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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last Minute Holiday Gift

For 99 cents you can give the gift of an EBook that is relevant to what is happening today. "The Nuclear Catastrophe" (a fiction novel of suspense) also published as 'THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe" is available as a gift through, Barnes&Noble, and  Go to my web site and the links for purchase as a gift are there.  A paperback version is also being sold.

Set in beautiful sunny Southern California, Ben Harrington and his pregnant wife, Sara, live in San Mirado. Ben is head of Whitewater Nuclear Power Plant. On a fateful day, what could NEVER happen.....does happen. Ben and Sara, the plant workers, the people living in San Mirado and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions as to what to do, where to go.

Their choices have have both good and bad consequences - and some last forever.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen.. History has shown us time after time that......what can go wrong....will go wrong. What would YOU do? Your answers may be different after reading this novel.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Nuclear Industry's Dirtiest Secret

It was reported by the Los Angeles Times 12/4/11 (Doing Japan's dirty work by John M. Glionna) that unskilled workers from day labor sites, with no knowledge of radiation and its dangers, were being hired to do the clean up at the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant. They are lured to these jobs by the offer of high pay. They wear radiation monitoring badges and when they reach full exposure, they are let go. Since they do not understand radiation and its dangers, they turn off their radiation monitors or take them off, so they can continue to get paid the high wages (said to be as high as $650 per day). According to the article, their supervisors are aware of this but are taking no action.

After the Fukushima disaster, the government raised the annual limit of radiation exposure for nuclear workers from 200 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts (Kristin Shrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame, professor of radiobiology). However, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation has warned that exposure to 30 millisieverts a year can cause cancer. My previous blogs point out that “There is no safe level of radiation exposure”. Kristin Shrader-Frechette states that a nuclear dosage tracking system in needed for workers. This is especially true if a worker is dismissed after reaching the 250 millisievert exposure level and goes to another nuclear plant to get a job, not understanding the dangers of further exposure to radiation.

Throughout history there have been terrible experiments and research projects conducted with human beings. When the aftermath is viewed, everyone is horrified and cannot understand how these things could have happened. This is a prime example of something that is happening now that should be stopped. There must be laws as to education and protection of nuclear workers and consequences for failure to do so. Write someone – email someone – tweet something – spread it on facebook – talk about it. Help this to happen.

To read the complete LA Times article go to:,0,347252.story

And thanks to John Glionna for reporting this story.

Barbara Griffin Billig Author: The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of suspense)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Wikipedia is a free resource over the internet that is a fabulous source of information. I had no idea who would put this much time into providing free information for all to see. They are said to be the 5th highest internet site in usage. When I was using them today up popped some information saying they are nonprofit, run a lean organization, and are supported by donations.
Just wanted to share that info with you, as they are providing us with knowledge to further our society.

Barbara Griffin Billig
Author: The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of suspense) also published as:
THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe
Follow on Twitter: @ barbarabillig
Web page:
Available for Kindle:
Available for Nook as THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe
And in Paperback
Read an excerpt now:

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Each day we are presented with conflicting information that is supposedly factual. It is in the newspapers, it is on TV, it's quoted on the internet. So do we take a poll of how many represent one point of view versus those representing the other? Who is going to set up the voting? Who is going to do the research to determine what is fact and what is fiction?

Take the JOBS issue for a start. The 99 centers are occupying public places to bring the lack of jobs to the forefront of attention. Governor Jerry Brown of California is for a works program like we had after the last depression. But the newspapers point out that he is sitting on vast sums of California Bond money that has not been spent for jobs – it is just sitting there incurring interest that has to be paid on unused money. President Obama is for creating jobs – but the newspapers state that he might put off the decision on whether or not to build the North South XL oil pipeline until after the election – so he doesn't offend the environmentalists or the unions. That doesn't create jobs. The House and the Senate cannot agree on the budget or jobs – how long is this going to take? That is THEIR JOB.

