Guardian: Abnormal blood in monkeys linked to Fukushima disaster — Study: ‘Epidemic infectious disease’ could occur — “We cannot find other reasons except radiation” — Concern about strontium-90 & other radioactive materials besides cesium — “Potential direct relevance to humans”

Published: July 27th, 2014 at 4:13 pm ET
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The Guardian, July 24, 2014: Japanese monkeys’ abnormal blood linked to Fukushima disaster – study — Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. […] Professor Shin-ichi Hayama, at the Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Tokyo, told the Guardian […] “This first data from non-human primates — the closest taxonomic relatives of humans — should make a notable contribution to future research on the health effects of radiation exposure in humans… The low haematological values in the Fukushima monkeys could have therefore been due to the effect of any radioactive materials… We did not conclude the low-blood cell counts are caused by caesium but so far we cannot find other reasons except radiation.”

Scientific Reports (Nature.com), July 24, 2014: In April 2012 we carried out a 1-year hematological study on a population of wild Japanese monkeys inhabiting the forest area of Fukushima City. This area is located 70 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant […] Total muscle cesium concentration in Fukushima monkeys was in the range of 78-1778 Bq/kg, whereas the level of cesium was below the detection limit in all [monkeys from 400 km away.] Fukushima monkeys had significantly low white and red blood cell counts, hemoglobin, and hematocrit […] These results suggest that the exposure to some form of radioactive material contributed to hematological changes in Fukushima monkeys. […] low hematological values in Fukushima monkeys could have […] been due to the effect of other radioactive materials. […] The hematological changes in the Fukushima monkeys might likely be the result of exposure to some form of radioactive material, but only radiocesium concentration was measured in this study. […] We therefore plan to investigate in a future study the underlying mechanism in detail with the aim of detecting other radioactive materials, such as 90Sr. […]

The Australian, Higher Education Reporter John Ross, July 25, 2014: Reality apes movie for Fukushima monkeys — In the latest Planet of the Apes movie, a virus created in a lab pushes primate evolution into overdrive while morphing into a simian flu that wipes out most of the human race. Scientists monitoring the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown may be witnessing something similar in real life […] “Low blood cell count … may suggest that the immune system has been compromised, potentially making the entire troop susceptible to, for ­example, epidemic infectious disease.” The study suggests strongly that the blood changes are the result of nuclear contamination […]

Fox News, July 25, 2014: “The findings are consistent with what our group had found with red blood cells and hemoglobin content for children living around Chernobyl,” said Tim Mousseau, a biologist at U. of South Carolina […] “The fact that they are seeing a signal in monkeys living in Fukushima city means that there’s some potential direct relevance to the human population.”

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171 comments to Guardian: Abnormal blood in monkeys linked to Fukushima disaster — Study: ‘Epidemic infectious disease’ could occur — “We cannot find other reasons except radiation” — Concern about strontium-90 & other radioactive materials besides cesium — “Potential direct relevance to humans”

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Actual "direct relevance to the human population”.

  • Toxins & radiation from them. Not a good thing for blood platelets, and mtDNA, DNA, and cell builders. This confirms my early fears of the Snow Monkey's fate. Humans are next basically globally, eventually. Fasting, meditation, and reflection on what is next helps to retain what is left of any sanity we now are in control of.

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Onto, but these things are so slow, aren't they? Didn't the main waves of cancers from atmospheric testing (1945-1963) not start until the 90's and 2000s, 2010's? Don't the leukemias in children x-rayed in utero not show up for 5-6 years? These changes to DNA, blood cell counts, immune systems, brains, mental capacities, etc., these are fast in the sense they are happening now, and immediately since the accident began. But they are slow in the sense that creatures can go on a long time with these disabilities. Fertility rates may decline, but generations will go one still being born into a less and less inhabitable world. This post is a meditation on what happens next, a recognition of our collective powerlessness, and yet an affirmation that growing one's own food is still important for the foreseeable future. It is almost worse that we living beings can go on as each generation becomes progressively more disabled, yet still able to reproduce. The radioactive destruction of truly vast amounts of Pacific Rim life may not happen in our lifetimes, it may take another 10-20 generations, each progressively more susceptible to disease, illness, and reproductive failure. In the meantime, what am I to do? Mourn that which is not yet dead? Mourn that which is dying, surely; meditate, surely; but I will also water my garden as long as I can.

      • Very well said Arizonan

        I fear that the process will be faster than you describe because we have lost footing on the slippery slope of genetic mutations.

        The sheer number of sudden adverse mortality events along the North American Pacific coast has me worried. There have been so very, very many inexplicable die-offs. The caribou are the most recent example.

        I think we will outlast Pacific mammals, but not by much.

        I doubt we'll make it ten generations into the future. I think anarchy and chaos are spiraling upwards, system vulnerability is rising, and human health and reproductive success are already visibly declining. The rise of both adult and childhood neurological disorders is telling.

        Our food, air and water are contaminated with so many varied toxins. E.g., the research on reproduction of rodents fed Round-Up suggests 5 generations is all they have with levels of Round-Up in their food comparable to what some Americans consume.

        What will significantly increased radionuclide bioaccumulation add to the mix?

