Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Truth is not a virtue among USA's nuclear industry supporters....

Truth is not a virtue among USA's nuclear industry supporters....

March 16, 2011 -- Nuclear industry shills re-inventing history...

"I'll be philosophical. Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn't have any life — fish or anything. Gradually, about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet—and probably in the entire system—reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin... Now when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible... Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it... I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it if it creates radiation. Then you might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all. Have I given you an answer to your question?"

- Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, father of the U.S. nuclear Navy, "On the hazards of nuclear power. Testimony to Congress" (28 January 1982); published in Economics of Defense Policy: Hearing before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, 97th Cong., 2nd sess., Pt. 1 (1982)

The corporate-owned and operated right-wing lunatics on radio and television, particularly major league insanity-based commentator Sean Hannity, may be legally entitled to utter total falsehoods about the Japanese nuclear disaster without worrying about a Federal Communications Commission-enforced Fairness Doctrine to set the record straight. However, it is a violation of FCC broadcast licensing for the right-wing cacophony to spout absolute false information that impacts on public safety. That is a flat-out violation of FCC licensing requirements for broadcasters to serve the public interest.

On March 14, Fox "News" host Hannity had on his program a nuclear industry propagandist named Jay Lehr from The Heartland Institute, a climate change denial outfit. Lehr proceeded to make statements downplaying the effects of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Lehr's comments and Hannity's agreement with them not only defied logic but were absolute disinformation worthy of Joseph Goebbels. The comments came a day before the Fukushima nuclear event was rated a level 6 disaster. Three Mile Island in 1979 was rated a 5 while Chernobyl in 1986 was rated a 7. The Fukushima disaster will go down in history as one of the worst nuclear power plant catastrophes the world has faced.

After Lehr stated, "I can tell you with the utmost confidence there will not be a health impact of anything that is going on at the Fukushima power plant," he had the absolute gall to say of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, "there was no long-term impact on health from anybody away from the plant due to the radiation cloud. There were 1,000 cases of leukemia in the village right surrounding Chernobyl, and 998 of them were cured."

The Heartland Institute, based in Chicago, is one of a number of vile corporate-funded right-wing non-profit organizations that invent their own facts and statistics to suit the agenda of their corporate paymasters. Armed with barrels of corporate cash and prepared junk science and phony history talking points, spokespersons for organizations like the Heartland (Heartless) Institute find eager media outlets like Fox News to spew their copious amounts of bovine excrement.

As for Lehr's statement that 998 people in a village near Chernobyl were cured of leukemia, we are publishing a photograph that proves Lehr to be a revolting disinformation purveyor. In September 1990, this editor visited, along with an 80-member U.S. delegation, a children's hospital outside Minsk, in the then-Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, where dozens of children from near Chernobyl were being treated for cancer, including leukemia. In the years following our visit, I discovered from one of our guides that all the children at the hospital had died from cancer contracted as a result of the Chernobyl disaster.

Children in Byelorussia in 1990 suffering from cancer as a result of Chernobyl.

In the above photograph taken at the children's hospital, a one-time Soviet Communist Party retreat that was turned into a cancer clinic for children affected by Chernobyl,
there are four boys seen. The young boy at the back right was wearing a Philadelphia Phillies cap I had given him, with foreknowledge that hair loss was inevitable at some stage. Lehr claims an 98 percent cure rate from Chernobyl. How about a 100 percent death rate among these children at the hospital outside of Minsk! That is a fact compared to the Heartland Institute's contrived history of Chernobyl and the Koch Brothers-funded junk science and fake history.

I hope that Hannity, Lehr, and the Koch Brothers who fund the Heartland Institute's propaganda output take a close look at the faces of these children. They all died from cancer resulting from the effects of Chernobyl's radiation. Chernobyl was a Level 7 event. Fukushima is approaching that level. Alas, it will have no effect because when Japanese children become cancer victims as a result of General Electric's failed reactors at Fukushima, the right-wing will eject as much venal propaganda as the Japanese reactors are in emitting high-levels of radiation. Pro-corporation right-wingers, like their Nazi and fascist ideological predecessors, are heartless and soulless ogres who love money more than any fellow human being....

Getting the US in there to cool the reactors instead of the Russians - who offered help, are virtually begging Japan to be allowed to help - seems like a corporate and political move, not one born out of the logistical needs of the situation.

While Chernobyl was a different type of fuel, they still have a lot of experts who actually got their hands onto that crisis who are offering help - which is being snubbed by Japan so far.

What does the US have to offer that they are sent in to cool the reactor now? I am sure there are good scientists. None of them have ever dealt with a meltdown like the Russians have. If this were my melting reactor, I would first call the people who have done this before and wrote the manual on catastrophe mitigation, not the people who at best only read the manual.

