Well, it’s been an interesting week.
Our previous post on Fukushima, (remember here), went viral a few hours after being posted. It quickly became the most read Sprinter Life post of all time.
It was shared, clicked, and liked on facebook over 85,000 times. This created hundreds of thousands of unique visitors, which subsequently crashed our site for 24 hours.
We received hundreds of comments, some over a page long. This further overloaded the site and created a situation where I couldn’t possibly read and address each one, so ultimately I turned the comments off.
Some of the comments were hostile. Most were concerned and supportive. The main topic of debate centered around how dangerous Fukushima really is. At the end of the day, due to the well documented cover-up which nobody disputes, we still don’t really know the answer.
Here is what I do know. If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck… well… guess what. It’s probably a duck. They used to tell us x-raying embryos in pregnant women was safe. NOT. And that spraying neighborhoods with DDT was safe. NOT. In the early days of global warming, many scientists told us that there was no imminent danger. Today most of us know that’s just not true. After Chernobel, there were plenty of scientists who came forward and said there was nothing for the public to worry about. Years later we know that the effects and death were FAR worse than projected, or reported.
And today there are some people telling us that Fukushima poses no real threat to our health, even though it is considered far worse than Chernobel. Quack F#cking Quack.
Look, there is always going to be opposition, which is why it can be hard to hang yourself out there. Nobody likes to be called an “ignorant idiot,” myself included. Having said that, I honestly think the same of the people writing these comments…
Comment From Fukushima post – “Yo, elementary physics dropout, Shame on you. Be aware I’ve reported your blog post to the authorities and the NSA for good measure – for unnecessary fear mongering. There is a price for freedom of the press, and you’re screaming fire in a crowded theater.”
So I’ve been labeled an “Alarmist”. I guess I can live with that, especially in this day and age. Stevie and I believe the conversation is more important than the potential social backlash. We welcome fact checkers and pray for more intervention and testing, so we can ALL learn the truth about Fukushima.
In the mean time, people are free to draw their own conclusions and make their own decisions. If you want to eat fish that recently swam through nuclear waste, well then, go for it.
At the end of the day, one way or the other, I’m glad that we created a viral blog post on Fukushima. It’s drawn the attention of hundreds of thousands of people. AT A MINIMUM, this has created awareness about the situation. And with awareness comes pressure on the parties responsible to contain this toxic and volatile situation in Japan. I just hope our media and government step up and give this the attention it deserves.
Crashing site – Enough said.
On to Crossing Borders.
While all this has been going on, we’ve been working our way back to Argentina. I’m not gonna lie to you. It’s been a hell of a trip back.
We started by packing an impossible amount of toys, clothes, and gear. Much easier said than done, trust me.
“Hey everyone, check out my shiny new red shoes! Thanks Tanta Alsy”
I had a grip of new climbing equipment to bring back in anticipation for a trip into Northern Patagonia this February. Thanks La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, and Outdoor Research for the hook ups!
Stevie has also decided to give climbing a try this fall, so we got her a little rig as well. She’s pretty fired up.
And of course I got Soleil her first climbing harness. It’s a tiny fully-body harness designed for toddlers. She’ll be walking soon and it should fit by mid-winter. She’s already become an insane crawl-climber and has over a half dozen on-sight ascents of staircases in 3 countries.
I managed to get everything into 6 pieces of luggage and we headed off. We left on a redeye from LA to Lima, Peru, where we enjoyed a lovely 24 hour layover. It was nice to see the footprints of our other nomad friends in the Hostel we stayed at.
After that we flew to Santiago, Chile where we had left the van and Kiki. As usual, Sol was a total champ on the flight.
Back in Chile we reconnected with our good friends Martyn and Kate and their son George. These awesome people have been taking care of Kiki and the van while we’ve been gone. Sometimes when you’re out on the road you meet exceptional people who just really stand out from the crowd. These are them.
Thanks so much guys for taking care of Kiki and for being such wonderful people.
Our next move is to drive across the Andes back to Mendoza , Argentina–the land of super groovy street jugglers, cheap empanadas, winos, fanged carnivores, and daytime nappers–and hopefully get some rest. It’s been a long 5 weeks.