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NY Times in Fukushima: “It’s all lies” from gov’t about radiation — They are forcing us to come back and live 10 miles from leaking nuclear plant — “This is inhumane” — “I want to run away, but… we have no more money” — Radiation still 300% previous levels

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New York Times, Apr. 27, 2014: Ever since they were forced to evacuate during […] Kim Eunja and her husband have refused to return […] for fear of radiation. But now they say they may have no choice. […] government and national news media have trumpeted the reopening of Miyakoji as a happy milestone […] many residents tell a darker story. […] [Fukushima Daiichi] is still leaking radiation […] The government has declared that the stipends […] will end next March, when temporary…

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If Everyone Waits For Someone Else To Act, We’re All Dead

Nobody Does Anything, And Fukushima Will Kill Us All!

 

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From the Nuclear “Buchenwald touch” (Hamilton’s words in 1950) to Nuclear Extermination….

In 1950 Dr. Joseph Hamilton, a Manhattan Project physician involved with human plutonium injections, on unknowing victims, from 1945 to 1947, advised using chimpanzees rather than humans, for total body irradiation experiments, because “If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy Commission would be subject to considerable criticism, as admittedly this would have a little of the Buchenwald touch.” Cited in
Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments Final Report,” October 1995, p. 377 (archive.org)
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Joseph Hamilton, in Berkeley, California, January, 1939http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_radiation_experiments

Unfortunately, many ignored Hamilton’s advice, and now generations of people (along with animals) have been senselessly experimented upon, both directly and indirectly, and often unaware. The very mind set which created the nuclear age, nuclear “scientists”, the nuclear industry, and today’s nuclear lobbyists, is the same one which created Nazi Germany, Nazi experiments, and the Holocaust -a will to power; a will to be as gods, by wielding the power of life and death, and the concomitant supercilious, callous disregard for life itself; in conjunction with a view of life as machine; life as instrumental means to an end. At the time, exposing people to large doses of ionizing radiation was a “little of the Buchenwald touch“. Now we are moving toward nuclear extermination of all life itself, a nuclear holocaust, where gamma radiation burns us from without, and explosive alpha radiation burns us from within.

While in Buchenwald 56,545 died or were killed, approximately 2/3rds of Europe’s 9 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, from the Greek, literally “whole burning“, where the “victim is utterly destroyed and burnt up“. It is also known, from the Hebrew, as the Shoah or catastrophe.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_(sacrifice)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchenwald_concentration_camphttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust
The numbers, as well as the Nazi intent, make the Jewish Holocaust clearly genocide. (Others also died or were killed by the Nazis, because they were political opponents, mentally and physically disabled, belonged to other ethnic minorities, or were otherwise considered “unfit” by the Nazis.)

Since the dawn of the nuclear age, approximately 70 years ago, deadly radionuclides have been increasingly spread throughout the environment. They continue to accumulate in the environment, which is something that we are never told, but the facts do not lie: radionuclides with half-lives of hundreds and even thousands of years are obviously still here. If the nuclear age is not stopped in its tracks, we will have not just a Holocaust genocide of an ethnic group, but indeed of the entire world. Given the high-handed, callous disregard for life by most leaders, and by agencies which are supposed to protect food and the environment, it is hard to judge when we will cross the threshold from life to extermination.

The long-accepted standard of no safe dose of ionizing radiation, increasing dose is increasing risk, applies to external x-rays and gamma rays (gamma emitters are also accumulating in the environment). The impact of internal, more powerful, alpha radiation, such as comes from plutonium and americium, is recognized as much more severe. Alpha radiation is internal, more intensely damaging, and some alpha emitters, such as plutonium and americium, can stay in the body for a life-time, continuing their intensive bombardment. The same nuclear energy which makes powerful weapons bombards our cells and our very DNA.

Atomic Veterans, 2012
Nuclear irradiation of US Troops, now known as “Atomic Veterans, US VA Brochure, 2012

After over two thousand nuclear tests, of which at least 500 were above ground http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_testing (the tests themselves often involved multiple bombs, and some underground tests vented, making a count difficult), and after numerous nuclear accidents large and small, known and unknownhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents, and the fact that nuclear (and medical) facilities are legally allowed to emit some radionuclides into the environment (and may illegally emit more), and the problem of nuclear waste, which is also emitted legally and illegally – plutonium and other radionuclides with half-lives of hundreds and thousands of years are building up in the environment and being ingested in food and water, absorbed through skin, and breathed in the air.

No Magic Bullet Against The Explosive Power and Toxicity of Radionuclides

Finding a “magic bullet” which will cure the damage done by this high power radiation, especially in the context of a contaminated environment, is more impossible than hoping to heal the anti-Nazi German women in the picture below, or other victims.
Bones of anti-Nazi German women still are in the crematoriums in the German concentration camp at Weimar, Germany

No sane person sits in a burning house with the hope that doctors can cure the burns, the tissue damage, induced by the fire. When people self-immolate, and set themselves afire in protest, it is to commit suicide. And, yet we are led to believe that there will be some magic bullet, magic cure for the damage done by nuclear ionizing radiation, which damages tissue, cells and even our very DNA, both externally and internally!
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Ryszard Siwiec – Polish accountant, teacher and former Home Army soldier who was the first person to set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, 08.09.1968

