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ecd1a-fukushimaradiation    How long will the pride of a nation’s leaders allow them to lie to their people  and the rest of the world? Instead of admitting that they don’t know how to stop radiation leaks from the damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant, now the Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO) dumps radiated water into the Pacific Ocean––again––to poison the rest of the world––again!

TEPCO also claims a giant ice wall is under construction to stop more contaminated water from continually leaking nuclear poison into world’s seas.  But then few believe this zany plan will work either, or even believe such a plan exists.

But wait, another prevarication:  New York Times reporter, Martin Fackler, reveals that instead of obeying orders to slightly retreat from the leak, TEPCO workers deserted their posts in panic:

“At the most dire moment of the Fukushima nuclear crisis three years ago, hundreds of panicked employees abandoned the damaged plant despite being ordered to remain on hand for last-ditch efforts to regain control of its runaway reactors, according to a previously undisclosed record of the accident that was reported Tuesday by a major Japanese newspaper.”

Japanese officials had suppressed the testimony of Masao Yoshida, deceased hero and former Fukushima manager who actually testified: “ . . . that 650 workers and even midlevel managers fled to another nearby nuclear plant, leaving him and 68 other employees behind to try to contain a possible fuel-core meltdown at a reactor whose building had just exploded.”

Instead TEPO testified (and the Japanese government claimed to verify) they had “evacuated all but a small number of highly dedicated workers, who risked their lives to prevent the nuclear crisis from worsening.”

Such terse carefully crafted language to obfuscate the truth that “ . . . employees began commandeering Tepco buses and using their own cars to flee to the other nuclear plant . . . about 90 percent of the plant’s workers left.” So if the workers actually feared radiation they built, how should the rest of the world feel?

AFP News reports that this week, Japan started freezing soil under leaking water plants. “The wall is intended to Contaminated-Water-under-Reactor-Buildingsblock groundwater from nearby hillsides that has been flowing under the plant and mixing with polluted water already there.

“The government-funded scheme will see 1,550 pipes laid deep in the soil through which refrigerant will be piped to create the 0.9-mile frozen wall that will stem the inflow of groundwater.” See, they called it a scheme, not me!

“Coping with the huge––and growing––amount of water at the tsunami-damaged plant is proving to be one of the biggest challenges for TEPCO, as it tries to clean up the mess after the worst nuclear disaster in a generation, in which three reactors went into meltdown. . . some settlements may have to be abandoned because of high levels of radiation.” What settlements? Who still lives near there?

I have used John 8:32 on wholesale Christian t-shirts about the truth freeing people so often, that Dr. Jael won’t let me use it again.  So how about this one:  “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God (John 3: 21).” OK Japanese leaders time to step up!!

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Man’s Trashy Garbage on Earth, In Oceans & Now in Space

posted by Newsworthy and Seerfar @ 19:07 PM
November 7, 2013

hi-space-junk0_1762594c    Trashy garbage has become a major hallmark of human existence.  It is dumped on and buried under the earth. But a world full of land seems insufficient for man’s junk. Thus, it now floats atop streams, lakes and seas––enough to create multiple football-fields of uninhabitable dead zones, robbing sea life of food. And now nations sending men and machines into space clutter its atmosphere as well.

In ‘Wasted Space: U.S. Military Looking for Ideas on How to Curb the Threat of Orbiting Junk,’ John Matson reveals: “Gazing up into the sky on a clear night, the heavens can appear as pristine as a mountain stream. But in truth, at least in Earth’s vicinity, the trash factor in space may be more akin to what is found in New York City’s East River.”

He explains that space ventures from so many nations has even left enough discarded junk orbiting around this planet to cause multiple space ‘accidents.’  Apparently, after ‘scientists’ play their space games, they leave “spent boosters [and] other satellite requirements” whizzing around on their ‘space streets.’

“As of July, when NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office published its most recent quarterly newsletter, roughly 15,000 pieces of space junk were being tracked in orbit by military monitors. (That catalogue only includes debris 10 centimeters or larger—roughly softball-size and up.)

“More than 2,500 of those fragments originated from a 2007 Chinese missile test in which a satellite was deliberately destroyed; another 1,100 stem from an accidental collision in February between a defunct Russian satellite and a functional communications satellite owned by a U.S. firm.”

