Nuclear Radiation: Japanese Plants and French Nuclear Tests in the Pacific

I read yesterday that the Japanese government resisted the demand to re-open some Japanese nuclear plants. I was surprised because I did not know they were all closed.

Of course, Japanese citizens are resisting because they cannot forget the thousands of their neighbors sickened and killed by radiation leaks last year, right after the tsunami.

In this connection, it is noteworthy that the French authorities still keep under lock and key thousands of specimens of two-headed fish and several hundred octopuses with legs coming directly out of their heads from their South Pacific possessions. The French had more than 200 atmospheric nuclear tests in that area in the seventies with the expected consequences on the local fauna.

PS There were no Japanese citizens sickened or killed by radiations last year. There are no two-headed fish anywhere. Octopuses with legs coming out their mouth do abound in the South Pacific. In fact, that’s what they look like everywhere, always have looked that way.

Why would you believe that kind of stuff? Worth asking yourself, isn’t it?

About Jacques Delacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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1 Response to Nuclear Radiation: Japanese Plants and French Nuclear Tests in the Pacific

  1. Thomas H. says:

    It certainly can be impossible to convince the ungrateful populace of Japan that their administration is correct in the absolutely constructive policy of (at least to the exterior) turning a blind eye to the effects of the recent nuclear plant disaster in the Northern part of Honshu. While editorializing, one might mention here this policy of the Japanese government must really be what the people need right now – and besides, anyone who tragically died from the Fukushima and other nuclear plant disasters is already passed and there’s no need to “cry over spilt milk.”

    As far as the known effects on marine life from radiation and so forth from past nuclear tests, just remember all this is just an extra cost to society and the surrounding flora and fauna for the giant leap in technology and industry, and other obvious benefits that nuclear energy represents. If there is any effect of all this, there are just a few eyesores and some more hospital and other expenses for “research” and the like, resulting in some frontiers of human knowledge and experience being advanced, and damage contained… . Isn’t it much nicer to think of it that way?

    For more cynical, but authoritative prose on this matter, see: (Banyan’s March 17 column in “The Economist” magazine – print edition.)

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