Chernobyl, Fukushima, and preparedness for a “next one”
Over a single April day in 1986, a little-known place called Chernobyl became infamous. Twenty-five years later, a similar fate befell Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture. In the end, the Fukushima disaster was better contained than Chernobyl, but if an emergency hits another nuclear power facility, it may well do so in an unanticipated way. Are nations adequately prepared for an unpredictable “next one?” Below, authors from Austria, Cameroon, and India assess improvements over the last 30 years in preparedness for a nuclear power disaster—and debate how preparedness should be further improved.
April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, and those old enough to remember the event can recall the explosion, the evacuation, and the dread. But they rarely remember an immense milestone in the response to the disaster: the completion in November 1986 of a concrete encasement of Chernobyl’s reactor number four. Workers drawn from all across the Soviet Union built this “sarcophagus” under extreme radiological conditions, on the ruins of the destroyed reactor. They used unimaginable amounts of concrete—and a great deal of imagination. This concrete mausoleum has held up, with some assistance, for 30 years now. (A larger containment structure that will fit over the existing sarcophagus is now being built.)
Over the years, as the ranks of those who responded to Chernobyl have thinned, new generations of nuclear professionals have been trained to prevent another disaster. Their training has emphasized “safety culture.” This, along with “inherently safe designs,” was going to guarantee an accident-free nuclear future. For a while, it seemed as if the world was on the verge of forgetting forever what responding to a nuclear emergency really required. Then, in March 2011, multiple reactors at one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants melted down as a consequence of a massive earthquake, a tsunami, and a sustained power outage.
As a student of the Soviet nuclear power program and the Chernobyl disaster, it was painful for me to watch the blame game that played out immediately after Fukushima. Almost to the letter, the Chernobyl “script” was followed. First, the plant’s operators were blamed. Then the reactor design was at fault. Finally, it was the turn of the national nuclear regulatory structure. “Culture,” of course, received a great deal of blame as well.
But while Chernobyl could ultimately be dismissed as a Soviet-made disaster that “could never happen here”—wherever “here” happened to be—Fukushima has not allowed such steadfast denial. Indeed, Fukushima has proved the death knell for a nuclear safety philosophy that focused exclusively on preventing accidents. Disaster preparedness and response were given scant attention in the years between Chernobyl and Fukushima, but now they have been added to the vocabulary of the world’s nuclear industries. Curiously, however, this shift is only partial. Disaster prevention retains the greatest emphasis; preparedness is sometimes treated adequately; but resources (and imagination) devoted to actual response strategies remain limited.
The “lessons learned” from Fukushima—and new reports on these lessons continue to be published—focus predominantly on technical and legal fixes, organizational reform, and liability concerns. In the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission responded to Fukushima by overhauling its rules and guidelines for accident prevention, preparedness, and response. The US nuclear industry, meanwhile, implemented “FLEX,” a program designed to provide nuclear reactors in distress with hardware such as extra pumps and generators, both on site and stored at regional centers. In Europe, power reactors were subjected to “stress tests” after Fukushima, and these tests sparked conversation among nations hosting nuclear power reactors about harmonizing, if only loosely, national regulations concerning natural (and other) hazards to nuclear power plants.
Steps such as these go in the right direction. But emphasizing prevention and preparedness over response ignores a simple fact: Nuclear disasters tend to exceed people’s worst expectations. There is a good reason that the nuclear industry refers to disasters as “beyond design-basis accidents“—only a limited number of scenarios can be anticipated and prepared for. Disasters, therefore, require the development of creative, skill-based, and team-based response strategies (along with strenuous efforts to avoid disasters entirely).
Training for emergency responders in general tends to emphasize flexibility and imagination, with a premium placed on performing quick assessments and triage in unprecedented situations. But in nuclear emergency response training, the situation is different. The nuclear industry seems deeply troubled by using human imagination to address situations that go “beyond the checklist.” In Europe and the United States, at least—I can’t speak for the entire world—the nuclear industry seems hung up on the idea of control. There is a plan for every conceivable situation. Should plans fail, there are more plans. Staff are trained to follow procedures and execute instructions. If they don’t, that’s always bad.
The melt down of three nuclear reactors at Fukushima in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami of 11th March 2011 seems to have quietly slipped out of our collective awareness – as quietly as the cauldrons of radioactive elements that were once within the active cores of the reactors invisibly bleed into the groundwaters and seawaters of the region. This event has become yet another minor detail in the distorted mosaic of ruin that mirrors the latter days of a civilisation in free-fall.
