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The Fukushima 1 NPP

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I question why the mainstream media isn’t continuously reporting the nuclear disaster in Japan? Reports now suggest that the radiation levels are the highest they’ve been since the Tsunami.

It makes me wonder if the media has any obligation to report important news at all? Or, are they only accountable to their shareholders to make profits? If the story doesn’t sell newspapers or gain subscribers, do they not bother to publish the story? Or is there some backroom deal that the companies payoff the news agencies to keep it quiet? I love conspiracies, so I WANT to believe there is some massive international payoff going on…

Is the public to blame for becoming so apathetic that they don’t care? Are newspapers obligated to report major disasters and keep us informed? Hurricane Katrina was front page news for a few days. Same goes for the massive BP oil spill. Remember that small south Asian Tsunami that killed a measly 225,000 people about 5 years ago? Those areas are still disaster zones and have problems, but no one ever hears about them again. I think I lean towards public apathy. If Canada can vote in Stephen Harper, and in the US George Bush, then we aren’t trying too hard to find the truth.

Is it human nature to get bored of such horrible stories, and just not care until it’s in your back yard?

In fairness, most media companies are still covering stories about Fukushima, but they end up on page 10…

Here is the Fukushima story reported over at Gizmodo.

In case you forgot, one of the worst disasters since the advent of nuclear energy is still underway. And although the initial shock has worn off, the radiation levels sure haven’t: TEPCO measured 10,000 millisieverts/hour—that’s fatal.This figure’s 3,900 times higher than the naturally-occurring cosmic radiation we soak up every year—only it’s leaking from the paralyzed plant every hour.

via Fukushima Plant Now Leaking Highest Radiation Levels Since Tsunami.