This topic is not new on this blog. Yet, in recent times, not much has been mentioned here. Because there are many global issues, perhaps none of them even as serious as the Fukushima radiation issue, but more ‘in our faces’, short-term crises, easier to write about and understand, closer to home, less technical, easier to accept (even though they, too, are matters of life and death), seem to rise more readily to the conscious awareness level and hit one of the nerves of this site. Either injustices, lies and/or abuses of civil liberties.
The Fukushima NPP disaster story includes all these parameters. Incompetence in design construction and maintenance, disregard for human safety, incompetence in procedures, greed, cover-ups, government and media lies and mis-information and serious public health issues being ignored or worse.
What hopefully was a natural physical disaster – an earthquake resulting in a tsunami, has created a major, major human disaster scenario. Absolutely devastating for Japan and now fast becoming known to also be a world-wide radiation danger, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet there are still many who continue to promote nuclear power generation as a ‘safe’ method. Sure, there are many factors involved, many degrees of safety, justifications and vested interests but the word ‘safe’ can no longer be legitimately used in connection with nuclear power.
Thanks to TIP for the awareness of the title article, posted on ‘Global Research Ca’, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky. It is a great overview and source of much information and many links which bring together articles and videos on all aspects of the Fukushima disaster.
“The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation.
The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami:
“This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.”
Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities.
While the long-term repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are yet to be fully assessed, they are far more serious than those pertaining to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, which resulted in almost one million deaths (New Book Concludes – Chernobyl death toll: 985,000, mostly from cancer Global Research, September 10, 2010, See also Matthew Penney and Mark Selden The Severity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: Comparing Chernobyl and Fukushima, Global Research, May 25, 2011)
Moreover, while all eyes were riveted on the Fukushima Daiichi plant, news coverage both in Japan and internationally failed to fully acknowledge the impacts of a second catastrophe at TEPCO’s (Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc) Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant.
The shaky political consensus both in Japan, the U.S. and Western Europe is that the crisis at Fukushima has been contained.
The realties, however, are otherwise. Fukushima 3 was leaking unconfirmed amounts of plutonium. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott, “One millionth of a gram of plutonium ingested causes cancer”. ”
“”While Chernobyl was an enormous unprecedented disaster, it only occurred at one reactor and rapidly melted down. Once cooled, it was able to be covered with a concrete sarcophagus that was constructed with 100,000 workers. There are a staggering 4400 tons of nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima, which greatly dwarfs the total size of radiation sources at Chernobyl.” ( Extremely High Radiation Levels in Japan: University Researchers Challenge Official Data, Global Research, April 11, 2011)”
“”Hazardous radioactive elements being released in the sea and air around Fukushima accumulate at each step of various food chains (for example, into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). Entering the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, continuously irradiating small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years often induce cancer”. (Helen Caldicott, Fukushima: Nuclear Apologists Play Shoot the Messenger on Radiation, The Age, April 26, 2011)”
“A “coverup report” by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (May 2011), entitled “Economic Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Current Status of Recovery“ presents “Economic Recovery” as a fait accompli. It also brushes aside the issue of radiation. The impacts of nuclear radiation on the work force and the country’s industrial base are not mentioned. The report states that the distance between Tokyo -Fukushima Dai-ichi is of the order of 230 km (about 144 miles) and that the levels of radiation in Tokyo are lower than in Hong Kong and New York City.(Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Current Status of Recovery, p.15). This statement is made without corroborating evidence and in overt contradiction with independent radiation readings in Tokyo (se map below). In recent developments, Sohgo Security Services Co. is launching a lucrative “radiation measurement service targeting households in Tokyo and four surrounding prefectures”.”
And so on, a wealth of information, a sure indication of a continuing, catastrophic, global health disaster and all its ramifications.
Global Research’s Online Interactive I-Book Reader brings together, in the form of chapters, a collection of Global Research feature articles and videos, including debate and analysis, on a broad theme or subject matter.
- Take a Look Inside a Fukushima Nuclear Reactor [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Fukushima Operator Admits 20% Increase In Radiation (ritholtz.com)
- 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan (inhabitat.com)
- Fukushima Daiichi disaster still taking its toll (theconscientiousomnivore.wordpress.com)
- Japan kept alarming nuclear crisis report secret (ctv.ca)
- The High-Radiation Lives and Risks of Nuclear-Nomad Subcontractors (science.slashdot.org)
- Japan kept silent on worst nuclear crisis (news.smh.com.au)
- Fukushima Cover Up Unravels: “The Government Can No Longer Pull the Wool Over the Public’s Eyes” (truthsupport.wordpress.com)
- Fukushima and the Battle for Truth (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- Earthquake at Fukushima : could it be an hydrogen explosion ? (truthsupport.wordpress.com)
- Governments Worldwide Raise Acceptable Radiation Levels Based Upon Politics … Not Science (ritholtz.com)
- Fukushima Radiation Spreads Worldwide (destructionist.wordpress.com)
- Fukushima Now Radiating Everyone: ‘Unspeakable’ Reality ‘Will Impact All Of Humanity’ (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
- Fukushima Radiation – Stories continue to spell out DANGER (tgrule.wordpress.com)