Arnie Gundersen is looking a little weathered these days. He has just returned from a five-week long speaking tour of Japan. He spent much of that time in the company of many whose lives have been indelibly seared by the Fukushima catastrophe. What he reports is unlikely to appear in the mainstream media, but such has ever been the case when it comes to the hidden machinations of big government and big business.
What Gundersen has to say is worth closely attending to. As a nuclear engineer, he has been deeply involved in the American nuclear industry for over four decades. He has a special interest in the design and safety of containment structures and holds a patent for a nuclear safety device. He has also managed and coordinated nuclear projects at 70 nuclear power plants in the US and is a former nuclear industry senior vice-president. He knows the industry well, particularly its toxic underbelly.
Arnie Gundersen served as an expert witness in the investigation of the 1979 Three Mile Island accident, and found that releases of radioactivity from that particular event were 15 times higher than the figures published subsequently in a government report. He is no stranger to the prevarication and deceit that have too often accompanied statements made by the nuclear industry and its government supporters.
Gundersen has been an active critic of the nuclear industry for over two decades. More recently, he has co-authored a Greenpeace International report on Fukushima. He was among the first North American commentators to speak publicly and forcefully on the implications of Fukushima in the days and weeks after the meltdowns. And since that time, he has been tireless in his efforts to provide an informed narrative of developments at Fukushima and their consequences for both the inhabitants of Japan and on the global community.
Arnie Gunderson reports that the Japanese Government continues to put the interests of Japanese banks and power companies ahead of the safety of its people. Within a short time of the Fukushima meltdowns in 2011, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) who were in power at that time arbitrarily raised the “acceptable” limits of radiation exposure twenty-fold: from 1 millisievert (mSv)/year – the maximum dose recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection – to 20 mSv/year. In 1998, over a decade beforehand, Rosalie Bertell presented the findings of a number of independent studies published in peer-reviewed journals, including the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association that showed unequivocally that radiation doses as low as 2.5 mSv/year were associated with significant increases in the incidence of leukaemias and myelomas, and cancers of the pancreas, lungs and female reproductive organs in nuclear industry workers.
As Japanese medical practitioners begin to encounter the effects of radiation exposure in their patients – particularly children – the government now refuses to pay doctors who record a diagnosis of radiation-induced sickness in their patients. This will come as no surprise to those who followed the actions of the Soviet government and later, the Russian, Ukraine and Belarus governments in their concerted suppression of medical reports dealing with the consequences of radiation exposure on the lives of their citizens after the Chernobyl meltdown.
Rearranging the Deck Chairs
Temporary housing for Fukushima evacuees
Over 100,000 people are still not able to return to their homes in Fukushima prefecture since the meltdowns. In a disturbing disclosure, Gundersen reveals that many of the evacuees have received virtually no information regarding the issue of radiation exposure either from the Japanese government or from TEPCO, the operators of the Fukushima power plant. The subsistence stipend that they have received since being evacuated will cease in March 2017. Considerable pressure is being put on former residents by the government that they now return to Fukushima and tough it out regardless of the ongoing contamination. Many have grave concerns regarding the effects of such a move on the future health of their families.
30 Million Bags of Radioactive Debris
Another remarkable aspect of the present situation concerns the manner in which highly contaminated materials – which include radioactive soil, leaves and other debris – have been dealt with. Thirty million tons of such debris has so far been gathered from throughout the Fukushima prefecture. Much of this is now stored in over 9 million large plastic bags scattered throughout the affected areas. Three years after being filled, the bags have started to disintegrate and nobody seems to know what to do next since their contents need to be kept isolated for at least another 30 years. One favoured option is to incinerate them. This would certainly decrease their number, but would inevitably result in the further dispersion of radioactive elements in aerosol form around Japan.
There are clearly some who still hold to the old but ultimately banal adage that, the solution to pollution is dilution.
Contaminated Water Storage Tanks at Fukushima
Dwarfing the problem of solid wastes is the ongoing leaching of radioactive elements from the melted reactor cores into groundwater and seawater. For the past five years, between 200 and 500 tons of groundwater flow through the reactors every day as a result of multiple cracks in the containment structures. Some of this water has recently been diverted away from the reactors, but an estimated 150 tons of groundwater continue to flow through the reactors daily. This irradiated water inexorably flows on, steadily bleeding into the northern Pacific. Furthermore, 700,000 tons of highly radioactive water salvaged from cooling operations since the meltdown is presently stored in massive tanks that now pepper the reactor site. More are being built as contaminated water continues to accumulate.
