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Japan is Poisoning Other Countries By Burning Highly-Radioactive Debris

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Fukushima to Burn Highly-Radioactive Debris

Fukushima will start burning radioactive debris containing up to 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram. As Mainchi notes:

The state will start building storage facilities for debris generated by the March 2011 tsunami as early as May at two locations in a coastal area of Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, Environment Ministry and town officials said Saturday.

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About 25,000 tons of debris are expected to be brought into the facilities beginning in the summer, according to the officials.

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If more than 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium are found per kilogram of debris, the debris will be transferred to a medium-term storage facility to be built by the state. But if burnable debris contains 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium or less, it may be disposed of at a temporary incinerator to be built within the prefecture, according to the officials.

Within the 20-km-radius no-go zone spanning across Naraha and five other municipalities along the coast, debris caused by the magnitude 9.0 quake and the subsequent tsunami has amounted to an estimated 474,000 tons, much of remaining where it is.

How much radiation is that? It is a lot. Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen has said that much lower levels of cesium - 5,000-8,000 bq/kg (20 times lower than what will be allowed to be burned at Fukushima) - would be sent to a special facility in the United States and buried underground for thousands of year. See this and this. It is comparable to the levels of radioactivity found within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. See this and this. And even the Japanese - who have raised acceptable levels of radiation to absurd levels - would normally demand that material with this radioactivity be encased in cement and buried:

According to plans by the Ministry of Environment, if the radioactive cesium concentration is less than 8,000 Bq/kg, then it is possible to dispose of it by burying it. Rubble that has 8,000 ~ 100,000 Bq must be encased in cement in order to prevent contact with water before being dumped. For rubble that exceeds 100,000 Bq, it must be encased in concrete walls and stored temporarily. The disposal place must be approved of by the Prefectural Governor.

In addition, some allege that debris surpassing 100,000 bq/kg of cesium will be burned, after being mixed with less-radioactive materials. And many of the incinerators are located smack dab in the middle of crowded cities, and are not equipped to contain radiation.

Other Parts of Japan Are Also Burning Radioactive Debris

And it's not just Fukushima. Tokyo and many other areas in Japan are burning radioactive debris as well. And see this.

Burning to Continue for for Years

Mainichi reports that the radioactive debris will be burned for years ... through at least March 2014.

Poisoning Other Countries

Burning radioactive debris does not destroy the radioactivity. It merely spreads it. Gundersen says that radioactivity from the burnt debris will end up not only in neighboring prefectures, but in Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California. Gundersen said that burning radioactive debris is basically re-creating the Fukushima disaster all over again, as it is releasing a huge amount of radioactivity which had settled on the ground back into the air. Steven Starr – Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, who has advised numerous countries on issues of nuclear non-proliferation – writes:

Burning radioactive debris will only serve to further randomly spread radiation across Japan, as well as the rest of the world. Not only will this lead to more morbidity and mortality within Japan, but it will further complicate epidemiological studies of the Fukushima disaster. Raising “acceptable” levels of radioactive fallout is a false solution to a serious problem. It is possible for the government authorities to do this because radiation is invisible to us, and at lower doses, the consequences of exposure do not manifest themselves for some time . . . thus it is a poison that is easy to hide and ignore. Sadly, the children of Japan will be those most seriously affected by this man-made environmental catastrophe.

It is bad enough that radiation from Fukushima is spreading across the Pacific to the United States through air and water, that the Japanese are underplaying the enormous threat posed by the spent fuel pools, and that the Japanese have engaged in a massive cover-up of the severity of the Fukushima crisis. But intentionally burning radioactive debris to try to cover up the problem - and spreading radiation worldwide in the process - is an entirely separate affront. Postscript: In addition to burning radioactive debris, Japan intends to build tents over the leaking Fukushima reactors. While this sounds like a way to contain the radiation, it would actually funnel it straight up and spread it globally:

My reaction [to the announcement that the Fukushima nuclear operator would build giant tents over the reactors] was hope that the tents would at least keep radiation from spreading worldwide through the air, even if they didn’t do anything to prevent contamination of Japan’s groundwater or the Pacific Ocean.

But nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that the tents – while helping to protect workers at Fukushima – will actually increase the dispersion of radioactive gases. Specifically, Tepco will pump radiation out through stacks, which will push radiation up to a higher elevation, dispersing it even further around the world.

 

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Tue, 04/10/2012 - 00:52 | 2330433 slewie the pi-rat
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you might want to look at a japan wind map

i can't get my link to paste, right now, but there appears to be a hi pressure swirling clockwize w/ fuk_u just right of  "deadCenter"

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 13:59 | 2342320 slewie the pi-rat
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here, better late...Japan Wind Map

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 23:48 | 2330371 Curt W
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Now they are discussing an 88 Kilometer wall 2 meters tall to keep people away from the reactors. 

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 22:43 | 2333457 HedgeCock
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Why didn't they think of something similar to put up around the reactors before the tsunami?!  Why did they build reactors there in the first place?  

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 21:40 | 2330061 Bartanist
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Yes, but it is keeping the west coast at normal temperature while the gubbermint chemtrails have caused the rest of the US to experience above normal temperatures.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 22:56 | 2330245 Freddie
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I stopped eating any food from Calif a long time ago.  They pump human sewage into many of the fields and infectious diseases have entered the food chain.  The illegal sh*t all over the fields. 

This will only make California worse.  Enjoy the radioactive wine. Pelosi has a vineyard.  Hopefully most of it will end in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 22:32 | 2330218 Gully Foyle
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http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/04/09/dangerous-radioactive-wave-h...

Dangerous Radioactive ‘Wave’ To Hit Entire US Food Supply By Next Year

Researchers say the radioactive ‘wave’ from Japan will hit the US West Coast  within the year and when it does it will have a deadly consequences for marine life and the entire U.S. food supply.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 20:55 | 2329897 toady
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mmmmmmmmmmmm.....

highly radioactive debris .....

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:24 | 2329692 bugs_
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Oh, mercy mercy me Oh, things ain't what they used to be
No, no Radiation in the ground and in the sky

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:14 | 2329671 nasa
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What blows me away is people are traveling to Japan like Fukushima never happened/ is not happening.   Fuking crazy.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:03 | 2329652 Coldfire
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Karma.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 18:21 | 2329532 Fix It Again Timmy
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GE - "We Bring Good Things To Life...."  Please NO more good things!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 18:20 | 2329529 Arthur Borges
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Folks here might enjoy Kurosawa's 1990 film "Dreams", a blend of bright warm hope and nightmares, old and new, that includes a nuclear power plant meltdown.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:57 | 2329471 TrulyStupid
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Does this mean we can't do Iran's stored nukes or N Korea? Whats with Japan anyway? didn't they get enough radiation when we nuked em back in the 40's.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 22:58 | 2329449 Stuck on Zero
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The best approach is to encase the debris in cement and drop it into a nearby deep ocean trench to be subducted.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:10 | 2329363 Axenolith
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There's a freakin' 38,000 foot deep subduction zone right off the coast, encase the shit in cement and drop it down there for the planet to recycle...

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 18:32 | 2329563 Buck Johnson
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No kidding.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:44 | 2329283 GrinandBearit
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It's a way of Japan saying to the rest of the world:  "If we're gonna die, EVERYONE is going to die!"

The old adage "misery loves company" applies here.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:42 | 2329275 Bagbalm
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So anybody know how this compares with open air testing in the 50s and 60s?

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:22 | 2329393 Curt W
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The spent fuel pools have about half of cesium released from all nuclear activites(including chernobyl) since the 40's.  If the pools are drained they could release most of this within a very short period, days/weeks.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:00 | 2329325 knukles
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Weren't any Japs in Nevada.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:35 | 2329261 gnomon
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Look at the Chernobyl area.  The trees, flowers, and grasses survived.  Think of that when the sun goes down on the last day that you can bear it.

(Oops, I forgot about the critical pollinators.  Looks like another Permian Wasteland coming our way as the generators run down at all of the nuclear plants as the chaos spreads from one collapsed fuel pool that renders all of Fukushima combustible).

