Do you remember Chernobyl? – Nuclear disaster contamination apparently worse than previously thought.

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Reactor 4, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine, 26 of April 1986.

Reactor 4, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine, 26 of April 1986.

[First published july 12, 2009]

The Chernobyl disaster in northern Ukraine occurred on 26 of April 1986.

It is said that the disaster released as much as 400 times the radioactive contamination of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Over 400,000 people were evacuated.

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Chernobyl, Northern Ukraine, North of Kiev, near the border with Bielorussia.

The Chernobyl explosion sent a radioactive dust cloud over northern Ukraine that crossed into Belarus and Russia.

Excessive levels of radiation were recorded in Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Wales, Italy, Alaska, also probably in the north and east of France (despite official denials), and in other areas.

Almost the entire territory of Belarus was contaminated (more than 90%).

The World Health Organization estimated in 2005 that “a total of up to 4,000 people could eventually die of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident,” according to “an international team of more than 100 scientists.”  In 2006, the figures presented by the World Health Organization had increased to 9,000 (BBC link).

Greenpeace opposed those figures and predicted an eventual death toll of 93,000 (same BBC link). Apparently, Greenpeace’s report at the time was looking at all areas of Europe contaminated by the nuclear disaster, while WHO  considered only the three most affected countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia).  BBC states, at the bottom of its 2006 article, that the original WHO report “found more than 600,000 people received high levels of exposure, including reactor staff, emergency and recovery personnel and residents of the nearby areas.”

One should be cautious with figures.  The nuclear industry is a powerful lobby.  It goes without saying that the nuclear industry has a vested interest in playing down Chernobyl.  It’s an embarrassment, indeed a shame to them —  and billions of dollars are at stake.

The Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine. The disaster happened on 26 of April 1986. I believe all, all nuclear power plants should be simply dismantled - before they dismantle themselves that way, destroying the genetics of this planet...

The hole, the warning, the eloquent and sobering message of a still vivid and silent wound. What remained of Reactor 4 from the Chernobyl (Tchernobyl) nuclear plant in Ukraine (Ukrainia) some time after the explosion. Photo taken in 1986.

[A btw note for those who are interested in those matters – and they are of interest : part of this article has been plagiarized verbatim by this other site without any reference or link to the source (here).]

In her 2002 documentary, Chernobyl Heart, Maryann de Leo says that, at the time (2002), 13,000 of the 600,000 “liquidators,” conscripted for the cleanup in 1986, had died. The “liquidators” had been exposed to massive doses of radiation, evaluated at 90 times greater than radiation from the explosion of the uranium atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima by the US on 6th of August 1945.

Today, there is an “Exclusion Zone” of 30 km (19 miles) radius surrounding the destroyed reactor (which was located much nearer to Pripyat than to Chernobyl per se). Officially, nobody is allowed to live in the “Exclusion Zone,” although some people, among the elders, have returned home and are tolerated by the authorities.

In 2002, 16 years after the disaster, according to Chernobyl Heart, the incidence of thyroid cancer in Gomel (Belarus) was 10,000 times higher than it was before the Chernobyl accident, and disheartening congenital birth defects had increased by 250%. Children were the worst affected. Gomel, less than 50 miles from Chernobyl (population: 700,000), was contaminated in 2002 with a cesium level 40 times higher than the recognized danger limit. The Chief Director at the Maternity Hospital of Gomel, Dr. Burakovsky, was quoted in Chernobyl Heart, saying: “Approximately fifteen percent (15%) to twenty percent (20%) of babies are born healthy” (no, it’s neither a typo, a lapsus or an error). More than 90% of Belarus, according to Chernobyl Heart, was contaminated. The infant mortality rate in Belarus was 300% higher than in the rest of Europe. Babies, kids, pay a horrible price.

 

I stumbled upon the documentary Sex Slaves, directed by Ric Esther Bienstock and produced around 2005.  The documentary is dealing with human trafficking.  But it provides a short segment which is descriptive of the long-term trans-generational ill-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on people, for instance on some kids not being born yet in 1986.  There’s a moment where the documentary shows a close link between the Chernobyl disaster, force migration to avoid the region, diseases caused by having been exposed to radiations (especially kids), ex-Ussr impoverishment and in a number of satellite countries as well, notably Ukraine, among others, — and human trafficking taking advantage of it.  Much money is needed for a young brother medical care, or a sister, a mother, because of radiations. Tania, an Ukrainian, falls into the trap of human trafficking promising money, delivering sex slavery, and more misery.  Tania is Ukrainian.   The segment is between 43 mn 48 and 45 mn 36 ; short epilogue between 53 mn 04 and 53 mn 23 :

