- In Japan, coverup and denial persist. In a March 18 press
conference, Tokyo Electric's (TEPCO) spokesman claimed water-dousing lowered
radiation levels from 312 microsieverts per hour to 289. However, 48 hours
earlier, chief cabinet secretary Yukido Edano said radioactivity levels
were misreported in microsieverts instead of millisieverts - 1,000 times
- Contrary to other reports, TEPCO's spokesman also said
water remains in Unit 4's cooling pool. In fact, there's none. Nothing
the company says is credible.
- In contrast, distinguished nuclear expert Helen Caldicott
called Fukushima an unprecedented "absolute disaster," multiples
worse than Chernobyl. "The situation is very grim and not just for
the Japanese people. If both reactors blow then the whole of the northern
hemisphere may be affected. Only one (Chernobyl) reactor blew, and it was
only three months old with relatively little radiation. (Fukushima's) have
been operating for 40 years, and would hold about 30 times more radiation
- It killed nearly one million people and counting, according
to the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Yet the official IAEA figure
was 4,000. NYAS' report said:
- "This is a collection of papers translated from
the Russian with some revised and updated contributions. Written by leading
authorities from Eastern Europe, the volume outlines the history of the
health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. According
to the authors, official discussions from the (IAEA) and associated (UN)
agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl reports) have largely downplayed or ignored
many of the findingins reported in the Eastern European scientific literature
and consequently have erred by not including these assessments."
- In fact, IAEA and UN agencies lied, what's ongoing now
on Fukushima to conceal the greatest ever environmental/human disaster
by far. Calling it a "diabolical catastrophe," Caldicott, in
fact, believes "(i)t could be much, much worse than" 30 multiples
of Chernobyl. "In the northern hemisphere, many millions could get
cancer." Large parts of Japan may be permanently contaminated, not
safe to live in.
- Adding a hopeful note, she also thinks "the nuclear
industry is finished worldwide. I have said before, unfortunately, the
only thing that is capable of stopping this wicked industry is a major
catastrophe, and it now looks like this may be it."
- In a March 16 "Destroyer of Worlds" statement,
- "The world is now paying - and will pay however
severe Fukushima turns out to be - a grave price for the nuclear industry's
hubris and the arrogance and greed that fueled their drive to build more
and more reactors. What's more, having bamboozled gullible politicians,
the media, and much of the public into believing that it is a 'clean and
green' solution to the problem of global warming, the nuclear industry
has operated facilities improperly, with little or no regard for safety
regulations, and they have often done this with the connivance of government
- In fact, nuclear power isn't "clean and green,"
nor is it safe or renewable. "It is instead 'a destroyer of worlds.'
It is time the globaly community repudiated it....There is no other choice
for the sake of future generations" and planet earth. Humanity has
a choice - nuclear power or life itself.
- On March 17, New York Times writers Norimitsu Onishi,
David Sanger and Matthew Walf headlined, "With Quest to Cool Fuel
Rods Stumbling, US Sees 'Weeks' of Struggle," saying:
- America's "top nuclear official followed up his
(day before) bleak appraisal of the grave situation at the plant, (cautioning)
it would "take some time, possibly weeks" to make headway.
- On March 17, Times writers David Sanger and William Broad
headlined, "Radiation Spread Seen; Frantic Repairs Go On," saying:
- "....frantic efforts to cool nuclear fuel in the
troubled reactors and in the plant's spent-fuel pools resulted in little
or no progress, according to United States government officials."
- Officials are also trying to restore power with no assurance
doing so can help. Explosions, fires, and extremely high heat destroyed
most or all plant equipment, likely including water pumps.
- An unnamed source said, "What you are seeing are
desperate efforts - just throwing everything at it in hopes something will
work. Right now this is more prayer than plan."
- More likely, however, it's deception, trying to convince
public opinion that anything can work when, in fact, it may already be
- On March 18, Times writers David Sanger and William Broad
headlined, "Frantic Repairs Go On at Plant; Little Progress in Cooling
- Radioactive "(s)team was again rising over another
part of the plant, this time billowing from Reactor No. 2" that exploded
on Tuesday. No explanation why was given.
- Helicopter water drops failed. On Friday, military officials
halted them at least for a day. Nuclear experts think they're futile.
Video evidence showed most water missed its target or evaporated before
reaching it. Osaka University's Professor Akira Yamaguchi said:
- "7.5 tons of water has been dumped. We do not know
the size of the pool, but judging from other examples it probably holds
2,000 tons. It does not mean the pool needs to be completely full, but
maybe a third of the tank's capacity is needed."
- America believes TEPCO "consistently underestimated
the risk and moved too slowly to contain the damage."
- On March 18, Al Jazeera headlined, "Japan raises
nuclear alert level," saying:
- Its "nuclear safety agency raise(d the) severity
rating of (the) accident at Fukushima plant, signifying higher risk of
- However, Al Jazeera's equating its seriousness to Three
Mile Island or Chernobyl is willful deception. Fukushima is unprecedented,
in unchartered territory, perhaps unstoppable. Guenther Oettinger, EU energy
chief, called the site "effectively out of control, (facing) apocalypse."
- Al Jazeera claimed "prevailing winds are likely
to carry any contaminated smoke or steam away from the densely populated
Tokyo area to dissipate over the Pacific Ocean."
- False! Radiation levels in Tokyo are dangerously high
and rising. Moreover, a radiation cloud will reach California by weekend,
then spread across most of North America. Downplaying the disaster's severity
is scandalous and criminal. Besides dead zones and permanent environmental
contamination, millions of illnesses and deaths are likely, though years
will pass before accurate information is known.
- Make no mistake, Japan's government/industry cabal bears
full responsibility for the greatest ever environmental/human disaster,
an indisputable crime. They have blood on their hands as does America,
other governments, and "Destroyer of Worlds" officials that that
proliferate this technology from hell. Nothing short of banning it is acceptable.
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