I know that my opinion means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but I feel compelled to comment on some recent events.
Japan has 55 nuclear reactors, 16 are in the zone of the earthquake and 11 of them were damaged by this one earthquake. The water cooling system at one site has five reactors in jeopardy. The temperature in one of the reactors went up 1000 times the normal level and could still fail, if the backup system fails from more aftershocks. The energy released by this one earthquake was equal to the energy consumed by the entire United States over a one-month period. It only takes one major failure in the Ring of Fire quake zone to produce untold years of destruction and uninhabitable zone to the surrounding areas, and radioactivity released into the atmosphere can travel around the world uncontrollably.
We should all do our best to inform our governments to cease using this form of energy and rely on solar energy and other green energy systems. Continuing to use nuclear reactors is like playing Russian roulette for centuries, which can lead to a meltdown, otherwise known as a China syndrome.
Speaking of China, I am happy that the 14th Dalai Lama, who I have met and shook hands with 8 times at Buddhist initiations, and whose teachings I try to rely on, is now
trying to retire from the political sector. It distresses me whenever I see China
react with ignoble lies about him. The Dalai Lama is considered to be an
emanation of the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion, whose aspect and
activity is "unceasing spontaneous kindness". I hope that they will find
less reason to malign him, but this week, when he announced he would retire as the
political leader of Tibet, Chinese officials called it a "dirty
trick" and called him a "religious crook". The doublespeak
policies of China shows their untrustworthy nature, as they labeled the invasion of
Tibet in 1959 as a "peaceful liberation". The consequences of this
invasion were disastrous. Approximately 432.000 people were killed during
confrontations; 343.000 died of hunger; they forced young monks to rape nuns and shoot elder monks, and after importing tens of
thousands of Chinese into Tibet yearly, Tibetans are now a second class population in
their own country, unable to get jobs, where only Chinese is allowed to be taught in schools.
China has even tried to legislate against future reincarnations of the Dalai
Lama in Tibet. This is their idea of peaceful. The peace of the grave.
I, for my part, try to avoid buying any product made in China, as hard as that is, because we have surrendered so much of our manufacturing to this vile government. I hope you will consider likewise. I hope the Chinese people will continue to wish for democracy, as the people of other subjugated countries .
Magic Mike Berger 3/11/2011