        • Arizonan Arizonan

          Majia, Thank you for your reply. I would like more info/ref on the rise of neurological disorders; these definitely seem related to radiation. A lot of the DU vets and Iraqis had neurological problems. I agree, the combination of toxins seems overwhelming. Between pesticides, GMOS and nuclear, life's sustainability has undoubtedly been compromised. Perhaps I am estimating ten to twenty generations left because life seems to me to be so vibrantly irrepressible; because of its endless capacity for adaptation, our only small sliver of hope if there be one; and because not all human communities are as radically self-poisoned as so many areas of the northern hemisphere. There are isolated human communities all over the globe who live with less contaminated soils, who have never eaten GMOs in the quantities Americans consume them, etc. This radioactive monkey story is very telling, though. It is the compromised immune system which is the key component, but life forms can go on reproducing nonetheless. That is why I think we have about another 10-20 generations before the lights go out, even though none of us really know. I also heard a presentation about global warming the other day in which it was estimated that our current ways of life have about another 5-10 years before radical changes will take place. The speaker was not so worried about Fukushima, because he believed global warming would get us first. So, I also agree that systems are becoming more and more unstable.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            The problem is much worse than we can imagine and always follow the money… 🙁
            http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-shows-70-percent-of-americans-take-prescription-drugs/

          • Metacomet

            I guess I would be inclined to the view that generational mutations are not a significant concern at this point.

            The point that immediate threats, such as GW will pre-empt those long range effects seems to be a far greater likelihood.

            And even that threat, with its immediate, actually in process devastation underway, is effectively denied by a political establishment subservient to monied interests currently feasting on the status quo.

            An immediate artifact of this phenomenon, in the instant case, is the refusal of both the Government of Japan or its powerful client TEPCO, to be forthcoming as to the reality of the ongoing triple reactor meltdown or the negative consequences of the incident.

            Perhaps even more sobering is the observation that even though the potential consequences of this disaster may be devastating health consequences for a significant segment of Japans population and many organisms in and bordering the entire Pacific region, TEPCO continues as a well funded going concern with a balance sheet only slightly impacted by their nuclear problem.

            The political control of the regulators by those being regulated will continue to serve as a major obstacle to those adaptation traits that exist but are constrained by those who profit from stifling adaptation.

            In Arizona, the Koch Brothers are influencing a policy change that seeks to tax folks who want to install solar collectors on their homes.

            • Arizonan Arizonan

              Meta, good point.

              • melting mermaid melting mermaid

                So it was greed that got us here and greed is going to keep us here, because of greed, they won't inform the public, because of greed they won't do what needs to be done. Maybe greed isn't the best way to incentivise a population. Well, that doesn't matter any more does it? Soon survival will be all the incentive we have left. I can think of no greater injustice than the one nuclear has perpetrated on the future generations. And this world is drowning in injustice.

  • Joe Ebslap Joe Ebslap

    This is an easy one to debunk. Monkeys – Bananas, duh.

  • nuclear pollution nuclear pollution

    Just saw this comment on Radchick’s Facebook page:

    URGENT – THE EPA PLANS TO RAISE “ALLOWABLE” RADIATION LIMITS BY AS MUCH AS A FACTOR OF 350! ACCEPTING COMMENTS UNTIL AUGUST 3, 2014 – WRITE TO THEM NOW!

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0001

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Thanks I have been putting off contacting the EPA but I think it is very important that all of us make known our views known to the powers that be. Thanks again 'nuclear pollution'

    • jec jec

      Have written twice..have seen the disclaimer..the EPA reviews and may or may not post sometime in the future. So far, my 'tickets' do not show up on the EPA site. And its a real treat to figure out how to FIND the search tool !!!!

      • Sickputer

        Post your comments here jec. They deepsixed my comment at EPA.

        Probably more people read Enenews than the EPA site anyway. 🙂

        Our recent pronuclear hacker who persisted in posting after being banned called this news blog the "National Inquirer of the Internet". Color the nucleoapes very jealous.

        It is better to be well read than a government nucleoape website spouting pablum for the masses.

        The truth travels from Enenews around the world in a few milliseconds. The nucleoapes take days to think up their revised lies. Same old shit passed around like they are doing us a favor.

        Please read today how poorly the new nuke plant construction is going in South Carolina:

        http://www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/550634/Promises-of-easier-nuclear-construction-fall-short.html?isap=1&nav=5041

        "The first of the two new reactors at each site in Georgia and South Carolina were supposed to be operating in 2016, but that timetable has now been pushed into 2017 or early 2018. In Georgia, Southern Co. expects to spend $646 million more than the originally budgeted $6.1 billion on its share of the project."

        • Jebus Jebus

          This is the pillaging part…

        • MFX 1209

          The goofy news at Enenews draws people here like a moth to a flame.

        • nedlifromvermont

          And the extra expense will find its way into the fixed asset base on which the utility gets a fixed profit rate of say twelve per cent … no risk on project cost overruns in stupid Georgia … the Crackers gettin' screwed by Big Nuke …

          This cost recovery for work in process has been done away with in most states … but not in fascist South Carolina or stupid Georgia …

          Run you crackers run!!! This is the problem which led to the WHOOPS fiasco in Washington State in the 80's. And Big Nuke got run out of town … they left their Hanford mess behind …

          Those poor monkeys in Japan … remember 1964 GE? "It's a small world after all," you slime balls …

          Progress?, yeah, towards the end of the world …

        • Arizonan Arizonan

          Unfortunately the EPA has more power over how much radiation is released by the industry than enenews has. I am working on my comment now, and will meet the deadline. I know the EPA is a bureaucratic nightmare, so who knows what goes on really and what they do or don't. They seem largely ineffective, and these constant comment exercises sometimes seem designed to wear us down. Some antinukers spend all their professional time responding to these open comment opportunities. I don't know. I just know they do have some power. Even sending them a paragraph of your mind on radiation at least sends the signal that more than 122 people on the planet give a shit about this topic.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            It's about the money…not about safety.

