Wednesday, June 5, 2013

INTRODUCTION to Majia's Blog and EXPLANATION FOR BREAK FROM BLOGING



First, here is my meta-index for my more substantial posts:

META-INDEX FOR MAJIA'S BLOG  




FUKUSHIMA DISASTER, CONTAMINATION, AND POTENTIAL EFFECTS http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/links-fukushima-nuclear-crisis.html






I need a break from blogging.

I started this blog in 2009 to ‘rage against the machine’ – the military, chemical-agriculture, pharmaceutical, and financial industries.

As a student of liberalism, I realized the ‘new economic order’ (a.k.a. the Washington Consensus or neoliberalism) had little interest in the welfare of the average human or the global eco-system upon which we all depend. I had documented ongoing dispossession of in my books Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life (Routledge 2008) and Governing Childhood (Palgrave 2011).

In essence, I started this blog because I wanted to start talking to ‘everyday’ people about the dispossession I saw occurring by government and industry, and to discuss economic and biological impacts on human health. I wanted to know if solutions were possible.

The financial crisis prompted this desire to speak to everyday people. I couldn’t believe the fraud at the heart of the crisis and the ineffectual governmental response. It had become clear that government was owned by the biggest financial players and that their crimes would go unpunished and their future viability would be ensured. So, in 2009 I started blogging by commenting upon my daily news review, mostly of the main stream press.

Then the BP disaster occurred. I love the ocean and the scale of this disaster defied belief. The government response was beyond ineffectual. I believe it was criminal because it involved deliberate lies about the amount and status of oil ‘spilt’ into the gulf. I realized that government would prioritize economic considerations over human health and welfare when BP was allowed to poison the Gulf of Mexico with Corexit. I documented lies by authorities and censorship of scientific research findings. My view of government, especially agencies such as the EPA and FDA, was forever changed by the BP oil spill.

Then the Fukushima disaster occurred. I was astonished by what I learned when I began studying radiation. Everything fell into place and I understood finally how the cult of government deception was institutionalized in the Cold war nuclear-industrial-military complex. Human health would always be secondary to this ruling power matrix.

Although this discovery was discouraging, I was simultaneously elated to find that the Internet is populated by many, many thoughtful and reflective souls searching for answers and cooperative, sustainable solutions. Their presence and comments at Enenews sustained my own quest for meaning and change.

I redoubled my writing efforts. I have done everything I could to bring attention to the scale of the Fukushima disaster (and other imminent nuclear risks). I believe in non-violent change through citizen activism.

I traveled to a conference in Oregon at Willamette University, titled ‘Lessons of Fukushima.’ While there I gave a presentation examining mismanagement of the crisis communication by Tepco and the governments of Japan, the U.S., and Canada. I argued that the crisis was far from over and that precautions should be adopted to protect human health.

My PowerPoint presentation is available here: http://www.academia.edu/1454715/Lessons_From_Fukushima_Powerpoint_Presentation_on_Media_Censorship_and_Crisis_Communication

I became a webcam watcher by May of 2011, joining a small group of committed viewers (mostly at Enenews). With this group, I viewed the Tepco and TBS cams daily for over two years in order to alert people in Japan and downwind (via the jet stream) of radiation events occurring at the plant. We webcam watchers have seen fires, shooting bolts of color, yellow fog, rainbow bars in the sky, and purple lightning, among other unexplained radiation phenomena.

I know fires occurred in the summer of 2011 and then again in the winter of 2012. I know because I saw them on the cams and because I tracked fallout using the EPA Radnet readings and jet stream data. I know it because a tech at the EPA told me he also was watching readings spike with the jet stream (see Majia's Blog: Another Call From the EPA)

I wrote a book, Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk, that will be published this year, summarizing what I’ve learned about the particulars of the disaster and its implications for the human genome. I found a publisher who not only was willing to work with me, but also solicited informed reviews, which have enhanced the project’s overall quality. All of my profits from the book will be dedicated to the Fukushima evacuation movement. I’m so sorry children of Fukushima.

