Fukushima plant “braces for super-typhoon” — Officials admit “tough situation” could occur — More workers may be drafted in — Cesium levels already spiking in ocean

Published: October 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm ET
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Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 22, 2013: FUKUSHIMA WATER CRISIS: TEPCO still looking for solutions as typhoon approaches [...] Typhoon No. 27 is expected to hit the Japanese islands next weekend. [...] [Noriyuki Imaizumi, acting general director of TEPCO’s Nuclear Power & Plant Siting Division] said he expected a “tough situation” if the rainfall from the typhoon is similar in scale to the Oct. 20 downpour. [...]

Xinhua, Oct. 22, 2013: [Tepco]  said Tuesday it had detected radioactive cesium one kilometer off the coast of the facility, as it braces for a super-typhoon approaching having failed to take adequate measures when a typhoon struck last week. [...] radioactive cesium-137 were detected at a level of 1.6 becquerels per liter [1,600 Bq/m³] in water samples taken from the adjacent Pacific Ocean, marking the second time such radioactive materials have been found in the sea since surveys began in August. [...] the latest spike in radiation levels in and around the plant — including in the ocean — controvert Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated statements that the situation at the Fukushima plant is “under control.” [...]  the utility has been unable to confirm why cesium levels were rising at the particular spot surveyed, according to the plant’s officials Tuesday. [...] More workers may be drafted in ahead of the impending typhoon that’s threatening to sideswipe Japan’s eastern seaboard [...]

See also: Fukushima Workers: There was a collapse at plant due to typhoon -- Not revealed by Tepco -- Worry that upcoming storm to cause more damage

Published: October 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm ET
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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Another groundwater event..in the making..

    "Worse, the plant had become a disaster site, and any water that flowed under or through the area picked up toxicity of its own. Groundwater that made its way into the reactor buildings also mixed with a separate channel of intensely contaminated water that had been used to douse and cool the reactors."

    "Atsunao Marui, a groundwater expert and member of a government-led panel that advises Tepco, said the company was slow to assess just how rapidly groundwater from mountains was flooding the buildings. At the time of the disaster, Tepco didn’t have a single groundwater specialist among its 40,000 employees, Marui said."

    For Tepco and Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, toxic
    water stymies cleanup
    Oct.21 2013

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/for-tepco-and-japans-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant-toxic-water-stymies-cleanup/2013/10/21/406f4d78-2cba-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    "[Tepco] said Tuesday it had detected radioactive cesium one kilometer off the coast of the facility, as it braces for a super-typhoon approaching having failed to take adequate measures when a typhoon struck last week."

    Another admission by IneptCo. The situation is out of control.

    Failure to plan = planning to fail, especially in this situation.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/28-signs-that-the-west-coast-is-being-absolutely-fried-with-nuclear-radiation-from-fukushima/62292

    Thanks MarkWW, I have a plan on how to use this link.

    The inner courtyard of my apartment complex is about 200ft by 40ft; a large rectangle with the pool on one hand, the office/rec center in the middle, and the grassy area underneath the Doug Fir trees.

    There is hardly any grass there at all it's mostly clay because the children love to play underneath the fir trees, so the grass doesn't give a good chance to grow. And they love to stir up the clay dust with the tree branches that fall. They are friendly and good-natured, having of fun safe area to play in. The apartments all face inward and you can hear their melodious voices through the front window.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    One day they were having so much fun playing tag with a Nerf ball that many of us older children went out to join the game. We loved it (Storge)…!

    The goal of modern education is shared knowledge. Schools are the gateway through which knowledge passes from the child into the home (parent and child reviewing homework assignments, science projects, etc.)

    Have you ever been amazed at some new concept or idea your child is a learning in school?

    I love my neighbors (Agape), their willingness to share their meager possessions with one another is admirable. Yet is so disappointing when they tune out when I do my fuku-talk; I understand completely: they don't read the WSJ or the NYT; they're fighting impoverishment.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    By using my android I plan to capture the children's attention, explaining in easily understood terms about bathing after playing in the dust and/or rain. With luck the information will find its way into their homes.

    We must share our information with others as we become teachers and find the love (Phila) to save humanity.


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    • MichaelV MichaelV

      By using my android I plan to capture the children's attention, explaining in easily understood terms about bathing after playing in the dust and/or rain. With luck the information will find its way into their homes.

      We must share our information with others as we become teachers and find the love (Phila) to save humanity.

