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Radiation revelation

18:00 04 October 2000 by Emma Young

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A study on wheat grown close to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has found a DNA mutation rate three times higher than expected. "This was a very big surprise," says Yuri Dubrova of Leicester University, UK.

"Our results point to as yet unknown effects of low-dose chronic exposure to ionising radiation, which make it substantially more mutagenic than previously thought," he says.

John Thacker of the MRC's Radiation and Genome Stability Unit in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK says: "The results sound very interesting. There appear to be some sites in the genome that are highly sensitive to radiation - and we don't really understand why."

The effects of chronic radiation exposure on people are very poorly understood, says Dubrova. It isn't clear whether the mutation-boosting effects seen in plants would also be seen in animals and humans, or what the medical implications would be, he says.

But Dubrova was involved in a pilot study in Belarus in 1996, which found a doubling in mutation rates in people exposed to chronic radiation as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. More studies on people are urgently needed, he says.

Dubrova thinks chronic radiation exposure may cause mutations that are too small to be detected by the normal DNA repair mechanism.

Acute radiation exposure causes rapid and massive cell damage, Dubrova says. "The cell cannot live with this damage so it must be repaired. But the amount of damage caused by chronic low-level radiation at any given instant is very small. This damage may not be recognised by the repair system, so it would be accumulated."

But the medical effects on people of a mutation accumulation similar to that found in the wheat are not clear, says Dubrova. "There is already a high 'background' mutation rate. Increasing it threefold may not have very significant consequences."

John Thacker agrees but stresses the importance of further research. "We must know what the true response to radiation is."

Dubrova's team studied the offspring of wheat grown in a contaminated field. The plants were exposed to a dose of around 0.3 Gray of radiation over a 10-month period.

The team found six times as many mutations in the DNA of the offspring of the experimental wheat compared with the offspring of a genetically identical crop planted in an uncontaminated field. The researchers had predicted only a doubling in the mutation rate.

The experimental radiation dose is considered low, but is approximately 200 to 300 times higher than the current public radiation dose limit, says Michael Clark of the UK National Radiological Protection Board.

He says "The Chernobyl accident had a lot of negative effects but one of the positive outcomes is a laboratory in the environment where we can study the effects of radiation on mutation. We will look at these results very carefully."

Source: Nature (vol 407, p583)

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn44-radiation-revelation.html

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Interesting the Australian Gov have released a press release on RADIATION

http://www.arpansa.gov.au/news/MediaReleases/JapanAdvisory.cfm

Advice on exposure to radiation arising from the nuclear accident in Japan - 10 October 2011: TIME: 1500

Advice for Australians remaining in Japan on food and water precautions, the availability and use of potassium iodide tablets and on appropriate sheltering from radiation if required have been provided by Australia's Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

Extensive advice on these new topics of concern, together with information for people returning from Japan and for use by GPs is contained on this website and is updated regularly.

ARPANSA is closely following the safety issues surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi site and in particular the current status of the four reactor units and the spent fuel ponds at a number of the reactor units. Based on an assessment of cumulative radiation releases since the accident began, the Japanese Government on 11 April assessed the level of the nuclear incident as level 7 ("major accident") on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). The Japanese Government estimates that the total amount of radioactive material discharged into the air was approximately ten percent of that of the accident at Chernobyl.

TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, has reported that the damaged reactor cores have cooled sufficiently that large-scale emission of radioactive materials is not expected in the future. ARPANSA believes that the current risk of radiological releases to the atmosphere is small. ARPANSA will continue to monitor the situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi site and will provide advice on movement of any airborne radioactive material if there is an unexpected release.

The long-range plume modelling over the past two months has shown that, in the event of any release of airborne radioactive material from Fukushima Dai-ichi, the radiation levels from these plumes outside of Japan would be minimal and the health consequences negligible. Due to weather patterns either side of the equator, there will be minimal plume movement to the Southern Hemisphere.

ARPANSA maintains a number of air sampling stations around Australia for the purposes of monitoring under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), including in Darwin. From early April to early May, trace amounts of Xenon-133 (Xe-133) were detected in air samples collected at the Darwin CTBT radionuclide monitoring station. While detectable, the airborne contamination measured at Darwin was at insignificant levels. These radiation levels were millions times lower than safe levels and will have negligible health impacts on the Australian public. The detection of Xe-133 at Darwin is of no health significance for any person in Darwin or in Australia. There have been no detections of radioactive material from Japan by the Darwin CTBT radionuclide monitoring stations since early May.

