Saturday, February 02, 2013

When the Absurd Becomes Reality (Part 7)

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Five-Year-Old Faces Suspension After Building Lego Gun
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Radioactive recliner chairs, apartment buildings and household goods are not as unusual as you may think - and it's about to get worse
Carolanne Wright
Sunday, March 17, 2013

(NaturalNews) The American government has developed a solution for all the excess radioactive metal from the medical industry and military: Make it into belt buckles. Or forks. Even cheese graters are fair game. The stainless steel beverage cups used to avoid the dangers of BPA? Those are threatened with radioactivity as well. In an absurd twist of policy, The United States Department of Energy decided in December 2012 that it might be a good idea to revoke the ban on recycling radioactive material. The logic behind the proposed reversal is this: If you have a waste product that is costly to contain and dangerous, quietly offload it onto the unsuspecting masses in the form of consumer goods and building materials while turning a nice profit throughout.
More radiation please
Just in case Americans do not have enough exposure to radiation as it is, the Department of Energy would like to give the population another dose in the form of radioactive surgical implants, bicycles, jewelry, zippers or common household goods like pots, pans and utensils. If the department is successful, 14,000 tons of contaminated metal will make its way into the mainstream fabrication industry, generating a tidy $10-40 million in revenue while avoiding exorbitant disposal fees. If the ban is lifted, it would also open a floodgate for contaminated metals to enter the U.S. from abroad with little or no oversight.
Unfortunately, radioactive products are nothing new in America. Take for example the Bed, Bath & Beyond tissue holder debacle. The product was recalled from 200 stores in 20 states due to
contamination of cobalt-60. Then there was the radioactive cheese grater that gave off the equivalent radiation of a chest X-ray for every 36 hours of exposure. And La-Z-Boy recliners fitted with cobalt-60 contaminated brackets. The chairs would have bathed their owners in a chest X-ray's worth of radiation for every 1,000 hours of use if they had not been discovered before release from the warehouse. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Conservative estimates from the U.S. Government Accountability Office state over 500,000 contaminated metal objects are still unaccounted for in the U.S. with 18,740 documented cases of radioactive consumer goods.
The surprising health risks of handbags and elevators
A majority of radioactive consumer products and building materials originate from India and China with a smaller portion emerging from former Soviet Bloc countries and Africa. Incredibly, the Netherlands found 500 handbags from India to be radioactive due to contaminated decorative rings whereas France and Sweden uncovered 500 tainted elevator buttons. These instances are not a minor issue -- exposure to radioactive materials cause dire health consequences. In Taiwan, a study of 6,000 Taiwanese between 1983 to 2005 discovered that those who lived in flats built with radioactive reinforcing steel had significantly higher rates of leukemia and breast cancer. Likewise, Indian scrap metal workers have died from handling contaminated metal. Cobalt-60 (or any radioactive material for that matter) is certainly not an element we want in our household products, clothing or building materials if we would like to remain healthy and disease free.
"Nothing has changed since 2000 that would justify lifting its current ban. Rather, just the opposite: since then the National Academy of Sciences has acknowledged that there is no safe level of radiation exposure, and we've learned that women are even more vulnerable to radiation than men (while children have long been known to be more vulnerable than adults)," said the Nuclear Information and Resource Service in response to the proposed radioactive metal recycling plan.
Sources for this article include:
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.consumer.org.my
http://www.globalresearch.ca
http://www.mnn.com
http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/cobalt.html#affecthealth
http://antioligarch.wordpress.com
About the author:
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website
www.Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.
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Michigan Elementary School Confiscates "Insensitive" Cupcakes

Daisy Luther
Activist Post
Friday, March 8, 2013

In a terrifying brush with violence, the administrators of Schall Elementary School in Caro, Michigan have boldly done what was necessary in order to protect a classroom of vulnerable 3rd graders.
They have taken a little boy’s birthday cupcakes and confiscated those frosted harbingers of evil.
Why? you may be asking yourself. Oh my gosh, were the cupcakes poisoned? Were there razor blades baked inside of them, fiendishly awaiting the opportunity to cut little mouths?
No. It’s WORSE.
They had plastic green army guys on them. With plastic green GUNS. Can you imagine the fear the class must have felt when the container of cupcakes was opened and they saw all those GUNS aimed at them? Can you imagine the terror?
There’s no time for a lockdown! Those cupcakes are IN THE CLASSROOM. They must have been simply paralyzed with fear.
Principal Susan Wright released a statement to local media defending the decision.
“These are toys that were commonplace in the past,” she wrote. “However, some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.”
“Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions,” she stated. “In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”
Principal Wright explained in her statement that she meant no disrespect to the military.
“By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our rights to have our differences was intended,” she wrote. “Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grow and have respectful dialogues about their differences.”

