I just received an email from Popeye regarding the nuclear crisis in Japan. It was a short message: “That’s all I can stands and I can’t stands no more.” Popeye was upset over all the hype.

Yes, there is a catastrophe in Japan. Yes, the reactors are going to be unusable. And yes there is a huge problem regarding radioactive water.

Yet, any rational person could figure all of that out weeks ago.

So with each passing minute, someone, somewhere has to trump up something regarding the nuclear crisis in Japan to absurd levels.

As a prime example, please consider Who Are the Liquidators?

The prime minister of Japan has said that his government is “not in a position where we can be optimistic” about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Is there any logical conclusion to draw from that statement other than that a large chunk of Japan is going to be uninhabitable?

Blue Ribbon For Hype Award

There is no point in reading an article beyond such absurd hype. There are hundreds of logical possibilities and conclusions one might draw.

The first thing on my mind certainly would not have been that a “huge chunk of Japan was about to become uninhabitable”.

I would have thought something along the lines “the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is totally destroyed”. However, I assumed that well over a week ago.

Note that the author did not even phrase his opinion as a “possibility” but rather as an inevitable “logical conclusion”.

When you hit a sentence like that, you know the author is in competition for the blue ribbon for hype award. There is no point in reading further because the author has already completely discredited himself.

However, I do point out the site trumping up that “logical conclusion” has an appropriate name This Can’t Be Happening.

Presenting hype as a forgone logical conclusion needs to stop.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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