Mother Nature has us by the cajones.  One good jolt, and that is all she wrote.  Finis.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 23:26 | 2330324 General Debility
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Rats and cockroaches survive too. They can lie about in the long grass and climb trees and pick flowers for their mates. Idyllic ...none of us human terminator eliminators left to bug them.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 22:50 | 2330251 Freddie
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Mother Nature has us by the cajones.  One good jolt, and that is all she wrote.  Finis.

Then get on with it Mother Nature.  The whole planet going down sure beats living under the Chicago DNC and the fake GOP conservatives/Romney/McCain.

A friend in Northern California is quietly selling and moving out.  He said radiation is already being detected in the grapes used in California vineyards.

 

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:34 | 2329260 Diet Coke and F...
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Why oh why don't I take the blue pill... This is all Tylers fault! :)

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:15 | 2329206 jackinrichmond
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all this makes me wonder if the evacuation of japanese cities has something to do with the big fema camps that are being built in the u.s.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:59 | 2329320 knukles
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All domestic political malcontents are sent to Fuckushittin'me.
All other malcontents are sent to FreeMemBA recreation summer camps for interpersonal communications awareness examinations.
All able bodied sheeple will work in varying capacities for the remaining 500,000 upper 1%ers, as gardners, cooks, drivers, launderers, painters and musicians.
A whole lotta people from Whothefuckknows gonna be filling all those empty Chinese cities.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:42 | 2329274 Marginal Call
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Evacuate?  Naw, Japan's a leper colony now.  They just don't know it yet.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:14 | 2329202 gnomon
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Build the greenhouse now for your garden.   A steady rain of radioactive particles is assured here in North America even if SFP #4 does not collapse.  Ingested or breathed in particles are the worst killers.

And be ready to wear dust masks whenever the upper air winds dump in your region.

Or what the Hell, just move to the Southern Hemisphere.  What's the point?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 20:18 | 2329825 SeattleBruce
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Also may want to include a reverse osmosis water filter to help filter out radioactive elements from your drinking water...

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 18:58 | 2329637 KK Tipton
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Greenhouse and 3M dust/radionuclide mask info here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/RBEglobal

Proper P100 masks are what you need.
A $300 greenhouse is not shabby either.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:11 | 2329194 Urban Roman
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Of course, if that trash has 200,000 Bq/kg, they'll just find some less-hot trash to mix it with, and et-viola, 99,000 Bq/kg!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 21:15 | 2329973 Legolas
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It all depends on who's doing the monitoring of the Bq/kg levels.  Who can be trusted to certify the levels?  Hmmmm.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:44 | 2329281 dtwn
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The solution to pollution is dilution!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:02 | 2329160 non_anon
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The Big Top will go up and the clowns are in charge.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:08 | 2329178 SilverTree
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Most people don't know, don't care or have their own problems. This is by design!

De-population bitches.

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:47 | 2329113 geekgrrl
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This is like a nightmare that never ends. What are these people thinking? That they can just burn and dump all their nuclear waste into the air and the ocean and nobody will notice? This is insanity!

What a contrast between how the US government treats "terrorists" and how they treat the real terrorists, the ones posing a real threat to US lives. The hypocrisy is just startling. Here, it's reported that in April 2011, Hillary Clinton signed a deal with the Japanese government to continue importing food from Japan, and without any testing. And of course it goes without saying that no US produced food, i.e. from California in particular, will be tested.

There are people in this world, like Hillary, who truly couldn't care less about you or me. She's clearly put the Japanese economy above the health of US citizens, and as Secretary of State, I think this is treasonous.

Nobody knows at this point how many lives will be taken as a result of Fukushima, but if SFP4 goes down, I'm quitting my job and going to live out my days sitting on a Caribbean beach drinking Pina Coladas.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:05 | 2329169 Gully Foyle
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http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html

n recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known.  It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity.  The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors.  Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo.  In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel  appear to be unscathed.

Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of  the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.