Over one hundred years ago, in 1908, Dr. Charles Allen Porter, reported about the many victims of the ionizing radiation from x-rays, who came for skin grafts: “From my experience and personal communications from patients, I believe that the agony of inflamed X-ray lesions is almost unequaled by any other disease.” cited in Caufield, 1989. In 1904, Thomas Edison’s assistant, Clarence Dally, had already become the first person known to have died from cancer due to the ionizing radiation of x-rays, first having suffered amputations. According to Caufield, 1989, “The dangers of over-exposure were clear; the equipment needed for protection against radiation was available, but radiologists continued to injure themselves and their patients.” Importantly, it was noted by Dr. Charles Leonard that “A seeming disbelief renders…experienced operators careless…Because they cannot see immediate effects, they cannot appreciate that any injury is being done“. (Caufield, C.,1989, “Multiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age“, U. of Chicago Press, pp. 13-14, emphasis added)

During the 1928 lawsuit against US Radium Corp., on behalf of the “Radium Girls”, it was pointed out that the alpha emitter “radium was a different kind of poison… This wasn’t a matter of a one time exposure, but rather a permanent one. These women were still being poisoned; poisoned every day by a radioactive element that never left, simmered in the body, bubbled in the bones.“(Blum, D., 2011:http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2011/03/26/a-dazzle-in-the-bones/ , emphasis added )

We are increasingly convinced that the reason that there is so little monitoring of radionuclides, in the aftermath of accidents, and the primary reason that the focus is always on short or intermediate lived radionuclides like Iodine 131 and Caesium 134 or 137, is that we can watch them decline in the environment over time. Not so with many radionuclides such as the hyper-dangerous alpha emitters, plutonium and americium (see further down). As they accumulate in the environment, so too they will accumulate in the body. Even in a clean environment many stay for extensive time-periods. But, in a contaminated environment they reach steady-state equilibrium. Most are toxic biochemically, as well as radiologically.

Biological Effects of Alpha Particles

Because of this high mass and strong absorption, if alpha-emitting radionuclides do enter the body (upon being inhaled, ingested, or injected,…alpha radiation is the most destructive form of ionizing radiation. It is the most strongly ionizing, and with large enough doses can cause any or all of the symptoms of radiation poisoning. It is estimated that chromosome damage from alpha particles is anywhere from 10 to 1000 times greater than that caused by an equivalent amount of gamma or beta radiation, with the average being set at 20 timeshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_particle#Biological_effects (references at link; emphasis added)

Radiation Poisoning

Acute radiation syndrome (ARS), also known as radiation poisoning, radiation sickness or radiation toxicity, is a constellation of health effects which present within 24 hours of exposure to high amounts of ionizing radiation. The radiation causes cellular degradation due to damage to DNA and other key molecular structures within the cells in various tissues; this destruction, particularly as it affects ability of cells to divide normally, in turn causes the symptoms. The symptoms can begin within one or two hours and may last for several months.[1][2] The terms refer to acute medical problems rather than ones that develop after a prolonged period.[3][4][5]

The onset and type of symptoms depends on the radiation exposure.Relatively smaller doses result in gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting and symptoms related to falling blood counts such as infection and bleeding. Relatively larger doses can result in neurological effects and rapid death. Treatment of acute radiation syndrome is generally supportive with blood transfusions and antibiotics, with some more exotic treatments such as bone marrow transfusions being required in extreme cases.[1]

Similar symptoms may appear months to years after exposure as chronic radiation syndrome when the dose rate is too low to cause the acute form.[6] Radiation exposure can also increase the probability of developing some other diseases, mainly different types of cancers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_radiation_syndrome (references at link, emphasis added) “Animal studies found that a few milligrams of plutonium per kilogram of tissue is a lethal dose.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium

No Safe Dose of Ionizing Low LET Radiation, But High LET Alpha Is Worse

The long-accepted standard of no safe dose of ionizing radiation, increasing dose is increasing risk, applies to external x-rays and gamma rays. The impact of internal, more powerful, alpha radiation, such as from plutonium and americium, is recognized as much more severe. Alpha radiation is internal, more intensely damaging, and plutonium and americium can stay in the body for a life-time, continuing their intensive bombardment. Their half-life in the body is 20 to 50 years or more, assuming contamination free food, water, air.

The amount of energy that the radiation transfers per unit of path length is called its linear energy transfer (LET) and is measured in units of MeV/µm. This feature reflects a radiation’s ability to produce biological damage. Radiation is classified as either high linear energy transfer (high LET) or low linear energy transfer (low LET), based on the amount of energy it transfers per unit path length it travels. Alpha radiation is high LET; beta and gamma radiation are low LETAlpha particles are classified as high LET radiationbecause their large +2 charge and relatively large mass (about 7,200 times that of an electron) cause them to move relatively slowly and interact strongly with any material they pass through, producing dense ionization along its path. Beta particles, which are energetic electrons, are classified as low LET radiation. Even though they interact with matter in a manner similar to alpha particles, their smaller +1 or -1 charge and smaller mass result in a greater distance between ionizing collisions and, thus, a lower rate of energy transfer“. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp149-c2.pdf (emphasis added)

Note that 239Pu is an alpha emitter with a half-life of 24,110 years, 240Pu is an alpha emitter with a half life of 6,561 years, 241Pu is a Beta emitter with a half-life of 14.325 years, but which becomes 241 Americium which is a strong alpha emitter with a half-life of 432 years, and 242Pu is an alpha emitter with a half-life of 373,300 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_plutoniumhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_americium#Americium-241 Plutonium has a half-life in the body of about 20 to 50 years (some authors give 60 or 70 years or more).