The Tragic Absurdity
It is common knowledge that engineers will be busy for the next 30 to 40 years in their efforts to put the lid on the cauldron of radioactivity that seethes in the reactor basements at Fukushima. Meanwhile, the Pacific tectonic plate continues its own inexorable movement beneath the continental Okhotsk plate on which Japan sits creating the conditions for future mega-thrust events like that which shook the region on 11th March 2011. The unspoken terror is that it could all turn again in the blink of an eye.
Despite what has happened at Fukushima, the Abe Government is determined to restart Japan’s nuclear reactors that were all shut down after the 2011 earthquake. Widespread anti-nuclear protests throughout Japan have been ignored and three nuclear power plants in Kagoshima and Fukui prefectures have been restarted since August 2015. Over the next year, a further six to twelve reactors are slated to resume operations. Business reigns as usual.
There are many who proudly insist on riding the nuclear beast regardless of the human and environmental consequences. They insist that this is the way of the future and a “necessary” solution to the problems of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and an ever-accelerating movement towards numerous tipping points which include ocean acidification, loss of polar albedo effects due to melting of polar ice, and the bubbling up of vast new wells of methane gas from the melting of northern permafrost and sea-floor deposits. In the immortal words of Edwin Arlington Robinson, what folly is here that has not yet a name?
Arnie Gundersen’s Report
The video clip below presents an interview between Arnie Gundersen and Margaret Harrington recorded soon after he returned from a recent speaking tour of Japan. The first 25 minutes of the interview offers deep insight into how the worst industrial accident in the history of humanity has affected the people of Japan, and how the Japanese government now increasingly serves the interests of power companies and their financial backers rather than those of its own people. Arnie Gundersen is unambiguously clear regarding the nature of what has gone down in Fukushima in this presentation. And the moral abandonment of both the Japanese government and TEPCO in the downplaying of the present and future consequences of the meltdown are not lost on him.
The second half of this clip offers a detailed review by Gundersen of the developments at Fukushima over the past five years. A separate high-definition version of the second segment can be accessed here.
Vincent Di Stefano is a retired educator and practitioner of natural medicine and author of “Holism and Complementary Medicine. History and Principles” (Allen and Unwin, 2006). He remains committed to exploring the nature of healing at personal, social, spiritual and environmental levels and maintaining a watching brief on the turbulent currents that course through the present times. He periodically posts on the blog-site “Integral Reflections” through which he can be contacted.
Ethan Indigo Smith & Andy Whiteley, Guests Waking Times
The complexity of nuclear experimentation is beyond the pale of postmodern human comprehension. It also reveals, although we would like to believe otherwise, our inability or unwillingness to consider the unseen. Whether it is invisible because of ethereal origins or because it is nano-sized poison does not matter; collectively we tend to obfuscate the unseen. Nuclear experimentation also reveals our collective inability to conceptualize time, and to understand just how long nuclear radiation lasts in our environment – and how long our karma lasts.
This short-sightedness was not always the case. Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island, A.K.A. North America, knew they would one day return home to the spirit world, and that their stay here on Earth was equivalent to the blink of an eye. So they considered the Rule of Seven Generations when implementing procedures that would alter the planet in any way, beginning with harvesting herbs, to ensure their society’s long term sustainability. In fact, the indigenous cultures were so considerate of their people’s future as to make sure there would be enough herbs left seven generations from the harvest. Understanding their place in the delicate ecosystem, the Turtle Islanders contemplated the unseen and the distant future, always.
Today we have collectively foregone such considerations. And it was no accident that brought us here.
The Seen and the Unseen
In order for institutions to institute a military industrial complex, a prison industrial complex, a pharmacological industrial complex and so on, humanity had to become disconnected from its unseen reality. Whether ethereal or too small to fathom, we have been conditioned over time to disbelieve in the unseen, to trust only 5 of our senses, and to prize rational logic (which cannot itself perceive the unseen) over intuition. Then, with only ‘the seen’ at front of the collective mind, the unseen dangers of nuclear industry experimentation have become whitewashed in public discussion, and radiation monitors disabled by government, while unprecedented levels of radioactivity poisons our only world.
