Jolly Subjects – Chernobyl and Fukushima

I haven’t mentioned much about Fukushima this last year or so. This is probably because one finds one’s self banging their head against a brick wall. The appalling state of the mainstream media (which is now almost entirely controlled by our totally corrupt intelligence services) is often put down to the Snowden revelations in 2013. I would say that the take over of the mainstream media was most notable before then, in March 2011 when the Fukushima nuclear disaster began. In the first week or so the mainstream media covered the disaster with reasonable honesty, but then the veil came down: an almost total media blackout that’s continued to this day. For those interested in these things, this is all covered in my book Fukushima: The First Five Years.

The latest ‘news’ on Fukushima is that fuel rods have started to be removed from the spent fuel pool inside the reactor 3 building, which is somewhat of an impossibility, since the reactor 3 building was absolutely blown to smithereens by a ‘hydrogen explosion’ during the first few days of the disaster (sadly, at the time of writing, in the last 8 years only 130,000 people have watched that link I’ve just given). Then we have:

Japan needs thousands of foreign workers to decommission Fukushima plant, prompting backlash from anti-nuke campaigners and rights activists

Activists are not convinced working at the site is safe for anyone and they fear foreign workers will feel ‘pressured’ to ignore risks if jobs are at risk

Towns and villages around the plant are still out of bounds because radiation levels are dangerously high

And lastly, on the latest Fukushima news, which involves next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, we have Fukushima soccer facility, repurposed after 3/11 disaster, fully reopens.

Whilst Fukushima barely gets a mention thesedays, Chernobyl is still described as ‘the worst nuclear accident in history’, I will remind readers that the No.4 reactor that blew its top at Chernobyl suffered a partial meltdown, and was one third the size of each of the three reactors at Fukushima that have been in complete and ongoing meltdown for more than 8 years now. On top of this, there’s 40 years worth of spent fuel stored on site at Fukushima (because they don’t know what else to do with it), and at least one of these spent fuel pools went up in smoke during the early days of the disaster (as well as the spent fuel pool in the reactor 3 building, there’s also much evidence that the spent fuel pool in the reactor 4 building also went up in smoke). What with all the atom bomb tests since the 1950s, and these nuclear power accidents, I’m baffled why many people still can’t get their head around the cancer epidemic that we have at the moment.

Dr Kate Brown was on RT’s Going Underground programme this week, and her recent research sheds new light on the Chernobyl disaster. If you watch this 12 minute clip bear in mind what I alluded to earlier: Chernobyl is chicken feed compared to the ongoing disaster at Fukushima…

Kate Brown has also written a book called Plutopia: the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters which is fascinating/horrifying stuff. If interested you can find her being interviewed about this book here.

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