The BEIR VII report is well-known for its Linear No-Threshold Model (LNT), i.e. no safe dose: “the risk of cancer proceeds in a linear fashion at lower doses without a threshold and that the smallest dose has the potential to cause a small increase in risk to humans.” However, BEIR only “focuses on the health effects of low levels of low linear energy transfer (low-LET) ionizing radiation such as x-rays and gamma rays.” And, as they point out “Most radiation sources have a mixture of high- and low-LET radiation.Compared to high-LET radiation, low-LET radiation deposits less energy in the cell along the radiation path and is considered less destructive per radiation track.” (emphasis added)http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/radon_division/BEIR%20VII%20Preliminary%20Report.pdf

In other words, ionizing radiation from high LET alpha particles, which may be inhaled, ingested and even absorbed through skin, is even more dangerous! The BEIR report focuses on x-ray and gamma-ray exposure, which is considered less dangerous and destructive, than internal alpha radiation. The alpha radiation is more “destructive per radiation track” and it stays in the body over time. Gamma-ray exposure can also occur over time in a contaminated environment.

Hamilton’s Plutonium Experiments

Under the Manhattan District contract, Hamilton’s studies originally had involved exposing rats to plutonium in an effort to determine its metabolic fate and thereby project the risk to workers at atomic plants. Toward the end of the war, Hamilton began to conduct plutonium studies on humans for the government. Experiments with humans could be handled expeditiously, Hamilton wrote, because of the close relationship between the Rad Lab and the medical school at the University of California at San Francisco. In January 1945, Hamilton confirmed to the Manhattan District that he planned ‘to undertake, on a limited scale, a series of metabolic studies with [plutonium] using human subjects.’ The purpose of this work, Hamilton wrote, ‘was to evaluate the possible hazards … to humans who might be exposed to them, either in the course of the operation of the [Chicago] pile, or in the event of possible enemy action against the military and civilian population.’ (p.249)
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The most likely route of worker exposure to plutonium would be inhalation. Hempelmann and others wrote to Oppenheimer in March 1945 that ‘the very important and difficult problem of detection of alpha active material in the lungs has been studied only at this project and here only on a very limited scale. This problem should be given much higher priority here and at other projects.’ L. H. Hempelmann, Los Alamos Laboratory Health Division Leader et al., to J. R. Oppenheimer, Director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, 15 March 1945 (“Medical Research of Manhattan District concerned with Plutonium”)(ACHRE No. DOE-051094-A-17), 1. Inhalation experiments with rodents were undertaken, starting in 1944, at the University ofCalifornia’s Radiation Laboratory and the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory, although these
studies did not result in extensive analysis of data until the latter half of the 1940s
. (p. 270)

The First Injection

A few days after Hempelmann’s March 26, 1945, recommendation that a hospital patient be injected with plutonium, Wright Langham, of the Los Alamos Laboratory’s Health Division, sent 5 micrograms of plutonium to Dr. Friedell, with instructions for their use on a human subject. The subject, as it turned out, was already in the Oak Ridge Army hospital, a victim of an auto accident that had occurred on March 24, 1945. He was a fifty-three-year-old ‘colored male’ named Ebb Cade, who was employed by an Oak Ridge construction company as a cement mixer. The subject had serious fractures in his arm and leg, but was otherwise ‘well developed [and] well nourished.’ The patient was able to tell his doctors that he had always been in good health.

Mr. Cade had been hospitalized since his accident, but the plutonium injection did not take place until April 10. On this date, ‘HP-12′ (the code name HP—’human product’ — was later assigned to this patient and to patients at the University of Rochester) was reportedly injected with 4.7 micrograms of plutonium. (It is important here to distinguish between administered dose and retained dose; not all of the injected dose would remain fixed in the body. It was not known with certainty, however, how much of the 4.7 micrograms of plutonium would remain in his body.) The small amount of material injected into Mr. Cade would not be expected to produce any acute effects, and there is no indication that any were experienced. However, except for his fractures, Mr. Cade was apparently in good health and at age fifty-three could reasonably have been expected to live for another ten to twenty years. Thus, in Mr. Cade’s case, the risk of a plutonium-induced cancer could not be ruled out.

Dr. Joseph Howland, an Army doctor stationed at Oak Ridge, told AEC investigators in 1974 that he had administered the injection. There was, he recalled, no consent from the patient. He acted, he testified, only after his objections were met with a written order to proceed from his superior, Dr. Friedell. Dr. Friedell told Advisory Committee staff in an interview that he did not order the injection and that it was administered by a physician named Dwight Clark, not Dr. Howland. The Committee has not been able to resolve this contradiction. Measurements were to be taken from samples of Mr. Cade’s blood after four hours, his bone tissue after ninety-six hours, and his bodily excretions for forty to sixty days thereafter. His broken bones were not set until April 15—five days after the injection~when bone samples were taken in a biopsy. 30 Although this was several weeks after his injury, during this era when antibiotics were only beginning to become available, it was common practice to delay surgery if there was any sign of possible infection. One document records that Mr. Cade had ‘marked’ tooth decay and gum inflammation/ (p. 240)

and fifteen of his teeth were extracted and sampled for plutonium. The Committee has not been able to determine whether the teeth were extracted primarily for medical reasons or for the purpose of sampling for plutonium. In a September 1945 letter, Captain David Goldring at Oak Ridge informed Langham that ‘more bone specimens and extracted teeth will be shipped to you very soon for analysis.’ It remains unclear whether these additional bone specimens were extracted at the time of the April 15 operation or later.