The joint recommendation by ARPANSA and the Department of Health and Ageing on the current situation in Japan is that, Australians should not enter into the 30 km zone around the Fukushima site or the specific zones outside the 30 km radius that are designated by the Japanese Government as Deliberate Evacuation Area. This currently includes Katsurao Village, Namie Town, Iitate Village, part of Kawamata Town, and part of Minami-Soma City.

Australians should exercise a high degree caution within the Precautionary Zone between 30km and 80 km around the Fukushima site and follow the advice of the local government authorities.

Australians returning home from Japan are highly unlikely to be contaminated or exposed to significant radiation and will not require checks for radioactivity. However, if people wish to seek medical advice they should contact their local GP.

ARPANSA and the Chief Medical Officer advise that iodine tablets are only required when exposed to substantial radiation doses from radioactive iodine. There is no current need for those returning from Japan or those in Japan outside the Precautionary Zone to consider the use of potassium iodide tablets at this time.

Discussions continue with medical organisations and state and territory health authorities on these issues. Further information will continue to be provided by the Australian Government as the situation develops.

People reading this advice should also visit www.smarttraveller.gov.au and read the travel advice and the travel bulletin for Australians in or returning from Japan.

Media contact: 02 6289 7400

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What are they really up to in Japan...... >:(

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

Hospital raided over radioactive shots for kids

Kyodo

KOFU, Yamanashi Pref. — Police raided a hospital Sunday in Yamanashi Prefecture and the home of one of its medical staffers in connection with allegations that higher-than-recommended doses of a radioactive substance were given to children.

Kofu Municipal Hospital and the house of a male radiological technologist were searched on suspicion of breaking the Medical Practitioners Law to gather medical records and other documentation related to the incident, they said.

Last month, the hospital said 145 children 15 or under had been injected with a test agent containing technetium since 1999 to examine their internal organs.

But 84 of the children received dosages bigger than recommended by the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine, the hospital said.

One got over 40 times the recommended dosage, while 40 were given amounts 10 times greater than advised, it said.

No radiation-related health problems have been reported by the patients so far, it added.

The technologist said he knowingly injected higher doses of the test agent into children — who are more inclined to squirm a lot during the hour-long examinations — so clear images could be taken as quickly as possible.

Technetium emits gamma rays, which examiners use to view and assess bones and organs via imaging machines. Technetium has a half-life of about six hours.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20111017a2.html

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Thanks Phillip, using children as guinea pigs now where have we heard that before?

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Thanks Phillip, using children as guinea pigs now where have we heard that before?

The Japanese authorities are so blatant it begs belief.... I have a contact on the ground there and some of the things he has told me about how they are treating their own population remind me of the Manchurian ways of old....

But then we live in a world whare assassination on foreign soil is considered OK and not an act of war.... but as always it depends which side you are on .... :o

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What are they really up to in Japan...... >:(

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

Hospital raided over radioactive shots for kids

Kyodo

KOFU, Yamanashi Pref. — Police raided a hospital Sunday in Yamanashi Prefecture and the home of one of its medical staffers in connection with allegations that higher-than-recommended doses of a radioactive substance were given to children.

Kofu Municipal Hospital and the house of a male radiological technologist were searched on suspicion of breaking the Medical Practitioners Law to gather medical records and other documentation related to the incident, they said.

Last month, the hospital said 145 children 15 or under had been injected with a test agent containing technetium since 1999 to examine their internal organs.

But 84 of the children received dosages bigger than recommended by the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine, the hospital said.

One got over 40 times the recommended dosage, while 40 were given amounts 10 times greater than advised, it said.

No radiation-related health problems have been reported by the patients so far, it added.

The technologist said he knowingly injected higher doses of the test agent into children — who are more inclined to squirm a lot during the hour-long examinations — so clear images could be taken as quickly as possible.

Technetium emits gamma rays, which examiners use to view and assess bones and organs via imaging machines. Technetium has a half-life of about six hours.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20111017a2.html

A Fucking Outrage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

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Nuclear Disaster in the US: How Bechtel Is Botching the World's Costliest Environmental Cleanup

Department of Energy scientists are alleging catastrophic mismanagement of massive cleanup efforts at Hanford, the former nuclear weapons outpost.