It is an inarguable fact that nuclear radiation and life on our planet cannot co-exist in the same space. It is another inarguable fact that nuclear radiation takes hundreds of thousands of years to break down, creating life-threatening environmental conditions not just today, but for seven thousand generations to come. Yet, despite the industry’s inability to avoid total meltdowns every few years, nuke advocates continue to espouse nuclear as a “safe” energy alternative, employing a program of pseudo-science to confuse the logical minds of humanity, creating the scene for these dangerous yet financially profitable (to some) practices to continue. Many pro-nukers even go so far as to suggest that ‘low dose’ nuclear radiation is somehow good for us! But understand, this theory – known as the “Hormesis Effect” – is deliberate industry quackery, and anyone who tells you radiation is good for you is either an industry stooge, or has been conned by one.
It has been well proven through both science and history that the human body (correctly) perceives radiation as a threat to its existence. If you don’t believe this premise, ask the good folks of Chernobyl, Hanford, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima (among myriad others). The external threat of radiation sends the human body’s immune response into overdrive. The short term result of this intense immune activity can be the improvement of other existing ailments, but our immune systems are not designed to run permanently in this state of stress so, as radiation exposure continues, health inevitably deteriorates.
Studies have clearly linked radiation exposure to increased rates of cancer, thyroid damage, skin complaints, endocrine disruption, pregnancy issues (such as miscarriage) and emotional trauma, which itself negatively impacts the body.[source] In 2012, “nearly 36 per cent of children in the nuclear disaster-affected Fukushima Prefecture had abnormal thyroid growths.” [source]
“This leak is very serious,” said Dr. Janette Sherman, an Alexandria, Virginia-based physician who specializes in radioactive and toxic exposure. Dr. Sherman, who edited an in-depth study of health effects on cleanup workers in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union, said she is concerned that the cleanup crew at Fukushima Daiichi may face long-term health risks. She also raised the prospect of the radiation’s as-yet unknown effects on fish and other marine life in the Pacific. [source]
In 1990, Dr. Keith F. Baverstock, then Head of the Department for Radiation and Health at the European office of the WHO, visited the Gomel Region of Belarus, an area significantly affected by nuclear fall-out from the Chernobyl disaster. At the time, Dr. Baverstock noted the dramatic increase in disease, especially in very young children. Writes Baverstock:
Children exposed to Chernobyl fallout were experiencing chronic adult diseases of the respiratory and blood systems, gastritis, nervous system diseases, cardiovascular diseases and other diseases of internal organs. In general, in 1991, the level of serious illness in children was about 6 to 7 times above normal.
In reality, no one on this planet would engage in nuclear experimentation if they valued the unseen, the spiritual and the ethereal. No one would engage in nuclear experimentation if they practised the Rule of Seven Generations. No one would engage in nuclear experimentation if they valued life on Earth over unnecessary toxic energy systems and destructive devices of war.
We digress from our hypothesis, but feel it’s important to note how the following problem was allowed to occur — by the transformation of our collective mind state from a culture rooted in localized permaculture and sustainable practices into a barbarous war culture that knowingly poisons its environment in the name of energy and armory, and then wonders why ill health is so prevalent.
It is also important to point out that nuclear experimentation knows no borders; it negatively impacts all life, and destroys entire sections of our planet’s interconnected ecosystem. Nuclear experimentation is therefore not a means to self-support, or self-defense, but an attack on everything — on life itself.
The Effects of Radiation on Our Health
The Nuclear Fallout
There have been 2,000 atomic and nuclear detonations on every strata of earth since the first experiment in New Mexico, July, 1945 and the two most infamous devices dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki later that summer. That makes 70 years of radiological contamination from nuclear detonation experiments alone, each one inevitably releasing billions of atomic echoes we cannot comprehend entirely. The Manhattan Project scientists actually debated amongst themselves whether or not the detonation would cause a chain reaction igniting the entire atmosphere, but did it anyway. After the blast there was a radiated ‘blast zone’, an area destroyed forever, and also radioactive fallout that fell well beyond the designated blast zone; deadly dust kicked up by, and elements formed in, the detonations.
a) Radioactive particles that are carried into the atmosphere after a nuclear explosion and gradually fall back as dust or in precipitation.
b) The adverse results of a situation or action.
What is not realized about this definition is that not all of that nuclear garbage actually ‘falls out’. Some of the dust and radioactive elements are so light that they do not actually fall out but remain in our atmosphere, dramatically altering its complexion. In fact the airborne radioactive waste from the era of nuclear detonation experiments has only now saturated the atmosphere, and spread out evenly. Meanwhile, the radiation that does fall from the atmosphere does not break down, but accumulates in soil and water, poisoning everything it touches in perpetuity.
