Expert: Gov’t officials ‘very possibly’ know Fukushima is a worldwide disaster and just not revealing it — Columnist: “They can’t neglect the truth because they fear a panic outbreak… I’m panicking because there isn’t a panic” (AUDIO)

Published: February 26th, 2014 at 12:24 pm ET
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LSU Reveille, Columnist Annette Sommers, Feb. 25, 2014: In a few months, the devastating effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will officially taint America’s reputation. [...] Of course, all this information is just now circulating through the media because it’s finally a time-sensitive threat. Our government can’t ignore it anymore. Since 2011, they have turned a blind eye to the situation, as if hiding under a blanket of stupidity will make the nuclear monster go away. I hate to break it to everyone, but this unwanted monster is here to stay. The public should be demanding answers from Japan and the U.S. government so we can halt the obliviousness before it ruins lives. [...] We rely on journalists to distribute unbiased information, but other than the few sources that have shown some concern for the Fukushima plant, media outlets have failed us. Now, it may be too late. [...] They can’t neglect the truth because they fear a panic outbreak. There should be a sense of panic among the people. I’m panicking because there isn’t a panic. So now the news-sponsored countdown to our own radiation disaster begins, although it has been in action for the past three years. [...]

Coast to Coast AM, Feb. 6, 2014 (at 26:00 in):

  • Host: Do you think, Steve, some people in government probably know that this is a worldwide disaster and they just say nothing because they figure, “You know what? It could be 10, 15, 20 years, people will die of cancer, they’ll never attribute it to this — and we’re not going to shake up the seafood industry, we’re not going to create panic, we’re just going to keep our mouths shut.” Is that possible?
  • Steve Elwart, Professional Engineer, Ph.D., executive research analyst with the Koinonia Institute and a subject matter expert for the Department of Homeland Security: I think that’s very possible. I think that the government is not going to want to upset a short-term economic sector on the possibility of long-term problem.

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168 comments to Expert: Gov’t officials ‘very possibly’ know Fukushima is a worldwide disaster and just not revealing it — Columnist: “They can’t neglect the truth because they fear a panic outbreak… I’m panicking because there isn’t a panic” (AUDIO)

  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    "A team led by Glenn T. Seaborg and Edwin McMillan at the University of California, Berkeley, first synthesized plutonium in 1940 by bombarding uranium-238 with deuterons. Trace amounts of plutonium were subsequently discovered in nature. Producing plutonium in useful quantities for the first time was a major part of the Manhattan Project during World War II, which developed the first atomic bombs. The first nuclear test, "Trinity" (July 1945), and the second atomic bomb used to destroy a city (Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945), "Fat Man", both had cores of plutonium-239. Human radiation experiments studying plutonium were conducted without informed consent, and several criticality accidents, some lethal, occurred during and after the war. Disposal of plutonium waste from nuclear power plants and dismantled nuclear weapons built during the Cold War is a nuclear-proliferation and environmental concern. Other sources of plutonium in the environment are fallout from numerous above-ground nuclear tests (now banned)." Someone with a science gene needs to elaborate on whether the plutonium used in reactors naturally occurs or only a relative with a different address.


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  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    Created or discovered the first thing Plutonium did was allow itself to be placed inside a bomb and then destroy a city. Nagasaki. Were you avenging the fact that for millions, even billions, of years you had been excluded from the life scene on earth? Are you among those elements that constitute the dark aspect of Zoroastrianism? Is Ahriman, your Lord? You might as well own up to your tendencies. Plutonium 239 I suspect you have another name. Shall we guess?


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  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    Somewhat like the Olympics. In being world wide. But not advertised. The symbol for danger plus the symbol for radioactive. Is it a kind of game for them I wonder? Maybe? Let's imagine panic and alarm. It would last for a few days at most. People would run out of energy and need to sleep. Eat. Work. The panic would dissipate after a while. I think we could handle it. How many here have panicked? Did you destroy anything or cause big trouble?


