“Very Frightening”: Journalist on popular Japan news program found dead — Only person reporting about Fukushima on national TV — Chilling recent quote: “I want you to know I will never commit suicide” — No news coverage of death, no obituary, ‘strange’ nuclear message shown on air (VIDEO)

Published: September 15th, 2014 at 1:42 am ET
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Interview with Beverly Findlay Kaneko, evacuee from Yokohama, Japan, Social Uplift, published Sept. 14, 2014: A TV journalist named Mr. Masaki Iwaji, he was the only TV director to work on the Fukushima issue — the humanitarian problems and the corruption involved — and get it on national TV… He was found dead and there are rumors that it was suicide, but there is a lot of speculation that it was not. It is something that I’ve been thinking about quite a lot this week… His program, which is called ‘Hodo Station’, is a nightly news program that’s very popular. I would equate it to ‘60 Minutes’. That program has come under a lot of fire. The main anchor of that program, Mr. [Ichiro] Furutachi — who is extremely popular… it was rumored that he was in danger of losing his job for actually allowing these issues to be covered. Many of us are extremely upset to hear about Mr. Iwaji’s death. It’s very frightening. >> Watch segment here

Interview w/ Mrs. Kaneko, Nuclear Hotseat w/ Libbe HaLevy, Sept. 14, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • 5:00 in — Iwaji-san is the only journalist tackling the Fukushima issue in primetime. Whether he did it by his own hand or was murdered, it’s a tragic loss… He was responsible for this year’s 3/11 ‘Hodo Station’ coverage… It featured a mother of a cancer victim who agreed to appear with her face and voice disguised… His August 13th segment covered a sloppy decontamination job.
  • 9:00 in — [Iwaji’s friend, journalist Noriyuki Imanishi] refers to an incident where [a] police investigator who appears to be in charge… butted Iwaji’s microphone with his elbow and knocked the reporter into the mud and caused injuries that required a visit to the hospital. [My husband] Yuji and I actually met Mr. Iwaji personally in January… and at that meeting he told us about the police incident.
  • 12:00 in – He was found dead having taken sleeping pills. He lit a cold briquette, he taped off the doors of a 3rd floor bedroom in his home, and this all happened in the middle of the summer heat… it was carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • 12:45 in — Yasushi Nishimuta, a freelance reporter, wrote about the circumstances of Iwaji’s death… An acquaintance of Nishimuta’s met Iwaji on August 27th, and that acquaintance said that Iwaji was his old self and he was planning to start tackling the Fukushima issue again in September. On the 28th, Iwaji called the TV station saying he didn’t feel well and he wouldn’t be in. Reportedly his speech was slurred… According to police reports he died on the 29th… Iwaji was going through a difficult time with [divorce related] court mandated arbitration which is often very difficult for the men involved.
  • 15:30 inThere has been no official news coverage of his death and no official mention on the ‘Hodo Station’ program and there was no obituary… after Iwaji’s death ‘Hodo Station’ anchor Ichiro Furutachi and his co-anchor appeared in all black on one evening broadcast… Also a strange caption appeared stating that, “Time for nuclear news has run out. Please accept our apologies.” The caption was strangely phrased and strangely punctuated… a play on words that took the sounds from his name and sort of combined them to — a lot of people think — to contrive this secret message.
  • 17:45 in – Some people mention promises to get together for drinks or snacks, and they’ve posted recent photos of the director enjoying himself at a pub. He had plans for future projects, including a segment on the Ronald Reagan sailors… Yuji and I met with him in December and we’ve been in touch with him by telephone and email. Chillingly, a photojournalist friend of ours… said that he and Iwaji reassured each other when drinking, “Whatever happens, I want you to know I will never commit suicide.” And this is the refrain by other people too, not just someone we happen to know firsthand.
  • Full interview available here
Published: September 15th, 2014 at 1:42 am ET
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176 comments to “Very Frightening”: Journalist on popular Japan news program found dead — Only person reporting about Fukushima on national TV — Chilling recent quote: “I want you to know I will never commit suicide” — No news coverage of death, no obituary, ‘strange’ nuclear message shown on air (VIDEO)

  • Crickets Crickets

    Sounds like nothing short of being snuffed-out by thugs. The Nuke Mafia.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Well, the discussion now is effecively limited, isn't it?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    It appears so.. 🙁

  • Gen. Buck Turgidson

    It's only genocide if people give a shit.

