Fukushima? Deepwater Horizon? The Potential Extinction Level Events That Nobody Cares About

I'm not trying to be unnecessarily alarmist here. And perhaps I've been keeping up too much on the latest Fukushima news. But I woke up this morning having a nightmare that another earthquake had hit Japan. While the quake in my dream was not as big as the massive temblor that initially destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it was big enough to destroy the delicate balance at the smoldering ruins, and the plant was set to blow at any moment.

Heck, the plant is teetering on the edge anyway, even without another quake. One fumble in the cleanup could cause a massive chain reaction. Things are bad. And yet, other than a handful of people covering it in the alternative media, it's as if Fukushima doesn't even exist!

It seems like America has been split between two types of people: Folks who believe that if it's not covered in the mainstream media, it didn't happen or isn't an issue, and the recalcitrant non-conformers such as myself who believe most of the mainstream media outlets are simply propaganda machines.

Try talking to someone who only gets their news from CNN and tell them about the latest problems at Fukushima. Chances are, they'll look at you like you are nuts.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen has recently come out and stated that it was time to build a sarcophagus (like Chernobyl) and "walk away" from the Fukushima plant for the next 100 years. It's funny to me how many people claim Arnie is a shill - if he really were a shill, don't you think he'd be saying everything was just fine? And he'd be appearing on national news regularly to give us chipper updates on how "swimmingly" the clean-up is going! But he's not. At best he's got an interview on Coast to Coast AM once in a while. He's been marginalized.

Instead, NPR (which one commenter has now dubbed "Nuclear Propaganda Radio") is supposedly helping to "disseminate" Fukushima-related information - along with the California Department of Public Health, which is claiming that there's no risk of radioactive contamination along the state's beaches.

Really?

Oh yes, I guess it's just fallout from red-painted plastic spoons! Doh!

I used to live in Los Angeles, and environmental organizations there regularly put out a "beach report card" that grades local beaches on the amount of trash and toxins in the water. For all that these organizations have done to try to mitigate the problems of storm drain run-off, it's absolutely astonishing no-one seems to care about radioactive trash floating in from across the ocean.

Where's the outcry from environmentalists about the poor two-headed whale that just floated up out of the depths off the West Coast?

I used to surf. I miss it terribly, but I'm glad I'm not still in California, looking at the ocean and knowing that going in might give me cancer down the road.

Which brings me to another ocean-related issue: Does anyone remember the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010? I have to admit, I had completely forgotten about it. Then, this little spot in my brain suddenly recalled how many bloggers had sounded the alarm about the Gulf Stream dying due to the oil being pumped into the Gulf thanks to BP's negligence.

Their prediction? With the North Atlantic Current disrupted, the entire Northern hemisphere was going to turn into one huge glacier.

Huh.

Come of think of it, it has been pretty cold lately...

This is the scenario presented in the movie "The Day After Tomorrow." If the Atlantic current that brings warm water from the south up to the northern regions stalls, then it would basically destroy the warm weather for Europe as well as disrupt the climate for a good chunk of North America.

I admit, I was very skeptical of these doomsayers back then. But if we start seeing these "polar vortexes" happening every year, then that would be very, very bad.

Where is the great American environmental movement in the midst of these worldwide catastrophes? Mostly silent.

No, instead, they are obsessed with how much carbon you are outputting. Never mind radiation...it's carbon that is the big evil.

And they think we are insane?

The Powers That Be are busy trying to stop people from burning wood in fireplaces in places like San Francisco, when if they truly cared about the environment, they'd be doing more about Fukushima than just covering it up. Meanwhile, the EPA wants to limit the amount of particulates that are emitted from wood stoves. Pretty soon, they will attempt to ban fireplaces altogether.

Great. That will help us all when the next Ice Age comes! We can keep the air clean of particulates from burning wood and keep ourselves warm with the skunk-like haze of now-legal marijuana smoke.

So what can we do? Well, it may be a lost cause at this point. Fukushima may blow and the West Coast will become radioactive. Don't expect the mainstream media to tell about the severity of the problem, however. We'll just see a massive increase in cancer and birth defects in the coming decades.

If the Gulf Stream has been shutting down, a new Ice Age will be harder for the media to ignore, but I doubt it's going to happen as quickly as it did in The Day After Tomorrow. People will adjust.

Maybe it's a blessing from disguise. People won't evacuate the North due to the radiation the government is covering up, but they sure as heck won't want to live on a glacier! They'll be moving south just to stay warm! Deepwater Horizon may save their lives!