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  • 52Rockwell

    "Vulgus vult decepi — the (common) people wish to be deceived." — Phaedrus


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  • We Not They Finally

    Sooner or later the truth about Fukeshima will come to light as day becomes night and night becomes day. And there will be a massive panic that will be as the last bells tolls and society as we know of it will collapse….Then there will be hell to pay…Then our so called leaders will retreat to their comfortable cities underground deep underground cities. they have paid trillions for out of their black budget..Then soon after that what will be left will be a rogue planet ours spinning out of control leaving behind our Sun as we are pulled out of orbit with our Sun and go off alone and seeking the warmth of the inner Earth as we rush towards our ultimate destiny to crash thousands of yrs later into another solar system far from our Galaxy very far from where earth started out …


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  • http://www.restartchile.com/
    I have said this before…
    Get out of the North!!!!!
    there is a fire in the house- do not just stay there in the room! get out of the fallout Zone.
    But but you say…"IT WILL COME TO CHILE!"
    yes yes it will kill us all!!!!!!
    You can add 20 to 50 years to your life or just sit there like you did after 9/11, illegal wars, hyperinflation, etc….
    http://www.restartchile.com/


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), who recently released a study, the answer that centers on the need for establishing “reliable and accurate radiation dose estimates for the affected populations.” This study details how scientists do not know the impact of radiation exposure to the human body and how the long-term effects of exposure to Fukushima radiation is still unknown."
    http://nsnbc.me/2014/02/27/scientists-confirm-fukushima-radioactive-water-will-raise-cancer-risk/

    Nothing much new here, but this is an interesting story.
    I must say, as we close in on the 3rd anniversary of "Fukushima", that I am continuously amazed that the public isn't more vocal in demanding that Japan stop contaminated groundwater from flowing under the reactor ruins, and contaminating the entire Pacific Ocean. And now the California Coast. Amazed.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Follow-on from above linked article:
      "Through “projections generate[d] by observed rates of disease” researchers state that “we [can] discuss dose assessment” to give the general public a standard by which to judge whether their exposure to radiation is detrimental to their health."
      Talk is cheap. Especially when US policy is to avoid informing the public of the dangers of Fukushima radiation exposure. Apparently the scientists who wrote the report quoted here didn't get the memo. They will.

      Download and save this study, ENEnewsers. Lots here.
      "Guidelines for Exposure Assessment in Health Risk Studies Following a Nuclear Reactor Accident"
      http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/122/1/ehp.1307120.pdf


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What a pathetic pitch…

    Fukushima radiation provides valuable info on ocean currents

    Low levels of radiation from crippled Japanese nuclear reactor showing up in Canadian waters

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/fukushima-radiation-provides-valuable-info-on-ocean-currents-1.2552718

    Valuable information..
    Wow..the currents run this way…wow.
    Gee..how helpful..to the morons..

    It doesn't make nice clean circles..it splits out ..going north and south.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/fukushima-radiation-provides-valuable-info-on-ocean-currents-1.2552718

    John Smith and the Bedford Institute..
    Bed partners with Woods Hole.

    http://www.whoi.edu/science/PO/linew/scientists.php


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.. Sorry for the same link posted twice…
    This is clear disinformation.


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    • GQR2

      The toxic deadly killing radioactive material that is reigning upon us, according to the Kelp Boys is teaching them about currents.
      That is without a doubt the most pathetic thing out yet. They aren't even trying. The sub text out there with these doofii must be, the more irresponsible,the bigger the down play if it sounds good just toss it out there for public consumption. Its such an insult to the already permanently and forever fuku'd future.

      These people are a disgrace.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Indeed! ..we are 'slumming' in the act of retort.


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  • GQR2

    Heart of the Rose, i just now learned the origins of this forum is the the Dept of Nuclear Engineering at Berkeley. i.did.not.know.that. Learn something everyday here. The rabbit holes aren't even holes anymore.


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  • Nick

    I knew a woman who missed a train to Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

    Her story of what it was like to eventually travel to the devasted city is one few of us ever learned.

    The bomb of Fukushima is worse, far, far worse.

    Do not believe otherwise.


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  • Nick

    No, we are beyond sad, we are at a point in human history (what's left of it) where a dichotomy of nuke/vs anti-nuke will shape the rest of time.

    The nukes will shill.

    The anti-nukes will wail.

    NO ONE will win. I mean no one.

    That is a horrible, horrible truth.


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  • Nick

    All of us are ultimately affected by the exploding reactors of one of the world's largest nuclear power generating complexes. Every….single soul…on this wonderful planet.

    Many will discount this truth, but it is what it is.

    Way Forward? Well, for starters we have to own up to the fact that our country spends trillions on warfare and not enough on welfare.

    Yeah, I know the war-mongers have a good gig going and that Fukushima is considered a bump in the road, blah, blah.

    The truth is, every cell on earth now has to contend with extra ionizing radiation. We can wish all we want that we can handle it, but the fact of the matter is, no we can't.

    You will see loved ones die….soon. Just like me. Everywhere.