          • I am concerned that our comments are not showing up at the EPA. Sickputer wrote his comment failed to show and I could not find mine either, despite receiving a confirmation number.

            Perhaps the system only shows a fixed number of comments?

            • I usually submit through Beyond Nuclear and have never had a problem using their portal to the EPA or the NRC. But, any submissions require a docket or issue number, or it will not be recorded, which is why i use their links – they provide that number already in the form field.

            • PlowboyGrownUp

              EPA took several days to post my comment. Quite sure they replaced my "ionizing radiation" with "radioactive materials".

              • PlowboyGrownUp, true, but, i figure no one actually READS the comments anyway. I think the volume of comments is what they see, then they decide what the political consequences will be – same as with just about every issue which, if it becomes a political football, then it gets delayed, which gives us more time to mobilize.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Sickputer, I know one of the former chief editors of the National Enquirer. Despite their reputation for being over the top, they actually did some very good investigative reporting in their early days. So being compared to the NE isn't such a bad thing ….

          • Sickputer

            Very true HT and my wife loves to read the NI. It was the tone of the insult by our intruder rather than the mention of the National Inquirer that I object to.

            Let us not forget that terrorist activity killed NI employee Bob Stevens in 2001 after 911 with anthrax. The first death of an American by the fringe elements. Crazy fanatic and government bungling. Some people have different theories on the culprits (Israel gets blamed for example).

            I don't think they will ever solve the mystery fully. A good account of that frightening anthrax era is found here:

            http://m.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/feds-formally-close-book-on-2001-anthrax-attack-th/nL4nj/

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              The person I know worked at NI in the 1970's. He said the publication had been co-opted or infiltrated by newcomers who had a private agenda. That agenda and intent was to produce fluff pieces and to discredit the serious journalists there. So viola! Wacko stories about how aliens mated with my farm animals and see what the offspring look like, etc. News "on the fringe." But that's not how NI started out, apparently.

              Wasn't aware of the Bob Stevens connection. Will have to read up on that.

      • We Not They Finally

        Yeah, no kidding, jec. If they print my owncomments on their website, I'll be amazed. Something about "what you are doing is criminally insane"….

    • Au Au

      Thanks nuclear pollution. Done.

    • Thanks for posting that link. Even this Canadian posted a comment on epa site.

    • Bay Area Guy 2

      Nuclear Pollution

      When I click your link, all I get is the spinning cursor on my Mac, meaning that it's not connecting to the site. Anyone else have this problem?

    • bf9 bf9

      EPA raising limits? I can knock this down with one simple question:

      If you are raising the acceptable amount of consumed radioactive fallout for biological consumption, what has changed? By basic logic it has to be
      A) you've done studies that found the identical/same isotopes of radiation are much less harmful than once thought (aka the knowledge has changed) and I'd like to see these studies/evidence please or
      B) there is no "B"!

      Unless the knowledge about what exactly consumed radioisotopes and external exposure do to the body (versus the last 70-90 years of research) and what living organisms can take with the already understood effects, there is no possible explanation they can give. Without ANY evidence supporting that the new limits (and even the current ones that they already increased to, don't forget) one cannot deem them "safe", even discounting the additionally destructive nature of radioactivity.

      It's a logical checkmate.

      • bf9 bf9

        *Unless the "knowledge" has changed, very poorly worded but my excuse is I'm on a phone and only have a few minutes lol.

        • bf9, if they are moving to raise the limits, then the knowledge has not changed so much as the levels have gone up and will continue to rise and the government requires that it be in compliance with its own public health regulations, thus the need to raise the exposure limits.

          I think they believe the dangers of radiation are far out into the future and are simply passing the problem along in that direction as they are doing with any number of issues of dwindling resources, toxic substances, etc. Better to look like a good leader today and let the future pay the price than tell your constituents they have to conserve energy and stop polluting the planet.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          bf9, that wasn't poorly worded, IMO. Good comment and yes, the rationale for changing the limits of safety thresholds is just goofy. Completely illogical.

      • melting mermaid melting mermaid

        We should start are own EPA since they clearly have strange ideas about what protects the environment

    • We Not They Finally

      nuclear-p, a FACTOR of 350? I thought it was something like 350 CPM. You mean 350 times what it is now? We'd all be dead, yes?

    • Annie Lark Annie Lark

      Let’s try to turn things around! The EPA Rule Changes Call for Comments: I have just finished reading posted public comments on the EPA's proposed: Enviornmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations and found a VERY interesting post that starts out with this comment: COAL fired power plants must meet the same requirements as nuclear power plants.

      However, when you drill down into the actual posting you find that the EPA will only make this commenter's post available in person at their Washington D.C. office. The abstracts included in the post are titled: Low Dose Radiation Doesn't Cause Cancer. It Helps Prevent It -AND- Nuclear Energy and Health-and the Benefits of Low-Dose Radiation Hormesis. Really?

      Apparently, Mr. Jerry M. Cuttler of Cuttler & Associates, Inc. provided the first or second comment received on this rule change. Interesting, isn't it? The website from this company states: Cutler & Associates is your partner for comprehensive solutions in the booming senior life and health insurance marketplace, including Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, Final Expense Life Insurance, Indemnity, Long Term Care plans and Annuity products.

      There are 126 comments received so far. The deadline is August 3rd. Would you provide counter comments to such postings as this. Go to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;dct=PS;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689 in order to submit your comments… Please Comment!!!!

