Blue Smoke and Mirrors

MINAMISOMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 13: Local residents who live around the 20km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant, undergo a screening test for possible radiation at screening center on September 13, 2011 in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Japan is marking sixth months since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11 at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan and also damaging the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades. The current number of dead and missing is reportedly estimated to be 22,900. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

While there are those who think too much is made of the nuclear situation in Japan, I continue to have concerns.

That the soil levels of cesium 134 and 137 are more than 100 times the levels in the Mandatory Evacuation Zone around Chernobyl seems significant.

That wild monkeys rather than humans are being sent into a forested region near the failed and irreparable Fukushima nuclear facilities I think tells us something.

The fact that both the Japanese and the US nuke folks have “solved” the health issues by raising the “safe levels” drastically seems a desperate measure to fool most of the people most of the time. It seems to be working.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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