14,000,000 Americans are out of work. At 100,000 per month additional jobs created it will take ten years to get America fully employed again.

Besides the WPA proposals (see my previous blog) :

     Bring back the jobs outsourced to other countries. Pay the same wages as are being paid in those    countries and supplement the wages with the unemployment funds.

     Set deadlines for the House and Senate and other government bodies to act – or they become unpaid until they do act. Maybe they would work at this harder.

     And think outside the box if you need a job. Don't wait until someone comes knocking on your door. Occupying the United States has made its point. Now personally create positive energy. Go occupy the waiting room of a place where you might get a job. Go every day. Call every day. Make them know you want this job. Move to a state or city where jobs are being created (and there are some). Take a lesser job to get started and work hard to get ahead. Think of a product or a service you could sell and use the internet to get the word out. Action and discipline create results.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson

And next, the NUCLEAR RADIATION issue.

Is it the Japan Fukushima disaster is fully under control and we have no worries – or, is it this has just begun?

The following points seem to be hotly debated:

     Is the remaining nuclear fuel at Fukushima still fissioning and releasing radiation into the air, groundwater, and sea?

     How much radioactive seawater has been created, will be created, and will circulate to the United States coasts?

     How much radioactive dust has been created, will be created, and will float over the United States, Canada, etc.

     What's a safe dose of radiation? After all we have x-rays,scans, and many forms of medical imagery.

First, there is no safe dose of radiation. A study has just been released that followed patients who had myocardial infarctions requiring various radioactive low dose scans. After five years there was a significant increase in cancer in those patients receiving the scan(s) versus the control group that did not receive the low dose radioactivity.

So it seems we should be concerned that continuing radiation being released from Fukushima (or anywhere else) is not a healthful situation. There are independent groups that have formed that are testing the radiation in the air and the seawater. There are also governmental studies by countries outside Japan. France has released over the internet various interactive maps that show wind patterns from Japan and the currents from the ocean. If the radioactive particles are out there – they are going to travel. It took only about 10 days for the winds to carry the radioactive particles to European soil. Seaweed off the coast of the United States is showing radioactivity – seaweed which is eaten by fish and then passed along to other living creatures.

I think it is time for TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) and the Japanese government to take further responsibility for the disaster they have created. Show us further proof of containment and the stoppage of contamination. Our government should be making these demands on behalf of its citizens. Is there a conspiracy of silence? Perhaps the lack of knowledge on the subject by the majority creates a lack of interest. But, a person's health is far more important than a person's money.

Barbara Griffin Billig Author: The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of suspense)
also published as: THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe

Follow on Twitter: @ barbarabillig

Saturday, October 8, 2011

CREATING JOBS IN AMERICA - Using the Existing Military Infrastructure

CREATING JOBS IN AMERICA – Using the Existing Military Infrastructure

It is too apparent to everyone that jobs are scarce these days. Local ABC news had a promotion for each business to add one job across America. But the majority of businesses are small businesses. According to the SBA small firms represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Small firms employ just over half of all private sector. Most cannot afford to add another job which eats into their small remaining recessionary profit. The idea of how to provide jobs for the 14 million people out of work has to be larger.
Much has been made of the money set aside to improve streets and roads. That is a narrow area of job creation. More needs to be done to actually create jobs than send money to the states where it sits for months and months until it finally gets spent.
Remember the WPA? See the Wikipedia explanation below. Created by the government to provide full employment, parks, schools, bridges, and other public structures were built. The program had training, literacy and arts programs. Instead of paying these people unemployment insurance, the government actually created jobs for people to work each day.
The schools are now old and in need of repair, the bridges need reinforcement, the uneducated need training, and not to be overlooked:
Nuclear Plant safety: There has been a list of safety recommendations from a task force that need to be implemented. Then they need to be inspected. In Virginia the 30 year old North Anna plant was built to withstand a 5.9 to 6.1 quake. It shut down after a 5.8 quake, but now the thinking is changing that all plants should be reinforced to a higher standard. The NRC states that 27 plants in the US might face higher risk of a damaging earthquake than previously thought. Also there is a call for new standards for backup power systems to ensure that safety systems continue to operate if a storm or quake knocks out the original system.
These recommendations would employ people of all levels, from construction, to communication, to supervision. And the money would come from unemployment insurance funds as basically outlined in the WPA program of 1935. It took until 1943 to bring the country back to full employment and the WPA to be disbanded. Please read below for a fuller description of how the WPA worked:

