First, here is my meta-index for my more substantial posts:
META-INDEX FOR MAJIA'S BLOG
AWARE AND PRIVATIZATION OF RISK http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/links-aware-and-privatization-of-risk.html
PLUTONOMY AND DISPOSSESSION http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/links-plutonmy-despotism-dispossession.html
FINANCIAL FRAUD, AUSTERITY, AND WAGE COLLAPSE http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/links-financial-fraud-austerity-and.html
FUKUSHIMA DISASTER, CONTAMINATION, AND POTENTIAL EFFECTS http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/links-fukushima-nuclear-crisis.html
RADIATION MONITORING IN JAPAN AND THE US http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/links-radiation-monitoring-in-us-and.html
GENETICS, HUMAN HEALTH AND RADIATION http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/links-genetics-human-health-and.html
SOME BLOGS I FOLLOW: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/index-some-blogs-i-follow.html
I started this blog in 2009 to ‘rage against the machine’ – the military, chemical-agriculture, pharmaceutical, and financial industries.
As a student of liberalism, I realized the ‘new economic order’ (a.k.a. the Washington Consensus or neoliberalism) had little interest in the welfare of the average human or the global eco-system upon which we all depend. I had documented ongoing dispossession of in my books Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life (Routledge 2008) and Governing Childhood (Palgrave 2011).
In essence, I started this blog because I wanted to start talking to ‘everyday’ people about the dispossession I saw occurring by government and industry, and to discuss economic and biological impacts on human health. I wanted to know if solutions were possible.
The financial crisis prompted this desire to speak to everyday people. I couldn’t believe the fraud at the heart of the crisis and the ineffectual governmental response. It had become clear that government was owned by the biggest financial players and that their crimes would go unpunished and their future viability would be ensured. So, in 2009 I started blogging by commenting upon my daily news review, mostly of the main stream press.
Then the BP disaster occurred. I love the ocean and the scale of this disaster defied belief. The government response was beyond ineffectual. I believe it was criminal because it involved deliberate lies about the amount and status of oil ‘spilt’ into the gulf. I realized that government would prioritize economic considerations over human health and welfare when BP was allowed to poison the Gulf of Mexico with Corexit. I documented lies by authorities and censorship of scientific research findings. My view of government, especially agencies such as the EPA and FDA, was forever changed by the BP oil spill.
Then the Fukushima disaster occurred. I was astonished by what I learned when I began studying radiation. Everything fell into place and I understood finally how the cult of government deception was institutionalized in the Cold war nuclear-industrial-military complex. Human health would always be secondary to this ruling power matrix.
Although this discovery was discouraging, I was simultaneously elated to find that the Internet is populated by many, many thoughtful and reflective souls searching for answers and cooperative, sustainable solutions. Their presence and comments at Enenews sustained my own quest for meaning and change.
I redoubled my writing efforts. I have done everything I could to bring attention to the scale of the Fukushima disaster (and other imminent nuclear risks). I believe in non-violent change through citizen activism.
I traveled to a conference in Oregon at Willamette University, titled ‘Lessons of Fukushima.’ While there I gave a presentation examining mismanagement of the crisis communication by Tepco and the governments of Japan, the U.S., and Canada. I argued that there crisis was far from over and that precautions should be adopted to protect human health.
My PowerPoint presentation is available here: http://www.academia.edu/1454715/Lessons_From_Fukushima_Powerpoint_Presentation_on_Media_Censorship_and_Crisis_Communication
I became a webcam watcher by May of 2011, joining a small group of committed viewers (mostly at Enenews). With this group, I viewed the Tepco and TBS cams daily for over two years in order to alert people in Japan and downwind (via the jet stream) of radiation events occurring at the plant. We webcam watchers have seen fires, shooting bolts of color, yellow fog, rainbow bars in the sky, and purple lightning, among other unexplained radiation phenomena.