According to one account, Mr. Cade departed suddenly from the hospital on his own initiative; one morning the nurse opened his door, and he was gone.’ Later it was learned that he moved out of state and died of heart failure on April 13, 1953, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The experiment at Oak Ridge did not proceed as planned. ‘Before’ and ‘after’ urine samples were mistakenly commingled, so no baseline data on kidney function was available. Thus, the subject’s kidney function would be difficult to assess. In May 1945, 36 Dr. Stone convened a ‘Conference on Plutonium’ in Chicago to discuss health issues related to plutonium, including the relationship between dose and excretion rate, the permissible body burden, and potential therapy and protective measures. Wright Langham spoke about the Oak Ridge injection at the conference, carefully qualifying the reliability of the excretion data obtained from Mr. Cade. Langham observed that ‘the patient might not have been an ideal subject in that his kidney function may not have been completely normal at the time of injection’ as indicated by protein tests of his urine.” (Advisory Committee on HumanRadiation Experiments, Final Report, October 1995:https://ia700402.us.archive.org/10/items/advisorycommitte00unit/advisorycommitte00unit.pdf(emphasis added) Note the last statement which indicates why they conducted experiments on healthy people, and probably mostly on healthy people, including military draftees, despite claims to the contrary.

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Former US Official: War in Ukraine could cause disaster worse than Chernobyl and Fukushima — Situation “calls for far greater global concern” — Multiple scenarios result in meltdown — Foreign Minister: “Potential threat to many nuclear facilities”

Published: April 15th, 2014 at 5:55 pm ET
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Bennett Ramberg, U.S. State Department policy analyst in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs under President George H.W. Bush, Apr. 14, 2014: […] Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind [than Chernobyl,] the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. […] Ukraine’s parliament [called] for international monitors to help protect the plants […] the angst is real. […] With the exception of the 1990’s Balkan conflict, wars have not been fought against or within countries with nuclear reactors […] military jets overflew Slovenia’s Krško nuclear power plant in a threatening gesture […] Serbian nationalists called for attacks to release the radioactive contents. […] the sheer scale of Ukraine’s nuclear enterprise calls for far greater global concern […] aging plants provide 40% of Ukraine’s electricity. […] In Ukraine, nuclear emissions could exceed both Chernobyl and Fukushima. Wartime conditions would prevent emergency crews from getting to an affected plant […] In the event of fighting near reactors, the West should prepare to ferry forces to secure the plants […] in the event of a meltdown, the West should rally both governments to initiate a cease-fire […] failure to prepare for the worst is not an option.

Ramberg’s analysis suggests several scenarios:

  • Warfare is rife with accidents and human error, and […] could cause a meltdown
  • Fighting could disrupt off-site power
  • Operators could abandon their posts
  • Combatants could invade nuclear plants
  • Others might take refuge there, creating a dangerous standoff
  • Failure of military command and control
  • Fog of war could bring plants under bombardment

Andrii Deshchytsia, Ukraine acting foreign minister at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague: “Potential threat to many nuclear facilities [should events deteriorate into open warfare].”

Ihor Prokopchuk, IAEA ambassador from Ukraine wrote to the agency’s board of governors: “[An invasion could bring a] threat of radiation contamination on the territory of Ukraine and the territory of neighboring states.”

From Jan. 30, 2014: BBC: Ukraine “on brink of civil war” — Gov’t: Threats to blow up nuclear plants; Facilities on high alert after seizure of energy ministry (VIDEO)

 

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP – New Mexico – Radiation leak – Update 3/14/14

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Very early on we were advised that the vehicle fire five days prior to the “event” had nothing to do with the radiation leak on Valentine’s day. Well, guess what. It did.

It is interesting to me that that determination has now been made even though no one has gone back down into the mine. That says that the reason to hide that fact is that they knew they had not properly maintained their vehicles, one caught fire, and we know where it went from there. And malpractice attorneys are doing the high-five jive all over the country.

Jaw dropping line by DOE’s Ted Wyka – “We need to sort of figure something out…”

From Zack Ponce at Current-Argus NewsOutdated equipment, maintenance problems cause of WIPP fire, officials say

Out-of-date equipment and ineffective maintenance have been pinpointed as the primary causes for last month’s fire underground at Waste…

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid….

UC Berkeley Nuclear Expert:…”citizens should be prepared”

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Bloomberg: Fukushima a global disaster with huge environmental consequences… like all nuclear catastrophes — UC Berkeley Nuclear Expert: There’s ‘clear and obvious’ consequences from radiation release… citizens should be prepared… ‘cold truth’ is accidents will always occur

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Bloomberg, Apr. 4, 2014: World Needs to Get Ready for the Next Nuclear Plant Accident– Three major atomic accidents in 35 years are forcing the world’s nuclear industry to stop imagining it can prevent more catastrophes and to focus instead on how to contain them. […] scientists warn the next nuclear accident is waiting to happen […] the causes of the three events followed no pattern, and the inability to immediately contain them escalated the episodes into global disasters with huge economic, environmental and political consequences. […] according to the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev it was a factor in bringing about the collapse of the Soviet Union […]

Joonhong Ahn, professor at the Department of Nuclear Engineering of University of California, Berkeley: “The cold truth is that, no matter what you do on the technological improvements side, accidents will occur — somewhere, someplace.” […] The consequences of radiation release, contamination and evacuation of people is “clear and obvious” […] That means governments and citizens should be prepared, not just nuclear utilities […] The problem with an engineering solution [is]  those defense systems can also fail […] “This is an endless cycle. Whatever is your technology, however it is developed, we always have residual risk.” When the next nuclear accident occurs the world needs to have better knowledge of how to limit the spread of radiation and do the clean-up, including removing radiation […] We also need more understanding of the impact of low-dose radiation on organisms […] “This is about recovery from an accident, not preventing an accident […] It’s completely different. And I think this concept is very necessary for the future of nuclear utilization.”

