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Ethan Jacobs, J.D.
Shortly after the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, I wrote an article questioning whether these events were part of the globalists’ Agenda 21 plan to significantly reduce the world’s population. Unfortunately, the evidence revealed since that time clearly indicates that the Fukushima nuclear radiation leak is an ongoing soft-kill operation against the people and ecosystem of the Northern Hemisphere. Today, Japan’s leaking reactors still have not been capped with sand and concrete, as was done to stop the leak at Chernobyl, while radiation levels in the air, food, and water continue to increase. Several reputable scientists have stepped forward with predictions that hundreds of thousands of premature and cancer related deaths will result from the radiation.
In 2004, independent scientist Leuren Moret wrote an article in the Japan Times entitled, Japan’s deadly game of Nuclear Roulette, that revealed the lies and distortions of government and corporate officials that led to the construction of nuclear power plants in seismically dangerous areas. Moret points out that that Japan sits on top of four tectonic plates, at the edge of the subduction zone, and is one of the most tectonically active regions in the world. Many of Japan’s nuclear reactors were negligently sited on active faults, where major earthquakes of magnitude 7-8 or more on the Richter scale frequently occur. On average, a major earthquake occurs in Japan at least once in a ten-year period.
It is not a question of whether or not a nuclear disaster will occur in Japan; it is a question of when it will occur. Like the former Soviet Union after Chernobyl, Japan will become a country suffering from radiation sickness destroying future generations, and widespread contamination of agricultural areas will ensure a public-health disaster. Its economy may never recover.
Moret also predicted problems cooling Japan’s nuclear reactors in the event of an earthquake:
“… there is an extreme danger of an earthquake causing a loss of water coolant in the pools where spent fuel rods are kept. As reported last year in the journal Science and Global Security, based on a 2001 study by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, if the heat-removing function of those pools is seriously compromised — by, for example, the water in them draining out — and the fuel rods heat up enough to combust, the radiation inside them will then be released into the atmosphere. This may create a nuclear disaster even greater than Chernobyl.”
Moret’s article noted that during a nuclear disaster, power plant workers (such as the Fukushima 50), as well as emergency-response personnel would be exposed to lethal radiation. Japan also lacked plans to evacuate millions of people in such and event.
Prior the March 11th Fukushima meltdown, numerous whistle-blowers who publicly spoke-out about the danger of Japan’s nuclear power plants were ignored and/or fired.
Thirty five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric, which designed the Fukushima reactors, resigned from their jobs after becoming convinced that the nuclear reactor design for the Mark 1 was flawed and could lead to a devastating accident. Questions persisted for decades about the ability of the Mark 1 to handle the immense pressures that would result if the reactor lost cooling power, and today that design is being put to the ultimate test in Japan. Five of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been wracked since Friday’s earthquake with explosions and radiation leaks, are Mark 1’s. Bridenbaugh said that “the problems we identified in 1975 were that, in doing the design of the containment, they did not take into account the dynamic loads that could be experienced with a loss of coolant . . . The impact loads the containment would receive by this very rapid release of energy could tear the containment apart and create an uncontrolled release.”
Likewise, in 1998, Kei Sugaoka, a Japanese-American senior field engineer who worked for General Electric in the United States from 1980 until being dismissed in 1998 for whistle-blowing there, alerted Japanese nuclear regulators to a 1989 reactor inspection problem he claimed had been withheld by GE from their customer, Tokyo Electric Power Company. Later it was revealed from GE documents that they had in fact informed TEPCO — but the company did not notify government regulators of the hazards.
Profit and Public Harm
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is the fourth largest electric power company in the world and the largest from Asia. TEPCO has one-third of the Japanese electric market and is the largest of the 10 electric utilities in Japan. Therefore, TEPCO is really a state-endorsed monopoly that has a great deal of control over the Japanese government and political puppets the world-over.
It is clear that the leadership of TEPCO, the owner and operator of the Fukushima nuclear facility, cares more about preserving its income-generating assets than killing its workers and others from radioactive fallout. Bloomberg reported that “Tokyo Electric Power Co. was reluctant to use seawater to cool one of the six reactors at the plant and hesitated because it was concerned about harming its long-term investment in the plant…” It was also reported that “plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. reiterated Sunday that it is not considering entombing the hot reactors in concrete, as was done at Chernobyl in 1986 when a reactor fire burned out of control. Japan’s nuclear crisis is the world’s worst since then.”
One should visit Energy News to see just how much devastation is caused by Fukushima radiation fallout. Recent headlines include:
– April 16 Forecast Shows Radioactive Cloud Stretching from Texas to Canada
– Radioactive Cesium Levels Continue to Rise in Milk from San Francisco Bay Area
– Phoenix Milk Sample Exceeds EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level
– Strawberries, mushrooms with Cesium-137 found in Northern California; 5 of 6 items in food chain sampling test have radioactive particles
Indeed, the Fukushima radiation is polluting our air, drinking water, and food supply. Additionally, millions of gallons of radioactive water have been released from the facility into the ocean, which could devastate marine life. Can the radiation permanently alter our DNA, or that of plants and animals? Japanese food imports have already been halted in several countries. Why didn’t TEPCO or the Japanese government entomb the reactors?
Arnold Gunderson, a 39-year veteran of the nuclear industry, stated: “I absolutely disagree with the scientists who say that Fukushima’s not going to hurt anyone. The numbers I’ve seen, from reputable scientists, are that Fukushima is going to kill 200,000 from increased cancers over the next 50 years.”
Likewise, Dr. Christopher Busby, Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, states that 400,000 people will develop cancer within a 200 kilometer radius of Fukushima. He believes that TEPCO and the Japanese government were criminally negligent for failing to inform the public of the true danger.
Natalia Manzurova, one of the few survivors among those directly involved in the Chernobyl clean-up, is an advocate for radiation victims. Her advice for the Japanese people was to “run away as quickly as possible. Don’t wait. Save yourself and don’t rely on the government because the government lies. They don’t want you to know the truth because the nuclear industry is so powerful.”
Nationally acclaimed neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. stated with the Fukushima radiation hitting the United States, there is going to be a risk of increased cancer.
When we look at Chernobyl, most of West Germany was heavily contaminated. Norway, Sweden. Hungary was terribly contaminated. The radiation was taken up into the plants. The food was radioactive. They took the milk and turned it into cheese. The cheese was radioactive. That’s the big danger, the crops in this country being contaminated, the milk in particular, with Strontium 90. That radiation is incorporated into the bones and stays for a lifetime.
On April 12th, Japan finally raised the Fukushima meltdown from a 5 to a 7, putting it on par with Chernobyl. “A level 7 incident means a major release of radiation with a widespread health and environmental impact” according to the International Atomic Agency. As we learned from Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the actual amount of radiation-induced deaths and injuries dramatically exceed estimates.
The Population Reduction Agenda
Why haven’t the Fukushima reactors been buried a half-mile deep in concrete and sand? Perhaps it is because radiation is one of the “elites” favorite methods of depopulation. The globalists favor using depleted uranium weapons on Third World countries they are conquering, sending travelers through airport naked body scanners, and encouraging medical-related radiation exposures that cause cancer. Radiation sickness and deaths occur over time, not immediately. Therefore, these are soft-kill technologies that allow for plausible deniability; most of the victims will not know why or how they develop cancer or other health issues.
Paul Joseph Watson’s article, The Population Reduction Agenda for Dummies, is a fantastic summary of the globalists’ plans for humanity. In it he documents the following:
– As was reported by the London Times, a “secret billionaire club” meeting took place in New York and was attended by David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Bill Gates and others. The meeting focused around “how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population”.
– Ted Turner has publicly advocated shocking population reduction programs that would cull the human population by a staggering 95%.
The Rockefeller family’s historical support for Eugenics and Malthusian drive to eliminate the poor and those deemed racially inferior, using the justification of social Darwinism. These polices later became an important part of Nazi racial philosophy.
– National Security Study Memorandum 200, a 1974 geopolitical strategy document prepared by Rockefeller’s intimate friend and fellow Bilderberg member Henry Kissinger, which targeted thirteen countries for massive population reduction by means of creating food scarcity, sterilization and war.
One must strongly consider the possibility that the leaking reactors are not being sealed deliberately to inflict the most damage possible on the world’s population.
