Growing outrage over Washington Post editorial: Thousands are suffering and countless more will die as a result of exposure to Fukushima radiation — Contamination is widespread and growing

Published: May 1st, 2012 at 9:54 am ET
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Title: Were you outraged??
Source: Beyond Nuclear
Date: Apr 30, 2012

We’re outraged. And we expect you were, too. On April 23, 2012, the Washington Post editorial board writers callously dismissed the Fukushima nuclear disaster as “non-catastrophic.” [...]

Tell the Washington Post what you think!  We’re fighing back. Please forward our alert and reference our longer rebuttal document. Write to the editorial board at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071-0001. Or contact the editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt at fredhiatt@washpost.com or 202-334-7281. You can also contact the Ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, at ombudsman@washpost.com.

Via Linda Pentz Gunter of Beyond Nuclear

Tell the Washington Post to get its facts right and stop listening to the nuclear industry!: Why the WP is Wrong.pdf

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On April 23, 2012, the Washington Post editorial board proclaimed in a lead editorial that the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan was “non-catastrophic.” The writers eagerly promoted nuclear power while omitting inconvenient deal-breakers such as cost, waste, safety, health risks and human rights. The board taunted Germany and Japan – and the anti-nuclear movement – for looking to renewables but misrepresented Germany’s successes. They showed a shocking disregard for the suffering in Japan due to a very real catastrophe that is by no means over. And they utterly ignored those who have already paid the price for the nuclear fuel chain, like indigenous uranium miners, and its newest victims, the children of Japan whose future has been stolen.

Alert on how to contact the Washington Post re: its fact-omitting pro-nuke editorial: WP_Alert_Rebuttal.pdf

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Here are some of the WP myths and our responses:
WP: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was “scary but ultimately non-catastrophic.”
FACT: Minimizing the still unfolding consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and dismissing it as “non-catastrophic” is reprehensible and irresponsible. Radioactive contamination is widespread and growing. In fact, the accident is not even over, yet. Thousands are already suffering and countless more will sicken and die prematurely as a result of their exposure to the Fukushima radiation. A 20km (12.4 mile) area around the stricken reactors will remain a “dead zone” for decades and potentially centuries. It is hard to know what more the Post editorial writers need to qualify as “catastrophic.”

More on the Post’s editorial here: Washington Post: Closing reactors causing a "mess" after "non-catastrophic" Fukushima crisis -- Argues for building more nuke plants in US

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106 comments to Growing outrage over Washington Post editorial: Thousands are suffering and countless more will die as a result of exposure to Fukushima radiation — Contamination is widespread and growing

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilaties. It can also be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.

    Plants break down or degrade organic pollutants and stabilize metal contaminants by acting as filters or traps. PHYTOTECH is conducting feild trials to improve the phytoextraction of lead, uranium, cesium-137, and strontium-90 from soils and also from water.

    "Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find," said Slavik Dushenkov, a research scienst with PHYTOTECH. Test results have been promising and CGP, PHYOTECH and the Bast Institute plan full scale trials in the Chernobyl region in the spring of 1999.

    This technique of hemp phytoremediation has applications that extend beyond nuclear accident cleanups. If prohibition on hemp farming were lifted and the industry were allowed to flourish, there could be thousands of new jobs created:


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    • selfsovereign

      "Hemp is of the FIRST necessity to the wealth of the country"
      Thomas Jefferson

      Even those slave owning crackers knew the simple truth.
      Heck, the constitution is WRITTEN on it!

      Silly, immature, twisted world.


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    • NH Senate voting on allowing hemp farming
      Sunday, April 29, 2012

      CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Senate committee is recommending that the New Hampshire Senate hold off on protecting industrial hemp from being tagged as an illicit drug.

      The Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending that the Senate instead vote Wednesday to study a House-passed bill that would …
      http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/NH-Senate-voting-on-allowing-hemp-farming-3519194.php

      Statement Introducing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, HR 1831

      Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the growing of industrial hemp.

