LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC DISASTER
Abenomics has come, but is already on its way out. A short-term pack of phony reforms to befuddle public opinion, buy time, and develop new bad panic responses to Japan’s enduring economic crisis. Because this is New Normal anywhere in the former rich nations – which are called “advanced industrial” as well as “postindustral” (well exhibiting their cognitive dissonance, schizophrenia and existential crisis) – Shinzo Abe and his clique of crony corporate profiteers stumble along to their next crisis with their heads held high. TEPCO, until March 2011, was a peer-respected player in the crony corporate court circus close to power. Today it is special – because it brought down a nuclear disaster of planetary scale, bigger than Chernobyl – but Japan’s crony democracy, like its peers is hardwired to only react with panic to any disaster its incompetence produces. Bad panic or good panic, always panic.
To be sure we have the left, intellectuals, historians and philosophers bemoaning the demise of vibrant democracy, the impoverishment of political life and the worldwide installation of No Alternative corporate crony capitalism. The Japanese nuclear disaster throws a very cruel light on this entropic and degenerate fin-de-siecle deathwish, very similar to the late 18th century birthplace and times of economic liberalism in the last years of King Louis’ reign as visiting Adam Smith glimpsed Marie Antoinette and imbibed the ramblings of Francois Quesnay, her charlatan soothsayer and “economist” who taught so much to Smith.
At its worst, the Fukushima disaster could or might usher-in totalitarian government in Japan – this worst case option cannot be excluded. At best, that is at least, it will further drive public despair with the image of a government sphere where dialogue and shared responsibility have shrivelled to nothing, replaced by hubris and unbridled intolerance, the triumph of greed, ignorance, fear, anger and the loss of reason in public life.
LIBERAL ECONOMIC DISASTER
This infantile emotionalism is made for television. It was designed for the Cold War, the first age of nuclear power – that is nuclear weapons, massive overkill and mutually assured destruction. The economic disaster of nuclear power came later, but surely and certainly, like a cancer.
The goal of lying and infantile emotionalism is to empty the language of public life of all substantive content, and dovetails perfectly with its only other goal, to hawk consumer gadgets, sell commodities and pump up equity “values”, promote celebrity culture and create a heavy background atmosphere of Armageddon and world’s end, which was impeccably reproduced by the long-running but laughably incompetent Global Warming hysteria doctrine.
One very simple reason we should be terrified by the Fukushima disaster is that it is already clear, today, that Tepco has no intention of “fixing the problem” and is technically bankrupt. It basically cannot afford to clean up its gargantuan mess. Liberal economics indeed proposes and operates by the unlimited printing of chaff money in the post 2008 world– called Quantitative Easing – but this fools nobody. The economic resources are not available to deal with a crisis of the Fukushima magnitude. Only an international and multilateral response could handle the disaster. But this is unlikely until it is too late.
The context was exactly the same with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Fake national pride is in play. Soviet arrogance symbolized by the egoist “Gorby” or Mikael Gorbachev decreed a point blank refusal of any foreign clean-up help. That was until the total panic phase started, when very brave foreign nationals were permitted to give their own lives, alongside the lives of The Liquidators, in the bungled and deadly clean-up operation.
The Chernobyl disaster surely and certainly helped make the fall of the Soviet Union more certain. Its coming defeat in its absurd and aggressive, racist and incoherent war in Afghanistan – exactly like the US war in Afghanistan – was already certain. Its economy, despite the laughably pathetic liberal economic reforms of “Gorby”, called Perestroika, was already broken and could only collapse. The Chernobyl disaster was a flag event of this collapse – not a false flag, but a real one. Only one end result was possible.
For Shinzo Abe, a check on the Chernobyl disaster may be useful to him. However, due to the post-Soviet world, the post-2008 era of permanent economic crisis, and the liberal deathwish of abandon and degeneracy – what we can call the Comfort of Corruption and the Desire for Decline – Shinzo Abe is opposed by strawmen reporters wallowing in the wreckage of journalistic standards. Abe can count on the Internet circus of hysteria to create a confusing smokescreen of mostly-fake conspiracy stories.
CIVILITY AND ANGER
Asian philosophy teaches that Obsession is the opposite of Generosity, and Civility is the opposite of Anger. When civility, which demands and expects truthfulness, is denied and thrown into the wastebin, Anger is certain. Public anger is certain in response to the elite panic response that Shinzo Abe has enacted, like Gorbachev enacted before this egoistic charlatan was swept from power amid total economic meltdown. Gorbachev was unable to count on his state propaganda system to smother public anger. Shinzo Abe cannot count on today’s counterpart of Soviet propaganda – civic illiteracy, the dumbed down mass, junk news on the Internet – to hide the extent of his failure.