    • crill dog crill dog

      That's true ! When people start getting cancer and a whole range of physical conditions and want answers :-O It will be genocide then.

    • crill dog crill dog

      Until then for about 93% of the people on this planet everything is fine??? 😉 Nothing to see hear??? But luckily i am in the remaining 7% .

    • We Not They Finally

      Gen Buck, that is so NOT TRUE and it's upsets me that you say it. The Japanese have already genocided a whole generation of CHILDREN. Their own children. Do the children have to check in with you before you declare it to be genocide? IT IS GENOCIDE!!!

      The Germans who said they were never even told about concentration camps at the time — IT WAS STILL GENOCIDE!!

      Even here in America, where apathy seems rampant, people are stressed just to provide for their families in a bad economy. So if they die en masse from cancer and other diseases, it's not genocide because the light bulbs never lit up inside their heads? IT'S STILL GENOCIDE.

      Maybe you meant this to be taken differently, but I'm taking you at your word. And honestly, I think you should take it back. IMHO.

    • stinkyperfume stinkyperfume

      yeah, but the more healing you get the right way the better for the next life…yeah it looks like mass death is coming, and no way to stop it but the ancients knew how to die and it make their next life go much better. Andrew Bartzis calling himself "TheGalacticHistorian" on youtube and several radio stations….also has a website, and it's tedious what he wants people to do but it's possible…you gotta go out as happy and healed as possible…some will live through and get healed he thinks at least the possibility exists as a potential still for the earth not to die off completely and those that do survive are going to be very different, not needing or wanting cars, houses, all that is going, especially cities first, after the mass public demonstrations he sais will start in New Zeland, Australia area.

      • We Not They Finally

        I get everything that you are saying, and no, I don't think that this is "the end" for anyone, anyone good at least, on a SOUL level. But meanwhile, we are here for good reason and still impelled to care profoundly about the suffering around us. And if we die in love, compassion, and service to those around us, then we still have lived WELL.

        That said, I do not want to return HERE. But the Hopi prophecies ("The Red Road Prophecies") may say it best — that a return from "our brothers from the stars" may get us past the worst, even though huge numbers will perish in despair, especially in the cities; and the language is near blatant about mutations and shunning. They also speak of those who "know the codes in the blood," so one has to be thinking "DNA."

        Please do check out Braco, the immense Croatian healer. Easy to google and about to be available FREE. Immense. My dearest has himself been miraculously healed. We just keep tempered because it's too rough a ride for too many these days.

        • Angela_R

          Find myself nodding in agreement WNTF, with what you are saying in your first two paragraphs. Will check out Braco. The 'be awake' and the 'new earth' of the Christian prophecies, also comes to mind.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Good point and we already know nobody gives a shit! 🙂

  • TravisT TravisT

    "It was always at night — the arrests invariably happened at night. The sudden jerk out of sleep, the rough hand shaking your shoulder, the lights glaring in your eyes, the ring of hard faces round the bed. In the vast majority of cases there was no trial, no report of the arrest. People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word." George Orwell, 1984

    • amberlight amberlight

      That tactic only works if the masses are sleepwalking… which, of course, they are doing.

      • We Not They Finally

        The majority of people alive today were born into a bed of lies. Certainly the nuclear lies have been going full force since the 1940's.

        So unfortunately by now, just "NOT being sleepwalking" is hardly enough. The journalist who was murdered (which I think is pretty clear) wasn't sleepwalking and maybe his listeners weren't either.

        Whole populations sometimes take very long times to "NOT sleepwalk" before they even have a viable voice. Even look at the last election of the Ahmadinajad in Iran. Young people flooded the street protesting the fraud. But threats, intimidation, violence, and the like, can make the path impossible.

        NOT sleepwalking is just the start. Being horrendously outgunned seems to be the next step.

    • 53rockwell 53rockwell

      Here comes the chopper to chop off yor head

    • 53rockwell 53rockwell

      One effect was that “people
      leaving for work said farewell
      to their families every day,
      because they could not be
      certain they would return at
      night…” Another was extreme
      suspicion of strangers and
      suspicion of a greeting or even
      a smile on the street. People
      were living at a high level of
      tension: “Everyone living in
      the apartment is thrown into
      a state of terror by the first
      knock at the door.”
      Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • razzz razzz

    Happens here in the US all the time. Who do you think taught and encouraged the Japanese to do it. Whistleblowers in the US are now compartmentalized as insignificant. US Whistleblower laws and openness are just a ruse for a better coverup.

