Amazing! Trace amounts of radiation found in the milk in California. However, parents are being told not to panic. In the age of full disclosure, including 200,000 diplomatic papers in the hands of Julian Assange, we seem to feel the need to know everything. Why? To cause panic?
Tell me something. We know the radioactive iodine is being spread to the US. We keep hearing how minimal it is and how we don't have to worry. However, we aren't hearing what we need to know which is, what the hell can we do about it? The obvious answer is absolutely nothing. So, since we don't seem to need to be proactive in protecting ourselves, why are we being so fully informed? Forgive me, I had a weak moment. The reason is called ratings.
Back in the 1960's almost every news reporter knew of JFK's peccadillos with other women. Was it blasted across the airwaves of our nightly news? No, of course not. Back then, private lives were...well...private. Not so today. Today, gossip is now news. It seems that the news media has caught onto the ignorance of the average American, and is using it to boost their ratings.
Back in the day, before Americans embraced ignorance and called it "transparency", I saw a movie. It was called "China Syndrome". I felt, that given the nature of humans and their ability to screw up nearly everything they touch, I didn't want to trust that nuclear energy would remain a safe option for very long. That feeling was cemented by the near melt down on Three Mile Island, which was caused by...human error.
Another thing that bothered me is the storage of nuclear waste. The town of Love Canal in NYS became a major brownfield of toxicity because chemicals were stored in underground barrels. If chemicals could eat through these barrels, what about nuclear waste? How good would all that released nuclear waste be for the health of our children? Would this so called transparency apply to that situation should those barrels, buried in a mountain, start leaking? Funny thing, there is no answer for any of those questions, yet, we use nuclear energy to create electricity. Apparently, some folks don't believe in human error.
The good thing about all this, is that I will save a bundle of money since I won't have to buy organic produce. Think about it. With all this radioactive iodine floating around, produce grown under any situation will contain it, in trace amounts. What the heck, since I'm going to be exposed to all those trace amounts of toxic radioactive iodine, I might as well save my money. Probably need it for the doctor bills.