Monday, April 04, 2011

Can we get some good news at some point?

I really don't know where to go with this. Apparently, the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan has been trying to help, but I'm pretty sure they're making things worse.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. began dumping radioactive water from its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station into the sea so that it would have a place to store more highly contaminated water.
"So, we have this really fucked up stuff over here. And this stuff is just kinda fucked up. So we'll pour the poisonous stuff into the ocean, so that we can store the really poisonous stuff..."

But that's not where it gets... well, frankly, "good" doesn't fit the description of this situation. Maybe "interesting" is the right word. Because that's where it get's interesting.
The government approved the discharge so that Tepco, as the utility is known, can drain turbine buildings for the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors of water so radioactive it burned workers
Let that sink in for a second. "...water so radioactive it burned workers." Crap. What exactly is the half-life of Kool-aid made with that stuff?

But let's skip down a little, as it tells us just how fucked Japan is. (I mean, they'd better hope that there's no lizards around there, is all I'm saying...)
The company first tried to plug a crack in a power-cable storage pit near the reactor by filling it with concrete on April 2, and yesterday attempted to clog it with a mix of sawdust, newspaper and absorbent polymer used in baby diapers.
Really? Did the junk shot work for BP? I mean... Hang on a second. Go back.
...and absorbent polymer used in baby diapers.
What? Really? Who the hell suggested that? Charlie Sheen?

Apparently, Japanese babies are good at thinking outside the box...

(Oh, and a warning. If you google "japanese+diaper," make sure Safesearch is on. Just trust me, OK?)

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