Sir John Beddington, Britain’s Chief Scientist, went on record this week with a statement intended to dispel mounting fears about the nuclear disaster unfolding in Japan. According to this expert, because explosions at nuclear plants only endanger people living nearby they are of no concern to those living “elsewhere”.
It is hard to comprehend the emotional detachment enabling a supposedly sane man – let alone someone speaking publicly on behalf of an entire country – to say such things at a time when thousands of people are fleeing for their lives, and Japanese workers are volunteering to commit suicide trying to avert a nuclear disaster.
Does it ever occur to scientists such as Beddington that human beings living here might not WANT people living “elsewhere” to be killed, contaminated, or panicked into abandoning their homes? Is it not obvious that deaths, contamination, birth defects and all the sum total of human misery from such disasters might be an issue of vital importance to those “living elsewhere” or living “safely outside the exclusion zone” ? Does Sir Beddington see from his highly focused studies of roentgens and sieverts that a problem for one group of people becomes a problem for us all, that is, if we care?
These things often do not figure in a scientist’s calculations, due to a faulty habit of reducing a situation to its smallest components, and ignoring the completed picture which details are supposed to create. The normal mind is not fascinated by details the way the autistic personality is, because it can synthesise them into an overall impression, enabling complicated judgements which the autistic mind can never grasp.
2 September 2014 – Breaking news for Britain’s Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington:
The Pacific Ocean seems to have died completely! 98% of seafloor covered with dead marine life compared to 1% before Fukushima. “Do we have a problem? No, it’s not serious for elsewhere.” Whew, thanks, Sir John!
The autistic personality lavishes their attention on what a normal mind considers mere trivia, compared to the larger reality. The autistic fondness for the repetitive nature of detail fails to see what is staring them in the face, and high functioning types such as Sir John will be much offended to think their finely honed observations missed anything important. In reality, situations are much more than just the sum of their parts, and this difference is easily perceptible to a normal consciousness.
Sir John Beddington, regarding Japan:
“In this reasonable worst case you get an explosion. You get some radioactive material going up to about 500 metres up into the air. Now, that’s really serious, but it’s serious again for the local area. It’s not serious for elsewhere … do we have a problem?
The answer is unequivocally no. Absolutely no issue. The problems are within 30 km of the reactor. And to give you a flavour for that, when Chernobyl had a massive fire at the graphite core, material was going up not just 500 metres but to 30,000 feet. ..But even in the case of Chernobyl, the exclusion zone that they had was about 30 kilometres.
And in that exclusion zone, outside that, there is no evidence whatsoever to indicate people had problems from the radiation. The problems with Chernobyl were people continuing to drink the water, continuing to eat vegetables and so on and that was where the problems came from. That’s not going to be the case here. So what I would really re-emphasise is that this is very problematic for the area.. beyond that 20 or 30 kilometres, it’s really not an issue.. “
I wonder if Sir John could visit the Ukrainian and Belarussian orphanages, to explain that there is no evidence of problems outside the exclusion zone? The Russian approach, also, also to deny that radiation caused any ill effects, and that is still their official line. You will not find the nuclear industry willing to discuss Chernobyl except in vague let’s-move-on terms, like a drunk explaining last night’s bender – and the hit and run murder he still hopes to get away with.
This is why Beddington doesn’t mention the ongoing birth defects in the region, and the radiation detected as far away as the UK, where grass was found to have radiation levels too high for cattle grazing on it to enter the food chain. He waves away the estimated 4,000 cases of thyroid cancer, mainly among children in Belarus, the country worst hit by Chernobyl, and hides the fact that scientists themselves estimate as many as five million people were exposed to health hazards as a direct result of Chernobyl (http://cdnedge.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1615299.stm) simply because it doesn’t help his argument. Yet this is the contribution of Britain’s Chief Scientist.
Only in the world of science can emotional detachment from the suffering of others be considered a virtue. When given authority in the real world, such a person can pose a serious danger to people – the one unit of measurement more important than all the rest.
Governments are happy if their scientific sales reps act detached. Truth s a serious danger to government. Belarussian nuclear scientist Yuri Bandazhevsky was alarmed to see his government making more effort to cover up the extent of the damage than to try and put things right. Within weeks he was arrested on charges of corruption and sentenced to 8 years hard labour in a Gulag. The outcry from the western nations? Nothing. Protesting would have brought to the public eye the horrors resulting from the shoddy management of nuclear power.
You will not find a word of protest from the Chief Scientists of other countries – for one thing, they are not interested in the fate of others, and for another thing, they can’t afford to rock the lucrative energy boat. As far as they are concerned, they are all outside the danger zone and doing quite nicely, thank you.
