The Crisis at Fukushima 4 Demands a Global Take-Over

Rahul Shah:

The world is at danger due to a few people who do not understand the seriousness of the situation. Nuclear fuel is not child’s play. Taking it so lightly will only result in global horror.

Originally posted on Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff):

We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focussed on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.

Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come down in the next earthquake, if not on its own.

Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.

The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle…

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THE OIL EQUATION

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I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it. – Clint Eastwood

This quote quite literally explains the story of oil. We live in a world that revolves around oil. from large scale industries to the small cottage industries, oil is the key raw material used. All vehicles including bi-cycles use oil, the extent of their requirements may vary but never the less the requirement still exists. For the past 100 or more years mankind’s dependency on oil has increased to such an extent that citing a small possibility that oil wells of the world may dry out some day is completely discarded as a far fetched idea.

Oil or in general fossil fuels drove the industrial revolution all over the world. The use of oil spiked with the invention of the internal combustion engine used in cars/trucks and many other devices. The search for an alternative source of fuel way always a priority but somehow it never caught on and everyone forgot about the fact that fossil fuels are not renewable sources of energy.

Now we could argue that there are hydrogen cars (Beta versions not sold in the market), electric cars that need to be charged for about 8-13 hrs every 100 km you travel, machines powered by water/sugar/alcohol and what not. But are they good enough? Now of these products are ready for prime time for everyday use. Is it that electricity is a bad alternative to crude oil? Not necessarily.

Change causes chaos. Change is always hated by people until they get used to the change, and when it changes again, the chaos returns. In a world that is so deeply integrated with oil as its fuel, an entire reinvention is required to rethink and re-imagine the world with solar power or hydrogen. Is that possible? Well it isn’t if the change starts soon cause everyday that passes by, we get more dependent on the oil that is getting over as we speak and when its really gone, it would bring the world to chaos again.

Where countries are waging war to take control of oil wells, an alternate source is needed immediately.

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. -Robert Frank

 

NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI

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Theres one name on every Indian’s mouth these days. Narendra Modi… For good or bad reasons he is discussed about in every house hold and every news channel on quite a regular basis. He is if you can call it the “obama” of India.

A country where education, population and corruption has always been a problem since independence. Where politicans have been making false promises for the past 60 odd years that they would bring the change that the country and society needs to make India a competitive nation and help the poor live a comfortable life, Narendra modi looks like the only feasible option right now. He talks about the bad state of the Army, the bad state of public sector companies, the bad ecnonomic policies and most importantly about making the relations with our neighbours clear.

Generally Indian politicians have been known not to have a spine. They work on the prinicples of Bureaucracy walking a fine line between the good and the bad. The country understands that it needs a person who has a clear understanding about the right and the wrong. A person who is highly patriotic and one who respects people who are highly patriotic too. Ones who don’t like the country can pack their bags and go somewhere else. 

What can the people do to assist the change? Use the single most powerful weapon democracy gives us. VOTE. We must excercise our right to vote with utmost reponsibility. The country is ours and we are responsible for its current and future state of affairs.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

THE CYBORG REVOLUTION

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Wearable computing, Smart Computing or the many names it is known by, gadgets are getting closer to our everyday life than they ever were. The smartphone has already created a buzz all around the globe. Imagining life without smartphones is currently impossible for most of us. But has it really made us smart? Well, I tend to disagree. I don’t remember my friends telephone numbers anymore, I don’t remember when was the last time I read the editorial of a newspaper, talked to my neighbours or friends by meeting them and the list goes on. They say that these things make the world feel smaller but ironically, they take you away from reality.

Beautiful 1080p HD screens make everything look life like, but ever wondered where those beautiful wallpapers that your device has are shot? We are all part of this bandwagon where we let the tech companies or geeks decide what the future might look like. Why does the future have to be like Minority Report or some Stephen Spielberg movie? Can the future not be like what William Wordsworth described for it to be? Believe me I am big fan of Smartphones and gadgets like glass but I feel it is making people dumb. Asking Siri what the weather is like rather than just looking outside the window is pure laziness and indifference that we have gotten accustomed to.