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    • nedlifromvermont

      Nick: It is a quickening; the Earth was always going to die;

      Man created the possibility to destroy Earth, prematurely, thereby taking on the role of God, destroyer of a Worlds;

      This power he learned before he learned to co-exist peacefully, in a low carbon emission society;

      It is sad and pathetic, that the final straw was the "peaceful atom," brought to us by slick Madison Avenue and greedy bankers and ignorant, selfish businessmen;

      A snow job on a global scale; a massive con job; a confidence game;

      But we are writing the next chapter: which will only be heralded by the collapse of a defiant and bestial global nuclearist cabal;

      which reaches into our educational elite (MIT, Cal Berkeley) and bought off our Congress (Seaborg et al) with odious privilege and expensive propaganda;

      This whole web of deceit from IAEA, to the British fools at Hinckley Point, to the crumbling French Areva, the mighty Rusatom, Korean Kepco and the Japan-US hybrids, must fall;

      The educated and non-nuclear businessmen must lead the way out of our dalliance with the strong binding nuclear force;

      Which only begets poisons, unnatural, and a litany of cellular death and biological disaster;

      This dangerous uranium machine; which works unbelievably well for submarines and bombs, was a gift from the devil;

      Begotten in the explosive ecstasies of galactic Supernovae;

      Not meant for use and concentration on a small planet, with a fragile biosphere;

      peace …


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      • Cisco Cisco

        Artfully stated NFV! An accurate and thoughtful epitaph. Dead on, sorry to say.


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      • RonM

        Sorry NedlifromVermont the Earth isn't going to die!

        Even before Fukushima happened humans were causing a great extinction event, there have been half a dozen or so since Earth was formed several billion years ago, and there is time for another half dozen or so before the Earth is fried when the sun goes supernova.

        Anyhow Humans may wipe out most higher life forms and it might take a few hundred million years but the earth will heal the radiation will dissipate and become buried in sediment very deep in the earths crust, the earth's plates will drift around and form new continents and oceans and mountain ranges, deserts will shift, ice ages will come and go reshaping the planet more and millions of new species of birds , fish , insects and other life will re-emerge and evolve, they're might even be cockroaches and reptiles that live on through the ages and change little from their appearance today. Even higher intelligent life forms may evolve again and discover the remains of our technologically advanced civilization and ponder how we became extinct postulating about meteorite strikes and maybe even decipher artifacts and solve the riddle that humans destroyed themselves with radioactivity.

        Anyway a billion years from now Earth can very well be a pristine paradise like it once was several thousand years ago, and as for Humans well maybe they should write a message about the dangers of Nuclear Power and Radioactivity on the surface of the moon for a future…


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        • SadieDog

          @ RonM, this is just my opinion and nobody asked for it. But if nedlifromvermont had said 'humans were always going to go extinct', instead of "Earth was always going to die", I think you guys would not be far from getting close to agreeing. :)


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  • tpak tpak

    The worst is yet to come. They are trying to build a massive star here on Earth.
    Read about the ITER project in France being built by 35 countries….

    http://www.newyorker.com/video?video-id=3250151664001


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  • 52Rockwell

    Try to have some fun. Do bucket list things. Dont take it all so serious. God has got this shit … Never doubt it for a second. All things work together for good. …http://youtu.be/I2ZIZOOJvDU


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  • 52Rockwell

    Or else you will be walking around in a snot sleeved hoodie yelling and Screaming FUKISHIMA……. and then no one is gonna listen to you. Stay calm. Do some Yoga. Swim. etc.. you know the drill.


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  • arclight2 arclight2

    OT but it is important

    "Mari is facing charges stemming from speaking out on radiation in Japan and advocacy for families relocating children out of the areas contaminated by radioactivity from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor site, operated by TEPCO. Radioactivity continues to leave that site. It is well established that while lower levels of exposure to radioactivity lowers risk, the greatest hazard from radiation comes when children are exposed, raising the risk of cancer manifold over their entire lives."

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Office_of_the_Prosecutor_Iwaki_Branch_Fukushima_Japan_Support_Mari_Takenouchi_and_Radiation_Protection/?copy


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  • ftlt

    I don't think they are so worried about a panic… They can take care of that with episodes of Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, a menu of silly UnReality shows and gala corpo and endless war celebrating sports events – all done with the mind-numbing, fist pumping and cholesterol spiking Dumb-Box.

    I think, they really want to eliminate any objections and interference to building more of these certain to fail insane death machines for profit.


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