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No 'safe' threshold for radiation
Anna Salleh
ABC
Thursday, 31 March 2011
As Japanese authorities work to contain radiation at Fukushima, concerns have been raised about public communication on radiation risk.
The US advocacy group,
Physicians for Social Responsiblity, recently criticised press reports implying there is a safe threshold for ionizing radiation exposure.
As the crisis in Japan goes on, there are an increasing number of sources reporting that 100 mSv (millisieverts) is the lowest dose at which a person is at risk for cancer," says a statement from the organisation.
No safe threshold for radiation: experts
Established research disproves this claim.
According to the
National Academy of Sciences, there are no safe doses of radiation.
Decades of research show clearly that any dose of radiation increases an individual's risk for the development of cancer.
Associate Professor Tilman Ruff of University of Melbourne's Nossal Institute for Global Health says there may be a threshold for some effects of radiation, but not for cancer.
Ruff, who is also a member of the
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War:
There is unfortunately a continuing tirade of statements by self-interested parties and some official agencies ... implying a threshold for radiation exposure below which there are no adverse consequences.
Overplaying or underplaying risk?
While some are concerned about the media downplaying the risk of radiation, others think the opposite is occuring.
For example, the UK
Science Media Centre says the media has been giving a much more dire impression of the seriousness of damage to the Fukushima power plant than scientists.
Peter Burns, former acting CEO of Australia's nuclear safety agency,
ARPANSA says the media lack scientific understanding and coverage has tended to overplay the health effects from small amounts of radiation.
Burns, a former chair of
United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR):
It's probably been a bit over the top because of a lack of understanding about what the measurements really mean."
Dose and effect
But on the question of whether there is a safe threshold for exposure to radioactivity, Burns agrees with Ruff.
"There is no level below which we believe radiation effects can't occur," says Burns.
He says the oft-cited effect 'threshold' of 100 millisieverts comes from the most statistically-significant results from studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb survivors.
According to international agencies, 100 millisieverts corresponds to a risk of serious cancer of less than 1 per cent.
But Burns says there is other evidence that supports the adverse effects of low doses of radiation, including studies showing an increased risk in foetuses getting cancer later in life from a mother's one-off 10 millisievert medical scan.
Risk comparisons
Burns believes it is important to put radiation exposure into context given natural and other man-made sources of radiation we are exposed to.
"We all get between 1 to 10 millisieverts a year - an average 2 to 3 millisieverts - from background radiation," says Burns.
Air travel and CT scans are other common sources.
Official limits for radiation in food and water are set in the context of such exposures.
For example, the limit for nuclear workers is much higher than for the general public.
Ruff says it's important to remember radiation limits like this are not levels below which there is no effect.
"They're just a practical compromise between what's achievable and what's deemed an acceptable risk," he says.
Ruff says it's also important to remember the impact of radiation is greater on the unborn, infants and children, especially girls, compared to adults.
Contaminated water
The World Health Organization recommends a limit of 10 becquerels of radioactive activity per litre of drinking water, equivalent to a dose of 0.1 millisieverts per year.
After the Fukushima accident, the Japanese government set a maximum water contamination level of 300 for adults, 100 for infants and 3000 for emergency workers.
Following news that Japanese tap water had become contaminated, one expert reportedly advised the Japanese government to prevent public alarm by giving more context when releasing such information.
The expert, Professor Robert Gale of
Imperial College London is reported in The Australian this week as saying he would be happy to drink the water, even if it exceeded the maximum contamination levels set by the Japanese government.
"We live with radioactive water all the time," he was quoted as saying.
Individual versus public health risk
The Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) question Gale's position.
"His position illustrates very neatly the divergence between individual and public health risk," says PSR's Dr Ira Helfand.
The risk to any one individual from drinking water with this much radiation is indeed very low.
The problem comes when 40 million people in the Tokyo water district drink the water and get this much radiation.
Helfand says if the risk of cancer from a low dose exposure is 1 in a million, an individual does not need to take any special precautions.
"But if 40 million get this dose of radiation then 40 of them are going to get cancer," he says.
And they may also be getting radiation in the days ahead from increased levels of radiation in the air, and from radiation contamination of food.
Helfand says it is reasonable to assure the public that they don't need to take individual action if the level of radiation is very low.
"But we should not mislead them that the dose is 'safe' or 'no cause for concern' which is very different," he says.
© 2011 ABC
abc.net.au
March 31, 2011
Stream of experts on TV saying radiation not to worry, that the doses are too low, that the accident is nothing like Chernobyl.
They appear on television, we read their articles in the newspapers.   Fortunately the majority of the public don't believe them.
... I saw him a few times talking down the accident on the television, labelled in the stripe as Professor Richard Wakeford, University of Manchester.
... Early on we saw another, Malcolm Grimston, talking about radiation and health, described as Professor, Imperial College.   Grimston is a psychologist, not a scientist, and his expertise was in examining why the public was frightened of radiation, and how their 'emotional' views could be changed.
But his lack of scientific training didn't stop him explaining on TV and radio how the Fukushima accident was nothing to worry about.
George Monbiot who knows nothing about radiation and health, writing in The Guardian how this accident has actually changed his mind about nuclear power — can this be his Kierkegaard moment?   Has he cracked? — since he now understands and reproduces a criminally misleading graphic to back up his new understanding that radiation is actually OK and we shoudn't worry about it.
Port of Minamisanriku town where 10,000 people are unaccounted
The true scale of the devastion that the tsunami unleashed is clear in this picture of the port city of Minamisanriku town, Japan, where 10,000 people are unaccounted for.

Twenty six thousand people are believed to have died in the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami many of them swept out to sea their bodies never to be found.

Two hundred thousand people have evacuated the areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, estimated four hundred and fifty thousand people are displaced in Japan due to the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

Huge waves surged up to ten kilometers (six miles) inland, sweeping away buildings, cars and trees, and then retreated back to sea leaving a trail of destruction.

Photo: AP
Twenty six thousand people are now believed to have died in the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, many of them swept out to sea their bodies never to be found.
Japan 9.0 Earthquake Tsunami Nuclear Plant destruction
      MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP       
       The mayor of Tsuruga City home of the trouble-plagued Monju plutonium-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture isn't buying Tokyo's weak explanation about the Fukushima 1 blast
       Fukushima No.2 plant, further south, is ringed by a wall of silence as a quiet evacuation is being conducted
       A specialist medical team from the Japan National Radiology Health Institute — flown by helicopter from Chiba to a field center 5 km from the No.1 Nuclear Plant — found radiation illness in 3 residents out of a sample group of 90.    Overnight that number of civilian-nuclear 'hibakusha' shot up to 19, but in other counts to 160
       MOX — plutonium and uranium      
       It is also the children of humans — and the babies — the smallest and most vulnerable of the human species      
       'Sorry! Sorry!' the son cries, wishing he could have saved his mother      
     Daughter holds hand of dead mother      
     buried in rubble where home used to be      
NATO air strikes on Gaddafi held military targets
NATO air strikes on Ghaddafi helt military targets.
 
Photo: AP
March 29, 2011
Six days since Khalifa Hifter was appointed the top military commander for the Libyan rebel forces fighting the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.
McClatchy journalist, Chris Adams without saying explicitly that Hifter is a longtime CIA asset details that after defecting from a top position in Gaddafi’s army, Hifter has lived in northern Virginia for some 20 years.
The journalist also notes that Hifter has no obvious means of financial support.
When is the moment that one understands!
Kewe
Pump truck shoots wet concrete
Pump truck requested for Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Japan due to possible meltdown of nuclear reactors.

