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   Give thanks for Masao Yoshida, Fukushima plant manager, who ignored orders and prevented a meltdown

22 Nov 2012 03:20 PM   |   12921 clicks   |   The Week
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Devolving_Spud     
...in bed.

22 Nov 2012 03:21 PM
MLWS     
Here is to your massive glowing brass balls, sir!

22 Nov 2012 03:22 PM
MLWS     
I also can't believe the used the phrase "natural salty fluid" in the article.

22 Nov 2012 03:23 PM
thisiszombocom     
ching chong

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22 Nov 2012 03:25 PM
Virtuoso80     
Much of the world probably thrives only because people smart enough to ignore stupid orders from higher ups.

22 Nov 2012 03:26 PM
viscountalpha     
im thankful for people like this willing to put themselves in the line of fire when it counts.

22 Nov 2012 03:27 PM
KrispyKritter     
proof positive that sometimes little men have very big balls. stay thirsty my friend.

22 Nov 2012 03:29 PM
Prey4reign    [TotalFark]  
Thank you Mr. Yoshida. Well done sir, well done indeed.

22 Nov 2012 03:36 PM
Nothing To See Here     
If they named s sandwich after you, it would be called a Hero.

22 Nov 2012 03:37 PM
Johnsnownw     
Wait, you mean upper-management was more concerned with monetary rather than human/environmental cost...surely you jest!

Thank you, Mr. Yoshida. It's especially heroic considering the emphasis Japanese culture places on hierarchy. The man basically went against a lifetime of mental and physical imprinting.

/A hero he is, a hero indeed!

22 Nov 2012 03:43 PM
DreamSnipers     
All credit to him, sad indeed to find he now battles cancer. A brave and resourceful man, he deserves everyone's thanks.

22 Nov 2012 03:49 PM
Loucifer     
"They can bill me."

Well done, sir. You are in our thanksgiving prayer today.

22 Nov 2012 03:49 PM
Porous Horace     
Domo arigato
Plant meltdown stoppo

22 Nov 2012 03:49 PM
1000 Ways to Dye     
FTA: Have a happy Thanksgiving, and take some time to think about the Buddhist Chandler-loving nuclear power plant manager named Masao Yoshida.
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22 Nov 2012 03:55 PM
bentleypm     
Ten bucks says Hollywood will make a movie about this, and Yoshida will be played by Denzel Washington.

22 Nov 2012 03:57 PM
hankhorsey     

bentleypm: Ten bucks says Hollywood will make a movie about this, and Yoshida will be played by Denzel Washington.


That's insulting! They'll use Jackie Chan.

22 Nov 2012 04:20 PM
Bio-nic     
Massive, radiation infused brass balls my friend. You get to drink for life in any bar I frequent

22 Nov 2012 04:21 PM
mattg     
I thought the Fark Nuclear Team had already defused this situation? Why are we still talking about it?

It's not like they're STILL spilling tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific, right?

22 Nov 2012 04:22 PM
sblafren     
So what's with the comment on re article by someone claiming to be a US licensed plant operator of this exact model GE reactor who calls BS? Grousing or something real?

22 Nov 2012 04:22 PM
mattg     
Oh yeah, sarcasm aside, that shiat melted down already, he didn't save anything

22 Nov 2012 04:23 PM
Wolfling    [TotalFark]  
This tradition of honourable sacrifice is definitive of the Japanese. Yoshida, you honour your ancestors.

22 Nov 2012 04:27 PM
Antimatter     
Giant lead balls on that one. Domo arigato, Yoshida-san.

22 Nov 2012 04:37 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
Domo arigato, Yoshida-san

22 Nov 2012 04:41 PM
davidphogan     

sblafren: So what's with the comment on re article by someone claiming to be a US licensed plant operator of this exact model GE reactor who calls BS? Grousing or something real?


Probably a troll since there are no details.

22 Nov 2012 04:54 PM
Eps05     

mattg: Oh yeah, sarcasm aside, that shiat melted down already, he didn't save anything


He probably prevented a Tchernobyl-style deflagration that would have essentially ruined forever the whole area.

