What do we need right now?

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One thing we need right now, in the midst of the pandemic, is masks that are approved to protect people from an airborne virus.  Doctors, nurses, and all other people working with those who are infected, or might be infected, need them first.  They are top priority.  Masks alone of course are not all that is required.  But it is a crime that our medical care providers don’t even have enough to protect themselves while they are providing care.

Here is a petition to ask the president to do more: https://www.change.org/N95MasksNow


Keep radioactive fallout out of our children’s air, water, and food


If you already agree, here are two simple steps action steps you can take:

1.  Sign this petition:Petition

2.  Share the petition with others

If you want more information, read on…

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is an ongoing crisis that was triggered by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.  Japanese nuclear reactors were critically damaged, radioactive fallout was released, and radioactive contamination is still being released.  It is spreading worldwide through air, water, and food, and we need to do something about it.  To explain why we need to do something about it, I will begin by talking about cancer.

Cancer always has a cause.  It used to be a rare disease, now it is an epidemic.  Yet we rarely stop to think about why.

Cancer happens when a cell of the body gets hit in the right spot, and uncontrolled cellular growth happens.  It can happen in one step, or multiple steps.  The main causes of cancer are radiation and chemicals.  The process can be very complicated, as when radiation or chemicals cause a mutation in DNA, which is passed along to the next generation creating an increased susceptibility to cancer, if it is triggered… again usually by radiation and or chemicals.

Therefore, radioactive fallout and leakage from Fukushima is a bad thing, not just because of immediate illness caused by radiation exposure, but by the long term consequence of cancer, which can take months, or years to show up.  (Cancer is not the only health affect, but one I am the most familiar with.  Miscarriage, stillbirth, birth defects, infertility… are other health effects of radiation exposure.)

Many radioactive fallout materials stay harmful for thousands of years.  There are materials from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and above ground nuclear tests from the 1950s that continue to harm people today.  But they have spread throughout the world, and are added to what is called “background radiation”.

On my birthday in 2011, the Fukushima incident happened.  Corporations who profit from nuclear power don’t want the world to know how serious it was, and continues to be, because if people knew the truth all nuclear power plants would be shut down.  Corporations have been able to convince most politicians and media sources not to publicize or even believe that the Fukushima nuclear reactors are continuing to harm the public, both from radioactive fallout spreading, continuing leakage, and the risk of further damage by earthquakes.  The silence is deafening.

Senator Ron Wyden is a rare exception.  He toured Fukushima, and saw that the situation is worse than reported.

All of this is overwhelming.  If it weren’t for my 4 year old son, I might be tempted to pretend it isn’t happening.  But I have a responsibility to make the world safer for his sake, if not for my own.

That is why I am so happy that another mom, Kimberly Roberson, is doing something about it.  She started the Fukushima Fallout Food Safety Petition on Change.org to demand that the US government monitor what is going on, work to keep products contaminated with radioactive fallout off supermarket shelves, and come up with ways to stop the continuing spread of radioactive contamination.

As part of informing people about what is going on, she has written a book called “Silence Deafening”.  She is working on a second book also to raise awareness of this threat, and to come up with solutions.  Because she is doing something about the problem,  I support her 100 percent.

By the way, I don’t believe that the people running nuclear power plants, or those that support them are evil.  I think they are just in denial about the dangers and harm they are causing.  Denial is something humans are very good at.

In summary, the Fukushima nuclear reactors are continuing to cause harm, and action is required.  I hope everyone in the USA will sign the petition started by Kimberly Roberson on Change.org.  There are other petitions that address the Fukushima issue, including ones not directed at the USA, but I am focusing on Kimberly Roberson’s efforts right now.

It is a big, overwhelming problem, but there are two things most people can do easily from the comfort of their homes.  1.  Sign this :Petition   2.  Share the petition

Here are some links that I hope people will check out:

1.  Petition:  http://www.change.org/petitions/urgent-fukushima-radioactive-fallout-food-safety-petition

2.  Book: http://www.silencedeafening.com

3.  Senator Wyden’s press release:  http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/after-tour-of-fukushima-nuclear-power-station-wyden-says-situation-worse-than-reported

One mom’s response to radioactive fallout in our children’s food

If you don’t want radioactive fallout in our food, I ask you to do two things today.  1.  Sign the petition  2.  Donate to the cause, even if you can only scrape together $5, it will help.

Reprinted from Kimberly Roberson, links to the petition added:

THIS IS AN ACTIVE PETITION ~We are in the midst of an ongoing and seemingly incomprehensible radiation crisis at the Fukushima  Daiichi  nuclear power complex in Japan.

