All I can conclude is that they have decided that there is not enough hits/money in being mildly anti-nuke, so they are going down the Russia Today route of printing any old bollocks to get controversy and traffic. Two more examples from today’s web site front page were:
This is a promising article, but instead it leaves me hanging, perhaps because the truth might not be as sensational as the article implies. For example:
Do consumers know what such external flawlessness requires in terms of chemical soil disinfectants and special fertilizers?
What is actually required? We are not told.
The point is, of course, that it’s not real pork broth. What is it? Only your friendly neighborhood food chemist knows for sure. Would he feed it to his family?
Yes, what is it? The guy doing the experiment knows too, so why doesn’t he tell us? Did you ask him if he would feed it to your family?
One of the village children had a question for him: "While you’re here doing research, who’s looking after your rice field in Japan?" The researcher’s answer, unfortunately, is not recorded.
No answer, and no obvious point to this anecdote, or am I just being thick?
Let’s finish off with a Fookooshimar:
Another is a study on child obesity released on Christmas Day by the education and science ministry. The problem was found to be most aggravated in Fukushima Prefecture. A probable cause, the study suggests, is that radioactive air is keeping kids indoors and preventing them from getting enough exercise.
What radioactive air? The JT also reprinted a reasonably neutral Kyodo article that says schools in Fukushima still have restrictions on outdoor activity based on "local atmospheric radioactive fallout readings", whatever these may be. However, under 10% of the schools in Fukushima still have restrictions, yet the rates for first- and third-graders were up about 5 percentage points, which would suggest that these 10% of the schools had about half their pupils overweight (on second thoughts, that’s a gross over-simplification of the numbers). Over-worried parents, increased family stress, temporary housing with no play facilities, breaking up of local friendships, moving from the countryside to the city, etc, etc, are just as probable contributory factors in my opinion.
It’s yet another rant about Shinzo Abe, although it is well-written:
Way back in the heady 1960s, Japan was one big Cathedral of Optimism
By 2000, the cathedral was emptied of Japanese optimists, and most of the foreign ones were climbing out of its windows, too. I found myself, inveterate optimist that I am, pretty much alone in that gaping space.
I, for one, am leaving that new Cathedral of Optimism. It’s getting too crowded with people whose shouts deafen the nation with chauvinistic sloganeering.
Expect a reprint of this on Debito.org…