The nuclear industry, in a state of panic, has created a large number of fake IDs to log positive comments in the national press. The recurring grammatical idiosyncracies among the comments – all saying much the same thing – give the game away. A recent survey of 10,000 people in a number of countries showed only 29% in favour of nuclear power. Realistically the Japanese disaster at Fukushima would have reduced their number considerably, even if only temporarily. But in response to a recent article quoting Beddington, an astounding 90% of contributors called the writer “a man of sound good sense” and even “a genius” and despite evidence that the plant itself had overloaded storage areas and falsified safety reports to get away with it, claimed the entire event was a vindication of the nuclear industry. General Electric must be alittle nervous right now. They were the ones who insisted on building the plant below sea level – to save money. How’d that work out, anyway?
I have never seen anything like this. Sane people could never write such letters. And at the same time, in the same paper, reports detailed how tens of thousands of people were fleeing the area, workers were accepting that their job now meant certain death, the reactor cores were melting, one of the containment vessels erupted like a volcano, and the Japanese PM admitted the situation was completely out of control. Normally, the online ratings process is quite slow. But after I wrote a brief comment critical of the article, within an hour 179 disapproval ratings appeared against my post, as if by magic.
The nuclear industry is no different than the arms and the oil industry in one regard: they are there to make a profit no matter the risk, which is why they must be interwoven with politics to have clout enough to survive. To give you some idea of this Siamese arrangement, in Dauphin County, where the Three Mile Island diaster occurred in 1979, the death rate that year among infants under one year old increased 28% over that of 1978, and the death rate of infants under one month, by 54 percent. This is because the radiation, mostly affecting the quickly growing cells in the body, destroyed the children whose bodies were being formed most rapidly. But in their final 1981 report, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, under pressure from the nuclear industry, said that the Three Mile Island accident did not cause local deaths of infants or fetuses.
Public outcry soon demanded a genuine investigation instead of a fairy story, and this was entrusted to experts at Columbia University. But before they were granted access to records, Columbia was forced to obey a court order “prohibiting them from publishing any worst-case estimates on public health unless they would lead to a mathematical projection of less than 0.01 health effects”. No research has been published on infant mortality rates because of the widespread fury this would cause and the huge legal damages which would follow under the American legal system from class action suits. To have left such an obvious trail of criminal activity, I can only assume the nuclear industry is hopelessly suicidal.
Update: March 28th 2012
A lethal level of radiation has been detected inside one of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, throwing fresh doubts over the operator’s claims that the disabled complex is under control.
Engineers for Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) say readings of airborne radiation inside the containment vessel of Reactor 2 showed nearly 73 sieverts per hour this week, the highest since the crisis began following the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March last year. Exposure to radiation at that level is deadly within minutes, according to Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
In addition, an industrial endoscope inserted into the reactor’s containment vessel on Monday found only 60cm of water inside, far below the three to six metres expected. Tepco – which has poured thousands of gallons of water on to the crippled reactors in an effort to keep the fuel cool – insists that, despite the low level, the melted fuel is underwater “judging by the temperature of 48.5C to 50C”.
Tepco’s disgraced executives also face a 5.5-trillion-yen (£42bn) lawsuit by shareholders. “The company repeatedly ignored tsunami and earthquake research showing that the plant would be overwhelmed,” said lead lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai this week. “The plant was run haphazardly and carelessly.”
(..David McNeil, Independent.co.uk)
Update: February 24 2014
The first Gray Whale conjoined calf was found off the West coast of America in January, while the sea floor off California was found to be 98% covered with the remains of dead and dying sea life.
“We’ve got some sea stars that look like they’re melting on the bottom,” Seattle Aquarium biologists Jeff Christiansen said.. the number of melting starfish increases drastically with each passing day.
“There are a lot of melting sea stars out there, more than even a couple days ago.” According to Veterinarian Lesanna Lahner, the starfish specie’s condition is rapidly deteriorating, with more than half displaying the same disturbing symptoms.
“It’s concerning to hear in a short time period we’re seeing 60% of this species diseased in this area,” Lahner said. Strangely, the symptoms have only been seen in certain areas of Washington’s Puget Sound and Canadian waters. While the verdict is still unknown, many are pointing fingers to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, which has continued to leak over 300 tons of highly radioactive water into the ocean every day.
As reported by investigative journalist Michael Snyder, massive evidence of Fukushima’s effect on the West Coast continues to be evident despite the silence from most western media.
