An Aside

How dangerous is military service, even if you aren’t assigned to a combat zone? Ask this question of the 318 sailors and Marines once assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan, now suffering from exposure to radiation during the time they provide humanitarian relief to the Japanese victims of the Fukushima nuclear plant melt-down. Today, these men are suffering from leukemia, ulcers, brain cancer, tumors, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, and stomach cancer. No matter what the future holds for these men, it won’t be very bright for them, or their loved ones.

Even if you detest the military, don’t smirk because millions of people around the world are now consuming dangerous amounts of radioactivity in the form of Cesium-134, which has become the fingerprint of the Fukushima disaster. The element has found its way into shell fish, sea bass, and salmon all along the West Coast of the United States and Canada. Scientists have also discovered significant contamination of sea lions, seals, and otters. Increasing numbers of polar bear have been found with skin lesions and tumors.

This is not a nutty rant about nuclear power or becoming better stewards of our planet, although I have a difficult time trusting scientists who, in the development of nuclear energy as a power source, never once considered what should happen to used-fuel rods. Apparently, there are idiots with advanced degrees who, unhappily, now advise Al Gore about global warming. At the same time, we need to understand that there are consequences to unfortunate circumstances. No one thinks that Japan could have prevented a tsunami; mother nature does what mother nature does, but one does wonder why a nuclear power plant was not constructed with secondary or tertiary cooling systems, and why these weren’t routinely tested.  The one thing we know for certain about large bureaucracies is that they are always complacent.

As for the unfortunate 318 sailors and Marines, they remind me that no good turn goes unpunished.  For people who enjoy a good sea bass or salmon, you might consider something from the South Atlantic, instead.

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13 Responses to An Aside

  1. Kid says:

    Excellent post.

    My take on this is it is going to be a long time before Fukushima is brought under control if ever. They just recently, as in months pushed a containment structure over Chernobyl.

    I have to think of how all this got started. Hitler. Word was out that Germany was working on hard water reactors for the purpose of building Nuclear bombs. Until that time, Albert Einstein’s story was that it would take more energy to cause a nuclear explosion than you’d get out of it. I think he knew the horror of nuclear devices and tried to convince the world that it would be as impossible to make a bomb as come up with a perpetual motion machine. I think he knew it was possible though.

    When Germany fired up their war machine, a colleague of Albert’s shared his revelation that a chain reaction would make a nuclear bomb fairly cheap and simple once the details were worked out. Albert knew at that point that the cat was out of the bag. Albert sent a letter to FDR urging him to have America work on this new weapon before Germany had one.

    Once the weapon became known to the world the race was on. It was time to build nuclear power plants so as to refine the fuel rods into Plutonium which was weapons grade nuclear fuel. We all know the rest.

    In the 1960’s however we built a thorium/molten salt reactor and had it running. They are 100 % safe from meltdown. We should be building them now. Chernobyl and Fukushima would have never happened.

    Lots of Youtubes out there, here is the shortest one I could find.

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  2. bunkerville says:

    I had long ago forgotten, if I had ever had known, about this piece of history. Thanks and also to Kid for the info…


  3. Imp says:

    I have copied and pasted this into a dozen emails already and realized that I just screwed up by not asking for your permission. I was so taken with the seriousness and consequences of this now forgotten peril we are facing. that I reacted out of shock. And because I’m one hell of a consumer of wild cold water fish like salmon. My sincere apologies Mustang. And many thanks for awakenings us to this unstoppable monster threatening food supplies and domestic animals.


    • Mustang says:

      You need not have my permission for sending things along, Imp. Thank you for your interest in the subject matter. My advice to you is to watch carefully what you consume. Pacific salmon is off the table as far as I’m concerned, but I also understand that Atlantic salmon is seriously infected with parasites. Baked chicken is good …


  4. Imp says:

    The way our food supply is slowly being poisoned by antibiotics, mercury and nuclear waste now…keep an eye on the rodent population. Maybe it’ll start to dwindle rapidly if this gets some serious legs?

    “Hey honey, have seen that little squirrel family lately that used to show up at the bird feeder at around 5 everyday? Speaking of which, have you seen any of the usual birds lately and the deer…and…

    Dinner’s ready….hey honey I do love that new shot gun we got you for Christmas 5 years ago, honey…!


  5. cube says:

    Sad to hear because I love fish. I don’t have any confidence in what I’m told about the origin of fish by restaurants. Many years ago, working my way through college, I worked at Red Lobster. The joke of the day was “the fresh catch of the day” posted on the board in the lobby. Everyone knew it was the oldest frozen stuff in the freezer. Every thing was frozen even the baked potatoes. It’s a bad situation all around.

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    • Mustang says:

      I have little doubt that consumers are the targets of the most outrageous lies. Discretion is the better part of valor. Thank you for stopping by!


    • Not only that, but how often has fish been advertised as one thing while being another, totally ignoring the source location of the fish?
      I’m thinking of scallops in particular and tilapia also.


    • Mustang says:

      I’m not a fish eater, normally. I do the vitamins instead.


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