Spike in number of US sailors dying after Fukushima radiation exposure — Now over 400 veterans suffering serious illnesses — Former Japan Prime Minister breaks down crying, “This can’t be ignored any longer… The number of sick people is increasing and their symptoms are worsening” (VIDEOS)

Published: June 8th, 2016 at 7:47 am ET


Kyodo, May 19, 2016: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has thrown his support behind a group of former U.S. sailors suing the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant… Speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Carlsbad, California, with some of the plaintiffs, Koizumi said, “Those who gave their all to assist Japan are now suffering from serious illness… I learned that the number of sick people is still increasing, and their symptoms are worsening,” he told the news conference… According to lawyers for the group, seven of its members have died so far, including some from leukemia [Three deaths had been reported as of last July].

Asahi Shimbun, May 19, 2016: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi broke down in tears as he made an emotional plea of support for U.S. Navy sailors beset by health problems… More than 400 veterans who were part of a mission called Operation Tomodachi… filed a mass lawsuit in California against [TEPCO]. They are seeking compensation and an explanation for their health problems… Koizumi said: “U.S. military personnel who did their utmost in providing relief are now suffering from serious illnesses. We cannot ignore the situation.” Apparently overcome with emotion, Koizumi started crying… Theodore Holcomb [was] diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He died in 2014 at age 35. The Department of Veterans Affairs later cut off a study into the causal relationship between his exposure to radiation and his illness… Ron Wright, 26, worked on the deck [and] developed a swelling of the testicles and underwent surgery four times… A military doctor told him there was no relationship between his illness and exposure to radiation.

CBS San Diego, May 18, 2016: Sick sailors meet with Japan’s former prime minister… The USS Reagan sailed through a nuclear plume and crews had to spend hours decontaminating the vessel. Sailors now say they are suffering from radiation exposure. “Honestly, I just want to feel better,” said Chad Holt, who served on the USS Ronald Reagan… “A lot of people, they can’t physically see something wrong with you. They think there is nothing wrong with you. That is not the case what we are living with on a daily basis,” said Daniel Hair, who is now retired from the Navy… “I realized this is something that can’t be skipped over, can’t be ignored any longer. The three claims of being safe, cheap and clean were all lies,” [Koizumi] said.

NBC San Diego, May 18, 2016: Many of the sailors say doctors refused to connect their illnesses with the radiation exposure. “You have to experience it,” said William Zeller. “You have to experience the doctor telling you to your face. You have to experience the years of pain when everyone tells you ‘You know you’re fine.’”… “I realize this is not something that can be just skipped over and can’t be ignored any longer,” [Koizumi] said. “Everyone played a role in not shedding more light on this problem…” Koizumi said… The sailors’ attorney said they have won their case against Tokyo Electric Power Company twice, however the company has appealed the judge’s decisions. It is still unclear how exactly the sailors will be compensated…

San Diego Union Tribune, May 17, 2016: Koizumi [said] he believes the service members’ illnesses, reported to include leukemia and tumors, were caused by the 2011 exposure, despite U.S. government findings to the contrary… Koizumi said the Japanese government and [TEPCO] should support the radiation-exposed U.S troops financially and “across the board.”

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Published: June 8th, 2016 at 7:47 am ET


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1,158 comments to Spike in number of US sailors dying after Fukushima radiation exposure — Now over 400 veterans suffering serious illnesses — Former Japan Prime Minister breaks down crying, “This can’t be ignored any longer… The number of sick people is increasing and their symptoms are worsening” (VIDEOS)

  • Nick

    my last post got sent into the dhsfbicia who gives a fuck void…

    Man, I am so sick of guns and bombs and hatred.

  • Nick

    Because I had the audacity to question our military industrial insanity.

    When i talk Our I am talking about the planet, not just a nation, not just a bunch of egits who think slicing heads off is orgasmic.

    We are at a juncture.

  • Nick

    Do you go forward in fear?

    Or do you follow the Light?

    Peer, down the corridors ahead.

  • Nick

    When music becomes your soul…..

    it becomes eternal.

    Very few tunes do that.

    Seek the new ones.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Thanks be to you, Nick.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Japan court upholds order to halt reactors in blow to nuke industry
    June 16 2016

    " Japanese court on Friday, June 17 upheld an order to keep two reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant closed, operator Kansai Electric Power said, leaving efforts to get a struggling nuclear industry up and running in limbo, Reuters reports."