According to the California Attorney General, “a public nuisance occurs when somebody unreasonably interferes with a right common to the general public, or does something that endangers or causes great injury to life, health or property.” Of course, the Attorney General’s website focuses on the fake Club of Rome created nuisance of man-made global warming rather than prosecuting TEPCO for the nuisance of radiating California citizens. Fukushima radiation has arrived in California and across the United States, with San Francisco tap water radiation 18,100% above the drinking water limit.
Independent scientist Leuren Moret also believes that the Japan earthquake was triggered by a HAARP aerosol/chemtrails plasma weapon. Her hypothesis is supported by the research of Clifford E. Carnicom, one of the world’s foremost experts on the global covert spraying of aerosols (chemtrails). Carnicom and Moret know that covert aerosol-spraying operations have transformed the Earth’s atmosphere into a plasma for carrying out weaponized applications such as tectonic (earthquake) warfare. Additionally, there is substantial evidence that HAARP was active before and during the March 11th earthquake.
On April 7th, a 7.4 earthquake aftershock struck 25 miles of the Japanese coast. During the quake, there was a strange blue light show, which has been referred to as an “earthquake light.” Were the lights caused by HAARP or a similar program tampering with the ionosphere? According to NASA, a possible explanation for earthquake lights is local disruption of the Earth’s magnetic field and/or ionosphere in the region of tectonic stress, resulting in the observed glow effects either from ionospheric radiative recombination at lower altitudes and greater atmospheric pressure or as aurora.
According to Wikipedia, “the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance purposes.
Therefore, given the nature of the New World Order globalists, there is definitely a possibility that the Japan earthquake and nuclear crisis resulted from tectonic warfare.
Cover-up and Corruption
Mike Adams of Natural News noticed that while refusing to acknowledge the true severity of Fukushima crisis, the mainstream corporate media channels are peddling nearly identical propaganda, word for word.
Actress Sandra Bullock and singer Gwen Stefani are very generous and each donated $1 million to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief fund. In fact generous donors provided the Red Cross with $1 billion of their hard-earned money for Japan relief. Unfortunately, on April 3rd, three weeks after the tsunami, The Los Angeles Times reported that the Red Cross “has distributed none of the $1 billion it has collected.”
The Fukushima radiation leak is a soft-kill operation against the people and ecosystem of the Northern Hemisphere. The leaking reactors could be sealed in concrete and sand in a matter of days as they were at Chernobyl. However, it is now clear that TEPCO and the corporate-controlled Japanese and U.S. governments would rather allow toxic radiation to spread than to save hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. The evidence demonstrates that the well-documented population reduction agenda is in progress.
Only by informing your friends and family of the true nature of the global elite can they be stopped. It is up to you. The globalists will be defeated when enough people simply boycott their narcotic trafficking banks, products, corporations, and wars.
Ethan Jacobs is a licensed attorney with a B.A. in Political Science. His passion is researching and writing about a wide range of issues to increase public awareness.
©Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri, April 22, 2011
“Our children are dying. Help!” ~ a letter from the high-radioactivity zone at Chernobyl
“We want to live. We want our children to live and grow up healthy, and for them to have a future. Because of the indifference and hardheartedness, and cruelty of these on whom our destiny and that of our children depends, we are condemned to the most terrible fate, which we well understand. The only ones who don’t understand are the bureaucrats in their comfy armchairs.”
~Valentina Nikolayevna Okhremchuk, mother of four boys, and all
the mothers of Olevsk district. (translated from the Russian).
Alla Yaroskinskya, Chernobyl: The Forbidden Truth, 1995.
This coming Monday April 25 will be the tragic 25th anniversary since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It is more than appropriate to examine the dreadful consequences that have ensued, and will continue to indefinitely, given the unfolding horrors of the Fukushima nuclear reactors disaster that happened on March 11. It is another shocking theme-and-variations on behind-the-scenes manipulated “Disaster Capitalism” that Naomi Klein has written about in her book, “The Shock Doctrine.”
In essence, one cannot compare Chernobyl to Fukushima. The scenarios were quite different, though both share the highest emergency level 7. In fact, Fukushima has already far surpassed Chernobyl in its appalling scope. What links them is: the unmitigated and heart-wrenching scale of these catastrophes; the devastation to all living creatures and the poisoning now of our entire food chain; the continued cover-up by corrupt governments; and the reality of how extremely dangerous nuclear energy continues to be.
Chernobyl was a fairly new reactor; and radioactive emissions lasted 10 days.
The radioactive particles, however, did travel around the rest of the planet to cause untold, but invisible, injury and death. The consequences of long-lived radiation, such as Cesium-137, Uranium-235, and Strontium-90, still remain. Real and permanent evacuation never happened. Citizens were expendable, while the Russian government lied to them and discredited a handful of physicians who put their lives at risk and knew what was really happening medically and environmentally. The area surrounding Chernobyl, a Dead Zone, is still contaminated with radiation; yet more than 4,000 people continue to live out their lives in this T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” scenario of death and destruction. Chernobyl’s entombed sarcophagus is cracking and leaking radiation. It continues to cause severe genetic mutations to all living things. Kiev, a city 62 miles away, has a population of 2-million, and very elevated incidences of cancer, as does the Dead Zone. Yet, in a twisted sense of sheer madness and the macabre, the Ukraine government has opened the area to tourism:
The “British Medical Journal” has reported a 12-fold increase in thyroid cancer, since Chernobyl: “Among young women aged under 14 in higher risk areas…the rates have increased almost 30-fold since the disaster.”(1) Similar findings were also reported in “Nature” with the author commenting that “great strains” are being placed on the “health services. It also provides an opportunity, which we hope will not be repeated [author’s emphasis], to study the consequences on major exposure of a population to isotopes of iodine from [radioactive] fallout…that is a direct consequence of Chernobyl.”(2) No one headed that warning, because those in charge have no reverence for life. Corporate profits always trump health and safety.
In 2003, geoscientist Leuren Moret was invited to Japan by “citizens concerned about the dangers of a major earthquake.”(3) Since 2000, she has made 20 visits to Japan. There are 52 nuclear reactors in this geologically fragile country sitting on “the top of four tectonic plates…and [it] is one of the most tectonically active regions in the world.”(4) As in US, “many of these reactors have been negligently sited on active faults.”(5) These are catastrophic accidents waiting to happen; and Moret was prophetic and scientifically astute in her warnings about the real potential for disaster.
From almost the first day, Fukushima’s epic calamity continues to pose a major threat to the Japanese population and then to the rest of our planet. The handling of the response has only prolonged the disaster. As it stands now, more than 27,000 people have died, and the figure may yet be far higher. The added nightmare of 600,000 spent radioactive fuel rods collecting at Fukushima for 45 years has only exacerbated an already terrible situation. Massive amounts of radiation continue to be emitted, and real reporting of these extremes dangers has not happened from mainstream media. The fuel rods are yet another reminder that there is no safe place to store nuclear waste any place. Accidents happen, or are deliberately created. The very worst storage place is where there is a large population nearby. This storage “solution” can be considered criminal negligence.
The magnitude of Fukushima’s radiation is now off the scale. So, conveniently, neither Japan nor the US is reporting the real amount of our radiation exposure. According to Leuren Moret, six reactors are involved. This, too, is not being reported by mainstream media. Three of these reactors have been in meltdown, now partially admitted by Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency:
Some new pictures from the “Dead” Zone are here. The accompanying text is by Yoishi Shimatsu:
There is no acceptable level of radiation exposure. Period. Anyone who believes the lies that officials continue to tell us, and get away with it, is already at a huge disadvantage. We have been cannon fodder for centuries for the wealthy elite in their various wars, rigged events, and planned deceit behind closed doors. Since the splitting of the atom, the supposed nuclear age was going to bring tremendous wonders to society. In fact, what it has brought us is unmitigated devastation. It began when the US destroyed the civilian populations of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and then there was continued radioactive ruin, long-term highly toxic ionizing radiation, genetic mutation and mutilation wrought on subsequent generations. Now, with this gruesome nuclear disaster in Japan, their entire population is again at high risk for more cancers and radiation-caused diabetes; and their children are in jeopardy for increased rates of thyroid cancers, leukemia, and genetic mutations. It is one deliberately created epic tragedy on top of another.
There are also many other forms of radiation to which we are exposed daily; and this adds other dimensions of danger to our deteriorating health.
- Depleted Uranium bombs continue to be illegally used in unlawful warfare against innocent civilians. So, chronic radioactive poisoning has become a ghastly part of living throughout the entire twenty-first-century world. However, it is not just the DU bombs, but also the cumulative and on-going effect of all low-level, chronic nuclear ionizing radiation poisoning to which we are all exposed for the past 65 years. Dr. Rosalie Bertell has written extensively about this; and her book, “No Immediate Danger,” is a must read.
