Monthly Archives: April 2011

Radiation, food and poverty

In a time of deceit telling the truth is revolutionary.  
       George Owell
Fukushima radiation taints US milk supplies at levels 300% higher than EPA maximums.
Rainwater samples taken in San Francisco April 6 measured an increase of 18,100% above Federal standards and included measures of radioactive caesium and Tellurium-132. The west coast Canadian city of Vancouver suspended all mobile radiation testing until further notice after levels of 10,000% safe levels of Iodine-131 were detected.
The results of this study suggest that limiting warming to roughly 2°C by the end of this century is unlikely since it requires an immediate ramp down of emissions followed by ongoing carbon sequestration in the second half of this century.
Food prices: World Bank warns millions face poverty from a lethal combination of higher oil prices, land degradation and increased population.
Next Mass Extinction an Eyeblink Away: Scientists say that life on Earth is hurtling towards extinction levels comparable to those following the dinosaur-erasing asteroid impact of 65 million years ago, a rush to our extinction propelled by our own activities.

Japan’s Apocalypse – the truth

Japan’s Apocalypse
By Stephen Lendman

Despite a disaster multiples worse than Chernobyl, major media reports all along downplayed it. Now they largely ignore it, moving on to more important things like celebrity features and baseball’s opening day, besides pretending American-led Libya bombing is well-intended when, in fact, it’s another brazen power grab – an imperial war of conquest, explained in numerous previous articles.
The horror of all wars aside, waged solely for wealth and power, never humanity, Japan deserves regular top billing, given its global implications and potential millions of lives affected. Ignoring it is scandalous, yet it’s practically disappeared from television where most people get news, unaware only managed reports are aired omitting vital truths.

Over three weeks and counting, Japan’s crisis keeps worsens. Radiation levels in Fukushima’s underground tunnel water reached 10,000 times above normal and rising. In nearby seawater, they’re 4,385 times too high. Heavy rainfall exacerbates the problem. Food, water, air and soil contamination is spreading.

On March 31, New York Times writer Henry Fountain headlined, “Cleanup Questions as Radiation Spreads,” saying  at issue is “how to clean up areas that have been heavily contaminated by radioactivity,” stopping short of suggesting they’re dead zones that may affect all northern Japan, an area comparable to Pennsylvania, potentially making it uninhabitable.
On March 31, the IAEA (the industry’s global promoter) “said a soil sample from Iitate, a village of 7,000 about 25 miles northwest of the plant, showed very high concentrations of cesium-137,” a harmful gamma ray-producing isotope, contaminating air, water and soil for decades.
Levels found are “double” those in Chernobyl’s dead zone, raising concerns about extending Japan’s evacuation, not done so far. Moreover, they’re rising daily and will continue for months, perhaps years, creating permanent contamination combined with uranium, plutonium, and other hazardous toxins.
On April 1, Al Jazeera headlined, “Japan nuclear evacuation will be ‘long term,’ ” saying
“Residents of evacuated areas….have been warned that they may not be able to return to their homes for months,” if ever, given increasing hazardous contamination levels. Cleanup will take decades and fall far short of making areas toxin-free.

Experts call conditions “unchartered territory,” wondering what, if anything can be done. The nuclear genie is out of the bottle. The imponderables are huge, and potential implications staggering.
On March 25, Helen Caldicott highlighted “a medical problem of vast dimensions,” saying “the situation has grown increasingly grave.” A week later, it’s worse with no end of crisis in sight, Caldicott calling nuclear power’s harm “the greatest public health hazard the world will ever see.”
On March 31, physicist Michio Kaku said “three (Fukushima) raging meltdowns” plus one or more (melting) spent fuel ponds opened to the air are ongoing, adding: “This is huge,” involving “uncontrolled radiation releases into the environment,” including plutonium, the most toxic substance known. “A speck of plutonium, a millionth of a gram, can cause cancer if ingested.” Moreover, if the plant site is abandoned, “we could be in free fall.” Before it ends, Kaku believes it may far exceed Chernobyl. Perhaps it already has, though no one’s admitting it or knows for sure.
Every Radiation Dose Is an Overdose.  Experts like Harvey Wasserman agree. On March 27, he headlined, ” ‘Safe’ Radiation is a Lethal TMI Lie,” saying:
— No amount of radiation is safe; they’re harmful, cumulative, permanent and unforgiving;
— It’s why pregnant women aren’t x-rayed;
— “Any detectable fallout can kill;”
— Fukushima’s “serious danger” requires everyone to “prepare for the worst;”
— “Fukushima is deadly to Americans;”
— Minimally, “it threatens countless embryos and fetuses in utero, the infants, the elderly, the unborn who will come to future mothers now being exposed;”
— There’s “no defense against even the tiniest radioactive assault;”
— “Science has never found such a ‘safe’ threshold, and never will;”
— “All doses, ‘insignificant’ or otherwise, can harm the human organism;”
— Three Mile Island (TMI) victims experienced “cancer, leukemia, birth defects, stillbirths, sterility, malformations, open lesions, hair loss, a metallic taste and much more….;”
— Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture also documented the farm and wild animal death and mutation rate;
— TMI was minor compared to Fukushima; its radiation is “pouring into the air and water;” operators reported levels “a million times normal, then retracted the estimate to a ‘mere’ 100,000;”
— Most frightening is what’s unrevealed; coverup after TMI and Chernobyl was scandalous;
— All North America and Europe are affected, especially by rain, increasing soil and water contamination;
— “Fukushima’s worst may be yet to come,” by far the worst ever environmental and human disaster;
— “The response of the Obama Administration has been beyond derelict,” claiming Americans face no threat; he lied and now remains silent;
— ” ‘Impossible’ accidents continue to happen, one after the other, each of them successively worse.”

What will it take to stop this monster? Because of enormous industry profits, perhaps it will take ending human life to convince skeptics.