I have another book project underway that tells the story I’ve summarized here. The title keeps morphing but the content reflects the issues discussed across time in this blog. One chapter deals with dispossession in the financial crisis. Another chapter deals with dispossession in the Gulf of Mexico. Another chapter deals with dispossession in Fukushima. I’m debating whether to include a final chapter on dispossession in the food industry.

The broader book on dispossession will eventually find its way into print. The stories in this blog will be immortalized there, in condensed form. You can peruse them using the indices I've built and linked at the top of this post.


Now I’m tired. The recent UNSCEAR report stating there would be no detectable increase in cancer from Fukushima broke my heart. I wish those UNSCEAR scientists would read Fukushima Diary and view videos and screen captures of fires, gaseous emissions, and bolts of electricity that have emanated from the Fukushima Daiichi plant for the last two years.

Instead, UNSCEAR relied on Tepco and the Japanese government for their source terms for emissions in the early days of March 2011. Official emission estimates are highly suspect for many reasons I’ve documented here at this blog.

The truth is there is no stopping this catastrophe as much of the fuel at the site will eventually end up in the ocean and atmosphere. Tepco confronts an additional 800 tons of highly radioactive water every single day from its efforts to keep the damaged fuel from burning and from ground water seepage into the buildings at the Daiichi site.

The massive, never ceasing production of highly contaminated water is polluting fresh water, the Pacific Ocean, and the atmosphere (through ongoing massive steam releases). See here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-vkm-82SSI&list=UUiO3EpYoV9oYmCcNbRxBVtg

I don’t know if anything can be done to manage more effectively the disaster at the plant. I do know that the northern hemisphere is in big trouble if fires at Daiichi cause Japan’s nuclear dominoes to fall, which was the greatest fear of Japan’s PM Kan during the disaster, as he asserted at the 2013 New York Lessons of Fukushima Conference, hosted by Helen Caldicott.

People in highly contaminated areas should be evacuated and governments worldwide could do a lot more to protect their populations from radiation in the environment, especially in their food and water. 

Furthermore, governments worldwide need to act now to prevent this disaster from EVER being repeated because we know now that any sustained electrical outage can lead to nuclear plant meltdowns and spent fuel pool fires. A massive solar storm could potentially wipe out humanity if multiple nuclear meltdowns occurred!

I see now that we are so far gone that governments will not even take basic steps to mitigate risks. Rather, both the Japanese and US governments simply raised exposure guidelines (see discussions here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/japans-disposable-population.html and here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/obama-approves-new-exposure-guidelines.html).

Fukushima illustrates dispossession of humanity itself, as does Hanford, and other major human-caused disasters. I’ve documented that more adults and children are suffering from neurological disorders, asthma, and diabetes. Infertility is rising. Don’t people see that the collapse of the eco-system, which is being so carefully documented by science, affects humans also? (see discussion here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/neurological-diseases-in-adults-growing.html)

At this point, I feel like I’ve said all I can. We are being dispossessed. Our governments are not responding to basic human security imperatives. We must come together cooperatively to name and mitigate the disasters that confront our continued existence, but we cannot.

I need a break from blogging.

I’ve indexed some of my posts along these themes. I don’t know when I will resume blogging. Be assured, however, that I will continue the struggle for non-violent global awareness and cooperation.  I will remain watchful and do what I can to share significant imminent risks.



WEBCAMS

TEPCO http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/camera/index-j.html

TBS http://news.tbs.co.jp/newsi_sp/youtube_live/


UPDATE ON FUKUSHIMA CONDITIONS JUNE 19 2013
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/recent-criticalities-at-fukushima-june.html

20 comments:

  1. Hi Majia Your blogging will be sorely missed. It is already quite a lonely place posting on the ENENEWS webcam thread and your input there is really valuable. This dreadful catastrophe of Fukushima trundles on relentlessly and worsens by the day. I am really disheartened too and extremely frustrated by what's going on there and the continuous lack of and distortion of information. I don't understand why the situation is being allowed to continue as it is. Why is TepGov still being allowed to even attempt to remediate the situation when they have so obviously shown they are not up to it?
    And I truly despair at the possibility of re-starting more of the idled nuclear plants, despite seismic and other safety concerns. What to do with the nuclear waste also still remains an important and as yet unresolved issue. Maybe I need a break too.