      The first revolution: pedagogy became a science of education with Herbart. The second revolution: pedagogy should be linked to social and psychological life problems with Dewey. Finally, the third revolution: pedagogy would depend on political perspective in order to help the poor people.

      http://www.ffst.hr/ENCYCLOPAEDIA/doku.php?id=educational_theory


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      • MichaelV MichaelV

        As education involves understandings of who we are, it is not surprising that the single most recognized dictum of educational anthropology is that the field is centrally concerned with cultural transmission.[14] Cultural transmission involves the transfer of a sense of identity between generations, sometimes known as enculturation[15] and also transfer of identity between cultures, sometimes known as acculturation.[16] Accordingly thus it is also not surprising that educational anthropology has become increasingly focussed on ethnic identity and ethnic change.[17][18]
        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_theory


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        • kimyo

          your comments are:
          1) NOT on topic
          2) NOT relevant
          3) repetitive

          please post relevant issues in relevant threads.


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        • bo bo

          MichaelV I'm not sure I follow all the above posts but here is a fukushima interaction I just had this morning. I took 4 days in a row off this past weekend due to basically having a kind of a nervous breakdown, and I told my manager: 'sorry, I know I shouldn't be taking these chunks of time off but I just had to take a breather. It's not like I went on a fun trip or anything. I've just been overwhelmed with fukushima and took some personal time off' manager's response: aaaaaaawwww… I know, the jellyfish are dying. I worry about that stuff too. But i don't let it take over my life. You're an artist , you are too sensitive. You need to learn to compartmentalize your worries and forge ahead.


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          • MichaelV MichaelV

            Artists have made images our natural world for 100,000 years; art becomes impossible when that world is destroyed.

            The tragedy is that such a sophisticated society is paralyzed and unable to act to save itself…


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            • bo bo

              I used to pride myself in being a pretty hard-hearted artist, being able to separate work and 'my own work', respecting those managers in 'the real world' and willing to participate in their games, using their language – but lately not sure anymore who is the one living in 'the real world'.

              Sorry everyone if this thread went off on a tangent, not sure where it belongs.
              Maybe there should be a separate forum dedicated to: fuku murmurs


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              • richard richard

                hi bo. I see your question 'not sure anymore who is the one living in 'the real world'.'

                When it comes to the USA, not many. The level of pharmaceutical drug taking is an epedemic equal to obesity.

                With so many celebs ODing on 'anti-depressants', I can imagine it's the tip of the iceberg for the number of 'civilian' 'casualties'.

                The new (great) game of GTA V has a satirical drug called 'Deludemal'. And that's so close to the mark as to what is going on in the USA.

                I realise the reason I end up pushing so many buttons with the Amerikans, they are mostly all on psycho drugs. In my phone conversations (in business) and my forums chats I constantly notice the delusion and obfuscation constantly in play.

                The USA is a nation of drug addicts. You are not likely to find too many that actually know the 'real world'.

                (Before anyone starts having a dig at me having a dig at the yanks, pleaee ensure you are not taking any pharmaceutical drugs).


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                • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                  ask your doctor about deludemall. Used as directed, its part of a comprehensive mental health control regime.

                  (side effects may include nausea, blindness, confusion and death. Children under age five may need to take more)


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                • VanneV anne

                  Please don't include me. I have never taken any kind of happy pill legal or illegal. Never used pot. Very seldom had a drink, and none after 35 years old. I don't drink tea or coffee either, but years ago I did have some herbal tea I concocted myself: echinacea, yellow dock, dandelion root, comfrey root, burdock root. Years ago I also made kuchika tea, but won't now after Fukushima.


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                  • richard richard

                    Just like those women who choose not to have dessert on the Titanic :)

                    Life's too short not to have some indulgences. It's also mostly irrelvant to anything important in the universe, so party with it as best you can.

                    Like, I spend most of my money on whiskey, fast cars and women. The rest I squander.

                    Everything in moderation, including moderation ;)

                    Plenty of time to sleep when it's all over.


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                • VanneV anne

                  As usual, completely off topic.


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                  • richard richard

                    whatever. sorry to have polluted 'annes' website .. i'm a very naughty boy.

                    talk about a boring thread nazi. I was following on the converstaion started earlier.

                    I was following the topic. Frankly, you're patronizing ways are an affront. You're very boring.


