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Resuming Nuclear Testing a Slap in the Face to Survivors

Resuming Nuclear Testing a Slap in the Face to Survivors  HTTPS://ALLTHINGSNUCLEAR.ORG/GUEST-COMMENTARY/RESUMING-NUCLEAR-TESTING-A-SLAP-IN-THE-FACE-TO-SURVIVORS  LILLY ADAMS , UCS | MAY 26, 2020, The news that the Trump administration is considering resuming nuclear weapons testing is morally abhorrent. The current US moratorium on nuclear testing was put in place for many reasons, but we must not forget one crucial reason: In conducting explosive nuclear tests, the US government killed thousands of innocent people and sickened untold thousands more.

The very suggestion of resuming nuclear testing is shocking and a slap in the face to testing survivors who have spent decades watching their loved ones pass away—survivors like Sandra Walsh, of Salt Lake City, who grew up in Parowan in southern Utah, which received high levels of fallout from the Nevada Test Site.

“My family and I are Downwinders,” said Walsh. “I have had thyroid cancer and I have lost three of my children, three little girls, a mother should die before her children. My family, three sisters and my mom and dad all have had cancer. I have helped over 5000 downwinders get the help they need from the government. That is just a small amount of the people that have been affected by the bomb testing. My hope is that it will never happen again.”

Millions of Americans exposed to radioactive fallout

By treaty, the United States is barred from conducting above-ground nuclear tests, the type that created the mushroom clouds that regularly spread radiation across much of the country in the 1950s and 1960s. But underground testing has its own deadly risks, as well as  severe environmental and health consequences. In fact the second most fallout-intensive nuclear weapons test in the continental US was an underground test in Nevada, exposing millions of Americans to radioactive fallout as far away as Iowa and Illinois. Another test—one that was intended to be fully contained underground—accidentally released 80,000 curies of radioactive iodine-131 into the atmosphere.

In addition, any resumption of explosive testing could quickly lead other nuclear weapons states to resume testing as well, further accelerating the arms race that is already building around the world. The kind of nuclear posturing we are seeing today led to massive above-ground testing and resulting deaths during the Cold War. We should do everything possible to avoid heading down this path again.

To do this, we must understand the history and the consequences of testing. The United States conducted over 1,000 nuclear weapons tests between 1945 and 1992, and 216 of them were above ground. The US conducted far more tests than any other country, with Russia conducting just over 700 tests and China only 45.

The scope of death and illnesses that resulted from this testing is hard to quantify, but it was devastating no matter how you look at it. A 1997 study from National Cancer Institute, which only examined thyroid cancers that may have resulted from exposure to I-131 estimated that up to 75,000 cancers could be connected to the testing. That study did not look at other illnesses that might have resulted from exposure to additional radioactive contaminants.

Meanwhile, in 2008, Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, estimated deaths from nuclear testing at around 200,000. A recent study from the University of Arizona put the number higher, at 340,000 to 460,000 likely deaths. A study from International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War estimated that ultimately, global cancer deaths from nuclear testing could reach 2.4 million.

Radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing spread across the United States, including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Guam. In 1953, radiochemistry students in Troy, New York, 2,500 miles from the Nevada Test Site, measured radiation levels many times above normal, which were later connected to a nuclear weapons test in Nevada two days earlier. In the Marshall Islands, the US tested 67 nuclear weapons. The total explosive yield of those tests is equal to one Hiroshima-sized bomb detonated every single day for 20 years. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency admits that in the course of nuclear weapons testing, 550,000 military service members were exposed to radiation.

Seventy-five years after the first above-ground nuclear weapons test, the victims of nuclear weapons testing are in many cases still fighting for basic recognition of harm, as well as compensation for their often staggering health concerns. Downwinders of tests and uranium workers are fighting for equitable compensation through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, which currently has gaping holes in coverage and is set to expire in 2022.

Nuclear test survivors still owed billions

Tona Henderson, head of Idaho Downwinders, which has been fighting since 2004 for compensation for downwinders in Idaho, stated:

“It is unbelievable that anyone would think it was alright to start nuclear testing again! The government has not even compensated the Downwinders from the first 100 tests. We don’t need to kill and maim our own citizens again. On Memorial weekend we honored our fallen soldiers. Downwinders have suffered losses through no fault of their own, yet there will be no parades or flag draped coffins for us. Would you do these tests if your children or grandchildren were in the fallout path?”

Largely because of the impact of nuclear testing, Marshallese people living in the United States were promised Medicaid under an agreement called the Compact of Free Association, but this was stripped from them in 1996. In addition, the US owes billions of dollars to the Marshall Islands for unpaid health and environmental claims due to testing.

Shamanda Hanerg, Lani Kramer, Desmond Doulatram with REACH-MI, a non-profit in the Marshall Islands focused on their nuclear legacy, shared the following statement in response to the news:

“With outstanding human rights claims, one should pay no surprise as to why the Marshall Islands has been aggressive in the international scene in climate change and nuclear disarmament.

