By John David Van Hove, Editor
Waking Giant News Service
“The splitting of the atom changed everything – save man’s mode of thinking, thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe.” – Albert Einstein
Given the arrogance and hubris of modern civilization after the nuclear core meltdown and release of extremely high amounts of dangerous radiation from the cooling rods of the badly damaged Fukishima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, a sad realization came loud and clear – humanity is pathologically bent on a path to total species extinction, not only of other living creatures, but of our own human race.
Remember this – extinction is a total waste of time!
This, my friends, is not the first wake-up call, but it may very well be the last.
The nuclear age began on August 6th – 9th, 1945 after the Manhattan Project developed the bomb in secret. These dates marked the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000 – 166,000 in Hiroshima and 60,000 – 80,000 in Nagasaki.
Since that fateful day nine nations have engaged in the nuclear arms race with the dominant nations being the United States and Russia (formerly the Soviet Union). There are currently nearly 8,000 active nuclear warheads and more than 22,000 total nuclear warheads in the world. That’s enough nuclear weapons to destroy the Earth hundreds of times.
Since that fateful day we’ve had a core-meltdown of Three Mile Island on March 28th, 1979 near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the United States with the release of at least 2.5 million curies of radioactive gases and 15 curies of iodine-131.
“In the nuclear age, six minutes away, from perpetual annihilation.” – Beyond War
According to a report published by the New York Academy of Sciences, more than 1,000,000 people were killed as a direct or indirect result of the Chernobyl disaster on April 26th, 1986 in Russia with 40% of Europe is still contaminated with radiation 25 years later. Over 20,000 people have developed thyroid cancer. Turkish food exports are still extremely radioactive. Don’t buy food from Europe!
The total radiation releases from Fukishima disaster are many times worse than Chernobyl and presently radiation levels near the site are off-the-charts (in other words a Geiger counter cannot read doses that high). According to a recent analysis by Dr. Helen Caldicott, M.D. with Physicians for Social Responsibility in each core there is as much long-lived radiation produced as there is with ONE-THOUSAND Hiroshima sized bombs.
NUCLEAR POWER & RADIATION
As Einstein said, “Nuclear energy is ONE HELL of a way to BOIL WATER.” When you fission Uranium in a nuclear power plant over 200 new elements are formed, all of which are much more poisonous to the body than the original Uranium.
Uranium is poisonous enough and has been used on the ground in both Fallujah and Baghdad during the Iraq war and has resulting in gross deformation of over 80% of the babies born in that region. Doctors are telling women not to have babies anymore. Cancer rates in children have risen 12 times.
Uranium persists in the environment for over 4.5 billion years. Western powers and the United States are contaminating the cradle of civilization. This is nothing short of genocide and solid evidence of a nuclear war being conducted on the ground in Iraq.
HEALTH EFFECTS OF RADIATION POISONING
In nuclear power plants there are numerous contaminants and isotopes being generated some of which last seconds and others persist for billions of years. Radioactive Iodine lasts six weeks and is stored in the thyroid gland. If ingested it causes thyroid cancer thus saturating the thyroid with Potassium Iodide or another iodine supplement prevents the radioactive Iodine from being absorbed. Strontium 90 has been released and will persist for 600 years. It is absorbed in the bones where bone cancer or leukemia develops. Cesium-137 lasts for 600 years and it still persists all over Europe since Chernobyl.
One of the most deadly radioactive contaminants is Plutonium. If you inhale 0.000001 Gram of Plutonium you’ll develop cancer. Hypothetically 454 Grams, or 1 Pound if evenly distributed, could give everyone on Earth cancer. Each nuclear reactor has 250,000 Grams, or 250 Kilograms of Plutonium. You only need 2.5 Kilograms to make a nuclear bomb. As a result of the radiation release from Fukishima, Japan, Plutonium is going to get out and spread all over the Northern Hemisphere. Also released is Radioactive Iodine-129 with a half-life of 17 million years, Strontium 90, Cesium-137, Tritium, Americium-241, etc., etc., etc
When it rains over North America the radioactive fallout comes down to Earth and lodges itself in the food supply which concentrates and accumulates until we intake it at the top of the food chain. You cannot see, taste or smell radioactive poisons in your food. Radioactivity is a silent, persistent and patient killer. All radiation is damaging and accumulative. This doesn’t mean you drop dead immediately upon intake, it could take 5 – 60 years before a cancer develops.
Radioactive waste from these nuclear power plants which has been stored underground and in tens of thousands of leaking barrels for the last fifty years will induce epidemics of Cancer, Leukemia and Genetic disease for the rest of time. Imagine 12,000 semi-truckloads of radioactive waste being transported all over North America over the next 12 years and landing at Hanford for permanent storage.
This is by far the largest public health hazard the public has ever witnessed, yet most remain solidly in denial of the consequences of nuclear power left untamed and the waste unaddressed. This is the single-most threat, short of nuclear war, to the continuance of the human species and life on Earth.
Source: Waking Giant News Service