Works Progress Administration
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
WPA graphic
Typical sign on a WPA project
The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects,[1] including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing. Almost every community in the United States had a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western areas. The budget at the outset of the WPA in 1935 was $1.4 billion a year (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP), and in total it spent $13.4 billion.[2] At its peak in 1938 it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men (and some women), as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs.[3] Full employment, which emerged as a national goal around 1944, was not the WPA goal. It tried to provide one paid job for all families where the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.[4]
The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state and local governments, which provided 10%-30% of the costs. WPA sometimes took over state and local relief programs that had originated in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) or FERA programs.[5]
Liquidated on June 30, 1943 as a result of low unemployment due to the economic boom of World War Two, the WPA had provided millions of Americans with jobs for 8 years.[6] Most people who needed a job were eligible for at least some of its positions.[7] Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area.[8] However workers could not be paid more than 30 hours a week. Before 1940, there was very little training to teach new skills, to meet the objections of the labor unions.
   The Obama jobs plan is estimated to cost somewhere between $200 billion and $400 billion. Labor Department data shows that from June 2008 to June 2011, nearly $19 billion in state unemployment benefits were paid in error during theses three years. That amount represents more than 10% of the $180 billion in jobless benefits paid nationwide during the period. (See a sortable chart of each states’ overpayments) The tally covers state programs, which offer benefits for up to 26 weeks, from July 2008 to June 2011. Layers of federal programs that help provide benefits for up to 99 weeks weren’t included.    

    Use this money to fund a WPA program......... and repair our country with new jobs. We have 14 million people unemployed and last month the economy has approximately 103,000 new jobs. At that rate it will take over 11 years to get back to full employment.

    USE THE MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE in place to effect the WPA and get people into jobs across American easily. Unemployment pays their salaries and gets things done instead of having people sit at home. If the military needs more space there is certainly thousands of square feet of commercial buildings vacant. Let's get America working and repaired!!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Your Space and My Space and Remembering 9/11

At a restaurant the other day with my 90 year old Mother, 4 men are seated in the booth behind us as we are eating our lunch. They began to talk in very loud voices, wherein we could hear their conversation. Unfortunately it was a conversation full of curse words. F.... him. He's a S...of a B. The job is a b..... She's a c..... And on and on. There was not a sentence spoken that was not full of foul language. I asked the manager if they could speak in a quieter tone. They chose not to. The manger suggested that we move to another table. We were in the middle of our lunch and my mother is on a walker, so moving is not the easiest thing to do. I chose to stay put, but regretted it later.
We do have freedom of speech in this country. Yea!!!! But does that freedom of speech include the right to lap over into my space? I have had a person come up to me in a private club and start cursing at me in front of a room full of people. While he may have the right to say what he wants – does he have the right to come into “my space” and be rude and offensive?

In San Francisco it seems there is no law that a person has to wear clothes in public unless they are a food and beverage server. So people are now seen outside without clothes, they are in restaurants without clothes, on public transportation, etc. Again, it's not against the law.....but somehow it seems to be lapping over into my “visual” space.

On 9/11 there were some people who felt so strongly about their ideas and beliefs that they believed it was necessary to kill thousands of people to reinforce the fact that they are RIGHT. That they have their own beliefs is fine. But to force them on us through killing is the ultimate breach of another's “space”.

