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The destruction of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, Japan, in March-April 2011, has led to uncontrolled radioactive contamination of the surrounding sea.

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The destruction of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, Japan, in March-April 2011, has led to uncontrolled radioactive contamination of the surrounding sea.


Radioactive Fallout from Fukushima

The World as We Know It Has Changed


Thursday, October 31, 2013
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I believe that humanity is standing on the brink of a possible worldwide nuclear holocaust. The world as we know it has already changed as the result of radioactive material that has been released into the air and the ocean.

I am not an alarmist, but I am alarmed.

I know that large quantities of radioactive material are in a precariously unstable situation in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. An inability to effectively keep this material cool could easily result in another nuclear event. Another natural disaster like the recent typhoon or earthquake that occurred October 25, 2013, will further minimize the likelihood of a meaningful response.

I know radioactivity has been and continues to be released into the air and ocean. The effects on our health are incomprehensible because the magnitude of radioactivity released and the extent of spread and contamination are virtually unknown.

I know that I don’t know all of the details, risks, and levels of radioactivity. I do know I have been exposed. I consumed Pacific Bluefin tuna (PBFT) caught off the coast of San Diego four weeks ago. A Stanford study has shown that all PBFT caught off the West Coast of California had 10 times the usual amount of radioactive cesium present prior to the Fukushima event in March 2011.

I believe that our health is the great equalizer. In my clinical career, I have had the good fortune to care for the homeless and the disenfranchised and the rich and the famous. When one is lying in a hospital bed with those special gowns that are wide open in the back, everyone is pretty much the same. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat are gifts of life for all of us no matter what our creed or our color.

I know that these precious gifts have been contaminated. The silence from the media and the powers that be has been deafening.

The Chinese symbol for crisis is composed of two letters — one is danger and the other is opportunity. We have an opportunity to help the Japanese with the crisis in Fukushima. I want the best and the brightest that money can’t buy to be making those decisions. This is not a request — this is an inalienable right for the sake of our children and our children’s children and all of humanity.

We have an opportunity to protect ourselves from future nuclear events at home and around the world. They only are called accidents if we do not take measures to prevent them. The time to act is now.

The Perils of Fukushima: What You Don’t Know Really Could Kill You” lecture takes place Friday, November 1, 12:15 p.m., Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Burtness Auditorium.

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Those relying on the USA establishment media for information of importance, 90% of which is now controlled by just six transnational corporations ( http://ftmdaily.com/global-issues/cor... ), are unlikely to realize the extent of this problem.

Of six nuclear plants at the site, three are now undergoing 100% core meltdowns.

This group, based in the San Francisco area, is a regional network of concerned individuals disseminating information in order to spur local and global demands for action:

FukushimaResponse.org
http://fukushimaresponse.org/Home.html

This site posts updates multiple times per day:
http://enenews.com/

This reasonably short [10:52] video, posted on 19 October, provides — except for the religious/prophecy material tacked on at the end (beginning at 09:41) —  background and a sober overview of the current situation, and features physicist Michio Kaku and a compelling quote by former nuclear power plant chief engineer Arnie Gundersen ( http://fairewinds.org/ ):

[10:52] Fukushima And The End Of Humanity
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH3AlP...

These three articles discuss the very dangerous operation to begin at Reactor 4 within the next few weeks, overseen only by TEPCO and the Japanese government:

Risky Repair of Fukushima Could Spill 15,000 Times the Radiation of Hiroshima, Create 85 Chernobyls
http://truth-out.org/news/item/19073-...

Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment: Fukushima Fuel Pool at Unit 4
http://www.globalresearch.ca/humankin...

Fukushima apocalypse: Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in ‘millions of deaths’
http://rt.com/news/fukushima-apocalyp...

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you Stephen Hosea!
For your honesty,integrity and having the faith in humanity that they will listen to this dire warning. I would love to attend the lecture “The Perils of Fukushima: What You Don’t Know Really Could Kill You”, however, I am from the Midwest. I was wondering if you would be so kind to share the information from the lecture so that I may pass along to others. Thank you in advance.
Kerry

teeko71 (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't leave the house!
And stop eating bananas!

native2sb (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 12:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's a good sanity check:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworsta...

"Fukushima is pumping out 10 trillion becquerels a year at present. Or 10 TBq, or 10 of 10 to the power of 12. Or, if you prefer, one ten thousandth of the amount that the world’s coal plants are doing. Or even, given that there are only about 2,500 coal plants in the world, Fukushima is, in this disaster, pumping out around one quarter of the radiation that a coal plant does in normal operation."

native2sb (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 12:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

native2sb:

The key phrase in your comment above is "at present."

