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Should I bring a Geiger Counter when I go shopping at Walmart?

Think about it. The Northern Pacific Ocean is highly radioactive. Ships sailing through those waters are contaminated. Those same ships dock along the West Coast and some of those contaminated cargo ships sail through the Panama Canal to the Gulf Coast.

How much radiation from sea spray and rain are contaminating the cargo containers? Not to leave out, the ships bringing the contamination into the Gulf of Mexico waters.

The West Coast is already contaminated. Starfish turning into goo, thousands of dead sea birds, fish, and sea turtles washing onshore, bald eagles having seizures before dying, seals with oozing sores and losing fur...and the list is growing. And that's just the water, what about the radiation clouds and the fallout from the rains that have already hit the US?

So if I go to Walmart or just about any other store with products shipped via the Pacific....should I bring a Geiger Counter and check the products before purchasing? I'm not eager to buy a t-shirt sporting 1000 rads.

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Concerns Raised Over Lack Of Radiation Checks On Shipments

Tribune 242, 30Jan2014, by Ava Turnquest, Tribune Staff Reporter, aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

THE BAHAMAS Customs Department does not test cargo shipments for radiation contamination, Comptroller Charles Turner confirmed yesterday.

Following reports last week that Jamaican Customs authorities have recorded ‘higher-than-normal’ levels of radiation in two shipments from Japan, Mr Turner said he was “not aware of any checks being undertaken in the Bahamas”.

According to The Gleaner, Jamaica Customs Agency has been on “high alert” since the March 2011 earthquake-triggered meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

The JCA has been conducting the checks through a partnership with the United States Department of Energy, according to The Gleaner, which reported that tests are conducted on all vehicles and spare parts coming from Japan. The US department frequently visits to check on the operation of the programme and equipment, with the last visit in December, according to The Gleaner.

Questions forwarded to the US Embassy concerning whether or not a similar programme is being employed in the Bahamas were not answered before press time.

Jamaica’s discovery came days after reports that Russian authorities banned more than 100 used Japanese vehicles from entering the country, stating “radioactive pollution concerns”.

Jamaica’s first case involved a minibus imported by a local used-car dealer in November 2012, according to The Gleaner.

The article added: “The most recent case, according to Assistant Commissioner of Customs Velma Ricketts, came last month when a trans-shipment container carrying used motor-vehicle parts destined for Guyana was scanned at the Kingston Container Terminal and its radiation levels was determined to be “elevated”.

According to the report, both shipments have been quarantined and will be returned to Japan.
http://www.tribune242.com/news/2014/jan/30/concerns-raised-o...

208 instances of radiation in cargo containers

China Daily, 2013-10-31, By Xu Wei (chinadaily.com.cn)

Quarantine authorities nationwide uncovered 208 instances in which excessive levels of radiation were found in imported cargo containers in September, the nation's top quality watchdog said on Thursday.
There was 19.6 percent more radiation from the same period last year, said Chen Xitong, spokesman for the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
A figure provided by the authority shows that more than 1,000 cargo containers were found with excessive levels of radiation in the first half of this year. Last month, customs in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, seized 952 metric tons of waste materials that were imported from Japan.
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-10/31/content_170725...

International Journal of Health Services, 2012

AN UNEXPECTED MORTALITY INCREASE IN
THE UNITED STATES FOLLOWS ARRIVAL OF THE
RADIOACTIVE PLUME FROM FUKUSHIMA:
IS THERE A CORRELATION?
Joseph J. Mangano and Janette D. Sherman

The multiple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima plants beginning on
March 11, 2011, are releasing large amounts of airborne radioactivity that has
spread throughout Japan and to other nations; thus, studies of contamination
and health hazards are merited. In the United States, Fukushima fallout
arrived just six days after the earthquake, tsunami, and meltdowns. Some
samples of radioactivity in precipitation, air, water, and milk, taken by the
U.S. government, showed levels hundreds of times above normal; however,

http://www.radiation.org/reading/pubs/HS42_1F.pdf

No better reason to become a

No better reason to become a minimalist and ditch consumerism. Here's a few cool minimalism sites...

www.earlyretirementextreme.com
www.theminimalists.com
www.tinyhouseblog.com

It's time everyone stop acquiring 'stuff'.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

???

