I was just contacted by an individual from a site titled Nuclear Power Yes Please
Someone at the site has put hours into "debunking" my Lessons of Fukushima Power Point
The critique also attacks my credibility, implying that my social science background makes me unqualified to critique nuclear power.
I would agree that I have little to offer on the technicalities of nuclear plants. However, I'm very well qualified to analyze media and crisis communications and my very extensive background in the area of autism enhances my qualifications for evaluating bio-medical research on radiation.
If you've not seen the power point, here is a link to me delivering the the power point at the conference. I was the 2nd speaker on day 2:
My extended power point presentations can be found on these two websites:http://www.powershow.com/view/3813de-MmI2M/Lessons_of_Fukushima_Powerpoint_Majia_Nadesan_flash_ppt_presentation and
You have to have thick skin in academe and so I am not irked by the critique.
Indeed, I'm elated because it means that someone is concerned enough about the content of the power point to warrant spending hours attempting to critique it.
I will save the critique and perhaps learn from it as I turn the power point into a publishable research manuscript. Research goes through peer review in order to enhance its quality.
Good criticism is, in fact, constructive. However, it is worth noting again that the point of the critique at Nuclear Power Yes is to discredit both me and the presentation.
My response is this: As a whole, it stands with integrity as an argument against the arrogance and deceit of an industry capable of producing ecocide.
Moreover, it stands with integrity as an argument about the incompetence and callous disregard of the Japanese, American and Canadian governments.
Many of the criticisms that I make were made by Japanese media, citizens, and scientists.
Japan today “Japan ignored Japan ignored own radiation forecasts from very beginning. Japan Today (2011, August 10): http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-ignored-own-radiation-forecasts-from-very-beginning.
“Fukushima Residents' Urine Now Radioactive,” Japan Times (2011, June 27): http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110627a2.html
“Japan Groups Alarmed By Radioactive Soil,” AFP (2011, June 5): http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ivr747xKaxw9RGq5zMSDO-On_WRQ?docId=CNG.62875ee35cc28aa30725ee1bfd4cfbde.111.
“Radiation Detected in Fukushima Children’s Urine,” NHK (2011, June 30): http://www3nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_35.html
“45% of Kids in Fukushima Survey Had Thyroid Exposure to Radiation,” Mainichi (2011, July 5): http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110705p2g00m0dm079000c.html
“Nuclear Commission Erases Children's Exposure Data,” NHK (2011, August 11): http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/11_14.html
Kenichi Ohmae (BBT University President) “Lessons of Fukushima Dai-ichi” (2011, October 28): Full report index available here: http://pr.bbt757.com/eng/.
Full report here http://pr.bbt757.com/eng/pdf/finalrepo_111225.pdf.
In Japanese available here: http://pr.bbt757.com/2011/1028.html.
Appendix of conditions at various plants around Japan http://pr.bbt757.com/eng/pdf/apdx_chronology_and_power-loss.pdf.
Perhaps readers might recall the censored NHK video that was made by a Japanese scientist who ventured into the contaminated areas in the Spring of 2011 in order to document fallout levels? Why did that video disappear from the NHK website?
I would also like to know why the IAEA removed their March 2011 press releases about the burning spent fuel pool at Fukushima? The fire was reported here: http://www.iaea.org/press/?p=1248. The fire was reportedly extinguished later on March 15 (IAEA http://www.iaea.org/press/?p=1252). Both press releases are missing now.
I think it is worth noting that Japanese citizens would not be petitioning the United Nations for assistance if they had faith in their government and their nuclear power industry.
The letter “Urgent Request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon May 1, 2012” was released publicly and was made available at Reader Supported News (2012, May 1): http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-news-section/209-209/11240-urgent-request-for-un-intervention-to-stabilize-fukushima-unit-4-spent-nuclear-fuel-
I understood that there would be consequences for advocating against this industry and for critiquing governments complicity.
I know that I tread on dangerous ground.
However, there are times when one has to speak up and this is surely one of them.