Only one Japanese nuclear reactor out of 54 is operating as of March 26, 2012...also, updates from Fukushima Daiichi

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Professor Mori Suspects

Professor Mori Suspects Deformity of Cedar in Ibaraki Prefecture May Be Due to Radiation Exposure

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This sounds like something

This sounds like something out of a science fiction movie.

Cabbages grew 4 times bigger than usual in Oita

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While America’s vast

While America’s vast corporate propaganda ministry is running on all pistons with a pre-rehearsed attack on health care policy, 200,000 Japanese are demanding no restart of Japan’s nuclear death machines.

Pacific ocean’s bottom food chain fish sold by Japan like anchovies, greenlings, and snow crabs are carrying a body burden of cesium 134, cesium 137, strontium, and plutonium. Through bioaccumulation all Pacific tuna have measured cesium 134 and 137 in there bodies. Sure glad we all have health care!

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Bad but expected news out of

Bad but expected news out of Japan this week on the restart of the reactors :

http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2012/07/japan-restarts-nuclear-reactor-same-week-report-released-calling-fukushima-daiichi-obv

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Deformed plants in South
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36 Percent Of Fukushima

36 Percent Of Fukushima Children Have Abnormal Growths From Radiation Exposure

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Recent interview with Greg

Recent interview with Greg Palast on TEPCO misdeeds - and, most alarmingly, the low-down on exactly why and how those backup generators actually failed.  Not the earthquake, not the tsunami, nothing but the simple act of switching them on.  

http://archive.kpft.org/mp3/kpft_120716_190001monitor.mp3

Palast interview starts at about 40:00 minutes in.

(after another good chat about Libor with Bill Black)

http://www.gregpalast.com/

http://markbebawi.com/

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1,430Bq/Kg from banded

1,430Bq/Kg from banded houndshark in 2km area of Fukushima Plant

 

570,000Bq/Kg of Plutonium was measured from black substance in Futaba machi

 

Arnie Gundersen and Kevin Hurley discuss the deteriorating status of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, the ramifications of a recent TEPCO announcement, and how it all relates to nuclear reactors in the United States. 

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Plume of radioactivity

Plume of radioactivity filling Pacific Ocean--also known as the Pacific garbage dump.

Fukushima Plant Leaking Radiation Directly Into Ocean For Two Years

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Here we are between Hanford

Here we are between Hanford and Fukishima.  At least the rainy and cloudy Winter nights may have special effect lighting.

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Hi drc2! It is absolutely

Hi drc2!
It is absolutely astounding that the entire Pacific Ocean is contaminated with radioactive waste and it is not a leading headline over all other stories in the media. The President of the United States is silent about this world changing catastrophe, yet he has commented on his continued support of the nuclear energy industry. There are no reports from any American government agency of the health effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident on American citizens. Where is The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration and the many other scientific organizations that millions of dollars are devoted to inform us of environmental issues and dangers? Isn't the fact the entire Pacific Ocean has tons and tons of radioactive waste spilling into it and this poison has reached completely across the Pacific Ocean an important event that needs some kind of public comment from someone in a leadership position? This is proof that the entire American system of government is completely dysfunctional. There are so many private interests involved here that no private, or government organization has brought this unbelievable world catastrophe to attention.The public policy seems to be to ignore the fact that the Pacific Ocean is now radioactive, yet billions and billions of dollars are spent in the name of "national security" to protect American life---while the Ocean fills with radioactivity. What has happened to this country that it cannot even recognize this world wide catastrophe and communicate  honestly with its citizens about present of future dangers of a radioactive Pacific Ocean?

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We need this story to get out

We need this story to get out in the Librule Media. Maybe the conservatives will start eating more Pacific seafood to spite liberals. 

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Here is another map of

Here is another map of radiation in the Pacific Ocean

Fukushima Spiking

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Phaedrus76 wrote: We need

Phaedrus76 wrote:

We need this story to get out in the Librule Media. Maybe the conservatives will start eating more Pacific seafood to spite liberals. 

That's funny!

Actually, It'd probably work. Who would've ever thought that a nuclear disaster could save the world?

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Yep, from studies on energy

Yep, from studies on energy efficient light bulbs, if the packaging had a label or sticker saying the light bulbs are good for the environment then conservatives are 40% less likely to buy them. 

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Let's ignore it and maybe it

Let's ignore it and maybe it will all go away...

Fukushima: Vast Amounts Of Radioactive Water Creeping Towards Sea

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typical Japanese reaction,

typical Japanese reaction, frozen into inability to deal with disasters. Asking for help implies that they are incapable of dealing with the problem. Translated into Japanese psyche, they see this as simply losing face(honor). So they prefer to not see the problem and not lose their face. well they'll be losing their lives and lose 1/4 of their country to the radioactive contamination.

 

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If Obama is looking for an

If Obama is looking for an emergency, he should look at Fukushima, and not Syria.

Here are two documentaries about how three nuclear meltdowns occurred at Fukushima. If a nuclear reactor needs electricity to operates the controls, monitoring instruments, pumps, and valves what happens when the electricity is cut off? Seems no one thought about that possibility. Just the pressure relief valves themselves are complex electricity dependent machines that use pressurized gases to open and close assuming the valves are controlling pressure less than it own control pressures. Unfortunately, the reactor pressures were 70 times greater so the valves could not work. The design oversights are astounding. Fukushima was unable to even get 12 volts batteries to the site to open and close valves which in the end caused the #2 reactor meltdown.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster What Happened at Fukushima

Fukushima NHK Documentary: "The Truth Behind the Chain of Meltdown."

