FDL Book Salon Welcomes Helen Caldicott, Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 1:59 pm

Dr. Caldicott convened a symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine on March 11 and 12, 2013, the second anniversary of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. She assembled some of the leading scientists, epidemiologists, physicists, and physicians from around the world to present their latest research on Fukushima and nuclear plant hazards. Indicative of the line-up of experts convened by Dr. Caldicott is the author of the book’s first chapter: Naoto Kan, the prime minister of Japan at the time of the Fukushima disaster. Dr. Caldicott edited their presentations and added an introduction and wrap-up for this book to expand the reach of this information.

 

Monsters at the End of a War

By: Sunday August 17, 2014 4:00 pm

August 15 was the end of World War II in Asia, 69 years ago, following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I could not find a single reference to the bombings, or to the end of the war itself, anywhere in the American media. Even the Yazidis in Iraq, a big story a week ago, had yielded to the death of Robin Williams, who gave up his place at the top of the news to the shooting of a young African-American man in Missouri. There may be something else dominating the national agenda by the time you read this.

Mayor From Okinawa to Bring Surprising Message to Washington

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 7:05 pm

Imagine if China were stationing large numbers of troops in the United States. Imagine that most of them were based in a small rural county in Mississippi. Imagine — this shouldn’t be hard — that their presence was problematic, that nations they threatened in Latin America resented the United States’ hospitality, and that the communities around the bases resented the noise and pollution and drinking and raping of local girls.

Nothing like first-hand experience to affect one’s perception

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 1:30 am

I can see a future FoxNews or FoxBusiness “pundit” now… ”What does Japan know about affects of the atom anyway?”

That is comforting

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 1:30 am

It had to happen eventually.

Phil Robertson’s Happy Happy Happy Day

By: Saturday December 28, 2013 9:00 am

A&E backed down on their suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, putting themselves behind Robertson’s twisted views of blacks in the Jim Crow-era South, his very misinformed understanding of world history and world religions, and his homophobic religious beliefs about gays. It’s a happy happy happy day in the Robertson house.

Elsewhere, where folks have a more respectful view of the world and those with whom they share it, not so much.

Monday Science: Fukushima Update

By: Monday December 23, 2013 6:30 pm

Fukushima Update and other science news (Na3Cl?!?)

Man Who Sought Truth in Teigin Mass Murder Case Dies in Tokyo

By: Monday October 21, 2013 7:10 pm

The Google Alert notified me a few days ago that, according to The Japan Times, a 54-year-old Japanese man, Takehiko Hirasawa, died alone and unheralded in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. Cause of death is unknown. When the crime that obsessed him most of his adult life occurred, he had not yet been born. He was not yet the son of two fathers. He was not yet the head of the Society to Save Sadamichi Hirasawa.

He was no one any of you were likely to have heard of.

US Covered-Up for Decades the Largest Use of Biological & Chemical Weapons in History

By: Sunday September 8, 2013 5:20 pm

The U.S. pretends to be pursuing noble causes for peace in threatening to launch military strikes against Syria for supposed chemical warfare attacks. But the U.S. record on both biological and chemical warfare is anything but noble. It reeks of self-interest, and involved the U.S. in a cover-up of the largest, most sinister program of biological and chemical experimentation and warfare in modern history.

Fukushima Radiation Levels ’18 Times Higher’ Than Thought

By: Monday September 2, 2013 9:13 am

The nuclear crisis that just won’t end has taken a dangerous turn as Japanese authorities admit radiation levels around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought. The Fukushima nuclear crisis is becoming a case study in mismanagement as both the meltdown and continual confusion are a result of failures of communication.

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