The decline of civility has another counterpart – the emergence of mob rule, enacted in Russia in the wake of the Soviet collapse by the quick emergence of and takeover by the Oligarch Mob, using Mafia methods for their somber version of Mother Russia. In Japan and any other of the world’s 29 nations said to be “committed to peaceful nuclear power”, the age of Soviet technocratic ignorance and anti-intellectualism – symbolized by nuclear power – lives on. Public illiteracy in this case concerns the inability of mass audiences to grasp the extent of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The upstream cause of this is political and will stay political. Glorifying the principle of private and individual self-interest and greed as a “paradigm for understanding” is especially disastrous in this case, because the Fukushima catastrophe is already – by its radiation release – worse than the Chernobyl disaster. Shinzo Abe may well try to turn public anger against “foreign devils” to explain the Fukushima disaster, his playact will be interesting to watch – for example blowing on the embers of political and territorial disputes and conflicts with China and North Korea. Bread, circuses and war!
But we are already 2 years and 9 months into the crisis. Time is certainly counted, and is counting down by the second. The most extreme forms of mob rule and public illiteracy could be the default situation, that is a lurch into totalitarian rule. Alongside this we will have the culture of militarization, the cult of security, the urge to denounce and to spy.
All of these forces, whose public educational influence should not be underestimated, constitute a new type of civic illiteracy helping further the drift apart of connecting everyday problems people face with larger social, environmental, economic, scientific and existential issues and forces. The result of this divide further depoliticizes public life and further hollows out politics, making it only an empty gesture. Very soon, Shinzo Abe may be fully able to operate the spectacle of national humiliation and rage in a playact panic response to the Fukushima disaster.
Nuclear power with its illusion of “clean, cheap and safe” energy for the consumer nirvana of constant economic growth fits well with the society of spectacle. Nuclear fear, which is intrinsic, can be reduced to private anguish — privatized in the real and full sense of the term. The dangerous cocktail of elite arrogance and privatized anguish however has limits and thresholds, as the global warming clique pretended was true for climate change and human CO2 emissions. The willed and wanted paralysis of public fear submerged in a sea of resentment is the age-old breeding ground for manipulating extremists of all kinds, from religious fanatics to political fanatics. Played correctly by the crony elite, the public demand for an answer to their individual anguish and their emotional woes, and the fact of nuclear disaster, can be thrown together like a ball-and-cup atom bomb detonator, and canceled out leaving only public numbness and a further decline in calls for political responsibility and meaningful action.
Casino finance, the corporate state (all power to the multinationals!), privatized anguish and privatized crony education conspire to make Fukushima a celebrity disaster. As a spectator cult event it is still carried by evening news shows, but well after the football and stock exchange news. Celebrity nuclear disaster is modeled around the one-only model of narcissistic and privatized needs of consumer culture – as we await the free market innovative response! But believing that will come will take the exhaustion of far too many half-lives of the radiation spewing from the wreckage, day and night.
In Japan as elsewhere in the former or ex-rich societies, stripped of ethical and political importance or “relevance”, the public domain is a space where private interests are displayed and then aggregated, piled on top of each other in a layer cake of private woes and problems. By definition there are no solutions except those mystically delivered by “the market”, when or if it chooses. Most importantly, the idea of concerted public action no longer exists because that is politics from a time before.
For Japanese liberal democratic society and its hollowed-out economy, emptied of any substantial content, the ability of individuals to transform their privatized anguish into genuine public debate, political concern, and collective action is doubtful and difficult. The Fukushima disaster occurred at a similar cultural, economic, political and social moment for the USSR, with its Chernobyl disaster. The new and one-only mass illiteracy can only respond and react – with hysteria and a potential lurch into totalitarianism – to the disasters it creates.
Under national emergency conditions, authoritarianism is “the natural response”. Abetted if not enabled by a dumbed-down public, by its inability to grasp the questions of power and public consciousness, the Fukushima disaster has serious and real potential for transforming Japan’s society and politics in the worst possible way. As we know, Japan’s government like that of the US, Russia, China, France, the UK and other “nuclear nations” was always willing to invest vast sums in nuclear power and war preparedness. Like them, whether openly authoritarian or not, and for 30 years since the 1980s, it has locked itself into a system in which the public – meaning private persons – are complicit in their own exploitation, disposability, humiliation and potential death by cancer.
