Bill Maher on HBO: Fukushima “should be page 1 of the newspaper every day” — I used to be on the fence about nuclear power, I’m not anymore — If the world is going to invade a country that’s poisoning us, it should be Japan not Syria (VIDEO)

Published: September 17th, 2013 at 1:12 pm ET


Title: Real Time with Bill Maher: Ep 293
Source: HBO
Date: Sept. 13, 2013

At 5:30 in

Bill Maher: He’s the coauthor of the upcoming book ‘Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster‘ and a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Global Security Program, Dr. Edwin Lyman. Thank you for coming to enlighten us, I must say I wanted you here on our first show [back from the break] because I know this is your area of expertise. I keep reading about this in the paper, never on page 1 — way back in the paper. I just think if the world is going to get together and unite to invade some country that’s poisoning us, it shouldn’t be Syria. It should be Japan. Do you think Japan needs an intervention?

Dr. Edwin Lyman, Senior scientist with The Union of Concerned Scientists, doctorate in physics from Cornell U. and postdoctoral research associate at Princeton U.: Japan definitely is not handling the situation on its own. […] The problem is that Japan had an idea about it’s nuclear industry that just wasn’t true. They thought that they had really mastered nuclear technology. And they had really fooled the rest of the world into thinking that. And then this happened […]

Maher: I read that there are 300 tons of radioactive water leaking into the ocean every day. And this is two-and-half-years after the event occurred. This is what I think should be page 1 of the newspaper every day.[…]

Maher: In the years past, I’ve been on the fence about nuclear power. I’m not on the fence anymore. I’m like with Germany, as soon as this happened Germany went, ‘You know what? We’re out of this business.’ Because everybody says it’s safe, it’s so safe — except that any one accident, all it takes is one and then when it’s not safe, it’s super not safe. […]

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Published: September 17th, 2013 at 1:12 pm ET


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53 comments to Bill Maher on HBO: Fukushima “should be page 1 of the newspaper every day” — I used to be on the fence about nuclear power, I’m not anymore — If the world is going to invade a country that’s poisoning us, it should be Japan not Syria (VIDEO)

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    " except that any one accident, all it takes is one"

    Same thing I keep saying.. take ANY other means of creating electricity and the worse critical failure at any of them will never match the devastation that the nuclear industry has brought about.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Have to say I read this headline and I couldnt stop the smile spreading across my face!!!

    My lips are hurting!

    Awesome. What a good day.

  • bo bo

    'The problem is that Japan had an idea about its nuclear industry that just wasn't true'

    Ahahaha mr. Lyman so it's 'just Japan', not the nuclear industry

  • weeman

    Good for you mr. Bill Maher to have the guts to come out of the dark and see the light, it makes no sense nuclear power, now stand up and take the stage, we need people like you.

  • Sickputer

    One celebrity on board… Thousands more too chicken to risk their fat cat salaries.

    C'mon Tom Cruise and Leonardo Decaprio… Tell us the real reason you are selling out your seaside mansions in California.

    You will be heroes to billions of humans. The McCarthy era is long gone…the movement to close down the nuclear industry needs faces and voices people respect. How rich do you have to be before you can speak the truth? When your children are sick from global radiation?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      There are a lot of people selling their coastal properties in SoCal, and have been maybe a year after 3/11, once reality set in.

      "The first ones out, win." – Local RE investor

      Several people have been talking about the exodus of the wealthy from Japan to other countries. They're not coming to the US or Canada, they're going East and South.

      • bo bo

        I know… many naively comment : 'oh, why didn't your sister in Japan move here to the states with you, instead of down in australia???' And all I can say is… ' um… because she wanted to be in the southern hemisphere…'

        • J.

          Helen Caldicott used to think Australia would provide some safety and perhaps for a time it will. In the long run the system is closed and there is nowhere to run. Further, nations in the southern hemisphere are building reactors also. The only safety is in collaboration to eliminate NPs and store waste and develop technologies to mitigate existing damage.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Good old Insider Information looks live and well!

        • bo bo

          I've lost too many friends trying to rip cotton covering their eyes, I don't go into detail these days unless they ask. Perhaps when Bill Maher Jon Stewart and Leonardo DiCaprio starts discussing this all of a sudden they'll ask: 'and why the southern hemisphere?' Prob too late by then… sorry I'm very negative today, I also get a bit peeved by Bill Maher too, grudge from 9/11.

    • kintaman kintaman

      Where has it been published that these stars are selling their seaside properties?

  • Finally, +1 thumbs up to Bill Maher. 🙂

    Must be…
    PAGE 1…
    every day…
    until it is stopped!

    What's the alternative?
    (ignore, deny, hide, then suffer and die)

    The entire Nuclear Industry, is and has been, destroying our DNA and causing suffering for untold numbers for a VERY long time now.

