The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico—home to 19 American Indian pueblos, two Apache tribes and some chapters of the Navajo Nation. Manhattan Project scientists exploded the device containing six kilograms of plutonium 239 on a 100-foot tower at the Trinity Site in the Jornada del Muerto (Journey of Death) Valley at what is now the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range. The blast was the equivalent of 21 kilotons of TNT. At the time an estimated 19,000 people lived within a 50-mile radius.
…The government briefly monitored the radiation levels at several sites near the blast with the relatively crude instruments that were available at the time and according to the extremely lax standards of the time. ”So they detonate the bomb at Trinity and they leave,” said Cordova, a cancer survivor. “They never come back and tell the people to take care of how they live, what they consume, what they eat, drink. Nothing.”…Nowadays the United States Environmental Protection Agency readily acknowledges on its website the likely effects associated with long-term or chronic low-level radiation exposure. The longer the exposure the more likely that cancer and other illnesses will occur, according to the EPA’s website.
However, this is in hindsight prompted in part by what happened to the Navajo and other American Indians after the test blast. In New Mexico, American Indians would begin to experience many types of cancers—rare cancers as well as multiple primary cancers. Cordova said that her father, who was three years old at the time of the test, had two oral cancers and one gastric cancer, none of them the result of metastasis. He never smoked or drank.
"At one time I could name ten people who had brain tumors,” said Cordova, who grew up in Tularosa. “The town I grew up in is probably about 3,500 people. The normal incidence of brain tumors in the [general] population is about one in 5,000. So that gives you some idea on the incidence of these things. Brain tumors are associated with radiation exposure."
40-Year-Old American Bombs from the Laotian Secret War Still Cause Two Casualties a Week
Every day, Manixia Thor and her team of 20 women wake up knowing the jobs they have to go to could get them blown to smithereens. Unexploded American cluster bombs could detonate at any moment as they excavate dangerous areas of Laos with their metal detectors. Since the Laotian “Secret War” ended some 40 years ago, millions of these unexploded bombs lay dormant across the country, regularly maiming children and ruining or ending the lives of the thousands who accidentally set them off.
Due to Western involvement in foreign coup d’états, alleged third-party funding of rebel uprisings, and diplomatic meetings behind closed doors, history has seen many wars fought in a way that could be considered secret. Few secret wars, however, laid and continue to lay siege to a native population like the Secret War in Laos—an undeclared state of conflict so brutal that it gave Laos the official title of being history’s most bombed country.
For nine years, from 1964 to 1973, the US government dropped over two million tons of cluster bombs and other heavy artillery on Laos. They did all this to help the Royal Lao Government (RLG) combat the far-left communist rebel group Pathet Lao, whose members were trying to, and eventually succeeded in, overthrowing them and taking control of the country.
there’s a really good documentary from a few years back about this called “bomb harvest”
Source: Vice Magazine
don’t forget bananas
This oversimplifies the issues with Monsato and the way their GMOs negatively affect the environment and economy.
It ignores the fact that Monsato’s Roundup Ready GMOs are responsible for bees dying off in the tens of thousands. The lack of these important pollinators negatively affect food yields.
Monsato also successfully sues farmers when wildlife cross pollinates their crops with non-GMO crops planted by those farmers. Monsato GMOs are modified to not allow farmers to collect seeds from their crops to plant the next year, forcing them to buy new seeds each year. And because Monsato is quickly gaining a monopoly in selling seed, farmers in many areas don’t have the option to buy non-Monsato products even if they want to.
Whether GMOs are bad for people as individuals is irrelevant. Monsato is bad for all of us. You cannot compare Monsato GMOs to the development of all domestic animals and crops.
In addition, this graphic misrepresents the purpose and process of creating Genetically Modified Oganisms. The life forms in the right hand column did indeed come about through human intervention, however the process took many generations, and it could never have happened if there were not some natural ability for the chromosomes of the parent organisms to combine with each other. GMOs on the other hand are artificially created by taking genetic material with “desirable” (profitable) properties from one organism and introducing it to a completely unrelated organism. GMO salmon are created by implanting growth promoting genes from an eel (ocean pout) into salmon, bypassing the salmon’s natural growth cycles and forcing it to grow continuously. Is it still “salmon”? Probably not. But it will be sold as such. And that’s just one example.
