Please read Fukushima Diary's post today about a 5.6 earthquake hitting Fukushima, resulting in a large radiation spike registering at 42 microsieverts an hour. Also view the video available of the subsequent massive steam release.
Meanwhile, a variety of government and quasi and/or pseudo scientific authorities attempt to persuade the public that little plutonium was released from Fukushima, that the plant remains under control, and that ongoing radiation releases have ceased.
I really think this is some sort of alternate universe I accidentally awakened in, which is based on George Orwell's 1984.
I always thought Huxley's Brave New World offered a more insidious and effective set of control strategies, ranging from genetic engineering to soma.
Orwell's 1984 authoritarian culture depended on "newspeak" to control thought.
You can find a list of newspeak terms here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Newspeak_words
I thought that it would be easy to penetrate newspeak.
I thought people were reflexive enough to escape the bounds of officially approved language.
And the alternative media demonstrate that indeed people are capable of escaping newspeak phrases such as:
"cold shutdown," "no immediate effects," "safe level of exposure," etc.
However, the mass of the population remains transfixed and constrained by these bonds, despite the relative ease of escape.
The question is: Could humanity obliviously experience a slowly unfolding apocalypse?