Sign the petition here:


Donate to the cause here:   http://www.indiegogo.com/silencedeafeningfund?c=home

Some are saying “this is not Chernobyl” and for that matter it may turn out to be worse. Greenpeace released a report on March 25, 2011 which ranks the radiation leaking from Fukushima to date to be at Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) which is the the highest level and the same as Chernobyl after that catastrophe. We must remember that this crisis is far from over and will have serious health effects for many innocent people, with young children and the elderly being particularly vulnerable. The National Academies of Science issued a 2006 report on radiation exposure that concluded that even low levels of radiation can cause human health problems, including cancer and heart disease. And 25 years after Chernobyl,  the United Kingdom still maintains restrictions on sheep production in parts of Wales because radioactive cesium continues to contaminate grazing lands.

Now we are learning that the water pumped in from the ocean to cool the Fukushima reactors is flowing back to sea mixed with deadly plutonium, endangering sea life too.  Until workers can find a way to somehow stop, contain and store it, dangerous levels of radioactivity will continue to spread to the ocean and the biosphere.  Particulates in the form of radioactiive iodine and other radioisotopes from Fukushima have traveled across the United States as far as Massachusetts.  Increased radiation is now being detected in cows milk in Washington, Vermont, and other states. 

While we continue to send our prayers and support to the people of Japan, it is clearly time to understand that this is a global crisis which will affect many nations, including the United States. Citizens in India, China, France and other countries are being told to carefully handle or not to eat large leafy green vegetables and some dairy products. Here in the US, closer downwind on the jetstream from Japan, we are STILL not receiving honest, accurate and consistent information from our government agencies. The FDA has announced that there is no need to test north Pacific fish for radioactivity, and the EPA announced scaling back monitoring of water and milk to quarterly testing only.

First, tell Congress and President Obama that we need to monitor all food and water imports from Japan, including the estimated annual 5 million gallons of bottled water, soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages containing water. Seafood shipments and other food products also are still being imported by the US.and they must be monitored immediately.

Next, tell Congress and President Obama that the Environmental Protection Agency must significantly expand the monitoring of air particulates, rain water, drinking water, and milk and to make the findings readily transparent and immediately available to the public.

Last, tell Congress and President Obama that the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration should receive adequate funding for expanded food and water inspection both here and overseas and to communicate those findings immediately to the public. Congress must rethink our agricultural policies as well as international trade policies as they effect imports from other countries also trading with Japan.

Petition Letter


Dear President Obama and Members of Congress,

As the humanitarian and environmental crisis of the Fukushima nuclear reactors continues to unfold, we in the United States are at risk for the continuation of increased radiation exposure in our air, food and water. Young children and the elderly are particularly at risk. Citizens of France, India, China and other countries are being told that the radioactivity from Fukushima is no longer negligible and to carefully handle or avoid certain foods, yet we here in the United States are being told by the Environmental Protection Agency that the radiation is “to be expected” and “within safe limits”, nothing more. Tokyo Electric and Power Co. issued a statement on April 20 that it will take NINE MONTHS to stop their radioactive fallout. However TEPCO’s reactors are still in criticality stage which undermines their projection, while the FDA announced that they do not plan on testing North Pacific fish for radioactivity from Fukushima Daiichi, and the EPA has scaled back testing of milk and water to quarterly monitoring. The time for action to protect citizens is now. We are asking that the following steps be taken immediately:

Please monitor all food and water imports from Japan, including the estimated annual 5 million gallons of bottled water, soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages containing water. Seafood and other food products are still coming into the US.and they must also be monitored immediately.

Also, the Environmental Protection Agency must significantly expand monitoring of air particulates, rain water, drinking water, and milk. and to make the findings available as immediately as possible and readily transparent to the public.

It is also urgent that the United States Department of Agiculture and the Food and Drug Administration be provided with adequate funding for food and water inspection as it pertains to the nuclear crisis both here and overseas and to communicate those findings immediately to the public. Our elected officials must rethink our agricultural policies and trade policies as they effect imports from other countries also trading with Japan.

Please do not hesitate to act on this extremely urgent issue.

[Your name]

Sign the petition here:

Donate to the cause here:   http://www.indiegogo.com/silencedeafeningfund?c=home

Keep Pesticides Off The Grass


Pesticides, which in includes herbicides and “weed killer” are poisons.  They are harmful to human health.

Think about it.  If you have dandelion in your yard and you jump up and down on it, and pull its head off… it survives.  A human being would not.  It takes a lot of strong poison to kill a dandelion.  And the poison doesn’t magically disappear in a few days, or after it rains.  Most of the weed killers sold to homeowners in the USA are illegal in Ontario Canada, because they are harmful to human health.