      Nine States–Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia–allow industrial hemp production or research in accord with state laws. However, federal law is standing in the way of farmers in these states growing what may be a very profitable crop. …

      http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1863&Itemid=60


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        There's roughly 13 varieties of hemp, and you can only get high on two of them. Why are all 13 illegal?

        Goes back to Hearst. By outlawing all hemp paper (along with all other hemp products), his wood pulp newsprint paper became more valuable (he supplied other papers in addition to his own). An early instance of how powerful private interests can buy Congress and get whatever they want voted in, regardless of how it affects the general public.

        We may marvel at the splendor of Hearst Castle, but it was built with corruption money.

        It also got him off a murder charge, but that's another story.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Industrial hemp is not the same kind of hemp. Hemp is a most useful plant! Good for food (high in protein and fatty acids), fiber (industrial and for clothing, bedding), and can even be used for energy production (biomass). Many more uses!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

        "Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use, while C. sativa subsp. indica generally has poor fiber quality and is primarily used for production of recreational and medicinal drugs. The major difference between the two types of plants is the appearance and the amount of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) secreted in a resinous mixture by epidermal hairs called glandular trichomes, although they can also be distinguished genetically.[14] Oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis approved for industrial hemp production produce only minute amounts of this psychoactive drug, not enough for any physical or psychological effects. Typically, hemp contains below 0.3% THC, while cultivars of Cannabis grown for recreational use can contain anywhere from 2% to over 20%.[15]

        The world leading producer of hemp is China with smaller production in Europe, Chile and North Korea.[16] While more hemp is exported to the United States than to any other country, the United States Government does not consistently distinguish between marijuana and the non-psychoactive Cannabis used for industrial and commercial purposes.[15]"


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        • HoTaters,
          America used to have billions in hemp products untill all was outlawed !

          All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s; Hemp …
          58000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935; … It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion … Hemp, if not made illegal, would have brought America out of the Great
          Depression.
          http://100777.com/drugs/marijuanaconspiracy

          Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp

          Many years ago hemp/marijuana was unjustly banned. … All types of paper products can be produced from hemp: newsprint, computer … Paper production from hemp would eliminate the need to chop down BILLIONS of trees! … Hemp
          fiber is 10 times stronger than cotton and can be used to make all types of
          clothing.
          http://www.nemeton.com/static/nemeton/axis-mutatis/hemp.html


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      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        You would have to smoke an acre of hemp to get high and it was Dupont who started all this silliness with hemp in the first place as they knew it would cut into their profits. What a species.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Peat moss works for neutralizing lots of toxic substances. Would it work on radioactive contamination?


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      • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

        If there was anything that could "neutralize" radioactive elements, it would be in use already.

        That is the whole problem with this mess….no way to stop it except top wait…a LONG time.

        Note also that many of the plants used to "fix" toxic waste sites do nothing more than suck up the heavy metals and other nasty compounds. The compounds and metals rarely get altered in to any sort of safe(r) form.


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  • "…to identify and expose corrupt shills and corporate trolls among political journalists and bloggers…"

    PHOTO:
    http://exiledonline.com/gah-fred-hiatt-gives-a-thumbs-up-to-obamas-first-year-someone-water-please/

    from Beyond Nuclear:
    http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2012/4/30/were-you-outraged.html

    "…they utterly ignored those who have already paid the price for the nuclear fuel chain, like indigenous uranium miners, and its newest victims, the CHILDREN of Japan whose future has been stolen."


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  • snowwy snowwy

    catastrophic failure

    Definition
    Sudden and drastic change in the operating characteristics of a material, product, or system resulting in total loss of useful performance.

    Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/catastrophic-failure.html#ixzz1td4kVhC8

    ==================================

    Definition
    Sudden disaster of immense proportions that has severe consequences, often accompanied by destruction of assets and/or loss of life.

    Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/catastrophe.html#ixzz1td4xie5I

    =========================================

    by definition, it was and still is an ongoing catastrophe as well as a disaster

    Definition
    Calamitous, distressing, or ruinous effects of a disastrous event (such as drought, flood, fire, hurricane, war) of such scale that they disrupt (or threaten to disrupt) critical functions of an organization, society or system, for a period long enough to significantly harm it or cause its failure. It is the consequences of a disastrous event and the inability of its victims to cope with them that constitute a disaster, not the event itself. Although there is no universally accepted definition of a disaster, the following observation by the US disaster relief specialist Frederick C. Cuny (1944-1995) comes close, "A situation resulting from an environmental phenomenon or armed conflict that produced stress, personal injury, physical damage, and economic disruption of great magnitude."


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  • CaptD CaptD

    The Washington Post is now PRO Nuclear,
    … I wonder what that s the Nuclear Industry?

    Even the Washinton Post seems to have sold out
    … And is not providing "FAIR and Unbiased" coverage!

    Demand "Balanced Reporting, THIS IS NOT Japan…
    snip
    Tell the Washington Post what you think! We’re fighing back.Please forward our alert and reference our longer rebuttal document. Write to the editorial board at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071-0001. Or contact the editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt at fredhiatt@washpost.com or 202-334-7281. You can also contact the Ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, at ombudsman@washpost.com.


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  • lam335 lam335

    In addition to responding to the Post, someone with some free time might want to respond to the following letter to the editor by New Jersey's former governor (and now industry-funded mouth-piece), which recently appeared in the NYT:

    “Report Faults Online Services Over Reliance on Coal and Nuclear Power” (Business Day, April 18) discusses a Greenpeace report suggesting that emissions-free nuclear power and coal constitute “dirty energy.”

    It’s true that by opening up new data centers in states like North Carolina, Virginia and Illinois, major Internet companies are using more nuclear energy — and at affordable prices. What’s untrue and insinuated in both your article and the Greenpeace report is that this reliance on nuclear somehow sullies a company’s environmental reputation, when nuclear is in fact playing an important role keeping the cloud clean.

    Nuclear energy accounts for 70 percent of the clean electricity produced in the United States, and together with renewables like solar and wind is a vital part of any clean energy portfolio. Companies that rely on 24/7 baseload power to meet their electricity needs are contributing to emission-reduction goals by including nuclear in their energy mix

    CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN
Princeton, N.J., April 19, 2012
    The writer, the former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is co-chairwoman of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, an industry-funded coalition that promotes nuclear energy.


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  • I believe this Washington Post article is part of a concerted public relations campaign.

    Yesterday I voiced my concern about an article published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

    Today we have the WP article.

    Tomorrow we will probably see something in the New York Times or Wall Street Journal.

    This campaign is push back against Senator Wyden's (sp?) concerns and the assertions about sfp 4 by the Japanese diplomats.

    Fukushima looked terrible yesterday. This 3 minute video was terrifying and i don't think it was a deliberate incineration
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDxI4xG2VSg&list=UUDu1KkkwuzybKx6MXQgGHuw&index=1&feature=plcp

    In the book On the Beach, the government of Australia behaved so nobly…

    In contrast, when faced with a "real" mammoth crisis, our governments behave cowardly and corruptly…


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    • CaptD CaptD

      Very well said!
      I agree, we are now being TEPCO'd…

      The same tactics that are being used in Japan are being used in the USA!

      The Nuclear Industry is now at WAR, fighting for it's life and will do anything to maintain it's market share of the Energy "PIE"…

      We are MSM for what is happening because of Nuclear Power and all of US need to accept the fact that while most people don't care as long as their lights go on, the Planet, our Planet is now at RISK thanks to those supporting Nuclear Fascism*…

      *Nuclear Fascism
      http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nuclear+fascism


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    • Dogleg Dogleg

      Where do you think the smoke was coming from?


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi majia,
      "concerted PR campaign". I just read today (can't remember where though) that the NEI (Nuclear Energy Institute) ramped up their PR budget by 25% after Fukushima.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Nobody 'sold out'. That implies they were honest to begin with, which, in most businesses, was never the case.

