Monday, July 27, 2015

"Fukushima Update, 7/27/2015"

"Fukushima Update, 7/27/2015"
by ENENews

"Kyle Cleveland, sociologist at Temple University’s Japan Campus, published Apr 29, 2015 (at 2:00 in): "Like everyone else we were seeing what was on the media. The media was very alarmist, and I think ironically, some of what were taken as an overreaction or a panic in the first couple of weeks of the crisis subsequently have been vindicated to be in some ways quite reasonable claims and worries as more information have been revealed, as gov’t reports have been written. Those reports have demonstrated that the situation was really quite more serious at the time than certainly what the government was saying, and certainly what TEPCO was saying at the time. 

My starting point for my research was looking into the government’s FOIA documents. I was very surprised to see that there is a big difference within the United States government as they were trying to determine just how bad this was. And what I realized in those documents is that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was recommending a 50-mile (80 km)exclusionary zone. This was an stark contrast to the Japanese government’s recommendation of 30 km. And also I was very interested to see that the the US Navy Pacific Command and particularly naval reactors, was recommending a 200-mile exclusionary zone. So that’s a rather profound gap between 30 kilometers on the one hand with the Japanese government 80 km from the NRC [and] something like over 300 km for the US Navy.

 But ironically aside from the staff at the Daiichi plant maybe some at the very first people who were hit by the radioactive plume were sailors who run the United States Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. They detected the plume at about 132 miles distance from the Daiichi plant. The FOIA  documents demonstrate that these government officials. were very concerned about the levels that they were reading. They were indicating that they were about 30 times above background levels, and that they would exceed a ‘protective action guideline’ criteria within about a 10 hour period.* The reason the US Navy had recommended a 200-mile exclusionary zone was that the Yokosuka naval base is about 163 miles from the Daiichi plant. At the same time that the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier was detecting the nuclear plume, the George Washington aircraft carrier which was ported down near Yokosuka was also detecting a plume and the result that they were getting were really quite alarming to them."
- http://enenews.com/

Cleveland’s presentation: 

*"They were indicating that they were about 30 times above background levels, and that
 they would exceed a ‘protective action guideline’ criteria within about a 10 hour period."

Now consider the following from yesterday's post:

Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. 50 CPM is an alert level.
RADIATION   CPM*   CITY STATE

• 590 CPM,  29.5 to 118 Times Normal,  South Valley, NM. Gamma only.
• 500 CPM,  25 to 100 Times Normal,  Miami, FL. Gamma only.
• 373 CPM,  18.6 to 74.6 Times Normal,  Atlanta, GA. Gamma only.
• 622 CPM,  31.1 to 124.4 Times Normal,  Raleigh, NC. Gamma only.
• 617 CPM,  30.8 to 123.4 Times Normal,  Pittsburgh, PA. Gamma and Beta.
• 340 CPM,  17 to 68 Times Normal,  New York City, NY. Gamma only.
• 394 CPM,  17.2 to 68.8 Times Normal,  Boston, MA. Gamma only.
• 591 CPM,  29.5 to 195.6 Times Normal,  Concord, NH. Gamma and Beta Radiation.
• 263 CPM,  13.1 to 52.6 Times Normal,  Chicago, IL. Gamma only.
• 427 CPM,  21.3 to 85.4 Times Normal,  Kansas City, KA. Gamma only.
• 334 CPM,  16.7 to 66.8 Times Normal,  Tulsa, OK. Gamma only.
• 645 CPM,  32.2 to 129 Times Normal,  Little Rock, AR. Gamma and Beta.
• 306 CPM,  15.3 to 61.2 Times Normal,  Dallas, TX. Gamma and Beta.
• 463 CPM,  23.1 to 92.6 Times Normal,  San Angelo, TX. Gamma and Beta.
• 275 CPM,  13.7 to 55 Times Normal,  Lubbock, TX. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.
• 460 CPM,  23 to 92 Times Normal,  Ft Wayne, IN. Gamma and Beta. Off line. Last known report.
• 423 CPM,  21.1 to 84.6 Times Normal,  Indianapolis, IN. Gamma only.
• 383 CPM,  19.1 to 76.6 Times Normal,  St Paul, MN. Gamma and Beta.
• 704 CPM,  35.2 to 140.5 Times Normal,  Lincoln, NE. Gamma and Beta.
• 586 CPM,  29.3 to 117.2 Times Normal,  Des Moines, IA. Gamma only.
• 333 CPM,  16.6 to 66.6 Times Normal,  Aberdeen, SD. Gamma only.
• 573 CPM,  28.6 to 114.6 Times Normal,  Rapid City, SD. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.
• 530 CPM,  26.6 to 106 Times Normal,  Albuquerque, NM. Gamma and Beta. Off line. 
• 377 CPM,  18.8 to 75.4 Times Normal,  Grand Junction, CO. Gamma only.
• 869 CPM,  43.4 to 173.8 Times Normal,  Billings, MT. Gamma only.
• 465 CPM,  23.2 to 93 Times Normal,  Phoenix, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
• 642 CPM,  32.1 to 128.4 Times Normal,  Tucson, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
• 225 CPM,  11.2 to 45 Times Normal,  Las Vegas, NV. Gamma only.
• 507 CPM,  25.3 to 101.4 Times Normal,  San Diego, CA. Gamma only.
• 855 CPM,  42.7 to 171 Times Normal,  Bakersfield, CA. Gamma and Beta.
• 306 CPM,  15.3 to 61.2 Times Normal,  Los Angeles, CA. Gamma only.
• 243 CPM,  12.1 to 48.6 Times Normal,  San Francisco, CA. Gamma only.
• 588 CPM,  29.4 to 117.6 Times Normal,  Spokane, WA. Gamma only.