October 21, 2011  |   

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Razor wire surrounds Hanford’s makeshift borders while tattered signs warn of potential contamination and fines for those daring enough to trespass. This vast stretch of eastern Washington, covering more than 580 square miles of high desert plains, is rural Washington at its most serene. But it’s inaccessible for good reason: It is, by all accounts, a nuclear wasteland.

During World War II, the Hanford Reservation was chosen by the federal government as a location to carry out the covert Manhattan Project. Later, plutonium produced at Hanford provided fuel for the "Fat Man" bomb that President Truman ordered to be dropped on Nagasaki in 1945, killing upward of 80,000 Japanese. In all, nine nuclear reactors were built at Hanford, the last of which ceased operation in 1987. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now estimates that as a result of the nuclear work done at Hanford's facilities, 43 million cubic yards of radioactive waste were produced and more than 130 million cubic yards of soil ultimately were contaminated.

During Hanford's lifespan, 475 billion gallons of radioactive wastewater were released into the ground. Radioactive isotopes have made their way up the food chain in the Hanford ecosystem at an alarming rate. Coyote excrement frequently lights up Geigers, as these scavengers feast on varmints that live beneath the earth's surface. Deer also have nuclear radiation accumulating in their bones as a result of consuming local shrubbery and water. The EPA has deemed Hanford the most contaminated site in North America—a jarring fact, as the Columbia River, lifeline for more than 10,000 farmers and dozens of commercial fisheries in the Pacific Northwest, surges along Hanford's eastern boundary.

In 1989 Hanford changed from a nuclear-weapons outpost to a massive cleanup project. Since then, the site has become the largest and most costly environmental remediation the world has ever seen.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the agency that oversees energy and the safety of handling nuclear material, supervises the cleanup efforts, which are currently undertaken by Bechtel National Inc.—infamous for its mishandling of Iraq reconstruction efforts—and a handful of other companies like URS and CH2M HILL. But despite more than two decades of cleanup efforts and billions of dollars spent, only a tiny fraction of Hanford's radioactivity has been safely contained. And the final costs for the Hanford cleanup process could exceed $120 billion—higher even than the $100 billion tab for the International Space Station.

Now outrage is brewing at Hanford. Some prominent employees working on the project are blowing the whistle over what they believe to be dismissals of internal scientific assessments, as well as alleged abuses of managerial power that have been called to the attention of the Obama Administration, to no avail. These staffers point to institutional failures within the DOE and Bechtel as toxic as the nuclear waste they're tasked to clean up, asserting that the DOE lacks critical experts on staff to oversee the project and Bechtel rushed through shoddy design plans in order to pocket some quick cash. The consequences are not only jeopardizing safety and putting the project at risk of failure, they are also likely to cost taxpayers even more money should fatally flawed construction ultimately require a complete overhaul.

"We need alternatives to the current plan right now," Dr. Donald Alexander, a high-level DOE physical chemist working at Hanford, says in distress. "We need a different design and more options on the table. This appears to be a hard thing for [DOE and Bechtel] management to accept. They have spent years of time and money on a bad design, and it will delay the project even more."

http://www.alternet.org/environment/152816/nuclear_disaster_in_the_us%3A_how_bechtel_is_botching_the_world%27s_costliest_environmental_cleanup

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Fukushima Fallout Was Almost Twice as Bad as Official Estimates, New Study Says

"This spring’s nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant released almost double the amount of radiation the Japanese government has claimed, according to a new analysis. The authors say the boiling pools holding spent fuel rods played a role in the release of some of the contaminants, primarily cesium-137 — and that this could have been mitigated by an earlier response.

Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Air Research examined radiation monitoring stations throughout Japan and the rest of the globe, extrapolating their findings from initial radiation-release estimates. They say the amount of cesium-137, a long-lived isotope that persists in the atmosphere, was about twice as high as the Japanese government’s official estimate. That number (3.5?×?1016? bequerel, for those of you keeping track) is about half the emission from Chernobyl.

The researchers also say about 20 percent of the total fallout landed over Japan, but the vast majority fell over the Pacific Ocean. (The effects of this fallout on fisheries and aquatic wildlife are still being determined.) "

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-10/fukushima-fallout-was-worse-official-estimates-claimed-new-study-says

I wonder if this has anything to do w/dead birds, seals, fish, dolphins, etc..??

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I wonder if this has anything to do w/dead birds, seals, fish, dolphins, etc..??

