Frying Dutchman say: 'Plutonium is far deadlier than other radioactive materials. If you breath in even just a tiny amount, it attacks your cells and destroys their DNA so they can't reproduce. That's the stuff that leaked out, but for a long time, those bastards never even mentioned plutonium. They just kept repeating "There is no immediate health risk. There is no immediate health risk."'
Watch the video to learn who are the bastards and why we all are idiots:
January 27, 2013 - Today is Downwinder Day - Learn more about Downwinder Day and RECA here, and a must-read letter from a downwinder.
January 20, 2013 - Acquit Transform Now Plowshares - the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear bomb plant has for decades been a magnet for 'direct action' (and some VERY direct) protests
December 31, 2012 - Free E-book Resource about the Nuclear Age - free ePub and Kindle ebook for your tablet (here) titled 'How Kodak Film Became More Important Than American Lives.' Enjoy this no-cost tablet-friendly ebook from us!
December 19, 2012 - International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Urges President Obama to Cancel Subcritical Nuclear Testing Program - the group, the winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, calls subcritical tests in their letter to Obama 'unnecessary and provocative' - letter
December 12, 2012 - Unreported by the Media: America's Nuclear Weapons Tests - The Truth is a "Bitter Pill"
December 9, 2012 - U.S. conducts a new type of subcritical experiment, a SCALED subcritical nuclear test.
Read more in our press release (and our analysis)
November 20, 2012 - Worrying about riskprone commercial operating reactors? What about decades-old operating government nuclear reactors like the Advanced Test Reactor in Idaho and another in New Mexico which has No Containment, No Public Evacuation Plans, Very Poor Resistance to Earthquakes, and is Adjacent to High Level Radioactive Waste 'Hot Cell'! Read more
November 19, 2012 - Regarding the safety of Japanese food imports, an email reply to someone concerned -look at a chart of contaminated California foods
November 10-14, 2012
- I've decided to begin republishing selected posts from the
Idealist.ws listserv. More info provided in an intro to each post: 'I'll Have Relish and Ketchup, But Hold The Scary'
- 'Nuke the Gusher Debate Turns to Myth of Cleaner Bombs'
- 'Obama's oil gusher-focused science team has 'one good idea''
- 'Troubled waters: a Montana cattle farmer's radiation mystery'
- '2009 Year in Review...'
- 'If there is not a voice: the untold story of Hiroshima'
- 'Our voices, stories, victories, not for the taking'
- 'Today is the first or last day of a nuke plant company's life'
- 'Letter from a Downwinder'
November 4, 2012 - MORE TUNA FISH FOUND WITH FUKUSHIMA CONTAMINATION IN U.S.
October 30, 2012 - Regarding U.S. Reactors and Superstorm Sandy
October 4, 2012 - Russian news website gives confirmation: subcritical nuclear tests to resume at Novaya Zemlya @ Lenta.ru More on our Subcritical News page
September 30, 2012 - Revival of Nuclear Arms Race: US Conducts New Underground Nuclear Tests @ Globalresearch.ca (shorturl: http://bit.ly/SPXxqe) (article with links)
September 26, 2012 - NNSA Keeps Conducting 'Nuclear Tests' and Mentioning Them Well After the Fact (Z-Machine shots revealed)
MUST READ - September 25, 2012 - First U.S. Subcritical Nuclear Test Involving Warhead Mockup To Happen By Year's End
September 25, 2012 - Nuclear Power is a Death Trap: Fukushima Lesson
September 21, 2012 - Ocean Contamination Alert- Fukushima May Have Contaminated Pacific With Similar Magnitude of Strontium-90 Levels as Bravo H-bomb test
September 21, 2012 - Latest Radiation Release at Three Mile Island
September 18, 2012 - Tolerance, Temperatures and Trajectories: Discussing Recent Findings About Fukushima and the Environment - ...a first-ever study that tracked the full global revolution of Fukushima plume trajectories confirms what we've said all along: that a nasty set of cohesive plumes (that the group of scientists call the 'North Branch') hit central Alaska hard in mid-March 2011. more
September 12, 2012 - Chronic Health Problems Begin in Fukushima with Childhood Thyroid Cancer
August 30, 2012 - Canadian Maple Syrup Product Found With Surprisingly High Levels of Cesium-137
August 23, 2012 - Japan's MEXT issues a followup to its 2011 plutonium survey in prefectures surrounding Fukushima. 62 locations were tested for plutoniums in this latest survey and 41 came up positive for plutonium-239 but only those testing locations that had a positive detect for *plutonium-238* were deemed contaminated 'directly related to the nuclear crisis'. That means MEXT only thinks roughly a dozen locations were contaminated by the disaster. Read more in the Asahi Shimbun. MEXT ignores the notion that uneven rates of volatilization of plutonium due to the use of MOX fuel could have added plutonium-239 individually to downwind areas. Read our analysis on the previous survey and bookmark that page for an update soon. Big question: in Namie, 25 kilometers NW of Fukushima, soil contained 130 and 150 becquerels/square meter of plutonium-241 (in the same location soils measured 2.3 and 3.9 becquerels/square meter of plutonium-238). Why is MEXT ignoring these plutonium 241 values??