        Every business protects its' profits, until such time as that business is no longer profitable, or the owners decide that, either morally or ethically, it is no longer worth keeping the doors open.

        Including AK, WA, OR, CA and HI, as of 2008 there were 4,236 organic farms registered with the USDA:

        http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/organic/

        Since 3/11, we've only heard of one operation voluntarily closing due to refusal to sell radioactive products, in Oregon. Not very encouraging.

        Nuke plants have shareholders, media outlets need advertisers, media personalities need paychecks, politicians need campaign contributions and they all need massive amounts of money from the Wall Street banks. On top of all that, public unrest costs them dearly. This is how it works. They only care about their profits, not our health or our families.

        We know what's going on. We know what's in our lungs, in our air and water, our food, and the effects this will all have on the children. Educate where possible, support and encourage when we can, and pray we all go with the least amount of suffering.

        Some economic analysts talk about "end of empire". We know it's more than that. And so do they.


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        • Cindy Cindy

          I saw too that there was only ONE organic farm that closed its operation due to the high radiation levels of the food being grown. Does anyone know the name of the farm? I live in Oregon and strictly buy Organic..but I'm even cautious now about what I put into my body.


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          • CaptD CaptD

            It is heart breaking to now have doubts about the safety of your own food. This has been something that the Japanese have been dealing with since 3/11/11 AND NOW it is happening in the USA!
            Kudos to the farm that closed they deserved to be THANKED…

            From now on growing food inside will offer "some" additional protection as long as the air is filtered and I expect to see many large green houses install huge air filters for just that reason!

            You might figure on buying your foodstuffs from Europe and or South America in the short term and share a Geiger counter with your neighbors…


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          • Cindy,
            Fairewinds President: Organic farm in Portland stopped producing food after radiation tests — “Very frightening what happened on West Coast” (VIDEO)
            http://enenews.com/fairewinds-president-farm-portland-longer-producing-after-lot-radiation-detected-very-frightening-happened-west-coast-video


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            • Cindy Cindy

              Thanks…I did see that video a while ago but they never did say which farm. Oh well..no big deal..just was curious if anyone knew. Thanks for the post xdrfox!


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          • I am an organic producer. Trashed every bit of my spring crops last year due to fallout, and it was relatively minimal in this sheltered mountain cove in western NC. Figured if I wasn't comfortable serving to my family, I sure as heck wasn't going to try and sell it to anybody else.

            Once the iodine decayed away, I cleared a couple of least-contaminated beds for the summer crops. What's left is cesium and strontium, of course, but luckily I've excellent drainage and while it's above background along those routes, the beds themselves are at background. Hoping to have some saleable crops this year, and we're eating what grows. Oregon got a lot more contamination, along with Washington and California. I don't have the kind of money it would take to bring my crops indoors (greenhouse or hydroponics). And we've still got to eat. Man, I truly do hate nukes…


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Yes, I have written to multiple Northern California dairy producers and asked they take steps to make their dairy products safe. No one even responded. Reprehensible!

          We are organic dairy producers and can't consider adding something like zeolite or sodium borate to feed or soil as it could harm our organic certification. So we just ignore the problem and pretend it doesn't exist.

          Reprehensible. I quit buying dairy from CA producers when they dissed me. Have to choose my battles, so am not able to do a whole lot about this.

          Also (if I remember right) wrote to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods corporation about radiation in food and diary products. No response except (paraphrased) "we take the utmost care to ensure our products are safe, and we comply with all government regulations." So in the absence of government mandated screening, we do nothing ! (Translation)


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      • CaptD CaptD

        They also started a PR "war chest" at their Miami Meeting last year with a huge amount of money, I think it was 10+ million dollars…

        What a Nuclear Waste!


