US & CANADA, MUCH FEWER, IF ANY BUGS, EXCEPT MOSQUITOS – DISTURBING NEWS

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Ladybugs Missing In Northeast
From Peter M
11-1-18

I live in the Northeast part of the U.S. This fall for the first time ever, no lady bugs trying to get into my apartment. In the past the bottom of my window for about two inches up would be crowded in Ladybugs. Just to let you know. Peter.

Oregon – Mid-Willamette Valley Bugs and Birds
From Mark A.
10-30-18


Hello Jeff,

We seem to have plenty of Yellow jackets and Honey bees but no Bumble bees here between Albany and Eugene. Bugs, flies and gnats are everywhere. I don’t see many mosquitoes anymore though. Lots of birds including Hawks and even a few Eagles. The only thing different now is the Raccoons have disappeared. They used to be everywhere out here and now they are gone, For the last 20 years Ive seen Raccoons almost daily and now I haven’t seen them at all in 2-3 years. Very strange. Not many Bats like there used to be. Maybe thats why there are still so many bugs. We also seem to have a big population of Coyote’s now that we didn’t used to have. Things do seem out of whack.

Best Regards

Mark A.


No Good Bugs Left In Upper Peninsula Of Michigan
From: Jodi W
10-24-18

I live in the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan (The Peninsula Between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan). We have almost no bugs. Lets start with Spiders…. I have always had a couple of dozen large spiders with large webs on my home. I never removed them because I enjoyed watching them so much. There webs would be full of all types of bugs. This year I had 1 Spider on my home and she did not even last for a couple of weeks. There are no bugs for spiders to catch in their webs.

It used to be that if you had an outside light on in the evening it would attract hundreds of insects and moths. Now nothing but mosquitos. In the evenings you would see a lot of fireflies. The past 2 years none.

This year when the June Bugs came up I only saw half a dozen. Usually there is dozens and dozens around the house. Earthworms too! Not many of those left either and I have wondered if that is because our ground has been so saturated from the abnormal heavy rainfalls. I used to have birds feasting in my big backyard on worms. Even cranes would be back there eating the worms.

The birds that rely on the insects are nowhere to be found. Except the woodpeckers which I believe are struggling as they are working harder than ever to get bugs from the trees. If it wasn’t for the seed and meat eaters there would be no birds around.

Only a handful of Bumble Bees! I only saw 2 grasshoppers and usually there is so many of them it is annoying. I can’t remember seeing any crickets or hearing them. Typically we see a lot of types of moths, not this year…. none!

I never saw 1 bat this year. They eat bugs so they would starve here now.

I miss the insects I enjoyed the insects. I miss the birds that eat the insects. This is a real serious issue and nobody is talking about it.

The bugs that I did see Mosquitos, NoSeeums, and Rose Chafers in the thousands!

Why? Radiation, Pesticides, Frequencies and excessive abnormal rainfalls are the major causes of this. I think!

Ottawa, Canada – Very Few Insects Left
From: Ingrid
10-10-18

Hello Jeff

I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and have seen very few bugs this year. Few spiders, fewer butterflies, no monarchs or June bugs. Few bees, and mayflies.

Dragonflies are. okay though there are fewer ants, grasshoppers and birds.

We have noticed a clear reduction of insects every year since 3/11 (Fukushima).

Not As Many Bugs In Nova Scotia
From Greg S.
10-10-18

Hey, Jeff,
There are just not many bugs here as there should be these days
Normally, when driving your car for a few hours, the wind screen and front grill are full of dead insects.

Hardly anything these days to wash off

Greg Salter

Stark Absence Of Wildlife On The West Coast
…And Now The Same Story On The East Coast

From Edward W.
10-9-18

Jeff, I’m responding to the story about the absence of wildlife on the West Coast, et al.

I live in a suburb of a medium city in eastern Tennessee. I’ve been gardening for about 8 years in my backyard using raised beds, containers and a greenhouse. I’ve always had to fight insects, both those trying to eat my veggies or the ones trying to get into the house when I open the back door. I even had to install a screen curtain on the door going out to the garden about four years ago.