What is the way out? There isn’t any. Smartphones and wearable computing is probably inevitable now. All we can do is to control our use of such things. Try not to use them for every little thing. Try to value face to face meetings rather than hangouts or video conferences. Watching a game in the stadium is no where compared to watching it online. Being offline for a few hours a day is good and asking Siri to multiply 2 by 5 is probably not the best idea :)

We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into complacency and dependence.

IS CAPITALISM REALLY DEAD?

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It was only until the last decade that the American and European continents looked overly prosperous. Everything was going well, people enjoying their time at beaches and islands. It was something I would call the “Vegas” year. Everybody went to Vegas and had their share of “fun”. Little did they know that the fun was coming to a sad end.

Yes, we all understand that that the governments in there countries have gone bankrupt. They are waging war across the globe because of course they make you think its for saving the country from potential threats etc etc. What is so difficult to understand id that there is no one who is in power in any of these countries who has the common sense or any sense of humanity to try to fix this problem and not escalate it by delaying the solution with printing money or injecting stimulus packages.

People still think that someday this would all end and they could go back to spending again using their credit cards. Unfortunately it won’t. Living beyond the means is exactly what people have been doing, and not just people, the governments in their countries have been doing the same thing. Most of the countries have 2 or 3 big organizations that are responsible for more than 50% of their GDP. These organizations, mostly banks are bust and to save them, they need cash and no one has the cash.

It is these people who brought about this ideology that “if you are rich, you have power”. This has to change and this will change anytime soon. The rich are the ones who do nothing, they don’t deserve the power. The power must be the people who have vocational skills to do everyday jobs. The power must be with Engineers, Doctors, Scientists, the others might as well go bust.

This doesn’t mean that this is a bad time. This is actually a good time. This is a test for all governments and this would show the citizens how faithful their politicians and banks are. If they are not, then they have to go and be replaced with people who are. This is our chance to rebuild the society without the basis as money or capital.

 

THE FEAR OF LETTING GO…

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Its difficult isn’t it? letting something you have known for a long time, or even if it hasn’t been a long time, it has been extremely close to you. You feel that you have a weird connection with it and it somehow means a lot to you. How difficult is it to let it go? This could be anything or anyone.

Its a strange emotion which i am sure we share with the other creatures on the planet including animals and birds. Its the emotion of attachment. An emotion that can arise from the many different feelings. You may be attached to your friends, loved ones, iPod, car or even your career. Letting it go is like ripping your heart off and setting it aside, Voluntarily.

Sometimes you feel so close to something or someone that spending time with them is the one most important thing in your life and you actually look forward to it eagerly. Being with it/them makes you happy and gives you a feeling to contentment and peace. The spiritual gurus would tell you that this is exactly what is wrong with this world and its people. Getting attached to worldly things is not the right thing to do if you want to attain victory over the cycle of life and death. While all that might be true, it is still difficult to do it cuz afterall we are humans :)

 

NOT SO BAD AFTERALL !!!

Its been a long time since i wrote a post on my blog. This has been at the back of my mind for a long time.

It happens with almost everyone of us that we find ourselves stuck in a situation for so long that we start to think that it has become a part of our life. It plays on your minds to an extent where you start to believe that your life is hell and getting out of this and being happy again is just a myth until and unless you do something radical and get yourself out of it.

This could be your workplace, school, college, family anything for that matter. You start to think that the day you get rid of this you would be so happy, all the bad days would be over forever. What follows this is a series of events where you try everything humanly possible to get rid of all that irritates you and makes you feel caught up and unhappy.

But when you have done it all, you realize that getting out wasn’t so difficult and guess what, a thought runs through your mind which says “It wasn’t so bad afterall”. On the verge of getting out of this situation where you felt the happiness in life would never end, you feel that may be it was all inside your head. May be it was not so bad.

I have felt that way so many times in so many different situation. Have you?

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE?

I have never had an answer to this question. I sometimes wonder (I really don’t care most of the times) that what is it that I see myself doing 5 or may be 10 years from now. I have come out with weird answers and most of the time they are no where related to what I am doing at the moment.

