“Red Gate Woods is a forest preserve within the Palos Division of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County,Illinois. Located within the preserve is the original site of Argonne National Laboratory and the Site A/Plot M Disposal Site, which contains the buried remains of Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first nuclear reactor.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Gate_Woods
“The Chicago Pile I reactor was a pile of uranium and graphite blocks, assembled under the supervision of the renowned physicist Enrico Fermi, in collaboration withLeó Szilárd, discoverer of the chain reaction.
It contained a critical mass of fissile material, together with control rods, and was built as a part of the Manhattan Project by the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory.
The shape of the pile was intended to be roughly spherical, but as work proceeded Fermi calculated that critical mass could be achieved without finishing the entire pile as planned.
A labor strike prevented construction of the pile at the Argonne National Laboratory, so Fermi and his associates Martin Whittaker and Walter Zinn set about building the pile (the term “nuclear reactor” was not used until 1952) in a rackets court under the abandoned west stands of the university’s Stagg Field (in the middle of a city).
The pile consisted of uranium pellets as a neutron-producing “core”, separated from one another by graphite blocks to slow the neutrons. Fermi himself described the apparatus as “a crude pile of black bricks and wooden timbers.”
The controls consisted of cadmium-coated rods that absorbed neutrons. Withdrawing the rods would increase neutron activity in the pile, leading to a self-sustaining chain reaction. Re-inserting the rods would dampen the reaction.
On December 2, 1942, CP-1 was ready for a demonstration. Before a group of dignitaries, a young scientist named George Weil worked the final control rod while Fermi carefully monitored the neutron activity. The pile reached “criticality” or a self-sustaining reaction at 15:25. Fermi shut it down 28 minutes later.
After the first self-sustained nuclear chain reaction was achieved, a coded phone call was made by one of the physicists, Arthur Compton, to James Conant, chairman of the National Defense Research Committee. The conversation was in impromptu code:
“ Compton: The Italian navigator has landed in the New World.Conant: How were the natives?Compton: Very friendly. ”
Unlike most reactors that have been built since, this first one had no radiation shielding and no cooling system of any kind. Fermi had convinced Arthur Compton that his calculations were reliable enough to rule out a runaway chain reaction or an explosion.
The official historians of the Atomic Energy Commission later noted, the “gamble” remained in conducting “a possibly catastrophic experiment in one of the most densely populated areas of the nation!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Pile-1
Operation of CP-1 was terminated in February 1943. The reactor was then dismantled and moved to Red Gate Woods, the future site of Argonne National Laboratory, where it was reconstructed using the original materials, plus an enlarged radiation shield, and renamed Chicago Pile-2 (CP-2). CP-2 began operation in March 1943 and was later buried at the same site, now known as the Site A/Plot M Disposal Site. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Pile-1
No thought was given to cleaning this up and/or preventing radiation from getting out during the experiment. No thought was made about getting rid of harmful radiation contamination after the fact.
Because this reactor contained NO SHIELDING, the fission that happened surely released radioactive contaminants into the air, right in the middle of the Chicago. Today the city of Chicago has close to 10 million people living in it. The Wikipedia entries above do not even mention the radiation released, the contamination that resulted, or the fallout both in the air and underground after it was buried. Since this experimental reactor was in operation for many years, this reactor more than likely contaminated large areas of the city.
In other words, the people responsible for this nuclear ‘experiment’ that resulted in radiation release in the middle of a city first hid it from everyone involved. Then they denied it existed if anyone asked later, with TOP SECRET claims. That is what the MP’s were for. Then they buried the problem, causing the groundwater to become polluted basically forever.
Who cares if for tens of thousands of years to BILLIONS of years, people are harmed and/or killed into the future? Let someone else pay for that. Let someone else pay for the damages. Let taxpayers pay to clean up the mess.
Who cares if the drinking water is polluted for a large city for the next BILLION years with long lived radiation contaminants?
What matters is technology and winning against that evil dreaded Communist boogeyman.
Now fast forward to today. Why are Communist China and Communist Vietnam our most favored trading nations today? Why did President Bush visit these two nations and set up that most favored trading nation status? Why did we export all of our highest paying jobs to them, if it is all about winning against them head to head? Does that not seem like we are letting THEM win?