Way to exagerate.

Not sure I should even bother pointing out everything that wrong with that first paragraph let alone that wallop of a third one you got there.
Protip, the starfish are turning to goo from disease and its happening on both west and east coast. Next thing you will probably tell me that if I go in the water on the east coast my hair will fall out.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

You're right, I cannot prove the starfish are turning to goo

because of radiation poisoning from Fukushima. Nor can I prove the starfish die-off between New Jersey and Maine in 2013 were melting because of nuclear power plant run-off waste water. And I can't prove the US Navy was dumping radioactive waste in the Atlantic during the Cold War: http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/veterans/the-atomic-sa...

In association to my concern for the spreading of radioactive poisoning to the Gulf Coast, I can site references to materials posted on the internet. Like from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism's Guideline on Radiation Measurement for Export Containers in Port; Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.mlit.go.jp/kowan/kowan_fr1_000043.html

I'm alarmed about the radiation and sharing my concerns here at DP.

Why are you trying to down play the danger of Fukushima's radiation to the US?

Re the starfish, I was just going to bring that up.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/11/11/mysterious-disease...

The exaggeration doesn't strengthen the case. It weakens it. To mix in issues easily shown to be *irrelevant* to Fukushima only causes a loss of credibility - for environmental issues that exist related to Fukushima and otherwise. (As in, what *is* causing the starfish wasting?)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

thank you.

even if it was fox.

;)

I do try to monitor science websites.

HVACTech....Sea Stars/Starfish are successful scavengers

They'll eat anything slower than they are, like clams, barnacles, and dead fish. Barnacles eat phytoplankton and zooplankton. Clams eat phytoplankton, zooplankton, algae and copepods.

The Japan Times News article, 22May2013, "Researchers find high cesium in some Pacific plankton":

"...The researchers collected plankton at 10 points in the Pacific from off Hokkaido to Guam between January and February 2012.

They detected cesium-134 in plankton at all 10 points. The density of radioactive cesium was the highest at 8.2 to 10.5 becquerels per kilogram in samples collected from waters around 25 degrees north latitude and 150 degrees east longitude. The lowest concentration at any of the 10 points was 1.9 becquerels per kilogram.

The density of cesium in seawater was highest in waters at around latitude 36 to 40 degrees north, the team said."

Full article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/22/national/researc...

show me. I am pretty close to Missouri you know.

starfish are turning to goo on the east coast too?

any other deep sea fish showing up?

Good point

Maybe that's why insurance companies are exempting radiation claims
in their future plans.

NOSHEEPLE

For the past several years...

the Chinese have thrown TONS of money at building a massive seaport on the Pacific-side of Mexico. The intention seems to be the ability to bring in all the cheep WalMart crap, circumvent the longshoremen in LA, bypass the expensive US trucking industry totally by paying Pedro pennies-per-day to drive his rig straight up the trans-TX corridor. Have you noticed the legislation in the past few years regarding Mexican trucks on US roads? They are now allowed deeper and deeper into the US, instead of only 25-30 miles to a free-trade zone.
Now, if the "government" cuts off the wages of dock workers and truck drivers, what do you suppose the response is going to be?
Yee haw....hope you got an airbag!!...things are gonna get ugly, fast...it's coming, sooner than you think.

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BC
Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

re 'deeper and deeper into the US'

( its a BORDER PORT OF ENTRY and its in KANSAS CITY, MO )
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The CenterPoint-Kansas City Southern Intermodal Center is in designated enterprise and foreign trade zones and the transcontinental and NAFTA trade corridors.

..partnership provides unparalleled rail access to the deep-water Port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico, and the Panama Canal, and Gulf Coast seaports.

The facility’s central location and proximity to numerous east-west and north-south highways and interstates means tenants can ship goods to 80 percent of the U.S. population within two days by truck.

http://www.kcportauthority.com/index.php/commerce-transporta...

(just one of many links to info)

No...didn't know that, will have to look at the legislation...

Thanks! But have read about the new wider "Panama type" canal that's being considered to be built in Nicaragua. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua_Canal

Wait a minute.

They are investing in a port, paying Pedro to drive the extra miles and they expect the port to pay for itself in savings.

Free includes debt-free!