More on those Mosquito Swarms in Belarus
I recently posted an entry about the puzzling spider attack on a community in northern India. In that blog, I show a photograph taken in Belarus of frighteningly dense swarms of mosquitos. If they bring anything to my mind, they are Biblical accounts of swarms of locusts. But let’s forget the archetypes and the apocalyptic imagery for a second. Let’s just take another cool, level-headed look. Here is a second photo of this phenomenon in Belarus, showing a large swarm of mosquitoes settled upon a parked car:
And here is another:
- Swarm of Mosquitoes above a house in Belarus
The Tragic Fame of Belarus
Perhaps many people do not know where Belarus is, or even that it exists. Americans, in particular, are somewhat clueless about even their own geography, which is one major reason why they are equally clueless as to what is going on globally with radioactive contamination. Nation states, headed by governments and their propaganda machines, the essentially state controlled media, attempt to distort information in ways that suit their own interests. This has been the over-riding reason for the almost complete info-blackout as to what is occurring at Fukushima Daiichi, and how this is affecting the American people, and indeed persons inhabiting the northern hemisphere. Let’s not even mention the animals, fish and plant life.
But why is Belarus of such interest to us?
In the March/April 2004 edition of Orion magazine, author Hope Burwell writes a gripping account of how the Chernobyl disaster has affected the people of that country since the meltdown of 1986. Her essay is entitled, Jeremiad for Belarus. On location in Frankfurt at The International School, in 2000, Burwell was asked if she would be willing to join a delegation to Cherikov, a small town in the southeast of the country.
“Belarus?” I asked. “What’s Belarus?”
“The country most contaminated by Chernobyl,” answered a German colleague.
“I thought that was Ukraine,” I said.
She sighed, “Most Americans seem to.”
Reading Burwell’s report of her investigation of post-Chernobyl effects on the population of Belarus makes for harrowing reading:
Nearly half of Belarus’s teenagers have serious health problems. Forty-five to 47 percent of those graduating from high school have physical disorders like gastro-intestinal anomalies, weakened hearts, and cataracts; 40 percent of them have chronic “blood disorders” and malfunctioning thyroids. The number of handicapped adolescents has trebled in the last decade.
On my first trip, in November 2000, I spent three days touring schools in Cherikov and the even more contaminated areas of the Mogilev district. Then we traveled to children’s hospitals in Minsk. What I saw there still shows up in nightmares: children with eyes in the sides of their heads, and children with no eyes at all, children with fingers that look like toes, and children whose genitals are so poorly formed one can’t determine their sex. Those nightmares are audible with infant wails like the cries of wounded wild animals.
Abandoned orphans abound. Burwell singles out a group huddled in a barn at the edge of town. The eldest of them is just twelve years old. They get by on a diet of “stolen eggs and radioactive apples”. Their parents? Dead, or dying from Chernobyl, plus vodka to blank it all out. The orphanages? Unbuilt or unplanned for.
Yet the state of Belarus, despite scant economic means at its disposal did make major, even heroic, efforts to de-contaminate the land, asphalting over dirt roads and removing 7,300,000 cubic meters of contaminated topsoil. But in the end, they had to acknowledge it was beyond them. The contamination was too overwhelming. A white flag of resignation ensued. Eventually, they resorted to lies. The people were told that the radiation had gone away and the danger had passed. Only the mad believed this.
Life expectancy in Belarus for a newborn today has dropped to fifty-nine.
And during those meagre fifty nine years, it can expect a high degree of suffering and chronic ill-health.
Could It Happen Here?
Could it happen elsewhere? “Could it happen here?” ponders Burwell in 2004, as she explores the Duane Arnold Energy Center, Iowa’s nuclear reactor. “Yeah, you could make it happen here,” replies an engineer, by which he means a relatively unsophisticated terrorist style attack.
Of course we all worry about attacks of this sort, and are made to worry about adequate security to protect us. But the fact is that we are already in the midst of a radioactive catastrophe that will – unless some very drastic repair strategies are figured out real soon – transform the continent of Narth America, and probably Europe, into a vast extension of what occurred in Belarus as a result of the Chernobyl meltdown.
“Our” contemporary meltdown is not Ukrainian but Japanese: Fukushima-Daiichi. And we in the United States are effectively “downwind” of the fallout as it bridges the Pacific at increasingly dire and dangerous levels.
