Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nuclear Radiation - No Need to Worry - We All Die Sometime Anyway

These are screen shots I have taken over the past couple of weeks from the website Radiation Network, where amateurs around the country have hooked their Geiger counters into one computer, which updates the readings about every minute (under 100 is OK, they say.) The yellow circles are where Geiger counters are running, the black icons represent known nuclear facilities.

I see that monitoring stations have been added, including one in Albuquerque. It is reading 30. I can't say what that really means. Denver always has readings higher than that. I have seen these readings referred to as "background" radiation, whatever that means. But all of New Mexico, of course, scene of the Trinity site where an atom bomb was exploded, has been and continues to be a nuclear playground, and nuclear bombs are developed here, made here, stored here. Our minor league baseball team is called the Isotopes, which is why, despite being a big baseball fan, I haven't stopped by there yet.

Meanwhile our media, and our government and the nuclear radiation industry it shills for, keep assuring us that there is no cause to worry. We are still only receiving doses of radiation that are well below what are considered to be unsafe, well below the legal limits. None of which means much, of course. They set the limits. They decide what risk is acceptable.

 Helen Caldicott, a physician from Australia and a well known activist in this field, has been raising the alarm about radiation for years. According to her, and others, no level of radiation is safe. The tiniest amount has an effect. The incubation periods, the times it takes for the cell mutations to multiply and break out into cancer, are long, decades, Caldicott, and others, remind us. The cancers won't show up for years. Which is very convenient for those who are going around announcing that everything is going fine in Japan, that it can't happen here, that we have experienced the worst possible scenario and have got past it.

They are able to say now, for example, that only two people have been killed in the Japanese nuclear incident. I've been hearing outlandish claims by radiation supporters, saying that the Chernobyl disaster killed only a few people. Perhaps immediately, but Greenpeace puts the overall death toll, so far, at 200,000, as Dahr Jamail reports

Some think that the northern third of Japan should have been entirely evacuated, so great is the risk to life. Steven Lendeman reports this and comments on the role the media plays in calming our concerns over this deadly game of Russian Roulette the proponents of radiation are playing with our lives:

New York Times Downplays Fukushima's Threat

Numerous previous articles explained the grave danger from Japan's nuclear disaster, accessed in chronological order at

Nonetheless, since the March 11 earthquake/tsunami caused it, Times reports and editorials supported the notion that damage is contained and Americans face no threat when, in fact, quite the opposite is true.

Its April 8 editorial continued the subterfuge headlined, "How Much of a Threat? saying:

"People in Japan and in this country are rightly concerned. But, as of now, potential health risks appear to be limited in Japan and virtually nonexistent in the United States."

False and Times management knows it, willfully lying to readers to support a dangerous technology and nuclear proliferation previous articles called ticking time bombs, assuring inevitable new Fukushimas or worse.

Japan's disaster will persist for months or years. Two distinguished nuclear experts, Marion Fulk and Chris Busby, publicly said northern Japan (one-third of the country) is uninhabitable and should be evacuated.

Moreover, Europe and North America are affected. Sampled San Francisco rainwater showed Iodine-131 readings 181 times normal. Measures up to that level also showed up in Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. It's also showing up in milk, but not in Times reports, suppressing vital information everyone needs to know.

Instead, The Times said:

"Top officials from American health agencies said this week that Americans are in no danger from trace amounts of radiation being detected in this country's air, water or food supplies."

According to Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC - one of many US corporate controlled agencies):

"There is no threat to health in the US from radiation from Japan," when, in fact, the threat is real and increasing the longer the crisis persists.?

An environmental group in Vancouver, BC, EcoReality, also takes Geiger counter readings (charted above). They have not seen an unusual amount of radiation, but they also include on their web site an interesting guide for what to do when serious radiation comes falling out the sky.

To repeat what I noted earlier:

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