 Du même reportage ici, un segment, en français, de  ~ 06 mn 10  à ~ 07 mn 20 :

 

We have been submitted to that nuclear asuric nonsense since the twentieth century mid-forty  (actually, nuclear radiation research and experimentation were already existing in France by the end of the nineteenth century).  All nuclear power plants should simply be dismantled before they dismantle themselves by accident, or because of an error (a real error, or a “so-called” error) or for whatever reason, crippling, destroying the genetics of this planet…

Fukushima , one year later, August 2012, from Scientific Reports : A sane butterfly (up), and a genetically difformed butterfly (down); photo source, Radio Canada (Src). Click, further down, on link to illustrated June-August 2012 scientific document :  “The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on butterflies (pdf)”.

[ Update, Fukushima, Japan, March 12, 2011: As an illustration of what you’ve just read, here is a short and pertinent update, this time about nuclear reactors explosion in Japan, following March 11, 2011 Sendai devastating earthquake (at 05:46:23 UTC, 8.9 magnitude (Mw)) : Video: Japan nuclear plant Fukushima big explosion live 2011; and some articles :  Emergency at 5 nuclear reactors in Japan after quake knocks out power to cooling systems – from Mari Yamaguchi And Jeff Donn, March 11, 2011 – 7:06 PM; Possible meltdown at Tepco Reactor in Japan – Saturday, March 12, 2011 ; Japan nuclear mishap among ‘worst ever’ – Bangkok Post 13/03/2011 at 12:09 AM ; Health effects from radiation poisoning : questions and answers Excerpt – Q: How is radiation poisoning treated? A: Potassium iodide can be used to block radioactive iodine from being taken into the thyroid gland, protecting it from injury. It cannot protect other parts of the body or reverse damage to the thyroid once it has occurred. Prussian blue, a dye used by artists and manufacturers since 1704, can also be used to remove certain radioactive materials from the body. It should only be used under medical supervision ; Japan Nuclear reactors not contained, more explosions, evacuations.  One year later, June 2012 : genetic difformities of butterflies are growing (Scientific Reports) :  The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on butterflies (pdf)  (or here, article online).]

[Déformations génétiques chez les papillons autour de Fukushima, observez les deux photos : constatation inquiétante en lisant cet article en français sur le site de la Src (Radio Canada); on lit, en effet, que le nombre de papillons ainsi déformés croît d’une génération à l’autre; les gènes objet de mutations aberrantes seraient donc dominants, pas récessifs, même en choisissant «un papillon sain, d’une autre région, pour l’accoupler avec un papillon de Fukushima».  C’est ce qu’on nous prépare.  Le nucléaire, un crime contre l’humanité? Évidemment. ]

Back to Chernobyl. Link to a recent article (2009), Reuters:

Chernobyl Animals Worse affected than thought: study – by Nick Vonocur.

Excerpt:

LONDON (Reuters) – Radiation has affected animals living near the site of Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster far more than was previously thought, a study showed Wednesday, challenging beliefs that local wildlife was on the rebound.

The study showed that numbers of bumble-bees, butterflies, spiders, grasshoppers and other invertebrates were lower in contaminated sites than other areas because of high levels of radiation left over from the blast more than 20 years ago.

The findings challenge earlier research that suggested animal populations were rebounding around the site of the Chernobyl explosion in Ukraine, which forced thousands to abandon their homes and evacuate the area.

[End of excerpt.]

I tried to find the specific study released in France (by the CNRS, the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique – National Center for Scientific Research; the study was led by Anders Moller), and mentioned in the Reuters article, linked above. Difficult to find. When a document largely mentioned in the press seems almost impossible to find on the internet… well, there can be many reasons and, at least for the moment, I don’t draw conclusions.

But let’s face it: the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 was very bad news for France, and any bad news, 23 years later, in 2009, about the aftermath of the Chernobyl reactor disaster is simply more very bad news for France.

France is equipped with 59 nuclear power plants that produced, in 2008, almost 88% of all its electricity. France is the world leading net exporter of nuclear electricity in the world. It exports to neighbours like the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Italy, and its electricity cost is among the lower in Europe. The present economic crisis will certainly influence negatively the maintenance and repair of all nuclear power plants in the world, as of civil infrastructures in general. For instance, the Chalk River nuclear power plant in Ontario, Canada, has been shut in 2009 for repairs, or so goes the official story…

Back to France: in 2008, in July, about 18 000 litres (environ 4 500 gallons) of uranium solution that contained natural uranium were released, accidentally, we presume, not intentionally, from the Tricastin nuclear power center; an accident…  So… Oh yes, I was mentioning that the original study document originating from the CNRS in France, and mentioned in the Reuters article above, is very difficult to find… There are reasons, as we have seen. Have a look at the following graph:

Electricity production in France... The greenish line soaring above the two others at the bottom of the graph represents electricity produced in France through that country's 59 nuclear power plants...

