Here at Doc40, we only really mark
the death of Elvis in passing. We celebrate the man on his birthday – January 8th.
Today, however, The Guardian has reprinted my 1977 cover obituary from the NME.Click here.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster is one of those news stories
that we – including the MSM – all tend to forget once the furor has died down.
Perhaps we shouldn’t.
"Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster
caused mutations to butterflies, researchers show in a new study. The study,
published Thursday in the journalScientific Reports, documented physiological and
genetic damage to the pale grass blueZizeeria maha, which
was overwintering as larvae when the nuclear disaster began.
The researchers write that "theZizeeria mahapopulation in the Fukushima area is
deteriorating physiologically and genetically. Most likely, this deterioration
is due to artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP, as
suggested by our field work and laboratory experiments." "It has been
believed that insects are very resistant to radiation," lead researcher
Joji Otaki from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, told BBCnews. "In that sense, our results were
unexpected," said Otaki.
As ABC News explains the experiment, scientists first began
tracking common butterflies around the nuclear plant two months after the
disaster. They collected 121 insects, and found 12 percent of them had
unusually small wings. That number jumped more than 5 percent when butterflies
collected from the plant site had offspring of their own.
In another group of butterflies collected six months after
the disaster, scientists found 28 percent had “abnormal” traits. That number
nearly doubled among the second generation born. Researchers noted other
abnormalities including malformed antennae and appendages. The researchers say
the information found in their study "has invaluable implications for the
possible future effects of radiation on animals."
NASA drops a vehicle the
size of a jeep on the Martian surface. I applaud. Texas Republicans want the
state’s children taught that the Earth is only 6000 years old and, by logical
extension, so is Mars. (Although by some mutation of string theory, logic may
not function in Texas any more even though it’s gripped by the drought and
fires of climate change.) I sigh.
Homicidal Nazis can’t tell Sikhs from Moslems or Batman. I weep. Then Pussy
Riot puts me to shame. MC5, Joe Strummer, or even The Deviants never did time
for just performing. Is the battle outside raging? Will it soon shake our
windows and rattle our doors? Or will the distractions prove too great? The
2012 Olympics threw the UK into a maelstrom of gaudy and undignified
patriotism. Winston Church, William Blake, the Industrial Revolution, David
Bowie, and Naomi Campbell are rolled out to celebrate. Such is our national
pride. I try to ignore all the inappropriate Union Jacks but I sense Theme Park
GB draws near. So issue the fucking Robin Hood costumes and Womble suits and
let’s get to our total humiliation. Or are those V For Vendetta Guy Fawkes
masks also part of the deal?
The War on drugs is a
failure. The war on drugs does not keep anybody from
using drugs. It does not save any lives of any
health. It is bad for people and bad for society. All related laws should be repealed and all
prisoners whose only crime was possession should be released. Why not try this in one state and see what
will happen. That would be the scientific method, and we believe in
science do we not?