I know fires occurred in the summer of 2011 and then again in the winter of 2012. I know because I saw them on the cams and because I tracked fallout using the EPA Radnet readings and jet stream data. I know it because a tech at the EPA told me he also was watching readings spike with the jet stream (see Majia's Blog: Another Call From the EPA)
I wrote a book, Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk, that will be published this year, summarizing what I’ve learned about the particulars of the disaster and its implications for the human genome. I found a publisher who not only was willing to work with me, but also solicited informed reviews, which have enhanced the project’s overall quality. All of my profits from the book will be dedicated to the Fukushima evacuation movement. I’m so sorry children of Fukushima.
I have another book project underway that tells the story I’ve summarized here. The title keeps morphing but the content reflects the issues discussed across time in this blog. One chapter deals with dispossession in the financial crisis. Another chapter deals with dispossession in the Gulf of Mexico. Another chapter deals with dispossession in Fukushima. I’m debating whether to include a final chapter on dispossession in the food industry.
The broader book on dispossession will eventually find its way into print. The stories in this blog will be immortalized there, in condensed form. You can peruse them using the indices I've built and linked at the top of this post.
Now I’m tired. The recent UNSCEAR report stating there would be no detectable increase in cancer from Fukushima broke my heart. I wish those UNSCEAR scientists would read Fukushima Diary and view videos and screen captures of fires, gaseous emissions, and bolts of electricity that have emanated from the Fukushima Daiichi plant for the last two years.
Instead, UNSCEAR relied on Tepco and the Japanese government for their source terms for emissions in the early days of March 2011. Official emission estimates are highly suspect for many reasons I’ve documented here at this blog.
The truth is there no stopping this catastrophe as much of the fuel at the site will eventually end up in the ocean and atmosphere. Tepco confronts an additional 800 tons of highly radioactive water every single day from its efforts to keep the damaged fuel from burning and from ground water seepage into the buildings at the Daiichi site.
The massive, never ceasing production of highly contaminated water is polluting fresh water, the Pacific Ocean, and the atmosphere (through ongoing massive steam releases). See here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-vkm-82SSI&list=UUiO3EpYoV9oYmCcNbRxBVtg
I don’t know if anything can be done to manage more effectively the disaster at the plant. I do know that the northern hemisphere is in big trouble if fires at Daiichi cause Japan’s nuclear dominoes to fall, which was the greatest fear of Japan’s PM Kan during the disaster, as he asserted at the 2013 New York Lessons of Fukushima Conference, hosted by Helen Caldicott.
People in highly contaminated areas should be evacuated and governments worldwide could do a lot more to protect their populations from radiation in the environment, especially in their food and water.
Furthermore, governments worldwide need to act now to prevent this disaster from EVER being repeated because we know now that any sustained electrical outage can lead to nuclear plant meltdowns and spent fuel pool fires. A massive solar storm could potentially wipe out humanity if multiple nuclear meltdowns occurred!
I see now that we are so far gone that governments will not even take basic steps to mitigate risks. Rather, both the Japanese and US governments simply raised exposure guidelines (see discussions here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/japans-disposable-population.html and here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/obama-approves-new-exposure-guidelines.html).
Fukushima illustrates dispossession of humanity itself, as does Hanford, and other major human-caused disasters. I’ve documented that more adults and children are suffering from neurological disorders, asthma, and diabetes. Infertility is rising. Don’t people see that the collapse of the eco-system, which is being so carefully documented by science, affects humans also? (see discussion here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/neurological-diseases-in-adults-growing.html)
At this point, I feel like I’ve said all I can. We are being dispossessed. Our governments are not responding to basic human security imperatives. We must come together cooperatively to name and mitigate the disasters that confront our continued existence, but we cannot.
I need a break from blogging.
I’ve indexed some of my posts along these themes. I don’t know when I will resume blogging. Be assured, however, that I will continue the struggle for non-violent global awareness and cooperation. I will remain watchful and do what I can to share significant imminent risks.