Wall St. Journal (Japan): ‘US physicians claim radiation risks due to Fukushima nuclear accident’ — ‘Uncertainty’ over quality of radiation data from officials

Published: January 23rd, 2014 at 1:08 am ET
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Wall Street Journal Japan Online article translated by Fukushima Voice version 2e, Nov. 13, 2013: US physicians claim radiation risks due to the Fukushima nuclear accident — Intake of radioactively contaminated air, water and food brings radioactive material inside the body, causing internal radiation contamination. It is a critical responsibility of adults to protect lives and health of children, who will carry on the future, from radiation exposure. The symposium [on October 24], co-sponsored by PSR [Physicians for Social Responsibility] and Human Rights Now [...] was held in response to the summary report by UNSCEAR [...] Its purpose was to demand that UNSCEAR re-recognize uncertainties accompanying estimation of exposure doses as well as health effects, and encourage improvements in the completion of the final report. According to the critique about the report [...] UNSCEAR report failed to accurately portray the true extent of radiation exposure, ignored the ongoing radioactive emissions, and excluded non-cancer effects of radiation. [...] The critique also sounds the alarm that the comparisons between nuclear fallout and background (natural) radiation, often used when minimizing the risks of radiation exposure, can be misleading. [...] “uncertainty” lingers not only in scientific effects of radiation exposure but also in the amount and the quality of data itself [...] >> Full translation available here

More from the symposium: UN Official ‘Astounded’: Homeless are taken to work in Fukushima, ready to die

More about the UNSCEAR report: UN cover-up of Fukushima exposed on TV — Medical Doctor: There’s now many more cancer cases than we expected from Fukushima, UNSCEAR report has falsified estimations (VIDEO)

More from PSR: ‘Interesting fact’ for West Coast in new UN report, 95% of Fukushima discharges transported in Pacific; Contamination to impact N. America with ‘uncertain consequences’ for public health

Published: January 23rd, 2014 at 1:08 am ET
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96 comments to Wall St. Journal (Japan): ‘US physicians claim radiation risks due to Fukushima nuclear accident’ — ‘Uncertainty’ over quality of radiation data from officials

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    I clicked the link to fukushima voice. The picture of the little kid, arms up, being checked by a masked suited up man holding a Geiger counter should be on the front page of the news paper every day.
    I remember that picture at the time and have never been able to forget it.


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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Here our "Professor Busby performs his song about the reporters, authors, presenters and celebrity columnists who write about nuclear energy and how radiation from environmental contamination like that from Fukushima and Chernobyl is harmless. He implicitly attacks them for lack of knowledge, lack of research, cherry-picking of data and supporting experts, stupidity, bias, manipulation, corruption, cowardice, and criminal irresponsibility."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKBusvfq0eM


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    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      I must also add our member PoorDaddy's song too. Hoping you are here PoorDaddy & just keeping in the shadows. There are so many that have come & gone. I am thinking of ya'all & hoping that you can find at least moments of happiness & peace~!~ I know I do not post often anymore either, but I am here in the shawdows & keeping each of you in my heart.

      Fukushima Song – "Fukushima Dreamin"..click on See More for the words..

      "This radiation will be spewing for a long, long time, and in very dangerous amounts. No media is telling you, no governments are telling you. You have to do your own homework. A great place to start is ENENEWS.COM.
      I'm not a musician or a singer….more of an amateur minstel. I wrote this out of frustration at the information black-out regarding what is the truth of Fukushima."

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wvz3yBSEZI


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  • VanneV anne

    "‘Interesting fact’ for West Coast in new UN report, 95% of Fukushima discharges transported in Pacific; Contamination to impact N. America with ‘uncertain consequences’ for public health"

    How can they say "uncertain consequences". We know for certain what the consequences of radiation exposure are. More infant deaths, more autism, more ADHD, more children with lowered IQ, more children born with Downs' syndrome, more genetic instability, more adults with Alzheimer's, etc., etc., etc. There is no way the health system in the US will be able to handle the health consequences of Fukushima. There is no way the world's economy will be able to handle the health consequences of Fukushima.

    Instead of subsidizing new nuclear reactors, they need to educate the people about how better to preserve their health. I see people smoking cigarettes, radiation contaminated cigarettes. Obama is talking about marijuana. Smoking puts the radiation directly in your lungs and internal emitters spread to your blood and bones. Alcohol does the same thing, etc., etc., etc. Instead of lulling the populace to sleep with drugs which is big business for the sellers, how about trying to keep people alive. How about trying to keep the brains of children from being damaged.


