|Google-Earth Based 3D Map Of Real-Time Radioactivity Distribution In Japan; Projected Global Radioactivity Dispersion|
There are now hundreds of radiation-related feeds from Japan on Pachube, monitoring conditions in realtime and underpinning more than half a dozen incredibly valuable applications built by people around the world. They combine 'official' data, 'unofficial' official data, and, most importantly to us, realtime networked geiger counter measurements contributed by concerned citizens. Now we're even seeing some tracking radiation measurements of tap water.
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The Wall Street Journal has a story that points out the dangers of ownership of the industry which they are charged to regulate.
TOKYO—Japan's nuclear regulator has amassed power while growing closer to the industry it regulates, according to former regulators and industry critics who blame the trend for lapses that may have contributed to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.
Bucking the global standard, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has two distinct and often competing roles: regulating the nuclear power industry, and promoting Japanese nuclear technology at home and abroad.
The setup recalls U.S. regulation of offshore drilling before last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in which the same agency regulated the industry and promoted offshore oil-and- gas development.
Nuclear Regulator Tied to Industry
In the States, the most powerful banking regulator is the the Fed, which is essentially OWNED by the industry which it purports to regulate. And the last time I looked, the WSJ was part of the choir singing the praises of self regulation of the various segments of the financial sector, taking every opportunity to undermine independent regulation.
And they probably do not get it. You just have to laugh at this kind of irony.
Well, derivatives are a bit like radiation, something resembling a neutron bomb. They kill off the life in a society, while leaving the buildings intact.
Speaking of the extended analogy, Radioactivity 100,000 Times Normal at Fukushima Reactor 2. The good news is that it is not 10 million times normal as reported by TEPCO earlier today.
Reminds one of the recent report on the US banks by the Fed.....
URGENT - USA / Europe - Radiation and Jetstream FORECAST UPDATE - march 27, 2011
Plumes of Cesium 137, Iodine 131, and Xenon 133, have reached the United States as of March 23, 2011.
Higher plumes, reaching 5000 meters (15,000 feet) are forecast to reach Portugal, Spain, and central europe.
All animations are from professional forecasting services. Links are below.
The radiation flow, forecast and shown by these several models... tells the tale of the isotopes coming our way... .. it will be up to you to decide if you should go outside during the time these clouds are over the USA, Canada, and Mexico...
Radiation forecasting links:
EUROPE radiation monitoring link:
Spain radiation link:
http://www.epa.gov (click on radiation update)
Dutch radiation monitoring:
Swiss radiation monitoring:
Finland radiation monitoring:
French radiation monitoring:
jet stream forecasting:
The Health Costs of Low-Level Ionizing Radiation
The Low Level Radiation Campaign
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