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  2. Thank you Wotcha for your comments.

    Webcam watching is truly emotionally exhausting because we SEE the eruptions of radioactive steam and that is a terrible kind of knowledge.

    I have assumed other responsibilities that will make it harder for me to watch the cams, but I do intend to observe them every morning and post any concerns at Enenews.

    I hope you will still be posting there also. I've deeply valued your comments and our 'virtual,' but still authentic, solidarity.

    I've come to realize that many people read and depend upon our observations and analysis at the webcam discussion thread, although few people actually are willing to comment there.

    I believe the webcam discussion forum is a critical and historical documentation of the worst nuclear disaster in human history. It records major events, even though our efforts at understanding are inherently limited by lack of transparency by Tepco and the world's governments.

    Please realize how important your work is (albeit a break may be in order)!

    Take Care....

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  3. Thank you for your kind comments Majia. Much appreciated. I have been saddened by the dearth of comments on the webcam thread - it makes it harder to keep the motivation to keep there. I miss the technical expertise of people who used to post there, such as PattieB and others with more insiders' knowledge. I suppose it's hard to keep the momentum going when there is no visual progress in sight. Same old, same old, so to speak. However I really am glad you will still be viewing and reviewing the cams and posting your concerns. My wish is that more people will chip in and provide feedback on what can be seen. I particularly value sickputer's input - always makes sense to me.
    I'll do what i can. You take care too.

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  4. Oh, Majia, we need you. I don't blame you for being tired. But no one provides us with the great cam shots like you do or with such intelligent observations.

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    1. Thank you Weez for your kind comments.

      I guess I'll need to figure out how to use the digital dropbox!

      best wishes

      Majia

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  5. Eh Majia, you deserve a break for sure.

    As you know, I am a trader. My trading was performing poorly and I took a month off. My mojo was wrong. Came back last week and only took a few trades and nailed 5 of 7 trades with nice profit.

    Hope to see you back in a few months.

    San O needs to be killed like a weak little antelope, we need the momentum.

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    1. Congratulations on your trades Stock

      Let the mojo thrive on!

      By the way, your article on strontium is excellent:

      http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2013/03/strontium-bogeyman-exists-wicked-one.html

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  6. Majia,

    Thank you for your phenomenal brilliance and industriousness.

    There is an enormous amount of information in this blog, and I don't know anyone harder-working than you.

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  7. Majia,
    Certainly you deserve some time off - books, presentations this tremendous blog, plus watching the cams - what have you not done?

    As valuable as your analysis and your observations and documentation is, I don't think it's the most valuable thing you can do.

    What you have created is an intimate knowledge for yourself and an impressive knowledge base for others to understand exactly how these disasters have unfolded and how the deceptions are perpetrated.

    The interesting thing is that we never know exactly who is perpetrating the deception - In general we know, but we don't know exactly who is at the keyboard, who is writing the check and what their motivation for doing so is. Although it's not hard to guess - just like at Daichi, the smoke isn't entirely invisible.

    What I think might be a good break for you - given your knowledge and your expertise is to put together a plan - a blueprint if you will - of how to combat the misinformation campaign. I know that has been your intent with the blog, however I don't think the powerful forces at work care too much about a single blog.

    I realize this is probably a daunting task - given that it is likely some of the most powerful tools the government has are at work here, as well as significant industry financial backing behind the lies. And - probably more significantly, that side is apparently not beholden to ethics, laws or the truth in their quest.

    I've noticed three things that seem to affect them,: First I notice they do seem to respond sometimes to guilt. Iniitially they don't, but over time they discover they are covering up a huge environmental and health disaster and it starts to gnaw on them, especially if they can relate to their own children or grandchildren.

