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One of the Fukushima reactors destroyed by earthquake and tsunami

OK, if anyone out there isn’t still scared spit less about the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima, they are sticking their heads in the sand. I shouldn’t be amazed at the lack of coverage of this ongoing poisoning of our environment (ie – our food, water, oceans, fish, etc), but it does depress me.

The fact that so many can just ignore this – after all, if our “responsible” media doesn’t cover it, it isn’t happening, right? Nothing to see here folks, move along. In fact, lets build more nuclear power stations, its clean energy, right?

Wrong.  Look it up, if you don’t already know – we still don’t know what to do with the radioactive waste products that have to be stored for thousands of years. In fact, there is an organization in Europe that has been studying how to store the radioactive waste, since the environment (ie – all life forms) will have to be protected from it for at least 25,000 years.

Natural News has an article on Fukushima, and it reports on a U.S. Senator’s visit there.

Do you know how long a written language exists in a decipherable form? Nowhere near the time it takes for nuclear material to become harmless. People are curious. If we store the waste in sealed vaults (which we have not done yet – just look at where American and Japanese nuclear power stations store their waste – above ground, in pools, some with covers, some exposed) we would need to put some sort of sign on the vaults to warn future generations to not open the vaults. How would they read them, since our current languages would have changed to the point of indecipherability in 10,000 years.

You know the saying, “Curiosity kills the cat?”  What happened when archeologists and treasure hunters read the death warnings on Egyptian tombs?  They opened the tombs. Guess what will happen in 10,000 years when someone finds a sealed nuclear waste facility and says to himself, “Must be good stuff in there, if they protected it this well.” Only this time, opening the vaults will be deadly, not only to the one at the vault, but to the whole region.

Back to the present, read any number of articles on Fukushima, and the idiots all over the world who built nuclear reactors on major earthquake faults, above drinking water aquifers, along rivers and the ocean shore.

And after Chernobyl and now Fukushima, what are we doing? Pretty much nothing. I guess if something doesn’t kill instantly, we can assume it does us no harm, right? Look up the pictures of the deformed children in Chernobyl, that’ll give you nightmares.

Think alternative energy people, and how about just using less energy, and I’m not talking about just replacing your lightbulbs and driving less. I mean really use less energy, you know, smaller houses, buy less “stuff”, don’t fly in jetplanes all over the planet, etc. You know the drill.

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More dolphin deaths, this time in Peru. 1,400 dolphins, pelicans and other bird species washed up dead on Peru’s north coast. This follows the deaths of about 800 dolphins between January and April this year.

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As usual, the cause is stated as “not known”. One wonders. With all the radiation flowing out from Fukushima and the oil spills (although I don’t know of any oil spills in the Pacific, they seem to be in the Gulf and the Atlantic).

For myself, I have quit eating anything that lives in the oceans, as our oceans are very “sick”, sad to say.

This is not good, people. Will this continue until the die-off includes millions of humans? I’m just sayin’ . . . wake up, people. We are causing this, no doubt.

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After the dolphins have all died, and the bees, butterflies and frogs, will we be next? Read the distressing article about thousands (yes thousands) of dead dolphins washing up on the beach.

Veterinarian Carlos Yaipen of the Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals examines a dead dolphin in Lambayeq, Peru (© Janine Costa/Reuters)

3,000 dead dolphins on beach in Peru

What killed them? I suspect those responsible either don’t know or don’t care; might it have been military sonar that destroyed their eardrums? Might it have been swimming through or eating radiation contaminated water or fish from Fukushima? Might it have been eating plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Might it have been pesticides that flowed into the ocean from farms?

I suspect we won’t ever know, because if we found out, we might want the cause changed, fixed, stopped. That might cut into someone’s profits, or a government’s military behavior.

Whatever the cause, humans are the originators of the problem. If we don’t get our act together, we will be simply artifacts and archeological curiosities for some future race from another planet, or some other evolved species to dig up and wonder over centuries in the future. Why would an intelligent species do all these things that are destined to destroy ourselves?

Are we just going to repeat on a worldwide scale what the Easter Islanders did?

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http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/02. Common Dreams has an excellent article discussing causes of autism in our children and connecting these causes with the disappearing bees.

We need the bees - stop pesticide use!

I know that the incidence of autism is increasing at an alarming rate. Along with other environmental factors that are occurring now, I have to say that I am glad that my childbearing years are in the past.

However, my sons are having kids, so I have to be concerned, not to mention that it pains me when anyone suffers from any of the afflictions that have become so common during my lifetime; the array of cancers, ms, ADD, autism, ad infinitum.

The article on autism brought out some alarming statistics; I don’t know what they are doing in Utah, but I would not go there if I was pregnant. The article says the rate of autism in boys in that state is 1 in 32; 1 in 54 boys nationally; for girls in the U.S. the rate is 1 in 252.

