|The descendants of Bernays|
It is a matter of trust.
Which is not so good considering how badly the mainstream media abuses that trust.
It is well known that they abused the citizens of the U.S. by going along with the Bush II Administration's lies.
Lies which led inexorably to catastrophic wars.
Lies that have helped perpetuate atrocities in the Obama Administration too.
One of the more striking examples of press prostitution is the coverage or lack of coverage of the Fukushima calamity, the explosive leaking of radioactive material into the air, ground, and ocean.
Consider a post at a Japanese blog on site in Japan:
Following up this article.. Tepco holds 40,000 past contaminated water samples / Too radioactive to dump [URL](Fukushima Diary). An American publication covered the story too:
Tepco had measured approx. 7 Trillion (1012) Bq/m3 of All β nuclides from contaminated water last summer, but they underestimated it to be 1/10 due to the “wrong analysis” according to Tepco.
On 2/24/2014, Tepco released the detailed list of 167 wrongly analyzed samples (and they stated 3 of them were correctly analyzed). (cf, Tepco mis-analyzed 167 samples since 311/ Correct readings can be over 10 times much as wrong ones [URL 2] )
From their report, 6 of them exceeded 100 Billion Bq/m3 in All β nuclides even based on the wrong analysis. These are the contaminated water samples taken from underground trenches of reactor2 and reactor3.
Tepco comments the wrong analysis underestimated the readings by 1/10. It means the highest reading would be 6.7 Trillion Bq/m3, which is the water taken from reactor3 trench pit.
The sampling date was about 2 months before IOC selected Tokyo as the host city of Olympic games in 2020.
The measurement errors were halted in October 2013 after testing manuals were clarified and other steps taken to ensure accuracy, Tepco said.(Bloomberg, emphasis added). The regulatory technique used to monitor Fukushima events is: the fox counts how many chickens in the hen house have been adversely affected by activities of the fox.
Shinji Kinjo, leader of a disaster task force at Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, said his office hadn’t been aware of the measurement errors. The regulator’s oversight of the utility is based on Tepco’s measurements, he added.
What could go wrong?
The U.S. media seems to think that the fox has the better story:
Radiation detected off the U.S. West Coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has declined since the 2011 tsunami disaster and never approached levels that could pose a risk to human health, seafood or wildlife, scientists say.(LA Times). Others do not think that the fox has the "ability" to oversee the protection of the chickens.
Experts have been trying to dispel worries stemming from a burst of online videos and blog posts in recent months that contend radiation from Fukushima is contaminating beaches and seafood and harming sea creatures across the Pacific.
Something about a conflict of interest:
Russian Study: Fukushima released 100 quadrillion becquerels of cesium into atmosphere… In just ONE day — About equal to Chernobyl’s total release(eNews). Fukushima atmospheric releases in one day equal all of Chernobyl releases.
But there is more, because that does not include soil, ground water, and ocean releases:
Nuclear Engineer: Estimated 276 quadrillion Bq of Cs-137 entered Fukushima basements — Triple Chernobyl total release — A portion “has already made its way to aquifer, whence it can easily flow into sea”(eNews). And finally, scientific "suspicions" abound concerning how wildlife is adversely impacted:
On March 11, 2011 off Japan’s west coast, an earthquake-generated tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a major nuclear accident that included a large release of airborne radionuclides into the environment. Within five days of the accident atmospheric air masses carrying Fukushima radiation were transiting into the northern Bering and Chukchi seas. During summer 2011 it became evident to coastal communities and wildlife management agencies that there was a novel disease outbreak occurring in several species of Arctic ice-associated seals. Gross symptoms associated with the disease included lethargy, no new hair growth, and skin lesions, with the majority of the outbreak reports occurring between the Nome and Barrow region. NOAA and USFWS declared an Alaska Northern Pinnipeds Usual Mortality Event (UME) in late winter of 2011. The ongoing Alaska 2011 Northern Pinnipeds UME investigation continues to explore a mix of potential etiologies (infectious, endocrine, toxins, nutritious etc.), including radioactivity. Currently, the underlying etiology remains undetermined. We present results on gamma analysis (cesium 134 and 137) of muscle tissue from control and diseased seals, and discuss wildlife health implications from different possible routes of exposure to Fukushima fallout to ice seals. Since the Fukushima fallout period occurred during the annual sea ice cover period from Nome to Barrow, a sea ice based fallout scenario in addition to a marine food web based one is of particular relevance for the Fukushima accident. Under a proposed sea ice fallout deposition scenario, radionuclides would have been settled onto sea ice. Sea ice and snow would have acted as a temporary refuge for deposited radionuclides; thus radionuclides would have only become available for migration during the melting season and would not have entered the regional food web in any appreciable manner until breakup (pulsed release). The cumulative on-ice exposure for ice seals would have occurred through external, inhalation, and non-equilibrium dietary pathwaysduring the ice-based seasonal spring haulout period for molting/pupping/breeding activities. Additionally, ice seals would have been under dietary/metabolic constraints and experiencing hormonal changes associated with reproduction and molting.(Scientists Present Links, emphasis in original). There are also stories of mass die-offs among West Coast starfish, strange polio-like disease in children, and the like (as usual for six decades, the official story is: "can't be radiation because it is harmless at these levels").
Some activists are said to have gone overboard into propaganda and untruth, but you decide (36 Signs The Media Is Lying vs All The Best Information).
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