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Nuclear for a Sustainable development is the pitch ..this week.
    They finally put the two words together.

    "This threat would result primarily through depletion of stratospheric ozone and subsequent increase in solar UV radiation at Earth's surface and in the upper levels of the ocean. Other work has also considered the potential impact of nitric acid rainout, concluding that no significant threat is likely. Not yet studied to-date is the potential impact of ozone produced in the lower atmosphere following an ionizing radiation event."

    So what happens when the source of the ionizing radiation is from Earth's surface?

    Hello..hello..come in Earthlings…

    Ground-level Ozone Following Astrophysical Ionizing Radiation Events
    Oct 15 2015

    No potential for acid rain?

    "The Nevada nuclear tests have spread radiation poisons throughout central and eastern United States and Canada, and produced in the stratosphere a layer of radioactive material which encircles the globe. They also cause nitric oxides to form in the atmosphere which then descend on earth as acid rain."

    Failure to Audit Health


    Tests concerning if it lowers the atmosphere.
    I would think so..
    Let's ask the military..they would know..


  • Byrian420 Byrian420

    WTF is going on with other realities. We have merged timelines I always remembered 4 people in the car when JFK was assassinated now there are 6 people with SS hitmen driving. Dr. Good heart do you have anything written on what is happening to our reality. The words in my grandmother's 1865 King James Version has been changed the Lords prayer is different along with other things. Please any comments from anybody would be highly appreciated thank you.

  • jamesofthecommons

    JFK is alive Bryan420, he lives with Elvis and Marlyn Monroe in the forbidden city which is beyond the fith realm.I know this because I am the invisible mayor of the forbidden city.Would you like to join them; I can arrange for you to do so; but first you must shed your human form and become transformed into a perfect citanul. To be sure I do not believe you will have any trouble doing this; the question is; are you willing to do so ?

  • JKF and EVLIS just moved to the 7th REALM MoNREO was moved to the 8TH realm, and the MXTRIX is dissolving as we speeeeaaaaakkkkkkkkkkkkk

    THe TIME Flowwwwwwww issssssss COMpresssssssssssinnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg,

    Well, that was a hiccup… back to normal now.

    Those little hiccups will keep on happening and expanding..

  • Seriously though, there is a birth happening, and those tuned into it will and/or have experienced it, already. Little previews of what is to come.. glimpses into something that does not translate into words or this duality based world run by huge egos.

    It is coming. It is our destiny.

  • This Article filed on the 8th, now it is the 18th.

    10 days with no new article..

    Ene is getting slower and slower…

  • rogerthat


    The puzzle that is Fukushima nuclear plant

    By Cai Hong (China Daily)

    A report issued by a third-party investigation commission on Thursday suggests a massive cover-up of the Fukushima nuclear power plant nuclear leak by Tokyo Electric Power Co. …

  • rogerthat


    Fukushima evacuees disgusted at TEPCO’s pro nuclear advertisements

    logo-TEPCOTEPCO’s nuclear commercials draw disgust from evacuees, Asahi Shimbun

    By media-propagandaYASUKAZU AKADA/ Staff Writer June 17, 2016

  • rogerthat


    FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

    EPA's Proposed New Protective Action Guidelines for Drinking Water (Post II): Radiation Risks Described by Japanese Physicist

    In pursuing research on radiation risks, I found this excellent article published in the Asia-Pacific Journal that I had somehow missed previously. I strongly recommend reading it:

    Sawada Shoji. 2013. Scientists and Research on the Effects of Radiation Exposure: From Hiroshima to Fukushima. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 23, No. 2. June 10, 2013.

    Professor Emeritus Sawada Shoji is a physicist at Nagoya University. In 1999 he co-authored The Truth about Radiation Damage from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Blasts (Kyodo Kenkyu Hiroshima Nagasaki Genbaku Higai No Jisso), published by Shin-Nihon Publishing.


  • rogerthat


    Former government leaders vehemently rejected suggestions in a report that they were pulling the strings behind a suspected meltdown cover-up when the Fukushima nuclear disaster was unfolding in 2011. …

  • rogerthat


    FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

    "NBC News on Wednesday evening (March 16), AFTER THE DISASTER, ran several short ‘news’ clips about Japan’s nuclear crises.