August 18, 2012 - California's Pistachios are Radioactive - A Japanese supermarket chain that tested U.S. pistachio nuts for radioactivity found 9.54 becquerels per kilogram of cesium-137. The amount of cesium-134 fell below the detection limit. 98% of all pistachio nuts are grown in California. Learn more in 'The California Radiation Report'(PDF). The pistachio nuts contain about 95 times more cesium-137 than California almonds from 2011 that were tested earlier this year by a different Japanese lab. During the peak fallout years of nuclear weapons testing the American daily intake of cesium-137 reached its all-time-peak, of just 200 picocuries per day.
August 12, 2012 - U.S. Navy Got Frisky in Ishioka 11 Days After Earthquake
Curiosity, Nuclear Crimes and NASA's Culture of Denial
CALIFORNIA ORANGES FOUND WITH FUKUSHIMA CONTAMINATION
Which is More Toxic: A Post 3/11 Tokyo Flat or Mars if NASA's Curiosity Crashes?
Simulated Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Involving Real Radioactivity Carried Out
Japan's Government Again Downplays Strontium Threat
Controversial Subcritical Nuclear Experiment Planned This Year by U.S.: This Time It is Closer to A Nuclear Test Than Ever Before
Cesium-134 from Fukushima found in California Prunes and Almond Nuts
In northeast Japan, cesium in childrens' urine approaching 10-20% of Marshallese burdens in 1970s - Additional considerations: other isotopes and radioactive stool
Get Out of the Rain: Fukushima Fallout Found In the Stratosphere - Will Contaminate Foods Beyond 2020
Is Reactor 4's Demolition Sending Radiological Plumes Across Japan?Flashback to March 13, 2011 - Fukushima and the nuclear cult
How bombing Iran is the same as bombing us all: 4 reasons
1.) 'Foiling a Lottery of Death,' oped by NuclearCrimes.org's founder
'Such an attack would employ either nuclear weapons, resulting in global radiation fallout, or conventional bunker buster weaponry that would unleash harmful, radioactive uranium dust from Iran's facilities that would likewise circle the globe and endanger the lives of millions.'
2.) Learn for yourself (from very learned geologist-authors) about 'The Bunker Buster Fantasy' in the Appendix section of a really great and credible book (link is to good excerpt via Google Books)
3.) Even if we bomb Iran, this is a news broadcast you won't be hearing. Why? Because the public health consequences of leaked radiation from an attack on an Iranian nuclear facility aren't being truthful reported now and they certainly won't be mentioned by the news media or intergovernmental bodies - like the IAEA - after a hypothetical attack. Listen to this 'must-hear' [BEWARE: THIS IS A MADE-UP BROADCAST, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN (YET)] fictional broadcast of 'breaking news of an attack' that references the canceled Divine Strake test.
4.) Learn more about bunker buster wishful thinking on our Facebook page
Curiosity Diary: Launch Day Minus 1 (November 25, 2011): 12:22PM
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Nobel laureates, scientific organizations and worldwide citizen and peace groups managed to convince the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to stop open-air nuclear bomb testing because it was leading to the incorporation of lethal amounts of strontium-90 in the bones and teeth of the young. One reason - which is the one that's widely accepted - why the superpowers succumbed to global opposition to their atmospheric nuclear tests was that they knew more testing was going to lead to a global medical crisis. But another reason, and one that is little known, is that after secretly studying the alternative - to continue testing while also 'denuding' strontium-90 from the upper atmosphere (where it resided for a short time after nuclear detonations) - and failing to find a workable solution, there was no choice by the superpowers but to agree to a ban on the most damaging types of nuclear tests.
