In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, I have seen all manner of reactions online. Everything from folks (paid industry shills?) saying "It's like eating a banana." to hysterical "Oh, no, we're all gonna die!" ... enenews probably has the highest hysteria level of any of the 'serious' sites. That big sinkhole in Louisiana for example -- bad news for Assumption Parish, but probably a big *shrug* here in Texas or anywhere else. More gas-oil-tar in the already disgusting Gulf of Mexico.
In the wake of Fukushima I have been reading Wikipedia pages and refreshing my grasp of some of the concepts and real numbers of the industry. Try to get some idea how bad it will be. In the news articles, there are all sorts of statistics on the scattered radiation, stated in units such as Sieverts, Curies, Grays, and Becquerels. Youtube videos of people wandering about Japan with radiation survey meters or personal radiation monitors. Mysterious black powders. What the hell happened to all that wiz-bang Japanese engineering and technology? A 'mysterious' black powder? Come on, they just can't lay their hands on a geiger counter now?
Anyway, in the interest of opening up a discussion, I shall stop ranting now. I have a lot more information, but it won't all fit into one forum post.
(we are all going to die, by the way -- remember the tag line from ZH)