Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Incident (ANALYSIS)

A video transcoded & edited by yrs. truly, from the EXCELLENT powerpoint presentation originally done by Dr. Matthias Braun, March 29, 2011, under AREVA's umbrella, that (h/t Corporanon, again) came to my attention in a post over at the Energy From Thorium weblog,

From the introduction by Kirk Sorensen. 

Ever since the earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima-Daiichi reactor site in Japan, many of us nuclear bloggers have struggled to get good and consistent information on the event, and even more so in a form that is easy to depict and convey.


Yesterday I was sent this absolutely outstanding presentation done by... engineer Dr. Matthias Braun, and I have found it to be a very easy to follow description of what took place at Fukushima-Daiichi and its implications. I saw no markings on the presentation listing it as “proprietary” ...

Please take a look and study the sequence of events to gain a better understanding of what happened at Fukushima-Daiichi and what it’s consequences might be.

html version here, pdf here.

Be seeing you.


  1. ladybroadoak - I regularly check your blog. I love it. I didn't expect you to post something like this, but I am sure you glad I did. I posted it on Facebook as well as my blog.
    Solidarity !

  2. "...and fit audience find, though few..." (john milton)

    by which i mean, thank you very very much. that comment came to me with excellent timing. oh and insofar as that was a thank you, you are welcome.

    while we are on the subject of radiation (we were?) and by extension, the Bomb (were we?!) under whose shadow i have lived my life sometimes in fear (ah! you mean if we were...), you may appreciate this poem i wrote to a beautiful soul, role-model, and inspiration of mine, on the subject, as well as this, from back when i used to have recurring nuclear nightmares...

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