Nowadays, scientists and citizen groups are protesting the contamination of Earth's air with unnatural quantities of a chemical called 'carbon dioxide,' which is leading to runaway climate change. The leaders of the industrial nations of the world will, predictably, have no choice in the end but to succumb to citizen's entreaties when they (secretly) realize - from the reports submitted by scientists - that there is no way to continue with the status quo and at the same time remove all of that excessive carbon dioxide before a great 'tipping point' is reached.
While for climate change it is too early in the game to fully know if we had a 'close call' or we acted too late and are screwed, I am convinced that the lingering effects (even despite the test bans) of nuclear testing fallout on global public health did 'screw us' - I think that fallout really caused our present-day global cancer epidemic. We acted too late and did great damage to our ecology and to future generations. Over-manipulation of our scientific knowledgebase by governmental interference has prevented most people from realizing this.
Sadly, the failure of people to imagine what human-induced climate change could look like in 20 or 100 years, or see that we have caused a true catastrophe from the global contamination of our atmosphere with radioactive chemicals that were impossible to remove, is what is keeping us from preventing a second, third, or fourth, catastrophe.
In less than 24 hours the National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to launch a rocket from Cape Canaveral. Its payload is a Mars rover that is powered by plutonium-238. Should the rocket and the rover - called 'Mars Science Laboratory' or 'Curiosity' - fail to leave Earth orbit, reenter the atmosphere and burn up, the fiery event could cause over 10 pounds of plutonium-238 to enter the upper atmosphere.
NASA thinks its safeguards and layers of shielding around the nuclear fuel will make it unlikely that a reentry will turn the plutonium-238 into an aerosolized form. Yet NASA admits there is a slim chance that aerosolization from burnup could occur. If that happens, it will be irreversible. There will be no way to de-nude the atmosphere of this plutonium 238 isotope, which will be present in our air for a period of 20-30 years in double the total amounts that were emitted into the atmosphere from all previous human activities, including nuclear reactor meltdowns and nuclear testing. I don't know - and I don't think anyone knows - how many lung cancers would be caused by the descent into millions of human lung cavities of 10 pounds of aerosolized plutonium-238. An environmental disaster of this magnitude has never happened before.
If in 10 years the signs of a global lung cancer crisis start showing because NASA's plutonium load burned up and infiltrated the atmosphere, it will be another repeat of the above case histories. People will plead for NASA to stop the nuclear space missions and only after realizing that the health crisis is real and atmospheric plutonium dust can't be removed, the space agency will finally give in and go 100% solar. But do we want that to be a possible scenario of our future? In less than 24 hours, if we could, and we did stop NASA, that possibility would be removed from our future; we wouldn't have to face a future of irreversible contamination of the air with harmful amounts of plutonium chemicals that risk global public health. If NASA didn't launch this plutonium fueled rover, we would be guaranteed a 0% chance of a catastrophe.
But we had more than 24 months to stop NASA and no movement grew strong enough to even make even a noticeable protest.
When will we admit to ourselves the truth, that we have blundered so greatly with our technologies that we ought to be much more careful in the future, perhaps to the point of techno-skepticism, perhaps to the point of doubting the military and all industries, perhaps even to the point of attaching substantial fear to this thing called 'pollution'?
NASA'S LACKLUSTER RADIATION MONITORING ON EARTH - November 22, 2011 - In 2011, during a launch window that begins on Nov. 26 and extends to mid-December, NASA plans to launch a rocket carrying the Mars Science Laboratory, aka 'Curiosity,' from Florida. One of the automated scientific devices on the plutonium-powered Mars rover is an alpha ray spectrometer, which is a laboratory device that can aid in identifying the distinct alpha ray-emitting radioisotopes in the environment. Alpha particles come in two types: natural (i.e., radon, uranium) and artificial (i.e., plutonium) forms, however Curiosity's spectrometer will be used to learn about levels and types of natural alpha radiation on Mars' surface.