"During that March 13 phone call, Cleveland wrote, Troy Mueller — the deputy administrator for naval reactors at the US Department of Energy — said the radiation was the equivalent of “about 30 times what you would detect just on a normal air sample out at sea.” “So it's much greater than what we had thought,” Mueller reportedly warned other American officials after taking samples on the Reagan. “We didn't think we would detect anything at 100 miles.”

After Mueller made that remark, according to Cleveland’s transcript, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman asked him if those levels were “significantly higher than anything you would have expected.” He responded yes. When Poneman later asked Mueller, “how do the levels detected compare with what is permissible,” Mueller said those on the scene could suffer irreversible harm from the radiation within hours.

“If it were a member of the general public, it would take- well, it would take about 10 hours to reach a limit,” he said. At that point, Mueller added, “it’s a thyroid dose issue.” If people are exposed to levels beyond the Protective Action Guideline threshold released by the Energy Department, Cleveland acknowledged in his report, radiation could have ravaged their thyroid glands."

So within 10 hours of exposure to 30 times the normal background 
radiation level "radiation could have ravaged their thyroid glands."
Find the nearest location to you in the listing above. 
10 hours? 30 times normal exposure?
Remember this is 24 hour a day, 7 days a week exposure for over 4 years now.
Draw your own conclusions...

Musical Interlude: Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells”

Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells”

"A Look to the Heavens"

“The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. 
 Click image for larger size.
The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud, a small silhouette notched against the long red glow at the lower left. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion's belt and is seen as the brightest star to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic dark dust lanes. The magnificent emission region, the Orion Nebula (aka M42), lies at the upper right. Immediately to its left is a prominent bluish reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man. Pervasive tendrils of glowing hydrogen gas are easily traced throughout the region.”

“I Have Learned”

“I Have Learned”
Posted by Paulo Coelho

"This text, which I found on the Internet, is attributed to me.
 I did not write it, but I think worth reproducing here."
 - PC

• "I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them;
• I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back;
• I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
• I’ve learned that you can get by on charm, for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something;
• I’ve learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
• I’ve learned that no matter how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take it’s place.
• I’ve learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re downhill are the ones to help you get back up.
• I’ve learned that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry.
• I’ve learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
• I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean that they don’t love you with all they have.
• I’ve learned that maturity had more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
• I’ve learned that your family won’t always be there for you.
• I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while.
• I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself.
• I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
• I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
• I’ve learned that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
• I’ve learned that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
• I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
• I’ve learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will get hurt in the process.
• I’ve learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.
• I’ve learned that it’s hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people’s feelings and standing up for what you believe.”