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                    • Jebus Jebus

                      Ya know Dick, the most righteous one's are usually the most at fault for the follies of mankind. Ignorant ramblings of how others are addicts without any evidence or knowledge of such dogma is a telltale sign. You might want to look inward to your own penal colonies contributions to the global nuclear debacle, and the austrailian peoples ignorance towards your indigenous people, being that australia is the third largest exporter of uranium and treat those people worse than the US did to theirs. If your country didn't have it's head up its ass, reaching for that golden ring, and down on it's knees, servicing every nuclear nation, maybe you would be more credible in your flagrant name calling. You and your country are directly responsible for supplying a great portion of the materials that create this nuclear world. Maybe you should be more active in awakening your country to shutting off one of the sources and then you would be more justified in throwing stones…

                      http://www.world-nuclear.org/uploadedImages/org/info/Aus_Uranium_Exports.png?n=6282

                      http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-A-F/Australia/


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                    • richard richard

                      Jebus, I do not deny my countries ciminallity in uranium exports, and if you have ever watched my other 'event' posts I have been out there at rallies and protests against the evil of uranium mining.

                      I know I am up against people who make millions a day mining. They will not curtail their higly profitable activities just because I complain. I know I have to do more then that.

                      As to the epidemic of 'Deludemall' across amerika, you'd have to have you're head up your own proverbial to have not noticed.

                      Even my girlfriend, after a recent trip there, noted how every second ad on the radio was for pharma drugs. It's a nation of pill-poppers, who then go off and do mass school killings, or rape the environment, or who don't complain when they see corruption in their face.

                      Unlike yourself Jebus, I'm not denying your argument against Oz. I support it. I'm not deluded. At the same time, I think you'd be rather wrong to continue to deny the vast, vast amount of pill-popping in amerika. It's got to have consequences. For a start, people just are not their true selves. Secondly, they'll comply with anything.


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                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      You both would appear to be correct and spot on! :)

                      That's called teamwork! I think?


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                    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

                      …the trouble with speaking "generally", is that you tend to step on those who aren't the "general"…


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                    • Jebus Jebus

                      On an individual crime basis it would be good to look at a comparison, per capita, of the two countries. One drugged and one supposedly not…

                      http://www.nationmaster.com/compare/Australia/United-States/Crime

                      That suicide rate is disturbing.

                      And the total crime rate is telling.

                      I agree that big pharma is overwhelming in it's efforts to medicate the people, but aussies might want to keep an eye out for the same in this "modern" world.
                      What does australia have in place to stop it?


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            • bo bo

              Hi MichaelV -I'm going to write a second installment of adventures at my dumb work. Won't say which company, but now the U.S. operations manager (so he's the boss of my boss) came and commented on 'how surprised he was to not see me work on Saturday.' I gave the honest answer again : 'I took some personal days off. I have been overwhelmed with Fukushima.' Then since he was staring blankly at me as I said that I asked kindly (being mindful not to sound accusatory) 'are you aware of what is happening in Japan? ' His answer: ' of course I do. I know all about it ! Most people don't know because they only watch the local news ! You have to watch the WORLD news ! But I am very sure they will find a solution. You've gotta have faith! I heard they are building an ice wall! There is always a solution to things ! Now, about the sales items..'

              If only everybody watched the WORLD news like this guy, we would all be better informed.. and perhaps even succeed in life, like this guy…


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Bo, was the person who recommended compartmentalizing your thoughts and perceptions, emotions by chance male? The male brain is a lot more linear, in most men. Just sounds like a male would have said it.

            Not man bashing here, but it isn't as easy for women to compartmentalize their feelings as it is for most men.

            Your ability to sympathize and empathize likely contributes to your ability to do fine art.

            I, too, find myself emotionally overwhelmed by this. For me, it's innocence lost forever. Have had to have a long grieving process over this great loss. When it's not just my loss, but that of all living things on earth, everyone, it can feel overwhelming at times.

            Many of us have confessed we sometimes feel emotionally overwhelmed by this. You are not alone.


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      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Also I worry about children playing in the snow and eating it, etc. I do hope parents are using common sense and keeping their kids out of the rain and making them bath after playing in the snow as children are our future and precious to mankind. IMHO Thanks MichaelIV for your effort to inform and educate.