We all have the right of quiet enjoyment.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011



We are all concerned with the loss of life in foreign wars. We are all concerned about being good honest people. But one wonders, when looking back in history, how the government could have made war against its own citizens who were existing peacefully?

I am referring to our history of the government abusing nuclear power – and lying to the citizens of the United States of America. While “most” of the catastrophes were accidental – the coverups and statements of untruth were not.

This could be a book in itself so let us state it is only going to be a quick summary of some of the greater lies. Google any of the incidents for reams of further information that has finally come forth.


1943 – Hanford, Washington (about 4 hours southeast of Seattle), a building project was started to create 9 atomic reactors that subsequently created the material used in the atomic bombs and supplied the entire nuclear arsenal of the US Military.

1945 – We see what dropping the atomic bombs did to the Japanese. If they weren't vaporized, they were burned and made sick from the radiation poisoning. Babies were born with increased rate of birth defects. Long term cancer deaths increased.

1945-1971 – Cooling water for the Hanford facilities was secretly pumped back into the Columbia river, much of it radioactive because of leaks in tanks. Radioactive clouds were purposely released and drifted up to Canada and down to California. People were getting sick, animals were being born deformed or dead. The government denied all responsibility.

1986 – Finally, when the family of Tom Bailie (all living in the area) had all died from cancer, he teamed with a reporter from the Spokesman Review to get answers. The radiation victims sued the US government and forced it to open its SECRET files. The radioactive releases (which had been denied) became public knowledge. Some lawsuits are still ongoing.

1988 – Facility decomissioned. It is the most contaminated location in the Western Hemisphere. 240 square miles are uninhabitable due to radioactivity that has seeped into the soil and ground water. The clean up project costs more than $2 BILLION per year. The US Department of Energy hopes to have cleanup completed by 2052, more than 107 years after its inception. This illustrates how the use of nuclear power saves money over other electricity production methods – or not.


1959 – An experimental nuclear facility owned by Rocketdyne experienced a meltdown of 13 fuel rods out of 52 rods. When a meltdown occurs, the energy produced increases at a very high rate of speed, leading eventually to an explosion. Because it was an experiemental facility there was no concrete dome containment cover. Radiation was released into the air, now estimated to be more than 240 times the amount that was released from Three Mile Island accident. This spread throughout the surrounding areas including Los Angeles. At the time the US Nuclear Commission issued a statement “of a small mishap involving 1 fuel rod”.

2011 – There has never been an official study of the effects of being downwind after this accident. However, a citizen-activist site on Facebook called “Secrets of the Santa Susana Field Lab is asking for posts on their map.

Ignorance is not bliss. Maybe it would be better if the United States residents became informed, then alarmed, and demonstrated (peacefully) – for the betterment of decisions, for the betterment of lives.

Lying to the residents of the United States by the government is not acceptable. Not then and not now.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Book Review: THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe

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A Review of THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe by Barbara Billig

Also published as:  The Nuclear Catastrophe by Barbara Billig

Please note that the author is currently changing the name of this book from A Nuclear Catastrophe to that above. The print book is done and the eBook will follow shortly.

Every so often you come across a book that you can’t put down; you just want to know what happens over on the next page. I warn you, this is one of those. It is also a story that is very relevant today considering the events in Japan earlier this year.

The writing drags you into the pages as the characters fight to survive the aftermath of a massive explosion at the White Water Nuclear Plant in Southern California following a fairly minor earth tremor. Barbara has done what one of my favourite authors of all time, Leon Uris, has done, taken solid fact and cleverly crafted an excellent fictional story around it, faction as I call it. Leon Uris used history, Barbara science. By the way I checked out the science and worryingly it is all factual.

Not that the science gets in the way of this troubling story. It is used fleetingly to explain, in layman’s terms, the dangers that follow the release of massive amounts of radiation into the atmosphere following a blast. A modern nuclear facility can release fifty times more radiation into the atmosphere than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of WW II. That’s how serious this problem is.