Setting aside that you've ignored that coal plants aren't emitting into the largest ocean on the planet, and that it's been scientifically proven that dispersion does not occur evenly in water, do you dispute the considered opinion from nuclear experts all over the planet, such as Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates ( http://fairewinds.org/ ) to name just one, that should any significant damage from natural causes occur at this 3-reactor 100% core meltdown mess that has been held together with "duct tape and bailing wire" for almost three years, or one tiny accident occur, such as during the extremely dangerous Reactor #4 operation now scheduled to begin on 8 November, that how many becquerels are being released "at present" could become irrelevant within a few seconds?

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 12:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

and that's why I recommend not leaving the house. I however will be surfing and enjoying sushi.

native2sb (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The most dangerous industrial effort ever undertaken by man is about to begin and that is dismantling the spent fuel rod pool on reactor #4. This pool is sitting on the 2nd floor of the containment building that is leaning because of all the water that has been poured on the exposed reactor cores #1 & #2 that are in total meltdown (they do not even know where they are; China Syndrome) that the ground has liquified. So many problems come together at this juncture for instance the GE design putting the containment pools on upper floors was a cost cutting measure, there are 150 MOX fuel rods in the pool that even one rod properly distributed is toxic enough to kill a billion people, the building is leaning, the rods which have been damaged have to be extracted by robotic arms and if two of them touch or one is dropped the whole thing could explode and 400 tons of molten core will explode sending 10 times the cesium of Chernobyl into the atmosphere and up to 2 billion people could die from radiation exposure and no one knows where this perpetual cloud will go because it all depends on the jetstream. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, when he toured the disaster area, called this a potential mass extinction event. On the positive side no one is better at robotics than the Japanese but not one thing can go wrong during this entire operation which was scheduled to take two years but because of concerns for the integrity of the building was shortened to one year's time, so even this will be a rush job.

You! Look around at this beautiful planet and look what we have done by letting these morons we call business executives ruin it. The people who back unrestrained capitalism can now feast on their disease because now that disease has a name and it is radiation poisoning. Think about the children, the Pacific Ocean and the 102 reactors here in the US that must be manned 24 hours a day and protected for the next 500,000 years. Think about what this means as far as selfishness and shortsightedness, and what can only be termed the madness of those who only care about themselves, their money and their "freedom" to destroy, deny, take food out of the mouths of children, deny clean water, the right to healthcare, a decent job and pay, and all of you reading this need to take responsibility, if you are earning any more than .014% in your bank, or more specifically, if you are invested in one of these predator hedge funds, then go look in the mirror because you are the selfish ones who are the cause of this, enabled it, because you voted with your dollars for this brand of capitalism.

contactjohn (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is now time to act.
Join with Fukushima Response at http://fukushimaresponse.org/Actions....
IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH

SteveF (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 3:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

andrewbaker77 (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 7:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You can debate all you want between bananas and coal plants etc, but the truth is out there, and it's not hard to find.

This article spells it out from a well-seasoned sailor who made the journey from Oz to Hawaii via the Fukushima fallout....

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/184...

andrewbaker77 (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 7:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Native2sb... while you indulge in a moment of sarcasm and minimize this catastrophic crisis, the ocean you are surfing in is killing ALL LIFE found in its depths. You should be weeping for the loss of our Pacific Ocean not celebrating your bravado and eating the last vestiges of life being stripped from its toxic waters.

Your shere hubris will seal your fate. You are surfing in an ocean of gamma rays, on waves of Cesium, littered with the rotting corpses of sea lions and Orcas, starfish and oarfish. Stop partying just long enough to pull your head out of your ass and do something to save what's left of the waters you take for granted.

The people living on the shores of the Pacific Ocean need to wake up and face reality no matter how unpleasent it may be. Take a deep breath (and some Xanax) and then accept that happy thoughts will not make this go away.

We need ACTION from a united people speeking with a loud voice. We must get angry about this epic disaster and demand that the ruling elite focus ALL of their wealth and the world's resources to stop this catastrophe from getting any worse.