    In Japan even reporting on Daiichi can be a death sentence for anyone involved.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Powerful interview. 30 mins but worth a listen.
    http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/2130/

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Interestingly Japan has one of the highest "suicide" rates in the world and one if the lowest "murder" rates.
    It also has one if the most successful "crime prosecution rates"
    Around 90%
    Go figure.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Glad I took out my insurance overseas and keep the paperwork there.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    RIP Iwaji-san, your death wasn't in vain.

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    Corporate security morphed into military contractors. Unaccountable and all but untraceable. For these types killing people is as stimulating as sex. The neo ghestappo….

    • KI IS GOOD FOR YOU

      But the spanner goes into the works when everyone is a witness, keeping in the public view. There are also those whom have nothing to lose by speaking up. Say someone disabled or recovering from severe illness. These humans are heros that couldn't give a shit about empire building or killing their brother for 30 pieces of silver.

      I still get the gigs with Carol Roberts Fukushima peaches in Jakarta video.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCBIOzJNDeY

      Its just beyond insane……….

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Whistle blowers don't have it easy, they are always under their radar and they have to have eyes in back of their heads.

    Ever wonder why there isn't more of them, this is the reason. It takes a special person to blow that whistle.

    We ask people to blow the whistle, but would we do it.

    • KI IS GOOD FOR YOU

      YES!

      There's noting worse than a closet truth teller.

      You would be surprised at how your life changes when you live in truth. You think of something you would need, then POOF its there, cheap as. Like a divine miracle from heaven.

      ♥♥♥

      • We Not They Finally

        That's very true on a soul level and in one's spirit. But the reality is that it mostly makes life physically more DIFFICULT. If you're wrong, they leave you alone. But if you're right, they do bad things. Unfortunately, I know.

        Whistleblowers are from the inside. That we need way more of. But to catch a wider fire, we need the return of movement politics — enough people to know and care, whether they see the inside of the infamy first-hand or not — and that looks like an extremely discouraging prospect by now.

        Wouldn't rule it out — would never want to do that — it just looks daunting.

  • curly

    I quote from a comment by Mark, "The most moral thing you can do is quit your day job and find an under the table source of income. People need to choose real life good forces rather than an economy based on the destruction of this planet." Every where I go now, and especially since occupy was run out of their camps, I see people of all ages, mostly young, walking the highways with their backpacks and usually a dog and guitar. I saw just such a guy that I recognized from the occupy Portland camp. Feeling clueless and hoping for some ray of light in a dark world, I asked him sheepishly what it was all about. All he told me was that he was a "traveler." Are these people just the hobos of our day or are they the prophets? I guess I'd have to talk to more of them, but it seems like this traveler lifestyle is the only real alternative to contributing to an "economy based on the destution of this planet."

    • We Not They Finally

      That's interesting. Probably more than enough folk on this very website who still remember the hippies, and the upsides of that kind of mental freedom whatever one's physical circumstances.

      Occupy could not even seem to manage a few teach-ins. (How badly we need public teach-ins!) Still hoping someone will crack those barriers open again.

      • We Not They Finally

        The hippies at least figured out how to live in communes and grow organic food. We actually do need more alternative lifestyles on a local basis. There may actual come a time for a more overt need to opt out of crowd-control scenarios. I applaud anyone who can make some more humane mode of collective living work.

    • 53rockwell 53rockwell

      I help my family financially. I drive a beater 1997 Mazda b2300 pickemup. I dont know how to make money under the Table in these days. I pay my taxes, and do my best to help my family, and get em ready.Got my will made out, and my burial plot at Ft Hood is waiting on me.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Ultimately ..the 'traveler' has to turn to others ..more productive in life.
    The key is to find ways of living that lessen our burden on the planet while engaging in a meaningful vocation ..outside the destructive patterning..

