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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #166 on: February 27, 2022, 07:45:22 pm »
When Western civilization hits Western civilization:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/radioactive-waste-disposal-site-near-kyiv-hit-by-airstrike-ukraine-officials-say-143227754.html

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Russian bombs struck a radioactive waste burial facility near Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, overnight, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine said on Sunday morning.

In a post published to its official Facebook page, the organization wrote: “At [1.20 a.m.] Kyiv time as a result of the mass bombing of Kyiv with all types of anti-aircraft and missile weapons available to the Russian Federation, the missiles hit the radioactive waste disposal site of the Kyiv branch of the State Specialized Enterprise ‘Radon.’”
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The extent of the radiation will be assessed by portable devices as soon as the bombing has finished, the agency said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_zcR5Ay5JA

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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #167 on: March 01, 2022, 04:13:56 pm »
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America’s obsession with road salt is hurting freshwater ecosystems — and our drinking water
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Hintz’s findings reveal that human-induced salinization causes substantial die-off of zooplankton populations in lakes across North America. Zooplankton are tiny microorganisms that feed on bacteria and algae. Creatures higher up in the aquatic ecosystem food chains in turn eat the zooplankton.

Mortality increased even in lakes where chloride levels — indicators of salinization — are at or below acceptable thresholds according to U.S. and Canadian laws. Chloride is often combined with sodium to create the salt (NaCl) often used in deicing salts, so it is a good marker for determining how much salt is in water.

In more than 70 percent of the lake sites studied where significant zooplankton mortality occurred, chloride levels did not exceed the legal limit.
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Saltier lakes could potentially mean bad news for humans, too. We depend on freshwater ecosystems for our drinking water. The Great Lakes on the Canada-U.S. border provide drinking water for more than 40 million Americans.

“Once salts get into our freshwater supplies, it is difficult or in some cases impossible to get salt out, and high salt concentrations can persist for decades,” Hintz says.
https://www.inverse.com/science/america-road-salt-hurting-ecosystems-drinking-water

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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #168 on: March 03, 2022, 08:00:17 pm »
Western civilization hits Western civilization again:

Fire At Ukraine's Nuclear Power Plant After Russian Attack
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There has been fierce fighting between local forces and Russian troops, Dmytro Orlov said in an online post.
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Europe's largest nuclear power plant was on fire Friday after Russian strikes hit the Ukrainian facility, with the country's foreign minister demanding an immediate ceasefire at the site to avoid disaster.
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/russia-ukraine-crisis-fire-at-ukraines-nuclear-power-plant-after-russian-attack-2802588

A fire could disrupt the cooling system at the plant, says nuclear expert
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James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins Shep Smith to discuss the fire at nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRBBdEyvp_w

AP: Russian Troops Shelling Europe’s Largest Nuclear Power Station In Ukraine
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The Associated Press is reporting that Russian troops are shelling Europe's largest nuclear power station in Ukraine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlRSmV_oSnY

Kuleba: Nuclear threat 10 times larger than Chernobyl | Biden speaks to Zelensky about fire | WION
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Russian Invasion of Ukraine enters day 9 and reports of a fire at Europe's largest nuclear plant has sent the world in shock. In the latest, Biden spoke to Ukraine President Zelensky.

#Biden #Zelensky #Nuclear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PZ5NWX4oV0

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Until you human-beings accept the fact that you live on a finite planet with finite resources and start behaving like it there will be a WWIII! It's only a matter of time! (That was extremely mild compared to what I actually wanted to write here!).
See also: https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/population-and-demographics/

Most of you are currently either economists at heart, or madmen!?!? Judging from Western social media and News media I'd say a mixture of both!


Russia's Lavrov Warns WW3 Can 'Only Be Nuclear'
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Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier raised the specter of nuclear war, putting his country's nuclear forces on high alert, but his foreign minister shrugged off questions of whether Russia could escalate the conflict with nuclear weapons, saying such talk comes from the West. He spoke to foreign reporters in a virtual press conference Thursday from Moscow. This translation is provided by the Associated Press.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBHYb1FA1CU



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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #170 on: March 04, 2022, 10:39:44 pm »
Welp...

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South Korean President Moon Jae In instructed officials on Friday to swiftly put out a wildfire that broke out near a nuclear power plant on the country's eastern coast.
https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/s-korea-scrambles-to-put-out-wildfire-near-nuclear-power-plant/ar-AAUBzTm

After Chernobyl and Fukushima Westerners still insisted nuclear power was the safest form of energy known to mankind, so I'm sure Ukraine and South Korea won't faze them.