The United Nations MUST TAKE CONTROL OF FUKUSHIMA! The site must be sealed immediately. Japan MUST ADMIT THEIR TOTAL FAILURE to contain these deadly materials and STOP POISONING THE PACIFIC OCEAN. Abe must stand before the World body at the UN and plead for help. There is no saving face at this point. All that matters is saving the Pacific Ocean. Anything less will be the end of humanity and the extinction of ALL LIFE ON PLANET EARTH.

donaldsd (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 10:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Iodine Tablets are to be taken; http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Nucl...

dou4now (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 8:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Iodine tablets are good for the plume that went over in March and April 2011. Don't take it now - the I-131 has a half-life of 8+ days. A radionuclide is considered gone by 10 half-lives. For I-131 that would be two months. No more reason to keep I-131 out of the thyroid.
Have tablets ready for the next plume, if it occurs.

SteveF (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Can someone please videotape Dr. Hosea's talk today at 12:15, and post it on YouTube?

SteveF (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 9:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Heathrow break-in... The news of the break-in itself only became public on the very day of the 9/11 disaster in New York, thus hugely diminishing for the public the potential significance of the break-in. http://lockerbiecase.blogspot.com/ World Trade Center Demolition - http://wtcdemolition.blogspot.com/

Ringwind (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dr. Hosea's talk was an excellent introduction to this ongoing crisis. Sounds like the Cottage PR department might make it available online, a real service.

Although he offered no surprises to those already concerned with Fukushima and the nuclear problems waiting at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon, his wake-up call - aligned with the S.B. U.N. Association - alerts citizens to the potential catastrophe facing the West Coast and, by extension, the nation and the hemisphere if someone screws up in Japan.

The crisis exists now, today, not in the future. The Pacific is being contaminated with radiation from Fukushima Daiichi non-stop; it concentrates in the food chain, and nobody understands the consequences. The Japanese are building a house of sticks while the radioactive wolf is sucking in deep, deep breaths; one robotic mistake will trigger the huffing and puffing, and we'll feel the heat over here as it crumbles.

The danger escalates over the next few weeks as very risky maneuvers begin to try to clean up fuel rods in a fractured, tilting reactor structure. It's a game of nuclear pick-up-sticks which will be a 0-defect, 0-room for mistakes operation. Data suggests that parts of the plant are already doing the "China Syndrome." One bad slip could out-contaminate Chernobyl many times over. Then the film would switch to "On the Beach."

Questions include:
Why is the U.N. not more engaged in this threat to the global commons?
Where is the "full court press" from the world's nations to help Japan? Forget saving face; radiation plumes tend to disregard nationalistic boundaries, pride and politics. Why is this not already the biggest collective engineering project in human history?
Who is monitoring the situation for Santa Barbara? Is there a task force of health department, UCSB/Westmont physicists and oceanographers, and Cottage/Sansum nuclear medicine folks keeping track and preparing scenarios for a Fukushima blow-up? This is not a drill.
Is the State of California acting to protect the citizens in case of another catastrophic failure to the west (or on our own coast)?
Are the shut-down Feds proactively monitoring the West Coast air and waters? Who's checking - EPA, FDA, DoD, NWS, Coast Guard?
Where's the public information? Hot-line? Website with monitor readings? Buoys reports? Seafood cesium levels by species and fishery? This is a "Clear and Present Danger," yet Google is the primary PIO.

While commercial interests might prefer to keep the citizens in the dark about the severity of this situation, those charged with protecting the public health need to step up immediately. We must demand that they do because no less than the viability of the West Coast is at risk.

Meanwhile stock up on potassium iodide tablets, dust off your old CDV700 from the Cold War, refresh your go bag, check the Qantas schedule, and maybe review the lyrics to 'Waltzing Matilda' just in case.

anemonefish (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 5:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'll keep swimming in the ocean and eating (some) fish for a long time too, but there can be a balance between enjoying it all in the present and also being informed and doing all one can so that we can hopefully enjoy it all further into the future as well - what's wrong with that?

Other excellent constantly updated info sources for those who do prefer knowing are via Facebook. check them out::

California Against Nuclear Power & Radiation
RadChick Radiation Research & Mitigation
Laura Lynch

peterlackner (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 6:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How ironic that the nuclear age reared its awful head with the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan and now Japan's use of nuclear power affects us all. It read like a nightmarish science fiction novel.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 8:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

HeyThere77 (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 10:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I believe Dr. Hosea may have been listening to Dr. Helen Caldicott Listen to her speaking about what is going on here http://gocl.me/15GC8Cb
Her website http://www.helencaldicott.com
Read more of her articles here www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

Lorien77 (anonymous profile)
November 2, 2013 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lorien77 (anonymous profile)
November 3, 2013 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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