Electricity production in France… The greenish-khaki line, the one soaring high above the three others we see at the bottom of the graph, represents electricity produced in France through that country’s 59 nuclear power plants. You can see that, even in 1986, the greenish-khaki line was already high above the three others. It’s impressively higher today. Have a look. The recent study on Chernobyl, originating from the CNRS (France), and mentioned by Reuters, is rather difficult to find… Hopefully not “impossible,” but unusually difficult to find for an ordinary guy looking for data on the internet. (Source: Energy Information Administration – EIA, an official source of energy statistics from the US government.)

I found more about the French nuclear lobby cover-up here: Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire (Phasing Out the Nuclear Age Network).

The home page (la page d’accueil) is in French; you can access their English home page and some pdf documents in English by clicking “English” on the upper right side of the home page.

There is a very good document in French, published by the same Network, about the French nuclear lobby cover-up regarding the toxic effects of the Chernobyl disaster: Tchernobyl, enquête exclusive – Comment le lobby nucléaire français enterre la vérité en zones contaminées.

What appears to be the main thrust of the French lobby’s public relations and propaganda regarding Chernobyl is to disseminate among the public the idea that one can “live happy ever after” and “without worry”  in nuclear contaminated areas like the one surrounding Chernobyl’s reactor 4.

Can we trust the nuclear lobby? I certainly wouldn’t. The nuclear lobby is trying to exploit a powerful archetypal image related to paradise, resurrection, redemption, etc., and there is certainly much to say about the psychological and archetypal dimension – indeed the fascinating aura of mystery, strangeness, the aura of wilderness revirginisée and victorious – surrounding the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath. These feelings are genuine, powerful, legitimate, and must certainly not be repressed, to the contrary. However, what the nuclear lobby is trying to do, among other things, is to divert and exploit the depth of  the human psyche, through public relations and manipulation, bypassing or downplaying all genetic hazards, for money, power, prestige and profits. It’s the good ol’ asuric game of using and perverting the best in human beings and human psyche in order to weaken them, gain control over them and submit their bodies to someone else’s will. This is absurd, this is cruel – and boring to death – but there’s something in that game they play that seems to make them tick. Plus ça change, more of the same. Don’t trust them. Simply. Serenely. Never trust them. They don’t care about us. They don’t. They never did. They care about something that always plays against us. We don’t count for them. They’re reckless.  That’s all.

La Banque des Règlements Internationaux (BRI); the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) à Bâle (Basel), en Suisse (Switzerland) : This is the world’s Central Banks’ mecca. Sort of. It has the shape of a nuclear plant, and it also looks like a temple, especially with its thick hieratic steps, on the right, at a bit lower than the building’s mid-level.

BTW, have you ever noticed the shape of the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) building in Basel (Bâle), Switzerland? Look at the illustration on the left. ( It is also reproduced here, on an other post, a short piece on the concept of “corporation”.)

Observe the building’s shape.

The striking symbolic, and somewhat hieratic architecture of the BIS’ headquarters – BIS is owned by the network of the numerous privately controlled Central Banks of the world –  has evidently been planned, it can’t be the result of an “accident” or of a “fortuitous coincidence,” no more than the presence of a cross at the top of a church tower would be a “fortuitous coincidence.”

Actually, the whole impression is that of some kind of cult, whatever that kind of “cult” could be. It’s an intuition that’s been present to me for some years. I can’t really check it as I would. Presently. But I know, as to me, that it is the kind of intuition that usually proves to be right: it’s a “cool” one, with a very tranquil presence, nothing obsessive …

I like that piece of art by Québec artist Michel Casavant: Table Ronde G8 (Round Table G8). It’s a 1986 charcoal and gouache. « Some kind of cult … »

In any event, let’s get back to Chernobyl.

Here’s a very good link: the Chernobyl Research Initiative at South Carolina University.  The study mentioned by Reuters, and quoted earlier on this post (Chernobyl Animals Worse affected than thought: study – by Nick Vonocur.), could be somewhere, there, among the numerous documents published by the Chernobyl Research Initiative (click on “publications” at the top of their home page). The study could be there, or some of its content, or much of its content, or related content, but one thing is sure, you’ll find there something substantial; the Directors of the Chernobyl Research Initiative are Timothy A. Mousseau and Anders Pape Moller. Anders Pape Moller, according to Reuters, led the study released by the CNRS. The CRI provides minute studies and reports dating back to, at least, 2001, up to 2008; these studies and reports are very informative. You will also find links to research on Chernobyl, sources of funding for the Chernobyl Research Initiative, etc.