Our grandparents and parents suffered tremendously from the horrific effects of the nuclear testing (by the U.S. Government) on our beautiful islands. That was 74 years ago. We haven’t returned to our home, our ancestral heritage, because our land is contaminated by the many toxins and poisons we can’t even pronounce. Some of our islands were vaporized instantly from the nuclear testing.

We suffered severe burns from being in the direct fallout of the bombs. We continue to have miscarriages, still births, birth defects, various cancers, genetic disorders, and many more illnesses.

The enormity of the devastation of damages done by the nuclear testing is unfathomable, unthinkable, and inhumane. The mass destruction of the bombs on our islands have left us nuclear nomads…emotionally, mentally, and physically scarred forever.

More than ever we need to be emboldened and united in our quest to fight for justice and nuclear disarmament. For the U.S. Government to even consider continuing with nuclear testing would be an injustice to the People of the Marshall Islands.”

As a country, we have so much work left to do to right the wrongs of nuclear testing. It is unconscionable that the Trump administration is now considering resuming testing while these people are still fighting for justice.

 

May 28, 2020 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war

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  1. According to the table  in this article.
    https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2018/02/obama-hillarys-16-year-plan-destroy-america
    The Trumpsters and Qanon cult, are all about the same nuclear hellfire and war monging, that their forked tounged adherents, claim they are against.
    The chart and article shows what a Trump supporter, trump handlers and trump  are really all about with mind-numbing clarity.
    They could care-less, about what Obama or Hillary do because they know Clinton and Obama were corporate war-mongers, like they are . They know that the job of centrist, war- mongers and the Clinton-Obama: centrist-neocon-parasites have the same agenda and do  the same dirty-deeds, in a kinder-genteler way.

    The new improved  Qanon Trumpspeak cult’s job, is to take it to the nth degree.

    The job of Qanonspeak and trumpspeak purveyors, is to make  every garbage propaganda technique, go as far as it will go.
    To go as far as it will go for maximal looting, exploitation and profit of americans and the world. It is done so their corporate and military masters in the homicidal-dirty duopoly, good-cop-bad cop games they play, get more, more, more!

    It is about

    1. Enhancing NSA bulk surveillance
    2. Creating a war with Iran
    3. Amassing more overseas bases
    4. Increasing military spending astronomically
    5. Creating more control of the military by giving the military and the  supreme leader more power to declare useless wars, while creating larger privately controlled mercenaries run by billionaires and funded by taxpayers

    Ask a Trump supporter to explain what it was the “Deep State” is trying to do, they will use Trump Newspeak And Qanon lies that are just the opposite. They will tell you they are against the Deep State
    They will say that the “Deep State,”
    is enhancing NSA bulk surveillance, creating a war with Iran, amassing more overseas bases, increasing military spending astronomically, and  increasing control of the military by giving the supreme leader more power, while creating larger privately controlled mercenaries run by billionaires and funded by taxpayers. Those are all the very same things, they aggressively support. In Trumpnewspeak thats ok.

    According to their Their Tump-Newspeak and Qanon ideology
    you can have Doublethink

    Doublethink is Believing two contradictory terms to be correct

    More from the Trumpnewspeak glossary:
    Blackwhite — When used on an opponent, it means to believe that black is white, despite the facts.

    To a Qanon or Trump Cult, member, it means the ability to believe that black is white, to know that black is white, and to forget that one ever believed the contrary.

    Remember black is white  to Trump supporters and Qanon ideologs.  Their leaders truly support more war, more bombs, more nuclear bombs and more mayhem so their corrupt leaders can cash in.

    • crimestop — To rid oneself of unorthodox thoughts that interfere with believing the tenets of Trumpspeak and Qanon ideology
    • crimethink — The criminal act of holding politically unorthodox thoughts that contradict the tenets of Trumpspeak and Qanon think, frequently referred to by the standard English “thoughtcrime”

    Ask a normal sane person to explain what they would like done. It would be ending the risk of nuclear war and nuclear catastrophe,  by shutting down the 95 old decrepit reactors. Making  World treaties to abolish nuclear weapons. It would be  decreasing NSA bulk surveillance. Not creating a war with Iran. Not flooding the world with arms and nuclear arms. Not selling nuclear arms and reactors to rogue states like saudi arabia.  Not amassing more overseas bases but, closing them. Not increasing military spending astronomically. 
    Doing something to alleviate domestic misery, instead of going out of their way to flood the country with more nuclide and industrial poisons.
    No more atomic bombing the populace, with  more radionuclide fallout from nuclear bomb testing and nuclear bomb production. Trump recently said he is going to doing atomic bomb testing on the populace again in Nevada.

    His lies and insanity knows no bounds.

    It is time to end useless nuclear weapons period.
    Decreased control of the military and by the military, by not giving them and their supremo leader more power to create war. To use tactical nuclear weapons. Take away their power to create large privately controlled mercenaries . Take away their power to create  more domestic spy agencys run by corrupt power mongers and funded by taxpayers.