This year, things are REALLY weird. I never get bitten by mosquitoes anymore (I am fair skinned of English-Dutch ancestry) and they used to love me. Not now. They simply no longer exist in my back yard.
Every year, I’ve fought with white nat-like things that eat my veggies leaves from underneath. Not this year. In the past, we’ve had to put netting around the tomato plants to thwart small attacking birds. This year, there are just no birds to be seen in the garden. Perhaps it’s because the tomatoes are less than 10% of their usual size. The cabbage is tiny (worms aren’t even interested or present), and my squash plants are burned…except those in the greenhouse that has a sun screen over it.

Perhaps, even stranger still, is the fact that even my hot peppers, usually very resilient, are producing less than 20% of their usual output…despite the same care and locations we always provide. Something is badly wrong. –EW


Even The Earthworms Seem To Be In Decline
(Radiation Goes Into The Soil, Too)

From Michael B.
10-10-18

One thing that my wife and I have noticed is the steep decline in the number of earthworms after a rainfall. It used to be, we would see fat, healthy earthworms and in good numbers. After a rainstorm today, we see very few … and the ones we do see are skinny and sickly looking.

Traveling The Western US…Very Few Insects Encountered

From Larry W.
10-5-18

My wife and I took a trip from Medford, OR to Oklahoma in July . We left on the ninth of July and went over 140 to Klamath Falls to Lakeview. We then headed due east past Plush across the desert to Winnemuca, NV. From there to Salt Lake City up to Colorado and to Kansas. We traveled over twelve hundred miles before I first had to clean the windshield! The bugs were almost NON-EXISTENT.
We did find some bugs in Oklahoma but still nothing like in the past.

On the trip home up through South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, I cleaned the windows about three times during the entire trip back to Oregon…and this was in the dead of summer. Even going through some wetlands, we found almost no bugs on the windshield. In some stretches, we’d travels hundred of miles without a single bug splat on the windshield.

No Bugs In Florida!

From Dhan Eshwara
9-9-18

Hi Jeff,

When I first moved to Florida in 1970 to go to graduate school at UF, the ‘love bugs’ were so thick you couldn’t drive 50 miles before you literally couldn’t see out of your windshield. Well, yes, they were a nuisance and maybe some smart guy at the University with a killer instinct figured out how to get rid of them. Problem is they got rid of ALL the bugs at the same time, and almost all of the birds. Flocks are so small you can count them – hardly a dozen.

I was away from Florida for many years, returned this year to the Gainesville area (North Florida). While driving at night, hardly 1 or 2 bugs will splatter on the windshield. Something is very, very wrong. Is it the WiFi? And they say that 5G is going to be so much worse for all living things. This madness has got to stop. Are we killing the world to have the convenience of ubiquitous or wireless internet? That’s insane. Better we go back to the Stone Age than to destroy the world.

Keep up the good work you do,
Dhan

Ed Note – This is primarily do to the Fukushima Radiation ELE which has spread ALL OVER the Northern Hemisphere and the world.

Alberta, Canada – Bike Rider Reports Massive Loss Of Bugs

From George Webster

Hi Jeff,

Bugs. They used to drive me crazy. As an avid motorcycle rider in Alberta – land of the midnight sun – I have had to, in the past, stop every 100 miles or so to clean the bug guts off my full-face helmet. This year, I did a 600 mile round trip in the beautiful countryside, and never stopped once to clean off bug splatter. After a full season of riding (winter is coming) this year I can tell you that there is something wrong in bugville.

Whereas the moths used to be so plentiful that the street lights were dimmed by their omnipresence, these days you might see one or two. Bees – forget about them, too…you might be lucky to see one or two here and there. The swallows, finches, bluebirds are all nonexistent now. Lots of urban crows and land-locked gulls – scavengers that will eat anything – but no small bug eaters.

Whatever is causing this (I bet on Fukushima) I believe put us past the tipping point to the point of no return. I hope I am wrong, but fear I am right. I really miss bugs!

George

CO – Almost No Bugs Whatsoever

From Shaun Pearman
9-3-18

Jeff…

We have lived 18 years by a little lake in Arvada, Colorado, which is a suburb in the Denver metro area. When we first moved here, we could not open our back patio door in the summer or the kitchen would be loaded with bugs. We had to actually run a bug light inside our house at night because we were overwhelmed just opening any door going in or out.