22 Nov 2012 05:02 PM
iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
What about the other 299 guys?

/ oblig "300" reference is oblig

22 Nov 2012 05:31 PM
goatleggedfellow     

hankhorsey: bentleypm: Ten bucks says Hollywood will make a movie about this, and Yoshida will be played by Denzel Washington.

That's insulting! They'll use Jackie Chan.


C'mon, Yoshida is 57. That's totally Keanu Reeves territory.

22 Nov 2012 05:40 PM
safetycap     
After reading about TEPCO's utter incompetence and disregard for common decency, I figure the only way they can pay us back is for their senior staff to do a stint repairing the inside of the reactor room. About 10 minutes each should do it.

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22 Nov 2012 05:56 PM
bulok     

Porous Horace: Domo arigato
Plant meltdown stoppo


i chuckled

22 Nov 2012 06:17 PM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache     
Cool story, bro.

22 Nov 2012 06:26 PM
GAT_00     
That is not a good thing pro-nuke people.

22 Nov 2012 06:35 PM
hankhorsey     

GAT_00: That is not a good thing pro-nuke people.


Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.

22 Nov 2012 06:46 PM
GAT_00     

hankhorsey: GAT_00: That is not a good thing pro-nuke people.

Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.


It's not a good thing that the only way they saved it was to trash the reactor and blatantly disobey orders.

22 Nov 2012 06:48 PM
Fano     
He just pressed "Moe"

22 Nov 2012 06:51 PM
Clemkadidlefark     
If this is true, God Bless the man

/Slate report
//repeat slashy

22 Nov 2012 07:30 PM
viscountalpha     

GAT_00: hankhorsey: GAT_00: That is not a good thing pro-nuke people.

Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.

It's not a good thing that the only way they saved it was to trash the reactor and blatantly disobey orders.


Given what might of happened, I would say it was a better outcome then what could of happened, E.g. Full reactor containment breach.

22 Nov 2012 07:43 PM
wallywam1    [TotalFark]  

GAT_00: hankhorsey: GAT_00: That is not a good thing pro-nuke people.

Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.

It's not a good thing that the only way they saved it was to trash the reactor and blatantly disobey orders.


They had to destroy it in order to save it.

22 Nov 2012 08:05 PM
Bit'O'Gristle     

Wolfling: This tradition of honourable sacrifice is definitive of the Japanese. Yoshida, you honour your ancestors.


/Indeed. Salute'. He had the balls and training to tell his bosses to go fark themselves, as he knew the plant in and out, and exactly what he had to do to prevent a melt down, while the stuffed shirts in upper management were running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to organize a board meeting, cupcakes, and dancers while they waited for some "idea" on what to do. They even told him to stop, and again he told them to go fark a doughnut, he was too busy saving lives to listen to their business saving bullshiat slinging PR that they were telling the public. Kudos to you Sir, you are a true hero.

//Tips a glass in your honor.

22 Nov 2012 08:31 PM
Phanatic1a     
Prevented a meltdown? Huh? The cores melted, there was a meltdown, a meltdown was not a thing that was prevented.

22 Nov 2012 08:42 PM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
God bless you, Yoshida-san, for protecting us from the equivalent of a bunch of bananas on our countertop.

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22 Nov 2012 10:05 PM
hankhorsey     

GAT_00: hankhorsey: GAT_00: That is not a good thing pro-nuke people.

Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.

It's not a good thing that the only way they saved it was to trash the reactor and blatantly disobey orders.


True. 20,000 coal mine fatalities a year is not a good thing either, nor the Gulf oil spill, nor the Wisconsin pipeline leak. After we've weaned ourselves off coal, solved air pollution and made renewables economically viable will be an excellent time to retire nukes, and not before.

22 Nov 2012 10:07 PM
Mad_Flyer     

hankhorsey:
Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.


Yeah, dear mouthbreather, you forgot quite a lot of other side effects that are still occuring because of those meltdowns... Land to be abandonned, already rise in thyroid abnormalities among local childrens, food contamination for area wider than previously expected, daily huge release of radioactivity in the ocean... Sure, if you cont the damage that happened on march 11 only it's ok... if you start to include march 12 and the rest of the year... it's becomming more troublesome... Also... Nothing is stable at the plant yet, it's still an ongoing crisis...

