Sunday, March 11, 2012

Commemorating 3/11 by Ignoring and Trivilizing Radiation

How we remember an event shapes how we act in the present and future. Memories of 3/11 are being carefully engineered in the mainstream media.
On March 10 The New York Times offered an editorial by Spencer Weart arguing that the primary danger from Fukushima radiation is stress:

[excerpted] "Here’s Spencer Weart’s “Your Dot” on the roots of nuclear fear, and its resurgence after the ravaging of the Fukushima plant:
A year after the Fukushima reactor catastrophe, we can start to estimate its effects on people’s medical and mental health. Curiously, it’s the mental impact that we can predict best. As a recent Green Blog post by Matthew Wald explained, the medical effects are expected to be too weak and widely dispersed to measure. According to one theory, the increased radiation received by hundreds of thousands of citizens will cause an increase in their cancer rate — but an increase too tiny to detect amid the large number of cancers that will occur anyway. According to a rival theory, radiation at these low levels will cause scarcely any cancers at all. Scientists just don’t know.
The psychological impact, however, is plain
Majia here: Efforts to trivialize the health effects of radiation serve the interests of all those individuals and institutions that benefit from the nuclear-industrial complex, including investors holding uranium futures, power companies, government contractors and nuclear industrialists (e.g., Westinghouse and General Electric), and politicians benefiting from the nuclear lobby.

The Washington Post doesn't mention radiation at all in its 3/11 commemoration:

MAJIA HERE: Radiation problem solved. It disappears from public view. Health effects are not reported or are attributed to other causes, such as anxiety and stress. The nuclear status quo can be maintained; at least, until the next mega-disaster occurs.

This extend and pretend model has been applied to so many areas of harm: our economy, our fresh water supplies, our oil reserves, etc.

Humanity's willingness to play this game is going to ensure species extinction. It is a suicidal game.

If you believe that the primary effect of Fukushima radiation is stress, please take a look at these resources

         NRC Transcripts Page 143 and 183-187 for a discussion of the projected dose from radioactive iodine alone to the thyroid of California children:

Goddard’s Journal on Radiation Safety in Japan

Alexey Yablokov, Vassily B. Nesterenko, Alexey V. Nesterenko, and Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for the People and the Environment. New York: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1141, 2009.

Arnie Gunderson and Helen Caldicott interview

1 comment:

  1. The nuke cartel is a sad joke played upon humanity. Lets hope enough of the sheeple wake up. Nuke is confusing, but the reality is that it just has to go.

    Just dealing with the existing waste is a herculean problem, without making more.