1. Walk the walk and talk the talk ? The japanese government announced a long time ago that the evacuation zones would be lifted in April.

    I hope they stick to their guns.

  2. Saw this trailer in front of ’21 Jump Street’ this past Friday. I am reminded of a quote by the famous horror author Howard Philips Lovecraft:

    “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”

    Lovecraft is of course well for writing some of the most memorable horror fiction of the 20th century. (The Call of Cthulhu, The Whisperer in Darkness, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Out of Time) He also has a reputation for being a terrible bigot and a xenophobe. I regularly listen to “The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast,” where the hosts Chirs Lackey and Chad Fifer have been doing a chronological retrospective of his work. On frequent occasion there are works from Lovecraft the hosts cannot entertain with a straight face, the level of racism on display is so high.

  3. The reason I take the effects of these films seriously is because so many of the public do — even camp and take-offs. Would TMI been the media disaster to nuclear energy it turned out to be hadn’t China Syndrome previously come out — totally unchallenged and not picked apart by non-flunkie media nuclear experts? Like the anti-Indian Point crowd near here, they love to label nuclear workers — in competence and personality to Homer Simpson — and the silly slander STICKS. I guarantee you, when “Chernobyl Dairies” comes out, even if it’s just a redress of “Middriff Witch”, it’ll be the local media story that sends their reporters scurrying to the nearest nuke to pickily interview Chicken Littles at the nearby mall and bar. It behooves the nuclear industry/movement to head this willfully malicious stuff off at the pass with knocks at the media’s door by competent nuclear pros to counter the indelible exaggerations of radiation effects and eggshell power-plants. The best persuasion is by using the NUMBERS — not economy or sea levels — but _comparative mortality rates_ of nuclear against other energy productions. Sadly it’ll be up to grass-roots nukers (and MAYBE atomic unions??) to carry the water at this task!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  4. Atomic energy/nuclear power has been a handy trope (now bordering on a cliché) for horror/science fiction since the Fifties. Usefully unknown and poorly defined in the popular mind it could be used for all sorts of things like granting super powers, and enabling time travel. However it was also via the Bomb and the threat of a nuclear war, also useful for creating post apocalyptic worlds. Thus it is not surprising that something like this would emerge. In fact it is surprising it took this long.

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