    Who are the Homeless?

    http://travel.baddalailama.com/2009/02/who-are-homeless.html

    • curly

      It's hard to make any sense of it and impossible to make a decision about life style when the vampire squid continues to suck up everything in its path. It's also hard to leave a comfy life style even though it contributes to the mess although having good intentions. I don't believe in the bible but the figure of Jesus wondering around comes to mind. He said, "foxes have dens an birds have nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head." When at the temple he came in contact with the very people (the money changers) that are running the show now. He became violent and drove out anyone buying and selling. He overturned the tables and benches of the money changers and those selling doves. A little while later he was murdered by due process of law. when is it time to put down your trumpet and head for the life boats?

    • It is illegal to be homeless in the US these days.

      The public would rather pay $50,000 a year to jail a homeless person and build up a huge arrest record plus fines for public urination, trespass, etc, (due to no bathrooms, no food, no place to sleep), than to spend $10,000 housing them in an apartment and helping them to get a job with $10,000 worth of job training.

    • Crickets Crickets

      The traveler can and will work, and doesn't necessarily have to turn to others. The problem is that there is no legal way for the traveler to live the way he chooses. Eventually, the traveler probably conforms or goes to jail. Try going without a vehicle for a week, or even a day. Depending on where you live, it can be not only challenging but down right dangerous. We're born into and live in a car culture. We seldom question the alternatives because we're conditioned from birth to accept it. Automobiles are what enable the wasteful consumerism and excess, including nuclear power and war, that is eating away at our fragile ecosystem. It is not sustainable for many reasons. We'll either all die trying to stubbornly keep it going, or, if it's not too late already, think of a more sensible way of living.

      • Crickets Crickets

        The planet can only handle so many "productive people."

      • Crickets Crickets

        For Americans, and I suspect for most people in the world, it is very difficult to have vocation that will pay enough to survive and at the same time not be tied into the destructive elements of our world. There are only so many "clean" jobs these days. It's the same contradiction I see in someone hoping to retire with their investments in a 401k and protesting/complaining about the corporations they're invested in.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This country (US) should be ashamed at the large percentage of these people ..that are on the street.

    Homeless Vietnam Vets

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=homeless+vietnam+vets&FORM=HDRSC2

    You know ..like the football captain of the high school that came home with no legs.
    How does the modern military ..think they won't end up this same way?

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    To paraphrase a well known book and film title…

    It's the Silencing of the Lambs.

  • rogerthat

    Scotland the Brave

    Hark, when the night is falling
    Hear, hear the pipes are calling
    Loudly and proudly calling down through the glen
    There where the hills are sleeping
    now feel the blood a leaping
    high as the spirits of the old highland men

    (Chorus)
    Towering in gallant fame
    Scotland my mountain hame
    High may your proud standards gloriously wave

    Land o' the high endeavour
    Land o' the shining river
    land o' my heart forever
    Scotland the brave

    High in the Misty highlands,
    out by the purple islands
    brave are the hearts that beat beneath Scottish skies
    wild are the winds to meet you
    staunch are the friends that greet you
    kind as the love that shines from fair maidens eyes.

    Read more: Traditional – Scotland The Brave Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    • This coming Thursday I predict a 60% Yes vote and a 40% No vote.

      This does actually have everything to do with Fukushima, because alhough the Scots are anti-nuclear (one of the first things they want is all English nukes out of Scotland), the main thing here is the shift to the left; and, dare I mention the word, socialism.

      If there's a Yes vote it will be the first major crack in the neo-liberal lunacy that's all but destroyed USUK over the last three decades, not to mention the planet.

    • 53rockwell 53rockwell

      When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
      'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast,
      An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased
      Ere 'e's fit for to serve as a soldier.
      Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
      Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
      Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
      So-oldier ~OF~ the Queen!

      Now all you recruities what's drafted to-day,
      You shut up your rag-box an' 'ark to my lay,
      An' I'll sing you a soldier as far as I may:
      A soldier what's fit for a soldier.
      Fit, fit, fit for a soldier . . .

      First mind you steer clear o' the grog-sellers' huts,
      For they sell you Fixed Bay'nets that rots out your guts —
      Ay, drink that 'ud eat the live steel from your butts —
      An' it's bad for the young British soldier.
      Bad, bad, bad for the soldier . . .

      When the cholera comes — as it will past a doubt —
      Keep out of the wet and don't go on the shout,
      For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out,
      An' it crumples the young British soldier.
      Crum-, crum-, crumples the soldier . . .