Soooo. Now the military seeks to set up a ‘Superfund’ to pay for the clean-up of man’s ‘in space’ discards.  Otherwise, there will be more be more accidents.  Even fatal ones.  Thus, the U.S. military’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), implies no more trips into space authorized until private space companies ‘pony up’ for the ‘Superfund.’

David Wright’s article, ‘Where Did All That Space Debris Come From?’, informs: “In recent years the number of large xin_442020612215678125891objects tracked by U.S. military sensors and listed in the official government catalogue has reached an all-time high of around 15,000 pieces of debris, plus about 1,000 active satellites.

“The very high speed of objects in orbit means that debris as small as a centimeter can seriously damage or destroy a satellite. And debris can linger in orbit for decades or longer at high altitudes so it builds up as more is produced.  The risk of collision between large objects in low Earth orbit has doubled in the last five years.  The chance that an operating satellite in the heavily used altitudes . . . will be hit by a large piece of debris in its lifetime is now likely.”

So now they fear that swiftly orbiting junk will crash into men-driven space craft, or rockets or satellites!  Hmmm.  More junk.  Honestly, Jael should have given this story to her new reporter, Cecil Certifier, who relates such accounts of insanity.  Indeed, whether on land, or ocean or in space, man’s wasteful refuge floating around God’s universe is absolutely crazy.

In wholesale Christian Bibles, God declares judgment against such inane foolishness as to clutter His earth and skies with useless junk:  “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans; 1: 28).”

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Are You Kidding? Japan Leaking Radiation & Plans For More Nucs

posted by admin @ 13:44 PM
June 21, 2013

japan-nuclear-plant        OK so Jael calls me: “Why aren’t you working?  You haven’t sent a story in for weeks?”  And I say, “So where are those interns you gave me?  Why aren’t they writing on nuc plants in the U.S.? Do I have to do everything?”  In my dreams! Truth is I said, “I’m on it. Lots of research going on here. Have it to you today!”

So first of all earlier this month, the operator at Fukushima disclosed he found another leak in one of the hundreds of steel tanks storing radioactive water at their downed nuclear site.  And they plan to fix it by freezing it!  Come on!!!

The day before that, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted it found cesium particles in groundwater flowing into the Fukushima plant.  So now we have radioactive water flowing into stored radioactive water, at a rate of 100,000 gallons a day. I’m talking to them to see what else TEPCO plans to do.

But oh no.  TEPCO officials wouldn’t answer my questions, but they did for Martin Fackler of The New York Times (NYT). He ‘carefully’ writes in ‘Leak Found in Steal Tank for Water at Fukushima:‘

“The company has installed a new filtering system that it says removes every type of radioactive particle but one, tritium. Still, that leaves it no choice but to keep storing the water rather than dumping it.”

TEPCO also admitted:  “ . . . it had erred in previous tests, said it had found up to 0.39 becquerels of radioactive cesium 137 per liter of water, an amount that is far below Japan’s safety level for drinking water of 10 becquerels per liter.”

Thus, people on the street are furious with TEPCO. Even Fackler says so: “Faced with growing public alarm over the babies-nuclear-checkwater crisis, the government last week ordered Tepco to stop the influx of groundwater by freezing soil around the reactor buildings, a novel plan that calls for creating a wall of underground ice.”

People must approve that plan, especially in commercial fishing areas. That’s not liable to happen.  Because of the leaks they can’t serve faucet water to their babies.  Shortly afterwards, officials told Hiroko Tabuchi, also of NYT, that Japan plans to restart some of its 50 commercial reactors soon.

“We have reached a milestone,” says Shinichi Tanaka Chair of their Nuclear Regulation Authority. With their ‘new safety systems,‘ he  says they are accepting applications from companies to restart 13 nuclear reactors across the country.

This is astonishing! Japanese people don’t want it. I am interviewing for human interest stories. I assigned those interns to work new angles on San Onofre Nuclear Plant in California shutting down forever! But their writing was boring and didn’t have much new.  But they’re still working on it.

We’ll get more stories in soon chief, I promise.  Meanwhile remember what wholesale Christian T-Shirts say:  “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:).” Keep up the good work then!

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The ‘Silly Season’ Is Here: Watch What You Eat, Where You Go, etc.