An excerpt from the Chernobyl Research Initiative:

Summary of principal findings to date […][at least up to 2008, maybe up to 2009]:

1)      Children living in contaminated regions show significant negative impacts on blood parameters including red and white blood cell counts, hemoglobin levels, and platelet numbers.

2)      Surveys of bird populations indicate that mutation loads in natural populations are much higher than in uncontaminated areas.

3)      Literature reviews indicate that mutation rates in many different species of plants and animals (including humans) are higher than in control regions.

4)      Chernobyl populations exhibit a wide variety of morphological deformities that are not found in any normal population.

5)      Surveys of birds, insects, and spiders indicate that many species are either absent or in very low numbers in the Chernobyl region. Brightly colored and migratory species of birds appear to be particularly sensitive to radioactive contaminants.

6)      Studies of birds indicate that some species may only persist in the contaminated regions via immigration from uncontaminated areas. Without this immigration, perceived impacts would be even higher than current projections. Media reports of a “healthy” Chernobyl environment with rare species of birds and mammals are likely the result of immigrants and not locally sustained populations.

7)      Population and community studies suggest that antioxidants (e.g. vitamins A and E, and carotenoids) may provide protection against the mutagenic effects of radioactive contaminants.

End of excerpt.

I found a recent link (July 7 2009) on the construction cost for Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement structure (the disaster occurred in 1986, it’s not over yet, and there are still people promoting the building of new nuclear power plants…) :

Updated Cost Estimates for Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement Structure.

This is Mark Resnicoff’s web site. You should read his account of a two-day visit to Chernobyl in 2006, even though it may seems to contradict, implicitly, the essential of the findings, over the years, by the Chernobyl Research Initiative. Mark’s piece of writing conveys a very deep, lasting impression – at least that’s what it did on me – and apparently on him. Presently, I think there is still much, very much,  to meditate upon and to learn, and in more than one direction, about the Chernobyl disaster, its aftermath, its deeper meaning. As Socrates used to say: knowledge is reminiscence :

My Journey to Chernobyl: 20 years after the disaster.

I find the following news article quite telling, not to say frightening; it dates back to April 2005 – we’re in 2009. Link to full article:

Cracks in decaying shell of  Chernobyl reactor threaten second disaster – Andrew Osborn in Moscow, The Independent, 28 april 2005.

[Excerpt:]

A leading Russian scientist has claimed that the sarcophagus entombing Chernobyl’s broken nuclear reactor is dangerously degraded and he warned that its collapse could cause a catastrophe on the same scale as the original accident almost 20 years ago.

Professor Alexei Yablokov, President of the Centre for Russian Environmental Policy, said the concrete and metal sarcophagus was riven with cracks, already leaking radiation and at risk of collapse unless repairs were undertaken and work on a replacement urgently begun.

“If it collapses, there will be no explosion, as this is not a bomb, but a pillar of dust containing irradiated particles will shoot 1.5 kilometres into the air and will be spread by the wind.” Depending on how the wind is blowing, Russia or Belarus would bear the brunt of such a dust cloud. Ukraine, where Chernobyl is located, would also be affected.

[End of excerpt.]

“Confinement” of  the structure seems to me like a gigantic, dangerous, costly nightmare since 1986. Except for one of the links (World Nuclear Association) the following links are not  necessarily updated to 2009, but they are very informative, especially Chernobyl: Understanding some of the true costs of nuclear technology and the link to GreenFacts.

Wikipedia link:  Chernobyl Disaster.

Wikipedia link: Chernobyl New “Safe” Confinement Project.

Chernobyl: Understanding some of the true costs of nuclear technology.

This link is to The World Nuclear Association, “representing the people and organisations of the global nuclear profession” (those who make money out of building nuclear plants, and out of repairing or confining them…). There is information there, however.

This link is to GreenFacts: Scientific facts on the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident. (Document and information compiled in 2006.)

The Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, apparently after they started to build the sarcophagus in the aftermath of the disaster. The nuclear disaster itself had happened on 26 of April 1986. Compare with photo just following this one. When comparing, take the red-and-white chimney as point of reference for orientation.
(Up) The Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, apparently after they started to build the sarcophagus in the aftermath of the disaster. The sarcophagus in progress appears at the forefront, where previously there was a hole. The nuclear disaster itself had happened on 26 of April 1986. Compare with photo immediately following. When comparing, take the red-and-white chimney as point of reference for orientation.
Chernobyl_Disaster_Wiki_02
(Up) Same photo as the second one from the top of this post, but reduced in size.
The Chernobyl Sarcophgus, probably at a later stage of being erected.