This incident follows closely after a boy was suspended for biting his Pop Tart in the shape of a gun.
Stop and think for a moment the type of children we are creating with actions like this. Political correctness has run amok.
We are teaching kids:
…That inanimate objects are scary.
…That generalizations like “zero tolerance” rules are more important than critically thinking about a situation.
…That guns are so evil anything that even represents a gun should be thrown away.
…That they should be fearful of anything outside a narrow set of liberal parameters.
Although the principal of the school defended her position and discussed having respectful dialogues about differences, I don’t really see any dialogue here. I see nothing but brainwashing. I see an action that caused a big hullabaloo about nothing on a little boy’s birthday. I see a media-driven agenda to create a generation of children who will never resist and who will accept anything that falls under the umbrella of being “for their own safety.”
Schools are no longer about learning math, reading and history. Schools have become nothing more than indoctrination centers. They aren’t teaching children HOW to think. They’re teaching them WHAT to think. They’re teaching them to blindly accept authority and to allow themselves to be protected.
What happens on the day these kids need to protect themselves and there’s no benevolent principal around to take the army guys off the cupcakes?
The schools are training a society of victims. Don’t let your child be one of them.
Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website,
The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca
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Seven-Year-Old Handcuffed And Detained For 10 Hours Over Lunch Money Dispute

Source: ABC News
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The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.
Wilson Reyes, a student at Public School 114 in the Bronx reportedly got into a fight with a fellow student in December after he was accused of taking $5 of lunch money that had fallen on the ground in front of him. Responding to a complaint of assault and robbery, the police were called and took the boy to the local police precinct where officers allegedly handcuffed and interrogated him for ten hours, according to the lawsuit.
“Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs,” Wilson’s mother, Frances Mendez, told the New York Post. “It was horrible. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she said.
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Government to Dispose of Radioactive Waste By Putting It In Our Silverware
Posted on January 28, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/government-to-dispose-of-radioactive-waste-by-putting-it-in-our-silverware.html
Department of Energy Wants to Let Radioactive Scrap Metal Back into Consumer
Products

