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Misleading Ironies of Nuclear Experimentation

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There is nothing more frightening and nothing more complex than the specifics of nuclear experimentation.   And perhaps no other subject has as much information omitted and ignored of it as either and perhaps no other subject is presented with as many euphemistic and hubristic terminology and mentality.   At least no other subject besides that of war.   And this is no coincidence.   Nuclear experimentation is spawned from war and arguably continues and to exist at all solely for war, or the military industrial complex.  

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Nuclear experimentation was invented in the secrecy of war and was implemented in order to war.   And nuclear experimentation has warred on entirety since the first secret explosion in New Mexico and the subsequent surprise explosions on Japanese cities filled with people.   Since the inception of nuclear experimentation there has been about two thousand nuclear detonations and numerous, perilous spills and inevitable accidents, the disaster in Fukushima being the worst such disaster.

The terminology of nuclear experimentation is highly misleading let alone the comparison of radioactivity from the sun, a nuclear fire safely ninety three million miles away, to the release of flaming metallic particulate like that of Pandora's box.   The term half-life refers to how long it takes for the material to degrade.   Specifically iodine 131 has a half-life of eight days.   That means in sixteen days it is still highly radioactive for it degrades about half in the first eight days and then only half of that in the next eight days.   Uranium 235 has a half-life of 700 million years.   We are only sixty-seven years into an experiment which for all extents and purposes is endless.

The term spent fuel is a disturbing euphemism for, more accurately, ignited fuel which is kept in storage pools requiring constant attention and cooling.   Depleted uranium is another similar horrible term which again, is more accurately ignited uranium.   The stuff won't be depleted, ever.   The results of nuclear experimentation are the most frightening imaginable, impairing and deforming future life more or less forever.   The complexity of the Pandora is unfathomable, but its detriment is certain.   Nuclear experimentation is difficult to understand and easy to fear and ignore.   Implementing it and ignoring it are equally despicable.   For not standing up against the Pandora of nuclear experimentation makes one complicit or complacent in the potential fallout on innocent future generations.

The results of nuclear experimentation are easy to hide.   People seek to ignore the facts about it as they do other aspects of corruption and environmental destruction.   Perhaps people are afraid of the subject like no other because of its total destructive potential in a detonation or accident.   And it is ignored further simply because of its sheer complexity.  

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And because when nuclear experimentation is spoken of it is referred to as an alternative energy which implies it's somehow green.   Only it is an alternative to the extraction and ignition of fossil fuels and is itself an extraction and ignition of other mined materials.  

To me even the word and premise of radiation implies something not necessarily so bad.   After all I have a radio and radiation therapy helps cancer.   Only it's not that simple and radiation kills cancer by nearly killing the cancerous person.   Nuclear experimentation results not only in radiation, but actual radioactive particles of industrial metals which end up dispersed as fallout.

The most outlandish and misleading irony is the fact nuclear power generation experiments are called nuclear power plants.   The fact that the word plant is associated with the most unnatural, ruinous project mankind has ever undertaken is likely a mere coincidence, but would be an institutional wordsmith's dream work.   Nuclear experimentation in the form of nuclear power plants have permanently destroyed some of the most fertile land in Europe and a large portion of the island of Japan through the Chernobyl and the Fukushima catastrophes.   Let alone the vast sections of ruined earth like Hanford, Washington and the base in Southern California where the first meltdown in the United States occurred at Santa Susana.

If only the nations of the world implemented agriculture and permaculture, utilizing real plants, instead of promoting nuclear experimentation and nuclear power plants over the last sixty-seven years.   Humanity is sixty years into a global nuclear experiment controlled by and benefitting various oligarchies across the world, similar in design to and in fact, the very exact military industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us of.   Where would we be today if nations promoted agriculture and permaculture over the last sixty years instead of nuclear experimentation?      

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