    One of these was clearly intended to distance General Electric and the nuclear Regulatory Commission from Japan, a sort of betrayal of the culture of secrecy and their historically incestuous relationship.

    To perform damage control, improve investor confidence, assuage public fears of a similar catastrophe at one of the 110 reactors in the U.S.

    The NBC broadcast began by pointing out that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has advised U.S. citizens who are within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima reactors to evacuate or stay indoors.
    Cut to the U.S. Congress, where NBC brings us a very, very short clip from a special Senate hearing held on Wednesday March 16.

    Suddenly the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is awake, and they care, and they are telling an equally awake and suddenly concerned U.S. Congress that they believe that Japan has covered up the extent of the nuclear disaster.

    “Radiation levels are extremely high,” proclaims NRC chief Dr. Gregory B. Jaczko. "The spent fuel pools are dry. Secondary containment at the reactor [No. 3] has been breached, but Tokyo is denying this.” …

    • rogerthat

      Finally, NBC informs its viewers, in passing, that General Electric — the designer and salesmen of the GE Mark I Boiling Water reactors that General Electric dumped on Fukushima back in the 1970s — is a part owner of MSNBC. Full disclosure, of course."



  • rogerthat


    Friday, June 17, 19:33
    Fukushima Pref. protests TEPCO's actions

  • rogerthat


    Messenger: Activist won’t back down in quest to rid St. Louis of nuclear waste via St. Louis Post Dispatch

    … She quotes two old Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports, one from 1982 and the other from 1988, that outline how “hot” the waste is in West Lake and call for some sort of “remedial action.” She quotes one of the foremost flooding experts in the region, Bob Criss from Washington University, who said, “This is the wrong place to store hazardous material. It does not belong in a flood plain.”

    Nobody who read Drey’s words from a decade ago would have been surprised by the release this week of a secret EPA report that reached similar conclusions.

    The report, internal findings by EPA scientists that had been kept secret since 2013, concluded that it was feasible to remove the nuclear waste from West Lake. The scientists also found that doing so would reduce long-term risks. …

  • rogerthat


    TEPCO’s nuclear commercials draw disgust from evacuees
    By YASUKAZU AKADA/ Staff Writer
    June 17, 2016

  • rogerthat


    Support for U.S. sailors’ Tepco suit
    JUN 17, 2016

    Regarding the story “Koizumi backs U.S. sailors’ Tepco suit” in the May 20 edition, how could the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant make the incredible mistake of providing inaccurate information concerning a mortally dangerous matter of a plant meltdown? …

  • rogerthat


    5 More U.S. Nukes to Close, Will Diablo Canyon Be Next?

    Harvey Wasserman | June 17, 2016

  • Hillary Clinton set this up in 2011, after her discussion with Kissinger, and trip to Japan. The trip was necessary to say things that could only be said one on one.

    What did Kissinger tell her to get from the deal? What do you think the deal was?

    1) Japan agreed to keep the "In Japan nuclear weapon program" secret, and pretend to "give back" some 600 pounds of plutonium to USA

    2) Japan agreed to let USA place first strike nuclear weapons in Japan for a pre-emptive attack on China or Russia

    3) Japan agreed to stop belly aching about US bases in Japan, and agreed to pay a fee for their "protection money"

    4) Japan agreed to support the Core NWO lies about Global Warming and Carbon Tax, and the Transpacific Trade Partnership. It is essential to get USA and Japan on board for the One World Government.

    Just what exactly do you think Kissinger told Hillary Clinton to get from Japan in return for agreeing that USA would purchase all their radioactive food, without testing?


    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Answer must be hidden somewhere in those 30,000 + emails that just.. vanished. 🙂

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      radioactivity is dirt the NWO cant sweep under the carpet. It keeps on killing even under a rug or in millions of bags or distributed in little particles. Yet they have the support of science…UGH! Now we know; human hive accomplishment way outstripped the intelligence and ethics of its individuals. Thus the earth was lost.

      • GOM GOM

        Who, What, or Where? Game #1

        …and the 2,000 ton upper plate launched 30 meters in the air, through the roof of the containment building, to crash down 90 degrees rotated into the core base. Without coolant, the core itself vaporized (kind of a fizzle yield bomb, about 3 tons of TNT) which blew almost all of the fuel into the air to disperse.