      But the worst o' your foes is the sun over'ead:
      You ~must~ wear your 'elmet for all that is said:
      If 'e finds you uncovered 'e'll knock you down dead,
      An' you'll die like a fool of a soldier.
      Fool, fool, fool of a soldier . . .

      If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,
      Don't grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind;
      Be handy and civil, and then you will find
      That it's beer for the young British soldier.
      Beer,…

      • 53rockwell 53rockwell

        Now, if you must marry, take care she is old —
        A troop-sergeant's widow's the nicest I'm told,
        For beauty won't help if your rations is cold,
        Nor love ain't enough for a soldier.
        'Nough, 'nough, 'nough for a soldier . . .

        If the wife should go wrong with a comrade, be loath
        To shoot when you catch 'em — you'll swing, on my oath! —
        Make 'im take 'er and keep 'er: that's Hell for them both,
        An' you're shut o' the curse of a soldier.
        Curse, curse, curse of a soldier . . .

        When first under fire an' you're wishful to duck,
        Don't look nor take 'eed at the man that is struck,
        Be thankful you're livin', and trust to your luck
        And march to your front like a soldier.
        Front, front, front like a soldier . . .

        When 'arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch,
        Don't call your Martini a cross-eyed old bitch;
        She's human as you are — you treat her as sich,
        An' she'll fight for the young British soldier.
        Fight, fight, fight for the soldier . . .

        When shakin' their bustles like ladies so fine,
        The guns o' the enemy wheel into line,
        Shoot low at the limbers an' don't mind the shine,
        For noise never startles the soldier.
        Start-, start-, startles the soldier . . .

        If your officer's dead and the sergeants look white,
        Remember it's ruin to run from a fight:
        So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,
        And wait for supports like a soldier.
        Wait, wait, wait like a soldier . . .

        When you're wounded and left on…

        • 53rockwell 53rockwell

          When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
          And the women come out to cut up what remains,
          Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
          An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
          Go, go, go like a soldier,
          Go, go, go like a soldier,
          Go, go, go like a soldier,
          So-oldier ~of~ the Queen!
          Rudyard Kipling

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    If 'they' killed this man.
    (probably so.)
    May it not be in vain.

    Happy Nuclear-Free Birthday to the People of Japan
    Sept 15 2014

    http://indepthafrica.com/happy-nuclear-free-birthday-to-the-people-of-japan/

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well..that was poorly said.
    May his life and passing…not be in vain.

  • Socrates

    Libbe HaLevy does a very good job on her Nuclear Hotseat interviews. Every week she provides in depth interviews. She allows her guests, whether they are those persons personally affected or qualified expertd5, tell their stories for the entire hour, if necessary.

    This program is especially sad. I will listen later in the day. Too hard to become that down before my day starts. We see the pressure against the press by repressive regimes and Yakuza gangsters to prop up the Nuclear Village even as it kills off the eastern side of the Island of Honshu and spews radiation all over the North American continent. Given time, many more people will become sick and die.

    Ihear no crickets at night anymore. The insects are the first to go. No bugs on my winshield last night. A 200 mile trip this last weekend ended with no bug splats. This is worse than the creapiest science fiction movie. Their response in more nuclear which will only bring more exposures. They are Nuclear Nazis….

    • Socrates

      One more point: governments have subjected civilian populations to above-gound testing and dowmplayed the dangers. The Manhattan project went forward even though Hitler's nuclear program had been confirmed to have been destroyed in 1944. Were we going to bomb Europe? No. The real purpose was to confront the Soviet Union. Did this justify the above-ground testing and the peaceful atom? Well, the ruins of Fukushima and the world-wide increase in background radiation and fallout is the nuclear legacy.

      We know that governments cover this up and downplay it. Abe Shinzo is just the latest to want to militarize and expand nuclear power. Repression becomes a necessary evil in this game. Nuclear is extremely dangerous to civilian populations. Einstein told them but they were too obsessed with the power and wealth conferred by weapons and "cheap" energy.

      • You've had your nuclear war, America, and it was inflicted on you by your own government (and continues to this day).

        • We Not They Finally

          Yeah. it's like one of the old Star Trek episodes. There were two alien civilizations in an endless Cold War. So they regularly put portions of their own population into "disintegration chambers" to prevent any "real war" from happening.

