Health

Apr 102011
 

It is funny how rulers, oops… ‘democratic leaders’ of the developed world, present themselves as defenders of FREEDOM every time they wish to drive public opinion to support going to war defending other nations’ FREEDOM. Yet for all the talk of FREEDOM, at home we are living in a society where FREEDOM is highly regulated. To illustrate how ridiculous it can get, take England for example; working in an office, you will be forbidden to change a light bulb UNLESS, you have done a training course on how to climb a ladder and have the certificate to prove it.

Yes there are laws, regulations, and guide lines for every aspect of our lives, and we are told it is for our own good and benefit, it is there to protect us from ourselves, others, and harms way in general.

However often when delving into the nitty-gritty of these regulation, one can’t but help find hypocrisy every step of the way, especially when it comes to regulations concerning people’s health and environmental pollution. We are told that such regulations are based on scientific facts, setting safe limits of exposure to harmful substances and are there to protect human health, society, and the environment we live in, but more often then not, laws, regulations, and guide lines are written in such a vague way, as to allow total disregard to those safe limits when it’s deemed suitable.

Raising the levels of permitted radiation for workers

This is why, I made the following comment in a previous post : “Are we going to see permissible radiation levels elevated to fit a reality of growing radiation with no end in sight?” As it happened I was not wrong, it came as no surprise when I spotted the Kyodo News headline yesterday: “TEPCO contractors reject higher radiation dose limit for workers”

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Apr 062011
 

In a CNN interview today John King talks to Arnold Gundersen of fairewinds. Gundersen explains how the hydrogen explosion in reactor 2, caused a breeched in containment leading to radioactive water filling the trenches and leaking into the ocean.

Gundersen puts into perspective the level of radiation being released into the ocean. He said the 11,500 tonnes of ‘low level’ radioactive water being damped into the sea, was 500 time higher then the permitted level. “They had to clear these tanks so that more radioactive liquid could come behind it.”

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Apr 062011
 
Stopping the leak in reactor 2 but discharging radioactive water from reactor 5 & 6 into the sea
A photo published by kyodo news shows radioactive water leaking to the sea from a crack in the wall at reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant on April 5, 2011.

Plant operator finally managed to halt the leak where radioactive water is believed to have been seeping through. (Photo courtesy of Tokyo Electric Power Co.)(Kyodo)

However Japanese authorities have confirmed to the IAEA that they began to discharge 11,500 tonnes of low level radioactive water into the sea on 4 April. The operation is being conducted to create storage capacity for highly radioactive water pooled in parts of the reactor facility, hindering efforts to restore electrical power from the grid to the facility.

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Apr 032011
 

What is really going on In Fukushima? Nuclear Fission & Radiation 101

Radiation Stacks

Have you ever wondered what are those towers next to each reactors building in the Fukushima plant? These are the ‘Radiation Stacks’ looking like transmission tower they are there to vent radiation fumes for better dispersion in the event of an accident. Those stacks are designed to send radioactive emissions higher up into the atmosphere.

More images of Japan before and after the 11.3.11 Earthquake and Tsunami can be be seen here

The radiation stacks in Fukushima were not used this time, as they need electricity to push the emissions up the stacks. And electricity was gone once the tsunami hit. Another problem is that radiation stacks are designed to suck the air out of the containment buildings and as we could clearly see from pictures and footage there are not much of the building left to suck the air of.
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Apr 022011
 

Arnold Gundersen –  an energy advisor with 39-years of nuclear power engineering experience. For more expert comments on the Fukushima nuclear power station visit his website

I had a dream

On the 3rd of March 2011, I woke up recalling a vivid dream, I felt that this dream was significant, so while rubbing the web of sleep from my half opened eyes, I recounted the dream to my partner, partly so I don’t forget it and partly so that there is another soul knowing I had that dream.

I told him – “I was taking part in a rescue mission, which took place within a ‘radiation zone’, I was aware that I didn’t have any protective clothing, or mask, but at the same time I knew with unexplained confidence, that I am not going to be effected by the high radiation.”

On the 3.3.11 a week before the 11.3.11 Japanese Earth Quake, Tsunami, and the Nuclear disaster that followed, the likelihood of me taking part in a rescue mission in a radiation zone was as remote and unrealistic as spaceships landing on the white house loan.(Not because I believe they don’t exist, but because I don’t believe they will be stupid enough to land in that location.) But still it felt significant enough for me to make a mental note of it.
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