The Universe

"Everyone's scared. Few carry on. 
I mean really carry on, as if it were your reason for being."

"Keep calm,"
    The Universe

"Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!"
- www.tut.com

Free Download: Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World"

“Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too- all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides- made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions...” 
- “Brave New World: Suggestions from the State”
Freely download “Brave New World", by Aldous Huxley here:

Chet Raymo, “This View of Life, With Its Several Powers”

 “This View of Life, With Its Several Powers”
by Chet Raymo

“Somewhere in his "lost" notebooks Loren Eiseley writes of the pleasure of exploding a puffball in a woodland clearing, or shaking seeds out of their pods. As I recall, he takes a gleeful satisfaction in messing with evolution, in hurrying the process along. I remember identifying with that sentiment when I read it. I like exploding puffballs too. Dropping insects into spider webs. Picking up turtles that are half-way across a road and placing them in a ditch on the other side. Most of all I like breaking off the stalks of ripe milkweeds and shaking them gloriously in a meadow on a breezy day. Love that snowstorm of fecund parachutes blowing hither and yon. Love the idea that I am helping the monarch butterflies that feed and breed exclusively on milkweed.

Yes, I know, in the great scheme of things my random intrusions into the grinding engine of evolution won't make an iota's worth of difference. The problems besetting monarch butterflies won't be significantly alleviated by one more milkweed plant. And that turtle I put in the ditch may just turn around and head back across the road. Still, I take a childish pleasure in mixing it up. Of helping the natural in natural selection. Of kicking up a little dust on the tangled bank. We live in a creative universe, Eiseley said. Let's be creative."

The Daily "Near You?"

Osage Beach, Missouri, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, "The Book By Camus"

 
"The Book By Camus"
by Paulo Coelho

"A journalist hounded the French writer, Albert Camus, asking him to explain his work in detail. The author of "The Plague" refused: "I write, and others can make of it what they will." But the journalist refused to give in. One afternoon, he managed to find him in a café in Paris. "Critics say you never take on truly profound themes," said the journalist. "I ask you now: if you had to write a book about society, would you accept the challenge?" "Of course," replied Camus. "The book would be one hundred pages long. Ninety-nine would be blank, since there is nothing to be said. At the bottom of the hundredth page, I’d write: "Man’s only duty is to love." 

The Poet: Jeanne Lohmann, "Questions Before Dark"

"Questions Before Dark"

"Day ends, and before sleep
when the sky dies down, 
consider your altered state: 
has this day changed you?  
Are the corners sharper or rounded off? 
 Did you live with death?  
Make decisions that quieted?  
Find one clear word that fit? 
 At the sun's midpoint did you notice a pitch of absence,
bewilderment that invites the possible? 
 What did you learn from things you dropped
 and picked up and dropped again? 
Did you set a straw parallel to the river, 
let the flow carry you downstream?"

- Jeanne Lohmann,
"The Light of Invisible Bodies"

"Truth..."

"The truth is painful. Deep down, nobody wants to hear it, especially when it hits close to home. Sometimes we tell the truth because the truth is all we have to give. Sometimes we tell the truth because we need to say it out loud to hear it for ourselves. And sometimes we tell the truth because we just can’t help ourselves. Sometimes, we tell them because we owe them at least that much."
- "Dr. Meredith Grey," "Grey's Anatomy"

“Choose Your Words: Failure”

“Choose Your Words: Failure”
by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM

“When the word failure comes up, it’s a call for us to apply a more enlightened consciousness to the matter at hand. The word failure puts forward a very simplistic way of thinking that allows for only two possibilities: failure or success. Few things in the universe are black and white, yet much of our language reads as if they are. The word failure signifies a paradigm in which all subtlety is lost. When we regard something we have done, or ourselves, as a failure, we lose our ability to see the truth, which is no doubt considerably more complex. In addition, we hurt ourselves. All you have to do is speak or read the word failure and see how it makes you feel.

