Archive | January 2014

The Continued Fallout from Fukushima

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     As we move ever closer to the three-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, we are faced with many unanswered questions.  Chief among them is why are we hearing so little about the continuing issues surrounding this event?  It seems that news of heightened radiation levels are quickly reported and forgotten.  Most major news outlets are guilty of this, leaving the public to strike out on their own to find out exactly what is going on and what is being done about it.

     Following only the Chernobyl disaster, the event at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is only the second such incident to reach Level 7 (the most severe designation) on the International Nuclear Event Scale.  Now, Chernobyl has since been widely documented and discussed, but at the time of the event, the Cold War era Soviet Union was rife with secrecy and misinformation.  Fast forward to present day:  We live in a world made infinitely smaller by the internet, and citizen journalists utilizing smart phones to document incidents as they unfold.  Many points of views are widely available for discussion as opposed to the people being forced to rely on a limited number of news outlets.  Now, I am of the realization that individual ideals are not inherently more legitimate than those espoused by more established outlets, nor should they be discarded offhand.  The bottom line for myself, as well as all of you, is to do your own research.  Don’t blindly accept anything as fact that comes from the mainstream or from the “alternative” news sources.  Here is some food for thought.

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     The picture above documents the drastic increase of radiation in the Pacific Ocean in March of 2012, roughly one year after the Fukushima incident.  The picture illustrates a massive radioactive field closing in on Hawaii as it encroaches further towards the West Coast of the United States.  Here’s where things get scary:  Remember, this picture is from 2012.  In approximately one year, that amount of radiation covered that large of an area.  It has been 22 months since this image was taken.  That’s 22 months of movement while radioactive material is still pouring into the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima facility.  Areas on our own West Coast are now showing radiation readings that are 500% higher than normal and over 500 times greater than predicted.  People will argue the possible, non-Fukushima causes, and that’s fine.  I’m not here for conspiracy in regards to Fukushima, just the truth, which happens to be dictated by both the map above as well as the highly above average radiation readings.

     Earlier, I decried the relative dearth of mainstream media coverage over the fallout of this incident.  Upon reflecting some, I have concluded that this may be a good thing, because it saves us from such mind-numbing idiocy as Ann Coulter’s diatribe stating we should all be thankful for the excess radiation.  Then there’s Cenk Uygur, host of the Young Turks.  While employed as an on-air personality at MSNBC, Uygur was warned off deviating from the official story that Fukushima is and was safe.  Pay no attention to the 71 first responders who are suffering from radiation sickness or various cancers and are now suing TEPCO, the energy company responsible for the Fukushima Daiichi facility.  Nevermind the spike in groundwater radiation at the site.  No, we can all sleep soundly, safe in the knowledge that all is well and that increased radiation is a blessing.

     As with everything, I invite you to check the links in this article and form your own opinion.  The sad fact is that in this day in age, you can look and research and find equally strong reasons to support almost any side of almost any debate.  Apply reason and see what you’re left with.

Until next time, keep your eyes and minds open.