- This radiation poisoning also includes the electromagnetic frequency [EMF] spectrum. In a highly informative 2007 article, “The Radiation Poisoning of America,” Amy Worthington wrote that billions of humans are now exposed to the invisible dangers of cell phones (and all their permutations, i-pods, i-phones, etc.), cell phone towers, Wi-Fi internet connections, and nuking our food with microwave ovens [This destroys any nutritional value of the food.]. She notes:
“Our addiction to cell phones has led to harder ‘drugs’ like wireless Internet. And now we are bathing in the radiation that our wireless enthusiasm has unleashed. Those who are addicted, uninformed, corporately biased and politically-influenced may dismiss our scientifically-sound concerns about the apocalyptic hazards of wireless radiation. But we must not. Instead, we must sound the alarm.”(6)
The chronic exposure to these frequencies has already caused an epidemic of brain cancers and other serious cognitive damage –most especially to our children. Conveniently, these have not been reported except in the medical journals. With more than 4-billion cell phones in use, it is a lucrative business, even if, along with the nuclear industry, it was never safe from the beginning. Chronic exposure to these other forms of radiation causes lung and brain damage, paralysis, bone pain, brain dysfunction (including dementia), and DNA injuries. Early on, the invisible brain damage is quite subtle, so people do not realize that they are being hurt, until it’s too late. These are other forms of the far larger picture of radiation sickness that combine regularly with the unceasing ionizing radiation we get from nuclear reactors. Our immune systems and now compromised cognitive abilities are under daily and continuous siege that has taken a huge and cumulative toll.
There was no massive evacuation; and so now six weeks since Fukushima’s tsunami and nuclear reactors collapse and meltdown, things are dramatically worse.
People throughout Japan have been at acute risk since the first day. The poor-to-no-real-evacuation plan has put everyone in extreme danger, while the ineptitude and criminality continue. Yoishi Shimatsu, former editor of the Japan Times, who has been covering this since the first day, has another new report here:
The lethal amounts of internal body radiation to which the Japanese are exposed, have already caused the deaths of several people who were inside the reactor at the initial explosion. Several “clean-up” people [an oxymoron, as I have previously written in my article on Chernobyl (7)] have already died. This is now tragically playing out at Fukushima with high levels of radioactive isotopes of Cesium-137, Plutonium-239, Iodine-131, Strontium-90, Uranium-235, and Cobalt-60. At Chernobyl, anyone who worked there in the supposed “clean-up” also died within a very short time.
Those in charge, no matter which government or what political affinities, have absolutely no concern or interest in protecting any of us from these hazards. The corruption is endemic to these broken systems. We just don’t seem to get that collectively. We continue to be lab rats for the latest extremely dangerous (and now often deliberate) catastrophic event, orchestrated clandestinely that will have continuous deadly repercussions for all of us. The radiation is now worldwide and poses extreme threats to all of us. Children, the elderly, and pregnant women are especially at risk.
How can anyone, still capable of thinking clearly read this and NOT understand that ALL our lives are at risk? Our food chain has been poisoned. Not just from the continuous but invisible radioactive releases coming through the air, as well as the chemically laden snow and rain; but also from the tons of radioactive water criminally dumped into the Pacific Ocean traveling toward North America’s West Coast! Radiation continues to envelop us. Our weather, manipulated from some computer stations and Haarp arrays by robotic humans, travels on the winds, with the added toxicity of Chemtrails. Do we comprehend what this means, when we take a bite of radioactive food, chew it, and swallow pieces of death? Day in and day out? For the rest of our lives?
As I have already written, since there have been unexplained malfunctions or breakdowns of numerous government radiation monitoring, it is urgent that communities begin to monitor their own exposure. This can be done with a more sophisticated Geiger counter and we also have daily reports from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research’s Radiation map that has been reporting online for several weeks. Accurate reports of high radiation exposure (not reported by the media) coming to North America and Europe are available here:
In addition, the Radiation Network has also been reporting online since last month. Radiation throughout the US is updated every minute in real time:
The evidence is already here that the entire continent of North America is already experiencing widespread Radiation Poisoning. However, with the media silenced and compliant, most people will not even know they’ve been exposed or be diagnosed properly by health-care providers. Over the past two weeks, I have spoken with more than 30 doctors, dentists, OMDs, NDs, nurse practitioners, and two veterinarians in four different states around the US. Not one person had any training in radiation poisoning and did not know the symptoms. Most did not even know that radiation was already here from Japan. These professionals also have little training in environmentally caused illnesses. Only one dentist knew about the devastation of Chemtrails aerosol toxicity and was spending time doing research. Therefore, it is up to us to become well informed about what life-threatening hazards we are all facing. This is the worst man-made catastrophe that our planet has had in our lifetimes.
The severity of radiation poisoning symptoms depends on the proximity to the source and the duration. The greater one’s radiation exposure, the more severe one’s symptoms are. With ionizing radiation (from radioactive particle bombardment), this goes directly into tissues and bone. The causes can be acute (as in a single dose) or in the case of the people in Fukushima, close and regular exposure over a longer period of time. Here are some symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bleeding from the nose, mouth, or rectum [NOTE: Chemtrails exposure also causes chronic, “Waterfall” nosebleeds.]
- Bruising, tenderness, and skin swelling and burn of exposed areas
- Diarrhea and bloody stool
- Extreme fatigue, weakness, and fainting
- Open skin sores that do no heal [Note: Morgellons also have these symptoms]
- Thinning of hair and loss
As noted above, many of these symptoms also have other causes. It is also imperative that we understand that with daily Chemtrails aerosol spraying for more than a decade, and our air that is now a plasma state, there will be a synergistic potential for even greater harm with an unknown combining of radioactive particles and the Chemtrails toxic brew. Again, it is extremely important to consult a health care practitioner who has training and knowledge of nuclear ionizing radiation exposure. This is now a worldwide hideous experiment with unknown but potentially grave consequences. Tests of white blood cell count and hair analysis can also confirm and determine exposure.
How many more nuclear reactor “accidents” do we want? Have we not had far too many? Even one, is one too many. There are numerous reactors in the US that are built on geologically unstable areas, as is the case at Fukushima, and also at San Onofre, CA. Hundreds were built with known and serious design flaws. It doesn’t seem to matter. For example, on March 21, the Nuclear Regulating Commission (NRC) issued a 20-year renewal for operating the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, even though last year, the Vermont Senate (in a vote of 26 to 4) voted to block operation of the power plant after 2012. Vermont citizens didn’t want the reactor there either. Built in 1972, the reactor (one of the oldest in the US) has had numerous serious problems including: the loss of radioactive fuel rods, a transformer fire, dangerous contamination levels, and a cooling tower collapse. Wells around the plant have been poisoned with radioactive Tritium. Inspections of the plant have been deficient. Valid appeals from concerned citizens not to renew their license were ignored. See:
Here are other serious reactor problems: (1)There are computer viruses that can and do infect operating facilities at nuclear plants. (2)The fuel used, known as MOX (mixed oxide) is highly dangerous; and 6 percent of it is present in the fuel rods. 1 mg (milligram) of MOX fuel equals 2-million mgs of normal enriched Uranium. The decades-long storage of 600,000 spent fuel rods at Fukushima make this catastrophe even worse. (3)Storage containers for nuclear waste continue to develop cracks and leaks. None of these containers have ever been safe, nor do they have a long life. According to Leuren Moret, some develop leaks after five years. She told me: “Since before World War 2, the United States has been producing nuclear waste with nowhere to store it.” The issues surrounding nuclear waste usually are not reported; but the dangers have never disappeared. Like cancer, they have only metastasized with the decades passing and new facilities built. There are now thousands of contaminated sites around the planet that are deadly; and they will continue to be so forever.
Hanford (in Washington state), the oldest facility and now a horrifically contaminated Superfund site, continues to poison the entire population of the Pacific Northwest. For that area, the troubles are compounded because of five years of the burning of VX nerve gas (at Umatilla, the US army site, south of Portland) and, unconscionably, releasing this HazMat into the air!