But I suspect this is all about protecting the joint interests of GE and TEPCO and Westinghouse and others who have a contractual future together and see their joint reputations battered here. It is about keeping it quiet and in the family and they apparently deployed more media spin meisters than nuclear catastrophe mitigators to Japan. The Russians may have an old territorial spat with Japan over the Kuril Islands but I doubt that was a factor why they are not taken up on their offers to help. I don't think rejecting them is as much a matter of national intransigent pride but I suspect it is all about keeping it quiet and in the corporate family at this point.

We see from the nauseating spins on how safe nuclear reactors are and how minimal the radiation exposure allegedly is that truth in media is a first casualty in such a crisis. But I fear that best hands-on catastrophe mitigation is also falling casualty to the sole protection of corporate interests along the way.

Informative RT Interview with Senior Research Fellow in the Energy and Environmental Programme, Walt Patterson

Text of interview is here:


[It is nearly impossible, at this point, to find a reference on the "Mark 1" nuclear reactor since this Time article, but I managed to dig-up the following, including the 600+ page NRC report it is based on. WASH-1400, Reactor Safety Study (See it in full at this link, but it is too long for a regular post.).]

It was Bush and Cheney who sold the world MOX fuels....see link from 2006 below when they had it on sale world-wide...great way to get rid of all your recycled mil-industrial plutonium and make some money...

Bush, Cheney and MOX fuels

Fukushima I is their oldest reactor. Reactors 1 and 2 were built by GE, 3 and 5 built by Toshiba, #4 by Hitachi and #6 by GE again.

Another nuclear site at Rokkasho had massive cooling problems on Friday and had to be artificially cooled. This site is on record for being storage for 3,000 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel rods. This may give an idea about quantities being stored at other facilities also as they are storing similar quantities in a total of 25 to 30 reactors each. (Another article by Watson posted earlier also confirmed that Tepco has been piling 40 years worth of old used fuel rods on top of the reactors with quite a buildup.).

Source: FAZ (main German daily,

(Don't expect to find such an expose in any US MSM.)

Obama's sweetheart deal with TEPCO

Obama pledged $4 billion for a nuke project in Texas - TEPCO to build nuclear reactors all over America.

Obama's first big campaign donor when he became an Illinois state senator was the Illinois nuclear energy industry. So what do we expect? You gotta dance with them that brung you...

Background of U.S.'s part in Japan's nuclear power....
One of the worst open-air plutonium dump sites in the world. This is it: ROCKY FLATS The Hiroshima and Nagasaki plutonium was made there. The buildings apparently have inches of plutonium built up on walls and air conditioning ducts. The workers were all prohibited to ever talk to media as they were dying from cancer.

They shut it down a few years ago after a half century of nuke making and locked them, put a chainlink fence around them, end of story. Some years ago, they dug up the minor stuff - work gloves, suits - transferred it to Alamogordo. The worst is the buildings. They are still there. That is why Denver permanently has high nuke readings, it is downwind from Rocky Flats which is perched on a plateau above Denver with the wind having nowhere to blow but down because it is big mountains to the west. And just to the south - Colorado Springs has Peterson AFB, Space Commands, lots of old nukes there. Big NORAD and NORTHCOM base at Cheyenne Mountain nuke bunker 1 mile down bored into mountain. They have nuke detection facilities - spectacular accidents in 1979 and 1980 when it malfunctioned and automatically alerted USAF world-wide of massive nuclear attack on US - Air Force had missiles loaded and planes in the air already based on it. I do not know how many missiles or what programs they have. Rumor is that they stack a lot of their old WW II missile junk all over. Colorado always has high radioactivity readings....

(Fulford était l'ancien Directeur Asie de la revue "Forbes")

Une bio le concernant :

Son blog (payant mais le titre et résumés sont accessibles)

Pour lui après le Japon la prochaine cible est : "The next target will
be the New Madrid fault line in the South-Western United States "

"Get the corporate boardroom out of the newsroom."


livestreaming geiger counter out of LA




radiation network

"Oh there's pirates and emperors but they're really the same thing..."


Here is another piece of spin.... NYT wailing about GE having a bad reactor. Of course, that is to blame! The corporate shills at NYT are out in force. I am sure every word is true - GE's design sucks and that is a contributing factor.

But I smell a strategy here to save the nuke energy industry by isolating one make and model reactor as being to blame while, of course, the rest are so safe. Then they will take those few old ones offline, remodel them a little, declare it fixed and try to save the nuke energy which is under global scrutiny now.

Do we really expect objective reporting from NYT, WSJ, CNN, NBC,WaPo or HuffPo....? Expect them now to blame the reactor model and Japanese incompetence in order to isolate the problem and let it burn out in its own corner so they can go on building nukes undisturbed....

NYT blames GE reactor