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Intro: "There is no safe dose of radiation. We do not x-ray pregnant women. Any detectable fallout can kill. With erratic radiation spikes, major air and water emissions and at least three reactors and waste pools in serious danger at Fukushima, we must prepare for the worst. When you hear the terms 'safe' and 'insignificant' in reference to radioactive fallout, ask yourself: 'Safe for whom?' 'Insignificant to which of us?'"

A young girl passes the time with her teddy bear at an evacuee center for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear facilities in Soma, Japan, 03/25/11. (photo: Wally Santana/AP)
A young girl passes the time with her teddy bear at an evacuee center for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear facilities in Soma, Japan, 03/25/11. (photo: Wally Santana/AP)

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+3 # neela 2011-03-29 08:50
My kids and I lived a few miles from
TMI in 1979. Within a month of the
meltdown I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
which I have now had for 32 yrs. My kids
also have CFS, fibromyalgia since they
were small, crumbling teeth, any number
ailments. So when you hear that this
radiation is very damaging to your and
your childrens health, BELIEVE IT!! This
has impacted our entire lives severely,
and many many others.
+2 # fredboy 2011-03-29 08:52
The radiation industry--I'm sorry, the nuclear industry--has long joined others--like the chemical, fertilizer, pesticide and similar industries--to spin and twist truths to conjure support and calm. Knowing all the while they are at best managing temporarily controlled harm and death.

The media gobbles it up--they need quotes--and reports, thus slapping credibility on such claims. They now ignore the cardinal rule of journalism: If your mother says she loves you, check it out. Check out and challenge EVERYTHING.

Then we get clobbered. Hell erupts. People die. And they say, "Oh, we didn't expect this," right out of the PR spin playbook. And the media gobbles it up--and spits it at us. And we trust those that created the nightmare to lead the crisis response. After all, the media has assured us, they are the experts.

History is rife with lies that turned deadly. But as the dollar and the yen control all, truth is set aside. And a radioactive plague sweeps through the Land of the Rising Sun.
+2 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-03-29 09:15
My Uncle, who died at a fairly early age for our family, 70. John D. Pierson, was head engineer at Diablo Canyon, California's nuclear plant... I made fuel spacer tubes for a nuclear reactor. Made in Kansas, shipped to Oregon.. There's nothing safe about any of it and the waste left over is worse than if one melts down... Doesn't make sense to use this stuff, unless ya need more bombs or some thing, or ya just like watching things die and or, help the medical profession.. Gonna need a lot of doctors and more lawyers for em and wow! They just created a new job market! How about that? buy lead, Cpl. Pierson, 101st Airborne, Vietnam
+3 # AndreM5 2011-03-29 09:35
No credible scientist uses the word "safe" in regard to exposure to radiation or any other potentially toxic agent. Listen to them (us) carefully; we always refer to "risk" or "increased risk," since this is all that any research study can measure. Next notice how frequently politicians or media figures, even responsible journalists, use the term "safe" when they report on these issues. This misrepresentati on is rampant, perhaps because the concept of "increased risk" is just too hard to understand or explain. We accommodate increased risk in almost every phase of our lives (transportation , power sources, food, medicines, etc.) but we rarely think about them and often don't even know about them.

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