The decaying Chernobyl Sarcophagus. The photo was most probably taken while the “confinement” structure was under repair a long time after completion.

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The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Japan, were nuked and destroyed by the US in august 1945. The uranium atom bomb dropped over the city of Hiroshima had an explosive yield of around 15,000 tons of TNT. It immediately killed between 70,000 to 100,000 people (figures vary and can be presented differently; for instance, 90,000 killed immediately and 145,000 within months). It injured countless others. Tens of thousands died in the ensuing months and years from injuries and radiation. This was the first time a nuclear bomb was used as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). It was insane, pure terror:

Nuclear explosion over Hiroshima, on morning of August 6th, 1945, 08h15, photographed from the plane that had dropped the uranium atom bomb dubbed "Little Boy." The plane had been baptized "Enola Gay," by the pilot of the bomber, colonel Paul W. Tibbets, after the name of his mother. Tibbets died at age 92 in 2007.

Mushroom cloud following nuclear explosion of uranium atom bomb over Hiroshima, on morning of August 6th, 1945, 08h15, photographed from the plane that had dropped the uranium atom bomb dubbed “Little Boy.” The plane had been baptized “Enola Gay,” by the pilot of the bomber, colonel Paul W. Tibbets, after the name of his mother. Tibbets died at age 92 in 2007.

The pilot of Enola Gay, Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, died at age 92 in 2007. Tibbets, then a 30-year-old colonel, never expressed regret over his role. In 1975, in an interview, he's quoted to have said: "I sleep clearly every night.''

The pilot of Enola Gay, Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, died at age 92 in 2007. Tibbets, a 30-year-old colonel in 1945, never expressed regret over his role. In 1975, in an interview, he’s quoted to have said that it was its patriotic duty: “I sleep clearly every night.” What appears at first grasp as a mix of stupefying shallowness and “macho bragging” on the part of Paul W. Tibbets isn’t unique to him, it’s actually widespread.

Hiroshima aftermath...

Hiroshima aftermath…

Hiroshima aftermath

Hiroshima aftermath. “They” dit it once, and I’m intimately convinced that “they” could do it again, “somewhere else,” as we say – but where on earth is “somewhere else?” Let us not be fooled by country names and borders: What goes around comes around. Anywhere is everywhere.

Three days later on 9 August 1945 at 11.02 am,  the United States  dropped the plutonium atom bomb  "Fat Man" on  Nagasaki. The plutonium bomb had an explosive yield of 21,000 tons of TNT. 45,000 were killed immediately and 75,000 more were dead by the end of 1945.

Mass destruction: mushroom cloud over Nagasaki. Three days after Hiroshima, on August 9, 1945, 11h02, the United States dropped the plutonium atom bomb dubbed “Fat Man” over Nagasaki. It had an explosive yield of 21,000 tons of TNT. 45,000 people were killed immediately and 75,000 more were dead by the end of 1945.

Human artermath...

Hiroshima-Nagasaki: Human aftermath…

Victim of Hiroshima nuclear holocaust...

Hiroshima...

August 1945. This is just a small part of Hiroshima, Japan, after the first nuclear bomb destroyed the city on 6th of August 1945. Three days later, on August 9, another nuclear bomb was exploded over Nagasaki, Japan.  This illustration shows only rubble, and a fraction of the result, at the time, of  “what is now just the detonating cap for a modern nuclear weapon.” (Daniel Ellsberg). Much of the raw evidence filmed at the time in the immediate aftermath (not “dramatizations” or “re-enactments”) have been kept for very long from public view by US authorities – except for the release of some “classic” photos, like this one, apparently.

In a recent article posted on Global Research, Daniel Ellsberg writes: “Every one of our many thousands of H-bombs, the thermonuclear fusion bombs that arm our [US] strategic forces, requires a Nagasaki-type A-bomb as its detonator.”

Read this article by Daniel Ellsberg: Hiroshima Day: America has been asleep at the wheel for 64 years.

[Excerpt:]

“Every one of our many thousands of H-bombs, the thermonuclear fusion bombs that arm our strategic forces, requires a Nagasaki-type A-bomb as its detonator. I doubt that one American in a hundred knows that simple fact, and thus has a clear understanding of the difference between A- and H-bombs, or of the reality of the thermonuclear arsenals of the last 50 years.