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      • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

        NEI is now advertising on NPR!!!
        I just heard their commercials for the first time last week
        here in Portland OR


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    • Fukushima still spewing massive radiation plumes; America in 'huge trouble,' says nuclear expert
      Tuesday, May 01, 2012

      During a recent Congressional delegation trip to Japan, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden witnessed with his own eyes the horrific aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which we have heard very little about from the media in recent months. The damage situation was apparently so severe, according to his account, that he has now written a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan, petitioning for more to be done, and offering any additional support and assistance that might help contain and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

      The letter, which many experts see as the ominous writing on the wall for the grave severity of the circumstances, offers a disturbing glimpse into what is really going on …

      http://www.naturalnews.com/035731_Fukushima_radiation_America.html#ixzz1td0U7I6F


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      • Cindy Cindy

        I just Love the articles on Natural News! Mike Adams doesn't kowtow to Anyone!


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          @Cindy: I agree. Mike Adams is a good man. But his new-found political affiliations are worrisome. I suppose it's difficult meeting everyone's expectations. I just worry that he's getting way-too cozy with 'certain elements' that are deemed double-dealing by many others. If you're a Mike Adams fan (like me) over these last few years, you'll know precisely who I'm referring to. Many other readers have also noticed this 'shift' in positions, on Mike's part over this last year.

          The fact that you may be up-against the corporate machine shouldn't cause you to lose site of whose flag you're marching under (mom's advice)…


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    • CB CB

      majia I believe you!


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Majia, can you or someone else please describe what is in the background behind where the webcam films? Is it the water, or is this a view looking onshore?

      Am just wondering if there's any possibility it's fog. If coming from onshore, fog unlikely.

      Just curious.


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    • lam335 lam335

      I think the Whitman letter I posted above was part of the NYT pushback, though ostensibly directed at criticism internet services' reliance on nuclear. She repeats the lies about the "cleanness" of nuclear power without acknowledging all the fossil fuel that goes into mining, transporting, milling, processing/re-processing, and disposing of nuclear fuel. Does she really not know this? Or is it just more convenient (and lucrative) to forget about it?

      I wanted to write a response, but I just couldn't do it in a timely way because of other obligation at the moment. With this letter, I have lost all respect for Whitman, whose own biographical blurb reveals the source of her selective blindness about nuclear's dirtier side: "co-chairwoman of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, an industry-funded coalition that promotes nuclear energy"


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    • Governments are fighting for their own existence, that is the bottom line. Greed for "cheap power" will be supported, as stupid as that is on multiple levels.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Hey CaptD! Thanks for this at HP
    Tell the Washington Post what you think! We’re fighing back.Please forward our alert and reference our longer rebuttal document. http://www.beyondnuclear.org/storage/documents/Why%20the%20WP%20is%20Wrong.pdf
    Write to the editorial board at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071-0001. Or contact the editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt at fredhiatt@washpost.com or 202-334-7281. You can also contact the Ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, at ombudsman@washpost.com.


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    • CaptD CaptD

      Happy to help!

      We in the USA are now getting the same kind of Nuclear Baloney that the Japanese people are and it makes one wonder if the Nuclear Fascists* are controlling both countries; which would explain why our deployment of Solar (of all flavors) has been so slow, despite the price of solar going downward while Nuclear's costs are spiraling ever upward!

      And that does not even take into account the Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster RISK!


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    • I did it. Emailed the ombudsman with a cc to Mr. Hiatt.

      Thanks much Whoopie.


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @Whoopie

      I just can't. I have written so many responses yet all fall on deaf ears. Tonight I listened to the evening news switching back and forth between CBS, ABC and PBS. The entire evening news program on these three networks was nothing but lies and more lies and all covered the exact same topics at the same time! I have resolved to stop listening to them entirely.

      And newspapers are hardly any better. Also when I write my elected officials I get only plastic cut and paste responses–meaning they do not care what I have to say. Maybe in a few days I'll feel more like writing, but at present it seems utterly useless to me. I fear we have no impact at all.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The Washington Post blew it. Big time.


