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Update Fukushima; Not Good…

2014 September 19

28-Signs-That-The-West-Coast-Is-Being-Absolutely-Fried-With-Nuclear-Radiation-From-Fukushima28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima

Michael Snyder

The map above comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center.  It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated.  As you will notice, this is particularly true along the west coast of the United States.  Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean.  That means that the total amouont of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain.  Ultimately, all of this nuclear radiation will outlive all of us by a very wide margin.  They are saying that it could take up to 40 years to clean up the Fukushima disaster, and meanwhile countless innocent people will develop cancer and other health problems as a result of exposure to high levels of nuclear radiation.  We are talking about a nuclear disaster that is absolutely unprecedented, and it is constantly getting worse.  The following are 28 signs that the west coast of North America is being absolutely fried with nuclear radiation from Fukushima…

1. Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores

Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears in recent weeks is widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.

The bears were among 33 spotted near Barrow, Alaska, during routine survey work along the Arctic coastline. Tests showed they had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.

2. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline…

At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service based in Seattle. Normally, less than one-third of the pups would die.   It’s gotten so bad in the past two weeks that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event.”

3. Along the Pacific coast of Canada and the Alaska coastline, the population of sockeye salmon is at a historic low.  Many are blaming Fukushima.  Continue reading…

 

384259Fukushima radiation damages rice genome

Research on the biological effects of radiation near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site finds a powerful response in rice seedlings, writes Gregory McCann. The discovery will do nothing to boost consumer confidence in resumed rice exports from the Fukushima region.

The tips of plant leaves, unlike those of the control plants, dried and withered and this damage continued even after the plants were removed from the studied farm.

2011’s Fukushima disaster continues to taint the Japanese environment. And now it is rice itself – the dietary staple of Japan and other countries across south and east Asia – that’s taking the hit.

A study in the American Genetic Association’s Journal of Heredity examines the detailed genetic alterations of the all-important young rice plant when exposed to low-level radiation – that emitted by the Fukushima nuclear plant a year after the disaster. Continue reading…

Fukushima radiation a “major threat” to survival of baby birds

“Immediate and worrisome” impacts on marine wildlife discussed — More damage to come as radioactive material biomagnifies in food chain

Ecological Indicators, Volume 43, August 2014 (emphasis added): Excerpts from Reduced vitamin A levels indicate radionuclide exposure in Streaked Shearwaters following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident

  • Exposure to radiation reduces levels of antioxidants [that] can cause teratogenic or mutagenetic effects… distributions of Streaked Shearwaters from Mikura Island (MKR) during the post egg-laying period coincide with the Fukushima nuclear plume while the breeding colony on Birou Island (BRU) [approx. 600 miles from Fukushima Daiichi] lies outside the affected zone… fledglings from MKR [approx. 100 miles south of Tokyo and 250 miles from Fukushima Daiichi] displayed significantly reduced vitamin A levels… thesedepletions most likely result from radiation exposure due to the Fukushima nuclearaccident, implying that the risk of radionuclide contamination is considerably elevated for Streaked Shearwaters on MKR, where more than 60% of the world’s population breeds. While additional negative impacts are expected due to delayed effects of radionuclide transport via biomagnification in the food chain, this study highlights the potential immediate and worrisome consequences of the Fukushima nuclear accident for marine wildlife.
  • Continue reading…

Gov’t experts highly suspicious of Japan’s claim that nobody suffered acute radiation syndrome after Fukushima — So many workers were ill they had to lay on cardboard after running out of beds — Officials “repeatedly talked of death” — CBS: There were reports of people with radiation sickness

Japan Times, Sept. 17, 2014 (emphasis added): [Deceased Fukushima Daiichi chief Masao Yoshida] repeatedly talks of “death” in the initial days of the crisis as the realization sinks in that the nuclear fuel had already started to melt.

Mainichi, Sept 12, 2014: “Nobody came to help us. I am still full of resentment and bitterness,” Yoshida said… heaping scorn on [the] TEPCO President… and calling him ”that man.”

Xinhua, Sept 11, 2014: Masao Yoshida [revealed] the government had utterly failed to understand the gravity of the workers’ situation at the plant… three days into the crisis the chief had lost hope and was losing his grip on the situation… politicians and TEPCO officials at the headquarters were clueless as to the dire predicament he and his workers were in, including those who had been exposed to potentially lethal levels of radiation.

Kyodo News, Sept 14, 2014: [Satoru] Hayashizaki and his coworker opened the door to the [No. 3] suppression chamber’s room… “My hands, covered by rubber gloves, instantly got hot”…Hayashizaki felt groggy… he put his right foot down on it only to see the rubber sole of his shoe melt instantly, leaving a black smear… He was alarmed to see [his dosimeter number] rising rapidly, even though he was [back] in the control room… everyone else’s dosimeters were rising… [He] thought he might die… and started writing a farewell letter. Continue reading…

 

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Sometimes You Just Need PIE

2014 September 18
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

By Sherry Pasquarello, WWH/CJE – 

Yes indeedy my sweet hippies, there are times when things look dire and you want to say “the hell with it!” but those are the very times when we have to dig in and keep on. So to help with that here’s a recipe for a pie to DIG into first. Yes, I do have a sweet tooth. How could you tell?