There was only a short time in late spring early summer this year that there were any bugs even coming in, and even then there were not many. The rest of the summer has been almost no bugs whatsoever. We also used to be awakened by birds in the trees in the mornings who would be singing very loudly. Now we rarely hear any birds at all.

WA – Too Many Deer, Too Many Bugs

From James Boyd
9-1-18

I live up in the mountains outside of Sequim Wash. I’m about 1200 feet above sea level. We have a lot of bugs and a lot of birds. I don’t see anything different than I saw years ago. Luv ya Man. Too many deer and too many bugs.

Update On Crickets And Wasps In San Gabriel LA

From Charles Funaro
8-24-18

Hi Jeff,

This is an update from my July 10, 2018, report. Since then, we have seen a few crickets but not the numbers seen in previous years. The green parrots have returned, also fewer in number. I found two mud-dauber wasp nests but I have not seen any wasps. Brown widow spider webs are also evident but I do not see the spiders perched and ready to pounce. Our reflecting pond did develop a healthy population of mosquito larvae (which were summarily dispatched) – still have not seen any flying mosquitoes, and only a few houseflies. Still no sign of tomato hornworm. A few dragonflies are also around, not as many as in prior years.

In summary, the insect populations in our yard continue to be substantially reduced. Friends who live a few miles away in the Pomona Valley report abundant mosquitoes; thus, whatever is causing the reduction in our neighborhood may be localized.

Charles

Adirondack Bug Report

From John
8-23-18

Twenty years ago, a trip through the Adirondacks of New York would leave your vehicle covered in bugs. I would need to scrub the windshield at least twice on the trip. It’s not like that any more. They don’t cover the windshield. They don’t cover the bumpers and grille. I will have less than ten bug splats for the entire trip. Sometimes, there are none. Blackflies used to eat us alive when backpacking. Now there’s almost none. The bugs are gone. How long until everything on up the food chain disappears as well?

Willamette Valley, OR Die-Off

From Dean
8-23-18

Jeff,

In the mid Willamette Valley, I have a raspberry patch. There are some bumble and honey bees on the raspberry blossoms. Very few small birds now using the bird bath, unlike earlier this Spring. Some scrub jays and stellar jays still around. Much fewer swallows than last year. Drove to the coast, very few insects on windshield. Noticed that the tops of fir & evergreen trees around town are dead. A combination of lack of rain, radiation and other factors most likely stressing the trees.

Topographical locations, rain or lack of rain, wind patterns and lots of trees or little flora may account for those areas with die-off and some areas with less effect. GeoEngineering (chemtrails) putting nano particles of aluminum into the environment incorporating into the flora and fauna, as well as a fire accelerant, is making forest fires much, much hotter. Many are arson-caused.

The superstructure of America as designed by the founding fathers via the US Constitution is being dismantled piece by piece. Rense.com has covered quite well this ongoing process of destroying the American Republic and its people. When the White race in America becomes the minority in the nest 30 years, they will receive the South Africa treatment. It was not hard to see that when SA was turned over to the commie Black ANC government, under pressure from the libtards in Britain and the US, that another nail into the coffin of Western Civilization was hammered in.

Thank you, Jeff

From Clouded Titles Blog: Fifth US Circuit Rules FHFA Unconstitutional!

JULY 27, 2018 · 8:19 AM

FIFTH U.S. CIRCUIT RULES FHFA UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED — This just received out of New Orleans …

Collins et al v Mnuchin et al, 5th App Cir No 17-20364 (Jul 16, 2018)

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied damage awards to three investors who claim they lost money as shareholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac due to the toxicity of the 2008 mortgage markets and challenged the constitutionality of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The Fifth Circuit failed to award damages (as expected) to the investors but ruled that the FHFA, by its very structure was unconstitutional due to the way it was structured to act as a conservator for the two GSE’s and thus violating the Separation of Powers Clause. You can bet that the FHFA will appeal this ruling to save its own ass.