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  • glowfus

    i have never wanted a farce to be true any more than this one. on a differnt note; the g.f. made startling observation, she said (regarding the lack of foreign companies working on the reactors) that maybe everyone is refusing to go there. that it's beyond money. if something is beyond money,,,well,,anyway, without knowing where the melted cores are it's just more speculation.


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  • Nuclear Power – The ONLY technology that requires an emergency evacuation plan. They forgot to mention that. In certain areas, like the east coast of the USA or Southern California, this could mean millions evacuating or relocating.

    Evacuation Plans:
    Which, by the way, have proven to be insufficient, especially when the order to evacuate is not given or is too late.

    Question: "How do we evacuate the planet?"
    Answer: "We don't"

    "…like those situated near the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, evacuation has meant more than fleeing one’s home. It has meant the DEATH of livestock, CONTAMINATION of produce and fish, and the realization that returning home won’t be an option for a VERY long time." – by Allison Fisher

    http://www.energyvox.org/2012/02/15/the-only-technology-that-requires-an-emergency-evacuation-plan/


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    PLEA FOR HELP
    Please help bringing the Swift family home from Japan

    Dear all, let's bring this family of 5 back from Chiba to the US.
    Please spread it far and wide!!

    http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=2328&url=bringtheswiftfamilyhomefund


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  • bleep_hits_blades

    CIA Disinformation in Action,
    Operation Mockingbird & the Washington Post

    Definitely worthwhile to read this well-documented article .

    http://educate-yourself.org/cn/ciadisinfoinaction28mar05.shtml

    I have read that EVERY major news outlet – and every university – has CIA operatives on the pay-roll – usually, of course, not operating openly as such.

    Welcome to the real world … it ain't what it says it is or what it seems to be.


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @bleep_hits_blades

      I have read that the CIA has infiltrated every Federal Agency from top to bottom including the military. I do not doubt that they would be in every university as well. I am reading Col. L. Fletcher Prouty's newly updated "The Secret Team–The CIA and its Allies in Control of the United States and the World" now available at most public libraries.

      I long suspected these things but now can see it in black and white. Our elected officials (all of them) are no longer in control of anything. And the CIA does not operate for the benefit of the United States, only for the benefit of the power elite; shadowy figures whose names the public does not know.


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  • *On Now* Rense Radio "Jeff Rense Program" here's the App, live feed for …

    http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/rense/livefeeds/16k.asx


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  • Dear Editor

    French philosopher Jean Baudrillard argues that today reality is no longer real in terms of public understandings of contemporary events and phenomena http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperreality

    Public perceptions of the real are shaped by mainstream media spin, which often deviates significantly from empirically verifiable conditions.
    (E.G., see http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/public-relations-is-propaganda.html)

    Thus, Baudrillard believes that mainstream media provide us with simulated images of reality. He refers to media simulations as hyper-realities.

    Simulated hyper-real images are produced by oligarchic corporations that control multiple media: print (newspapers and periodicals), television, and radio.

    [The oligarchic media corporations have a lot less control over the anarchic Internet; although, they do monopolize the production of Internet news. Bloggers and other non-oligarchic affiliated individuals and groups produce some news but mostly parse what is produced by the oligarchs (myself included).]

    Hyper-reality is fundamentally political and typically reflects the interests of oligarchs.

    Edward Bernays, the father of 20th century propaganda, argued that it is the function of the media to narrow people's choices and interpretations in order that the natural born rulers can operate with the consent of the masses.

    The oligarchic media corporations are only to happy to pursue this function.

    Fact is obliterated by the…


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  • (cont.)

    Fact is obliterated by the mainstream media when oligarchic interests are at stake.

    We have seen how the media propagate lies and distortions in the following situations:

    A. The run up to the first and second Persian Gulf Wars (e.g., weapons of mass destruction)

    B. The coverage of the BP Gulf Oil Spill (e.g., oil gone)

    C. The Fukushima crisis (Washington Post editorial 4/23)

    I acknowledge that there are reporters and editors who seek to report truth, even when these reports threaten established power hierarchies.