Well the marine authorities are concerned in Tasmania because 3 whales have washed up on the shores over the past 3 weeks....(Never 3 in such a short period of time, normal 1 every few years usually from shipping injuries)

There have also been reports of giant squid washing up also and these are connected with the whales.....

Giant squid washes up on Tassie beach - This Tasmania

www.thistasmania.com/giant-squid-washes-up-on-tassie-beach/

7 Oct 2011 – A giant squid washed up on Tasmania's west coast has scientists in a ... a food source for sperm whales, which have frequently stranded on the ...

Dead whale washes up - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting ...

www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-28/20111028.../3606810?...tas

Canada: Another Dead Whale Found at Mouth of Bear River in PEI ...

midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/2011/.../canada-another-dead-whale...

10/22/2011 ICA Leave a comment Go to comments. “A dead whale is decomposing at the mouth of the Bear River in St. Margaret's on P.E.I.'s North Shore. ...

Dead whale removed from Qld beach

news.ninemsn.com.au/national/.../dead-whale-removed-from-qld-bea...

04.52 am, Thursday October 27 2011 ... 14:41 AEST Mon Oct 3 2011 ... The whale had been dead too long for authorities to determine the cause of death. ...

AND THE LIST GOES ON.............

Plus of course there are the Dolphins .........washing up in the thousands

What was it the Entity said.....watch the Dolphins and you will know when the time is close...... ??? ??? ???

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Never Buy Meat, Potatoes or Herbs With This Label on it

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/05/why-are-your-spices--seasonings-exposed-to-half-a-billion-chest-xrays-worth-of-radiation.aspx?e_cid=20111105_DNL_art_3

Fortunately, the FDA currently requires that irradiated foods include labeling with the statement "treated with radiation" or "treated by irradiation" and the international symbol for irradiation, the radura:

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However, there are exceptions:

Irradiated meat used in another product (such as sausage) does not have to contain the radura image on the package (it does have to list irradiated meat in the ingredients, though).

Restaurants are not required to disclose the use of irradiated foods. So be aware that any time you eat out, you have no way of knowing if your food has been irradiated.

You can also avoid irradiation by choosing locally grown, organic foods as much as possible. Certified organic foods may not be irradiated, and foods from a small, local farm are unlikely to be either. So, as I've said many times before, supporting the small farmers in your area and, as much as possible, getting your food from these types of high-quality, small-scale local sources is one of the simplest ways to access pure, unadulterated food.

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Irradiated herbs, seasonings and spices are exposed to HALF A BILLION chest X-ray's worth of gamma radiation. This information is clearly publicized by the USDA and FDA.

The FDA presently supports the use of Cobalt-60 culled from nuclear reactors on all domestically produced conventional food.

The level of gamma-radiation used starts at 1 KiloGray -- equivalent to 16,700,000 chest x-rays -- and goes all the way up to 30KiloGray (500,000,000 chest x-rays or 10,000 times a human lethal dose).

According to Green Med Info:

“Despite the irresponsible promotion of this process as safe, food irradiation destroys much of the vitamin content of food, produces a number of toxic byproducts: formaldehyde, benzene, and formic acid, as well as unique radiolytic products, e.g. 2-alklycyclobutanoes, that have been demonstrated to be cytotoxic (damages cells), genotoxic (damages DNA), and carcinogenic (causes cancer) in test tube and animal studies.”

By Dr. Mercola

You're probably well aware that certain foods, like milk and juices, at your grocery store are pasteurized -- a process that uses heat to kill off bacteria from your food, and in the process destroys nutrients and denatures the food.

But you may not know that foods may also be irradiated -- a process that exposes your food to radiant energy, including gamma rays, electron beams and X-rays.

Irradiation was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963, and today is used on more than 40 food products dispersed throughout 37 countries. If this sounds a bit alarming to you, you are not alone.

After nuclear disasters like the Fukushima meltdown in Japan, radiation poisoning to food is one of the primary health concerns. So how is it that food processors can expose your food to radiation on purpose, in the name of food safety?

Are There Health Risks to Eating Irradiated Food?

The FDA claims, "Irradiation is an important food safety tool in fighting foodborne illness," noting that the sources and amounts of radiation applied to foods are not strong enough to cause the food to become radioactive. They also state that "food irradiation does not significantly change the nutrient content, flavor, or texture of food." However, as Sayer Ji, found of GreenMedInfo.com, states:

"The FDA presently supports and actively promotes the use of Cobalt-60 culled from Nuclear Reactors as a form of "electronic pasteurization" on all domestically produced conventional food.