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  • Lady M

    Doesn't it kind of seem like a lot of the world is just waiting for a severe weather event to cause catastrophic damage at Fukushima? Because then folks will be able to say, "Oh, no! Everything was under control until Mother Nature struck!" Shades of 3/11/11.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Talking about typhoons and Fukushima is like talking about speeding cars at the Indy 500…


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  • Lady M

    Haha! Yes, MichaelV. Just seems like folks may be sitting on their hands waiting for the opportunity to call Mother Nature the villain in the final scene of the disaster, just as she's been called the villain in the opening scene. I can picture some people saying, after every storm and earthquake comes and goes, "Good Lord, how many more natural disasters can that plant stand? We've been stalling for 2-1/2 years with lame remediation activities and it's still hanging on."


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  • weeman

    At the same time as hiring more workers you better stock up on paper towels to soak up all that radioactive water or it is a waste of labour?


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    The news is worse each day from Fukushima, what happens to SFP4 should cause us to worry. To many what ifs, if 4 falls in Rads could keep workers unable to aproach 5 & 6 NPPs & the SFP's to keep them cool, whaat if exposions, then what? It's a world disaster that will touch us all in some way. Why did the nuclear complex put a cover on the truth? For the good of the corporations over all life forms, there is very huge problem that has to be addressed, after reading THE ACT OF 1871 & a small part of http://usavsus.info. I am no writter & it's hard to write what I feel & even harder to get people to understand the dangers they can't see as each day passes. I have lost 2 sisters to cancer in two & half years, both got sick 6 months after 3-11-11 with another one also now sick with cancer, no prior cancer in the family of 9 before this & now I fight it, so yes I am scared for all living things because the children are the future & so many are getting sick & dying in the US & Japan, not reported by the corporate owned MSM. It is the people on this site & social media who are doing the heavy lifting by posting links to the truth. I just finished watching 'The Secrets of Tesla' & was thinking 'what if' the JP Morgan's & the others elites whos greed shut out Tesla's dream of Free Power to The World would look today?


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      wetwcas1, yes, there are a LOT of people dying of cancer in Japan & the U.S. I've never heard of SO MANY people having cancer. It's like a giant epidemic. Wondering how much research would be needed to get accurate, updated statistics.

      Am going to read about the Act of 1871; you're not the first person t ohave mentioned it.

      The Morgan family, the Carnegies, Rockefellers, many of the wealthy families suppressed scientific data and information to secure the profitability of their investments.

      Tesla waas brilliant, so was Dr. Royal Raymond Rife. Both were persecuted and hounded to their graves. Many brilliant scientists have been persecuted and killed for their inventions. Reminds me of the Dark Ages, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, and so on.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    @kimyo

    MarkWW was lauded on this site for a brilliant plan to remediate the Fukushima disaster. He sent copies to people who could make a difference, trust me on that.

    I sent messages to VP Biden; it's been weeks and I haven't gotten a response. Pray that MarkWW has been contacted.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Updated forecast, a source of information on the typhoon forecast for Japan:

    http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/western-pacific/2013/Typhoon-Francisco


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    You see, after getting deeper into http://www.usavsus.info I have had my eyes opened. We were took to the wood shed by a group of evil lawyers & bankers who bought off congress. They set up their Idols all over for all to see, people drive by them daily & never know their true meaning. They even changed the wording of the Constitution from lower case to all capital letters & made DC a Corporation, yes a corporation! Thay changed our flag & so much more I can explain, it will take you to set down, read & let it soak in that we were changed from a Republic to a Democratic form of government, no different than socialism or a marxist rule of law. Proof is all around you, look at our schools, paramilitary police force. The size of the government is a clue.

    Now I understand why the cover ups by our & other nations, to protect the nuclear-military complex.

    A whole Race of people are at stake & the world. Tepco & the government of Japan has not put forth not a single action from the Russian's nor any other nation to stop the release of radiation, why? The answers are in the open but most don't/won't believe the facts! Propaganda is part of our daily life set lose by the DC Corporation, we see it falling apart in front of us daily. Not only is Fukushima dogging us, ST Louis, Hanford, Oak Ridge open burning of nule waste from Germany is just more to think about as our EPA rasied the legal limits to the highest in the world, why? What do they know? More reading for me! Good day…


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Ho Taters, thanks for the up date! I think you should hit http://www.usavsus.info, so much detail with proveable links, side by side meanings of real Constitution & the fake one right in front of you, I would ask permission to down load for safe keeping, it might just vanish like so many others whom have also trie to put the truth on the net, many I should have saved & are gone unless some one else saved them!
    Best of luck & hang in there, as one we are strong, divided we are weak as they want it to be! OK? Peace Out!