“How does this relate to vanishing bees and our food supply?  Two new studies, published simultaneously in the journal Science,  show that the rapid rise in use of insecticides is likely responsible for the mass disappearance of bee populations.   The world’s food chain hangs in the balance because 90% of native plants require pollinators to survive.”

“The brain of insects is the intended target of these insecticides.  They disrupt the bees homing behavior and their ability to return to the hive, kind of like “bee autism.”   Human and insect nerve cells share the same basic biologic infrastructure.  Chemicals that interrupt electrical impulses in insect nerves will do the same to humans.  But humans are much bigger than insects and the doses to humans are  miniscule, right?”

“During critical first trimester development a human is no bigger than an insect so there is every reason to believe that pesticides could wreak havoc with the developing brain of a human embryo.   But human embryos aren’t out in corn fields being sprayed with insecticides, are they?  A recent study showed that every human tested had the world’s best selling pesticide, Roundup, detectable in their urine at concentrations between five and twenty times the level considered safe for drinking water.”

“The autism epidemic and disappearing bees are real public health emergencies created by allowing our world to be overwhelmed by environmental toxins.  Environmental protection is human protection, especially for the smallest and most vulnerable among us.”

Read the article in Common Dreams. The article is not too long, and really makes you think. What is the future of the human race and the other species we share the planet with? Do we even have a future? I have become more pessimistic as time goes on.

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The endangered honeybee

How long do we have? I have checked with beekeepers locally, and they say our bees are doing “OK”. We do have a lot of organic farmers in Whatcom county. However, I see disaster coming at the human race like a freight train about to smash a car stuck on the tracks.

I’m highlighting a current article on the state of the world’s bees. It is a statement on the condition of the human race; as the bees go, so will we. The article is from the website Common Dreams. A few of the points made by the article:

“Bayer-produced imidacloprid is harmful to bees even at very low levels – Common Dreams staff. A new study published in Naturwissenschaften – The Science of Nature by a leading bee expert provides damning evidence that a widely used pesticide, even at low levels, is responsible for the recent catastrophic decline in honey bees. Dr. Jeff Pettis of the USDA’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, MD led the study.”

“Colony collapse disorder, as this phenomenon is known, has been getting worse since 2006.”

“Compelling new evidence from the US government’s top bee expert [Dr Jeffrey Pettis] that modern pesticides may be a major cause of collapsing bee populations led to calls yesterday for the chemicals to be banned.”

Honey bees are necessary for pollinating 70 percent of the crops we need for food. Try to imagine the world with 70 percent less food. Wrap your head around that.

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Roadkill

Are we all about to become roadkill in the archeological history of earth?  Is anyone else listening to the Durban, South Africa climate change talks?

roadkill earth

I guess the answer to that is, “Nothing to see here, move along people.”  In fact, that is what one of our illustrious Senators, Sen. James Inhofe, says he thinks climate change is just a big hoax. Sure, and the earth is flat.

“Hello, I am Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican Senator from Oklahoma. Today, I’m happy to bring you the good news about the complete collapse of the global warming movement and the failure of the Kyoto Protocol, as world leaders meet for the United Nations global warming conference in Durban, South Africa. For the past decade, I have been the leader in the United States Senate standing up against global warming alarmism and cap-and-trade, which would have been the largest tax increase in American history. This victory is especially important today, as families in America and around the world continue to face tough economic times. Tossing out any remote possibility of a UN global warming treaty is one of the most important things we can do for the economy.”

So there you go. Stop worrying, be happy, there is no problem. And I have some property on the beach I’d like to sell you.

Back to road kill; the count observed this week in Whatcom county:

  • Opossums – 2
  • Squirrels – 3
  • Birds – 2
  • Raccoon – 1
  • Unidentified – 2

One of my fav comics:

damned if you do and damned if you don't

 
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Yeah, I was having so much “fun” I forgot all about my usual Friday posting. OK, for all my fan out there, here are last weeks count:

  • Mouse – 1
  • Squirrel – 2
  • Opossum – 2
  • Bird – 2
  • Unidentified – 2

I really wasn’t out driving more, don’t know why there were more mammals sent on to the next life this last week. We had a series of storms move through, with lots of high winds and rain, but that doesn’t really account for the roadkill.

Another type of roadkill, i.e. – do we have a future:

If you ever wonder what is going on with radiation in Whatcom county and Bellingham, due to the continuing Fukushima disaster, you might want to check my new blog where I am posting my readings with a new geiger counter. I am still learning how to use it and what the readings mean, so you can learn along with me if you aren’t too scared.

Is this us?

Most people prefer to be ignorant, it is definitely less scary, and I really understand that, but I can’t run from reality, for some annoying reason. You may recall Lilly Tomlin’s famous quote from the ’60′s: Reality is for people who can’t handle drugs. And I can’t handle drugs, so there you go.

http://janet9195.wordpress.com/ This is the location of the radiation website.