    However, too often the oligarchic media representations of events bear little resemblance to empirically verifiable conditions.

    Please see my Lessons of Fukushima powerpoint for factual support of my claims:
    http://www.powershow.com/view/3813de-MmI2M/Lessons_of_Fukushima_Powerpoint_Majia_Nadesan_flash_ppt_presentation
    http://asu.academia.edu/majianadesan/Papers/1506315/Lessons_From_Fukushima

    As I write this post I am simultaneously observing Fukushima on the Tepco webcam. The plant has been erupting steam or smoke with increasing vigor over the last 24 hours. Indeed, yesterday's eruption was so massive that I experienced FEAR while watching it.

    (cont.)


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      I would add to your list the way in which the Hurricane Katrina situation was dealt with. This included justifying forced evacuations. Remember hte justification of holding a military rifle point at the head of an elderly citizen who insisted on standing her ground and defending her home and property? Telliing.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Ooh, I can't spell today! Fumbling fingers.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        TV news showed the soldier pointing the rifle at her head while she was lying face-down on the floor of her home. She was painted as some sort of defiant lunatic by mainstream media, or that was the impression I got.

        Then this pretext was used to justify shooting people. Military occupation of the U.S. in a questionable interpretation of the Posse Comitatus Act was justified.

        "The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385, original at 20 Stat. 152) that was passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction. Its intent (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) was to limit the powers of local governments and law enforcement agencies in using federal military personnel to enforce the laws of the land. Contrary to popular belief, the Act does not prohibit members of the Army from exercising state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order"; it simply requires that any authority to do so must exist with the United States Constitution or Act of Congress. In this way, most use of the Army and the Air Force at the direction of the President does not offend the statute, even though it may be problematic for other reasons (politically)."

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @majia

      We live in a Kafka-esque(?) world. We know the truth, but the media only presents shadows on the wall of the cave. Therefore, it is difficult to explain the truth to anyone else.


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    • Kevin Kevin

      Majia,

      This is brilliant, and so, so very important.

      AS the old movie The Network illustrated on the big screen, "we are in a lot of trouble."

      These issues you so eloquently elucidate are at the very centre of what ails us, and like all ailments, if we do not address it soon it will be the death of us.

      You are an outstanding academic. Your profession sorely needs many more clones of you. I cannot see how such efforts are not impacting your career, however your credible, valid and astute contributions to the understanding of these dynamics are not only imperative but also precisely what is required in order for us to turn the ship of state.

      Please continue this great work. Influence your colleagues. Start a network, a worldwide one, to disclose your observations and findings. Use Fukushima as the example but do make it clear the problems permeates all of society around the world.

      We live in a propaganda induced twilight zone. Professional issue management types have this down to a science. And have for years.

      You know the old story about "lemmings?" And how they suppposedly run over cliffs to their death? This mythology was introduced by Disney in the fifties as I recall in a show called "white wilderness." It was at the time a "educational nature" film. Turns out the lemmings filmed jumping of the cliff into the ocean and to their death was entirely staged. Filmed here in Alberta Canada (where there is no ocean by the way). Continued……


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  • (cont)

    The eruptions of steam or smoke and the release of radiation continue NOW as I write.

    Yet the Washington Post claims the disaster was "non-catastrophic"…


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    • What-About-The-Kids

      Well said, Majia!!! Perfectly encapsulates the problem we as consumers of "The News" face.

      Had to laugh out loud at Bernays' hubristic and ignorant thesis about "natural born leaders." Seems like most of these self-proclaimed "natural born leaders" today are simply egomaniacs hungering for power and backed by greed. No true leadership worth writing home about. Sigh…

      Suffer the fools…


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Excellent letter majia.


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    • Buffalojam

      Majia – Congrats on another excellent posting. Had Bernay's natural born leaders had one tenth of your intelligence and leadership abilities we would be much better off. My addition to your list of lies and distortions would be the Gulf of Tonkin incident which led us into Vietnam. I'm sure there are hundreds more. Best wishes.


