After listening to this interview, and really over the past several days, we keep remembering reading about the woman who described a chair with no legs.
An excerpt from Beyond Insanity, by Amos. M. Gunsberg
Evidence of Humanoid BehaviorWe also remember this famous story (the aide allegedly was Karl Rove):
They make pronouncements without substantiation. To them, these pronouncements represent what reality is ... pronouncement by pronouncement. The present pronouncement may contradict what they said a moment ago. This means nothing to them. They make no attempt to deal with the contradiction.
They demonstrate a total lack of understanding what we mean by a "fact." In their writings and in their speech, they do not use that word.
... Here's another example. I asked a psychotherapy client to look at a chair which was situated about six feet away near a wall. I then asked her to describe the chair. She did, in rather complete detail, except for the legs. THE CHAIR SHE DESCRIBED HAD NO LEGS!
I pointed this out, and asked how the chair could be suspended in air, with no legs to support it. She said: "I put it there." I asked: "If you look away, will it fall to the floor?" She said: "No. If I look away, the chair is no longer there." I asked: "If you look away ... and it turns out the chair is still there?" She ignored the question.
The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
One really easy way to "create" reality is to not count things like, say, how many people really died from Chernobyl. If the authorities never count those deaths, that means they just didn't happen, and therefore nuclear power can be deemed "safe."
If we don't see the problem, it simply doesn't exist...
For example: September 2010: CDC allegedly falsifies reports--ignoring up to 3,587 Miscarriages from H1N1 Vaccine
A shocking report from the National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW) presented data from two different sources demonstrating that the 2009/10 H1N1 vaccines contributed to an estimated 1,588 miscarriages and stillbirths. A corrected estimate may be as high as 3,587 cases. NCOW also highlights the disturbing fact that the CDC failed to inform their vaccine providers of the incoming data of the reports of suspected H1N1 vaccine related fetal demise.
If the authorities at the CDC don't count and mention the fetal deaths linked to the vaccine, the vaccine can "be shown" to be "safe." Even when people know about the data, the CDC simply ignores it.
Really, it couldn't be easier. This is how it's done.
Japanese radioactive releases are no threat to American health, federal official say (emphasis ours)
Americans have no reason to fear any health effects from the nuclear power plant accident in Japan, should take no protective measures and should avoid no foods, federal health officials said Tuesday.
In a display of solidarity, eight representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency delivered the slightly complicated message that while no amount of radiation is absolutely safe, the amount released by the damaged reactors is so small that the chance it will cause disease is nil.
“Due to distance and dispersion to the U.S., we do not expect levels [of radiactivity] to reach us that would cause a public health effect,” Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, told reporters in a telephone news conference.
He said, however, that radioactive iodine has been detected in the United States and “we would be surprised if we did not detect very low levels” of radioactive cesium and strontium — two other released contaminants — in coming days. The anticipated detections say more about the sensitivity of the machinery than about the levels found, he said.
“It’s not as if there is none in the environment before this. Now, extraordinarily small amounts are being added,” Frieden said.
On Tuesday, Japan placed radiation safety standards on fish for the first time. According to press reports, samples of a fish called a sand lance caught in Japanese waters last week had elevated levels of iodine-131, which loses half its radioactivity every eight days.
The CDC director said the agency has heard that numerous poison control centers around the country have gotten calls from people who took potassium iodide, a pill that blocks the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine. He did not provide details about the calls but said: “I want to be unambiguous. There is no reason for anyone in the United States to take potassium iodide at the present time.”
There are no other medicines that protect against radiation exposure, and the public should be wary of substances advertised as able to do so, the experts said.
“There’s absolutely nothing approved that might be called a silver bullet,” said Patricia Hansen, an FDA scientist.
William Jones of the agency’s office of food safety said there “isn’t any concern of contamination of seafood” consumed in the United States because of the “extreme dilution factor” of the radioactive water currently being released into the ocean from the Japanese plant.
All shipping containers entering the United States, including ones containing food products, are screened for radioactivity, said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman. If elevated levels are found, the contents can be sampled and further checked by hand.
The agency has banned imports of Japanese leafy vegetables and some head vegetables (such as cauliflower) from Fukushima prefecture, where the plant is located; milk from two prefectures; and specified fresh food from four prefectures. It is in the process of testing seven food imports that fall into the broad categories of artificial flavorings, dry tea and starches, DeLancey said.
Meanwhile, while the authorities such as Thomas Friedan tell Americans they are in NO DANGER WHATSOEVER, we wonder who has access to and control over the following:
The one drug that the FDA has approved to treat radiation poisoning:
KATY, Texas, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Heyltex Corporation is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Radiogardase® (Prussian Blue insoluble capsules), the only FDA-approved drug to treat people who have been internally contaminated with radioactive cesium (Cs-137), which is manufactured by Heyl chem. pharm. Fabrik Berlin GmbH in Germany.The other drug "in development" with the DOD that can prevent and repair human cell damage:
Radiogardase® traps radioactive cesium and thallium in the intestines and keeps them from being re-absorbed by the body. Once Cs-137 has entered the body, it goes through a long rotation of re-absorption within the circulatory system. The ingested Cs-137 is reabsorbed almost completely from the gastrointestinal tract, and, via the bloodstream, is transported to the liver where it enters the gall bladder and is finally returned to the intestine. From the intestine, around 90% is again reabsorbed into the bloodstream and the enterohepatic circulation starts anew. Radiogardase® interrupts this enterohepatic absorption of Cs-137 by knocking this cyclic path out of the gastrointestinal tract and sending it out through the feces.
Ramesh Kumar, the CEO of a U.S. drug research firm called Onconova, says his company has just such a wonder drug in the works. The company has been collaborating on the drug, called Ex-Rad, with scientists at a U.S. Defense Department research laboratory. Kumar says early animal trials have been promising.
It's not for you, silly. You don't need it. You're not in any danger.