Daily Express prints Fookooshimar utter tripe

This article in today’s Daily Express (UK) is even worse than EneNews!

First up, we have a composite picture (I thought newspapers were supposed to indicate when they used them?) of the tsunami aftermath with two boys (there might be a third at the bottom) cut and pasted in. I wonder if they or their parents are aware how their photo is being used?

No one has so far died as a result of radiation from Fukushima, insist the authorities.

Yay FUD!

Most worrying are the results of tests carried out on more than 130,000 children who lived around Fukushima. More than 40 per cent have the early signs of thyroid cancer

We’ve dealt with this before.

Many more, living up to 25 miles away, were not moved away until six weeks after the radiation escaped.

The evacuation zone was only 30 km. Or are they talking about Iitate and Kawamata, etc?

the new sea wall that has been built against future tidal waves hardly inspires confidence.

Is there actually a new seawall?

While the 12-mile zone closest to the plant will remain off limits to all but the brave or foolhardy,

Aren’t they busy removing the restrictions of many of the towns?

According to one scientist the radiation released was about 10 per cent of the Chernobyl disaster, which may have caused up to a million premature cancer deaths.

Is that one scientist or two scientists?

Another expert claims the true figure is nearer to 40 per cent.


Dr Rianne Teule, a radiation expert with Greenpeace, says: "The potential effects of radiation from Fukushima have been shamelessly down played. It could be many years before we discover the real impact and some of the risks are being ignored."

I think that is quite impressive weasel wording. "potential", "could", "risks" – I cannot argue with what this expert says as they do not actually say anything…

Yet on an agreed international scale of one to 10 for nuclear accidents, Fukushima is rated seven.


There are false rumours spreading about birth defects among Fukushima babies

So why mention them?

Doctors handed out iodine tablets to residents to limit absorption of radiation.

No. Well, yes, some were handed out well after the event, but no-one was supposed to take them as it was far too late to "save[…] countless lives" with them.

Japan, which is close to a geological fault line

Slightly more than one…

two have reopened to help the struggling economy.

That’s not why they reopened Ooi!

  1. The paper that once ran a front page story condemning the now-adult survivors of the Dunblane school shooting for drinking, smoking and having sex. Quality bit of journalism, that was.
    Some people Facebook-friended the clueless-about-computers author of the piece, discovering photos of her binge-drinking and “looking for a story” only days before the article appeared. A level of journalistic integrity readers of this blog will have experienced before…

  2. I know, I’m being picky, but…


    “tENS of thousands”

    Is ANYBODY proof reading this? :headdesk: :headdesk:

    And, is my browser broken, or are entire paragraphs being repeated?

    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

  3. It’s the Express. As this article isn’t about how immigrants are raping the essence out Britishness or murdering pensioners, it’s basically filler and won’t have any impact on its readers.

    However, there is a scientist named and quoted, who is a real person. I had a look into Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace’s “Radiation expert”. Looking at some anti-nuke documents, you’ll find her described as “an expert on all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle”(PDF). This looked suspicious to me, as, publicly at least, there are vanishingly few people with even a master’s degree in this kind of area who are as anti-nuclear as she is.

    So I googled her on google scholar looking for anything about radiation. Nothing. Nuclear? Nothing. However, I managed to track down her PhD: “‘Dynamical aspects of alkaline earth metal reactions and the photon-induced dissociation of nitrous oxide”. In everyday language, it turns out that this “expert” in radiation and nuclear power is actually “an art cleaning expert. She specializes in cleaning art work and manuscripts with lasers”.

    :roll: :facepalm:

    What gets interesting is that Greenpeace claims that she has been refused entry to South Korea because of her anti-nuclear activities. Greenpeace launched a legal complaint against the Korean government about it, but I haven’t found what happened.

  4. @VK:

    Greenpeace? Embellish? Say it ain’t so… :roll:


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