As you recall, the CFPB met similar fate in a ruling issued by a federal judge in New York. The ruling is here:

CFPB et al v RD Legal Funding et al, U.S. S.D. NY No 17-Civ-890 (Jun 21, 2018) 00890-Order

Why doesn’t any of this surprise me? This is why we need public banking. The U.S. Government has set up legislation to protect the banks under 12 U.S.C. but it shows a poor example of financial leadership when its own GSE’s operate without transparency, hiding behind a wall of assignments and secrecy in the land records. Most people recognize that when you put money into an investment vehicle, you risk losing it, which is exactly what happened to the three investors who sued Fannie and Freddie through the FHFA.

Tough toodles on the investors, huh? Why do people keep trusting that the U.S. Government is managed by sound financial policy when its own Congress is self-serving and bipolar in its very nature. This is why we need public banking and to hell with the federal reserve. We have one public bank (The Bank of North Dakota) that IS properly managed and is financially sound (which represents the interests of business and consumers in that State). However, that being said, fiat currency is fiat currency and as long as we have Congress writing checks its body can’t cash, further driving us as a nation into debt, taxing its citizens into oblivion, using “Federal Reserve Notes” (promises to pay) as legal tender, this country is in trouble, because there’s nothing backing that debt. We went off the Gold Standard in 1975 (thanks to Nixon).

Most people also do NOT recognize that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are administrators for their own REMIC trusts, despite the fact that when properties are converted by assignment and “alleged transfer” to a given GSE that it is likely that the actual REMIC it manages it never mentioned. Thus, it raises suspicions that the quasi-government entities created to back the mortgage and housing markets are swindlers on paper!

Deaths, mutations increased sharply from Fukushima exposure “especially at low doses” — ‘Small’ levels of cesium may be significantly toxic

DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES YOU ARE BEING TOLD!   VERY HIGH ABNORMALITIES, SEVERE AND RARE DEFORMITIES ARE HAPPENING EVEN NOW!

“Groundbreaking” study reveals Fukushima nuclear waste is poisoning wildlife: Up to 99% of offspring died after eating ‘low-level’ contaminated food — “Very high” abnormality rates including “severe and rare” deformities (PHOTOS)

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PhysOrg, Sep 23, 2014 (emphasis added): In a previous study, the group [of university researchers] suggested that eating leaves with high levels of radiation seriously affected the pale grass blue butterfly. Their new study investigated the effect of eating leaves with much lower levels of radiation… Joji Otaki, University of Rukyus, says… “Our study demonstrated that eating contaminated foods could cause serious negative effects on organisms. Suchnegative effects may be passed down the generations… eating non-contaminated food improves the negative effects”…

“Groundbreaking” study reveals Fukushima nuclear waste is poisoning wildlife: Up to 99% of offspring died after eating ‘low-level’ contaminated food — “Very high” abnormality rates including “severe and rare” deformities (PHOTOS)

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PhysOrg, Sep 23, 2014 (emphasis added): In a previous study, the group [of university researchers] suggested that eating leaves with high levels of radiation seriously affected the pale grass blue butterfly. Their new study investigated the effect of eating leaves with much lower levels of radiation… Joji Otaki, University of Rukyus, says… “Our study demonstrated that eating contaminated foods could cause serious negative effects on organisms. Suchnegative effects may be passed down the generations… eating non-contaminated food improves the negative effects”…

AAAS, Sep 22, 2014: Fukushima radiation still poisoning insects — Eating food contaminated with radioactive particles may bemore perilous than thought… The findings from Otaki’s group are “groundbreaking,” says Timothy Mousseau, a biologist at the University of South Carolina… there have been “almost no studies” on how ingestion of radiation-tainted foods affect wildlife.