“Our popular image of nuclear war—from the familiar pictures of the devastation of Nagasaki and Hiroshima—is grotesquely misleading. Those pictures show us only what happens to humans and buildings when they are hit by what is now just the detonating cap for a modern nuclear weapon.”

[End of excerpt.]

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17 Responses to Do you remember Chernobyl? – Nuclear disaster contamination apparently worse than previously thought.

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  4. musael says:

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  10. musael says:

    C’était toi ? :-))) ( It wasn’t signed “musael” when I read it and commented on it. Probably a bug, or something )

    I guess so but not utterly sure; I might be drunk that day.

    (Your English is impressive, btw, I’d like to be as fluent.. ;)

    I can only see irony, here.

    • There was no irony, juré craché :-) (But maybe I was wrong. And maybe I was right. I think I was right. But maybe I’m wrong.. Your English is easy to read, though. Sure thing, I was sincere; that, I know. Tchüss. )

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  13. musael says:

    Positive aspect of Chernobyl tragedy: Nature has regained its rights.

    N.B. : The title of the clip is misleading.

    • Radioactive Wolves is a 2011 piece of implicitly touristic promotional material. At the same time, it’s a nuclear industry promotional piece. It is as well, — to me, most of all — a geostrategic nuclear war propaganda piece against Russia. These three aspects are closely knitted together. I try to show it further down in the comment.

      The video piece is astutely and professionally constructed. Those who made it honed it carefully with lush images drowning the obvious consequences of the disaster through the narrative. That PBS documentary is misleading in as much as it would presents itself, or be perceived as, an accurate piece on the aftermath Chernobyl disaster, especially its consequences.

      We must not simply watch it, we must observe it. Suspend, put away for a moment (if you can) the subliminal lush african landscape, lions, girafes, etc., shown on the beginning of the documentary. Also, have a look at the sponsors : Canon, Lilian Goldman Charitable Trust, The Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, CPB : It would be interesting to follow the money. I didn’t have time yet for that.

      Lush landscape, yes, but, nonetheless, the video admits, always with that classic soothing voice common to massemedia narrators, that the soil has been contaminated and the contamination is absorbed by the plants.. Fine. [Lush landscape.] Radioactivity “concentrates in the organs and bones of the animals” [Lush landscape, beautiful horses, etc.] Radiation in bones? It’s “FIFTY TIMES NORMAL” says the narrator. [Soft soothing voice, lush landscape, relax.] The technicians wear “protective gear to prevent contact with contaminated soil ..” [background : the beauty of the spring, of ice gracefully breaking on the Prypiat River.] The river “takes along contaminated sand”. [Soft soothing voice, don’t worry, we’re gently, politely, taking you to your subliminal “inner mom” (you sucker!), forget that detail about contaminated soil.] “Since the last ice age, the shifting river has shaped and reshaped the land around” and downstream. “Now, it spreads radioactive contamination across the flood plains.” [Soft voice, beautiful landscape, forget that contamination is still spreading.]

      Despite all the soothing stuff, actually the wolf captured by the team is and remain radioactive, as is shown, and the vo implies that all wolves in the region are radioactive : “Face masks matter now: The wolf’s fur is almost certainly radioactive.” Moreover, “.. if Barbara and Christophe ingested any radioactive hairs, they would be poisoned.” (excerpts starting at about 12 mns). You would too get poisoned, and so do I, more than 30 years after the disaster.

      Stay tuned, apparently it’s for much longer than that, despite the fact the narrator’s soothing voice neglects to mention it..

      The message that the sponsored PBS documentary conveys through the way it is presented and done, is, among other things, that, in 2012, things have changed. Since 1986. Well, yes (!). As in Vietnam since the seventies (with agent orange consequences, and victims, to this day), as in Japan, Hiroshima, Nagazaki, since 1945 (with bio-consequences to this day), as in Fukushima since.. Yes, there’s been change. Let’s paraphrase The Zohar : “There is change, and there is change..”

      I mentioned at the beginning of the comment that Radioactive Wolves is both an implicit touristic promotional piece, and at the same time, it’s a “in-people’s-sleepy-face” nuclear industry promotional piece, and also a geostrategic propaganda piece.