At some point, the word may not have been so loaded with the weight of negativity, and it simply referred to something that did not go according to plan. Unfortunately, in our culture it is often used very negatively, such as when a person is labeled a failure, even though it is impossible for something as vast and subtle as a human being to be reduced in such a way. It also acts as a deterrent, scaring us from taking risks for fear of failure. It has somehow come to represent the worst possible outcome. Failure is a word so burdened with fearful and unconscious energy that we can all benefit from consciously examining our use of it, because the language we use influences the way we think and feel.

Next time you feel like a failure or fear failure, know that you are under the influence of an outmoded way of perceiving the world. When the word failure comes up, it’s a call for us to apply a more enlightened consciousness to the matter at hand. When you are consciously aware of the word and its baggage you will not fall victim to its darkness. In your own use of language, you may choose to stop using the word failure altogether. This might encourage you to articulate more clearly the truth of the situation, opening your mind to subtleties and possibilities the word failure would never have allowed.”

"How It Really Is"

Satire: “Republicans Release Debate Format”

“Republicans Release Debate Format”
by Andy Borowitz

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)— ”The Republican National Committee has released the format for its first 2016 Presidential debate, to be broadcast by Fox News on August 6th:

1. Question from moderator to Donald Trump;
2. Ignoring of question by Donald Trump, followed by personal attack on Jeb Bush;
3. Feeble attempt at rebuttal by Jeb Bush;
4. Interruption by Donald Trump, followed by attack on other eight candidates on stage;
5. Attempted moderation by moderator;
6. Personal attack on moderator by Donald Trump, followed by gratuitous attack on Rick Santorum;
7. Reaction shot of stone-faced Rick Santorum, excluded from debate but sitting in audience;
8. Concluding statement by Donald Trump, including attack on Fox News’ ”cheap-looking” debate set;
9. Demand for apology by Mexicans, veterans, China, Bobby Jindal’s mom, and other people attacked during debate by Donald Trump;
10. Donald Trump declared winner by Donald Trump.”

The Economy: "12 Ways The Economy Is Already In Worse Shape Than It Was During The Depths Of The Last Recession"

"12 Ways The Economy Is Already In Worse Shape 
Than It Was During The Depths Of The Last Recession"
by Michael Snyder

"Did you know that the percentage of children in the United States that are living in poverty is actually significantly higher than it was back in 2008? When I write about an “economic collapse”, most people think of a collapse of the financial markets. And without a doubt, one is coming very shortly, but let us not neglect the long-term economic collapse that is already happening all around us. In this article, I am going to share with you a bunch of charts and statistics that show that economic conditions are already substantially worse than they were during the last financial crisis in a whole bunch of different ways. Unfortunately, in our 48 hour news cycle world, a slow and steady decline does not produce many “sexy headlines”. Those of us that are news junkies (myself included) are always looking for things that will shock us. But if you stand back and take a broader view of things, what has been happening to the U.S. economy truly is quite shocking. The following are 12 ways that the U.S. economy is already in worse shape than it was during the depths of the last recession…

#1 Back in 2008, 18 percent of all Americans kids were living in poverty. This week, we learned that number has now risen to 22 percent… "There are nearly three million more children living in poverty today than during the recession, shocking new figures have revealed. Nearly a quarter of youngsters in the US (22 percent) or around 16.1 million individuals, were classed as living below the poverty line in 2013. This has soared from just 18 percent in 2008 – during the height of the economic crisis, the Casey Foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Data Book reported."

#2 In early 2008, the homeownership rate in the U.S. was hovering around 68 percent. Today, it has plunged below 64 percent.  Incredibly, it has not been this low in more than 20 years.  Just look at this chart – the homeownership rate has continued to plummet throughout Obama’s “economic recovery”…


#3 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, government dependence has skyrocketed to levels that we have never seen before. In 2008, the federal government was spending about 37 billion dollars a year on the federal food stamp program. Today, that number is above 74 billion dollars. If the economy truly is “recovering”, why is government dependence so much higher than it was during the last recession?