          It looked like science fiction. But what we've had "in real life" has been no more sane at all.

        • itsanuclearwar

          @ROB G, you are correct. I would say that we are having the final nuclear war right now, and yes by the US Government. I will never claim this government as mine though, it is the banksters government.

          Maybe this is WW III and we don't even know it, the WW III nuclear war, against our self, with the rest of the word as intended collateral damage. Of course the military industrial complex continues to murder civilians in the middle east and wherever else they see fit And blame al CIA Qaeda and CIA product ISIS. Complete with CIA faked beheadings and such. When the military has completed it's task to the banksters delight, they will then let the economy crash completely, as the American Empire ends as planned long ago. The economy is held up with smoke and mirrors as it is, all the money in the world is not enough to pay off Americas debt.

          No need for Washington DC's military arm any more. And the American citizens role as the global consumer will also no longer be needed. The armed American, sick, weak, and dying due to the long list of poisons in the food, water, and air, topped off with Fuku, WIPP, and any other nuclear disaster planned for our demise, will be unable to make a stand or even to stand up.

          This is the plan just as Fuku was planned, as 9-11 was planned, as Pearl Harbor was planned……………..etc. It is POWER that they want/need, not more profits. "THEY LIVE" "THEY LIVE"

          WE DON'T – WE DIE ………Used up worn out TOOLS to be…

      • We Not They Finally

        Socrates, there isn't/has-never-been any "peaceful atom." It was all for the defense industry in the first place. And Shinzo Abe himself is from a prominent ultra-militaristic Japanese family — according to Yoichi Shimatsu, his grandfather was a notorious war criminal during WWII and the whole clan still thinks that Japan should have won WWII militarily.

        None of this is "new." It's the bitter fruit of an old poisonous tree.

        But I'm sure you already know that.

        • 53rockwell 53rockwell

          Japenese never had a prayer in hell of defeating the Americans. My Grandma always told me back in the 50s that Roosevelt knew of Pearl Harbor beforehand. Yes Dorthy. conspiracy theory's been around a long time cause the dirty Bastards are always cooking up something.I got an Uncle Rotting at the bottom of Pearl Harbor on the wreck called Arizona.Probably not rotting anymore its been what 70 years.

          • PlowboyGrownUp

            The Air Force was going to be out of targets in a couple of months, but they dropped the bomb anyway. Two bombs, one kind on Hiroshima and another kind on Nagasaki. Seems they were just trying out the types of bombs.
            Just typing from memory, correct this if you want.

    • No bug splats here. Agreed, very creepy and that's one thing I keep mentioning to folks that cross my path. Visual proof of undeniable change sticks in their minds.

      BTW, I always look forward to reading your posts and wish you well in health and much success in the valuable work you do.

      • No bug splats here either. Central California foothills.

        Very strange. Several others have also commented about the lack of bugs.

        Most summers when filling gas at the pump at night one could not avoid a mouth full of bugs. This summer, near zero. 😯

        less bugs = less birds = less …?

      • We Not They Finally

        Lots and lots of people commenting on no bugs. Insects burrow in the soil. The same soil growing our veggies. Looks bad.

        • Angela_R

          Can I just say that,
          this morning I stopped on my trek, transfixed – I saw a bee, then I saw another. First time for well over twelve years. They're on my clover.
          Perhaps I'll get to see a butterfly again, maybe the lemon tree's flowers will be pollinated, hope yet for the passionfruit vine for the….

          • Shaker1

            Angela, such little pleasures, huh? Life is tenacious, isn't it? This year, after two years of not being much, the pollinators were out in good force. Here in the Pacific NW there are quite a number of different bees, and it was good to see the little wild bees all over the berries this spring.

            But, then yesterday, I spied a daddy-long-legs moving in circles on the back porch. Looking closer, it had just four legs, which isn't uncommon to see with the scrapes of life, two at the back and two on one side which accounted for it moving in circles. But looking closer still, it did have eight appendages. Two other legs were stunted with only one joint, while two others were just useless stumps. Somehow it seemed to get along, as it was about medium-sized. After I'd stopped it by placing a glass over it for insepection, it moved off, it's direction kind of a spiral path. Arachnids have proven themselves a very successful class of species, as are insects. While we are suposedly the species with a consciousness of that life that's unsurpassed, we'd better hope that we fare well with what seems in general a disrespect for that life.

