Free Stuff!

A group of writers from The Japan Times and The Kyoto Journal have published a book of articles and interviews about Japan’s road to nuclear ruin and its future options for energy alternatives: Fresh Currents: Japan’s Flow from a Nuclear Past to a Renewable Future. The book was financed by donations through an Indiegogo campaign. Digital copies can be downloaded for free and a printed version can be ordered for 2,000 yen.

An excerpt:

Aileen Mioko Smith’s List of…

Ten Strategies Taken by State, Prefectural Governments, Academic Flunkies and Companies in the Cases of Minamata and Fukushima:

Do not take responsibility. Use sectionalism to pin blame on others.
Confuse victims and public opinion, creating the impression that there are pros and cons on each side.
Position victims in conflict with each other.
Do not record data or leave evidence.
Stall for time.
Conduct tests or surveys that will produce underestimated results on damage.
Wear victims down until they give up.
Create an official certification system that narrows down the victim numbers.
Do not release information abroad.
Call on academic flunkies to hold international conferences.

What is the most important thing everyone should know?
“If you don’t have a functioning democracy, the mistakes of the past will just keep being repeated. And not just with nuclear power.”

Eric Johnston. “Aileen Mioko Smith on Post-Fukushima Realities.” Fresh Currents. Kyoto Journal Heian-Kyo Media. October 2012. p. 84-93. www.freshcurrents.com.

Another great free resource is the book published by Ace Hoffman, a writer from California who has worked diligently on nuclear issues for many years, especially on the problems surrounding the San Onofre NPP.  His book The Code Killers... 

... is the perfect solution for the biggest problem encountered in citizen involvement in nuclear issues. The science is just too bizarre, un-intuitive and complex for most people to engage with easily. His book, presented in the design style of a graphic novel, breaks down the complexity into bite-sized chunks. Anyone who reads it can quickly gain basic literacy in nuclear science.

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