Many reactors are old and have had other severe problems. None of this is even remotely safe. Here are two maps showing geologically unstable areas around the US and the sites of nuclear facilities superimposed on the map:
Nuclear Power Plant Sites Near Earthquake Zones
These, including Fukushima, never should have been built. But, as Dr. Helen Caldicott has said in several of her recent public comments, with so much money at stake for the entire nuclear industry, they will do everything they can to keep this deadly industry going, no matter what the cost. This is an industry based on harm. It is not safe. It never was. It is not cost effective. Think on what this has meant to millions of people who have been contaminated and killed by radiation! Millions of families have already been affected. The genetic damage is in our DNA, and has continued to plague all living species for the last six decades. How many more eons will this go on with the latest massive radioactive assault throughout the planet? It’s all incalculable; but, in the realities of our short lives, eons are irrelevant. The genetic damage is already enormous, and the tragedies of lives wrecked by it continues apace.
How many millions of people around the globe will contract diabetes or cancer directly related to the radioactive fallout that has contaminated the entire Northern Hemisphere? How many of our precious children or grandchildren will get leukemia and die young –their lives cut short, due to the criminality of those in charge? How many will become sterile? This is what nuclear radiation does.
Before it was compromised in 1959, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the following statement:
“Genetic heritage is the most precious property for human beings. It determines the lives of our progeny, health and harmonious development of future generations. As experts, we affirm that the health of future generations is threatened by increasing development of the atomic industry and sources of radiation … We also believe that new mutations that occur in humans are harmful to them and their offspring.”(8)
This public statement, as with so many others, was just Orwellian doublespeak. Greed continues to be the watchword of many decades.
Before Fukushima, Japan had the world’s third largest economy. Now the epic tragedy that has befallen its entire population is immeasurable and very long-term in its implications. Yoishi Shimatsu in a radio web interview on April 18, said the situation at Fukushima is “virtually hopeless”:
As with Chernobyl, but far worse in its global radioactive implications and massive proportions, Fukushima’s wrecked and radioactive reactors will continue to devastate everyone throughout the entire country and beyond. The genetic consequences are grave because the Japanese were already at such high risk because of the long-term consequences of US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japan has an ancient culture. Yes, it has been a warrior society. However, there is much more on a positive and creative level. Japan has also given us far more than high-tech gadgets. The magnificence of Japanese art and calligraphy go back millennia. Lady Murasaki Shikibu’s classic “Tale of Genji” was written during the Heian period (794-1185) in about 1100, while most Europeans were still illiterate. Sophisticated Noh theater from the Muromachi period (1336-1573) predates Shakespeare. Chanoyu, their ritual tea ceremony, is elegant and timeless. The magnificence of Japanese gardens (both ancient and modern) has become part of an international design lexicon that is practiced by millions of gardeners around the world. This is also true of their art of Ikebana, the ancient art of flower arrangement. In its beautiful simplicity, heaven, earth and man are represented proportionally by flowers and greenery. Japanese buildings have influenced architecture and design worldwide. These are marvelous cultural gifts to us all. What will be left that isn’t radioactive?
The Japanese are fit and trim and generally have a good and healthy diet. Millions of Americans eat junk food that has absolutely no nutritional value and is filled with poisonous ingredients (from aspartame to Genetically Engineered) that totally wreck our immune systems. A staggering 49-million Americans are obese due to this unhealthy food.
The Japanese are far more well educated than Americans. Education is held in high esteem in Japan; and this is essential for any society to survive and flourish. In the US, over the past more than three decades, education has been trashed, along with every other social service. I have seen this repeatedly with my university students. We live in a dumbed-down, easily manipulated, corporate-run society, where millions no longer can think clearly or critically, due in great part to our air rife with deadly toxins and EMFs all of which we have exported. Now the entire Japanese population is in extremis, as long-lived radioactive particles spread their invisible tentacles far and wide. Japan has been hit by “Tectonic Warfare,” as Leuren Moret has recently commented in her two recent and very informative lectures in Portland, OR:
No one is safe from this kind of horror. The place of humans in the scope of life and evolution is quite short. Yet, humans in their rapacious corporate practices, have deliberately harmed and altered our climate, the entire biosphere, and decimated our entire genetic pool. In our corporate-based unethical and massively corrupt societies, where we are all expendable, avarice trumps everything else. Malevolence is a watchword, where dollar signs have now replaced human eyes. This is an unsustainable, self-destruct scenario for all of us.
The radiation from the Fukushima Reactors nightmare is far from over. Radiation exposure and subsequent illnesses will possibly last the rest of our lives (as with the tragedies of Chernobyl, Bhopal, and now the Gulf of Mexico compounding it); and the radiation damage will be passed on genetically to our children. The social and medical costs are staggering. Do we think there will be any protection from any governmental agency ANYWHERE, when they have already raised the supposed level of radiation exposure for food?(9) This is to keep the corporations free from lawsuits and any accountability.
Questions to contemplate: Collectively, what have we wrought for the almighty buck? When will this nuclear insanity stop? Now that the entire food chain is contaminated, how long do we want now to eat radioactive food? Do YOU want to eat this? Do you want to feed these poisons to your children? With each bite of radioactive food, do you truly comprehend what this actually means? Can we collectively save what is left? Chernobyl is a continuing radioactive nightmare; and now we have a far more cataclysmic event at Fukushima. When will we hold these criminals accountable?
Earth Day, April 22, has no meaning if we have a planet that is wrecked beyond salvation. This is not about the contrived scam of global warming, or about CO2 reduction. Carbon Dioxide, CO2, is indispensable for our life cycles, and the exchange between plants and animals: The plants give us Oxygen and we exhale CO2, which they, in turn, need. This is about the elite’s hidden agendas that are destroying the viability of living on our planet. Reverence for the sacredness of life, in all its myriad forms, is gone. We cannot, and MUST NOT, use our planet as a personal toilet or sewer. We cannot continue to breathe air filled with hundreds of thousands of hazardous chemicals, and that is now a plasma state, as outstanding researcher Clifford Carnicom reports:
There are two ESSENTIALS for our basic survival: air to breathe and a food supply. Both of these human basics are now tainted and rife with thousands of deadly toxins, and now additionally radiation and plasma.
Our health and well-being cannot be left to government agencies’ corporate decisions or corrupt public officials. Nor can we any longer rely on the various groups and organizations that are supposed to be working for a safe and healthy planet. They all have been bought off and co-opted by elite money. It is likely that millions of well-meaning people who support these organizations do not even know this. See Michel Chossudovsky’s article, “Manufacturing Dissent”:
This article is not any academic exercise. It is written as my continued way to educate and inform. As the survivor of the 2003, 1-million-acre southern California FIRESTORM, I know in the deepest part of my heart what the people of Japan are experiencing. Having lost several friends who were burned to death and everything I had, I know what trauma is all about. I know that any public official or agency no longer works for us. Officials lie; and corporations have done all they can to damage and destroy our planet and our health. Greed reigns.
I would urge everyone who still can think (and understands that simply breathing the air compromises our cognitive functions and well being), and comprehends what is at stake, to join peacefully together and help stop this nuclear insanity. Several US groups are calling for no more nuclear plants. For example, see:
However, we need more than this. We need a complete change of head space, no longer one that shrugs and says, “Oh well, that’s the price we have to pay for living in the modern world.” We need a Peaceful Grassroots Movement that is not tied to the elite’s pocketbooks. This is a complex undertaking. It is do-able. Together, we can rise to this occasion for our very survival! Humans have the potential for tremendous compassion and working together. We can do it. We are not alone! The continued eloquence and courage of Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Dr. Nick Begich, Dr. Chris Busby, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. R. Michael Castle, Professor Michel Chossudovsky, Jim Kirwan, Stephen Lendman, Leuren Moret and millions of others of good will must light the way for all of us.
“We’ve been nuclear guinea pigs since 1945. Nuclear power, nuclear weapons are not compatible with life.”
Leuren Moret, April 10, 2011
1. Roger Dobson. “Thyroid cancer has increased 12-fold in women since Chernobyl.” BMJ. Vol. 328 (2004): 1394.
2. K. Baverstock. “Thyroid Cancer after Chernobyl.” Nature. Vol. 359 (Sept. 3, 1992): 21.
3. Leuren Moret. “Japan’s deadly game of nuclear roulette.” Japan Times. May 24, 2004:
4. Moret, ibid.
5. Moret, ibid.
6. Amy Worthington. “The Radiation Poisoning of America.” Global Research. Oct. 7, 2007:
7. Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri. “Chernobyl: The Horrific Legacy. 23 Years and Counting.” April 25, 2009:
8. Quoted by Dr. Helen Caldicott in “How nuclear apologists mislead the world over radiation.” London. The Guardian, page 3, April 11, 2011: www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/11/nuclear-apologists-radiation/print
9. Brandon Turbevillea. “America and EU Agree: Raise Radiation Levels for Food.” Activist Post. April 5, 2011:
Educator and environmental writer Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “The Uterine Crisis.” London’s “The Ecologist” calls this book “an inspiration.” She is an Associate of the Carnicom Institute.