#4 On the chart below, you can see that the U.S. national debt was sitting at about 9 trillion dollars when we entered the last recession. Since that time, the debt of the federal government has doubled. We are on the exact same path that Greece has gone down, and what you are looking at below is a recipe for national economic suicide…


#5 During Obama’s “recovery”, real median household income has actually gone down quite a bit. Just prior to the last recession, it was above $54,000 per year, but now it has dropped to about $52,000 per year…


#6 Even though our incomes are stagnating, the cost of living just continues to rise steadily.  This is especially true of basic things that we all purchase such as food.  As I wrote about earlier this year, the price of ground beef in the United States has doubled since the last recession.

#7 In a healthy economy, lots of new businesses are opening and not that many are being forced to shut down. But for each of the past six years, more businesses have closed in the United States than have opened. Prior to 2008, this had never happened before in all of U.S. history.

#8 Barack Obama is constantly telling us about how unemployment is “going down”, but the truth is that the  percentage of working age Americans that are either working or considered to be looking for work has steadily declined since the end of the last recession…


#9 Some have suggested that the decline in the labor force participation rate is due to large numbers of older people retiring.  But the reality of the matter is that we have seen a spike in the inactivity rate for Americans in their prime working years. As you can see below, the percentage of males between the ages of 25 and 54 that aren’t working and that aren’t looking for work has surged to record highs since the end of the last recession…


#10 A big reason why we don’t have enough jobs for everyone is the fact that millions upon millions of good paying jobs have been shipped overseas.  At the end of Barack Obama’s first year in office, our yearly trade deficit with China was 226 billion dollars.  Last year, it was more than 343 billion dollars.

#11 Thanks to all of these factors, the middle class in America is dying. In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”. But by 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans still considered themselves to be “middle class”. When you take a look at our young people, the numbers become even more pronounced. In 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”. But in 2014, an astounding 49 percent of all Americans in that age range considered themselves to be “lower class”.

#12 This is something that I have covered before, but it bears repeating. The velocity of money is a very important indicator of the health of an economy. When an economy is functioning smoothly, people generally feel quite good about things and money flows freely through the system. I buy something from you, then you take that money and buy something from someone else, etc. But when an economy is in trouble, the velocity of money tends to go down.  As you can see on the chart below, a drop in the velocity of money has been associated with every single recession since 1960. So why has the velocity of money continued to plummet since the end of the last recession?


If you are waiting for an “economic collapse” to happen, you can stop waiting. One is unfolding right now before our very eyes. But what most people really mean when they ask about these things is that they are wondering when the next great financial crisis will happen. And as I discussed yesterday, things are lining up in textbook fashion for one to happen in our very near future. Once the next great financial crisis does strike, all of the numbers that I just discussed above are going to get a whole lot worse. So as bad as things are now, the truth is that this is just the beginning of the pain."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"A Look to the Heavens"

"What caused this outburst of V838 Mon? For reasons unknown, star V838 Mon's outer surface suddenly greatly expanded with the result that it became the brightest star in the entire Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002. Then, just as suddenly, it faded. A stellar flash like this had never been seen before- supernovas and novas expel matter out into space. 
Click image for larger size.
Although the V838 Mon flash appears to expel material into space, what is seen in the above image from the Hubble Space Telescope is actually an outwardly moving light echo of the bright flash. In a light echo, light from the flash is reflected by successively more distant rings in the complex array of ambient interstellar dust that already surrounded the star. V838 Mon lies about 20,000 light years away toward the constellation of the unicorn (Monoceros), while the light echo above spans about six light years in diameter.”

Chet Raymo, “Daybreak”

“Daybreak”
by Chet Raymo

“I may have been in the last generation of youngsters who grew up with an awareness of the works of Maxfield Parrish. The children's' books he illustrated were still in circulation. Reproductions of his works appeared with some regularity in books and magazines meant for kids, and they were commonly framed for children's rooms. To me, they represented a fantasy world, a never-never land of make-believe. Those skies! The blues! The golds! The luminous mists! The billowing clouds like castles in the air! The unearthly light that sugarcoats trees and crags! Certainly, nothing like the skies I experienced in Chattanooga. (Click the image above for larger size.)