As the reality of their situation dawns on the victims of the fallout then Barbara introduces ever more problems for the characters to face. You can’t drink the water, because it is radioactive. Hospitals close their doors to new patients for fear of contaminating those already in the facility. I won’t spoil it any more but the list goes on.

One of the worst aspects of their situation is the complete lack of a co-ordinated rescue plan by the authorities. Well why prepare for something that can never happen? Like all politicians and those in authority they never seem to learn from history. The likes of 3 Mile Island and Chernobyl immediately spring to mind and of course more recently the terrible disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

Looking at politicians and their lack of understanding of the importance of history you need look no further than the conflict in Afghanistan as a prime example. The British were fighting there over a hundred years ago, the Russians tried and now the USA and Britain again. Political expediency in the USA and Britain means the troops will pull out before the job is done and the Taliban will be back in power before too long. Why did we go there in the first place? Do the powers that be never learn?

This isn’t an easy read, but you know it was never going to be, the subject is far too important. For all that it is a very good story, one that needed telling and one that should be made compulsory reading for all political leaders who are considering building more nuclear power stations. Perhaps it should be compulsory reading for all our youth also, so they can become aware of the dangers and take up the fight against this menace.

Barbara Billig is obviously passionate about this subject and this comes across in her writing. You will be swept away from the first page. Barbara must also be a keen observer of people, throughout the story her characters come to life with subtle little flicks of the hand, a look in the mirror and much more.

This is a thoroughly good read, an important story, not to be missed.

My Rating 5 out of 5.

ebook is currently on sale for 99 cents!!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Reading a new way - on your smart phone

Because I have made my book, The Nuclear Catastrophe, available for 99 cents through Kindle version, I want to take a moment to talk about reading a kindle version on another device.  The kindle application is available for download on your computer, net book, or smart phone.  I recently was emailed a thriller by a fellow author, The Catalytic Programme, by Terry Callister:

 I had to decide how to read  this book since I didn't have a kindle or a nook or a net book.  I tried reading it on my laptop, but that proved very cumbersome in bed - I couldn't lay down and read - I had to sit up.  So since it was emailed to me I opened up the email on my smart phone (Verizon Droid).  It has apps for the kindle, nook, and .pdf files.  I had actually made the statement - I can't imagine anyone reading a book on their phone!!!  (Like who would be so crazy as to do that).  But it was absolutely perfect for reading an ebook.  The apps resize the text to whatever you like.  The phone is back lit so you can read in the dark without a reading light (at night in bed).   It's light weight - easy to hold. And when you hold the phone upright (not horizontal) the text across is just right for an eye to read in speed reading mode - you don't read individual words, you scan whole lines one at a time (for those of you who remember taking the speed reading courses - do they still teach those?)  I absolutely loved it.  AND, you have your phone with you at all time so whenever you have a spare moment - you can read.
     For those of you who think this is stupid - you better re-evaluate the future.  Paper is very expensive and will get more so as our trees disappear.  I am a paperback addict -  but I know that ebooks will soon be our main means of getting books.  So get prepared now -  download the kindle app and for 99 cents try out The Nuclear Catastrophe on your smart phone.


Friday, July 29, 2011

2 Peaches in Greater LA found high in radiation!!!!!!

Two Peaches in Greater Los Angeles found high in radiation

In Los Angeles, on Friday, July 8th, 2011, two peaches found at a local Santa Monica market were confirmed to have sustained radiation levels of 81 CPMs, or greater. The market's background radiation was said to be about 39 CPMs. The two peaches, thus, had significantly high radiation contamination equaling over two times site background levels.
Another blogger noted that: "What makes this discovery especially significant is that the 2X background radioactivity detected in these peaches was likely significantly attenuated by their water content; when eaten the exposure rate may be significantly higher. Even worse, it is likely that the detected radioactivity is from a longer half life radionuclide; which when eaten, would irradiate a person from the inside out for potential years to come."
@Potrblog, July 10th, 2011, at 8:05 pm
Additionally, it appears the Greater Los Angeles Basin is continuing to get intermittent low level elevated radiation readings. That is, radiation levels less than 100 CPMs, but elevated relative to normal background levels for the geiger counter testing station).

