The National IQ

So, Fukushima, eh?

Two years ago a tsunami hit Japan’s national power producer’s (Tokyo Electric) nuclear reactor there and virtually wiped out the area including the ocean in front of it.  Gobs of radiation leaked out of the plant.  Tons of destruction.  All sorts of things died.  People getting cancer.  It’s a horror show.

And now it is coming our way.

The hysterical media (the blogger-sensationalists) are warning of ‘desolation’ on the west coast and the whole of our waterfront from Alaska to California being uninhabitable by 2030.  Already there are reports of sea lion infant mortality rates in excess of 42%.  Herring up our way are found to be inexplicably bleeding from gills and eyes.  Sea birds are floating dead from no visible cause.  T’is the end of days.

And one science-oriented resident up the coast I know of goes nowhere without a geiger counter.

The good news?  The geiger counter has not yet registered anything but normal since the scientist started carrying it around.

So, what is the truth?

My sources say, “There ain’t any we can find!  Lies by omission.  No news is good news, it seems.  Can’t find out much.  We believe there is a conspiracy of silence around the whole thing.  All we do know is that every day for the last two years 300 tons of radioactive water has been discharged into the sea and that has to add up.  And it is still flowing in to this day!  But neither Japan nor Canada is saying anything.”  

My point is: If Rob Ford picks his nose, I hear about it.  If he picks his nose at a hockey game, I hear about it for a week.  The CBC and Global and even some of the US news corporations will report that kind of nonsense all day long.  But real news?  Really important information?  Stuff that really matters?  Nothing.

Our definition of news?  Which hockey player got hurt or what body parts Miley Cyrus has been exposing lately?

On an obvious level, news is a travesty.  Dig a smidge deeper and one wonders if there isn’t some kind of policy or quasi-agreement to well, keep the people stupid.

But keep ’em entertained, too.  They are easier to handle that way.

The truth is, of course, that Miley Cyrus and Sidney Crosby and even Rob Ford have an interest in staying in the news and so it is easy to ‘report’.  My quess is that Rob Ford has a publicist!  But reporting on nucear accidents in foreign countries?  Well, that would require real reporters doing real work and incurring real expense.  And that cuts into the bottom line of the so-called news corporations.

It also cuts into our collective intelligence.  Methinks we are getting stupider.

3 thoughts on “The National IQ

  1. Radiation arrives from Fukushima at a level common during the cold war in the 1960s.
    You lived through the the 1960s any adverse radiation effects that you are aware of?
    “One day Henny Penny was scratching in the farmyard looking for something good to
    eat when, suddenly, something hit her on the head. “My goodness me!” she said.

    “The sky must be falling down.” In the area around Chernobyl “…Roe deer and wild boar caught here in the early 1990s packed more than 2,000 times the safety norms for cesium-137 in meat. Though internal radiation levels have since dropped dramatically, some animals recently tested in Belarus still exceeded safe levels by dozens of times.
    But in a surprise to just about everyone, the animals all looked physically normal. The same was true of other species tested—radioactive but normal-looking. The few known exceptions include albino spots and some deformities in barn swallows.”
    Fukushima radiation: …For 22 days, a Health Canada monitoring station in Sidney detected iodine-131 levels in the air that were up to 300 times above the normal background levels. Radioactive iodine levels shot up as high as nearly 1,000 times background levels in the air at Resolute Bay, Nunavut. But when compared to Chernobyl’s long term and continuing effects Fukushima has had an infinitesimal impact in North America’s west coast. As to agenda of the charged up scientist your guess is as good as mine.

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  2. It is good to have a healthy sense of scepticism I certainly don’t believe much of anything from the press… Today I went to Dodge (Cumberland) the birth place of thinking for yourself… Ginger Goodwin wasn’t wrong. I visited a Botanical Dispensary and was talking about seaweed when I was told that they were testing their products on an ongoing basis for Radiation so it is on some peoples minds… Love all, trust no one and paddle you own canoe. Have a good one Rob

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  3. The commercial media is fully compromised and no longer a source of credible information. It’s easier and cheaper to polish press releases and present it as news to their devout believers.

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