I'm being a bit facetious here. But in times like these, I wish Douglas Adams were still alive to write some sort of satirical book on all of this insanity. Something like: "The Hitchhikers Guide to Life, the Universe, and the Nuclear Ice Age."

Stephanie blogs sporadically at a number of websites, including Freeople and Free Thinking Christianity.

76 Comments

rl999's picture

First things first

Firstly I would like to start with the long honored tradition of, FIRST!

Excellent point - I haven't heard the deepwater incident mentioned in quite some time. I wonder if deep in the bowels of whatever underground base they lurk in the defense (offense) dept. has their super-computers mapping the interaction between the two. It seems obvious to me that these two incidents are threats to national security (not on the level of returning war veterans and Ron Paul supporters of course, but threats nonetheless) .

As I see it there are three possibilities.

This is a non-event and the lsm is telling something close to the truth.

This is a ELE type event, it impacts the entire world (certain areas more than others), it has changed everything, and all they can do is ignore it publicly because to do anything else would cause them problems that they can't contain.

That makes one think all sorts of crazy thoughts, tying together the Georgia guide stones + depopulation, weather modification and chemtrails, the UN + agenda 21 + codex alimentarius, vaccines that cause cancer or sterilization.

What I see as most likely is that this story will be ignored by all but those who follow it closely, absent "a smoking mushroom cloud" as it were. In 30 years we will know most of the truth, but never all of it. The skyrocketing cancer/birth defect/death rates will be blamed on something ridiculous and easily disproven, but that excuse will be accepted by most, as usual.

-Admins - please fix whatever is causing the text box to randomly move the cursor and delete text. I still can't copy and paste either.

Sebi's picture

Background Radiation

My wife is working in a lab. They are using radiation for some of their experiments. In order to get proper results they have to filter out background radiation. My wife told me that she has the feeling that she has to filter out twice as much background radiation compared to a year ago. She said she is not certain if her memory is fooling her or not ... simply because she wasn't paying too much attention to it. It could also be more radiation due to different space weather.

We are in the Northeast btw.

cliff 567's picture

Fukked

According to this post the CME will strike the earth tomorrow at dawn Japan time and keep coming for 12 hours. It also states that CMEs increase quake severity.

http://beforeitsnews.com/space/2014/01/nasa-shows-ison-behind-earth-as-cme-strikes-in-days-2473510.html

ivars's picture

Wanted to repost these 2

Wanted to repost these 2 charts..to let them sink in..The enormously of time scales over which human behavior follow similar patterns. Based on such simple and complex issue as currency. I hope you do not mind. I have not seen such overlay in such way anywhere, though many talked about analogies.

The 200 year overlay of silver content in denarius over gold content in USD I used to identify the years in the 800 year long Roman Empire/Western empire overlay. I liked the analogy between French revolution and Nero which it revealed, and the following years of Vespasian ( Napoleon by analogy). 5NKRQ3C.png

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespasian

I found it possible to chart a general course of Empire with money debasement development using ROMAN empire as history by placing the after FED related debasement and today as reference line over 100 years:

Of course, the dates are approximate and the future predictions as (in) valid as usual. The interesting thing is, though, that Western Empire is not Dead yet, its looking for another revival with different governance and money. 

Reset in this picture is either GOLD based USD or similar IMPROVEMENT of Western currency- after 20 years of uncertainty and wrangling with  this issue from 2011-2033.  Time of big uncertainty and instability. WWIII or what else? Could cause total hyperinflation for a brief period of time as war is financed by printing. Could be something else. 

History teaches that empires do not disappear overnight without a good fight. Neither will the USA and Western Empire in General. 

strannick's picture

Yes, thats all true, but this is a metals site.

I come here for metals. I can go elsewhere for this. 

stephanie's picture

@strannick

I just spent a good deal of time writing that piece. This is not just a metals site anymore. You don't have to read the articles here that the rest of us post, but we do put a good deal of time and research into them, so we'd appreciate if you'd keep your lack of appreciation to yourself. 

Mudsharkbytes's picture

I have no doubt

that if something happened, or was inevitably going to happen that would cause illness or death on a massive scale, it would be kept from us since, ultimately, what can we do about it anyway except get sick and die?

If major news outlets were to fess up to just how screwed we are because of this, TPTB would lose most of the control they have over us, and we can't have that. 

There's a reason they call this "Hiroshima's Revenge".  North America is probably going to wind up with a dose of radiation to make what we dumped on Japan look like peanuts by comparison. 