Gregory Jaczko, ex-chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: “We have this accident and people will say, you know, it was caused by this and that […] But the next accident is going to be something different. Nobody can tell you where or when or what exactly it is going to be […] Once you have an accident, a low-probability and high consequence event, you can no longer call it a low probability event […] It is an event that’s happened and you cannot ignore the consequences simply because it was never supposed to happen. The consequences are real. Probabilities are always hypothetical.” […] The cost of cleaning up Fukushima may be more than the total cost of building all the world’s nuclear plants to date […] “If we look at this technology and we challenge ourselves to make technology that meets this standard then we’ll see that there are ways to do it […] But if there aren’t ways to do it — economically viable ways to do it […] this is perhaps then not a technology that we want to rely on well into the future.”

See also: Former Top U.S. Nuclear Official: U.S. nuclear plants should be phased out — “Can’t guarantee against accident causing widespread land contamination”

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Hanford Exposure Victims Suffering Worse

TV: “Far more serious than Feds letting on” at US nuclear site — Many workers in much worse shape than reported — Week-long nosebleeds, intense headaches, shaking, burning lungs, vomiting — Worker: Now I’m worrying… after two weeks I feel worse, not better (VIDEO) #Hanford

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KING5 News Seattle, Apr. 8, 2014: An unprecedented string of unknown chemical vapor exposures has sent more than 2 dozen workers to the hospital of doctor since mid-March. […] We found the situation is far more serious than the Feds and the contractors are letting on. All of the employees were not and still are not back to work. And many have symptoms far worse than irritation. […] Right before coming to the interview, a doctor cauterized Becky’s nose to stop a week’s worth of nosebleeds. And Steve spent all of the day before throwing up. […] Her symptoms [have been] nosebleeds, intense headaches, sweats and shaking […] Steve deals with burning lungs and non-stop
coughing — using inhalers and narcotics to cope. […] He’s still struggling to breathe […] Becky still has a really bad headache, but her biggest concern, this is a scary one, she’s not thinking clearly. She says she’s forgetting a lot of things and that’s really frightening to her. […] They aren’t the only ones. I’ve talked to others who say their lungs are burning, they don’t feel right, but they’ve been cleared to work, so they’re out on the job.

Becky Holland, health physics technician and 28-year veteran of the Hanford Site: “I felt kind of dizzy like I couldn’t walk. […] It was hard for me to get my nose to stop bleeding”

Steve Ellingson, health physics technician at Hanford: “Now I’m getting worried because this is two weeks and it’s not better. Yesterday was the worst day I’ve had. I’m getting worried that this may be the way that I am the rest of my life.”

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West Coast Nuked Worse Than Japan

Gov’t model shows airborne radioactive plume covering entire west coast of US & Canada on Mar 22, 2011… 10 times more radioactive than plume coming from Fukushima plant on same day — Radiation levels in some plumes had no discernible decrease after crossing Pacific (VIDEO)

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Fukushima Radioactive Aerosol Dispersion, NOAA: The [HYSPLIT] model was developed by NOAA to follow the transport and dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere. In HYSPLIT, the computation is composed of four components: transport by the mean wind, turbulent dispersion, scavenging and decay. A large number of pollutant particles, which by convention are called “particles” but are just computational “points” (particles or gases), are released at the source location and passively follow the wind. […] March 11th […] by 16:36 a nuclear emergency was reported. By the early morning hours of March 12th, radioactive emissions were occurring […] the simulation from NOAA’s HYSPLIT model shows a continuous release of tracer particles from 12-31 March at a rate of 100 per hour representing the Cesium-137 emitted from Fukushima Daiichi. Eachchange in particle color represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10.

Notable Features

The March 22, 2011 NOAA model (above right) shows the West Coast of US and Canada covered in red particles, while the Fukushima site — and all of Japan — are under orange particles.  According to the NOAA above a “change in particle color represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10

Watch NOAA’s Fukushima airborne plume simulation here

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  1. U.S. gov’t model of Fukushima cesium-137 particles covering Northern Hemisphere (VIDEO) March 14, 2013
  2. Professor on PBS: The Fukushima plume is heading to West Coast in “a consolidated mass of water that’s moving in unison” — Study: Nuclear waste “confined to a narrow band” crossing ocean — “Very little dispersion in eastern Pacific” (MAP) February 14, 2014
  3. California schools announce Fukushima testing: Imperative we monitor for any Fukushima contamination “that will be arriving this year” in ocean — LA Times claims levels are declining, fails to inform readers of radioactive plume crossing Pacific January 13, 2014
  4. Experts: Areas along West Coast “may be… affected in a significant way” by Fukushima plume in coming months — Impact cannot be accurately predicted, currents to produce complex results — Radioactive materials can be ‘fairly concentrated’ even after crossing Pacific February 24, 2014
  5. Gundersen: When the radioactive plume hits West Coast in a few months “it’s not like it’s going to end” — Fukushima still pumping contamination into Pacific Ocean 1,000 days after disaster began (AUDIO) December 7, 2013

Now For Our Own Homemade Nuclear Nightmare

Expert: No one in world has ever dealt with something like WIPP disaster — Continuous release of radioactive material ’24/7′ to environment — Nobody knows when leaking will end — It’s a ‘major failure’ for so many people to be exposed — Gov’t yet to say if dump will open again (AUDIO)

 
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AP, Apr 4, 2014: Workers are prepared to encounter contamination [&] will try to figure out what caused [WIPP’s] mysterious leak [of radiation that] contaminated 21 workers […] [No one’s been] underground […] to find the source of the leak and determine if [the fire & radiation] are related.