Meanwhile, the ongoing Fukushima disaster could further increase the problem of atmospheric contamination by continuing to spew radiation into the sea. When radioactive material hits the minerals in sea water, it creates a chemical reaction. Ultimately these elements may trigger so many reactions that they become nano sized particles, and when this occurs, the elements then mingle with all other elements, upsetting the natural balance of nature.
As we know, the oceans are a primary source of oxygen and other vital atmospheric components. According to a recent EarthSky.org report, “most of Earth’s oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the currents.” Now add to this environment at least 300 tons of radioactive waste per day, for over 3˝ years [source] and the ocean is now itself a source of radioactive elements, poisoning ocean life and reaching back into our breathable atmosphere.
And again, the cycle continues, with some radiation falling out (through precipitation) into soil and water and some remaining in the atmosphere, where it will continue to cycle through our ecosystem for millennia – with disastrous affect.
Alarmingly, Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution analyzed thousands of samples of fish from the Fukushima area in mid-2013, and found that the makeup of the radioactive material leaking from the ailing facility had changed since the initial 2011 disaster. He noted that the initial leak included a high concentration of cesium isotopes — which, like all radionuclides, results in increased risk of cancer [source] — however the pollution now flowing into the North Pacific ocean is proportionally much higher in strontium-90, a substance that is considered one of the more hazardous constituents of nuclear wastes and is absorbed differently by the human body than cesium. Exposure to Sr-90 is linked to bone cancer, cancer of the soft tissue near the bone, and leukemia. [source]
Geoengineering – a Force Multiplier
Geoengineering (including chemical spraying practices known colloquially as “Chemtrails”) refers to the stratospheric aerosol (SAG) spraying programs which inject highly toxic chemicals and vast quantities of heavy metals into the Earth’s atmosphere. Although this program is not publicly discussed by government and military, overwhelming evidence has been gathered by independent researchers the world over, which thoroughly documents the means through which global weather patterns are deliberately being manipulated.
“Contrails” by comparison are the short condensation trail that briefly follows commercial airliners. Unlike contrails, geoengineering particulate leaves a thick plume of smoke that is visibly blown from nozzels, not engines, fitted to the wings of commercial and non-commercial (military and unmarked) airliners. Geoengineering clouds also linger in the atmosphere for long periods of time – several hours – something that is not characteristic of water condensation, which disperses within seconds (just like your breathe on a cold winter day.)
So let’s suspend judgment for a moment, disregard the conspiracy/complacency theories that have been carefully crafted around the word “chemtrails”, and look in detail at what we actually know…
In 1996, a research paper, dangerously entitled “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather by 2025” was presented to the United States Air Force “to comply with a directive from the chief of staff of the Air Force”ť. It explicitly outlines that the government’s motivation to engage in global weather modification practices (quaintly titled “geoengineering”) is “to remain the dominant air and space force in the future”, built on the premise that if you control weather conditions, you better control the population. The geoengineering program is no more than a military “force multiplier”, developed at our expense and without our consent, by the world’s political and financial elite to further the agenda of global control.
But when it comes to weather modification and nuclear programs, that sense of “control” is a dangerous illusion. The untold effects of chemical spraying on human and environmental health mirror those of the failing nuclear experiment, while the cumulative damage created by both programs is potentially exponential. Meanwhile, institutional rhetoric and a deliberate public culture of ignorance dominate discussion of this issue (we can already hear the mindless chanting of the old “tin foil hats” chestnut) continues to serve this agenda.
When the public is poorly educated, their minds are easily controlled – through fear and belittlement of the truth. This tactic has been successfully employed by complacency theorists for centuries. How much more do you want to be deceived?
Thankfully, the scientific community isn’t just bending over and accepting these dangerous lies.
Scientists Speak Out
Retired USDA soil conservationist and wildlife biologist (and organic gardener) Francis Mangels worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over 35 years. He undertook a program of testing the soil in heavily chem-sprayed Lake Shasta area, and found dangerously high levels of aluminum, barium and strontium in soil samples. None of these metals should be present in our soil. Although Mangels noted that “the normal concentration [of these chemicals] in our rains should be zero”ť, he notes that “these levels are now 10,000 parts per billions [ppb]”ť in some soil tests. [source]
An expert in his field, Mangels attributes pH over 10-times the alkalinity of normal soil on huge increases of aluminum oxide.
