchdogs of freedom that the media are meant to be – are mere pawns of the corporatocracy, there is little we can do.
UPDATE: Shortly after writing this, the top story in the AP / Yahoo! News covered the use of American robots at the plant. PC World – that paragon of modern journalism – beat them to the punch by full 9 hours.