(feels like talking to creationists)

22 Nov 2012 10:36 PM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  

Mad_Flyer: hankhorsey:
Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.

Yeah, dear mouthbreather, you forgot quite a lot of other side effects that are still occuring because of those meltdowns... Land to be abandonned, already rise in thyroid abnormalities among local childrens, food contamination for area wider than previously expected, daily huge release of radioactivity in the ocean... Sure, if you cont the damage that happened on march 11 only it's ok... if you start to include march 12 and the rest of the year... it's becomming more troublesome... Also... Nothing is stable at the plant yet, it's still an ongoing crisis...

(feels like talking to creationists)


Why do you hate bananas?

22 Nov 2012 10:37 PM
Mad_Flyer     

mattg: Oh yeah, sarcasm aside, that shiat melted down already, he didn't save anything


THIS
THIS

and

THIS

Nothing is over yet, unlike Chernobyl, not strong action to solve the problem has been taken, everybody is dragging feets not to have to foot the bill. And those clowns are still trying to build walking robots (and failing catastrophically at that) instead of using the French nuclear crisis robots that have more than 20 years of development and testing behind them.

22 Nov 2012 10:38 PM
Mad_Flyer     

Phanatic1a: Prevented a meltdown? Huh? The cores melted, there was a meltdown, a meltdown was not a thing that was prevented.


There was at least 2, more certainly 3 meltdowns, this story is just warm and fuzzy bullcrap for thanksgiving.

22 Nov 2012 10:40 PM
mllawso     

Mad_Flyer: hankhorsey:
Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.

Yeah, dear mouthbreather, you forgot quite a lot of other side effects that are still occuring because of those meltdowns oil spills/drilling and transport operations... Land to be abandonned, already rise in thyroid abnormalities among local childrens, food contamination for area wider than previously expected, daily huge release of radioactivity die offs in the ocean... Sure, if you cont the damage that happened on march 11 in the early 1900s only it's ok... if you start to include march 12 and the rest of the year last year... it's becomming more troublesome... Also... Nothing is stable at the plant in the industry yet, it's still an ongoing crisis...

(feels like talking to creationists)


Fixed that for you.

22 Nov 2012 11:39 PM
hankhorsey     

Mad_Flyer: hankhorsey:
Really? They had an earthquake, a Tsunami, greedy incompetent managers and still only 5 people lost their lives. Show me a coal mine or oil rig with that kind of durability.

Yeah, dear mouthbreather, you forgot quite a lot of other side effects that are still occuring because of those meltdowns... Land to be abandonned, already rise in thyroid abnormalities among local childrens, food contamination for area wider than previously expected, daily huge release of radioactivity in the ocean... Sure, if you cont the damage that happened on march 11 only it's ok... if you start to include march 12 and the rest of the year... it's becomming more troublesome... Also... Nothing is stable at the plant yet, it's still an ongoing crisis...

(feels like talking to creationists)


Just looked up the thyroid abnormalities. Hey, that is pretty interesting, and maybe awful.

Do you have to be such a prick about it?

23 Nov 2012 12:35 AM
lohphat    [TotalFark]  

Virtuoso80: Much of the world probably thrives only because people smart enough to ignore stupid orders from higher ups.


Virtuoso80: Much of the world probably thrives only because people smart enough to ignore stupid orders from higher ups.


C.f: The TSA.

23 Nov 2012 01:34 AM
Kittypie070    [TotalFark]  
[bows Japanese style, as to a superior]

23 Nov 2012 01:49 AM
Lev_Astov     
I hate how various people keep implying that a meltdown is some kind of horrible disaster. It just renders the reactor forever unusable.

As I understand it, the casing below the reactor is designed to pool the molten core into puddles too small to remain critical, so they cool. Then they pour concrete over the whole thing and are done with it. Not a great thing, having a concrete block stuck there for 400,000 years, but certainly not tens of thousands of deaths.

Nuclear power is better and safer than anything else we currently have will ever be. It just needs to be used more responsibly than people keep using it...

23 Nov 2012 03:00 AM
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