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 15:20 PM
May 31, 2013

Dr. Ad Versery:  Ok, Summer is officially here, and with it comes the ‘silly season.’  So my colleagues and I have rather urgent advice.  First, read my blogs about recent pandemics spreading across China, Europe and the Middle East to stay informed about spreading communicable diseases.

oceana-seafood-testing-kit-story-top    Frank Butterman:  Also review my blogs about bad foods, frozen meats, and ‘scary’ eats from foreign places.  Only go to grocery stores openly showing origins of their meat, fish, and produce, and informing buyers about Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)––now illegal in Europe, Japan and elsewhere.

Ad Versery:  Remember last summer?  O.K. so don’t go around kissing pigs, hugging chickens, eating raw fish, or standing close to people who cough.  Health officials admit they don’t know how the newest communicable diseases––H7N9 Bird Flu and Coronavirus––are spread.

They may come from animals, but medical workers don’t know if these viruses spread through the air, from person to person, or even in hospitals.  But they do know that new types of flu have grown resistant to anti-flu medications.

Butterman:  Remember news reports last year about poisonous cantaloupes, phoney fish, or salmonella chickens ?  Investigate news about germ-infested meats, fruits and vegetables––including from news outlets in your area.  And read our ‘earthend’ blogs often. While major media sometimes downplays food scares to protect advertisers, our blogs, and other internet sources, try to keep you informed.

Ad Versery:  Wash your hands often, especially after using bathrooms.  And try to stay out of hospitals.  Anemona wash-your-hands-regularlyHartocollis wrote ‘With Money at Risk, Hospitals Push Staff to Wash Hands,’ in The New York Times this week:

“Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital workers wash their hands as little as 30 percent of the time that they interact with patients. . . . All this effort is to coax workers into using more soap and water, or alcohol-based sanitizers . . . One puzzle is why health care workers are so bad at it.”  Apparently doctors resist hand washing instructions more than other hospital workers.

At insistence from the federal government, hospitals now use various methods to insure hand-washing, including:  motion sensors, video snooping, radio-frequency ID chips, electronic badges to track hand-washing––and rewards.

Rev. Repriestly:  Enough of this!  Hospital workers represent the healing power of God, as set forth in His Word.  They should not have to be forced to be clean.  This necessity was discovered hundreds of years ago in medical science.

Food is God’s ‘staff of life.’  And some grocery store owners willingly disobey Him by selling bad foods?  They gamble with their eternal futures:  As used Christian books attest, food is God’s ministry to man:  “Now He that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9: 10).”

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Today Is Earth Day! But What Does That Mean?

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:25 AM
April 22, 2013

earth-day-2013-banner    Environmentalists around the world designated April 22 as Earth Day.  For good public relations during Earth Day celebrations, businesses offer promotions, free products and other trinkets of earthly significance. But what does it all mean?

John McConnell, started the idea of Earth Day in 1969 at a United Nations Conference.  U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson proclaimed April 22, 1970, as an environmental ‘teach-in’ date.  Also in response to Earth Day concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency was founded that same year.

In 1990, Denis Hayes, who was National Earth Day Coordinator, took the organization international.  Today it is celebrated in 192 countries every year, with many planned and sponsored events.

But when Earth Day is over, politicians, businesses and the general public go back to ‘business as usual’:  destroying the planet with air and water pollution, over-fishing and polluting the oceans, flooding the earth and seas with non-recyclable garbage, etc.  Earth Day must start to mean more to all nations.

Man’s failure to fully accept the significance of Earth Day is bringing the planet’s non-human animals to the edge of extinction. To save this planet, the American people must set an example for the world by letting politicians and business heads know:  things must change.

Surely we can make this industrial age more earth-friendly.  After the U.S. brings down its own levels of contributions to Climate Change, we can convince China––now the most polluting nation on earth––to join us.  If not, the U.S. should greatly reduce its Asian imports.  powerplantpollution-2

In the same way, China can be encouraged to decrease its ‘need’ for elephant and rhino ivory in order to protect these species.  The U.S. can also encourage that country to stop its industrial pollution of the planet’s air and water.

To celebrate the Earth today companies such as:  Target Stores, Kellogg foods, Jo-Ann Fabrics and others are giving away reusable shopping bags; Caribou Coffee shops offers a free cup of coffee; and if you bring in five plastic bags to Disney, you will get a free Disney Tote bag in exchange, etc.

But while Americans pick up their free gifts, they may also ask each contributing company what it is doing to save the planet?  What are the company’s environment, pollution and recycling policies?  What does the enterprise know about such policies among their suppliers, including overseas enterprises?

