It’s kind of funny how no one remembers that the first slave owner in America was Anthony Johnson (an Angolan), or that most of the slaves (nearly 80%) taken from Africa were sold by other blacks (they were often the losers in tribal conflicts).
Thank God we Irish have never been discriminated against.
(Let’ see… nearly 2000 years of oppression, being starved in a famine and driven away just to survive while England had a surplus of food, 1/3 of the Irish homeland still being owned by our oppressors… yep, I sure need to check my privilege.)
My mother has been ranting about how the Fukishima meltdown has been covered up and that lots of radioactive water is leaking into the ocean with measurable levels thousands of miles away. I have yet to find any sources that refute this. Can you help?
Here’s the thing, it’s technically true. There have been radioactive isotopes from Fukushima found across the Pacific in fish. But what’s not being said is all that means is marine biologists now have a unique way to track tuna migrations. Like people freak out over the radiation possible in fish caught off the west coast, but the radiation from Fukushima in the fish is not only lower than the fish’s natural levels of radiation, it’s a fractional amount of noted poison food known as bananas. Meanwhile, to stay on the top of food, when people mentioned something about “Radiation levels found 5x of the limit!”, what’s not being said there is just how low the limits for radiation levels are. I mean Japan in response to the disaster set them at a level that now technically bans Brazil nuts. Meanwhile, both Sanford University and the WHO have analyzed the potential medical effects aroudn Fukushima itself in regards to potential cancer increases. A Sanford study estimated an extra 130 cases of cancer would happen in the Fukushima area due to the plant accident http://www.stanford.edu/g…/efmh/jacobson/TenHoeveEES12.pdf The WHO estimated that in the most polluted part of the Fukushima province(around a 8 x 15 mile corridor or so, there’s a map in the link), an increase from .75 percent chance of developing thyroid cancer to 1.25 percent chance of developing thyroid cancer(the increase itself is 70% which is large, but in context of overall risk it’s still quite lower, and while it may not be solace to someone who gets it, thyroid cancer is the most easily cured cancer), with single-digit percentage increases in risks for other types of cancer. And this was for people exposed as infants, in the part of the Fukushima province most contaminated by the prevailing winds at the time. The doses were also too low to effect pregnancy or fetal development in any measurable way. Outside of that area there was no statistical increase. http://www.who.int/…/fukushima_report…/en/index.html