Nuclear Hotseat #145, with host Libbe HaLevy, M.A., Apr. 1, 2014:

  • 5:15 in — Don Hancock, director of the Nuclear Waste Safety program and administrator at Southwest Research and Information Center: Data from what’s being captured […] and what comes out of the filters, is that there have been continuing releases 24/7 […] There still is contamination coming out of the underground […] Numbers move around, but there’s always some amount of radioactivity in the underground air and lesser amounts being vented to the environment. Why it happened, why it was released, how much was really released, how much contamination there is in the underground, how long the releases continue, whether there could be further releases given that we don’t know what the situation is […] All of those of things are unknowns.
  • 7:30 in — Hancock: It’s not credible to think that 21 workers breathed in contamination and the only place that there is contamination is on the workers. There clearly has to have been soil contamination. DOE’s own modeling is that there’s extensive soil contamination around the site. So there is a lot more soil sampling that needs to be done. […] This is one of the many things that we don’t know -– How much came out, and where it is now?
  • 8:30 in – Hancock: 40+ workers [still] waiting for results […] certainly is possible there will be more than 21 […] This is totally unacceptable […] There’s no reason that other workers should have come in and been contaminated, so it’s a major failure […] There was never supposed to be this radiation release at all for 10,000 years.
  • 11:45 in — Hancock: The DOE itself hasn’t said when, or if, WIPP will reopen. The fact is that we don’t know […] what caused the release, how to stop it, if underground can be decontaminated, how to decontaminate surface, how to deal with worker health problems — None of those are known […] There is no instance in the world where you have an underground salt mine significantly contaminated with radiation […] there is no experience in dealing with this situation. So we’re starting from square one. It will be difficult, if not impossible, and also very costly to cleanup the underground. Based on my 38 years in working with the Department of Energy, I find it virtually inconceivable — I hope they will decide if they can’t do total cleanup of the underground, I hope they will decide not to reopen it. […] We need independent analysis, independent medical people, and independent technical folks to look at what happened and why it happened and what kind of decontamination could be done, if any.

Full interview available for download here

Closer to the Truth on Fukushima

Inside Sources: Fukushima crisis “actually far worse than anyone acknowledged… information withheld to prevent panic” – Professor: “Level of radiation was far worse than Navy officers anticipated” – US gov’t shredded documents for 4 days while drawing up plans to evacuate Japan — “Somebody was obviously very worried”

 
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Japan Times, Jeff Kingston of Temple Univ., Apr. 4, 2014: Kyle Cleveland, my colleague […] recently published a report […] a critical, but nuanced picture of a crisis that was closer to careening out of control than is generally acknowledged. […] Naval officers […] discovered the level of radiation was far worse than they anticipated. Radiation gauges on the [USS Reagan] measured levels of radiation at 100 nautical miles off the coast that were 30 times greater than normal. [Sailors report] significant health problems due to exposure to radiation […] Cleveland finds that there was considerable disagreement between various U.S. agencies about the severity of the risk […] Given that the U.S. government expanded the exclusionary zone in Fukushima to 80 km and developed contingency plans for a massive evacuation while shredding of documents continued for four days at the U.S. Embassy and military bases in Japan, somebody was obviously very worried. […] Some of his insider sources tell him that the crisis was actually far worse than anyone acknowledged at the time and that information was withheld to prevent a panic. Cleveland concludes that Japan’s nuclear reactors should not be restarted.

Professor Kyle Cleveland, Temple University Japan: “[The navy was] more risk averse than either the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) or State, and from day one was ringing alarms that were not entirely understood, not completely validated and not well received by the NRC and State. The navy was pushing the other federal agencies to take more aggressive actions because their radiation measurements were indicating dose rates that were more significant than what was implied by the abstract modeling […]”

Unidentified US Nuclear Expert: “Without a qualitatively different regulatory system, and in light of how Japan/Tepco responded to this crisis, Japan has not earned the right to have nuclear energy. No critically minded and informed person can evaluate this disaster and look at how Japan has responded in the aftermath and have any confidence that Japan will use nuclear energy safely. In the most seismically active country […] even if Japan had a robust regulatory structure and thoroughly integrated crisis protocols, nature conspires against the best-laid-plans of human institutions. And what Japan has is certainly not the best plan by any measure.”

See also: Anonymous U.S. Gov’t Nuclear Expert: Fukushima radiation levels were “astronomical… nothing containing release of radioactivity, it’s an unmitigated, unshielded number”

The Future for America and Obamacare!

Man cuts off own hand with a homemade guillotine

 

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A man from Devon, England, was so desperate to end his suffering after spending many painful years with an injured hand that he did the unthinkable—he built a guillotine and cut off his own hand.

According to the Daily Record, Mark Goddard, 44, amputated his arm because he suffered excruciating pain since injuring the arm during a motorbike accident in 1998. Goddard claims to take 40 painkillers a day and says he had to quit his garage job. While Goddard would have preferred for the surgery to have been done professionally in a hospital, Goddard claims that doctors were hesitant to honor his amputation request because his injured hand, despite the nerve damage, was still functional.

It took two weeks for Goddard to build the guillotine. Before amputating, he tied two tourniquets to his arm and had a first aid kit nearby. After severing the hand, he tossed the body part into a fire he had started in an outdoor garden bin. Goddard’s wife came home soon after and, upon discovering the grisly scene, immediately called emergency services.