“Normal background levels of aluminum oxide in the Mt. Shasta snow is 1/2 unit. (In this case, ug/l). Allowable aluminum in drinking water is 50 units. Government action is required at 1,000 units of detected aluminum. The EPA-tested snow on Mt. Shasta shows aluminum at 61,100 units.” [source]
[Click here – here – and here to watch the Shasta County Board of Supervisors Hearing on Geoengineering, 2014]
Dr. J. Marvin Herndon
J. Marvin Herndon, Ph.D is a scientist of considerable notoriety. An interdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Herndon earned his BA degree in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1970 and his Ph.D in nuclear chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1974. Holding Post-Doctoral qualifications in Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, Herndon has been profiled inCurrent Biography and in 2003 was hailed as the “maverick geophysicist”ť by The Washington Post.
In the fall of 2002, a long-time landscaper for the City of Edmonton (David Dickie) began noticing that carefully tended flowers and trees were showing signs of severe nutrient deficiencies. City specifications call for Electrical Conductivity readings no higher than “1”ť in local soils, but soil samples tested for EC 4.6 to 7-times higher than this maximum permissible level. Dickie wondered if elevated levels of electricity-conducting metals in the soils could be leading to the plants’ “chlorosis”ť condition. A $33 lab test of snow samples collected in a sterilized container confirmed elevated levels of aluminum and barium.
With such damning physical evidence in our skies soil and waterways, why are our governments still denying this practice? If their motivations are indeed benevolent, surely the popularist nature of modern politics suggests that those leaders responsible for such a “beneficial” program would step proudly forward to claim their political victory! But no. Despite a groundswell of pressure, governments refuse to issue formal statements on this matter. This alone should be a red-flag for any conscious and critical thinker.
According to independent scientist Leuren Moret (MA, PhD ABD), former President of the Association for Women Geoscientists and former City of Berkeley Environmental Commissioner:
“Scientific research is always sold to the public with a promise that the benefit will be for the people in order to get them to pay for it. Once the research is finished, the science is always perverted into a weapon used against the people and the environment that benefits the bankers”
I resigned from a permanent, highly paid, classified position in the Stockpile Stewardship Program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. I went to LLNL believing that I would be useful in helping to dismantle nuclear weapons and in disposing of their deadly byproducts. That was my desire. Instead, very soon, I found myself expected to work on the maintenance of nuclear weapons. When I realized that within the Lab, environmental or nonproliferation work was but an illusion, I decided to resign. My conscience simply does not allow me to work for the development or maintenance of nuclear weapons.
Looking back I know now that… purely academic projects are sustained in order to lure young scientists into the national labs. I heard this in plain language one Thanksgiving afternoon, sitting around the table with senior weapons scientists: “We need new blood to carry on our weapons research; we need new post-docs in purely basic research”ť.
So, with considerable evidence of high-level intent, the next logical question is: Are these programs related? And if so, how?
The Geoengineering Hypothesis
Let’s consider an hypothesis…
We know that “meteorological conditions associated with convection and vertical mixing over the Pacific Ocean promote [the] long-distance transport” of radioactive materials through the atmosphere.[source] In fact, European Commission, Science for Environment Policy News Alert suggest that as much as 12.7% of iodine radionuclides from the Fukushima disaster reached the USA and Canada, while 4.5% fell over Russia and 2.8% over the EU. [source]
Evidence shows that the geoengineering and nuclear experiments continue to pump into our atmosphere everything from living biological material to nano sized metallic particulate, the latter of which becomes ionized or electrically charged by sunlight. Therefore, the air in our atmosphere is altered into an electrically charged gas, which responds strongly to electromagnetic radiation such as that produced by Wifi and HAARP technologies, and ever-increasing numbers of cell-phone towers. Barium, found to be a major element in geoengineering particulate, is also known to conduct electromagnetic energy.
When we take into account the increasing amount of radiological contamination in the upper atmosphere, the indefensible continuation of the failing nuclear experiment, the covert chemical spraying and HAARP operations we now know are intended as a military “force multiplier”, and the short-term thinking endemic in modern governments, the next reasonable questions that must be answered are…
When radioactive nano-sized particles make contact with the newly injected geoengineering “chemical X” (which is generally metallic) what is the reaction?
Are these radioactive particles adhering, reacting, and then falling out of the atmosphere?
What is the cumulative effect of airborne radioactivity and chemical spraying on human and environmental health?