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Bengal Tiger - is there anything more beautiful?

Yeeehaaaa! Friday.

The sad tally this week:

  • Squirrel – 1
  • Bird – 1
  • Opossum – 2
  • Unidentified – 2

I suppose you all read about the really tragic deaths of so many beautiful tigers, leopards, bears, a baboon, awolf and mountain lions. I am mystified as to how this guy got these exotic and WILD animals onto his property. Most of them are not native to North America and had to have been brought here from across the Atlantic.

It must be illegal to keep such animals in private zoos, and if it isn’t, it should be.

Wolf - they keep nature in balance

We have decimated their populations in the wild to the point of near extinction and the remaining animals cannot range as they should, as it is their nature to. Lets face it, there are way too many humans, and we have eliminated the natural habitat of so many other mammals that we are in real danger of becoming the only, and probably the last, species to inhabit the earth.

Because when we have killed off the last lion, bear, wolf, jaguar, we will not be far behind in eradicating ourselves. We need the rest of the natural world; we need the bees to pollinate our crops, we need fish in the oceans for food and to maintain the balance of life there; we need them also for our own sanity.

We are part of nature, and as much as some among us like to think we can live in a totally man-made environment, the fact that so many of us do may be partly responsible for the horrible acts of inhumanity (war, torture) that too many of us have perpetrated on the innocent; innocent humans, innocent animals.

We need the earth and all our fellow creatures, and we ignore this fact to our peril.

I’m sorry, the imprisonment and deaths of so many beautiful creatures is really upsetting. I guess it makes me wonder where we are all going to end up.

Skyline Divide in Mount Baker Wilderness

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Glass half empty

Glass half empty

No one wants to read pessimist thoughts. We live in a society where optimism is king; if you are just positive enough and believe in yourself and your future, all that you need will come to you.

Yeah, right. Here are some thoughts for you:

Oscar Wilde: “Pessimist; One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.”

Anonymous: “A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good for fear he’ll feel worse when he feels better.” Huh?

Woody Allen: “More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroad. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”

I especially like this one: “An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.” I really like this one; it got me, twice.

OK, one more: “The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.”

Pessimist, cynic, what's the diff?

Pessimist, cynic, what's the diff?

The truth is, I have been running out of ideas to blog about. Because, my thoughts are all dark these days, for the future. When I was young I tried really hard to learn what I needed to know; I tried to be like others and fit in. It was for the most part, a losing proposition. My parents did not do what parents are supposed to do, that is explain the world to their young; so I had to make sense of it myself, and being introverted and excessively shy, I had to do it alone.

I concluded by the age of about 35, that is not really possible. Humans are herd animals and we cannot run away from that, because the world is full and there are no more frontiers. Wherever you go, there are people, and you have to find a way to fit in, unless you are a sociopath and you REALLY don’t care.

This is my antidote

This is my antidote

As much as I tried to not care, I never got far enough away to REALLY not care. So there you are. Or rather, there I am. Uh, I mean here I am. Whatever.

I guess the best I can say to other pessimists out there, is to take a vacation from your dire expectations about the future. I go hiking, read fun novels, go to the gym a lot (you don’t really think too much when sweating up a storm and trying to get the last ounce of energy to make it to the end of my workout). I play with my cats – they aren’t worried about the future, as far as I can tell. I suspect they do worry when I don’t get home at the usual time to feed them. They are house cats and can’t even get outside.  They might worry some about that; hard to tell.

The nice thing about pessimism is that all your surprises are good ones. Take comfort in that!

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Mel Brook’s character Mongo in his classic movie “Blazing Saddles” said it most succinctly: “Mongo only pawn in game of life.” Aren’t most of us? We try to convince ourselves that we are masters of our fate; if we just work hard enough and smart enough and network with the right people, we will make it in this world.

The stock market dropped another 500 or so points yesterday. Still think you control your fate? Really?

Cleavon Little as Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles
Cleavon Little as Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles

“Honesty is the best policy but insanity is the best defense.
I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”

“Love your enemies.. it pisses them off.”

“If you plugged your nose and your mouth while you sneezed, would it come out of your ears or would your head explode?”

“Life is like a roller coaster, and I’m about to throw up.”

So, anyway, do you know how to cool a nuclear reactor after an earthquake has broken its cooling water pipes? Can you stop a river from flooding your house? Can you land an airplane if a maniac kills the pilot and co-pilot? Can you detect salmonella in your hamburger?

Do you know if the barista put soy milk in your coffee like you requested, or real milk?

My point exactly; you don’t know. Sooner or later you are roadkill on the highway of life, just like the homeless person you just walked by without giving him a dollar because “He should get a job”.

Uh, huh.

Last weeks roadkill observation:

  • Opossum – 4
  • Squirrel – 1
  • Birds – 1
  • Unidentified – 2
  • Cat – 1
  • Rabbit – 2

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