Nuclear Whistle Blower, Engineer Walter Tamosaitis, demoted

Nuclear whistle-blower backed by watchdog agency

Engineer Walter Tamosaitis was sidelined by his bosses after raising concerns about the risks of dealing with radioactive waste near Hanford, Wash. A government agency supports him after a yearlong inquiry.

  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Capitol Hill. Chu testified about the Energy Department's proposed FY2012 budget.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before the Senate Appropriations… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
July 06, 2011|By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Walter Tamosaitis, once a top engineer in the nation's nuclear weapons cleanup program, has been relegated to a basement storage room equipped with cardboard-box and plywood furniture with nothing to do for the last year.
Tamosaitis' bosses sent him there when he persisted in raising concerns about risks at the Energy Department's project to deal with millions of gallons of radioactive waste near Hanford, Wash., including the potential for hydrogen gas explosions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Failed post and Responsibility of Nations

 What causes a nation to take responsibility for its catastrophes?  It is not just  a matter of the wealth of a nation.  In the 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan 200,000 buildings collapsed.  In the March 2011 Fukushima earthquake very few buildings fell (excluding those swept away by the tsunami).  Japan had taken extensive measures to reinforce buildings and infrastructure.  But they did not prepare for the nuclear catastrophe.

This blog refuses to post.  Guess it is a catastrophe.

A 2007 study by the economist Charles Kenny aruges that the construction industry is the most corrupt sector of the world economy.  And the more corruption that exists - whether the usage of substandard materials or the building in areas that are unsuitable or unstable - the more likely there are to be deaths.

Some countries have adopted strong laws with severe penalties.  The original owner (or builder) is held liable for any damage suffered during the first 10 years of the building's life.  The owner (or builder) can be charged with fraud and even murder.  With laws like this owners often exceed the provisions of the strict building code to avoid liability.

It's sad we just can't count on people to do "the right thing".  We have to have laws to hold them accountable.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Sale at Amazon Kindle Ebooks

Summer Sale - ninety nine cents to download The Nuclear Catastrophe on Kindle Ebooks.
Get yourself up and running - don't miss out.  Downloads can be to a free kindle on your computer or smart phone or notepad - or a stand alone Kindle.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Explosion and fire at French Nuclear Plant July 2, 2011

Explosion and fire at French nuclear plant, Deutsche Presse Agentur July 2, 2011:

Google Translation

In the southern French nuclear plant Tricastin it came to French media reports of an explosion.
On the grounds of the southern French nuclear plant Tricastin, there have been media reports in France after a transformer explosion and fire. The fire department was able to bring the fire under control in the afternoon, it said on the website of the regional newspaper “Dauphine Libere” on Saturday. People were not injured. The management of the nuclear power plant north of Marseille on the incident itself did not immediately comment.
The transformer was part of the reactor block 1, which is currently shut down, and was located outside the nuclear zone. Residents had reported thick black smoke. The nuclear power plant Tricastin with four pressurized water reactors of 915 megawatts each is in operation since 1981.

Start fire in EDF power Tricastin, “Dauphine Libere”, July 2, 2011:

Google Translation

A fire broke out on the EDF power Tricastin, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (Drôme). Residents, worried, said a column of black smoke rose into the sky.
This is the explosion of the transformer of Unit 1 plant, which is stationary. Installation is located outside the nuclear zone. No one was hurt and there was no damage to the environment.
As always when an incident affecting the nuclear site, a large number of firefighters and police converged the scene. The fire was contained to 15 h 55.

h/t Lucas Whitefield Hixson

Here is the June 15 video by Alex in Tokyo with English subtitles:

For background information about this video, see: Alex, Frenchman living in Tokyo: “All my videos regarding Fukushima have been cancelled from YouTube” — Not one left this morning

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Radiation sickness exposure table

The headline of 3000 microseiverts of internal radiation  being received by people within 40 miles of Fukushima converts as follows:  (each microseivert =.000001 Sv). The ENENEWS article estimates that residents have been internally exposed to up to 3.2 millisieverts for about 2 months, measuring from the date of the accident in March until early May. That converts into .0032 Sieverts (Sv).