Those who celebrate Earth Day can also add verses from online Bible lessons to their research on the planet’s future:  “The earth is The LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods (Psalm 24: 1- 2).”  In other words, earth is not man’s possession to destroy!

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Lies, Stink & ‘Don’t Tell’ Rules: Exxon Up to Its Old Tricks!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:47 AM
April 15, 2013

oil spillWe usually don’t cover stories that get full press exposure unless coverage would give readers warnings about future events. But Exxon’s outrageous behavior during its recent oil spill in Arkansas is one of those times that we sound warning!

First, Exxon has slammed the door shut on all outgoing information––including photography from flights overhead––and the Federal Aviation Administration threw a no-fly zone over the entire area of the oil flood.

But video-journalist Adam Randall managed to shoot a five-minute long record of this broken pipeline before the new ‘laws’ were passed. He posted it on You Tube on April 2, three days after the flood broke. Later such flights were approved only if an Exxon employee is appointed flight coordinator.

About further suppression of news, Rachel Colyer of Daily Kos reports: “On the ground, reporters are being kept at a great distance from the actual site. Those who have tried to gain further access have been escorted away by security, threatened with arrest, and told to leave by local law enforcement.”

Second, however, the major press usually avoids explicitly telling the public that oil from this broken pipeline’s is very similar to the thick tar sands oil for which Canadian refineries want to build pipelines in the U.S. to bring tar-oil here.

Americans have no idea just how much oil is spilling down main streets of this Arkansas suburb. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says some 7,000 barrels of the slime have pumped out, but Exxon insists 3,000 is more accurate.oil-spilling-down-streets

Third, no matter how much oil is flowing from 70 year-old pipeline, its stench brings breathing problems to those residences still in the neighborhood. People remaining there––after 22 families in homes along the ruptured lines were evacuated to hotels––now complain of multiple illnesses coming from toxic air.

In ‘Arkansas Oil Spill Health Complaints Emerge In Mayflower,’ Lynne Peeples quotes April Lane, chair of a local school health and safety advisory group: “A lot of the released chemicals––benzene, hydrogen sulfide, toluene––are still extremely toxic, especially to children, the elderly and pregnant women, . . .” She says Exxon’s crude tests cannot detect harmful poisons in the air.

Fourth: Questions! Who gave Exxon the right to arrest American journalists in order to obstruct truth? When did Americans elect Exxon into office to decree acceptable levels of Americans’ health? And what does this suppression of truth have to do with the Keystone XL pipeline proposed to come down from Canada? Is the breaking pipe in Arkansas an omen for what Keystone would also bring?

Often called ‘the fourth estate,’ journalists have sworn duties as watchmen to warn nations of pending doom. As wholesale Christian Bibles insist, nations should ask journalists: “Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? (Isaiah 21: 11)?” Journalists are among the few who can bring light to situations covered by man-made night!

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From Japan with Love: Where Else Did they Expect Radiation to Go?

posted by admin @ 12:10 PM
February 26, 2013

ocean-map-fish-radiation    Officials apparently wish radiation from Japan’s catastrophic nuclear breakdown would just go away.  But, alas, scientists keep finding fish containing nuclear waste’s deadly poison have swam thousands of miles to California shores.

Hmm.  Did they expect that radiation-filled water gushing into Pacific ocean waters from Fukushima’s  nuclear power plants since 2011 would just evaporate?  But if that happened it would be in the atmosphere we breath. Right?

Scientists now admit fish have ingested the poisoned stuff from Pacific ocean waters, and brought it all the way to California. So fish ‘drink’ ocean water, and thus Fukushima‘s mistake moves up the food chain to reach, ahhh, people?

And these men of science express surprise to find ‘small amounts’ of radiation still in fish today?  Where else did they expect nuclear waste to go? Hint, hint boys:  Haven’t you taught us that radiation poisons lasts for a thousand eons?

In ‘Radioactive Fish Found In California: Contamination From Fukushima Disaster Still Lingers,’ Aaron Sankin gawks surprise:  “Nearly two years after a powerful earthquake triggered a leak at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, the effects of that disaster are still being felt on the other side of the planet.

“A report released earlier this month by researchers at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station found that bluefin tuna caught just off the California coast tested positive for radiation stemming from the incident.”

But Wait! Daniel Madigan, one of the writers for this study, says consumers shouldn’t worry about eating Pacific Ocean tuna:  “We’re exposed to radiation in almost all of the food we eat . . . the isotope has been present in Pacific marine life for decades as a result of mid-20th century nuclear testing.” Well that’s reassuring!

