The "more political thread" besides "Japan Earthquake: nuclear plants" scientific one As agreed with PF Mentor Borek, i start this new thread which intends to be a complement to the big and permanently updated "Japan Earthquake: nuclear plants" thread (which started here: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=480200 ). This new thread is created so anybody can posts messages, infos and reflexions about what can be described as more "political bits" around the technical and scientific discussion which will continue to take place in the other thread. So everything of interest which can be considered as a little bit to political with the risk of adding confusion on the other thread can have some place here, with moderation still existing of course. Political doesn't mean in my mind it is intended to become a mess with unpolite or irrelevant "trolling": it is supposed to stay as respectful of any intervention as long as they cite sources of informations and express in polite ways the opinion of everybody, whatever these opinions are. The aim is to build a source of infos on the "arounds" of the accident development and hopefully, considering the importance of the event in Japan, develop a real constructive (even animated!) debate. Subjects can be around the way Tepco, or autorities, release infos (on measurements, upcoming events...), and take some decisions (for example about evacuations related to risks elements, management of the situation...). It can also be around the implications for nuclear industry, in terms of safety or future development, about decisions made by governments on this matter. And i think on even more subjects! PLEASE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN DOCUMENT YOUR OPINIONS, AND SOURCE THE INFOS OR NEWS YOU GIVE (link to source). Visions from "insiders" or "outsiders" of nuke industry are welcome. Visions from INSIDERS FROM JAPAN are also welcomed of course! The usefulness of this thread is to keep concentrated on facts and analysis of scientific matters on the other thread while having a place to discuss, as i said, more about the "big picture" around the accident in Fukushima (and this can and will also involve scientific and technical matters of course!). You will find below my first post on this thread (I'm french so excuse my english if you see some mistakes!), which explains also why this "Big Picture" might have an influence on more analytical scientific work, which obviously is based mainly on released elements from Tepco and authorities, and this "material", at some point will (and maybe already has) some political elements in its content or in the way it is released or presented by the sources. I'll be absent for two weeks starting this Saturday so if you don't see me it doesn't mean that i don't care but just that i will not have access to the net for 2 weeks (so I'll have 100 pages to read coming back!). I just want to add that these threads about the accident have a second very important usefulness in my opinion, which will appear with time: it will become a quite complete and comprehensive diairy, hours after hours and days after days, of the events, of the data, of the articles and links, of the declarations and official releases, and this will be of even a bigger usefulness with some time because it will help people to draw an "after the fact picture" of "what happened" in the Fukushima accident and around it... It will show also the possible (understandable or less understandable, time will tell) errors, misconceptions or contradictions, made by Tepco, authorities and... us as we write as contributors here! And this will be also important after the facts to see the "evolution of the film". Don't misinterpret my wording which is only a style figure: i know this has nothing to do with a movie for those on the ground of course... But let's hope the "film" will not be a bad ending story and that it will be not to long- but i doubt a bit on this last one... PRACTICAL ADVICE: PLEASE SOURCE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN WITH LINKS. IF A COMMENT IS RELATED TO A POST ON THE OTHER SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL THREAD ABOUT FUKUSHIMA SITUATION, PLEASE LINK TO THE SPECIFIC POST NUMBER (the link to individual posts is obtained by clicking on the number of the specific post, for example this one is #1 on the top right part of the subject: click on it and the new page that opens with the post will give you the direct link to copy for reference). This will help cross reference between the two threads!