Earlier this month, Canadian authorities found massively high radiation levels in sea bass, with one fish showing 1,000 becquerels per kilogram of cesium. Plankton tested from Hawaii to the West Coast have been found to have high levels of cesium-137, with scientists in California finding the same isotopes present in 15 out of 15 Bluefin Tuna tested.
Even in light of one Canadian study that found cesium-137 present in 100 percent of carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish sold to the Canadian public, western governments have continued to import Japanese sea food.
As radiation levels rise, it is likely the EPA will continue to raise ‘acceptable levels’ of radiation in the food supply. With experts predicting a grim outlook, the best options now available are informing others while protecting one’s thyroid health from increased radiation exposure.
I notice we’re not hearing much from Sir John Beddington these days.
A simple way to judge the effects of nuclear radiation is to visit the Chernobyl region: for years, the orphanages in Ukraine and Belarus have been caring for a generation of children mutilated by the nuclear industry. This is not a problem for Sir John Beddington, as he is outside the exclusion zone. But it will be a problem for anyone with an ounce of humanity. A recent online question appeared, asking where they could find photos of birth defects caused by radiation. To my shock, a reply appeared from “a nuclear engineer” saying “you will not find such photos on the web because such birth defects do not exist.” I find this kind of mentality very hard to stomach. Yes, the industry is dangerous and yes, it has caused human misery. Nevertheless, the overall concern is not so much the technical challenges, which surely can be dealt with, but the dreadful mentality of the people responsible for the industry. They are, without a doubt, insane.
The Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity reports that 25 years on, the situation around Chernobyl and Belarus is getting worse. Only 5% of the children from the Chernobyl area are considered healthy. Babies are still being born, espeically in Belarus, missing limbs or eyes, or with strange and inoperable tumours and cancers. Belarus took 70% of the radiation from Chernobyl: the water and earth will be contaminated for thousands of years to come, but people still drink radioactive water and eat raduioactive food, because they have no other choice.
Sir John Beddington needs to realise that this is the reason people are terrified of nuclear energy. An explosion in a coal mine is serious enough; a huge oil slick more serious still. But a slowly lingering death which seeps into your genetics and ruins all future generations of your family must be the most sinister of all dangers. The worst thing is that the nuclear industry doesn’t care as long as they are free to make money. The governments don’t care – they even pretend the dangers do not exist. It is appalling that men such as Beddington fly the flag for these captains of industry, riding on a sea of human misery.
The industry requires these emotional cripples to back them up whenever the brown stuff has hit the fan. A white lab jacket and a clipboard should do the trick. What is needed is expertise which can either be easily bought off, or, in Beddington’s case, remain completely blind to troublesome problems of morality.
What other kind of mind than a scient-autist, detached from humanity, could calmly sit down on a fine Spring morning with sunshine pouring through his office window, and work out the most effective formula for improving the capacity of a nuclear bomb? These machines, straight from Hell, are specifically designed to instantly roast hundreds of thousands of people alive – men, women, children and infants – just because they were born in another country. If you think it is a quick death, ask the Habuki – survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – who still live as mutilated outcasts from their own society, still protesting the race to build bigger machines to roast the living inhabitants of Earth – that’s you and me.
Atheists often point, quite accurately, to the horrors of the medieval church. But a single atomic device in a modern city would create a million burnings at the stake from a cowardly Inquisition, and leave countless survivors homeless, flayed alive by a boiling wind, to wander in agony until the end, praying for death, and cursing the intelligent ghouls who calmly set about to created Hell on Earth.
At the moment there are thousands of these infernal machines, lovingly maintained by scientists and technicians for use at a moment’s notice, and triggered from a safe distance to turn bustling cities into shrieking, bloody slaughterhouses, by the most grotesquely distorted minds of all time. These minds are not aware of their own twisted state, as mental distortions can never be detected by the outward-looking intellects they support.
We have much to be thankful to science for. But it bears sole responsibility for designing, prolonging, and finally carrying out the most atrocious massacres in all of human history, in the employ of brutal governments that care not one whit for the welfare of the human race. As Nixon said to an aide who voiced concern at the press reports of screaming children covered in napalm: “Your problem is that you care about civilians. I don’t give a damn about them.” Thanks to the Hellish weapons scientists gleefully created for such monsters, sections of the population may one day have to spend part of their lives underground, or will curse the day they were born.
Ask an ordinary, sane person with a proper concept not just of atoms but of humanity – a teacher, a doctor, a builder, a parent, or anyone whose life is intertwined with the welfare of others – to help refine such a machine, and they would recoil in horror.