Hmmmmmmm… think about it….. If an answer is not clear yet, please read the corporation articles below in the related links section.
Uranium Mines Dot Navajo Land, Neglected and Still Perilous;via A Green Road Blog
Anti-Nuclear Poetry By Or-Well; via A Green Road Blog
The movie Radium City explores the coverup and negative health effects of radium resulting from radium businesses that were present in Ottowa, Illinois as well as other locations for many years.
People back then (and even today) were taught to not talk about their problems or about things that were bothering them. People and children were taught to never complain. People were taught to respect their bosses, and not talk back or argue with them, even if they disagreed with them.
Everyone kept quiet and did not talk about what they knew, even if what they knew meant lives could be saved. This air of secrecy kept the problems associated with radium facilities in the dark and out of sight, despite the fact that many people in town, starting with radium workers, were getting sick and dying.
None of these workers were advised to wear gloves or to use any type of protective equipment. None of them were told about the dangers of radiation. Many of them died or had severe health problems as a result of working in these plants.
All employees were assured and promised free healthcare, which they never got. As one of the former works above explained, when someone got cancer, the Argonne people never took care of them, and they had to go somewhere else to get treated. When they died, they were buried in lead lined caskets. In the video, they talk about how some of these people were even exhumed and their bodies were taken by Argonne ‘for study’.
None of these employees were compensated for their painful and extreme medical experiments. None of them were informed as to what was going on, what radiation they were being exposed to, or what the effects of that radiation would or could be.
This practice of NOT informing patients about what is going on, NOT getting full INFORMED CONSENT permission, and NOT telling anyone about any of the hazards of radiation that they were exposed to violates the primary Hippocrates Oath, which is; Above all, do no HARM. This is basic medical ethics 101. However this practice of keeping secrets and causing harm continues on today, and is much like the Nazi medical experiments done on death camp ‘volunteers’.
The apologists, experts, nuclear industry and the regulators today still claim there is no danger from internal radiation, caused by exposure to low doses of radiation from such things as radium or radon for that matter, in this town for example.
This town and all of the people living there were (and still are) human test tube subjects, which the military studied to see how many people would die and/or get cancer with high radiation exposure.
Now the nuclear industry is ‘studying’ the global population to see what the effects of accidents and normal plant radiation releases are on surrounding populations.
Wikipedia also goes into the precautions one should take around Radium. It says that; “Radium is highly radioactive and its decay product, radon gas, is also radioactive. Since radium is chemically similar to calcium, it has the potential to cause great harm by replacing calcium in bones. Exposure to radium can cause cancer and other disorders, because radium and its decay product radon emit alpha particles upon their decay, which kill and mutate cells. The dangers of radium were apparent from the start. The first case of so-called “radium-dermatitis” was reported in 1900, only 2 years after the element’s discovery. The French physicist Antoine Becquerel carried a small ampoule of radium around in his waistcoat pocket for 6 hours and reported that his skin became ulcerated. Marie Curie also had a similar incident in which she experimented with a tiny sample that she kept in contact with her skin for 10 hours and noted how an ulcer appeared, although not for several days. Handling of radium has also been blamed for Madam Curie’s death due to aplastic anemia. Stored radium should be ventilated to prevent accumulation of radon. Emitted energy from the decay of radium also ionizes gases, affects photographic plates, and produces many other detrimental effects – to the extent that at the time of the Manhattan Project in 1944, the “tolerance dose” for workers was set at 0.1 microgram of ingested radium. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium
|Historic name||Symbol, present name|
|Radium emanation||222Rn, radon-222|
|Radium A||218Po, polonium-218|
|Radium C||214Bi, bismuth-214|
|Radium C1||214Po, polonium-214|
|Radium C2||210Tl, thallium-210|
|Radium D||210Pb, lead-210|
|Radium E||210Bi, bismuth-210|
|Radium F||210Po, polonium-210|
The response of the ‘expert’ authorities discovering radon in the city drinking water at first was to raise the ‘safe’ limit of radium in drinking water, just like they did for all of the highly elevated amounts of radioactive elements found in drinking water in Japan, after the Fukushima nuclear accident. This was done with no notice, debate, or public comment period. My question is; did anyone test the water or soil for Polonium in this town?
