Do you fear serious health problems due to being exposed to radiation from the Japanese nuclear plants?
There is little to fear. The situation in Japan is a far cry from being as harmful as other nuclear accidents were, and the dangers from those, too, were blown out of all proportions. Here is a very informative account of that:
From the Summer 2010 Issue
of 21st Century of Science and Technology
Observations on Chernobyl after 25 Years of Radiophobia
Zbigniew Jaworowski, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
The worst possible nuclear plant accident produced no scientifically confirmed fatalities in the general population. But there was enormous political and psychological damage, mainly the result of belief in the lie that any amount of radiation is bad.
Here is another item that will do much to allay hysterics, specifically with respect to the nuclear energy plant in Fukushima, that presently and increasingly raise fears of nuclear-energy-induced radiation impacts to heights that have not been seen since the tidal wave of fear about the consequences of the Chernobyl incident was set into motion.
There exists a copy of this post on Barry Brooks excellent blog, where you can still use the discussion function: http://bravenewclimate.com
Last but not least, see this:
Information about the incident at the Fukushima Nuclear Plants in Japan hosted by http://web.mit.edu/nse/ :: Maintained by the students of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT
It is extremely difficult not to become influenced by the fear mongering promulgated by the media. The sad reality is that “The News” are vehicles by which to bring advertising to the people. One must make a deliberate effort to avoid becoming influenced by the media. After all, their primary purpose for existence is to influence people and thereby to make a profit. The media employ professionals schooled and trained in influencing people, all for the sake of profit.
The best news of all to accomplish that with are bad news, better yet, alarming news, and, if the news are not bad enough to achieve that with, then news that have been invented or have been made alarming when they were not and should not have been presented as alarming news in the first place will do better than all others. “Dog bites man” is not news, “Man bites dog!!” is.
Randolph Hurst was someone who had the reputation of being ruthless in inventing and presenting alarming news for boosting the circulation of his newspapers. I believe that it was he who once said: “There is no such thing as bad News,” meaning that, for the purpose of increasing circulation, the more alarming the news are, the better, because the greater the circulation numbers, the larger the advertising revenues.
Newspapers derive the vast majority of their revenues from advertising. The prices charged for copies of their newspapers pay for nothing more than just the paper they are printed on and perhaps putting them into circulation. The reporting, the editorializing, the writing, the composing, the typesetting, the wages and salaries of their staff, and all of the capital and operating expenses of newspapers are paid through advertising revenues.
Of course, very similar considerations apply to other branches of the media, such as broadcasting.
Increasing the circulation (or the size of a listening or viewing audience) increases the advertising revenues.
I believe that the recognition of that reality is one of the most important things any activists should engage themselves in.
There is an enormous media bias regarding feminism and men’s issues. I admired many of the human rights activists whom I met throughout my life for being fully aware of that.
Now get this. That bias in the media is not driven by an evil conspiracy. It is driven by greed for media profits. It just so happens that some ideological opportunists exploit the greed of the media for their own purposes.
That happens not only with respect to vilifying men and fathers for the purpose of creating and enlarging a rift between the sexes and to aid the systematic deconstruction of the traditional nuclear family. The same principle creates opportunities for other fanatical ideologists or pain alarmists such as those who wish to promote their agenda for world domination or perhaps nothing more than their greed for power and wealth by creating unfounded fears about specific environmental issues.
One little aspect of the manufacturing of fears for profit is the creation and intensification of fears regarding nuclear energy. Accidents such as those at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima are god-sends for environmental-alarmism opportunists and carpetbaggers.
Note: Dr. Jaworowski’s report on radiophobia may seem at first to be difficult reading, but get into it and become fascinated.
By understanding what Dr. Jaworowski stated about radiophobia and in reading his explanation of how it was created and exploited in connection with Chernobyl you may be making the most important contribution you could ever have imagined to becoming enlightened in your career as a human rights activist.
There is no shame in being duped once…