Like you, I’ve been literally fixated on the Fukishima catastrophe since it began. Stay away from all American broadcasts – NHK, BBC and yes, Al Jazerra are the best news sources. Just when you pray it will get better, it gets worse. Three reactor explosions already and now a fourth reactor on fire, which has been thankfully extinguished. But there is a definite dangerous radiation leak with rising levels. The TEPCO press conference was astonishing – the officials bowed and apologized for the problems; in Japan, you know you’re fucked. The reporters were hard and relentless, demanding answers to their absolutely empty announcements. It’s very clear they have no control over the plant anymore. Hopefully the seawater will work but it seems to not have at this point. And the insistence TEPCO had it initially under control, refusing offers from America for help (until now) will be seen as an example of hubris and possibly fear. I know I’m scared shitless. Yet I sit in a warm cafe, surrounded by chatting drinkers, Sinatra singing about that Summer Wind and feel guilty about the good things I’m waiting for. We’re so lucky. For now. I know that whatever happens from this, I’ll be devoting more time to stop the construction of these nuclear energy time bombs. Greenpeace is a good start.