Pay no attention to the men behind the screens

I share this not to point a finger at any one person, governing body or country in particular. If I randomly select any natural and/or human disaster I am sure a similar measure of behind the scenes manipulation, disguise and obstruction of information could be found. This is simply the one I happened to stumble upon today. It is more likely that situations such as this one are happening everywhere at every moment with increasing regularity the higher the stakes get:
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Waste Incineration
Posted: March 30, 2012 in Citizen Awareness, Corporate Manipulation of Information, Dangerous Japanese Policy, Dangerous Nuclear Industry Work Ethics, Support Tohoku Kills Japan, Unreliable Japanese Official Information
Tags: 311, Asahi Shimbun, cesium, danger, environment policy, Ex-SKF, fall-out, food, Fukushima, Gozan no Okuribi, Hawkesbury, Kansai, Keiji Yamada, Kyotamba, Kyoto, Maizuru, march eleven, monitored land, Nara, natural goods, Osaka, radiation, Sankei Shimbun, spread, Tamba wine, threat, waste 7
Asahi Shimbun Japanese version reported that Yamada, the governor of Kyoto prefecture paid a secret visit to the small town of Kyotamba on March 28, in order to ask its mayor to accept incinerated radioactive waste and dispose of it, on the basis that the incinerator output would be better monitored there and that Kyotamba has 9 hectares of land as well as a river where to dump radioactive ashes. The mayor replied that he would think about the proposal positively, which is a way to acknowledge agreement provided that the brown envelope is fat enough.

Actual incineration would take place in undisclosed facilities in Kyoto prefecture, such as in Maizuru, Kyoto and Kameoka. Governor Yamada makes no secret about his plan to accept radioactive waste for incineration, but every move he makes towards its implementation is undemocratic and behind the scenes, a strategy also used by Goshi Hosono, the Minister of Environment who is pushing for nationwide spread of radioactive contamination. (Updated on 2012/04/10)


Consider that happened over two years and four months ago. Where might all that radioactivity be by now? 

Is the rain water in the barrels I use to water my vegetables carrying radioactive waste in lesser or greater quantity than the water from the city reservoirs that has been accumulating rainwater over the past several years? Is the filtering and purification process of the water I buy to drink able to remove radioactivity from the water? I don’t know. If I did, would there be anything I could effectively do about it? Probably not. 

All we can do is simply the best we can to hold the people in politics accountable to what we do know and try to live our lives as simply as possible, which means complicating each day with a myriad of decisions in our attempts to avoid the marketing efforts of those with the means to poison our minds. 

Question: What do you do to handle information such as this? How do you get through each day knowing that there is so much that impacts your daily life that you can do nothing about?

If you follow, read or “Like” this post, please leave a comment, either in response to the questions or any thought of your own. I want this to generate dialog. 

About heinsight2010

Living into my legacy years in Northwestern Washington, gathering my memories and experiences into a coherent whole to make my mark in the world, I write, paint, walk, talk, share stories, dance and learn my way through the changes of life, while finding ways to contribute to sustainable community with as much love and compassion as I can.
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2 Responses to Pay no attention to the men behind the screens

  1. Kate M. says:

    You write such thoughtful posts. I’ve started coping by journaling more and meditating occasionally, particularly in the areas where I lack control. And then I try to make smart, informed choices in the areas I can control.

  2. heinsight2010 says:

    Thanks, Kate, I appreciate the compliment. Even more so that you are willing to share your own coping methods. Writing this blog is a bit of a vent for the random thoughts and connections that come up while trying to focus on the memoir I am writing called “Tortoise Moon” (a naturalist’s voyage of self discovery in the Galapagos)

    Journaling and meditation are both great tools towards those informed and smarter decisions. Doing what we can about what we can is the best we can do. And all we can do is our best. I find the research and writing and meditating all help me find ways to continually improve on that “best”.

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