            • Angela_R

              Hi Shaker,

              maybe we are experiencing this, so that we recall the simple life. But I guess i never had a simple life, though, when I was young, I desired one. Tried to get the self sufficient farm.

              How's the poetry? I'm no good at languages, haven't even mastered the mother tongue of English. Yet I remember the bees because of Virgil, his description of them is fascinating:

              "They alone know a country, and a settled home,
              and in summer, remembering the winter to come,
              undergo labour, storing their gains for all.

              For some supervise the gathering of food, and work
              in the fields to an agreed rule: some, walled in their homes,
              lay the first foundations of the comb, with drops of gum
              taken from narcissi, and sticky glue from tree-bark,
              then hang the clinging wax:

              others lead the mature young,
              their nation’s hope, others pack purest honey together,
              and swell the cells with liquid nectar:

              there are those whose lot is to guard the gates,
              and in turn they watch out for rain and clouds in the sky,
              or accept the incoming loads, or, forming ranks,
              they keep the idle crowd of drones away from the hive.
              The work glows, and the fragrant honey is sweet with thyme."

              http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/VirgilGeorgicsIV.htm
              not the best of translations. However, man could have learned a lot from bees.

    • We Not They Finally

      Socrates, Libbe Halevy is one of the best to listen to. We do.

  • 53rockwell 53rockwell

    Momma always warned us not to eat the snow back in the 50s.Children of the Apocolypse.We saw the enemy, and he was us.We let them kill us all. There was a time when we could have stopped it, but now i believe it will take radical action, and its probably too late anyway.Timebombs and booby traps covering the land. Dam Rusty, lighten up. You are killing my buzz 🙂

  • tsfw tsfw

    We won't have to worry about tragedies like this much longer since they're building those robotic journalists.

    Have you guys seen what France is doing? Grocery stores are selling deformed produce and calling it ugly and offering it at a reduced price. Talk about conditioning us to accept those 5 headed tomatoes.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-2693000/Forget-ugli-fruit-meet-ugly-fruit-bowl-French-supermarket-introduces-lumpy-misshapen-fruit-vegetables-sold-30-discount-combat-food-waste.html

    • OMG…that's creepy too! The new fad is slick and odious.

    • Sol Man

      Mutations; just wait.
      Sad, sad world.
      We have no leaders,
      only those purchased.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I commented on a similar-topic on a you tube video and got beat up by people telling me that I was wrong…I was trying to warn them about ugly produce really being mutations and possible radiation contamination, but even on a you tube video… no one would take what I had to say seriously. Glad to see that you noticed this alarming and creepy info too!

      • itsanuclearwar

        I also posted on a video website that published the same video that is in the Dailymail link. Why does no one else seize the opportunity to spread the truth somewhere other than enenews? I went against every one else who all thought that was a great idea. Here is your chance everyone.
        Shit or get off the pot! Quit preaching to only the choir when these opportunities present themselves.

      • melting mermaid melting mermaid

        Purple Rain, did you ever see that movie about the Dixie Chics? Could of been everybody, could of just been a few people pretending to be everybody. You know crowd control and mindgames and propaganda and psychological warfare and all that stuff. They are powerful weapons and they are in the hands of the worst among us. They are certainly not being used for the general welfare, on the contrary, they are being used to protect criminals and create slaves. Its a shame really. But, I'm like a baby and a hermit and y'all are my only connection to the outside world. I don't facebook and I don't comment. I don't know why I blabber here so much, maybe because I lurked here so long and I felt like I knew you guys. Thanks for being here, anyway. I hope we're all insane or this is just some cruel psyop, but I don't think it is, but then I thought we were going to get hit with a comet a few years back and I was wrong.. all we really know is things never turn out the way you expect they will. Right? Anyway, Y'all are like a candle in a dark place for me. And lots of other lurkers too I'm sure. We just have to resolve to produce as many factiums and truthiums as they produce shitiums and crapium and that's what we do here and it's a beautiful thing, I think. Keep up the good work beautiful people.

  • Nick

    Time for a T-Shirt with Unit #3 going Kablooey and the logo:

    Got Fukushima? (sorry milk producers)

    In a sense, such a T-shirt would be only telling the truth, we all have Fukushima's atoms in us by now.