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  • Ontological Ontological

    I would like to see a day when radiation oncologist stop over exposing patients due to the fact they don't adjust for background increases. The pills an elderly or cancer struck youth are prescribed for radiation burns are very expensive and of course insurance does not cover them.


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  • I see a definite new presence in the comments even after the socref troll that came in…a definite presence to create dissention.

    Admin will eventually find a way to weed out….


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  • Thanksforplaying

    Yeah, me too….Hi Pete, if that's you, trying a little sex-change?
    let's hope our resident guard dogs don't get wind, and clog up the threads. It's been nice here lately, notwithstanding a bit of sniping here and there. Who can blame us, accepting these truths is terrible tough. Lost my sister to malignant blood, dreading same for my little boy.


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    • pasupatidasi pasupatidasi

      as parent to an 11 year old transgender daughter whose greatest hope is not to die before a surgery puts her in the appropriate body, i take offense on her behalf to this comment…


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      • zogerke zogerke

        @pasupatidasi, may your daughter have every opportunity she needs to most reflect and be herself safely and with a life of happiness. with due respect, suggest even while educating, a thick skin to not take offense. just educate. the boards are so deflected by all squabbling among those who post. i remember that this is a coalotion, and coalitions have varied members who would not necessarily be friends or colleagues…but join together with a shared goal and intention. hold onto the original intention. and i wish good luck and life to your family.


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  • Sickputer

    My favorite part from the translation…this excellent rebuttal to that tired old nucleorat lie of cancer obfuscation:

    "Dr. Rachow dismisses UNSCEAR's views that it is not possible to prove increased cancer risks due to radiation exposure. "It is typical tautology to state, 'Since radiation-induced cancers are indistinguishable from cancers caused by other causes, in the case of Fukushima, increase in cancer attributable to radiation exposure is not expected'," says Rachow. (Tautology refers to repetition of synonymous words, guaranteeing the truth of the proposition in rhetoric)."

    SP: The tired old lies of the government whoremongers is coming home to roost. The Midas curse if you will. Kennedy said it right in his remarks about our obligations to the future children to be free from the evil toxic poisons of the government. Nuclear commercial power proliferation is and has been a fully government subsidized industry that has become in itself an autonomous military government brooking no dissent from critics.

    The government miscreants will not escape the verdict of history. I would rather die a nuclear fearmonger than live as a nuclear whoremonger.


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  • Has anyone heard more about the rumors that surfaced in summer of 2012: stating that hundreds, and potentially thousands of deceased tepco employees have been collecting in the fukushima hospital?

    This seemed like a very critical piece of information that was swept under the rug…
    http://enenews.com/japan-journalist-on-rumors-about-fukushima-workers-pretty-credible-reports-coming-out-probably-from-the-hospital-staff-that-theyre-beyond-capacity-and-dont-know-what-to-do-video

    Is the hospital re opened? Last I heard (2011) It was closed?
    Ty in advance…
    Tg.


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    • artika rama

      tecomangroove I am sure many died and are dying and i am sure we wont get the full scale of things with all the secrecy laws and censorchip and media black out .
      Japanese government is doing their best to keep everything covered.


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      • Is there a way to ask any of the nuclear workers that are speaking out against tepco? Like the contractors, and laborers?

        That information alone would likely cripple any "argument" about the situation being "under control";


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        • artika rama

          tacomagrove I thought there was a video about one of the workers exposing the way they were treated by yakuza and how the working conditions were / how deals were made etc .


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          • ocifferdave

            I see where you are going with his, Taco MaGroovie.

            Always a pleasure to see your keen comments here. I wish it was a daily occurance.

            SHOUT OUT: to the families of Tepco workers at Fukushima, how many have died working there or after leaving the Fujushima job? We care about those that are working there VERY MUCH. Please let us know. We will get the word out. We will help fight back against the silence for you.


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    • American Phoenix57

      I bet their finding dead bodies in tyvek suits in the Aokigahara Forest.

      "The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently."

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSdg09df8

      Very sad indeed.


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    • Sickputer

      Just waiting for the Japanese Arnie to arise…

      Dead men don't tell tales, but angry and sick people tell gripping stories of nuclear deaths. Stay tuned, the secrets will tumble out by the thousands one day.

      Yes, big nuclear lies are swallowed by people who want to believe in the status quo, but even the obedient Japanese citizens have had enough nuclear grief. The handwriting is etched in plutonium powder on the wrecked reactor wall at Unit 3:

      "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."