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      I have posted this several times and no one has replied or looked at it it seems
      This is another commenting opportunity for us , this is the NRC not the EPA
      These are for new rules , they are not due until November of 2014
      I am wondering if we are being prevented somehow from any organized effort to change this mess
      We got the troll that took a lot of our time just about when we started having any serious efforts launch with the EPA comments
      This site is not allowing me to repost things oh hum I don't know
      But this is very important also and needs someone to sort some of it out too .
      My recommendations for those that are serious about it are not so much commenting on line but following the bouncing ball on this site to file your comment by mail or fax , fax , you have a receipt right ? You can send a copies of that by snail mail many copies and send them to everyone on this NRC reply list
      As well ..we can make a postcard to flood the NRC with actual mail and have it go viral …hopefully bu morning someone here will have looked at this …
      Federal Register | Radiation Protection
      https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/25/2014-17252/radiation-protection#h-27

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        And the just because the EPA site does not reflect your comment does not mean it's not there , I signed up for the daily list of comments , it seems there's a number play going on ..let's do the NRC one .
        It needs to be looked at carefully and fully and we could use someone who knows legal language for some of it to sort it out for us that are more challenged like myself depending on what time it is ..
        I read somewhere today that there where over 200,000 comments but who knows the way that site was set up was so hinky in my eyes as anyone could write over and over with no oversight ..that's my take

        Let's do this one better
        We have the time
        We have an enormous amount of people that visit here every day and take the news with them to share , I don't know how many folks go outside here that are regular contributors , I do and I see when it is posted here it flys right into social media
        I also see us pick up our own story line then admin picks it up , it's not a race
        It would be nice if admin could put this NRC site up as it is relevant and it would bring a lot of good discussion , it would also bring out the trolls to disrupt us and we have to somehow get this under control ???i don't even know where to start !!??

      • Arizonan Arizonan

        Clam, I think several people have sen your post, and probably several of us readers got off our ass to actually write and submit comments, whether they show up or not. The hormesis crazies will always show up too I guess.

        • jec jec

          Tried to get EPA to provide radiation test results for local area..they gave me RAH RAH..and sure "there are results thru 2013." So I ran some searches..data for areas, some only for the 1990s if that. AND.. nothing recent for radiation materials I found. So those poor monkeys.are also us, people that live in this mess.

      • Shaker1

        I think the point is to not get discouraged or become too cynical that you do not post some comment. In all honesty, is it really about the science? Whether 'science' thinks we're idiots or not is inconsequential. Whatever the science and risk managers may suggest, if 'we the people' don't want the limits to change, they shouldn't change. It's irresponsible for the EPA to reject and not consider any comment that conforms to the rules they set concerning language, etc. It's unacceptable to shape our fate through what another considers an 'informed minority'. In doing that, the philosophy, and consequently the outcome, are then decided even before asking for the comments. We are going to have to live with it, right? It's also irresponsible for our elected officials to do the same in the name of some collective in which barely 50% of even registered voters (not counting the disenfranchised or those who don't bother to register) participate at the best in recent times. Truly, then, it's the silent that are shaping our future. Speak up.

        And speaking of representatives, the bi-annual elections for the house is upon us again. This Congress rates little better diherrea, right?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      nuclear pollution, the person who posted at RadChick's site probably meant 350%, which would mean airborne radiation levels would increase from 100 CPM (counts per minute) to 350 CPM before triggering an alarm. That's a factor of 3 1/2 times, or 350%.

  • mairs mairs

    I saw an article about the monkeys on a science site. The posts to follow were full of disinformation…industry posters saying that it was all nothing, and as the discussion turned to thyroid cancer in children in Fukushima one person said that since it's been so long and there hadn't been any increases in thyroid cancer rates among children, the threat was nonexistent. Also that radioactive cesium is excreted from the monkeys' bodies quickly and won't harm them. On and on and on with the lies. It's so discouraging. There is an avalanche of these people, these liars, whenever anything about Fukushima breaks through into the public consciousness.

    • Exactly Mairs: "There is an avalanche of these people, these liars, whenever anything about Fukushima breaks through into the public consciousness."

      This is not the first study to find cesium contamination in Fukushima wildlife.

      Moreover, the number of adverse animal mortality events in North America has been alarming. Fukushima may not be the only culprit, but it may be the proverbial straw that broke the (already distressed) camel's back for a range of species

      Here is the list I've generated http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/animal-anomalies-is-fukushima-daiichi.html

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        Majia shouldn't there be more talk about not just the cesium 137 on these sites to educate the public , I'm going out on a limb here but don't they paint the cesium with a short half life ? Not mentioning at all all the other isotopes that are MAN made that last almost forever .
        What about the monkey human connection ? I am in disbelief that say it's not in humans .

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Can you post the web address of the site you were on please so that we can crowd-source an alternative opinion?

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      Majia
      This story is being picked up and syndicated now , some sites are more liberal than others and I would suggest that the writers here do replies as I think I recognize some from here , I call it gang blogging
      This is Sunday and the story should have legs for abit .
      It's going viral everywhere
      Who doesn't like a story on the little snow monkeys ??

  • Ah good, new thread. I'm going to C&P as many current substantiating points and real life reports as I can, to pass on to the outer circle before it gets clogged and bogged down. 🙂

  • monster

    I can hear it now, the reasons for the monkeys deteriorated health is stress. Look for politicians and pro nuclear advocates going into the jungles with baskets of bananas and fruits to bribe them for their silence. "I'll scratch your back if you scratch ours".

  • J.

    This article is another example of the fine service Enenews provides to a global readership. I'm always impressed by the range of information provided by the Administrator, and appreciate many of the relevant comments and links by some of the long-time commenters here. This particular article is so important, because it's grounded in solid science.