Jacob Appelbaum tweets, Twitter, April 23, 2011 at approx. 11:30 pm EDT:
Jacob Appelbaum is an independent computer security researcher. He is currently employed by the University of Washington… Appelbaum is known for representing Wikileaks at the 2010 Hope conference. He has subsequently been repeatedly targeted by US law enforcement agencies, who obtained a court order for his Twitter account data –Wikipedia
Tweet 1: Recently, I took a taxi ride with a climate scientist studying the radiation from Fukushima; he considered it much worse than disclosed.
Tweet 2: He said that the sensor network he uses for study was seeing high radiation in the Pacific; the radiation was Chernobyl scale early on.
Tweet 3: His view was that Japan was lucky because of wind blowing it into the Pacific ocean; bad wind would have resulted in evacuation of Tokyo.
Tweet 4: I’m really going to be curious to see real radiation readings and data from all of the NOAA sensors – with historical context too.
Tweet 5: It will be really interesting to compare news reports and actual sensor data: Who was accurate? Who was wildly incorrect? What did we learn?
Tweet 6: Humans tend to ignore risk when they can’t directly see an impact – eg: it’s safe because no one is sick; no one will be sick as it’s safe.
Tweet 7: Pro-tip: if your baby can’t safely drink the cesium infused water, you probably don’t want to be the adult cesium experiment
Accident assessment raised to Level 7,
NHK, April 12, 2011:
For a series of accidents happening at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of the Ministry of Economy, which released large amounts of radioactive substances that affect human health and the environment in a wide range As an assessment based on international standards of the accident, the worst “level seven” decided to raise. “Level 7″ is the same as the evaluation occurred in the Soviet Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear Safety Agency, 12, held a press conference with the Nuclear Safety Commission has decided to publish the contents of the evaluation. …
Read the report here.
- Expert: “Fukushima is much bigger than Chernobyl” — “Will cost much more” in human terms
- New York Times: “Possibility that radiation from the mox fuel in the reactor — a combination of uranium and plutonium — could be released”
- NHK: Fukushima probably exceeds Chernobyl and there is no end in sight (VIDEO)
- BREAKING: Fukushima radioactive iodine and cesium emissions nearing Chernobyl levels — Carried far by the wind and absorbed readily by humans
- Cesium-137 released at Fukushima in first four days could be 50 percent of Chernobyl total: Austria’s ZAMG
“No Need To Worry, Everything’s Under Control”
Grist has a look back at the Chernobyl meltdown – At Chernobyl, it was all under control.
Bliznyuk’s personal knowledge of Chernobyl began in the most banal way. He first learned of the world’s greatest nuclear power disaster from a routine news broadcast, not a breaking bulletin. As part of the same nightly newscast on April 26, 1986, two dispassionate sentences announced, “A fire has broken out at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station. The situation is under control.”
More bits of information emerged slowly. Several days into the crisis, the Voice of America (VOA) — this was during the era of the Soviet Union, and VOA offered an important outside source of news — reported that radioactivity had escaped, but the winds blowing southeast to northwest had carried all the nuclear debris toward Scandinavia. Meanwhile, the Soviet media admitted that though fires continued to rage, “All measures to keep it under control are being taken.”
Four days into the crisis, Bliznyuk and his colleagues showed up for their traditional May Day barbecue bash. At that point in the Soviet Union, most of the revolutionary stuff associated with the day had given way for an excuse to pig out and drink. And party Bliznyuk and his comrades did, they cooked shish-kebabs over an open fire, guzzled booze, and got wild as a rock ‘n’ roll band played. They were happy they hadn’t heeded the warning of a grumpy geologist friend who had called each of them earlier that day.
“Don’t go to the barbecue,” he warned. “Stay indoors. I can’t tell you what’s wrong. But don’t go outside.” As Bliznyuk remarked to me a quarter century later, his uptight colleague had “some secret only known to the Geological Society. But I was young at the time. I had prepared for the [barbecue] over many months. So I went, and I had a great time.”
The following day another ominous call came from an older friend and colleague. “I can’t tell you what is happening, but I’m on a team deactivating an awful mess. Stay at home. Don’t buy anything at the market. Close all your windows. And, by the way, your clothes reek with radiation.”
Everyone who had gone to the picnic got a similar call, and everyone was scared witless.
Bliznyuk reacted as a physicist. He went straight to the lab, took off the clothes and shoes he had worn the day before and checked them out with a Geiger counter. “Damn!” He recalled. “I had never seen such high readings.” He reconstructed what was going on from the calls and news reports and the mega dose of radioactivity he had just measured, coming to the conclusion something bad had happened at Chernobyl.
The masses — those without knowledgeable colleagues or access to Geiger counters, those who were assured by their masters that “everything was under control” — continued life as usual, having no way of knowing about the serious amount of nuclear poison they were ingesting in the foods they ate and the liquids they drank, or what was falling on their bodies every time they stepped outside and entering their lungs every time they breathed.
Slowly, word came through the public’s grapevine that something was just not right. Because the radiation was so great at the melted reactor, the cleanup cycled through lots of workers who quickly received the maximum — and beyond — safe dose and had to move on. When these workers returned from the front lines of this battle of Chernobyl, tongues wagged. Soon, millions knew about the nuclear disaster even with the Soviet broadcasts droning on about the valiant measures that “kept things under control.”
A great exodus began in early May from Kiev, although the radiation pattern — and areas evacuated — were concentrated north of the plant, in Belarus. Between that month and June, the women and children of Kiev left. The city transformed into a town of men careful to avoid vegetables and fruits picked after April 26 or meat from animals slaughtered during the same time frame. “You tried to eat only things produced before the catastrophe or if they passed muster under a Geiger counter,” Bliznyuk explained.
A forest behind the plant was dubbed the Red Forest (perhaps with an additional touch intentional irony given the official stonewalling) after radiation cooked the trees and turned them a ginger color. The forest was bulldozed and buried in impermeable shrouds.
Bliznyuk said many more died than either the Soviets or the international community admitted (a point still the focus of a lively debate between those who say the count was lower than first estimated and those who insist it must be higher.
But the psychological toll overshadowed everything else. When might cancer strike? Pregnant women stressed over deformities their babies might develop. Everyone lost any lingering trust in the Soviet system, and respect for science and scientists was greatly diminished.
Only when they had buried the remains of the destroyed reactor under the sarcophagus of cement, Bliznyuk said, did the women and children return. The Chernobyl area and the town of Pripyat remain vacant except for those studying the devastation. Perhaps surprisingly, the undamaged portions of the plant remained active until 2000, shut down only after Ukraine convinced the rest of Europe and the U.S. into paying for a “New Safe Confinement and Spent Fuel Storage Facility” [PDF] for the destroyed reactor and its fuel rods.
For Bliznyuk, Chernobyl greatly changed his views on energy generation: “Solar power has a bright future. Not so for nuclear,” he said, well before Japan’s current nightmare.
German Nuclear Expert Helmut Hirsch Says: “There Is A Gigantic Radioactive Inventory At Fukushima. At Least 20 Times As Much As Chernobyl”
by Gavriel Queenann – March 31, 2011
Japan’s Creeping Meltdown: Optimism Evaporates
The Fukushima reactors have been releasing radiation for weeks, Der Spiegel reports. I saw other projections that said it had released 73% of chernobyl already, numbers all over the place on this.
According to some computer projections, the nuclear plant has released one-tenth of the radiation released during the Chernobyl disaster. Technicians worked for days to restore electricity to the stricken plant, but on Thursday two employees were hospitalized after just forty-five minutes in the No. 3 reactor turbine room. The men, working with cables while wading in water, sustained radiation burns and absorbed 180 millisievert of radiation – nine times the dose of a normal plant employee. This despite wearing helmets, masks, overcoats, and rubber boots and gloves over their radiation suits.
The incident underscores the very real question occupying the minds of health officials and radiological scientists: just how bad is it? No one expected radiation levels in the basement water to reach the levels it did. Yet, the radiation levels in the water in the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 reactors have set new records. The water in No. 2 measures 1,000 millisieverts per hour due to the partial core melt that reactor sustained. Japanese officials have also concluded that the containment vessel for the third reactor was breached. Last week’s talk of hopeful progress and cautious optimism seems to have evaporated. Engineers have begun to accept that they are making no headway.
