Oh mon Dieu! What is it with nuclear reactors these days?

It is a well known fact that a nuclear reactor has to be built on a geographically safe land area, which is why the Japanese chose a fault line to construct their reactor on, in Fukushima. Everybody saw the havoc it created when the Tsunami struck this past year but the experts over in Japan seem to maintain that the fault line was innocent all along.

While the fault has not been sentenced to anything yet, a nuclear waste site down in Southern France saw it fit to explode for mysterious reasons resulting in—in the descending order of cruelty (and national expenditure)—the slight injury of three people, severe injury of one and the death of one other.

The Authority which checks over this sort of thing promptly gave a statement that declared no radiation leak was detected (which does not mean there was no leak, simply that it was not detected) and that the most probably cause of the accident was an explosion in an oven which the employees mistook to be suitable to warm their brunch (the explosion occurred a little while past 10 AM.)

A scarier, but nonetheless a reason that cannot be disregarded, is that the oven was really used to melt metals of little or very little radioactivity. (Now why would they want to do that?) Saying little and very little are just fancy words referring to that disposed waste that would do without specific treatment for nuclear radiations, but without which the waste plant would lose a chunk of its net income.

And while the Germans, following the aforementioned incident in Japan, decided subtly (via elections) to shut down all its nuclear power plants by 2022, its smart neighbour, France, headed by its smarter (no, really) president, Sarkozy, decided to shell out an additional $1.37 billion towards nuclear power generation because the country’s 58 plants are clearly insufficient. After all, they only contribute to 79% of France’s power generation.

Speaking of exploding reactors, it is important to note that nuclear reactors cannot possible explode—unless they are headed by a terrorist organisation not backed by physicists and they decide to use pure Uranium-235. What does happen is a meltdown.

This, remarkably, is comparable to the national general elections (a wholly man-made concept) of a country (another wholly man-made concept—which begs the question, are man’s problems not a man-made concept?)

Think of a nuclear reactor—built legally. It cannot explode, but it can run out of coolant. This is like a general election in that the voting and results do not happen overnight, rather the voting begins when the nominees’ pockets have mysteriously run out of money (perhaps from the pocket to a bank account, but that is a different matter.) So what does the reactor do? Stop being of any use. Think of a politician around the time when his campaign budgets end and the dusty ballot boxes are retrieved from the attic. That is about the time after which all politicians cease to be of any use.

Now the worse part is that not only do they not work for us, they start working against us. Like an elected politician—election being synonymous to their leather briefcase entirely dedicated to bribes, more, in fact, than they are to their post—the nuclear reactor begins a chain reaction that is fueled by the uncontrolled reaction itself. Now, on the brighter side, while the post general election period, run largely by uncontrolled bribes, lasts a good five years, there is actually a practical chance for us to end the uncontrolled meltdown within a much shorter timespan.

Now, returning to our default darker outlook, while the post general election stress is a result of five years of <insert arbitrary word here>, the meltdown does an almost equally severe damage in a much shorter period.

The entire reactor literally melts, the tubes, pipelines, tanks, even the wall of the reactor melts because of the (more than) 2,700 degree Celsius temperature, causing the Uranium fuel rods of the reactor to sink about 50 feet deep into the Earth from where—like post-election practices—it has to be uprooted from the grassroots level or further below. This, it is needless to say (or so some think,) affects the ground water and creates a large explosion of radioactive steam and debris that would affect nearby villages.

And that is what it is with nuclear reactors these days. Is it not also a sound analogy for the aftermath of the general elections set according to the present universal trend? Oh mon Dieu!

DSK set up? Who would profit from it anyway?

A 23 strong Grand Jury in New York is examining the evidence against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (popularly known as DSK in France) as the man himself spends time in house-arrest under constant watch of police personnel. If they find sufficient cause, they will vouch for a full-scale trial and the United States government has promised a fair trial to the high-profile man who allegedly has quite an indecent history with women around him.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

But, whatever the United States government promises or however the court sees this case, statistics have now shown that 57% of France believes that the DSK issue was fabricated and that the man was set up. And the French have absolutely no conviction in the fair trial that has been promised to DSK. And why? For starters, in France individuals are not publicly transported or photographed in handcuffs. But every single wall in New York now stands adorned with DSK’s picture, in handcuffs.

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The last time we struck from air, we fought a war. And we are doing it again.

Interesting things have been going on in Libya. And the most interesting of all, till date, is what prompted me to write this quick snippet.

Let me take you a few hours back: It was rumoured that, with France switching diplomatic status from the Gaddafi Government to the opposition groups, Spain and Portugal would follow suit. But BBC’s Sarah Rainsford clarified from Madrid that the Spanish Foreign Ministry has denied any such thing. // Continue