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      • Thank you Buffalojam

        I think ALL of our efforts are finally reaching a tipping point where we're slowly succeeding in getting a critical mass to "see" what is happening.

        That is why the propagandistic push-back is so forceful.

        Unfortunately, I don't know whether it is too late or not…


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        • What-About-The-Kids

          A bit of encouraging news for all who are engaged in the "push back" effort:

          A Google search for "Washington Post" and "outrage" has this article on enenews ranked #8 after articles about Walmart and the Secret Service's dalliance! ;-D LOL

          Surely somebody is paying attention! :-)


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    • Perfect as usual, Majia. Your blog, Green Road's blog, and enenews are very good sources when I'm stuck for how to actually write about what's happening at Fuku for Enformable or DKos, but don't want to totally descend into four-letter words and utterly scathing indictments of other people's souls. Thanks for being.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    "Thusly, when the children of science and industry first committed to an incestuous bed with the older, and much more cunning and experienced, military government counterparts, they may have had little or no idea of the amount of reductionism and popular ignorance that would have to be endured to permit such a collusive affair."

    http://enformable.com/2012/04/the-strange-case-of-the-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-and-the-supreme-court-of-injustice/2/

    Lucas W. Hixson, from Enformable. Great quote! He's a fabulous writer, IMHO.

    'Think I'll quote him when I write to the Wa-Post.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      "The strange case of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Supreme Court of Injustice" by Lucas W. Hixson

      Great title for his article, too!


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      • Agreed, HoTaters. One of his best! Does my heart good to see someone so young and energetic "get it" so thoroughly. We've been fighting nukes since TMI, and we're not so young and energetic these days. Lucas makes me proud.


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        • What-About-The-Kids

          Agreed, JoyB! It gives us hope for the future, with such bright, dynamic, energetic, insightful and seemingly fearless "nuclear investigators" like Lucas. :-)

          May he inspire countless others to follow in his footsteps!


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      • Lucas' work is almost unmatched.

        His freedom of information requests have been particularly critical in the fight against nuclear tyranny!

        He deserves recognition for all of his efforts and I'm so glad others agree!


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    • What-About-The-Kids

      Thanks for the link, HoTaters! I agree! I subscribe to Lucas' posts and read that yesterday.

      I was floored by his barefaced, boldly scathing, yet eloquently written, damning of these players in their calculated collusion to commit this unprecedented Crime Against The Planet.

      Left me nearly breathless. Way to go, Lucas!


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      He is a very good writer!


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Ditto majia,…exceptional letter,…'keep it simple', should now be our refrain-imo. I also thank who ever posted the email address for Fred Hignell, or whatever it was. I emailed him too, from the link,….although my letter was more 'Jersey' style! :-)

    Can someone point me to the 'scary' video from yesterday? My searching/thinking skills are not good today, and I can't seem to find it.

    Hey, did that funky cloud from the chemical fire inundate northern Cali?


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      It has been really, really smoggy looking here in Fairfield. We get the wind blowing in right off the S.F. Bay. The sky has been very brown and hazey, but there has been very heavy chemtrail spraying, too, for the past 3-4 days. 'Always turns the clouds a dingey brown color.

      One has to wonder what blows in from Asia in the Spring. Industrial pollution from China and the rest of Asia? And chem-smog from the Japanese plant explosion, too? It burned for 2-3 days, right?


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      • StillJill StillJill

        Yes, HoTaters,….they have been chemtrailing up near Chico also,….more than I have ever seen!

        Two days ago I looked up and could count 5 fresh trails above my bloody house! (Felt personal too!) :-(

        I have a new huge burn/blister/flesh eater on my hand again also.

        This is the worst I have FELT it yet!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    You're so right, majia … "The eruptions of steam or smoke and the release of radiation continue NOW as I write.

    Yet the Washington Post claims the disaster was "non-catastrophic"…

    And the great thing is (thanks to the web) …we won't let this alone. Ever.


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