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  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    "Oct. 22, 2013: [Tepco] said Tuesday it had detected radioactive cesium one kilometer off the coast of the facility,"

    and promptly went back to shore certain in their own minds radiation could never have made it out any farther than this…..


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    It appears that both storm systems are going to miss the island of Japan entirely…

    …These press releases and headlines only serve to detract attention away from the CORE issues…

    Tell us where you THINK the cores are located…
    … Tell us what you THINK of putting a mound of dirt under and up to SPF4…

    Either THINK…or THWIM, but don't take us down with you…


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    The experts had their say & none were used! So what's the plan now, just to let bleed like 400 billion peopel into the ocean? That what's it's doing! Even a close miss will put more water on grounds failing to uphold these plants all torn to shit! It this case horse shoes & gernades is to damn close for safety, period!
    What if you blew the whole place off into the bay & diverted the under gound & above waters to 180 degrees away from the sunken pile of crap? All ideals should be sent to the public because the NRC, Tepco & govs will not do crap! It will take a people all on the same page to get results, if it's not to late as the Russians have said!


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    I wouldn't expect an energy vice President, a Queen with investments in uranium extraction, or foreign affairs chief to advocate for ending nuclear power.

    http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/21/21065363-chinese-billionaire-arrested-for-crossing-red-line-of-political-activism?lite

    @Richard/Obe/eatliesndie/Jebus

    There's no I in 'TEAM'…
    They can't put 99% of us in prisons; we do outnumber them.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Its all about manipulative control.. one way or the other… :(


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    • MichaelV MichaelV

      It must be…how else to explain the mental paralysis of the times…drugs, sex, rock and roll..?

      I knew this s*** was dangerous just by seeing waste brought into the Hanford reservation, when barely out of my teens, damn near 40 years ago..!

      I knew also there would never be a way to safely dispose of the waste…
      …40 years ago the nuclear industry said the technologies would be developed.

      What I didn't know then was Price-Anderson doesn't cover nuclear waste materials.

      Bamboozled…!


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      • richard richard

        sex and rock and roll is not mental paralysis – it's called living life with full involvement.

        sitting at home reading a book, that's getting close to mental paralysis :)

        and some drugs have the occasional place in society. just look at alchohol. Please don't be going high and mighty and judegmental, maybe living life to the full is not your thing, but don't go dissing people who want to enjoy themselves. We don't all do sunday class ;) Thank science.


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        • MichaelV MichaelV

          http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_waste

          http://www.iem-inc.com/iemwaste.html

          The nuclear industry is given carte blanche in pillaging the earth and killing people everywhere.

          When I read these type of documents it's clear that profit trumps public safety…;-x


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          • richard richard

            @MichaelV – I'm totally with you on those comments.

            All I'm suggesting above is that getting overburdened with being squeaky clean can be limiting on the life experience.

            It's healthy to play in the mud sometimes ;)

            But yes, profit (and selfishness) will often override the public well being. Hence we need strong regulators in the government. I really don't have a problem with some social services and regulations. There is a limit, naturally. But it's the only way to try to achieve a level playing field.

            I do notice there are many with strong opposition to government regulation, and they are usually the ones who will profit without it.

            And of course, the people need to watch for corruption of the regulators (which I believe is the current problem we are facing).


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            • MichaelV MichaelV

              Regulations are a thin barrier against earthquakes, floods, fires, acts of war…or mega disasters that aren't predictable.

              We struggle on media-driven wedge issues: healthcare, marriage, the deficit, the budget/shutdown, national pride, international disdain, red, blue, etc…

              Price-Anderson doesn't work anymore…
              …it's outlived it's usefulness.

              This nuclear world is nothing but a house of cards…we don't need 20, 000 nuclear warheads….do we?


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  • Thanks to Nature for natural chemistry…

    Stay safe and use only plant based colors.. chemical colors can be hazardous to your health, such as lead in stained glass windows for example. VERY dangerous.

    Use plants for staying health. Herbs are VERY high in minerals and co factors.

    Hippocrates; use food as your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.

    What we need to add today, thanks to all of the pro nuclear apologists spreading their poison all over the planet is;

    Your food should not glow in the dark or be contaminated with radiation.


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