        A radiation measurement of 21.88 uSv/h at Pripyat cemetery

      • GOM GOM

        Who, What, or Where? Game #2 [level: hard]

        .. The reactor caught fire because the technicians had little experience handling superheated graphite. Failing to put out the fire with carbon dioxide, the reactor's technicians were eventually successful in killing the flames with water, according to one of the physicists. Over 16 tons of uranium fuel remains in the reactor; it will be decontaminated in 2037.

        Answer __________

  • Sol Man

    Consider all that the naked apes with the three pound brains have

    accomplished, creating secret societies guilty of innumerable immoral

    crimes for centuries now while the planet gets sterilized.

  • Nick

    Today, I replaced cedar shingles on a garage that were so blasted by our star that they were paper thin due to to much "exposure."

    I got a thorough lesson in reveal, and why 6" or less is best for cedar shakes.

    What was neat, was I did a bunch of the work while the sun was baking me and the wall as if I was the shingles being fried.

    Having had that experience with the power (by the way a 20kw a day panel array is on this same garage) of our star, I can only imagine what awol nuclear reactor cores and fools' pools are doing to us all.

    I take this shit seriously.


    Who, What, or Where? Game # 3

    …"We don’t have nuclear power, we just export our radiation for the joy and benefit of the rest of the world – it’s immoral".

    Who said it _________


    Who, What, or Where? Game #4

    Forty thousand gallons of contaminated waste spilled into the Susquehanna River.

    Where am I _______


    Who, What or Where? Game #5

    The first nuclear reactor located outside of the U.S. experienced an accident two years after opening. A combination of mechanical problems and human error led to a power surge and a loss of reactor coolant. This resulted in a hydrogen explosion in the reactor. The reactor vessel roof was blown off and 4,500 tons of radioactive water pooled in the basement.

    Where Am I _______


    Who, What, or Where? Game #6

    ..Ignorant of many safety precautions, the technicians were essentially helpless when a coolant tank broke. Eighty tons of contaminated coolant quickly evaporated from the reactor heat, causing an ammonium nitrate explosion with the force of 100 tons of TNT. The 160-ton containment lid was blown off and radioactive waste spread over 350 kilometers of the Eastern Urals.

    Where Am I ___________


    Who, What, or Where? Game #7

    ..The cleaning of an underground tank with nitric acid resulted in an explosion that blew off the top of the reprocessing plant, causing a fire and releasing a cloud of nuclear waste.

    Hint: Until recently a 'secret' place

    Where Am I _______


    The point to all these 'games'? Nuclear is a dirty, dangerous technology. Nuclear propaganda is replete with plans and promises. The reality on the ground paints a very different story.

    Included in the myths is the concept that radioactivity can be "cleaned up" and areas decontaminated. Of course radiological decontamination is not that easy. Nor is it reliable. It is more like “pushing contamination from one spot to the next.

    The mountains and forests that cannot even be vaguely decontaminated, will serve as a permanent source of new contamination, each rainfall washing out radiation and bringing it down from the mountains to the flat lands.

    Continued nuclear irresponsibility will have only outcome..

  • irhologram

    Very, very good concept, GOM. Worth distribution. Please bpnow supply all the answers…that would be upside down on the bottom of the shert.

    • GOM GOM

      The typos, flying posts, imagined post [see Code above] are attacks.
      Maybe I will just post answers under questions..

      • irhologram

        I assure You I was quite sincere in my compliment. In one of my careers, I had a PR company. I'd say I'm fairly well versed in techniques to make people "hear" a visual message. Look in women's magazines and see various forms of questions… Who was the star that…? How many differences do you see beteen these two oictures? Etc, etc, etc. and to "tease" the reader…and KEEP THE INTEREST LEVEL UP…the answers are printed on the bottom of the page…upside down so the reader can't cheat a look.

        What you've come up with is a great handout sheet.

  • irhologram

    That's what I get for not using glasses…lol

    Now supply…
    Upsidedown on the bottom of the sheet…

  • DUDe DUDe

    "..May 19, 2016: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi broke down in tears as he made an emotional plea of support for U.S. Navy sailors beset by health problems…"

    Well , despite everything.., its good to hear that there are still real humans in the Japanese government..