People have been brainwashed into thinking that we must have lawns, and that they must contain only grass.  I disagree.  If I see a lawn with dandelions, I believe the homeowner cares more about the health of his or her family, than about having a weed free lawn.

Ukrainian Environmentalist brutally beaten to death

“Ukrainian environmentalist brutally beaten to death”


reprinted with permission from BeyondNuclear.org

EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade) reports the horrific news that, four days after conducting a press conference to warn that 180 tons of dangerous chemical and radioactive industrial waste had arrived at the city of Kryvyi Rih (in the Dnipropetrovsk area of Ukraine), which was likely to be “recycled” into the consumer product stream, 57 year old Volodymyr Goncharenko (photo, left) was brutally beaten to death. He was the Chairman of Social Movement of Ukraine: For the Rights of Citizens to Environmental Security.

As reported by EJOLT, “According to Goncharenko, during the past several years, scavengers have removed from the Chernobyl exclusion zone 6 million metric tons of scrap metal that was subsequently smelted at metallurgical combines and reprocessed into new metal. While in theory each metallurgical combine should be equipped with radiation-monitoring equipment to check all incoming scrap, financial shortfalls have meant this was rarely the case. In 2007 Ukraine ranked eighth in global steel production and steel is Ukraine’s leading export. One can only guess how much radioactive scrap metal has ended up in exported steel.”

Pavlo Khazan of the Ukrainian Green Party stated: “We collaborated with Volodymyr for 15 years in professional and public areas. The Ukrainian Green Party has no doubt that the murder was linked to his professional activities.” Although the Ukrainian police have opened an investigation into Goncharenko’s murder, Khazan feels that to deliver justice in this case, international attention and pressure will be needed.

Please contact the Embassy of Ukraine, urging a thorough investigation of Goncharenko’s murder, as well as for an end to the “recycling” of radioactive metals and other materials into the consumer product stream. In the U.S., the Embassy of Ukraine can be written at 3350 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007, faxed at (202) 333-0817, or phoned at (202) 349-2920.Embassies and Consulates of Ukraine elsewhere in the U.S., or in other countries, can also be contacted.

Thanks to Nuclear Energy Information Service in Illinois for alerting us to this story.

Click here to learn more about anti-nuclear resistance to attempts at “radioactive recycling” in North America.

DateAugust 15, 2012

Toy Review: Rescue Bots Electronic Mobile Headquarters

My son and I love the Rescue Bots toys, and the Rescue Bots Cartoons.  They are exciting, mechanical, fun, and non-violent.

We have almost all of the toys.  Today I purchased the Electronic Mobile Headquarters, mostly because I love the figure of Cody Burns that comes with it.  It actually looks like the boy in the Rescue Bots cartoon!  The problem?  The Mobile Headquarters is a truck, and on the cartoon it is large enough for the Rescue Bots and their human partners to fit inside.  The toy, however, is not large enough to fit even one Rescue Bot inside.  It does come with a lower quality smaller Optimus Prime, which Cody can ride in, and that one fits.  But all the rest of the Rescue Bots that I have purchased in the past year are too big to fit.

ACTION STEP:  At my son’s request, I contacted Hasbro and asked them to make the Mobile Headquarters bigger, or make transforming Rescue Bots smaller, so they can all fit inside.   I don’t expect them to do that any time soon, but at least they will have been informed of the problem.

8/29/2012:  Here is the response from Hasbro customer service

“Thank you for contacting Hasbro Customer Service and for your kind words regarding the Rescue Bots show and toys!

I appreciate your taking the time to share your feedback with us in regards to the Mobile Headquarters.

Your comments are extremely important to us. I will share your concerns with our management team so that they are also aware of your concerns.

Please do not hesitate to contact us again with your feedback. Have a fantastic day!”

Rating:  I give this toy 7 out of 10 stars.


From my friend Cyndi Norwitz: People focus on the individual mandate part (which has its issues but is far from being the whole of healthcare reform). What many forget is that a large portion of healthcare reform was getting rid of insurance company abuses like what is depicted here.


Aspirin may lower the risk of cancer

          Today I learned that there are studies showing aspirin may lower the risk of getting cancer.  Here is a link to an abstract of one study from the Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(12)70112-2/abstract  I am not a a doctor, and I am not suggesting everyone start taking aspirin.  Aspirin does have side effects, and has been linked to Reyes Syndrome in children and young adults, when taken for viral illness.