Seeing is partly stimulus and partly imagination. I know now, six decades later, that Maxfield Parrish help prepare my imagination to see the sky. As I write, I am looking out at a tropical sunrise that could have been lifted from one of his paintings. Clouds heaped like cotton candy, suffused with pink and gold, against a backdrop of Parrish blue. Is this why I came to the tropics, not just for the stars, but for those childhood fantasies of dawns and dusks? 

I try never to be too far away from a copy of Marcel Minnaert's "Light and Color in the Outdoors". Minnaert (1893-1970) was a Dutch astronomer who reveled in the magic of vision. His book first appeared in English in 1940; a new translation was prepared in 1993 to commemorate the centennial of the author's birth. It is a compendium of tricks of light and color in the natural world. Minnaert treats the colors of sea, sky, lakes, waterfalls, and puddles along the road. And treats they are: graces, revelations, great gusts of visual beauty blowing in the windows of the brain. For each luminous effect the author gives a scientific explanation.

And now, as I watch, the clouds rise and rise, changing color. The still-hidden Sun approaches the horizon, running through a Maxfield Parrish palette with its tricks of refraction and dispersion. Wake, wake, I whisper to my sleeping spouse, come look.”

"Never..."

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, NEVER. In nothing, great or small,
 large or petty, never give in, except to conviction of honor, and good sense. 
Never yield to force, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
- Winston Churchill

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week No 14"

"Your Radiation This Week No 14"
By Bob Nichols

San Francisco, July 24, 2015 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this past 29 days around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.

*Listed in Counts per Minute, a Count is One Radioactive Decay Registered by the Instrument. High radiation counts are shown from June 24 to July 29, 2015. Radiation counts are noted and and the types of radiation counted are listed. Uncounted radiation types make the actual Rad Count higher and more dangerous.

Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. 50 CPM is an alert level.
RADIATION   CPM*   CITY STATE

• 590 CPM,  29.5 to 118 Times Normal,  South Valley, NM. Gamma only.
• 500 CPM,  25 to 100 Times Normal,  Miami, FL. Gamma only.
• 373 CPM,  18.6 to 74.6 Times Normal,  Atlanta, GA. Gamma only.
• 622 CPM,  31.1 to 124.4 Times Normal,  Raleigh, NC. Gamma only.
• 617 CPM,  30.8 to 123.4 Times Normal,  Pittsburgh, PA. Gamma and Beta.
• 340 CPM,  17 to 68 Times Normal,  New York City, NY. Gamma only.
• 394 CPM,  17.2 to 68.8 Times Normal,  Boston, MA. Gamma only.
• 591 CPM,  29.5 to 195.6 Times Normal,  Concord, NH. Gamma and Beta Radiation.
• 263 CPM,  13.1 to 52.6 Times Normal,  Chicago, IL. Gamma only.
• 427 CPM,  21.3 to 85.4 Times Normal,  Kansas City, KA. Gamma only.
• 334 CPM,  16.7 to 66.8 Times Normal,  Tulsa, OK. Gamma only.
• 645 CPM,  32.2 to 129 Times Normal,  Little Rock, AR. Gamma and Beta.
• 306 CPM,  15.3 to 61.2 Times Normal,  Dallas, TX. Gamma and Beta.
• 463 CPM,  23.1 to 92.6 Times Normal,  San Angelo, TX. Gamma and Beta.
• 275 CPM,  13.7 to 55 Times Normal,  Lubbock, TX. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.
• 460 CPM,  23 to 92 Times Normal,  Ft Wayne, IN. Gamma and Beta. Off line. Last known report.
• 423 CPM,  21.1 to 84.6 Times Normal,  Indianapolis, IN. Gamma only.
• 383 CPM,  19.1 to 76.6 Times Normal,  St Paul, MN. Gamma and Beta.
• 704 CPM,  35.2 to 140.5 Times Normal,  Lincoln, NE. Gamma and Beta.
• 586 CPM,  29.3 to 117.2 Times Normal,  Des Moines, IA. Gamma only.
• 333 CPM,  16.6 to 66.6 Times Normal,  Aberdeen, SD. Gamma only.
• 573 CPM,  28.6 to 114.6 Times Normal,  Rapid City, SD. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.
• 530 CPM,  26.6 to 106 Times Normal,  Albuquerque, NM. Gamma and Beta. Off line. 
• 377 CPM,  18.8 to 75.4 Times Normal,  Grand Junction, CO. Gamma only.
• 869 CPM,  43.4 to 173.8 Times Normal,  Billings, MT. Gamma only.
• 465 CPM,  23.2 to 93 Times Normal,  Phoenix, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
• 642 CPM,  32.1 to 128.4 Times Normal,  Tucson, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
• 225 CPM,  11.2 to 45 Times Normal,  Las Vegas, NV. Gamma only.
• 507 CPM,  25.3 to 101.4 Times Normal,  San Diego, CA. Gamma only.
• 855 CPM,  42.7 to 171 Times Normal,  Bakersfield, CA. Gamma and Beta.
• 306 CPM,  15.3 to 61.2 Times Normal,  Los Angeles, CA. Gamma only.
• 243 CPM,  12.1 to 48.6 Times Normal,  San Francisco, CA. Gamma only.
• 588 CPM,  29.4 to 117.6 Times Normal,  Spokane, WA. Gamma only.