Study by University of the Ryukyus and Nagasaki University researchers, published Sep 23, 2014: [We] examined the effects oflow-level-contaminated diets… The mortality rate increased linearly in accordance with an increase of the caesium… Remarkably, the mortality rate of the Koriyama group [.04 Bq per larva] was 53% [in the first generation]… We discovered various morphological abnormalities in the surviving adults… severe and rare abnormalities shown in Figure 5might imply the effects of a contaminated diet. Only three [that ate] Okinawa leaves [1760 km from Fukushima Daiichi] showed very minor morphological abnormalities… As observed in the F1 [first] generation, various morphological abnormalities were detected in the surviving F2 [second generation] adults… very high mortality and abnormality rates [were] recorded…low-dose effects were clearly detected… results suggest that low-dose ingestion of approximately 100 Bq/kg may be seriously toxic to certain organisms… The biological effects of ingesting the contaminated diets were more severe in the F2 generation…

Mortality Rates

  • Koriyama [60 km from Fukushima Daiichi] F1 group and the Koriyama F2 group obtained from the Koriyama F1 adults were 53.0% and 79%, respectively
  • Motomiya [also 60 km] F1 group and the Motomiya F2 group obtained from the Motomiya F1 adults were 31.2% and 99%, respectively… “very small number of surviving adults”

Prof. Otaki: Many theoreticians and politicians have claimed [that Fukushima has caused] no harmful biological effects… Even worse, some biologists have claimed that there are no biological impacts… to our surprise, leaves contaminated at relatively low levels… resulted in a mortality rate of more than 50%… Moreover, the sensitivity of the offspring generation increased, resulting in very high mortality rates… it is widely believed among modern biologists that insights obtained from one biological system are largely applicable to other systems…

See also: Study: Deaths, mutations increased sharply from Fukushima exposure “especially at low doses” — ‘Small’ levels of cesium may be significantly toxic

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AAAS, Sep 22, 2014: Fukushima radiation still poisoning insects — Eating food contaminated with radioactive particles may bemore perilous than thought… The findings from Otaki’s group are “groundbreaking,” says Timothy Mousseau, a biologist at the University of South Carolina… there have been “almost no studies” on how ingestion of radiation-tainted foods affect wildlife.

Study by University of the Ryukyus and Nagasaki University researchers, published Sep 23, 2014: [We] examined the effects oflow-level-contaminated diets… The mortality rate increased linearly in accordance with an increase of the caesium… Remarkably, the mortality rate of the Koriyama group [.04 Bq per larva] was 53% [in the first generation]… We discovered various morphological abnormalities in the surviving adults… severe and rare abnormalities shown in Figure 5might imply the effects of a contaminated diet. Only three [that ate] Okinawa leaves [1760 km from Fukushima Daiichi] showed very minor morphological abnormalities… As observed in the F1 [first] generation, various morphological abnormalities were detected in the surviving F2 [second generation] adults… very high mortality and abnormality rates [were] recorded…low-dose effects were clearly detected… results suggest that low-dose ingestion of approximately 100 Bq/kg may be seriously toxic to certain organisms… The biological effects of ingesting the contaminated diets were more severe in the F2 generation…

Mortality Rates

  • Koriyama [60 km from Fukushima Daiichi] F1 group and the Koriyama F2 group obtained from the Koriyama F1 adults were 53.0% and 79%, respectively
  • Motomiya [also 60 km] F1 group and the Motomiya F2 group obtained from the Motomiya F1 adults were 31.2% and 99%, respectively… “very small number of surviving adults”

Prof. Otaki: Many theoreticians and politicians have claimed [that Fukushima has caused] no harmful biological effects… Even worse, some biologists have claimed that there are no biological impacts… to our surprise, leaves contaminated at relatively low levels… resulted in a mortality rate of more than 50%… Moreover, the sensitivity of the offspring generation increased, resulting in very high mortality rates… it is widely believed among modern biologists that insights obtained from one biological system are largely applicable to other systems…

See also: Study: Deaths, mutations increased sharply from Fukushima exposure “especially at low doses” — ‘Small’ levels of cesium may be significantly toxic

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When They Start Admitting How Bad It Is, Watch Out!!! 65,000 Square Miles of Ocean!

Gov’t Scientists: “Something very unusual occurring” off west coast of US, Canada — “Unprecedented in historical record” — “Will dramatically reduce productivity” in 6,500 sq. miles of ocean — Anomaly extends “across Pacific to Japan” — “Who knows what will happen?” (MAP)

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Fishletter Issue 335, July 24, 2014 (emphasis added): There is a massive pool of warm water in the Gulf of Alaska, NOAA scientist Nate Mantua said in an email. It is unprecedented in the historical record, he added… the past year is way out of the historical range — “so who knows what will happen?