They're detecting radiation in freshly fallen snow in St Louis (wish I could find the link). 

I try not to think about this to much, too depressing.  I'm old enough that I'll probably die before the worst symptoms show up, but what really scares me is thinking about what's in store for my children!

Nana's picture

Thank You Stephanie

The pieces are all coming together for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Urban Roman's picture

Stephanie, Arnie is a pretty good source.

The information I have seen in his reports has been spot-on. Cue Hammer to tell us he's a shill in 3, 2, 1...

On the other hand, ENE News is sort of sensationalistic.

As for the pollution, I don't expect it to be so bad in California that people will suffer from acute symptoms (i.e. drop dead after a walk on the beach). It will be more like an increase in the rates of leukemia, bone cancer, etc. over a period of decades. But the news blackout and propagation of Tepco lies has been disgusting.

The nuclear industry is a lot like the financial 'industry' -- they want to promote their stuff, to sell their wares. And they put out a lot of propaganda, and try to hide the bad news. And like the financial lobby, they are very very good at it. The truth is, their safety record is abysmal, and when they screw up like Chernobyl or Fukushima, the pollution they spread is forever (as far as you and I are concerned -- it will be much less dangerous after a few centuries). All the fission plants should be shut down for that reason alone.

As for the Gulf Stream, it is likely  a victim of global warming. (that thing everyone is complaining about now is weather, and weather /= climate). Likewise, the two headed whale and the starfish die-off and the sick fisheries are products of other areas of human activity. There really isn't any credible link to the radioactive spew from Fukushima. There's a good (if a bit long) video on the state of the oceans here:

It's not that Fukushima hasn't or won't cause any effects on sea life, it just hasn't really manifested yet. The Fukushima damage will have to stand in line behind the sea of floating plastic, the toxic sludge, the overfishing, and the jellyfish and red tide slime...

JY896's picture

@strannick

1. What makes you think this isn't related to metals?
2. Metals-related contributions always welcome, looking forward to seeing more of yours.

ancientmoney's picture

@Urban Roman re: Fukushima . . .

Your post was very level-headed, in that it takes time for the effects to manifest.  But, manifest they will.

On a more optimistic note, I'm thinking that maybe, if we are very, very lucky, Fukushima will counteract the toxic sludge and red slime we already have??sad

Urban Roman's picture

[edit]

Oh, yeah, and the millions of barrels of BP crude oil and corexit. Forgot to add that one.

But the crude oil will be less of a problem than a leaking nuke plant over time. Reason is this: the spill was in the GoM, which is warm water. When Pemex had a wild well in their Cantarell project, it spewed crude all over the place, and gulf beaches were strewn with tarballs. But over about ten years, they cleared up. So, ten years for an oil spill vs. a thousand years for a nuke plant, I'll take the oil spill. smiley

Turd Ferguson's picture

New info and analysis

MODERATOR

http://www.hmbreview.com/news/experts-say-beach-radiation-unrelated-to-fukushima/article_d3bb5b14-77ea-11e3-a37b-001a4bcf887a.html

On Monday, Weiss carried a Geiger counter in each hand for a second survey of Surfer's Beach. As he descended to the waterline, the readings on his gadgets climbed. He tested various spots: the side of the bluffs and the white sand closest to the waterline, both registering levels that were high but not suspiciously so as far as he was concerned. But when he placed the sensors down near a line of black silt along the back of the beach, the meters on both his gadgets spiked. The counters registered about 415 counts per minute. A cpm of 30 is considered the baseline for radioactivity typically found in the air.

“It's not normal. I've never seen 400 cpm when I just wave my Geiger around.” he said. “There has to be something radioactive for it to do that.”

Weiss is no amateur; for 40 years he has made a living designing Geiger counters, most recently for International Medcom Inc. After he verified the hotspot, he took a sample of the dark sediment and sent it to his company's main offices in Sebastopol for analysis.

International Medcom CEO Dan Sythe later put the dirt sample in a spectrum analyzer to view the radioactive “signature” of the particles, the photon energy associated with each isotope. What he found was different from cesium-137, the fissile material used in the Fukushima reactors. He would know – since the 2011 meltdown, Sythe has visited Japan nine times to help map the cesium fallout.

Instead he was seeing radium and thorium, naturally occurring radioactive elements.

“It doesn’t mean that it‘s OK. It's not something you'd want your baby playing in,” Sythe said. “All we’re saying is this radiation is not from Fukushima.”