 

BASIC SHORT FLAKE CRUST

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1tablespoon sugar

¾ to 1 cup shortening

6 to 9 tablespoons ice water

Cut or rub the shortening into the flour mixture sprinkle the water a tablespoon at a time- just enough to make it stick together, tossing it with a fork. Gather the dough together and divide it in two pieces, one a bit larger for the bottom crust. Gently press into two disks wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or overnight.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface.

FILLING

4 cups tart apples- I use granny smiths-pared and sliced

1 tablespoon flour- I use unbleached all purpose

½ to 1 cup sugar- depends on how tart the apples are

Grated rind of ½ a lemon

¼ nutmeg

½ cinnamon- Vietnamese cinnamon is the best and I like a bit more

2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Mix everything together except the butter

Assemble the pie and dot with the butter before adding the top crust

Vent top crust

Bake for 15 minutes and then turn down the temp to 350 for another 15 minutes.

Yes, I need pie. You need pie. We all need pie! Look at that pie. Smell that pie.

EAT that pie and see how good you’ll feel.

THEN get back up and get out there and change your little corner of the world!!!

Peace

Survival announces winners of 45th anniversary photographic competition

2014 September 17
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASEStriking portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man, the winning entry of Survival International's 45th anniversary photo competition.

Striking portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man, the winning entry of Survival International’s 45th anniversary photo competition.
© Giordano Cipriani / Survival International

Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, is delighted to announce the twelve winning entries of itsfirst-ever photographic competition, held to mark the organization’s 45th anniversary. The winning photograph by Giordano Cipriani is a stunning portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man in the Brazilian Amazon.

The winning entries give an insight into the incredible diversity and unique ways of life of tribal and indigenous peoples around the world. The photographs feature, among others, the long-distance running Tarahumara in Mexico, the bull-jumping Hamer in Ethiopia, and the mountain-dwelling Igorot in the Philippines.

The eleven runners-up are:
– Fabien Astre (photo of Mentawai, Indonesia);
– Diego Barrero (photo of Surma, Omo Valley Ethiopia);
– Arman E Barbuco (photo of Igorot, Philippines);
– Christian Declerq (photo of Willoq community, Peru);
– David Ducoin (photo of Tarahumara, Mexico);
– Nicolas Marino Arch (photo of Tibetan, Tibet);
– Andrew Newey (photo of Adi, India);
– Partha Pratim (photo of Santhal, India);
– Johann Rousselot (photo of Kondh, India);
– Sarah Sandring (photo of Innu, Canada);
– Salvatore Valente (photo of Hamer, Omo Valley Ethiopia).

One of the runners-up: a Hamer man in Ethiopia's Omo Valley skilfully jumping over a row of bulls as part of a wedding ceremony.
One of the runners-up: a Hamer man in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley skilfully jumping over a row of bulls as part of a wedding ceremony.
© Salvatore Valente / Survival International

View a slideshow of the winning entries.

The twelve winning photographs will feature in Survival’s annual calendar and will be exhibited at The Little Black Gallery in London from December 2-16, 2014, and in other countries where Survival has offices.

Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the competition called for entries in the categories of lands, human diversity and ways of life, and aimed to celebrate photography as a powerful medium for raising awareness of tribal peoples.

The judging panel included Survival’s Director Stephen Corry, actor and Survival Ambassador Gillian Anderson, the BBC’s Human Planet photographer Tim Allen, The Little Black Gallery’s Co-founder Ghislain Pascal, Survival’s Editorial consultant Joanna Eede, and Survival Italy Coordinator Francesca Casella.

Stephen Corry said: “An important criteria when selecting the winning images was that they convey a fair and accurate picture, and do not falsify the appearance or behavior of their subjects. The range of high-quality entries from around the globe shows that it is possible to take stunning photographs of contemporary tribal peoples without resorting to portraying them as either ‘brutal’ or ‘noble savages’.”

This stunning image shows a Santhal fisherman in West Bengal, India, casting his net.
This stunning image shows a Santhal fisherman in West Bengal, India, casting his net.
© Partha Pratim / Survival International

Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1969 following an article by Norman Lewis in the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine about the genocide of Brazilian Indians, which featured powerful images from the acclaimed photographer Don McCullin.

Notes to readers:

– Survival’s 2015 calendar is now on salefeaturing the winning image on the cover.
– The overall winner receives an Olympus camera E-PM2, donated by Olympus.
– Survival International would like to thank Chau Digital for printing, and John Jones for framing the photographs for the upcoming exhibition at The Little Black Gallery.