Are the nuclear and geoengineering programs all part of the same high-level agenda?
Are scientific/military operations performing integrated experiments, covertly applying a combination of atmospheric alterations including chemical, radiation and electromagnetic elements?
And what of the known biological component of these airborne releases, known as bio-engineering?
Despite the institutional rhetoric, this is not what “partly cloudy” used to look like.
Ongoing atmospheric studies show that biological test agents including viruses, bacteria, fungi, mycoplasma, and other biological materials are routinely released as part of this covert spraying operation. According to Professor James F. Tracy in an article for GlobalResearch.ca:
“The most well-known manifestation of such nano-biologicals is the oft-misunderstood Morgellons ailment, an especially unusual and disturbing condition marked by painful dermal lesions through which… nano-fibers [from bio-engineering] protrude.”
In November 2013, French/English language newspaper The Connexion reported that “mysterious stringy filaments” we found falling from the sky over Drôme and Ardčche in Southern France, leaving residents and authorities “mystified”. [source]
Reports of the fibres were first raised on Thursday, but no one has yet been able to identify what they are – giving rise to theories that they are the by-product of plane exhausts.
Inexplicably, “the prefecture for the Drôme said it did not know what the fibres were but said it was not worried and would not be sending them for analysis”.
Clifford Carnicom is staunch and prominent campaigner against geoengineering who, as a former federal employee of the United States government, served for 15 years within the Department of Defense, The Bureau of Land Management, and the United States Forest Service, earning himself the Defense Mapping Agency Aerospace Center Employee of the Year and Geodetic Sciences Departmental Award for outstanding technical, managerial, and cost effective performance. Carnicom also oversees the Morgellons Research Group, a body of concerned citizens, health care professionals, scientific researchers and microbiologists who devote their time to investigating this unfolding syndrome.
According to Mr. Carnicom the presence of nanofibers (observable clumps of fibrous strands)
… have now been discovered repeatedly across all major body systems and functions, including skin, blood, hair, saliva, dental(gum), digestive, ear and urinary samples.
Is there a direct relationship between the alteration of living systems (us) and ecosystems (the environment)? My answer is unequivocally, ‘Yes.’ [source]
When we understand the obvious inter-connection between these programs, we can deduce that this is all part of an integrated atmospheric weapons system – a force multiplier. Although geoengineering is quietly described by government as a benevolent weather modification program, the net effect — uncovered by the scientific community despite years of silence from government — is an airborne electromagnetic assault on humanity. [source]
Both the Pentagon’s aerosol operations and its limited nuclear wars are deeply interconnected. We can trace the beginnings of Operation Cloverleaf right to the Strangelove brain of Dr. Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb and proponent of nuking inhabited coast lines to rearrange them for economic projects. Before he died in 2003, Teller was director emeritus of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where plans for nuclear, biological and directed energy weapons are crafted. In 1997, Teller publicly outlined his proposal to use aircraft to scatter in the stratosphere millions of tons of electrically-conductive metallic materials, ostensibly to reduce global warming.
Shortly after Teller’s presentation, the public began seeing frenetic chemtrailing. In 2000, CBS News admitted that scientists were “looking at drastic solutions for global warming, including manipulating the atmosphere on a massive scale.”ť CBS confirmed that the plan to load the air with tiny particles would “deflect enough sunlight to trigger global cooling.”ť
Teller estimated that commercial aircraft could be used to spew these particles at a cost of 33 cents a pound. This gives credence to a report by an airline manager, forced by a compulsory non-disclosure agreement to remain anonymous, that commercial aircraft have been co-opted to assist the military in consummating Project Cloverleaf.
The heavy metals contained in geoengineering particulate include barium, aluminum, arsenic, lead, mercury, copper, manganese, and uranium [source]. In the last 10 years, aluminum levels in rainwater have risen from 7 parts per billion to 3,400 parts per billion — an astounding, nearly 50,000 percent increase. [source]
Data Source: Heavy metals and living systems: An overview – Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Elaborating on this point, research published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology indicates that heavy metals poisoning associated with aerosol spraying programs (as well as other industrial and environmental exposures) disrupts metabolic functions in two ways:
They accumulate and thereby disrupt function in vital organs and glands such as the heart, brain, kidneys, bone, liver, etc.