This is the only form of energy that has the potential to create a global cataclysm from just a single power generation site malfunctioning, but Westerners tell us a nuclear meltdown every few decades is completely safe and normal and nothing to worry about.
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« Reply #171 on: March 08, 2022, 01:01:31 am »
IAEA: Nuclear facility in Kharkiv damaged | No increase in radiation levels reported | English News
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IAEA says that a nuclear facility in Kharkiv has been damaged by Russian shelling. This comes after Russia already took control of Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya nuclear plants in Ukraine.

#IAEA #Kharkiv #Nuclear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ4hvLqNfqo

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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #172 on: March 15, 2022, 01:25:43 am »
Peru’s ‘catastrophe’ oil spill slams small-scale fishermen
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The large spill is having a devastating effect on ‘poverty line’ fishermen who depend on small daily catches to make a living.
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A huge recent oil spill in Peru which the government called an ecological “catastrophe” has wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihoods of many fishermen who rely on the small amounts of fish they harvest close to the shore for their daily income.

Walter de la Cruz scrambled down a large sand dune in the fog to reach a rock overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where he has fished for 30 years. He cast a hook into the waters off Peru’s coast several times, with no luck. One attempt yielded a piece of plastic stained with oil.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/14/perus-catastrophe-oil-spill-slams-small-scale-fishermen

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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #173 on: March 15, 2022, 01:41:48 am »
Not that the fishermen deserve any sympathy, of course. The only real victims of the oil spill are the fish!

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« Reply #174 on: March 25, 2022, 10:32:01 pm »
You do not have to be a Westerner to have Western civilization inside your blood:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tiny-particles-plastic-detected-human-172104226.html

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Tiny particles of plastic have been detected in human blood for the very first time. They can’t be filtered out
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The study, published in the journal Environment International, tested 22 anonymous blood samples and found plastic particles in 80% of people tested—indicating plastic particles may be able to travel around the body and lodge themselves in organs.

Enormous amounts of plastic waste is dumped in the environment each year, which researchers estimate could more than double in the next 20 years—from 188 million tonnes in 2016 to 380 million tonnes in 2040. It was previously known that humans were consuming plastic particles through food and water, as well as just breathing it in through the air, with microplastics detected in the feces of babies and adults.

The implications of the new study, first reported by the Guardian, are unknown but researchers warn microplastics can cause damage to human cells and find the new results concerning. “It is certainly reasonable to be concerned,” Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands and lead researcher of the study, told the Guardian.
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“We can’t filter ourselves out of this mess,” says Sherri Mason, at the State University of New York in Fredonia previously told the Guardian, who conducted the tap water analyses. “Our study indicated that even water which undergoes filtration still has plastic. It is a ubiquitous contaminant, so if we really want to solve this problem, we need to start with our daily habits and [reducing] consumption of this material. I know this isn’t the answer people want, but it’s the inconvenient truth.”

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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #175 on: March 29, 2022, 12:02:38 am »
https://us.yahoo.com/entertainment/artificial-sweeteners-found-cause-cancer-021400484.html

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the researchers say people consuming any kind of artificial sweetener had a 13-to-14 percent higher chance of developing cancer.

There are many types of artificial sweeteners out there. However, the researchers focused on three common options: aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. You can find aspartame marketed as NutraSweet or Equal. You can find these brands in many restaurants and grocery stores. Companies market acesulfame potassium as Sunett or Sweet One. Finally, sucralose is sold under the name Splenda.

None of these would exist if Western civilization did not exist.

Also, Westerners had to do more Western civilization just to reach the above conclusion:

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For decades, scientists have posited that artificial sweeteners cause cancer in mice. Despite all of the evidence pointing toward an increased risk of cancer in mice, scientists previously determined that research on rodents just isn’t definitive about the risk that these sweeteners hold towards people.

whereas from the first time I tasted an artificial sweetener as a child, I instantly knew sugar was better. Of course, sugar predated Western civilization by millennia:


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« Reply #176 on: March 31, 2022, 08:51:27 pm »
LOL:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-troops-suffer-acute-radiation-083839177.html

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Russian Troops Suffer ‘Acute Radiation Sickness’ After Digging Chernobyl Trenches
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The troops, who dug trenches in a contaminated Red Forest near the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, are now reportedly being treated in a special medical facility in Gomel, Belarus. The forest is so named because thousands of pine trees turned red during the 1986 nuclear disaster. The area is considered so highly toxic that not even highly specialized Chernobyl workers are allowed to enter the zone.

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« Reply #177 on: April 05, 2022, 11:36:18 am »
Indigenous groups launch caravan in defence of land they live on
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Indigenous groups in Southern Mexico have launched a month-long caravan across nine states in defense of land they live on and farm.