Marblesonac's picture

Stephanie, I must apologize.

When this website started, I saw a couple of your posts and they rubbed me the wrong way.

For whatever reason I didn't like you based on those posts.

Based on this thread, I was way wrong.  Your post above is great and I hope it reaches a few people that weren't aware of, and didn't connect the dots.

For those that aren't aware, there is a thread called DOTS in the forums here.  It is full of conspiracy fact that should scare the piss out of you.

The Red pill is a bitch, but it's better than ignorance!

Dots thread located here:  http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/forum/4262/dots?page=199

ArtL's picture

wood burning in the SF bay area basin

I appreciate the imposition of a wood burning ban in the SF bay area. the air is much cleaner because of this ban.

A different agency is responsible for monitoring and reporting the amount of radio nucleotides washing up on our beaches. thank you for you tube reports of what has washed up on the beaches. a lot more people are now walking up and down the beaches with portable Geiger counters. this may spur the paid government employees to get out and see what is going on.

Dagney Taggart's picture

If Fukushima is such ELE risk....

Why aren't the billionaires in Silicon Valley, who are ground zero for both the supposed air and ocean pollution, fleeing en masse or spending their billions to fix the problem?

Sorry. Like anthropocentric global warming, I just don't buy it.

PS. We're looking at Uranium and Thorium investments.

Green Lantern's picture

This is a picture of a dirty

This is a picture of a dirty water filter.   I have one just like it except shorter and rounder.  But just as dirty only after one month of use.   I do not consume tap water but use it to clean dishes and clean fruit and vegetables.  The package insert lists 100's of particles that this will filter out and some chemicals.

Here is what it says on the Department of Environmental Protections website about NYC Water.

New York City drinking water is world-renowned for its quality. Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water is delivered from large upstate reservoirs—some more than 125 miles from the City—to the taps of nine million customers throughout New York state

Should I believe my local government or should I trust my eyes?  This is where I get my water.  A distiller

Green Lantern's picture

Do your own due

Do your own due diligence. 

The U.S. Federal Government Purchased Millions of Potassium Iodide Pills

The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered 14 million doses of potassium iodide, the compound that protects the body from radioactive poisoning in the aftermath of severe nuclear accidents, to be delivered before the beginning of February.

http://topinfopost.com/2014/01/07/the-u-s-federal-government-purchased-millions-of-potassium-iodide-pills

stephanie's picture

re: Silicon Valley

@dagney "Why aren't the billionaires in Silicon Valley, who are ground zero for both the supposed air and ocean pollution, fleeing en masse or spending their billions to fix the problem?"

Good question. That was kind of the point of my article, which maybe I should have made a little stronger - people have normalcy bias, and since Fukushima is ignored in the MSM, they think it is not an issue. Probably the *real* billionaires might be clued in, but the average semi-wealthy tech person in Silicon Valley is most likely steeped in normalcy bias.

Don't get me wrong, I think it is good to be skeptical and not ascribe every issue to Fukushima etc.., like Urban Roman said above. But to me, Occam's Razor applies here. We have a known crippled nuclear plant that has been spilling radioactive waste into the air and ocean for almost 3 years. It would be odd if none of it affected the ecosystem in California.

PS Thank you, Marblesonac, that was very kind of you.

silver66's picture

GL- nice distiller

If you don't mind sharing, where did you get it, what is its capacity and of course what is the cost

Thanks

Silver66

Island Teal's picture

Fukushima information

Another source:

Covering Fukushima I (Daiichi) Nuclear Accident Since March 11, 2011

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/

Maestro's picture

Strannick is right.

While I appreciate Stephanie's post as it illustrates how little concern and understanding there is for the Fuku disaster, and how short memories are to have forgotten the Bp spill, it is far more important that everyone always deal in facts and not hyperbole.  One "arctic vortex" does not an ice age make!  I wonder if the msm could have come up with a better name..perhaps the arctic vortex of swirling death and mayhem!!  run for your lives!!  It is unfortunate that Stephanie had a nightmare, but not the basis for a sound blog post.  I expect better front his site.

The after post by Turd on Dan Sythe is more in keeping on how we should be educating ourselves and disseminating information.

As I am new to this site, I hope that I have not joined a community that is alarmist?  I understand the dangers surrounding Fuku, and believe that there is no way to successfully remediate the site given ground water flows, contamination, and TEPCO.  The U.S. is oblivious to this and so many other matters, all of which compete with football coverage.