They displace the vital nutritional minerals from their original place, thereb, hindering their biological function. It is, however, impossible to live in an environment free of heavy metals. There are many ways by which these toxins can be introduced into the body such as consumption of foods, beverages, skin exposure, and the inhaled air. [source]
Add to this problem the fact that electromagnetic energy, including WIFI, has been shown to interfere with the human body and brain (which itself is electrical) in particular cell growth, neural activity, cardiac function, hormone production and fertility [source] and we have the conditions for a global health crisis of unprecedented proportions.
And that is exactly what we’re experiencing today.
Enter the pharmacological industry to treat the symptoms of these conditions (but never the cause), the corporate-government-media complex to stifle public debate and protect these unlawful covert operations from genuine scrutiny, and the pseudo-scientific (and hired troll) community to vilify those who see through the deception.
When we begin to connect the dots to the thousands of unsafe and often highly toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and hormone disruptors to which we are exposed daily, we then can collectively see that this is not just a one-issue health crisis we face. Rather, with corporations allowed free reign to poison us with impunity… we do not have any way to have any redress of decades of grievances. The ramifications of this are enormous.
Looking Up, Looking Forward
These nuclear, chemical and electromagnetic programs amount to an assault on our very existence. Given that threat it poses, and the questions it raises of those entrusted with our governance, this realization causes many people to go into fear, disbelief, and to shut down. The implications are simply too challenging for many to entertain, much less invest any real time and energy in trying to understand the problem in the level of detail it requires. And so, despite mountains of scientific, environmental and political evidence to the contrary, geoengineering is still written off by many as a “tin foil hat” fantasy.
But let’s get real here… One has only to look up without fear or judgment to see the truth about geoengineering… Or to look critically at geoengineering patents and government documents that demonstrate the reality of these programs… Or to look at our unprecedented rates of physiological dysfunction and disease, for which the government and medical complex has no reasonable explanation. And although we often overlook such problems as a ‘sign of the times’, these are vital elements of the big picture that cannot reasonably be dismissed.
Our health and our future depends on the health of our planet. Gambling with our collective future is a crime, and a grievous violation of natural law.
The only way to stop this assault is to dismantle these programs and the institutions that support them, to actively support scientific, educational, environmental and health research that is designed and executed in transparency, with public welfare in mind, and to educate pilots and scientists who are led to carry out these dangerous environmental programs.
Peace on Earth… for real though.
For more information, we highly recommend the following three presentations:
What In The World Are They Spraying?
Why In The World Are They Spraying?
About the Authors
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.
108 Steps to Be in The Zone a set of 108 meditative practices and steps toward self discovery and individual betterment, including techniques to develop balance, transmute sexual energy and better the self.
The controversial book, Terra-ist Letters, a work that humorously contrasts the very serious issues of global nuclear experimentation promotion and global marijuana prohibition.
Andy Whiteley is a former corporate manager turned writer, editor and co-founder of Wake Up World. An advocate of peaceful (r)evolution, Andy believes we are on a necessary path (albeit bumpy) to a renewed social model grounded in love, transparency, individuality, sustainability and spirit. Through his role at Wake Up World, he hopes to contribute positively to that transition.
Andy would like to dedicate this article to the memory and legacy of Wake Up World friend and colleague, environmental campaigner, the late Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri.
1. Begich and Manning, op. cit. p. 51.
2. Global Warming and Ice Ages: Prospects for Physics-Based Modulation of Global Change, Edward Teller and Lowell Wood, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, prepared for invited presentation at the International Seminar On Planetary Emergencies, Erice, Italy, August 20-23, 1997; also “The Planet Needs a Sunscreen,”ť Wall Street Journal, 10-17-97.
3. CBS News Eye on America Report : Cooling the Planet in two parts: 1-15-01 and 1-16-01.
4. Teller and Wood, op. cit.
5. “An Airline Manager’s Statement,”ť Posted by C.E. Carnicom on behalf of the author, 5-22-00. Quote: “The few airline employees who were briefed on Project Cloverleaf were all made to undergo background checks, and before we were briefed on it we were made to sign non-disclosure agreements which basically state that if we tell anyone what we know we could be imprisoned….They told us that the government was going to pay our airline, along with others, to release special chemicals from commercial aircraft….When we asked them why didn’t they just rig military aircraft to spray these chemicals, they stated that there weren’t enough military aircraft available to release chemicals on such a large basis as needs to be done….Then someone asked why all the secrecy. The government reps then stated that if the general public knew that the aircraft they were flying on were releasing chemicals into the air, environmentalist groups would raise hell and demand the spraying stop.”ť