…as if the problem goes away if you don’t look at it or confirm that it is there. Here are some recent examples of the practical application of the “willful blindness” principle:
After more Plutonium was found further away from Fukushima recently, Japan will stop measuring Plutonium now and raised the allowable concentrations:
“Now Japanese people are allowed to take 1~10 Bq/kg of plutonium. However, 1 in a million gram of plutonium causes cancer.” http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/10/breaking-news-the-measurement-of-plutonium-was-abandoned-in-japan/
After the release of a “dense” amount of radiation at Fukushima, reported on May 8, 2011, evident in the highest spikes since the disaster a week later on EPA data of May 15/16 for Seattle, http://www.epa.gov/radnet/radnet-data/index.html , Health Canada stepped back its air radiation monitoring, moving from daily to weekly reporting. (It now scaled back its radiation reporting to quarterly).
Similarly, after forecasts of the radioactive Fukushima plume by the Norwegian Institute for Atmospheric Research (NILU) predicted significant depositions of radioactive Cesium and Iodine on the northwest coast of Canada and America and beyond on May 9, 2011, the forecast could no longer be accessed on the internet as of May 11, 2011.
After the inquiry into one of the greatest salmon decline in history, the Canadian government intends to cut back on monitoring salmon stocks, letting go of 275 Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) employees over the next three years. (PAUL McLEOD Ottawa Bureaum, Oct. 5, 2011: DFU Denies Cuts Will Hurt Fish Stocks).
After the largest ozone hole ever observed opened up over Canada this spring, the Canadian government now wants to take down its ozone monitoring stations, which are part of a global network, and lay off hundreds of scientists working at Environment Canada. http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Huge+hole+opens+Arctic+ozone+layer/5491487/story.html
These are illustrations not just of unprecedented environmental crises. These are illustrations that our democracy, and its key values of freedom of information, freedom of speech…are crumbling. It will take the people, the 99%, to stand up for these values before it is too late.