A part of me wants to be an astronaut, another part of me wants to be an entrepreneur, deep inside I want to be a scientist and sometimes I want to be a rockstar.  Some people might judge me saying that this is guy is so confused. He doesn’t know what he wants to do. He is like a jack of all trades. I would ask, “What is wrong with that”. The reason I am unable to find myself the exact thing I wanna do in life is because I cannot type cast myself as a programmer or a manager or whatever. I may be good at a few things I want to do and I might be horrendous at few of the others but the important fact is that I am brave enough to accept that.

People who type cast themselves as engineers or doctors for life are insecure that they might not be as good in the other things they do. Most Importantly, if you already know what to do in life, where is all the fun? Its like saying i am solving a puzzle and i already know the answer to it. It just sucks all the adventure out of life doesn’t it. Your main profession might be your core competency but that doesn’t make you unavailable to try the other professions or hobbies around you.

Let yourself lose. In the small life span that you have go do what you want and achieve what you dream to.

PATRIOTISM

A word we would hear atleast once everyday. Patriotism is subjected to a strong emotion and love towards your country. When most of us think of patriotic people the first thing that flashes in our mind are the armed forces, the Army, Navy and the Airforce. Then may be the freedom fighters who helped our country attain independence. Well this is great, these people are the epitome of patriotism but it doesn’t end there.

There as always been much talk about patriotism being seen as a property of a citizen that can be measured by his deeds. If you know and sing the national anthem everyday, you are a patriotic person. If you know the names and birthdays of the freedom fighters, you love your country. If you know who or what our national bird/animal/symbol/sport etc etc is then you are worthy of being called a citizen of the country. Is that all true? Knowing all this is a great thing. But if you don’t, does that put a question mark on your loyalty towards the nation? Is there a dictionary or encyclopedia that you can read up and some examination you have to go through to prove your dedication for the country?

Well, I don’t think so. A Country is not just about the army and the leaders who attend the parliament sittings everyday. Please don’t get me wrong, they are very important but they do not define the lives of everybody else in the nation. A person who works hard breaking stones in a factory or construction site and feeds his family is a patriotic person. He might father a son/daughter one day who would I am sure he would send to the best school possible and they would in turn be the pilots and engineers of the future. He is helping the nation grow and that’s patriotism.

This holds true for every common man, celebrity, business man, writer, musician just about anyone who has a skill. A Skill that can be used to destroy people’s lives but he chooses to use it to improve theirs. Even an NRI who has never been to India since may be a decade is a patriotic person because he does great work in a foreign country and represents our country there. Our presidents might meet once in a year but he reaches out to numerous people and is seen as a citizen of a particular country who is so far away from home but still chooses his profession to improve people’s lives. People who are no where related to him. That’s patriotism.

You don’t have to take a bullet down your throat to prove that you love your country. A Simple gesture in your daily life is enough to do that. It doesn’t matter what your religion is or which caste you belong to. What matters is that you are there when the nation needs you. You are true to what you do and continue doing it without harming anyone. If we all do this I don’t think we would ever need the army.

 

 

 

FATE!!!! IS IT OURS ALONE?

Humans are known for finding answers to tough questions. The people formed two groups. People who strongly believe in science explain things in terms of physical laws and chemical reactions. The other group of people who are more of the spiritual inclination, say one word….. DESTINY.

This got me wondering, how is it that destiny and fate are just phenomenon associated with living things only? Knowingly or may be unknowingly the objects around us are sometimes omitted from our understanding of the universe and the environment around us.

The lines on our palm that evolve themselves with our age is a live example that the creator is giving us hint of his presence. What if non living things or partially living-immobile things like trees, rocks, oceans, fire and just about anything have a destiny associated with them? Non-living things could also have a line of life that we cannot see. If that would be possible, our understanding of the world would just turn upside down.

The creator has thought a lot about the world he has put together. It may require a combination of wild imagination and a deep marraige between science and religion for us to find the right answers.