  • rogerthat


    DPJ May Take Legal Action Against TEPCO For Meltdown Scandal
    June 18th, 2016

    TEPCO’s “third party” investigation of their actions during the initial disaster has landed them in more trouble. The report insinuated that the Japanese government, specifically the Prime Minister’s office had told TEPCO to not disclose the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi.

    This report did not interview any members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet that were involved with the disaster response. Now both former PM Kan and his cabinet secretary Yukio Edano have told the press that they did not instruct TEPCO to censor their language to the press about the disaster.

    The DPJ, the political party that both Kan and Edano belong to and was in charge back in 2011, is now considering legal action against TEPCO over this investigation report. The Asahi Shimbun report cites that no government officials were interviewed as part of this report, TEPCO’s then president can’t remember and no evidence of this edict coming from the government has been found.

    The investigation report also makes this interesting statement: …

  • rogerthat


    SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016

    Fukushima Daiichi June 19 1:30 AM

    Fukushima's common spent fuel pool is looking rather steamy this morning and the area near unit 3 continues to produce visible emissions: …

  • rogerthat


    Hibakusha group says Obama Hiroshima speech ‘avoided responsibility’

    JUN 17, 2016

    A group of atomic bomb survivors on Thursday criticized U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent speech in Hiroshima, saying it “avoided U.S. responsibility” for the atomic bombing of the city and did not address problems toward nuclear abolition. …

    • rogerthat


      Hibakusha group says Obama Hiroshima speech ‘avoided responsibility’ via the Japan Times

      […]Obama, who became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city devastated by the U.S. atomic bombing in World War II, said at the beginning of his 17-minute speech, “Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.”

      The resolution adopted at the end of the two-day annual general meeting in Tokyo said the speech included “some words that struck people’s hearts.”

      But Terumi Tanaka, secretary-general of the group known as Nihon Hidankyo, said, “Death did not fall (from the sky). Death was created” by the atomic bombing. Tanaka was at the ceremony in Hiroshima in which Obama made the speech.

      “That (part) is absolutely unacceptable for hibakusha,” he said at a news conference after the meeting.

      Read more.

  • rogerthat


    EDITORIAL: Extent of TEPCO cover-up over meltdown must be clarified

    June 18, 2016

    … What is particularly baffling is the opinion about the president’s instruction voiced by Yasuhisa Tanaka, the former president of the Sendai High Court who headed the investigation. “We cannot say for certain that there was a deliberate cover-up by the company,” Tanaka said during a news conference. …

    Also questionable is the panel’s suggestion that the TEPCO chief was probably acting on requests from the prime minister’s office in giving the instruction. The panel interviewed about 60 former and current TEPCO officials, but no government officials or bureaucrats who were involved in dealing with the crisis.

    In explaining the panel’s failure to interview key government officials, Tanaka said, “Our authority to investigate is limited, and it is difficult (to uncover the entire truth) in such a short time.” But the panel didn’t even request interviews with them. …

  • rogerthat


    Mayors renew push against nuke DGR

    By Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer
    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Mayors along the Great Lakes Basin renewed their push this week to keep nuclear waste from ending up near their drinking water supply.

    The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, representing about 120 municipalities, passed a resolution Wednesday calling for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to recognize “the value of staying as far away as possible” from the water source for 40 million people. …

  • rogerthat


    Australian servicemen still waiting for recognition, 60 years after Montebello nuclear tests
    By Angus Sargent
    Posted Sat at 1:12pm

    RELATED STORY: Atom bomb veterans remember life-changing blast
    MAP: Barrow Island 6712

    Sixty years since the last nuclear test was carried out off the West Australian coast, veteran Jim Marlow is still waiting for recognition.

    He was one of many of Australian servicemen involved in British nuclear testing at the Montebello islands, 130 kilometres off the Pilbara coast, in the 1950s.

    Seventeen members of the Australian Ex-Servicemen Atomic Survivors Association, including Mr Marlow, made the pilgrimage back to the Montebello Archipelago this week to place a plaque commemorating 60 years since the last test blasts were conducted.

    The atomic veterans want greater recognition for servicemen who were involved in nuclear testing across Australia, and hope their trip spreads awareness about the testing.

    "It's an event that was significant in Australia's military history but played down to a large degree by the Government," Mr Marlow said.

