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Shaken, stirred, totally Fukushima’d

Now Fukushima Daiichi means the same in English as in Japanese. Although now apparently "meltdown" no longer means apocalyptic, "radiation" no longer means toxic, and to "exceed the safety levels" no longer means to pose adverse risk to your health. Curious. Because, I suppose, Japan can't cry REACTOR FIRE in a crowded metropolis. Instead of blaming a Japanese government for being less than forthcoming about the obvious exponential horrors to come, realize they're in hospice-caretaker mode, with little recourse but to comfort the imperiled population with big white lies. The Japanese are skeptical, but what are they supposed to do? They can no sooner stop drinking and eating than they can stop breathing. Will Fukushima be only a partial Chernobyl or verse visa? Halfway around the world, is the news being broken gently for our unknowing benefit? From across the Pacific, we can fret about the fallout --a word which now apparently means radioactive particles of no demonstrated significance. At least this president is not advising us to grab for duct-tape and visqueen. Leave the Japanese the stiff upper lip indispensable to island nations sin salida. For your own self-preservation, turn off the telly and heed experts who haven't jettisoned the original nuclear power glossary. To those talking heads and blog comment trolls still shilling for the nuclear ambitions of the "Clean Power" Green Energy scam. Sayonara.

An anti-recruitment message especially for military families…

Because whenever the subject of recruitment comes up around certain members of my own family, many of whom were active duty military, the mantra of "But the Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines support the troops' FAMILIES." So, quiz time... Every base has a Base Veterinarian and one of the divisions of that office is Exterminator. You know that the exterminators will inspect your homes for roaches, mice, rats, correct? And will from time to time make a special announcement about having your housing unit ready for the Bug Spray Squad. How many times do they tell you when they're going to spray defoliants? That's Weed Killers. Roundup is a lower strength of what they usually spray, but the Monsanto Corporation sells the Pentagon some heavy duty versions of that, up to and STILL INCLUDING Agent Orange. Because every base is a "secured area" and there's a lot of cleared ground, and the housing and other buildings arranged in rows and squares... did you notice? No tree lines, no areas of tall brush... part of it is to prevent fire, the other half to enable fire, do you know the meaning of that? By the way, any question answered with any version of "I don't know" is a Red Flag. How much did the Military tell you or your spouse about that? How often do they put out poison for the birds on the flight line? How often do they warn you about "sick" birds? How do they word those warnings? How do they warn you about your pets, to look for certain symptoms? Do they teach your kids to not pick up sick or dead birds or other animals? Do they routinely screen you, and your kids, for a genetic disorder called "Fragile X"? Or ANY of a short list of genetic tags that would demonstrate exposures to radiation or toxins? Do they tell you, educate you AND your families, especially your kids... about a class of chemicals called Dioxins? They DO poison the birds, rodents, skunks, coyotes, feral cats, foxes, etc. If they don't tell you when, Red Flag. If they NEVER told you, RED FLAGS!!! The Fragile X chromosome damage causes a wide variety of disorders especially in children, Pervasive Development Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asbergers, other neuro-motor disorders... The weed killers ALL have a chemical in them, one or more dioxins. These aren't the active ingredients, they're a residual from the manufacture of the active ingredients, but they can't take them out without destroying the "good" chemicals. The active ingredients themselves, supposedly harmless to animals including humans, act on the leaves and any other green surfaces of the plants. The cells that transfer water, carbon dioxide (what the plants breathe in) and oxygen (what they exhale and we inhale) basically giving them the vegetable equivalent of emphysema. They can't breathe and they die. The dioxins can enter the human and other animals' bodies through the water, mostly, eating contaminated food, or breathing the smoke from when the chemicals are burned. The Army and Air Force "buried" the investigation of their use of Agent Orange along