NOAA Fisheries, Sept. 2014: Scientists across NOAA Fisheries are watching a persistent expanse of exceptionally warm water spanning the Gulf of Alaska that could send reverberations through the marine food web. The warm expanseappeared about a year ago and the longer it lingers, the greater potential it has to affect ocean life… “Right now it’s super warm all the way across the Pacific to Japan,” said Bill Peterson, an oceanographer with NOAA… “it’s a very interesting time because when you see something like this that’s totally new you have opportunities to learn things you were never expecting.” Not since records began has the region of the North Pacific Ocean been so warm for so long… The situation does not match recognized patterns in ocean conditions such as El Niño Southern Oscillation or Pacific Decadal Oscillation… “It’s a strange and mixed bag out there,” Mantua said… warm temperatures are higher and cover more of the northern Pacific than the PDO typically affects… cold near-shore conditions in the Pacific Northwest also don’t match the typical PDO pattern.

North Pacific Marine Science Organization (pdf), Summer 2014: In March 2014 there was something very unusual occurring in the Northeast (NE) Pacific that might have substantial consequences for biota in the Gulf of Alaska and southward into the subtropics… we see SST departures of 4.5 standard deviations… The anomaly field covers a large region of the N.E. Pacific… The authors of this article have never seen [such] deviations… Something asextraordinary as a 4.5-sigma deviation requires corroboration… Argo data verify the very large temperature departures… and similar large deviations in salinity… the event is primarily restricted to the upper 100 metres of the water… In most years, a winter region of high productivity is created by this Ekman transport… Without nutrients from the subarctic, theproductivity of subtropical waters must decline… Between 30–40°N, surface chlorophyll dropped to 60% of the average values… weakened nutrient transport from the subarctic into the subtropics this past winter will dramatically reduce the productivity of the eastern subtropics over an area of ~17,000 km² [~6,500 miles²].

Productivity refers to “the rate of generation of biomass in an ecosystem. Productivity of autotrophs such as plants is called primary productivity… Almost all life on earth is directly or indirectly reliant on primary production… the base of the food chain.”

See the Fukushima Cs-137 dispersion model shown above by the China-Korea Joint Ocean Research Center

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  2. CBC: Radioactive particles arrive ‘far earlier than predicted’ for N. America — Mag: ‘Plumes stretch 4,800 miles across ocean!’ — Experts: There’s great alarm… Legitimate concern… Expected to dilute, but don’t really know — US Govt: ‘Monitoring beaches for debris from Fukushima nuclear disaster’ (VIDEO) February 28, 2014
  3. Researchers: Radioactive materials detected off California, levels spike to 400% normal — Crew then discovers ‘island’ of tsunami debris — Never seen so much garbage in ocean before — TV: “Disturbing new images from Pacific… looks like islands of plastic” 1,000 miles from coast — 7 tons and 80 ft. long, can walk on it as if land (VIDEO & PHOTOS) July 28, 2014
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Nuclear Waste Dump on the Shore of the Great Lakes Proposal, See Dr. Suzuki’s Article

A Nuclear Waste Dump on the Shore of the Great Lakes?

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dsuzukiIs dilution really the solution to pollution—especially when it’s nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is.

The panel is examining an Ontario Power Generation proposal to bury low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste from the Darlington, Pickering and Bruce nuclear plants in limestone at the Bruce site in Kincardine, beside Lake Huron. According to the Toronto Star, the experts reported that 1,000 cubic meters of contaminated water could leak from the site, although it’s “highly improbable.” But even if it did leak, they argued, the amount is small compared to Lake Huron’s water volume and the quantity of rain that falls into it.

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This “out of sight, out of mind” mentality must end. We can’t continue to dump garbage into the oceans, waterways and air or bury it in the ground and hope it will disappear.

If the materials were instead buried in Canadian Shield granite, any leaking waste would be diluted by active streams and marshes, the experts claimed: “Hence, the volumes of the bodies of water available for dilution at the surface are either immense (Great Lakes) or actively flowing … so the dilution capacity is significant.” 