    IMO (theory) – The reason the USA 'allows' so many to illegally enter our country is that the workforce between the ages of 40 and 70 are all overwhelmingly sick and can no longer work because of many different illnesses. Brought on by the Nuclear Testing of the 50's and 60's. We were young then, we didn't know, our parents didn't know. They believed in a 'technology' oriented future. Now, here we are.

    How will the children born into today's mess fair in their lifetimes?

    I don't know for sure, but I would be willing to wager, that in comparison, it will be far worse in 50 years if we don't stop these Death Machines NOW.

    • 😉 I now know what…

      "there is no IMMEDIATE concern", actually means.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      .. 🙂 They are all slowly awakening! It's about time!

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      I finally won the bid on an important job…

      …sub contract, 17,000 sq.ft., new construction, etc.

      Looking for folks to work a 40 hr. week…It's hard to find healthy people; they're all sick!!!

      This particular job has me at my wits end…
      …I see Fukushima as humanity finally reaching it's end via the means by which we live.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      @ChasAha 🙂 WMD raining down on our friends and family, and finally, finally, someone publically echos our sentiments. This is the #1 issue affecting citizens of the USA and all of our resources should be used to combat this threat. Sorry Raytheon and other corporations of war, (funders of Woods Hole Institute) we are not going to buy your nuke missiles. The citizens of the USA are done with nuking others, as we are currently being nuked ourselves, and have been for 2.5 years. Contrary to popular belief, we are not too stupid to save ourselves!(well maybe)

      Kinda feels like he read our string posted on Syria being national security threat. 🙂

      I always liked Bill, now I respect him.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, they are all sick!

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Bill Maher is a blind fool for buying that 19 ragheads with boxcutters who couldnt fly outfoxed the most powerful military/defense system in the solar system. And forget any sense of engineering. Why do you suppose so many of these media dudes are passive aggressive…just a question. We will see if he gets reigned in, goes silent or makes a spin. At this point, I have no faith in any of these guys to buck the system. What happened to Colbert? Theres one bright guy who could have burned the castle but instead he supported the war in Iraq. Guess he didnt get the petition

    • bo bo

      Exactly codeshutdown, bill maher started out a 9/11 truther then all of a sudden did a 180, most likely paid off big bucks to shut him up. Someone like him turning his back on 9/11 was very effective in totally marginalizing those with legitimate questions. We were left with only alex jones and charlie sheen to back us up.

      I want to celebrate the small victories but he does make me nervous. Just waiting for the total 180 spinaround just like in 9/11. I'm paranoid to the point that perhaps he's pulling off this stunt to get offers of silencing money.


        far more subtle infuences, bo, came into play with Maher's take on 911. He was pressured with the threat of being marginalized by mainstream media managers. His off-the-cuff comments that the 'terrorists' had more courage than 'our' own military, because they were willing to sacrifice their lives for what they believed, earned him the ire of his masters. That comment, alone, caused an immediate cancelling of his show. Regardless of his positions or politics, he has the courage to speak his mind and to explore issues (like Fukushima) that others in his profession refuse to acknowledge…

    • Cisco Cisco

      McClatchyDC was the only MSM that didn't buy GWB's, State Department's and the Pentagon's Iraq WMD bullshit. They hammered away trying to expose the administration's fabrications and propaganda in a series of hard hitting articles.

      If there is any MSM news outlet that would report the facts on conditions at Fuku and globally, it might be McClatchy.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    There are lines that can be crossed and lines that can't be crossed and these people know which ones to avoid…

  • We Not They Finally

    Arnie Gundersen summed up the risk with, "low probability, high consequence." I think that is underplaying it, since ALL NPP's leak bad things into the air and water. We just don't get that info because as Chris Busby recently noted, the cancer registries of populations around NPP's are kept secret, which is WRONG.

    But Maher is essentially right — that just one catastrophe like Fukushima could do us all in.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Dr. Edwyn Lyman and the rest of the pussies at the UOCS have been challenged to be transparent. Here's an example from their August 29, 2013 blog.

    "Although the uncontrolled daily release of radioactivity into the environment represents a failure on the part of TEPCO to safely manage the Fukushima site, it does not yet pose a major public health threat comparable to the releases of radioactivity that occurred in the weeks following the accident, which were millions of times greater. The inability to safely contain the radioactivity at the site is first and foremost a threat to the workers who must report each day no matter how precarious the conditions."

    Lyman & company should be shouting from the rooftops; instead they seem to offer words and thought that doesn't match the true conditions. They should be out in front on this. I wonder about the efficacy of their reporting and their reticence to be forthcoming.

    • bo bo

      Thanks for sharing. Yes something about mr.Lyman's choice of words doesn't quite sit right with me.

      • Cisco Cisco

        Weasel words?

      • Cisco Cisco

        Union of Concerned Scientists…Maybe just another one of our generally admired institutions selling out like the Sierra Club does/did?

