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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
I know, some think this will occur way off in the future. I guess there is a lot of oil in the arctic and under the ocean. Of course we know what happens when we drill in the ocean, don’t we? Can you say Gulf oil “spill”? Did they ever really stop that, or just slow it down? I can’t find it on the internet or news coverage, any more than the Fukushima ongoing disaster. I guess if we can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.
Check out the Ecologist article on peak oil.
When I was living in Seattle we would go up to Snoqualmie Falls when the water was high – it was spectacular going over the falls. There was a fence along the top of the cliffs to keep people safe. But every year someone would climb over the fence, to get a better look, I guess. And every so often one of these idiots would fall off the cliff and die on the rocks below.
Do I have to explain the parallel behavior here? Ok, I will. We want to drill for oil in inherently dangerous conditions – the Arctic, and deep water drilling, like the Gulf of Mexico.
Sooner or later there will be disasters; people will die, the oceans will be heavily polluted by the “spilled” oil and entire marine environments will be destroyed, i.e., dolphins, crabs, oysters, plankton, etc, will die and the region of the “spill” will be so polluted (if the “spill” can even be stopped) that no marine life can live there for perhaps hundreds of years.
The parallel is that we are climbing over the fence to get a better look – a “better life” – that fossil fuels can provide. We don’t have to hand wash our clothes, or go to bed when it gets dark, or get wet when it rains; we can travel thousand of miles in less than a day. We can have peaches in winter and mangos from the tropics anytime.
Just say no, people. Humans lived for tens of thousands of years without electricity or combustion engines; we can do it again. It might even be better than the way we live now. Besides, we can get power from solar panels and wind mills, and we don’t need to hop on a plane and travel across the continent. It’s not a necessity. Most of us can’t affor it anyway.
Hamster thoughts in light of current events
I read about this yesterday, and the authorities keep saying they don’t know why the fish killl and the birds died (while in flight, no less), causing them to fall from the sky. You can read about this at Food Freedom.
About 100,000 fish died and they estimate 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell out of the sky, dead. Can anyone say “massive cover up”? I really try not to be a conspiracy nut, and I don’t think I am, although some things need to be observed and judged by someone other than oneself, if you know what I mean. How many crazy people do you know who actually believe they are crazy? Whatever.
Anyway, I really do not believe that fish and birds are dying like this due to natural causes, is all I’m saying.
Creeped out Hamster