Highest Recorded Radioactive City in America This month: Congrats to Billings, Montana. Billings is once again the Highest Recorded Radiation City in the United States this month with 869 CPM! Bakersfield, California again trails Billings with 855 CPM. Bakersfield and Billings have quite a deadly competition going for the most active Rad Weather. The difference between Billings’ and Bakersfield’s Rad numbers is only 14 CPM points out of a reported Rad count of 1,724 Rad CPMs. That is such a small amount of Rad difference, less than One Percent of the total reported Rad.

Normal Radiation and reported radiation in American cities: As you know, so-called Normal Radiation refers to the time before man-made radiation. Radioactive particles that escape mines, transportation, manufacturing, Nuke Labs, Bombs and Reactors are “wild” in the environment we all share. We can’t see the Rad poisons, nonetheless, they maim and kill us by the hundreds of millions and can be counted by machines. The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] of the US Government has chosen to use Counts per Minute [CPM] as the standard way to measure Radiation at their testing stations in the US. Many Rad monitors have a “Click” or “Count” you can hear that alerts you to the presence of radiation.

Regular people must purchase their own radiation monitors or use a service like this column.  We all can calculate how close a reporting Rad measuring station is from us and hope for the best. We are also quite free to buy our own private radiation monitor, if we have the money. They are not cheap. With such a long history of rising radiation in the US, I added a few words to each city’s measurement line in this edition. I hope it is information you find useful.

Here’s the old line for Boston, MA from YRTW No 13:
344 CPM, Boston, MA. Gamma only.

The new line would read:
344 CPM, 17.2 to 68.8 Times Normal, Boston, MA. Gamma only. The Bold portion is the add, it will not be Bold in the regularly scheduled edition.

The addition tells how many Times greater the current measured Rad is than normal radiation. It is done by dividing the current cities’ Rad number by Five CPM and then separately by Twenty CPM. For Boston, the new phrase tells you how many Times greater the current radiation is than the normal range of radiation. Should the Rads and the associated Lethality happen to decrease to a normal radiation range, that will be reported, also.

Previous editions of YRTW: Up to five previous editions of YRTW are listed at the end of each column. Each YRTW and all my previous VeteransToday columns are here.

"Have a wonderful radioactive week and remember to Dodge the Rads, it’s dangerous out there!"

Sources and Notes:

1. The Radiation charts and graphs of the EPA at http://www2.epa.gov/radnet  Don’t skip the “2” in www2.
2. The EPA based reporting of NETC.com, an LLC.
3. * This station’s Radiation equals combined Beta and Gamma Radiation. Note: Not all locations have reporting Beta Radiation Monitors. Gamma Radiation Monitors are functioning at all these locations.
4. “…If you pollute when you DO KNOW there is NO safe dose with respect to causing extra cases of deadly cancers or heritable effects, you are committing premeditated random murder.” – John W. Gofman, Ph.D., M.D. (1918-2007), associate director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 1963-1969) — Comments on a Petition for Rulemaking to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, May 21, 1994.
5. CPM. “Although we can’t see it, taste it, smell it or hear it we can measure radiation and observe its effects. One way to measure radiation which the United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] has chosen to use on its radiation websites is in Counts Per Minute. Each Count is One Radioactive Decay.” Quote from the ‘Your Radiation, This Week.’” Apr 3, 2015.
Katsuhiko Ishibashi, Seismologist and Emeritus professor at Kobe Univ., Apr 28, 2015 (at 38:00 in): “This really is what I think. The Gods of this huge nature are actually warning the people of the Japanese archipelago in steps. In 2003, there was an earthquake that shook a nuclear plant where the design basis went over the standard seismic motion. Then 2007 at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, a direct, serious hit — and yet the Japanese people did not listen. Then it gave us Fukushima. The Gods are warning us that something even more serious can happen in this Japanese archipelago. And of course nuclear power plant accidents can result not just by earthquake. It could have an incredible, serious effect. It has been dishing it out step-by-step, warning us toward something that actually could be incredibly disastrous. ”Moderator: “Very chilling warning” (Japan Times, May 1, 2015: “In 1997, Ishibashi wrote a report where he coined the term “nuclear earthquake disaster.” The paper was written about 14 years before the Fukushima disaster, yet reads like a post-mortem of what happened: A major quake knocks out external power to the plant’s reactors and unleashes a tsunami leading to loss of cooling and meltdowns.”


Interview with Dr. Robert Schoch, Boston Univ. (PhD Geology & Geophysics, Yale Univ.), Dec 2013 (8:15 in, emphasis added) “At the end of the last ice age our sun was incredibly active. All the data points to the fact that this is actually what brought the last ice age to a close, with dramatic climate changes, dramatic changes on the surface the earth [and] incredible geological changes. The sun had this turbulent period about 10,000 BC and is going through this turbulence once again. This has been well documented by astrophysicists — that all of a sudden our sun is doing very strange, very unusual things. Our sun is now more turbulent, more active, than it’s been since the end of the last ice age.”

Dr. Schoch,  Oct 2014 (55:30 in): “There’s very strong evidence of a major solar outburst at the end of the last ice age. Our sun is again going through a period of instability, similar to what we saw 12,000 years ago. We may be due for some major surprises. The Carrington event of 1859 [largest geomagnetic storm on record] may have just been the start of things to come. I don’t want to be a fear monger but I think we have to look at the data, I think we have to look at it realistically, and I do think we have to be prepared. We’re incredibly vulnerable with our modern electronics and our dependence on electricity and electrical grid systems. It’s well understood by those people who have studied it, if we had a Carrington event today it would be devastating. We could well have something much stronger than a Carrington event.”

Dr. Schoch, Nov 2013 (12:00 in): “The sun is more active now than it’s been for the last 8,000 or more years. There have been very reputable papers published for instance in the journal ‘Nature’, arguably the most prestigious science journal, that we are going into a period of major solar activity. There’s a saying ‘shot across the bow’. The first real evidence of this increased activity may be the 1859 Carrington event… a major solar outburst.”

Dr. Schoch, Nov 2013 (4:30 in): “I hate to bring it up, but I will because I think it’s serious — the nuclear power plants that we have around the world, we’ve seen what can happen. Fukushima was not that long ago. When you knock out power to a nuclear power plant, the cooling systems don’t necessarily function. If you lose power to a nuclear power plant, we’ve seen what the results can be — and it could be a lot worse than Fukushima. I don’t want to be alarmist, but on the other hand, I think we have to call it the way we see it. I think we really need to be talking about the evidence — which I believe is very good evidence — of what’s happened in the past, and the ramifications for this in the present and future.”

Dr. Schoch, Dec 2013 (17:00 in): “Something that I’m very concerned about is what we saw a little foreshadowing of at Fukushima, a nuclear power plant loses electricity. If that happens to hundreds of nuclear power plants, or even just a couple, you’ve got major concerns.”
Ishibashi’s press conference here — Interviews with Dr. Schoch here  (1 | 2 | 3 | 4)
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