The use of euphemisms like "food additive" and "pasteurization" to describe the process of blasting food with high levels of gamma-radiation cannot obviate the fact that the very same death-rays generated by thermonuclear warfare to destroy life are now being applied to food to "make it safer" …

This is not a hypochondriac's rantings, as we aren't talking here about small amounts of radiation. The level of gamma-radiation used starts at 1KiloGray (equivalent to 16,700,000 chest x-rays or 333 times a human lethal dose) and goes all the way up to 30KiloGray (500,000,000 chest x-rays or 10,000 times a human lethal dose)."

As you might suspect, exposing food to the equivalent of hundreds of millions of x-rays does not appear to be an innocuous act. Alternatively, evidence to date suggests it may be having a detrimental effect on the health of those who consume it.

A New Class of Food Contaminants

2-alkylcyclobutanones (2-ACBs) are radiolytic derivatives of triglycerides found exclusively in irradiated food. The compounds are generated proportionally to fat content of the food and the dose of absorbed radiation.

Research in animals suggests the compounds may promote tumor growth and colon cancer, and studies show 2-alkylcyclobutanones are able to cross the intestinal barrier, enter into the bloodstream, and be stored in the fat tissue of an animal. The compounds have also been shown to be cytotoxic and genotoxic, which means they may damage cells and DNA, respectively. Studies on human cells also revealed potential cancer-causing effects, with researchers concluding "this compound may be regarded as a possible risk factor for processes in colon carcinogenesis related to initiation and progression."

More Reasons to be Wary of Irradiation

Needless to say, the research to date is raising major red flags that irradiation is NOT as safe as food safety officials would have you believe. In addition to the formation of potentially toxic 2-ACBs, irradiation leads to the formation of furan from ascorbic acid, fructose, sucrose, or glucose. Furan in foods has been linked to liver toxicity, including carcinogenicity.

Another study found that cats developed "mysterious" and "remarkable" severe neurological dysfunction, including movement disorders, vision loss and paralysis, after being fed a diet of irradiated foods during gestation. When they were taken off the irradiated foods, they slowly recovered. This is a major clue that irradiated foods deserve some serious regulatory scrutiny, but unfortunately they have already infiltrated the food system. And it's not as though this concerning evidence was just recently brought to light. One paper on potential dangers, prepared for the meeting of the Joint FAO/IAEA/WHO Expert Committee on Irradiated Food, dates back to 1969. The author stated:

" … irradiation can bring about chemical transformations in food and food components resulting in the formation of potential mutagens."

Does Irradiation Actually Mask Filthy Food Production?

The FDA is quick to state that "Irradiation is not a substitute for good sanitation and process control in meat and poultry plants. It is an added layer of safety." But it is, in essence, a tool to wipe out bacteria, parasites and other potential pathogens that linger in food. This means food manufacturers have an out of sorts … After all, they're going to nuke everything later anyway, so why go to the trouble of actually growing your food in sanitary conditions to begin with?

Irradiation is essentially a very effective medium for masking filthy conditions in slaughterhouses and food processing plants. The foundational solution to this problem lies in preventing contamination at the source -- on the farm, during processing and shipping, and so on -- not in wiping out pathogens later using questionable technological interventions like radiation! There simply shouldn't be any need for irradiation, as there simply shouldn't be E. coli in your lettuce or Salmonella in your poultry in the first place.

So why is there?

Our "global food system," which encourages farming on a massive scale, poses steep problems for food safety. Not only can one batch of contaminated spinach or peppers easily sicken people across an entire country, but it's very difficult to trace a contaminated food back to its source … and even harder to then pinpoint the source of the contamination.

Public health agencies like the FDA use the term "field-to-fork continuum" to describe the path any given food takes on the way to your plate, and during any of the following steps, contamination is possible:

Open field production

Harvesting

Field packing

Greenhouse production

Packinghouse or field packing

Repacking and other distribution operations

Fresh-cut/value-added processing

Food service and retail

Consumer

As you can see, the more steps your food goes through before it reaches your plate, the greater your chances of contamination becomes.

But again, the solution is not to subject your foods to radiation to make them "safe" … they should be safe from the get-go, and this is one of the primary reasons why I encourage you to think long and hard about the sources of your food. If you are able to get your food directly from the field or after harvest, such as directly from a farmer or farmer's market, you knock out five potential operations that could expose your food to contamination, not to mention you'll have assurance the food has not been irradiated.