The celebrity cult only operates by default and through extreme public weakness and ignorance. The celebrity nuclear disaster is a vast, extreme version of this cult, the exhibition 24/24 of public incompetence and inability, submerged in a whirling sandstorm of fake-and-real news and information. It is a problem as serious as any the self-defined “democratic world” has ever faced, not merely a political issue exhibiting the degeneration of politics, but also a cultural and educational issue.
AndrewMcKillop has more than 30 years experience in the energy, economic and finance domains. Trained at London UK’s University College, he has had specially long experience of energy policy, project administration and the development and financing of alternate energy. This included his role of in-house Expert on Policy and Programming at the DG XVII-Energy of the European Commission, Director of Information of the OAPEC technology transfer subsidiary, AREC and researcher for UN agencies including the ILO. McKillop is Co-author ‘The Doomsday Machine’, Palgrave Macmillan USA, 2012
Why are huge numbers of dead birds dropping dead and washing up along the coastlines of Alaska? It is being reported that many of the carcasses of the dead birds are “broken open and bleeding”. The photo of some of these dead birds at the top of this article was originally posted by Alaska native David Akeya on Facebook. You can find more photos of these dead birds right here. And of course it isn’t just birds that are dying.
As you will see below, something is causing mass death events among various populations of fish as well. In addition, it has been reported that large numbers of polar bears, seals and walruses in Alaska are being affected by hair loss and “oozing sores”. So precisely what is causing all of this? Could Fukushima be responsible? Authorities are claiming that all of this is being caused by “disease” or “harsh weather”, but are they actually telling us the truth? Evaluate the evidence that I have shared below and decide for yourself….
#1 Something is causing large numbers of dead birds to wash up on shores all over Alaska. The following is a report from Alaska Public Media about just one of these incidents…
Hundreds of dead birds washed up on the shores of St. Lawrence Island towards the end of November. And though the cause of the die off isn’t yet known, the quick response demonstrates a mounting capacity for dealing with unexpected environmental events in the region.
Scientists do not know why this is happening. Some of them are blaming “harsh weather”.
#2 Something is causing large numbers of seals and walruses to lose hair and develop “oozing sores”…
For example, while skin ulcers and other conditions — hair loss, lethargy, oozing sores, bloody mucous, congested lungs — are affecting seals and walruses, it’s not known if the two species are suffering from the same sickness. And although much studying has been done to determine whether it’s the result of a virus or radiation, and no tests have linked these origins to the illness, it’s not yet known what the root cause is. Toxins and environmental factors, like harmful algae blooms and thermal burns, are under consideration. As is whether allergy, hormone or nutritional problems might play a role.
Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.
#3 Polar bears along the Alaska coastlines are also suffering from fur loss and open sores…
Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears in recent weeks is widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.
The bears were among 33 spotted near Barrow, Alaska, during routine survey work along the Arctic coastline. Tests showed they had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.
Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.
#4 The population of sockeye salmon along the coastlines of Alaska is at a “historic low”…
Aboriginal people in British Columbia who rely on Skeena River sockeye are facing some extremely difficult decisions as sockeye salmon returns plunge to historic lows.
Lake Babine Chief Wilf Adam was on his way to Smithers, B.C., on Monday for a discussion about whether to entirely shut down the food fishery on Lake Babine, something he said would be drastic and unprecedented – but may ultimately be necessary.
Authorities say that the number of sockeye salmon has dropped by more than 80 percent since last year…
Mel Kotyk, North Coast area director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said the department’s monitoring activities were finding one of the lowest runs in 50 years.
Only 453,000 sockeye are expected to swim along the Skeena this year, Kotyk said, compared to approximately 2.4 million last year, forcing all commercial and recreational Skeena sockeye fisheries to be closed.
Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.
#5 Something is causing Pacific herring to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs…
Independent fisheries scientist Alexandra Morton is raising concerns about a disease she says is spreading through Pacific herring causing fish to hemorrhage.
Ms. Morton has called on the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to investigate, saying it could cause large-scale herring kills and infect wild salmon, which feed heavily on herring.
“I’ve been seeing herring with bleeding fins,” Ms. Morton said Monday. “Two days ago I did a beach seine on Malcolm Island [near Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island] and I got approximately 100 of these little herring and they were not only bleeding from their fins, but their bellies, their chins, their eyeballs. These are very, very strong disease symptoms.”
Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.
#6 Some residents of Alaska are absolutely convinced that Fukushima is to blame for the rapidly declining fish populations. For example, just check out the following excerpt from a recent editorial in one Alaskan newspaper…
We are concerned this hazardous material is hitching a ride on marine life and making its way to Alaska.