The overwhelming scientific consensus is that any amount of radiation – no matter how small – can cause cancer and other serious health effects.
(Current safety standards are based on the ridiculous assumption that everyone exposed is a healthy man in his 20s – and that radioactive particles ingested into the body cause no more damage than radiation hitting the outside of the body. In the real world, however, even low doses of radiation can cause cancer. Moreover, small particles of radiation – called “internal emitters” – which get inside the body are much more dangerous than general exposures to radiation. See this and this. And radiation affects small children much more than full-grown adults.)
But the Department of Energy – the agency which is responsible for the design, testing and production of all U.S. nuclear weapons, promotes nuclear energy as one of its core functions, which has been covering up nuclear accidents for decades, and has used mutant lines of human cells to promote voodoo, anti-scientific arguments – proposes letting radiation into our silverware.
Counterpunch notes:
Even the deregulation-happy Wall St. Journal sounded shocked: “The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites — an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products.”
Having failed in the ‘80s and ‘90s to free the nuclear bomb factories and national laboratories of millions of tons of their radioactively contaminated scrap and nickel, the DOE is trying again. Its latest proposal is moving ahead without even an Environmental Impact Statement. Those messy EISs involve public hearings, so you can imagine the DOE’s reluctance to face the public over adding yet more radiation to the doses we’re already accumulating.
Congressman Markey writes: A Department of Energy proposal to allow up to 14,000 metric tons of its radioactive scrap metal to be recycled into consumer products was called into question today by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) due to concerns over public health. In a letter sent to DOE head Steven Chu, Rep. Markey expressed “grave concerns” over the potential of these metals becoming jewelry, cutlery, or other consumer products that could exceed healthy doses of radiation without any knowledge by the consumer. DOE made the proposal to rescind its earlier moratorium on radioactive scrap metal recycling in December, 2012.
The proposal follows an incident from 2012 involving Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in America recalling tissue holders made in India that were contaminated with the radio-isotope cobalt-60. Those products were shipped to 200 stores in 20 states. In response to that incident, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson advised members of the public to return the products even though the amount of contamination was not considered to be a health risk.
This is not the first time this has happened.
As the Progressive reported in 1998, radioactive scrap metal was ending up in everything from silverware to frying pans and belt buckles:
The Department of Energy has a problem: what to do with millions of tons of radioactive material. So the DOE has come up with an ingenious plan to dispose of its troublesome tons of nickel, copper, steel and aluminum. It wants to let scrap companies collect the metal, try to take the radioactivity out, and sell the metal to foundries, which would in turn sell it to manufacturers who could use it for everyday household products: pots, pans, forks, spoons, even your eyeglasses.
You may not know this, but the government already permits some companies under special licenses, to buy, reprocess and sell radioactive metal: 7,500 tons in 1996, by one industry estimate. But the amount of this reprocessing could increase drastically if the DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the burgeoning radioactive metal processing industry get their way.
They are pressing for a new, lax standard that would do away with special permits and allow companies to buy and resell millions of tons of low-level radioactive metal.
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The standard the companies seek could cause nearly 100,000 cancer fatalities in the United States, by the NRC’s own estimate.
(A couple of years later, Congressman Markey successfully banned most radioactive scrap … but now DOE is trying to bring it back.)
Radioactive scrap is a global problem. As Bloomberg reported last year:
“The major risk we face in our industry is radiation,” said Paul de Bruin, radiation-safety chief for Jewometaal Stainless Processing, one of the world’s biggest stainless-steel scrap yards. “You can talk about security all you want, but I’ve found weapons-grade uranium in scrap. Where was the security?
More than 120 shipments of contaminated goods, including cutlery, buckles and work tools such as hammers and screwdrivers, were denied U.S. entry between 2003 and 2008 after customs and the Department of Homeland Security boosted radiation monitoring at borders.
The department declined to provide updated figures or comment on how the metal tissue boxes at Bed, Bath & Beyond, tainted with cobalt-60 used in medical instruments to diagnose and treat cancer, evaded detection.
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The general public basically isn’t aware that they’re living in a radioactive world,” according to Ross Bartley, technical director for the recycling bureau, who said the contamination has led to lost sales. “Those tissue boxes are problematic because they’re radioactive and they had to be put in radioactive disposal.”
Abandoned medical scanners, food-processing devices and mining equipment containing radioactive metals such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60 are picked up by scrap collectors, sold to recyclers and melted down by foundries, the IAEA says.
Dangerous scrap comes from derelict hospitals and military bases, as well as defunct government agencies that have lost tools with radioactive elements.
Chronic exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cataracts, cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A 2005 study of more than 6,000 Taiwanese who lived in apartments built with radioactive reinforcing steel from 1983 to 2005 showed a statistically significant increase in leukemia and breast cancer.
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India and China were the top sources of radioactive goods shipped to the U.S. through 2008, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Bartley, a metallurgist who has tracked radioactive contamination since the early 1990s, said there’s no evidence the situation has improved.
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Two years after an Indian scrap-metal worker died from radiation exposure, the world’s second-most populous country hasn’t installed alarms, the Ministry of Shipping said in December.
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The same thing could easily happen again tomorrow,” said Deepak Jain, 65, who owns the yard where the worker died. “We have no protection. The government promised a lot, but has delivered absolutely nothing.”
Indeed, we are being bombarded with low-level radiation from all sides: Above-ground nuclear tests created “background” levels of radioactive cesium and iodine for the first time
Countries dump everything from radiation from nuclear meltdowns to radioactive submarines in the ocean

And the air
In Japan, radioactive crops are being mixed into non-irradiated foods
The U.S. apparently signed a pact with Japan agreeing that the U.S. will continue buying seafood from Japan, despite that food is not being tested for radioactive materials
Much of our food is now intentionally irradiated
(The government has even treated some people as guinea pigs.)What can we do? Counterpunch notes: You can tell the DOE to continue to keep its radioactive metal out of the commercial metal supply, commerce, and our personal items. You can demand a full environmental impact statement. Comment deadline is Feb. 9, 2013. Email to: scrap_PEAcomments@hq.doe.gov (with an underscore after “scrap_”). Snail mail to: Jane Summerson / DOE NNSA / PO Box 5400, Bldg. 401K. AFB East / Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 * This photo is used only for illustrative purposes and does not mean to imply that this highly imaginative silver cutlery set is poisonous. We borrowed the photo under what might be called ‘creative license’ under the protection of ‘fair use’, to effectively draw your attention to this important news. For more information about the work of this artist, please visit www.andrelassen.com.
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Also See:
When the Absurd Becomes Reality!
(Part 1)

23 March 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/03/when-absurd-becomes-reality.html
and
(Part 2)
07 August 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2009/08/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-2.html
and
(Part 3)
21 February 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2011/02/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-3.html
and
(Part 4)
21 November 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2011/11/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-4.html
and
(Part 5)
24 December 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2011/12/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-5.html
and
(Part 6)
13 April 2012
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2012/04/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-6.html
and
Science Fiction or Future Reality?
01 November 2008
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2008/11/science-fiction-or-future-reality.html
and
What is Truth? - Is Everything Relative? Does the End Justify the Means?
28 August 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-is-truth-does-end-justify-means.html
and
Are You Reality Denied?
25 March 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2011/03/are-you-reality-denied.html
and
"Wrongful Birth" Insanity!
14 November 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2011/11/wrongful-birth-insanity.html
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