    • J I'm in total agreement and couldn't begin to thank everyone by name here (including our members up above who just posted). I ignore and speed past the dissenting shills and disruptions…they are inconsequential annoyances and by their foolishness always make our informational posts even more valuable. 🙂

      I was thrilled the first time I glanced up at the right hand corner and saw a couple new likes by people I know of because they could have picked up on simple eyeopening info I put on my fb page and shared if they felt like it or talked in person with friends.

      Now these aren't folks I jibber jabber with socially. We just quietly absorb heads-up news, links and useful updated facts to put out there for other circles of aware people to see. Monsanto, the oil companies and others gave us lots of practice through the years.

      Grass roots actions…. individuals who do quiet work behind the scenes. Not every warrior is a noisy one who needs to be a member or join with all the organized groups that come down the pike. Enews is as nuclear groupyish as I get. LOL!

      Discretion and strategies are fun stuff. Lurkers = workers! Fist bump!

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      J, yes, this is a great site doing a great service.

    • retali8 retali8

      This site is amazing and I worry about it being taken down one day as it's a threat to there industry.
      I hope people are donating as administrator has worked tirelessly through this difficult period. The rest of u are amazing too, *nods*

  • Jebus Jebus

    This is the endless result…

  • jec jec

    And on the West Coast USA..starfish massive die off.
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3697309977001/scientists-rush-to-solve-mystery-of-melting-starfish/?intcmp=obnetwork#sp=show-clips

    and now sea urchins showing the same symptoms. The commenter mentions 'no danger to humans'–at this time…

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I always wanted to go to Japan to experience watching the Snow Monkeys. Another heart break and this info obviously does not bode well for our species and what a species, we are. I'm so ashamed and wish I could do more to help all the innocent victims of this ongoing disaster.

    • We Not They Finally

      Bless your heart. But you should not feel ashamed yourself over what others have done. Dane Wigington, who is AMAZING about geoengineering said, why are the people in power who doing all these terrible things, the ones who are in power? And the answer he gave was that, THEY ARE WILLING TO DO WHAT YOU OR I WOULD NOT.

      Which is a really big giant shame on THEM.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Someone with weight needs to step up.

    Someone who can withstand the wind.

    My insignificant lot has been drawn.

    If I could, I would. I have no weight.

    Someone with weight, and a conscience, needs to step up.

    • We Not They Finally

      But also remember that everyone with a conscience has "weight." Never undervalue that just because people of conscience are being forced into disempowerment these days. The weight of your conscience is the weight of your humanity, and let no one ever undervalue that.

      • Jebus Jebus

        The winds are strong.

        The conscience is inside, the weight is outside.

        The weight is the anchor in the wind.

        It takes a big anchor to dock a nuclear ship.

        Look at what it's done.

        Somebody needs to step up…

    • name999 name999

      jebus, you have weight here, and we are heavy people;-]

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    WE ALREADY KNOW THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF RADIATION . . .

    And it has spread to the soils of North America, both from Chernobyl and Fukushima.

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Actually not that many people really do know the harmful effects of low level radiation, it seems to me. Else why are there not millions in the streets resisting?

  • Jebus Jebus

    Raising the allowable dose rates, thereby raising the risk, for manmade radionuclide contamination in the environment is absolutely a clear message that Fukushima has, Day 1234, and will continue to contaminate our environment with radionuclides, forever…

    Psss, it's on the Ocean.

    Hey EPA, can ya lets us know a little earlier when ya raise the bar next time?
    We're getting a little sluggish with all this hormesis going on…

  • Honest science as they admit that they only tested for cesium but other radio-isotopes may be present. Sure. Fukushima melted cores have/are producing a veritable plethora of isotopes, from cesium to plutonium. Monkeys are similar to humans so what about doing a study on school children presently living within 100 km of the meltdown? Or think about the millions living in Tokyo?
    Check this link describing the fallout.
    http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/environmental-health-policy-institute/responses/costs-and-consequences-of-fukushima.html

    According to above link, After the meltdown Japan raised the rad limits.
    If the EPA is raising rad limits they must be planning for a future meltdown. Japan will provide the playbook for Fukushima America: The Next Meltdown.

  • It's proven, it's a FACT, that radiation contamination has now, without a doubt, affected butterflies, birds and monkeys.

    Knowing this, it's a 'no brainer', to understand that all life on the globe has been and will be touched by this man-made catastrophe. Either directly or indirectly. That includes humans. Not only those who are alive today, but for those who have not even been born.

    The longer the TRIPLE MELTDOWNS at Fukushima continue to spew, and they're going to, the more logarithmic the affects will become with TIME.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logarithm#Psychology

    Note: This Monkey Study seemed more detailed and easier to understand than most anything I've seen on humans or children. 😉

  • Nick

    2014: Monkey Study shows signs of radiation

    2015: Sparrow Study shows white blood cell count very low

    2016: Lice Study shows mutated insects with superb parasitic strengths, etc

    2017: Human Study show we are all fucked

  • Nick

    Last time I checked, humans use about 8.2% of our DNA, so the nuke shills will claim that we all have ample extra genetic capacity, etc to handle a wee bit o rads.

    Wish it were so simple.

    The Monkey Study confirms my fears of telomere disruption (the things that assemble our DNA strands during recombination).

    The rads are toxic at the atomic level.

    When you consider how plants photosynthesize, the chloroplasts have vibrating molecules to trap the photons from the sun, it cannot be a good thing to vibrate biological molecules with trans-uranic decaying atomic energies!

    But most humans are too stupid or dense to grasp anything at the atomic level. And THAT is a big problem, hence the insanity of our nuclear world.

    Notice how the world seems a bit out of whack of late?