Sankin adds:  “Some 40 percent of bottom-feeding fish caught near the Fukushima plant tested positive for high levels radiation-in-sea-food-chaiof Cesium contamination, indicating that the plant still may be experiencing low-level leaks; however, MOST of those types of fish stick relatively near the Japanese coast and don’t migrate all the way to the Americas.” My, my what other guarantee do we need?

We are to rest assured that Japan’s government has banned the sale and export of MOST of the fish caught near the Fukushima coast.  But, don’t despair.  Madigan says bluefin tuna is so over-fished that 96% of its population is depleted.

And in ‘Bluefin Tuna From The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Still Have Traces Of Radiation,’ Forbes says that people will stop buying bluefins as they are radiated, and the species will replenish.  Besides Forbes writes, at a recent auction in Tokyo, a 500 pound bluefin tuna sold for a record $ 1.76 million. Yippee!     Another reason to take heart: as Earthend’s Food Inspector Butterman reminds us, what one would buy in the market or sushi bar today for bluefin tuna probably isn’t tuna anyway, but some “better” substitute stealthy slipped in!

With such ‘optimism’ about the chances of not being killed with nuclear-powered waters, we turn to Christian messages for inspiration.  As the Apostle writes, we must:  “ . . . put to silence the ignorance of foolish men (1 Peter 2: 15).”

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Japan’s Radioactive Fish Threatens Other Pacific Seafood!

posted by admin @ 0:45 AM
February 5, 2013

        On the upcoming two-year anniversary of Japan’s Tepco nuclear plant spill, outrageous levels of radioactivity are found in fish near the plant.  And the best Tepco (the Tokyo Electric Power Company) has come up with is to install nets 12 miles from the factory’s shore in attempts to stop fish from migrating elsewhere.

In ‘Fish Caught Near Crippled Japanese N-plant with 2,500 Times the Legal Limit of Radioactivity for Human Consumption,’ Mark Prigg of says:  “The levels in the fish are also 10 times higher than the radiation measured last August in scorpion fish caught near Fukushima.”

Moreover, in its story on such high levels of radiation, Reuters News says “Tepco admitted that radiation leaks from its nuclear plant had not fully stopped.”  And ‘Science’ magazine writes, “the levels of cesium in seafood around the disaster-battered area had not decreased since 2011.”

AFP News service reports these high radiation levels were found in a ‘murasoi’ fish, which is similar to rockfish.  Reuters further adds:  “Seafood from the area near Fukushima has turned out to be a health hazard abroad, as well as within the country.  In July, Russia expressed concern over fish caught off its coast near Japan. In May, a contaminated tuna was found near the California coastline.”

Fish travel.  If Tepco’s trash has already reached Hawaii––why not its fish?  But supposedly to stop such fish migration:  “Tepco is installing a new series of nets beneath the surface of the water around the 20 kilometer perimeter in hopes of restricting the migration of the contaminated fish outside of the region.”

Moreover, other fish in the Pacific Ocean may be feeding upon fish so heavily infected with radioactivity.  AFP News insists. “Fishing around Fukushima was halted and the government banned beef, milk, mushrooms and vegetables from being produced in surrounding areas.”  But they can’t ban fish from traveling.

Yet, while Japan’s newly elected Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, advocates that “The clean-up at Fukushima after its tsunami-sparked nuclear meltdowns is unlike anything humanity has ever undertaken,” observers still expect him to restart that island’s nuclear plant program:

“His government said Thursday it would review a pledge by the previous administration to scrap nuclear power within three decades and would give the green light to plants deemed safe by regulators.”

So while he searches for plants deemed safe, the world may indeed be eating fish already contaminated from plants his nation had previously ‘deemed safe’!  This is so much Armageddon madness:  killing us slowly with Tepco’s mistakes.

Japanese are historically proud people.  Despite world-wide condemnation, they still insist on hunting whales even to extinction.  And even though Tepco’s leaks have killed and impoverished his own people, the Prime Minister seeks to restart nuclear power.  Yet Bible prophecies promise:  “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16: 18).”

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    Can you believe this?  In a very much under-reported story, Japan’s government and its largest public utility company now say they “underestimated” the amount of radiation released in last year’s nuclear meltdown!