Others aren’t convinced. The Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump group has more than 62,000 signatures on a petition opposing the dump. Many communities around the Great Lakes, home to 40-million people, have passed resolutions against the project, including Canadian cities Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kingston, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor and more, and local governments in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Ohio. The United Tribes of Michigan, representing 12 First Nations, is also opposed.

Michigan’s Senate recently adopted resolutions to urge President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Congress to intervene, and for the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Commission and all Great Lakes States and Ontario and Quebec to get involved.

According to Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, burying such highly toxic wastes in limestone next to 21 percent of the world’s fresh water “defies common sense.” The group’s website notes, “There are no precedents anywhere in the world for burying radioactive nuclear waste in limestone. The repository must function to safely contain the nuclear wastes for over 100,000 years. No scientist or geologist can provide a 100,000 year guarantee.” The Great Lakes are only 12,000 years old!

On top of that, retired Ontario Power Generation research scientist and chemist Frank R. Greening wrote to the review panel stating that OPG has “seriously underestimated, sometimes by factors of more than 100” the radioactivity of material to be buried.

Greening says the company acknowledged his criticism but downplayed its seriousness, which he believes raises doubts about the credibility of OPG’s research justifying the project. “Their response has been, ‘Oops we made a mistake but it isn’t a problem’ and that really bothers me as a scientist,” he told Kincardine News. “It is rationalizing after the fact.”

According to the newspaper, “a radiation leak at a nuclear waste site in New Mexico—cited by OPG as an example of a successful facility—is further fueling criticism of the project.” In February, radiation was detected in vaults and in the air a kilometre from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, where radioactive materials from the nuclear weapons program are stored. The facility, the world’s only deep geologic repository, had only been in use for 15 years and is closed for now. The cause of the leak isn’t yet known.

Those and other factors led the joint review panel to re-open hearings beginning September 9. They initially ended October 30, 2013. A federal cabinet decision is expected sometime next year.

This “out of sight, out of mind” mentality must end. We can’t continue to dump garbage into the oceans, waterways and air or bury it in the ground and hope it will disappear. If we can’t find better ways to use or at least reduce waste products, we must stop producing them.

In the meantime, this project must be halted. The Great Lakes are already threatened by pollution, agricultural runoff, invasive species, climate change and more. We can’t afford to add the risk of radioactive contamination to one of the world’s largest sources of fresh water.

Written with Contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

More Proof That We Are Slowly Being Murdered By The Japanese

Japan Newspaper: “The seriousness of the current situation at Fukushima can’t be understated” — Report: Unmitigated radiation is pouring into Pacific Ocean — Video: They don’t know how to stop the radioactive leaks… we’ll never know how to stop this

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Yomiuri Shimbun (“The pro-nuclear Yomiuri Shimbun” –Source), Aug. 20, 2014 (emphasis added): Efforts to contain water contaminated with radioactive substances… are progressing at a snail’s pace. At present, dealing with radioactive water is the overriding issue in resolving a series of problems following the nuclear crisis… In May, TEPCO began… the “groundwater bypass program.” But this effort failed… The seriousness of the current situation cannot be understated… Another concern is the huge amount of highly radioactive water—11,000 tons—that has leaked and now remains in underground tunnels near the coast. The Nuclear Regulation Authority has pointed out there is a high risk of this water leaking into the sea and causing other problems. Simply pumping the highly radioactive water out of a tunnel will not work, as it would soon be replaced by more contaminated water flowing in from reactor buildings. TEPCO has tried to freeze water in a section connecting the tunnel to a reactor building, but the attempt failed.

Asahi Shimbun, Aug 20, 2014: [R]adioactive water [is] pouring from turbine buildings into trenches at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, as ice walls are proving insufficient.

Mainichi, Aug 20, 2014: TEPCO officials say the speed of the water flow… increased, making it difficult to freeze water there.

Even though highly radioactive water has been pouring into the trenches at ever increasing speed, they contain only 11,000 tons of fluid –  the same amount as in March 2011.