 Up to .25 Sv there are no outward symptoms in the average adult.  But this is accumulating radiation - and radiation is like having microscopic bullets shot through your body - the more shot, the better the chances a bullet will hit something strategic in a cell......and cause its death or damage.  Also, small children in more danger.

Symptoms of acute radiation (dose received within one day):[4]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Survival List for Nuclear Disaster

           To be on the safe side plan for 14 days
1.  Choose safe place in house - as far away from windows as possible
2.  Close all blinds and window coverings.  Close all doors.  DO NOT GO OUTSIDE.
3.  Stock your survival area with:
     a) bottled water - LOTS
     b) food encased in plastic - NO METAL (absorbs radioactivity) + Pet food + plastic cups &eating  
          ware (spoons, forks, etc) paper plates
     c) plastic bags -all sizes - for body wastes, pet wastes, garbage, etc.
     d) batteries & portable radio
     e) flashlight and batteries
    f) candles and matches
    g) bedding
    h) ice cubes in ice chest - will only last a few days
    i) clothing for 14 days and toiletries and medicines
    j) newspapers (for cleaning up messes), paper towels, toilet paper

Post this list on the inside of a cabinet or closet door.  Pretend you are going to be camping for two weeks with minimal provisions - no outside water, no electricity or gas.  Do NOT try and bring in a BBQ grill - you will kill yourself with carbon monoxide poisoning.  No fires inside - it will bring in the outside air -which will be radioactive.

Keep rotating survival type foods in your pantry so they don't get old but you do have them on hand.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Radiation danger

Stay out in the sun too long and you will burned - even as much as 2nd or 3rd degree burns.  That's radiation.  Now medicare has approved giving 2 cat scans in one day to diagnose a medical problem.  Each cat scan is equal to 350 xrays.  So if you get two in one day that's the equivalent of 700 xrays at one time - 2 a day for a year - but all at one time.  That plus the other radiation you get ought to give you a medical problem if you didn't have one before. BEWARE!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Stay or Flee

No one is going to stay around to run public transportation, police and fire services, or  open stores to sell goods.  Why?  Because radiation, once released, is going to be in the air, attached to dust particles, in the water, absorbed by metal.  Anyone who stays will be exposed to radiation.  Sunburn comes from a mild form of radiation - and you can get 3rd degree burns from Sunburn.  Just think what high levels of radiation - like from Japan's disaster - will do to a body - like bullets shooting through our cells damaging and destroying them.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What would you do?

We've all heard about Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now the Japan nuclear disaster.  But the question is - what would you do if there were a nuclear disaster in your area?  It could be a nuclear reactor - there are over 100 in the United States.  Or it could be a terrorist dirty bomb.   So..... what do you do?

 The psychologists tell us the basic reaction is fight or flight.  You either stay or you run.  If you stay - you have an invisible enemy - Radiation - it can't be seen, it can't be heard, it can't be felt - until it's too late. 

If you run - how do you get away?  In the Los Angeles area when the Watts riots occurred after the acquittal of the police in the Rodney King beatings, citizens left the Los Angeles area in mass.  As of 2 pm in the afternoon every road, every freeway going away from Los Angeles was jammed so that passage was impossible.  One story told of getting to the outside of the Los Angeles airport entrance and sitting in the same spot for one hour.  Finally inching forward the car made it approximately 10 more miles in 4 hours.

And if you stay - is anything going to be open to serve you?  Something to think about.  Give me your thoughts.  Barbara Griffin Billig