In contrast to the sophistication of radiation equipment on Curiosity intended for use on Mars, NASA appears to have no tools in place for quickly identifying the presence of plutonium 238 dust in the case of a launch accident on Earth. Should an accident occur during one of the early phases of NASA's rocket launch and disperse plutonium dust into the local environment, the greatest danger to Floridians will be breathing plutonium dust in the hours after the accident. However, NASA has only announced it will have a 'monitoring' network in Florida equipped with weather instruments that can track a plume in the atmosphere. If NASA was taking public safety seriously, it would array literally hundreds of alpha counters (which can count the 'clicks' of alpha decay), alpha ray spectrometers and high volume air samplers within and beyond the 'Space Coast' in Florida. These three tools - if present in hundreds of locations - would enable the agency to firstly learn about high 'alpha counts' in a city or town when it happens and instantly identify the type of isotope through the 'alpha spec' - this would be the catalyst for quickly retrieving air filters and rendering laboratory analyses to determine the levels of plutonium-238 in a city or town's air.
Even more concerning, most people on Earth could be exposed to inhalable plutonium particles over a 10-20 year period in case of a (low probability) low-earth orbit 'burn-up' of the rocket, yet NASA has not announced any plans for high altitude monitoring to determine the presence of plutonium dust in the upper and lower layers of the atmosphere to predict global deposition patterns and then global ground-level monitoring to track deposition onto Earth's surface, which will occur primarily during 'rainouts.' (return to 'Nuclear Rockets and Spacecraft')
Public Comment by Ace Hoffman published in NASA's MSL (Curiosity) Final EIS *which was enabled with password protected security features that prevent search engines from picking up the text*:
September 29th, 2006
Dear Chris Kridler,
NASA announced that meeting, as far as I know, about two days before it occurred, so no wonder people like me (who lives about 3,000 miles away) didn't happen to be there.
NASA's RTG's are incredibly dangerous. They twist their accidents into successes, when in fact, the plutonium they have already released has killed, and continues to kill, human beings throughout the planet.
One estimate I heard is that as many as a million people could be condemned to die, or have died already, from ONE previous NASA Pu failure (Gofman). Another estimate, by a pro-nuker, is that males in the Northern Hemisphere piss out about a million atoms of Pu every day from that one accident. NASA misunderstands totally, the dangers of the radioactive aerosol fumes their accidents create.
And sure, they now have containments for the Pu, they didn't used to. But these containments are paper-thin and not really all that good. There are numerous accident scenarios where they will breach. Furthermore they reduce the efficiency of the devices, requiring carrying MORE Pu for the same mission! So an accident with, say, a 10% release of 25 pounds (total) of Pu can be as bad as a full release of a much smaller quantity of Pu, which was delivering the exact same electrical output! (The release amount in the 1964 accident was 2.1 pounds.)
No one at NASA cares to truly understand the dangers of low level radiation, or to accept their (NASA's) true accident rates. Anyone in the organization who does grasp the truth is ostracized and outed as soon as possible. Question the faith that LLR might not even be good for you ("Hormesis," the fallacy that LLR has beneficial side-effects) and you will never even get in, let alone, advance, in today's nuclear NASA.
These people are part of a closed society of dangerous, closed-mined "scientists" who are hoodwinking the American public and who are guilty of premeditated random murder, infanticide, and even genocide.
The media has a duty to learn the truth rather than parrot NASA's blanketly-flase assertions such as "the risk from the mission would be low." As NASA looks for life on Mars, they don't just "risk" life on Earth. They condemn it, because as surely as day follows night, accidents happen when dangerous activities are repeated ad nauseam.
NASA's Plutonium Gamble is no Joke
Maybe you also heard about the NASA Deluxe Coffee Maker. It brews 10 cups in 10 seconds but also could blow up and send plutonium all over your kitchen.
No one in their right mind would spend their money on any of these fictitious items so why did American taxpayers foot the $2.5 billion bill for the Mars Science Laboratory aka 'Curiosity', the name of NASA's biggest yet (plutonium-powered) rover whose Mars-bound rocket could fail after the post-Thanksgiving Day launch and release plutonium into the Earth's air? Perhaps we 'bought' this latest nuclear gizmo because we still can't accept that it isn't in our best interests to trust corporations and governments, especially when they assure us about the safety of nuclear powered technologies. For example, they said it couldn't happen but Fukushima happened, right? And then when an accident like Fukushima happens they will say that cesium-contaminated pollen or rice or plutonium dust is harmless, implying the mindboggling equation: radioactive particles plus clean air still equals clean air! Since before most of us were born the scientific consensus has been that there is no safe dose of radiation, why do we let our goverments, and the corporations they're supposed to police, lie to us with such distortions of math and logic? Like corporations do to protect the image of their product lines to keep us buying, governments lie, cover up and twist logic to convince us to subsidize with our taxes (and our health) their nuclear gizmos that have the potential to - and have more than once - spread plutonium all over the place. The biggest U.S. accident involving nuclear power in space (in 1964) spread 2.1 pounds of plutonium across the globe. This one threatens to disperse 10.56 pounds of it. Please act to stop this launch - learn how by following our Facebook page.
