Thyroid abnormalities all across Japan

The latest news via NHK will probably surprise few if any of my regular readers, namely that kids outside of Fukushima were found to have an even higher rate of thyroid nodules!

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  1. From the article:

    この結果が不安の解消につながることを期待したい

    :roll:

    If only ….

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  2. Dang, and I was just about to take off my foil hat…

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  3. :oops:

    And we mocked that guy for telling us how his friends’ kid had thyroid nodules in Kanto.

    Boy, is my face red.

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  4. When the government deliberately spreads nuclear waste over the entire country in order to cover up radiation deaths from Fukushima by preventing the possibility of having control groups, just as Chris Busby predicted, this is what you get.

    It’s all far worse than we imagined. :shock:

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  5. Anyone into Bitcoin? There’s some smart guys around here. IT guys? Bitcoin is at a all time high, is too late to build a mining rig? Any thoughts on Bitcoin?

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  6. Err, what has this to do with thyroids? Anyway, the answer is no, it’s not worth it.

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  7. The Chrysanthemum Sniffer

    Í think it is time we shut this Bitcoin tangent down.

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  8. Chrysanthemum Sniffer

    In other news, the Emperor thanked all the foreigners who helped out after the disaster in Tohoku. Wonder how that will get spun.

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  9. @Chrysanthemum Sniffer:

    He didn’t offer to hand over all power in Japan to ageing white “Japan hands”, so ultimately whatever he says is meaningless.

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  10. The Chrysanthemum Sniffer

    He didn’t say, “…and thanks to a certain ‘NJ’ who, through his website warned us about the dangers of radiation and the fact that the government was lying to us.” So I guess he’s just an apologist.

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  11. Has anyone seen the documentary, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace? I saw the first episode and it’s most likely nothing you don’t already know but this quote stood out

    “It is fashionable to suggest that cyber-space is some island of the blessed where people are free to indulge and express their individuality, this is not true. I have seen many people spill out their emotions – their guts – online and I did so myself until I began to see that I had commodified myself.

    Commodification means that you turn something into a product which has a money value. In the 19th Century, commodities were made in factories, by workers who were mostly exploited. But I created my interior thoughts as commodities for the corporations that owned the board I was posting to – like Compuserve or AOL – and that commodity was sold onto other consumer entities as entertainment.

    Cyber-space, is a Black Hole; it absorbs energy and personality and then re-presents it, as an emotional spectacle. It is done by businesses that commodify human interaction and emotion – and we are getting lost in the spectacle.”

    —Carmen Hermosillo

    It has a Guy Debord quality to it doesn’t it? I hope the rest of the series continues in that vain.

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/all-watched-over-by-machines-of-loving-grace/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Society_of_the_Spectacle

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  12. @Greg:

    Adam Curtis is a genius documentary maker. His recall and marshalling of (often stock) video footage to support complex ideas is a marvel.

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  13. @VK: I saw the final chapter yesterday and yes the editing and footage selected was pretty awesome and I cant help but wonder what his process is. Has he seen so much footage that he has this incredible recall or does he has several assistants like so many artist do, or both? Again, the content wasn’t anything you don’t already know. The final chapter includes the both William Hamilton and Dawkins and The Selfish Gene. Hamiltons search for the origins of HIV and his bizarre/ironic death from malaria and Curtis asking have we given up on solving our problems and escaped into technology.
    Redundant I know but the highlights really are the editing and footage combined with the selection and music creating this (Ugh, pardon me for using this word) Juxtaposition between the scenes. There’s this scene thats jaw-dropping and it’s not just the scenes in rwanda but of a Brit journalist in the congo referring two woman he’s sitting next to as ‘jungle bunnies’, I almost fell over. I think or I hope he’s referencing playboy bunnies because they were kind of hot but I don’t really know. Check it out for the artistry but the ideas won’t change your life, not to take anything away from them because they are important ideas.

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  14. Another article that will be used by the anti-nuclear league to claim that “we are all gonna die!”

    http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0605/TKY201306050073.html

    The numbers are a bit on the high side as has been mentioned but, as stated in the article, they are using better detection equipment.

    One hopes that those who have been diagnosed have a speedy and safe recovery.

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  15. @chuckers:

    As the article says, the people doing the scanning don’t think it’s anything to do with Fukushima, as it would be too soon.

    Essentially, it doesn’t tell us anything about any possible effects of the accident.

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  16. @VK: I agree. However, I can already hear the arguments:

    “Of COURSE they are going to say it isn’t related! The government doesn’t want to pay out for the accident! There is a HUGE cover up around all of this!”

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  17. @chuckers:

    I give you Ida Torres, of the Japan Daily Press, writing in February:

    http://japandailypress.com/government-backed-researcher-plays-down-health-effects-of-fukushima-1823529

    Sakai said “there is no clear link between the cancers and exposure to radiation”, referring to the thyroid cancers reported in Fukushima, “as standard knowledge says it takes several years before thyroid cancer is detected after exposure to radiation.” While experts from Fukushima Medical University have that it was still too early to directly link the cancer cases with the meltdowns, it is but common logic to also say that it is too early to assume there is no danger, or categorically say that the meltdowns did not cause the cancer. It is also worth noting that all these “experts” who have been stating that there are no radiation concerns are government-funded entities and may have biased agenda for saying so.

    :facepalm:

    She must be going apeshit right now.

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  18. Just to add, here’s something you may have read (taken from George Monbiot’s tweet)

    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/experts-foresee-no-detectable-health-impact-from-fukushima-radiation/#more-49557

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  19. Meanwhile, the Japan Times manages more free advertising for an “artist” trying to further his career through Fukushima:

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/06/09/national/fukushima-kids-thyroids-screened/

    Saturday’s checkup in Shinjuku Ward was organized by a fund-raising group established by well-known journalist Ryuichi Hirokawa that supports young victims in the areas worst affected by the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

    Hirokawa, editor-in-chief of monthly magazine Days Japan, which is known for its in-depth photojournalism, said he immediately realized the risk of children in Fukushima developing thyroid cancer through covering the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe for more than two decades.

    He also expressed grave skepticism over the effectiveness of Fukushima’s local government-led screening programs for thyroid cancer, criticizing their infrequency and inadequate feedback.

    :facepalm: :headdesk:

    Hmm. Team of radiological health and cancer experts, or photojournalist. Who to trust on this…hmmm.

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