It Has Already Happened, and It Is Growing
In his imva.blog, [http://blog.imva.info/world-affairs/radiation-hitting-streets-la], Dr. Mark Sircus remembers the fate of the Belarus people, and refers to that same seminal essay by Hope Burwell. But he also provides specific data as to the rapidly elevating quanta of radioactive fallout affecting this country, and in particular Los Angeles. In a posting entitled, Radiation Hitting the Streets of LA, Dr. Sircus explains how radiation levels are still rising with ominous consistency. What pertains to LA will also pertain to the rest of the continental US, and eventually to much of the northern hemisphere.
Here are a few pointers from that post:
- A HEPA filter test conducted by the California Highway Patrol showed radiation levels at 668% normal background levels in LA.
- That same test also showed a 130% increase over the previous one in January demonstrating a cumulative rise in levels over time.
- In April of this year, testing by LA weekly contributor, Michael Collins, found 5 times the normal amount of radiation in rain falling over LA.
- In May 2012, the normally highly conservative New York Times ran an article specifying that the radiation emitted in the first days after the initial portion of the Fukushima disaster was almost 250% higher than the estimates provided by the Japanese safety regulators.
- This under-estimating of actual levels has unquestionably been par for the course ever since, and no data from government or state sponsored regulatory agencies can be trusted as accurate.
- According to Sircus’s calculations, 27 million curies of radioactive fallout were disseminated in just the initial twenty days of the Fukushima disaster. A curie, named after Madame Curie, is used to quantify radiation, and stands for 37 million quanta of radio-active disintegration per second. To put things in perspective, the initial 20 days at Fukushima generated about 27 times the amount of radiation estimated to have been released by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined.
Roughly 15 months have now passed since Fukushima was struck by the tsunami. The situation is extremely critical, and technically entirely out of control, as Dr. Michio Kaku has repeatedly emphasized. If we multiply 27 million by 20 to cover the time period up to the present moment, we get an estimated 54o million curies released and carried westward by the winds. That would be equal to the fallout from 540 Hiroshima/Nagasaki explosions. Yet this itself is very likely an underestimate, since the data from the streets of LA show levels of hot particles rising by percentages margins of many hundred percent.
Where Will All This Radiation End Up?
Debris from Fukushima Now Washing Up on the West Coast
Radioactive Tuna Discovered in California
In our lungs, in our tissues, in our brains and, ultimately, in our genes where mutations will generate horrible birth effects such as we have seen, so tragically, in Belarus. Certain radionuclides have specific, selective affinities for human tissue. For example, strontium- 90 travels to the bones, marrow and the teeth. Cesium-137 moves preferentially into the heart,eyes and brain. Plutonium-239, amongst the most deadly of radionuclides, is inhaled as part of airborne particulates, and can settle in tender lung tissue, from where it can enter system circulation via the blood.
Is There Room For Hope?
Humans cannot live without hope. The spirit dies without the sense of hope, meaning and purpose in life. What can be done to engender hope in this unfolding crisis?
At the most basic level, the body may, to some degree, be protected and de-contaminated using natural substances such as plants, minerals, salts and special foods. We are currently developing a comprehensive website that will provide essential information on protection and cellular repair to all interested. We are also now offering workshops and seminars on Radiation Remedies here in Friday Harbor. At the end of August, we will present a hands on theory and practice workshop on food preparation that protects the human body from the damage done by radionuclides.
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A Last Word On The Mosquitos
Now that you know a bit more about the tragic, recent history of Belarus, the phenomenon of the swarming mosquitoes may be less perplexing. Who knows whether genetic mutations have created a variety of mosquito unknown before? As I showed in the previous post, the physical formation of the swarm clouds bears an uncanny resemblance to the morphology of the white smoke plumes emanating from Fukushima.
We can also appreciate the swarms of bugs as a “canary in the coalmine”, not so much for the long suffering people of Belarus, but rather for the rest of us who are either foolishly complacent, or utterly misinformed, about radiation levels.
When we humans interfere with Nature at a genetic level, as with nuclear wastes or GMOs, a Pandoras box is opened up, and all sorts of ungodly chaos can spill out. But we can still hope to turn this around. Nature is not an inert, incapacitated victim. Nature has the inherent capacity to heal itself, and we all need to trust this mysterious power, and treat it with reverence and intelligence. If, as a whole, humans opt for this attitude, there is still a way out of the encircling darkness. Nature does not need us, but we need Nature, now more than ever. If only on an individual level, if you follow our advice about natural healing, you may be able to strengthen the resources of you body to cope with the onslaught of radioactive toxins.