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Radiation standards are propaganda tools developed by nuclear powers to basically convince ordinary people like you that nothing deleterious will happen if their deliberately or accidentally leaked radioactive waste from their nuclear activities enters your body. Sadly, global peoples, especially the Japanese people, have a long history of swallowing both radiochemical forms of fallout and force-fed-lies about 'safe levels' of radioactive substances in their environment, their tap water, their wheat, their milk, their diet, their bones, etc.... There should be ZERO levels of cesium-137 and strontium-90 and plutonium in the environment. These substances are FAR more dangerous to human health than any other substances known in the universe.
Our philosophy for social change: The institutions of our democracy and civilization regrettably cannot be trusted when it comes to many important issues nowadays, and especially the issue of nuclear radiation. Fukushima is the most recent case study in this regard. What is the common man and woman to do? Simply put: stewardship of human societies is self-stewardship writ large. Without impressive individuals we cannot have impressive societies and so the only act that will ensure the betterment of all is the betterment of each self. Unfortunately, that is always the last thing anyone thinks of when considering global problems.
Unbelievable and Believable Quotes:
"I am on record in 1957 as NOT being worried yet about fallout and stil being optimistic about the benefits of nuclear power.
There is no way I can justify my failure to help sound an alarm over these activities many years sooner than I did.
I feel that at least several hundred scientists trained in the biomedical aspect of atomic energy - myself definitely included - are candidates for Nuremberg-type trials for crimes against humanity through our gross negligence and irresponsibility.
Now that we know the hazard of low-dose radiation, the crime is not experimentation - it's murder."
- John Gofman, 'An Irreverent, Illustrated View of Nuclear Power'
"To be blunt, there is absolutely no way we can maintain a credible deterrent and reduce the number of weapons in our stockpile without either resorting to testing our stockpile or pursuing a modernization program." - Defense Secretary Robert Gates, 10/28/08
U.S. Declaration of Independence: "...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
'At the most fundamental of levels, the struggle to address the radioactive legacy of the Cold War has been a struggle over who has the right and power to shape, access, and use information. People seek access to information that depicts "the whole truth" about the nuclear war machine and its human health effects. And governments seek to control or remove from public access such information. They do so because this information demonstrates past harm and present or future risk, and thus demonstrates liability and supports demands for accountability.' - Barbara Rose Johnston (in 'Half Lives, Half Truths,' 2007)
'That radioactive elements created by us are found in nature is an astounding event in the history of the earth and of the human race. To fail to consider its importance and its consequences would be a folly for which humanity would have to pay a terrible price.' - Albert Schweitzer
Nations of the world exploded 'some 504 nuclear weapons in the atmosphere at thirteen primary sites..' - 'Half Lifes, Half Truths'
'a kind of secret low-intensity radioactive warfare has been waged against unsuspecting populations' - 'Nuclear Wastelands'
A U.S. government health
study released in 2002 stated: "Any person living in the
contiguous United States since 1951 has been exposed to
radioactive fallout and all organs and tissues of the body have
received some radiation exposure."