    The Trumpspeak and Qanon cult support the exact opposite of what they say and lie about it.

    Comment by Greg Sandlet | May 28, 2020 | Reply

  2. Resumed Nuclear Bomb Testing on americans

    Cop Race Murders gone rampant
    Massive protests
    95 unregulated old deteriorating reactors now unregulated and unsupervised under don trump, post fukushima. no effort to shore them up.
    Massive build up of nuclear arsenal . Nuclear treaties torn up
    Tactical Nuclear war and first strike pushed ny this guy.
    Tactical nuclear weapoons on submarines.
    Hypersonic nukes.
    Denial and.mishandling of covid that had led to 3 months of shutdown and death.
    25 percennt unemployment
    A racist mad mad ranting and encouraging his cult core to create havoc and even civil war. How much worse can it get?

    The cop who murdered the man on live tv, by keeping his knee on his throat, has other blood on his hands.

    In 2011, the officer who killed George Floyd also killed an Alaska Native man. Leroy Martinez, he was 23 years old and had his hands up. He had his hands up.

    A post-rational america . America was not so rational before. It is  psychotic now . Racial violence is encouraged. A massive nuclear and tactical nuclear arsenal has been accumulated and now expanded, though the cold war ended decades ago.
    A society where old shoddy nuclear reactors and their waste is  deregulated. There are several reactors ready to blow, post fukushima. There are 10s of thousands of dangerously stored high level waste, ready to crash and burn.
    An authoritarian, racist police state run by evil nuclear monkeys, sadistic generals , lunatic billionaires, and corporations with a stupid, ranting, madman at the helm.
    There is  not any sign of sane leadership now.  Feeble psychotic-suicidal leadership.
    They are building a larger nuclear arsenal including tactical nuclear weapons, as they break all nuclear treaties.

    The regime is tacitly and openly lobbying for domestic civil war. It is aggrandizing the use of tactical nuclear weapons. It’s generals and ideologs are pounding propaganda for tactical nuclear war as the empire loses it’s self-proclaimed exceptional, imperial standing in the world.
    America,  nuclear bombed japan and spread this apocolyptic insanity around the world.

    In 2020 america is a psychotic, singularly the most dangerous state. Nuclear weapon production and proliferation  was expanding before 2016. Now it is triple expanding and into Space, Hypersonic missiles,Tactical Nuclear weapins on submarines.

    Trump came to destroy the US government . They came to destabilize the country so the currupt could loot it and, make more money off the lethal poisoning of the earth.  They have destabilized the country. They have incited deadly racist division.

    The nuclear arms race should have ended with the cold war and at this time. 
    These blood-thirsty,  people have escalated a new,  larger,  and more deadly nuclear arms race for more money , blood money, and hate.

    Blatant Racial Violence is Glorified to give the  War-Monging, Nuclear Bullying, Elite and it’s Orange haired lunatic, cover.
    Racial violence is encouraged and sanity is punished.

    “Atomic energy is unnecessary,”
    “It is uneconomical. It is unsafe. It is uninsurable. It is undemocratic and it is a travesty on our descendants who will curse us if we do not stop the menace of atomic energy.”n

    Ralph Nader

    “The Usa has
    4% of world population.
    30% of COVID-19 infections.
    25% of COVID-19 deaths.
    25% of prison population.
    50% of military spending.
    80% of foreign arms sales.
    95% of foreign military bases.”
    David Swanson

    ONGOING CLAMPING DOWN OF THE POPULATION

    https://www.salon.com/2020/05/18/emails-show-uc-santa-cruz-police-used-military-surveillance-to-suppress-grad-student-strike/

    https://www.newsweek.com/trumps-secret-new-watchlist-lets-his-administration-track-americans-without-needing-warrant-1504772

    https://rall.com/comic/people-are-getting-hungry-do-you-know-what-that-means

    The patriot act and warrantless electronic monitoring have recently been extended by the corrupt facist republicans and their corrupt controlled opposition. Their war-monger counterpart-corporate democrats.

    Today in Lee County, Georgia.
    Two brothers went to deliver a package, only for a racist white man to come out cursing at them and threatening their lives for being on his property.  Watch the video.

    A black professional in Georgia lynched by gunfire. He was murdered in broad daylight while jogging. No charges filed against the murderers.

    A drug task force that raided the wrong house and shot to death an innocent EMT who happened to be black. Shot 8 times.
    EMTs are already out here risking their lives enough against this virus.

    Prison state. Prisoners in america are used as slave labor. 3 to 4 million in the system. The Usa accounts for 25 percent of all prisoners in the world.

    Jason Stanley Sums up the current state of america in this short video.

    Jason Stanley has written a book about it. He is a well-esteemed scholar and expert.

    “This coalition of the business elite, right-wing Christian evangelicals, and white nationalists and other white supremacists is very dangerous. Fascism is ultimately a death cult.” – Jason Stanley , May 11, 2020
    Reply

    Comment by Greg Sandlet | May 30, 2020 | Reply


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