    Monkey see. Monkey do. Monkey die, so will you.

  • We Not They Finally

    So the monkeys figured it out before the humans? Oh, the humans were not even tested? Or they tested and never released the results?

  • Nick

    http://investmentwatchblog.com/albright-the-world-is-a-mess/

    See?

    At any rate, watch for discussions on blights in ecosystems being blamed on this and that but NEVER the rads of Fukushima+.

    Weakened immune systems in any organism is going to cause problems.

    For example: The Everglades http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/26/goodbye-everglades-how-these-tiny-beetles-are-destroying-floridas-precious

    You can find countless similar laments of all manner of ecosytemic declines.

    Blights are not possible in a vacuum, and are triggered by other stressors in an ecosystem.

    I am not saying that Fukushima is, say destroying the Everglades, but it is possible that something has weakened the trees as the beetles spread the fungus.

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Here's another op to have your voice heard , you have until November 24 2014 to write , fax or comment

    I personally would like a postcard made by someone here hint hint ..that we can download and print on card stock ..and blast every office and person that are the contacts here …I do not trust the online comments esp if they are Anonoymous …

    Federal Register | Radiation Protection
    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/25/2014-17252/radiation-protection

    Sorry I didn't open some of it up but there's a lot of info here to digest and discover .

  • Jebus Jebus

    I think we could all be over our hormesis dose limit soon.

    What exactly is that limit? I missed that lecture…

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    Jebus, my canine friend, my irradiated brain is sluggish too, but I still know that it's spelled whoremesis.

  • EKO KLAP$$ 2014

    And the insane corporations say ….. Do not worry they are only animals, they do not buy our goods. Consume away as Rome burns.

    Wake up time.

    An old saying from Asia states that willing to kill an animal the insane kill their own.

    • What I've been realizing is that at the increasing rate every family has with more illnesses and deaths from cancer, who exactly is going to do their work as they drop?

      Who will be left to work, particularly physical or outdoor work?

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        Teri – If this catastrophe is as bad as a great many people on this site, and around the world seem to think*, there will be a great societal collapse, people will start to 'run out'. Think of all of the Nuclear Reactors around the world that will one day have no one left to maintain them. They too will explode. France ALONE has something like 74 of them. The U.S. is around 50 I think.

        * I also think we are fucked. Go watch the number 3 reactor explode. That alone was game over.

    • They are just not smiling enough, it seems…

  • rogerthat

    “We cannot find other reasons except radiation”

    – Doubtless the nuke industry will fund a new study which dredges up all kinds of spurious stuff – maybe the monkeys don't smile enough, maybe they haven't read about hormesis.
    Or maybe the researchers need to listen to Janis Joplin:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gsqBEPSrd0
    and Try (just a little bit harder) lol

  • kintaman kintaman

    Reading this further reinforces my feeling that we made the right choice to leave Tokyo and then Japan entirely after 3.11. It also is extinguishing any hopes I have to ever return to live there again despite many of our family (both my wife's and my own) living in Japan.

    It is truly a tragedy beyond words what is happening in Japan and to the people there and beyond. The most tragic of it all is that the damage is invisible and works slowly so no one is concerned or really aware about it. Added to this is that those who are aware and concerned are then blackballed by others who do not want to be concerned about it. Such a bizarre existence this all is.

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Kinta, yes, it is bizarre. Fukushima has changed everything forever, yet so few even know it is still going on, and the ones who speak are silenced or ridiculed. This is one of the strangest most bizarre episodes of modern history. You are not imagining that.

    • Sickputer

      So sorry Kintaman about your family Left Behind. Your exodus has indeed made your family The Leftovers.

      You can't make people you love bend to your will. Perhaps they are doing a service to the world as martyrs. A life is only what you make of it and they feel bound to the land. Even if they know they will probably die at an earlier age than expected.

      To die at home with loved ones or move and live longer is a Matrix decision. You made the right one for your own family. They made the choice they desired. Some of your Left Behind family may emigrate in the future before it's too late.

      Saru mo ki kara ochiru! (appropriate for this thread)

  • rogerthat

    Doctor Shigeru Mita knows:
    http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2014/07/16/a-tokyo-doctor-who-has-moved-to-western-japan-urges-fellow-doctors-to-promote-radiation-protection-a-message-from-dr-mita-to-his-colleagues-in-kodaira-city-t/
    … Since December 2011, I have conducted thyroid ultrasound examinations, thyroid function tests, general blood tests and biochemical tests on about 2000 people, mostly families in the Tokyo metropolitan area expressing concerns on the effects of radiation. I have observed that white blood cells, especially neutrophils, are decreasing among children under the age of 10. There are cases of significant decline in the number of neutrophils in 0-1 year-olds born after the earthquake …
    … I recommend all of you to watch the NHK program, “ETV special: Chernobyl nuclear accident: Report from a contaminated land”, which is available on Internet. …

  • One of the comments on EPA website

    CommentView document:
    IT IS criminal that you would be considering this raise and change of Radiation Warning Levels. Criminal that your agency would abandon its mission and abandon science. You have a responsibility to the people, to your own children. How can you all sleep at night while the Corporations rejoice at their FREE reign to POISON the environment forever. I suggest you all do some reading !!! Radiation is not safe, the IS NO safe dose of radiation. Stop rationalizing with science. Shame on you all. If you raise these levels you are complicit in the silent invisable poisoning of world!! You have abandoned your primary responsibilities for what ?? So these heinous corporations can poison the people. Keep the national monitors on and report honestly to the people,anything less is collusion in soft kill murders AND YOU KNOW IT.
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    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0001

    • My comment at EPA:

      "Radiation levels should be lowered NOT RAISED AGAIN.

