Crass headline for the day: NZ safe from nuclear fallout, says expert.
Leaving aside the fact that anyone old enough to be reading the news who imagines we're downwind of Japan isn't really worth keeping alive anyway, are we meant to feel reassured that it's only the people living in the region who might need to start carrying Geiger counters round with them? Maybe, just maybe, this isn't all about us?
The crass headline can't be chalked up to the expert involved, but this can: "The unfolding drama in Japan showed the dangers of nuclear power, she said." Well, yes. Yes, it does. Just like the Banqiao dam breach showed the dangers of hydro power. The generation of energy in industrial-strength quantities necessarily involves dangers - you can minimise the risks, but if you want no risk whatsoever you're going to have to do without electricity. One anticipates a shortage of volunteers in Japan or anywhere else.