      Watch and listen carefully. Start at around 14 mns 30 secs or so. Stark images of soviet era. Then what happened? A resurrection. Beautiful, gorgeous images of marshes around Prypiat. “Forests and fields have been flooded, thanks to the return of beavers. Beavers are native to Belarus [north of Chernobyl, Prypiat, Ukraine]. But they were an obstacle to farmers, and they were persecuted, like the wolves.” True. “This stretch of the Prypiat, now free of the people, it didn’t take long for the beavers to reappear, thousands of them have been at work, day and night, year after year, damming up manmade canals, undermining dykes, and restauring the marshes for amphibians, fish, shellfish, insects..” etc. I really love the beautiful landscape and I’ve always been seduced by the fauna and flora resilience and power. (Short peaceful moment, look how beautiful the images we show you are — and they are.)

      Then, at the third of the video (years ago, I studied the structure of a script, so I notice that, the timing is professional), you’re ripe, and they nail it to the deepest recess of your mind :

      “The notorious Prypiat marshes were once so vast, they stopped the army of Genghis Khan. Now the swamps are back THANKS TO A NUCLEAR REACTOR and Europe’s biggest rodents.”

      :-))) In other words, the best way to repair Nature is a powerful nuclear disaster. (“Hey! Want to buy another one? Call us any time! We’re at your service!”). Indeed, why not a NUCLEAR WAR while we’re at it, — which is waged ont this planet, anyway, since at least 1945. We could push it a little harder, no? (“Want to buy one? Call us any time!“) ( Waging total nuclear war against planet earth and human genes )

      Let’s say it exists something we could call the “cumulative overwhelming effect of repeated similar avoidable catastrophes.” Let’s say it’s a hypothesis (ahem). As in combat : one strike with the sword, followed by a short pause, could not be enough to kill the client, but ten similar reapeated strikes, even all followed by the same pause, could almost certainly, at the end, accomplish the trick.

      Incidentally, I stumbled upon a comment that is of interest, here. It’s a comment by a youtuber, Chinahasbeengenerous. I didn’t check the figures, but I thought the content was worth mentioning. I edited the comment to extract the figures:

      « USSR only had 2 notable nuclear disasters. Compare this to other countries. Canada: 8 since 1952. France: 12 since 1969. Germany: 3 since 1986. India: 6 since 1986. Japan: 12 since 1978. Pakistan: 1 since 2011. Ukraine: 1 since 1986. United Kingdom: 3 since 1957. United States: 47 since 1955. This is not including all the weapon tests and accidents involving weapons.

      Now, the propaganda aspect. In the short sentence quoted from Radioactive Wolves, the one that nails the propaganda message in the mind after a softening session that lasts for 16 minutes or so (“The notorious Prypiat marshes were once so vast…” etc.), there is much more than just promotion and advertising by/for the nuclear industry. Read carefully what is so softly said :

      “The notorious Prypiat marshes were once so vast, they stopped the army of Genghis Khan. Now the swamps are back THANKS TO A NUCLEAR REACTOR and Europe’s biggest rodents.”

      a ) “Stopped the army of Genghis Khan.” The nazi propaganda used to compare the bolsheviks, indeed the Russians, to a threatening hord of racially inferior Mongols, or to the hords of Genghis Khan. Before the disastrous nuclear explosion or implosion, those Russian mongols were threatening Europe. Thanks to a disastrous nuclear explosion or implosion, the marshes can stop them again..

      In other words, what’s suggested here is that a nuclear attack against Russia would be ok, indeed, it would be worderful for the world. I beg to differ.

      b ) “.. thanks to a nuclear reactor (“yeah, yeah, buy one — Europe, especially France, are filled with them, they’re good”) and Europe’s biggest rodents“.

      It’s ok for Europe to send it’s biggest rodents against, or to use them against, the hords of Genghis Khan, aka the Russians, following a nuclear strike against them.

      I invite you to read again the article on Brzezinski, and Europe, Germany, Ukraine as a complex geostrategic beachead against Russia and Eurasia : L’Ukraine, la proie d’une arnaque géostratégique ? Ou économique ? Ou les deux ?

      The PBS documentary contains elements (subliminal, or subtle, or not so subtle, you decide) of nuclear war propaganda. The voice is soothing, the content is insane.

      Extermination of countless people (that’s you and me and countless others, not “them”) through nuclear explosion or disaster or otherwise also allows Nature (actually, meaning flora and fauna) to regain the rights those in control of our lives have denied Her for centuries and want to definitely deny to us too, we must never forget that:

      “This stretch of the Prypiat, now free of the people, it didn’t take long for the beavers to reappear..”

      As to me, i have no respect for those monstrous polite hypocritical morons : let them appropriate any piece of truth and they’ll transform it into a piece of glossy manipulative sponsored shit for profit to come or worse.

      Nature will always come back. Despite those stinky psychopaths and powerful nitwits who have been wreaking havoc on her for centuries.