Workers in Chiba Prefecture (Chiba-ken near Tokyo) test the pump truck which shoots wet concrete before it is sent to Fukushima.

The concrete pump truck has been sent from China.
 
Photo: Keystone-Rex Features
Pump truck requested for Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Japan due to possible meltdown of nuclear reactors.
Workers in Chiba Prefecture (Chiba-ken near Tokyo) test the pump truck which shoots wet concrete before it is sent to Fukushima.
The concrete pump truck has been sent from China.
From:  When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater
The disaster is occurring the opposite way than Chernobyl, which exploded and stopped the reaction.
At Fukushima, the reactions are getting worse.   I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown and we will probably get some of it.
If reactor 3 is in meltdown, the concrete under the containment looks like lava.
But Fukushima is not far off the water table.
When that molten mass of self-sustaining nuclear material gets to the water table it won’t simply cool down.
It will explode – not a nuclear explosion, but probably enough to involve the rest of the reactors and fuel rods at the facility.
Pouring concrete on a critical reactor makes no sense — it will simply explode and release more radioactive particulate matter.
The concrete will melt and the problem will get worse.
I emotionally have problems with the nuclear option suggested in the article — but I am neither a scientist nor an engineer!
I am watching — and waiting!
Kewe
Kill team photos of children
Kill team photos of Afghanistan children.

According to one soldier, members of 3rd Platoon also talked about a scenario in which they “would throw candy out in front and in the rear of the Stryker; the Stryker would then run the children over.”
 
Image rollingstone.com
According to one soldier, members of 3rd Platoon also talked about a scenario in which they “would throw candy out in front and in the rear of the Stryker; the Stryker would then run the children over”
'The photos published by Rolling Stone are disturbing and in striking contrast to the standards and values of the US Army,' US Army statement.
You mean the standards of disclosing US military killings!
Right on that!   The US Army indeed would prefer not to have photos of its mass war crime killings spread around!
You can view many photos of US military killings of children and their parents if you click on the Afghanistan page below!
These are however a miniscule number of images of actual US military killings and injuries!
Photos on the Afghanistan page are those that have managed to escape traps and money pockets the US military have set to prevent release of such images!
US war crimes have now reached such a monstrous level in Afghanistan that on the various dimensions involved it needs vast tomes to record!
Kewe
Gibbs
Kill team photo of Gibbs

US Staff Sgt. Gibbs in the back of a Stryker vehicle, a pair of scissors visible in the top pocket of his uniform.

Gibbs is said to have used a pair of medic shears to cut the finger off at least two Afghan civilians murdered by members of his platoon.
 
Image rollingstone.com
US Staff Sgt. Gibbs in the back of a Stryker vehicle, a pair of scissors visible in the top pocket of his uniform.
Dead fingers are tossed around within the company.
Gibbs is said to have used a pair of medic shears to cut the finger off at least two Afghan civilians murdered by members of his platoon.
Reading below one might attempt to separate the evil of a few men from the evil of the many — Obama, the US military, the occupation of a foreign country by God knows how many nations, the politicians in all of these nations!
It cannot be done!
Evil thrives within evil
Kewe
Gibbs turned to his men.   "You guys want to wax this guy or what?" he asked.   Morlock and Winfield agreed that the man seemed perfect.
Gibbs walked the Afghan to a nearby ditch and forced him to his knees, ordering him to stay that way.
Then he positioned Morlock and Winfield in a prone position behind a small berm no more than 10 feet away.
"To be honest," Morlock later told investigators, "me and Winfield thought we were going to frag ourselves, 'cause we were so fucking close."
With everyone in position, Gibbs took cover behind a low wall and chucked a grenade toward the Afghan.
"All right, dude, wax this guy!" he shouted.   "Kill this guy, kill this guy!"
As the grenade went off, Morlock and Winfield opened fire.
Morlock got off several rounds with his M4.   Winfield, who was armed with the more powerful SAW machine gun, squeezed off a burst that lasted for three to five seconds.
Gibbs shouted for Morlock to proceed with the next stage of the plan.   "Get up there and plant that fucking grenade!"
The man lay where he had fallen.   One of his feet had been blown off by the blast; his other leg was missing below the knee.
Morlock ran up and dropped the Russian pineapple grenade near the dead man's hand.
Gibbs walked up to the body, stood directly over it, and fired twice into the man's head, shattering the jaw.
Later, when the scene had calmed down — after soldiers had pushed away the dead man's wife and children, who were screaming, hysterical with grief...
Kill team photo of Gul Mudin, fifteen years old killed by US soldiers.

U.S. soldiers in Bravo Company stationed near Kandahar in a war game they were playing took it upon themselves to kill an unarmed Afghanistan boy.

The Kill team did this January 15th 2010.

Gul Mudin, a young teenager, lived in the village of La Mohammad Kalay, Afghanistan.

Sworn statements have two soldiers Corporal Jeremy Morlock and Private First Class Andrew Holmes engaged in staging the
killing so that it would appear that the US soldiers had been under attack.

The statements read that they ordered the boy to stand still, then they tossed a grenade
at him and opened fire with their weapons while they remained behind a mud wall.

The dead body of the boy, Gul Mudin is seen here lying by the wall where he was killed.
 
Image rollingstone.com
U.S. soldiers in Bravo Company stationed near Kandahar in a war game they were playing took it upon themselves to kill an unarmed Afghanistan boy.
The Kill team did this January 15th 2010.
Gul Mudin, a young teenager, lived in the village of La Mohammad Kalay, Afghanistan.
Sworn statements have two soldiers Corporal Jeremy Morlock and Private First Class Andrew Holmes engaged in staging the killing so that it would appear that the US soldiers had been under attack.
The statements read that they ordered the boy to stand still, then they tossed a grenade at him and opened fire with their weapons while they remained behind a mud wall.
Holmes's lawyer states that Holmes fired his weapon as ordered but missed, and that the photos in question reveal the victim was likely killed by wounds inflicted by a grenade or other weapons than the kind of automatic weapon Holmes was carrying at the time.
The lawyer said his client only posed with the corpse because he was ordered to do so.
At his original Article 32 hearing in November 2010 Holmes then aged 20 professed his innocence directly to the presiding officer, declaring:   "I want to tell you soldier to soldier that I did not commit murder."
The dead body of the boy, Gul Mudin is seen here lying by the wall where he was killed.
Killed by France NATO
Libya people killed by France NATO.

Bodies of pro-government Libya forces on the ground in al-Wayfiyah, 35 kilometers West of Benghazi, after being hit by French war planes on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

The no fly zone is pretty much past the protect civilian stage and well into the kill Libyan soldiers phase
 
Image chinamatters.blogspot.com
NATO completely out of control — strafing and killing hundreds
A doctor treating wounded soldiers described hundreds of deaths and terrible injuries.
The first day we had 56 seriously wounded.   To the head, the brain, lost arms and legs.   Soldiers with a lot of shrapnel in them.   It was like that every day after.
Libya map.

NATO WAR CRIMES LIBYA

The account provided by the team of Russian Doctors constitutes an eyewitness account of what is happening on the ground in Libya.

