Thursday, June 30, 2011

A mysterious geyser of water in Farmington yesterday
1/32 Of An Inch

The fire threatening the Los Alamos nuclear radiation laboratories is only 3 percent contained and continues to expand and endanger 20,000 steel drums full of plutonium infested waste stored above ground on a concrete slab.

Lab officials continue to assure us that there is no danger of plutonium getting into the environment. Supposedly everything else at the lab is OK, too. More than 10,000 experiments were underway at the lab when it was evacuated Wednesday, according to a Fox News story, such as ones trying to extend the life of old nuclear bombs from the 1960s.

Steel drums approved for storing hazardous waste are made of 1/32 of an inch thick steel, or .8 millimeters, as they say in the industry now. The steel beams in the World Trade Center that supposedly burned from the heat of a jet fuel fire were several inches thick. Temperatures in a forest fire reach the highest temperatures organic material can be heated to, more than 550 degrees.

Lab officials assure us that the plutonium filled (and thereby plutonium saturated) steel drums will be OK, that they will not melt or burn or crack open, but that if fire does reach the drums, they will be covered up with fire retardant foam. What the officials haven't said is who will cover them up with foam while fire is engulfing Los Alamos, nor have they said why they aren't covered with foam already. Let me guess. It would make a big mess they have to clean up later? It would cost too much? They don't have any such foam available to them?

Lab officials assure us there is no danger of plutonium being released into the environment of New Mexico. What they don't mention is that there is already plutonium in the environment of New Mexico.

I was at the food co-op once and saw a big brown bottle on the shelf of something called essential minerals. You could pump out a little into your own bottle and buy it. I asked the woman working in that department what it was and she said that if you drink distilled water, this replaces the minerals removed in the distillation process. It makes the water taste better, she said, but also, you need those "trace minerals." 

"Isn't the Albuquerque water supply safe?" I asked her. She got a horrified look in her eyes.

"It's got plutonium in it," she said.

I don't know what horrified her. I looked around to see if anyone else was looking at me the same way.

Some of Albuquerque's water comes from wells and some from the Rio Grande. Either way, Albuquerque is downhill from Los Alamos. Groundwater flows this way, and Los Alamos is in the Rio Grande watershed, meaning water from any of the creeks, rivers, or washes in that whole area eventually flows into the Rio Grande and goes into our water supply.

I have not found evidence of the co-op woman's contention by looking through water tests the city publishes, but since New Mexico has long been one big nuclear playground, it would be a miracle if there was not plutonium in the water, and in the soil, in the air, and in the burrito I had for breakfast.

New Mexico is home not only to the Los Alamos National Laboratories, where nuclear bombs are still being made, and to the abandoned Manhattan Project site near Los Alamos -- also threatened by the fire -- where the first nuclear bombs were made, and to White Sands proving grounds where the US exploded the first nuclear bomb above ground on a little tower in the desert, but also to Sandia National Laboratories, which sits on a plateau right above downtown Albuquerque on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force base, where more nuclear experiments are conducted. Also at Kirtland, nuclear weapons are stored in holes dug under the Monzano Mountains that make up Albuquerque's eastern boundary.

As a reminder, no amount of exposure to nuclear radiation is safe. One small dose can trigger cancers and tumors that you might only have the potential to have, and cancers can develop even years from the time of exposure, according to Helen Caldicott, a Australian physician who has studied nuclear radiation for decades.

Nuclear radiation remains deadly for more than a million years for some types, and  therefore any amount released now is simply added to what is already in the environment.

That is why people involved in making money from, and making their livings off the nuclear radiation industry are so sensitive about what gets released to the public about events like the fire in Los Alamos, and the Japan Fukishima meltdown disaster, about which, like all these nuclear radiation disasters, we have been lied to from the beginning. Once people who aren't making a living off of it discover that they and all their generations to come must suffer the consequences of it, and it dawns on them what a senseless, stupid, dangerous thing nuclear radiation is, they immediately want an end to it. As happens in more advanced nations, like Germany, where the mass of the working class is not obsessed with the Casey Anthony murder trial and where massive street demonstrations recently prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to declare Germany will close all its nuclear power plants.

Google news page seems to have deteriorated. For awhile it was a handy way to be alerted to the fact that news was happening. One had to still look elsewhere to find out what it meant, what was really happening, but at least you knew something had happened. The version I came home to today was a good example. At the top of the page were eight links to Casey Anthony trial stories followed by a link labeled "See all 2,238 sources >>"

In other words, this Fox News and cable channel driven pseudo news story is the top story in the world according to Google. Going by the headlines, and pictures of this Anthony woman, the story has everything. White woman, slut, baby killing. Just like abortion. It's got the Liberal lifestyles and their end-of-the-world consequences. It's got the gall of working class people living the way the elite live, ways they condemn us for so that we continue to feel shame for not being rich, for not being them.


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