      Not thanks to them, as those pathetic liars would make us believe.

      *

      Chernobyl Heart was released in 2002 and countless other similar documented videos :

      Or this book with a large number of photos (Paul Fusco) : Chernobyl Legacy

      Or this video inspired by Fusco’s book, Chernobyl mutations :

      Etc.

      My article refers to at least forty or more links, articles, documents, I’ve read before or while I was working on that post which was first posted here in July 2009 (it was reposted March 28 2014, because it had been the object or a kind of censorship on internet that I became more clearly aware of recently).

      Also those documents :

      Depleted Uranium Weapons : Science, or Science Fiction? – Dan Fahey, 2003 (pdf)Tchernobyl, enquête exclusive : Comment le lobby nucléaire français enterre la vérité en zones contaminées (pdf) Source : le Réseau sortir du nucléaire.

      And here :

      A Conference took place in Hamburg on October 16 to 19, 2003 : The World Uranium Weapons Conference. A reader was published in the aftermath of the Conference; the reader is a precious, rich, abundantly educative document that was made available on internet in pdf format on grassrootspeace.org , under fair use; documents en anglais issus de The World Uranium Weapons Conference qui s’est déroulée à Hambourg, en Allemagne, du 16 au 19 octobre 2003; ces documents sont précieux, riches, généreusement éducatifs, et ont été placés sur internet par grassrootspeace.org , under fair use : Introduction (pdf); Science Panel (pdf); Veterans Panel (pdf); Civilian Effects (pdf); International Law (pdf); Organizations (pdf); Workshops and Conference Resolutions (pdf); Cover-up, Piotr Bein, Canada (pdf); you will find many other documents and mp3 audio files from The World Uranium Weapons Conference on grassrootspeace.org .

      Bonne lecture )

      • musael says:

        I never said there was no dark side to the story. And to be frank, those kids in the videos brought me tears and disbelief. But seeing the wolves recover their early territories was a balm. Besides, take note that those terrible diseases which afflict those children are not the outcome of nature but of man alone. Also, take note, those kids never asked to come to life in such detrimental conditions but parents did. They did, knowing only 20% of the babies are born healthy in this area. Nature, never do such reckless and selfish behaviours. One found no lame wolf probably because they were killed right away after their birth. Don’t take me wrong, I’m not saying we should have killed the children. I’m only saying humans have lost the natural common sense that tell us not to give birth in such hostile environment. This lack of common sense might bring our obliteration. Because we believe we can ignore the laws of Nature, Nature will teach them to us the hard way. Sorry to say that.

        • C’était toi ? :-))) ( It wasn’t signed “musael” when I read it and commented on it. Probably a bug, or something )

          Yes, sure, it is a balm. It can be used in many ways for propaganda. There’s something deep in all human beings that spontaneously believe that one always want to do good to them, not harm them (Simone Weil, the philosopher – not the French politician – used to say that). And there’s a strong thirst for beauty, too. It’s still a mystery to me that all that can be manipulated to fool or manipulate people. And that’s what I see in the PBS documentary.

          « Because we believe we can ignore the laws of Nature, Nature will teach them to us the hard way. Sorry to say that. »

          That’s the theme of that novella from yours truly («L’Agonie d’un chasseur»):

          http://electrodes-h-sinclair-502.com/fiction-2/jacques-renaud/lagonie-dun-chasseur-ou-les-metamorphoses-du-ouatever/

          With that quote : “Nature always sides with the hidden flaw. Mother Nature is a bitch.” — Laws of Murphy

          (Your English is impressive, btw, I’d like to be as fluent.. ;)

          We must not forget Bielorussians were not warned more accuratly than others (the whole thing was downplayed, and it was a disaster, not a controlled operation, — anyway). Bielorussians have been much more victim of radiations (about 90% of the territory), apparently more than certain areas around Chernobyl and certainly more than Ukraine or Russia : the movements of the winds, the areas where it rained, etc. And just think about Fukushima where people are presently being lied to. I’ve seen interviews with the Japanese mayor who said just that. Japanese authority lied to Japanese too in 1945, on the same ground. Us authority lied to volunteer helpers at Ground Zero who were submitted to high levels of toxicity (apparently, thousands died of sickness years later because of that). Etc. Maybe (!) we, I, you, are presently lied too and misled about something deadly of a similar nature.

          Don’t be too harsh on victims. Don’t cajole illusions, delusions, etc., but don’t be too harsh on victims, whether you think they deserve it or not: at the end of the day, it always conveys bad luck. It’s true that “Dieu pardonne tout, mais la Nature est impitoyable,” and we carry both.

          Good luck :)

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