It contradicts the stream of media disinformation.

It confirms that the coaltion is routinely bombing civilian targets.

For those progressives who have endorsed the US-NATO humanitarian mandate this account provides us with evidence of extensive war crimes by those you claim to be coming to the rescue of civilians.

Residential buildings, hospital are being targeted by the coalition's smart bombs.

The latter are extremely precise.

The bombing of civilians is deliberate.

These are so-called validated targets.

Yhey are part of a list of targets.

Image globalresearch.ca
NATO WAR CRIMES LIBYA
The account provided by the team of Russian Doctors constitutes an eyewitness account of what is happening on the ground in Libya.
It contradicts the stream of media disinformation.
It confirms that the coaltion is routinely bombing civilian targets.
For those progressives who have endorsed the US-NATO 'humanitarian mandate' this account provides us with evidence of extensive war crimes by those you claim to be coming to the rescue of civilians.
Residential buildings, hospital are being targeted by the coalition's smart bombs.
The latter are extremely precise.
The bombing of civilians is deliberate.
These are so-called validated targets.
They are part of a list of targets.
Michel Chossudovsky, March 28, 2011
Hand of Libya soldier killed by NATO in Ajdabiya 26 March 2011

NATO WAR CRIMES LIBYA

The account provided by the team of Russian Doctors constitutes an eyewitness account of what is happening on the ground in Libya.

It contradicts the stream of media disinformation.

It confirms that the coaltion is routinely bombing civilian targets.

For those progressives who have endorsed the US-NATO humanitarian mandate this account provides us with evidence of extensive war crimes by those you claim to be coming to the rescue of civilians.

Residential buildings, hospital are being targeted by the coalition's smart bombs.

The latter are extremely precise.

The bombing of civilians is deliberate.

These are so-called validated targets.

Yhey are part of a list of targets.

Image Internet
Hand of Libya soldier killed by NATO in Ajdabiya 26 March 2011
Effects of radiation.

Skin - radiation caught in roots of body hair causing skin cancer.

Radiation causing eye cataracts.

Thyroid gland takes in radioactive iodine which radiation can destroy the thyroid gland.

Lung cancer can be caused by radiation.

Breast cancer can be caused by radiation.

Stomach damage of radiation due to intestinal tract lining will cause nausea and bloody vomiting and diarrhea.

Radiation damage to the reproductive system, radiation damage to ovaries and eggs in women, and radiation damage to prostate and testes in men.

Radiation damage to the blood system with sever loss of white blood cells leaving person more susceptible to infection.

Bone marrow damage due to radiation leading to leukemia or aplactic anaemia.

Radiation symptoms after moderate exposure include fever, hair loss, vomiting and diarrhea.
 
Image Reuters graphic- Kinyen Pong
March 28, 2010
Highly radioactive water has leaked from the number two reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant reactor turbine building to an a linked underground tunnel.
Radiation readings are showing the radioactive water emits a dosage rate of more than 1,000 millisieverts per hour.
There is estimated to be several thousand cubic metres of this radiactive water inside the tunnel.
Each reactor turbine building is connected to a maintenance tunnel large enough for workers to walk through.
The radioactive water in the tunnel at the last check was one metre (three feet) form the top of a 15.9-metre access shaft which is located 55 metres from the sea.
This water could overflow through the shaft into the sea.
From Kewe
Many people have a natural deficiency in iodine.
This is especially important for the thyroid gland which will suck out of the air any radioactive iodine it can find to replenish this deficiency.
Even small amount of iodine intake can help to prevent this.
3 x tablets of kelp that have 125 micrograms of iodine will help to prevent intake of dosages of radioactive iodine from the air.
While the governments are saying that radioactive iodine levels in the atmosphere are low for place far removed from Japan, they are neglecting to state that a kelp tablet, or three as I recommend, could help form a prophylactic thyroid gland inhibitor to low levels of radioactive iodine.
Kelp itself with many trace minerals is beneficial to the body and is recommended to be taken daily for health.
Potassium iodine KI at 125 milligram levels should only be ingested when there is knowledge of a pulse of high iodine content forthcoming in the air, and should only be taken while this pulse is flowing overhead.     At such times it is also recommended to remain indoors.     125 milligram levels of iodine can have harmful effects if taken over more than a few days.
Kelp tablets that contain 125 micrograms of iodine however, taken even as much as 3 to five tablets daily, can have long term health benefits both for the thyroid gland and the rest of the body, especially as many people due to incorrect food intake have a deficiency in iodine and trace minerals.
NATO killing now in Libya!
The days of NATO killing are coming to an end!
Those responsible for the killings will be held responsible!
Kewe
Chart of US monetary base 2007 to 2011.

US Federal Researve injected $500 billion into US economic system between January and March 2011.

Fed FREAKING OUT about financial system — a freak out on par with 2008.

Image Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis
US Federal Researve injected $500 billion into US economic system between January and March 2011
March 27, 2011
Nuclear radiation 1 sievert per hour at reactor 2 Fukushima Daiichi
Radiation from leaking water at reactor 2 has been measured at 1,000 millisieverts per hour — 10 million times higher [TEPCO reporting error should be 'extremely high figure of 100,000 times'] than when the plant is operating normally
Water of the turbine building next to reactor 2 measured 1000 millisievert per hour
'High levels of caesium and other substances are being detected, which usually should not be found in reactor water.   There is a high possibility that fuel rods are being damaged.'
Workers trying to cool reactor core to avoid meltdown have been evacuated to prevent exposure to radiation
Radiation from leaking water at reactor 2 has been measured at 1,000 millisieverts per hour —  extremely high figure of a hundred thousand times than when the plant is operating normally.

It is highly likely the fuel rods have been damaged and high levels of radioactive materials leaked in the water.

Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels.

The Fukushima plant has  about 1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site - an unknown amount has been damaged

The Chernobyl reactor had about 180 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel.

Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

Image MajiroxNews.com
“It is highly likely the fuel rods have been damaged and high levels of radioactive materials leaked in the water,” said Naoto Sekimura, professor of atomic energy at Tokyo University.
“I believe the leak is coming from the pipes and valves.”
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Japan prior to 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

Radiation from leaking water at reactor 2 has been measured at 1,000 millisieverts per hour —  extremely high figure of a hundred thousand times than when the plant is operating normally.

It is highly likely the fuel rods have been damaged and high levels of radioactive materials leaked in the water.

Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels.

The Fukushima plant has  about 1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site - an unknown amount has been damaged

The Chernobyl reactor had about 180 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel.

Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

Image Internet
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Japan prior to 9.0 earthquake and tsunami
Radiation from leaking water at reactor 2 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been measured at 1 Sievert per hour
1 sievert (Sv) = 100 rem or 1000 millisievert (mSv) = 1000000 microSievert (microSv)
1 x Chest X ray = 0.02 mSv or 20 microSv
CT Scan of the abdomen (500 Chest X-rays) = 10 millisievert (mSv) or 10000 microSievert (microSv)   (0.4% of current cancers are estimated to be due to previous CT scans — Wikipedia)
~10 rem or 0.1 Sv or 100 mSv or 100,000 microSv dosage per hour may begin to effect bodily cellular change with no radiation suit protection.
~100 rem or 1 Sv or 1,000 mSv or 1,000,000 microSv in a single dosage will induce radiation sickness such as nausea and vomiting.
Normal non-human produced radiation can be as low as 0.23 microSievert per hour exposure in such places as La Paz, Bolivia.
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RADIATION FALLOUT FROM FUKUSHIMA

Image: zamg.ac.at
RADIATION FALLOUT FROM FUKUSHIMA
Accident in the Japanese Nuclear Power Plant Fukushima Daiichi
Current calculation of the 60 certified radionuclide stations in the CTBTO global network data showing global spread of air masses originating from Japan — updated 25 March 2011 16:00
Obama and his US NATO killers kill children again!
This time the vampires strike two men two women and three children traveling in a car next to another car supposedly with 'someone' inside!
Does anyone know the purpose of the sport, NATO gang!
The real reason for the lust of child blood!
Kewe
Fukushima radioactive fallout
nears Chernobyl levels
The Fukushima plant has 1760 tonnes of fresh
and used nuclear fuel on site
An unknown amount has been damaged
The Chernobyl reactor had 180 tonnes
Child with birth defects after Chernobyl

Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels.

The Fukushima plant has  about 1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site - an unknown amount has been damaged

The Chernobyl reactor had about 180 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel.

Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors – designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests – to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster.

The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

Photo Internet
Child with birth defects after Chernobyl
In 2006 I visited the still highly contaminated areas of Ukraine and the Belarus border where much of the radioactive plume from Chernobyl descended on 26 April 1986.
It was grim.
We went from hospital to hospital and from one contaminated village to another.
We found deformed and genetically mutated babies in the wards; pitifully sick children in the homes; adolescents with stunted growth and dwarf torsos; foetuses without thighs or fingers and villagers who told us every member of their family was sick.
This was 20 years after the accident but we heard of many unusual clusters of people with rare bone cancers.
One doctor, in tears, told us that one in three pregnancies in some places was malformed and that she was overwhelmed by people with immune and endocrine system disorders.
Others said they still saw caesium and strontium in the breast milk of mothers living far from the areas thought to be most affected, and significant radiation still in the food chain. Villages testified that 'the Chernobyl necklace' — thyroid cancer — was so common as to be unremarkable; many showed signs of accelerated ageing.
The doctors and scientists who have dealt directly with the catastrophe said that the UN International Atomic Energy Agency's 'official' toll, through its Chernobyl Forum, of 50 dead and perhaps 4,000 eventual fatalities was insulting and grossly simplistic.
Burning resentment at the UN
The Ukrainian Scientific Centre for Radiation, which estimated that infant mortality increased 20 to 30% after the accident, said their data had not been accepted by the UN because it had not been published in a major scientific journal.
Konstantin Tatuyan, one of the 'liquidators' who had helped clean up the plant, told us that nearly all his colleagues had died or had cancers of one sort or another, but that no one had ever asked him for evidence.
There was burning resentment at the way the UN, the industry and ill-informed pundits had played down the catastrophe.
John Vidal
Children with birth defects after Chernobyl

Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels.

The Fukushima plant has  about 1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site - an unknown amount has been damaged

The Chernobyl reactor had about 180 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel.

Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors – designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests – to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster.

The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

Photo Internet
Children with birth defects after Chernobyl
March 25, 2011
The damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima Japan has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors — designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests — to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 percent of those seen after the 1986 disaster.
The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 percent of the amount released from Chernobyl.
The difference between the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan and Chernobyl is that at Chernobyl a huge fire released large amounts of many radioactive materials including fuel particles in smoke.
At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan only volatile elements such as iodine and caesium are bubbling off the damaged fuel.
But these substances could nevertheless pose a significant health risk outside the plant.
Each day, readings for iodine-131 at Sacramento in California, or at Takasaki, both suggested the same amount of iodine was coming out of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan: 1.2 to 1.3 × 1017 becquerels per day.
In the 10 days it burned, Chernobyl put out 1.76 × 1018 becquerels of iodine-131, which amounts to only 50 per cent more per day than has been calculated for Fukushima Daiichi.
The Sacramento readings suggest the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has emitted 5 × 1015 becquerels of caesium-137 per day.
Chernobyl put out 8.5 × 1016 of caesium-137 in total — around 70 per cent more per day.
The Fukushima plant has ~1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site, and an unknown amount has been damaged.
The Chernobyl reactor had ~180 tonnes.
It is not yet clear how long emissions from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan will continue.
Japan 9.0 Earthquake Tsunami Nuclear Plant destruction
      MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP       
       The mayor of Tsuruga City home of the trouble-plagued Monju plutonium-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture isn't buying Tokyo's weak explanation about the Fukushima 1 blast
       Fukushima No.2 plant, further south, is ringed by a wall of silence as a quiet evacuation is being conducted
       A specialist medical team from the Japan National Radiology Health Institute — flown by helicopter from Chiba to a field center 5 km from the No.1 Nuclear Plant — found radiation illness in 3 residents out of a sample group of 90.    Overnight that number of civilian-nuclear 'hibakusha' shot up to 19, but in other counts to 160
       MOX — plutonium and uranium      
       It is also the children of humans — and the babies — the smallest and most vulnerable of the human species      
       'Sorry! Sorry!' the son cries, wishing he could have saved his mother      
     Daughter holds hand of dead mother      
     buried in rubble where home used to be      
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in their compounds and their underground bases!
24 March 2011
Pakistan 'crop shortage' warning
By M Ilyas Khan
BBC News, Islamabad
Lowering wheat prices would create food shortages in Pakistan and encourage smuggling, officials say, responding to criticism from the UN.
Flood victims line up for food distribution by the World Food Program (WFP) at a tented camp on August 21, 2010 in Sukkur, Pakistan
Flood victims line up for food distribution by the World Food Program (WFP) at a tented camp on August 21, 2010 in Sukkur, Pakistan
Lowering wheat prices would create food shortages in Pakistan and encourage smuggling, officials say, responding to criticism from the UN.
On Wednesday the UN's food relief agency said the government set prices too high and malnutrition was rising.
But an official at Pakistan's food ministry told the BBC farmers would simply switch to more lucrative crops if wheat prices went down.
Devastating floods across Pakistan in 2010 damaged acres of arable land.
Although crop yields in 2011 are projected to be healthy, prices are too high for an impoverished population, the director of the UN's World Food Programme told journalists on the sidelines of humanitarian meetings in Geneva on Wednesday.
"The crop outlook is not bad but the food security situation remains difficult because prices remain so high," Wolfgang Herbinger said.
Smuggling risk
Malnutrition levels in the southern province of Sindh had reached 21% to 23%, according to the WFP.
It is nearly impossible to stop smuggling across the Afghan border, which
is extremely porous
Food and Agriculture ministry spokesman
"That is well above African standards. The emergency standard is 15%," Mr Herbinger said.
But lowering prices would do little to help the situation, an official at the food and agriculture ministry, who wished to remain unnamed, said.
He also warned that much of the crop would end up in the hands of smugglers.
"Low farm-gate prices lead to lower acreage of wheat crop as farmers switch to other crops and it works as an incentive for smugglers seeking international prices in the neighbourhood.
"It is nearly impossible to stop smuggling across the Afghan border, which is extremely porous," he said.
So if prices are lowered, the official said, the risk is that they would eventually rise to even higher than the level they are currently set at.
In the 1990s and between 2007 and 2009 there were severe wheat shortages across Pakistan, leading to extremely high prices.
Pakistani officials also say that malnutrition in Sindh province is not a new phenomenon and is unrelated to the food supply.
"Government statistics show that food consumption has not gone down despite the doubling of food prices since 2007-08," Kaisar Bengali, advisor to Sindh's chief minister said.
A lack of public hygiene facilities and safe drinking water were more important factors in child nutrition, he said.
"These are neglected areas, and there has been hardly any development in the public health sector here in decades," Mr Bengali said.
MMXI
From Kewe:
Those who are willing to kill and injure people — even their own people — do not deserve to live on this planet — or perhaps do, depending upon where the viewer is observing and evaluating!
It matters not that the Libyan people have a good standard of living and have been allowed guns to protect and if necessary usurp the rulership!
Demonizing of el-Qaddafi:   the complete rigging of the Ali al-Megrahi trial and subsequent bogus conviction, the complete nonsense fully known by all intelligence agencies including western agencies, spewed forth as reasoning by western governments of the Pan Am Flight 103 crash, all of this does not excuse a leader who kills.
It is time el-Qaddafi is gone.
It is time for the Libya people to take back their individual freedoms.
And to keep Libya free from the ghouls ready to land if the Libya people collectively are able!
One suspects that the West will not find their actions rewarded in ways they wish — karma has strange twists!