This is absurd!  In “Utility Says It Underestimated Radiation Released in Japan,” Reuters News Service ‘calmly’ explains:  “The amount of radioactive materials released in the first days of the Fukushima nuclear disaster was almost two and a half times the initial estimate by Japanese safety regulators, the operator of the crippled plant said in a report” released this week.

Two and a half times??  How long can this go on???  TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, now says that “the meltdowns it believes took place at three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant released about 900,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances into the air during March 2011.

“The latest estimate was based on measurements suggesting the amount of iodine-131 released by the nuclear accident was much larger than previous estimates.”  Then, Reuters, says ‘oh by the way,’ “Iodine-131 is a fast-decaying radioactive substance produced by fission that takes place inside a nuclear reactor. It has a half-life of eight days and can cause thyroid cancer.”

Aaaaggghhhhh. “Can cause thyroid cancer???!!!”  Jael has to take me off this assignment.  It is driving me nuts!  Why are these nuclear power idiots around the world allowed to built such dangerous foolishness, endangering people’s lives?

And get this:  Now Japanese officials are saying that they probably should have moved even more people away from the exploding plant.  “Although people who lived closest to the plant were evacuated, many people remain in areas with significantly higher radiation levels than normal.”

TEPCO asks us to understand that “it had initially been unable to accurately judge the amount of radioactive materials released soon after the accident because radiation sensors closest to the plant were disabled in the disaster.”

Disabled???? What good are sensors that are suppose to measure danger if the danger can so easily destroy the sensors????  Who built this foolishness??? Dennis the Menace?? Nah!!  Even Dennis would have done a better job!!

How can Reuters so calmly report these outrageous statements?  How can The New York Times so carefully hide this Reuters story among its back pages?  Oh, and then Reuters says:  “The newly released information is likely to add to concerns among many Japanese that they were never told the extent of the accident or the risks it posed.”  Aaagghhhh again. The world can’t take much more of this.

That’s it? Add to concerns?  Hurry, praying people:  “Open Christian prayer books.  Pray with Apostle John to whom The LORD said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. And John answered, Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).”

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Disinformation & U.S. Unsafe Compared to Nations, MCD, Part 3

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 18:30 PM
April 30, 2012

 Disinformation:  Why were we told a few days ago that the cow infected with Mad Cow Disease (MCD) showed no signs of the sickness at all, only to find out now that she exhibited all of the usual symptoms––imbalance, lameness, etc.

 So why are we now told that the owner killed the cow, because he knew the cow had MCD?  Why are this owner and others allowed to send their dead cows for additional use, without all of them being tested for the cause of death?

 And why does the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) not tell the public what sanctions, fines, etc., are levied against a the rancher who knew a cow had MCD and simply killed it?  Why aren’t farmers required to report it?

 Why are some dairies allowed to keep paper records instead of computerized ones that would make it easier to tract the cow’s source and offspring?  Why was a cow twice as old as other milk cows still kept for milk production? Why is the press left only to assume that the cow must have belonged to a smaller farm?
 Associated Press Reporter Tracie Cone points out:  “The World Organization for Animal Health has established protocol for investigations into cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy that includes finding other cows that the Holstein in question was raised with, tracking down all progeny and determining what she ate.”  She also shows that the infected cow should not have been rendered to the slaughter house for any use at all:  its protein is not to be fed to other bovines:

 “However, bovine protein is routinely fed to egg-laying chickens, and the “litter” from those chickens—chicken excrement and the feed that spills onto the floor—is collected and rendered back into cattle feed.  Neurodegenerative researchers, such as UC San Francisco’s Dr. Stanley Prusiner, who received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering prions—the protein associated with BSE—has warned that the US should ban poultry waste in cattle feed.”

 Michael Hansen, senior scientists at the Consumers Union, has been critical of U.S. policy on MCD for some time.  He  says:  “We are testing .12 percent of the cattle slaughtered.  In Japan they test all cattle over 20 months, in Europe it’s all cattle over 24 or 30 months, depending on the country. They’ve been able to find sick animals that look healthy but could have ended up in the food supply.”

 Tracie Cone also points out that when Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wanted to test their own cattle so it could advertise their product as “BSE” free, USDA forbid the company to do so and denied access to the necessary test kits?  Is the USDA established to protect the American people or the cattle industry?

 Such negligence capable of leading to sickness and death must be investigated and resisted.  Well has Isaiah said in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed (9: 16).”  In a democracy, we still have the power to demand change.

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