cognitive dissonance - noun -
Mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information.... when confronted with challenging new information, most people seek to preserve their current understanding of the world by rejecting, explaining away, or avoiding the new information or by convincing themselves that no conflict really exists (1).I see dead people.... Walking around like regular people. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead. - The Sixth Sense (2)
I’m only human on the inside. - The Pretenders (3)
Every day, very sad and disturbing news about the Fukushima nuclear disaster reveals itself. People in Fukushima are suffering the brunt of this nightmare. But it is also a fact of life that Tokyo drinking water is irradiated. It is not by much, but as we will see even a little bit of radiation can cause harm.
The Japanese government has measured cesium in much of the public water supply in the northeastern and Tokyo regions. From January to March 2012, 0.0071 becquerels per kilogram of cesium 134 and 137 was measured in Tokyo; April to June, 0.0049; and from July to September 0.0053 (4; 5; 6). This indicates that although the amount is small, the problem is not improving. There may be ecological and seasonal reasons, along with levels of ongoing emissions from the Fukushima nuclear power plant (FNPP), as to why the level is not steadily decreasing.
It is worth perusing the research results of ACRO, the French radiation monitoring group, which has posted comparative radiation contamination data from Fukushima and other prefectures measured from water, soil, house dust and human urine (7).
All results of analyzes on children in Tokyo and its suburbs show no contamination, except for a child in the city of Matsudo, Chiba pref.Of course, there may be other dangerous forms of radiation present such as strontium, plutonium and tritium that were not measured by ACRO. People in the northeastern and Tokyo regions are constantly exposed to low-doses of radiation in the water and air (8). Depending on ecological cycles and seasonal factors, radiation may ebb and flow to different degrees according to location, creating “demons in the dust,” the temporary or long-term radioactive hotspots found in gutters or low lying muddy areas.
Not so far from the FNPP, there are still children with contaminated urine, more than a year after the massive discharges into the environment. This is particularly the case in the province of Fukushima, but also in the neighbouring prefectures of Miyagi and Tochigi. These contaminations are low, but persist over time. At Kurihara, Miyagi prefecture, they are all children of farmers who eat farm products. Contamination levels of the urine are similar ranging from 1.68 to 2.5 Bq / liter for...caesium.
Between the Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Information uncertainty has left the majority of people vulnerable to the circumstances they find themselves in, unable to know where to turn to for help and safety. Although many people consume mainstream, corporate owned media “information,” my guess is that most people do not deeply believe what they are hearing. Nonetheless, to the extent that they believe anything, those beliefs may be shaped by the most powerful voices, and corporate news has the money behind it to create effective propaganda.
Take the recent example of Japan’s supposedly liberal The Asahi Shimbun (News), faithfully prostrating itself as the World Health Organization’s brothel worker. Asahi reported on a recent WHO report that severely downplays health dangers from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Enenews.com editor asked Fairewinds’ chief engineer, Arnie Gundersen, “Do you trust the WHO?” His response:
I don’t trust this data…my guess is that WHO underestimated the radiological deposition and releases, and thus came up with exposures that are too low. Also, I suspect they have omitted hot particles and internal emitters from their dose assumptions. The same thing happened at TMI [Three Mile Island]. Bad assumptions create low exposures. GIGO (9).Arnie uses the amusing phrase, GIGO, meaning “Garbage In Garbage Out”. If you start out with a weak hypothesis or faulty data, you will end up with the wrong results...uh, duh. The Asahi News parroted the WHO’s findings with no scrutiny of its pro-nuclear history and agenda, readily accepting their assumptions while ignoring alternative theories (See: “No Safe Dose”: 10).
On the other hand, sometimes citizen activists go overboard and base their claims not only on no scientific analysis or evidence, but also on almost no anecdotal evidence, other than their own opinion. One well meaning lady who is part of an artist’s group has made all sorts of generalizations about people “probably” getting sick from radiation in Tokyo, even though the fallout maps do not support her hypothesis (10). Stating that “the moon is made of green cheese” does not make it so.
While the lion’s share of the blame falls on the corporate owned media for not properly educating the public, we in the alternative media must also be extra vigilant, “go that extra mile” and be sure to find the truth. Of course, we do not have the budget of the Rothschilds’ Muliti-Trillion Dollar Media Empire or Fox/CNN/BBC/PBS/CIA on our side.
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