      It's better to bet on the "safe" side rather than gamble with the DNA of future generations.

      I think that Radiation Levels to the EYE and how that is measured should also be included."

      Date Posted: Jul 17, 2014
      RIN: 2060-AR12
      ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0078
      Tracking Number: 1jy-8d5v-o5zf

      View ALL:
      http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;dct=PS;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689;refD=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0001

      • I thought this was an EXCELLENT COMMENT…

        RE: ICRP recommendations
        [excerpt from comment]

        "The authorities apparently refer to the so-called standards of permissible or acceptable limits set by the International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP) and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission as basis for declaring that exposure levels of the public are "small" and within "safety" limits and that significant risk of harm is limited to the immediate vicinity of the power plants. These standards, in fact, have been set to accommodate the interests of the nuclear industry and countries with nuclear weapons. The ICRP recommendations of exposure limits are not based on worker and public health criteria, but on value judgements with respect to the acceptability of risk estimates for what it sees as benefits of these activities. Since the decision makers were either users of ionizing radiation in their employment, or are government regulators, primarily from countries with nuclear weapon programs, the vested interests are very clear."
        – Dr Romeo F Quijano MD, a professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

        See FULL comment here:
        http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0080

        [applause]

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Comment you quoted sounds kind of like what I said, stock, but I stopped short of calling them criminals. WHY have all the West Coast radiation monitors for major cities been TURNED OFF? EPA is not doing its job.

      Environmental Protection(?) Agency

  • One of the lies of nukers is that because the biological half life of cesium is around 80 days, that it is therefore not dangerous.

    But that is a complete lie if the food around you all has cesium, then you continue to take it in, and you reach a steady constant level of cesium.

    Now on to strontium….I have calculated the biological half life to be 333 years (half of 666)

  • zogerke zogerke

    greetings all. a bit off topic here: One of those storms that folks here wrote about- I was driving through the suburban foothills of PA and NY, and there was an extraordinary lightning storm for more than an hour, lateral srobelights of heat lightening, coming for a while every 2 – 3 seconds, for a solid 45 minutes, with a tiny needling rain, fine and sharp…and no thuder, none, as the light show of lateral lightening went on and on. Now in Philly it has reached us south and we have thunder with the lightening. But what a ride home. didn't others write here of weird intense lightening storms with no thunder? odd.

    And, on the Delaware….there was less frequency of wildlife but we saw: egrets, and red tail hawks, and dragon flies and darning needles; and water spiders; many loons…….Not as many bugs and not as many birds, but still there. And plenty of deer in the rural suburbs of where PA meets NYS up by scranton…..

  • E5
    How, if at all, should a revised rule explicitly address storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste?

    Generators will be required to place $2M per ton of spent fuel that they create into an escrow account.All spent fuel will be dry casked as soon as it can be, usually 5 years from date of reactor core offload.The escrow account can be reduced by the audited costs to dry cask the fuels.

    The generator shall be FOREVER responsible for maintaining the fuel in a safe manner, and shall be legally responsible for any ill effect of the spent fuel.

  • Palisades on lake michigan is run by Entergy, the slumlord of nuke.

    SHUT IT DOWN!

    The plant, owned by Entergy Corp., has been under scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a “chilled work environment,” though the facility has been improving, according to officials.

    Read more: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20140727/News/140729235#ixzz38jTqiL00

  • Another lie of the nuke cartel—-iodine tablets will protect you.
    Well from one type of radiation it will sure help, but these tablets are not presented with proper information, creating a false sense of security.
    ====================

    The move by the Kagoshima prefectural and Satsumasendai municipal governments came after Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant cleared a key safety hurdle for restarting operations earlier this month.

    About 2,700 of the roughly 4,700 residents over 3 who live within the 5-km radius were given a supply of tablets after hearing an official briefing, submitting medical interview sheets and receiving the green light from doctors, according to prefectural officials.
    =================================
    Another disgusting move by the pimps of nuke

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/27/national/kagoshima-residents-near-sendai-nuclear-plant-given-iodine-tablets/

  • Cdog Cdog

    1700 disintegration's per second! That's insane, and it's only the cesium of course.
    Those monkeys and all potential offspring will be gone from the world soon
    Those monkeys be stressed! Thats the excuse we've been hearing for three years now from the Japanese/american controlled government.
    So fucking sad! Were all dead already.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Not yet, but many sadly will not make it very much longer.. 🙁

    It is only a matter of time now and some will be lucky while others will not be so lucky. 🙁

    The affected monkeys were not so lucky! 🙁

  • rogerthat

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201407280043
    ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose planned restart of Kyushu reactors
    … 63 percent said nuclear technology poses risks that are beyond the control of humans. …
    … 61 percent said the government has not sufficiently applied lessons learned from the Fukushima crisis. Only 19 percent said the Abe administration’s nuclear policy has taken into account lessons from the disaster. …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/06/chernobyl-animals_n_5275596.html
    28 Years Later, The Animals Of Chernobyl Have Reclaimed Their Homeland… At A Price

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/fukushima-radiation_n_5103582.html
    As Fears Of Fukushima's Radiation Linger, Children Flee Homes For Distant Schools
    … The project is the brainchild of Mayor Akira Sugenoya, a medical doctor who performed more than 100 thyroid-cancer surgeries in neighboring Belarus after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. …

