Stopping is not enough

Earthquake in Kyusyu, Japan still continues. No one knows when it completely stops yet. I care the people there and I also afraid the nuclear reactors they are still running there. (Japan only has two running reactors now, both are in Kyusyu area where the earthquake continues. The number of earthquakes more than scale 1 is 770 times so far.)

There are several petition to stop the reactors now. I also joined. But, technically stopping them are not enough. Most of Japanese facility only have water cooling pools for nuclear fuels. If such pool had a crack by an earthquake and lost the water, it is dangerous. How do they stably supply cooling water, the earthquake can be a cause of trouble. Just loosing the electricity of the pumps causes an accident. All the reactors in Fukushima stopped when the earthquake came, but they could not maintain to cool the fuels. That we saw five years ago.

To avoid an accident, we need to think about after stopping the reactors. I agree, let's first stop them. But that is not enough for safety.

Birthday Donation

My birthday party of this year was delayed.

A birthday present is common here for a birthday party. But I have all tangible things I want, except one. Yet, I want to have several non-tangible things. However, they are either impossible for a birthday presents or meaningless. For example, I would like to have world peace, a world class free education system in many languages, I want to understand some mathematical concepts, I would like to be fluent of German, I would like to have more time for my volunteer activities, and so on.

Thus, I asked some donation as a birthday present. I first show a list of organization I would like to donate. Then the people who join the party donate. I match the same amount from my pocket money to double the donation. This year was the second time. I think it went well. When I got a receipt from the organization, I will show it to the party participants. My cynical friends have already joke on them when they saw the paper, "it is just a paper and you can make it by the photoshop."

This time I was a bit afraid if the donation is too much. Then, I might not be able to pay the match, however, it was fine.