    Second, they absolutely are worried about mass public opinion. The instant public opinion swings, the misinformationalists will vanish instantly - although they will show up again later wearing a different logo on their sleeve.

    And third, related to public opinion, they most certainly are terrified of criminal prosecution or of becoming the scapegoat in a political whitewash.

    Good Luck Majia
    James

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  8. Thank you James, very much, for your analysis and thought

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  9. Thank you so much, majia! Your work is amazing. You deserve a huge break...but please don't leave us!!! Lol, sorry, I have tried to come up with something more adult and generous to say. ;-) I think that we can't do it without you, so I hope that your break is really short.

    NoNukes

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  10. majia, I promote your blog about the correlation between radiation and autism as often as I can.

    http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/autism-and-radiation.html

    Thank you for being brave enough to write about it and for your many brilliant blogs.

    You are one of the "heroes" to me in this (sad) Fukushima story and you are greatly respected.

    Enjoy your break but please do come back swinging!

    Dee

    And I will definitely buy your book!

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  11. Majia, enjoy the sweet sucess of San Onofre, a confirmed kill.

    We are all downwind.

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  12. yes SONGS is Over (if you want it!
    4 down and 100 to go...

    and huge cheer to you too, Majia
    for blazing the trail with intelligent salvos of sharpest compassion
    the power point you included here is stunning, or as i just posted:

    "THIS, friends, is a brilliant presentation of historical data: clear evidence of media/government collusion and crimes against humanity, assembled chronologically & useful to anyone writing or speaking about Fukushima (thank you Majia, get some rest...

    time for a tsunami of sanity
    trust is traction, faith a force of nature
    ! SAIKADO HANTAI ! 再稼働反対 !

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  13. Really great blog you've done. Thank you so much for that, and for the clear, to-the-point summing-up you did today.

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  14. Hey Majia,

    I am only an occasional visitor, but I appreciate a lot your blog.
    Although reality is too much we can bear (and I do thank you for all your efforts for documenting it), you need to find solace and comfort.
    Ideally with family, friends,... Solidarity and action together.

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  15. Hi majia, Please read this study a pro-nuker left in his comments.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2477708/

    This study is so biased and has so many holes in its conclusions that I laughed while reading it.

    Thank you, Dee


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  16. Dear Majia, wherever you go, whatever you do, I, we feel you "will continue the struggle for non-violent global awareness and cooperation."
    You talk with Wotcha about "our 'virtual,' but still authentic, solidarity ." on http://enenews.com/forum-fukushima-webcam-discussion-thread-june-30-2012-present
    Solidarity IS the word. We watch because we care.
    As James Corbett says in his latest report, We are winning!
    Yes! We are determined to obtain more transparency.
    Kuddos to you Majia. Can't wait to read you next book on privatizing risk.
    Best regards. Elibi
    PS: Let's all watch Daiichi's webcams.
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/camera/index-j.html & http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t4NiKo8wxro
    PPS: Birds chirping on TBS July 2nd 08:14 JST

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  17. Thank you for this blog, and thank you for your and everyone else's efforts on the enenews cam blog.

    what do radiation and your audience have in common? Both are silent, invisible and everywhere.

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  18. Hi Majia
    We need you now. The secrecy act in Japan will shut down information about Fukushima. I live in Sydney now but I was living in Tokyo on March 11th 2011 and the earthquake knocked me right off my my feet. After seeing reactor 3 explode (with a velocity of a nuclear explosion), I bundled my wife and kids into the car and drove to Shikoku 200 kms south...while watching the army mobilise going the other direction to help with tsunami.....Scary days.....I have just found your blog and have to say it is a wealth of information about Fukushima....I have a vested interest in the subject as friends and family are still having to deal with the reality of it all. The awareness is fading......I think the damage is increasing.....Those two ideas are incompatable....I think it is great you dedicated time in your life to watching the webcams..... Keep up the good work...We need you.....

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