Deformed Butterflies and Mountains of Bags Filled with Radioactive Dust Illustrate Fukushima Contamination

If you didn't catch HBO's Vice last night, you missed an important piece of reporting.  

One segment of Vice, "Playing With Nuclear Fire," gave a vivid portrait of the horrifying radiation news from Fukushima that has been suppressed by the Japanese government and nuclear industry in order to protect their selfish interests.  

The news media has, for the most part, acted as passive receivers of official reports, applying no scrutiny of their own, so that the American public has remained under-curious about this enormous and continuing crisis.

I had read the obscure reports about deformed and dying butterflies; but in this program we actually see them.

Coverage provided by Vice of the rapidly multiplying barrels of radioactive water at the crippled plant, and the mountains of bags of radioactive earth and debris stockpiled around the Japanese countryside, is a chilling reminder that we have a huge and unresolved problem even without a nuclear accident here in the U.S.  

There simply is no safe place where existing nuclear waste can go; nevermind any that we may produce in the future.

This is just a taste of the entire segment, but I would urge our readers to watch the  program if you can.

You won't be disappointed.

While the whole episode is not available online, you can watch a five-minute epilogue in which the reporter details his struggles with the piece: Debrief - Playing With Nuclear Fire


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