Local authorities claim Goddard appeared rational when they arrived on the scene. Officers attempted to salvage Goddard’s hand but it was too badly damaged. Goddard hopes his desperate act will convince doctors to implant a spinal stimulator in his back to ease his pain.

http://m.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/woman-shot-newton-county-deputies/nfPZw/

Crime & Law

Updated: 7:01 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 | Posted: 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014

Woman fatally shot by Newton County deputies

 

By Angel K. Brooks

An armed woman was shot to death by Newton County deputies on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

A woman threatening suicide called authorities, who responded to a home on Russell Braden Road around 3:30 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said.

When deputies arrived, the woman came out of the home with a rifle and refused to drop it despite repeated commands to do so, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies fired shots and the woman was hit an unknown number of times. She was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Deputy Felicia Jefferson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The incident is under investigation by the GBI and internal affairs, Jefferson said.

Cops Killing For No Reason!

http://reason.com/blog/2014/02/18/oklahoma-man-beat-to-death-by-cops-for-r

 

Oklahoma Man Beat to Death By Cops for Running After His Wife; Cops Confiscate Video of Incident

The sad basics of a Valentine’s day tragedy from KFOR-TV’s website:

Nair Rodriguez explained how her family went to the Warren Theater for Valentine’s Day, but she and her daughter started fighting in the parking lot.

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Nair admits she slapped her daughter. Her husband, Luis, stepped in.

She said “My husband was trying to calm (us) down, because that’s what he was . . . a grizzly bear . . . but with a teddy bear heart.”

The Moore Police Department said two security guards, an off-duty officer, and two on-duty officers responded to the domestic dispute.

Authorities said Luis was being uncooperative, and there was a struggle.

The family claims the officers started beating him while he was on the ground and they recorded the entire thing on their cell phones.

At one point, Luis stopped breathing and police immediately called for medical help. Sadly, he died a short time later.

Nair said her family doesn’t have the video anymore because police seized their cell phones.

Moore police say they’re in the process of getting a warrant for the cell phone video. They say they had to take the phones to protect the video from tampering and they won’t look at it until they get the warrant.

Certainly, one couldn’t imagine that the police side of the incident would have any incentive to “tamper” with the video. More from NewsOK.com:

Three Moore police officers are on administrative leave while the death of a man at the Warren Theater is being investigated…..

Luinahi Rodriguez [his daughter] said Luis did not resist police force and was hit repeatedly by police officers.

“They jumped on him like he was some kind of killer or drug dealer and beat him up,” Luinahi Rodriguez said. “He never fought the officers, they beat him on the head and that’s how he lost his breath.”

“Stop!” “Don’t Get Any Closer!”

Foreign reporters find radiation levels over 100 times legal limit off Fukushima — Captain: Radioactive releases “may last until end of the Earth” — “Deep sense of dread set in… Stop, don’t go any closer!” — “World deserves honest assessment of the disaster” — “A worst-case scenario come to life” (VIDEO)

 
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Arirang News, Mar. 7, 2014 (at 2:00 in): […] exclusive coverage by the Joongang Ilbo on Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. The headline reads, “Where Abe Said Contaminated Water Was Contained, Radiation Detector Goes Off “Beep, Beep, Beep.” […] the radiation detector showed a reading that was 110 times higher than the normal rate. Surprising,.. given that this area is within the zone that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had claimed was SAFE from the effects of radiation. Three years since the nuclear disaster,.. and still periodic reports of contaminated water leakage. It’s about time the Japanese government and the rest of world deserve an honest assessment of the disaster.

Korea JoongAng Daily, Mar. 17, 2014: The accident was a worst-case scenario come to life, one that stunned the international community and shed light on the vulnerabilities of the nuclear industry. […] When a team of JoongAng Ilbo and JTBC reporters visited the Fukushima site last month to witness for themselves the state of the plant 36 months later, their boat came just within 100 meters (328 feet) of its port before a deep sense of dread set in. The reporters believed they would be safer from radiation exposure in the open sea […] It is estimated that hundreds of tons of contaminated groundwater spill into the ocean each day. […] The tension was palpable, and the group members immediately put on their anti-radiation suits and masks. […] The upper part of the outer wall that covers the [No. 3] reactor was crumbling […] the team finally worked up enough courage to come closer to the port […] The interval of the beeps rapidly increased when the boat passed alongside one of the levees, signaling danger. “Stop, don’t go any closer!” one of those on board shouted. The detector sounded relentlessly, indicating a radiation level of 21 microsieverts, about 110 times the permissible level of exposure. […] as the team moved another 200 meters east, they could see that the port was not fully closed off, and a 50-meter-wide opening let water freely escape. […] “The ocean in front of the Daiichi power plant was once one of the richest fisheries in Fukushima Prefecture,” [Yoshio Yoshida, the boat’s 61-year-old captain] added, “but we can’t do anything about it because the spillover of groundwater [mixed with the contaminated water] isn’t going to end in a year or two – it may last until the end of the Earth.”

Other recent reports state radiation levels at the plant boundaries are 8 times the limit.

RT News, Mar. 28, 2014: In mid-January, TEPCO warned that nuclear radiation at the boundaries of the damaged power plant had jumped to eight times the government safety guideline.

Watch the Arirang broadcast here (at 2:00 in)

 
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Yes Junior, It Is In the Food Chain

NBC in Washington D.C. goes live with ‘Breaking News’ from Fukushima: “Troubling news out of Japan”; Fish showing high levels of radiation — and some of that radioactive contamination could actually be hitting the US in weeks (VIDEO)

 
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NBC 4 Washington D.C., Feb. 28, 2014:

News 4′s Molette Green is following breaking news from the live desk. Molette…

Just getting some troubling news out of Japan. Fish caught off the coast of Fukushima are showing high levels of radiation. We’ve just learned this morning the amount exceeds Japan’s allowed limit. This information is coming in from the head of agriculture in Tokyo this morning. A new report just released days ago says some of that radioactive contamination from Japan’s nuclear disaster several years ago could actually reach the U.S. West Coast within weeks.