Cheerleading for War
Fox lies

Photo Image: The Peoples Voice
Fox lies
by Stephen Lendman
March 24th, 2011
When America goes to war, managed news goes with it spreading rumors, half-truths, misinformation, and willful deception about targeted nations, regimes and leaders, whether despots or democrats. Whoever first said it, the first casualty of war is truth, and then some as John Pilger once observed saying:
Journalism is the first casualty.
Not only that: it has become a weapon of war, a virulent censorship and willful misreporting that goes unrecognised in the United States, Britain and other democracies.
Censorship by omission, whose power is such that, in war, it can mean the difference between life and death for people in faraway countries.
Managed news jeopardizes free and open societies by substituting fiction for facts, carefully filtered reports for truth, and cheerleading propaganda for real journalism.
As a result, wars of aggression are called liberating ones.
Civil liberties are suppressed for our own good, and patriotism means going along with lawless governments, reigning death and destruction on defenseless nations for imperial, not noble, reasons.
Media support backs them, notably in America where dominant electronic and print reporting marches in lockstep with government policy, right or wrong.
As a result, dominant information sources (the major media) are in crisis as leading media scholar/critic/activist Robert McChesney once observed, saying:
Going to war is arguably the single most important decision any society can make.
The track record of the US news media in the twentieth century is that they often went along with fraudulent efforts to get the nation into one war or another" from WW I to today.
Each time with no exceptions:
Administration(s) in power believed that (truth wouldn't enlist) support (for) war.
So they lied.
The Pentagon Papers (exposed it about Southeast Asia) in shocking detail.
Post-9/11 through Obama's war on Libya: "The very debate over whether to go to war" is absent.
Obama decides.
The media salute, and public opinion is manipulated to say amen.
Never discussed are justifiable reasons, choosing diplomacy over militarism, America acting as judge, jury and executioner, and cui bono fruits of war.
Without them, they'd be none.
Said another way, absent the power and profit benefits, who'd wage them, especially capitalist America, generously enriching war profiteers that fund politicians for bottom line friendly policies.
As a result, government is unaccountable to the electorate.
Democracy is the best money can buy, and wars are always imperial, not liberating ones, especially ones America wages.
Today, round the clock media coverage supports them. Long before television, media critic AJ Liebling said, "People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news."
Today it's mostly TV, the dominant managed news source, supporting power, not truth, functioning as a propaganda system for elitist interests, especially on matters of war and peace.
Cheerleading 101
A March 21 New York Times editorial headlined, "At War in Libya" highlights it, saying:
Col Muammar el-Qaddafi has long been a thug and a murderer who has never paid for his many crimes, including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Thug and murderer, yes.
Downing Pan Am Flight 103 proved false.
He had nothing to do with it, clear evidence The Times suppresses to willfully lie to readers.
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was bogusly convicted for the December 21, 1988 bombing, then released last August because of terminal cancer and sent home to Libya.
In fact, Scottish judges who convicted him knew he was innocent, saying so in their final opinion.
In addition, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission's investigation uncovered multiple reasons for believing his conviction was a gross miscarriage of justice, including no credible evidence of his involvement.
No witnesses, video, documentation, fingerprints or other corroboration linked him to the bomb inside a suitcase downing the plane.
Even the court admitted to the case:
"The absence of any explanation of the method by which the primary suitcase might have been placed on board KM180 (Air Malta to Frankfort) is a major difficulty."
Further, misreporting claimed Gaddafi admitted fault.
In fact, he said Libya would take responsibility for the crime, solely to have international sanctions against him lifted.
The dominant media know it, including The Times, but never reported it.
Instead, they distort, exaggerate, lie, and, and suppress uncomfortable truths to support state and corporate interests, even at the cost of innocent lives.
As a result, The Times editorial praised Obama's decision to bomb, never questioning why, whether alternatives should have been considered, or rule of law considerations.
Instead, it admitted:
no perfect formula for military intervention
the importance of "us(ing) it sparingly
abstaining in Bahrain, Yemen, other regional uprisings, and Occupied Palestine is justified.
In contrast it called Libya "a specific case" saying Gaddafi:
is erratic, widely reviled, armed with mustard gas and has a history of supporting terrorism
Ignoring other worse regional despots than him, notably Israeli leaders armed with nuclear weapons, other sophisticated ones, no shyness about using them, regularly attacking Palestinians, besieging Gazans, and waging lawless wars on Lebanon and Gaza with impunity.
In fact, Times and other major media reporters, op-ed, and editorial writers wholeheartedly support them, a chilling example of hypocrisy and biased journalism.
On March 23 Washington Post editorial headlined, "Confused in Libya," saying:
The only solution to Libya's crisis.... is the removal of Mr. Gaddafi from power. (Obama) still seems to lack a coherent strategy for accomplishing that aim.
While ignoring other worse regional ones, he needs to:
(E)xercise US leadership.... many (unnamed) Arabs have been puzzled and even outraged by (his) manifest reluctance to support a revolution (in fact, a US/UK-instigated insurrection), aimed at overthrowing one of the region's most vile dictatorships.
On March 20, a Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined, "GOP on Libya: What's Obama's Goal?" saying:
Republican lawmakers are glad (Obama) is intervening in Libya, but they're not happy with how (he's) carry(ing) out (his) decision to do so."
The same day, House Speaker John Boehner said Obama:
Has a moral obligation to stand with those who seek freedom from oppression and self-government for their people.
Something that is in fact absent throughout the region, yet unmentioned in media commentaries or official statements.
Fox News contributor Bill Kristol wants ground troops in Libya as well as bombing.
Ahead of hostilities, convicted Iran-Contra felon Elliot Abrams called Obama's response "feeble....a non-response," promoting war based on false information he cited.
Bill O'Reilly headlined a commentary, "Getting Gaddafi," wanting him ousted for the wrong reasons.
Other figures on the left and right agree, supporting a lawless agenda to do it.
Peter Dale Scott expressed other concerns, comparing Libya to Iraq, saying:
Both countries had a monstrous dictator.
Both were subjected to no-fly zones.
(They) don't deter the dictator.
In due course, this evolves into a massive intervention in which the government is overthrown and the opposition goes into an internal civil war while simultaneously attacking the invaders.
Diana Johnstone asked "Is This Kosovo All Over Again?" saying:
Despite enormous differences, disturbing similarities include:
Right or wrong, vilifying a leader
The 'we must do something' chorus
Evoking 'crimes against humanity (and) genocide'
'Leftist (narrow vision) idiocy,' mindlessly cheerleading for war;
'Refugees,' using over-the-top unexplained exaggeration
Resurrecting bin Laden, despite compelling evidence he's dead
Spurning negotiations, mediation, and diplomacy to pursue war, Washington's favorite pastime.
As a result, expect protracted hostilities ahead, perhaps killing thousands, injuring and disabling many more, and causing widespread destruction and contamination from toxic munitions.
Once ended, Gaddafi may be gone, either dead or tried like Saddam then killed, and Libyans left no better off than Iraqis and Afghans, suffering horrifically under imperial occupation, a fate no one deserves.
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March 23 2011
Tokyo water is now unfit for babies due to high radiation!
Though most babies would have to consume much more water than they normally do, there is long term danger due to the size of the thyroid gland relative to the new body, and the future years of the body to develop complications from the radioactive iodine poisoning!
Next on the human list for radiation poisoning are children, those younger first, then older children!
Next on the list are young adults!
Other life forms — depending upon size and susceptibility and especially their youth — are being effected!
Human induced radiation poisoning in low dosages is now circulating around the planet!
Kewe
'We continue to see radiation coming from the site'
The damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant - radiation coming from the site, March 23 2011

MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP of of spent fuel

There is not merely six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi plant!

There is a MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP at less that 3 meters above sea level in a highly seismic tsunami prone area!

Now nuclear contamination is spreading around the planet!

Not the adults and those near to leaving who are the most vulnerable!

It is Earth's small ones, the new-born animals, the cubs, the chicklets, the smallest and most vulnerable of the world's vast life that will breath in these toxins and will suffer!

It is also the children of humans, and the babies, the smallest and most vulnerable of the human species — these are the ones who in future years will begin to see the judgement!

Photo Internet
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Storage Dump
Japan 9.0 Earthquake Tsunami Nuclear Plant destruction
      MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP       
       The mayor of Tsuruga City home of the trouble-plagued Monju plutonium-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture isn't buying Tokyo's weak explanation about the Fukushima 1 blast
       Fukushima No.2 plant, further south, is ringed by a wall of silence as a quiet evacuation is being conducted
       A specialist medical team from the Japan National Radiology Health Institute — flown by helicopter from Chiba to a field center 5 km from the No.1 Nuclear Plant — found radiation illness in 3 residents out of a sample group of 90.    Overnight that number of civilian-nuclear 'hibakusha' shot up to 19, but in other counts to 160
       MOX — plutonium and uranium      
       It is also the children of humans — and the babies — the smallest and most vulnerable of the human species      
       'Sorry! Sorry!' the son cries, wishing he could have saved his mother      
     Daughter holds hand of dead mother      
     buried in rubble where home used to be      
US Kill Team victim body of Gul Mudin the son of an Afghanistan farmer killed on Jan. 15, 2010.

Member of the kill team US military defendant, Specialist Jeremy N. Morlock of Wasilla, Alaska, grinning as he lifts the dead boy's head by his hair for a trophy image.

US Army 'kill team' pose with photos of murdered civilians in Afghanistan

4,000 photos and videos taken!

Photo: SPIEGEL
'Kill Team' Morlock trophy image — lifting the dead boys head by his hair
More war games
US Army 'kill team' pose with photos of murdered civilians in Afghanistan
4,000 photos and videos taken!
Ah!  What a game it all has become!
Even for the lowly ones now!
How they love to follow their masters!
One might ask if the US military has gone completly insane in prosecuting these image takers!
Why would they dredge up such fetishness!
I suppose one answer could be that amid the depths of evil and derangement some in the lower levels of the pyramid still believe ... in what?
'In what?'   might — must — truly is the dementation!
Kewe
US Kill Team victim body of Gul Mudin the son of an Afghanistan farmer killed on Jan. 15, 2010.

Member of the kill team US military Private Holmes of Boise Idaho is lifting the boys head by his hair for a trophy image.

Holmes the youngest of five soldiers charged states that he posed with the corpse because he was ordered to do so.

US Army 'kill team' pose with photos of murdered civilians in Afghanistan

4,000 photos and videos taken!

Photo: SPIEGEL
'Kill Team' Holmes trophy image — lifting the dead boys head by his hair
Holmes the youngest of five soldiers charged states that he posed with the corpse because he was ordered to do so.
Kathy Kelly — March 2011
U.S. people if they do read or hear of it may be shocked at the apparent unconcern of the crews of two U.S. helicopter gunships.
The gunships which among many attacks killed nine children on a mountainside in Afghanistan's Kumar province, shooting them 'one after another' this past Tuesday March 1st 2011.
"The helicopters hovered over us, scanned us and we saw a green flash from the helicopters.   Then they flew back high up, and in a second round they hovered over us and started shooting."
Four of the boys were seven years old — three were eight — one was nine and the oldest was twelve.
"The children were gathering wood under a tree in the mountains near a village in the district."
"I myself was involved in the burial.   Yesterday we buried them."
An Afghanistan warlord backed by US special forces faces persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, the desecration of mosques and the mutilation of corpses.

Despite repeated notice about the atrocities Commander Azizullah is alleged to have committed he has remained on the payroll of the US military as an 'Afghan security guard', a select band of mercenaries described by some as 'the most effective fighting formation in Afghanistan'.

Photo and article from The Independent March 18, 2011     

An Afghanistan warlord backed by US special forces faces persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, the desecration of mosques and the mutilation of corpses.
Despite repeated notice about the atrocities Commander Azizullah is alleged to have committed he remains on the payroll of the US military as an 'Afghan security guard', a select band of mercenaries described by some as 'the most effective fighting formation in Afghanistan'.
Photo and article from The Independent March 18, 2011
Kathy Kelly — March 2011
In October and again in December of 2010, our small delegation of Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists met with a large family living in a wretched refugee camp.
They had fled their homes in the San Gin district of the Helmand Province after a drone attack killed a mother there and her five children.
The woman's husband showed us photos of his children's bloodied corpses.
His niece Juma Gul age 9 had survived the attack.
She and I huddled next to each other inside a hut made of mud on a chilly December morning.
Juma Gul's father stooped in front of us and gently unzipped her jacket showing me that his daughter's arm had been amputated by shrapnel when the U.S. missile hit their home in San Gin.
Next to Juma Gul was her brother whose leg had been mangled in the attack.
He apparently has no access to adequate medical care and experiences constant pain.
The pilot of the attacking drone perhaps controlling it from as far away as Creech Air Force Base here in the United States knows nothing of this family or of the pain that he or she helped inflict.
Nor do the commanders the people who set up the base the people who pay for it with their taxes and the people who persist in electing candidates intent on indefinitely prolonging the war.
But sometimes — as it was to those helicopter crews — it is up close so there can be no mistake as to what we are doing.
A Nation Led by Blood-Guzzling
Flesh-Eating Pigfuckers
Arthur!   I couldn't have said it better myself!
America — 215 years of killing
Child with blood on face.