They say mining corporations, water bottling plants, and other extractive industries are threatening their lives and livelihoods. Michael Fox has the story.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQQ7UoCJ_BQ

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« Reply #178 on: April 05, 2022, 10:17:39 pm »
https://us.yahoo.com/news/russia-latest-atrocity-unleashed-nitric-113009782.html

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Russian forces on Tuesday reportedly struck a tank of nitric acid in Ukraine’s Luhansk region, sparking panicked warnings for residents to protect their faces and remain indoors.

Serhiy Gaidai, the head of the Luhansk regional administration, issued a video address warning residents the toxic fumes can cause “severe damage.”

“Prepare protective face masks soaked in soda solution. When applied locally to the eyes, nitric acid causes severe damage with extensive necrosis of the cornea and conjunctiva, leading to loss of vision,” he said, urging those living near Rubizhne to remain indoors and seal up their windows.

“This chemical is very toxic and we don’t know where the toxic cloud will go. We will be monitoring the air and waiting for rain,” he said.

So, which civilization introduced nitric acid into the world? Yep, same one as usual:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitric_acid#History

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In the 17th century, Johann Rudolf Glauber devised a process to obtain nitric acid by distilling potassium nitrate with sulfuric acid. In 1776 Antoine Lavoisier cited Joseph Priestley's work to point out that it can be converted from nitric oxide (which he calls "nitrous air"), "combined with an approximately equal volume of the purest part of common air, and with a considerable quantity of water."[32][a] In 1785 Henry Cavendish determined its precise composition and showed that it could be synthesized by passing a stream of electric sparks through moist air.[30] In 1806, Humphry Davy reported the results of extensive distilled water electrolysis experiments concluding that nitric acid was produced at the anode from dissolved atmospheric nitrogen gas. He used a high voltage battery and non-reactive electrodes and vessels such as gold electrode cones that doubled as vessels bridged by damp asbestos.[33]

The industrial production of nitric acid from atmospheric air began in 1905 with the Birkeland–Eyde process, also known as the arc process.[34] This process is based upon the oxidation of atmospheric nitrogen by atmospheric oxygen to nitric oxide with a very high temperature electric arc. Yields of up to approximately 4–5% nitric oxide were obtained at 3000 °C, and less at lower temperatures.[34][35] The nitric oxide was cooled and oxidized by the remaining atmospheric oxygen to nitrogen dioxide, and this was subsequently absorbed in water in a series of packed column or plate column absorption towers to produce dilute nitric acid. The first towers bubbled the nitrogen dioxide through water and non-reactive quartz fragments. About 20% of the produced oxides of nitrogen remained unreacted so the final towers contained an alkali solution to neutralize the rest.[36] The process was very energy intensive and was rapidly displaced by the Ostwald process once cheap ammonia became available.

Another early production method was invented by French engineer Albert Nodon around 1913. His method produced nitric acid from electrolysis of calcium nitrate converted by bacteria from nitrogenous matter in peat bogs. An earthenware pot surrounded by limestone was sunk into the peat and staked with tarred lumber to make a compartment for the carbon anode around which the nitric acid is formed. Nitric acid was pumped out from a earthenware[37] pipe that was sunk down to the bottom of the pot. Fresh water was pumped into the top through another earthenware pipe to replace the fluid removed. The interior was filled with coke. Cast iron cathodes were sunk into the peat surrounding it. Resistance was about 3 ohms per cubic meter and the power supplied was around 10 volts. Production from one deposit was 800 tons per year.[37][38]

Once the Haber process for the efficient production of ammonia was introduced in 1913, nitric acid production from ammonia using the Ostwald process overtook production from the Birkeland–Eyde process. This method of production is still in use today.

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Re: Western civilization is a health hazard
« Reply #179 on: April 06, 2022, 08:49:32 pm »
Thanks Western Civilization. I wonder why the media is just now taking interest in all these studies on microplastics? In this thread we've posted recent articles about microplastics in the blood, fetal placentas, lungs, and who knows what else.
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Scientists discover microplastics in deepest section of the lungs
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Of the Microplastics detected, there were 12 types, which have many uses and are commonly found in packaging, bottles, clothing, rope/twine, and many manufacturing processes. There were also considerably higher levels of microplastics in male patients compared to females.
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Researchers found the most abundant microplastics were polyethylene, from for example degraded plastic packaging or carrier bags; and nylon, which may be from clothes; as well as resins, which could come from degraded roads, paint marking or tyre rubber. Researchers also found microplastics of the size and shape which are inhalable by humans.
https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/more/media-centre/news/2022/scientists-discover-microplastics-in-deepest-section-of-the-lungs