The MacDoctor post drought is over. Some idiot ran into the telephone pole outside of our house and succeeded in knocking us off the internet for a week. I confess, I rather enjoyed reading books and watching movies instead of rambling away on a MacDoctor post, but it was too painful to stay offline. Too painful because, during the internet blackout, I was wandering around our garden trying to get a 3G signal to download my email on my iPhone, when I tripped in a hole – dug by my husky – and fell, injuring my back. It has been too painful to sit for any length of time for the past 5 days. The dog is hiding from me, proving that she is less stupid than she appears.
My back IS getting better – it is only a bit of localised ligament damage.
Not that I have missed that much on the blogging front. It would have been nice to have been able to blog about the hysterics of the media over the nuclear problems at Fukushima power plant in Japan, but I see the hysteria is now limited to a single article in the World section of the Tabloid on Sunday. Apparently radiation levels found in a water leak are 10 million times higher than normal. This would indicate that the fuel rods in reactor number two are damages. Of course, we already knew that that was most likely the case, so nothing new there then. But hey, lets have a headline saying HUGE JUMP IN RADIATION INSIDE JAPAN NUCLEAR PLANT.
Clearly the nuclear issue is not maintaining traction with the public’s ephemeral attention span, so we must resort to wild exaggeration. It is, of course, a huge jump in reactor coolant radiation levels in a small puddle. It is not as if the entire plant is now glowing like a Christmas tree. Yes, it is serious and requires precautions. No, we are not all going to die in a nuclear fallout from an exploding reactor core. At worst, there is going to be serious contamination of the local area, which is going to take a lot of money and a lot of time to clear up. Tokyo is not likely to be in any danger and New Zealand was never in the remotest danger. Besides we can all breathe a sigh of relief because Greenpeace is monitoring radiation levels. I suspect they think this is poetic justice for killing all those whales…
The MacDoctor wishes to point out that it is now just over 2 weeks since at least 10,000 Japanese died in a spectacularly horrible earthquake and tsunami. There is massive damage and chaos over a wide area of Northern Japan. Entire towns have been flattened and swept into the sea. Yet the New Zealand media chose only to report on a damaged nuclear reactor. Clearly radiation is more interesting than dead people or human suffering.
And talking about preoccupation with local damage, the media and the blogs have been buzzing this week with the news of Darren Hughes “indiscretions”. The most interesting aspect of this otherwise underwhelming affair was the spectacle of Phil the Thill apparently committing seppuku on national television. Next time, Phil, please use a knife instead of a spoon…
The MacDoctor is uncertain why everyone is all lathered up over this one. It is not as if the Goffinator has not frequently blown his foot off before. For a man with nearly 30 years of political experience, he certainly knows how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. When Clark handed the reigns over to Goff, it was widely postulated that she was using him as a placeholder while new blood was being trained up to replace the old guard on Labour’s front bench. Goff’s performance to date leaves us with no doubt that Clark remains an astute political operator. Labour will lose the November election and Goff will be rolled. There will be a number of “resignations” and Clark will get her way – renewal of Labour. Its a bit like watching a Pit Bull play with a spaniel…
And talking of big, bad dogs, I see the Tabloid is running a front pager on dog bites (can’t get more local than that!). Seems like they are abandoning their pointless Two Drinks Max campaign and substituting it for a campaign on dog owner registration. Perhaps they can call it Two Bites Max?
It seems to the MacDoctor that there are plenty of laws already that deal to the problem of unruly, uncontrolled dogs and their owners. Dog owners also pay a license fee that is supposed to fund dog control. How would it be if we actually enforced these laws properly, rather than introduce another layer of pointless bureaucracy into the world of dog ownership?
But, of course, introducing pointless bureaucracy is exactly what governments do best, isn’t it?