Man in hospital

Cluster bombs used by US military forces

Aljazeera logo used during US invasion of Iraq, March 2003Bombing of Iraq

US invasion of Iraq, March 2003Tanks

US invasion of Iraq, March 2003
 Destruction, deaths and injury of Iraq citizens by US and UK forces

Aljazeera composite picture used during US invasion of Iraq, March 2003Destruction, deaths and injury of Iraq citizens by US and UK forces

Condoleeza Rice, Saddam Hussein, Jalal Talabani

Talabani after obtaining a law degree in Baghdad threw himself into the movement for Kurdish autonomy.

1966 Talabani launched an armed assault on Barzani's KDP, Kurdistan Democratic Party, with the help of the Iraqi army.

When Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Iran, Talabani sided with Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini against Hussein.

1988 Hussein launched al-Anfal, a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing, depopulating thousands of Kurdish villages where support for Talabani was strong.

'It was because they were thinking about Iran,' says Aref Korbani, a journalist at the PUK's television station in Kirkuk and and an expert on the Anfal campaign.

Through all this, the West stood by and watched.

Aljazeera composite picture used during US invasion of Iraq, March 2003
 George Bush, missiles, planes set to bomb targets in Baghdad, Mosul and other cities of Iraq.

Washington, Supreme Court builing, appointment of Bush by Supreme Court.

Backed by Congress and Senate of US.

Aljazeera composite picture used during US invasion of Iraq, March 2003USA is first murderer in the world

Protest by much of the world against the bombing of Iraq.

Australian troops aiding the US and UK in the attack.

Aljazeera composite picture used during US invasion of Iraq, March 2003


<posted by kewe 5:44 PM Wednesday April 2, 2003
Children injured in US bombing attacks, April 2003
Hospitals are continuing to cope with thousands of dead and injured people due to:
US cluster bombs
US missiles
US attack helicopters
US artillery shelling
But it is upstairs on those wards that the suffering scream.
Anton Antonowicz And Mike Moore
Report From Inside Babylon General Hospital.
Apr 3 2003   Mirror.co.uk
THEY lie in packed wards, eight to each airless room. Many are crying.
Others softly moaning.
Some stare, as if lifeless.
These are the survivors of what are claimed to be cluster bomb attacks on villages in Babylon and its capital Al Hillah, some 70 miles south of Baghdad.
The attacks, which happened around lunchtime on Monday, are said to have killed at least 60 people and injured a further 250.
But no one has completed the tally.
I see six bodies in the makeshift morgue, a crude metal box teeming with flies, situated beneath an awning at Babylon General Hospital.
There are scores of slightly injured patients hobbling through the grounds.
Beds are laid in the entrance, every space being exploited.   But it is upstairs on those wards that the suffering scream.
Among the 168 patients I counted, not one was being treated for bullet wounds.
All of them, men, women, children, bore the wounds of bomb shrapnel.
It peppered their bodies.
Blackened the skin.
Smashed heads.
Tore limbs.
Two sisters, Khoda, five, and Mariam Nasser, aged 10, share the same bed.
Khoda is crying when I approach.
Her mother is trying to re-dress the wounds to her forehead and the back of her skull.
Mariam sits there saying nothing, a dressing over her left shoulder, cuts all over her back and one eye bloodied.
They had been playing in the garden of their home, 15 miles from Al Hillah, when the bombs went off.
Goran Ali, three, has a huge blood-blister beneath one eye.
His little body is a mess of tubes.
His mother Zubeida just looks at me shaking her head at the madness of it all.
Kifel Hassan, 13, tries to tell me what happened when the explosions struck but the effort made in pointing to his mother, his brother and sister, all lying injured alongside him, proves too much.
He lowers his bandaged arm.
He has lost his hand.
Sejad Ali is five and lies alone.
His three brothers were killed.
His parents are burying them as I look upon this lad with wounds all over his body.
Khalid Hallil, 21, was inside his house three miles from the centre.
Children injured in US bombing attacks, April 2003
Hospitals are continuing to cope with thousands of dead and injured people due to:
US cluster bombs
US missiles
US attack helicopters
US artillery shelling
His left thigh is torn from knee to crotch.
His father Hamid speaks English:
“Metal just came from everywhere.
Believe me, there were no soldiers in the area.
Only civilians.
There was no reason for attacking us in our homes.
No justification for this murderous act.
“Tell your countrymen what is happening.
Let them see with their eyes instead of listening to Tony Blair’s lying words.
Look, this is reality — not the make-believe world of Bush and Blair.”
Ali Abed bends to kiss his injured son Hussein.
Ali tells me his wife died in the attack.
He is all that’s left for his four-year-old boy.
AZOR Abdul Waled, 20, holds her seven-month-old daughter Zena, her head swathed in bandages.
Two other daughters have died.
Her own right leg is gashed.
She comes from the village of Al-Ameinera, six miles south.
And she tells me a different story.
Azor says that US soldiers had tried to land in the village outskirts by helicopter but that local militia and tribesmen had sent up a hail of fire which had seen off the three twin-prop transporters.
Then, some 10 minutes later, fighters screamed out of the sky, delivering their fatal payloads.
“All the injuries you see were caused by cluster bombs,” Dr Hydar Abbas tells me.
“Most of the people came from the southern and western periphery.
The majority of the victims were children who died because they were outside.
“We have an ambulance driver, Abdul Zahra, whose leg has had to be amputated after he came under attack while he was driving to the area.
“What kind of war is it that you and America are fighting?
Do you really think that you will be supported by the Iraqi people if you win?
Do you think we will all forget this and say it was for our own good?
“This war is building a hatred which will grow and grow against you.
I have no anger for the British people.
But one day, I fear they will suffer for this just as we do now.”
I find another ambulance driver, Hassan Ali, 37, and ask him what happened two days ago.
He said he was racing to the scene of the first attack when cluster bombs erupted around him, cutting his tyres to shreds.
“I turned around and slowly drove back to shelter,” he says.
“Even in that short space, I saw so many injured.
Some dead. Animals - dogs, cattle, sheep - lying all over.”
He adds that there are reports that a bus containing 35 people had been hit by a tank or artillery shell.
Children injured in US bombing attacks, April 2003
Hospitals are continuing to cope with thousands of dead and injured people due to
US cluster bombs
US missiles
US attack helicopters
US artillery shelling
But I cannot obtain confirmation.
It is getting on for 1pm, about the time that those bombs fell, and the minders want us back aboard the bus for the 65-minute journey to Baghdad.  
There is no time to make polite farewells to the injured.
They are abruptly left to their misery...
On the way back, a guide proudly announces that we are crossing the River of Babylon, a tributary of the Euphrates.
In the distance, through the date palm groves, lies the ancient city, named after the river.
Here, I can see the resistance with my own eyes.
The troops digging in.
The field guns and tanks hidden in the trees.
The lorries parked in ditches.
The machine-gun nests.
It would be wrong to say it’s an iron ring.
The defences are patchy but, nevertheless, there is a significant presence.
Yet the closer we come to Baghdad, the less evidence there is of soldiery — a few emplacements but nothing obvious.
The guides prevent filming.
Suddenly, over to the south-west of the capital and about six miles from our hotel — we see an enormous angry cloud.
It is too light to be one of Saddam’s oil fires.
It must be a bomb.
Its shape and colour then changes, with blacker smoke coming from its heart.
Huge balls of fire lick and spit into the sky.
It didn’t look as if the local refinery had been hit.
This looked as though the bombs had found a fuel dump — and an enormous one at that.
“No pictures!” yells the guide.
None are taken but everything is seen.
It is only then that you notice how dark the sky is over the capital and how polluted the air is.
At Babylon, the sky was blue and cloudless.
Child killed in US bombing attacks, November 2005
Hospitals are continuing to cope with thousands of dead and injured people due to
US cluster bombs
US missiles
US attack helicopters
US artillery shelling
Here, on the edge of the city, its true colour is masked by smoke which is dark, low and cruel.
That is the space in which five million Iraqis are forced to live.
Not that there are five million here any more.
Most have moved elsewhere.
Drivers in the hotel make constant phone calls to loved ones and return with tears in their eyes.
They have to make a living and it’s a lonely one now their families have gone.
The Information Minister, Mohammed Sayeed al-Sahaf, gives us an afternoon update, saying 10 people were killed and 90 wounded overnight in Baghdad.
He also accused the Americans of dropping booby-traps — shaped like ballpoint-pens — to maim anyone picking them up.
DURING fighting on Tuesday and into yesterday morning, Iraqi troops had destroyed two Apache helicopters, nine tanks and 26 armoured personnel carriers.
“We have again inflicted heavy casualties on the mercenary enemy,” he says.
He scoffs at reports that the US and Britain have made substantial gains.
“They claim to have taken Karbala.
Well, this morning I sent an Iraqi TV team to record what’s really happening there and all the world will see it.
“I also had a detailed briefing from the Governor there, who said that what the Pentagon is saying is an illusion, all lies.
“They claim to have inflicted heavy losses on our soldiers.
Believe me, the impact on our capacities is trivial — trivial.”
He then went on to complain that enemy fighters were deliberately flying low over the ancient Shiite shrines in Kerbala and Najaf, attempting to wreck them.
These magnificent tombs are the most sacred in Shiism.
Any desecration would inflame the largely Shiite Iraqi population, not to mention the 65 million faithful in neighbouring Iran.
Whether the claim is true or false, it is easy to see its value in the propaganda war.
“Deeds not words. That is what is important,” the Minister is saying...
Deeds not words.
Visible deeds which result in so many lying in Babylon Hospital.
Visible deeds such as that fireball rising before us on the way home.
Invisible ones, like so much battleground bravery.
Or the moment that high-flying pilot’s finger presses the button.
All deeds which matter.
While words are tossed around like shrapnel.
While words are tossed around like shrapnel.
BOMBS FALL ON BABYLON.
posted by kewe 11:09 AM
More war games
US Army 'kill team' pose with photos of murdered civilians in Afghanistan
4,000 photos and videos taken!
Ah!  What a game it all has become!
Even for the lowly ones now!
How they love to follow their masters!
Kewe
A Nation Led by Blood-Guzzling
Flesh-Eating Pigfuckers
America — 215 years of killing
Destroyed buildings and vehicles seen off the coast of north-eastern Japan, in Miyagi Prefecture after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Huge waves surged up to ten kilometers (six miles) inland, sweeping away buildings, cars and trees, and then retreated back to sea leaving a trail of destruction.

