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The HBO mini-series on Chernobyl is a true horror story. It shows bureaucratic lying, incompetence, cowardice and idiocy, with decisions that cause the deaths of many thousands. And it shows a handful of courageous citizens who risk their lives-- and actually give up their lives, to save millions of others.

The thing is, Chernobyl is the worst case... that we know of. Then there's Fukushima and there was Three Mile Island. And perhaps there are other nuclear horror stories that have been kept secret from us. Those are some of the worst cases.

But there are over 1300 highly contaminated superfund sites. They are not as bad as Chernobyl or Fukushima, but they are bad and the may have killed or are killing people. What we can learn from HBO's Chernobyl mini-series is how bad these sites can be, how bad the lying and deception and incompetence by the people in charge can be. Wikipedia says, of the Superfund site program,

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"Since 2001, most of the funding for cleanup of hazardous waste sites has been taken from taxpayers generally, irrespective of polluting. Despite the name, the program has suffered from under-funding, and Superfund cleanups have decreased to a mere 8 in 2014..."

And I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn if you really believe that there are only 1300 some seriously contaminated sites. I'm sure there are many more in the US and probably tens of thousands world-wide.

The fact is, Chernobyl happened because of a long series of lies and decisions to do things cheaper.

Mikhail Gorbachev said that Chernobyl may have been the cause of the end of the Soviet Union.

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The official death Soviet toll for Chernobyl is 31.

The documentary is powerful and worth watching. The lesson is that people with financial, power and influence interests lie about safety. Or they leave out key information. Those lies kill people.

Every day corporations and their enablers within the government lie and cut corners to make bigger profits. For example, this article describes how the EPA is changing the way statistics are handled: E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math. And 83 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back By Trump.

But it's not just Trump. There are too many corporate Democrats who protect corporations that harm the environment.

I hope that HBO's Chernobyl documentary wakes people up to the much bigger threat we face.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Mr Kall, I have recently been able to comment, but when I attempt to reply to another's comment the button doesn't work. Have I, in some way been blocked, or is it some other operator error? I'm sorry to communicate this way. I'm paying for membership,let me know if you're changing the contract. Thank you.

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I've had similar problems but hate to cry about each one; Vidya, the fellow who keeps things oiled and running, has been consistently helpful for me, going above and beyond. But he's just one person and keeping the site going looks like a mighty tall order.



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Mr Kall, I have recently been able to comment, but when I attempt to reply to another's comment the button doesn't work. Have I, in some way been blocked, or is it some other operator error? I'm sorry to communicate this way. I'm paying for membership,let me know if you're changing the contract. Thank you.

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The site is not cooperating with ad blockers.

I'm a member, and have noticed that when AdBlock Plus is on, the "reply to this" function doesn't work. As well, the format bar is not available, and there's no preview text when your cursor hovers over the article placements on the home page. When I turn off AdBlock, everything works.

I've also turned off ads in the OpEd options page, but this behaviour continues. I'm assuming this is the result of an unintentional conflict between the site's protocol and ad blockers. It needs to be fixed.

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Hey Devil's Advocate,

Look at this, a reply. Thank god I didn't make a fool out of myself and launch into some conspiracy theory. I was feeling it a little on the inside.

Thank you, I'll be back trying to give you a hard time in no time. No ad blocks.

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PS also with adblock on it takes out the spaces between paragraphs and creates a huge monolithic comment.

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I still want OEN to fix it. I've brought this issue up in a few comment strings on Rob's articles, hoping he would notice. I did finally e-mail him once, but he doesn't appear to have seen the message.

I use ad blockers and other tools for a very good reason. I generally won't stay around a site that doesn't allow me to use them. Right now, OEN's the only real exception to this rule I've been making, in which case I use other things to catch the unwanted 3rd-party script activities that do occur here.

Oh, by the way, what's a "conspiracy"? ;)

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"...it takes out the spaces between paragraphs and creates a huge monolithic comment."

Actually, if you use the "preview" and then go back to "revise", you can remove extra lines or add needed ones, and post a normal-looking comment. If you've already posted, and go back and "edit" it, you can do the same thing.

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The conspiracy, I thought that maybe I was so logical and irrefutable in my arguments, that maybe the site had dialed back my ability to respond. Throttled down my bandwidth. Sadly, the event was more closely linked to my incompetence. Meh!

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What is the common denominator of many of the ills that plague us?

Why of course, its money ... and, lies too.

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