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And while the US is looking

And while the US is looking for war and profit in the MiddleEast...

Fukushima Workers Discover Deadly Spike in Radiation...radiation levels 18 times higher than anticipated at the bottom of a holding tank. The levels are high enough to kill a person within four hours.

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Gee, Fukishima?  The name

Gee, Fukishima?  The name rings a bell.  In the deluge of news and all that "breaking," anything that is not going to blow up tomorrow will become part of the scenery.  This time the smoking volcano is at the water's edge.  May the Pacific protect us from ourselves.  Who would'a thunk that the Japanese would be the ones to host the Big One?  What if 9/11 had been the nukes on the Hudson being hit?  I live downriver from Hanford.

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Big trouble on the way. Toyko

Big trouble on the way. Toyko Electric, a private corporation, is going to try and extract radioactive fuel rods from the damaged fuel pools this November. If the make a mistake, they could release radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb into the atomsphere with strong Pacific winds blowing to the West coast of America. Scientist Arnie Gundersen suggest if that happens move to the Southern Hemisphere. I am sure Latin America and South America will be glad to have us and forget about all the death squads we created for them. Adios!

The REAL Fukushima Danger (from the Washingtonsblog.com, Gee, it really must be an emergency.)

and another article

The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over [Common Dreams]

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Antifascist wrote: Big

Antifascist wrote:

Big trouble on the way. Toyko Electric, a private corporation, is going to try and extract radioactive fuel rods from the damaged fuel pools this November. If the make a mistake, they could release radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb into the atomsphere with strong Pacific winds blowing to the West coast of America. Scientist Arnie Gundersen suggest if that happens move to the Southern Hemisphere. I am sure Latin America and South America will be glad to have us and forget about all the death squads we created for them. Adios!

The REAL Fukushima Danger (from the Washingtonsblog.com, Gee, it really must be an emergency.)

and another article

The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over [Common Dreams]

I fully expect Tepco to screw things up and all of our worries with fracking, climate change, GMO to American exceptionalism will be of minor consequence. How can the Japanese be so capable (toyota and such) and be so inept (Tepco) at the same time.

Well, the pacific ocean will die. No more salmon, steelhead, and other pacific ocean fish. My organic "garden" will become contaminated with radio active fallout.  Oregon and Washington state are one of few places habitable with the global climate change but with the fallout to hit Washington and Oregon hard, its not a place to live. So what's left?

 

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Quote:How Obama Made

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How Obama Made Fukushima Worse

The US government organized a multi-agency stealth response in the wake of the reactor meltdowns. Friends of the Earth and others filed FOIA requests to learn how the crisis was being managed in days after March 11. A trove of emails moving between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, its field agents in Japan and other agencies show efforts to downplay concern and withhold information. Within days of the event, federal manager’s emails tallied plumes of iodine-131 as they approached America. Supervisors demanded confidentiality while maintaining a press blackout, assuring that most Americans had no chance to prepare or mitigate.

James Mangano, an epidemiologist, and Janette Sherman, a toxicologist, are expert in calculating health effects from radiation exposure. Their review of US deaths before and after the March 11 event indicates that 18,000-22,000 Americans could die as a result of radiation from Fukushima. Carried east by the jet stream, and deposited as rain and snow, uptake into people, plants and animals is primarily through inhalation, ingestion and contact. Infants under the age of one had the highest increase in reported deaths in the 14 weeks after Fukushima’s initial explosions. Increased mortality was also seen in the aged, the infirm and immune compromised.

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Downplay Disasters.  Pimp "dangers" that work out well for US Power.   Listed in the job description.

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Quote:USS Ronald Reagan

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USS Ronald Reagan sailors report cancers after Fukushima rescue mission

Fifty-one crew members of the USS Ronald Reagan say they are suffering from a variety of cancers as a direct result of their involvement in Operation Tomodachi, a U.S. rescue mission in Fukushima after the nuclear disaster in March 2011. The affected sailors are suing Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), alleging that the utility mishandled the crisis and did not adequately warn the crew of the risk of participating in the earthquake relief efforts.

Crew members, many of whom are in their 20s, have been diagnosed with conditions including thyroid cancer, testicular cancer and leukemia. The Department of Defense says the Navy took "proactive measures" in order to "mitigate the levels of Fukushima-related contamination on U.S. Navy ships and aircraft” and that crew members were not exposed to dangerous radiation levels.

Charles Bonner, attorney for the sailors, says the radiation the USS Ronald Reagan crew was exposed to extended beyond the tasks of Operation Tomodachi. Deployed ships desalinate their own water, so crew members were unknowingly drinking, cooking with, and bathing in contaminated water due to the ship's close proximity to the disaster site, according to Bonner. The USS Reagan was ultimately informed of the contamination after a month of living approximately 10 miles offshore from the affected region.

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Interview of some USS Ronald

Interview of some USS Ronald Reagan crew contaminated by Fukushima radiation.

U.S. Sailors Sick From Fukushima Radiation File New Suit Against Tokyo Electric Power
Harvey Wasserman | February 9, 2014 1:23 pm