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Thanks phillip ... this is amazing!

speechless ...  :o

It is obvious tptb see the population as nothing more than cattle that need to be fed

How on earth has it got to this?  :(

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Thanks phillip ... this is amazing!

speechless ...  :o

It is obvious tptb see the population as nothing more than cattle that need to be fed

How on earth has it got to this?  :(

It opened my eyes today when I read it...it connects a lot of dots for me as to patient symptoms that are occurring across the western world.... is there no end to our blind stupidity when it comes to interfering with our food chain...  >:(

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On this day the 8 November 1895 : X-rays are discovered

On this day in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923) becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible. Rontgen's discovery occurred accidentally in his Wurzburg, Germany, lab, where he was testing whether cathode rays could . . .

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On this day in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923) becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible. Rontgen's discovery occurred accidentally in his Wurzburg, Germany, lab, where he was testing whether cathode rays could pass through glass when he noticed a glow coming from a nearby chemically coated screen. He dubbed the rays that caused this glow X-rays because of their unknown nature.

X-rays are electromagnetic energy waves that act similarly to light rays, but at wavelengths approximately 1,000 times shorter than those of light. Rontgen conducted a series of experiments to better understand his discovery. He learned that X-rays could penetrate human flesh but not higher-density substances such as bone or lead and therefore could be photographed.

Rontgen's discovery was labelled a medical miracle and X-rays soon became an important diagnostic tool in medicine, allowing doctors to see inside the human body for the first time without surgery. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield, during the Balkan War, to find bullets and broken bones inside patients.

Scientists were quick to realize the benefits of X-rays, but slower to comprehend the harmful effects of radiation. Initially, it was believed X-rays passed through flesh as harmlessly as light. However, within several years, researchers began to report cases of burns and skin damage after exposure to X-rays, and in 1904, Thomas Edison's assistant, Clarence Dally, who had worked extensively with X-rays, died of skin cancer. Dally's death caused some scientists to begin taking the risks of radiation more seriously, but they still were not fully understood. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, in fact, many American shoe stores featured shoe-fitting fluoroscopes that used X-rays to enable customers to see the bones in their feet; it wasn't until the 1950s that this practice was determined to be risky.

Wilhelm Rontgen received numerous accolades for his work, including the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901, yet he remained modest and never tried to patent his discovery. Today, X-ray technology is widely used in medicine, material analysis and devices such as airport security scanners

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Senator: We need agressive plan to deal with mass of “toxic debris” headed to US from Japan — Concern over hazards to people, fish & clogged waterways

http://enenews.com/senator-we-need-agressive-plan-to-deal-with-mass-of-toxic-debris-headed-to-us-from-japan-concern-over-hazards-to-people-fish-clogged-waterways

U.S. must have plan to deal with huge debris field from Japan, The Olympian, November 10, 2011:

[...] “U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell [(D-WA) ...] recently inserted an amendment into a Senate bill that instructs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to come up with a contingency plan for what could be the biggest onslaught of marine garbage ever to hit North America. [... It] directs NOAA to coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency and other groups to brace for everything from clogged waterways to hazards to fish and beachgoers.” [...]

“Jan Hafner, a scientific computer programmer and the principal researcher on the tsunami debris project said [...] “We are trying to get across our message that it is coming and it’s about time to start planning some action.”‘ [...]

“Left unchecked, the debris could threaten multimillion-dollar fishing, shipping and recreational industries 5,000 miles from Japan.”

“There’s too much at stake to ignore the threats of the Japan tsunami debris. The feds must adopt a plan then devote the necessary resources to ease the economic and environmental impacts of the 20 million tons of trash headed our way.”

Cantwell told her Senate colleagues:

“It will take the U.S. many years to continue to see the impacts of this.”

“Whole communities were swept out to sea in an unwieldy mass of toxic debris.”

“We can’t wait until all of this tsunami trash washes ashore. We need to have an aggressive plan on how we’re going to deal with it.”

See also: Largest pieces of radioactive tsunami debris could arrive on West Coast of US and Canada "within days" -- Simulation shows it arriving now

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EU: Monitor tuna and billfish for Fukushima radiation in Pacific — Yet claims eating highly contaminated fish like smoking a cigarette… Zero risk to humans

[...] the European Commission recommends the Member States to monitor on an at random basis for the presence of Caesium- 134 and Caesium-137 migratory pelagic fish in FAO Major Fishing Area 61 and derived/processed products thereof (see map in annex to this note)

Migratory pelagic fish species of relevance are the

tuna (albacore, bluefin, bigeye and skipjack)

billfishes (swordfish and marlin)

[...]