And the GMO industry doesn’t want you to know whether the food you buy is GMO, spending millions of dollars to defeat GMO-labeling campaigns.
Selective breeding isn’t the same as genetic modifications, and I get fucking furious when I see that comparison.
"We found that four of the pesticides most commonly found in beehives kill bee larvae," said Jim Frazier, professor of entomology, Penn State. "We also found that the negative effects of these pesticides are sometimes greater when the pesticides occur in combinations within the hive. Since pesticide safety is judged almost entirely on adult honeybee sensitivity to individual pesticides and also does not consider mixtures of pesticides, the risk assessment process that the Environmental Protection Agency uses should be changed."
Wanyi Zhu, Daniel R. Schmehl, Christopher A. Mullin, James L. Frazier. Four Common Pesticides, Their Mixtures and a Formulation Solvent in the Hive Environment Have High Oral Toxicity to Honey Bee Larvae. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (1): e77547 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077547
A Chevron well in the preparation stages for hydraulic fracturing exploded last Tuesday 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, Penn., causing a fire that lasted for four days and left one Chevron contractor unaccounted for and another one injured.
The fire is now out, but Chevron’s damage control efforts may be far from over.
An image of a coupon from Chevron offering free pizza to residents near last week’s disaster was posted online Monday, prompting outrage, mockery and disbelief among activists and the Internet commentariat. They say the offer shows Chevron lacks awareness of the seriousness of its actions and indicates a larger problem of oil and gas companies buying support in communities where hydraulic fracturing — the practice in which thousands of gallons of water mixed with chemicals are pumped into deeply drilled wells to break up naturally occurring oil and gas formations — is on the rise.
(Photo: Guillaume Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)
FOOD CHEMICALS: The Marketing Illusion of Orange Juice
Straight from the fruit? Not really. The ads don’t show you the part where this so-called “healthy morning drink” is highly processed, injected with chemical “Flavor Packs”, filled with industrialized chemicals like Calcium Lactate and Ethyl Butyrate, and left in storage for a year.
"The so-called natural orange juice is flash-pasteurized, then "de-aerated" so that it won’t oxidise, stored in huge tanks, re-aerated, repasteurized, and re-enhanced with "flavor packs" to taste what they think it should have tasted like." -treehugger
Orange Juice…It’s Like Drink Soda for Breakfast
Orange juice is yet another example of how the food industry has convinced consumers that a processed product is somehow better than its original source. It’s like drinking soda pop for breakfast.
Orange juice does not deserve the reputation it enjoys as a healthy drink, nor should it be part of the ‘balanced breakfast’ that we’ve been taught to recognize. Far from being fresh, the so-called “freshly squeezed, not-from-concentrate, homestyle” orange juice that consumers buy in cartons or Tetra-Paks is often more than a year old.
Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1 (Full Documentary)
Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, and was shocked by what he found there, in this former American military colony in middle of the Pacific Ocean. Radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums were all the direct result of 67 Cold War U.S. nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations.
Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this award winning shocking political and cultural documentary exposé titled ‘Nuclear Savage;’ a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents,devastating survivor testimony, and incredible unseen archival footage, This untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell. Marshall islanders were used as human guinea pigs for three decades to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings with devastating results. Nuclear Savage is a shocking tale that pierces the heart of our democratic principles.
read more: http://www.nuclearsavage.com
Freezing Death leads to Propane Crisis Fundraiser:
"That is a test of our humanity. Our hope is to convert 20 homes to renewable heating sources in 2014."
- Chase Iron Eyes of Lastrealindians.
Watch the video, share it, and read more here:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez
It’s shocking to think that young families, pregnant women and retirees who don’t want to live next to a heavy industrial plant that will decrease their property value, diminish their quality of life and emit hazardous air pollutants that compromise their health would be considered terrorists. But what is more shocking is that Grawe has inside information about who is on the DHS watch list!
Full story by Daily Kos user TXsharon