NHK, Aug. 19, 2014: In April, [TEPCO] began installing pipes to carry coolants in and out of the tunnels [i.e. trenches] at the No.2 reactor. Workers hoped to freeze the wastewater to stop itflowing out to the sea.

VICE News, Aug. 20, 2014: [U]nmitigated radiation [is] still pouring into Pacific waters […] in June 2013, TEPCO admitted that almost 80,000 gallons of contaminated water had been leaking into the Pacific Ocean every day since the meltdown. As of today, that leak continues [and accounts of] swelling radiation levels continue to surface […] 80 feet from the Pacific Ocean [groundwater] contained 20 million becquerels of the harmful radioactive element Strontium-90 per gallon […] these measurements were hidden from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority […] As of August 2014, we know that radiation levels around the Fukushima areacontinue to rise, even after three years of containment attempts.

Speech by Kazuko Ito, Esq., member of the UN Women Regional Civil Society Advisory Groupand Secretary General of Japan-based NGO Human Rights Now (At 5:00 in), published by Cinema Forum Fukushima on July 30, 2014 (at 1:15 in): To date, TEPCO still does not know how to stop the ongoing radioactive leaks from its facilities… The contaminated water isleaking, leaking, leaking into the sea – every day — and we never know how to stop this.

Watch Ito’s speech here

Published: August 23rd, 2014 at 10:25 am ET
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Sheeple Awaken! It Is Time Everyone Quit Fooling Themselves!

Experts: Fukushima ‘globally enhanced’ cesium-137 levels in air by 2 to 3 orders of magnitude — Radioactive plume that reached Europe “contaminated the land, and as a consequence the whole food chain” — Concentrations greatly underestimated

 
Published: August 4th, 2014 at 3:44 pm ET
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Environmental Science & Technology (American Chemical Society), Published Sept. 3, 2013:Size Distributions of Airborne Radionuclides from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident at Several Places in Europe […] Before the FDNPP accident, average 137Cs levels were typically of 1 μBq m−3 in Central Europe and lower average values (<0.3 μBq m−3) were characteristic of northern, western and southern Europe. […] During the passage of contaminated air masses from Fukushima, airborne 137Cs levels were globally enhanced by 2 to 3 orders of magnitude.

Collaboration Network on EuroArctic Environmental Radiation Protection and Research (pdf), March 12, 2014: Traces of Fukushima nuclear power plant accident observed in the EuroArctic region […] As it can be seen from the figure the computer model underestimates the 131I concentrations […] As seen from Fig. 4 [Comparison between observed 137Cs concentrations and results of EEMEP dispersion model (MET, unpublished study)], there is a good agreement between measured and calculated arrival times, but calculated concentrations are at least one order of magnitude too low compared to measurements. Thus, as in the case with modeling of 131I concentrations with Finnish SILAM, the model used in Norway also underestimated 137Cs concentrations.

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Volume 299, Issue 1, January 2014: Radionuclides from Fukushima accident in Thessaloniki, Greece and Milano, Italy […] After the Fukushima accident a number of dose assessments have been carried out for the populations living in the north-west fallout zone of the Fukushima nuclear accident, by MEXT in Japan, DOE/NNSA in USA, IRSN in France, with quite similar projected dose values. In the more affected regions the estimated projected doses reach particularly significant values, some of them even above 200 mSv, which are no longer in the range of “low doses” according to UNSCEAR 2000 definition. The level of external projected doses in upcoming years is up to 4 Sv lifetime in the high-contaminated areas of 30 MBq m-² of 137,134Cs. On the contrary, the radioactive plume that reached European countries has only small amounts of radioactive isotopes. However, these isotopes, that were observed at low-level in the air boundary layer, were deposited by wet and dry deposition and have contaminated the land, and as a consequence the whole food chain. So the radioisotopes of cesium and iodine were found above their detection limits in all environmental samples but very far below levels of concern.

See also: Fukushima nuclear fuel fragments found in Europe — 10,000+ km from reactors — Plume came directly from N. America — Hot particles a “significant part” radioactive release — Quickly spread over entire hemisphere — Film shows core material on Norway air filter (PHOTO)

 
Published: August 4th, 2014 at 3:44 pm ET
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