    "We find that people we talk to, school children particularly… they've never heard of it [the atomic tests] …

    • rogerthat

      … Mr Marlow went on to serve in an active war zone in Malaysia, for which he now receives full veterans' benefits, but says his experience at the Montebello Islands had more of a lasting impact yet is not recognised in the same way.

      He said the exposure to radiation continues to pose a threat to the servicemen's health.

      "In the case of the atomic veterans, the fall-out from the detonation stays with you for a lifetime, so you don't leave your war-zone, it follows you everywhere you go," he said.

      "Fifty years later it's still after you. I don't know when it's going to come and get me, I don't know when it's going to come to get my grandkids."

      He said a number of members who have health conditions they believe are a result of their service, have had difficulties claiming compensation from the Australian Government because the testing sites were not classified as war-like zones.

      "For everyone you find who have got some sort of claim paid up for it, you find two that haven't," Mr Marlow said. …

      • rogerthat

        A Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman said all past and present members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who had been injured in service had access to compensation.

        He said there was no evidence to suggest the radiation fallout would have an ongoing effect on subsequent generations.

        "Although no specific examinations had been done on children of veterans from the Australian British nuclear tests, long-term studies of populations affected by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs have found that children don't have an increased risk of chromosome abnormalities, cancer or birth defects," the spokesman said.

        "This suggests that there is no significant danger for the descendants of participants in the British nuclear testing program.

        "The Government will continue to monitor any new medical-scientific evidence relating to any potential intergenerational impacts as it becomes available." …

  • rogerthat

    … He said there was no evidence to suggest the radiation fallout would have an ongoing effect on subsequent generations. …

    no evidence? wake up:


    Nuclear Test Veterans scandal continues as children are STILL being born with medical defects three generations on

    5 APR 2014

    For 12 years the Sunday Mirror has campaigned for the survivors of Britain’s nuclear tests – 22,000 men ordered to watch as the toxic bombs exploded.

    Today most are dead, having been denied justice by successive governments who ignored their health problems.

    But their legacy lives on in the genes of descendants who suffer 10 times the normal rate of birth defects. Today we relaunch our battle for justice…

    At first little Ella seemed a healthy baby, and her great-grandmother Shirley Denson breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    At last, she thought, maybe the terrible genetic legacy that had cursed her family for 56 years was finally over.

    But at the age of six months Ella was rushed to hospital with what could have been a fatal infection. It turned out she’d been born with a dangerous kidney defect – and Shirley knew then their problems would never end.

    She says: “I quake with fear every time I hear one of the family is pregnant. I’m so worried about what will go wrong.'' …

    • rogerthat

      “Because of something dreadful that our government did so long ago, sick little children like Ella are suffering today with deformities and ­operations.”

      The Denson family’s problems stem from 1958, when Shirley’s husband – RAF ace pilot Eric – was sent to Christmas Island in the South Pacific.

      He and 22,000 other men, many on National Service, were ordered to bear witness as Britain exploded a series of atomic and hydrogen bombs in the race to become a nuclear power.

      Most of the men were mustered on shore in cotton shorts and flip-flops to watch the blasts, but Eric’s task was to fly a converted Canberra “sniff plane” through the mushroom cloud to collect samples. Afterwards he was sick for days and covered with a rash – a classic case of radiation poisoning.

      On his return to England, and unaware of any risk, he and Shirley, who already had one healthy child, had another three daughters.

      But Eric began to suffer crippling, ­unexplained headaches, and – unable to stand it any more – killed himself in 1976.

      Six years ago Shirley, 79, uncovered proof that in the nuclear cloud he experienced the equivalent of 12,000 x-rays directly to his brain. She became one of the few widows to win a war pension from the Ministry of Defence after it admitted poisoning Eric.

      But, she believes, there is a lingering genetic legacy – one our government chooses to ignore. Their second daughter …

      • rogerthat

        Nicola, now 55, was born with a malformed eye and nose and tooth problems. Three of Nicola’s four children have unexplained spinal conditions.

        Another of Shirley’s daughters had developmental abnormalities, and went on to have Kimberley, 30, who grew up to find three of her adult teeth were missing.

        Kimberley’s son Jamie, eight, had three sets of front teeth.

