September 2011

Japan: Hiroshima to Fukushima and Beyond…

The prophetic words of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “father” of the atomic bomb “I have become Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds” have become something like a mantra for an ongoing nightmare of nuclear destructive capability. The nuclear genii unleashed as an agent of mass destruction continues to challenge any illusion of human control. Following the 1945 destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, one wonders what the post-war Japanese were thinking when they began construction of 54 nuclear reactors on the coasts of their island nation located along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Roughly the size of California, the Japanese archipelago, crowded with 127 million people, is situated along a junction of four mobile tectonic plates and experiences some of our planet’s strongest earthquake and tsunami activity.
Ah, but there was money to be made, lots and lots of money. These Japanese reactors were built with political help and heavy investments from British and American companies, US Navy designed reactors, built by GE and Westinghouse using Japanese contactors. And then, on March 11, 2011, Japanese history was again altered by yet another nuclear nightmare, an undersea quake with a reported magnitude of 9.0 which occurred off the coast of northeastern Japan. Like the massive wave in Hokusai’s iconic woodcut, a deadly tsunami easily rolled over shoreline defenses and severely damaged several nuclear reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi complex. Within hours, these reactors suffered a series of equipment failures, fires, three hydrogen explosions, our world’s first triple meltdown and core “melt through” of radioactive magma through secondary containment vessels.
So now we’ve entered the realm of global trauma as these irreversibly damaged power plants continue to release massive amounts of deadly radioactive materials into our biosphere. Hot particles now enter the Jetstream, seep into groundwater, long ranging ocean currents, local landscape and global food chain which involves all plant and animal life. Fukushima is now the worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind and it is far from over. Accurate information is hard to come by via the mainstream media because of the political power of the nuclear industry, and the fact that several major corporations that are heavily invested in nuclear power also own large portions of mainstream media outlets. Japanese, British and American governments have withheld information “in order to avoid panic” resulting in a public relations success and public health disaster. It is important to remember that radioactivity from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which only burned for 10 days has permanently contaminated an area of 77,000 square miles. The radioactive plume from that one reactor extended far beyond the borders of Ukraine and resulted in millions of deaths, lethal cancers, genetic damage and birth defects. The ongoing, uncontrolled multiple meltdowns of the Fukushima reactors is far worse and large areas of Japan are becoming uninhabitable.
What does this mean for the rest of the world? Public education is urgently needed since lethal radiation is invisible and therefore easy to deny and ignore. There will always be those who seek safety in a belief that what we can’t see won’t hurt us, and also those who don’t want to know anything about things that they believe they can do nothing about. And, Japan is after all “so far away”. Fortunately, much of our alternative media, inter net sources and foreign press (many have English language editions) are awake and aware of this planet- wide danger. Many provide vital information updates and advice from experts in radiation and nuclear medicine as to what one can do to minimize risk and exposure. This danger of radioactive contamination is very real, especially to the unborn, very young, and immune impaired. Fortunately, it is also known that dietary and lifestyle changes and certain supplements can provide important options for minimizing risk.

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