*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

'Bigger fish to fry', so to speak.

The borrowed cartoon is a comment on the American media hysteria over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, of course.  Notice not only the cigarette, the sedentary lifestyle*, the day's worth of calories in one meal, and the insulin-shock inducing litre of high-fructose corn-syrup, but also the cell-phone irradiating the addled contents of the skull!

Am I an apologist for Tepco, the French Embassy in Tokyo or hysterical 'flyjin'?  Hell no!  But that doesn't release me from using my own cognition of the risks to act reasonably. Though I am still disappointed with George Monbiot.

*Placing her in a car would have been more apt.


  1. I don't watch television news much, so I'm not sure how much coverage the miniscule amount of Fukushima radiation detected here has received.

    Here in Seattle, it has been mentioned just twice in the last week - once buried in the back pages of the second section of the Seattle Times, and then yesterday in a longer article discussing the radiation detection equipment that was cobbled together at the University of Washington (along with mention of where the trace amounts had been recorded around the country).

    I don't get the impression that most Americans are paying much heed to what's happening in Japan, particularly with the "high drama" of the federal budget and the stalled "revolution" in Libya taking up most of the domestic media's attention.

  2. Your last paragraph has it. The media has the 'if it bleeds, it leads' attitude, so once they have exploited the suffering from one tragedy, they move to the next. Sick bastards.