        Then Kimberley had Ella, who was born with a duplex kidney, with two tubes to the bladder instead of one. She also has a bladder reflux. Now aged 14 months, she has to take daily antibiotics and will need an operation aged three.

        As well as four children, Shirley has 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Thirteen of Eric’s descendants – that’s 37 per cent – had birth defects or have unexplained medical conditions.

        Granddaughter Danielle, 31, and her four children all suffer excruciating joint pain. Her son Daniel, 10, is only just getting adult teeth but they are so filled with holes he is on daily painkillers.

        Danielle has just discovered she is pregnant again. She says: “The babies were all born healthy. I thought we were fine. But as they’ve grown more of a pattern’s emerged. Now I’m pregnant and worrying what radiation might do to this one.” …

        • rogerthat

          … Research from New Zealand has proved that veterans had three times as much genetic damage as survivors of Chernobyl, but the UK refuses to carry out the same blood tests.

          Studies have shown there are at least 10 times the normal rate of birth defects among the vet- erans’ children and eight times in grandchildren.

          Professor Chris Busby, of the University of Liverpool, predicts the effects could last for 20 generations. …

    • Nuclear deformities are FOREVER.

      Genetic diseases are FOREVER.

  • rogerthat


    Mystery in Iraq: Are US Munitions to Blame for Basra Birth Defects?

    By Alexander Smoltczyk

    The guns have been silent in Iraq for years, but in Basra and Fallujah the number of birth defects and cancer cases is on the rise. Locals believe that American uranium-tipped munitions are to blame and some researchers think they might be right.

    It sounds at first as if the old man were drunk. Or perhaps as though he had been reading Greek myths. But Askar Bin Said doesn't read anything, especially not books, and there is no alcohol in Basra.

    In fact, he says, he saw the creatures he describes with his own eyes: "Some had only one eye in the forehead. Or two heads. One had a tail like a skinned lamb. Another one looked like a perfectly normal child, but with a monkey's face. Or the girl whose legs had grown together, half fish, half human."

    The babies Askar Bin Said describes were brought to him. He washed them and wrapped them in shrouds, and then he buried them in the dry soil, littered with bits of plastic and can lids, of his own cemetery, which has been in his family for five generations. It's a cemetery only for children.

    Though they are small, the graves are crowded so tightly together that they are almost on top of one another. They look as if someone had overturned toy wheelbarrows full of cement and then scratched the names…

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      and dates of death into it before it hardened. In many cases, there isn't even room for the birth date. But it doesn't really matter, because in most cases the two dates are the same.

      There are several thousand graves in the cemetery, and another five to 10 are added every day. The large number of graves is certainly conspicuous, says Bin Said. But, he adds, there "really isn't an explanation" for why there are so many dead and deformed newborn babies in Basra.

      Others, though, do have an idea why. According to a study published in September in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, a professional journal based in the southwestern German city of Heidelberg, there was a sevenfold increase in the number of birth defects in Basra between 1994 and 2003. Of 1,000 live births, 23 had birth defects.

      Double and Triple Cancers

      Similarly high values are reported from Fallujah, a city that was fiercely contested in the 2003 war. According to the Heidelberg study, the concentration of lead in the milk teeth of sick children from Basra was almost three times as high as comparable values in areas where there was no fighting.

      Never before has such a high rate of neural tube defects ("open back") been recorded in babies as in Basra, and the rate continues to rise. The number of hydrocephalus ("water on the brain") cases among newborns is six times as high in Basra as it is in the United States, the study concludes. …

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        Jawad al-Ali has worked as a cancer specialist at the Sadr Teaching Hospital (formerly the Saddam Hospital), housed in a sinister-looking building in Basra, since 1991.

        He remembers the period after the first Gulf war over Kuwait. "It isn't just that the number of cancer cases suddenly increased. We also had double and triple cancers, that is, patients with tumors on both kidneys and in the stomach.

        ''And there were also familial clusters, that is, entire families that were affected." He is convinced that this relates to the use of uranium ammunition. "There is a connection between cancer and radiation. Sometimes it takes 10 or 20 years before the consequences manifest themselves."

        The term uranium ammunition refers to projectiles whose alloys or cores are made with "depleted," or weakly radioactive uranium, also known as DU.

        When German soldiers are deployed overseas, they are given the following information: "Uranium munitions are armor-piercing projectiles with a core of depleted uranium. Because of its high density, this core provides the projectile with very high momentum and enables it to pierce the armor of combat tanks."