        In the US and most democratic courts, withholding the facts known to the person, is regarded as lying. I think this is generally known to most people.

        So by withholding vital and timely information about the ongoing and increasing radiation danger to the US and other countries, Lyman and the UOCS are effectively lying; and, I suspect in violation of their charter.

        Another one bites the dust!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We knew nuclear was death since the 50's. About meltdowns, and what it does to you. And now, this is what we get.

  • W8R W8R

    Its a start.
    But Bill aint enough. If we really want people to "get the memo"
    we are going to have to post it on Miley Cyrus's ass.

  • I suspect Japan convinced everyone fuku was under control but its obvious its not. Now 2.5 years later we get some limited news coverage. Bill Maher or anyone in his position are paid talking heads. Bill knows he doesn't have artistic carte blanch on Their networks. I'm guessing he or anyone in that position puts up with the censure by justifying the large paycheques and the ability to at least comment on some things. Glad to hear Bill is speaking out against nuclear. Might make a few people wake up.

  • Low Level Nuclear Radiation In Food And Water

    Is connected to;

    Uranium Mining and Enrichment – Nuclear Bomb -Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing

  • nuknomore nuknomore

    Finally someone with a following large enough to get the message out..
    Isn't it a shame that we have to wait for someone like Bill Maher to bring this into the open? A famous person with a following large enough, that people in amounts large enough, will know what is going on??

  • Send these pictures with the simple description of what they are and their URL source to any group of anything you can think of.
    These pictures certainly say that they blew the place to smithereans.
    And you don't need to know anything else.

    I'm sending to newspapers, churchs, colleges…anybody.

    Remind them they are free to use, even in media.

  • Just last year Maher had tons of pro nuke commercials on his show….and he verbally supported them.

    Then he came full circle to reality.

    thats great….smart people can actually change their opinion.

    • teamplayer

      Maher has always been an environmentalist.
      I think he, like many, were sucked into the "nuclear is green" propaganda over climate concerns. I'm happy to see he's changed his mind, and maybe we will see other media personalities come forward.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      full circle…round and round he goes, where he stops, nobody knows. BTW, he never agreed 9-11 WTC was inside or demolition, he said it wasnt cowardly. The U.S. is so insanely patriotic that they couldnt stand to hear it. Patriotism wasnt good in Nazi times, and isnt good in fascist times.

      So I dont see Maher coming around except after the news is already out, 2.5 years too late.

      Now if you want a guy closer to whistle blowing, look at Dan Rather. "looks suspiciously like controlled demolition" Dan. That ended his mainstream career right then and there. But it could have been worse, much worse. He said the powers-that-be threaten you with a burning tire around your neck, and he was guilty of backing off.

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        Code-You're right…Dan Rather would have been "Hastinged" if he had not backed off. It is interesting that Japan offered to enrich uranium for Iran 5 months before the big Tsunami. A freelance reporter was threatened to back off of that story, and of course all 9.0 earthquakes do no damage to the buildings, they only create Tsunami's.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          some support for the created tsunami theory from Max Keizer, not a bad economist, and level head. Wondered about the massive black water and no destroyed buildings myself. But the crust moved too. Maybe they got more than they bargained for. Whoever brought down the WTC in plain sight sure can roll the dice. I saw the HAARP data, and there is the Danish nuke engineer that corroborated the theory. I keep an open mind. Main thing is, three plants blew and contaminated the world, and thats no conspiracy theory. As to how bad it is, its easy to make a ballpark estimate based on Chernobyl. REALLY bad. We are at the beginning of what could be the end for more than one species. Who will deny that? Redpill?

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Dan had to be as corrupt as any multi million-air CFR media man, but heres the quote;

            "There was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around people`s necks if they dissented," he said, "and in some ways, the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions, and to continue to bore in on the tough questions so often. And again, I am humbled to say I do not except myself from this criticism."

            He makes it sound like harmless anti patriotic sentiment. Heck if thats all it is, journalists sure are spineless knee shaking dishes of yellow jello…or maybe he added the patriotic bit to cover the truth, which he was expert at by then

            if you turn off your TV, which I did ten years ago, you dont miss much

        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          I understand the Iran enrichment issue, but as I said years ago, if this was intentional, the motive of not trading oil in dollars would have been a greater motivation, and fits with the outcome of the USA being the only nation in the world to increase imports from Japan after the triple meltdowns. Moreover, all talk of Japan, our ally, trading oil in something other than dollars, ceased. Go back and look and you will see that Japan was definitely going in that direction. No longer trading oil in dollars has been forecasted to do tremendous harm to the United States.. devastating even. For those unfamiliar the theory of the Finnish nuke worker Arto Lauri can be seen here. download it! You tube censors this big time so make yourself a copy 🙂

  • ftlt

    They have awakened for a few minutes – then in a few more minutes – it's pile into the big car and off to the shopping mall for more really important more of the same stuff …

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes and and all us peasants really need to care!