“We are experiencing an ongoing, massive release of radioactivity,” Wolfram Koenig, head of Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection, told Der Spiegel.
“And everyone should know by now that this isn’t over by a long shot,” nuclear expert Helmut Hirsch, says, “All I hear is that people are wondering whether this will turn into a meltdown. But the thing is, it already is a partial meltdown.”
The only difference is that Fukushima is a creeping disaster. The cooling system is not online, pumps are not working, and as much as forty-five tons of sea-salt has accumulated as a result of the desperate decision to flood the reactors with sea-water in the hopes of avoiding a worst-case scenario. The salts are crystallizing at hot-spots and forming a layer of insulation. There are also 3,450 still-fervid spent fuel rods sitting in half-empty pools and therefore exposed to the air. Compounding the issue, the wind changed on Friday.
Radioactive particles over the Pacific have drifted westward across Japan. High levels of radiation have been detected in produce, water and soil near the Fukushima plant. Japanese authorities have only evacuated a zone within 20 kilometers (12.4 miles ) of the plant, but risks of radiation are growing for people outside the zone. “It is high time Japanese authorities extend the 20- kilometer evacuation zone around the crippled nuclear-power plant at Fukushima,” writes nuclear critic Mycle Schneider, lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Reports, adding that “…pregnant women and small children should immediately be evacuated from a progressively increasing area.”
Embryos, fetuses, and infants are especially vulnerable because radiation targets cells that divide quickly. There are 77,000 people in ad hoc emergency shelters. Another 62,000 live within the 30-kilometer zone. The United States Regulatory Agency (NRC) had advised extending the evacuation zone to 80 kilometers, which would require relocating 2 million. This, in addition to hundreds of thousands of Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Japanese authorities, to date, have asked people to voluntarily evacuate the area.
The set-upon Japanese are also being bombarded with advice, demands, and speculation from United States, Russia, Finland, and Germany. Even France’s nuclear agency IRSN, not known for its caution, issued disturbing projections last week. According to the French, the Fukushima plant has released 1/10th the radiation of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), however, believes that the French are engaging in Gallic exaggeration. According to the IAEA, its calculations, based on readings at the site, is only a fraction of French estimates.
French projections were based on their knowledge of fissile material stored in the reactors, independent research on the condition of hot fuel rods, and readings taken in the vicinity of Fukushima. There are more than 2,500 tons of uranium and plutonium in Fukushima. And Japanese emergency release valves for radioactive steam generated for active fuel rods do not have filters like plants in Germany and the United States. The Japanese, due to radiation levels, have not released the steam in a week, but that can’t go on forever.
“This is not an exaggeration,” German nuclear expert Helmut Hirsch says. “There is a gigantic radioactive inventory at Fukushima. At least 20 times as much as there was at Chernobyl.”
But while French experts believe the worst radiation leaks may be behind the Japanese, other experts have gloomier theories. US expert Bill Borchart of the NRC blames high radiation levels around Fukushima on the spent fuel rods in the holding pools. These rods, normally kept underwater while shielded by the reactor roof, are now emitting radiation into the open air. Only cooling water prevents the rods from igniting, but the water is constantly being converted to radioactive steam. And it remains unclear whether the pools can be refilled at all as earthquake damage has not been assessed.
After the Three Mile Island meltdown 1979 it took six years before engineers could re-open the core to determine how far the meltdown progressed. The site remains closed today. And, even 25 years after the Chernobyl meltdown, which also resulted in a sealed plant, boar hunters in the affected region still have to discard meat because it is contaminated by radiation. The long-term effects of a radioactive core open to the atmosphere remain a worrisome enigma. In Japan, which endured the aftermath and health-consequences of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that enigma is a nerve-jarring specter.
Borchart summed up Japan’s crisis, “We don’t have the slightest idea of what conditions are like in the reactor buildings.”
German nuclear expert Helmut Hirsch says. “There is a gigantic radioactive inventory at Fukushima. At least 20 times as much as there was at Chernobyl.”
March 29, 2011 by rockingjude
~I don’t think the government is the answer AT all~jude
Originally aired on RT, March 19, 2011
In light of the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, the privatization of nuclear energy in the country has come under fire. Some question whether the accident could have been averted if the plant had been run by the state.
No matter how hard Tokyo Electric Company’s workers try, disaster still looms at Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. Attempts to cool the reactors have been applauded for bravery, but it has been a week since cooling capability was lost, and there is no end in sight to this crisis.
“The implications are that the radiation has already spread a fair distance, there will probably be an area around the plant like Chernobyl that will be uninhabitable for the foreseeable future and will get far worse than this,” said Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, an expert on radiation exposure and professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
The plant’s cooling systems may have been crippled by a natural disaster, but some are now questioning the merits of the decision to build reactors near the so-called Ring of Fire.
“This is completely a human-made disaster, because that plant should never have been located there in the first place, and citizens have pointed that out,” said Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of the Green Action environmental group.
The fact that Japan’s nuclear industry is in private hands has also led to accusations that profits were put before safety.
Fukushima’s owner already has a questionable past, with a history of falsifying safety records at the site back in the 1980s.
“I think we also have to review the idea of privatized nuclear power because it means cutting corners, and we’re watching those corners being cut today,” argued journalist and author Afshin Rattansi.
“What we would like to see is for the government to take control of these nuclear reactors from private corporations, because private corporations’ main purpose for existence is to maximize profits, and by maximizing profits in the nuclear sector, we are talking about minimizing concerns for public health and safety,” added Keith Harmon Snow, a war correspondent and former UN investigator.
It may be down to private investors to get the ball rolling. It is the other way around if things go wrong.
“I think that it is going to be inevitable that the state will take over to contain these plants. They will probably need to be covered with concrete and sand much like Chernobyl was. I think the state will take over the responsibility for that. I think that whether the state does it or private companies do it, it’s very difficult for anyone to do this job,” said Dr. Jeffrey Patterson.
Japan has experienced nuclear tragedy before, in 1945 when the US dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today the Japanese are trying everything they can to avert another nuclear disaster, this time at Fukushima, while the world waits for the wider consequences, unsure of how many will be affected.
Originally aired on RT, March 19, 2011
Fukushima Reactor # 4
“Should the public discover the true health cost[s] of nuclear pollution, a cry would rise from all parts of the world and people would refuse to cooperate passively with their own death.” Dr. Rosalie Bertell. “No Immediate Danger,” xiii.
I write this article not just as a long-time environmental writer and author, but also as a survivor of the horrific 2003 1-million-acre Southern California FIRESTORM that took many lives (both human and millions of animals) during the three-and-a-half-weeks of out-of-control blazes and 400-foot-high walls of flames throughout San Diego and Orange counties. This nightmare blanketed a vast area from over the border into Tijuana up to just south of Los Angeles. Many “back county” areas and national and state parks were also destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of us could not evacuate because planes were grounded and the flames crossed over many freeways. Death and destruction continued for many years after. Many of my friends have died since then, due to fire-related illnesses, as the entire area was blanketed with a spew of toxins. As with the tragedy of September 11th, when Christy Todd Whitman said New York’s air was okay, our local “public” officials refused to monitor the air. Finally, unable to breathe, even with a high-tech respirator, I called the county with warnings. San Diego air “quality” samples were posted for only three days and then conveniently disappeared. Toxins were off the scale.
We had just 15 minutes to evacuate, when the helicopter flew overhead at 7 a.m. My entire neighborhood of 2,000 was destroyed, as well as 90 percent of all the wildlife! It was deliberately torched, and people and animals died. When we were finally allowed “home,” all that was left was burn, ash, skeletons of trees, and hot soil. I know what it means, day-to-day, to just barely survive a countywide catastrophe. I know what deep trauma is all about. I know how everyone in charge lies and deceives those of us in extremis. I know that when a place in the US is declared a “Federal Disaster” area, this quite literally means: “tough, you are on your own. There will be no help.” My heart aches for the people in Japan who are directly in harm’s way, while their government continues to make nuclear corporate profits the priority over the safety of millions of Japanese. It is criminal; and it happens all over.
During and for years after the FIRESTORM, public officials lied and deceived us. Insurance companies refused to honor thousands of policies, and many of us had to take them to court…but even the “justice” system is rigged. From the mayor and fire officials to the governor and a so-called “Blue Ribbon Commission,” the 14 arson fires and their causes were all covered-up. No one was held accountable. No one told us the truth. Further, we barely had any real help in clean-up or recovery –even if we had insurance. Knee-deep in warm ash, I shoveled it myself over seven-and-a-half months, with only 5 days of help. Thousands of us had to do it ourselves…even to getting our own Relief Center set up –again, because officials gave us the run-around.