Risk

There is zero risk to human consumers from Pacific fish. Maximum radioactivity levels are set at a level that requires years of exposure to harm human health. No contamination has been found and even if it were, the health-risk of consuming one tin of tuna with contamination slightly above the limit would be of the same order as smoking one cigarette. However it is necessary to maintain consumer confidence.

http://enenews.com/eu-recommending-nations-monitor-tuna-and-billfish-for-fukushima-radiation-yet-claims-eating-highly-contaminated-fish-like-smoking-a-cigarette-zero-risk-to-humans

UNBELIEVABLE ARROGANCE IMO  >:(

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Study: Fukushima killed at least 14,000 people in the US, mostly babies, in weeks following disaster

Saturday, January 07, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

http://www.naturalnews.com/034586_Fukushima_USA_fatalities.html#ixzz1ir58SQsz

(NaturalNews) For the very first time, a scientific study published in a peer-reviewed journal has come up with a solid estimate of the total number of US deaths caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in the weeks following it. Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, and his colleagues say that, based on compiled data, at least 14,000 people in the US were killed during the 14 weeks following the Fukushima catastrophe -- and the majority of these deaths were in children under age one.

Published in the International Journal of Health Services, Mangano's study looked at both infant and adult death rates during the time when Fukushima occurred, as well as in previous months and years. During the 14 weeks prior to Fukushima, for instance, infant deaths had been declining by 8.37 percent, while in the weeks following the disaster they increased by 1.8 percent. Among adults, a 4.46 percent death rate was observed in the weeks after Fukushima, compared to 2.34 percent, which is about half that rate, a year prior.

"This study of Fukushima health hazards is the first to be published in a scientific journal," said Mangano. "It raises concerns, and strongly suggests that health studies continue, to understand the true impact of Fukushima in Japan and around the world. Findings are important to the current debate of whether to build new reactors, and how long to keep aging ones in operation."

During the first few months when the Fukushima disaster was unfolding, NaturalNews reported on radiation spikes in milk (http://www.naturalnews.com/032048_radiation_milk.html), rainwater (http://www.naturalnews.com/031871_radiation_rainwater.html), and the general food supply, both in the US and abroad. Though tangible harm in humans was not necessarily evident at that time, it now appears that this systemic poisoning translated into thousands of known deaths, and likely tens of thousands more cases of cancer and other illnesses.

"Based on our continuing research, the actual death count here may be as high as 18,000, with influenza and pneumonia, which were up five-fold in the period in question as a cause of death," added Mangano. "Deaths are seen across all ages, but we continue to find that infants are hardest hit because their tissues are rapidly multiplying, they have undeveloped immune systems, and the doses of radioisotopes are proportionally greater than for adults."

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Phillip, thanks for these thorough reports.

At least these will give us an update we can make sense off.

Your the best on this subject  8) (radiation glasses on)

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I received a comment from someone on the ground today....+ my reply.

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Shreejana said...

It is likely that those mentioned policemen died due to excessive radiation. They deserve to be remembered for their sacrifice for the safety of mass people.

The Japanese people are not happy.

Many realize a significant portion of Japanese soil is not suitable for habitation. Just last October a leaked Tepco documented indicated the total amount of plutonium and neptunium emitted from the plant. This stuff sticks around for millions of years...

If you haven't seen the dispersion maps for plutonium they are published here:

http://www.datapoke.org/blog/89/study-modeling-fukushima-npp-p-239-and-np-239-atmospheric-dispersion/

8 January 2012 07:21 

Phill said...

Thank you very much Shreejana for your comment, I am aslo part of a forum called the Chani Project http://thechaniproject.com/forum/index.php?board=10.0 we try to keep your problems in the minds of many. If there is anything I can do please just ask.

With kindest regards always

Phillip

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Study: Fukushima killed at least 14,000 people in the US, mostly babies, in weeks following disaster

Saturday, January 07, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

http://www.naturalnews.com/034586_Fukushima_USA_fatalities.html#ixzz1ir58SQsz

(NaturalNews) For the very first time, a scientific study published in a peer-reviewed journal has come up with a solid estimate of the total number of US deaths caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in the weeks following it. Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, and his colleagues say that, based on compiled data, at least 14,000 people in the US were killed during the 14 weeks following the Fukushima catastrophe -- and the majority of these deaths were in children under age one.