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  • vicky13 vicky13

    This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    Japan's whale ship has halal certificate

    http://www.skynews.com.au/eco/article.aspx?id=944289

    Japan you TRULY SUCK!!!!

    So what are you whalers doing? Slitting their throats to bleed out slowly,, for Halal???


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  • Socrates

    The problem is in proving causation. Oftentimes, the exact levels of exposure is unknown. With tobacco, the number of "pack-years" could be determined by history. With asbestos, exposures were usually industrial. It would be easier to look for fibrosis and mesothelioma that it is for the spectrum of diseases caused by radiation exposures.

    Many epidemiologists want a toxicologist to tell them the exact dosage and that that dosage at that level with that route of administration will cause that disease. This is why exposure data is either not collected or withheld. This also explains why the internal v. external routes of administration issues is never clarified. There are assumptions used by industry about uniform concentrations rather than concentrated organ – specific radionuclides, especially with Cs-137, one of most common and commonly measured.

    Epidemiology proves associations but rarely causation.

    The Chernobyl studies give us much insight into the spectrum of illnesses cause by Cs-137 and the mortality and morbidity caused by that event. Again, even though the "evil" Soviets could be blamed, industry and Western governments were more con earned about protecting investment in their own nuclear activities.

    Finally, the "incubation" period for many cancers is between 2 – 40 years. Most mutations are immediately fatal to the embryo resulting in miscarriage or still birth. Recessive mutations take generations to manifest.


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    • Socrates

      Nuclear energy is the perfect crime. The "dead body" does not float to the top of the river for decades. The "smoking gun" is often not available is terms of exact levels a person is exposed to.

      To follow the money, one must look to ownership in uranium stocks. One must also understand the need that the weapons industry had for reactors. There is also the depleted uranium part of the industry.

      In Japan, it is hard to be industrialized with no oil. We do not want Japan to attack the Dutch West Indies where Shell Oil operates.

      The atoms for peace idea perpetuates the dangerous use of nuclear energy while the military implications are obvious. The evidence is easy to confuse with industry hacks. Just follow the money and the power conferred to nation's who are in the club.

      Even as fallout from Fukushima destroys the food web, and cancer, immune problems, and genetic mutations increase, these pro-nukes have too much invested. They also must hide their legal liabilities.

      Therefore, twisting the science, controlling the media, persecuting whistleblowers, accepting campaign contributions, pointing the finger at climate change, will continue.


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    • Socrates

      "DU is forever."

      - Doug Rokke

      Jay Gould had that figured out years ago.

      Studies in Falluja show that Earth is being transformed into a deathstar.

      Up in impact, DU weapons release radioactive gases and particles of uranium that last 4.5 billion years. These weapons are supplied by Rio Tinto Zink.

      Much uranium comes from mines in Australian and Canada. South Africa has also been the source.

      No wonder scientists are muzzled following TMI, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Tidy little profits are at stake for certain individuals. The BP spill affected some of the same owners so it was covered up too.

      We are being sickened from these exposures. The WHO cannot freely disseminate information without going through the IAEA. Our governments are unable to place public health over profits for energy consortiums.

      The solution is to raise permissible safety limits, stop testing, and not release data. A media campaign to control information is carefully orchestrated.

      Here at enews.com, most of us realize what happened from day one. It will take years before the full environmental health consequences manifest. The governments refuse to protect the environment and public health in deference to energy consortiums. Fracking is the next big fiasco.


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  • Nick

    When enough people wake up from their slumber, it will be too late to do anything.

    But then again, no problem, it's too late already; the earth's biosphere is now thoroughly impregnated with wayward atoms from Fukushima.

    When you realize this fact, then you are awake.

    Even IF all nuclear energy and weapons somehow magically went poof, the amount of toxins already unleashed are going to affect us all for a very long time.

    I am certain that the uncertainty over quality of radiation data from officials is a deliberate shell game by the folks who make their living from nuclear industry, be it weapons or electrical generation.

    We have to go beyond the battle cry of SHUT them down and make it clear that we are already screwed.


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  • Michael V.B. Michael Van Broekhoven

    Understatement: "comparisons between nuclear fallout and background (natural) radiation, often used when minimizing the risks of radiation exposure, can be misleading."
    Ya think?

    http://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/why-150-bq-cs-137-is-health-hazardous-while-150-bq-k-40-is-recommended-for-health/

    -> For those who wonder how it can be that kelp with 5000 Bq/kg K40 is actually fine to eat, while 100 Bq/kg Cs-137 is the max for food in Japan, I wrote a little blogpost to explain the difference: Potassium-40 versus Cesium-137. = Essential information to blast the "banana comparisson" back to the garbage can it has always belonged in.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    MIGRATE TO SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE . . .

    Is a solution.


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    • GOM GOM

      TheBig: Where? Aside from financial, if one could go, where would you go. Although not in S. Hemisphere, Key West is looking better and better. Warm enough to grow stuff. Locals are friendly but suspicious [I like that] Tourists still go so you could make a living doing something. The Florida keys are not a safe haven but if I am going to die from radiation poisoning, what a beautiful place to be.


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  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    It seems all eyes are focused on Fukushima while ignoring the environmental destruction and poisoning locally.

    If anyone wants to see a doctor's take on radiation and Fukushima first hand, this doctor has made some youtube videos.
    Dr. Conrad Miller
    He is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility
    http://www.youtube.com/user/conradmillermd


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  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    If anyone wonders why things have gotten so out of hand at Fukushima, watch this video to see the level of awareness in society….the government know s the masses have no idea what is going on in Japan…

    Drink up…"Fukushima Imported Mineral Water"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms3IxEri5Nw


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  • GOM GOM

    news. I love Mark Dice. The water bottles had the big yellow symbol yet they drank it. Notice the Navy looking guy wouldn't touch it? This is great, thanks. And a big shout out to American education system, your doing a fantastic job!


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  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    local man…found dead of radiation poisoning …after ingesting 3000 bananas in fifteen minutes…news at 11:00 (sarcasm on) :-\


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  • sworldpeas sworldpeas


    My Geiger counter
    It's not just a pace maker
    I eat bananas


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Whenever I asked the head Oncology Dr. treating my spouses cancer about the possibility of her cancers origins or possible complications due to 311/Fukushima nuclear disaster impacts right here in the USA heartland,6125 miles from the ongoing 311 ELE release site I ALWAYS note the immediate,surprised,nervous & usually uncomfortable reactions by those confronted with my simple questions to those issues that would evoke concern including immediate initiation of a personal mission to research BOTH sides findings & data on the subject and rightly so with regard to any caring person holding a lick of common-sense/logic who's smart enough to "know when to come in from the (black)rain"!~ :| ~I could almost always tell by their eyes & facial expressions when the "F-word"(Fukushima)strikes a nerve & catches them off-guard by delving into such taboo matters & people who aren't good liars by nature who didn't expect ME to be the one putting them on the spot regarding matters they may only discuss in private amongst themselves or with "those in the know" and/or probably know inside that the 311 issue which they are under pressure to either lie about or avoid anything implying that TPTB's Party line intended to avert "panicking the public" who "aren't in IMMEDIATE danger or at risk"! Over the past couple years I've gotten a few staff members & patients in the chemo infusion room to look into things for themselves but to avoid resources who use "bananas,x-rays,airplanes &…


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    • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

      Johnny: be careful mentioning "sensitive" issues as these with medical personnel. If you own a weapon and it's registered, you could get a "visit". People who talk about this may be labeled mentally ill. I'm not saying don't seek medical help or asking what you need to. Just be aware.


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      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        Nah,I don't run around yelling about it,but when a couple different Dr.'s from different dept.'s start ordering up multiple,whole body CATscans?MRI's,etc.,they better believe I'm gonna question their orders & bring up not only all of the other medical radiation procedures including the fatal X 2,thirty-eight cancer radiation therapy treatments and scheduled post surgery/treatment examinations and ALSO tactfully "remind" them and pose questions about Fuku's increased environmental impacts & what it means for my wife's recovery,etc. & I can always tell when they "know" that I know! ;) It's also easy to start talking to the other patients about ALL types of urban,industrial pollution and ponder the questions of "how/why" did their cancers come from to begin with & ESPECIALLY "why" did the hospital's cancer wing suddenly become overflowing with new cancer patients?-many of them also considered "rare" varieties & circumstances??!! I could care less about having a gun these days anyways,in about 6 weeks they'd have to track down which homeless shelter or bridge I'm sleeping under to "pay me a visit" thanks to IMHO "pressure" applied via "other" seemingly unaffiliated govt. agencies that appear very effective towards quelling(or killing off?)"rabble-rousers" like myself who made TPTB's shitlist just by being "awake/aware"??!!I wouldn't even want to survive what I fear 311 will inevitably,undeniably become (known" to BE)incessant…