That’s the latest from the live desk.

See NHK’s report on the ‘High radioactive materials detected in fish’ here

 
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  1. Fox News: Fukushima contamination is hitting California — “Humans are terrified” of eating it — “It’s an open question” about the risks — “You’re not scared? To me, if someone tells me there’s low levels of radioactivity in that fish…” (VIDEO) January 17, 2014
  2. NBC Nightly News: Worry at Fukushima plant — Scientist reveals “increased” amounts of radioactive groundwater have started flowing into ocean — Contamination levels in marine life to start rising — “Other countries are worried” (VIDEO) September 25, 2013
  3. ABC7: Breaking News — Oil tanker strikes tower of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge (VIDEO & PHOTO) January 7, 2013
  4. Scientist: Leading edge of Fukushima plume is now showing up on West Coast — Fish Market Owner: My customers have a lot of concerns about the nuclear contamination, they’re very smart and educated… I didn’t expect this much concern (AUDIO) November 29, 2013
  5. Seattle TV: “Fish and water have shown signs of Fukushima contamination” in U.S. Northwest — Officials to start radiation testing due to news from Japan — NOAA: Nuclear plant leaks “a surprise to everybody, we weren’t aware of it” (VIDEO) August 23, 2013

Mega Disaster

TV: Massive M8.2 quake in Eastern Pacific triggers tsunami — NHK: Fukushima plant cancels work, cooling pumps and emergency generators moved to higher ground — Agency warns high waves could reach Japan early tomorrow (VIDEO)

 
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Arirang News, Apr. 2, 2014: Massive 8.2 earthquake off Chilean coast triggers tsunami — A magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile Tuesday evening local time, causing landslides and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning that forced those in coastal areas to evacuate. […] Asia may also feel the effects, Japan’s Meteorological Agency warned that high waves triggered by the quake in Chile could reach Japan by early tomorrow morning. […] the Japanese agency doesn’t yet know how big the waves will be.

Jiji Press, Apr. 2, 2014: Up to 1-meter tsunami could reach Japan […] Tsunami of between 20 cm and 1 meter could reach Pacific coastal areas in Japan on Thursday morning, a day after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast, the Meteorological Agency said. If necessary, the agency will issue a tsunami advisory at around 3 a.m. Thursday, or a tsunami warning much earlier. Tsunami are forecast to reach the Pacific coast of Hokkaido around 5 a.m., coastal areas of the Kanto eastern region around 6 a.m. […]

NHK WORLD, Apr. 2, 2014:Fukushima Daiichi wary of Chile tsunami — The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has cancelled work at the seaside planned for Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The possibility of tsunami caused by the huge earthquake off Chile forced it to call off the work. [TEPCO] made the decision after Japan’s Meteorological Agency said that advisory-level tsunamis up to one meter high could reach the country. […] TEPCO has also moved pumps for cooling the reactors and emergency generators to higher ground.

Watch the Arirang broadcast here

 
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WIPP and Fukushima Out to Get Ya

Reuters: “Unsafe levels of radiation” were released during WIPP accident; More workers contaminated with plutonium — AP: Leak of radioactive material could’ve been “orders of magnitude larger”; Feds now testing air & soil 50 miles from site (AUDIO)

 
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Reuters, Mar. 27, 2014: An investigative team plans to re-enter an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico next week for the first time since an accidental release of unsafe levels of radiation there last month, a U.S. Energy Department official said […] U.S. authorities now say that 21 workers at the Carlsbad-area “waste isolation pilot project” (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after the accidental leak from the site […] Testing of surface air in and around the Energy Department complex has shown elevated levels of radiation since the mishap […] That brings to 21 the number of workers who inhaled or ingested particles emitted from the decay of radioisotopes like plutonium […]

AP, Mar. 28, 2014: […] the DOE said it will expand its environmental monitoring to 10 more stations that will test air, soil and vegetation around Hobbs [50 miles from WIPP], Artesia [50 miles from WIPP], Loving [20 miles from WIPP], Eunice [40 miles from WIPP] and other nearby communities. To date, samples taken around Carlsbad have shown only radiation levels well below those deemed unsafe. […] Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Chairman Peter Winokur said that for six days after the fire, no underground air monitors were operational, meaning that if the system failed when the leak occurred Feb. 14, “or if the release event had occurred three days earlier, the release of radioactive material from the aboveground mine exhaust would have been orders of magnitude larger.”

Big 2 News, Mar. 28, 2014: New developments in the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant […] A total number of 21 employees are thought to have been exposed to the radiation leak. Lawmakers are now raising questions about required safety inspections that were not performed at the plant prior to the leak. […]

Carlsbad Current-Argus, Mar. 27, 2014: […] New Mexico’s senators want answers about why legally required inspections for WIPP weren’t performed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. NM senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Thursday asking for a written report on why MSHA hadn’t performed the legally required inspections at WIPP. The information about missed safety inspections was revealed in the Department of Energy’s accident report on the Feb. 5 fire at WIPP. By law, MSHA is required to inspect WIPP four times a year. The accident report said the inspections had been performed twice in the last three years. “The health and safety of the workers at WIPP and the surrounding community are our top priorities and it is extremely concerning to learn that a fire in the mining portion of WIPP was a preventable circumstance,” Udall and Heinrich wrote in the letter.

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