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/07/fukushima-navy-radiation-fundraising_n_4916401.html
    … Both men are among hopeful beneficiaries of an online campaign launched this week aimed at raising money for medical expenses the U.S. government won't cover for sailors and Marines who served near the power plant and may now be suffering radiation-related illnesses.
    "The whole system is running away from them. This is exactly the time when we should be running towards them to help," said Eric Egland, founder and president of Troops Need You, the nonprofit leading the campaign. "We want the American people to know about it and know they can help." …

  • dan dan

    Obe….
    Hi. A small aside. Where can I get some not-so-happy faces for my messages please.
    Dan

  • rogerthat

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/fukushima-i-npp-tepco-defies-laws-of.html

    http://fukushimaemergencywhatcanwedo.blogspot.com.au
    A former top official at Kansai Electric Power Co. has come forward to reveal a nearly 20-year history of doling out "top secret" huge donations to Japanese prime ministers, funded on the backs of ratepayers.
    Chimori Naito, 91, a former KEPCO vice president, said that for 18 years from 1972, seven prime ministers received 20 million yen (about $200,000 now) annually from Yoshishige Ashihara, who served as both KEPCO president and chairman. …
    …"As I began to think about my own death, I also recalled the course I had taken in life," Naito said. "A reporter (from The Asahi Shimbun) came just at the time when I began feeling that I wanted to talk about matters I had never spoken about until now. I thought it would serve as a lesson for future generations." …

  • rogerthat

    http://fukushimaemergencywhatcanwedo.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/we-have-been-seeing-some-strange.html

    – Number 4 Is Alive: some crazy video footage from the mysterious fourth reactor, you know, the one whose destruction you can't watch on late-night TV because footage of its demise has never been released by Tepco.

    • jec jec

      Good video of web arcs at Fukushima. I guess TEPCO will say thats the 'smoke' from the generator that had problems…!!!
      Reactor 4 fuel cell removal has STOPPED because of supposed 'groundwater' entry into the Common Fuel Pool for a total of three months..the comments on the video on the link are very interesting. Also, remember Reactor 5 was to store the fuel cells..but since the cooling system is BROKEN and now shares the seawater!!! cooling with the Reactor itsself..GADS. TEPCO mentions using SEAWATER for cooling–its hard to determine exactly what they are having to do. But if seawater..Reactor 5 and likely 6 are toast as much as Reactors 1-4. And then..there is Diiani, the OTHER Nuclear Plant to the south of Fukushima in 'coldstate' shutdown. Its a mess. Those poor monkeys..those poor people (of course that is really all of us).

  • jec jec

    Did any researcher mention the condition of the monkey THYROIDS? Like cysts and cancers or abnormality? That would be helpful for the many people who have been exposed.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    A couple of weeks ago ..I mentioned something about.. how can we 'explain' this to the other species.
    Because Humans ..(the top of the food chain and privilege ..here on Earth) …have a responsibility .. a moral responsibility to protect them.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=fukushima+monkeys&go=Submit+Query&qs=bs&form=QBIR#view=detail&id=325D33702F0E77757179487F0B2BF52541BBD106&selectedIndex=5

    The brilliant Human ..the supposed smartest of all.
    The dreams ..the vision of these Beasts .. involves all the rest ..
    the fauna, the flora ..the very air and water, itself.

    Here is their vision of the future.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=post+nuclear&go=Submit+Query&qs=bs&form=QBIR#view=detail&id=9918D304DC0BB88F558BEEB8630CB3E242152103&selectedIndex=22

    How breathlessly close ..we are.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140728/govt-drops-plan-purchase-land-fukushima-nuclear-soil-s
    … The central government had initially planned to buy all the land needed for the facilities. But that idea was abandoned after some landowners expressed concern that the facilities, which the government says will hold contaminated waste for up to 30 years, could end up being permanent if the land were owned by the state. …
    … The storage facilities are planned on around 16 square kilometers of land in the towns of Okuma and Futaba. They are expected to be capable of storing 30 million tons of soil and other radioactive waste, such as burned ash, generated through decontamination work within the prefecture.
    The government has said the waste will eventually be moved out of Fukushima, with the storage facilities only holding it for up to 30 years, but the issue of finding permanent disposal sites remains unresolved. …

    – i believe the current estimate is that 100 million tons of soil and other radioactive waste will finally be collected and will need to be stored permanently somewhere. So more than 50 square kilometres of radioactive waste. That is A LOT.

  • rogerthat

    … so if more meltdowns happen in due course, they will be able to build a VERY BIG radioactive mountain. maybe pick a site on the slopes of mount fuji, to make things even more exciting?

  • razzz razzz

    Could correlate the rise in cancer rates with fallout from anything nuclear but that would be to practical…dumb asses.

    Radiostrontium in children's teeth study…
    "…about 70–80% of the dose gets excreted. Virtually all remaining strontium-90 is deposited in bones and bone marrow, with the remaining 1% remaining in blood and soft tissues. Its presence in bones might possibly cause bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia. Nonetheless, Strontium which deposits in bone, substituting for Calcium…

    …A study of hundreds of thousands of deciduous teeth, collected by Dr. Louise Reiss and her colleagues as part of the Baby Tooth Survey, found a large increase in 90Sr levels through the 1950s and early 1960s. The study's final results showed that children born in 1963 had levels of 90Sr in their deciduous teeth that was 50 times higher than that found in children born in 1950, before the advent of large-scale atomic testing. Commentators on the study said that the fallout was likely to cause increased cases of diseases in those who absorb strontium-90 into their bones…"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strontium-90

  • sistahawk

    …we are death..but we still walking – zombies if you like..just idiotic naked apes , shoveling our one grave…it will take millions of years for the earth to recover from our brilliant ideas – but we will not be there to see , because we get rid of us ourselves

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