        When DU explodes, it produces a very fine uranium dust. When children play near wrecked tanks, they can absorb this dust through their skin, their mouths and their airways. A 2002 study at the University of Bremen in northern Germany found that chromosomal changes had occurred in Gulf war veterans who had come into…

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          contact with uranium ammunition.

          The German Defense Ministry counters that it isn't the radiation that constitutes a health threat, but the "chemical toxicity of uranium."

          Living in a Garbage Dump

          London's Royal Society presented one of the most comprehensive studies on the issue in 2002, but it only addressed the potential threat to soldiers. It concluded that the risk of radiation damage is "very low," as is the risk of chronic kidney toxicity from uranium dust.

          This may reassure soldiers, but not Mohammed Haidar. He lives in Kibla, a district in Basra which, like others in the city, resembles nothing so much as a garbage dump. Kibla is a neighborhood of squalid, make-shift shops and shacks — with shimmering, greenish liquid flowing through open sewers and plastic containers filled with rotting material.

          Haidar, who teaches mathematics at a high school, could afford to live in a better neighborhood. But he spends every spare dinar on treatment for his daughter Rukya. The three-year-old is sitting on his lap, resembling a ventriloquist's doll. She is an adorable little girl with pigtails and ribbons in her hair. But she can't walk or speak properly.

          When Haidar turns his daughter around, two openings in her back become visible. She has a cleft spine, the externally visible sign of hydrocephalus, as well as an implanted drainage tube to remove excess cerebrospinal fluid. In Germany, children with cases like hers are often treated with prenatal…

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            surgery, but not in Basra. In fact, Haidar and his wife are glad that Rukya is even alive. She is their first and only child. "We both grew up in Basra. I hold the United States responsible. They used DU. My child isn't an isolated case," Haidar says.

            The term "DU" seems to be just as widespread in Basra as birth defects are.

            DU ammunition was used twice in the Basra district: outside the city in the 1991 war, and in the city proper in 2003, when British troops were advancing toward the airport. West Basra is the urban district with the highest incidence of leukemia among infants.

            "Those who were children in the first war are adults today," says Khairiya Abu Yassin of the city's environmental agency. She estimates that 200 tons of DU ammunition were used in Basra. The Defense Ministry in London claims that British troops used only about two tons of DU ammunition during the war. Either way, the remains of tanks destroyed in the war with the help of DU ammunition littered the streets until 2008.

            Propaganda Fodder

            It was impossible to keep children and salvagers away from the wrecks, says Abu Yassin. "We installed signs that read: Caution — Radiation. But people don't take a threat seriously when it doesn't act like the bullet from a gun." …

            … In the United States, no major newspaper has yet published a story on the genetic disorders in Fallujah. Britain's Guardian, on the other hand, criticized the silence of "the West," calling it a moral…

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    Environmental coalition says restart of IP2 ‘endangers public safety and health’

    BUCHANAN – Entergy’s Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant was returned to service Thursday night after it conducted $120 million in refueling, inspection and upgrade of plant equipment and systems. Environmental and citizens groups Friday said the restart “endangers safety and health” and called for it to shut down. …

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    Quake scale may be underestimated in calculations for nuclear plants: Ex-NRA official

    June 17, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

    Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) former deputy chairman Kunihiko Shimazaki asked the nuclear power watchdog on June 16 to recalculate the maximum possible earthquake estimate — known as the standard ground motion — for some nuclear plants in western Japan using a different formula, since the current calculation may include underestimated figures. …

    After retiring from the NRA position in 2014, Shimazaki, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, examined one of the calculation formulas used to work out the standard ground motion for the Oi nuclear plant. The formula is known as the Irikura-Miyake recipe. As a result, Shimazaki claims that he has confirmed that in cases where an active fault at the estimated hypocenter is straight up-and-down or close to vertical, the scale of the calculated motion becomes smaller compared to the figures calculated with other formulas. The figures worked out with the Irikura-Miyake recipe for the recent Kumamoto Earthquake did not match data recorded in the actual tremor.

    Shimazaki has submitted a statement to an ongoing appeal trial at the Nagoya High Court Kanazawa branch over the suspension of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Oi plant pointing out the problem with the calculation formula. …

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