HonorLESS Roll Quaker
Oats poisoned "science club" kids at Fernald State
School with radioactive milk and cereal - "Finish all your
did Uranium-235 separation (diffusion) for the federal government's
Manhattan Project in Detroit (the 'Project' built the bombs that
poisoned New Mexicans and killed 100,000s of Japanese) Coors
- mysteriously stored drums of radioactive materials at a Colorado
facility Hershey -
produced barriers for gaseous diffusion (for uranium enrichment) at
its Hondaille, Ill. plant; failed to divert Pennsylvania milk supplies
- tainted by TMI accident - from entering chocolate products DuPont
(E.I. du Pont de Nemours) - 'director' of early Hanford
through 1946, incl. irradiation of uranium to produce plutonium for
Hiroshima bomb; built and ran Savannah River plant General
Electric - built reactors at and directed Hanford from
1945-1965; waste tanks polluted Columbia River and northwest coast
with radiation; failed to whistle-blow 1949 'Green Run'; supports use
of and produced RTGs Lockheed
Martin - supports use of and produces RTGs Westinghouse
- built reactors at federal facility at Argonne, Ill.; also managed
Hanford; waste tanks polluted Columbia River and northwest coast with
irradiating companies - turning our food into 'free radical' food;
splashes and spills get Cesium-137 atoms into food supply Union Carbide
- ran Oak Ridge labs Northrop
Grumman - manager of consortium running the former Nevada Test
Site - N2S2 - and has failed to
whistle-blow dangerous routine radioactive leaks into populated areas
and is liable for role in dirty-bomb experiment attempt, 'Divine
Strake' Bechtel -
managed Nevada Test Site during underground nuclear testing years,
failed to whistle-blow radiation leaks to public Pan
American World Airways (and other airlines), Aerojet, McDonald Douglas, Westinghouse -
played a role in research and development of nuclear-rocket technology
at the Nevada Test Site. Live tests released 10,000s of Curies of
Iodine-131 that traveled as far as northern Idaho, Colorado, Los
Angeles, and New Mexico. Walt
Disney (Disney) - creator of Our Friend The Atom
(1957), a book and movie about atomic energy, for 'educational
purposes' Eastman Kodak
Company (and other photographic film manufacturers) - never once
warned the public during the 1950s about fallout they knew was headed
to populated areas; never shared maps and forecasts they exclusively
obtained through a secret agreement with the A.E.C. Unbelievable
exposures (to specific organs) in the 1950's: Fluoroscopic
exam: 10-20 Rem/minute Cinefluorography:
25 Rem/exam Dental
full-mouth X-ray series: 10-150 Rem Shoe-store
fluoroscopy: 50-150 Rem/min to feet Radium-dial
watch: 7 Rem/yr
alphas possess linear energy - they don't 'zig zag' like other energy
types (betas zig-zag a lot and gammas deflect easily)
Corporate HonorLESS Roll
Quaker Oats poisoned "science club" kids at Fernald State School with radioactive milk and cereal - "Finish all your milk."
Chrysler did Uranium-235 separation (diffusion) for the federal government's Manhattan Project in Detroit (the 'Project' built the bombs that poisoned New Mexicans and killed 100,000s of Japanese)
Coors - mysteriously stored drums of radioactive materials at a Colorado facility
Hershey - produced barriers for gaseous diffusion (for uranium enrichment) at its Hondaille, Ill. plant; failed to divert Pennsylvania milk supplies - tainted by TMI accident - from entering chocolate products
DuPont (E.I. du Pont de Nemours) - 'director' of early Hanford through 1946, incl. irradiation of uranium to produce plutonium for Hiroshima bomb; built and ran Savannah River plant
General Electric - built reactors at and directed Hanford from 1945-1965; waste tanks polluted Columbia River and northwest coast with radiation; failed to whistle-blow 1949 'Green Run'; supports use of and produced RTGs
Lockheed Martin - supports use of and produces RTGs
Westinghouse - built reactors at federal facility at Argonne, Ill.; also managed Hanford; waste tanks polluted Columbia River and northwest coast with radiation
Food irradiating companies - turning our food into 'free radical' food; splashes and spills get Cesium-137 atoms into food supply
Union Carbide - ran Oak Ridge labs
Northrop Grumman - manager of consortium running the former Nevada Test Site - N2S2 - and has failed to whistle-blow dangerous routine radioactive leaks into populated areas and is liable for role in dirty-bomb experiment attempt, 'Divine Strake'
Bechtel - managed Nevada Test Site during underground nuclear testing years, failed to whistle-blow radiation leaks to public
Pan American World Airways (and other airlines), Aerojet, McDonald Douglas, Westinghouse - played a role in research and development of nuclear-rocket technology at the Nevada Test Site. Live tests released 10,000s of Curies of Iodine-131 that traveled as far as northern Idaho, Colorado, Los Angeles, and New Mexico.
Walt Disney (Disney) - creator of Our Friend The Atom (1957), a book and movie about atomic energy, for 'educational purposes'
Eastman Kodak Company (and other photographic film manufacturers) - never once warned the public during the 1950s about fallout they knew was headed to populated areas; never shared maps and forecasts they exclusively obtained through a secret agreement with the A.E.C.
