I believe this is called Thinking Outside The Box …
Voice of America (4/16 ’11): “Japan Still Struggling to Control Crippled Nuclear Plant”
The operator of the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima has begun dropping into the Pacific Ocean sandbags filled with an absorbent to try to reduce the danger from radiation. The bags are filled with zeolite, better known as the active material sprinkled in cat litter boxes to absorb odors. In this case, zeolite is meant to take up cesium that has been detected at high levels along the Fukushima coast.
Reuters (5/12 ’11): “UPDATE 2-Fukushima reactor has a hole, leading to leakage”
TEPCO should consider digging a trench around reactors 1-3 all the way down to the bedrock, which is about 50 feet below the surface, said Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Associates Inc of Burlington, Vermont, who once worked on reactors of similar design to the Fukushima plant. // He said this should be filled with zeolite, which can absorb radioactive cesium to stop more poisons from leaking into the groundwater around the plant.
I’ve actually got a horse in this race. Really observant Doomers may recall that back in October ’06 I was briefly haranguing (the now alas departed) Matt Simmons on how our new innovations in valence model description (complex-valued bonds in essence) might advance the analysis of zeolite units and help make hydrocarbon cracking more efficient.
Now I don’t go quite as far back as William J. Wisswesser, but certainly remember in the mid-’70s feeling his pain from earlier decades at the stubbornness with which the chemical establishment had resisted his novel line notation. In fact the IUPAC gang has quite thoroughly botched all three main aspects involved in naming chemical models, and in the present crisis that is going to make a difference because that stuff TEPCO will eventually have to load those trenches with had better be engineered exquisitely to filter out the more dangerous isotopes.
Now here’s what looks like a radical change of subject, but actually speaks to another aspect of the same complex. Doomers would do well to read this extended rant by ZeroHedge commenter Cognitive Dissonance on “Perception, Inception and the Trojan Horse Money Meme”
- “Perception” 5/9 ’11
- “Perception Deception” 5/10
- “Inception” 5/11
- “Find Yourself, Then Find The Others” 5/12
The simple point here is that escaping the “reality” that’s being foisted on us by the powers that be has now become a matter of personal and collective survival. In recent years I’ve applied some of the same methods that were helpful in describing zeolite units to the study of ontology, which is the battleground on which this war for the world’s soul is being fought. For those of us who are hoping there will be people left alive in fifty years or so there’s a few well defended icons that urgently need smashing and a desperate lack of iconoclasts to do the job.