Tired of Fukushima? Get over it.
Fukushima is going to be with you and I for a long, long time. We are being lied to. I quoted some talking head yesterday, who actually had the temerity to say" the fight to control the damaged reactor in Japan is being won" Deluded.
So out of touch with reality is this alleged "doctor" that he was unaware that the problem is 3 reactors, likely 4. I hope this esteemed doctor saw the news yesterday that reactor # 2 is not contained and that the fight to control the multiple meltdowns is NOT being won.
I will start out with the latest news from Fukushima, then I will move onto why the media is lying to you, using the Three Mile Island accident as an example, then we will move on to the supposed safety of radiation exposure.
So first the latest-
Japan is going to scrap 4 of the six nuclear reactors. They cannot be repaired.
Four out of six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were damaged beyond repair in Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, the chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday.-Radiation Levels Soar in the Sea Water near Fukushima
The state nuclear safety agency said the readings showed a spike in radioactive iodine in the sea waters near the plant that are at 3,355 times the legal limit.-Highly Toxic Plutonium is seeping (pouring, streaming) from Japan's nuclear plant
Followed by the usual lies!
Highly toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan's tsunami disaster zone into the soil outside.
"Safety officials said the small amounts of plutonium found at several spots outside the complex were not a risk to humans"
If it is highly toxic, how is it that there is no risk to humans? Lies!
AP happened to put up a timely post on this topic. If you care to read more, which you should, find that here. If you missed this post of mine and the interviews within, go back , read and listen, understand.
You may be wondering why the media especially the North American media has been on message. Ad nauseum. No risk from Fukushima. Not as bad as Chernobyl.
One must always bear in mind that main stream media is beholden to it's corporate masters.
And GE is one big corporate master. I found this article, it is older and relates to the coverage of the Three Mile Island meltdown. That said the problems with the media are the same and the article could have been written in relation to GE's Mark 1 plants at Fukushima.
The Media-Ownership- General Electric
In 1987, one year after GE took over NBC, NBC broadcast a special documentary promoting nuclear power using France as a model. The promotion for the program proclaimed that "French townspeople welcome each new reactor with open arms". The documentary won a Westinghouse sponsored prize for science journalism. (Westinghouse Electric Company also builds nuclear power stations.) Shortly after the documentary was screened, when there were a couple of accidents at French power stations and there was significant opposition to nuclear power amongst the French population (polls showed about one third opposed it), NBC did not report the story although some US newspapers did.
GE owned NBC did not report the story, imagine that?
Karl Grossman documents in Extra! (1993) how the programme What Happened? broadcast on NBC in 1993 gave a one sided account of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and its aftermath. It showed local resident Debbie Baker saying that she was not as afraid of the nuclear plant as she used to be. However, according to Grossman, Baker, whose son was born with Down's syndrome 9 months after the accident and who has received $1.1 million in a settlement arising from the accident, was shocked at how the programme had been edited to imply her acceptance of the plant. She said she was still extremely uncomfortable with the plant and that what she had said was she felt safer since her groups set up a network of radiation monitors around the plant. Neither Baker's settlement nor the 200 or so others "made to families who have suffered injury, birth defects and death because of the 1979 accident" were mentioned. Instead a nuclear power industry expert was featured who said the plant's back-up safety systems worked successfully.
When EXTRA! pointed out that no scientists critical of nuclear power appeared in the program, Jaffe [executive producer of the show] responded, 'That is correct. Maybe there is some misunderstanding. That show is not a journalistic show but an entertainment show to look into and to find out the reason and cause of various accidents and incidents.' (Grossman 1993, p. 6)Entertainment. Not truth. Not facts. Entertainment.
Don't think PBS is any better (Public Broadcasting System)
The Public Broadcasting Service was a beneficiary of sponsorship by General Electric when it decided not to screen the Oscar award winning documentary Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our Environment (Jacobson and Mazur 1995, pp. 51, 53). The reason given by PBS was that the film had been partly financed by INFACT which was boycotting GE: "We do not permit the producer of the programme to be the subject of the programme." (Quoted in Knoll 1993)
That paragraph speaks for itself.
If you have been at a loss or unaware of the power of the corporations to control the news, you have not been paying attention. Or you have and that is why you are seeking out alternatives?
Now onto the "Don't worry/Be Happy" part of Fukushima's radiation: Excerpts from article linked below: "Safe" Radiation is a Lethal TMI Lie
There is no safe dose of radiation.
With erratic radiation spikes, major air and water emissions and at least three reactors and waste pools in serious danger at Fukushima, we must prepare for the worst.When you hear the terms "safe" and "insignificant" in reference to radioactive fallout, ask yourself: "Safe for whom?" "Insignificant to which of us?" Despite the corporate media, what has and will continue to come here from Fukushima is deadly to Americans. At very least it threatens countless embryos and fetuses in utero, the infants, the elderly, the unborn who will come to future mothers now being exposed. ( http://nukefree.org/arnie-gundersen-radiation-dangers )No matter how small the dose, the human egg in waiting, or embryo or fetus in utero, or newborn infant, or weakened elder, has no defense against even the tiniest radioactive assault.Science has never found such a "safe" threshold, and never will. In the 1950s Dr. Alice Stewart showed a definitive link between medical x-rays administered to pregnant women and the curse of childhood leukemia among their offspring. After a fierce 30-year debate, the medical profession agreed. Today, administering an x-ray to a pregnant woman is universally understood to be a serious health hazard.Fukushima's radiation is pouring into the air and water. The operators have reported radiation levels a million times normal, then retracted the estimate to a "mere" 100,000. Workers are being exposed to doses that are certain to be lethal. At least three of the reactors, and one or more of the spent fuel pools, hover at the brink of catastrophe.Fukushima's radiation has now been detected in Los Angeles and Sacramento, and has blown east across North America. It has also been detected in Sweden, which means it's blowing across Europe as well.Radiation is not being released as a single puff. Rather it's a steady stream that could yet turn into a tsunami.Fukushima's worst may be yet to come. Its collective emissions are virtually certain to exceed Chernobyl's.