Currents of the world’s oceans are complex. But, generally speaking, two surface currents — one from the south, called the Kuroshio, and one from the north, called the Oyashio — meet just off the coast of Japan at about 40 degrees north latitude. The currents merge to form the North Pacific current and surge eastward. Fukushima lies at 37 degrees north latitude. Thousands of miles later, the currents hit an upwelling just off the western coast of the United States and split. One, the Alaska current, turns north up the coast toward British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. The other, the California current, turns south and heads down the western seaboard of the U.S.
The migration patterns of Pacific salmon should also be taken into consideration. In a nutshell, our salmon ride the Alaska current and follow its curve past Sitka, Yakutat, Kodiak and the Aleutian Islands. Most often, it’s the chinook, coho and sockeye salmon migration patterns that range farthest. Chum and pink salmon seem to stay closer to home. Regardless of how far out each salmon species ventures into the Pacific, each fish hitches a ride back to its home rivers and spawning grounds on the North Pacific current, the same one pulling the nuclear waste eastward.
We all know too much exposure to nuclear waste can cause cancer. And many understand that certain chemicals, such as cesium-137 and strontium-9, contained in said waste products can accumulate in fish by being deposited in bones and muscle permanently.
We are concerned our Alaska salmon are being slowly tainted with nuclear waste. We are worried about the impact this waste could have on our resources, and especially the people who consume them.
#7 Something also seems to be causing a substantial spike in the death rate for killer whales living off of the coast of British Columbia…
A Vancouver Aquarium researcher is sounding the alarm over “puzzling” changes he’s observed in the killer whale pods that live off the southern British Columbia coast.
Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard says he fears changes in the ocean environment are prompting odd behaviour and an unusually high mortality rate.
Barrett-Lennard says the southern resident orca pod, which is found in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland, has lost seven matriarchs over the past two years, and he’s noticed a lack of vocalizations from the normally chatty mammals.
Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.
These kinds of things are happening further south along the Pacific coast as well.
For example, the recent death of thousands of birds down in Oregon is absolutely baffling scientists…
Residents have reported groups ranging from 10 to 200 dead or dying barn and violet-green swallows in barns and around other structures where they perch. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the dieoffs appear to be worst close to rivers and standing water where the birds tend to gather.
The toll, estimated in the thousands, has stunned Fish and Wildlife specialists. “This type of mortality event is unprecedented and considered a rare and unusual event,” said Colin Gillin, wildlife veterinarian for the agency. “The effect on bird populations is unknown.”
Some scientists are blaming these deaths on “harsh weather”.
Do you buy that?
Clearly something very unusual is happening, and it should not be unreasonable to ask if Fukushima is at least partially responsible for all of this.
Without a doubt, the Pacific Ocean appears to be a much different place than it was before the Fukushima disaster. In fact, one very experienced Australian adventurer said that he felt as though “the ocean itself was dead” as he journeyed from Japan to San Francisco recently…
The next leg of the long voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and for most of that trip the desolation was tinged with nauseous horror and a degree of fear.
“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.
“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.
“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”
In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes.
“Part of it was the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of years ago. The wave came in over the land, picked up an unbelievable load of stuff and carried it out to sea. And it’s still out there, everywhere you look.”
What in the world would cause the Pacific Ocean to be “dead” like that?
Where did all the life go?
Hopefully we will start to get some answers to these questions.
For much more on all of this, please see my previous articles entitled “28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima” and “Something Is Killing Life All Over The Pacific Ocean – Could It Be Fukushima?”
Meanwhile, radiation levels around Fukushima just continue to increase. The following is from a recent RT article…
Outdoor radiation levels have reached their highest at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant,warns the operator company.Radiation found in an area near a steel pipe that connects reactor buildings could kill an exposed person in 20 minutes, local media reported.
The plant’s operator and the utility responsible for the clean-up Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) detected record radiation levels on a duct which connects reactor buildings and the 120 meter tall ventilation pipe located outside on Friday. TEPCO measured radiation at eight locations around the pipe with the highest estimated at two locations – 25 Sieverts per hour and about 15 Sieverts per hour, the company said. This is the highest level ever detected outside the reactor buildings, according to local broadcaster NHK.
And every single day, another 400 tons of very highly radioactive water gets released into the Pacific Ocean. The total amount of radioactive material in the Pacific is constantly rising, and because many of these radioactive particles have a half-life of 30 years or longer, much of this material is going to be with us for a very, very long time.
This is turning out to be the greatest environmental disaster in modern history, and it is very far from over.
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