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Nuclear Nightmare Worsens

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It's worse, a lot worse.  The lies told by TEPCO and the Japanese government are but the tip of the iceberg.  More than 80% of the Japanese people distrust anything their government says about Fukushima.  Shinbun news reports on the propaganda:

"The government has been trying to stress at home and abroad the safety of nuclear power plants ahead of an International Atomic Energy Agency ministerial meeting scheduled to start Monday."

It seems the new (and quite laughable) message of safety is designed to get all those shut down reactors back on-line in Japan, except for the destroyed plants obviously.  The cryptic reference to the IAEA is curious.  Why anyone cares what the IAEA wants is beyond me.

For those interested in following the horror show reposts articles, many of them translated from the original Japanese. 

Tokyo now features "hot spots" of significant radiation.  Sewage slag containing "170,000 Bequerels/kilogram" radioactivity has been detected and recycled into building materials!  Soil in Koto Ward of Tokyo measured "2,300 Bq/kg." 

A report by Bloomberg tells of soil samples about 25 kilometers to the northwest of the Fukushima plant, "with radiation from Cesium-137 exceeding 5 million becquerels per square meter."  Other test sites 30km from the plant, "showed radiation exceeding 1.48 million becquerels per square meter."

At greater distance, 75 miles from the plant Professor Iwata Takahiro detected "500,000 becquerels per kg" in the roof drains at Yamagata University. 

The radiation has already spread out over great distances.  Japanese green tea containing "1,000 Bq/kg" radiation was found and seized by customs in Paris, France.  The French went from "oui" to "no, no, no..."  The tea was shipped from Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan, which should raise even more concern, being quite a bit southwest of Tokyo.

The tea story should also raise even more concern for Europeans, seeing how the permissible radiation level for tea was 500Bq/kg.  Does that sound like a desirable amount of radiation to ingest?  I'm more disposed to say zero Bq/kg in my tea.

Tea farmers in Kanagawa , 300km south of the plant have found cesium contamination above legal limits.  Many have been forced to destroy their crops.  But, as with any widespread contamination how does the buyer know that his purchase is free of radiation, absent a geiger counter at the supermarket?  Is that the future? 

The Fukushima catastrophe is on track to out-disaster Chernobyl.  The Fukushima region is much more highly populated than the Russian region.  Some scientists have seriously considered creating a new "level 8" to categorize what's happening to Japan and the Pacific ocean since March 11th.

Send in the Clowns

The United Nations has already ramped up its UNSCEAR ostrich team.  Its chairman Wolfgang Weiss was asked what health effects Japan would suffer, after the numerous Terabequerels discharged.   Weiss replied, " From what I know now, nothing, because levels are so low. " 

Weiss and UNSCEAR have discredited themselves before they even got started.  Their goal is to collect reams of data in the first two years, long before the cancers begin to metastasize, then claim victory for the atom and move on.

Weiss openly lied when he said, "The only proven effect after Chernobyl was thyroid cancer in children."  Anyone who's even glanced at the Chernobyl disaster knows numerous people died, including thousands of "liquidators" the Soviet conscripts who cleaned up the mess.  Independent research flies in the face of the UN cover-ups and places mortality at approximately one million casualties (Yablokov, 2009).

Weiss, the current UNSCEAR head, claimed:

"In Fukushima, the people were evacuated before any [radioactive] release took place..." (Reuters) 

What?  Another lie.  What nonsense is this man floating as trial balloons?  Nothing of the sort happened.  Hundreds of thousands are still there, now, living in contaminated regions blanketed with Cesium 137. 

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