Many of our readers might find it difficult to appreciate the actual meaning of the figure, yet we can grasp what 85 times more Cesium-137 than the Chernobyl would mean. It would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 20:34 | 2329855 SeattleBruce
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"This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants."

 

I've seen many theories on what can be done - encasing the rods in cement, putting them into a deep ocean crevice, shooting them into space, burying the cores and the pools in sand and boron, and then entombing them...at the very least we should have all the brightest scientific minds in the world looking at solutions, even if less than ideal, to help ameliorate this...

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:54 | 2329276 Jim in MN
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Yes, there are multiple Chernobyls of radiation in play here, but almost all of it has been caught in the vast volume of cooling water that TEPCO is holding on site.  Or leaked into the ocean or groundwater.

But air releases are still occurring.  How much?  And how much from the unobserved mess of core loads?  Sure hasn't been much on that discussed in public lately.  Although I did see a photo of a handheld detector with the press pool that visited for the one-year anniversary (if you can call it that) reading 107 microsieverts/hour outside the plant grounds. 

So far this has been terrible, but not nearly as terrible as it could become, any day of the week.

Spray and pray, OK, but please don't pretend it's normal or under control.

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 20:10 | 2329811 Born Right the ...
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thanx to the Tylers for covering this here on ZH.I found this site for other reasons,but it clearly had the best coverage of Fukashima,and I appreciated it very much.As most folks here already know

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/

has  been the best source for coverage since day one.The guy had a financial blog,and turned it into a source of info on his own country's nightmare.I found the link to him here on ZH.

and now to the real problem at the exploded reactors.Yes, the spent fuel pool of unit 4 is the pressing issue now.Because,if it goes down,the whole area becomes a place where even cabon based pesonnel at gunpoint won't live long enough to do any good.There goes spraying water on anything,like the other spent fuel pools,and then TSHTF,world wide.There is no technology that will work with radiation levels like they will have.

I don't know if others have read this info also,but I did not see anyone else broaching the subject.

SWEET DREAMS,HAVE A NICE NIGHT!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:04 | 2329654 Bob
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+1

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:46 | 2329108 Yen Cross
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 Longggg Scuba Gear!  And Airgas!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:34 | 2329069 lakecity55
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Mothra could get rid of this stuff in building 4.

Do not go to the left coast if you don't have to.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 22:57 | 2330261 Freddie
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What is in Bldg 4?  Is this the MOX Plutonium?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:49 | 2329298 knukles
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As if airborne pollution simply "stops" in California.
Jesus, people.....

Like wondering why the liberal idocy of DC makes it to the west coast.  Or the liberal idocy of the west coast makes it to DC.

Or why the fuck we even bother to talk about all of this since everything's so fucked up, anyhow.  It's just another dinky small cog in the Great Leviathan's Gear System which don't matter none anyhow.

I mean, there's radiation aplenty already been and more a comin' to our shores and all the gubamnit does is nothing.  Other than sign a trade agreement with Japan that we'll keep importing their fish without radiation inspection.

Why even bother anymore. 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:49 | 2329460 benb
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This is how it goes down in the Scientific Dictatorship. Three mile Island, Chernobyl, Gulf of Mexico (Macondo), Fukushima, municipal water spiked with radioactive isotopes – heavy metals – industrial waste containing literally hundreds of toxins, and now lithium to tranquilize the population. Vaccines laced with cancer viruses. Mind control towers put up by the Globalist controlled Pentagon. Look around… half the U.S. population is already gone.  The psychopaths control the corporate media. Most of the ‘animals’ [we are looked upon as animals] haven’t got a f-ing clue that this is a coordinated attack on 99% of mankind… The Great Culling… I guess I’ll go eat some French Green Clay and call it a day.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 02:11 | 2330508 geekgrrl
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Now Lithium? I missed that. Link?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:27 | 2329698 knukles
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And don't forget Chemtrails.
OK, I know, whack away....

But some news for ya'll.
One of mine attends one of the finest agricultural universities in the US.

They're reading about, studying Chemtrails as a topic in the class rooms.
Go fucking figure.

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