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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Those MSM Ghouls

It doesn’t matter what TV programme you watch. or which paper you read, all you see is an overwhelming desire by the MSM for an apocalyptic disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Today the news was filled with comments like “A last ditch attempt” and “failed attempts at cooling”.

I’m sorry MSM, but couldn’t you for once support the unsung heroes that are trying to get the overheating cores and spent fuel rod pools from being a hazard.

These reactor workers, fireman, and the military are laying their lives on the line by the hour. And do stop wheeling out your, so called experts, to pedal your green anti nuclear ideology.

The reason that things are not going so well is the lack of electrical power to supply the pumps and allow for a sufficient quantity of coolant to reach the central cores.

FFS they’ve just suffered an horrendous earthquake and a tsunami to boot. It takes time.

As an engineer I would like to point out the following:

1. If they are going to use the backup generators, they will need to remove the water from the cylinders, change the oil, drain the water from the fuel tanks, and much, much more.

2. If the power cables are down, they are going to have to run new ones. These will have to be transported to the area. If they’re 440v, just imagine the size and length that needs to be transported to the area.

3. The pumps themselves will be powered by electric motors that will most likely have been immersed in salt water. They will have to be rinsed with fresh water and then dried till they have a resistance of at least one megohm. Difficult to do, without electric heating lamps.

The MSM and others complain that they are not receiving enough information. I would suspect, that those at the coal face are somewhat too busy to indulge in political spin. They need to be left alone to try and minimise the risk.

I lost count of the number of times in my career as an Engineer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, when we had a loss of all systems, and  on reaching the control room and finding the bridge talk back buzzing, the inane comment from the bridge  was “what’s  wrong and when will power be resumed?”

FFS did I have a crystal ball in my pocket, or a direct line to some deity. I’m afraid some profanity may have been uttered.

Please MSM. Leave the heroes of the hour to sort it out and stop speculate on something you seem to know nothing about.


  1. That is the most sensible comment I have read or heard today. Thank you for putting into words what I have been thinking.

  2. "The MSM and others complain that they are not receiving enough information."

    They could try the internet. Beats making stuff up, surely.

  3. Captain Haddock17 March 2011 at 21:30

    "Beats making stuff up, surely".

    Since when could the MSM be accused of allowing the truth to get in the way of a "good story" ?

    Well said FE .. Some of these "armchair experts" would benefit from a quick course at HMS Phoenix ..

    A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend such a course at the (to me) "new" facilty on Whale Island ..

    It came as something of a surprise from the old, Matapan Road site .. Lol

  4. You've put my thoughts of the last few days into more readable words than I would have done. ....but there again the MSM's objective is to sell more newspapers, or at least, more than most of the others, and why let a "good tsunami" go to waste. All that's "needed" - for the MSM anyway - is for there to be another 'quake of a lesser magnitude - not impossible if past events are recalled - and speculation and hypotheses can start all over again.

  5. Nice summary; I've been out of the loop for a few days, does not look like I've missed much except for made up stuff in the msm.

  6. “what’s wrong and when will power be resumed?”

    I've been in similar situations many times. My answer has always been, "It depends on how many times you and your colleagues interrupt me."

  7. Captain. Phoenix, I remember it well. Get drowned , burnt, and gassed all in a week or two.

  8. Ken. That's because you've got Non technical terrorists in charge of you.

  9. Please take a look at "Brave New Climate", a really solid resource giving great just about all the detail anyone will ever want on the Japanese reactor problem. If only MSM could take the time to read it....
    As most people (except MSM) agree, the reactor didn't fail, the diesels failed, "in the sunami". The station is situated on the coast with a (as seen from Google Earth) series of breakwaters offshore. The outer walls look quite substantial, they wouldn't have stopped the tidal wave, but would certainly have greatly reduced it.
    So, just were where the diesels?
    Peter Melia


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