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        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          cont'd-poverty,sickness,loss make sometimes makes inevitable death not only easier to accept,but even desireable??!! Either way my own situation was/is already messed up & without breaks from caring for my spouse 24/7 and 311 issues make living in the very nukist state of IL feel even dirtier than the 11 NPP's in my own backyard already did although I'd be lying if I tried to claim that I was as anti-nuke or educated about the foulness prior to 311 and I feel guilty for having not taken a stand and adding my voice and heart to those who already knew the dangers nuke power plants posed & rallied against them BEFORE a potential nuclear ELE like 311/Fukushima occurred & I truly wish I would've been a part of those who tried to prevent it! It doesn't seem to matter if they were to shut them all down now though since the implications that the worst HAS occurred & perhaps there's no chance of ever recovering from what has been done,only measures to stave off the inevitable slow-motion extinction event that the concensus now seems to imply that it can NEVER be stopped since they missed their small window of opportunity they HAD to apply extreme,& EXPENSIVE options that WERE available that might've at least limited the releases if even just long enough to devise a better long-term solution for both local & global impact reductions. But they didn't and won't & not enuff people care(d) and our fate seems written in stone(?)!! :( It is what it is….


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    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      cont'd~ solar radiation" as their example in lame,BS attempts to dismiss loow-level EXTERNAL exposure to radiation without ever mentioning to include the cumulative,hazardous ingestion of INTERNAL exposure & absorption/buildup of man-made radioactive MATERIALS and what it means for humankind as well as all other earthly life forms that don't bode well with ANY levels of radiation INCLUDING "natural" sources that while unavoidable,they can't honestly say is "good for you" either??!! For those who cling to that old,crusty,Cold War crap tactic of trying to convince us that it's okay,even "good for you" to take an airplane ride in a cargo plane full of bananas while sunbathing in a window seat in between getting in-flight x-rays" :| -for them I want to reward their incessant spewing of BS with a home-made banana cream pie featuring bananas & coconuts from Bikini Atoll and a bottle of CA wine or sake from NE Japan…but they'd probably produce one that looked just like it and use it for another publicity stunt??!! ;) …(wonder how much liars & bad actors get paid per stunt or bullshit session designed to promote nuclear as safe??!!)-I'm sure their souls(if they had one)are required as part of the deal! Personally I'd rather starve to death than put my personal gain above a single innocent life,but that's me…TAKE CARE FRIENDS


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I've gotten tired of the comments people keep making about bananas and natural radiation so put together a post on Facebook describing the differences.

    Please feel free to share around the world:

    https://www.facebook.com/brad.woodfield.50/posts/1416343611943479


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    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      yeah no kidding! I feel nauseous every time I even see a damned banana or a plane flies overhead!lol…I wish I was able to get more time online though because every time I'm away from the PC for too long and I try to get caught up on the latest scoop on my primary issues of concern I wind up enraged & hatin' & rambling,venting rants are sure to ensue!! TPTB have made so many reasons to be angry or concerned that it's actually hard to pick one to focus on these days! 311 and related BS are the clear winners IMHO with regard to incompetent handling of a catastrophe that never should have even happened,much less STILL exist in our post-311 biosphere now that their fragile,haphazard & fatally-flawed construction,siting assessments & operating conditions/procedures are KNOWN to those tasked with regulating them,yet they're still whirring,spewing,burning,coughing & chugging along at 110%+ pct. of their output designs without regard for the impacts felt by the millions of people who live anyplace near one or distance downwind from ANY/ALL of them. There doesn't seem to be any place or thing promising left anymore??!!…I feel wound up & sick now so I'm gonna make sure the wife is ok and not needing anything & I'm going to sleep now with the hopes that when I wake up it'll be March 11,2011 & the late-night pizza I ate the night before gave me gas & I just had a bad dream is all………


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  • pkjn

    US Physicians Claim Radiation Risks Due to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
    January 22, 2014 Wall Street Journal
    United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation report failed to accurately portray the true extent of radiation exposure, ignored the ongoing radioactive emissions, and excluded non-cancer effects of radiation.

    It is typical tautology to state, 'Since radiation-induced cancers are indistinguishable from cancers caused by other causes, in the case of Fukushima, increase in cancer attributable to radiation exposure is NOT expected'. (Tautology refers to repetition of synonymous words, guaranteeing the truth of the proposition in rhetoric).

    Meanwhile, briefings at the Fourth Committee of United Nations General Assembly suggested unspoken pressure on United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation by the Japanese government.
    http://fukushimavoice-eng2.blogspot.jp/2014/01/us-physicians-claim-radiation-risks-due.html


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