Uranium Mines Dot Navajo Land, Neglected and Still Perilous; via A Green Road Blog
Anti-Nuclear Poetry By Or-Well; via A Green Road Blog
“Eric Koepf has designed a reactor that combines zinc oxide powder, solar rays and water to derive hydrogen as a storable energy source. Most intriguing, it’s thought that the zinc oxide byproduct from the reaction will be reusable — a potential gateway to sustainable energy. Koepf will spend the next six weeks in Zurich at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where his reactor prototype will be put through its paces to determine its efficiency and effectiveness. If successful, his advisors envision that one day, we may see giant versions of Koepf’s reactors producing hydrogen on an industrial scale. We certainly won’t fault them for dreaming big.”
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Student designs hydrogen reactor, fueled by sun and water; via A Green Road Blog
In the video you can watch her loading the radioactive sand she collected at the beach, into a special detector surrounded by heavy lead bricks.
Guarapari is a coastal town on the coast of Espírito Santo, Brazil. It is a part of Greater Vitoria. A municipal capital , it is located 47 km south of Vitória, of the state capital. Its population is 105,116 (2005) and its area is 592 km². Guarapari has an extremely high level of background radiation, some 175 mSv per year.
This lady sounds like she is attending nuclear school, where she is being ‘trained’ in the safety of all things nuclear. She says she is a ‘student’, so I am making some assumptions here.
In the eyes of all colleges where they teach ‘experts’ who will join the nuclear industry, they tell their students over and over that; radiation causes no harm, and the more of it you get, the better your health will be, as Ann Coulter does here, by saying that radiation has beneficial effects. They call it Hormesis. People pay good money to be exposed to high doses of radiation on beaches, in caves, and I am assuming at places like Chernobyl, Fukushima, and nuclear bomb test sites.
Never mind that Madam Curie died of radiation poisoning. “Eve Curie, in her biography of her mother, described an “odd joy” her parents exhibited when they discovered that radium would, belatedly, burn “gaping holes” in their flesh and cause a painful inflammation in their fingers.
Pierre Curie presented a paper in 1901 to the Academie Francaise. The following is a short excerpt from within its pages. …After exposure to the rays (of radium) the skin became red …; it looked like a burn, but was scarcely painful. After several days the red area without enlarging grew redder; on the twentieth day scabs formed and when they fell away the let a deep wound …; healing of the epidermis first began on the forty-second day ….
… Mme. Curie carried a few centigrams of the very active substance in a sealed tube and received similar burns…. One exposure of less than half an hour … resulted in a red spot for fifteen days later, that took fifteen more days to heal.
… we have suffered from various changes in our hands during researches…. The skin of the hands scales; the tips of the fingers come into contact with tubes or capsules that contain very active preparations become hard and sometimes extremely painful; one o us had inflamed fingertips for a fortnight, which subsided with scaling, but at the end of two months were still painful.”
Never mind, that glowing radium licking watch dial makers and radium ‘health’ drinking individuals came down with excess rates of cancers and health problems of all kinds.
Many of the women later began to suffer from anemia, bone fractures and necrosis of the jaw, a condition now known as radium jaw. It is thought that the X-ray machines used by the medical investigators may have contributed to some of the sickened workers’ ill-health by subjecting them to additional radiation.
Watch the movie Radium Girls, or see the play which is based on the movie near you. Here is a short movie trailer video;
These excess rates of cancers, other diseases and deaths caused these ‘natural’ substances to be BANNED from public use. The complete movie Radium City is available here;
A few brave people fighting the corporations and nuclear industry exposed the dangers of exposure to ‘natural’ radioactive substances such as radium, just like lead, mercury and other toxic, dangerous substances have been exposed and are now considered to be ‘not healthy’.
But some people still claim even today, that you should drink this radioactive stuff, eat more of it, and bathe in it to improve your health. Go figure.
In addition to working with highly toxic bare, exposed lead bricks, this same lady is collecting highly radioactive rocks that glow in the dark, and cause readings of 800 millisieverts on her radiation detector when it is held close to it.
How is this any different from uranium miners who are exposed to radiation from uranium ore mining?