A week-and-a-half into the Fukushima nuclear disaster, this is what is happening:
1. There are 4 reactors in various stages of collapse, releasing untold amount of dangerous radiation. Two more reactors may also be at risk.
2. The public generally has not been told that, in addition, there are 40 years of spent fuel rods on this already contaminated site. See:
3. Other fuel rods are fully exposed (meaning, unknown amounts of release of radiation) because they are no longer covered with the necessary 45-feet of water.
4. Last week the US refused to post online whatever radiation levels they were monitoring as radiation hits the West Coast and comes East. Then there were several reports that their monitors [all of them?] went off line, or crashed. It is doubtful that any official will report the truth. See:
The lies, criminality, and cover-up continue. This is how a totally broken system “works.” See:
Here is some additional excellent information about reactors and the extreme dangers of nuclear power:
1. Keith Harmon Snow’s “Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan. Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and cover-up”:
2. A report from the New York Academy of Science has been published on “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment”:
3. List of US nuclear plants:
Realistically, the Japanese catastrophe could last months or years, given the half-life of many radioactive particles. We don’t know, because no official or agency is reporting the truth, while we all are in danger of radiation exposure. How much? For how long? What kind (cesium, iodine, plutonium, strontium, uranium, all radioactive and each with different half life)? I think this catastrophe will turn out to be far worse than Chernobyl because again profits taken precedence over safety. See:
I URGE EVERYONE who has access to a good Geiger counter or other monitoring technology to monitor radiation levels –most especially on the West Coast; and all other US states, as it comes East on the Jet Stream. Some radiation has already been reported in Washington state. One website is already monitoring the situation in real time in Santa Monica (near Los Angeles), CA:
But we need much more collecting and reporting of radiation data. This is extremely urgent! Remember, for the past 12-15 years, our weather and air have been altered and deliberately manipulated. All along the Pacific Coast, from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, we need real-time radiation figures. This goes for Canada, too. We can post these results on this website and others, so we can have an accurate collective picture of the on-going radiation dangers we may be facing throughout North America. This is a highly dangerous, yet invisible and real threat to our safety and wellbeing –most especially for children who are most vulnerable! [I also remind readers that the ENTIRE Gulf of Mexico, and its nearby southern states, continues to be poisoned daily in an unmitigated crisis!]
From the very beginning, nuclear energy has been totally unsafe. Even early on in the 1950s, when there were nuclear tests in Nevada, citizens were never warned about the extreme toxicity and dangers to which they were exposed. For our entire lives, the nuclear industry has done decades-long media campaigns to give us misinformation and lies. It’s all about greed, but never about our safety or well-being. The US government has indemnified these companies, just as they have done with the pharmaceutical companies and their dangerous drugs. We are all expendable, except as uninformed consumers to buy their toxic products, and then for the next generation to repeat this insanity. With each new generation that is less well educated (dumbed-down, and often on prescription drugs from an early age), there is less information, no accountability, but millions more people who now are far more ill from an environment rife with thousands of poisons that surround our every move.
Some of the Nuclear Dangers include:
1. The reactors have design flaws, as does Fukushima’s Mark 1, built by GE. There are many of these same-designed reactors here in the US. On March 16, the NY Times reported some of these flaws. But, it is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg:
2. For radioactive nuclear waste, there is no safe or secure storage anywhere on this planet. There are 1,623 hazardous Superfund sites all over the US (such as Hanford Nuclear Reservation, built in 1942, near Richland, WA, and the now highly polluted Columbia River) leaking radioactive poisons on a daily basis for decades. There is another working nuclear facility, San Onofre, located between San Diego and Los Angeles along the beach right on the Pacific Ocean. This facility was built on the San Andreas fault, an active earthquake zone. The nuclear contamination is enormous and, every day, this puts us all at risk. Dr. Rosalie Bertell, one of the world’s leading authorities who has written extensively about the spectacular flaws and true costs of nuclear energy, notes: “The problem of secure storage of nuclear waste…remains dangerous for millennia.” [See also her quote at the beginning of this article.]
3. The half-life of many radioactive elements is thousands of years. There is no safe level of exposure! It’s all Orwellian media hype and corporate lies. The plutonium fuel used at Fukushima Unit 3 reactor uses MOX [mixed oxide], a plutonium-uranium fuel mixture. A single milligram of MOX is 2-million times more deadly that enriched uranium. NOTE: Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,000 years; and Uranium-235 has a half-life of 700-million years.
4. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bomb survivors are still being monitored. Birth defects, cancers, and miscarriages are high, just as these continue to be so at Chernobyl. This April 25, it will be 25 years since Chernobyl’s nuclear catastrophe. Sterility figures (for human and all other life) continue to increase. Nothing is healed. Nothing is fixed for millions of people. The children are most vulnerable, and suffer enormously.
5. The horrific on-going crisis in Iraq [an ancient culture was illegally invaded and destroyed!] is also greatly exacerbated due to US bombings of Depleted (Radioactive) Uranium, poisoning the entire population. Now, illness and birth defects are common throughout the entire Iraqi population. It is all for control of their oil. Afghanis were also illegally bombed with DU. Is Libya next with yet another illegal invasion and DU bombings? None of the real and tragic stories are ever reported by the mainstream corporate-controlled media. This is in violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions. This is heinous! However, it all is irrelevant how much harm is perpetrated on innocent civilian populations when criminals are in charge. War is big business, while the rest of our economy is in a state of deliberately orchestrated collapse.
Connecting the Dots of Harm
The new report (#53) from GEAB [Global Europe Assessment Bulletin] published on March 17 from Brussels also is important news not generally reported. GEAB has been quite accurate in their evaluations, as the US economy (everything but military expenditures) continues to be intentionally destroyed:
Last week world-renowned author Dr. Helen Caldicott, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, gave a lecture in Montreal on the dangers of the nuclear age. Dr. Caldicott has spent almost 40 years educating the public about the serious medical dangers surrounding this topic and the now very urgently needed changes in human behavior to stop the extensive environmental devastation. Although the lecture has not been posted online, here is a recent interview (March 12):
Finally, there are other enormous concerns regarding our safety and well-being, because there is absolutely NO PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE in place. That is the elite insider’s plan: grave harm! We MUST address these vital issues on a grassroots level, because those in charge are the ones causing us such extreme injury. We will need the help of independent scientists and health-care providers. It is a given that we no longer have any real air “quality.” What we are breathing with every single breath is a hazardous, now plasma-state, spew.(1) This impacts our immune system at the celluar DNA level. How will the thousands of tons of aerosolized poisons in Chemtrails, sprayed around the world, interact with radioactive materials (especially those with a long half life)? What might be the detrimental synergistic interaction(s) among the nano-Morgellons-fibers (that Clifford Carnicom has been researching microscopically for a decade(2), found in human, animals, and environmental samples), the nano-particles of fiber-coated aluminum, and now-unknown quantities of various radioactive particles?
How might all of this also interact with possibly thousands of tons of deadly Corexit 9500 dispersant sprayed (on land and over water for many months) and the unconscionable release of “Synthia,” a genetically modified synthetic genome bacteria now replicating exponentially throughout the Gulf of Mexico.(3) Tragically, the Gulf is now a biological and chemical war zone. However, it is all happening on an invisible level. This hazardous Gulf spew is in addition to what is heading our way from Japan to North America and thence to Europe and Asia. We must wake up. There is much we can do! Will YOU help?
1. Clifford Carnicom discusses the plasma state and other vital environmental issues in a recent web interview:
2. “The Biggest Crime of All Time.” March 1, 2011:
3. “Synthia”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NejKdYA05M;
“Permanent Biological Contamination of the Gulf”:
and Michael Edwards. “It’s not wise to fool other Nature.” This is part 1 of 4: http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=1031
Dr. Rosalie Bertell. “No Immediate Danger” and “ Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War.”
Theo Colburn et al. “Our Stolen Future.”
Pierpaolo Mittica et al. “Chernobyl. The Hidden Legacy.” London: Trolley, Ltd., 2007. There is a section in this book written by Dr. Bertell.
Educator and environmental writer Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “The Uterine Crisis.” London’s “The Ecologist” calls this book “an inspiration.” She is an Associate of the Carnicom Institute.