This aside, I also hope that we can stick to the platform of metals.  I agree with Strannicks previous comment.

JY896's picture

Translated articles are a double edged sword - Hammer around?

Alt-news sources are trumpeting that IAEA had signed a mutual secrecy pact with Japanese and/or Fukushima prefecture government, ensuring that either party had the right to classify (and deny release of) information either pary deemed too sensitive. My Japanese is not sufficient to evaluate this claim, but the original article is here, and the translated versions are below. There certainly APPEARS to be some cause for concern (and/or outrage) -- any discussion that includes the phrase "stir up anxiety of residents" should immediately set off warning bells.

Google version (full text below)

Bing version

Secret designation clause Fukushima IAEA, Fukui share private information

It found that the memorandum of mutual cooperation that connects Fukushima and (IAEA), Fukui prefectures International Atomic Energy Agency, one upon request or province or IAEA, terms that can be private information that you are sharing is included were. For this provision, it is not seen as a problem in prefectural assembly, there is also the voice of criticism that "in the lead ahead of the particular secret protection law".

The Memorandum of Understanding with the IAEA, in December last year, Fukushima Prefecture were signed respectively in October this year, Fukui Prefecture.

In Fukushima Prefecture, Prefectural University of Medicine has concluded with the IAEA for the health impact study prefecture, radiation for the management of radioactive waste and decontamination. There are "exemplary arrangements" document as detailed MOU provisions marked to be "to ensure the confidentiality of information designated as confidential by the other party" is included in the document.

I signed a cooperation with the IAEA in relation to human resource development of the nuclear field in Fukui Prefecture, there was a secret language specified in the memorandum.

Both county, you are not information that is secret specified at this stage, but measured data and accident information, for such thyroid cancer in children, IAEA or province side, you secret designated as such as "stir up anxiety of residents" For example, there is a possibility that the information will not be published.

Person in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played a memorandum of adjustment that "because it is negotiated every international, it can not be said either of the IAEA and Japan may or sought secret designation clause" in the interview.

However, according to people familiar with the matter of prefectures, when the exchange memorandums and government agencies in each country, that there are rules that incorporate the wording of the secret specified in the IAEA.

The IAEA has compiled a report and "there was no modulation of Health by exposure" in the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Muto Ruiko head of the Fukushima nuclear power plant prosecution team is concerned, "there is a precedent that has the hidden information about the health effects of Chernobyl IAEA. Fukushima also become the Ninomai" he said.

However, if all of this flutter is based solely on a PDF posted (and presumably translated) by Turner Radio Network, it's a tempest in a teacup. Have not had time to watch video, so apologies if insubstantial - but claims to be on topic:

Green Lantern's picture

Silver66 It's a Durastill

Silver66

It's a Durastill Model 30J.   I got it from a local distributer.  I don't remember how much I paid for it but I see prices listed for about a grand.  $992.00 and that sounds about right.

http://www.durastillstore.com/

http://www.shop.colitiscurebook.com/Durastill-Model-30J-Automatic-Water-Distiller-Storage-Tank-DUR-30J.htm

Do a little research on distilled water.   It's better than polluted water but still not optimal.  I drink alot of lemonade to put electrolytes back in the water.  Or a bit of sea salt.   Nothing better than living well water from an unpolluted source. I do not have that option.   Also consider the cost of the electricity to run this machine.   It's worth it to me. 

I heard about another device that got great reviews that brings the water back to it's original, living state.  I have to go searching for it.  People were installing it in the showers too.

What's more important than water?   Not too much.  Air and food.  

stephanie's picture

to @maestro and any other metal-focused people

If you want mostly charts and metals analysis, then sign up for Turd's Vault for $9.95/month and use the Vault as your home page. You will then never see another post from me or anyone else going off the plantation of your strict requirements, and you can thus keep your mind and vision free and clear of any contaminating viewpoints that might deviate from a strict format of financial information. 

One of the reasons I posted this is that I know it is a topic of interest to many people on the site here. Can't make everyone happy.

No-one forces you to click on any links...at least...not yet. ;-)

Maestro's picture

Really?

Really?

Maestro's picture

Stephanie

Stephanie...thank you for supporting my argument.

One is always more effective by raising the alarm, rather than by being alarmist.

I will take your advice, and avoid clicking your future blogs; I imagine I am not alone.

stephanie's picture

@Green Lantern - water filtration question

Do any of those water filters have the power to remove hot particles from the water? I honestly don't know and would expect that they do not, but am just curious. 

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