Who Will Survive and Who Will Need to Learn Fast By John Steele

     So, the majority of Millennials do not know how to boil a light bulb or change an egg…wait, senile me, I got that wrong, change a light bulb and boil an egg:

     The British survey showed that most, quite capable in the use of IT equipment, failed at practical domestic tasks. The survey did not venture outside of the comfortable domestic sphere, but if one considered basic survival skills previous surveys indicate that Millennials lack these skills too:

     But so do boomers. If there is a SHTF situation, or TEOTWAWKI, that is some catastrophic survival event, people will not have even the basics skills to attempt to survive. In future articles I will begin to cover some of the basics that I think people should know, that the older generation took for granted. We live in deadly times, and each day there is a new existential threat. For example, remember Fukushima? The media is quiet about it, but deadly radioactive leaks continue:

“The Japanese government has publically declared that the decommissioning could take around four decades and cost around $189 billion. But it’s what they’re not saying that is really concerning. Strict national secrecy laws and political pressures, along with powerful vested interests that don’t want the dangers of nuclear reactors to see the light of day, have kept a lot of information under wraps. Those who “leak secrets” or “instigate leaks,” such as civil servants and journalists, will be punished with as many as ten years in prison thanks to a 2013 government secrecy act that came just two years after the incident. In fact, those on the ground don’t even really know what to do next as there really is no precedent for this sort of situation, and plant manager Shunji Uchida has admitted: “Robots and cameras have already provided us with valuable pictures. But it is still unclear what is really going on inside.”

In addition to the damages already incurred, there are plenty of factors that could exacerbate the situation. For example, another earthquake could strike the area and cause radiation explosions. Earthquakes aren’t unusual in the country, which sees an average of 1.5 quakes each day. Kyoto University’s Dr. Shuzo Takemoto said of Reactor Number 2 at Fukushima:

“If it should encounter a big earth tremor, it will be destroyed and scatter the remaining nuclear fuel and its debris, making the Tokyo metropolitan area uninhabitable. The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 will then be utterly out of the question,”Local sources indicate that deaths related to the accident rarely go reported, especially because most of these people die outside of the workplace. Lethal radiation levels are still being detected. Reports are now emerging that the Tokyo Electric Power Company, who operated the site and is in charge of cleanup, found lethal radiation levels in a leak last month.

Experts say the volume of radiation involved could kill a person within just an hour of exposure, and there are concerns that it could spur a worldwide catastrophe if it’s not handled correctly. There are also fears that contaminated water will end up in the ocean, and inadequate storage of waste could prove to have far-reaching consequences. A 2015 study found that children who lived in the area of the plant when the disaster stuck were developing thyroid cancer at a rate that was 50 times that of children who lived in other areas, and these numbers are likely to grow with time.” 

     Humanity has learnt nothing from the Fukushima incident, and at least 450 nuclear reactors are either being built, or in the planning stage, primarily in Asia. What is the bet that at least one of them will be a new Fukushima?



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