Photo ChinaFotoPress
MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP
So the picture is becoming clear!
There is not merely six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi plant!
There is a MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP of spent fuel at less that 3 meters above sea level in a highly seismic tsunami prone area!
The Fukushima plant has ~1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site, and an unknown amount has been damaged.
The Chernobyl reactor had ~180 tonnes.
Now nuclear contamination is spreading around the planet!
It is not the adults and those near to leaving who are the most vulnerable!
It is Earth's small ones, the new-born animals, the cubs, the chicklets, the smallest and most vulnerable of the world's vast life that will breath in these toxins and will suffer!
It is also
the children of humans, and the babies, the smallest and most vulnerable of the human species, a percentage statistic as the present vaccine autistic folly, children to be thrown away — these unfortunate are the ones who have become selected to see this new judgement!
For even in the minutest human-produced radiation amounts, these vulnerable ones are the receivers.
Normal non-human produced radiation can be as low as 0.23 microSievert per hour exposure in such places as La Paz, Bolivia.
Readings taken at the front entrance of the No. 1 Fukushima plant have reached 0.59 microSievert prior to the 9.0 earthquake tsunami, but this is also considered within the 'normal' range.
Kyodo news is reporting a reading by the IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency March 22 2011 in the town of Namie Fukushima Prefecture 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as being 161 microSieverts per hour — 1600 times the 'normal' level for the area.
And so it continues....
TEPCO, the Japan government, the Japan bureaucracy, the money behind the building of the US GE nuclear plants — a plant design that even the reviewers resigned knowing its imperfections!
ALL ARE RESPONSIBLE!
Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing — the Mark 1 — was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.
And at the heart of course the
US Empire itself:   This is the Japan imbecility, the world's curse, of placing trust in an elite who rule — the power that knows nothing of value but 'MONEY!'
Kewe
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Storage Dump
The damaged third (left) and fourth reactors at the Fukushima power plant.

MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP of of spent fuel

There is not merely six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi plant!

There is a MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP at less that 3 meters above sea level in a highly seismic tsunami prone area!

Now nuclear contamination is spreading around the planet!

Not the adults and those near to leaving who are the most vulnerable!

It is Earth's small ones, the new-born animals, the cubs, the chicklets, the smallest and most vulnerable of the world's vast life that will breath in these toxins and will suffer!

It is also the children of humans, and the babies, the smallest and most vulnerable of the human species — these are the ones who in future years will begin to see the judgement!

For even in the smallest amounts, these vulnerable ones are the receivers.

TEPCO, the Japan government, the Japan bureaucracy, the money behind the building of the US GE nuclear plants — plant design that even the reviewers resigned knowing its imperfections!

ALL ARE RESPONSIBLE!

Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing — the Mark 1 — was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.

And at the heart of course the US Empire itself:   This is the Japan folly, the world's folly, of placing trust in an elite who rule, the power that knows nothing of value but 'MONEY!'  

Photo AFP/Getty
Japan 9.0 Earthquake Tsunami Nuclear Plant destruction
      MASSIVE NUCLEAR STORAGE DUMP       
       The mayor of Tsuruga City home of the trouble-plagued Monju plutonium-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture isn't buying Tokyo's weak explanation about the Fukushima 1 blast
       Fukushima No.2 plant, further south, is ringed by a wall of silence as a quiet evacuation is being conducted
       A specialist medical team from the Japan National Radiology Health Institute — flown by helicopter from Chiba to a field center 5 km from the No.1 Nuclear Plant — found radiation illness in 3 residents out of a sample group of 90.    Overnight that number of civilian-nuclear 'hibakusha' shot up to 19, but in other counts to 160
       MOX — plutonium and uranium      
       It is also the children of humans — and the babies — the smallest and most vulnerable of the human species      
       'Sorry! Sorry!' the son cries, wishing he could have saved his mother      
     Daughter holds hand of dead mother      
     buried in rubble where home used to be      
Unspeakable grief and horror
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