Published in the International Journal of Health Services, Mangano's study looked at both infant and adult death rates during the time when Fukushima occurred, as well as in previous months and years. During the 14 weeks prior to Fukushima, for instance, infant deaths had been declining by 8.37 percent, while in the weeks following the disaster they increased by 1.8 percent. Among adults, a 4.46 percent death rate was observed in the weeks after Fukushima, compared to 2.34 percent, which is about half that rate, a year prior.

"This study of Fukushima health hazards is the first to be published in a scientific journal," said Mangano. "It raises concerns, and strongly suggests that health studies continue, to understand the true impact of Fukushima in Japan and around the world. Findings are important to the current debate of whether to build new reactors, and how long to keep aging ones in operation."

During the first few months when the Fukushima disaster was unfolding, NaturalNews reported on radiation spikes in milk (http://www.naturalnews.com/032048_radiation_milk.html), rainwater (http://www.naturalnews.com/031871_radiation_rainwater.html), and the general food supply, both in the US and abroad. Though tangible harm in humans was not necessarily evident at that time, it now appears that this systemic poisoning translated into thousands of known deaths, and likely tens of thousands more cases of cancer and other illnesses.

"Based on our continuing research, the actual death count here may be as high as 18,000, with influenza and pneumonia, which were up five-fold in the period in question as a cause of death," added Mangano. "Deaths are seen across all ages, but we continue to find that infants are hardest hit because their tissues are rapidly multiplying, they have undeveloped immune systems, and the doses of radioisotopes are proportionally greater than for adults."

Just as you pointed out Phillip. Sad.

Regarding the email you received, what did those policemen do...evacuate the people?

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Yes they were in there getting people out....poor buggers were just doing there job... to serve and protect. And yes it is sad mate.

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Department of Energy Low Dose Radiation Exposure Study Exposed

The Intel Hub

January 24, 2012

"The Department of Energy is far from an unbiased source on the Nuclear Industry. They have openly admitted in publicly released promotional videos that they are working to support our nations nuclear industry."

snip

"You can watch an outstanding video breakdown from GoddardsJournal below"

http://theintelhub.com/2012/01/24/department-of-energy-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-exposed/

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Nuclear Event in Japan on Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

"One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant's stability. A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor's containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago. The data collected showed the damage from the disaster was so severe, the plant operator will have to develop special equipment and technology to tolerate the harsh environment and decommission the plant, a process expected to last decades. The other two reactors that had meltdowns could be in even worse shape. The No. 2 reactor is the only one officials have been able to closely examine so far. Tuesday's examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber. Plant officials previously said more than half of the melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel, some of it splashing against the wall or the floor."

Read the whole report here....

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_update_read&edis_id=NC-20120328-34685-JPN&uid=12456

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Head Researcher: Boulder, Colorado a “hot spot” for Fukushima fallout

None of their other US or Canadian samples came close to Boulder’s contamination, except Portland which was even higher

Title: Kaltofen’s soil measurement 100X UCB’s? – 296 becquerel/kg?

Source: UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering Forum

Date: April 5, 2012

Submitted 2012-04-05 19:51 PT

"My group measured soil, air filter and dust samples from Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. This particular soil sample, with 8 pCi/g of radiocesium, was our highest North American result. It came from a site on the outskirts of Portland, OR. The next highest result came from a site near Boulder, CO. Except for followup samples near these two sites, no other US or Canadian samples came close to the levels of radiocesium in these “hot spots.” Given the nature of radioactive fallout, this is an expected result. Both hot spots are likely due to rainouts that took place during March or April 2011. A recent study by the USGS, “Fission Products in National Atmospheric Deposition Program—Wet Deposition Samples Prior to and Following the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Incident, March 8–April 5, 2011?, found remarkably similar results. The USGS study was more detailed, (and more with a much bigger budget), and found evidence of rainouts at Portland and Boulder. When you collect a lot of samples, some are bound to be much higher than the average."

Marco Kaltofen

WPI

The Report Here

http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218/kaltofens-soil-measurement-100x-ucbs-296-becquerelkg.2012-02-20

http://enenews.com/head-researcher-boulder-colorado-hot-spot-fukushima-fallout-other-canadian-samples-came-close-boulders-contamination-except-portland-higher

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