Unbelievable exposures (to specific organs) in the 1950's:
Fluoroscopic exam: 10-20 Rem/minute
Cinefluorography: 25 Rem/exam
Dental full-mouth X-ray series: 10-150 Rem
Shoe-store fluoroscopy: 50-150 Rem/min to feet
Radium-dial watch: 7 Rem/yr
3 Only alphas possess linear energy - they don't 'zig zag' like other energy types (betas zig-zag a lot and gammas deflect easily)
The latest nuclear test was a Z Machine plutonium shot held in New Mexico on March 31, 2011. The previous two nuclear tests were Barolo A and Barolo B, conducted on Dec. 1, 2010, and Feb. 2, 2011.
Nuclearcrimes.org/Idealist's favorites (others' writings)
'The nuclear gang rides again' August 21, 2009 - Saul Landau
Iowa nuke workers: Government not living up to promises, March 11, 2010, Iowa Independent
'The Legacy of U.S. Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands, May 23, 2010, by Robert Alvarez
Radiation vibe - A series of supposed spikes in local radioactivity pits activists against scientists and federal officials, May 6, 2010, by Jason Whited @ Las Vegas CityLife
Facebook page of 'The Downwinders,' a full-length indy feature film by Lance Brittan (now in post-production)
Two dozen arrested at NTS, April 5, 2010 - NDE's 62-mile, annual pilgrimage to the Nevada Test Site began on March 30.
Our writings about the U.S. D.O.E.
Diligent Anti-nuclear Activism - Dealing with Distrust and Deceit
The DOE, as with the entire federal government, the scientific community and most within American society, expects us to believe that it (the DOE) will be honest about the environmental impacts of proposed actions in all its NEPA documents and not 'cherry pick,' withhold or 'make up' data or distort the truth in order to suit its agenda. But the DOE and its predecessor have lied to the public time and time again surrounding radiological exposures suffered by downwinders, nuclear test site workers, atomic veterans, etc...The DOE is still putting out environmental reports that are questionable - consider the last of three Environmental Assessments for Divine Strake that included isotopic analysis of 26 samples in an area exceeding a staggering 3 million square feet that would have been disturbed by the Divine Strake blast and shock wave. The soil sampling was the equivalent to taking one soil test per football field and could have easily missed 'hot spots' of high concentrations of plutonium, americium and other deadly radionuclides. The sampling also did not explore what was below (more than 6") the ground of the site where the Divine Strake blast would have occurred. This was of concern because the 700 tons of ammonium-nitrate fuel-oil used for 'Divine Strake' would have been detonated in a 36-foot deep hole and the blast - equivalent to a 0.6 kiloton TNT explosion - would have forcefully ejected all of the dirt around the pit.
Since Divine Strake was cancelled in early 2007, the DOE has continued hosting - and has agreed to boost the frequency, yield and numbers of locations for - a Pentagon program of surface explosive tests at the NNSS that are a fraction the size of Divine Strake, yet these tests are capable of disturbing surface contamination. So, why is there is no publicly-made environmental data and why is the DOE getting away with exploiting a NEPA process called 'categorical exclusion' to green-light these tests? Read more about stopping Divine Strakes.
Based on this and other revelations of DOE deceit, I believe all of the DOE's pronouncements are questionable.
What do we do? How do we move forward when there are no trustworthy assessments of government actions that carry very real negative public health consequences?
The answer lies in getting citizens to become active in holding accountable the nuclear weapons complex of its past, present and future releases of radioactive pollution through citizen-based monitoring, reporting, investigations, legal action, and watchdogging.
WHO IS A VICTIM OF THE ATOMIC BOMB?
Is an atomic bomb victim one who was in a city attacked by an atom bomb? Or is it one whose city was attacked with fallout?
Could it be both?
The question should not be 'Who is a Victim of the Atomic Bomb' but rather the question should be: 'WHO ISN'T AN ATOMIC BOMB VICTIM?'
Sankichi Toge was a survivor of Hiroshima. His poems 'August 6th' and 'At the First-Aid Station,' excerpted below, help us imagine the horror of the world unleashed on August 6th, 1945:
Several years ago a group called Mohave Downwinders solicited letters from members of a rural Arizona county as part of an attempt to expand a federal program to compensate radiation victims. The locals wrote about the radiation injuries they suffered or witnessed in their families that they believed were linked to low and medium level fallout from Nevada nuclear bomb tests. Here are some excerpts:
January 7, 2010 - Aided with stimulus money, the DOE is demolishing a key facility at the Nevada Test Site used to test nuclear rockets during the Cold War). Is the demolishment creating a radioactive-dust problem?
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U.S. Nuclear Detonations from Japan to South Atlantic and everywhere in between -