A little something for a Monday morning! Oliver:
It hasn’t rained here in three weeks or so, and it’s taking its toll on the plants — and people. I’ve been wishing for a good rainstorm. Nothing catastrophic, of course. Just rain.
I guess that’s why I dreamed about being caught in a flood last night. In the dream, I was back in my old town, in my former third-floor apartment, waking to the sound of rushing water. “That’s peculiar,” I think. “Did someone leave the water running?”
The sound gets even louder, and eventually it seeps into my brain that it’s coming from outside. I run to the window, where I look out on my town inundated by flood, waters that are rising rapidly. The landmarks are all covered by water, it’s disorienting. Holy shit.
A couple of friends come by; they’ve paddled over on an air mattress to get me. I’m watching the water, which by now look like rapids. I’m doubtful that the three of us can stay on the mattress, but what other choices do I have? I think about what it’s like to lose everything and wonder what I’m going to do. Then I wake up.
Whew. And how’s your Monday?
Very long interview with nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen about Fukushima, including how to protect yourself. West Coasters, pay attention:
Chris Martenson: What about food? I mean, this is a big issue and I would think this would be potentially an issue for people on the West Coast of the US even. Is the idea that there are certain isotopes up there and particles that can somehow get through the food chain, maybe through milk because cows graze a whole lot of grass and turn it into a very little bit of milk helping to concentrate whatever was on that grass or leafy vegetables that have a real affinity for certain of these isotopes, potentially cesium, certainly iodine if that is still around, which it shouldn’t be, but apparently it still is. How do you approach food? Because that is one quick way to ingest things.
Arnie Gundersen: Well, the cow milk predominantly would have iodine and we are out now at 80 days and most of the iodine should have disappeared because it has an eight day half life and the rule of thumb is 10 half lifes. But we are still seeing iodine which is kind of strange and it gets back to that issue of criticality re-criticality that we talked about earlier. So I’m still telling friends until the middle of June stay away from milk and dairy products. Clearly washing the vegetables is critical. In Japan we are saying avoid fish caught in the Pacific, unless you know they are caught a long way away from Fukushima. I am saying 100 miles of Fukushima, don’t even consider it. I think that will actually get worse with time. Greenpeace has some numbers that came out indicating that it is worse with time. So we are telling the Sea of Japan is a different story. You can probably feel safe eating fish from the Sea of Japan. But if you believe it came from the Pacific, avoid it.
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