    The verdict of history will not be kind to our nuclear industrial endeavors.

  • Seems the verdict of history is a very sensitive topic:

    Japanese Newspaper Retracts Fukushima Disaster Report and Fires Editor
    By AUSTIN RAMZYSEPT. 11, 2014
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/world/asia/japanese-newspaper-retracts-fukushima-disaster-story-and-fires-editor.html

    "TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest daily newspaper, retracted an influential news report on the Fukushima nuclear disaster on Thursday after weeks of criticism from other news organizations.

    The move, which included an apology, came a month after the newspaper retracted a series of articles on another hot-button issue: the women from Korea and elsewhere who were forced by Japan to serve in military brothels during World War II. The articles used reports about the practice by one Japanese man whose particular accusations have been widely discredited."

  • ftlt

    That the powers that be kill for profit in a well known and ignored fact. From our drone death programs to truth telling journalists everywhere to millions of innocents every, they are rubbed out for profit without a blink of the eye of the pubic consciousnesses .

    Meanwhile, the powerful continue to rape the planet and destroy our world for their ever growing piles of gold.

  • 53rockwell 53rockwell

    Pubic Consciousness 🙂 nice:) Can I use it ?

  • 53rockwell 53rockwell

    Not being able to edit post sure makes it more interesting eh:)

  • 53rockwell 53rockwell

    You just made my day 🙂 ROTFLMAO

  • yohananw

    The name of Mr. Masaki Iwaji, the only national TV director to work on the Fukushima issue, should probably be added to some long lists:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Murdered_journalists
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_whistleblowers

  • We Not They Finally

    "Suicides"? I want to scream. When can I get to scream and have it make any difference?

    Dr. Judy Wood, the only engineer out there to brilliantly decipher what happened physically with 9-1-1, made a comment in one of her talks that it was lucky that she didn't have a family, because "People with families have to start thinking differently."

    I'm grieved over the loss of this Japanese journalist. I don't know what kind of hell awaits the people who did this, but they need to be off this plane. They're not human. I don't want to share a world with them now, tomorrow, ever.

  • 53rockwell 53rockwell

    I feel if I ever start screaming I wont be able to stop and Ill end up on a street corner in Terilingua, with a stop the Nukes Sign,and a beard 🙂
    And my guitar 🙂
    and my harmonica and autoharp. Damn sounds like a plan . Im still crazy after all these years.

  • 53rockwell 53rockwell

    Maybe Carlsbad, or Andrews texas instead.Teralingua is nowhere man.

  • Ana Ana

    Don't forget, we kill our nuc whistle blowers too. This fellow got the Karen Silkwood treatment.
    Ana in Sacramento

    • itsanuclearwar

      Whistle blowers, inventers, scientist, journalist, good presidents/politicians, any one that stands in TPTB's way or makes too much noise. FEMA CAMPS, EXCECUTIVE ORDERS, MARTIAL LAW……"THEY LIVE" "THEY LIVE"

  • Socrates

    The insects and birds will tell their stories first about the effects of radiation exposures. Children and women are more sensitive to the effects of radiation, especially the Iodine-131. The next telltale exposures will be from Strontium-90 in teeth, bones, and bone marrow. Cesium-137 will show up.

    Most journalists are ill-equiped to report on this disaster without independent scientists who are willing to stick their necks out.

    Without enenews.com it would be impossible to ferret out information and analyze the effects of the Fukushima tragedy.

    The "boiling frogs" analogy is apt; will younger people even notice the effects on insects and birds as the Nuclear Silent Spring advances? The other effects of petro-chemicals in the environment overlap. It is hard to separate one from the other.

    The journalists act more to promote the theme that there are no immediate threats to health. The inserts, birds and children will speak first. Slowly journalists will realize that they promoted the corporate line when their own families fall victim.

  • CaptD CaptD

    SALUTE TO A TRUE JAPANESE HERO.

    He shall be missed by everyone globally that has been watching the Japanese ☢ Utility Gangs take over the Japanese Government and insure that all ratepayers remain their energy Slaves.

    BTW: Goldman Sachs Offering Solar PV Financing Lower Than Bank Loans In Japan http://dlvr.it/6xG93r

    Perhaps by going Solar, the Japanese people can remember what their HERO stood for:

    Freedom from ☢ Utility Gangs

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