- Radioactivity soars inside Japanese reactor (lookatvietnam.com)
- Q&A: Plutonium detected at Fukushima (guardian.co.uk)
- 10,000,000 times normal radiation spike at Fukushima ‘mistake’ – officials (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
Apologists for the type of old, unsafe nuclear reactors which are leaking in Japan argue that the amount of radiation released from Fukushima is small compared to the amount of “background radiation”.
There Are NO Background Levels of Radioactive Caesium or Iodine
Wikipedia provides some details on the distribution of cesium-137 due to human activities:
Small amounts of caesium-134 and caesium-137 were released into the environment during nearly all nuclear weapon tests and some nuclear accidents, most notably the Chernobyl disaster. As of 2005, caesium-137 is the principal source of radiation in the zone of alienation around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Together with caesium-134, iodine-131, and strontium-90, caesium-137 was among the isotopes with greatest health impact distributed by the reactor explosion.
The mean contamination of caesium-137 in Germany following the Chernobyl disaster was 2000 to 4000 Bq/m2. This corresponds to a contamination of 1 mg/km2 of caesium-137, totaling about 500 grams deposited over all of Germany. Caesium-137 is unique in that it is totally anthropogenic. Unlike most other radioisotopes, caesium-137 is not produced from its non-radioactive isotope, but from uranium. It did not occur in nature before nuclear weapons testing began. By observing the characteristic gamma rays emitted by this isotope, it is possible to determine whether the contents of a given sealed container were made before or after the advent of atomic bomb explosions. This procedure has been used by researchers to check the authenticity of certain rare wines, most notably the purported “Jefferson bottles”.
As the EPA notes:
Cesium-133 is the only naturally occurring isotope and is non-radioactive; all
other isotopes, including cesium-137, are produced by human activity.
So there was no “background radiation” for caesium-137 before above-ground nuclear testing and nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl.
Japan has already, according to some estimates, released 50% of the amount of caesium-137 released by Chernobyl, and many experts say that the Fukushima plants will keep on leaking for months. See this and this. The amount of radioactive fuel at Fukushima dwarfs Chernobyl.
Likewise, iodine-131 is not a naturally occurring isotope. As the Encyclopedia Britannica notes:
The only naturally occurring isotope of iodine is stable iodine-127. An exceptionally useful radioactive isotope is iodine-131…
And New Scientist reports that huge quantities of iodine-131 are being released in Japan:
Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors – designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests – to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster.
(Indeed, some experts are saying that the amount of radioactivity released in Japan already exceeds Chernobyl.)
There are, of course, naturally occurring radioactive materials.
But lumping all types of radiation together is misleading … and is comparing apples to oranges.
As the National Research Council’s Committee to Assess the Scientific Information for the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program explains:
Radioactivity generates radiation by emitting particles. Radioactive materials outside the the body are called external emitters, and radioactive materials located within the body are called internal emitters.
Internal emitters are much more dangerous than external emitters. Specifically, one is only exposed to radiation as long as he or she is near the external emitter.
For example, when you get an x-ray, an external emitter is turned on for an instant, and then switched back off.
But internal emitters steadily and continuously emit radiation for as long as the particle remains radioactive, or until the person dies – whichever occurs first. As such, they are much more dangerous.
As Hirose Takashi notes:
All of the information media are at fault here I think. They are saying stupid things like, why, we are exposed to radiation all the time in our daily life, we get radiation from outer space. But that’s one millisievert per year. A year has 365 days, a day has 24 hours; multiply 365 by 24, you get 8760. Multiply the 400 millisieverts by that, you get 3,500,000 the normal dose. You call that safe? And what media have reported this? None. They compare it to a CT scan, which is over in an instant; that has nothing to do with it. The reason radioactivity can be measured is that radioactive material is escaping. What is dangerous is when that material enters your body and irradiates it from inside. These industry-mouthpiece scholars come on TV and what to they say? They say as you move away the radiation is reduced in inverse ratio to the square of the distance. I want to say the reverse. Internal irradiation happens when radioactive material is ingested into the body. What happens? Say there is a nuclear particle one meter away from you. You breathe it in, it sticks inside your body; the distance between you and it is now at the micron level. One meter is 1000 millimeters, one micron is one thousandth of a millimeter. That’s a thousand times a thousand: a thousand squared. That’s the real meaning of “inverse ratio of the square of the distance.” Radiation exposure is increased by a factor of a trillion. Inhaling even the tiniest particle, that’s the danger. [Interviewer] So making comparisons with X-rays and CT scans has no meaning. Because you can breathe in radioactive material.
[Takashi] That’s right. When it enters your body, there’s no telling where it will go. The biggest danger is women, especially pregnant women, and little children. Now they’re talking about iodine and cesium, but that’s only part of it, they’re not using the proper detection instruments. What they call monitoring means only measuring the amount of radiation in the air. Their instruments don’t eat. What they measure has no connection with the amount of radioactive material. . . .
There are few natural high-dose internal emitters. Bananas, brazil nuts and some other foods contain radioactive potassium-40, but in extremely low doses.
As the American Journal of Public Health noted in 1962:
Of the radioisotopes originally present in rock-type formations, some may become internal emitters through natural processes. They may be leached or dissolved into ground and surface waters, thus gaining access to man’s water and food supply. For either physical or biological reasons, only a few of the naturally radioactive heavy atoms are important sources of internal radiation exposure. The three most important are believed to be radium 226, the most abundant natural isotope of radium; lead 210, a daughter of radium 226 and of radon 222, and radium 228, a daughter of natural thorium.
Radon 222 has a half life of less than 4 days. Radium has a much longer half-life. However,radium ions do not form complexes easily, due to highly basic character of ions. Radium compounds are quite rare, occurring almost exclusively in uranium ores
Some parts of the country are at higher risk of exposure to naturally-occurring radium than others. It is not only those built on top of uranium mines. For example, the American Journal of Public Health article notes:
Water derived from surface sources such as rivers, lakes, or wells penetrating unconsolidated sand or gravel deposits were, in general, found to contain considerably lower concentrations of radium 226 than wells penetrating deep sandstone formations of Cambrian or pre-Cambrian ages.
In contrast, cesium-137 – one of the main types of radioactivity being spewed by the Japanese plants – has a much longer half life, and can easily contaminate food and water supplies. As the New York Times noted recently:
Over the long term, the big threat to human health is cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years.
At that rate of disintegration, John Emsley wrote in “Nature’s Building Blocks” (Oxford, 2001), “it takes over 200 years to reduce it to 1 percent of its former level.”
It is cesium-137 that still contaminates much of the land in Ukraine around the Chernobyl reactor.
Cesium-137 mixes easily with water and is chemically similar to potassium. It thus mimics how potassium gets metabolized in the body and can enter through many foods, including milk.
As the EPA notes in a discussion entitled ” What can I do to protect myself and my family from cesium-137?”:
Cesium-137 that is dispersed in the environment, like that from atmospheric testing, is impossible to avoid.
Radioactive iodine can also become a potent internal emitter. As the Times notes:
Iodine-131 has a half-life of eight days and is quite dangerous to human health. If absorbed through contaminated food, especially milk and milk products, it will accumulate in the thyroid and cause cancer.
The bottom line is that there is some naturally-occurring background radiation, which can – at times – pose a health hazard (especially in parts of the country with high levels of radioactive radon or radium).
But cesium-137 and radioactive iodine – the two main radioactive substances being spewed by the leaking Japanese nuclear plants – are not naturally-occurring substances, and can become powerful internal emitters which can cause tremendous damage to the health of people who are unfortunate enough to breathe in even a particle of the substances, or ingest them in food or water. Unlike low-levels of radioactive potassium found in bananas – which our bodies have adapted to over many years – cesium-137 and iodine 131 are brand new, extremely dangerous substances.
And unlike naturally-occurring internal emitters like radon and radium – whose distribution is largely concentrated in certain areas of the country – radioactive cesium and iodine are spreading not only nationally, but world-wide.
At the very least, it is important to note that each individual internal emitters behaves differently. They each accumulate in different places in the body, target different organs, mimic different vitamins and minerals, and are excreted differently (or not at all). Therefore, comparing radioactive cesium or iodine with naturally occurring radioactive substances – even those which can become internal emitters – is incorrect and misleading.
This is not to say that we’re all going to get cancer. Most of use probably won’t. This is solely an attempt to counter the misleading propaganda from apologists for old, unsafe nuclear reactors. For background information on “safe” radiation levels, see this.