Why More Americans Should See the Beheading Videos – The Intercept

2014 September 16
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

nypost-savages-headlines-article-display-bBY PETER MAASS/ https://firstlook.org – Beheading is barbaric. The men of the Islamic State who executed James Foley and Steve Sotloff are monsters. Yet their monstrosity does not fully explain our fury over their beheading videos, or the exhortations we have heard to not share or distribute the harrowing images.

We are right to be repulsed. But I think part of our horror stems from the fact we rarely see images of American victims of war. It is the last taboo in our era of endlessly transgressive media — publishing photos or videos of injured, dying, or dead Americans in a war zone. How has this taboo been maintained? To a great degree, the reason is censorship on the part of the American government.

BY SHIELDING US FROM DISTURBING IMAGERY, OUR GOVERNMENT MAY HAVE MADE US ALL THE MORE VULNERABLE WHEN WE FINALLY SEE DEAD AMERICANS.

It is an oddity of all of the violence since 9/11: Despite constant warfare and the death of more than 5,000 American soldiers (a figure that does not include American contractors, aid workers, and journalists) — not to mention the more than 50,000 wounded — we have rarely seen photos or videos of Americans in their ultimate agony. Photographers embedded with American troops have been all but forbidden from taking pictures of dead or wounded soldiers; Michael Kamber’s Photojournalists on War is filled with tales of war photographers prevented from doing their necessary work. Until 2009, it was even forbidden to take photographs of flag-draped coffins as they returned home. I once had a minor encounter with the machinery of censorship: On a military flight out of Baghdad in 2005, a military police officer confiscated my camera after I took a few shots of the coffins on board. He returned the device after deleting the pictures. read more…

No More

2014 September 15

shutterstock_111594656-300x300By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE – 

I am glad that people have finally seen that showing the videos of ISIL beheading journalists is doing just what these criminals want. Well, ISIL and the war hawks and war profiteers here. Hell, I’m not sure which of those three groups are worse. At least the members of ISIL aren’t Congesscritters or American businessmen. Think about that for a moment or more BEFORE we rush headlong into yet another ill-fated WAR. We are digging our own grave here. We only have a finite store of blood and treasure no matter how exceptional we are told that we are.

I have also heard that some families and governments of other captives paid heavy ransoms and got their people back. Our government and Britain’s have refused to pay ransom. I agree. Of course, if it was one of my family members held I would personally want heaven and earth moved to secure a release- even though I would know that paying it would only prove that kidnapping is profitable and that the ransom money would in all probability go for weapons to kill more people, including our military. Since I’d have to sell a kidney and possibly more to get money for ransom, well…

I don’t know what it is that compels journalists to put themselves in harm’s way but they have for centuries. We owe them much respect but I’m not sure that we owe them a war. There have been many aid workers and nuns, priests and others that have been slaughtered in the past forty years or so and we didn’t start wars because of that grim reality. So although I can say that, personally I feel like revenge I know rationally, going full tilt boogey back into the Middle East would cost us far more in lives alone to make it worth our while to be prudent- the war hawks and American profiteers be damned. Hell, we aren’t talking about lessons learned from ancient history here. Every time Cheney goes on television we see an example of both a war hawk and a war profiteer.

Yes, we cannot ignore ISIL but we cannot let some videos push us into something rash. Every time Fox (especially FOX) shows a still or a video of a beheading they should have to show a still or a video of a veteran’s surgery to amputate limbs or remove a ruptured eye or having skin grafts to cover 3rd degree burns. Then show a graphic showing both the number of veteran suicides and the number of homeless vets in our country.

Clear heads and a few congresscritters more willing to do what is right for our country and LESS about getting reelected- that is what we need and what we should demand.

Peace

Have We Hit the Bottom of the Barrel?

2014 September 11
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE –

Have we? Oh I hope so! I’m not sure anyone with an I.Q. above a potato can take much more of this toxic circus we call politics. Hell, I’m about ready to chuck it in and join a real circus- just for the normalcy.

How can anyone not have listened to the congresscritters demand another war yet refuse to vote on it OR fund it just to protect their behinds for the election and not seen the barrel bottom?

Me? I was channel surfing the local news yesterday evening and landed face down into our governor’s race. Oh Pennsylvania, how I love you but we have the lowest rated governor (Corbett) in the U.S of A! He is trailing badly and the ads have gone from lies to jaw dropping. Last night as I was clicking away the words, “torture porn” caught my attention. OMG, seems some guy in one of the challengers ads (and I will say up front, Tom Wolfe has my vote locked up) was an actor in a buddies low budget horror flick. That translated to torture in the Republican camp and of course there were naked or half naked screaming girls- that is the porn. WOW! I felt sorry for the guy who was on the news having to explain his acting credits. Way to go Republicans. Smear some guy with the label of torture/porn as if it had anything to do with the ad or the Demo-CRATIC challenger. The scrutiny involved in a political career is harsh but expected. No one should have to dissect their past in order to be in a damn commercial!

Me? I stocked up on headache tablets and I may have to hit the “state store” for a bottle of Jack before this election is over.

Peace and please, vote.