Congress has established a special fund to pay all of the US uranium miners involved who apply, because it was found that they got cancers at a very high rate. Now they are being compensated for all of their suffering. If you want to know more about the sad story of all the uranium miners, see related articles below.
Uranium Mines Dot Navajo Land, Neglected and Still Perilous;via A Green Road Blog
If you are going to be a Juror soon or will be one eventually, know what POWER you hold and Your RIGHTS. Do not let the JUDGE take this or DISREGARD the JURY’S POWER.
IT’S YOUR DUTY AND YOUR OBLIGATION TO KNOW AND EXCERCISE YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
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Walmart hasn’t rejected Monsanto’s GE sweet corn
April 3, 2012
Walmart is a corporate giant that cares more about its profits than listening to its customers. Food and Water Watch and our allies have delivered Walmart nearly half a million petitions, 8,500 calls, andour supporters held events at more than 150 Walmart stores all over the country and posted thousands of comments on Walmart’s Facebook page. Still, Walmart has refused to reject Monsanto’s sweet corn.
In response to consumer concerns, Walmart is hiding behind a misleading statement that they don’t “specifically source” genetically engineered foods. No one had said that Walmart is going to specifically order Monsanto’s GE sweet corn, but unless Walmart takes affirmative steps to prevent it from coming into its stores, it is likely to be sold intermixed with regular corn, unlabeled and leaving consumers in the dark. It’s time we tell Walmart that we won’t buy their lies and we won’t buy their sweet corn.
I received this letter from Walmart last week saying that they do not “specifically source” genetically engineered foods, but let’s be honest, that means absolutely nothing, and it’s not good enough:
Monsanto’s new genetically engineered sweet corn could be planted this spring, which means that it could be in stores this summer. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and General Mills have all made the commitment not to sell Monsanto’s sweet corn, but it looks like since Walmart will not reject this corn by specifically saying they will not purchase it, the corn could be on their shelves this summer.
We’ll be delivering these emails directly to Walmart to let them know about all the potential customers they’re losing.
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The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts has reported the first large study which confirms what has been said from day one, on 3/11/2011, that Fukushima could be a major long term life extinction event, rather than how it is portrayed now; as a minor 10% of Chernobyl type of accident.
According to the study, there are major genetic changes happening in ocean life forms 600 miles out from Fukushima. This was discovered through the many buoys put out by Woods Hole. They found due high radiation levels in ocean water far away from Fukushima, which in turn caused massive genetic changes in ocean creatures.
(Warning; the following videos contain adult language.)
A Fukushima Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Has Been Confirmed 4/4/12 kevin d. blanch:
http://youtu.be/84pszFh7n9U via @youtube
In the next video below, Kevin reports that radioactive contaminated fish are being exported to other countries from Japan, without radiation testing on either end (and that eating these fish causes harm.)
Kevin is reporting that these fish test 37 times HIGHER than the emergency safety limits allowed for people in Japan, the few times that they were tested.
The Japanese are desperate for money… where will they get it? They are in deeper debt than the Greeks, who are toasted and roasted financially speaking. Now Fukushima is putting a financial nail in their coffin.
No wonder the government is telling everyone it is safe to move back to Fushima. Could they be telling anyone anything to get the least bit of money short term, and avoid legal costs and damages long term? Time will tell.
According to Kevin, many people in Japan have stopped drinking any water or eating any food grown in Japan, because they either do not trust the growers, the food, the water or the authorities who say it is all ‘safe’.
Who really knows where radiation contaminated food, fish, fowl, beef, chicken or liquids may come from, because desperate farmers and fishermen may mislabel it or drive somewhere else to sell it. Fishermen may dock in a different port that does not have the taboo Fukushima label on it.
It is too hard for individuals to test for radiation in food or water, without an expensive $15,000 radiation tester that specifically tests food or water for low level radiation that may cause harm long term. A standard Geiger Counter, even an expensive one, will NOT test food or water for low level radiation, unless it has HIGH amounts of surface radiation contamination.
So why is Japan still growing food, harvesting fish and then selling it all overseas? Hmmmmm, interesting question…..
If you do not know what is going on and why Kevin is so upset, in the following video, Kevin explains what has been going on for the last year, since March 11th, 2011.
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Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road Blog
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