The Nation - "The Legacy of Chernobyl"
"A boys brain outside his head..."
From the article:
"Twenty-six years after the meltdown at Chernobyl, the legacy of the 1986 explosion lives on.
'It is a disaster that left a 30-kilometre uninhabitable exclusion zone, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and still threatens the lives of
tens of thousands,' writes Greenpeace today.
All these years and a triple meltdown at Fukushima later, the industry and its supporters have yet to learn." "The nuclear industry still hasn't
realized or admitted that its reactors are unsafe...That puts the tens of millions of people living near the worlds more than 400 reactors at risk"
"To get a sense of just what those tens of millions live at risk of, take a look at these photographs by award winning photographer Paul Fusco...an
extraordinary MAGNUM photographer who traveled to the Ukraine to see the legacy of Chernobyl after twenty years. " "Yet his extraordinary photographs,
which you can see here in a short promotional slideshow, aren't printed in US papers. They're like his pictures of US military funerals, his current
project, which is called Bitter Fruit. 'The pictures are printed a lot in Europe. Never here,' Fusco told the Scripps students. 'Why do you think that
Slideshow Links: (Vimeo video and a slideshow at original article.)
The Nation - Slideshow
I posted this in hopes of convincing those who still believe the nuclear industry and it's PR/advertising companies that nuclear energy is the most
dangerous and destructive way to produce electricity. It seems that despite the largest meltdowns in human history there are many who still believe
it's safe. Japan will suffer into the next century and the first step in helping them is at least recognizing reality and ending the denial. I don't
want to see anyone in my country have to suffer like this. Spread the truth and make everyone aware of just how profoundly damaging and destructive
this technology. There is too much proof to the contrary of what the industry and it's supporters say for any human to have to suffer the
consequences of allowing these private corporations to profit off of such a horrible technology.
There were ways to make nuclear "safe", such as using thorium or actually designing the plant right instead of bowing to the profit gods, but those
days are long gone and we must deal with what we got. I hope anyone who still believes nuclear is safe will research on the internet and in your
library about the very real suffering caused by the release of radionuclides into the environment. I really hope people don't believe the lie that
only a few thousand died as a result of Chernobyl. The future of Japan, especially Fukushima, is a dark and painful one. Let's not forget them and
let's not allow this to happen to us.
I apologize in advance to anyone who may be disgusted or emotionally disturbed by what they may see. The medical condition of these children is
heart-wrenching. I can't even imagine what it must feel like for some of these children. I also understand that children weren't the only ones
affected. The adults are susceptible to cancer just the same as the kids. There is also the damage we can't see. Not just the brain damage and
physical damage caused by the accumulation of radionuclides in the body, but the social aspects as well. Families were torn apart and entire towns
have been permanently altered for the worse. Radiation and heavy metal toxicity from radionuclides in the body also cause lowered IQ's! One more
thing, the DNA of these kids are permanantly damaged. If these children ever have kids of their own, they will create offspring with damaged DNA and
continue to pass on the pain and suffering. (That is if they aren't sterile already.) That means entire genetic lines are destroyed forever. Please
share your thoughts and spread this information to everyone. This is such an important topic and the potential for an eternal catastrophe is always
just one earthquake, accident, or flood away, and yet there is almost no talk of it on the news, radio, or even people's lives.
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